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Monday, December 31, 2012

Buying a Calender Is a Long-Term Commitment

As we wave goodbye to 2012 and say hello to 2013, (the first year not to have repeat digits since 1987,) there arises a prevailing need if one is to expect to properly function in the new year, a calender. Thanks to developing technology we now calenders on our phones, computers, tablets, ipods, watches, and anything else that beeps or glows, so the essence of a good, old fashioned, paper, wall calender diminishes. But not for everyone. There are yet a few who still hold the hanging of a calender dear and useful.

I'm sure several people who dropped the ball on this responsibility thought they wouldn't need to go calender shopping due to the fact that they thought the world was ending and they wouldn't have to prepare for the coming year.  As it has become common knowledge that the world did not end, a calender is once again required unless you happen to be one of the hoarders who still have a calender left around from 2002, 1991, 1985, 1974, 1963, 1957, 1946, 1935, 1929, or 1918 that you can reuse this year.

But there is something most people overlook when purchasing a calender and that is that buying a calender is a long-term commitment! Much like registering for college classes (which I still haven't done) or cutting your hair, or getting married, (okay, maybe not so big a commitment as the latter,) a calender can be a big life decision. Its something that will stick with you for an entire year. A lot of people will just buy the first one they pick up, whether that be kittens or flowers. And while kittens and flowers are both pleasing to look at, most people still don't understand what they have chained themselves to.

For starters you will have to look at it day after day. Not only you but others who visit your home have a good chance of catching a glimpse. So it has to be something that not only expresses your interests but also something that isn't to terribly embarrassing. Images can affect your mood, so you might want to choose something pleasing and empowering.
Also, consider the calender placement. If it hangs in your kitchen - think about this, while your frying up bacon in the morning or baking chicken, or grilling a burger, do you want to look over at your baby farm animals calender and have a reminder of what your meal probably looked like just a few months ago?
If it hangs in your bedroom -  how is your spouse or significant other going to feel when they look over to see what you've got planned for the weekend and see images of shirtless men or half naked ladies. It's probably going to be a mood dampener...
If it hangs in the bathroom - this one could be a little tricky because different people do different things in the bathroom. I would recommend a calender without people, or at least without them staring directly at you. I speak from experience here. I once had to endure an entire month of Edward Cullen watching me pee:
I recommend the bedroom setting now since there are more options for that environment. Although I am sad to be taking down my beloved Audrey Hepburn calendar, it's exciting (and a little terrifying,) to think about the possibilities that can now grace my wall. Plus Barnes & Noble is having a great sale on calendars. My current choices vary from Peanuts to Paris to Hot Royals. I still haven't decided which will be the wisest commitment.
Wishing you the very best luck with your new calender. I hope you will be very happy together.
xo ~ Shera

Musicbox Mondays

xo ~ Shera

Monday, December 24, 2012

Musicbox Mondays

Can you believe it's Christmas Eve already! So excited! 

xo ~ Shera

Shopping in McKinney

Its a Christmas tradition each year that my mom and sister go shopping in downtown McKinney.  This year we were joined again by my grandmother and brother.  I always enjoy poking around the antique stores for hidden treasures and browsing the different stores for unique and creative finds. It's a tradition I look forward to every year :)





xo ~ Shera

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Favorite Christmas Movies: part 2

This post I dedicate to all my favorite Christmas television specials which I feel need no description (in part because I am too lazy to write them one)

xo ~ Shera

Favorite Christmas Movies: part 1

Every year, there are tons of Christmas movies and specials that come on tv and today I thought I would share some of my favorites. 
This is one of my very favorites! The story is based on the famous painter Thomas Kinkade, played by Jared Padalecki. Its about the lessons he learns one Christmas while struggling to make enough money to pay the mortgage on his mother's house. Under the guidance of his neighbor, Glen (played by the legendary Peter O'Toole,) and with help from the kooky towns members, Tom finds his calling as the Painter of Light.
I basically grew up watching this movie, it was my dad's favorite so we watched it every year.  Its two sequels have absolutely nothing on the original. In the movie, Scott Calvin, (played by Tim Allen, of course) gets his kid, Charlie, for the night of Christmas Eve. When Santa comes to visit, Scott inadvertently causes him to fall off the roof. When he puts on the suit, Scott unwittingly accepts a contract to be the new Santa.  
Will Ferrell is the naive and optimistic Buddy, adopted by elves and raised in the north pole. When he discovers his heritage, Buddy sets off on a quest to find his real father and restore the Christmas spirit in the people of New York.
On Christmas Eve, a young boy, skeptical of Christmas and on the verge of losing all faith in Santa Claus, is whisked away on a magical train to the north pole. Its creative and heartwarming, an exciting tale for the whole family to enjoy.
A movie about two women, both heartbroken who decide to take a vacation and switch homes for Christmas. Amanda (Cameron Diaz) lives in LA, and as has just kicked her boyfriend out of her house for cheating on her. Iris, (Kate Winslet) lives in Surrey, England and still can't get over her love for her recently engaged and womanizing co-worker who strings her along but will not love her back. Things get complicated when Amanda accidentally falls for Iris's widowed brother and Iris befriends an old Hollywood screen writer and a young composer in a tedious relationship with an actress. Its not the most Christmassy, but its a wonderful film in my opinion with the best music
A british romatic comedy with an ensamble cast that revolves around the lives of different people both young and old. The overlapping stories are each unique and portray all types of love at Christmas time. Its clever and sweet and is sure to bring a smile to your face.

xo ~ Shera

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A look back: goals of the season

So back in late September at the start of Fall I had decided to set four simple goals for myself.  I decided that I would be happy if I only got one of them done and now that Autumn is coming to a close and the official start of winter will soon be upon us, I am pleased to announce that I did not one but three things!

 1. Bake a pie from scratch
- I made not one, but two pies from scratch for Thanksgiving! Both apple and cherry, and they were good :)

 2. Wear a dress to class
- So this one wasn't exactly brain surgery, but it took planning to pick a day when the weather would be nice enough outside and when my legs were shaved because I lost my leggings. Here is a picture of me that is reminiscent of many a myspace pic

 3. Sell something on Etsy
- I had just opened my etsy store when I made my goals and I was extremely nervous to see if anyone would actually buy anything from me. But they did and I am so incredibly happy! So far I've sold, all my kitty collars, a scarf, and a snowman ornament (the last sale mentioned was not officially on etsy, but whatever.) I'm so excited to out new things up soon, probably after Christmas since I still have some gifts I'm knitting.

And there you have it. The only goal I did not accomplish was baking a bread using yeast but I'll survive, maybe that can go on my winter goals :)

xo~ Shera

Monday, December 17, 2012

Musicbox Mondays

This is probably the cutest/funnest/coolest Christmas music video I've ever seen!
xo ~ Shera

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Adventures in Baking: Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookies

I got this recipe from a friend of mine and they are some of the best holiday cookies I've ever had!
  • 1 package of gingerbread cookie dough mix
  • 2 cups of powered sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • Heat oven to 350 (or as directed). 
  • Ball up dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet
  • Bake as directed on package
  • Mix together softened cream cheese, vanilla, and powered sugar
  • Once cookies have cooled, put the cheesecake mix in a baggie and cut a small hole in the corner to squeeze onto cookies
  • Enjoy!

xo ~ Shera

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sounds of the Season

I adore the warm magical sounds of Christmas music.  There is something special about those songs that we all grow up listening to. Its something that cannot be recreated in any other kind of music.
In view of that here are my favorite Christmas albums:

Favorite songs: Silver Bells, The Christmas Waltz, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Favorite songs: Linus and Lucy, O Tannenbaum, Christmas Time Is Here, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Favorite songs: Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Cold December Night, and All I Want For Christmas Is You
Favorite songs: White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Let It Snow, and O Holy Night
What are your favorite Christmas songs?
xo ~ Shera