Merry Christmas Eve! 🎄🎄


Hope you enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones tonight. Looking back, I have so many found memories of Christmas Eve as little kid…everything is just so magical this time of year! Can’t wait to spend time with my family; it’s going to be a wonderful day all around.

❤ 🎄🎅🎁🎄❤

Also wishing you all a wonderful Christmas tomorrow and truly hope you enjoy every moment. We are heading down to Huntington Beach early Christmas morning (like 5am) so we can celebrate with Chris’ mom. I’ll be back here in a few days to blog about all of our holiday festivities!






Wanted to wish my best friend since 8th grade ASHLEY LAWRENCE a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! Hope you have a fabulous day and an even better year ahead! So thankful for our 19+ years of friendship…you mean the world to me and I love you so much! ❤ ❤


Happy Happy Birthday Ashley!


Holiday Traditions: Christmas Lights

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Completed another one of our holiday traditions over the weekend…looking at CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!!!

Looking at Christmas lights is something that I’ve been doing since I was a little kid. It became a tradition in my family growing up and now I’m doing it with my own little family schnauzers included! Last year I didn’t really blog about looking at lights because just the hubby and I went. I got a really nasty cold, so we had to cancel with our friends. But, you can read all about 2014 and 2013.

On Saturday 12.17.16 we got together with some friends and had dinner at Willow Street Pizza before looking at Christmas lights over in Willow Glen. I seriously LOVE all of the decorations in the Willow Glen area!  So totally charming! And the story behind it is even better! Just a little refresher, each house is given a small Christmas tree to put on their front yard to decorate. You can read more about the history of the Willow Glen Yard Trees, truly a lovely story. Seeing each house with a charming little tree on the front lawn in addition to whatever other decorations people put up is just magical.

The following pictures don’t even do this place justice! It is always so beautiful and so much fun. It was pretty cold Saturday night, so there weren’t as many people out there. Perfect for the four of us and our three dogs! I love that people get so into it and everything looks so festive!

Each street has a “theme”…this one had these adorable lighted Christmas trees you walk under. Too cute!

There is also a huge sleigh and this GIANT reindeer that are “pulling” the sleigh…this takes up lawns of multiple houses and looks super cool when you look down the street!

If anyone is still looking for places to look at holiday lights I highly recommend the Willow Glen area. Here is a map of the charming holiday lights. We will probably be taking a stroll or drive down Eucalyptus in San Carlos Christmas Eve with my family. CAN’T WAIT to see even more Christmas lights!

I’ve mentioned this before…but one of my goals/DREAM is to someday live on a street like the ones in Willow Glen or Eucalyptus in San Carlos. It would be just so much fun to go all out for the holidays. Someday…😀

Only FIVE more sleeps til Christmas and only TWO more days of work until break! Oh my goodness…so excited!



Holiday Decorations 🎄🎄

Today I thought I would share some of our holiday decorations. Before we take a tour of our house, let’s start with my office holiday decorations.

Within the last few years, my coworkers and I have been getting into decorating for everything! Our favorite has probably been Halloween. We started decorating with Halloween and it has taken off from there. It sure makes our cubs/offices feel more fun and festive! Here are some of my office decorations.

I also have these adorable holiday gel clings on my offcie door since it’s a sliding glass door, but the pictures aren’t turning out that great. Bummer, they are so cute and festive.

Now time to tour our home holiday decorations! In the past I don’t think I’ve shared anything other than our Christmas tree, so here goes. Like I mentioned in a previous post, we got out tree over Thanksgiving weekend and then decorated it the following weekend. Here’s the finished product…our beautiful tree with lights and decorations!




Here are a few other festive decorations around the house. I love all our Christmas stuff and look forward to growing our collection.

At some point, my mom started collecting these ADORABLE Hallmark Musical Snowmen. Each year, Hallmark comes out with a new musical snowman. As my mom began collecting them, we got excited to see what the newest snowman was going to look like! This website seems to have a bunch of the old ones so you can get the idea of what they look liked over the years. You can check out this years snowman too. So cute right?! I eventually started my own collection and have been getting one each year since 2010. Here’s a few pictures of our growing collection!

Another favorite decoration in our house is the Hallmark Peanuts Band! These guys are awesome! Each member plays two Christmas songs. Then, they all work together wirelessly to play as a group. OMG! So totally cool right?! 😀 The songs each character plays is as follows: Snoopy on the guitar: “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Silent Night” Lucy on the flute: “O Christmas Tree” and “Up on the Rooftop” Schroeder on his piano: “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls” Charlie Brown: plays the sax “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” Linus: plays the trumpet “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Joy to the World”. It’s so fun much fun and we love anything Peanuts!


The hubby loves lights, especially Christmas lights! He always does such a great job with the outdoor lights no matter the holiday. We’ve got lights around several windows, along our back fence as well as snowflakes and a JOY sign in other windows. This year we added some fun candy cane lights to our collection. We also have these great tinsel dudes that make up a mini outdoor display. Can’t have these in the house because our pup Dash would destroy them ha ha. Aren’t these guys so festive?! Love it!

The dogs got groomed over the weekend just in time for Christmas and I MUST show off their cuteness! How precious are they? Our groomer has a photo back drop in her grooming salon so she took these really cute Christmas photos of Emma and Dash. So precious…and Dash with that tie…ahhhh too cute. And of course we have to get a picture of them by the tree! Love these crazy mini schnauzers so much! ❤ ❤
Thanks for taking a peek into our simply decorated house. I love the way our home feels during Christmas. The twinkling lights, all the festive decorations and the coziness of it all. December is just a magical month, don’t you agree?


Holiday Traditions: SF Nutcracker



Tis the season…SF Nutcracker time! This marks our 6th year going and truly one of my favorite holiday traditions! You can read about our previous visits here: 20152014, 2013. Sadly, no blog posts from 2012 or 2011.

As always, the SF Nutcracker is so much fun and a truly beautiful production! I love going to the ballet and this is the perfect production to get you in the spirit of the holidays. I say this every year…if you haven’t seen the SF Nutcracker, I highly recommend it. There is also nothing better than seeing the War Memorial Opera House all decked out in lights and holiday trimmings. Going to see the Nutcracker really is one of my (our) favorite holiday traditions and I so look forward to it every year! I can’t believe the hubby and I have been seeing it every year since 2011; what a treat!

Each year, we hold true to our tradition in every part of the way. Dinner is always at our favorite Thai place, Lers Ros. The subject of switching it up always comes up, but we always end up back at Lers Ros. It’s too good of a place to say no.

One of the best things about going up to the city during the holidays is all of the LIGHTS! I love holiday lights, especially City Hall! It looks so magical when it’s all decked out in red and green lights. We always have to get a few pictures of it and a few selfies 😉 .

Of course, the best part is taking a few pictures in front of the gorgeous tree inside the War Memorial Opera House ! So glad my hubby is always willing to pose for pictures…I sure got lucky with this one! ❤

We decided again this year to purchase the orchestra section seats becuase you just get a better view of the stage. I really love being closer to the stage and seeing all the beautiful costumes and little details. Before the show we checked out the front of the stage and the orchestra. It was fun seeing the musicians come in and get warmed up. Kinda makes me miss my clarinet playing days….

The SF Ballet sure didn’t disappoint this year. They put on another fantastic show and now I feel all ready for the Holiday Season! Can’t wait until next year!🙂

I love making and keeping up with our holiday traditions, espeically going to the ballet! We still needs to bake cookies and look at Christmas lights. Crazy how fast this month has flwen by…only one more weekend until Christmas, yikes! Wat are some of your favoritae holiday traditions?


Hope everyone has a great start to the week! I’m counting down the days until I’m off work and can relax/celebrate with our family and friends!



Wishing my wonderful sissy a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Thank you for being such an amazing, encouraging, supportive, funny and loving sister. I truly feel lucky to have you as my sister and best friend.

I love you Ari! Happy Happy Birthday!! ❤️🎂🎉


Can’t wait to celebrate with her later this weekend!