December Daily Days 7, 8, 9

Friday, December 9, 2016


I've been keeping up with making my album, but got a couple of days behind on blogging.

Day 7 - rest, Christmas shopping, a photo shoot for a local clothing boutique (so random, but so fun!), and a quiet night at home made Wednesday a great day!


Day 8 - Joe and I went and volunteered at a distribution center in Pigeon Forge. It's a place where people affected by the Gatlinburg wildfires can get clothes, food, and more. I'm so glad we were able to do this!! Along with volunteering, we plan to make a donation to Dolly Parton's My People Fund. She's giving $1,000 per month for 6 months to families that lost their homes. We drove up the Spur toward Gatlinburg and saw some burned areas. The damage wasn't as bad on this area as I had expected... but the worst hit areas aren't open yet.


I tucked our wristbands behind this card.


Day 9 - the first snow flurries of the season! Although the snow didn't really stick, it was pretty to look at as I drove to work. These cards are from a Kelly Purkey kit from a year or 2 ago.





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Fall Book Report

Friday, December 9, 2016


In September and October, I continued reading and working toward my goal of 30 books this year.



I finally got to read Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. It's been on my list for quite a while and it did not disappoint! It's about 2 young people that marry and the book follows their life. You get to hear both sides of the story and I couldn't put it down.

I first heard about The Girls by Emma Cline from a reading list someone posted on the inter webs. It's about a young girl that gets swept away into a cult like group. She spends most of her time with the group, but goes back and forth between them and her mother. Overall, I liked the book but it was somewhat unsettling.

I listened to When I'm Gone by Emily Bleeker because it was another free Amazon book. It's about a family with kids and the mom passes away. The husband gets letters from her after her death and can't figure out who they're from. It was pretty good, but I should have read it instead of listening on Audible. Again, I realized I prefer nonfiction audio books vs fiction.

I really liked I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. A mom and her little boy are walking home when he runs out in front of a car and is killed. It's a hit and a run so the book is all about tracking down the guilty party. I was shocked a couple of times!

Another book that's been on my list for a long time is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It's set during World War II and follows the stories of a blind French girl and a German boy. Her father works at a museum and is entrusted with carrying a very valuable item (or one of its 3 copies) when they have to leave France. So good!!

Another nonfiction book I listened to on Audible was A Return to Love Workshop: The Basics of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson. Another amazing read from her! It's about letting go and letting miracle happen. Loved it!

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Christmas Cards part 2

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


We used stamps on the rest of our Caring Hearts cards.

This is from an Illustrated Faith stamp set. It's so cute!


I used gold embossing powder and Mom's Spectrum Noir markers to make this card.


I finally used this stamp set and I love it!


Mom created these 2 cards in slightly different color schemes. She used a variety of stamps and I LOVE how the pattern turned out!!




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December Daily Day 6

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Day 6 was short and sweet - it's all about Christmas music! A few XM/Sirius Radio stations started playing Christmas music on Monday afternoon. I've been listening to some while working on my December Daily. My coworkers and I love listening to pop hits and country versions  at work too.


Do you have a favorite Christmas station you like on XM or Apple Music? Or a favorite album?

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December Daily Day 5

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Today I documented my "Gifts" list on my iPhone. Through the year, I add things I notice or hear people say they like. When Christmas (and birthdays!) roll around, I check the list and see what options I have.


I even ordered something off the list for Joe today! ;)


How do you keep up with gift ideas?

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December Daily Day 4

Monday, December 5, 2016


On Sundays when I'm off work, Joe and I usually have breakfast and run errands. Today was no exception, but we did try one of the Starbucks holiday drinks - caramel brûlée latte. We thought it was SUPER sweet and I prefer the chestnut praline latte I had last week!


I wanted to use stars since you collect Starbucks stars when you make purchases there. I layered the red star washi from Pam's mini kit on top of one of the cards.


This little paperclip has been hanging around for a long time - today was the day it got used!


Which Starbucks holiday drink is your favorite?

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December Daily Day 3

Sunday, December 4, 2016


We took a day trip over to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. No spa visit this time (dang it!) but we hung out in the Great Hall in front of the fireplace, had lunch at Edison's (best grilled cheese ever!), and saw some of the National Gingerbread House Competition winners.


I cut the bottom inch or so off the brochure, attached a little tag to it, and slipped it behind the 6x8 page. It peeks out just enough for you to know it's there.


Still loving my numbers :)


How cute is this card?



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