Top ten things currently putting a smile on my face:
ClementinesI know I'm late to the party. I don't know what's wrong with me, and my only excuse is that I am completely out of touch. Anyway, I "discovered" ADELE this week, and I'm slightly slash highly obsessed. 1, 3, 5 and then 2, 6, and 7 are where you'll find me most of the time. Blasting on my BOSE as we speak. Can't.Get.Enough.
I like uniform trees in magazines, but mine will never be that way. I love sentimental ornaments too much. We grew up with a 'hodge podge' tree of ornaments we made and collected over the years. When my mom downsized her tree a few years ago, she let us pick the ornaments we wanted to take to start our own trees. I picked a lot of my favorites, and I love that ornaments from my childhood are on my tree now. I can't wait to add ornaments that my future children will make. The ornament below is my favorite. My family makes fun of me mercilessly for it, but I just love it. I made it preschool. Who needs a fancy tree when you can have glue & glitter yarn blobs?
I kind of thought we wouldn't get a single Christmas card this year since we moved, but we have wonderful friends! Everyone seemed to find us and we have received cards in droves. I had them on the fridge when I realized that there was just not enough room, so I broke out the famous T-Rog Christmas card tree as in years past. Love looking at your smiling faces! Just so you don't think we hate you, we did not send cards this year.
Read it Later
This app is GENIUS. I get so many emails and articles and things I want to read daily, but just can't read them all at the moment I receive them. Enter: READ IT LATER. Love. It works just like Pinterest. You install a "bookmarklet" (for free) to your browser, and anytime you encounter something you don't want to read now, but want to read later, you click on "read it later", and it saves the article in your own personal reading list (you sign up for a free account). Oh... but that's not the best part. The articles you click AUTOMATICALLY sync to your iPhone and iPad (if you've installed the free apps there). THEN, you can access your reading list anywhere, anytime - even if you don't have wifi!!!! I know, it's crazy. So because I travel so much, I've been saving articles to my reading list and then reading them all on the plane on my iPad even though there is no wi-fi. When you've read it, you click "read it", and it transfers to an archive. I know. Brilliant. Do it.
Glitter Nail Polish
No, I'm not in middle school, but I do enjoy a good glitter nail polish, especially around Christmas. Nicole's "Orna-ment for each other" is my current pick. Maybe not on nails, but toes... totally acceptable, in my opinion :-)
Love to Life
I am loving the Big Daddy Weave song "Love Come to Life". I sometimes listen to this as I run on the trail (along with ADELE, duh) and I can't help praising God! My heart cries out for this song to be true in my life. It's worth a download. It reminds me of a verse in 1 Peter, which I'm studying right now. This verse always challenges me - 1 Peter 1:22: "Love one another deeply, from the heart."
They lyrics say: "Would you reignite this heart spark here in the dark? Bring your love to life inside of me. Why don't you break my heart till it moves my hands and feet? For the hopeless and the broken - for the ones that don't know that you love them - bring your love to life inside of me. Love come to life! Love come to life! Bring love to life inside of me!"
I've learned the hard way not to get too attached to Haagen Dazs "Limited Edition" ice creams because they are not kidding that they are limited edition. They WILL take them away, and they will not feel bad about it. Lesson learned in the "Fleur de Sel" ice cream tragedy of 2009. Still, you won't be able to resist this peppermint bark ice cream I found at the store yesterday. Yes, please.
My aunt works at a showroom that sells Big Buddha, so I am lucky enough to get access to floor samples of Big Buddha bags! They are super cool, and I got two from my mom for Christmas. This one is my favorite. It's pretty big, so it's going to be my new airplane travel tote. Love!
Uniformly Wrapped Presents
I like my tree to be hodge-podge, but my presents have to be uniform. It's part of my OCD. All of my family's presents were wrapped in green & white print paper with red tulle bows. Brent's presents are all wrapped in red & white print paper with white tulle bows and green "B" letters (idea from Pinterest, duh). I also don't like Christmas themed paper like with Santa or something (sorry if I just offended you). I like more modern printed paper that just happens to be in Christmas colors.