Christmas Favorites


It’s Christmas time! I feel like most people probably enjoy Christmas and have their own routines and favorite things they like to do for the Christmas Season. Today I wanted to share a few of mine.

First off let’s talk Christmas movies.


The Christmas Story is probably a staple in everyone’s Christmas movie watching during December. It’s one of my all-time favorites and I’ll watch it as many times as I come across it. Also ever since the Home Alones came out in the early 90’s I’ve looked forward to seeing them again every December. I mean, seriously some of the best Christmas one liners!

“Merry Christmas, you filthy animal.”

“Buzz, your girlfriend…WOOF!”

I just love those movies. I even got the little handheld recorder that Kevin has in Home Alone 2 one Christmas…I loved that thing! As I’ve grown older, The Family Stone has become my Christmas movie, my thing. I watch it while putting up Christmas decorations, I watch it while I wrap presents, and I even listen to the soundtrack while driving sometimes. I just love that movie! It has an all-star cast. I love all the different personalities, while it’s a bit sad, it’s just such a great story! If you’ve never seen it, I hope that sometime this Christmas season you take the chance to watch it.

*Honorable Mention*

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation-I’d actually never really seen this movie until my brother-in-law came into the family. Isn’t that crazy?! It’s hilarious, and it’s one we always try to see at least once.

On to Christmas Music:

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I’m a sucker for that old-time Christmas sound. I’m talking Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Dean Martin, all those Rat-Pack guys. Nothing sounds like Christmas more than those guys. Bing Crosby’s White Christmas is one of my favorites. I can remember my grandma always playing this around Christmas. Now I have it and play it on my record player all month long.

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Speaking of rat-pack type guys, I’m going to go ahead and say if Michael Bublé would’ve been around in those times, he would have been welcomed into the pack with open arms. His Christmas album just makes me purely happy. He’s got such an incredible voice and a fun spin on some Christmas classics without making them too cheesy or just plain ruining the song. You’ll find this whole album on my phone played-out by the time Christmas is over.

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I also want to mention A Very She & Him Christmas. Zooey Deschanel has one of those classic voices that makes for great Christmas music. I slide this red vinyl on my record player in between Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics. 

 Now let’s move on to Christmas Reads:


One of my favorite authors came out with a Christmas book a few years back and it’s one that I’ve enjoyed reading the past few Christmases. You’ll fall in love with the characters and the 50’s styled Christmas decorating! My sister and I reference this book a lot at Christmas time.


Back in the Summer I mentioned in my Summer Reading List how my sister and I had been enjoying Several of Elin Hilderbrand books. This first book of her “Winter Series” as Kizzi and I call it, was what got us hooked on her books. Winter Street is such a great Christmas book, and you’ll absolutely fall in love with the characters as they continue on into Winter Stroll and her newest that Kizzi and I are both reading (and love) Winter Storm. You feel like each character could be in your circle of friends, I love love love these books!

So that’s my Christmas Favorites round-up. I’d absolutely love to hear what your Christmas favorites are! Leave me a comment down below to let me know what you enjoy around the Christmas season! 
For more Christmas posts, you can visit these posts from last year. Enjoy! 


Summer Reading List

As you all well know, I love books and summertime is my favorite time to read. So here are a few books I’m hoping to get read this summer! 

Here’s my list for this summer:

1. The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

MKA is another one of my sister and I’s favorites! If you want a funny, summer read, I suggest MKA! Start out with one of the Savannah books, they’re a great read. I’m so excited about this new one!


2.  The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

My sister and I have been on a bit of a Elin Hilderbrand kick lately, we’ve enjoyed her different way of writing! We just finished up Beautiful Day by her, and it was a truly good book. There are many of hers I’m excited to read, but I don’t want this whole list to turn into all of her books! 


3. Five Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz

My friend from work encouraged me to read this one, so I’m excited to see what it has in store.

4. Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst

If you know me at all, you know I have a passion for Wolves and so naturally this story intrigues me. It was a no-brainer to add to the list.

5. A Window Opens by Elisabth Egan

I chose this book because it was compared to Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? A book I loved. So of course I can’t wait to read it!

6. A Severe Mercy by Shelden Vanauken


I fell in love with this book the very first time I read it, and have been wanting to re-read it ever since I put it down. I like to re-read books I really loved and this was definitely one of my top 10 favorite books! 
So there’s a little peak into some of the books I’ll be reading this summer. What are you reading this summer? Do you have any recommendations? 

Book Review: The Blue Bistro

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I consider myself an avid reader. Last year I didn’t get near as many books read as I would have liked, so this year I’ve set out to read as much as possible. I started out my year reading a couple of Elin Hildebrand’s books, Winter Street  and Winter Stroll.  I loved everything about the books! The characters, the dry humor, the crazy family, and the interesting story. So that naturally made me want to read more of her writing.

Adrienne Dealey has spent the past six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer she has decided to make Nantucket home. Left flat broke by her ex-boyfriend, she’s desperate to earn some fast money. when the desirable Thatcher Smith, owner of Nantucket’s hottest restaurant, is the only one to offer her a job, she wonders if she can get by with no restaurant experience. Thatcher gives Adrienne a crash course in the business…and they share an instant attraction.                                                                                                                                                                                 But there’s a mystery about their situation: what is it about Fiona, the Blue Bistro’s chef, that captures Thatcher’s attention again and again? And why does such a successful restaurant seem to be in it’s final season before closing it’s doors for good? Despite her uncertainty, Adrienne must decide whether to open her heart for the first time, or move on, as she always does.

I picked up The Blue Bistro because it sounded like a good little story, but I had no idea I’d fall in love with this book’s story! The setting, the characters, the food…ALL of it!

The main character, Adrienne, is a girl that I admired her constant courage to step onto a new road. It pretty much had me hook, line, and sinker from chapter one! The male lead, Thatcher, is someone anyone would like. He has a suave-ness that is intriguing from the get-go. I loved the quirkiness of the story itself, and it was only the topping on the cake, that the bistro itself was very charming and had endearing quirks about it as well.  You can’t help but wish you could stroll down to the Bistro for their famous pretzel bread, or go down to have a glass of their Laurent-Pierrier pink champagne.

This is one of those books I flew through, but tried to soak in every detail. It only left me wishing it would keep going on forever. Hildebrand has a smoothness about her writing, and an intriguing way to her characters that I’ve really enjoyed in the books of hers I’ve read so far. I’d recommend this book to anyone that’s wanting a good, easy-breezy read. I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed this story, and I can’t wait for a couple of years to go by, so I can revisit this story and read it again. 🙂

Next up: The Rumor

What books are you currently reading?