Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday Links + Loves + Life

Welcome to the first entry of my Saturday Links + Love + Life series! This is just a quick look at what I've been up to this week, as well as some things I'm looking forward to, and things that have piqued my interest.

How's your Christmas decorating coming? Mine is pretty much done, although I find myself redoing my mantel every couple of days, because I can't seem to get the look I want. Elf on the Shelf is kind of a joke in our household, so don't taunt me for having him! Our tree is up, and normally it would have been decorated weeks ago. But I've learned my lesson and that's not happening until the last minute.

He looks innocent enough, right? This is Tanner, one of our three dogs. He's the reason our tree has lights but no ornaments yet. It's situated in a corner that has windows on both sides, and those windows allow him to see the mailman, UPS, and FedEx drivers. They are very dangerous and evil people in his mind, so racing around jumping up in the windows is his job. And he takes it very seriously. Never mind that there is now a Christmas tree blocking his access.

Several times a day the poor tree is in serious jeopardy. I finally got tired of him knocking ornaments off, or worse yet, knocking the entire tree over, so I'm waiting to decorate it. It took me years to get to this point with him, but I'm just tired of fighting it, so we'll wait!

I'm really loving this product from Peter Thomas Roth, and I'll have a review up this coming week. They make a noticeable difference for me, and I think I'm getting addicted to using them!

Lancome has some beautiful new cream-to-powder tints that I've been eyeing on their site, waiting for them to arrive in-store.  Of course I live in a very small town with no Lancome counter, so I rely on a friend  of mine who is a Lancome makeup artist at Bloomingdale's SoHo to hook me up with the goods when they come out. She posted a picture of these beauties on Instagram today, so I can't wait to get a hold of them.

My daughter was watching holiday music videos on YouTube this week, and the eye shadow on this singer (Kerrie Roberts, O Holy Night) caught my attention. The shades are gorgeous, but the placement is what I found especially interesting. I kept replaying/fast-forwarding/pausing to get a good look at it. You can see it much better in detail on the TV, but this is stunning, isn't it?

If you're looking for some good recipes for your Christmas breakfast, take at look at these Mini Caramel Rolls. I did a test run earlier this week, and I will definitely be making them again come December 25th! They were so good, but I did give 3/4 of them to my neighbor after sampling them, because I knew I'd end up eating them all.

I am going to get back to my present-wrapping now, and I always like to watch holiday movies while I'm wrapping. We need some snow or something, I haven't really felt the Christmas "magic" yet. I'll be watching Prancer today, one of my favorites, partly because it was filmed very close to where we live. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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