Special thanks to Jenny Craig for their sponsorship of my weight loss endeavors and this post!
I dropped off the face of the earth this December, but I hope many of you are following my journey on Instagram. When I don’t have time to blog, I always have a few spare minutes to update instagram – – follow me here.
The picture below is from Downtown Denver. They light up our municipal buildings (and Union Station!) festively for the holidays here. Such a Denver tradition, and it seemed like the right way to close out December.
Let’s get on with the currently, shall we???
CURRENT FACE TO FACE COMPARISON
It’s always fun to take a look a progress pics along the way anytime you’re working to lose weight. I’m starting to see a change in my face (even though my jeans still fit.) There’s changes underway… and more to come in the new year with Jenny Craig!
CURRENT CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MYSELF
I’ve wanted one of these cordless vacuums from Dyson for a while. When they went on sale at Target, I couldn’t resist and I’ve been vacuuming like crazy ever since!
Have y’all watched Dumplin’ on Netflix? It’s drenched with Dolly Parton songs, drag queens, and body positivity. Definitely recommend it!
CURRENT CANDID PIC
Little treasures keep popping up from the lovely Authentically Emmie’s wedding (Read her lovely recap here.) As Emily received pics back from her photog this month… this gem was included in the bunch.
Seriously… I should be a professional wedding guest. We had SO MUCH FUN.
CURRENT CHRISTMAS DECORATION
It’s official, I’m pom pom obsessed. When I spotted these multi-colored pom poms at Michael’s this year, I decided I had to add it to my Christmas decor. Taking it down this week has been sad… but I know it will be back next year.
Also note the pink deer on the right side of this pic… she used to be copper, and now she’s pink. It’s been quite the crafty season.
I’ve been knitting LIKE CRAZY this month. It keeps my hands busy. I find it relaxing. I love the fact that I’m able to create beautiful things (and gifts!) for the cool weather.
Here is a knitted cowl I made over Christmas, and I love it! It’s much easier than it looks and made a great gift for a friend of mine that has an after-christmas birthday. I’m planning to make a matching one for me in the days ahead. You can find the pattern here.
CURRENT FLORAL ARRANGEMENT
I don’t know how it happened, but I found peonies at the grocery store the week before last. My favorite flowers typically only make an appearance in the late spring… but they were a surprise Christmas present for me (and they’re still alive!)
I started reading Crazy Rich Asians last month, but I got distracted and didn’t make it through. During a busy month, I feel like I rarely have time to sit down and I love listening to audiobooks instead.
I’ve been listening to Michelle Obama’s Becoming since right before Christmas, and I am obsessed. I’m not quite through the lengthy audio (I believe it’s 10 hours total.) Michelle tells her story of growing up in Chicago, meeting Barack, and eventually becoming FLOTUS.
What’s remarkable about this book is that she shares the story in such a way that makes you believe that this could happen to any of us. She’s just a regular girl, who chased after her dreams, married a man who would become president, and supported the heck out of him all the way. I’m not done listening quite yet, but it has me overwhelmed with joy that there a people out there who live to serve and do this job that so many of us have little interest in. Highly recommend it, and on audio…
CURRENT CHEESEBOARD IDEA
I bought some tiny cookie cutters earlier in the month on one of many trips to Michael’s. I decided to use them to add a few clever shapes to my cheese board during a holiday party. Check out the trees and gingerbread men below! This could really work for any occasion. Expect to see this again!
You could use a variety of cheeses, I’m sure; however, I used deli sliced smoked gouda and it was PERFECT. The cheese held the shape well, and was creamy enough that it didn’t crumble. The scraps can be used in mac and cheese, salads, on a panini, or wherever you’d like!
CURRENT STATEMENT EARRINGS
The statement earring obsession continues (alongside the pom obsession.) This time with these beauties from Rose + Royce.
CURRENT STATEMENT EARRING STORAGE SOLUTION
I spotted this statement earring storage idea on Instagram (thanks, Meagan!) and picked one up to store all my treasures. It’s $12.99 and amazing. Click here for details.
CURRENT WISH FOR EACH OF YOU
As the new year turns over, I wish each of you peace, fulfillment, and all that your heart desires. Thank you for being part of this little community with me in 2018. I am forever grateful (and constantly touched) by your kindness, support, and good humor. xo
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