Blogmas | Christmas Decor Ideas

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Merry Christmas Eve!

For this post, I wanted to discuss some of my early Christmas decor ideas for 2019! Yeah, I know I’m going backwards for this, but there’s a reason for it. We recently got a new house, and I’ve been trying to figure out how I want everything arranged in my new bedroom. We have an idea of where the bed and TV will be placed, but everything else is a bit up in the air right now. So, I only have a blurry video imprint in my mind of what it looks like and how I’d like for everything to go!


Whenever we’d move to a different house, my room has always had white walls. After so many years, it can get very boring looking and you just feel like you need a change and what I do is add as many posters as I possibly can! I even have some of my old artwork hanging up in my current room as well, and despite the fact that it makes the room more lively, it can still look pretty plain.

Over the years, I’ve wanted to decorate the crap out of my room for various holidays–mostly for Halloween and Christmas! A recent dream of mine is that I’ve been wanting to get a Christmas tree for my bedroom. I think I might be watching Zoe Sugg’s vlogmases a little too much because she makes me want to do stuff that I wouldn’t normally do! A part of me is torn between if this is a good or bad thing!

This month I’ve been inspired to create a Pinterest board of what I like about Christmas, the pines of the trees, bright glitter-y snow, and apparently the color red in all its glory! Later on in the year I’ll be posting some of my favorite ornaments and that’ll just add to my personality, because as most of you know, I’m a very eclectic person with many, many interests. Anyways, if you’d like to check it out, click here!

I’d like a semi-tall tree, I’m thinking maybe a 4′ tree so that I can put it up and take it down by myself. I can already picture explaining that to my parents! I originally wanted a normal looking tree, but after scrolling through my Facebook last week, a friend shared an article about the newest trend of black Christmas trees! After seeing this, I suddenly wanted one and thought that big royal purple ornaments with white snowflakes would be so pretty! I think I’d feel happy about not only myself but my new surroundings of being able to have that freedom that comes with decorating, you know?

So what about you? Do you wish you had an extra room where you could decorate it to the way you want it to, without having any judgement from others? 

Blogmas | Bad Kitty (writing prompt)

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I was really in the mood to write some holiday inspired stories this year as my original idea of double the amount of Christmas albums didn’t exactly pan out, so I thought maybe this would be a better option for myself!

I found this prompt on Pinterest, and the site where you can visit to see more is Holloway’s Hideaway. As a cat owner, I thought this was just the perfect prompt for me to do. Although I have to say, none of our cats (including Oliver) are never inside long enough to take an interest in the actual fully decorated Christmas tree. My sister and brother-in-law’s cats are another story, they came home one night to find that somebody might’ve been stuck some place and managed to take the lower half of the tinsel off the tree entirely as there was a long strand lying across the floor.


They watched endlessly as the family cat began the assault on the newly decorated Christmas tree.

We start our story in a family home out in the country, the closet town is about 15 miles so the people that normally live in the house, don’t get very many distributions unless it’s grunting noises from the cows getting comfortable outside in the stable. Other than that, it’s relativity peaceful.

Tonight is Christmas Eve, and the family has their daughter Karri and her children staying over for the festive time. Bob, the patriarch of the household is the last to go to bed but first he silently checks up on everybody in the guest rooms to see them queityly dreaming away in their beds. He notices that the family cat Bozo has made himself a nice little bed in between his daughter’s legs, which made him smile because he knows how much Bozo misses the family being around the house constantly. After overseeing the rooms, he slowly makes his way into his own bedroom to fall asleep before the real fun begins.

Unfortunately, he made a bad mistake by leaving the bedroom door of Karri’s room slightly open. Bozo wasn’t necessarily getting a good night’s sleep with his former buddy, he was getting popped on the head and at the last, she rolled over both of her legs together in a tight squeeze that caused the cat to snap and start growling at her. At this time, Karri was in and out of consciousness and heard a growl coming from below her legs. She turned around halfway to see a furious cat missing half of its tail. She began to look around the headboard in case there was a bug of some sort and he was warning her about it, but nope. As soon as she made the turnaround, her legs spread apart and the cat took off running out of the room!

Bozo got the entrance of the living room before stopping to lick himself at the tail to make sure everything wasn’t damaged or worse fluffed up more than usual. He thought about trying out the kid’s room but figured that was a death trap waiting to happen, so he decided to stay out of those rooms completely.

Since it would be Christmas tomorrow, the children talked their grandparents to leave the twinkle lights on so that Santa would be see them from the patio doors. Bozo was over nine years old, he’s been around Christmas trees before but for the first time ever, the lights were enchanting to him. They were almost like a siren calling out to him, and once he saw them, he immediately was put into a trance-like state and began to sniff the pines and ornaments from both the past and present. The smells were intoxicating for the old cat, he suddenly lost control of his body and got up on his hind legs and started to pick at the wires of the lights and fluffy strand of tinsel that surrounded the tree from top to bottom.

What puzzled Bozo was the fact that he wasn’t interested in the nativity scene that was about two inches from his back paws. He has a history with rubbing up against them that would result in knocking one or two down but for once he turned his attention to the actual tree itself.

Despite being colorblind he quickly figured out the lights were three wires fused together to create a small but strong band. When he was a kitten, Bob’s children used to feed little Bozo small bites of Twizzlers’ so he mesmerized that twisty pattern and just assumed this was a special treat all around the Christmas tree. He began to chew on the cords and with his sharp teeth made some tiny puncture marks along the bright lights. He wasn’t very interested in the lights themselves, as they were slightly warm on the roof of his mouth, the wires were cool to the touch so there wasn’t anything to worry for that.

Once he realized that he wasn’t able to swallow anything with each bite, he decided to walk around on his back legs to the other side but still the same result happened. Bozo grew frustrated, he hated to be teased with his food, especially his treats so then he became radical with his decision to sit back up and lick the sides of his mouth, all the while still looking up at the tree, contemplating a good spot to try next and he latched onto a spot directly in the middle of the tree, where all of the glass and memorable baubles were placed.

Once finding his prey, he took a couple of steps back from his original position and crouched down to the floor, never breaking contact with his special spot. He was ready and used all of his energy to leap across the room to land at the wrong spot and he realized how bad he calculated his misfortune and when he went to climb the rest of the way, the hook of an ornament stab him in the padding of his right back paw and he let out a high-pitched meow, suddenly spooked he jumped off of the tree for good but not without it falling down with him.

He landed at the corner of the tree so when it fell in front of him, he wasn’t injured by it too much. There were small droplets of blood that came off the bottom of his paw but all the floor contained was a dark green mess with golden-sparkled tinsel and rainbow colored lights that were slightly dimmed as the plug was almost out of its socket in the wall. There was also shattered glass on and underneath the disgraced tree. Bozo was stunned as he just stood in front of him. The puzzled look on his face continued as the family, who were awaken by the sheer thud and glass breaking, ran into the room with their mouths open wide looking at both the mess and the unsuspecting cat at the side.

So what did you think of this? Tell me a story about your cat (or dog) ruining something very beloved to you? How do you keep your animals away from the Christmas decorations in your home?

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Blogmas | Routine Or Nostalgic?

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Last year I was heavily inspired by one of my Facebook friends Lori, to create both this post and last week’s about the Christmas movies I haven’t seen yet. For this one, I got the idea to write about it after she posted a status about whether or not she and her husband should put up their Christmas tree. The reason why she asked is because both of her children are older now and the eldest doesn’t even live with them anymore. So, she posed the question are putting up Christmas trees part of the holiday routine or wanting to be nostalgic?

When Blondie began to date Brandon, our parents really started to wonder if it would be worth it to put ours up too. Despite the fact that I am still living in the family home, my mom still suggested the idea of just forgoing the big tree and using my little purple tree instead. I ended up getting very angry with my parents about this and they decided to invite the two goofballs, who now usually have their tree up a day or two after Thanksgiving, over to get the 20 year old tree up and decorated in our living room.

I think at that point of time, it was a bit of a routine. My mom always likes to complain that since we only have it up for like two weeks, she’s the one taking it all down in the end. I think my nana can vouch for me when I say that I could help her taking down Christmas trees, since the last tree she had, we took down like three months after we probably should have, and nobody fell out of their wheelchairs or hurt themselves either!

While I was growing up, my grandparents always put up their tree, even though they relativity lived alone. I mean, their dog Casey would knock it down every once in a while, but it would go up on Black Friday and most times it would be taken down by the end of the first week of January. They absolutely loved having their tree up. I remember hearing a story that papaw would stop in his wheelchair and just look up at it in the middle of the day. It always brought out a lot of memories; some of the ornaments were originally the aunts, we had his favorite lights and tinsel draped around it as well. After he died, my nana didn’t stop putting it up because she was the only one there. She knew that the family would be there for that day in some form and it would be worth it in the end.

I’m glad that my parents never stopped putting it up, I love looking at it when it’s lit in those rainbow colors. The sparkles are hypnotizing. I never like getting stabbed by the branches but I love putting the family “relics” at the end of each one. And this year, we have a new member that gets to be a part of the chaos. Little Nolan watched his mommy and daddy put up theirs, and I think he’ll enjoy being close to the mess and you know mom will want to get a couple of pictures of him under the Christmas tree too!

I don’t think it matters if you live alone or have a whole house full of people, you should have some kind of tree up. Everybody deserves to feel festive in some way and to me, this is what usually does the trick.

What about you, do you put up some kind of Christmas tree in your house, apartment, or even dorm room? Do you think it’s part of our routine of the coming season? Or do you think we have them to feel nostalgic?

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DIY: Christmas Gift Bags!

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My nana and I decided to do our annual goody bags like we did last year, however We’ve added quite a bit of homemade things to the bags! First is our addition of a lone Holly ornament that we ultimately decided to include inside the baggies! I also wanted to do something else besides our normal Christmas cookies we do every year, so I thought about doing a chocolate bark. We made two different kinds of it and I will be publishing that post once January comes along! I figured if I included it into this post, nobody would want to read the post in general. I hope you understand!

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What you will need for this:

  • Brown paper bags
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint
  • Wax paper
  • Glitter glue (optional)
  • Tags (optional)

Now I have to say this before we start, my nana and I separated our family in two stacks. She decorated a number of bags and I picked out the ones I wanted to do. She went the simple route while I wanted to paint, of course! We also got each other! We also put regular tags on the bottom of each baggy so we could keep track of who we were decorating for and we just glued them with a regular glue stick, well I did!

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I had a total of 9 people I had to decorate bags for and I only had two designs that I was already sort of comfortable with so everybody essentially got the same thing but I did try to mix up the colors a bit on each one, so nobody would get jealous! I went with a standard Christmas tree and a snowman. I wanted to make it as easy on me as possible!

How I made the Christmas trees:

Something that my nana used while she was busy doing hers was she placed a sheet of wax paper inside the bags so the paint or glue doesn’t seep through to the other side and basically stain or stick together! After I completed each baggy, I removed the folded sheet and placed it inside the next one because I didn’t want to waste any more sheets at the rate I was moving!

Do you remember when we made those banners and I said I made circles in the middle of the paper plates so we would know when to stop painting? Well, I used this method for this project too! It seems to do me well to start out like this, so I grabbed a normal pencil that my nana had in the kitchen and started drawing a simple triangle and rectangle at the bottom the tree for the stump!

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I picked the darkest green I could find in our storage bin and I tried to stay inside the lines of the shapes and I used a medium size brush so it didn’t go too far out of the drawing and then after I was finished with the green (which was the perfect shade!) I switched brushes and color to a brown and it was called “nutmeg brown” but I was just happy that when I placed the first stroke of paint that it showed up–leave it to me to forget about the whole brown paper bag part!

When we went out for Black Friday, my Aunt Laurie found these specialty glue sticks full of glitter in different colors. She got two brands and they each had a tip at the end, so it was easy for me to squeeze the container and make the designs from there. For this bag, I used the gold for tinsel and tried to make an even line across and then I used both silver and red as the ornaments; this took a bit to master as I like to basically hold everything to a tilt and I noticed everytime I would do this the glue would drag and no longer look like a ball so it wasn’t until I straightened it up that it would just drip down nice and pretty without dragging along. Everyone is a beginner at something!

After each step and bag I finished, I would place the bags in front of her screen door because I thought the cold air would dry the paint and glue a lot faster than waiting an hour for each one. This actually worked a lot better than I thought it would, even my nana was surprised!

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How I made the Snowmen:

When I decided to make the snowmen, I sort of thought these would be easier to work on but that was not the case! It was fun, don’t get me wrong but I realized that circles were not the easiest to paint with a pair of frozen toes!

I did the same thing with the Christmas trees, I drew three circles on top of each other, starting with the smallest and working my way down. The middle sort of turned into an oval while I was both drawing and painting it because the center of the bag wasn’t as flat as I’d like it to be, but it was okay. When I started coating the white on it, I started to realize it sort of looked like a fancy dollop of whipped cream and this was my Uncle David’s bag and while we had pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, he gave himself a generous helping of whipped cream on top that you didn’t even see the pumpkin pie anymore!

Once the white paint was dried, I picked the red glitter glue again but this time used the green as the dots on his belly. I squeezed the container of red glitter across its little neck and made a swoop at the side to act like wind had blown it that way! I get really creative sometimes! When I started doing the dots, I realized I made its body too small so the last one is a little lower than I originally wanted it to be! As far as decorating its face, I had to use black paint because we didn’t have any glittery black which was fine, I don’t think my uncle would like that much glitter on his bag!

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How I made the Batman:

I had written on Brandon’s tag “Batman” because that’s what I tend to call him, but I went one step further when I thought about painting a Batman/Snowman on his bag. It started out innocently and then it somehow turned into a disaster!

I did the same thing I had done with the Snowman bags, I originally was going to give him a Snowman but I just added the bat ears at the top so I would remember to paint in that area too! This was actually fine, nothing went wrong here it was what happened afterwards when I went to put on its face and body. I could not for the life of me think of how to decorate him or what the bat symbol looked like so I improvised… I made the eyes yellow in arrows looking down and he has an aqua chest. It looks awful! I’m not talking in past tense either because I’m still not a fan of it!

Later on that day, my nana and I had to do some chores in the rest of her house and I had left my jacket on throughout the first half of the visit, even while I was painting because I was still located around her door, so it can get pretty chilly in that area so sometimes I just leave my coat on. When we went into her office, I had her take off my jacket and she started laughing and I couldn’t figure out why she was cracking up until I looked down at my chest and saw what I was wearing. I had my Batman shirt on and then I started laughing at myself because I knew I had it on but I literally forgot about it in that short time span!

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The Batman design wasn’t only the silly thing that happened. While I was working on my cousin Chris’s bag, which I wanted to make completely goofy but I thought I already ruined one bag, I didn’t need to do that again. Anyways, after I had painted the scarf and put on his buttons, I was moving on to his face and I saw this royal blue on the table so I grabbed it and attempted to take off the lid like I had been doing the whole time and I guess I flicked it open too fast or something because the next thing I knew my feet and half of the board we paint on top of was covered in this blue paint. I felt like Harriet in Harriet The Spy just felt disgusted being covered in paint and my nana was in the other room and I hollered for her with “uh, I am in need of your assistance!” I think I made her laugh more that day than I had in the last month or so!

I wanted to end this post with a simple message to everybody out there. Even if you didn’t celebrate Christmas or hang out with your family, I hope you still enjoy the day doing whatever you’re doing, whether if you’re at work or lounging around at home! I hope you have liked this post and are ready for the new year posts coming later this week!

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Now that both are finished, what do you think of the gift bags? Do you think this is something you might do for a birthday or next Christmas?

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So here I am, I’ve been up since 7:56am this morning. I went to bed early. I was productive yesterday and I was in pain again. I guess I got comfortable and passed out. I put my CDs and DVDs in my big case and traded a few that were inside my stereo and put in new ones. It’s a somewhat of a long process when you’re trying to scoot from one side of your bed with about four CDs in your right foot and trying to keep your balance as you’re getting to the edge. I’ve had a couple close calls from falling off my bed because I’ve either lost my balance with placing my foot in the wrong place or trying to put a CD inside the changer and I’m leaning slightly to the edge of the bed. If I ever fall off I think I’d be stuck there. It’s a mess over in that part and quite small.

Afterwards, I laid down and noticed my feet were really dry. I got new lotion in October and haven’t used it yet. I texted my mom asking her to put lotion on my feet and for some reason she thought putting up the tree would be awesome to do instead. We usually put up the tree in the evening, it’s kind of a tradition to do it that way. However, dad had his football game on and so that was a factor. Poor Emily was dropped from her normal job of putting up lights and garland around the tree. We were in charge of putting up bulbs. She kept taking all my spots in the middle and bottom part of the tree. Dad found Christmas hats and put them on and we had to take a freaking picture because that’s what mom wanted. We had three animals in the house, a wheelchair, and a girl who was going to wing it through putting up the tree. It was interesting.

When we were done, I went in my room and looked up at the clock only to find out it was only 2pm. I could feel my stomach hurting. I was exhuasted from staying up til mom and Emily came from their ER visit that night. Werid part was, I had gotten sleep, generous amount of sleep too and I still felt crappy. So I ate something around four and I haven’t been eating much. Last night was the exception apparently. I rolled over and I felt comfortable and all I remember was waking up and seeing my clock turn 8:30pm. My family was going to bed at that time. I didn’t go to bed until midnight, but again slept alot but I’m feeling pain and tired again. I could take a nap but I’d be screwed for the rest of the night, but I really want to stay up until my mom gets home tonight from work, so that nap is looking pretty good right now.