December 20, 2013

Happy Holidays, lovecats.

From my family to yours

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays

I'll be back in 2014.

December 18, 2013

Best Songs of 2013

I'm linking up with Helene for the Best Songs of 2013. If there's one thing I love, it's music. So this was especially fun for me. My list does come with a bit of a disclaimer though. I don't necessarily like the people on this list. Let's take Kanye for example. I don't care for his attitude, but I think he's a great rapper. And Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are both annoying twits. A song should make you feel something, and each one of these did. Or they just got stuck in my head and wouldn't go away...

Royals, Lorde

Roar, Katy Perry

Rap God, Eminem

Bad Things, Meiko

Get Lucky, Daft Punk

We Can't Stop, Miley Cyrus

Work Bitch, Britney Spears

Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke

Black Skinhead, Kanye West

Money Make Her Smile, Bruno Mars

Pusher Love Girl, Justin Timberlake

The One That Got Away, The Civil Wars

If there's one thing you take away from this, it's that you should go download Meiko's music.

She's the best.

Helene in Between

Addendum -- I totally forgot Thrift Shop. Shame on me!

What were your favorite songs this year?

December 16, 2013

I love all the December stuffs.

I have been very inconsistent with blogging lately. It happens every year around this time. Right now, I'm only interested in ALL THE CHRISTMAS THINGS! I decorated my house and put up the tree as soon as December hit. I've been listening to nothing but Christmas carols at home and in the car. We took the kids to see Santa over a week ago. There's Christmas programs, parties and last minute shopping to be done. The next few weeks will be busy, but fun. I'll be here through Friday. After that, I'll be taking my annual blogging hiatus until after the new year.

Here are some of my current Christmas loves.

Listening to

Always watching

Why I'm so excited

Santa's bringing a Kindle Fire for Dain and an American Girl doll for Rory.

And Mom are Dad are getting them...


So, what are you excited about this holiday season?

December 10, 2013

Celebs in Christmas Sweaters

I love Christmas. I also love Christmas sweaters. Some are meant to be funny and over the top. Others are just meant to be cute and warm. Here are some celebrities sporting their favorite holiday gear.

Lauren Conrad + Rose McGowan

Jessica Simpson + Paris Hilton

John Mayer + Snoop Dogg

Matt Damon + Sting

Eric Stonestreet + Cee Lo Green

Kanye West, Ellie Goulding + David Beckham

I don't currently own a fun holiday top, but I will have this one in my possession very soon.

I mean, who doesn't love a good Home Alone reference?

December 09, 2013

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I'm very close to my mom's parents. They've always been around for every major event in my life. And now, they're around for my children. Until recently, I hadn't thought much about them not being here. Unfortunately, they've both had a rough year. My grandmother has had several strokes and can no longer be left alone. My grandfather had a blood clot travel to his lungs and spent a week in the hospital. Thankfully, they're both hanging in there.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we took a lot of family pictures. And one of my grandparent's favorite things is getting new pictures of the kids. I used to stress about taking the perfect photo, finding the best card, buying stamps, addressing envelopes, and getting Christmas cards mailed in a timely manner. Not anymore!

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It usually takes me a while to decide on a card I love. I usually start with 8-10 and end up narrowing it down to 3-4 before making a final decision. I already know which one's my favorite. Which one of these do you love?

When my grandparents open this year's Christmas card, they will see this special photo inside. I knew it would be perfect the second I saw it. Not bad for a picture taken with an iPhone 5!

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December 04, 2013

Rest in peace, Paul Walker.

On Saturday night, I received a text message from a friend. TMZ is saying Paul Walker died! I just knew it was another celebrity death hoax. TMZ's initial headline read, Paul Walker Dead At 40 In Fiery Car Crash. Another website said it wasn't true. For the next hour, I hit refresh over and over again. The story was spreading, but I couldn't find definitive confirmation. I kept holding out hope it was all a bad joke. I eventually clicked over to Facebook and there it was. Paul's official Facebook page had been updated with the news of his death.

I don't claim to know Paul Walker. I'm just a fan. It all started back in 2001 with a little movie called The Fast and the Furious. For me, it was an instant hit. I had the soundtrack. I bought the DVD the day it came out. Even when Vin Diesel opted out of the second one, I still went to the theater on opening night to see it. The same goes for the third one. And the fourth one. And the fifth one. And the sixth one! I still can't believe the success of this franchise. The movies have made over a billion dollars worldwide. I'm obviously not the only one who loves a good car chase.

I have cried several times for this man I've never met. From what I've read about Paul over the years, he was a simple guy. Even though he was a huge star, he didn't surround himself with Hollywood-types. He surfed. He raised his daughter. He created his own charity and donated his time and money countless times. On the day of his death, his charity was raising money for the typhoon victims in the Philippines.

As for my favorite movie franchise, it's up in the air as to whether they'll finish the seventh film. Even if it's over, I'll always have my DVDs. I can look at Paul's baby blues and gorgeous smile any time I want. And, to me, he'll forever be Officer Brian O'Conner.

"I just don’t understand. My heart hurts. It's broken." -- Tyrese Gibson

"I will always love you, Brian, as the brother you were... on and off screen." -- Vin Diesel

"He was motivated by work that allowed him to take care of his family, number one, and that also allowed him the power and the leverage to help people in need and in crisis." -- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

"He lived with integrity, humanity and humility and seemed most happy when talking about his daughter, Meadow. I don't know anyone who lived each moment more fully and loved life more than Paul, making his loss all the more heartbreaking." -- Jordana Brewster

"He always stayed out of the Hollywood limelight. He lived in Santa Barbara and was devoted to his family. One thing that people don’t know is how dedicated he was to helping others. He went down to Haiti right after the earthquake and was raising money for people in the Philippines on Saturday. He was just a a great human being. Everyone fell in love with him the minute they met him." -- Frank Marshall

"He believed in God and Heaven. And more than anything, he believed in people. He really believed people were inherently good." -- Jesse Brisendine

You can donate directly to Paul's charity here. Fast and Furious 6 goes on sale next Tuesday, December 10. A portion of all DVD sales will go directly to his charity as well.