Review: Team Player Anthology

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Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.

Christmas just became a whole lot merrier…


TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is LIVE!

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Publication Date: December 14th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

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My reviews:

Sin Bin (Mandi Beck) – ★ ★ ½

Here’s the deal. This story wasn’t for me. I wasn’t a fan of Jason or the way he thought about women. It bugged me. If it wasn’t for him, I might have liked this one more. I also wish the six months that was skipped had been included. I might have been more attached to the characters and their story that way.

Yard Sale (Charleigh Rose) – ★ ★ ★

I liked Yard Sale. I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t been comparing it to Sin Bin the entire time I was reading it. They were surprisingly similar. Both had the same relationship trope. I liked this author’s characters and writing style more. It wasn’t as harsh. I kind of wish this would have been a full length novel, so I could spend more time with these characters.

Sweeping the Series (Kate Stewart) – ★ ★ ★ ★

I was impressed by Kate Stewart’s writing. I’ve never read a book by her before, but this novella had me wanting more of her writing. I loved Ren and Erica’s second chance romance. I didn’t get to see much of their beginning, but I would have loved to because their time in the present was so good. I completely connected with them in this short novel. I believed in their romance and cheered them on. I was surprised how deep this short novella went.

Full Court Press (Kennedy Ryan) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

From the moment I started Full Court Press, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite novellas in this book. It had everything I love about Kennedy Ryan’s writing. It was humorous and sweet. I was shocked at how much emotion she fit in this short novella. I loved Avery and Deck. They were so different, but they had such an amazing connection. Overall, it was an outstanding story. I wouldn’t have minded this being a full length novel!

Slapped Into Love (Rochelle Paige) – ★ ★ ★

Slapped Into Love was good, but there wasn’t much that stood out to me. I didn’t fall completely in love with the characters and their story. It progressed too quickly for my liking. The concept was great, though.

Out of Formation (Ella Fox) – ★ ★ ★ ★

This was my first time reading anything by Ella Fox, and I really liked her writing style! I was sucked into her story quickly and didn’t want it to end. I’m excited to check out more of her books.

Back in the Game (Meghan Quinn) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This novella is a precious gem. It was so, so, so, so good! I absolutely loved it. Meghan Quinn made laugh so hard! Not only that, but she created such a touching story about a single father who is a professional athlete. I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m so happy it leads into her next release! This book would be worth buying just for this story!

One Good Man (Emma Scott) – ★ ★ ★

I was surprised that One Good Man was historical fiction set during the Vietnam War. It wasn’t centered around the war, but around a young woman who wants to be a reporter at the time. She ends up in France interviewing a professional soccer player and falling for him. I liked it, but didn’t love it. Historical fiction is harder for me to read, and it takes a lot longer for me to get into. Emma Scott’s writing is just as good as it always is, though; so I’m so historical fiction fans will love this one.

Switch Hitter (Sara Ney) – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I loved this story so much! The twin switch part of it made Dash and Amelia falling for each other so much fun! To top it off, this is a prequel of sorts to a new series called Jock Hard. I can’t wait for it after a taste of the characters!

The End Zone (L.J. Shen) – ★ ★ ★ ★

As always, I loved L.J. Shen’s writing. She creates the best bad boys, like Sage. There were a couple of things in this novella that weren’t my favorite, but over all it was really good. I would love to read books about some of the supporting characters I met!

Cross (Adriana Locke) – ★ ★ ★ ★

 I loved this second chance romance! Cross and Kallie were too cute! I couldn’t get enough of them. My only small complaint was how quickly they were back together. I guess it does happen like that in life sometimes…I also wish I could have seen their time together as teenagers. I just wanted more of them! I’m definitely going to check out the related books to this story!

Overall, this was a great anthology! It had so many of my favorite authors, and so many fun stories. I would highly recommend it!

Meet the authors:

LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

Connect with LJ Shen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorljshen/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lj_shen

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorljshen/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorljshen/

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Kennedy Ryan:

Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

Connect with Kennedy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KennedyRyanAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kennedyrwrites

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kennedyryan1/

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KennedyRyanAuthor

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BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kennedy-ryan

Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681604768593989/

http://kennedyryanwrites.com

Adriana Locke:

A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys.

From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books.

I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.

Connect with Adriana

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoradrianalocke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authoralocke

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authoradrianalocke/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/adriana-locke

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8379774.Adriana_Locke

Amazon Alerts: http://adrianalocke.com/release-day-notifications/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authoradrianalo/

http://adrianalocke.com

Mandi Beck:

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

Connect with Mandi

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormandibeck

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authormandibeck

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authormandi/

Newsletter: https://www.authormandibeck.com/newsletter

https://www.authormandibeck.com

Emma Scott:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

Connect with Emma

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaScottwrites/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10405165.Emma_Scott

Blog: http://emmascottblog.blogspot.com

Charleigh Rose:

We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have–without filters.

Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.

Connect with Charleigh

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charleighroseprose/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15569269.Charleigh_Rose?from_search=true

Ella Fox:

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

Connect with Ella

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EllaFoxAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorellafox

http://www.authorellafox.com

Sara Ney:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

Connect with Sara

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saraneyauthor/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Ay8lT2

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saraneyauthor/

GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2g32hJO

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saraneyauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaraNey

http://authorsaraney.com

Meghan Quinn:

A BLONDE AT HEART

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

Connect with Meghan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meghanquinnauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authormeghanquinn/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2_j4HJ91yQLxZ0EC4p2PEA

YouTube: https://twitter.com/AuthorMegQuinn

Website: http://authormeghanquinn.com

Kate Stewart:

Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

Connect with Kate

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkatestewart/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorklstewart

http://www.katestewartwrites.com

Rochelle Paige:

Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

Connect with Rochelle

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rochellepaigeauthor/

Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1436132763270558/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2n6RkMX

http://www.rochellepaige.com/home

Review: Sleighed It by Max Monroe

Sleighed It
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3.7
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: December 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of TAPPING THE BILLIONAIRE comes a Billionaire Bad Boys Holiday Novella.

Question: What would you do if every holiday you ever spent with your family ended in disaster?

I’ll tell you: you’d cry.

I know, because each and every celebration with my family ends in chaos—and I’ve had more than my share of mental breakdowns because of it.

But I’m done with the tears, the insanity—I refuse to take it anymore.

This Christmas is going to be perfect.

I’ll put Thatch in a fluffing Santa Claus suit and have him tap dance to Jingle Bells, if I have to. I deserve Christmas smiles and that feel-good Christmas high I’ve been missing.

My name is Georgia Brooks, and by Christmas night, my husband, my kids, and my closest friends will be thinking only one fluffing thing…

She Sleighed It.


Max Monroe cannot go wrong with the Billionaire Bad Boys series. Every single book and novella they put out in it is so much fun! I especially loved this holiday novella. It was filled with hilarious antics. Poor Georgia couldn’t catch a break. I was laughing and smiling non-stop reading about her trying to have the “perfect” Christmas.

Sleighed It definitely put me in the holiday spirit. If you’re a fan of the Billionaire Bad Boys series, you won’t want to miss this novella. If you haven’t read the series yet, I highly recommend you do. It’s some of the funniest contemporary romance I’ve read.

Release Day Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

 
Named Best Book of the Month by Amazon
AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
Love Unexpectedly
Lauren Layne
Releasing Nov 7, 2017
Loveswept

She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met
her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before
Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old
boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart
rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble
is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend,
Mark.
Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not
looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there
for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be
something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension
between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the
corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants
has been right in front of her all along.

 
NOW AVAILABLE!

REVIEW

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

An Ex for Christmas is the story of Kelly, a woman who believes in fate, horoscopes, and asking her Magic 8 Ball to help her make decisions. When a psychic tells Kelly she’s going to be reunited with her true love this Christmas, Kelly takes upon herself to track down all of her ex-boyfriends to figure out which one might the guy for her.

As Kelly reconnects with her exes, none of them create the spark she expects. The only sparks Kelly’s feeling are with her best friend, Mark. But Mark’s never been interested in Kelly in that way…or has he?

If you want a book that is going to put you in the holiday spirit, look no further. Lauren Layne has got you covered with An Ex for Christmas. This holiday gem was filled with entertaining characters, wonderfully romantic moments, and so much Christmas cheer I almost couldn’t stand it.

Kelly was a hoot. This woman took her psychic revelations seriously. She counted on that Magic 8 Ball more than anyone ever should. That’s what made her so perfect, though. Kelly was so influenced by possibilities that she couldn’t see the realities in front of her. I felt bad for poor Mark. He was a great guy, and he loved that girl so much. I knew if Mark could just get Kelly’s head out of the clouds for a moment, she would realize the person she was looking for was right in front of her.

One of my favorite thing about An Ex for Christmas was how seriously Kelly took celebrating the holidays. She put so much energy into creating a merry Christmas. It didn’t matter if it was decorating or dressing up, she was always distributing joy around town.

This book was just so much fun. I really, truly believe that the Hallmark Channel needs to make An Ex for Christmas into a holiday movie. It has everything a viewer could want out of a Christmas love story.

 Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies.
She lives in New York City with her husband.
A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she’s written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.
 

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Review: The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

22832474The Hazards of Mistletoe
Series: Hazards, #3.5
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publication Date: November 20, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Holiday, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.


It’s been a while since I read a book from the Hazards series. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading them and what a great job Alyssa Rose Ivy does creating interesting characters and crazy-fun situations. I’m so glad I requested this holiday novella from NetGalley. It was a good way to get into the holiday spirit.

The Hazards of Mistletoe started out strong. I loved the best friends to more aspect of this short story. Savannah and Glen’s attraction for each other was super cute. I thought for sure things were going to go one way.  Then, the story took a turn I wasn’t quite expecting. Things didn’t play out the way I expected, but that wasn’t a bad thing. The twist I wasn’t expecting added a whole new dimension to the story. What it did to Savannah and Glen’s relationship added a lot of depth. It showed how well Savannah and Glen fit together.

My one complaint is that I wish this story hadn’t been a novella. The shortness gave this story an insta-love feel when it was really a relationship that developed over time. I also would have loved to read about that year of time the story jumped. I felt like it would have given me a better understanding of Savannah’s attitude when she returned to Colorado. It also would have added more time to Glen’s mission and made everything more believable.

The Hazards of Mistletoe has me wanting to reach for the next book in the series that I still haven’t read. It was such a fun, quick read. I’m really hoping I’ll get to see more of Savannah and Glen in the next book.

Day 3: 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

 

Day Three: Favorite Christmas Recipe/Food

I was nominated by Michelle to do this challenge! The challenge was created by StephJ! They have amazing blogs that you should check out.


The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


 My Favorite Christmas Recipe:

 

I probably should have included my favorite Christmas recipe in my favorite holiday traditions yesterday. My favorite recipe/food tradition started when I was in junior high. Every year, my oldest friend Bettina would come over and we would bake sugar cookies. After high school, it became a tradition for me to make the cookies for Christmas Day dessert every year. Now, my daughter helps me make them. Here is the most current recipe I use. It’s from Sweetopia. I’ve frosted them with everything from store bought frosting, homemade buttercream and Sweetopia’s Royal Frosting.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups butter (at room temperature)
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
seeds from 1 vanilla bean (or 3 tsp vanilla)
5 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Instructions:
1.Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer on low tomedium speed. (Use the paddle attachment). Mix until thoroughly incorporated – forabout one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a plastic spatula and mixagain for a few seconds more.Over mixing the butter and sugar in this step will cause too much air to be incorporatedinto the dough. If you’d like a light and fluffy cookie, that’s ideal, however the dough will spread more during baking;
not ideal if you’d like the cookie to hold its shape.
2.Add eggs slowly and mix. Scrape down the bowl with your spatula at least once andmix again.
3.Cut open your vanilla bean and scrape the seeds out. Add to mixing bowl. Alternatively, add liquid vanilla extract. Stir briefly.
4.Sift your dry ingredients together. (Flour, baking powder and salt).
5.Add all of the flour mixture to the bowl. Place a large tea towel or two small teatowels between the edge of the bowl and the electric mixer so that the flour won’tescape. Mix on low speed for 3o seconds. Remove the tea towels and observe the doughmixing; when it clumps around the paddle attachment it’s ready. It’s also important atthis stage not to over mix the dough (the glutens in the flour develop and the dough can become tough).
6.Roll the dough out between 2 large pieces of parchment paper. Place on a bakingsheet and into the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.
7.Roll out the dough further if you need to, and cut out cookie shapes. Place onparchment paper-lined baking sheet. Re-roll scraps and repeat.
8.Put cookie dough shapes back into the fridge for 10 minutes to 1 hour to chill again.They will then hold their shape better when baked.
9.Preheat your oven to 350°F or 176°C.
10.Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes or until the edges become golden brown. The bakingtime will depend on the size of your cookie.
11.Let cookies cool to room temperature and decorate!
 
A few notes about the recipe:
*Butter – The butter needs to be soft, or room temperature. I leave mine out the night before I do my baking. If you forget, you can grate the butter on the largest hole of your box grater, so that the sugar and butter will mix together better.
*Baking powder – I hardly use any baking powder in my recipe because the dough willspread and rise more during baking, thereby making the shape of the cookie less crisp.

 


Nominees:

Sky @ Bookish Night

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

 

Day 2: 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Day Two: Favorite Christmas Tradition New or Old

I was nominated by Michelle to do this challenge! The challenge was created by StephJ! They have amazing blogs that you should check out.


The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


 My Favorite Christmas Traditions:

 

I’m going to share my lifelong holiday traditions because I’ve loved all of them!

When I was little, my family would make the drive from Seattle, WA to Nampa, ID for Christmas every year. We would stay at my Grandma Faye’s and celebrate on Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family. There was always lots of pie and Christmas cookies. We were forced to eat squash (ick) before we could have either. Oh, the things you remember…

As my sister and I got older, we started spending Christmas at home. On Christmas Eve, we would:

  1. Eat dinner.
  2. Go drive around looking at Christmas lights.
  3. Read the Christmas story from the Bible.
  4. Open Gifts
  5. Go to the Christmas Eve Candlelight service at church.

On Christmas morning, Santa came and we spent the day with my mom’s brother’s family.

After meeting my husband, our holiday traditions have changed

Since meeting my husband, we usually spend Christmas Eve with his dad’s side of the family. It’s usually a buffet style meal and then gift opening for the kids.

On Christmas day, my little family celebrates on our own before my parents, sister and her family, my mom’s cousin and my husband’s mom, step-dad and grandmother come over for brunch. Everyone brings a dish to share. We eat, let the kids open gifts and then put on a Christmas movie for the kids.

You may notice the adults don’t open gifts. One of my favorite traditions is that instead of exchanging gifts between adults, we pick a charity and donate instead. We’ve donated diapers to local drug addicted babies, food to a local food bank, money to Northwest Harvest, money to the National MS Society and the last few years we have donated gifts picked from the giving tree (a Christmas tree with tags of wants/needs) for students at my daughter’s school. I love the feeling of knowing we’re helping someone else instead of ourselves.


Nominees:

 

Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

 

Day One: List Your Favorite Things About Christmas

I was nominated by Michelle to do this challenge! The challenge was created by StephJ! They have amazing blogs that you should check out.


 

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging


My Favorite Things:

  1. Spending time with my extended family: my parents, sister and her family, my husband’s families.
  2. Christmas music playing everywhere you go (Sorry to my retail friends that have to listen to it all month!).
  3. The giving tree at my daughter’s school. I love being able to giveback to students at my daughter’s school.
  4. Being Santa. I never knew this could be so much fun. I only have a year or two left of this.
  5. Christmas decorations. They just make everything look happy.
  6. Christmas cookies. YUM.
  7. School holiday performances.
  8. Holiday television specials.

I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff but I need to save things for the next 11 days!


 

Nominees:

Annemieke @ A Dance with Books

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts