A country christmas

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We are going to the holiday farmer’s market today! I can’t wait to Christmas shop and snap some photos. Remember the last market? [Final market, sunday drives]

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we were talking about the trees disappearing, and now they are all gone and we are waiting on Santa’s arrival and snow!

I am also going to another market called the “Farm and flea” with tons of local products, truck pizza, cider tastings, food and pastries- yum! I can’t wait. It seems like my dream place. Sighhh, I will want everything. Also, to snap shots there too. Upcoming blog post with both- stay tuned!

I wanted to update you all on our Christmas decorating from yesterday [Merry little christmas decorating] now that it’s done.

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Be warm


Our first Christmas in our new home


Baby Daisy

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Helping with the decorating, of course!


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I’m obsessed with mom’s mantle

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Doggy pillow

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Our downstairs tree!





Merry little Christmas decorating

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It’s 55 and sunny out right now- and we are getting ready to decorate the house and trees for Christmas! It feels strange without snow, but we have the Christmas pandora station on to get in the spirit.

We start off with our favorite Sarah McLachlan Christmas album-this album always give me just that feeling of Christmas that we all crave at this time of year. You know that feeling I’m talking about, right? It’s just there. As soon as Thanksgiving ends, I feel all warm and fuzzy at the thought of Christmas.

The day after Thanksgiving, we spend the entire day decorating and getting into the spirit and then usually end the day off with a Christmasy cocktail- tonight I’m thinking something with eggnog : )



There’s something special to me about decorating the tree. We go through our collection of ornaments, which each have their own sentimental value, and reminiscence on how they got to us and how long we have had it- mom has another tradition of buying a new ornament every time we go somewhere new, so our ornaments are from all over! When I have my own family I know how special Christmastime will be for us, too. It has always been my favorite time of the year.

Excited for:

xmas tree bulletMaking DIY gifts and ornaments, giving gifts

xmas tree bulletChristmas in our new home- we get to have 2 Christmas trees this year! My mama talks all about the house in her blog: Mama’s blog

xmas tree bulletChristmas movies

xmas tree bulletDecorating my planner for Christmas- [Goals, with Gratitude post]

xmas tree bulletThat Christmas feeling.



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                                      Here’s some traditions we do every year!

xmas tree bulletDecorate the house and tree the day after Thanksgiving, to get the whole season in.

xmas tree bulletListening to Christmas music while decorating, my sister and I put the ornaments on the tree while my mama putters around getting the rest of the tree ready

xmas tree bulletBake tons of cookies- we usually have a cookie making day and freeze the dough, then make them closer to Christmas day

xmas tree bulletHave our whole family over to our house for Christmas and celebrate on Christmas day and have a huge dinner and desert

xmas tree bulletLately we have been taking a big family photo on the day, and this year we are going to do some sort of theme

xmas tree bulletWe watch It’s a wonderful life, every year. It never gets old and we recite the movie to each other and George Bailey is more and more charming every time.

xmas tree bulletI also have to watch Home Alone. The best!


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home alone

I don’t care if the house is packed,
Or the strings of light are broken.
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped,
Or there’s nothing here to open.

Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it.
Love is simply joy that I’m home.

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained; we’ve got food upon our table.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable.

Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.

Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

-“Love is Christmas” by Sara Bareilles


Do you all have a tradition for getting ready for Christmas? 







It’s Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown



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Thankful for new friends. Here, my friend Julia and I, help throw our annual Adolescent Services Thanksgiving dinner for the nonprofit we work for- our clients, their families, and friends enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal complete with pie! (Pictured above)

Watching now:

I have always embraced and loved every Charlie Brown movie during the holidays. They are just a classic tradition. That warm and fuzzy feeling; watching them do that little dance.

In the clip above, Snoopy cooks up a classic and traditional Thanksgiving meal of toast with butter and popcorn, which he ends up serving with pretzel sticks and jelly beans, of course.


Go Snoop.

                           Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the movie:


“Why don’t you come along, Linus? We can hold hands under the table” -Sally


“I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner! All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.”


“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.”- Linus


“But Thanksgiving was more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those pilgrims were thankful for what happened to them, and we should be thankful, too. We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown.” -Marcy



 What thankfulness are you celebrating this holiday? Think about how far you have come from last year and in what ways you have made even your bad situations into a positive one or a learning experience! : )



Thankfulness: Sisters and Sunsets

♫ Listening to: Mom’s Golden Oldies pandora station, clanking of utensils while the rest of the fam eats dinner, and the family chatting away. : )

Here’s another thankful themed post for you- if you haven’t seen my other one- check that out! Thankfulness Challenge

The challenge has been fun, and many of it is things you do on your own time and not all social media/blog posts.

Looking back on my photos from this weekend, of course I’m thankful. My sister is home at last and we hopped around one of our favorite little towns to thrift, eat, and drink beer while reading in a dog-themed bookstore we now love, complete with real pups roaming around!

I wanted to share with you all.


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Moonlight and moon behind christmas lights

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Speaking of lights….

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My sister could get lost here for a whole day. In her element!

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Welcome to the land of dogs, beer, and reading- all at once. Oh, and also- the BEST classic book merchandise- including a Hungry Caterpillar (one of my favorite books as a kid!) tote bag.

                                       Check them out! Spotty Dog Books & Ale

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Bar, bookstore, and pups. Living the dream;

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And checking out the scene.

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Hipster baby books: Urban babies drink latte.








7 Day Thankfulness Challenge: Day 1

Listening to: The rain and:

Fast car (Listen as you read!)

steady as stars


Thanks to AnnaMotion, we have this wonderful thankfulness challenge- and I am excited!

So the point of day 1’s post is to set a timer for 15 minutes and think of thankfulness or 50 things you are thankful for , whichever comes first.

Timer set. Here we go:

  • Rain pitter patters outside my window
  • Wind chimes singing me songs
  • Wine in my jack russell cup from the wine festival
  • Wine in general
  • Jack Russells/dogs in general (woof.)
  • Quiet nights at home
  • Mindfulness like this
  • Freedom of speech
  • Dim sleepy lighting
  • Soft hair
  • 15 minutes to sit and think
  • 15 minutes of time at all
  • Warmth: blankets
  • Last night; time with love
  • Candles lit
  • Sweet child O mind by taken by trees
  • Acoustic covers
  • Lyrics, meanings, and feelings
  • Feeling at all
  • Introversion
  • Challenges
  • Mistakes
  • Postcards in my room
  • Sentimentals
  • Happy heart
  • Positive changes
  • Persistence
  • Thanksgiving dinner for teens next week
  • Giving to others
  • Pie
  • Christmas coming
  • Holiday spirit
  • DIY gifts
  • Options
  • Life choices;
  • Indecisiveness
  • No parking ticket today
  • Good luck
  • People looking out for me


This was harder than I thought! More stream of consciousness thankfulness. Stay tuned for Day 2 : )





Giving, with gratitude

charlie brown thanksgiving


The season of giving and gratitude is upon us : ) And as you may know, I’ve been feeling grateful lately! (Goals, with gratitude).

I wish we could all think about our gratitude all year round, and not just at Thanksgiving! But I still love that we all have this time to sit with family, bread bread, and give thanks. My grandma always had this picture hanging in her house and I still love it- does anyone else love Norman Rockwell?!


Also, a lot of families have re-created this picture- so searching this online gave me a laugh!

Anyway, I was thinking the other night: at this time of year, when we say our thanks and plan our gifts for Christmas, we are giving a piece of ourselves. Whether it’s offering up a precious and private moment in our day that made us grateful, or giving a sentimental gift to someone you love- a gift you’ve been staring at under the tree and counting down the days to give it, just so you can see their reaction.

The two are intertwined, can we have one without the other? I’m not sure. But I do know that when we appreciate our lives or a simple moment in our days, something that made us smile or think about someone else-then we want to share that with someone.

I got the idea for this post the other night- it was a rough day at work. As a caseworker working with youth, I come across a varying of situations and I am always learning. They teach me things, as well. I met with a particular youth who has been struggling immensely… who I have been advocating for strongly to do well. She’s going through more than I could imagine and it brought up such feelings of gratitude for me: yes, I had a hard day at work, I’m exhausted, I can’t wait to go home. But I have a cozy home to go to after this day, while she does not…my gratefulness for my own life made me want to give and give to her.

I thought about her that night, while sitting in front of my warm fire after a good meal, with my puppies cuddled by my feet. Like- with a simple card dealt differently in life, our roles could be reversed. Just like that. And so I think to truly help others and give all that we can, we really have to remember all that we have.


Thanks for reading. Xoxo






Bye Bye Burly

We’re home now. We’ve come and gone many a times, but it’s different this time- we are not sure when we will be back. I remember the day so well, dropping my sister off at college in Burlington,VT, and being fine on the drive there and even when saying our goodbyes. Then all of a sudden as we drove away it hit me that she was leaving and I cried to myself in the back seat, watching the city drift by that would be her life for the next few years. But my Sissy is a wanderer, she goes somewhere and soaks in all it has to offer- and then has to move on to soak in the next experience.  She may be traveling for a bit, so we are not sure when we will be able to get back to Burly. So we soaked it in this weekend. 

She inspires me so much. I admire the way she feels the fear and does it anyway and the way she follows her gut and ignores others doubts. I love how vastly different we are, yet so much the same. She’s a drifter, while me- I’m a homebody. I wish to travel and see the world, but then I like to get back to my life in one place and my routines. We are such a good sisterhood balance, she teaches me to think about things for myself that I may never have before- and I think I ground her a little bit.

So for now- it’s bye bye burly. I hope we meet again soon. XOXO

Here’s a collection of Burlington treasures from this weekend…

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                                                   Treasures from the Past:

August 2015-Arts Riot food truck stop

August 2015-Arts Riot food truck stop

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burly tree

VT Teddy bear had a rough night.

VT Teddy bear had a rough night.

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Back to Black party

Back to Black party

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                         And finally, the anthem to her freshmen year: