Love, Juliebug: December 2016
Okay, this was supposed to be up the day after Christmas. Obviously, that didn't happen. Still, I hope that your holidays have been filled with precious, happy memories. This year we had Christmas in Arizona. I love Christmas. Have I said that yet? We get to be near family that we don't always get to see. It would be great if we all lived near each other but unfortunately that isn't going to happen anytime soon. So, I just enjoy it while I can and try to deal with missing them the rest of the time.

Christmas Eve was spent with my mom and step-dad. We went to a nearby church service and then had fun opening a present each before bed. Of course, we left out cookies and milk for Santa plus carrots for the reindeer. They were gobbled up by morning and I'm sure they were enjoyed very much.


It was a quiet evening and very nice to hang out with them. The next morning, for some reason, I woke up at 5:30 am to go to Dunkin Donuts for donuts. Not my favorite like when I was a kid but still yummy. Also, maybe it was just this location but there were not as many donuts as usual. I get that but I wasn't aware and as a result was a bit disappointed. I'm kind of torn on this one because while I am thankful they were even open on Christmas Day, I also wish they were all just at home with their families. 



I don't know why I'm only showing you food pictures. It's kind of comical now that I think about it. I swear I took more photos than this and I'll prove it soon enough. Anyway, Christmas morning was nice with the sugar rush but my favorite part was seeing the smiles all around the room. My mom and I then spent the remainder of the morning getting ready for Christmas "Dinner" or should I say lunch since we ate at about noon? My Aunt, Uncle, and cousin came over and we enjoyed some yummy food as well as laughs together. I'd share photos but my Aunt probably wouldn't be too thrilled, right Auntie? ;) She knows I love her.

Here are some more photos from our weekend. 











 
It was a lot of fun as you can probably tell. Did you see my slightly crazy eyed photo? I was super excited to get the Harry Potter series from my Mom and Step-Dad. I may love those books a teensy bit but I didn't own them, until now!

We are still trying to catch up on sleep. You know how vacations can get but it is so worth it.

How was your Christmas?





Sunday, December 25th


(7:00am-9:10am) The Search for Santa Paws

(9:10am-11:20am) Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws

(11:20am-1:25pm) Arthur Christmas 

(1:25pm-3:30pm) The Polar Express

(3:30pm-4:35pm) Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

(4:35pm-5:40pm) The Year Without a Santa Claus

(5:40pm-7:45pm) Elf

(7:45pm-9:55pm) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 

(9:55pm-12:00am) Scrooged 

We've made it to Christmas Day! YAY and Merry Christmas to you all! We are spending the holidays with our family and I hope you are able to do the same. Whatever you are doing today, I hope you have a great day.

Saturday, December 24th


Somehow we've made it to Christmas eve! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season so far. Obviously, we only have two more days for our 25 Days of Christmas 2016. That makes me a tiny bit sad. I really do love Christmas movies! Here are the listings for today.

(7:00am-8:05am) Jack Frost (1979)

(8:05am-9:40am) Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas

(9:40am-11:15am) Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas

(11:15am-12:20pm) Santa Claus is Comin' to Town 

(12:20pm-1:25pm) The Year Without a Santa Claus

(1:25pm-3:30pm) Arthur Christmas 

(3:30pm-5:35pm) The Polar Express 

(5:35pm-7:40pm) The Santa Clause

(7:40pm-9:45pm) Elf

(9:45pm-11:55pm) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 

(11:55pm-2:00am) Scrooged 

What are your plans for tonight? Will you be opening any presents? Watching a fun Christmas movie?

Friday, December 23rd


(7:00am-7:30am) Frosty's Winter Wonderland

(7:30am-9:30am) Jack Frost (1998) 

(11:00am-1:00pm) Richie Rich's Christmas Wish

(1:00pm-3:00pm) Jingle All the Way

(3:00pm-4:35pm) Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

(4:35pm-5:40pm) Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

(5:40pm-6:45pm) The Year Without a Santa Claus

(6:45pm-8:50pm) Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

(8:50pm-11:00pm) The Santa Clause 

(12:00am-2:00am) Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

Thursday, December 22nd


The Mistle-Tones
12AM/11C


Happy Feet
7AM/6C


Happy Feet Two
9:30AM/8:30C


The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
11:30AM/10:30C


The Polar Express (2004)
12PM/11C


Jack Frost (1998)
2:05PM/1:05C


Frosty's Winter Wonderland
4:10PM/3:10C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot
4:40PM/3:40C


Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
5:10PM/4:10C


Elf
6:45PM/5:45C


Jingle All the Way
8:55PM/7:55C


631,130,048 seconds
10,518,835 minutes
175,314 hours
7,305 days
240 months
TWENTY YEARS of marriage!

It all started as a crush on the boy at my school bus stop when we were 14 years old. Neither of us would have imagined God's plan for us. I'm not going to say everyday has been sunshine and roses. That would be an out and out lie. But, I will say there are more good days than not. I will also say I'm thankful to God for the blessings I have in this life and one of the biggest blessings is my husband.
Happy anniversary to my love and here's to the next 20 years!


Wednesday, December 21st


Holidaze
12AM/11C


Snow Buddies
7AM/6C


Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
9AM/8C


Happy Feet Two
11:05AM/10:05C


Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
1:10PM/12:10C


The Year Without a Santa Claus
2:10PM/1:10C


The Polar Express (2004)
3:15PM/2:15C


Disney's Prep & Landing
5:20PM/4:20C


Disney's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
5:50PM/4:50C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot
6:20PM/5:20C


The Santa Clause
6:50PM/5:50C


Elf
8:55PM/7:55C

I have to tell you that I absolutely love the Prep & Landing movies. There's just something fun and different about them. Our daughter loves them too! "This is soooo tinsel!" ;) Have you watched these movies and what do you think of them?

Tuesday, December 20th

Just Friends
12AM/11C


The Search for Santa Paws
7AM/6C


Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
9:10AM/8:10C


Home Alone 3
11:15AM/10:15C


The Holiday
1:25PM/12:25C


Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
4:30PM/3:30C


The Year Without a Santa Claus
5:35PM/4:35C


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
6:40PM/5:40C


The Santa Clause
8:50PM/7:50C

One thing I love about the 25 Days of Christmas is that they give you more than one chance to watch your favorite movies. I know some people don't like seeing the same movies over and over again but I love it! What movie is on your watching list today?

Monday, December 19th


Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
7AM/6C


A Dennis the Menace Christmas
8:30AM/7:30C


Richie Rich's Christmas Wish
10:30AM/9:30C


Home Alone 3
12:35PM/11:35C


The Search for Santa Paws
2:40PM/1:40C


Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
4:45PM/3:45C


Elf
6:50PM/5:50C


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
8:55PM/7:55C

As a kid, I loved the idea of Richie Rich. I mean, I still do to some extent. A boy who has it all? Sounds pretty fabulous and out of reach. So, Richie Rich's Christmas Wish is a fun movie to watch. Have you ever seen this movie?

Sunday, December 18th


Happy Feet
7AM/6C


Richie Rich's Christmas Wish
9:30AM/8:30C


Mickey's Christmas Carol
11:30AM/10:30C


Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
12PM/11C


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
1:35PM/12:35C


Disney's Prep & Landing
4:10PM/3:10C


Disney's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
4:40PM/3:40C


The Santa Clause
5:10PM/4:10C


Disney Frozen
7:20PM/6:20C


Elf
9:50PM/8:50C

Can you believe we have one week from today until Christmas?! This month has literally flown by! Not surprising. It always does. I look forward to the lights and music and fuzzy, warm feelings of this season all year and it just passes so quickly. What is your favorite part of Christmas?

Saturday, December 17th


Rudolph's Shiny New Year
7AM/6C


Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
8AM/7C


Jingle All the Way
8:30AM/7:30C


Happy Feet
10:30AM/9:30C


Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
1PM/12C


The Polar Express (2004)
2:35PM/1:35C


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
4:40PM/3:40C


The Santa Clause
6:50PM/5:50C


Disney Frozen
9PM/8C


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
11:30PM/10:30C

Like we haven't seen enough of Frozen over the last three years, but still my daughter loves it. I wouldn't necessarily classify it a Christmas movie but it does have snow and ice so I guess there's that. She will be thrilled for another viewing of it. Has Frozen been overdone in your house too? lol

Friday, December 16th

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
12AM/11C


A Dennis the Menace Christmas
7AM/6C


Jack Frost (1998)
9:10AM/8:10C


The Search for Santa Paws
11:15AM/10:15C


Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
1:20PM/12:20C


Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
3:25PM/2:25C


Jingle All the Way
5:30PM/4:30C


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
7:35PM/6:35C


The Polar Express (2004)
9:45PM/8:45C


Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
11:55PM/10:55C

For the movies today, one of my favorites is Jack Frost. I have to say that it is really emotional for me to watch. It's one of those bittersweet movies that tug on my heart strings. Do you like watching movies like that or do you avoid them?

Thursday, December 15th

Santa Baby
12AM/11C


Holiday Joy
7:30AM/6:30C


Snow Buddies
11AM/10C


Home Alone 3
1PM/12C


A Dennis the Menace Christmas
3PM/2C


Arthur Christmas (2011)
5PM/4C


The Santa Clause
7PM/6C


The Search for Santa Paws
9PM/8C

I haven't seen Santa Baby yet but I love all the Home Alone movies including the third installment here. For me, it doesn't really matter how many times I've seen a (Christmas) movie. I just love them more and more each time! Do you have any movies that you are the same way with?

Wednesday, December 14th


Three Days (2001)
12AM/11C


Home Alone 3
3PM/2C


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
5PM/4C


Arthur Christmas (2011)
7PM/6C


The Santa Clause
9PM/8C

I don't know that I've seen Three Days yet. I'm very curious about it. It has Kristin Davis in it and it sounds like an interesting concept. Have you seen it?


My daughter is a reader. She loves books full on. I gave Junie B. Hones First Ever Musical Edition by Barbara Park to her as an early Christmas present. She loves Junie B. Jones and this was no exception! Between the story portion and the songs from the musical, it was a complete winner in her book.

Did I mention that I had no idea there was a Junie B. Jones Musical? The songs are adorable! Her favorite song happens to be Top Secret Personal Beeswax and I don't even mind listening to it!


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, December 13th


Christmas Cupid
12AM/11C


Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
3PM/2C


Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
4:30PM/3:30C


Elf
7PM/6C


National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
9PM/8C

I'm curious, how many Christmas movies have you watched so far? What has been your favorite? 

Monday, December 12th



Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
5:30PM/4:30C


The Polar Express (2004)
7PM/6C


Elf
9PM/8C

We are just about half-way to the end of the 25 Days of Christmas already?! It's crazy how quickly this flies by every year. Mind you, there aren't a lot of movies on today but I think it's a great selection! What do you think - is The Nightmare Before Christmas a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie? I say both!

Sunday, December 11th


The Year Without a Santa Claus
12:55AM/11:55C


The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
7AM/6C


Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
7:30AM/6:30C


A Dennis the Menace Christmas
9:35AM/8:35C


The Year Without a Santa Claus
11:40AM/10:40C


Arthur Christmas (2011)
12:45PM/11:45C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story
2:50PM/1:50C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2
4:50PM/3:50C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3
6:55PM/5:55C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot
9:25PM/8:25C


The Polar Express (2004)
9:55PM/8:55C

Who doesn't like Dennis the Menace? I've always loved watching the various movies that came out over the years. Between the Dennis the Menace Christmas movie and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, I'd say there are a bunch of adventures in store! 


Saturday, December 10th


Mickey's Christmas Carol
7AM/6C


Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
7:30AM/6:30C


The Search for Santa Paws
9:30AM/8:30C


Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
11:35AM/10:35C


Snow Buddies
1:40PM/12:40C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story
3:45PM/2:45C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story 2
5:45PM/4:45C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3
7:50PM/6:50C


Disney Pixar's Toy Story That Time Forgot
10:20PM/9:20C


Arthur Christmas (2011)
10:50PM/9:50C

While I don't think of the Toy Story movies as Christmas movies, I still love them. Which is your favorite and are you looking forward to Toy Story 4?





Friday, December 9th



Holiday in Handcuffs
12AM/11C


Frosty's Winter Wonderland
11AM/10C


Holiday Joy
11:30AM/10:30C


Home Alone 3
1:30PM/12:30C


Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
3:35PM/2:35C


The Search for Santa Paws
5:40PM/4:40C


Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
7:45PM/6:45C


Snow Buddies
9:50PM/8:50C


Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas in July
11:55PM/10:55C

I don't know which my daughter likes more; Santa Paws or Snow Buddies but I'm glad we don't have to pick! Which one would be the most popular in your house?
#donatestuffcreatejobs
The holidays are a time of love, joy and pure magic for most of us. But if we are really being honest, there are a lot of people who struggle through the holidays. While everyone is celebrating, cooking, gathering with friends and shopping – there are those out there who are struggling to find jobs and keep the lights on. So in a time of giving – a time that is a joy for some and a struggle for others – how do you help? It’s simple. When you donate your stuff to Goodwill®, you create opportunities for individuals in your community looking to find a job and build skills, including veterans and military families, single mothers and many others. Last year, people helped local Goodwill organizations collectively place 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills. WE did that. Those of us that are donating our items and shopping at Goodwill. That is all it takes – it really is that easy.

So how do you help, exactly?

Step 1: Gather Your Stuff Walk around your home and collect items you and your family no longer need — that shirt that’s been hanging in the back of your closet for three years, the toy trike your five-year old has outgrown, the holiday gift from grandma you never quite found a place for, etc. Step 2: Give Them a Look Over Donating items that are in working condition, contain all of their pieces and parts, and are free of stains and rips is the best way to ensure that your goods do the most good. While they accept most clothing and household items, there are a few things they can’t accept – if you are unsure, it’s best to give your local Goodwill organization a call first to find out any rules or restrictions around these items. Step 3: Go to Goodwill Ready to drop off your items? Just use the Goodwill locator app and check the box for “Donation Site” to find your nearest Goodwill drop-off location. Donating a lot of items? Some Goodwills offer donation pickup services – give yours a call to find out what’s available in your area.

 

While you are there – shop around! They have so many gently used and even new items that you may find that you didn’t even know you needed or wanted. When you shop at Goodwill, you are also shopping for a cause.

Thursday, December 8th


12 Dates of Christmas

12AM/11C




Holiday Joy

3PM/2C



Deck The Halls

5PM/4C



Elf

7PM/6C



Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

9PM/8C


As I was writing this post, I was pleasantly surprised to see Deck the Halls on here. I'm not sure why I love this movie so much. I've always liked Matthew Broderick and Danny Devito so that's probably the main reason. But, also it just makes me laugh. Have you seen it? 



I don't know about you but Christmas treats are my favorite treats. Thank goodness there are so many of them to choose from! I put together this list of Christmas treats so we can all indulge together. Mmm. Honestly, I don't know if I can pick my favorite because they all look amazing.

In my family, we don't have a particular treat that gets made each year. Although, my husband does love fudge. If it were up to me I'd make frosted sugar cookies a whole bunch. I didn't include a recipe for those here because honestly, it seems like everyone has a favorite sugar cookie recipe. Please click on any photo to get to the original site for the recipe!


Christmas Cranberry Cake
Momma Lew

The best way to show your loved ones how much you care is to give them a homemade gift in form of these delicious Homemade Peppermint Patties. This can easily become your favorie Christmas recipe ever.
OMG Chocolate Desserts

ahc8
Everything Mommyhood
grinch cookies
Simplistically Living

Butterscotch Haystacks! Crunchy, salty chow mein noodles and peanuts covered in butterscotch. These eat a lot like chocolate covered pretzels with a perfect combo of salty and sweet!
South Your Mouth

Cherry Almond Cookies ~ One adorable & tasty little treat!  Perfect for Christmas cookie trays, cookie exchanges, Valentine's Day treats, or for everyday enjoying.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com:
The Kitchen Is My Playground

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe!:
The Domestic Rebel

Reindeer Rice Krispies - the cutest treat you will see all Christmas season. Make this recipe and deliver them to family and friends!:
30 Handmade Days

Chocolate Caramel Fudge is easy-to-make salted caramel topped chocolate fudge.:
The Recipe Critic

Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cookies ~ Pure Christmas deliciousness! Melt-in-your-mouth Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cookies baked from scratch and spiced just right for the Christmas holiday. Each nibble brings back fond childhood memories of gingerbread cake or cookies at Christmastime. Everyone will love these!:
Wicked Good Kitchen

Add this cookie recipe for Brownie Buckeye Cookies to your list of Christmas Cookies! Your friends and family will be so impressed! You can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter cookies!:
Saving You Dinero

...a shortbread cookie with a wonderful Hershey's chocolate kiss surprise in the center! Would be fun for Christmas or Valentines Day!:
Cakes Cottage 

No bake christmas wreath cookies made with corn flakes and marshmallows! These only take 20 minutes to make!:
The First Year

Snowball Christmas Cookies (best ever) ~ Simply the BEST! Buttery, never dry, with plenty of walnuts for a scrumptious melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie (also known as Russian Teacakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies). Everyone will LOVE these classic Christmas cookies!:
Wicked Good Kitchen

Frosted Cranberry Cookies - sweet soft cranberry shortbread cookies with vanilla cranberry icing!:
The Novice Chef

So, are you drooling yet? I tried to include some traditional cookies (to me) and some that I had never seen before. My friend and I were talking about Rice Krispie treats the other day. They are her favorite and I can't remember the last time I tried to make them. So, I think first up on my list of treats to try is the Reindeer Rice Krispies. They are so stinkin' cute and I bet they taste delicious too. What is the first thing you will be making? Oh and don't forget to go and leave love for the people who originally shared these!



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