gingerbread land.

the husband + I are all for holiday traditions. and this time of year, our favorite is decorating gingerbread houses. which we, of course, turn into a competition. this year we had more obstacles than years before. the husband’s roof refused to join the party rest of his house. and sir rigby [our kitten] wanted to be a part of the fun. he even took a few kitten swings at my chimney, and knocked it clear off like godzilla. I didn’t bother trying to reconstruct it. so in short, it wasn’t our best year for decorating. but we still had fun, which is generally the goal.

so, without further adieu ..

our 2014 gingerbread houses.

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

gingerbread land c/o LLinaBC.com

welcome to the week of christmas. and excuse me, while I double check the calendar. there is no way it is here already, right?

what are your plans for the holidays?

the husband + I are traveling to chicago on christmas eve to spend time with his family. only two days of work left, woo hoo!

happy monday.

winter brews.

in honor of today being national lager day + with christmas only 15 short days away, I felt it was only appropriate to share my favorite wintertime brews.

these six seasonal craft beers are not only scrumptious, but their labels will play into your holiday decorations. bring to your next holiday party. or enjoy at home, in front of the fire.

[or while watching ABC Family, like I did last night. I had to have something that made me feel like an adult, while I was watching pretty little liars. #GuiltyPleasure].

winter brews c/o LLinaBC.com

winter brews c/o LLinaBC.com

shiner holiday cheer • breckenridge christmas ale • deschutes jubelale • samuel adams white christmas • bell’s christmas ale • new belgium accumulation •

winter brews c/o LLinaBC.com

I choose books by their covers and craft beers by their labels.

happy wednesday.

gift guide: for the men.

my husband is the best gift giver. without fail, he always amazes me by somehow remembering an item I mentioned once upon a time that I wanted or needed. it’s so thoughtful and a skill I never acquired. but I do try.

my best advice: stick with what he likes, but take it up a notch. and include some novelty items. for my husband and his newly acquired ring on his left hand ..he needs a safe place for it when it’s not on his finger pretty much while he’s asleep so it should obviously be kept on a gold stag head. or wood coasters for the man cave. bacon hot cocoa. or a desk game to keep him entertained for lulls at work.

gift guide: for the men c/o LLinaBC.com

• fun socks • collared sweater • plaid shirt • vest • gloves • cologne •

• dopp kit • jewelry stand • wood coasters • desktop skeeball • bacon hot cocoa •

happiest of tuesdays to you.