St Patty’s Day!

St Patty's Day
You’ll be happy to know I am no longer the crazy crazy on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s already 2 p.m. and I have not had even one drink — If I had this blog years ago I’d be typing gibberish on my 3rd 40 of Guinness by now!
I’m headed out to a pub in an hour to join the crowds. Wearing a green long sleeve shirt though I would LOVE to wear a dress like the one above. It’s raining outside and I’ve got a little sore throat so I’m takin’ it easy and staying warm instead of being cute and fashionable.
Have a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Not quite ready…


I’m not quite ready for the holidays to end.

After tonight, the tree comes down, the cards come off the wall and the mantle is bare.

Basically the house will look empty until we get used to not having decorations everywhere.


Goodbye, 2011.

You were a good year.

Merry Eve of Christmas Eve!

Though I suppose by the time I finish this post it will be Merry Christmas Eve.

Oh well.

It’s been another crazy day, but darn it, I got my nails painted red for the holidays AND I found an awesome gift for one of my little cousins.


Red, blue and white for the holidays!


At least a year ago I went to a mustache party where the host handed out fuzzy mustache stickers to all of the guests. I wore mine as long as I could take it (it got itchy!) and when I got home promptly stuck it to my bedroom door, where it stayed.

When my little cousin was here for a sleepover she asked me about the mustache and if it was a sticker. The whole next day she asked at every store we went to if they sold mustache stickers. None of the places we went had them.

Then today I found a pack of 7 mustache stickers for $6.50! One for every day of the week! She is going to be so excited.

This is one of those things where her parents will be very confused, but I’m about to make a little girl happy!

Now it’s time for me to get some sleep before a long Christmas Eve!

There’s really a word for that?

Kummerspeck Literally, “grief bacon.” A German word meaning weight put on through emotional overeating. (via Reddit)

That is the one thing I learned today.And just in time for Christmas dinner! Though this would be accurate at Thanksgiving too. How many pieces of pie did I have? I lost count around #3…

I imagine that ‘grief bacon’ would be very salty and not nearly as tasty as regular or turkey bacon. Need I remind you that bacon is delicious? And while I may not particularly like cats, this is just adorable.

Kitteh! Via Pinterest

Sorry for the lack of posting. I’m down to the last 5 gifts to buy and then all the wrapping, and not having days off work and the parties… it’s been crazy town over here.

I hope you are all having a lovely season!

Vintage ornaments in red and green

One trip to Target for lights and we can start putting the ornaments on!

We chose vintage ornaments from our grandparents, mixed with newer ones bought this year and some older Target glitter ornaments to decorate our lovely winter-smelling tree.

I actually sniff/ smell the room every time I walk down the stairs now. Weird? Maybe a little. But it smells like holidays!!

Of course the carols went back on the speakers and we sang along as we decked out our tree.

The only weird part is that the light strand in the middle is a different kind than the top and bottom, so in pictures the glare around the lights shows up differently. Our tree is wearing a belly band!

We have the best tree topper too. It changes colors so sometimes it is really, really pretty and matchy with our holiday color scheme, and at other times it is horrendous and gross and matches nothing. I love it.

Pretty pretty princess!

You can see the ornaments better in black and white.

Our mantle.

I would love to take credit for the lovely mantle, but really I can’t. My roommate put that together but I think it looks fantabulous. I adore those white flowers over in the corner, and though you can’t see, we have our stockings hanging from the tree and snowflake stocking holders. The garland has red berries in it, and there are two vanilla scented taper candles evening it out. In this picture it doesn’t look symmetric, but in real life it is.

I have been really enjoying reading everyone’s blogs about holiday decorating!

Link Love for a few favorites so far:

The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking has a simple mantle that is simply divine. White and burlap and so clean. One day I would love to do holiday decor in this style.

Home Utility Blog. I might be in love with the stars on this one. Any one know where I can find them?

Design Lines 25 days of mantle inspiration. I couldn’t resist showing y’all the white plant pots on this one:

Merry, merry, everyone!

My house smells like a fir tree.

The evergreens have arrived! Our halls are decked (literally! I covered the bannister in green garland), the tree is decorated and the carols are being sung.

We picked up our Christmas tree at a little farmer’s market my roommate found. The people there were really nice, and they gave us tangerines and candy canes! The tangerines were delicious. A definite perk of buying your tree at a market!

Yum. Tangerines!

And our tree was perfect. Bushy and full and healthy and it smells great, for a dead tree 😉

The guys at the farmers market put a stand on the tree for us, at the tree lot, so we didn’t have to do it when we got home. And they put cardboard down so it didn’t scratch the car on the way home. See? Super nice.

Evergreens, fir trees.

Then we went home and decorated! With the seasonal music channel on OnDemand and some holiday cheer, we chose our colors this year: Red and green.

We started to decorate, but didn’t have enough lights to go around, so the best part had to wait…

Are you all decorating trees this year? Do you opt for fake or real trees?

What’s your color scheme?