Sunday, December 16th, 2012


Happy Sunday!

How are you? What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done this weekend (so far)? We had dim sum with my family yesterday!

In the spirit of holiday giving: The always-generous Brooke introduced me (along with the rest of her viewers) to the Family Giving Tree, which has a virtual giving tree. You can “sponsor this child” and provide the funds for a specific toy on their holiday wish list that FGT will purchase for them. The toys range from $20-30. This is a great 501(c)(3) charity that’s been around for over twenty years (see their profile on Charity Navigator).

Dusty actually tagged me in his last video, and for as much of a non-fan of December as he is, I’m a SUPER fan!

  1. What do you love most about December? I love the music, store displays, and all of the lights people put on their houses. I love seeing huge, two-story-tall trees lit up behind living room windows (and am terribly jealous I cannot have a 12 foot tree).
  2. What is your favorite perfume to wear with the holidays? Tom Ford Oud Wood, but it’s really just my favorite year-round. I don’t have a particular scent just for the holidays. I do very much love all things cinnamon and spice (or pumpkin and spice) for candles and body washes, though.
  3. Which 3 products can’t you live without this December? A warm, furry Mellan (keeps my feet warm), Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars (pure BLISS!), and our Christmas tree!
  4. What is your go-to look this month? Glowy, highlighted cheeks.
  5. What is your most favorite glittery product? I really digging Guerlain’s Liu shimmer spray in my hair. My hair twinkles!
  6. Show us your favorite ornament from your Christmas Tree! Here you go.
  7. Which candy are you going to eat too much of this month? If Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bar counts, then that. I’m not much of a candy eater (though I eat plenty of sweets, just not candy ones).
  8. What is your favorite December/Holiday related movie or TV show to watch? The Holiday
  9. What do you really hope Santa has wrapped in a present for you this year? A pile of Christmas (lab) puppies in Santa hats. Not joking, I might keel over from glee if that happened.
  10. The Holidays are all about sharing the love, who do you want to give a shout-out and why? Readers, friends, and family. The three branches of my ever-supportive tree.

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14 thoughts on “Sunday Link Love, Volume #121

  1. Stacey

    YUMMM! I love Dim Sum. It means “little heart” in Chinese. Now you have my mouth drooling for some.

  2. Aw! Thanks for the Link Love! :) xoxo

  3. grlnxdor

    My husband surprised me by suggesting we go shopping! He’s not really into shopping so it was pretty generous of him. We had to drive 60 miles(not kidding) to find a Macy’s. While he shopped for a coat, I made my way to the counters I rarely get to see in person. I got the Lancome Rose Petals Highlighting Powder based on Christine’s review here, Chanel’s blush in Malice and a MAC eyeshadow in Sumptous Olive. I could have kept going, but I thought I had better behave!

  4. Heather

    Got a really bad cold/ sinus head thing.. Haven’t gone to bed sick in years . So time to snuggle up with old movies..

  5. OMG I LOVE the Holiday! It’s one of those movies I can watch over and over and over and over again! One of my favorites! I MAY actually have to watch it right now… :)

  6. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    Your love for Christmas is really infectious. “My hair twinkles”… LOL! And I might just relate a little to the hilarious comment about the puppies. “Not joking, I might keel over from glee if that happened” had me actually grinning and snorting at my desk. But I suspect that Mellan might not share your enthusiasm at having 12 furry gifts of Christmas to compete with. I know the Hairy German would be extremely jealous if another dog got even 1/80th of the attention he gets.

    • Mellan is kind of weird – he doesn’t get jealous! He’ll happily share the attention with another dog (or human). Neptune (Shaun’s brother’s dog) is super jealous and will always barge in if someone is giving Mellan affection, but Mellan doesn’t do the same.

  7. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie

    Fun to read your responses, thanks for sharing Christine! The Mellan ornament is adorable. I haven’t found our yearly family ornament yet and need to get on it!

    And I’m also jealous that I can’t have the most enormous tree ever. We cut our own and I kept asking, “That one?” and my husband kept giving me the hope crushing look that said, “Too big.” *sigh* Someday we’ll have room for the tallest tree ever and it will be mine! (Good thing that wasn’t this year, not sure which but one of our pets knocked down the reasonably sized tree already!) ;o)

    • What was your ornament for last year?

      I’d love to have a house with an open living room, solely for two reasons: to one day place a baby grand piano in it, and then, for a few weeks in December, the most massive Christmas tree ever.

      • Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie

        I have to say I don’t remember last year’s ornament but I try to buy one with the year on it each year and that’s our family ornament for the year. Having three kids I have plenty that are hand made each year and I like to let them each pick one out at the store that shows something special they were into that year. Fun to see how it changes over the years.

        Your ideas are the perfect use of a large, open living room!

  8. If you’re a cinnamon person, definitely try the cinnamon-orange tea by Market Spice (www.marketspice.com). I am a spice person, too, and I drink this all winter to keep me warm. :)