Tag/ Christmas Cheer 2015


Favorite holiday movie?

My favorite holiday movie has to be Miracle on the 34th Street.

Do you have any holiday traditions?

One holiday tradition that we have stuck with since Michael was a baby was each year we buy  special ornaments. At first I would buy a special  ornament for him but once he got old enough to pick his own he would pick that one he wanted. We have a bin for his ornaments so when he moves out he will have his own set of ornaments for his tree.

Favorite holiday candy?

My favorite holiday candy hands down is the barley candies and chicken bones.

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Favorite winter candle scent?

From Bath and Body Works it has to be Frosted Gingerbread and  the cookie one. Smells so good this time of the year.

Favorite holiday memory?

My favorite memory has to be when I was a little kid and we didn’t have alot of money but a neighbor made it a point to go out and spoil us. He said that Santa mistook the packages to his place instead of ours. It was a wonderful Christmas.

Do you stay in your pajamas or get ready for Christmas morning?

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What is your favorite Holiday song/album?

My favorite holiday album is Michael Buble’s one. My favorite song is Last Christmas by Wham.

Who is the hardest person on your list to shop for?

The hardest person to shop for on my list is usually my sister. I always have a hard time thinking of what to buy her. 

Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?

I love having Eggnog but on super cold days its gotta be the hot chocolate.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Dasher, Cupid, Comet, Blitzen, Rudolph and Donner.

Any New Years resolutions and do you actually stick to them?

Some of my New Years resolutions is to loose some weight (this will mean watching what I eat and exercising more), cleaning up the house and getting rid of things we no longer need or use, budgeting and sticking to it (no more impulsive shopping and getting things I really don’t need) and blogging/vlogging more (this means sticking to a plan and following it through)

Do you have a real or fake tree?

We always have a real tree.

Do you buy your presents in advance or wait until the last minute?

I always buy my presents in advance because I hate the crowds of people this time of the year.

Where you live do you get a White Christmas?

I live in Canada and yes we do have a White Christmas. I can recall there being one year that we had a green Christmas.

The Broke & The Bookish Secret Santa (Reveal)


This is one of my favorite Secret Santa exchanges that I take part in pretty much every year.  With the exception of missing one year.

In the secret Santa you have a few options that you could select a) 1 book and a small gift/candy b) 1-2 books and a couple goodies or c) 2-3 books and goodies and I opted for c and I was matched with someone who requested the same thing.

I was lucky enough to receive my gift Friday afternoon and I was going to wait to open it but then decided that I was because it was a rough week.

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As you can see it arrived all nicely wrapped. I almost didn’t want to open it. The candy canes were yummy. 

My Secret Santa is a fellow Canadian and her name is Kelsey and she blogs from her home in Ottawa region (which is super close to me roughly about two hours away from me and her blog is Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf . If you click on her button it will take you directly to her blog. I invite you to go and check out Kelsey’s blog and say hi.

Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf

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Here is the lovely goodies she sent me. The candy canes were yummy as was the chocolate “C” which I managed to hide before anyone got home. I wasn’t as lucky with the jelly beans though. I thought they were hidden some what on the desk but someone spotted them. Not included was the Christmas card she sent because I hung it up already.

The books were all books I have posted on wishlists which Kelsey said was a huge help to her.

  • The Boy With The Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset (This is book 2 in the Otherworld Series)
  • Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood (book 2 in The Cahill Witch Chronicles)
  • Sister’s Fate by Jessica Spotswood (book 3 in the Cahill Witch Chronicles)

I am super excited to read these fantastic books.

Thank you Kelsey I love my package. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tag/ Ready for Christmas 2015


1) What’s your favourite holiday movie?
 My favorite holiday movie is Miracle on 34th Street.
2) What’s your favourite Christmas colour?
 My favorite Christmas colour is red and if I could add white I would.
3) Do you like to stay in your PJs or get dressed up for Christmas?
 This year with everything that happened with my father in law passing late last year (December)  and my mom passing in August we decided to just do a very chill Christmas so I am sure it will be a pj kind of day all day.
4) If you could only buy one person a present this year who would it be?
 If I could only buy one person a gift this year it would have to be for Michael because he truly deserves it. He has been such a great boy this year. He started high school and he is doing so well and he makes me proud each and every day.
5) Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
 We open presents on Christmas day.
6) Have you ever built a ginger bread house?
 Yes we did one one year and it didn’t turn out that great so we never did them again.
7) What do you like to do on your Christmas break?
 Since I am a stay at home mom during Christmas break we like to try and sleep in, watch movies and basically just take it easy. We need a break from the day to day routine.
8) Any Christmas wishes?
 My only Christmas wish is for everyone to be happy and healthy this holiday season and to be kind to everyone.
9) Favourite Christmas smell?
 My favorite smell is cookies baking.
10) Favourite Christmas meal or treat?
 My favorite Christmas meal is the whole turkey dinner with potatoes, veggies, stuffing and cranberry sauce. 

Merry Christmas Everyone