Friday Five

Friday Five

  [The cutest gift wrapping ever, by mom] From the Christmas Sunday church service, to the family parties, to waking up Christmas morning and cuddling with my mom on the couch, waiting for the rest of the family to wake up to open gifts, this Christmas meant so much to me. While the presents are … Read more

 

gift wrapping[The cutest gift wrapping ever, by mom]

From the Christmas Sunday church service, to the family parties, to waking up Christmas morning and cuddling with my mom on the couch, waiting for the rest of the family to wake up to open gifts, this Christmas meant so much to me. While the presents are exciting and the dozens of Christmas cookies never disappoint, spending time with family is my absolute favorite part of the holidays. While everyone is always so busy with work, school and friends, Christmas always brings us together… if even just for a day!

This weekend I plan on spending time with my best friend, Olivia, who is visiting for the holidays from South Carolina. She leaves in a few short days and I am looking forward to spending some much needed time with her. Plans for ice skating, sledding and a game night are also in the works. I hope everyone is having a relaxing, fun winter break.

Happy Friday!

rainboots[Christmas rainboots]
gifts for italy
[Sporting a few gifts I LOVE for Italy!]
ava
[The biggest bow goes on the cutest present :*)]
liv
[Liv and I at a Christmas party]

Christmas Must be Something More

Christmas Must be Something More

Happy Birthday, Jesus! “What if ribbons and bows didn’t mean a thing? Would the song still survive without five golden rings? Would you still wanna kiss without mistletoe? What would happen if God never let it snow? What would happen if Christmas carols told a lie? Tell me what would you find.. You’d see that … Read more

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

christmas eve

“What if ribbons and bows didn’t mean a thing?
Would the song still survive without five golden rings?
Would you still wanna kiss without mistletoe?
What would happen if God never let it snow?
What would happen if Christmas carols told a lie?
Tell me what would you find..
You’d see that today holds something special;
something holy, not superficial
So here’s to the birthday boy who saved our lives.
It’s something we all try to ignore,
and put a wreath up on your door
So here’s something you should know that is for sure…
Christmas must be something more”

Friday Five

Friday Five

[Pinterest inspired Christmas card making] This week was filled with nothing but holiday happiness. I have spent all of my free time on Christmas activities, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Sometimes I think I actually love the days leading up to the holidays more than the actual holiday. The days are … Read more

christmas cards

[Pinterest inspired Christmas card making]

This week was filled with nothing but holiday happiness. I have spent all of my free time on Christmas activities, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Sometimes I think I actually love the days leading up to the holidays more than the actual holiday. The days are filled with such anticipation, excitement and love from family and friends. I just love everything involved with Christmas – from crafting Christmas cards for family and baking Christmas cookies with mom and grandma to wrapping presents and setting them under the tree. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with nothing but love and holiday happiness. Make sure to take a moment to slow down, take a break from the insane rush involved with Christmas preparation and enjoy the small pleasures that come along with the holiday. I hope that everyone has an absolutely wonderful Christmas!

Happy Friday!

christmas cookies[Baking Christmas cookies with mom]
wrapping gifts
[Wrapping Christmas presents with pretty bows as a finishing touch]
gingerbread girls
[A favorite Christmas tradition: decorating gingerbread girls]

fireside[Warming up from the winter storm with hot chocolate by the fire]

Winter Back at Home

Winter Back at Home

It’s the end of November, I just finished the rough draft of a 20+ page Spanish research paper, I have a Geographical Information Systems final project to worry about and 3 exams to study for (one being Corporate Finance, which is the hardest class in my major). This can really only mean one thing, Christmas … Read more

It’s the end of November, I just finished the rough draft of a 20+ page Spanish research paper, I have a Geographical Information Systems final project to worry about and 3 exams to study for (one being Corporate Finance, which is the hardest class in my major). This can really only mean one thing, Christmas break is just around the corner, and it couldn’t be any closer. A while back I posted a simple guide to surviving finals week, and will revisit some of my own recommendations in anticipation to returning back home for a good month. Winter and the holidays mean to me a lot of different things, but all I really think about is snow, warm fireplaces, purposely excessive Christmas decorations, tons of cookies, traditional Slovak dinners, pea coats, video games, Christmas music playing around the clock (especially Kenny G, Mariah Carey, Babyface, Colbie Caillat and the Elf soundtrack), old friends, snow football games, Tim Tam Slams, hot cocoa and of course, family.

How to successfully do a Tim Tam Slam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MQZX1nLOJ4

With my two older brothers soon to be living both in New York City, Christmas back at home this year will be extra special. Also, going back to my hometown of Cedarburg, Wisconsin will be warming because of the winter wonderland it is made out to be. Historic Cedarburg is a beautiful destination any time of the year (I now realize this since I am out of high school), but especially during the winter. It has century old limestone buildings, an old woolen mill, Cedar Creek Winery, unique art galleries, coffee houses and cozy pubs and restaurants, while two historic inns greet cozy travelers. Thousands of lights brighten the main Washington Avenue, which is quite inviting to a stroll throughout the historic district. It’s no joke that Cedarburg was honored by Forbes Magazine as one of the prettiest towns in America in 2011 and as one of the Midwest’s 6 best holiday shopping towns in Midwest Living.

It is also home to countless festivals and lovely events. There’s a tree lighting, Festive Friday Eves with “Christmas in the Country,” an Artists Guild Holiday Art Fair, photos with Santa at his workshop, holiday concerts and the Polar Express among more, which are all capped off by Winter Festival held in mid February. Winter Fest is the highlight of the Cedarburg holidays because of the ice sculpture contest that lines the streets, restaurant specials and tons of activities like “bed races” on Cedar Creek (if it is frozen enough!).

When I fly home on December 15, there will be much anticipation for revisiting with family and friends. It also will be an unfortunate realization that I am soon graduating, and won’t have a whole months worth of winter break to celebrate winter at home in my history city. Once I get through finals, at last, I will have some much needed time for relaxation, especially with the people who are closest to my heart.

Friday Five

Friday Five

[My baby cousin, Ava, on her first Thanksgiving] This week flew by. Mount students have one more week of class and then finals are here. Winter break is in reach! Besides attempting to complete the immense school work load that is piled on toward the end of the semester, I made sure to make time … Read more

ava

[My baby cousin, Ava, on her first Thanksgiving]

This week flew by. Mount students have one more week of class and then finals are here. Winter break is in reach!

Besides attempting to complete the immense school work load that is piled on toward the end of the semester, I made sure to make time for a little bit of fun and friends. Earlier in the week, my friend Tia stopped over and we lit Christmas candles, turned up the holiday station on Pandora and got to work making snowflakes to decorate the apartment. I also made a trip to Belden Village to do some Christmas shopping with my friend Emily! I absolutely love when the stores are all decorated for the holidays. It makes Christmas shopping so much fun.

This weekend I plan on babysitting, finishing up my Christmas shopping, decorating the Christmas tree at home with my family and watching a ton of Christmas movies.

Happy Friday, everyone!

movie night

[Peppermint mocha and fresh baked cookies with mom]

decorations

[Snowflake decor in the apartment]

pink

[Free VS iPhone case I received during the trip to Belden Village!]

ornaments

[It was time to put up the fun Christmas decor in my car]

Friday Five

Friday Five

[Huge polar bear (my favorite animal) at Anthropologie] It is officially the Christmas season! While others are out braving Black Friday traffic, fighting through aggressive crowds and tackling their way to the best deals, I will be preparing for Christmas in my own way. Now that Thanksgiving is over (although the leftovers will last for … Read more

polar bear display
[Huge polar bear (my favorite animal) at Anthropologie]

It is officially the Christmas season! While others are out braving Black Friday traffic, fighting through aggressive crowds and tackling their way to the best deals, I will be preparing for Christmas in my own way. Now that Thanksgiving is over (although the leftovers will last for days.. or weeks), it’s time to put away the fall leaves and pumpkin spice candles in exchange for twinkling lights and evergreen aroma. This Friday evening I plan on slipping into sweats, grabbing a peppermint cappuccino, turning up NSYNC’s Christmas album all the way and getting the house “Christmas ready” with my mom. Although I loved watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – did everyone see the Fierce Five gymnasts on one of the floats!? Love those girls! – I am so excited for all of the Christmas festivities that are soon to come (decorating gingerbread houses, going ice skating, picking out a Christmas tree… and the list continues).

Throughout this week, I noticed that there are so many simple holiday pleasures. Even the smallest things make me love the holidays that much more, such as the huge polar bear display I came across on a shopping trip with my sister. I hope everyone finds even the tiniest bit of holiday happiness this weekend.

Happy Friday!

oreos

[The return of white fudge Oreos for the holiday season]

car freshener
[The cutest polar bear car freshener my sister, Lindsey, surprised me with!]

Christmas music
[It is now FINALLY acceptable to break out the Christmas music again]

holiday packaging
[Festive holiday packaging everywhere you go]

Thankful

Thankful

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! Five things I am most thankful for this holiday season: My family – especially my new baby cousin, Ava, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving this year! The wonderful friends I have made at Mount Union The opportunity to study abroad next semester My student blogging position (who else gets paid to … Read more

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Five things I am most thankful for this holiday season:

  1. My family – especially my new baby cousin, Ava, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving this year!
  2. The wonderful friends I have made at Mount Union
  3. The opportunity to study abroad next semester
  4. My student blogging position (who else gets paid to talk about everything they love?!)
  5. The shirtless Taylor Lautner scene in Breaking Dawn Part 2 (it’s a must see, girls!)

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that sometimes I need a holiday to remind me of how much I have to be thankful for, but I am very grateful for the reminder. Every year I look forward to waking up Thanksgiving morning, grabbing some blankets and cuddling up next to the fireplace to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year will be no exception.

As I was thinking of everything I am grateful for this year, I thought it would be nice to remind the people I love most how thankful I am for them. So, I decided to do some arts and crafts! I found an idea I loved on Pinterest and got to work. Making holiday cards for your family and friends would be a great way to pass away the last two days of class until Thanksgiving break! All you need is some tape, scissors, decorative scrap paper and some ribbon (which is optional, of course).

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

scraps

 

cards

thankful for you

 

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter!

Easter eggs

I just want to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter! Many of you have family in town or are just taking this time to relax before the week of exams. As for me, I will be spending the better part of the day trying to find my basket (yes, we still do that) and hopefully get in some more studying before the night is through. We are down to one, albeit one tough, week to go; keep the spirits high!