The day after Thanksgiving we took a mini road trip to Petaluma tocut down our very first Christmas tree in our new house. The California drought definitely took a toll on the options.
We love cookies! We love to eat cookies! We love to eat holiday cookies even more! There are those special people who kill it when it comes to baking things from scratch, Brittany is one of those people. However, when she arrived at my house with a box of gingerbread cookie mix and said, “screw it, let’s use this box instead” I wiped the sweat from my brow because gingerbread cookies are the hardest to make! I tried once and it took 6 hours and they didn’t even taste good. But this box, this box is magic. All you do is add water and egg and heat those bad boys up in the oven for 8 minutes! It only took us 6 to eat them all up too!
This cookie mix is amazing, they tasted homemade but without all of the hassle!
We wanted to share a little holiday spirit with you today with one of our favorite holiday pictures! We got the pleasure of watching the magnificent Capital Cities play an intimate show last year and they are as silly as they are talented! Check out their tunes if you haven’t already!
It goes without saying that France has some pretty unbelievable buildings; I couldn’t help but take a million pictures of my favorites. And believe me, they were ALL my favorite!
(Montmartre was one of my favorite areas. It was so alive and they shot parts of Amelie there!)
(We got an overexposed version of Place de la Bourse but I like the way it turned out)
(Marie Antionette‘s bedroom was unreal! It was so over the top!!)
I can’t get over how every building in France was clearly constructed with such calculated care. Everything is lavish in it’s own way and I just love it.
Let’s start at the beginning. Notre Dame de Paris. It is MAGNIFICENT! I have never in my life seen something so spectacular and moving, the moment I entered the building I was literally speechless. My art history classes in college could not prepare me for how overwhelmed I would be. To think that this church was built 850 years ago leaves me with so many thoughts but mostly “how did they do it?”
(At the top of a large stairway sits Sacre-Coeur. At night it is a place of gathering for young people who spend the evening drinking wine, singing, and gazing at the view of Paris in it’s entirety)
Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux
(Basilica of St. Michael is not at the caliber of Notre Dame but it is also very breathtaking inside. The ceilings are higher than I can count and the hall stretches hundreds of feet long. It is very grand)
France does not mess around when it comes to their churches. Aside from being incomparable inside, they are also very welcoming. Each church was a nice place to walk around quietly in peace, and take in all of the history that the walls held. I liked to think of who sat in the pews hundreds of years ago and what they were wearing, praying about, and hoping for.
Well 2012 is coming to an end and we wanted to make a short “thank you, we love you, please don’t ever leave us” video for the holidays. We will be taking a break next week as we hope you do as well 😀
Anyway, we really do appreciate you guys so enjoy some time with your family and friends over the holidays. See you all soon!
Oh yeah, we also convinced the amazing band Capital Cities to be a part of a holiday photo with us after they did a performance yesterday! They are really amazing and you should check them out when they come to a city near you 🙂
Christmas in San Francisco is definitely a beautiful sight! The city is lit up even more than usual and the trees are decorated perfectly. This year a group of us decided to check out the 2 story tall Gingerbread House located in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill. It was truly something to be seen and smelled!
Visiting the Fairmont lobby was a really fun way to spend a crisp Winter night with friends. We walked across the street afterwards to have a Christmas cocktail at the Top of the Mark and spent the evening watching the twinkling city from 13 stories up.
Alright, Christmas is next week and if you are busy working then you know what it’s like to have time fly by. Our favorite gift part of Christmas is the stockings because they are usually filled with awesome trinkets and random sugary treats that you wouldn’t normally splurge on. Check out some of our favorite stocking stuffer ideas for women (and maybe some men) and become easily prepared for the big day!
(Ummm hello! A mini Ryan Gosling calendar! Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this on the daily…)
We love giving to our friends and family at Christmas. The most important thing during the holidays is getting to spend time with your closest friends and family but since giving gifts happens along the way, we thought we’d share some of our gift ideas.
I do love Christmas time. It’s a wonderful holiday and I love seeing all of the lights that decorate homes and businesses. There’s something special about the holidays (besides all of the madness). This year, I wanted to customize my parents tree since I don’t have room for a tree at my own place. These are extremely easy and you can really customize these for your own holiday needs. However, I can’t lie. This idea really came to me while standing in a store staring at some seriously hideous and ridiculously expensive ornaments. Have you ever thought to yourself, I could do that for way cheaper and do a much better job?! Well, you probably can.
While my mom and I were working on these we thought of other good ingredients for ornament makings. Advil, for the everyday drinker. Dog food, for the pet owners with a death wish on their Christmas tree. Matches, for the over zealous pyro. Well you get the idea. You can get crafty and have fun with it. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so stop resisting it and just embrace it already!