Rambling Randoms + Some Questions

I put up my Christmas tree on Monday and spent 2+ hours attaching little white lights to it and I hated every second of it. Grinch - Party of One, please! For the past few years I've done the lights the same way but this year I decided to channel my inner Martha Stewart and wrap a string of lights around the entire length of the trunk to help illuminate the tree from within first. It looks great, but it was not worth the aggravation and scratches up and down my arms from the branches.

Speaking of aggravation.. I am already up to my ears in stress thinking about Christmas and all the gifts I need to buy / should buy but can't afford.

I love buying my planner every year and look forward to it way more than I should. I've already bought one for 2015 thanks to Target. I bought an Erin Condren planner last year and while I liked it, the price was over $50 and was hella huge. Way too large to carry everyday and not practical to use.

target, target planners, sugar paper
I've recently become addicted to peppermint tea. < That one is my favorite. Go try it.

I re-downloaded a calorie counter app on my iPhone and after using it for 3 days I remembered why I deleted it in the first place. Counting calories is HARD and annoying but most of all discouraging. I'm trying to keep my intake around 1400 - 1500 a day to help keep some of my jiggles under control especially with all the holiday diet sabotages lurking in every corner.

I am thinking about participating in a Wedding Wednesday Linkup to help push me through this whole wedding planning process. I feel like I'm flying solo and I'm starting to panic. Any suggestions on a good link up?


I have a bunch of weird nonsensical referring URLs on my blogger traffic tab. Including "adult" websites if you catch my drift. Does anyone else have weird sites like abc123.ru or anything similar? Where are these things coming from and how do I make them stop?

Thoughts for Thursday

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  1. Oh my goodness, your tree is beautiful. Sorry about the stress, that's no fun at all.

    I was a bit stressed about my wedding planning too. It was fun, don't get me wrong, but I'm NOT the biggest fan of small details and such.

    I love peppermint tea!

  2. Seriously, your tree is AWESOME and totally puts mine to shame!! Sorry about all the scratches, though! =\ I just got my Erin Condren planner and I'm stoked about it. This is my 3rd year getting one and as a girl who carries a HUGE purse at all times, the size doesn't bug me haha!

  3. I've never heard of wrapping the lights around the trunk of the tree. It came out beautiful!

  4. I'll do a wedding Wednesday link-up too if you can find one!

  5. haha you make me giggle!!!! there are a couple gals that do wedding Wednesdays!! they are: Lisa at www.showeredwithdesign.blogspot.com

    and Ashley at girltalk2015.blogspot.com :)

  6. I love how your tree looks!! So beautiful! I hear ya on the stress! Hopefully that goes better for you soon! Sometimes it feels good to just vent about what your stressed about on your blog. That helped me!

    I do one occasionally, and so does:


    I also have a Wedding Q+A that may help you (reading the other girls suggestions and such) xo Hope that helps!

  7. The tree looks awesome Nancy. I think it was worth all of the scratches. I've been away from blogging for a bit and didn't realize that you are in the midst of planning a wedding! I was married in 2010 and I was not a huge fan of being the bride. I mean, it was fun but it was A LOT of work planning a wedding, keeping annoying family happy, etc. When's the big day!?


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