A Christmas Cocktail

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The popping of champagne to kick off the holiday is a new tradition for us. Thanksgiving Day consisted of simple OJ + champagne mimosas, but the addition of frozen cranberries and cranberry juice for Christmas made this cocktail recipe festively fun. Simply place a handful of frozen cranberries in each glass, fill the glass half full with champagne and top it off with 2/3 cranberry juice and 1/3 orange juice. I’m already looking forward to discovering a new twist for our next holiday, any ideas?

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In My Red High Heels

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me: heels | denim | top (similar, long sleeve version here) | necklace | earrings | coat (old, similar under $30) | nail polish

justin: boots | pants (code NEWYOU for 40% off) | shirt | cardigan

Red high heels have been on my shopping wish list for as long as I can remember and for good reason: they go with everything and add a little sass to any outfit. The low cross strap on this pair is extremely leg elongating and allows them to pair well with both pants and dresses. Not to mention they add the perfect dash of holiday cheer to an otherwise basic outfit.

See more pictures from our Christmas Day here.

24 Hours of Christmas

5:00 pm – Christmas Eve

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9:00 pm

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6:30 am – Christmas Day

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10:00 am

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5:00 – The girls are anxiously awaiting the start of Christmas festivities
6:00 – Homemade pizza and a serious Phase 10 match up
8:00 – Exchanging gifts
9:00 – Cuddled up in new onesie pajamas to watch our holiday favorites
6:30 – An early morning wake up call to see what Santa brought
7:00 – Santa knew just what the girls wanted
8:00 – Kicking the day off with Christmas cocktails and cinnamon rolls
10:00 – Baking Justin’s favorite treats together in my new apron
1:00 – Dressed up for our first Christmas dinner alone together (outfit info here)
4:00 – Continuing the games
6:00 – Exhausted and ready for a Christmas classic

December Highlights + January Goals

This year I will be continuing last year’s resolution to make month-long goals as opposed to a year-long resolution in hopes of holding myself more accountable. January, even though completely clich√©, will focus on bettering myself: working out, learning a new skill, and exploring mentally and physically. What is your 2015 New Year’s resolution? Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Check back each day this week for updated blog posts (I know, it’s crazy!).

1. Go snowshoeing (last year’s trip here)
2. Read a biography or memoir (finished this one)
3. Send one just because gift
4. Utilize my new Christmas gift and sign up for a class
5. Complete four weeks of this workout plan (2/4)
6. Take items to Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill
7. Book a family trip to somewhere new in March
8. Get organized (order this)
9. Haircut and colored
10. Download and listen to this podcast

DecemberHighlights1. Tax free shopping for Christmas gifts in Portland got the best of me (jk these are not all my packages)
2. Continuing my favorite Christmas tradition
3. Starting off the month right by putting up all the Christmas decorations
4. On the couch watching a Christmas movie is where I spent the majority of my time
5. Our first attempt at an apple pie
6. Finding quiet moments away from the holiday craziness to enjoy time together
7. Christmas Day family selfie
8. Rabbit or puppy footprints across the bed? We’ll never know!
9. Spending a quiet New Year’s Eve at home watching movies

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

As we hiked up to take our second Christmas card picture (last year’s here), we realized we had unintentionally started a holiday tradition. One where we hike through the cold snow hoping to find a picturesque spot before the pups get too cold, quickly switch clothes, snap a few photos while shivering in between takes, and hoof it back down the mountain at double speed to the warmth of the car. Every year it is type two fun that we end up reminiscing happily over throughout the year. But that’s the best thing about traditions…they start unknowingly and last in your memory forever. Whatever your traditions, embrace them fully and cherish this time with your loved ones. Merry Christmas!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!