Packing up the Season

foggydress_lights The Christmas tree is down, and lights are put away. When I was helping someone put up their lights in early December, I pulled them out of a big box full of lights and they were all wrapped in balls! It was so easy to get them out! Not tangles, no endless strands… So if any of you out there are like me and just taking your decorations down, try wrapping your lights in balls like this, if you haven’t tried it already. You’ll be thanking me come next December.

That’s all for now… have a great one!

hugs, hanalei.

Give the Gift of Art

My favorite class in high school was art. For some sad reason, I only took it freshman & sophomore year. I became BFF’s with this Asian junior/senior girl named Jessica. She was amaaaazing, every time she picked up her pencil, or brush, my jaw would drop in amazement. I love & appreciate art. In San Francisco I would literally find it on the street. That never happens down here though. Luckily, you can find any style, print, painting imaginable on the internet.

Whether it’s for Christmas, birthdays, or a very nice “thank you”, consider giving art as a gift. Here are some fun (all very different) art prints from awesome little shops that I love. Links below the pictures. Enjoy!
foggydress_art foggydress_art1. The Painted Arrow ^^

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foggydress_art foggydress_art(I just ordered this ^^ picture above. It’s so crazy, I love it!)foggydress_art 2. Hayley // Fine Art ^^

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foggydress_art foggydress_art foggydress_art3. Confettie Love ^^

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foggydress_art foggydress_art4.  The Wood Junkies ^^

(They do custom wood orders. I got my Ariport Clock from them!)

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Ten Movies to Watch Before Christmas

foggydress_christmastree We put up our humble little 3 ft Christmas tree this weekend. Since we left all our ornaments and lights at our flat in San Francisco, I borrowed a few stands of these big-bulbed, colorful lights and somehow it is perfect to me. We picked ours up at Home Depot (I know, not as romantic as a Christmas tree lot) because 1.) It was cheaper and 2.) They bundled all the branches up with string so it fit easily into my back seat (which is now covered with pine needles btw).

We also kicked off our Christmas movie marathon with Home Alone II! A tradition that I started this year and have yet to inform my husband about. Every Friday night in December we’ll watch a Classic Christmas movie. That only allows 3 movies until Christmas, but I’ll throw in watching one on Christmas Eve (hey I’m making up the tradition as I write, ok). I really want to start more Christmas traditions so when the kids come along, they’ll already be in full swing. Like my cousin who has a tradition of buying a new Christmas CD every year. What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? I need ideas.

Here’s a list of about 10 movies (in no particular order) to choose from. Am I missing any good ones?

      1. Home Alone II: Lost in New York
      2. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation ( I know this one is in all of ya’lls Netflix ques)
      3. ELF …because who doesn’t love this scene??
    1. A Christmas Story (“you’ll shoot your eye out, kid!”)
    2. The Polar Express
    3. Home Alone ( What happened to Macaulay Culkin? And what kind of name is Macaulay??)
    4. A Charlie Brown Christmas
    5. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (The 1964 claymation one!)
    6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas –with Jim Carrey
    7. The Santa Claus –with Tim Allen (a childhood Christmas favorite of mine)

hello weekend

foggydress_wknd_ill I have been battling the flu all week, telling myself that I’m not actually sick (my body disagrees), sleeping lots and taking plenty of Nyquil and Dayquil (the legal amount, don’t worry). Seeing as AKG is also trying to get over the flu while wrestling his first week of finals in graduate school, it’s looking like a low-key weekend. I’ll be finishing this book that I started ages ago, have you read it? I love the front page book summary in one sentence: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Sounds like a no-brainer but most of what people eat today is a result of food-science rather than whole, fresh foods. Speaking of food science… I’ll also be drinking some of this over the weekend:

foggydress_wknd_ill I’m sure it’s not a new thing, but I only discovered it a few days ago. I think I still prefer the regular (dairy) egg nog, but this one isn’t as thick so I like it.

What are your plans? It’s only been one week of December and I’ve already been to see the Nutcracker Ballet, and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. In between book reading and egg nog drinking, we’ll be decorating our tree and listening to plenty of Christmas music while wrapping ourselves up in thick, warm blankets. It’s getting cooooold!

Enjoy this adorable Christmas video, and have a wonderful weekend….

hugs, hanalei

Christmas Cards…I need your help! *UPDATE*

It turns out you an get $25 off your order at Minted if you refer or friend or if a friend refers you! I wish I’d known, as I already ordered my cards… 😦 But if you want to order through them, please let me know and I’ll send you a link so you can get $25 off $50 or more.
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I’m in the process of hunting for a good christmas card layout. We’re celebrating our 3rd Christmas married and I think it’s time (we think it’s time) to send out our first round of Christmas cards! Here’s my favorite websites:

Sadly, though Costco is by far the best deal (50 cards & envelopes for $34.99) but they lack in unique style. Minted has the best designs, but also costs the most. Shutterfly is a good mix of the two. Does anyone know any coupon codes for a good Christmas Card site, at either Minted, Shutterfly, or another awesome company? PLEASE let me know!

It’s been a crazy few months, otherwise you know I’d love to design my own card. But it’s already Dec 4th so I need to get REAL and realize there’s no time for that this year! So far I like this one from Costco and this one from Minted . (yes all these cards have babies on them, and no I don’t have my own babies so put on this years’ cards… here’s to hoping there’ll be a Gene baby on next years’!)

hugs, hanalei.

foggydress_minted_christmas photos from top to bottom: 1, 2, 3