Santa Fail + North Pole Down South

Over the weekend, not only did I run a 5k race, but we took Emma Kate to go see Santa. If you will remember last year, she was not a big Santa fan at 10 weeks old, so we weren’t sure what was going to happen this time.

We drove about ten minutes into the “country” to go to North Pole Down South in Livingston. Livingston is a beautiful little area that is new but made to look like an old town square. (You can read more about it here.) In the summer they hold a farmer’s market, and other events during the year, but this was out first time making it out there. There is also a residential part that hasn’t quite gotten up and running yet, but I hope it does because I love this cute area!


We got in line for Santa, and Emma Kate did great. Bobby walked around with her and carried her on his shoulders, and she never fussed once.

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There were however some kids just being kids running around which is fine, but I was happy to see they were selling wine and mimosas while you waited in line (seriously, smartest thing ever!)

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livingston mimosa


We waited about twenty minutes, and it was finally our turn. Sadly, Emma Kate was still not a fan. However, instead of all out screaming like she did last year, she just made the saddest little face and did this pathetic whine, pointing to us. Poor girl.

EK santa

The below picture is the only one where you can’t tell she was terrified.

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Get away from me you creepy old man! (by the way, isn’t he a great looking Santa?!?)

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This picture about sums it all up.

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After we sufficiently traumatized our child, we decided to walk around a little bit. We came across one of the two restaurants, called the County Seat (I spy Bobby and EK).

county seat

We also went into the Livingston Sweet Shoppe. I LOVED it in here. I think I belong in the era of general stores and candy shops. This was my kind of place.

livingston candy

livingston sweet

You can follow them on Instagram and see what they are up to!

sweet shoppe

There was also a mercantile and gas station in Livingston.

livingston gas

And who can forget the wine cellar?

livingston wine

We ended up eating at a place called the Gathering. They have a blue plate lunch special, so Bobby had some fried chicken.

the gathering

I love the interior. So cool!

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The weather was beautiful, Livingston was great, and we got our Santa photos. All in all a good day, and EK behaved beautifully the whole time. If you are local to the Jackson MS area, I hope you will check out Livingston!

QOTD: Do you take your kids to see Santa? Did you cry as a kid taking Santa pictures?

My Favorite Things 2011


Welcome to the Oprah Winfrey show RWS show! My mom keeps asking me what I want for Christmas, and I am not sure what to tell her. I thought maybe I could help some of you out with your lists with a few of my favorite things of 2011. Some are health and fitness related, and some are just plain ‘ole fun, and some I don’t own but think are pretty cool! So so no particular order…


1. Keurig single cup brewer:


I love this little baby. I am the only coffee drinker in my house, and always fond it a waste to make a pot of coffee for just one cup. Not to mention, I always made it wrong. Too watery, too strong, but this way it’s perfect every time! I also love trying out all the different flavors and love that you can make tea, cider, and hot chocolate as well!


2. Running Skirts Capri Skirt:


With the colder weather upon us, it doesn’t mean you can’t wear a cute running skirt until spring. it just means you need to buy a capri skirt! These skirts have a drawstring and the same pockets, comfiness, and flattering fit as the regular skirts.



3. Acer Android Tablet:


Bobby got me one of these for my birthday and I use it every single day. It’s so nice to get online without having to turn on my computer or look at my tiny phone screen. We debated between the ipad and the android tablet, but in the end the android won because 1.) it was cheaper 2.) it has flash player 3.) has a full sized USB plug in. It’s great to take on a plane or to a hotel with free WiFi, I love being able to travel lighter!

4. Tall Boots:


I got a brown pair and black pair from Shoe Carnival on Black Friday and I love them. They are comfy and you can wear them with cute sweater dresses or with skinny jeans or regular jeans. I am generally not a trendy person but they are everyone this season!


5. Alarm Clock on Wheels:



That’s right, you read it correctly. I do not have clocky here, but think he’s pretty cool. Clocky will give you one chance to get up and turn off your alarm like a normal person. If you don’t, he will literally jump off your nightstand and run from you, beeping and flashing until you get up, catch hi, and turn him off. That will wake you up in the morning!


6. Tervis Tumbler


I pretty much only drink out of these cups. If you live in the south, you understand how humid it gets here and how much glasses sweat and then water gets everywhere. Not to mention it helps keep your drink hot or cold due to the insulation. I also love the cute logos you can buy! You can also get a lid and/or straw to go with it.


7. Running Chics shirt

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No lie, these shirts are so soft I want to wear one every day. There is a great selection and the logo is really cute, too. Great for wanting to be cozy and comfy in the winter months ahead. You must buy one!


8. Digital Picture Frame:



I got a Kodak digital picture frame for Christmas last year and I love it. I have mine in the kitchen, so it’s fun to be able to look over at pictures of my family while I am cooking or doing something in the kitchen. It’s also nice when you have company over, they seem to really like looking at vacation pictures, etc. in that way instead of flipping through a photo album.


9. Brookstone nap blanket


This is the softest blanket every created. Bobby bought one for me a couple years ago, and somehow the dos managed to steal it, but I am taking it back. It’s the perfect Sunday-afternoon-on-the-couch blanket. If you are ever in Brookstone, go check out how soft this thing is!


10. iPod nano


This is one gift I may ask for. I have a very old school iPod mini. Remember those things? I usually just bring my phone and listen to Pandora but I hate carrying my phone but I know this would easily clip onto my clothing, Now, which color should I ask for?

*Check out last year’s Runner Gift Guide!

QOTD: What are you asking Santa to bring you for Christmas?