Christmas Traditions

Christmas this year came and went pretty quickly!

I think it seemed like I blinked and it was here because life has been a whirlwind the past couple months. We went to Disney in the middle of November. Thanksgiving seemed to immediately follow that. My Granny’s 90th birthday party was just days after Thanksgiving and then Christmas Eve was here!

Our Christmas Eve traditions were at risk of being non-existent this year. My mom had to work…my sisters both live 8 hours away (in opposite directions…one north and one south!) and neither came home for Christmas…and there were no kids this year – my nephew is a 6 ft 6 in man-boy.

Our usual tradition includes: children’s mass at church, hors devours dinner, opening gift from our immediate family and one from my parents (usually something really special like concert tickets!), then Holiday Inn on tv.

This year though we threw the idea around of eating out or a sit down meal. I joked with my sister that it was a travesty that the traditions were going out the window!! But we pulled it together and had our meats and cheeses, the veggie tray, shrimp from Costco, and BBQ meatballs. We swapped the Children’s Mass for Midnight Mass and we watched almost all of Holiday Inn, the cookies weren’t homemade, but the sparkling grape juices flowed, and laughs were had by all.

See that bowl of pickles?? My mom and I almost ate the WHOLE jar BEFORE we even had dinner!!! Frickin DELICIOUS!!! And they’re made in Michigan too!! Local pickles for the WIN! Gotta find me some more…may have to order them online, but man…they are tasty.

“I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”….

What are your Christmas traditions? Let me know in the comments!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!

Till next time…


Christmas Nails!

Once a month or so, my mom and I get together to go get our nails done. It’s one of the few girly things that will do.

I love to pick my polish and usually glitter will be involved!! We get tips and gel and shellac polish. We go all out and it lasts a long time and looks as good as the first day we get them done…minus the growth.

Last month’s nails were supposed to be fabulous Disney themed nails, but the guy at the nail salon we go to who can do designs was not there the morning we went in. BOO!

I had already decided to go with something that would look awesome under the black lights of the dark rides at WDW…and against my better judgment, I chose – gah – hot pink! SO nothing that I would EVER pick, but they were supposed to have black mickeys on them!!! And they were going to look so great!

They ended up looking like this:

They were TOO pink! I needed to add something else. Mind you, this is almost a month grown out too…

We went yesterday to get our Christmas nails done and this is what they look like now:

I wish a photo could capture just how sparkly the gold and green are!!! So fabulous!! The red has glitter too, but not like the others. It took 3 coats of that gold to get it like that but omg…so sparkly!

My nails are all ready for Christmas now!

How about you? Do you have a guilty pleasure or some way that you like to pamper yourself? Do you get your nails done? Let me know in the comments!

Till next time!


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Welcome! My name is Heidi and the handsome boy I am holding is my nephew (who is a triplet!). I write about the things I love in my life and like to keep things real. I don't sugar-coat. Thanks for reading, and if you want to know more about me, please click the About Me link above!


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