What I Got For Christmas 2017

Christmas is always unconventional for us and what I mean by that is this- we are so IMPATIENT. We cannot wait until December 25th for the action to happen. Going to buy things for each other pretty early in the month and stay out of the hustle and bustle. I loved having big family holidays and regular traditions but I don’t have that now. As things changed and I grew up, it became less about the familiarity and more about just being with my husband. Usually I enjoy the holidays but with our lifestyle things are so mellow that it doesn’t make much of a difference. Lately I just tried to make it fun and enjoyable. Besides all this, we still love to get things for others. Sometimes we are the go-to gift card people because it’s easy, quick and everyone is happy in the end. This year we are living with a roommate Dillen and his gf is often around which we like. So we all went shopping together and this is my take on what I received from them and my husband (mostly)-he SPOILS me! Here’s a collection of things I received in case you’re interested in getting any of it.

  1. Bob’s Burgers Louise bunny hat

2. “Get Lost In A Book” -Disney Belle shirt

3. “I don’t cook. I’m a scary and powerful fire demon” Calcifer fire character from Howl’s Moving Castle shirt

4. Beauty and the Beast 3/4 length t-shirt

5. Jack and Sally “Nightmare before Christmas” dress

6. The Princess Bride-Inigo Montoya “My name is Inigo Montoya, You killed my father, Prepare to die.” shirt

7. Jack Skellington “Nightmare Before Christmas” sweater (funny story, we both bought this- so I have one to return!)

8. Star Wars Jin’s “Rouge One” sweater

9. Bob’s Burger variety socks (all characters)

10. Assasins Creed sweater  (front/back)

11. Tina pillow (uhhhhh butts)

12. Howls Moving Castle throw

13. Jiji piggy bank (front/back)

14. Howls Moving Castle Heen “HUMPH” shirt (forgot to photograph)

We sat around the tree and exchanged presents right after we shopped and wrapped our gifts for each other. It was a lot of fun and nice to be with each other. I put on a faux fireplace from Netflix on TV with some holiday tunes. We all took turns opening a gift although Sean and I had the most so we just went back and forth. It was fun to share the excitement of what we chose for each other. This year we had a great holiday and it was pleasant seeing family and laughing all together and enjoying stories and recent things to share. I hope you had a great holiday and I’ll be back to regularly scheduled posts starting January 1st! Can you guess what the post will be?

Merry (belated) Christmas!

How Blogging has Made Me a Better Person

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Creative outlet

I haven’t held onto any kind of hobby for this long. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel real, that I get to just sit on the computer and put my thoughts and feelings down for others to read and enjoy. I cannot believe it’s truly been the best 6 years of my life! Aside from being married all that time as well, I’ve never been so proud for sticking with something before. I love to write,  I always have.

Improved my writing

My writing has definitely improved over these past six years. I’m still always learning and growing as far as typing and grammar go but, it’s been a journey. I have started to work on making my titles better and including everything in each post that I need to so it can be successful. Aesthetically though I have worked hard in creating a post theme and layout that works.

Built lifelong friendships

I’ve made and created some of the best friendships that will last a lifetime. I’ve bonded and shared with these new women in my life who are similar to me and busy following their dreams. Collaborating with like minded people makes you more creative and think harder than you do on a daily basis.

Sense of confidence and self-development

Blogging has done one MAJOR thing in my life and that’s helped me cut out negative people who always took me for granted/munipulated me. I learned to trust others around me and everything my gut tells me. When I have the slightest intuition it’s usually right. I’m much more confident in myself than I was when I began. In addition, blogging makes me want to be a better person in my self development-become a more well rounded person. And so far,  it’s working!

Living memory book

I love coming up with posts and personal stories to share with friends and family. Because I’ve been blogging here for so long and gone through so many changes and titles, it is literally a living memory book. My favorite thing is to go back, update and relive all the good, bad and the ugly times. It’s a comfort that I have every detail recorded somewhere.

Time-Management

This has been a difficult one because I’m not the best at scheduling things in my everyday life. I’m continually working on making a daily schedule and an editorial calendar so I can stay on track for my blog deadlines. Having everything happen on time is something I can really take pride in.

 

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BB #47+ a holiday announcement!

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Happy Weekend ladies! I’m working very hard on lots of things right now. It’s neat to have a hand in every bucket per say, I feel busy and accomplished. Like I’m meant to be a writer/blogger I really enjoy it and I’m glad I haven’t given up.

Speaking of upcoming events, I have a big one starting soon! Pamela from Hodge Podge Moments and I [The Petite Mrs] are going to do our second year of a holiday linkup we are calling #holidaybloggingchallenge 

(last year it was 12 days of Blogmas, see that here)  We had so much fun with that so we are recreating it with new simple rules like “leave a comment on 3 other links and be sure to include a graphic everyday”.

It will begin December 1st and run through December 25th (on Tuesdays and Thursdays).  There’s 10 DAYS worth of sharing posts on the linkup in the intro post on December 1st. You can always find it in the same place. This year we based the open ended prompts on  The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. We have questions set up to get you started but feel free to write as much as you want about each one or you can take the line in a new direction. We have lots of linkup graphics to share and put in your posts so people know where to come to join!

More of the basic information along with the graphics to grab will be in the first post (on December 1st) if I’m currently missing anything here. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and a relaxing weekend. Thanks for continuously linking up with us and making our Sunday bright! 🙂

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Happy Friday 11/25/16

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Each week Krysten of Why Girls are Weird, Lindsay of The Flynnigans, Charlotte of My Pixie Blog, and I are hosting a link up featuring our happy lists from the week! Got a happy list of your own? Link up! Now onto what made ME happy this week!

  1. Working on my newsletter- to be out soon!
  2. Gilmore Girls: A year in the life
  3. Scarf season
  4. Hedgehog playtime
  5. Old movies with Marilyn Monroe
  6. staying up really late
  7. hibiscus  berry tea
  8. Cosmopolitan magazine
  9.  Thanksgiving food
  10. Flipboard app / Pigment coloring app

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Now it’s your turn- LINK UP with us!

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My Pet Peeves

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Everyone has pet peeves and some people let it get to them- I personally try to not let it get to me too much. However, I do want express some displeasure with these points below. Everyone has their pit-falls or viewpoints/stance on things, these are mine. I have experienced them all and I’m sure you have too… The little things people in our society do that rub you the wrong way. Things people do that make you wanna shout at them-but you don’t because you don’t wanna go to anger management. These are the ones that irk me like no other and I can’t stand about and just whine. So I’m writing them down in hope someone can relate and express their (ahem anger) feelings with me as well.

always being late.

If you are running late have the kind decency to text me, call me or send a carrier pigeon to let me know. So I’m not wasting all day waiting with a (cold) hot coffee in a Starbucks nowhere near where I live to come ‘meet you’. When we make plans-do not cancel the same hour we are supposed to be hanging out or doing something together. Should you need to cancel, please have a good reason and tell me at your earliest convenience (also so I’m not waiting for you to not show up). Don’t be late to be somewhere when you’re expected to, it’s not polite.

leaving your pup’s doo-doo anywhere it shouldn’t be.

Having a dog is a big responsibility (what you’re parents probably said) and it’s true after it’s cuteness wears off. And sidenote: if you don’t have money and time to care for a pet, you don’t have any reason getting one. It’s a living thing and deserves being treated as such like it matters to you. If I find you’re dog poop on the staircase, on the lawn (not picked up) in  the middle of the sidewalk or near my door step I will just lose it on you. It’s not cool and should be against city codes (it actually is, just not enforced by officers). I’m sick of seeing people not take care of their pets and all that comes with it. You should get a fine if you’re so careless and don’t have any respect for others and property. Just thoroughly annoys me is all- I can’t stand it.

annoying, slow, otherwise chatty cashiers.

Since when does it take you a million years literally to check out my items? Do you have to tell me your entire life story? The one about how you lived in NE and had a job waiting tables in a small cafe outside the city. Until you found out your were pregnant with TWINS and then they came early! So your mother in law moved in to live with you and you married a prince and lived happily ever after… It’s not anything personal honestly but I’d like to just get in and out and not listen to your very long, sad story. (This shouldn’t be taken out of context. I love talking to some clerks and cashiers but I get this one gal EVERY TIME I’m at Target and she talks for an hour, fiddling with my things… let me leave!)

bad customer service. ANYWHERE!

I don’t appreciate rude people on the phone, or in the restaurant  industry. I dislike bad service with crappy attitudes and not getting the food and bringing the food quickly and then ignoring our table. I will NOT tip you if you do not put any effort in. I’m not here to pay you- but I’ll reward you with extra if you’ve earned it. I absolutely do not like it when I have arguments with the “bills and telemarketing” people. Please just be kind and listen to my problem and if I ask for a manager- GET me a manager promptly.

assuming.

Everyone assumes from time to time-it’s a misunderstanding that we all occasionally do. But if you always assume what others are thinking then you have no idea when things are wrong. And it’s wrong because then you’re totally misinterpreting their intentions. It also kinda makes you look rude and like people can’t trust you. Plus it makes an (ass) out of (u) and (me)… ya know the “other golden rule”?

Well I hope you enjoyed my little mini rant if it was just that-I don’t know. Not entirely what I intended but ya know it is what it is and I’m not gonna apologize for having certain few things that really bug me. What are your pet peeves? The ones you cannot stand to watch or experience. Those ONES! Tell me all about it below and if you’ve written a post lately- drop a link below. 

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