How did you celebrate Valentine’s day?
…for listening to “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore over and over on Spotify for the past 26 minutes.
…for shopping online way too much. Because apparently Cyber Monday lasts the entire week this year.
…for buying myself a Diet Coke as a reward for getting to class early. Sometimes you just need one.
…for Instagramming said Diet Coke while studying before class today. And I’m pretty sure one of the scary graduate students saw.
I cannot wait for Winter Break. I love the holiday season, but it’s difficult to fully experience it on a college campus. It’s just not as festive. I’m excited to go home and do all my favorite holiday things. That being said, here is my Winter Break Wishlist. It’s like a Christmas gift list, except it’s a list of activities that I want to do.
1. Bake Cookies
2. Go shopping in Chicago
3. Organize my closet
4. Go sledding
5. Jump on a trampoline while it snows
6. Cook homemade pasta sauce
7. Go for a run
8. Make scrapbook pages
9. Spend an afternoon wrapping presents
10. Make lots of sorority crafts
11. Whatever else I can think of 🙂
What is on YOUR Winter Wishlist?
A great quote for Christmas:
“It’s not what’s under your tree that matters, but who’s around it.”
This is such a great quote and I think it applies to every day, not just Christmas! We all get so hung up (myself included!) on buying gifts and cooking food that we forget the real meaning of Christmas: to celebrate the birth of Jesus and/or to spend time with family and friends! I added the “and/or” for the sake of political correctness. Everyone is valued here!
Regardless of the quote, we had a tree (and a lovely one, if I do say so myself) with presents waiting for us on Christmas morning!
All ready for Christmas breakfast… these dishes only make an appearance once a year.
Presents under the tree!
The mini trees!
I’ll be blunt: I really dislike receiving gifts. I always feel like I don’t deserve them, and I feel guilty for getting stuff that I don’t really need when there are so many people in the world who don’t have the bare essentials. This year, I made a very detailed list of only items I actually could use, and asked for any other gifts to be in the form of gift cards that I could use whenever I wanted.
Check out this case! It’s heavy-duty because I tend to drop my phone a lot.
Workout tanks from Lululemon! Stuff from this store is expensive but fits great and lasts forever. I ask for it as gifts because Thrify Me never wants to buy clothing from Lulu with my own money!
And their new pink color rocks my world. That may sound corny, but there is no better way to describe my love for this color…
An insulated mug from Starbucks! My dad got this for me because he is tired of me carrying my tea around campus in a plastic mug I got for free.
Check out the cool rolly-ball-thingy that is used to open and close the mug!
I also helped my mom buy gifts for a child from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. It was so much fun shopping in the toy section at Target again; it totally brought me back to the days of longing over Barbie dolls and Easy-Bake ovens!
I finished decorating some sugar cookies to bring to my grandparents’ house. Definitely left that task until the last minute, but at least they look nice!
This is the recipe I used…
We made a cookie plate for my grandparents. It had sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies (from a tube of dough… gingerbread dough is TOUGH to work with!), peppermint patty-stuffed chocolate cookies, and Oreo cookie fudge!
Here are a few inspirational thingies I found…
And some questions for you!
Do you like receiving gifts, or are you the awkward, guilt-ridden type like me?
Coffee or tea?