What is Beachbody?

In my last post, Following My Feet, I told you about my decision to become a Beachbody Coach. What I failed to do was tell you what the heck Beachbody is and what a coach does. Oops, my bad! So this post will tell you all about those two things.

Following My Feet

I’m so sorry for being absent since December. I’ve thought about writing at the most random times and when I placed my hands on the keyboard, nothing happened. I have so many thoughts swirling through my head and I’ve had the hardest time putting them into cohesive sentences. But today I am going to give it my best shot.

Back in July I wrote a post called Follow My Feet and I’ve been busy doing just that.

“I don’t know where,

I don’t know where,

Where my path will lead, but I’ll follow my feet…”

(The Unlikely Candidates)

12th Day of Christmas

I finally made it to the 12th day! I wasn’t sure it was going to happen haha but I finished before 2014! So, here we go!

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Harry Potter. I know this may seem like an odd thing to add but for some reason I associate the winter holidays with Harry Potter. It could be because I’m a Potterhead and I try to relate everything to HP or it could be because 4 out of the 8 movies were released in November and I always saw it opening weekend, if not opening night. It’s funny too because the book release dates were during the spring and summer yet I don’t associate that time of the year with the series. Plus, the first time I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was in November. 

Welcome to Hogsmeade!

Welcome to Hogsmeade!

Butterbeer mustache

Butterbeer mustache

Wanted! Sirius Black

Wanted! Sirius Black

Welcome to Hogwarts

Welcome to Hogwarts

J.K Rowling made sure to give the Hogwarts students a decent break for the winter holidays and Harry, Ron, and Hermione took advantage of the time off to solve some kind of mystery surrounding He-Who-Should-Not-Be-Named. I loved the way Christmas was depicted in the movies and books too; the Great Hall was always decorated with trees and the ceiling was enchanted with falling snow. 

I got a really cool Harry Potter ornament for my tree and I make sure I find the perfect spot to display it. 

Harry and Hedwig

Harry and Hedwig

This concludes my 12 days of Christmas. I hope you enjoyed a peek into my holidays and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. If you don’t celebrate, I hope you enjoy time with your family and friends celebrating your holidays and traditions.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy, and fabulous 2014! xoxo

10th and 11th Days of Christmas

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…7 fish dinner on Christmas eve. My parents have done this tradition for as long as I can remember. We used to go to my dad’s best friend’s house for dinner for many many years but have since continued at my parents house and now at my house. Now, having done it myself, I have so much more respect for my mom and all the work she has put into it over the years. It takes a lot of planning and work but is most definitely worth it! We haven’t always had 7 different kinds of fish but usually come close. The menu this year was:

8th and 9th Days of Christmas

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…fireplaces and mantles. These made my list, even though I don’t have either, because they are beautiful and seemingly fun to decorate. Installing a fireplace is definitely high on our list of additions to our house but for now I’ll settle on looking at pictures of how I’d like to decorate it. So, here are some gems from my Pinterest page:

6th and 7th Days of Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…the color red. Red and green are such classic Christmas colors so they work together. I don’t really pair these two except around the holidays though. I have enough green with my garland  so I’ve added pops of red where I can. For example… 

My stocking that isn't hung on a mantle because we don't have one

My stocking that isn’t hung on a mantle because we don’t have one

My kitchen dishtowel

My kitchen dish towel

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Front door wreath

Front door wreath

4th and 5th Days of Christmas

Ok kids, I am quickly running out of time to get my twelve days in before Christmas so I’m going to combine some of my favorite things!

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…garland. Lots and lots of garland. I have to admit that I’m a little obsessed. I don’t have nearly as much as I’d like but year by year I’m adding to my collection, much to my husband’s dismay. He doesn’t get it. Maybe it’s a girl thing. Maybe it’s a me thing. Right now I have generic green fake garland.

My wimpy garland

My wimpy garland

I would love to have real greens to display all over my house but I can’t seem to get my hands on any. If I go fake, I’d also love to have the thick kind with ribbon or fruit throughout. I’m trying to spruce mine up by adding ribbon and that definitely helps give it some pizzaz! Do people still say “pizzaz?” Oh well, I just did. One other addition that adds to plain greens are lights, which brings us to…

the 5th day of Christmas! My true love gave to me…lights. I’m probably equally obsessed with lights and candles. No, not equally-more. The glow of white Christmas lights and electric candles in the windows give the rooms in my house such a wonderfully cozy feel. All my garland is wrapped in white lights. I have them on my console table,  on my bay dining room window, above my kitchen cabinets, around the railing to my front door, around my front door (although next year I need to switch it out for something longer because they look like flood pants against the door since it’s too short),  along my back deck, and of course, around my Christmas tree.

I would love this! Pic from South Shore Decorating Blog

I would love this! Pic from Southernnsassy

 

I would love this too! Pic from South Shore Decorating Blog

I would love this too! Pic from South Shore Decorating Blog

This is the only time of year that I get to enjoy this much soft light in my house. Our neighborhood displays luminaries on Christmas Eve, which I love as well. My family used to drive around to surrounding neighborhoods to look at their luminaries and Christmas lights on Christmas Eve after church. I used to like to take one last peek at the houses that still had their lights on and the luminaries that were still lit before I went to bed. Sometimes I still do that.

I hope you are enjoying all the Christmas lights and decorations!

Stay fabulous! xoxo

2nd and 3rd Days of Christmas

Hi Everyone! I’ve been slacking on my 12 Days of Christmas posts but I’ve had a good reason and my reason and this post will all tie together.

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me…cookies! Christmas cookies are a big part of our family traditions. My mom bakes many varieties in the weeks leading up to the holiday and she freezes them. On Christmas Eve we take them out and display them on her cookie tier, that is only used during the winter holidays, and dig in! She has done this for as long as I can remember and as kids we helped out, although I’m not sure how much help we actually were ;)  While my mom has rotated some varieties in and out she generally makes the same kinds, which is fine by everyone because this is the only time of year we get to have them. I guess I could make some if I get a craving for the orange chip cookies in July, but it just isn’t the same and it loses some of its “specialness.”

Press Cookies- favorites of my sister and husband

Press cookies favorites of my sister and husband

This year my mom gets a break from all that baking because she slipped and fell on ice and broke her shoulder in 3 places! Yikes! She ended up needing surgery to repair it with a plate and screws. She had surgery on Monday and came home on Tuesday and is doing really well. Unfortunately she’ll be in a sling for a while so I took over the  Christmas cookie responsibility and have been baking any chance I get! And that’s why I haven’t been blogging. My school schedule has been light (with the help of a snow day) so I’ve been able to get a lot done. But is hasn’t been too bad because…

On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love gave to me…music! I found a great Christmas song station on Pandora and have been listening to that while I bake. It makes the time go by really fast and I get a chance to hear the music when I’m not in my car. I’m into the traditional/classical songs because that’s what I grew up listening to and that’s what gives me the best memories.  I’m very much into Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, and music from The Nutcracker and Charlie Brown’s Christmas.

bingcrosby

 

charliebrown

 

natkingcole

 

rpoe-xmas

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season and get a chance to do some holiday baking, if that’s your thing! If not, I hope you take the time to do something that you enjoy!

Stay fabulous xoxo

1st Day of Christmas

I love the holiday season! I love the lights, decorations, trees, music, food, memories, nostalgic feelings, smells, colors, and time-off from work! Another reason I love this time of year so much is because I was married in December and that always brings fond memories. Since I enjoy it so much, I decided to write about my own version of the 12 Days of Christmas. And if I’m honest, I want to start blogging more frequently and I thought this would be a good way to stay on track. So…

I Ate Carbs!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I still can’t believe that it has come and gone already and there are only 22 days left until Christmas! 

My husband and I happily inherited the tradition of hosting Thanksgiving dinner and have done so for the past few years. I really love having the families come together and since both of ours are small, it’s never too overwhelming to have everyone (or most everyone) over to celebrate. The hubs takes Thanksgiving week off of work so he’s a huge help in getting the house ready and running errands. Everyone also volunteers to bring a side dish so that also helps take the burden off of me to be responsible for the whole meal and that way everyone is involved!