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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
I was 8, my dad’s friend told me.
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
With very special ornaments. They all have a story.
12. Can you ice skate?
I am entirely too clumsy for that! I like to watch people ice skate though!
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.
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus and A Christmas Story
21. Saddest Christmas song?
I can’t believe it…
Christmas is almost here!
Of course, I feel like a kid!
I have a special Christmas gift for you.
A free blog kit, created by yours truly.
Merry Christmas and enjoy!
This kit will work for blogger and wordpress.
just click on what you want and to download.
Have fun, and if you need any help customizing, just comment or go here
Coming soon: several more blog kits, facebook tutorial, and exciting news!
I hope you guys all remember me mentioning one of my favorite blogs: FLUTTERHAPPY.
She made my inbox happy once again today.
I wasn’t feeling like the internet loved me very much today, and then I checked my email.
Arvee is at it again, giving away this fabulous camera bag from Izzoshop.
Meet the Molly Bag
As much as I want to win this bag, I am sharing the opportunity with my readers.
Besides, her blog is too good to pass up once again!
Just go to FLUTTERHAPPY for details on entering.
Be sure to let her know I sent you!
Merry Christmas and Good Luck!
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.
If you would like this customized, leave a comment with your name, and I will whip you one up!
Today, I have felt quite accomplished, so as a reward I decided that I would reward my self with
some much needed blog catch-up.
I went to some of my favorite blogs and it hit me… (when I saw a pink camera of course)
That I would search for hot pink stuff!
So, what I have come up with is my Christmas list to my FAIRY GODMOTHER!
( I know, but a girl can wish)
Here it is
OK, so now that I’m done drooling over hot pink things,
on to the
Today’s blog of the day is actually the blog that inspired this post!
A Quirky Girl’s Thoughts is my favorite place to go when I want to relax and drool over things.
She documents her life through instagram, holds giveaways for some really amazing products, and just shows some of the cutest things on her blog.
It really is a collection of thoughts from a quirky girl.
Jacque is a truly unique individual who I think has something for everyone.
If you need a smile, an idea, or just to relax, her blog is the perfect place to go!
Head on over to A Quirky Girl’s Thoughts, have some fun,
and don’t forget to let her know that I sent you!
Enjoy all the pinkness and Merry Christmas
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!
enjoy these links!
on the the
(The place where imagination opens the heart)
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