Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Winter Jewel

This time of year there are so many holiday parties and get togethers to dress for.  I love finding a few Christmas casual outfits for the more laidback affairs. After falling in love with the sleeveless Socialite dress earlier this season, I decided to give this one a look.  The jewel color is so perfect for a casual holiday gathering.  
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Adding another jewel tone with the Kendra Scott necklace makes this a little more festive don't you think?
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Of course the over the knee boots and the leopard clutch definitely make this feel a tad sassy!  
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Fall Style
The dress is ribbed and a great swing which makes it very forgiving. Perfect for those holiday gatherings with the great appetizer spread right?  
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Best part is this dress will not break the bank!  
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I had so much fun heading out to our downtown area and letting my husband take these photos for me. 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fave Holiday Movies - Spiel the Beans Linkup

Welcome to Spiel the Beans!  Is there any time of  year better for curling up with some cocoa and a cozy blanket to sit in front of tree and watch movies?  For me this time of the year is a definitely favorite and this week Katy and I are sharing our favorite holiday movies.  We hope you will join the fun and share yours.   

Elf is probably my number one movie to watch with the family.  We all love it and it is grown up enough for the littles but still has enough crazy humor for the bigs and the parentals.  I was a little late to the party on this one but ever since I downloaded two years ago it definitely rose to the top of the list.  

The Holiday is next on my list.  Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, JUDE LAW!! This sweet little love story gets me every single time.  It totally makes me want to hop a plane and head off to some country cottage.  
It's a little tricky because it is so not family friendly but I will find a night to stay up late and watch Love Actually at some point over the holidays.  I just love all the relationship twists in this movie.  It makes me laugh and cry and fall in love and want to punch someone but mostly I live for the scene when Hugh Grant dances.  :) 
Give me Rudolph every single year.  I seriously remember my little brother crying every single year when we watched this movie.  I bet he would still get a little teary eyed today.  Being more of the underdog kind of girl, I was always feeling sorry for the abominable snowman.  Haha!  
Despite the fact that I've seen it 1000 times, this movie still makes me laugh so hard.  My dad was not easily amused but y'all, he loved this movie.  I can almost hear him laughing when I watch it and it so reminds me of his presence at Christmas.  

We can't wait to hear what your favorites are!  Be sure to mark your calendar for December 13th and come back to share a favorite Christmas or holiday memory!  
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Picks

My fave Black Friday purchase was grabbing the Amazon deal on the Instant Pot which was so on my Christmas Want, Need, Wear, Read list! I thought I would give you a run down of some favorites gift ideas but also some items to get your house ready for the holidays! 

Today the Cyber Deals are pretty great at Amazon too.  I'm especially loving the Kindle deals for books and maybe I'll make my reading goal before the end of the year after all. I snagged Before the Fall,Truly Madly Guilty and while I didn't grab it The Magnolia Story was also only $4.99 to download.

And today the Instant Pot 5Qt is under $50! The 6-Quart is a Cyber Deal at Walmart for $69.  I'm really hoping this baby lives up to the hype and saves me some time with meal planning in 2017! 

Nordstrom has quite a few items an extra 20% off and I noticed they are also price matching the Hunter Rainboots!  My mom snagged mine two years ago as part of Cyber Monday and I wondered if I would wear them and oh my goodness I have worn mine every chance I can.

Target has some adorable Christmas items to choose from and they are not only on sale but there is an extra discount for home items if you hit a dollar threshold + today an extra 15% off at checkout. If you have a Red Card you also get your 5% off that as well.  I am all over these throw pillows and it was time for some new fun sheets to add some Christmas spirit around our house.   

Pier 1 Import 30% off + Free shipping (or in store pickup) and I love the Li Bien ornaments.  They make great gifts and I collect at least one each year as they include the year.  

J. Crew has 40% off + free shipping and I'm drooling over this plaid vest.  I invested in a J. Crew vest last season and the quality was worth it.  I also have this field jacket in wine color but it is so adorable and I never wear it without someone commenting.  J. Crew Factory has 60% off and it may just be time for me to bite the bullet and grab this buffalo plaid popover.  
Pottery barn also has 20% off + free shipping for ornaments so it would be a great time to send a surprise to a friend!  The cyber sale reaches across all of the brands.  West Elm has totally made me a linen junky and I'm so loving this set of sheets!  
Need a personalized ornament?  Head over to Farmgirls Paints today for 20% with the code Cyber 20.  

I've already told you how much I love this book!  Proverbs 31 Ministries also has a Cyber Sale and if you think you might want to lead a bible study the leader bundle is on sale today!  

Hope you find something you love!  

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Let's Talk - Christmas Traditions

Today I'm joining Andrea and Erika for this months Let's Talk series and we are sharing Christmas traditions.  

Also joining Sarah and Victoria for Day 2 of their Christmas link up sharing Christmas traditions!  Hop over and see all the fun prompts  they have planned each day through the 15th. 
Every year at this time it seems like a question along the lines of family traditions arises and I'm always stumped.  I don't know if it is because I grew up in a family without too many big traditions or if the fact that my kids are spread apart in age has something to do with it, but compared to some families our traditions just seem to fall short.  What I do know, is this time of year we all see each others faces more than any other time and that is my favorite tradition!  So let's talk about a few things we have done for years!  
We bake lots and lots of treats to giveaway to friends!  My Meme always did this and it is something I totally adopted.  It is not an easy task but I absolutely love doing it every year.  My little lovebug has taking a liking to it as well so she helps me for sure.  While I make several things the most coveted by those receiving are my Meme's chocolate cookies.  The trick is to giveaway more than you eat!! 
Our Christmas season ALWAYS begins the first Friday in December when my friend Sarah host the most amazing holiday party.  We have seriously been going to this party for at least 10 years I think. Sarah makes all the food herself and let me just say, Keith is not easily impressed but he will do everything in his power to make it to this party!!  It is always such a fun time to see my fave girls!  
Ohhhh....the Elf on the Shelf.  What a love/hate relationship I have had with this booger.  I absolutely loved finding creative ways for BJ (yes really) the elf to come visit each day but at this time of year when things get crazy anyway it was definitely something I had to plan as the kids got older.  I think we have been doing the Elf on the shelf for at least 5 years but I think the little miss has finally given it up.  I'm half relieved and half sad.  
While some years this has been hard to fit in, we try really hard to ring the bell with the McBertys every year.  The kids have come to really love this one and Carly is already asking when we are going to do this! 
We also volunteer at the annual food drive and try to find other ways to spread some Christmas cheer to our friends and family.  
 Some years we head out to do something special like watch the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular!

We look at Christmas lights!  I really only have this last little bug that wants to do this with me but I'll take it.  She has been begging to do a Christmas light scavenger hunt so I'm hoping maybe I can talk her siblings into this and we can all head out into our pjs (yes, Jordan...even you!!) grab some hot chocolate and take two cars and have a little family battle.  
We spend Christmas Eve every year with the Janac side of the family.  I always wanted to be part of a big family and this one does not disappoint!  Everyone is not always able to make it but there is typically a good crowd and Keith's Nanny Jane would be so darn excited with the number of great grandkids she has.  Two new babies have been born this year and there are now 23 great grandchildren!   
Christmas Day is spent at our house with all my babies. For the past few years we have started the tradition of having brunch with Keith's mom and sister as well.  I make a breakfast casserole and we all eat and open gifts and have mimosas.  Remaining in our pj's has been pretty much mandatory. 

There are always games and lots of coffee too!  Last year we played Bean Boozled and I think it was my biggest laughs of the entire year!
On the day after Christmas we head down to my hometown to finish off Christmas with my mom, grandmother and my brother's family.   We spend the day hanging out, eating lots of food and then typically hang out by the fire until the wee hours telling lots of stories about our childhood and the kids over the years and laughing like crazy.
Oh...and did I mention the tamales?  We have had tamales at Kielman Christmas my entire life.  I seriously cannot think of a Christmas without them.  

It has not always been simple to make sure we have great family time.  Keith and I are both from divorced families plus I am divorced.   My Bigs some years have had 7 Christmas gatherings!  I'm so grateful all of us have a strong love for family which has definitely helped it all come together every year.  There has definitely been a lot of compromising and I just encourage everyone it is worth it.  So what if Christmas day is not the day you are all together.  Making the time to be together, all together and have that undivided time to reconnect is such a blessing.  

What are your favorite family traditions?  

Be sure to come back tomorrow to link up with Katy and me for Spiel the Beans and share your favorite holiday movies!!  

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