I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start December! We got out first snow!
At our elevation we are extremely lucky if we get any kind of snow that actually sticks, so it was pretty cool (hah no pun intended) to wake up to this! It’s not much, but I’m happy! The dogs seemed to like it too!
Today we’ll be getting our Christmas tree as well. The Christmas season is officially in full swing at our house!
Today is the last day of November and thus the end of NaBloPoMo. Did I blog every single day for a whole month? No, and here’s why.
From the 7th through the 10th we were in Anaheim for our anniversary vacation. The hotel we stayed at required us to pay if we wanted wi-fi, so I didn’t have internet access. While I could have technically blogged on my iPad, I was very limited by the WordPress app. Once we got back I kept on blogging like nothing ever happened.
Then, we got a puppy. Our first week with Mr. Big caused us to get very little sleep; it was like being up all night with a newborn. After that all my posts were about updates on the puppy. It was hard to blog about much else, and I soon felt like I was putting quantity over quality.
What I ended up realizing was in order to produce content every day for a month I ended up doing a lot of personal/lifestyle blogging. Sure there have been plenty of things going on with the house this month, but not every single day. And considering how exhausted we are from getting adjusted to a routine with Mr. Big, we’ve had plenty of evenings where we come home from work and just relax.
I know that this can be seen as simply a couple paragraphs of excuses as to why, and I know you shouldn’t apologize for not blogging. Instead, I’m looking at it as a learning experience. It’s helped me figure out what I want to do next with a domain I recently purchased.
I gave up personal blogging a couple years ago hoping it would repair the damage with a few relationships. It didn’t (at least it doesn’t seem like it has), and in the long run I feel like I’ve been suppressing something I really enjoy doing. With Lovely Interiors I set out to blog about my interior design adventures, but LIFE crept in as well.
With that said, starting next year I will be moving to CristinaRobinson.net, my lifestyle blog where I’ll basically be blogging about everything there I’ve been blogging about here and then some. Stay tuned!
Happy Thanksgiving! Today I hosted my first Thanksgiving at my new house, and it went very well.
Joshua, Dani, and I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade throughout the morning while we cleaned the house. I put the turkey in the oven around noon and began working on the stuffing and mashed potatoes. Dani and I made one more grocery run before everyone came over.
For appetizers, we had shrimp cocktail, baked brie with crackers, and clam dip with chips. I was so busy in the kitchen that I barely got to enjoy them, but luckily my mom brought me plate.
Dinner itself started promptly at 4pm. I stuffed the turkey with apples and cooked it in champagne; it turned out delicious! My stuffing was a yummy Weight Watchers recipe, and I made crockpot mashed potatoes. Everything was so tasty!
After dinner, Joshua’s parents and grandparents stopped by for a visit and some pie. It was really nice to have my parents, sister, grandpa, uncle, and extended family all there for a wonderful holiday. I have a LOT to be grateful for!
As many of you know, I’ve been dealing with acne and oily skin for what seems like forever. I feel like I have tried every over-the-counter and ℞ product out there. In April I started Proactiv again, but after getting SUPER frustrated with their billing plus feeling like it stop working after awhile, I’ve been trying out a new kit every month.
I’ve made a list of what I’ve tried (crossed out) and what I plan to try. So far I haven’t found one that I am 100% sold on. The Kate Somerville is a pretty strong contender, but I still want to try the others.
Any other recommendations?
With Thanksgiving being about a week away and me hosting, I need to get my menu together. Here’s what I got so far!
Credit: 4 Thanksgiving Menus from HGTV Magazine
Joshua had to take some online tests for Mercedes this evening, so after I played with the dogs for an hour (seriously, Tucker and Mr. Big are SO cute together) I decided to take out my Silhouette Machine.
I’ve had this machine for almost two years, and tonight was the very first time I actually used it. Truth be told, I’ve been a little afraid and overwhelmed by it. I see all the cool things you can do with it, and I think to myself, “Gahhh I want to create all the things!” Yet, I never do it.
I did some test cutting on a spare paint swatch just to get comfortable. I’ll probably do a couple more practice runs this week in preparation for making a decal for my mailbox (something I said I would do a year ago).
Since I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year I’m looking at some fun ways to decorate that will still go with the overall modern decor of my dining room.
The color of my curtains are turquoise, I can work with complimentary colors like orange and brown, which happen to be fall/Thanksgiving colors.
From Your Creative Side
From acrivera’s ideas
From The Paper Plum & The Hollie Rogue
From Hostess With the Mostess
From The Grommet
The highlights of today:
- Joshua and his dad did the irrigation in the front yard. They did an amazing job, and now we can order sod!
- After some discussion with the family, I’ve opted to host Thanksgiving at my house this year. Now I have to figure out my menu and go buy a turkey!
- Mr. Big had his first vet visit today, and I’m happy to report he’s a healthy, happy lil pup!
Mr. Big has been a fan of waking up at 4am and 6am, so I’m hoping that by wearing him out today with lots of playtime and putting him to bed early I can get a little extra shuteye as well.
Last night Mr. Big slept all the way through without waking us up! I think it might have to do with the fact I put a big snuggly blanket in his crate that he could curl up with.
His first night he woke up us up four times, two of which were to go potty, and then his second night he only woke me up once. So, we’re getting better as each day goes by. He’s also doing really well about letting me know when he needs to go potty; we’ve have very little accidents with him.
He got a little anxious during the car ride to work, but once we got to work he was a happy pup for the rest of the day.