Recap Of Christmas Weekend

Andddddd we’re back to regularly scheduled programming :/

Who else is bummed that Christmas is officially over?! Because I know I definitely am 😦 . But, at the same time, I’m actually really happy because I had a REALLY great and memorable weekend (unexpectedly at that).

I ALWAYS look forward to Christmas-time, as I’ve mentioned several times before in other posts, but I also don’t ever expect much just because it’s always relatively quiet in my house, and we (my immediate family) always end up staying home and just being with each other.

THIS YEAR, however, was completely different (in a great way). I say that because this year we got to spend it with extended family, something that we haven’t done for one reason or another in YEARS.

Now don’t get me wrong, just spending it with my immediate family for the past few years was always nice too and comfortable, but it really is always a great time when we get together with our extended family too.

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Family Time!

So, this year we were able to spend Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day with my mom’s side of the family. Christmas Eve we hosted at our house, which was Christmas Pajama themed, and Christmas Day we spent at my Godfather and aunt’s house, which was Christmas Slipper themed.

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Both were ridiculously fun, filled with Christmas music, laughter, gift giving, games, karaoke and an overwhelming amount of food and desserts (not complaining about that though lol).

When we (the cousins) were all younger, it would be like our little Christmas tradition to always get together and spend Christmas at SOMEONE’S house from the family. So the fact that for a while there it had stopped was kind of sad, but I’m SO glad we finally got to pick up on it because it was definitely a blast.

*Also, if you read my ‘The Christmas Tag’ post from Blogmas day 1 (which I’ll leave linked here if you want to check it out), you would’ve seen that my top “Christmas wish” was to be able to have this happen, so the fact that it actually DID was really awesome for me.*

Overall, it was a really great weekend, and although it wasn’t my ENTIRE family there with us (from both sides), and some important people were missing, it was still fun and extremely memorable.

Plus, I got a ton of great stuff this Christmas, which was another surprising thing because I really don’t ever tend to tell people things I want for Christmas and/or give them a wishlist anymore. But, let’s get into a few of the things I got….

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Presents!!

Firstly, I just want to start off by saying that I’m not usually the type to show off every single thing I get for my birthday, Christmas, etc., I just find it kind of weird and also tend to feel bad.

Sure, I’m grateful for everything I get, and I’ll show one or 2 things that I really love, but overall I just end up feeling bad about it because I never want to make it seem like I’m throwing things in peoples faces. What if they can’t afford things like that? Or what if they don’t usually get things for these occasions at all? Just a few of the things that go through my mind for things like this…

However, I’ve come to realize that doing what I’m doing now (blogging) and how into it I’ve gotten, it’s kind of a necessity to do that. Not necessarily show off the things I have, wear, etc., but to the same extent, that’s kind of exactly what it is, which is why more and more recently I’ve been sharing things like that with you guys.

So that’s what I’m going to be doing right now, sharing with you guys a few of the great gifts I received from my loved ones this year 🙂

  1. The first few things I want to mention are actually stuff that Diego got for me. We’re actually really weird when it comes to gift giving, because we get so excited about doing it and what we got the other person that we end up talking about it ALL the time (without actually saying what it is), and have the anticipation kill the other person lol. This year he got me this GORGEOUS Coach bag (which he knew I needed because although I almost never switch out my bag(s) once I get used to them, it was LONG overdue for a new one) and 2 masks from the brand GlamGlow because he knows I LOVE face masks. ❤
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Gifts from Diego ❤

2. These aren’t all of them, but they are a few of the gifts that I received from my parents. I’ve never heard of the brand that blue bag is from, but it’s called Karl Lagerfeld Paris and I think it’s SO cute. Tiny, but definitely fashionable and can hold quite a few of my little things that I typically tend to carry in my purses. Then you have these UGG rain/snow boots which are great too because I’ve been DYING for a pair of boots like this for the longest, and what better then a simple black pair? Then you have this Miss Dior perfume that I’ve been wanting because it smells SO pretty AND……it’s Demi’s favorite perfume ….are you surprised? You shouldn’t be….And finally, you have this cute little Christmas story book. If you guys haven’t realized by now, I’m a bigass kid, ESPECIALLY when it comes to cute little things like this, I mean c’mon….LOOK AT IT!!!!! 😭😍 Plus, I cannot WAIT until I have kids one day to read these to them, and even pass them along to them…ugh it’s going to be the best!! (Again, just a few of the things they got me, not all).

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(Some) Gifts from my parents ❤

3. This is a gift I actually got from a good friend of mine and Diego’s named Geno. How freakin’ dope are these?! I’ve come to REALLY love this brand and it’s style. So far, I have a t-shirt from them (courtesy of Diego), another pair of sneakers although they’re off-white (also courtesy of Diego), and now these!! Can’t wait to take some cool pictures with these on and show them to you guys! 😀

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Gift from my friend Geno 😀

4. And finally……the gifts I received from my brother and his fiance!! You guys, I was so damn excited when I saw this….lol. For those of you that don’t know, I’m a HUGE Potterhead, so this was ridiculously exciting for me!! It’s actually pretty funny, because about a month ago, I had told Chris (my brother), that if no one got me a wand for Christmas…everyone hated me, and he/they actually remembered and did it!! 😂. Plus, the books are always great to read (especially now with the illustrations to back them up), and I love penguins AND fuzzy socks, so it was a general win/win for me. Thanks guys!! ❤

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Gifts from my brother and his fiancée ❤

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I hope that you guys not only enjoyed this post, but also had an AMAZING Christmas with your family, friends and/or general loved ones, and that you got everything you wanted.

Please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Favorite Holiday Scents + Excitement For Christmas!

Hello and Merry Christmas Eve Eve everyone!! 😀

For my blogmas day 8 post, I thought it would be fun to double up and speak about my favorite holiday scents with you guys + my excitement for the next 2 days!!

Being able to do Blogmas this year for the first time has been SO much fun (in spite of me cheating a little bit and not posting every single day, consecutively). Hopefully, next year I’ll do a much better job at posting regularly for it, but I’ve had a lot of fun doing them, as well as I hope you guys have had fun reading them.

I can’t believe it’s already almost over!! Time went by SO fast 😦 it’s a little unfortunate,  but hey, it is what it is and all we can do is make the best of the last couple of days we have left right?!

So let’s get right into the post!

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I want to start off by saying that if I get candles from ANYWHERE, 9 times out of 10, they’re from Bath & Body Works. I almost never get them from  anywhere else, just because I feel like they always have such a great variety of scents for holidays, special occasions, etc. PLUS they always have a TON of deals on them all the time. What’s not to love about them?!

I actually have quite a few favorites from here, but for the sake of this post, I’m only mentioning my absolute favorite scents for this time of year (the holidays).

  1. Marshmallow Fireside 

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This is actually one of their recurring scents that I’m pretty sure they bring every year specifically for this time of year, either that or it’s a scent they just bring back for Winter in general. But regardless, it’s definitely a favorite and ALWAYS have to have it with me during the holidays. I DO know that every year they switch the ‘packaging’ of it, so if you’re in the store and looking for this, try not to go looking for it solely based off the picture I have.

In the fragrance notes, it says that it has Toasted Marshmallow, Smoldering Woods, Fire Roasted Vanilla, and Crystallized Amber. Just typing this alone, I can smell the scent from  what I’m picturing in mind, and it is AMAZING. If you haven’t picked it up and/or tried smelling this candle before, you need to get on that ASAP.

2. Vanilla Bean Noel

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I actually bought this candle about a year or 2 ago, so I’m not at all sure if this is another recurring candle that they always bring back, or just one of their limited edition holiday ones unfortunately. However, I definitely think it’s still worth the risk looking for it because this also smells AMAZING.

In the fragrance notes it says that it has Fresh Vanilla Bean, Warm Caramel, Whipped Cream, Snow-kissed Musk, and Sugar Cookies……OH-MY-GOD. THE BEST!!!

3. Better Not Pout

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I’m pretty positive that this was one of their limited edition holiday scents unfortunately. But, I’m sure if you shop around and smell-out the holiday candles they have in-store, that you’ll be able to find something similar to it, if not the exact thing, just with different packaging.

The fragrance notes says that it has Spiced Gingerbread, Vanilla Icing, Sparkling Cinnamon Sugar, and Fresh Ground Nutmeg.

How great does that sound?!

And lastly, 4. ‘Tis The Season

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I believe that this is another one of their recurring scents, however, I don’t actually think they typically tend to come out with a bigger, 3-wick version. I think the only size they come with for this one is this single-wick size OR their miniature one. Regardless, their candles tend to last a long time (for me anyway), so even if you get this size, it’ll last you quite some time.

In the fragrance notes it says that this one contains Bright Red Apples, Freshly Ground Cinnamon, and Deep Green Pine. I pretty much only smell the cinnamon, but I really don’t care because this, to me, smells completely like Christmas in a candle. Like if I had to think of a scent that was associated with Christmas time, it would definitely be this one. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

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Well, those were my absolute favorite holiday scented candles. If you haven’t seen or smelled these before, I definitely recommend that either now or next year, you make it a priority to go pick them up and try them. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!

Before I end this post, I just wanted to express how happy and excited I am for this Christmas. Sure there are a few things that are different and have changed from last year, or previous years in general, but overall, the feeling of happiness and excitement is still there and only continues to grow.

This year, I’m going to be able to spend Christmas with my extended family, which is something I haven’t been able to do in YEARS. So, the next 2 days are going to be super busy, exciting, and fun and I can’t wait for it all! I’ll be sure to do an updated post on Wednesday or Thursday about how it all went! 🙂

But, until then…I wanna wish all of my followers, family and friends a very Merry Christmas, thank you guys so much for reading. Please follow, like, share, and comment and I’ll see you guys for Blogmas Day 9 in a few days!

*Btw!! I’m almost at a 100 followers!! Which, if you didn’t know, that was one of my goals to accomplish by or before the end of 2018, ahh!!! So crazy!! Thank you guys so much! 😀 *

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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My Favorite Christmas Shows!

For my Blogmas day 7 post, I wanted to share with you guys some of my absolute FAVORITE holiday shows/specials. Most of these, or actually, ALL of these, are pretty old and stuff that’s been around since I was a kid and even way before that.

But, they are without a doubt, absolute classics, that are a MUST to see at some point or another throughout the holiday season (along with all of the Christmas movies I’ve mentioned in one of my previous posts haha).

So without further adieu, let’s get into a few of my favorites….

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  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas

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100% my favorite thing to watch during the holidays. If you know me, you know that I love Charlie Brown, and I watch all of the specials that come on TV for it on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. (as well as have them on DVD!). These will forever be classics to me, and I can’t wait to one day introduce my own kid(s) to them.

2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Another classic. I mean, c’mon, who hasn’t ever heard of or even loved poor little Rudolph?! The ugly-duckling of the group who ends up not only being the hero, but one of the most loved Christmas characters of all time?! They actually have several different versions/shows/segments of Rudolph, all of which I love to watch and are great, so if you haven’t checked them out before, definitely be sure to do that!

3. Frosty The Snowman

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I’m just going to stop saying these are all classics individually, because at this point, we know that they’re ALL classics. But at the same time, what else can I say about them?! They ARE all classics in their own individual ways. I mean….Frosty?! Just writing this, I have the song running through my mind unintentionally, it’s just the kind of impression it leaves on you.

4. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

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Okay, IF I had to order these at all, I would say that this is definitely my second favorite out of all of them. The music, the scenes, popper?! Popper is the freakin’ man for being able to save Santa from jail (this is why I love penguins btw). I like how they show HOW Santa came about (although obviously I know that’s not the actual way, but regardless!!), it’s cute and entertaining for myself and kids.

5. The Year Without A Santa Claus

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This was a great Christmas special, but also kind of sad for children thinking back on it now. I mean, Santa gets so sick that he can’t deliver presents to kids around the world, so no one has Christmas?! That’s terrible!! But at the same time, I suppose it’s realistic to some degree? Nonetheless, that’s not what this post is about. This is a really cute Christmas special to show kids that yes, you may have your differences every now and than, or might just not like certain people, but when need be, you pull everything together for a common goal, interest, etc. in order for a positive outcome.

6. Miser Brothers Christmas

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How could you NOT love these guys?! Personally (which is actually super ironic because I’m ALWAYS cold and hate it), I’m more for team Snow miser, because growing up, that was the only real part of the song that I knew 😂 and it just kinda stuck. This is actually Diego’s favorite Christmas special, which is great because we get to be big ass kids together! 😭❤️.

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If you guys haven’t checked these out before, I 100% recommend that you do ASAP.

Let me know in the comments or through social media if any of these are any of your guys’ favorite old-school holiday shows/specials. I’d LOVE to hear from you guys about it 🙂 Also let me know if I happened to have missed any (because I’m SURE I did lol).

5 days left until Christmas!!

I’ll be spending the next few days off from work probably binge watching ALL of these, since I really haven’t gotten the chance to throughout this month. But, I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please follow, like , share and comment and I’ll see you guys on Sunday for my Blogmas day 8!!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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