Christmas Recap 2017

Happy January guys! I can’t believe it’s now 2018. How many of you are still forgetting and writing 2017 on everything? Hand raise! We had a great Christmas, but just like every year it flew by so fast and I want it back! Here are a few of my favorites photos and things we did.

The Friday before, Emma Kate had PJ day at school and obviously had to show them off.

Saturday we made reindeer food and fudge.

Christmas eve we went to church along with my mom and dad. 

Love singing Silent Night with just out voices and the candles. So beautiful. 

After church, we hit up PDQ. I know it’s not very traditional, but we knew we were going to be cooking all the things that night and the next day so I was not up for cooking again for lunch.

Bobby cooked pork chops for dinner and mom was in charge of bread, which is terrifying because she always burns it. So she sat in front of my oven to make sure she didn’t. Bless it. 

We made cookies for Santa and left them by the tree with some milk. 

We read the Christmas story from the Bible and the Night Before Christmas. My sister’s plane arrived just in time for her to get to join in and tell Emma Kate good night.

My mom, dad, and sister left to go to their house, then Santa came!

On Christmas morning, I made EK sit at the top of the stairs and wait just like I used to do. She was a trooper even though she didn’t really understand ha.

She ran downstairs to see that Santa came, and was so excited! She even had gifts in her stocking.

This is my FAVORITE Christmas photo from the day. Sums it all up perfectly. 

Happy girl loved her “doctor things”

Self timer for the win!

We got ready then drove down to my parents new house for the day. It was my first time seeing it with furniture and I love it!

Emma Kate even has her own room.

Also, Santa made a visit to Grammy and Papa’s house, too.

Bobby also got in on the gift action. (and he got me a laptop!)

Maybe a future career?

The weather was in the low 70’s and perfect.

We had our big meal at lunch, and it was delicious.

Santa even left Emma Kate a cupcake.

Self timer again! 

Lunch goodness.

Christmas day is also my moms birthday so we had a cake, of course!

Emma Kate learned how to “drive” papa’s golf cart.

The sign of a good day, asleep int he car by 7:30. We drove home and were so sad it was all over, but thankful for the great memories!

I hope you had a great Christmas with your loved ones. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Westfield Shopping Spree Giveaway

It’s time to get serious about your holiday shopping! If you live in the Tampa area, you can also check out all the fun holiday offerings at the Westfield malls in Brandon, Citrus Park, and Countryside.

Of course the thing every child wants to do is visit Santa! You can come tell him what you want for Christmas through Christmas Eve. You can even get a fastpass (shorter, faster line) by purchasing your photo package in advance online. (visit each mall’s website for a complete list of hours). 

Emma Kate was SO pumped to meet Santa and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. The photographers were great, and the set up was super cute, too. I was not expecting to see Mrs. Claus so that was a fun treat! Our photos were ready instantly to take home with us, no waiting around. 

There are last minute/extended hours shopping from December 15-24 at the malls. Also, be sure to check out the website for more details on discounts and special events.

Not sure what to get that special someone on your list? A Westfield gift card makes a great gift, because then they can pick out what THEY like best!


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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

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.

emma kate

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?!?)

emma kate santa

This picture about sums it all up.

livingston santa

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!

the gathering1

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?