A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Our Christmas.

How was your Christmas? Ours was relaxing, joyful, merry. It was good to be home this year and to start a few traditions of our own.

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One new tradition is decorating our tree together (remember how I mentioned our slightly awkward tree? It’s looking awfully pretty these days, gappy though may it be.) Liv comes come from school begging to ‘decorate the tree’ each night!

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Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Another is Liv’s advent pouches – she unwrapped a new piece of our nativity scene each day (which I kept in mini numbered burlap pouches), I love to watch her rearrange the little shepherds and sheep around Mary and Joseph.

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We’ve been listening to a lot of Bing Crosby and Dean Martin these days (Swingin’ Christmas on Pandora via a friend’s recommendation) – that’s the blue screen there in the background. And here’s my merry pillow project from last year.

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We play games in our PJs and sit by the tree talking about the real reason for the season. (Or trains).

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And then, Christmas morning! A first for us in the Santa department.

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

A princess dress for Liv per her request. Wrapping paper for Taylor.

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Santa is so thoughtful.

This Christmas morning was one of the best yet.

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Everyday Stuff. | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our Christmas | PepperDesignBlog.com

(If hair is any indication of happiness, nana & papa totally nailed it with the new puppet set.)

Post-gift unwrapping, Kev made us all an amazing brunch. Notice something new in the middle of the table? Kevin got me a new rack.

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Wait, that didn’t come out right. Kevin’s Christmas present to me was awesome this year! (and they’re authentic). Hmmm. That’s still not right. Needless to say, my new antlers are finding a new home somewhere in our casa (or in the vicinity there of).

We were missing a few family members this year. Uncle Andy is over in Israel for a short time for school, our aunt and cousins arrived later that day, we’ll drive out to Arizona for Kevin’s brother’s wedding soon. But keeping it small is not always so bad.

Now back to a weekend of Christmas. The beauty about Christmas falling mid-week is that it’s sandwiched perfectly by two weekends – one for last-minute gifts, one for extending Christmas just a few more days.

Wardrobe Style Boards: Holiday Inspiration

‘Tis the season for merriment and merry holiday dressing :). I used to love getting dressed up for special events like New Years, Christmas Eve, holiday parties… I suppose I can attribute my throw-on-a-sweater-jeans-and-a-sparkly-necklace (if I’m lucky) attitude these days to life being so busy. Funny how adding another kid to the fold + a busy home + a job will do that. Oy vey.

But! my online shopping eye has been wandering and has found a few fun finds. Especially as we gear up for a winter wedding (my brother-in-law is getting married!), a rehearsal dinner and New Year’s Eve.

Wardrobe Style Boards: Holiday Parties! | PepperDesignBlog.com

You can find all of the style boards (and product/sourcing links) by heading over to this gallery.

I’m especially enamored with shirt dresses as of late, this one in a beautiful moss green (one of many available colors by Tinley Road) is high on the list. I think that A-line dresses in general are quite flattering and versatile – they’re great for belting (a thin leather belt or a fat sparkly one), look great worn loosely, with sleeves rolled, matched with a pretty cardigan or a leather jacket… a piece that can transition from day to night or from spring to winter. Since San Diego is going through a semi-cool spell at the moment, I love the idea of a bootie during the cooler months and a nude heel come summer. And for the New Year’s Eve, how about a statement necklace?

Anna Kate has joined me with her own favorite New Year’s bash/winter wedding outfit idea – and as chance would have it, we were on the same wavelength this year, both choosing oversized gold watches, glittery jewelry and simple statement dresses. Ooooh I love her choice of red.

I’ll hand it off.

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It’s wedding season here in Arizona now that the weather’s finally cooled down a bit. So I’m always on the lookout for pretty statement dresses, on sale if possible! This one from Madewell is my favorite find recently (take advantage of their 30% off sale!). I picture it with sparkly accessories, like this gorgeous necklace (also on sale!), sweet flats, and a big, shiny gold watch (find all of the links right here).

-Anna Kate (visit her anytime right here)

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So perhaps dressing up will be in my near future, and it’s odd to say this, but that sounds very exciting right now :). Equally exciting? We are in count down mode for Christmas!

PS More style board ideas (and all of the product/sourcing links) over here

PPS Need a belly laugh today? The 40 Most Awkward Dogs of 2013. #21 is my favorite.

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