a few of my favorite things.

December 19, 2014 in at home.

I’ve essentially been begging for the sun to come out. it’s hard enough to muster up the nerve to climb out of bed in the morning when you know it’s freezing outside, but even more so when it looks like night time all day long. #CoffeeUponCoffee. #Please. so I’ve struggled a bit to find enough light to take some photographs. thankfully, I escaped the office at noon today. the sun wasn’t out, but the dreary clouds were brighter.

“these are a few of my favorite things” – as the sound of music says.

a few of my favorite things c/o LLinaBC.com

speaking of coffee, the husband stumbled upon this starbucks iced coffee in our grocery store. and I’m now the happiest girl in the world. I drink my coffee iced + unsweetened. all of the packaged iced coffee products we’ve seen, up until now, have been pre-mixed with cream + sugar.

a few of my favorite things c/o LLinaBC.com

I braved the holiday crowds + swooped up this adorable hot cocoa sweater by LC lauren conrad.

a few of my favorite things c/o LLinaBC.com

we upgraded our at home coffee routine, with a new keurig 2.0 brewer. and I’ve been on a rampage buying every flavor of kcups. seriously. we love the carafe feature. let’s be honest we drink more than one cup in the morning.

a few of my favorite things c/o LLinaBC.com

I came home yesterday to an early christmas gift from the husband. if I could, I’d wear TOMS every single day. and these have a soft, fuzzy liner ..making them ideal for the colder days.

tonight, we’re going to a local hockey game. I may have been dreading spend the evening in a building filled with ice, but then I saw it was $1 beer night. and my outlook changed. then tomorrow, we’re making the trek to my hometown to spend the almost holidays with my family.

happiest of friday nights + enjoy the weekend. 

see you monday!

life lately.

December 18, 2014 in LLinaBC

today, I am share with you 5 bullet points that highlight my life, as of lately.

• our pantry looks like the local candy store decided to transform it into their holiday candy aisle. that’s all I can compare it to. I haven’t seen that much candy at a residence since ..ever. but the gingerbread houses were so much fun to decorate, so it’s all good. I’ll just be hiding candy in my coworker’s offices until 2016.

• I’m contemplating creating an instagram account for Sir Rigby [our furbaby cat]. mostly because I have the urge to once a day post a photo of him, at least. but since he doesn’t have thumbs, I’d have to run his instagram for him. and let’s be honest ..I can barely keep up with mine. so for now you can see appearances of him here.

life lately c/o LLinaBC.com

life lately c/o LLinaBC.com

• the husband + I are going strong with our holiday countdown, #12daysofLLinaBC. so far we’ve decorated gingerbread houses, made a large pot of chili, and baked three different kinds of christmas cookies. our holiday lights drive was postponed, due to an uncharacteristically, out of season, full day of torrential downpours. the rain has given way to freezing cold temperatures, so we’ll get it back on our calendar soon. tonight we’re excited to do nothing but curl up on the couch and watch christmas vacation. [it’s [J]’s favorite holiday movie].

life lately c/o LLinaBC.com

life lately c/o LLinaBC.com

• as newlyweds, we felt it completely necessary to start our new life together with a waffle maker. as any couple should do. for our first time using it, we made cinnamon roll waffles. which again, any couple should do. but the kicker comes at clean up time ..did you know ..according to the instructions you should clean the grooves with q-tips! it is a good thing I just had a delicious breakfast, otherwise I would’ve thrown our new waffle maker + a handful of q-tips out the window. or something like that.

life lately c/o LLinaBC.com

• I couldn’t be more excited that we get to see both of our families over the holidays [mine this weekend, [J]’s next]. but traveling this time of year always makes me anxious. please do not snow until we get to our destination. thinking of that reminded me of a post in my archives: 15 things I’d rather do than drive through a winter storm.

have the best thursday.

this is your friendly reminder: christmas is one week from today. don’t panic. the gifts will buy + wrap themselves.

gingerbread house competition.

December 16, 2014 in DIY.

the first night of our #12daysofLLinaBC countdown, kicked off with a gingerbread house competition. it’s annual + friendly[ish]. and always against the husband. in five years of this little holiday tradition, I’ve won once. seriously. he’s a tough opponent.

we get gingerbread house kits and all the red + green candy our local store carries. and we get serious. but truly, it’s so much fun and messy.

gingerbread house c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread house c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread house c/o LLinaBC.com

I’ll be sharing our finished gingerbread houses very soon.

yesterday, our #12dayofLLinaBC plan was to go on a holiday lights drive. in des moines, they deck out an entire park with christmas light displays and you drive through in awe. all proceeds go to make-a-wish iowa. well, of course, there was a torrential downpour all day long. which is insanely unheard of for middle of december in iowa. so it was cancelled for the evening. we will get there this week. have you had a chance to take in the lights in your neighborhood?

tonight ..

make a big pot of chili.

happy tuesday!

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