My 6 Favorite Holiday Albums

December 1, 2014

My 6 Favorite Holiday Albums

I love music more than anything. Really and truly it makes my life feel so full in so many ways. And the holidays are no exception. Although I’ve yet to haul the tree upstairs and give my apartment it’s holiday makeover, I have pulled out my collection of holiday albums. Christmas music has a way of making cold nights more cozy and arduous evening tasks feel more fun. Plus it’s just dang good to sing while dancing around the apartment. Here are six of my absolute favorites.

1. DEAN MARTIN | Making Spirits Bright  I just love Dean Martin so much. I love his buttery voice and hint of whisky-laden sass. This album makes me feel like I’m the middle of a fabulous sixties cocktail party.

2. SHE & HIM | A Very She & Him Christmas  This one’s my favorite for relaxing around the house. The music is holiday without being in-your-face holiday which makes it cool and relaxing, and yes, a little bit vintage.

3. BARBRA STREISAND | A Christmas Album  There are a lot of Barbra Streisand moments that remind me of my mother, but none more so than this one. This album is incredible. There’s a reason the woman’s a legend. Singing classic holiday numbers with an extremely liberal hand in rewriting and singing, at warp speed while also making you laugh might just be what Christmas is all about. (At least in the humble opinion of me and my mama.)

4. JINGLE CATS  When I was, I don’t know, 11? I stumbled upon this little gem at…Hastings? Regardless I’ve had it forever and it still makes me laugh. I know I’m at major risk for being called an insane cat lady, but this is actual recordings of cats set to Christmas songs. It’s just straight ridiculous.

5. A MOTOWN CHRISTMAS  The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson? I mean, come on… I have no words.

6. ANDY WILLIAMS | The Andy Williams Christmas Album  My parents had a lot of great holiday albums, but this one will always be the soundtrack to my Christmas memories growing up. So much about my family has changed since I was a kid, but this music transports me right back to the youthful magic and joy of this holiday. “Tis brilliant.

I got this idea from blogger friends and grad school buddy Anna of Olive Green Anna so please run and check out her list. What are your favorite holiday jams?

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Pinteresting Hairstles

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I’ve been pinning up a storm lately and have found ideas for everything. Although my Pinterest account is filled with tons of ideas for my classroom, I’ve also found a ton of yummy recipes and some great outfit ideas. Lately I’ve been looking for ways to change up my long hairstyle and have found some fun and easy style tricks care of some talented bloggers for my Beauty Ideas pinboard. I’ve tried a few lately, and am itching to try some more of these over the next month. These are great for everyday or special occasions as holiday parties start to crop up. Have you found any fun new hairstyles lately? Please share by leaving a link below!

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A Few Favorites | Get Fit

November 28, 2014

a few favorites-workout edition

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I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends! I indulged in two Thanksgivings this year; Friendsgiving with boyfriend’s friends and Thanksgiving with my family, plus countless goodies at school. Ugh. With all the busyness of completing report cards and conferences, I barely had time to workout, either. Double ugh. That said, I was hell bent on keeping up my Thanksgiving day tradition of working out the morning of turkey day. To keep myself motivated I recently updated a few key pieces of clothing in my workout wardrobe.

First up was new workout pants. I am in love with the Revelation pants from Athleta. They are cute, comfy and can double as leggings on a casual Sunday game day. Next up was workout tops. I finally found some workout tanks I love, these extra long ones, again from Athleta. They are so comfy and cute and I want them in every pattern and color. I also picked up the Uptown Down Jacket from Athleta, too. I was in the market for something super warm and comfy, yet athletic for those cold weather walks around Greenlake or around the neighborhood and this jacket is perfect. I’m still in the market for some new running shoes and have my eye on these New Balance stunners. I’ve also been asking for a fitbit Flex for Christmas to help me track activity, calories and sleep and help keep me motivated all year long. What are your fitness essentials right now?

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