new year intentions


I’m a big “to-do” list maker, and the start of the new year is no exception. My biggest challenge is reining in my long lists, so I’m left with a few realistic goals I can conceivably accomplish.  Often my intentions follow some sort of pattern or fit into the same general realm – whether it be […]

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scenes of christmas


I’m trying to fight the post-Christmas blues that inevitably set in after the holidays. There is so much excitement and cheer built up at the end of the year, that when the day finally comes and goes, I can’t help but feel a little pang of sadness in my heart. It breaks even more when […]

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disney christmas : a video

With a lot of air travel the past couple weeks, I was finally able to put together a short video of our trip to Disney. Hope you enjoy (and are able to get the last of your Christmas fix). -wonderland sam

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merry christmas


Merry Christmas and happy holidays from our family to yours! Just popping in to share our family’s annual Christmas card. Somehow we’ve managed to send them out the past four Christmases we’ve spent married. I like to make it as easy as possible – I search Groupon for holiday card deals and usually end up printing from Staples, […]

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home for the holidays


Being with family this Christmas has been so good for my soul. With a hectic few months of holiday celebrations and traveling, slowing down for a few days was very much needed. I only get to see my mom and sister a couple of times a year, so it’s always really special. My mama always decorates […]

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san francisco weekend getaway


This past weekend our company invited us to their San Francisco holiday party, and with all expenses paid, we didn’t hesitate to accept the offer of a weekend getaway. It was a quick trip – only 24 hours spent in the city – but a good one. Because of our limited time, we stuck close […]

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giving and receiving : christmas wishlist


I am not one of those people who dreads buying Christmas gifts each year. In fact, I love it so much, I’ve been done with my Christmas shopping since last week. I was so excited to get started that the speed at which I shopped was kind of an accident. I love the search for […]

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a disney christmas

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I go to Disneyland once a year, and there isn’t a more perfect time to visit than during the Christmas season. The parks are decorated beautifully, rides are updated to fit the Christmas theme, and they sell holiday food from around the world. This visit was especially great because of the light rain and chill in […]

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merry merry : christmas bucket list

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It’s no question that the Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of year. Everything about it is magical – from the crisp mornings, the twinkle light displays, the gift giving, and general merriment – it just can’t be beat. We kicked off the season the weekend after Thanksgiving by picking out our Christmas tree, decorating […]

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easy diy thanksgiving place cards


I love a good craft project, and this time of year lends itself to a lot of indoor crafty time. But in full disclosure, I also love when craft projects are easy to do and fairly inexpensive. With Thanksgiving already next week (WHAT), I thought I’d share a fun little project that’s both practical and […]

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