A Romantic Evening In

a romantic evening in

Valentine’s Day has been a favorite holiday of mine ever since I was a little girl.  There is just something I can not resist about love, hearts, and romance.

I love going out on date night with Handsome, getting all dressed up and looking forward to a wonderful evening.  Except on Valentine’s Day.  It is one of the few days I won’t go out to dinner!  I’m sure you’ve guess I prefer to cook at home on Valentine’s Day.  Why? 

Here are my top 3 reasons:

  1. Most nicer restaurants have a set menu (I can’t get what I want).
  2. It’s so busy I always feel like I’m being rushed by the wait staff.
  3. The food is mediocre and restaurants raise the cost of the champagne. It becomes so expensive I feel guilty about ordering more than one glass.

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Those reasons are exactly why I love a romantic evening in on Valentine’s Evening!

Here’s how to make it your best Valentine’s Day without go to a restaurant for dinner.  With a little preparation, imagination, and love in your heart.

Start the day by leaving a romantic note on his bathroom mirror.  It will set the tone for the day and the anticipation for the romantic evening to come.

Select a menu that can be prepared in advance or finger foods, like these or these.  It’s always fun to feed each other.

Make sure you have candles on hand and wine (or his favorite beverage).

Have a slumber party. Get matching PJ’s for the both of you.  Set a blanket on the living room floor and dim the lights.

Remove the cell phones from the room!  Nothing is more unromantic than getting a text, notification, or a call.

And don’t forget to make a play list of romantic love songs.

 

My Top Fifteen Picks:

The Way You Look Tonight ~ Frank Sinatra

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You ~ Rod Stewart

Crazy Little Thing Called Love ~ Queen

Isn’t She Lovely ~ Stevie Wonder

You’ve Hot That Loving Feeling ~ The Righteous Brothers

All I Do Is dream Of You ~ Michael Bublé

The Power Of Love ~ Celine Dion

I Will Always Love You ~ Dolly Pardon

At Last ~ Etta James

Greatest Love Of All ~ Whitney Houston

Can’t Help Falling In Love ~ Elvis Presley

I Think I Love You ~ The Partridge Family

I Can’t Stop Loving You ~ Ray Charles

I’ll Make Love To You ~ Boyz ll Men

Endless Love ~ Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

The key to a romantic evening in is being flexible.  Enjoy every moment together!

Happy Valentine’s Evening!

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Until Next Time..

XOXO

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and we all know sometimes it can be difficult to find just the perfect gift.  Make your man feel special and appreciated on this special day of love.  Valentine’s Day should be as much about men as it is about women.  Whether you have been together for 2 weeks or 20 years, I’ve got you covered.

Just think how he (and you) will feel when he unwraps the perfect gift.

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Him

 

  1. Barbuzzo Bbq Branding Iron – This is such a cool item that can be totally customized for the BBQ lover in your life.  He could brand all the steaks he cooks for you with any saying you want.  I always love to give personalized gifts.
  2. Arthur Court Designs Labrador Bottle Opener – How adorable is this dog bottle opener?  You can choose from a variety of breeds.
  3. Delonghi Icona 15 Pump Driven Espresso and Cappuccino Maker – For the man who just can’t get the day started without an espresso.
  4. Salvatore Ferragamo Finnegan Motorcycle-Print Smoking Slipper – For the motorcycle, slipper wearing lover in your life.
  5. Timex Leather Strap Watch – What can I say, a Timex watch is just a classic.
  6. Men’s Society Beard Grooming Kit – For the bearded love of your life.
  7. Jo Malone London Myrhh & Tonka Cologne – He and you will love the way he smells with this delicious cologne.

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What are you getting your man for Valentine’s Day?

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Until Next Time..

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

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Make 2017 Your Best Year!

Your success and happiness lies in you.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. — Helen Keller

Make 2017 Your Best Year

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year?  Looking forward to what 2017 has in store for you, the changes, the learning, the friendships, the successes?  What are you looking forward to most?

Let’s Get This Year Started…

Think Big!  You know the saying “if you can think it, you can do it”.  The bigger the idea, the bigger the outcome.  Go for it, 2017 is the year to make your ideas happen.

Don’t Follow The Crowd.  If you like something or someone others don’t, that’s a them problem.  You do you (with a huge smile on your face).  Always be a student, not a follower.  It’s a huge difference.

Encourage Others.  We all like to hear a little encouragement.  Be that person for the others in your life.

Walk For 30 Minutes A Day.  Not only is getting out and walking 30 minutes a day good for your body it’s also great for your brain.  It’s a wonderful way to decompress from a long day at work, let the work stuff go and enjoy a relaxing evening.  If motivation is a problem try getting a FitBit (the wrist one) or FitBit (the clip-on one).  See my experience with a FitBit here.

Let Go.  I know from personal experience this one is sometimes easier said then done.  If there are people in your life that shouldn’t be there.  Let them loose.

Be On Time.  When you are late you are letting the person waiting on you know their time is not important to you.  It is a lack of respect to keep others waiting.

Forgive.  Another hard one.  Just remember while you are holding on to animosity, they are out enjoying life!

I am choosing to make this a year of positivity, large goals and letting go!

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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Alexa? Will You Rap For Me?

I have been needing an assistant for some time now and since that is not currently in the cards {or in the wallet}, Alexa is the next best thing!

Are you wondering who Alexa is?

Well, Alexa is actually an Amazon Echo.  It is as if Amazon Prime, Siri, and Google were all wrapped up in to one sleek-looking device.  The device answers to the name Alexa and she even has a sence of humor.  Although, you must address her by name to get your questions answered.

Alexa

In the short time I’ve been the proud owner of Alexa, she has certainly made my life easier.

1. Lists: Alexa keeps a record of my shopping list.  I just tell her what I need and she makes a shopping list for me.  I am able to access that shopping list off the Alexa App on my phone when I’m at the store.  You will never forget an item again!  She can also help me in the kitchen when my hands are dirty and I need to convert measurements.  I also have a household to-do list that anyone in my home can access or add to.  This comes in super handy.

2. Alarm & Timers: Alexa helps me stay on task and organized.  Her voice controlled alarms are such a help to keep me on task while working.

3. Shopping:  Do you purchase a lot of items from Amazon Prime, just like I do?  You can re-stock your items in your Amazon history just by telling Alexa what you want to purchase.  All from the comfort of anywhere in your home.

4. Traffic:  Just tell Alexa where you are going and she will give you a traffic update.  Want to know how many miles it is from your home to Alaska? Just ask!

5. Jeopardy:  Are you a crazy fan of Jeopardy?  Alexa will ask you an additional 6 Jeopardy questions from the same categories that were on the show that day.

6. If you have an Echo remote you can say Alexa, Simon says… followed by what you want to say and Alexa will repeat it from her main unit.  Making the people in the same room as her think she is talking to them.

7. Math:  Not good at simple math?  Alexa is.

8. Music: She can play music from your Amazon Prime Music, then she adds the tracks to a Goole Sheet.  And then saves a playlist of all the songs to Spotify.

Some fun questions to ask Alexa…

Don’t forget to say her name before each question!

Ask her to Rap.  How far is the moon?  How old is Santa Claus?  What’s the square root of 32?

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Until Next Time…

XOXO

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Presidential Library – Ronald Reagan

Have you ever visited a Presidential library?

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Recently, I visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA.

Here is a small sample of my visit…

President Ronald Reagan

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This beautiful Bronze statue of Ronald Reagan was unveiled on what would have been his 105th birthday at the Ronald Reagan Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oval Office

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This is an exact replica of the Oval Office.  The door in the middle of the picture leads to the Presidents private quarters.  The pictures on the table behind the desk, the Bronze sculptures on the table to the left of the desk, and the Bronze sculpture on the far right of the pictures were all in the Oval Office while President Reagan was in office.

Many Presidents have used the Resolute desk either in their person study or in the Oval Office.  The Resolute desk was made of oak wood from the British ship H.M.S. Resolute.  Queen Victoria gifted it to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 as a good will gesture for returning her abandon ship back to her.

Originally, the desk had a rear knee hole.  President Roosevelt asked for it to be fitted with a panel carved with the Presidential coat of arms.  Sadly, he did not live to see it installed.

 The First Lady

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Presidential China

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 Air Force One

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May they rest in peace.

Coming soon as a special exhibit to the Ronald Reagan Library:

READ MY PINS: THE MADELINE ALBRIGHT COLLECTION
April 3, 2017 – June 25, 2017

Read My Pins presents a remarkable range of more than 200 pins and brooches from the personal collection of Madeleine Albright. The majority of these pieces were collected and worn during Albright’s service as US Ambassador to the United Nations (1993–1997) and as the first female Secretary of State (1997–2001), under President Bill Clinton. The assortment is eclectic, international, and representative of nearly a century of jewelry design. Yet the jewelry’s true interest lies not in their materials or monetary value but in the roles they played during her government service: Albright used her pins as silent yet visually outspoken codes to foreign officials and the press. Pins could be adopted for various reasons—a shining sun or a patriotic flag would reinforce a positive alliance with the United States, for example, while more difficult negotiations might bring out wasps or snakes.

Albright served the US government during a remarkable period in history, and many of the notable landmarks of her tenure can be decoded through the visual iconography of her pins. These pieces document and symbolize moments of political upheaval and also convey the patriotism of this Czechoslovakian-born diplomat. Whereas George H. W. Bush famously said “Read my lips” to convey a campaign promise, Albright encouraged, “Read my pins,” demonstrating that jewelry had become part of her personal diplomatic arsenal. These objects became delicate instruments with which she applied pressure during intense negotiations, and into which she invested humor as she represented the United States on the international stage.

The 13 Presidential Libraries around the country:

Herbert Hoover Library, West Branch, IA

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY

Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, MO

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Abilene, KS

John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Austin, TX

Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA

Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA

Ronald Reagan Library, Simi Valley, CA

George Bush Library, College Station, TX

William J. Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR

George W. Bush Library, Dallas, TX

**This is not a sponsored post.

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Check website for hours.

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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Christmas Time At Disneyland!

It’s The most wonderful time of the year.

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Disneyland anytime of the year is a magical place, but this time of year just has a little extra special feeling because of the beautiful Christmas transformation the park takes.  It’s definitely the merriest place on earth {besides the North Pole}!

Christmas Time At Disneyland

 

 

A Christmas Fantasy Parade –  This is an adorable parade really brings you into the Christmas spirit.  You need to check out the cute skating reindeer! And, of course the Disney princesses {my favorite}.

 

 

Christmas Time At Disneyland

It’s A Small World –  This ride is spectular at Chrismas inside and out {especially at night}

Christmas Time At Disneyland

Christmas Time At Disneyland

 

Hungry?  I bet you didn’t know you could get a lobster roll at Disneyland.  It’s located in this little blue fishing shack “Harbor Galley” near the exit of the Haunted Mansion.  This fluffy butter-toasted roll is filled with lobster salad. It the perfect thing to satisfy your hunger at lunch time. Thank goodness a friend told me about these or I would have never found them!Christmas Time At Disneyland

 

 

 

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If you havent tried one of this decadent treats you must!  It’s a Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich.  It is so very rich!  It’s a graham cracker coated in chocolate, a thick peanut butter layer over that, and then the whole thing dipped in chocolate once again, topped with peanut bits, salt, and a dark chocolate mickey!  It’s a cookie more than  sandwich.  Think Reese’s…DELICIOUS!

This year I have been lucky enough to visit Disneyland 3 times so far this holiday season and along the way I have learned some tips and tricks that I thought I should share with you.

Take your time walking through the park.  There are so may details you would miss if you were rushing around. Like the smell of gingerbread being piped in.  Pay attention to the amazing Christmas decor.  And, listen for the wonderful holiday music.

Grab a coffee and people watch.

Don’t miss the lighting of the Christmas tree, every day at 5:00pm.

It snows every evening on Main Street after the fireworks show.  It is truly magical {like everything else at Disneyland}

Even though it is busier during the Christmas season, Disneyland compensates with longer hours.

Don’t miss the Disney Chrismas Parade on TV Christmas morning.

Disneyland is open on Christmas Day {and it will be busy}!

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One of my favorite things to do on my way out of Disneyland is stop by New Orleans Street and go get a bag of delicious warm beignet all covered in powdered sugar for the walk back to the car!

 

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Even in the pouring down rain this place is magical!

 

 

**Christmas season at Disneyland runs until January 8, 2017.

**Always check the Entertainment Schedule prior your visit for specifics.

 

*This was not a sponsored post.

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

There are two ways for Handsome and I to get home from Temecula, CA.  We could take the faster somewhat boring freeway route.  Or, we can take the freeway in to San Diego and drive up the coast to Orange Country.  Handsome and I will always choose to take the scenic Highway 1 coast route home.  For two reasons. One, it’s beautiful and we’re lucky enough to live by the Pacific ocean.  Two, there are always cute little shops that we stop at along the way.

Our first stop: Torrey Pines Gliderport

It’s amazing to watch the Paragliders and Hang Gliders run off the side of the cliff to soar among the birds.  Sadly, the weather wasn’t cooperating and there was no one sailing in the beautiful blue sky.  Did you know that since the late 1920s sailplanes have been gracing the bluffs just north of La Jolla {right behind the campus of University of California, San Diego}?  If you are ever in the area stop by.  Or if you have the guts, take a class and take flight!

Torrey Pines Gliderport

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037   {858} 452-9858

Our second stop: Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

“The mission of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association is to create and maintain a monument that pays homage to veterans who have honorably served our country and to educate the public on the contributions of military personnel throughout our nation’s history. Shimmering black granite stories tell a tale of honor and sacrifice for the greater good upon Mt. Soledad.”

The memorial is quite moving and a beautiful tribute to those brave men and women who have served our coutry.  I am honored to say my father served in the Army and I can’t wait to see his Veteran Plaque up on this memorial.  The views are breathtaking from the memorial.

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla, CA 92037 {858} 459-2314

Our third stop: Timeless Furnishings & and Patio.

We were traveling through Solana Beach when all of a sudden I saw the most adorable shop on the opposite side of Driving Up The Coast From San Diegothe street.  We made a U-turn and in we went to look around.  They have a wide range of furniture {home, office and patio} , lighting fixtures, and accessories.

Driving Up The Coast From San DiegoHandsome fell in love with a beautiful Teak Patio table that seats 6 and extends up to 10.  We left, but Handsome couldn’t get that Teak table off his mind.

We are now the proud owners of this beautiful Teak table {it is currently in storage awaiting it’s debut in our soon to be renovated back yard}.

Go take a look, you won’t be dissapointed.  Tell Heather, Mary from Its All About The Pretty sent you!

Timeless Furnishings & Patio

301 N. Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92705   {858} 509-2620

Driving up the coast is always interesting.  You just never know what you will find and what you’re going to come home with!

Until next Time…

XOXO

*This is NOT a sponsored post.  We purchased the Teak patio table.

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Surprise weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

I knew Handsome had planned something special for our anniversary weekend. He told me we were staying local, so I would know how to pack. This year has been extremely hard for both of us. More difficult than either of us thought 2016 would be. This anniversary weekend was going to be our time to forget our pain {or at least try} for a little while, and just be present with each other.

It didn’t take too long to realize we were headed to Southern California’s wine counrty, Temecula. It’s a beautiful place with over 300 acres of mature vineyards and rolling hills. We have been there countless times before {like this time}, but this was different. As we drove closer and closer to our destination I could see the excitment on Handsome’s face.

We arrived! Ponte Vineyard Inn, a quaint 60 room boutique hotel. Ohhh, someplace new! I love going to and trying out new places. As we pulled into the driveway and drove over the gravel parking lot lined with olive trees, immediately I felt transported from my life to a place far, far away with my one true love.

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Just looking at the regal wood arched front door makes you know you are going to have a beautiful time.

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Upon entry we were greeted by a casual relaxed setting, almost like entering someones home.

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Handsome checked us in and I went outside to look at the grounds.  The view is breathtaking!  We arrived just after a wedding was preformed.  The flowers were stunning!

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Handsome met me outside with a glass of sparkling wine.  We just sat for a moment and enjoyed the view sipping our sparkling wine and taking in the views.

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I couldn’t wait to see our room. As soon as we walked in we were greated by a bottle of their Tempranillo wine.  It was so very kind of the Ponte Inn to have a gift of wine waiting for us.  I knew what we would be drinking with our Anniversary dinner.

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The bed! So comfy!

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

The view from our balcony.  I took this photo just as the sun was going down.  We sat out on our balcony for hours, just talking {my second favorite thing to do with Handsome}.

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We did a bit of wine tasting and suprisingly Ponte Vineyard was the only winery we visited on that weekend.  Their wines are so delicious and their grounds are so spectular there was no reason to go anywhere else!

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

I found a ton of items I brought back as Christmas gifts!

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Thank you Ponte Vineyard Inn.

We had a fantastic time and I know one day we will be back!

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Ponte Vineyard Inn

A Four Diamond Boutique Hotel

35001 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA, 92591

{951} 587-6688

www.pontevineyardinn.com

**This is NOT a sponsored post.  Handsome & I stayed here, paid the bill and had a wonderful time. I thought you would like to know about a great place to stay while you are visiting Temecula, CA.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

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Gift Guide: For Her

All out of ideas for what to buy that special lady in your life?

Gift guide: for her

 

Let this gift guide for her, nudge you in the right direction!

She will fall in love with these Quay Supergirl Cat Eye Sunglasses. A sleek metal frame adds modern edge to retro-chic cat-eye sunglasses.  Fitted with smoky mirrored lenses.

Help her stay on time with this Classic Edition Apple Watch.

This is more than a hand bag, Anthing by Jimmy Choo it’s an investment!

Diptyque’s ‘Florabellio’ eau de toiletteis inspired by label co-founder Christiane Gautrot’s summers spent in Normandy. An eclectic yet inviting blend, it opens with salty Marine accords, develops around soft Apple Blossom and is grounded by notes of Roasted Coffee and Toasted Sesame

HELLO! A saffiano leather-wrapped Kate Spade New York iPhone case in a folio design. A magnetic tab lifts to open the front cover. The interior contains 2 card slots and a hardshell phone case with button, cord, and camera cutouts.
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VERSACE BLACK LEATHER MEDUSA CHARM BRACELET Handcrafted buffed leather double-wrap bracelet in black. Sliding key patten-engraved accents featuring signature Medusa head and crystal-cut pendants. Carved Medusa head accent and logo disc at adjustable pin-buckle fastening. Gold-tone hardware. Tonal stitching. Approx. 16″ length. Calfksin, metal. Made in Italy.

**This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a small comission if you click on the links and/or make a purchase.  I only recommend products I love, have, and are on my wish list!

 

 

Until Next Time…

Happy Shopping!

XOXO

 

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25 Dates Of Christmas

25 Dates of Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

25 dates of Christmas

So get your festive dates on and don’t let all the hustle and bustle of the season make you forget about what or who is important.  People can feel neglected at this time of the year, don’t let that happen!

  1. Leave a love note where your spouse will find it. Every day of the 25 days.
  2. Have appetizers for dinner, light some candles and just listen to music all night.
  3. Pack a picnic to eat while you are looking at neighborhood Christmas lights.
  4. Take a walk at sunset and bring a flask with peppermint schnapps to keep you warm.
  5. Go to see A Christmas Carol production near you.
  6. Watch an animated childhood Christmas movie together (like Charlie Brown) while drinking hot chocolate.
  7. Naughty and Nice! Do something Naughty to your spouse & Do something Nice for your spouse!
  8. Volunteer at your local food bank together.
  9. Walk down the street singing out Christmas carols where ever you are.
  10. Wrap all the Christmas presents together while drinking eggnog.
  11. Purchase a Christmas ornament together and make this a yearly tradition.
  12. Go ice skating.
  13. Take a couples picture with Santa Claus.
  14. Buy a gingerbread house kit and make it together.
  15. Meet up with friends and exchange $5.00 gifts.
  16. Surprise your spouse with a message.
  17. Spend the day Christmas shopping together.
  18. Bake your favorite cookies together then deliver them to your neighbors.
  19. Make an Advent calendar for each other with little daily surprises in it.
  20. Read the night before Christmas together.
  21. Kiss under the mistletoe!
  22. Create a CD with all your favorite Christmas songs.
  23. Visit a Christmas tree farm and cut down your own tree.
  24. Buy a package of Christmas cards and send them to our soldiers. Get all the info here.
  25. Make a wish together of what the coming year will look like!

Until Next Time…

xoxo

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