December 5, 2020
Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s finally getting cold here in Ohio. We had the prettiest snowfall this week and we’re getting so excited for Christmas!
My family sat down this week with all the nominations for the Christmas giveaways and we each selected a family to send a Christmas gift to this year. If you sent in a nomination, thank you so much for allowing us to share a bit of Christmas joy with your friends and family.
Today, for the tenth week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Giveaways, I’m giving away $150 towards the Pearl Handbag by Lo & Sons. (If you choose a bag that falls into that price range, I’ll cover taxes and shipping too. I’m specifying this because there are two colors sitting at the not so fun full price $298 right now.) I love this purse so much that I’ve been carrying mine almost exclusively for several years now. I’ve gone from a frequent purse and handbag shopper to a dedicated fan of this one.
This bag was designed for the organization obsessed – it almost magically holds everything you need without becoming bulky or overly stuffed. Not yet convinced? Watch this video and then tell me it isn’t the most fabulously well organized bag of all time. I LOVE IT. It’s the best bag ever for travel and for daily life as well.
The lucky winner will be able to select the color and material of their choice. I have the Saffiano leather, it never scuffs or scratches and it always looks sharp – even after carrying the same bag every day for years now.
To be entered, leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST telling me the weirdest thing in your purse or pocket right now. The winner will be selected on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
SIDE NOTE – these bags are on a serious sale right now. If the pricing on the bag increases to the point where $150 won’t pay for the bag, I will happily send the winner a $150 Amazon gift card instead, if that is their preference.
Here’s the lucky winner’s comment:
ON THE BLOG this week: Homemade Peppermint Ice Cream is some of the creamiest ice cream I have ever made and for the record, it is worlds away from the mint-flavored ice creams you can find in a store.
These Banana Coconut Pecan Pancakes were initially made on a whim, but they wound up being a huge hit with the family. These are hearty, fluffy Banana Pancakes filled with irresistible bits of sweet coconut and chewy pecans.
You only need two ingredients and about five minutes to make this Easy Hot Fudge Sauce. Creamy, thick, rich, and chocolatey hot fudge is a dream (and often a “must have in the house at all times” requirement) for any ice cream lover!
What I’m CRAVING: This Farmhouse Crockpot Lasagna caught my eye this week and I definitely need to try it. All the lasagna flavors we love in a simple slow cooker meal? Yes, please!
My FAVORITE THING this week is our Advent book. We started reading Shadow and Light: A Journey Into Advent by Tsh Oxenreider and I am really enjoying it. Another reviewer described this book as “a genuinely doable, capsule-sized, daily invitation to pause and remember and wait.” I agree 100%.
I’ve looked at many different Advent stories and devotionals over the years and haven’t found one I truly love. So far, this one has been lovely. We’ve been reading the daily pages together each morning and I like that each day is a short section to read with relevant scriptures and a thought for the day as well.
What I’m READING: A Common Life by Jan Karon. This is the 6th book that was written in the Mitford series, it’s a very short novel that was written to tell the story of Father Tim and Cynthia’s wedding day. So, technically it fits in between books 2 and 3. I honestly wish I’d known that ahead of time so that I could’ve read it in chronological order. (I’m fussy like that.)
All of that said, it was fun to see how much the town loved them and how the big day came together. If you have read the Mitford series and love the Mitford characters, the description of the wedding fills in the blanks nicely and it’s a fun read.
What I’m WATCHING: Santa Girl. In a nutshell, Santa Claus’ daughter wants to experience real life at college before taking over the family business and accepting her arranged marriage to the son of Jack Frost. This movie was super cheesy and sweet and silly and it managed to make me both roll my eyes and grin or laugh at different times.
“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” – Winston Churchill
Wishing you a beautiful week full of little things that make you smile!