12.14.2015

life lately.

There's less than two weeks until Christmas! wowzahhh. I have one or two more presents to pick up and then I'm done shopping. Here's what else I have been up to lately:
Loving: The holidays with a baby! We went to the James Island Festival of Lights last week so Violet got to look at the lights and meet Santa. Her reaction was adorable. I was 99% sure she was going to cry, but she totally surprised us. The photographer was jumping around trying to make her smile but she was very serious. At least she didn't cry.
Making: Cookies!! This is one of my favorite traditions I always did with my mom. The holidays wouldn't feel right without her sugar cookies, peanut butter blossom cookies, and nerds. I'd love to try a new cookie recipe this year too.
Looking forward to: Christmas Day brunch. I'm thinking about making one of these options: cinnamon roll french toast bakecheesy tater tot breakfast bake - best breakfast casserole
Shopping: Make or buy Violet's "first Christmas" ornament. Let's be honest I'm not a huge DIY person -- but I think I can handle this easy clay handprint ornament. And I bought this stork first Christmas ornament (see more personalized options here).
Planning: 2016! I can't believe the new year is right around the corner. I always like to write out resolutions. Next year I'd like to eat healthier (more juice, less cookies), rest (!!), read, and do more yoga. I also want to start using essential oils (anyone else a fan?) 

What have you been up to lately?
-xo-
Jillian
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21 comments

  1. I'm going to have to make that breakfast casserole on x-mas morning it looks incredible! I'm the same on gifts...one or two and I'm done but I just keep buying lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Those cookies look amazing! I can't wait to get home next week to have some of my Mom's famous Christmas cookies!

    Christina ::Simple and Delish

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  3. Those cookies!
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  4. I want to make all three of those casseroles for our Christmas brunch this year!! I love making Christmas cookies too this time of year but I haven't done it yet. It's on my must do list this week. So glad Violet had a good experience with Santa!

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  5. Those lights are beautiful and those cookies look delicious!! So does those casseroles!! Love that picture of Violet in front of the tree too. :-)

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  6. I am in complete denial that Christmas is so close! I can't even believe it, especially since I just now freaking started!

    The Adored Life

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  7. Oh my... You've done such a good job! I left Christmas presents for the the weekend :( Hope I'll be on time with everything - decoration, cooking, presents...
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  8. Oooo that breakfast casserole looks delicious!!! I think I might have to make it on Christmas morning too!! I can't wait to start making my Christmas cookies this week!! =)

    Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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  9. that pic of Violet is too cute! you are going to have the best Xmas with her this year! :)

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  10. You guys have been up to a lot of fun. I keep baking cookies lol I can't stop!

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  11. I need to make it out to the lights this week before we leave for Christmas, I love them!

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  12. I can't believe it's almost 2016 either! SO many things I still want to do in 2015!

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  13. look at all that fooooood. love the pic under the tree!

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  14. That hair! Aaah!

    I'm also interested in essential oils. I have a friend who is a licensed therapist and I trust her judgement to find the companies that are reputable and can help with anxiety and such.

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  15. Those cookies look delicious! Did you make those or are you planning on making some like those? lol I definitely need to start my baking too!

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  16. I'm drooling over here - all of the food looks sooo good! And yay for Violet loving the Christmas lights!!

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  17. cinnamon roll french toast bake?! yum. looks great. that photo of Violet and this christmas tree is precious. i am not a diy-er at all but the handprint ornament one is super cute!

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  19. life lately...

    looks beautiful, cozy and happy :)

    Happy Holidays,
    Ipsy

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  20. I love the festival of lights. We haven't made it out there this year yet. And all three of those brunch options look sooooo good! I would like to try that cheesy tater to casserole. Yum!

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