Christmas

New York for Christmas

January 8, 2015
Plan the Ultimate Weekend in NYC at Christmas. A checklist to help you see and do everything in NYC in one weekend for the perfect NYC Christmas experience.

For Kevin’s mom’s 60th birthday, we surprised her with a trip to New York at Christmas. She’d never been to New York before, and it has always been her dream to go at Christmas! For her birthday, Kevin gave her one of his famous travel brochures. :) Since she had never been before, we had […]

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Merry Christmas 2014

December 24, 2014
Boston Terriers Miley and Howie are dressed up like Santa and his reindeer for Christmas!

Santa and his reindeer are headed out for the night… So be sure to leave some dog biscuits by the fireplace… Because you wouldn’t want this reindeer leaving any coal behind! ;) To our readers, thank you so much for all the joy you bring us throughout the year. Wishing you and yours a happy […]

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Caramel Apples

December 19, 2014
Christmas Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

Happy Friday!! Last weekend Kevin and I went to our sweet friends’ super fun Christmas party. They went all out with amazing treats, a low-country boil, and even Santa himself was there! The host loves chocolate covered strawberries, so I brought a fun Christmas version to share for the occasion. Chocolate covered strawberries are my […]

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Christmas Cookie Swap Party {Ideas}

December 15, 2014
Throw the ultimate Christmas party with cute Christmas themed food and the most awesome hot chocolate bar you have ever seen! Plus tips and recipes for hosting the best cookie swap party on the block.

Last week I hosted our annual Christmas Party and cookie swap with with a fun group of local bloggers I get together with once a month. To balance out all the sweets from our cookie swap, I thought it would be fun to have a few Christmas-themed appetizers for us to snack on before the cookie overload. […]

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Our Christmas Home Tour

December 8, 2014
Dying over this gorgeous southern home decorated for the holidays!! So many great ideas and inspiration for Christmas entertaining.

Hi friend! I’m so glad you came by today. I’m thrilled to be participating in a fun Holiday Home Tour with some incredibly talented bloggers. Feel free to come on in and  take a look around! :) As you’re scrolling through the photos of our home, you can click on the links below to see more detailed photos […]

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What I Got For Christmas…

March 4, 2014
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I am terrrrrrrible at guessing what Kevin will give me for Christmas. It’s always a surprise! I always beg and beg for hints, and he just laughs and teases me with vague clues because he knows I’ll never guess. I just wanna know so bad!! :) This year I needed a suitcase, but even when […]

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Miley and Howie’s Christmas Morning

December 29, 2013
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It’s Christmas morning for Miley and Howie! :)   They’re jumping for joy!   They know what Christmas is… and they’re always so excited to unwrap presents!   “Look what I got!!”   “Throw it for me!”   Miley loves chasing her Loofa Dog :)   Howie got a ball!   Now it’s time for […]

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Merry Christmas 2013

December 25, 2013
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Hoping your day is filled with love, laughter, peace, joy, and… Peppermint bark. ;) Merry Christmas! Love, Kevin, Amanda, Miley and Howie

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Christmas Home Tour

December 10, 2013
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Welcome! :) I am so excited to share a Christmas tour of our home with you today. I love this time of year. All the holidays, the lights, the music, the merriment, the fun decorations, seeing family, parties with friends, and baking cookies for neighbors. Especially baking. ;) Here’s a peek at our Christmas dining […]

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Hot Chocolate Bar & Holiday Cookie Party

December 5, 2013
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On the first Monday of every month I have lunch with a fun group of local bloggers. This month, for our December meetup, we wanted to have a cookie swap party! I have never been to a cookie swap before, so I was really excited to host this month’s get-together!! :) We have had a […]

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What My Dad Got for Christmas

February 11, 2013
How to Give a Trip as a Gift kevinandamanda.com

I always agonize over what to get my parents for Christmas, but this year I was able to surprise my dad (and mom :)) with a fun gift. I had Kevin help me, since he did such an amazing and creative job surprising me a few years ago… :) Skiing is like, my dad’s favorite […]

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Miley and Howie’s Christmas

January 3, 2013
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Miley and Howie woke up to a giant stack of presents on Christmas morning! :) Oh, they know what presents are. And they know they get to open them on Christmas! They get very huffy while they have to wait for us to open our presents first. :) I save and reuse tissue paper, but […]

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2012
Christmas Eve Traditions

Merry Christmas dear friends! I hope your day is filled with joy. :) It is still Christmas Eve as I’m writing this, but I’m just about to go to sleep, and I can’t wait to wake up for Christmas tomorrow! :) What are your favorite Christmas traditions? Here’s what Christmas looked like at our house […]

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Merry Christmas

December 23, 2011
Christmas Eve Traditions

We’ll be spending Christmas day with our families this year, so “our” Christmas Eve came a few days early. :) We had our tradition of toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate by the fire while Howie the Boston terrier got himself all toasty as well. That little stinker seriously loves it when we build a […]

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River of Lights

December 22, 2011
Holiday River of Lights in Albuquerque, New Mexico

I love looking at Christmas lights. There is just something so magical about all the glowing, brightly colored lights that shine in the brisk winter night air, taking it all in, breathing out puffs of white air, and sipping hot cocoa. We were so excited to check out the dazzling displays of thousands of twinkling […]

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Sparkly Vanilla Bean Macarons with Three Christmas Inspired Frostings

December 19, 2011
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Oh my gosh, I am absolutely  in love with our latest edition of Christmas macarons! Stephanie and I are at it again, and we had seriously way too much fun making these sparkly holiday macarons. We got glitter everywhere! Yes, these decadent vanilla bean macarons are topped with gorgeous edible glitter for a completely magical, […]

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New York at Christmas

December 5, 2011
New York City at Christmas 2011

We had such a wonderful time in New York this weekend. Kevin took me to spend a few days in the city for my birthday, and it was absolutely gorgeous all decked out for Christmas. Kev’s never been to New York, and we both have always wanted to go at Christmas.  I had so much […]

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What I got for Christmas…

January 27, 2011

Kevin had been teasing me for weeks. At first I thought it might be a calendar, when I saw the skinny, flat box and spiral-bound pages. So I eagerly flipped the page to find out what it could be. Can you guess? I had no idea! Even though I grew up just a few hours […]

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What Miley & Howie Got for Christmas

January 12, 2011

So, after this Christmas, it became quite apparent that Miley and Howie have the coolest grandparents ever. Just check out what they gave them this year… It came in a box like this… And I literally gasped when I saw it! An entire box full of peanut butter! Individual, Miley-and-Howie-sized cups of peanut butter. Just […]

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It’s a White Christmas! Miley and Howie style

January 3, 2011

On Christmas morning Miley and Howie woke up to more than presents under the Christmas tree… They also woke up to a white Christmas! It was quite a surprise to wake up in Alabama and find everything in sight completely covered in snow. At first they came sliding to a halt when they saw their […]

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