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 linkedΒ hereΒ 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 πŸ™‚

  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! πŸ˜€

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Gift from my friend Geno πŸ˜€

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!! πŸ˜‚. 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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My Favorite Christmas Movies!

For my third Blogmas post, I thought, why not talk a little bit about some holiday movies?!! So, today I’m going to be speaking about MY favorite Christmas movies, and hopefully you guys can relate to all or, at least, some of them! πŸ™‚

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These aren’t going to be in any particular order (as they never are), so let’s get started!

  1. ELF

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To be honest, whether it’s around the holidays or not, I LOVE watching this movie. It’s a great family movie that really never gets old to me. Will Ferrel is hilarious and it’s definitely a great Christmas favorite.

2. A Christmas Story

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This movie is a CLASSIC!! Every single year on AMC on Christmas Day they give an all-day marathon of this movie, and my family and I will have breakfast, open presents, and then throughout the day just turn it on to watch. It’s a mini Christmas tradition of ours that also never gets old.

Side note, I was actually VERY upset/annoyed when I saw that they not only apparently made a part 2, but they also made a “remake, live version” of the original. No shade to any of the actors that were apart of it, but c’mon man, this is a classic. Don’t go trying to change and/or modernize it!!

3. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (the original one, with Jim Carrey!Β πŸ™„)

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FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE!!!! I mean c’mon….who the heck doesn’t love the Grinch?! Especially this version! I really wanted to be able to see the new version of it that came out recently, but a lot of people were telling me that it wasn’t good or worth it, so even though I was a little disappointed at hearing that, I’m kind of glad because I’m sure it would’ve ruined my perception of the entire thing including this one.

4. The Santa Claus movies

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I LOVE Tim Allen in these movies!! I think it’s pretty much the reason I love him as an actor in general. Since I was a kid, these were always my favorite Christmas movies, and I look forward to watching them every year. Just the story/concept behind them all I find so cute and fun, and I can’t wait to one day hopefully introduce my own kids to these movies.

5. I’ll Be Home For Christmas

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This is SUCH a great Christmas movie that teaches you about the value of family and selflessness. I only a few years ago came across this movie (I’m not even exactly sure how), but I’m so glad I did. Plus, I was OBSESSED with Jonathan Taylor Thomas when I was younger and thought he was SOOOOOO cute. Definitely recommend watching this if you haven’t seen it before.

BONUS 2!!:

Christmas With The Kranks

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Everyone that I know hates and/or doesn’t care about this movie for some reason, but it never gets old to me (again Tim Allen is starring in it, so maybe that’s why in itself lol). But I think it’s really funny, and there’s just something about it (although I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is), that I really like. It’s like cheesy, and somewhat typical of a Tim Allen movie I guess you could say? But I still love it regardless, and love watching it every year whenever I get the chance to.

The Polar Express

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This is actually a movie that I only recently started liking, maybe 2-3 years ago, but before that I actually kind of hated it. I don’t know why exactly, but I was just never into it, never cared to even try watching it, etc. But, then I finally gave it a chance a few years ago, and ended up really liking it (never judge a book by its cover kids). It’s a super cute animated movie especially for kids, and I completely recommend for you to watch it if you haven’t already (or at the very least have your kids watch because they would love it).

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments or through social media if any of these are your guys’ favorites too, or if not, what are some of your guys’ favorite holiday movies? I’d love to hear from you all about it and maybe even get a few recommendations of new ones to watch! πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for reading. Please like, follow, share and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Wednesday for my next one! πŸ˜€

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❀

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Christmas Decor Haul!

What’s goin’ on you guys?! πŸ˜€

For my second Blogmas post, I wanted to do and share with you guys a Christmas decor haul post! I did one for Fall/Halloween, so I figure why not do another for the holiday season?!

Similar to my Fall/Halloween haul post (which I’ll leave linkedΒ hereΒ if you guys wanted to check it out), for the most part everything I picked up is affordable and not at all crazy expensive. I shopped at stores like Dollar Tree, Target, CVS (again), and the Christmas Tree Shop!!

Some are things I’ve had from last year, and a lot of them are actually new additions that I’m really excited about sharing with you guys! πŸ˜€

I figure I’ll pretty much do it the same way I did the last one, in that I’ll break the items up based off the store(s) I bought them at.

So let’s get started! πŸ™‚

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Dollar Tree

I feel like this store is SO underrated.Β  Literally every single thing you pick up here is $1. They don’t say their store is a dollar or a 99 cents store but then really everything is $2, $3, $4…no. EVERY SINGLE THING IS $1. AND especially for things/occasions like this, they actually have A LOT of cute and good quality stuff for it.

Dollar Tree is definitely a go-to for me when I’m shopping for decorations for a particular occasion. It’s actually probably one of the first stores I go check out before anywhere else.Β Scroll down to see the things I got from there.Β 

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To be able to hang on my door.
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Candy cane streamer, which I hung over my bed.
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The next four are all Christmas signs that I hung throughout the walls in my room.

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I hung these candy canes right above my bed frame.
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So I hung the candy canes at a distance from each other, and in between them, put these cute little signs.

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Target:

Target, as I’m sure relatively EVERYONE knows, has really great stuff when it comes to special occasions, holidays, etc. as well. BUT, it is or could be more on the pricier side of things.

These next 2 things I got were actually from Target, but thankfully, weren’t that bad at all price-wise.

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Santa Claus fairy lights!! If you saw (and/or remember) my Halloween/Fall decor post, I got similar lights, but with pumpkins on them and I strung them over my vanity.
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So I got these in a box last year from Target. They’re little wind up toys and came with a total of 6 of them. Originally, I got them for Diego’s nephews as little stocking stuffers, but I ended up having a ton extra, so I gave some to my family and kept these two for myself. And I just put them at the tops of my vanity for decoration.

Bath & Body Works

This one is pretty self- explanatory just because in general for the most part, this entire store is for buying candles, wall scents, etc. I buy my candles from here (as pictured below), HOWEVER, they don’t have a HUGE selection, but they do also have little decorative pieces here and there aside from candles and scents, which is where I got the below figurines.

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During the holidays, these are my three absolute favorite scented candles to get from Bath & Body Works. Ugh, they smell AMAZING. Light any one of these candles, put on some Christmas music, and I promise you you’ll be in the Christmas spirit instantly.

I had went to Bath & Body Works after Christmas last year (a few days later), when there were a TON of sales going on and saw these and thought they were SO cute for like $1, so I grabbed them both! πŸ™‚

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Christmas Tree Shops

And finally, I HAD to mention my absolute favorite store of all (for the Holiday season), which is called Christmas Tree Shops!!

You guys…obsessed is an understatement. The name is super deceiving, but this place is completely decked out from head to toe in Christmas Decor. They have everything from Christmas trees, to lights and decorations, food, snacks and candy, etc.

And the best part about them? THEY’RE NOT EXPENSIVE AT ALL. Now, I wouldn’t say the prices are as cheap as Dollar Tree, but regardless it’s still pretty inexpensive compared to most places.

I didn’t get ALL that much stuff here, but I cannot wait to go here to buy all of mine and Diego’s future holiday decorations for our own place. πŸ˜€ ❀

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Some little pictures/plaques that I hung up around my room.

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More little pictures/plaques for my room, but I actually keep these in particular on my TV stand along with the other little things which I’m going to mention in a second.
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This picture is a tiny bit misleading, just because the little tree on the left was actually part of the figurine decorations I got at bath & body works, and the snowglobe on the right, I actually got in CVS. BUT, the Christmas countdown in the middle was from the Christmas Tree Shops store lol. (Also, these 3 pieces are actually my favorites from everything that I have).
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And the last couple of things I have are actually these mini light-up snowglobe type things. They’re those ones that you see in all sorts of characters, occasions, etc. that also change color as they stay on. Super cute, and they were only $1 each. These are what I keep on my TV along with the plaques I mentioned before. See below for them changing colors.

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Well guys, that’s it. Those are all of the holiday decorations I have this year (for my room anyway). I hope you guys enjoyed this post and/or that I peaked your interest with some of the pieces I had.

Leave me a comment or write to me on social media about any holiday-related posts or posts in general that you guys would like to see in the future!

Please like, share, follow, and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Sunday for my Blogmas day 3 post! πŸ™‚

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❀

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