Christmas Loot: What Santa Brought Me This Year

What a wonderful Christmas it’s been! In the gifts department, I was completely spoiled on all fronts. A few of my favorite things from under the tree:

What Santa Brought Me//List Maker Picture Taker
1. Paris Ornament from Paper Source // 2.David’s Tea Gold Dipped Nordic Mug // 3.Hoosier Mama Book of Pie cookbook // 4. David’s Tea of the Month Collection // 5. Anker Portable Bluetooth Speaker

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Maple Brown Sugar Cookies

Maple Brown Sugar Cookies//Food & Recipes//List Maker Picture TakerI’m a Vermonter. My husband likes to make fun of me and say that I grew up on a farm and have maple syrup running through my veins. Neither of these things is true. Nonetheless, maple syrup, specifically Vermont Maple Syrup, is delicious and should be a pantry staple in every home.  Continue reading

Sunday Loves & Links | Vol. 8

Pugcentric // List Maker Picture Taker // Eric Jimenez Art
Your pug of the day! Another piece from mine and Eric’s #Pugcentric series.

Happy Holidays!
//Christmas Carol hotline: call this number 24/7 and a very real person will sing you a holiday song.
//Winning Christmas: the worlds biggest letter to Santa delivers a powerful message.
//Yes. ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ IS that creepy.
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/If Cormac McCarthy wrote Home Alone (this is epic).  Continue reading

Chicago Holiday Shopping at Late Night Andersonville

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Andersonville has long been one of my favorite Chicago neighborhoods. With its many independently owned shops and restaurants, this historically Swedish enclave in Edgewater has something of a small town feel to it and local charm in spades!
andersonville chicagoThis past Friday the hubby and I headed to the area for Late Night Andersonville, an annual neighborhood event where shops, cafes and bakeries stay open an additional four hours for holiday festivities. Some stores have little treats laid out, or hot chocolate, while others have live music and Christmas carols. It’s like a more fun version of a pub crawl where you hop from store to store, enjoying special holiday deals while getting to support local business owners.

Here are a few of my favorite spots to find that perfect something for everyone on your Christmas list:
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