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Guest Blogging in Kissimmee

10 Dec

We will be on our way to Kissimmee this weekend–exploring all alot of the holiday activities in and around Kissimmee.  I will be posting here to Forty Cakes and to the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau blog at i.seekissimme.com.  Their posts may be delayed a couple of days–but check them out.

Our plans include:

Candlelight Processional at Epcot

ICE! and SNOW! at Gaylord Palms Resort

Arabian Nights Dinner show

Osbourne Family Lights at Hollywood Studios

and lots more…….

We have so much exploring to do and we are all so excited to get in the holiday spirit.   Be sure to check it out.


I love Christmas cards…….

10 Dec

and last year only received one.  I was so disappointed–my own mother didn’t even send me a Christmas card.

And, I realized that to get Christmas cards–I would need to send Christmas cards.

It’s not that I don’t want to send them out but I just have never gotten into the habit.  I don’t think I even have most of my friends real home addresses.

This year it will all change.

I am going to send out Christmas cards (before Christmas!) (I hope.)  I realize this does not give me very much time but I work best under pressure.  And the pressure is mounting.

I started looking at all of the card options on Shutterfly and there are a ton of options.

I  am having a VERY difficult time deciding.

Which one do you like best?

This one is great but all of these photos were taken last Christmas…a little dated, don’t you think?

With Love Chartreuse Christmas 5×7 folded card
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Or there is this one which is hilarious to me.The card reads, “Be Merry” but the kids couldn’t be any less Merry.  Too sarcastic?

Goody Garland Christmas 5×7 folded card
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Why can’t I decide?  This one contains photos of my nephew.  Is it weird to send Christmas cards with other people’s pictures on them?

Peppermint Bliss Christmas Card
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This one is probably my favorite because I love this photo of the kids (with Grandma and Mar Mar in NYC). And, it highlights one of the great trips of the year.

Color Me Merry Christmas Card
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But still I need help. Please help me decide.

If you have any interest in driving yourself crazy with endless options for cool holiday cards, calenders, and even holiday thank you cards. —follow these links to the Shutterfly site.

And just to let you know, even for us procrastinators, it is not too late!  And, Shutterfly will mail them out for you too….(I may have to take them up on that.)

Disclaimer:  I received a voucher for 50 free Christmas cards from Shutterfly for writing this post.  So, 50 people will be getting Christmas cards for me in my inaugural Christmas card sending year.

Quilted Advent Calender

1 Dec

(Okay, before I even write this post I have to tell you about the horrible thing that happened on our quick trip to Seattle.  As I was waiting for my rental car, I had my purse perilously perched on my suitcase.  One second later, it crashed to the ground.  I didn’t think anything of it at the time—I drop my purse all the time.  Later, I remembered that my brand new camera was in that purse without any protection.  I was scared to open the bag.  And, cried when I did—-my brand new camera lens had broken off the body and was completely ruined! So, not only did I break my brand new toy—I had nothing except an iphone to document our vacation to Seattle.  What a bummer!)

Anyway this post is not about broken cameras or trips to Seattle—-it is about my love for the holidays.  Especially Christmas.

Last week when everyone was doing their Thanksgiving stuff–I was thinking and planning and scheming for Christmas.  And, this advent calender is part of that plan.

You see, I wanted an advent calender that I could fill up myself.  Not one of those cardboard ones with the gross chocolate inside.  I wanted one that I could fill with good candy, small toys and little envelopes announcing some new Christmas activity for the day.  I want the build up to the big day.  Luckily, I was visiting Grandpa (my dad) and Grandma Debbie.

I do not sew.  I am actually kind of scared of the sewing machine.  However,  I mentioned to Grandma Debbie that I wanted  a quilted advent calender and she worked super hard to make sure we had one to take home with us.

Grandma Debbie sews all the time–she has multiple machines and a whole room filled with materials, scissors and other things that come in handy when you want to make a quilt on the spot.  She has awards for quilts she has made and she even teaches classes.  She knows her stuff.  And, she likes it. (It amazes me that we did not need to run to the store for anything to make this quilt.  We used whatever she had in her sewing room—she just happened to have a lot!)

We found a pattern on SewMamaSew.com and got to work.  It might hard to tell from the photos but each little square is a pocket that can be filled.  Today, I put in some chocolate covered frogs I secretly bought at the Harry Potter Exhibition.  I need to figure out what will go in the other pockets.  Some days will be a note like, “Let’s walk to see all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood.”  Another might be, ” Let’s decorate sugar cookies.” or ” Go Ice Skating.”

Debbie did all the work.  I just checked in every once in awhile to make sure she wasn’t getting lonely.  She worked into the wee hours of the night and completed the quilt just before we were to leave.

It turned out so well.  The colors are perfect and it is so well made.  I can’t wait to fill it up with goodies………