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YouTube Tuesday: Bieber Fever

Justin Bieber. While I personally have not experienced any of the symptoms of Bieber Fever … I will admit that his new holiday song Mistletoe is legit. Last Wednesday, I watched Bieber grace Rockefeller Plaza on the Today Show.

One word: Insanity.

It helped me understand why this dad is soooo into Bieber himself … um nevermind, who knows:

That’s a deeeeeep V.


26 Fave Holiday Songs

We made it through Thanksgiving folks, which means many things. One of my favorites? It is now socially acceptable to listen to holiday music!! Holler!

26 of my favorite holiday songs:

  1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
  2. Sarah McLachlan – Song For A Winter’s Night
  3. N*SYNC – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
  4. Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  5. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  6. Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
  7. Taylor Swift – Last Christmas
  8. Amy Grant – Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)
  9. Michael Buble – Let It Snow
  10. Glee Cast – We Need A Little Christmas
  11. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
  12. Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon
  13. Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone – Baby It’s Cold Outside
  14. Christmas Vacation – Theme Song
  15. Christina Aguilera – This Christmas
  16. Britney Spears – My Only Wish
  17. Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  18. Faith Hill – Where Are You Christmas
  19. Kenny G – Sleigh Ride
  20. The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
  21. Mariah Carey – Joy To The World
  22. Hanson – What Christmas Means To Me
  23. U2 – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  24. Madonna – Santa Baby
  25. John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
  26. Band Aid – Do They Know Its Christmas

Any holiday music amazing-ness that I missed?  Fill me in, yo!


Happy Thanksgiving!





I’ll be back next week … miss you already.

Special Edition: Thanksgiving Crafts

Twice a year, some of my favorite little people visit Chi: Natalie and Caroline! Having babysat for them throughout college in Des Moines (before they could talk or walk), I have watched the girls grow from babbling babies through potty-training toddlers into the amazing little ladies they are today. More like family than friends.

When their mom and my dear friend Janelle told me they’d be in town, I cleared my calendar for a night with the girls.

The agenda?

Thanksgiving Crafts!

Project #1: Turkey Puppets


  • Paper Bags (turkey body)
  • Colored Construction Paper (feathers, eyes, nose, etc)
  • Markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Cut out feathers, eyes, nose, gobbler, feet … anything you want for your Thanksgiving turkey.  Assemble using glue sticks. Decorate using markers.  Enjoy!

Project #2: Thankful Wreaths


  • Thicker poster board
  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Markers/Glitter
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Cut out a base for the wreath using the thicker poster board — a hollow circle. Select colored construction paper (Natalie chose red, orange and yellow; Caroline chose red, pink and yellow). Trace the kid’s hands on the construction paper and cut out. Glue hands to the base. Decorate using markers and/or glitter. The idea is to write what you’re thankful for on the wreath, but let the kids be creative! Natalie glued a piece of pink paper in the center of her wreath to write what she was thankful for (her fish!). Caroline just wanted glitter. They both look GREAT!

It was fun to see the girls be creative!!


YouTube Tuesday: Black Friday Commercials

Black Friday is just around the corner which means no time like the present to start advertising some of the biggest sales of the year while slowly eroding this silly shopping tradition opening at 10pm on Thanksgiving Day (fail). But regardless … Walmart is sweeping my list of Top 5 Black Friday commercials of 2011. Check them out:

5. Macy’s – Guys Scream for Justin Bieber

4. Walmart – Name the Aisle

3. Target – Elliptical 

2. Walmart – Calling an Audible

1. Walmart – Shopping List

Walmart’s commercials are short, direct, and hilariously accurate — which I know having participated annually in waking up at the crack of dawn for some Black Friday shopping.

What are your thoughts? Any good ones I’ve left out?

Special Edition: 26 Things I’m Thankful For…

Countdown: 3 days until Thanksgiving

‘Tis the season to be thanksful!

26 things I am so so thankful for:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Health
  4. Faith
  5. Job
  6. Apartment
  7. Co-Workers
  8. Blog
  9. Travel
  10. Home (Bettendorf, Iowa)
  11. Cooking
  12. My Education
  13. Roommate
  14. Independence
  15. Pinterest
  16. City Life
  17. DVR
  18. Workouts
  19. Music
  20. Groupon
  21. Baking
  22. My Car
  23. Facebook
  24. Movie Nights
  25. Ice Cream
  26. My siiiiiiiiick dance moves.

What are you thankful for?

Special Edition: Turkey Cookies

It’s almost Thanksgiving. Which means it’s time to gain 10 lbs. Kidding (kind of) but seriously, with family gatherings and hungry co-workers galore, wow them this year with something other than the traditional pumpkin pie … try this easy and fun Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie recipe!!


***Recipe adjusted to the way I made them (click link above to see original recipe)

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1 container (16 oz) chocolate creamy frosting (I used tube frosting)
Candy corn
Orange decorating icing
Black decorating gel
1 bag (12 oz) Nestle Toll House Mini Morsels


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake cookies as directed on roll. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  2. Spoon chocolate frosting into resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut small hole in bottom corner of bag. I opted for tube frosting because I’m lazy. On each cookie, pipe frosting on outer edge of half of cookie. Arrange candy corn over frosting for feathers. 
  3. Place two dots of black decorating gel on the cookies and attach mini chocolate chips for eyes. 
  4. Pipe orange icing onto each cookie to resemble turkey nose and feet. 
  5. Enjoy!