Gift Giving 101: Friends, Coworkers & Neighbors

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I intentionally waited until after Christmas to post this one. Right about now you are probably in your kitchen deciding which treats you really want to eat and which to pitch in the trash. You'll probably throw away at least half of the goodies you are given. So next year instead of slaving in the hot kitchen baking items that could eventually be thrown in the trash (no matter how good you think they are) think of something else, something useful that you can pass along. For the past couple of years I have purchased a printable PDF Calendar off Etsy that you can print multiple times. The one above I got this year for $4.35 from the shop Mibo. I print them off on cardstock, tied them up with Bakers twine and attached a pen. I think it's a great gift to give that can be useful all year. I know there are all kinds of other ideas too, but I'm on vacation. Therefore my brain is just not working to think up any more creative, useful things. This is just what I like to do & I think people appreciate the break from sugar! See you all next year!


Ok... One more before I go!

Trees at the Electric Plant Johnson City TX.
Last night we did my favorite Christmas Tradition. Even if this was just the second year we did it. We went out to the Texas Hill Country Christmas Lighting Trail. We just stopped in Johnson City this year (last year we did Llano, Marble Falls & Johnson City) but even still it was down right magical. It is so much fun to see these small Texas Towns all decked out for the Holidays. If you live in Austin or San Antonio (or anywhere in between) you should make this a family tradition as well. It requires a little driving for a whole lot of fun. Miss. S was seriously in heaven!


Signing Off

Christmas Card Photo 2010
We are heading to Utah for Christmas. So posts will be sparse... if there are any at all. I hope that everyone has a lovely and safe Christmas and New Years. We return home January 3rd. Until then enjoy your holiday season!


Gift Recieving 101: On-Line Wish Lists

That's right I said receiving. There is something to be said about being a good receiver too. I've been told I am hard to shop for. Now of coarse I find no truth to that, but in order to help my Husband with his shopping around this time of year I always put together an email complete with links. Per his request of coarse. Sometimes he uses it sometimes he doesn't, but it always gives him some ideas. Amazon has made this really easy with their Wish List feature. I know a lot of people are using this feature more and more, and I would just like to offer up a little advice in regards to using this handy tool. Whenever I create my Christmas List for Denny I make sure to put things on it in all different categories and price points. This year it contained things from a book to a sweater to photography classes. There was such a variety of things that no matter what his budget he could figure out something that would work. Don't I repeat don't put only expensive items on your list. Some people may not have the budget to drop $50 or $100 on you. So include items that are $10 $15 and $20 as well. That way you won't be disappointed when they don't get you something from your list. Better yet just don't be disappointed if someone gets you something that's not on your list. Some people will use it and some people won't, and you know what? That's ok. Receive all gifts with a smile!

Gift Giving 101: Thinking Outside the Box

Our Christmas Gifts last year. I have a serious thing for Hounds-tooth.
I've thought about this a lot lately. As Miss. S is starting to get older there's a lot more I want her to participate in. I would love for her to take dance, swimming lessons in the summer and preschool is right around the corner. I know a lot of people are in the same boat, and thinking about the cost of these things makes it a little overwhelming. Instead of another toy or sweater or book consider something that doesn't fit in a box. Think about your grandchildren, nieces and nephews or even your spouse. Is there something this person is really interested in learning or doing? Grandparents you might want to consider donating to a season of soccer. Husbands treat your wife to a couples cooking class. Get your boyfriend a lift ticket instead of the usual hoodie. Let me be clear I'm truly not throwing down hints for Denny. He has already shopped for me and I am positive I will love whatever he gets me. I'm just giving ideas of things you could do that are different. Something that you can't put into a box. Help them learn a new skill or develop their talents. I'm sure they would love it.


Technical Difficulties

Our internet has been down all day. So please excuse the lack of posts today. I may or may not have one up by the end of the night. Thanks for understanding!



I didn't blog yesterday because I spent all day working on these. So I deeply apologize. In my family we have a tradition of drawing names instead of giving to every person every year. Now that we are all grown and have families we draw families. This year I have my sister Stacy. She has three boys. The first two are twins. To be honest I don't know them really really well. I live in Texas and they live in Utah. I adore them and we always have a lot of fun when we do see them. Not to mention they are great with Miss. S. I had a hard time figuring out what to do for them though. So I decided to tap into their love of video games and make them Mario Brothers T-Shirts. Mario and Luigi for the twins (naturally) and Toadie for the youngest (of coarse). I used the tutorial on MADE for Freezer Paper Stencils. It was really fun to make and pretty easy. You can kinda tell that Toadie was my first one though and Luigi was the last, but all in all I love how they turned out. Don't be surprised if I do more with this technique later on. I think this baby in my belly needs some cute onsies or something.


Gift Giving 101: Get Personal

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The last tip was to be thoughtful. What's more thoughtful than a personalized gift (such as the silhouette)? Either handmade or purchased it's always special to get something with your name, initials, or another special element on it. It only takes a few minutes browsing through Etsy to see how many fun options are out there. You could do art work like the picture above. A keepsake ornament like this one from Lisa Leonard. For kids you could do plates or cups like the adorable ones from Sarah & Abraham. You can do a DIY project such as this really cute custom banner, initial pillows, or wall letters. The possibilities are really endless. I'm pretty sure anything can be personalized these days. Giving your gifts a personal touch elevates them into something the receiver can have as a keepsake. Your gifts will be the stars under any tree. So get personal and the people on your list will love it!


Working Hard

Sorry it's a slow day around here. I'm busy working on snowflakes for our Christmas Stockings. I'm not going to lie I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this one. They may not get done before Christmas. Good thing we have stockings at both Grandparents houses right? I'm going to try really hard, but I don't know. I can see how I want them to look in my mind & knowing me I won't settle for anything else. So we'll see how it works out.


Go Treat Yourself

I thought the last post was maybe a little bit of a downer. I definitely got on my soap box a little. So I thought I needed to follow up with something fun. Since I'm on the topic of soap boxes I thought this would be appropriate. I've blogged about my love for Mrs. Meyer's before but it was a couple years ago. So I don't feel bad bringing it up again. For those of you who saw this last time I apologize. Around this time of year one thing I get really excited about is getting to use my favorite hand soap and lotion. Mrs. Meyer's Holiday Peppermint Duo. It is a little bit of Heaven. I don't even know if they carry it any more but if you see it sitting on a shelf at your grocery store you should definitely treat yourself. It's worth it!

Gift Giving 101: It's the Thought that Counts

This may be obvious but I feel like it's an important rule. I've heard a couple stories through friends recently that goes to show not everyone thinks this way. I think this is important as a gift giver and a receiver. I don't care if a gift cost $5 or $50 the best gifts are the ones you could tell a lot of thought went into it. Some years I'm better at this than others. I think this year I really thought about each gift a lot. This was my gift from my sister Aubrey last year...
So cute right? And something that spoke right to my heart. My sister-in-law Jody gives really thoughtful gifts every year single year also. I'd much rather get a hand made silhouette of my daughter than a DVD player or jewelry. And most likely it will save you some money. In this economy that is really important right? As a receiver if someone gives you something that obviously didn't cost an arm and a leg but you can tell a lot of time and thought went into it then appreciate it! I once heard someone say "If your not going to spend at least $20 on me then don't get me anything at all." All I have to say to that is rude! Now I understand some people are harder than others. My Father-in-Law is tough, but I know he is a sucker for his Grand Children so I think anything that involves them he will love. I just encourage people to really think about each person on your list and thoughtfully pick something out for them. Don't just throw something in a box at the last minute and call it good. It's the thought that counts in the end, and everyone loves to feel thought of.


The Cookies of My Dreams

Yes they are really that fantastic. I found a cookie recipe some time ago that was good NOT great. I've done a lot of tweaking to this recipe to make them just right. After much deliberation as to whether or not to keep this recipe a guarded secret I've decided that it is much nicer to pass it along. So with no further delays here you are. Happy Holidays!

Glorified White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
3/4 cup butter softened
2/3 cup Firmly packed light brown sugar
1 Large egg
1 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
3/4 cup Coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup Shredded coconut divided
3/4 of a bag of White chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
3. Beat in egg and vanilla
4. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Blend into creamed mixture.
5. Blend in nuts and 1/2 cup coconut.
6. Stir in white chocolate chips.
7. Take heaping spoonfuls and roll into balls. Slightly flatten out like a pancake. Take rest of coconut and put on a small plate. Roll the top of you cookie in coconut. This part is essential as it gets toasted and crispy while baking.
8. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 min or until set. They should be slightly brown with coconut toasted.
9. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets then cool completely on wire racks.
10. Enjoy with a tall glass of milk.

*Disclaimer* These cookies are very sweet and very rich. A glass of milk may be necessary.

I am not a huge fan of white chocolate, and I'm very picky about coconut. I assure you that these cookies will not disappoint. If you make them please let me know what you think!

*Update* Last night Denny told me that this last batch may have been TOO sweet. If this is the case you can use 3/4 of a bag of white chocolate chips. They will taste just as wonderful.

My DIY Christmas

It seems like every year around this time my Husband says to me "We're on a really tight budget. Don't spend too much". So I buy my Christmas presents, send Christmas Cards and maybe get 1 or 2 things to decorate around the house and that's it. This year I was looking at my stash of Christmas Decorations and thinking how sparse it looked. However we're on that tight budget again so I can't go out and spend like crazy. So I've turned to the internet and my craft closet to see if I can spruce up the place. My first project was this paper garland. The tutorial says to use a 2 inch punch, paper glue, 2 yards of string, and coordinating paper. I had on hand a 1.5 inch punch, double stick tape and yarn. The only thing I really had to buy was coordinating paper. I found a winter/snowflake themed mat pack at Joann's on sale for $5. We have a lot of snowflake decorations in blues, whites and silver so I immediately thought it would be perfect.
I really like the way it turned out. I will admit that it would have looked a little better (a little fuller) with a two inch punch and obviously it would have been more sturdy with glue and not tape. What can I say I had to make it work. Despite these things it still turned out pretty good! It is a really easy project too. This week I'm mostly working on our stockings and maybe some ornaments. Hopefully I'll have something to show soon!

Here's another paper garland that is super cute and would be really easy.


2011 Color of the Year...


I like pink a lot. It's not my very favorite color, but it's up there. This is a nice shade that makes me endlessly happy. Honeysuckle holds a very special place in my heart. It is one of my favorite fragrances. It reminds me of my childhood growing up in Alexandria VA. Taking walks in the spring through my Granny and Papa's neighborhood and along the Potomac River. Smelling the Honeysuckle blooms on the breeze. I remember vividly the very first time I picked a Honeysuckle flower pulled out the nectar and tasted it's sweetness on my tongue. Oh how I adore Honeysuckle. I would love nothing more than to have Honeysuckle bushes surrounding my future home. Thank you Pantone for taking me on a trip down memory lane today and giving me a chance to look forward to Spring. I think you nailed the 2011 color of the year.


Getting Crafty

Here are just a few of the projects I would love to do for the Holiday's. I'm actually working on the garland as we speak. So I'll post pictures when I get it all done!

1. I'm dying over the above wreath found on Design Sponge last year.
2. Darling felt Christmas trees found on All Sorts.
3. The paper garland that I am currently taking on found on Hambly Screen Prints.
4. I would love to make a tree skirt out of a vintage table cloth like this one found on Missen Pieces Etsy Shop.
6. Last but not least felt stockings inspired by Jessica Jones at How About Orange.

Can you tell I'm all about felt right now. Anyway if you try any of these ideas out let me know how they turn out!


Gift Giving 101: The Rhyme/Something to Read

Around this time of year it's hard not to think about gift giving. That's a huge part of Christmas right? As I've gotten older I've thought a lot about what makes a good gift giver. I can think of a couple people in my life who I think have it down. My oldest sister (well all of my sisters actually) is one of those people. My other sister just posted on this same thing on her family blog today and I also saw this very rhyme the other day on Bloom. I hate to repeat things but I kinda wanted to add my two cents. Anyway I've come up with some rules for myself that I think help make gift giving a little easier. I like to start with my sister's rhyme

Something they Want
Something they Need
Something to Wear
Something to Read

I love this. It covers everything! I especially love the Something to read. Now that Miss. S is a little older she can sit through longer books and she really enjoys them. I've been thinking a lot about books that every little girl should have in their collection. Here are my top three.
What do you think? What are some essential books to have in your little girl's collection? Or in any child's collection?

Over the next couple weeks I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite gift giving tips in a series I'm calling Gift Giving 101. I hope it helps some of you who stress about Christmas Shopping every year.


The Great Debate: Real or Fake

I think this year is the first year I've ever looked at a fake tree and wished I had one. I've always been a firm believer of going to pick out the perfect REAL Christmas Tree. I would even love to go out to one of the Christmas Tree Farms not too far from where we live to get one (Here and Here). I would do it every year just for the fresh scent it brings to my home. This year though I didn't exactly get to pick out my own tree. My wonderful husband picked one up on his way home from work. And although it is a beautiful tree, even a grand tree, it has it's flaws. Mainly it's dryness. Our house is riddled with needles right now. I'm kind of envying the cleanliness and symmetry of a fake tree. So what do you do in your family? Real? Fake? Every other year you switch it up? And why do you do what you do? Above is my favorite Christmas Tree we have ever had. It felt a little Charlie Brownish to me. Little and scrawny, but perfect.


Gift Wrap

I am not the best gift wrapper. I do like my presents to stand out though. I'm kinda obsessed with my choice of gift wrap this year. I'm not going to lie. This is a horrible picture (I just couldn't get a good one at all), but here are the first few presents headed for under the tree.
I decided to go with a solid silver paper then tie it up with torn fabric in lieu of ribbon. I love the rustic feeling it gives the look. It's super easy too. Sometimes a more simple approach to things is what makes them stand out. The only complaint I have is the paper I bought is rather flimsy and doesn't lay very flat. Hence you can see every wrinkle. Oh well! At least they look cute under the tree!


Baby Boys.

When I was pregnant with Miss. S I could have sworn that I was having a boy. I had a name picked out, bedding, artwork, everything. All for this little babe who I was sure to be a boy. It came as somewhat of a shock when the ultra sound came back saying I was having a sweet little girl. This time around I could have sworn I was having a girl. My instincts are way off.

Well now that I'm finally having the boy I thought I was having before all the things I had picked out are no longer available (Except the name). I really wanted this fantastic white ceramic owl lamp from Urban Outfitters. Gone. Great Japanese import fabric from Repro Depot. Gone. So I'm trying to figure out all that I want for this little guy's soon to be nursery. I have found one thing that I have to have.
My Husband has a real thing for Red Dragons. Always has. I think it will be a good jumping off point. I'm not big on theme rooms. In fact I can't stand them. So the whole room will not be a dragon theme but this little guy will have to be incorporated some how.


It's been A Looooooong Time...

But here I am again. I do that don't I? Disappear for a while then show up again out of the blue. I've been thinking about this blog a lot lately actually. I pull it up and look at it a while and think... Boy there is no hope for this little blog endeavor. I dropped the ball. Truth is I love this blog. I need to pretty it up a bit. Make a nice banner, but I really love having a place to vent creatively. Life got away from me though. Excuses piled up and before I knew it neglect had set in. Not just with this blog but with my family blog too. My most important excuse is I'm expecting my second baby, which I'm over the moon about. However I was sicker than sick, and truly not motivated to do anything but lay in bed. Then when I got my energy back a couple weeks ago I kept looking at this page thinking that the damage was done. I failed my little blog. Then I read this. About six photos down one says Keep Trying Anyway. You fell down once, maybe even twice. It hurt. It has taken such a long time to get it all going again... but you are amazing... so you KEEP TRYING ANYWAY. I was inspired to get going again. For me. Because I need to do something I love creatively and consistently. I'm going to try again. It's my blog anyway right? I guess technically I can come and go as I please. So there you have it. I'm back.
Oh and as for this little Mister. He will be joining our family around April Fool's Day. I couldn't be more excited.


Eating Well

We have been making a conscious effort around this house to eat better lately. More veggies & fruits. More whole foods. Less of the processed junk that litters our grocery stores shelves. Today's lunch was fantastic. We got the recipe from this months Everyday Food (great & inexpensive). It's basically Egg in the Hole but the hole is a red bell pepper. The only thing we added to the recipe was sliced avocado. Very fresh and yummy. Served with spinich and strawberry salad. I have to give credit where credit is due. Denny cooked everything (and took the picture). All I did was wash and ready the salad. He is a great cook and he really enjoys it. I'm a lucky lady.


Shakalaka Lip Blaka

This is a super random post I know. I'm trying to get back into posting after a long time off due to random health problems, and spending time outside in the sun. So I'm starting small. One thing that has always been important to me (and should be to you too) is protecting my skin from the sun. I always use sunscreen when I spend time out side. Lately I've been using this one, but it changes from time to time. One thing that never changes however is my love for a certain chapstick. Shakalaka Lip Blaka. Seriously people this is the best chapstick in the world. The name is a little silly I know, but it is soooo good it doesn't matter. I can't seem to find it anywhere in San Antonio, but they sell it at Macy's (the grocery store) in Utah. So I pick it up everytime I go visit my family. I'm telling you if you see it get it. You will not regret it.


Best Day Ever

Today we went strawberry picking with Miss. S. It was magical. So what is she she was more interested in chasing butterflies. It didn't matter. It was joyous. I want to go back again and again.Then this evening we took a drive and saw hundreds of these sweet little guys.Tiny deer. Like pet size. They are so little. I love them and so does Miss. S. There are so many reasons why I love living in San Antonio. These are two.


In Bloom...

I've been absent for a little while. So sorry! Spring has sprung in San Antonio and we are loving it! We have had a really cold and wet winter. So the sun and warmth is a welcome change. I'm having a lot of fun taking Miss. S outside to enjoy the sun. She is so much happier getting fresh air. So any and all projects have come to a halt. There are a few things I really want to get done before summer. I'm crossing my fingers that it actually happens. Keep checking back because you never know what you'll find.Since we've had such a wet winter all our bushes and trees have exploded with beautiful blooms. I feel like it is more so than usual. This is the bush right out our front door. It is covered in flowers. Every time I walk out the front door the most amazing scent hits me square in the face. It makes me swoon. I'll be sad when they are all gone again. Until then I will be taking it all in every day.



I go through phases with things. I'll be really into crafting for a few months. Then I'll switch it up and read a ton of books in a 2-3 month time frame. Then I burn myself out on that and I go back to sewing. Right now I'm in a cooking phase which I've never done before. I've actually been really into trying new recipes and making dinner a little more exciting. I love getting on allrecipes.com and just looking at all the choices. That is my go to site. Then last week I discovered the Campbell's Soup recipe site. I know it's probably nothing new to you guys, but I'm pretty excited about it!It's a sleek and very user friendly site. It has provided me with very easy, nutritious, yummy meals. We tried these BBQ Roast Beef sandwiches and they were a hit. I served them topped of with a little cheese and coleslaw. Very tasty. Tonight we'll be trying out the Chicken Broccoli Divan. Using 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of chicken & adding sauteed mushrooms. Served over rice. I always like to change up recipes to suit my taste. Go to www.campbellkitchen.com and enjoy.

P.S. I have been indulging in a little crafting as well. I just can't post about it yet. Soon though. So check back.


If Someone Were To...

... be planning a special party for a special lady in their life. That someone may want to take a look at these very special cupcake liners. Because you know that lady loves cupcakes & cuteness.Found at Cupcake Social


Curve Balls

It's funny how just when you feel like your life has hit a good rhythm you are thrown a curve ball. I feel like I've been battling the flu, or a cold, or something for the past month. I'm getting a little tired of it. I feel like everything is a little off right now. The house is a little unkept, my to do list has gone ignored. It's time to get things together again. I'm thinking I'm finally on the mend. Knock on wood. It's perfect timing really. The last few days we have had the most beautiful weather. I'm in heaven! Therefore we've been outside enjoying the sun!This my friends is what an 82 degree San Antonio sky looks like. I just want to spend all day everyday sitting under this sky! It's dreamy!

Keep tuning in. I promise I'll have some new fun posts up very soon!


Side Tracked

I've been a little side tracked as of late from blogging. I've been consumed with watching amazing athletes like this...I should be back on track after the Olympic Winter Games are over. I just love the Olympics and it seems like there are hours and hours of it still to watch on my DVR. I gotta catch up!


Gorgeous Genealogy

These genealogy charts really make me want to do some work on my family tree. I love how they are so modern and interesting.Genealogy is hard for me to do. I know I have some family members who are really into it right now. I just have a hard time focusing on it. I think if these were involved I would have a little more motivation. Check out the gorgeousness at My Tree & Me. Also you can enter to win a custom chart titled "Ripples in a Pond" at the Bright Side Project right now. Just beautiful!



I can't remember where I found this, but I had to pass it along. Because... well... it is brilliant! Customizable clothing. The online shop is called eShakti, and it has adorable cloths that you can customize. How does it work you ask? Well take this lovely little number...Cute right? Well I personally wouldn't be able to wear this dress. I would need a little longer sleeve. Guess what. You can add a longer sleeve. Or change the length. Or even change the size of the scoop neck. I'm telling you this is a dream come true for a girl like me who has a hard time finding dresses that fit right! Go check it out right now! I mean it! Beautiful things that would work for anyone!


Rough Draft

These are the Valentine's I'm making this year. Hopefully they will come out a little more refined. This one was the test run. I feel like whenever I do some sort of craft I have to do a test run first. To see if what is in my head will actually translate. A lot of times it doesn't. This time I don't think they are as cute as I was hoping, but they are close enough. So I'm going ahead, and hopefully now that I have done it once they will just get cuter and cuter.

For some reason I've been having a lot of fun sewing paper lately. So when I saw this post over at MADE I knew I had to give it a try. Her Valentine's are so cute right? She is so creative & her blog is a constant source of inspiration. I'm going to have a lot of fun perfecting this one.


I Heart You

I've been seeing really cute Valentine's Garland around the blog universe lately. Then when my sister Aubrey made the most adorable felt heart garland it got me thinking I needed some garland of my own. However I didn't want to spend any money and I didn't have any cute colored felt on hand. I did have some gold paper heart doilies. So I got to work. I just fead it through my sewing machine and poof. Five minutes later. Gold heart garland. I used fourteen hearts end to end for the Fourteenth day of February. Sure the felt hearts are way cuter and far more durable, but for free it's not so bad. I'll make some felt hearts next year. Paper doilies always remind me of my Mom. She was really creative with me as a kid. She used to get packs of these in white and then put me to work coloring them. It would keep me busy for a good long time. I totally remember taking my time filling in all the little flowers and details on the white paper. Trying so hard not to slip onto what ever was underneath. It was a fun art project. One that I'm excited to do with Miss. S when she is a little older.


For the Love of Shoes!

I have been obsessing over these babies all week. To bad they are more of a want rather than a need. Good thing I have a big birthday coming up.


Revere Ware

I just made lunch so this is fresh on my mind. Recently I inherited a few Revere Ware pots. I didn't know until recently the glory of a good pot. I got a cheap set of Farberware Non-stick pots before I got married, and they have served their purpose well I suppose. The frying pan is no longer in use but everything else is. I really have no complaints with them, but I don't have any praises to sing either. My views on pots have changed as of late. My new (to me that is. These pots are actually quite old) copper bottomed Revere Ware pots are a joy to cook with. They bring things to a boil so quickly. They heat food so evenly. They clean up splendidly, and they are sturdy. They are the same pots and pans my Mother used all while I was growing up. I would really love a whole set! I've read some reviews on-line saying that the new Revere Ware isn't what it used to be. I guess that is the story with most Kitchen items right? I mean if you bought a Kitchen Aid in 1975 it will be higher quality than one made today. So it looks like I'm on the hunt now. I need to hit up some thrift stores and consignment shops to find me some vintage pots!


Kid Art

We have been spending a lot of time at home lately. Since Miss. S got sick we were advised to keep her home for a couple weeks. So that is where we have been. Still I feel like I've been very busy. The medication she is on makes her one needy kid. So to pass the time we've been doing a lot of art projects. She loves to paint! Art has been my biggest life saver during this whole thing. Now I just need two things. More project ideas that are age appropriate, and to figure out what to do with all of it. Because really there is nothing cuter than kid art. Am I right?


2010 Calendar

I know this post may seem to be a little late. Originally I was waiting to share because I was giving away several of these and I didn't want to ruin the surprise. Then the Little Miss got sick and everything just sort of got put on the back burner and forgotten about. I purchased this Calendar from an Etsy shop called Govango. I was looking for one in PDF form so I could print it myself as many times as I needed. I wanted to use them as small Happy New Year gifts for some important ladies in my life. I love how they turned out (but not how the pictures turned out. Sorry I'm not a professional photographer). Buying calendars like this is fairly inexpensive, and you get something pretty unique. Something for you to think about for next year. Or if you still don't have a calendar for this year they are still available.