• It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

    November 27, 2011

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    Ev’rywhere you go;
    Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
    With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
    Toys in ev’ry store
    But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
    On your own front door.

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    Mal and I don’t have a single free weekend during the month of December, so we decided to get our Christmas on today.

    First order of business: finding pinecones in the woods!

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    Spend money on pinecones? No, thanks. We’d much rather get them for free in nature.

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    Plus, looking for pinecones in the woods is a great time for Murphy. Mal and I called him “Adventure Pug” this afternoon because he was all over the place, running around and exploring every nook and cranny of the forest. Murphy had a blast.

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    Mal and I also snagged some greens for our fireplace mantel.

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    Back at home, we turned on the holiday tunes (on Pandora) and poured ourselves a couple of glasses of eggnog.

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    Let the decorating begin!

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    So pretty! Our mantel display looks so much better than last year’s!

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    Nature-inspired centerpiece:

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    Once we finished decorating, it was time to get our Christmas tree.

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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    Mal and I got a kick out of the $0.69 pinecones! Save you money! Find them for free in the woods!

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    Mal found the perfect Christmas tree like he does every year. His special Christmas-tree-shopping-sweatshirt must bring him good luck!

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    As soon as we got home, we took the tree inside, turned on the Christmas music once again, and started to decorate.

    Tree stand? Check.

    Tree skirt? Check.

    Lights? Check.

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    Twenty-five pug ornaments? Check.

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    Ornaments with amazing memories attached to them? Check.

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    Christmas tree 2011!!!

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    Of course, we needed an M & m photo in front of the tree. It took us a few tries to get it right!

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    Dinner

    Tonight’s dinner was a big salad topped with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and balsamic vinegar.

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    And mashed potatoes + sweet potatoes on the side.

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    After dinner, I satisfied my sweet tooth with a few “Christmas Character” sugar cookies. I’d much rather bake homemade sugar cookies, but sometimes the pre-packaged ones are good too. Honestly, I don’t discriminate when it comes to cookies!

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    Mal and I are relaxing on the couch and watching a movie tonight.

    Good night, friends!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I love that you have all those pug decorations! We also put up our tree today, and things are feeling much more Christmas-y now. Your tree and the mantel looks awesome!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    @Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat: and by looks I meant ‘look’!

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    Joyce @ Jranola Joyce November 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Aw! I love Christmas decorating :)
    Looks lovely!

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    Hope November 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I love how you decorated! Good idea getting pinecones from the woods. There is nothing better than free :)

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    Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish November 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I love your “It’s a Wonderful Life” sign over the mantle. :)
    My stepmom used to have a Dalmatian, so she has lots of Dalmatian ornaments. :)

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    Lea @ Healthy Coconut November 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    you guys decorate your place so quickly and you don’t waste time, what a productive day.

    It feels like summer here in Southern California, high 80s temperature. I just feel wrong shopping for my Christmas tree in my shorts and tank top. I’ll have to wait for a colder day to go buy our tree

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    Laura November 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Lovely! Keep an eye on your pinecones, though…. a friend of mine collected pinecones and put them in a big vase last year. A few days later she realized bugs were crawling all over the vase and table! They must have been burrowed up inside the pinecones.

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    Stefanie November 27, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    @Laura: Yes!! Keep an eye on them! This has happened to a lot of people I know (including myself before I knew better). I believe you are supposed to microwave the pinecones to kill the bugs. Gross, but that’s what you get with free pinecones.

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Such a cute fat tree! :) I put our tree up on Friday (we have a fake one) – it’s always a Day after Thanksgiving tradition!

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    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles November 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Your decorations look great! I can’t wait to go hunt down a Christmas tree! =)

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    Meaghan O'Connor @ My Spoonful of Inspiration November 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    What a great way to get into the holiday spirit! I love all of the decor! :)

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    Sana November 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Hahah, thank god for pre-packaged cookies ;)

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb November 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    i have never thought to just go outside and pick up pinecones! i always just buy them…thanks for the idea :) your christmas decorations are super cute and very festive!

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    Lauren November 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I just posted that we got our tree this weekend because we too don’t have a free weekend until Christmas. Someone told me it won’t last but I’m staying hopeful I can keep it alive until the end of next month.

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    Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files November 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    your mantel and tree looks awesome! what a great idea to use nature, its definitely a lot more cost effective!

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    Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Love the Holidays! House looks so festive – I love using real pine cones, too!

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    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Looks like a fun day! We plan on decorating later this week and I can’t wait! Love all your decorations!

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    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    This looks like such a fun day! The tree looks great & I’m jealous of all of your pug ornaments!

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    Erika - The Teenage Taste November 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Loved the pictures of Mal and Murphy in front of the tree. It would have made a great Christmas card type of picture if you were in it! Haha! :-)

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    Tina @ Best Body Fitness November 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    We usually decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving and didn’t this year. I keep reading all these posts and wish we had had the time. I never knew people actually paid for pine cones. I agree that it’s completely unnecessary.

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    Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Haha I don’t discriminate between cookies either! And your mantle does look so pretty! I love the “It’s a Wonderful Life” sign!

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    Roz@weightingfor50 November 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Tina. LOVE this festive post!!!! You and Mal sure are in the spirit of the season already. I LOVE opening boxes with our ornaments every year, this is going to sound hokey, but it’s like rediscovering “old friends”. Those pug ornaments are fantastic!!! $0.69 EACH for the pine cones????? EACH???? Crazy! (and not only is gathering them yourself more economical, it’s so fun!!) Have a good week!!!

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    Cait's Plate November 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    LOVE the tree!!

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    ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Love the reusing of the pine cones and greens — great idea! And I LOVE adventure pug! : )

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    You are going to love your Keurig machine! I’m brewing a cup of decafe right now. If you get a frother and some coffee syrup, it’ will taste just like starbucks! That was the best Christmas gift I think I ever gotten. I love all your Christmas decorations, it’s so pretty. I just started putting mine up. Have a great evening!

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    Ashley November 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Your decorations look great! I love decorating for the holidays! I have the same “it’s a wonderful life” sign! :)

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love your doormat – so cute!!

    Looks like a fun, festive day :)

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    Ashley November 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    This is so lovely! It makes me excited to finally have my own house and family to prepare for Christmas with! The pug ornaments are too cute :)

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful!! I love your mantel decor–so pretty and so inexpensive. LOVE it.

    Have a good night!

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    Lena @ Fit on the Rocks November 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Wow…those pine cones are crazy overpriced! I guess I could understand if you live someplace that doesn’t have them, but really??

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    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    What a fun day!! It’s so great decorating the house. It just makes me so happy.

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    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    How funny is that! Nothing beats free :) I’d much rather get the real deal anyway. Everything looks awesome!!!

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    Kim November 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I love the pinecone idea!!

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    lynn @ the actor's diet November 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    i don’t discriminate when it comes to cookies either! i saw some in the drugstore that were calling my name…

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    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Nice score on the pinecones and evergreen. I love a naturally influenced Christmas scene. 25 pug ornaments? Too cute!

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    Marty November 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Decorating for Christmas is so much fun. It’s as if I forget about all the ornaments and decorations every year as I pull them out of the bins I store them in (while listening to Christmas music of course). I am such a dork!

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    Khushboo November 28, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Such cute pics of Mal & Murphy :)

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 28, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Cute cookies and I like your non-discrimination approach to cookie baking (and eating) :)

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    MizFit November 28, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I LOVE TX—but it does not look like christmas at all :-)

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    CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com/ November 28, 2011 at 6:45 am

    I love these pictures!!! Great to put me in the Christmas spirit!!what a nice celebratory Sunday :-)

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    Clare @ SweetnSimple November 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Wow.. all the decorations look soo wonderful :) And the tree looks great!

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    Coco November 28, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I got some free pinecones the other day too! I’m planning to spray paint some- some for the tree, some for the mantle. I LOVE Christmas!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 28, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Haha I love all the pug ornaments. You guys are the funniest pug owners. :D

    This post is making me so excited to decorate for Christmas too!

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    Chase - the CHASE project November 28, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Looks great! So smart to hunt for your own pinecones!

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    Amanda November 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

    What a great idea to pick up your own pinecones and greens. Living in the city, I sometimes forget that buying them isn’t the only option. :)

    Your mantel looks wonderful!

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    Alaina November 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    What a lovely home and tree!! I do love this time of year. :-)

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    Kelly@Healthy-Trends November 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

    It’s so much more fun when you can find things in nature to decorate your home with rather than plastic fake trimmings. A lot of my friends have fake trees on Christmas and to me, that is just sinful. The aroma of the pineneedles is the most simple way to set the holiday mood in yoru home. Okay, so vacuuming up all the fallen needles is a pain in the a**. But having a real tree is wayy better then a fake one. And looking at how you decorated your home, I now know that bringing in other parts of nature to put around can look festive and elegant. Great job on decorating cost-effectively!

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    Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe November 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    We usually get our tree on Thanksgiving weekend, but this year we had our 10 year high school reunions, so we’ll be getting ours next weekend! I can’t wait!

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    Amy November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    your mantle looks so cute!

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    Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Yessss decorations! I just got back to my college today after Thanksgiving break and walked into my suite to find that one of my suitemates had decked it out with Christmas decorations. I’m talking lights, wreaths, and even a holiday train set on the ground. Deck the [residence] halls? Haha

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    Hayley @ Oat Couture November 29, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Aww that pc of Murphy and Mal is heelarious! He looks like he’s going to swallow Mal up whole!! :D You have got me seriously ready for christmas after reading this post! Love it!

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