Thursday, December 29, 2011

Santa Claus Was Here

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to take a minute to welcome my new readers.  I also want to invite readers new and old to stop over here and introduce yourself, if you haven't already.  I would just love to learn more about you.

Also, I am guest posting over at My (Newly)Wed Life today.  Please stop over and check it out.


One of my favorite types of blog posts is reading about other people's recent purchases (or gifts this time of year).  So here is a recap of some of my holiday gift highlights.    Santa was very good to me this year.

Our dear friends Matt and Kim sent us this Garrett's Popcorn Chicago Mix.  Have you guys tried it?  If you are lucky and you live in Chicago, you can just go to the store and buy it any time you want.  Distance is probably a good thing for my waistline.  We literally couldn't stop eating it.  If you are a popcorn fan, I highly recommend giving this a whirl.


Our dear friends, Chris and Steph, sent us some goodies from London.  Hobnobs Creams are my absolute favorite (and always a highlight as far as I am concerned).


Husband picked out a few of my favorites to stuff in my stocking.  Except for the squirrel poop:)  Never saw that before (but it is really good).  Notice we are continuing with the Hobnobs theme.


One of husband's co-workers gave us these awesome little teapots that you put hot water in, and can brew tea right at your desk.  She also gave us some tea.  I cannot tell you how much I love this idea, and look forward to using it.  


I have had a new hummingbird feeder on my list for a while now, and this one sticks directly to your window. It is going to be so neat to see the birds feeding up close.


This has become a Christmas tradition in our house.


I could not be more excited about this DNA test for Harriet.  I think it will be fun to know what breeds she is mixed with.  On the right, is a collectible shoe.  Husband buys me a new one every year, usually trying to pick out something that relates to our lives in some way.  This year was all about animal print.


OK, probably not the best pictures of my new puffer jacket and scarf from the Gap.  Better pictures are here and here.  Much better pictures.


This beautiful new mirror for my vanity.


Did I mention that my mother-in-law is a jewelry designer?  Here are two of her pieces.  I adore them.


If you come here a lot, you know I am obsessed with watches, and this beauty had been on my list for a while.  Husband is a good listener:)  The bracelet on the left was a gift from my friends in London.  The heart says, "made with love."


My sister-in-law, Sally, was my secret Santa this year.  I have been wanting this cookbook forever, and the picture frame is gorgeous.


Last, but not least, I have a small crystal dog collection.  It is Lovlots Gang of Dogs by Swarovski.  I don't have the complete collection yet, but was able to add two more.  


Obviously, I had a fantastic holiday.  I am a very grateful and lucky girl.  Did Santa bring you the things on your list?  I would love to hear about it.

36 comments:

High Heels & Good Meals! said...

These were some pretty awesome gifts! I want one of those teapots!

Adele said...

Wow Erin, Santa was good to you this year! I love all the Hob Nobs...they're soooo great to dunk in a cup of tea!!!!
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Neon Blonde Runner said...

Thanks for stopping by and for the sweet comment on my marathon :)

Your little mini glass dogs are ADORABLE.

Style Diaries said...

i want that popcorn.

Gawgus things... said...

You got some fabulous goodies!!

Emma xx

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow, so many amazing gifts!! :)
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Nessa @{Casa Braaflat} said...

wow, you must have been a good girl this year. so many great gifts!

The Blonde Duck said...

I want that popcorn.

Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

I hope your holidays where amazing, that Santa was good to you this year and in that at New Year's Eve you will have the best time of your life :).

Mal said...

awesome gifts! Enjoy the PW cookbook, it's all kinds of amazing!

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Samantha said...

You got some really great stuff! I have a crystal mouse that looks the the dog you got; very cute!

Little Ms. Fun said...

I love the layout to your blog!!! I always look for one that fits me, but can never find one. lol

You got some pretty awesome gifts there. Kudos to the hubby for the dog breed gift. That's awesome and very creative. :) Those earrings are hot and totally my style! Mother-in-law that's a jewlery designer? You got it made! lol

You got a new follower!

colleen said...

i love my puffer jacket - such a good gift! glad to see you had such a nice christmas

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I love that pretty mirror for your vanity!

Kristina said...

Everything is so pretty! I want a hummingbird feeder so bad but with our local bear population they arent allowed! LOL I could only imagine a bear on our deck!

anurbanexplorer said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! How funny, I'm heading to chicago next month and my co-workers just told me to buy them Garrets Popcorn! Now I definitely have to do it. I've followed!

Would be a definite pleasure if you could follow mine as well <3

anurban-explorer.blogspot.com

xoxojc

Courtney Erin said...

Those pieces designed by your mother-in-law are really beautiful! And you got so much great stuff for Christmas (I'm drooling over that popcorn).

xoxo ~ Courtney
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The Sunshine District said...

Wow! Great gifts! I have never heard of hobnob creams... I may have to look into those!
-Jenny

amy b.s. said...

that tea pot is such a great idea!

Michelle said...

Sounds like a fantastic Christmas! I started drooling when I saw that popcorn and I loooove that mirror!

Stephanie said...

As my grandma would say, you made out like a bandit! :)

I totally forgot about how much I love and miss Garrett's popcorn until this very moment. Nom nom nom ...

Monica said...

Looks like you got some great gifts! I live in Chicago and I love love Garretts! I try my best not to have it more than once a month though because its impossible not to eat the whole bag

Grace said...

Love that vanity mirror! You ARE a lucky girl! So jealous.

xo
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Matt said...

Kim and I polished off our bucket of popcorn. I dont know how long itll be before another bucket arrives!

Mary said...

Cool earrings! Santa was generous!

beancakes said...

erin ~ oh these are great gifts, i just love the popcorn in tins!! hope you had a great holiday and from the looks of your gifts ~ you clearly did!!
xoxo, kristina

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a great New Year!

hello, Friday said...

Wow. A lot of gift of food. Garrett's Popcorn is pretty good. It's hard to pass on. Happy Holiday! xoxo
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Emmy said...

Aaaaaaw...you've received some great gifts there. Love the mirror and the two earrings.:)

The PvdH Journal said...

It is incredible how when you are not in a place you crave so much the food isn't it?! I appreciate it so much when my mom sends me a food package from Mexico :)

Hope you have a lovely end to the year! Paola

Fashion By Alicia said...

Looks like a fabulous bunch of gifts! I love the DNA kit. That is so fun!

Elle Sees said...

someone was good this year! i didnt know the pioneer woman cookbook was out! my mama wanted that.

Morgan said...

You got some awesome gifts for Christmas! That popcorn sounds sooo good. The mirror for your vanity is so pretty - I love that style.

Bad Joan said...

wow you did good!!

GTBB,
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http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

Lorena said...

The butterfly mirror is spectacular!!!

Honey from VeryHoney.com said...

Caramel covered popcorn! is my favorite!<3

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