Tag Archives: Christmas

Florida Through a New Lens


One of the Christmas gifts I received this year was a new lens for my DSLR camera. The boy got me a 50mm 1.4f lens! We were in Florida over the holiday, and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Verdict: I am in LOVE with it! Super speedy focusing and beautiful blurred backgrounds make me happy. Here are some shots I took while getting to know my new lens: Do you have an SLR or DSLR? What’s your favorite… Read the rest ⇒


Photo by Nina Matthews Photography.

I’m off to Florida for Christmas, y’all! I’ve got a bunch of posts scheduled to come at you next, and I’ll be back in a week and a half. Happy Holidays!  

Holiday Jewelry Round-Up


This month’s Etsy round-up is all about jewelry, and all about the holidays. These red and green pieces span a range of styles, and are great for anytime, not just around Christmas. Take a look: Red & Green Jewelry by Dragonflight Dreams Emerald green filigree ring,… DarkenroseJewe… $28 Laser Cut Leather Cuff Brace… LydiaWallMilli… $36 Green Triple Triangle Geomet… totinette $34 Red Patina Earrings, Boho Fi… Redpeonycreati… $21 Scarlet Red Hand Painted Bra… GarnettJewelry $28 Dark Green Jade Earrings –… Read the rest ⇒

5 Things Friday


  1. So the evening of Christmas Day saw us take a trip to the emergency room because Ian was having severe pain in his ear and jaw – meds weren’t helping and it was getting steadily worse. This is the guy who doesn’t really like to go the doctor, so the fact that he opted for the ER when the urgent care center was closed told me it was pretty bad. But they couldn’t figure out what it was…. Read the rest ⇒

5 Things Friday


1. This is an approximation of what I ended up wearing to the first of Ian’s work holiday parties last night:   This dress just came in the mail yesterday afternoon, which was perfect. I’d been lusting after it on ModCloth for months and months, and it finally went on sale after Black Friday, so I nabbed it. I couldn’t find the exact coat, necklace, or purse I have, but these are close enough in look. I also ended up… Read the rest ⇒

Sunday Social


Linking up with Neely for Sunday Social. What is your favorite Holiday season tradition? Gift giving! I love picking out gifts for other people. And also holiday baking with my mom (though this year I’ll be doing it on my own). Do you have a certain Holiday movie you watch more than others? If so what is it? Yes! White Christmas. Every year without fail. Show us your favorite decoration or pinterest decoration you wish you could have: These are… Read the rest ⇒

Friday Favorites: Christmas Gifts

My booksafe, and the readable copy. :)

So, as you may have assumed, we survived the trip up north. Even better, the relationship with the boy survived exposure to teen Amanda geekdom and nosy family questions. It was a good time. I got to see my sisters and mom, and a big chunk of the extended family. I got to see my newest 9-month old cousin and play with my other 3-year old cousin, who is ADORABLE and probably the happiest kid I’ve ever met. I really… Read the rest ⇒