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Friday Five – Before We’re 30…

27 Apr

My girl Sunrise sent me an article via Huffington Post of a list originally published in Glamor magazine called “Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know.”

photo from magculture on flickr

I understand this list has been passed around from girlfriend to girlfriend, so perhaps you’ve seen it before? In any case it is a fabulous list – and you know how much I love lists of things to check off before turning 30 – so I had to share my favorites. I couldn’t just pick five, so I took my fave five things we should do, and my fave five things we should know. Check out the full list here, then add your two cents in the comments!

By 30, you should have …

A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

By 30, you should know …

How you feel about having kids.

How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.

Wether you’re looking forward to 30 or are hip and happy on the other side, what do you think we should have/know by 30?

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Friday Five – Childhood Christmas Joys

2 Dec

photo via Pinterest posted by Nicole Kraus

This week I’ve been working on being intentional; in my marriage, in my appreciation of the season, and in preparing my heart and spirit for Christmas. In the spirit of preparing for the Christmas Season, this Friday I wanted to share five things I remember fondly from times of preparation for Christmases past. And fair’s fair…if I tell you mine, I want to know yours!

  1. Advent Calendars
    We had two that I remember. One was two layers of cardboard with cut out doors. Each door had a number on it, and when you opened it a part of the nativity scene was revealed. The other was a tower of tiny drawers. Each one had a number, and each held a tiny prize. A chocolate, a pair of stick-on earrings (remember those ladies? Childhood gold.) I think I knew even then that those surprises weren’t there accidentally or magically – that my mom had taken the time to select each one to delight her girls. The one with the drawers caused a bit of anti-Christmas -spirit contention in our house, as we didn’t have much so had to share the prize calendar, taking turns on who got the gift each day and who opened the door on the Christmas scene. Torture to a six-year old, but it taught me patience, tolerance, and the value of waiting.
  2. Driving Around to Look at Christmas Lights
    We didn’t have many Christmas traditions – especially as the years passed and the family ties started to fray – but driving around to look at Christmas lights happened for enough years in a row to make a deep impression on my childhood Christmas memories. My dad would pile us into the car, bundled up in puffy jackets and hats, and we’d drive to the more upscale neighborhoods that boardered San Bernardino, the car heater intermittently sputtering or blasting, depending on what we were driving that year. When we spotted a likely looking street (meaning you could see the glow from down the block) dad would pull in and sloooowly drive down the row so my sisters and I could press our noses against the glass and ooh and ahh. If we were lucky the street turned out to be a cul-de-sac and we could enjoy the lights each way, without switching from window to window in effort to not miss anything.
  3. An Eclectic Christmas Tree
    None of our ornaments matched. Each year mom would get out the cardboard boxes containing our ornaments and we’d pull apart balls of tissue paper looking for the unique bauble inside. As we unwrapped each one, either mom or dad would tell us the story of how they got it. As soon as I was old enough to have memories from previous years, I remember exclaiming over each one as it was revealed “oh, I remember that one! That’s my favorite one. I want to hang it!” I’m sure my parents loved that, especially since we must have had at least sixty ornaments, all of which were ‘my favorite’.
  4. Palm Trees Decorated with Ornaments
    I grew up in SoCal. ‘Nuff said.
  5. Putting Out Cookies for Santa
    My mom always listened to my opinion on what type of cookies Santa would like best. Some years I thought homemade was best (oatmeal chocolate chip was a personal favorite), other years Oreos were the haute cuisine of cookies. I obsessed over the note I wrote to santa and carefully placed the cookies, milk, and carrots on a plate. (Unpeeled, unwashed. Hey, they were reindeer.) I counted how many he ate the next day, analyzed the nibbles on the carrot (apparently reindeer aren’t very hungry creatures) and poured over the note Santa always wrote back on the note I left for him like it held the secrets to the universe. I never noticed that Santa’s handwriting – on the note, on the present tags – looked a lot like the writing on the tags on gifts marked ‘from mom and dad.’

What are your favorite memories from Christmas past? Post them in the comments or on your blog (and drop me a line so I can visit) and share your memories!

Making Peace with the Season

30 Nov

photo from pinterest via Karen Kay, from homefurnituremag.com

I recently rediscovered my love of candles. I used to burn them all the time – in high school, when I fancied myself to be quite the hippie child. It feels right, this time of year, to bring little flames of light into the home. It’s cozy, comforting, and something I’m finding I really missed.

I don’t do well this time of year. The Autumn time change brings nightfall as soon as I get off work, and for sun-loving me, it also brings a nice case of the blues. I get very down after the time change – at loose ends, one might say – and it lasts anywhere from a week to a month. Right now I’m on week two of downsville, so I thought it might help to make a list of five things that I appreciate about this time of year to get me into a more grateful mood. So in no particular order, here are the things I’m thankful for that only come around this time of year.

Chai to Remember Sweater via ModCloth

Cozy Sweaters
I’d rather be in a tank top, for sure, but there’s something incredibly comforting about coming home, turning on lights, wrapping myself in a cozy sweater and comfy pants, and walking around my house lighting candles and a fire before starting dinner.

Winter Squash soup via smittenkitchen.com

Everyday Soup
During Spring and Summer our table is loaded with the fresh farmer’s market bounty of California.Soup is for sick days, and even then only if it’s under 80 degrees. When the weather turns nippy, however, my love of good, homemade soups can run wild. Is there anything better than hot soup with fresh bread and butter? Soup is simple, inexpensive to make in large batches and freeze, one-pot wonders, there really is no downside. Chestnut and celery root soup, potato leek, think stew, apricot turkey, lentils corriander, mmmmmmm……My friend Katie over at Cakes, Tea and Dreams knows what I’m talking about.

Holiday Celebrations I’m not much for the awkward workplace variety, but get-togethers with friends and loved ones are the best. They happen so much more frequently around the holidays, and are a great reminder of how very, very lucky we are to have so many great people in our lives.

photo from Pinterest via Chloe Hu.

Starbucks Holiday Cups
Especially when they come filled with a creme bruleé latte, or an eggnog lattee cut with regular milk.

Cuddly Husband
I don’t have a photo for this one, but it’s definately one of my favorite things. A. gets very cozy and cuddly when the temperature drops. Evenings are spent holding each other on the couch, watching a movie, maybe with popcorn and champagne if I’m lucky. 🙂

That’s my list, now I want to know what’s on yours! What makes you thankful for this time of year?

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