Blogmas | December Playlist

Hello!

Can you believe Christmas is on Sunday?! I can’t honestly, and I’m sure there are a lot of people who are feeling the exact same way.

I usually post my monthly playlists at the end, but since I will be taking my mini hiatus directly after Christmas, it just makes sense to release it as part of my Blogmas content. I’ll actually give you the list now and share some of the stuff going on in the past few weeks below.

Here are my Top 20 favorite songs for December 2022! If you want to check out the full playlist, click here.

Skinny Little Missy by Nickelback
Diseased by Icon For Hire
Bye Bye by Gryffin featuring Ivy Adara
Met Him Last Night by Demi Lovato featuring Ariana Grande
Have Mercy by Chloe
It’s Been Awhile by VCTRYS
The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody) by Bebe Rexha featuring Lil Wayne
What A Man Gotta Do by Jonas Brothers
Running For Your Life by UNSECRET featuring Butterfly Boucher
Ghost Town by Layto featuring Neoni
DICE by NMIXX
Revolution by Bishop Briggs
Reinvented by Ad Infinitum
Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz
Dangerous by Aviva
The Assault by ADIEAUX x Justin Starling
Wild by Effsio Cross
Bones by wens
May It Be by Anuna featuring Sara Weeda
O Holy Night by Lindsey Stirling
Medley by Michael W. Smith
Nordlys by Myrkur
Silent Souls by Moya Brennan featuring Cormac De Barra
Carols of the Bells by Jennifer Thomas
Turn Off All The Christmas Songs by Sam Tinnesz


As I mentioned in last Friday’s post, I was really sick throughout the early part of the month, but I will say, I have had a lot of fun hanging out with my family lately. Our dog Rumer has really enjoyed playing again. She didn’t like it not being able to come around me in those few weeks. However, when I did come out, we’d play ball so much that she would literally jump up on the couch and fall asleep. One day she’ll do this when mom and I are watching Jeopardy in the living room. She tends to be active while we’re watching it, and you’d think her craziness would slow me down at all, but I have found I do better when I’m multitasking and playing with her.

Rumer does not know a lot of commands, we had plans to teach her a lot of different things when she was a puppy, but that takes a lot of time that none of us had a lot of patience for it, and now she’s full of energy and whines quite a bit. She does not do well away from my parents, mostly my dad, and she’s fiercely protective over us on top of that. Anyways, I’ve been trying to teach her some simple things, one is sitting (or lie down) before I roll her green ball to her. I don’t know what made me do this, but I point my big toe at her while leaving my right foot shielding the ball at the same time. She is starting to realize when I point downward, it means she needs to sit. She’s been doing great for this but recently, she’s been learning to go all the way down now. It was just bowing, and they’ve turned into fully calm, cooled and on the ground and everytime she succeeds in this task, I reward her with the ball.

For those of you who are asking about our Christmas tree though, she does pretty good with it considering she doesn’t usually care for the plants in the house. My dad was way too excited to bring our big plant we call “Sally” into the master bedroom for the month, because she can’t really mess with her and Sally has really blossomed in there as well.

If anybody has advice on how to help her anxiety being away from us and/or with the cats, we’ll gladly take it now!

Let’s talk about actual Christmas things now.

I wasn’t going to put up my tree this year. We recently switched my bed, have a new bedside light and other furniture around in the room and it’s been sort of a struggle figuring out where everything can go now, so I just figured I wasn’t going to have any space for it. And then we got the advent calendar which consists of mini ornaments, and it would make better sense to use my tree compared to the family tree and being around Rumer who eats anything and everything she’s not supposed to, so we managed to arrange it next to the TV and I have two very beloved musical Santa Clauses and we put them at the sides of my tree, and it really looks so good together.

These were the day one and two of our advent calendar ornaments. My nephew absolutely loves to do it as I mentioned in my post last Wednesday. I feel bad it’ll end on Christmas Eve though because it is literally the first thing he goes for when he comes over. Maybe I can find an activity for us to do at the start of 2023. If anybody has any ideas about this too, let me know in the comments.

One of Nolan’s favorite things to do lately is coloring, he really cherishes coloring with me and using my markers even though he has his own. We did a series of holiday characters, and he claimed all of them but one, the Dasher reindeer as it was for Mimi or my mom; unfortunately for Pawpaw Nolan decided his reindeer is for someone else, which really made him sad about it. At the same time we did this, Nolan introduced me to a movie on Disney+ and it’s called Prep and Landing, it is about the elves helping Santa navigate throughout Christmas night and it is so cute and hilarious! I’ve actually watched the other two and I figured out why the voice of Wayne sounded so familiar is because it’s the same actor who did Flik in A Bug’s Life: Dave Foley! Anyways, if you haven’t seen any of the movies yet, you should as they are perfect for toddlers and kids at heart obviously!

Here are the end results of our pages.

We have already finalized our plans for Christmas morning, and I get to play Santa this year! I’m not going to lie; this is good karma for me in a way. Nolan will be spending the night, so we have cookies and carrots for Rudolph and the gang, as per to Nolan’s instructions. We don’t want to offend any of the other reindeer of course! I am hoping when Nolan is officially asleep, we can put a couple of presents underneath my tree as he’s been such a good boy making my tree all pretty that I feel he needs to see some holiday magic for all of his good work this past month.

Okay, I think that is it for me today. I hope you have enjoyed all of the Christmas-y stuff going on and maybe found some good tunes to round out the rest of 2022.

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Why You Should Color

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Hey guys!

If you didn’t know, coloring is becoming a big thing again. It’s not just for children, anyone can do it! I remember once kids hit a certain age, say 12 to 17, they just think they’re “too old” to do things either with their family or anything that would be considered kiddie related. A lot of teenagers would say coloring is a kid thing, which it is, but now that they’ve done a study that coloring reduces stress and anxiety, everybody has an excuse to color! To make thing even better, they have made the books more adult friendly like from the standard butterflies and flowers to swear words.

Back in April, while my family was down for my nana’s birthday, my Aunt Laurie got her a butterfly coloring book and a large box of different colored pencils. I was a bit worried as I knew she has a hard time gripping a hold of certain things between feeling numb and worts on her fingers. I figured she’d do better with markers, but as time went on and the more she did it, the more she liked it. She told me she liked the challenge of coloring in the smaller details on the page. So that made me feel better about that!

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She almost has the whole book finished! She’s got two folders somewhat full of coloring pages that I’ve given her, but she’s already put in a request for the next one! She wants an ocean theme book, as she loves the beach, seashells, etc. My dad and I found a pirate and ocean book at Walmart one afternoon but once I got a good look at the amount of tiny details, I kind of backed out of it. She better be careful, she might get a big stack of different ones for Christmas! And she’s probably need another box of those pencils too while we’re on this subject!

I like the fact that she’s doing it though. I’ve been trying to find ways for her to fill her time than having to rely on her laptop. Ever since papaw died, she’s sort of lost her inspiration to do anything. So I got her into coloring and creative writing now. She visits my Pinterest board of various prompts and now I have found her a writer’s community that publishes different prompts too. She really enjoys them and tries to do two a day if she can. It just gives her a chance to reflect on things and basically sit down and relax too!

Here is a snippet of a prompt she did back in July or August!

Can you imagine picking something that was important that much in your life that you would say what it is and not see what you need all through your life? I have that and it is called GOD. Well to truly have this you must have FAITH. Right? So I will pick this. It can waver but it is always there pulling me back from difficult situations I find myself in various parts of my life. – Dona Glambert

She says she does majority of it in the kitchen after she finishes her supper. When I was staying with her one afternoon, we’d sat up at the kitchen table, sharing the Velveeta box full of colored pencils and doing our pictures. Yes, I have one at her house. I was a little bored and she was coloring so I decided to take one of hers and I’m not anywhere finished with mine, but everytime I go over there, she’s either finishing or starting on a new one!

Do you like coloring? What theme have you enjoyed? 

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