Happy December 1st & Holiday Bucket List

Happy Friday and December 1st!

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Where the heck did November go?! We are down to the last 31 days of the year…let that sink in for a second haha.

It’s finally starting to feel cooler here in “always sunny Santa Barbara” which makes me so excited! The past few months haven’t allowed for the usual fall clothing of boots, scarves and sweaters. It was like 80*+ on Thanksgiving. Hoping December will allow my boots, scarves and sweaters to come out of the closet and be worn haha. I’m really missing living in the Bay Area and having cooler/fall like weather and rain…although they have had pretty wacky weather too!

Anyway, back in September I did a Fall Bucket List. You can read all about it here. It was super fun to have a list of stuff to do, so I thought I would do another one for the Holidays. So here we go!

Holiday Bucket List 2017

  1. Make homemade hot chocolate
  2. Bake Christmas cookies
  3. Drive around and look at lights
  4. See the SF Nutcracker
  5. Give back to your local community
  6. Attend a holiday party
  7. Purchase a sentimental ornament or a new one
  8. Watch a classic Christmas movie along with anything on this list
  9. Get a Christmas tree and decorate it
  10. Send holiday cards to friends and family
  11. Hang stockings (in our case we need to get stockings!)
  12.  Put up lights outside and inside the house
  13. Go to Disneyland and see all of the holiday lights, declarations and treats
  14. Read a book with a cozy blanket by the fire
  15. Wear red nail polish
  16. Wrap Christmas presents
  17. Find a fun way to display your holiday cards
  18. Make a playlist of your favorite holiday tunes
  19. Read a book by the fire with a cozy blanket
  20. Watch “A Christmas Story” on loop!

What’s on your Holiday Bucket List? Happy Friday friends! Wishing you a great weekend.

Xo

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Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻🍭🎃👻🍭

HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🎃 👻 🎃 👻 🎃

Today is the day. It’s finally my FAVORITE holiday of the year!

H A L L O W E E N

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This is the first Halloween with my new office at UCSB. They seem to get pretty into it, but only a few people decorated their offices. Our theme was classic Halloween. Love it! We had lots of witches (including me), cats and a variety of other characters. We also had a potluck at lunch so that was fun.

 

Still really missing my old coworkers from SJSU…we did Halloween BIG! Can’t wait to see how their themed costumes turn out this year. Love and miss you guys!

 

Now for some pictures with my handsome hubby! Chris went as a Ghostbuster (classic and perfect) and I was a witch.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!

Enjoy a spooky night with friends, family, ghosts and goblins! Be safe and have lots of FUN! We plan on passing out lots of candy, eating pizza and enjoying a scary movie or two!

See you tomorrow for the start of November. How can that be?!?! Can’t believe my favorite month and holiday are coming to a close….still time to enjoy a little more!

Xo 🎃 👻

Happy Halloween Eve! 🎃👻🎃👻

 🎃 👻 🎃 👻 HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVE!!!!  🎃 👻 🎃 👻 

Tomorrow is my FAVORITE  holiday of the year…H A L L O W E E N ! 

I look forward to October and especially Halloween every year. We’ve been celebrating and getting ready all month. So excited my favorite time of year is finally here!

Wishing you all a spooktacular Halloween Eve. See you tomorrow for HALLOWEEN.

Xo 🎃🎃

 

Halloween Decorations 🎃

Happy Sunday!

Last weekend we went to the pumpkin patch, so last night we carved our pumpkins! I think they turned out really great. The pumpkins were super fresh and easy to gut/carve. Love that we always get pumpkins for Emma & Dash. Too bad they can’t help with the carving he he he.

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This is the first year decorating for Halloween in our new place! Waaaahooooo🎃🎃. It was a little hard getting started, but once we got going, we got it all up in no time! We also seem to have MORE places to put Halloween stuff = EVEN BETTER! Halloween is EVERYWHERE in our house. Here are a few pictures.

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This is my FAVORITE display for the year! Hubby built this table and boy has it come in handy.

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Our Jack-O-Lanterns set up ion the porch.

Don’t forget to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown tonight on ABC 8:00PM/7:00PM C.

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Getting more and more excited for Halloween!!! Have a great rest of your evening.

Xo 🎃🎃

Friday Favorites: Halloween Addition 🎃

🎃 TGIF! 🎃

These are my exact thoughts today especially since it has been an incredibly looooooooooong week at work., ugh. Made it, just barely. Trying to find some excitement though because it’s the Friday before Halloween and as you know, I LOVE Halloween.

Last year I did a “Friday Favorites” on the blog and it was fun. This year I just got too darn busy so this is going to be a pretty brief post. Sorry!

My favorite things about Halloween:

  1. Halloween costumes
  2. Candy
  3. Pumpkin Carving
  4. Halloween Decorations
  5. Scary Movies/Halloween Movies
  6. Scary Books
  7. Halloween Parties
  8. Haunted Houses/Disneyland at Halloween
  9. Visiting the Pumpkin Patch
  10. Sending/getting Halloween cards and packages

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This weekend we are going to try and cram all of our last Halloween “must do’s” in! It’s going to be tricky because I’ve gotten myself pretty busy haha. I recently joined the Santa Barbara Junior League, and this weekend we have one of our biggest events; Rummage. I’m volunteering tonight and working the event all day Saturday from 7-4pm. We are also going to try and get to Disneyland one last time before the Halloween decorations are gone. In addition, we need to carving pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds and watch Season 2 of Stranger Things! This is A LOT, but we are going to try and do it all!

If you want to look at more of my Halloween obsession, check out my Pinterest board! I also found a great Halloween Candy Wine paring list! Check it out. Ok, that’s all I have the energy for today. Hope you enjoyed this brief post.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a spooky weekend and enjoy some pre-Halloween festivities! See you next more for so much Halloween fun!

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Xo

Happy First Day of Fall 🍃🍁🍂 & Happy Names Day to Me! 🇱🇻

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

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Today’s a BIG day because it’s not only the FIRST DAY OF FALL, but it’s also my NAMES DAY!!! 

If you know me or have been reading this blog, you know that:

  1. I LOVE fall
  2. I am Latvian
  3. There are going to be a lot of posts these next few months because of this!

🍃🍁🍂 HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL EVERYONE!!! 🍃🍁🍂

Fall is by far my absolute favorite time of the year! Now that we’ve moved to Santa Barbara I’m not sure how much “fall” we are going to get. It’s not exactly sweater weather yet…the high today is supposed to be 73*. To be honest, I can’t remember what Santa Barbara is like in the fall ha! It’s been some time since I’ve lived here during fall, so we will have to see how the weather turns out. All I have to say is that I’m ready for boots, scarves, pumpkins, cool/crisp weather, baking and enjoying the “change in seasons” (not that we get much of that in CA). But, I’m excited either way to be entering the fall season because I love everything about it!

This is SO me!


Next up, today is my NAMES DAY!  🇱🇻 🇱🇻

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That’s Latvian for HAPPY NAMES DAY TO ME! According to the Latvian calendar, September 22 is my names day! A few years I did a blog post all about being Latvian and my names day. You can check it out here.

Growing up (especially with Latvian grandparents) celebrating our names day was a big deal. It’s days like today that I really miss my Latvian grandparents. I also miss my Grammi’s klingeris (or yellow bread as we called it). For the past few years, my Dad and sister Ari have been working hard on perfecting Grammi’s yellow bread recipe. Each year they get closer and closer to her recipe. Hopefully this year will be it!

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Hope you all have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! TGIF

Xo