The Busy Giffs

November 28, 2017

Mom's Grown Up Christmas List

Whenever someone asks for my Christmas wishlist, this song gets stuck in my head...

Admit you, you thought about this song too, and if not, you will now.

I honestly don't have many wishes this year, and most of what I want actually counts as stuff for the house instead of just for me, and honestly it's a true wishlist.
I'd love a new living rug, one like this or this, since the kids have destroyed the one we have over the past 3 years.
 I'd love if the fence around my house actually went all the way around my house.
I'd love electric plugs in the basement.
I can't wait to tile our backsplash. I fell in love with the blue color of this glass tile, but so far it's a no go- this one might be pretty too.
I'd love a new sofa -- I'm particularly obsessed with beige 3 seat sofas but a standard Ikea Ektorp wouldn't be bad either.
I'd love a side board/server/hutch for my kitchen, that could go next to our desk. We have a great gallery wall and I'd love to have a piece to anchor and offer storage so I'm not always going down stairs for my fancier dishes, etc.

And I'm so hard to shop for clothes for. I'm so picky. However, I took advantage of great sales and just bought basically a new wardrobe-- new pants and tops and shoes! I spent under $150 for all of it so I'm happy to do it myself and get the things I love for super low prices! And did I mention I bought new slippers?! I can't wait for those to come in the mail!

I did say I'd come up with a few things I really want under my tree so...

A Kendra Scott Elisa necklace. Honestly, the one I want doesn't exist but thankfully, Kendra Scott allows you to use the color bar and create your own! I'd do a Rhodium plated with either the Dichroic glass or the Emerald Kyocera Opal. Both are so gorgeous!

Taylor Swift tickets. Don't judge me. I am loving her new album.  I saw her over 10 years ago and then stayed away but after Reputation, I'd love a seat as a Christmas gift!

A Heat Press or the Cricut Easy Press. I've been having so much fun using my Cricut machine to make shirts for Emmalee and Tyler, but it's difficult using the iron to apply as much pressure as I need. The Easy Press is new and people seem to love it, but it's only 9" by 9".  However, it's super portable and since I'm often carrying things up from my basement to the kitchen table to work-- it would be so convenient! There are so many heat presses on Amazon for around the same price (or less!), like this one, this one, and this one that have a bigger area, but I'd honestly be happy with either!

An Instant Pot. It seems like everyone has one lately and honestly, I held back since I love my crockpot but so many mornings I forget to set it up and then I'm scrambling for dinner. With an Instant Pot, I could throw in frozen chicken and still have a delicious meal shortly after!

A Kitchenaide Stand Mixer, either a classic or a mini, but honestly, the classic seems to be less than the mini everywhere I look! I'd love a silver or matte grey one to go with my kitchen, but I'm not choosy! My husband bought me a stand mixer a few years back but, unfortunately, the beaters didn't go down far enough in the bowl so if I only had a couple egg whites in it that needed beating, the blade didn't reach! I had to hold the bowl up in the air and that really defeated the purpose of having a stand mixer!

A hand lettering kit. I love hand lettering and would love to actually get better at it! Kits like this one and this one (and obviously some markers to go with) would be awesome to find under the tree!

However, there are a few things that won't fit under the tree that I'd love. I'm a big fan of experiences as gifts and I'd be so excited to find out I was going to have my palm read or would be able to attend a cake decorating class (like at Michael's), or a cooking class (either fun with my friends or romantic with the husband!), or a photography or hand lettering class. There are so many on Eventbrite, I'm sure I could find something local! Honestly, a night of free babysitting so Dave and I could grab a drink would be more than enough!

I know I'm getting old since I have such a boring Christmas wishlist but I kind of love it! What are you asking for?

xo, Heather

November 27, 2017

Grinchy Green (Egg and Ham) Breakfast Sandwiches

It's the most wonderful time of the year - time for the annual 25 Days Of Christmas Movies Blog Hop! #ChristmasMoviesHop

We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. There are 25 films to be inspired by for your holiday season, and 25 talented bloggers to aid your inspiration! If you love Christmas movies, you have come to the right place!!

Let’s Meet The Hosts!

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and that means 25 bloggers working to show you how to honor your favorite Christmas Movies with inventive crafts and recipes! #ChristmasMoviesHop #Christmas #Christmascrafts #Christmasrecipes
Megan ~ C’mon Get Crafty | Erlene~ My Pinterventures | Lindsay ~ seeLindsay
Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Rebecca ~ The Moments at Home | Michelle ~ Our Crafty Mom

I am super excited because I'm sharing one of my favorite movies: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

So much of the holidays is focused on food, and oh man, do I love it, but since I've been trying to be better since I started medicating my thyroid, I decided to focus on something a bit better for me than sugar laden treats. If I could choose any meal to eat with my family, it would be breakfast. Dinners are so hectic, often running in from an activity and eating it quickly so we can take tubbies, pack lunches, and get into pajamas before the next day starts, but breakfast is pajamas and the couch, full of snuggles and laziness.

There are so many overly sweet breakfasts, and trust me, I love them, but when I think of The Grinch, I think of Dr. Suess which makes me think of Green Eggs and Ham, which is my favorite.  By combining my favorite Christmas movie, with my favorite Dr Seuss book, with a healthy breakfast, I came up with my amazingly delicious Grinchy Green Egg and Ham Sandwiches!

Ham, eggs, cheese, and avocado. Yum. My husband loves it as a sandwich, with a fried egg on a grilled English muffin, but I love it as hard boiled eggs without the bread (okay, maybe I'm just saving the carbs....)

With such a simple meal, I can spend extra time with my kids on the couch. The whole thing can be made in 2 pans or less which means clean up is a breeze also!

Plus, if I eat healthier over the course of the month, it makes eating a couple homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning a little bit more enjoyable.

Be sure to check out all the other amazing projects and let me know your favorites!

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xo, Heather

November 26, 2017

Advent Calendars for the Whole family

It's almost December which means it's almost time for Advent Calendars!
Growing up my mom always bought us the chocolate Advent calendars and I seriously looked forward to it every year!

Since having my own kids, we've continued the tradition of countdown calendars and I'm amazed by what is offered now a days! check out these great advent calendars for both kids and parents!

(Not really an advent calendar but with 25 pieces, it would work!

Advent Calendar (HARIBO) 300g

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 75184 Building Kit (309 Piece)

Trader Joe’s Grown Up Advent Calendar with Assorted Fancy Chocolates

Jelly Belly Giant Christmas Advent Calendar

The Body Shop Premium Selection Advent Calendar, 24pc Gift Set of Feel-Good, Cruelty-Free, 100% Vegetarian Skincare, Body Care and Makeup Treats

I'd be excited to get a couple of them! Do you have an advent calendar or will you picking up one of these?

xo, Heather

Mom's Grown Up Christmas List

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