Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Currently December & a Giveaway

Linking up with Anne and Jenna for another edition of Currently! Join me?
Wishing~ That this Advent season would linger. That each day I would be mindful to carve out time to just sit and soak in what this season means and celebrate the true Gift of Christmas and what it means that Jesus was born. 

And maybe for a few of these goodies too! 

Remembering~ Memories of past travels and Christmases as we decorated the tree. And remembering my sweet Mimi, whose tree topper Angel now adorns our tree. I love our tree and carrying on the tradition my mom had of decorating with the hodgepodge of ornaments made or collected over the years. When we got our house my mom gave me a box with a lot of my ornaments from when I was a kid, so it is really neat to have those, as well as the all the ones I have made or collected for us as a couple. It makes decorating the tree each year such a wonderful trip down memory lane! 

Baking~ Not a lot lately! I did manage to roast some pumpkin seeds though and have two more pumpkins that I plan to do the same with! I just can't keep myself from craving some honey roasted pumpkin seeds, so I usually save a few pumpkins for well into December. I am pretty sure I even managed to get one through January last year!!

Decorating~ The tree!! This year we had my niece the night we got the tree and she helped us decorate. We were only going to do the lights the night we got it, but she was so excited that we did it all! Also, decorating with a 4 year old makes the tree extra fancy. There is literally an entire line of ball ornaments on the bottom of the tree. And the side she couldn't see?! Completely naked! It reminded me of when my siblings and I were kids and my parents would have to press us to put ornaments on the side facing the window. It was bittersweet thinking about as I was decorating with her, knowing her dad wouldn't be here to share in those memories, but how thankful I am to have her to share them with and to tell her stories about her daddy from when we were little. I thought about rearranging things once she left, but figured, nope! It's just extra ready for Santa! Especially the bottom of it. Who cares if the neighbors think we own no ornaments because the window side is bare?!

Wrapping~ Not much! We decided to fore go spouse gifts this year and are only doing stockings over here. And I am still waiting for all the gifts for my parents, and the nieces and nephews, to make their way over from Amazon so I really haven't done much wrapping at all! However, I am really excited to wrap up this giveaway and get it in the mail for one lucky reader.
I thought with all the hustle and bustle the season can bring, that I would share a little package that might help someone find a quiet moment to sit for a while; to breathe in and just enjoy the small wonders that surround this time of year and to maybe take a moment to de-stress if needed. So I am dubbing this the Bee Stress-free Giveaway! It includes this great adult coloring book that I got from blogging for books (and a set of colored pencils). I love adult coloring! It is so soothing and really helps to give my mind a break from the running lists of things to get done. 

Every Little Thing is the cutest coloring book! Perfect for the nature and animal lover, as each page is filled with the sweetest little creatures you ever did see! And you get to color them! You want a pink panda?! Go for it! Seriously, how cute are these pages?! 
I am also including some honey from the Savannah Bee Company and a bag of coffee! I have been wanting to share my love for honey in my coffee with others and thought what a perfect addition! A little coloring time, with a nice hot cup of coffee sweetened with honey?! That sounds like my kind of moment! Seriously, for those of you who haven't tried honey in coffee, you are missing out! I use to use it as a way to cut down on refined sugar and would do half sugar, half honey. Now I'm 100% honey! It adds such a great flavor to a regular cup of joe! This Barney's brew does have some natural hints of flavoring too it, which I thought would be a nice holiday treat, but it's also amazing with just your regular, everyday blend as well! 

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Good luck!
Happy December! 

68 comments:

  1. I hope the advent season lingers too! My favorite time of the year!! I love those coloring books. I asked for some for Christmas this year, haha. I'm so glad it's acceptable now to color as an adult :)
    And what an awesome giveaway!

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  2. One of my favorite traditions is decorating the tree with my kids.

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    1. So special! Memories I remember myself as a kid and one I love still as an adult!

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  3. I love going on a Christmas date with my husband!

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  4. I love going to the tree farm to pick out our tree and then decorating it with my little ones!

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    1. So fun! I have always wanted to go to a tree farm!! Florida has a few, but they aren't the ones that smell like Christmas

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  5. I like baking Sweet Potato Pies. I am sort of "the keeper" of my grandmother's recipe and make several every year.
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  6. Watching Christmas movies from now until after New Year's.

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  7. Watching Christmas movies and making Christmas cookies and crafts.

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    1. We go over to my moms to decorate cookies with the nieces and nephews! Always a fun (and messy haha) time!

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  8. I always spend time with my family that's my favorite thing this time of yr

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  9. My favorite tradition is opening gifts up around the fireplace and watching everyone's excited, surprised reactions!

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  10. My favorite holiday tradition is watching a holiday movie while eating yummy leftovers.

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  11. We go to evening mass, prepare a nice Christmas eve dinner and have a secret Santa exchange gift.

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  12. One of my favorite holiday traditions is riding around in the car looking at Christmas lights and then coming home to open up "family" gifts :]

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    1. I love that! One of my favorite things was seeing all the lights when we were little! I may have to start that with the hubs again this year!

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  13. Every year we do Christmas a few days early because of my husband's work schedule. It means extra family time for everyone and we end up lounging by the tree for hours.

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    1. Nice! Great way to let it linger for a while and not feel so rushed!

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  14. ours are going out to te tree farm the same one and picking out our tree and then the kids all get to pick out an ornament each year and put it on the tree then every year we bring out the bulb box it brings tons of memories as the kids remember when they got what ornament and age

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  15. We do family movie nights with the holiday classics. It's always a good time.

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    1. Oh my goodness, yes!! I haven't seen it in so long. May need to pull it out again!!

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  17. making popcorn strings for the tree!

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    1. Considering how much I LOVE popcorn I am surprised we have never done this! Probably because it would never make it on the tree because I would eat it all first haha! I may have to use willpower though and try it next year!

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  18. I love wrapping presents while watching Love Actually!

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    1. Yes, wrapping and watching is one of my favorites too!

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  19. One of my favorites is one that a friend and I started over 30 years ago. We pick a night close to Christmas (about a week before) and we have dinner and then drive around looking at all the neighborhood houses to see which was we think decorated the best.

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  20. One of our favorite things to do is looking at Christmas lights. We go out late on Christmas night and drive around looking at all the pretty lights. Theres never much traffic out and it's just such a peaceful night.

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    1. It does sound peaceful! I have never thought to do it on Christmas night, but what a great way to avoid traffic and have the day last a little bit longer!

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  21. I love baking Christmas cookies with all the women of my family.

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  22. We make the tree process a family affair from putting the tree together & lights. Then we watch Hallmark movies as we decorate.

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  23. I love getting a tree, baking cookies, and enjoying hot chocolate in front of a fire while reading. I know that last one isn't holiday-specific, but I do love it at this time of year!

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    1. Totally a great one in my book! Hot cocoa and a cozy place to read is perfection!

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  24. One of my favorite traditions is baking dozens upon dozens of cookies with the other women in my family.

    marija.majerle at gmail dot com

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  25. We have a tradition of letting our kids open one gift on Christmas Eve. It is always cozy new pj's. Then we make cookies, put on the pj's, watch a movie together and eat leftover cookies:)
    mmjohnson555 at gmail dot com

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    1. Love the cozy new pjs! Probably a tradition I will start sometime in the future!

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  26. My favorite holiday tradition is getting up early and watching my kids open up their presents.

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  27. opening one gift on Christmas eve and baking with my Grandma

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    1. I love this! some of my fondest memories were Christmas celebrations with my Mimi

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  28. Favorite traditions are decorating and baking.

    Merry Christmas!

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  29. Aw, I love that you now have your precious Mimi's tree topper. I'm sure that is so special to you. My mom gave me most of my childhood ornaments, and it's so fun to look through them each year! It's like a time capsule. :)

    Thanks for linking up!!

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  30. I love baking and decorating every year with my family.

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  31. We decorate an outdoor tree with things the birds can eat: popcorn and cranberry garland, suet, pine cones filled with peanut butter, etc. Afterward, it's fun to watch the birds enjoy it.

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    1. What a cool idea! I have never thought to do that. How neat!!

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  32. My family enjoys baking goodies for our neighbors and delivering them.

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  33. One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking and decorating cookies with the kids. Then we box them up and deliver them to the nursing home

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  34. We like to sit around the tree & reminisce about the year. I also use the same wrapping that my mom used for my Dad. She bought it in 1959 when they got married & I started using it in 1990 when I got married. It's pretty tattered but it means a lot, especially since we lost him 7 years ago the end of November.

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  35. We always watch A Year Without A Santa Claus! Its my favorite christmas movie!

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  36. I love baking cookies with my nieces and decorating the tree

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  37. My favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas Eve! My hubby always makes chicken stir fry, then we all watch a holiday movie, then we let the kids open ONE gift...and it's always holiday pajamas!

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  38. I love watching the Christmas classics with my family. My son loves watching A Charlie Brown Christmas with me.

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  39. I love holiday baking ... especially cookies and red velvet cupcakes for the kids.

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  40. Decorating sugar cookies with my daughter!

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  41. I make breakfast Christmas morning, and my family all comes to my house for it.

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  42. I love making cookies and watching Christmas movies.Thank you for the chance:)

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    1. My email sue-hull64(at)comcast(dot)net

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