My Christmas Wish List 2016


So year after year, my Christmas list becomes more and more boring haha. I debated not putting the bundt pan on there but I really do want one lol, I just never remember to buy one for myself. I'm not a huge baker but I really love monkey bread and I can totally make that in a bundt pan. :) I also LOVE getting new cookbooks. I've heard great things about Danielle Walker's new cookbook, Celebrations.

The waffle maker is a must! I really stink at making pancakes but I can't screw up a waffle lol! A bunch of my paleo cookbooks have yummy looking waffle recipes that are healthier than the regular version. Can't wait to try those!

I'm always in need of new workout clothes because I wear them all the time. I'm not saying I workout all the time haha, but I'm in workout clothes a lot. I'm hoping with some new clothes, I will have more motivation to workout too. I also want new Zella leggings but they don't have a very good selection in the high waisted crop version. I've found that I feel much more secure in high waisted workout pants. Also, most of them have mesh on the legs and I already have those in black. I'm keeping my eye out for some new options.

I've gone back and forth about the Cricket vs. Silhouette for years. I feel like the Silhouette will suite me better and I can see myself using it a ton. I know I will for sure use it weekly for my planner stickers and I can think of about a dozen crafts I want to do. This is a pricey present, so I'm not expecting it. A girl can dream though, right??

I talked about this portable phone charger in my girlfriends gift guide. I just think it's adorable and sooo helpful to have a portable charger. I would have loved one this weekend in Disneyland. I don't need this specific one but it is pretty!

I also forgot to add a couple things. This is my favorite candle of all time. I'm obsessed with the scent and it only comes out around Christmas. This is a great gift for anyone on your list too. I've also been eyeing the Harry Potter illustrated books too. They have this one at Costco right now but I'm linking the Amazon version. :)

What's on your Christmas list this year??

My Favorite Christmas Books

As a teacher, I am a HUGE fan of children's books and Christmas books are my absolute favorite! I have a ton that I like to read to my students and these are my top choices. Some of these are focused on the true meaning of Christmas and some are based on Christmas traditions or Santa. There's a wide variety here and something for everyone!











Weekend Recap {Disneyland at Christmas}



Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. I'm still recovering from my day at Disneyland. I know that seems a little dramatic but holy moly my legs are sore and I'm exhausted lol! If you've never been to Disneyland, it's amazing but also very tiring.

We were able to get to the park right after it opened and hit all the major rides pretty quickly. Even though waking up early isn't fun, it's so worth it to be able to ride everything right away. Stephanie and I are pretty much on a mission as soon as we step foot in the gates lol!

This is absolutely the best time of year at Disneyland. Everything is decorated and the parades and shows are even better than normal. We stayed until after World of Color and got home not long after midnight. It was a full day but such a blast! Here are some pictures from our fun!

My partner in crime


Matterhorn is always our first ride
















Five on Friday {Lots of Randoms}

Happy Friday everyone. Can you believe it's December already?? I just LOVE this time of year and I want to savor every moment. In fact, Stephanie and I are heading to Disneyland to surround ourself with all the Christmas goodness. I can't wait!

A Pentatonix Christmas


Pentatonix came out with a new Christmas album and I'm pretty obsessed. They are so stinkin' good and the music just puts me in a festive mood. Did you know that as an Amazon Prime member, you can listen to the album for free? So awesome! Any other Christmas albums you guys are into right now??

A Good Read


I just finished In a Dark, Dark Wood and WOW, it was so good! It's definitely a mystery/ thriller and isn't really filled with Christmas cheer but I couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend that you add it to your must read list now. I'm planning on picking up her second book, The Woman in Cabin 10, soon! 

Gilmore Girls


Have the new Gilmore Girls episodes been out long enough for me to talk about them yet?? They were sooo good! There was some strange parts like the musical. I wasn't really into that and I felt that they stretched it out WAY too long. I also shed a few tears and was so bummed when it was over. Do you guys think they will be coming out with more episodes because of how it ended?? I sure hope they do because I forgot how much I missed their witty banter. Let me know wha you guys thought!

Have you seen all the fun merchandise surrounding the reboot?? I bought my mom and I these shirts and we wore them last Friday. Yes, we are huge nerds but it was fun. I love all the coffee mugs too. This one if my fave... my friend Stephanie sent it to me last week. :)

Ugly Sweater

get it here

My school is having our Christmas party in less than two weeks and I need to find an ugly Christmas sweater. I found some funny options on Black Friday and Nordstrom has some really fun options. I might just make one though... I don't really want to spend $40+ on something that I'm buying because it's ugly haha! 

Because He's Cute...


He's adorable and won't let me work without being on my lap :) 

Have a great day everyone!!


Stocking Stuffers for Outdoorsmen


Headlamp    |   Hammer   |   Smartwool Socks

Stocking stuffers for men can be quite difficult, especially because the small items can be expensive. I try to get creative but sometimes you just need a man's perspective to help. So I actually enlisted my husband to help me with this one, which is a double win, because now I have some ideas for his stocking as well. :) This is definitely for the outdoorsman and most items can be found at Home Depot and REI. These would always make great presents, not just socking stuffers. I hope this gives you some ideas.

See my stocking stuffers for the women in your life, here. Disclaimer: we ALWAYS include candy in the stockings as well. Also, we usually add in Starbucks gift cards too!