5 Christmas Season Must Haves

Like almost everyone else in the world, I love Christmas! Because of this I can drill down the top 5 things I believe are essential to have during the holiday season.

1.) Hot Coco. No matter where you are for the holidays, no matter what you are doing, a good cup of hot coco is a necessity for the holidays. Hot coco has that magical effect of making anyone warm from the inside out. In my humble opinion you should add some stocking shaped marshmallows to bring your hot coco to a new level! The marshmallows I love are from Williams-Sonoma! And when it comes to hot coco, one of my favorite recipes is from One Good Thing, its easy to make and can warm in your crock pot while you are wrapping presents for Christmas!

2.) Christmas Tree. I know many people who either don’t like Christmas trees or don’t put them up until the last minute. Personally, I think the tree is critical to the Christmas celebration! The tree my husband and I have was only $10 from Walmart so it’s definitely something that anyone in any economic bracket can afford. The perfect Christmas evening for me has always involved a brightly lit tree, some hot coco and a holiday movie.

3.) Giving. This is a hard one for my husband and I this year. We have had more financial setbacks this year than I want to admit, but giving of your time and money is so important during this time of year. Giving to someone in need is the best Christmas gift you could ever have. There are so many opportunities available, but the one my husband and I are doing is through our church, Central Christian Church. Any local church would have places to accept donations for the holidays!

4.) Fuzzy Socks. Seriously, if you don’t understand the obsession with fuzzy socks, head to your local Target, ask for the fuzzy sock shelf, and you will see what the big deal is! Fuzzy socks are the essence of the comfy outfit everyone aspires to achieve. These are a cheap but perfect accessory to your Christmas experience, plus they make the best stocking stuffers!

5.) A memory jar. I was gifted a memory jar last year. In essence it’s a jar where you have written things that have happened during the year. Then at the end of the year, you read them and reminisce on the experience, while you shouldn’t open them until new years, you should have the jar out for your family and friends to write a little something as well! It makes reading through them on New Years even more exciting!

One Bonus Item I have to tell you about! My newest favorite Christmas activity, The North Pole Experience! It is an absolute joy to watch kids and adults get immersed in Santa’s workshop! For more details on our first experience take a look at our blog we posted on the North Pole Experience!

 

What are your Christmas Must Have’s!? What do I need to add to next years list? And since I haven’t mentioned it yet, Merry Christmas y’all!

 

 

Living with a Fisherman/Hunter

Growing up my dad wasn’t an avid fisherman or hunter. He would go hunt occasionally, and we would go fishing in the pond behind our house, but it was never a lifestyle for him. So when I started dating my husband, I was immersed in a lifestyle that was centered around fishing and hunting. Let me tell you, it was a major change for me!

First off, fishing and hunting takes a lot of time! The first time he tells you he is going fishing, you think, “okay, he will be gone a couple hours or so”. Nope! I’m going fishing is code for, “I am leaving at 4:30 am to drive to the lake by sunrise and I will be gone until dusk.” And that is the exact same line you get during hunting season. Good part is, you get a free day all to yourself! However, when it becomes an every weekend thing, sometimes you go with him just to spend some time together!

The next thing you learn is that fishing and hunting are very expensive hobbies! I had no idea the amount of lures, rods, scopes, guns, ammunition, clothing and many more things that are needed to accomplish these hobbies. My nights now consist of watching my husband look up new fishing and hunting techniques, videos on new gear coming out and showing me the boats and land we will be acquiring in the future.

Although there are things about my husbands hobbies that are a huge lifestyle adjustment, one thing he always does is he is so considerate of my feelings. He always asks to make sure I don’t have plans for us before he goes out and he always invites me along if I want to go. Never once has he said I couldn’t go or that I had to stay home, he always encourages me to come along or do something I enjoy while he is gone. While fishing and hunting are expensive and time consuming, I could think of worse things my husband could do. Fishing and hunting ground him, help him to relax after a stressful week and really connect him with the Lord.

So my advice for spouses of an avid fisherman/hunter, count your blessings! You love a wonderful person with so many amazing qualities and interests!

Ballerina Dress

Today, I wanted to show off this adorable dress from Ever-Pretty.  Super cute and flirty. This is an outfit that I plan on wearing on some fun date nights in the future! Absolutely beautiful in every way! When it comes to dresses I can be pretty picky, if it’s itchy or uncomfortable I will rarely wear it. However, this dress is comfortable and absolutely beautiful.

The dress is called, Alisa Pan Sleeveless Tea Length Ballerina Dress. You can find this dress and more at Ever Pretty. I absolutely love how well this dress fit! The top is a real soft feel and the bottom has a tulle feel to it on the outside, but the inside is lined with the same material as the top to make the dress comfortable for all day wear.

When you buy clothes online, there is always a chance that they won’t fit you perfectly, but let me tell you this dress fit like a glove! I would give Ever Pretty the highest recommendation after this review! Fast shipping, great return policy, and excellent material for your money!

 

Check out Ever Pretty for more gorgeous high-quality dresses!