December 20, 2010

Successful Weekend Before Christmas Shopping!

This weekend Kev and I finally managed to tackle the rest of our Christmas shopping. Whew! Nothing like waiting until the weekend before Christmas to hit Target and Walmart! :) That’s okay though… I absolutely love Christmas shopping. Somehow we ended up going to Best Buy twice in one day.

Christmas Shopping

Check out this Sugar Cookie Eggnog Kevin found at Kroger. Now, before we go any further, let me just put this out there. Normally I am not a fan of eggnog.

That might be putting it mildly.

I can’t stand to be in the same room with eggnog. But I have to admit, Sugar Cookie Eggnog intrigued even me. After we got it home, I gave it a few suspicious sniffs and bravely decided I would live if I took a sip. With a glass of water nearby for backup. Thankfully, I survived the experience, and was totally impressed! It tastes like a milkshake. But not a melted milkshake. Because that would be gross. This eggnog is seriously fun. And Kevin likes it too. I could definitely get on board with this eggnog! :)

Christmas Shopping

Who knew Godiva had chocolate scented candles?? Heaven!

I’m a huge sucker for the candle aisle at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Love it when I find a huge Yankee Candle jar for $5. Yesterday I absent-mindedly walked right past a huge display of candles and Kevin practically gasped on sight. In my defense, I was distracted by another candle display. When I should’ve perhaps been shopping for, you know, other people on my list?

Christmas Shopping

Milk Chocolate Truffle, anyone?

Christmas Shopping

Last weekend we picked up some candy canes for the tree. When I saw these non-traditional candy canes at Walmart in fun, classic candy flavors I just couldn’t resist! Here we have Strawberry Starburst, Hershey’s Mint Chocolate, Spree & Jolly Rancher flavored candy canes.

Christmas Shopping

They’ve been mysteriously disappearing from the tree all week…

Christmas Shopping

Oh my gosh this smells incredible! This one stopped me in my tracks. Like sweet pancakes topped with butter & syrup. Love it! Found this at Ulta when I should’ve been shopping for stocking stuffers…

Christmas Shopping

Ever since I saw Jenny’s fabulous new creation, Hot Chocolate Cupcakes, I’ve been dying to make them. How fun would it be to stuff these Peppermint Oreos (found at Walmart) in the center, à la Jenny’s Fluffer Oreo Cupcakes?

Christmas Shopping

They even have tiny, crushed flecks of peppermint candy canes mixed in the creme filling. Totally delish!

Christmas Shopping

I think I’ll stuff a few of those cupcakes with one of these, too. :)

Christmas Shopping

Oh, what’s that hiding behind the York Peppermint Patties?

Did you guess a new candle? Yes, I need help. Thank you for your concern. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

This buttery, ultra delicious oatmeal cookie candle from Walmart is divine! They even have them in Scentsy-style bars. How fun would those be for stocking stuffers?? :)

Christmas Shopping

Impulse buy time! Do you remember those extremely soft and delicious sugar cookies that Chips Ahoy or Keebler or somebody used to have that were filled with rich, gooey chocolate? Man, those things were so good. Does anyone else remember? They stopped making them years ago. Cookie companies? Can you bring those back? Pretty please? I check every time I’m in the grocery store. Thank you.

These were not as good as my mystery childhood cookies, btw. Drat. Still, it’s a cookie stuffed with chocolate, so it’s not a total loss. But I’m thinking I’m going to have to give these Chocolate Ganache Stuffed Cookies a try next, don’t you?

Christmas Shopping

Target had one of my favorite lotions on sale this weekend, and I couldn’t pass up this new Raspberry Gelato scent! I’m not normally a huge fan of the fruity scents, but I loved this sweet raspberry and sugary vanilla flavor.

Christmas Shopping

I’ve been in serious need of a new pair of shoes! I’ve been looking for an ultra comfy, cozy, and warm pair of winter shoes that I can easily slip on and off. I wasn’t even planning on buying shoes last night, though. I was headed to the Apple store. But when I saw these cute, fur-trimmed Uggs in the window next door, I immediately turned around and went in.

Christmas Shopping
Photo via Kevin. Used with permission. Credit required per photographer’s demands.

Talk about ultra comfy! I bought them on the spot. I was wearing some pretty comfy tennis shoes at the time, but after shopping all day my feet were pretty tired. After trying these on, my feet felt like I was walking on a cloud. I wanted to change into them immediately!

Howie will not leave them alone, though. He thinks they are the most interesting shoes on the entire planet. What’s up with that, little monster??

Christmas Shopping

My final indulgence of the day. I am in love with knee-high boot socks. I wear them all the time in the winter, even if I’m not wearing boots. So warm! Target had them on sale this weekend in tons of cute colors and patterns for $2 a pair. Love them!

Merry Christmas, friends! What are you giving for Christmas this year? What do you hope to get? Less than one week til Christmas!! :)



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57 Comments





1
Jessica @ How Sweet December 20, 2010 at 6:04 am

A Godiva candle?! I need that!

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CAROL STEBNER December 20, 2010 at 6:29 am

Love the Uggs. They look so cute. Totally agree about the Oatmeal Cookie Candle. Bought the jar and the bars & have been burning those a lot throughout the season. I’m thinking I need to buy more while they are available. Thanks for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas.
CAS

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Stephanie December 20, 2010 at 6:32 am

I always enjoy reading your posts!!! But I do have a question for you. How on earth do you stay thin when you have a sweet tooth like me??? LOL

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Mia December 20, 2010 at 6:44 am

On top of my list is definitely a trip to the US so I can FINALLY try out some of all the awesome stuff you’re always getting me jealous about! And I’m going to stuff my suitcase with scented candles. We don’t have anything like that over here :(

And applause to Kevin over that fabulous picture!! ;)

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Leslie December 20, 2010 at 6:51 am

Love the Godiva candles! They sell them at Belk- full price is around $19.50! I picked one up on sale for 50% off after Thanksgiving for a Christmas gift- mint chocolate truffle…nom nom nom

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Estela @ Weekly Bite December 20, 2010 at 6:54 am

I love all of your finds! I just got some peppermint Jo Jo’s from Trader Joe’s (peppermint oreo’s) They are amazing :)

Love you uggs :) So cute!

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Brandi December 20, 2010 at 6:56 am

Those shoes are just beyond yummy! I’m wanting some of those peppermint cookies too. :) I recently tried peppermint cream ice cream at the ice cream shop, yum!

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Kerry December 20, 2010 at 7:08 am

You sold me on the Uggs… I am not even an Uggs fan, but our new apartment although having gorgeous floors, are still a bit cold for my normally WARM feet! I have been looking for the perfect pair of “house shoes” and let me tell you, how CUTE were you in your jeans and those strippy socks! Oh yes… I immediately checked our German ebay to see if that style was even HERE!!!! Sadly no… but online shopping is SO much easier than running around from store to store to find them. I should go look some more right now! Hehahahhaa… thanks for the post!

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beverly December 20, 2010 at 7:38 am

I concur with Stephanie!!! How on EARTH do you stay so thin? Merry Christmas, Amanda. Love your blog.

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Debbie December 20, 2010 at 7:58 am

Oh, Amanda, you never fail to make me smile and feel warm and fuzzy after reading your posts! You find the best stuff! Makes me want to run right out and pick them all up. Seriously, you should get kick-backs for selling their stuff for them! Or they should hire you as their photographer – you make even the simple things look amazing. The shoes are great, and I immediately noticed the cute striped socks–might have to run to Target today. Did you leave any for me??! What I love about it is that most of the time, you get these goodies at places we can all go to, so thanks for that. Hope you have a wonderful holiday and a blessed new year. You’ve brought me much happiness this year with your yummy photos.
Debbie in S. Florida

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Elisa December 20, 2010 at 8:04 am

I have to ask — what kind of lens do you use on your camera?

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Jenny Flake December 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

Such fun goodies!! I have had my eye on those ugg slippers for a long time now, I think it’s time I treat myself to them this year :)

I just saw that perfume at Ulta this weekend too! I came so close to getting some, now I think I must have it!

Fun post, can’t wait to see you in a few weeks!

Have a wonderful Christmas :)

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George December 20, 2010 at 8:33 am

Mmmm! Candy Cane Twist Tops! Yes Please!

George
Raised By Wolves

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Jennifer December 20, 2010 at 8:44 am

ok now I’ve got my parents looking for that egg nog at their Kroger since I don’t have one, the hersey mint chocolate candy canes are my absolute fave and I buy at least 10 boxes around this time (to stock up), you always have me craving candles and sweet scented things, I remember the cookies you’re thinking about but can’t remember what they were called, I need some more boot socks so thanks for the tip and lastly, my walmart’s suck because I cannot find any of the wax cubes anymore and they don’t offer them online. What would it take for you to buy me about $20 worth and send them to me and I’ll pay you back with interest?! (serious offer)
Thanks for brightening up my Monday morning and Merry Christmas!

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Jennifer December 20, 2010 at 8:45 am

and when you do these posts, you always have me wanting to shop! although it doesn’t take much!

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SJ December 20, 2010 at 8:50 am

I love the $2 knee-high socks at Target, too! And the $1 low-cut socks are great, too. I wear them with flats for a little peek of pattern.

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Nechama @ Cantstopbaking December 20, 2010 at 8:51 am

Those uggs look so comfortable and adorable! Love those candles…

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Sarah December 20, 2010 at 9:06 am

I LOVE the Spree candy canes. We have SweetTart, Spree, Lifesaver, “regular”, and JellyBelly :O YUMZ!

Next time I’m at Target, I have to look for those boot socks. I LOVE long socks too!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) December 20, 2010 at 9:14 am

any post that starts with nog is going to be a good post :) so glad you had such a fabulous weekend!

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Stephanie @Plain Chicken December 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

LOVE the Uggs. I bought two pair in NYC this fall and LOVE them! I bought boots, I might *need* those flats!

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Lynn Petty December 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

LOVE the UGHS! I’m now on the hunt for the egg nog,cookies & socks.

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Heather @ Sweet Sins 2 Share December 20, 2010 at 9:43 am

I literally LOVE everything you bought! I am horrible about finding things for me when I should be shopping for others! Yet the times I go looking for me I never can find anything! ohh well!!

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Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic December 20, 2010 at 9:47 am

I am resisting the desire to hit up every. single. store you just mentioned and purchasing all these items for myself! Those shoes look SO comfy! And I am sort of dreaming that they might have those socks on sale still at Target this week – I am in need of socks bad and I LOVE high socks in the winter! Thank you for sharing all your great finds!!! I love egg nog so I think that sugar cookie stuff will be right up my alley! Merry Christmas!

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Leslie December 20, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’m jealous of your ugg slippers!! I’ve been eyeing those!

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Jenny December 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

Yes!! I love those cookies too. No one ever remembers them. Imma have to stop by Target….

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Monica December 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

Wow, Amanda, those are some pretty good purchases! :) Those candy cane oreos look delicious!! :) I have a pair of Uggs myself, and my first impression was EXACTLY like yours: “It feels like I’m walking on a cloud!”

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PatriciaD December 20, 2010 at 10:13 am

OK, already, I’m gonna have to try a pair of Uggs. And those socks (for $2 pair) my teenage nieces will LOVE them in their stockings on Christmas morning. They’re always wearing some funky ones (or even mismatched pairs – and it’s ok to wear them in public that way…go figure). Thanks for the tips.

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Jynelle December 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Just bought those peppermint oreo-style cookies at Walmart last week & was saving them for Christmas day but I may just have to open them early now!!!

Merry Christmas!

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Mary J Atkinson December 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Amanda – I know the EXACT cookies you are talking about that Keebler used to make, and I have been wishing for them to return to the shelves for years, too! They were “Magic Middles” and “Mini Middles,” and I remember our family used to take them to the beach every time, and I would stuff myself full of grapes and those amazing cookies! I, too, have been in search of a recipe that might get me something similar, and recently came across this one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-specials/italian-fudge-filled-cookies-recipe/index.html. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet (two kiddos keeping me busy), but I thought I’d share in case you have time to try it for me! :)

Loved your post, as usual!

Happy Holidays!
~MJ

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Marilyn December 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I’m wanting to go to Wal-Mart now and find those cookies, they look so good! Also, Kevin did a great job on the pic =)

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Chere December 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Amanda my sweet Darling,

Take those socks off and enjoy your UGGs. It is a sin to wear socks with them. No they will not smell bad and the fur forms to your foot. They are so, so cute. I may have to google a pair. The socks are cute though.

Merry Christmas to you, Kevin and those two cute little Bostons.

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Katy Lunsford December 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm

{ L O V E } the Uggs!

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krysta December 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

love those UGGS, amanda, and I know exactly the socks you’re talking about…I found a couple adorable argyle pairs and turned them into sock monkeys for my 2 little boys! :)

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Jamielyn December 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Oh That all looks so yummy!! Thanks for sharing~!

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Jeanelle December 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Long time reader, first time commenter – I just bought the Uggs. Too bad you don’t get a cut of the sale. ;) I’m on my 2nd pair of Coquette slippers and wanted to try something new. Hope I love them. Love your fun blog — Merry Christmas!

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HeatherB December 20, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Love your shopping trip posts. I am going to have to give those Chocolate Ganache cookies a try!

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Becky December 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Amanda, Awesome products. I would love to have all your purchased goodies in a big basket with a big bow on top. That would make a great gift. I bought some Celestial gingerbread spice tea at Walmart today and it’s divine with sugar and half and half added after steeping. YUM. I would love to have a healthy body for Christmas. I will be having surgery after the holidays so if Santa could bring me a healthy body I wouldn’t have to have surgery. That would be awesome. Merry Christmas !!!

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Angela December 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm

We hang Hershey’s mint chocolate candy canes on our tree every year – they’re my son’s favorites! I’m thinking I might have to put those Ugg slippers on my Christmas list!! I have classic shorts and I LOVE them, but I think I’d love the slippers even more for around the house.

I, too, am a candle fanatic. You should try the 1803 candles. Perfect morning scent is my favorite!!

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Kelly December 20, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I bought those same chocolate-filled cookies at Target! For the same reason!!! I miss Magic Middles SOOOOO much. And now I am bummed that they aren’t as good… I had high hopes…

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Ann Daly December 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm

love that eggnog too and I too am not usually a fan.

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kathy larson rogers December 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Adorable shoes! Warm, comfy and cozy. And love the socks! Sooooo Cute!

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Sylvia December 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Ok, I used to “like” candles but because of your posts I’m now in “love” with them. After your post a few weeks ago I decided to check out the hazelnut cream flavor at Walmart. Divine!! Walmart seriously rocks in the candle department. I just picked up the scensy style bars thingy in Candy Cane. Yum!! My house smells like the North Pole toy shop right now. I just know Santa’s pad smell just like this!! I’m gonna have to check out TJ Maxx and Marshalls to feed my new addiction. ;) I didn’t realize that had good candle sections. Keep the shopping trip post coming…they are my favorite!

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Tammy December 20, 2010 at 7:47 pm

hmmmmmmm, I wonder if the stores here in Canada have that, Sugar Cookie Eggnog, probably not. I cannot stand the taste of eggnog either, but wouldl definately try this.
And those shoes are very cute!

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Kimberly December 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

OMG! I cracked up when I saw this post…I discovered those Candy Cane Twist Tops like a month ago and am in love! Oh yes, in love. My intention was to get the mint Oreos but these were cheaper by like a dollar so I said “what the heck, let’s try them”. What a surprise! I’ve never seen or heard of them and have asked a few people and they hadn’t either so maybe they are new? Needless to say, another package of them is now stashed in our freezer for after the holidays. =) Delish!

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elizabeth December 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm

i just have to say that you crack me up!!! those cupcakes, cookies and candy just about did me in…then to see that you like the same UGG slippers i do…but you got them first…boo hoo.

i am afraid i would eat all the york peppermint patties before they were used in the recipe. i have a package of mint oreos in my kitchen drawer. actually i had two packages, but one mysteriously disappeared.

p.s. i have a b. t. also she’s 13 going on 2!!!

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Tiffany Sanders December 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

We get that same brand of egg nogg each year! Except my girls don’t care for the Sugar Cookie. They LOVE the Gingerbread and fight over the last bit of Pumpkin. Try those!

Here’s a pic of them with their beloved Nogg!
http://iffyscraps.blogspot.com/2010/12/holiday-traditions.html

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Angela L. December 21, 2010 at 11:25 am

I am giving one of the Wal-Mart BH&G wax warmers with the scentsy-type bars to absolutely every woman on my list! And the oatmeal cookie was paired with a good number of them, but I also love the warm gingerbread one…and for Christmas the pine scented bar. Two little cubes of wax fill my whole house with yum!

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Amanda December 21, 2010 at 11:26 am

Thanks for all the inspriation this year! Because of your blog, I have fallen in love with cupcakes again. I even decided to have cupcakes as my wedding favors in June (thanks to your blog on the disney cupcakes in individual cases). Thanks again

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shortie December 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

We have a Thymes chocolate/lemon candle, and although it isn’t really smelly when lit, when unlit, it smells DIVINE. So, we keep it in a closet for a nice whiff of delicious whenever we open the door!

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Lhey December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Hey Amanda, What lens did Kevin use here? Awesome shots! :))

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Sarah Kala December 21, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I’ve read a couple of your posts. I swear half of them are all about the treats you ate ;) And the other half mention a cupcake at least twice.

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Sarah Wilkins December 22, 2010 at 5:58 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE the UGGS!!!!!!!!!! Just ordered myself a pair as a christmas pressie to myself!!

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Sugar Mama December 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

I got a pair of those Ugg slippers for my b’day in the dark chocolate. I’m wearing them as I type and I don’t take them off unless I’m sleeping. They ARE amazing!

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Velice December 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I like u’r shoes..
I want to buy it but in Indonesia hard to get it.
I live in Indonesia.

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angela December 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

i LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture of your legs/Uggs in front of the tree!! What a great picture! Merry Christmas Amanda! I read every one of your posts…though I need to get better at commenting!

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Jennifer C January 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

My favorite pair of UGGS by far….they are SO comfy!!!

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