Weekending: Getting Holiday Ready

12/18/2017 6 Comments

Happy Monday Friends!

It’s been awhile since I linked up with my girl Biana for weekending! Today is also part two of my holiday giveaway. I’m giving away an Amazon gift card which you can enter to win in the rafflecopter below.

The winner of part one’s Nordstrom Gift Card is:

Kim Henrichs 

I emailed you this morning Kim 🙂

Now a little recap of the weekend…

I was so excited to decorate my parents tree, it officially feels like Christmas when I see this up. As I mentioned in my TBB Asks: Holiday Edition, I love a real tree with all different ornaments on it. My parents have collected so many from their travels and it’s fun to reminisce about those special trips.

Saratoga Springs is beautiful to walk around any time of year. Seeing the city all dressed up for Christmas with a little bit of snow around makes me so happy when I’m running errands. 

First stop was Saratoga Olive Oil for a white elephant gift that my extended family exchanges on Christmas Eve. These are some of their signature flavors but they have so many yummy options including balsamic bottles too. I want to try their pomegranate balsamic soon!

By the way,  they ship anywhere in the US and have great gift baskets for those foodies on your list!

This weekend was a big birthday weekend celebrating lots of loved ones. My twin nephews turned 1 this weekend and my best friend turned 30!! I can’t believe it’s been 22 years of celebrating birthdays with this girl. I know she’s going to rock 30, starting with her wedding next year!! We celebrated at a local favorite, Druthers, where they have delicious comfort food like skillet mac-n-cheese and beer cheese dip. Yummmm.

To top off this happy weekend, the Patriots decided to bring in a last minute win last night against Pittsburgh. We needed that 🙂


Tonight is my annual girls Christmas Party and I can’t wait to eat, drink and chat it up with my some of my girlfriends who live close by😊

As a thank you for following along with me all year, don’t forget to enter the second part of the giveaway below. I’m keeping it open all week long and announcing the winner on Friday!

See you all Wednesday for the final 2017 What’s Up Wednesday!!

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    Andrea Nine


    So sweet! I LOVE Saratoga Springs and funny..I need some more good olive oil! Have so much fun at the girl’s party getting your festive on pretty lady!

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    We have a similar olive oil shop and one year for my sister and gary’s sister we created these amazing gift boxes full of goodies from there! Your parents tree looks amazing and I’m loving that you guys used real tinsel!! xo, Biana

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    Your parents tree is so pretty.

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    Meg Taylor


    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!! It would be so perfect for last-minute shopping 😉 Also, I absolutely love the olive oil gift idea for a white elephant exchange. We do one of those with my husband’s family since there are like 30 of us on Christmas Day, but I’m always in search of new gender-neutral gifts!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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    What a fun weekend! I am the worst with getting posts together on a Monday lol. The tree came out great and Saratoga sounds like a great place to visit! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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    Happy Birthday to your friend and your nephews. I hope your friend Christmas party went well. Sounds like a lot of fun.