It brings me much joy to share with you…

I can remember from a young age my parents having the Bowerman & Kennedy families over for Thanksgiving.  My mom would always make sure everyone felt welcomed, loved and thankful.  When I say loved, I mean she made an extra batch of deviled eggs and saved me a bowl of raw (yes raw) stuffing.  As much as I like to think I was the favorite child she managed to save the dark meat for my brother and picked up a heavenly ham just for him…

We love Thanksgiving… but my mom couldn’t wait for the weekend after to start decorating our house in live size snowmen, santa’s galore, and Christmas cheer you could feel down the street. So it shouldn’t be much surprise to most that I love the holidays!! This is how it gets started at the Weis house…

First things first… Pandora! Classic Christmas music is the best!

Having a hard time deciding where to start? Pick up Real Simple– it’s my monthly must read!

“Forever Young” Essie nail polish and an “Apple Pie” Yankee candle yummm!

DIY project- yes people get out your hot glue gun and head to Hobby Lobby.  This year’s big thing is making your own wreath.  Before anyone walks in your door, welcome them with a little holiday cheer…

(You need; a plain wreath, about 50-60 ornaments (hint get the ones on sale!), hot glue gun, ribbon and about 30 minutes).

I am not a GREAT cook and that’s no secret…I get all my tasty treats from blogs such as; Pioneer Woman, Real SimpleSmitten Kitchen and Yummy Mummy.  I got this cute little appetizer idea from a friend of my Ashley Brooke that she made for the holidays.  We picked this simple cranberry treat from Yummy Mummy!

Recipe: Yummy Mummy Kitchen 





Who doesn’t love a nice martini (please drink responsibly) or the alternative hot chocolate for all those who prefer a nice nonalcoholic drink.  Check out Real Simples 10 Ideas for: holiday cocktails this Pomegranate Martini is just as delicious as it looks!

If you haven’t learned by now, I love Purdue, basketball, my family and well I am a sucker for paper goods! I took my Christmas card from last year (designed by Ashley Brooke Designs) and framed it in my kitchen I loved it sooo much!  If there is one thing I miss most about Indiana (besides corn and tomatoes) is going to Purdue basketball games with my Dad.  I hope you enjoy our holiday/team spirit as much as we do!


Saving the best for last…. My dear friend and blogger Nina Helleny of According to Nina and friend Erin came up with 25 Acts of Kindness which I LOVE! I printed this off and stuck it to my fridge (best way to look at it multiple times a day).  Be sure to follow her throughout the holidays because I am sure she will have some great ideas/projects for the season!

Don’t forget to smile…it’s contagious! 🙂