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Hello December/Holiday Wish Meme 2012

My favorite time of the year is here again! It’s officially the holiday season! The stores are all decorated and playing Christmas music, ABC Family is doing its 25 Days of Christmas, and people have lights on their homes and trees in the windows. I’m listening to Christmas music, Trader Joe’s has yummy Christmas treats everywhere, and my birthday is in 19 days!

For the 2012 holiday season, I have so much to be excited about and thankful for!

– My awesome Aidan. He’s now nine years old, in fourth grade, and absolutely the best little boy ever. EVER.
– My husband. It’s amazing to have someone so supportive of me, so ready to defend me, and willing to do anything to make me happy. And he puts up with my wackiness, which is no small feat, let me tell ya.
– My families. All of them.
– A trip Disney World in which I got to be in a PARADE!!
– My work study opportunity at Moksha Yoga. I get to do work I love in exchange for what I love. It’s a win-win!
– Teacher training at Moksha Yoga. Oh my goodness, it has been a wild, crazy ride, but you know this already.
– My friends, old and new!
– My Plurk crew. They are hilarious and fun. Love them!
– The abundance and blessings that have been and keep being rained down on us.


It’s now time for the Holiday Wishes Meme. I started doing this in 2006, and I encourage you guys to do it as well.

Step One
– Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered…whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LJ/blog. The post should contain your list of up to 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun (“I’d love a Doctor Who icon that’s just for me”) to medium (“I wish for _____ on DVD”) to really big (“All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.”) The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
– If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
– Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your entry, or link to this post (it’ll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
– Surf around to see who has posted their list. And now here’s the important part: If you see a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes someone’s trash is another’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use—or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free—do it.
– You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to be someone else’s holiday elf—to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not—it’s your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just…wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.

With that said, here are my wishes for 2012.

1. A gift card, or for you to make donations to, DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose focuses on education. Teachers ask for classroom project materials. We donate. The kids learn. Most of these schools are high poverty, and the teachers are already doing all they can. Any amount is welcome.

2. Donations to Paws Chicago, the shelter where we got Helena. It’s a cage-free, no-kill shelter, and they are run completely on donations; they receive no city, state, or federal funding. It’s a great place. A shelter situation is stressful for the animals involved, and every animal I came in contact with there was happy and friendly. They have an extensive screening process to make sure you’re aware of your decision and commitment, and if somehow things don’t work out, the animal always has a home at PAWS.

3. Anything from my Amazon wish list.

4. Gift cards to bookstores. I love bookstores. And books. But you already know that.

5. I also wouldn’t mind gift cards to Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Target, or Kohl’s.

6. A mailbox FILLED with Christmas cards. I remember the days I’d open my mailbox and find loads and loads of cards. I would barely have a place to display them all. Every year, the number of cards I get dwindles. :( So, I’d love to get tons more cards again. I miss that!
*Comment with your email address if you’re interested in fulfilling this particular wish and I will email you my address.

The things that I’d like your prayers/happy energy for:

1. My mom to be as healthy as possible and to live a long time.

2. My friends and family to be happy, healthy, comfortable, and secure.

3. Myself to be happy, healthy, comfortable, and secure.

4. A mild winter.

Happy Holidays!
It’s December now, the holiday and giving season really is here! YAY!

Now, go download my Christmas Bucket List!!! Also pin it on Pinterest. Share it. Link it to me. It’s my gift to you. :)

*** Oh yeah! If you do this meme for yourself, be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post, OK? I want to read your wishes!

Friends who are wishing: Neth * Nashay

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A Review, A Giveaway, and a Freebie!

Now that Halloween has gone and I actually saw SNOW FLURRIES (and bought wrapping paper), I figure it’s time to unveil a few holiday surprises!

(I know most people want to wait until after Thanksgiving to talk Christmas, but THANKSGIVING IS NEXT WEEK GUYS. THAT DAWNED ON ME TODAY WHILE I WAS AT TRADER JOE’S LOOKING AT THEIR TURKEYS AND WONDERING WHY ALL THE STORES ARE GOING CRAZY OVER TURKEYS LATELY….)

ANYWAY. Take a look at this adorable wish list.

The nice folks at Harrison Media supplied this for me to share with you, so if you want one of your own, all you have to do is click here for a printable version. I’ve already had Aidan fill his out. :)


(my printer is annoying. i’m pretty sure i just put some ink in the thing….)

The awesome people are Harrison Media are amazingly generous. They’ve sent me a copy of the Original Christmas Classics and let me tell you. IT IS AWESOME. Not only does it have my favorites like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Claus is Coming to Town, but IT HAS MR. MAGOO’S CHRISTMAS CAROL. You guys. Oh my God. I LOVE Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. You just don’t know! And speaking of little known classics, this set also comes with Cricket on the Hearth, which I’d never even heard of, and Frosty Returns, which I have heard of but not seen too often. So yeah, this 2-disc set is pretty awesome. Get it for Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol alone. It’s worth it.

They also sent me the VeggieTales Ultimate Christmas collection. This comes with six specials, AND a 25 song Christmas CD. I remember listening to and dancing to VeggieTales with Aidan when he was a toddler. They are a lot of fun. AND….guess what! I have a copy to give away! Want it? Well, you know the drill. Rafflecopter, blah blah blah. DO IT and introduce more Christmas classics into your home this holiday season. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

More giveaways coming up this week. Stay tuned….. :)

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Christmas in Chicago 2011

Christmas Ornaments 2011

It’s Christmas Day.
Or technically, the wee hours of Christmas morning.
(the night owl in me likes to wait up for Santa)
My mother, sister, and son are in town.
The house is crowded.
But there is a lot of love.
And food.

Mailing Letter to Santa

Aidan’s sent off his letter to Santa.
He trashed several drafts before mailing off the
perfect message.

Aidan and Grandmommy

My mom has always wanted to see Chicago at Christmas.
She loved seeing the windows at Macy’s.
She loved all the decorations downtown.
She enjoyed the cream of chicken rice soup we had at Maxim’s.
She wanted to get a picture with Santa
but the 1+ hour wait deterred ALL of us.

Decorations at Macy's

I have to be honest.
This past week has been a challenge.
I had a fantastic birthday. My facebook wall blew
up with nearly 200 greetings. I got really neat gifts.
But the fates thought a cold would be a good gift for me
as well, complete with coughing, sneezing, nausea, and tiredness.
I am still feeling fatigued, and the random nausea
…is quite random.

Still, it’s much better than
four years ago
When I was in month three of a four month
sore throat and sinus infection.
The pain was so bad that I could barely eat
my mom’s Christmas dinner.

It’s hard having extra guests.
Everyone has to compromise and sacrifice.
The cats are out of sorts.
Our grocery bill has probably tripled,
but it’s OK because we love to feed people.
Everyone is comfortable, well fed, and happy.

All is well.

Christmas Ornaments 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS
dear friends, readers, commenters, and lurkers.

…psst. want a copy of my holiday newsletter pdf? get it here.

:)

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Hello December/Holiday Wish Meme

My favorite time of the year is here again. It’s officially the holiday season, I’ve had my first taste of turkey and gravy and there’s another holiday involving those foods to come!, the stores/malls are decorated and people have lights on their homes and trees in the windows, I’m listening to Christmas music, Trader Joe’s has yummy Christmas treats everywhere, and my birthday (and my mom’s and Aidan’s arrival) is in 19 days!

For the 2011 holiday season, I have so much to be excited about and thankful for!

– My awesome Aidan. He’s now eight years old, in third grade, and absolutely the best little boy ever. EVER.
– My husband. It’s amazing to have someone so supportive of me, so ready to defend me, and willing to do anything to make me happy. And he puts up with my wackiness, which is no small feat, let me tell ya.
– My families. All of them.
– Two trips to Disney World!!
– My work study opportunity at Moksha Yoga. I get to do work I love in exchange for what I love. It’s a win-win!
– My friends.
– Fi living with me again. He’s the best cat ever. Plus, he’s a black cat, and everyone knows that black cats rule everything. If you didn’t know, then you know now. So I’m thankful I was able to pass that knowledge on to you.
– My Plurk crew. They are hilarious and fun. Love them!
– The abundance and blessings that have been and keep being rained down on us.
Anywhere Is just got 100 followers!! WOW!! :)


It’s now time for the Holiday Wishes Meme. I started doing this in 2006, and I encourage you guys to do it as well.

Step One
– Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered…whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LJ/blog. The post should contain your list of up to 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun (“I’d love a Doctor Who icon that’s just for me”) to medium (“I wish for _____ on DVD”) to really big (“All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.”) The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
– If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
– Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your entry, or link to this post (it’ll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
– Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here’s the important part:
– If you see a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes someone’s trash is another’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use—or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free—do it.
– You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to be someone else’s holiday elf—to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not—it’s your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just…wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.

With that said, here are my wishes for 2011.

1. A gift card, or for you to make donations to, DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose focuses on education. Teachers ask for classroom project materials. We donate. The kids learn. Most of these schools are high poverty, and the teachers are already doing all they can. Any amount is welcome.

2. Donations to Paws Chicago, the shelter where we got Helena. It’s a cage-free, no-kill shelter, and they are run completely on donations; they receive no city, state, or federal funding. It’s a great place. A shelter situation is stressful for the animals involved, and every animal I came in contact with there was happy and friendly. They have an extensive screening process to make sure you’re aware of your decision and commitment, and if somehow things don’t work out, the animal always has a home at PAWS.

3. Anything from my Amazon Let’s Celebrate 2011! wish list.

4. Gift cards to bookstores. I love bookstores. And books. But you already know that.

5. I also wouldn’t mind gift cards to Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Target, or Kohl’s.

6. A mailbox FILLED with Christmas cards. Come on, guys. You know you want to indulge me.
Comment with your email address if you’re interested in fulfilling this particular wish and I will email you my address.

7. The Kanani American Girl doll.

The things that I’d like your prayers/happy energy for:

1. My mom to be as healthy as possible and to live a long time.

2. My friends and family to be happy, healthy, and secure.

3. Myself to be happy, healthy, and secure.

4. A mild winter.

Happy Holidays!
It’s December now, the holiday and giving season really is here! YAY!

Now, go download my Christmas Bucket List!!! Also pin it on Pinterest. Share it. Link it to me. It’s my gift to you. :)

*** If you do this meme for yourself, be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post, OK? I want to read your wishes!

Friends who are wishing….

Jenn · Dez · Nethilia · Lauren

Add yours:

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Christmas Bucket List | Free Download!

I know it’s a little bit early. But honestly? I freaking LOVE Christmas. It’s my absolute favorite holiday. I kind of wish it came later in the winter, though, so that the rest of winter didn’t suck so sucktastically once the awesomeness of the holiday season is over. But I will work with what’s been given.

Several weeks ago, Katie @ Loves of Life made the cutest fall bucket list. I was totally inspired by her but completely clueless as to how one would go about making such a thing. My Photoshop skills are limited to enhancing photos and using actions if I’m feeling patient enough to deal with them (I never am). I used to make graphics from scratch using Paint Shop Pro back in the day, but now that I’m a Mac user, that option is now dead to me. But then I won the My Memories digital scrapbooking software and thought “Hmm, maybe I can create something cool with this.”

And I did! Well, at least I think so. So, thanks to Katie’s inspiration, and Jill for hosting the giveaway, I came up with this!

Do you like it? I’m kinda proud of it. That MyMemories software is fantastic. Who knows what else I might come up with!

If you’d like a printable of this, then click here! :) It’s totally yours. Also, please feel free to share this on your site, Pinterest, whatever. All I ask is that you link back to this post (http://anywhere-is.net/2011/10/25/christmas-bucket-list-free-download) so other people can get it too.

And I suppose it’s not that early. Christmas is only two months away. Eeeek!

Enjoy!

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