Five on Friday | Dec. 18


It’s hard to believe it’s less than a week until Christmas! Somehow it manages to sneak up on me every year. I’ve been busy finishing up work, running around to find gifts and of course, taking some time to be still and relax during this hectic time of year.

Here are some things I’m loving this week:

| Favorite holiday phrase |

When things don’t turn out as I’d hoped during Christmastime, this is my response. 🙂


| Favorite new coffee cup |

FINALLY! Starbucks has comee out with an adorable coffee cup. The company has had a major dry spell with cups, in my opinion. I remember when they would come out with the cutest Christmas coffee mugs. Now it’s different, but I’m obsessed with this cup and its gold writing.


| Favorite winter treat |

My mom came in town this past weekend and we had so much fun cooking, drinking wine, shopping for Christmas gifts and watching this crazy documentary on the History Channel. One of the things we whipped up were these fabulous pumpkin spice scones with dried cranberries!

Yes, they were from a box (Archer Farms brand at Target) but boy were they yummy and a perfect complement with hot tea. We confirmed that they were better than the ones you can buy at Starbucks. 🙂


| Favorite new way to gift wrap |

I wrapped the majority of my family’s gifts last night and I love the way they turned out. I bought my gift wrapping supplies at Hobby Lobby. They have the best prices around with 50 percent off all gift wrap! I decided to wrap simple this year with brown boxes, burlap twine and colorful burlap bows. The boxes are so pretty that they don’t need wrapping! Less work for me!

I also bought these cute burlap mini sacks to stuff little treats inside that go along with the box gift!


| Favorite Book recommendation |

I just finished this national bestseller “Lunch in Paris.” It was a smart, funny and light-hearted read by Elizabeth Bard. It’s about an American woman who married a French man and she ends up moving to Paris…EVERY woman’s dream right?! It’s always been my dream. But instead of her life being a fantasy, she talks about the differences in cultures and how sometimes situations weren’t so glamourous.

Also at the end of each chapter, she includes recipes from her kitchen in Paris and I have eardogged more than a few of her creations and can’t wait to try them.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh or desires to take risks into a new world. Bard writes with such fantastic humor and really brings the beloved city of Paris to life—with all its bumps and turns.


What were your favorite things this week? I hope everyone has a great week leading up to Christmas. (Hopefully not a stressful one. It doesn’t have to be!)






  • bbooksmartblog

    December 18, 2015

    That mug is adorable

  • Audrey Kimmel

    December 18, 2015

    Loved this one, especially the sign, “Oh, Deer” I bought a Christmas puzzle and love putting it together, a bit at a time. Very relaxing. The scones look so good!


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