Pretty Darn Close

Once again Christmas nostalgia was running through my veins. I played my music and then I started craving PEPPERMINT MOCHA CREAMER by Coffee-mate!


There is a small problem with this, however, Coffee-mate does not sell it until the Holiday season. I found a recipe online and tried it tonight. It is pretty darn close. I did change it up a little. Here it is:

1 pint of half and half (can be regular or fat free)

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup peppermint syrup (I used Starbucks. You can get it year round, but you have to ask for it).


Melt the white chocolate chips in with a little of the creamer on Medium Heat (Do not boil!). Once melted add the rest of the creamer. Stir until mixed well. Add peppermint. Refridgerate for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

It is not perfect, but it is close.

I got the original recipe here. I tweaked it a little, but you can try it any way! I just want everyone to enjoy the holiday goodness!


I miss Christmas!

I am a lover of all things Christmas. I know that it is super early to be missing the season, but I cannot help it! I have walked through the mall and seen the Hallmark ornaments hanging. I have allowed myself to wander through the doors of the majestic Disney Christmas store. I have even played the wonderful sounds of the season and sung along. Oh how I long for the moment when my tree goes up and I can once again celebrate this holiday season. This Christmas will be different from the others. Eight years in one house and now it is all different. I also have no way to envision it’s greatness (and in saying this I could say insanity!) because I am not exactly sure where we will be.  I have a feeling if we are still living here with the Harpers, I may not be able to decorate as much as I am used to :). I will try to figure it out though! I took a few pictures of my trees last year, knowing it would be the last they grace that house. In remembering Christmas in July…

This is our main tree. It has ornaments that the kids made, ornaments from when Tim and I were little, Ornaments from when we were married, Kids firsts,  of course my Cinderella ornaments etc. This tree is a representation of who we are as a family. Every year we all pick out ornaments that represent our year and things about us, and it goes on this tree. Of course we have a few on here that don’t mean anything, but I love!


This is my Vintage tree in the hallway. All the ornaments are antique or vintage….mostly from my grandparents tree or parents tree.


This is my Starbucks tree/gingerbread trees. They go in the kitchen and anything that belongs in Starbucks or in a kitchen may go on this tree, hence the gingerbread cookies. They are three of my littler trees, but they give the kitchen just the right touch!


Each kid has their own tree. Caydens is a vintage silver tree which she hangs princess ornaments and girly stuff on and adorned with purple lights. It is hers to decorate. She loves every year getting her box out with her ornaments and going crazy.

DSC_8189Cobe’s tree is all his own. He hangs boy stuff on it. He even strings up some of his action figures on this tree. Every year it is different, but he keeps his ornaments on there from when he was little.  I love that both my kids get into Chrismtas as much as me!


Of course the bathroom has a tree also. It doesn’t have lights because it sits close to the tub in this tiny bathroom, but who knows maybe this year will be different.


My favorite tree is my Santa Tree. It has a little history. One day one of my closest friends Kathlyn and I were driving by the Home Depot when we noticed in their dumpster was a Christmas tree. I went in the store and asked if I could have it and they said yes.  So Kathlyn and I climbed on in the dumpster and pulled all of this tree out. Then when we went to Target the ornaments were marked 75 percent to 90 percent off.  I was so excited. I bought everything for this tree (including the tree) for under 20 bucks. Then my mom also kept her keen eye out and sent me some more Santa ornaments. Now we are set!


Of course we had to put one in our room too. I got this tree for 5 dollars at a yard sale…it’s pre-lit.  All the ornaments on this tree were found at yard sales or given to us. I never have yet paid for ornaments full price (except for my Cinderella ornaments). It is a little bare, so I will be looking around for ornaments to complete this tree.


Of course there are many more trees in my house. I have some next to the TV…(fabulous!) and some next to the door. I also had a few down in the basement rooms. Those are my bigger than life trees with super big ornaments on them. Too many to post about but oh it makes me so excited to think about Christmas this year. I told Tim my one requirement for our house is to find one tall enough for the new 12 foot tree we were just given. I know beggars cannot be choosers, but wouldn’t that be cool?  As for now, all my Christmas decorations, are still in GA all 65 bins of them . I feel a little piece of me with them…silly as it sounds. I will feel much better when they come home to me. Tim promised before our tree erection date of November 1st, my  decorations will be safely where they belong!

Oh the Elf drama!

We have an elf!


He came to us randomly from Santa himself. This elf is the ever popular Elf on the Shelf. I had heard about this tradition not too many years back and since I am all about traditions, it seemed like a great idea! I had put it off and then my son came home RAVING about an elf that came to his classroom. He was exuberant and passionate all about this elf the class had named Charlie. It was all I could do not to get into the excitement. That next day Tim and I went on a breakfast date and with a little surprise money that came to me in the mail and I invested in a memory that will last a lifetime.

Our elf came to us on a sunny afternoon. Randomly sitting in our wreath with the book of instructions below him. Naturally I asked Cobe what this book meant and of course he freaked out informing me that somewhere there was an elf. Once they located the elf they named him Max to give him his elf magic. Every night Max flies back to Santa and reports to him. If you don’t know the tradition there are basic rules.

  • The elf cannot talk (so says Santa).
  • You can talk all you want to the elf.
  • You cannot touch the elf or he may lose his magic.

So all was going well until the elf landed in Tims stocking this morning. The kids got close and even closer until tonight Cayden accidently touched it. So what do we do now? She cried for at least 20 minutes. Because as the rule states if you touch the elf he may loose his magic. DARNIT!!!! After some time, she calmed down and emailed Santa. It went like this:

dear santa im soree that i tatcht your elf love cayden

Hopefully Santa will send another elf to help Max get home and get his magic back. Until then we have Elf drama. Tomorrow should be fun!