Five on Friday {Christmas Edition}

Happy Friday!!! We are officially 12 days away from Christmas! Can you believe it?! On the books for this weekend — a Christmas party tonight, Nutcracker event for work tomorrow and a Christmas cookie exchange on Sunday! It’s going to be a fun Christmas-filled weekend with lots of baking and wrapping to do!

– ONE – A festive OPI nail polish and a cute printable {found here} will make just about any girl happy. Am I right, or am I right? I picked up “All I Want For Christmas (is OPI)” for some girly Christmas prezzies earlier this week.

– TWO –  Nothing puts a bigger smile on my face than coming home from work to a lit up house! Matt has an obsession with timed lighting in our house. I am not kidding. All of our lamps are on some sort of timer. Normally it bugs the heck out of me because I’m not allowed to turn the lamps on when I want to outside of the “programmed time” because it messes up the timer. However, I am thankful for those little timers around Christmas time when I can come home and my house looks so warm and cozy!

– THREE – Snowmen donuts. These were super easy to make and everyone loved them. I brought them to my bible study Christmas social and to my work party. All you need is a bag of mini donuts, a bag of candy corn {cut the white tips off for the orange nose} and a tube of black Cake Make frosting. My grocery store was out of gel frosting so I went with regular frosting and bought the matching Cake Mate tips to go with it. The regular tubed frosting is harder to work with since it doesn’t stick well to the powder so you’ll have to spend some time on these little guys perfecting them. All of the supplies were less than $7 and I have a ton of leftover materials to use again for my next party.

– FOUR – Of course I need to mention my wish list for a Christmas edition! Let’s be honest, starting next year our sweet little Caroline will be the center of our Christmas and I’m sure my wish list will be quite different. So for our final Christmas as just the two of us I decided to give Santa/Matt/Mom a wishful list of items I would love to see under our tree. Plus, I think I’ve been really, really really good this year.

Me Too Kaden Ballet Flat / GAP Candy Stripe Flannel Ruffle Capris Pajamas / Apple iPad 2 / KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Knife / Coco Chanel Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum / Nike Dual Fusion Running Shoes / Canon EF 50 mm Camera Lens 
*Funny Sidenote: All of my wish list item links I sent to Matt for “ideas for gifts for me” are from Amazon. As the Prime account holder, I’ve been receiving “order confirmation” emails each time he’s purchased something. Bless him. I laugh each time I see the email come through. 

 – FIVE – I am loving my newest chalkboard design {printable found here}…such an awesome reminder of the real reason for this season!!

Wanna join  Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is…

1.)  Write  your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.)  Share the logo on your blog and link back.
3.)  Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!






  1. Lauren
    December 13, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    What a great gift idea, I will definitely be using that!! Your home looks beautiful & I also love the snowmen donuts- too cute! Always enjoying following your blog- thanks for hosting the link-up!!

  2. Jenni Frank
    December 13, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    Christina, I love all of this!! The Mistle Toes {+printable} is perfect. And I promise you won't be disappointed with that 50 mm lens…I am obsessed with mine. And with a baby on the way, it's a necessity! Happy Weekend!

  3. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    December 13, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    We have all of our Christmas lights timed too! It's so fun seeing them all click on at the same time, reminds me of Home Alone for some reason ๐Ÿ™‚ Your house looks gorgeous!

  4. Megan
    December 13, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    You're house is beautiful! Love the coziness of it! Happy weekend!

  5. Elise @ Cheers Yall
    December 13, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    Hilarious about the emails coming to you! I have to admit…I have to make an effort NOT to look at the hubs' email to get a sneak peek at any gifts!! It's tempting, but I'm resisting!!! And your home looks beautiful and oh-so-merry…I love the wreaths! xx

  6. Pamela
    December 13, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    LOVE those donuts!! Might have to make some myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Jess Norden
    December 13, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    I love that you are getting his email confirmations…too funny!! At least you know what NOT to buy yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And, you are 100% right about Christmas not being about you anymore!! I haven't even made my list this year; it's all about Cameron, and that's just fine with me!! I hope you have a great weekend!

  8. meagan @ beautiful things
    December 13, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    too funny about the emails…but good that he listened ๐Ÿ™‚ bless his heart! the donuts also made me laugh out loud…need to make some of those this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Caitlin
    December 13, 2013 / 2:15 pm

    Your pictures are so amazing I already thought you had that lens! Love your home — looks so welcoming ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Carroll
    December 13, 2013 / 2:23 pm

    Those snowman donuts are too cute! What a fun idea. Also, I love how cozy and festive your home looks! Have a fun weekend!!

  11. Laura Marie Keenan
    December 13, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    I was having the same problem as your hubby when Christmas shopping through amazon prime! Then we found out you can add an account, so now my hubby & I get separate emails, yay! Just a heads up!

  12. Maureen SIM
    December 13, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    GREAT wish list!

  13. Heidi
    December 13, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    Your house looks so warm and cozy all lit up! I was in Charlotte last weekend and felt like I was going to run into a Charlotte blogger at any moment, but I didn't. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL about the Amazon gifts. Too cute.

  14. Jo
    December 13, 2013 / 3:21 pm

    I LOVE when my husband beats me home from work and "lights up" the house with the Christmas glow. It's so cozy and inviting to come home to! You'll love that 50mm lens- crazy that being the most inexpensive Canon lens it is my absolute favorite!

  15. Colleen Sullivan
    December 13, 2013 / 3:26 pm

    I love lights on timers! I wish I could get our Christmas lights on a timer, but it just won't work out with our set up. You home looks lovely! I love the Pinterest mistletoes gift idea! One of the cutest around!! The Canon lens is on my wishlist this year too!

  16. Jillian Manesh
    December 13, 2013 / 3:27 pm

    i cant believe we're so close to christmas! LOVE those little donut hole snowmen! so cute ๐Ÿ™‚ have a great weekend! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  17. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    December 13, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    1. I painted my nails Wednesday night, and I LOOOVE the polish! That red is perfect for the holidays! 2. Your house is perfect and oh-so-cozy. I think we'll have to invest in the timers soon too. I really love the look of our house all lit up too! 5. Your chalkboard! Did you really transfer that onto your board? It looks amaaazing! xo

  18. Christina @ This Woman Cooks!
    December 13, 2013 / 4:01 pm

    Your house looks so warm and cozy. Beautiful! I love how you are displaying your Christmas cards- did you make it yourself?

  19. Katie {Miss Dixie}
    December 13, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    um can I say I wish all of our lights came on before I got home at the end of the day? Thats awesome, especially in winter! love those sweet little snowmen donuts!

  20. Kelly Sue
    December 13, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the printable!! Got it printed already! LOVE LOVE LOVE your cozy abode. So sweet. Truly enjoy your last Christmas together alone…next year is going to be amazing. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

  21. Bekah Foley
    December 13, 2013 / 5:44 pm

    Aww my husband does that too (the amazon thing). I don't think he realizes that the confirmations come to me. I try my best to not open them haha.

  22. Life as a Mrs.
    December 13, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    I'm glad to know those snowman donuts are easy to prepare. You just might have given me to do a really cute idea for work! Have a great weekend!!

  23. Kacie de Leon
    December 13, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    I love your wish list! You know you can share your prime account on two different accounts? That way he can order things without you seeing and you can order things without him seeing? We did that this year and it's worked great!

  24. Jodi
    December 13, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Love the snowman donuts! Too bad no more candy corn anywhere ๐Ÿ™ Also, I so did the Mistletoe gift for my girlfriends last year. This year I am going with chapstick for a chappy new year.

  25. Kate
    December 13, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    love all these ideas. super cute!! ๐Ÿ™‚ your decorations are gorgeous…so classy! love it!! TGIF xx

  26. Kristal @ The Strong Family
    December 13, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    How fun is that nail polish and printable?! Love it! Your house is SO cozy!! I love lamps and having them on, especially in the evenings when it gets dark so fast. I have an iPad 2 and camera lens on my wishlist, too!! Christmas with your kids is so much fun! Ours are 4 and 2 and they are really getting into this year. I think I may be more excited than they even are for Christmas morning to see what Santa brought just so I can watch their faces and excitement. Love it!!

  27. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    December 13, 2013 / 10:34 pm

    Totally random but I have the Coco Chanel Mademoiselle perfume (about 3/4 of a bottle) and I have not used it in a long time. I would be happy to sell it to you if you want it! It's just taking up space in my medicine cabinet. 50mm lens is a must!

  28. Jennifer Kleinsasser
    December 13, 2013 / 11:48 pm

    I could kiss you for posting this! I saw the same thing on pinterest, but needed a tag. You are the best! Love this blog

  29. BLovedBoston
    December 14, 2013 / 12:58 am

    You most certainly deserve everything on your wish list!! And I love coming home and putting the lights on – unfortunately no timer in our house lol!! Have a great weekend!

  30. runningmomentum
    December 14, 2013 / 1:46 am

    Aw yay I blogged about making snowman donuts for a work party in today's Five as well! I couldn't find candy corn, so I used orange Mike 'n Ikes which were perfect because they're orange and tapered like a carrot! I scooped out 45 from the bulk candy section for 37 cents.. but it took a while of scooping, since I only wanted the orange ones! Love your post today! Enjoy your Christmas-y weekend!

  31. Linda Cassidy
    December 14, 2013 / 2:06 am

    the house looks great all lit up and I love the chalk board art.

  32. Bekah @ reโ€ขsolve
    December 14, 2013 / 2:21 am

    awwww poor matt. I hope you avert your eyes from the receipts!

  33. Tara
    December 14, 2013 / 2:30 am

    Those donuts! SO adorable and scrumptious-looking! Happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Natasha
    December 14, 2013 / 3:06 am

    i think the timer obsession is HILARIOUS…guys are so funny about the weirdest things, right??? and i am loving all those christmas cards on display ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. Brookley @ Sweet B's and Sunshine
    December 17, 2013 / 2:29 am

    Such cuteness always;) I did the polish and "mistletoes" gift with cute fuzzy santa socks as an early gift for my mom and sistersโ€ฆ.I didn't get crafty w/a cute labelโ€ฆI got lazy and just wrote it on the tag! oopsie! It's funny how a fun label or saying makes a gift so much better though;) <3 it!

  36. Eat Drink and Be Mary
    December 19, 2013 / 12:00 am

    Those donuts look so fun & easy!! And that wishlist–girl any of those things are welcome under my tree as well. My boyfriend did the same thing (well similar anyways) when he ordered my birthday presents with an account linked to my email.

  37. Elena Ridley
    December 21, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    Your home is beautiful!!

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