Sunday, December 20, 2015

A CONOVER CHRISTMAS

I really, truly believe that this is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

For our family, it is where tradition and spontaneity collide.

Where the tastes, smells, sounds, and sights of the holiday season are gifts in and of themselves.

And it is also a time which sparks a tremendous sense of nostalgia within me because my children were conceived during the months of December and January, respectively. So, the idea that children always make this time of year even more special certainly rings true to me.

Here is a glimpse of what the holidays look like in our home, starting with a few photos from holiday's past...

THE SIGHTS

The Hub's and my first Christmas as parents.

...and this is me on Christmas Day two years later, now the mother of two. Baby Kennedy is clearly over it, and Scotty is inadvertently trying to gouge my eye out with a piece of chalk from his easel.

...and Scotty and me a few days later on New Year's Eve 2013.

We have the best neighbors in the world. A friend of ours down the street gave Scotty this -- reindeer food, which is a mixture of rolled oats and glitter, to sprinkle on our lawn on Christmas Eve in anticipation of Santa's arrival.


This train was on the fast track, alright...on the fast track straight to our stomachs. It didn't last 24 hours.

Christmas Eve 2014 at Grandma's.

Scotty on Christmas morning 2014 at home. Yes, he believed.


All of us on Christmas night at home after dinner.

The kids captivated by their train chugging around our Fraser fir, hand-picked by The Hubs. (2015)

The Hubs and Scotty after completed our first gingerbread house of the season.
(Despite Kennedy and me eating half the inventory.)

THE SOUNDS
Here is a glimpse of what is on heavy rotation every Christmas here in our household...


"Santa Claus is coming to town" by The Jackson Five
&
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by The Jackson Five


Any Christmas tune by The Temptations


"Ave Maria" by Celine Dion


Jim Brickman's "The Gift"



"Oh Come All Ye Faithful" by Kelly Price


"Carol of the Bells" by Mannheim Steamroller


"Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra


"Christmas Canon" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra


"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Bruce Springsteen

THE SIGNATURE SNACK
When The Hubs and I married nearly nine years ago, I began the tradition of baking holidays cookies...and then we had kids, and, ironically, I stopped. But now that Scotty is four and Kennedy is two, they are becoming aware of the whole leave-cookies-out-for-Santa ritual, so back to baking I will go this year. But here's the snack that we REALLY brake for: My Signature Holiday Snack Mix.


AND A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA
Plan on sitting in this New Years Eve? Great! Join the club. We'll be doing the same. Click here for some tips on how to make the night tolerable for the whole family.


Thank you for reading this blog and sharing your time here!!
We wish you and your family a splendid holiday and a prosperous New Year. We'll be back with a brand-spanking new post on Monday, January 4, 2016.
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Sunday, December 13, 2015

CURRENTLY: November 2015


Welcome to Currently, a monthly feature that includes a round-up of images that I've posted to social media within the last month and will keep you in the loop of what we've been up to.

Here's what our November 2015 looked like...



I LOVE McDonald's. But I'm not dining at this particular location for obvious reasons.
                      #WhatCanISay #SheLovesInsects#IDidntHaveTheHeartToTellHerThisIsWrong


"Smile, Scotty! We're at the cider mill...and having sugary donuts for lunch!"
                                        #TheBrightSide #PlymouthAppleOrchardsAndCiderMill


Twins.
                                                             #DaddysAndDaughters


I should look happier: I'm at a salon -- ALONE -- for the first time in over four years. And I'm savoring mint tea and tabloid magazines. Like, I should be tap dancing and singing show tunes.
                                                             #HairMaintenance


So my toddler daughter -- who has a head full of ringlets -- says to me, "But, Mommy, I want you have my hair." I replied, "Oh, honey, I do." No blow-out today for me. frown emoticon
                                        #CurlyGirls #WashNGo #NoHeat #AllNatural



Meanwhile, as we wait for the Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers...Scotty: "Giddy-up, horsey!" 
Kennedy: "Move, Scotty! I want to walk on Daddy's spine!"
                                    The Hubs: "Can I just play Candy Crush Saga in peace?"


This is my briefcase: I've accepted a position to teach yoga for a local after school program...and today is my first day! I wish I had been exposed to yoga as a youth, so I'm grateful to share that gift with others now. I'M SUPER EXCITED!!! Sorry to scream; I'll take it down a notch: Can you tell I'm excited!?!?! #YogaForYouth#YogaForAll


K on her father's lap as the sun went down during her first trip to Apple Charlies South Huron Orchards. There aren't enough words to describe how much I loved this moment.
#FlashbackFriday #NFLDad #DaddysGirl#OneMonthOld


Third consecutive wash & go...Could this be a trend?


Squad.
#TBT #Thanksgiving2014 #GoLions #Always


Today I'm thankful for my babies, my family, my health, the roof over our heads, and, of course, for this man who threw down in the kitchen literally all day. I'm also thankful for each and every one of you who visits our lives through this page. From our home to yours: Happy Thanksgiving! 
🍴🍗


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Sunday, December 6, 2015

DON'T GO TO SLEEP...WITHOUT THIS.


I mean, honestly...Aren't you more tired during this time of year?

Don't get me wrong.

I am absolutely, positively in the proverbial holiday spirit, and I'm Fa la la la la, la la la la-ing all over town.

But after the school drop-offs and pick-ups, running my garden variety errands, and doing, you know, all the extra stuff that is part and parcel of this time of year, I find myself eyeballs-burning, I-could-fall-asleep-on-a-bed-of-hot-coals tired by day's end.

That said, the idea of pampering myself prior to my sleep-induced coma still sounds more than mildly enticing.

I've been whipping up this lavender pillow mist recipe from Food.com for a while now, and I just made a new batch a few nights ago.

It's easy, quick (No lie, I did it while the kids brushed their teeth before bed!), and best of all, it's cheap: You can find everything you need for under five bucks.

This recipe makes for the perfect stocking stuffer -- and a wonderful gift to yourself.

Here's what you do:

*Grab one of those small, travel-sized spray bottles, which is perfect for leaving on your nightstand, and small enough to carry in your diaper bag or purse, too):



*Add 1/2 cup of water


*Add 1/2 teaspoon of witch hazel:


*Then add 4 to 5 drops of lavender oil. Here's where I modify. I use an essential oil from Fabulous Frannie called Sleep that is equal parts pure chamomile, marjoram, lavender, and vetiver...and I like a heavy scent, so I use -- gasp! -- about 20 drops:



*Then close the bottle tightly, shake well, and spray onto your pillow sheets.

That's it.

Done.

Finito.

Nope.

Sorry.

I lied.

Here are three more things:

*Crawl into bed.

*Inhale the rich, soothing scent.

*And pretend you're spending the night in an upscale hotel, because that's the kind of feeling this spray evokes.

Enjoy!

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