Category Archives: Christmas

Highlights from Christmas & A Gift

Christmas 2011 was extremely exciting for me.

This was the first year that my son had any clue what was going on, so that was extremely exciting.

He is only 15 months old and received a guitar collection, and MEGA BLOCKS, of course!

My husband rocks and I got a new camera, computer, and other awesome gadget!

Yes, readers of Nighlon will benefit from this.

you can get a blank copy of this Christmas memory frame here

have fun with it, but please be sure to read my terms of use.

Today, I am giving you a recap of the

here are the blogs Nighlon linked to for the 25 days of Christmas

 

                                        

   

I hope you enjoyed these blogs and got some goodies from them.

If there are other blogs you would like to see NighLon feature, let me know.

I’m always looking for new blogs, I’m a junkie.

Coming up: a recap of 2011; NighLon goals for 2012; and amazing featured blog; and some great tips and tutorials.

I have some huge plans for NighLon in 2012.

Happy New Year!

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Wishing for a White Christmas?

Last year, we had a white Christmas…

This year, not so much!

It feels like October here!

However, if you blog on WordPress.com, you can have a white Christmas

Here’s how:

1. Go to your dashboard

2. Click on Settings

3. Select General

4. Scroll to the bottom

5. Check ” Show falling snow on my blog until January 4th”

6. Enjoy the snow falling on your blog, even if its not in your yard!

Read the rest of this entry

Happiness Day is TODAY!

Today was very frustrating to me.

I won’t go into many details.

All I will say is this: People should be more thankful!

No matter your situation, there is always something to be thankful for.

It saddens me to see that this is the world my son will grow up in.

In light of this, I have decided to start a new project.

I want to make a difference and make the world a happier place!

Enter: BEAUTIFUL IMPERFECTION: life is perfect, even when its not!

As I’m sure you have read before, Beautiful Imperfection is my mommy blog.

Its kind of cute too (I’m proud of it)

Here, I am going to start a challenge. A challenge to be a positive inspiration to people.

To encourage others to be happier.

To encourage others to look around them and see what they have to be thankful for.

I will share with you when the details are complete.

Now for some fun!

I have decided to follow in an old family tradition with NighLon.

In my family, my family left the Christmas Tree up until January 2, every year.

This was to bring something good from the old year into the new year.

Following in this tradition, I am going to keep the blog kit giveaway going until  January 3rd.

Just follow the requirements HERE by January 3rd, and you will receive a free custom blog kit!

On to the

Today, I am featuring The Sweet Life.

I literally just ran across this blog and had to postpone the other blogs I had lined up.

She goes so well with today’s post.

Steph is inspiring!

Her blog is so happy.

I love her bucket list.

Of course, I love lists, and she has a lot of them.

In fact; she shared one today, and I am going to pass it along!

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?
BOTH… do I really have to choose?
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
Santa wrapped presents, but we had to pick out the paper because Santa wrapped at our house.
Thats the only way he knew which gift went where.
I think Mom and Dad presents will be wrapped for the Tbomb, and unwrapped from santa.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
White!
4. Do you hang mistletoe?
This was the first year I didn’t
5. When do you put your decorations up?
Growing up, it was the day after thanksgiving, but my husband and I put it up mid November
6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
RED VELVET CAKE and Christmas Eve Low Country Boil
7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?
There are way too many, I cannot choose one!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I was 8, my dad’s friend told me.
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Yes. It was always new Jammies

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
With very special ornaments. They all have a story.


11. Snow! Love it or dread it?
Dread it! That is changing now that I have a little one!

12. Can you ice skate?
I am entirely too clumsy for that! I like to watch people ice skate though!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Finding out I was pregnant! Yep, that tops it.
Next would be when my mom bought me a globe. She put a note on it that said:
“You deserve the world, and now you have it!”

14. What’s the most important thing about the holidays for you?
Being surrounded by those I love, teaching my son the real reason for Christmas, and helping others.

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?
RED VELVET CAKE

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Special coffee and everyone cooking together.

17. What tops your tree?
It was a star growing up, but my husband likes the Angel, so thats what we have this year.
18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving?
GIVING! I love doing something special for those I love. I especially love making gifts.
19. Candy canes: yuck or yum?
Yummy! I LOVE THEM
20. Favorite Christmas show?
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus and A Christmas Story

21. Saddest Christmas song?

Christmas Shoes

22. What’s your favorite Christmas song?
Baby, Its Cold Outside and O Holy Night
Go on over to
and send some Christmas Love
I truly hope I spread some Christmas Cheer
Coming soon: my very own happiness project/ challenge!

Talk to Santa & Do Something Nice

source: gmail

 Although I occasionally get irritated and threaten to delete it, I absolutely love GMAIL.

I love all the amazing things you can do with it to stay organized (more on that in another post).

I love the pretty backgrounds and the simplicity of it, while still being able to do just about anything from Gmail.

Most of all, I love all the new labs and other projects consistently released.

Its always nice to see companies doing cute Christmas things with kids, like Google/ Gmail does.

Last year, people all over the U.S. recieved special phone calls from Santa Claus.

This year, we can all talk to Santa ourselves!

Just call his Google Voice Number:  855-34-SANTA and leave him a message.

Of course, he is very busy and cannot personally return the messages, but he has a special surprise lined up this year.

Also, this year, you can have Santa send a personalized greeting  to a loved one!

Just go to sendacallfromsanta.com and fill out the form.

Just be sure to do it just before you would like the message received!

Not only can you send these to children, but also adults. There are plenty of funny responses to fill in.

I will be sending these to my son, husband, inlaws, grandparents, cousins, niece, nephews, brother, mother…

and probably everyone else I can think of!

This is going to be so much fun, and I will probably be in trouble by the time Christmas is over!

On to the

Today’s blog is Em Jay & ME: THE KIND-HEARTED-BLOGGER-CAMPAIGN

Here, Jo-Annie encourages bloggers, as a community to band together and stop bullying.

When I think of bullying, I automatically think of elementary school bullies stealing lunch money.

However, in my short stint as a blogger, I have had my eyes opened to the bullying that happens in the blogosphere.

I won’t go into any details, because I choose to be better than that, but I have experienced it here.

I however, believe that the world would be happier and we would all be much more successful if we would work together, rather than against each other. Not only that, but why sink to that level. Other people are just going to look negatively at those who are mean.

Enter the Kind Hearted Blogger Campaign. Jo-Annie encourages us to sign the pledge and place a badge on your site.

She promises to link to whomever places the badge on their site.

 

I encourage all of my readers to go here and sign the pledge.

Its a simple way to do something good.

After all, It is Christmas!

Merry Christmas

I want in Triberr & Another Gift for You!

I discovered something today.

It may just be the best thing  since Twitter!

source: Triberr

I had heard of triberr.com before, but really hadn’t given it much thought.

(enter the  gets distracted by shiny things side of me)

Earlier today, I was playing on Klout, and ended up on triberr.com.

I have no idea how I got there, just that a lot of clicks were involved!

I start looking into it, and I am totally dumbfounded. It seems absolutely amazing.

Basically, it is a community where bloggers support and encourage eachother.

 Triberr in their own words:

“Triberr is a blogging community that solves the number one problem that bloggers have. We do that by allowing small and medium size bloggers to come together and let them tap into each other’s audiences automagically.”

Amazing, right!

Why didn’t I think of this?

OH yeah, I’m distracted by shiny things.

Anyway. I try to sign up and guess what….

I have to have an invite code!

So to sum up this post:

If anyone has an invite for me, please feel free to share!

Here is a Christmas frame for you!

Just right click and save. If you enjoy or need help inserting the pictures, feel free to leave a comment.

Please read my Terms of Use

I have skipped the blog of the day for a few days because I have something special lined up!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Rage Quit & Exploding Inbox

I’m sitting here tonight thinking “what to do, what to do?”

My husband however is laughing so hard he has tears rolling down his face.

Apparently, he is now obsessed with watching YouTube on xbox.

For 3 days now, he has been watching Rage Quit videos from Rooster Teeth, or something like that!

Yes, my husband is a geek- just an xbox geek!

Listening to him laugh is enough entertainment.

In fact, its a little too much entertainment… I cannot concentrate while he is laughing like that. It is too funny.

So instead of working tonight, It looks like I will be listening to the hubs laugh at Rage Quit videos….

AND EMPTYING MY INBOX!

Yes, My name is Cari and I have an exploding inbox!

I belong to several groups and have family all over the country, so this makes my inbox crazy!

Its Christmas, so that makes it insane!

I’m addicted to reading blogs, so that explodes it!

My goal by tomorrow is to have an empty inbox… I’m not sure how that is going to happen.

I promise to share my tips with you, as well as a  special gift for your support!

Until then, here is a giftie for you!

You can use it as a facebook picture, blog bling, blog post image, email signature, whatever you want.

Just please do not print, and please read my terms of use!

right click to save

If you would like this customized, leave a comment with your name, and I will whip you one up!

My New Adventure & Getting Organized

I know, I got behind again.

Organizing is not my thing lately, but we will get to that later!

First, I have some really exciting news.

created by Angie

Angie at Mystic Made made this beautiful pixel email signature for me!

Oh, how I love Christmas.

I adore these little works of art, so as a gift to myself I am going to learn how to do them.

I have joined a mentor site, set up a blog so showcase my lessons on, and I am so excited!

Lucky for you guys, there are gifts all around today.

Here is a scrap page I put together from the lovely work of Aimee at Girlboheme.com.

Just insert your own picture and enjoy!

layout by nighlon; graphics by girlbohem.com

Just click on the image, it will take you to the download.

On to the

Organize With Sandy has become one of my favorite blogs.

Like I said before, organizing has not been my thing lately.

Its hard to believe that I was at one time the most organized person I know.

The sad part is, I have no clue what happened.

On to Sandy. She is wonderful. She is talented. She is a geek. She is organized.

What could be better? When I read her blog, I often think…

“Oh yeah, she is genius… I want to be her when I finally grow up!”

Not only will you find ways of organizing; stories about being a mom and a wife; and definitely some motivation!

Hop on over to Organize With Sandy, Just let her know I sent you!

Merry Christmas

Letters to Santa

This time of year always makes me think of all the traditions my Mother held tight to every year.  These traditions will always have a warm spot in my heart. We always colored an advent calendar; took food to charities; stood outside stores ringing bells; and woke to reindeer tracks and Santa’s muddy boot prints. However, I think what stands out to me the most would be our letters to Santa.

In case you haven’t noticed, my childhood was quite different from most. We have a strict, but very loving Mama who instilled in us many important values. Most of all, she taught us responsibility, manners, respect, gratitude, and thoughtfulness. Things were no different at Christmas time.

Every year, after the tree was put up; the old world Santas were placed around the house; and the Nativity scene placed on the sidebar, it was time to write our letters to Santa. We would sit at the dining room table with homemade hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. Mama would turn on Christmas music and bring out her box of stationary. Inside this box, was the prettiest Christmas paper ever! The best part, it was only used for our letters to Santa. She even had special pencils for us to use.

Now, my mama is a bit different from most when it comes to writing to Santa. There were rules involved. Not only did we have to use our best handwriting, but we also had to actually write a letter- no lists allowed! We were only allowed to ask for one thing. Most of all, we had to show appreciation. Our letters were to include a thank you for last years gifts;  a thank you for being nice to so many kids; and what we accomplished that year. I didn’t understand why we did this, but now I am so thankful that my Mama did this. After we wrote our letters, we made Santa a gift- usually an ornament.

As I sit here writing this, I wonder what made her think to do this. Also, I wonder whatever happened to those years of gifts for Santa from three children with an amazing Mother. I have my suspicions that they were either given to family members, the sick and elderly at hospitals or nursing homes, women’s shelters, or even to random charities. I will ask her one day. These are traditions that I will definitely keep going with my own son!

At the following websites, you can find areas to let your children email letters to Santa, as well as receive a letter from Santa!

http://emailsanta.com/

http://emailsanta.com/email_santa.asp

http://www.aletter4santa.com/

http://www.northpole.com/

http://www.freelettersfromsantaclaus.com/free_printable_letters_from_santa.asp

enjoy these links!

on the the

The Dolls are Alright

(The place where imagination opens the heart)

source: The Dolls are Alright

The Dolls are Alright is a blog written by dolls (Patti, Petie, and Tricia) and their Guardian (Patricia).

The blog contains stories from their everyday lives, photo shoots, and even snippets of history.

I met Patricia in a course on SITS ( The Secret to Success is Support)

I knew from the point of hearing her story that I just had to see this blog.

It is adorable.

I have never seen another like it!

It is definitely a must see!

Just let her know that I sent you!

Write a letter to Santa, spend some time with some dolls, and have a Merry Christmas

Playing Catch-Up

Since I have failed to actually catch-up, I am doing 2 posts in 1

Life happens… what do you do?

Lego Christmas: A Geek’s Winter Wonderland

  

source: The Verge

At a London Train Station , a 33 foot Christmas Tree has been built.

Out of LEGOS!

It is probably the largest Lego Christmas Tree ever built, and took over 2 months to complete!

Talk about spreading the Christmas Cheer.

Here are more views:

source: The Verge

Source: The Verge

I do believe I am going to try my hand at making Christmas goodies out of  Legos!

Maybe a wreath, some ornaments, or a Christmas town.

Be a Friend to a Geek

White October and Hutchhouse has brought a very important cause to my attention!

Not all geeks have friends!

How can this be?

Its just not fair!

So, do your part and to here to pledge to make a difference.

source: befriendageek.com

 (seriously though, take the time to share a moment with someone who is lonely)

everyone deserves to spend Christmas with somebody. Reach out and show you care!

On to the

well, actually… 2 blogs of the day today!

The first blog that I would like to recognize is Kludgy Mom

source: Kludgy Mom

I really enjoy this blog.

Truly, a blogger after my own heart!

She blogs about geekiness, mom stuff, wifey stuff, social media….

all of my favorite things.

I look forward to the newsletter popping into my inbox

(in case you can’t tell by now, I am a total blog addict)

So, just hop on over to Kludgy Mom and see the great stuff she has to offer!

Let her know I sent you!

In the words of Jason and Grant,

On to the next!

source: Trashy Betty

Trashy Betty is one of my favorite blogs!

She blogs about her artwork, her kids, her life in general, and all things she loves, including other artists.

Her Etsy shop is absolutely amazing!

If I didn’t have a 1 year old running around, I would have everything she makes.

For now, I think I’ll just look at it, and order a skull headband or FTW mirror!

She even does hair and makeup for a Pinup photographer!

Talk about multi-talented!

Enjoy my finds and favorite blogs

Merry Christmas

Farmville 12 Days of Christmas & Lots of Goodies to Choose From

This funny poem was written by my amazingly talented MIL.

This is what happens when she gets irritated at Farmville:

On the First day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
one Winter Wonderland with the chance of a new Farming Degree!

On the Second day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Two lost turtles, out of sync errors, and encouraged me to buy a special tree!

On the Third day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Three snow hens, some useless sheep,
and a silver Mastery for my farming degree!

On the Fourth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Four flighty birds, no place to put them, now I need an upgrade,
and property doesn’t come cheap or free!

On the Fifth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Five quests to follow, Reindeer for reward, bugs in the system,
and encouraged me to buy a special tree!

On the Sixth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Six geese a-straying, a new pen to build, many supplies needed,
I have to have more boards pretty please.!

On the Seventh day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
seven penquins lost, 10 quest to find them.
I need to start it now! But the game just will not un-freeze!

On the Eighth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Eight hours of playing, seven penguins lost.
Think i’ll make my farm look Christmassy.

On the Ninth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Nine new ways of paying, have to get that farm cash,
so i can go and buy a special tree.

On the Tenth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
10 more pens to build, new seeds to buy, more Quests to follow,
and I forgot to harvest my new tree!

On the Eleventh day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
Eleven neighbors spamming, viruses and threats, people going crazy,
because we need completion of our Mastery.

And on the Twelfth day of Christmas, FarmVille gave to me,
12 major headaches, 11 neighbors angry, 10 pens to fill, 9 empty game-cards, 8
things for storage, 7 useless penguins, 6 geese not laying, 5 ugly lamas, 4 strange ducks, 3 winter hens, 2 turtles I deleted, and
my artificial, but completed Farming Degree!!!!

 
 just go here and see how talented she is… you can reach her other blogs there as well

On to the

Today’s blog of the day is a little bit different!

Perfect for anyone with an interest in the Paranormal.

Whether it be ghosts, aliens, crop circles, Cryptozoology, or anything else among the Paranormal

There are several links you may find useful.

http://www.carolina-paranormal-investigations.net/

http://theparanormalcolloquy.blogspot.com/

http://paranormalcolloquy.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=viewprofile&user=admin

http://oauth.twitter.com/ParanormalCollo

There is a newsletter, that is quite interesting.

Along with Lady M Graphics, I am giving gifts to anyone who signs up for their newsletter.

All you have to do is send me a message HERE

that includes your email address, and what you want as your free gift.

Here is what you have to choose from:

Any kit at Lady M Graphics

and

anything on my site personalized for you!

Pretty great deal, huh?

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