I completely forgot about my weekly recap last week, not that it was super eventful, so I wanted to make sure to get one in today.
This past week hasn’t been particularly great and was quite hectic, so I’m really happy to be off for Christmas and am looking forward to some down time with loved ones.
Last Saturday we went to one of my uncle’s for dinner to celebrate Christmas with my dad’s side of the family. The food was amazing and it was such a nice evening!
Sunday was spent blogging and getting myself prepared for the week ahead. While I spent a large portion of the day at my computer working away, I still wasn’t anywhere near being done. I decided to have a relaxing pamper night despite that.
Monday was a 12 hour work day for me, which felt super long. When I was off work my car wouldn’t start and I needed to get a new battery. I was pretty upset, but so thankful for my dad who came to the rescue. When I finally got home, I did some more blogging.
Tuesday morning I ran errands with my mom before work. After work I went out and finished the rest of my Christmas shopping. It took longer than I expected but it felt so good to get everything done!
Wednesday morning I got some baking done as well as another blog post. In the evening I did more blogging and cleaned up my room a bit.
Thursday was another long work day for me. After work I just wanted to clear my head so I took a night off of blogging (maybe not a smart idea, but I needed it) and binge-watched One Tree Hill in bed. I loved OTH in high school so much and have recently started re-watching it. While the last few seasons were only okay the first ones were so great and I have instantly become just as obsessed as I was in high school.
Friday I had the day off! I got up super early to drive my mom to work and then went over to Sam’s to finish wrapping our gifts. We also braved the liquor store to pick up some drinks for New Year’s Eve. I had a busy rest of the day checking off more on my to-do list so I was pretty excited for bed time!
How was your week?
Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love how exciting it feels and the additional time spent with loved ones is so nice. I love all the traditions that come with Christmastime too, so today I thought I would share with you some of my Christmas traditions.
Putting up the tree & ordering takeout
We always put up the Christmas tree as a family and then order Swiss Chalet. They always have a meal deal this time of year with cranberries and stuffing. It’s amazing and always such a nice way to spend the day!
Making a gingerbread house with Sam
I mentioned this in a blog post already (HERE) but I love making a gingerbread house with my sister before Christmas.
Going for a drive to see the Christmas lights
I love driving around town and looking at the light displays people have put on! It’s such a fun way to get into the festive spirit!
Spending Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family
On Christmas Eve we always celebrate with my mom’s family. This usually consists of a casual dinner at my house and a gift exchange.
Casual Christmas Day
Christmas Day is usually pretty low key at my house, which I love. It is typically just my parents, my sister, my grandma, and myself though this year Chris will be spending the day with us too. It’s super relaxed and in the evening we have a traditional turkey dinner.
What are some of your Christmas traditions?
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for limited edition makeup, especially the releases around the holidays! There are always so many amazing launches to choose from during the Christmas season and I’ve talked about some of my favourites over the course of this month so I wanted to take today to talk about one last launch that I have been adoring: The Estée Edit Gritty & Glow Palettes.*
These limited edition face and eye palettes come in the most insanely gorgeous packaging! They are so glittery and festive but you don’t have to worry about the glitter transferring all over your house, which is a huge bonus to me! The set includes two palettes that are magnetic for easy portability.
The formulation of both palettes are incredible! Not having tried any shadows or face powders from The Estée Edit before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was very impressed! The powders are all quite velvety and so pigmented! The powders are also all formulated with tiny pearl particles for a glistening sheen.
The ‘Gritty’ palette includes 6 eye shadows: ‘Swerve’ (golden copper), ‘Riff’ (champagne rose gold), ‘Burn’ (burgundy bronze), ‘Wavy’ (deep emerald), ‘Mood’ (midnight black with multi-sparkle), and ‘Trip’ (deep iridescent blue). This makes a really great smoky palette and the shades were quite different than what I typically go for, though I’ve been getting a ton of use out of this palette and have been loving switching things up! The shades are quite glittery, but I experience minimal fallout with them.
The ‘Glow’ palette includes 6 shades for face and eyes: ‘Snowlit’ (platinum), ’14K Glow (champagne), ‘1st Light’ (soft pink), ‘Gleam’, (peachy pink), ‘Ray’ (golden bronze), and ‘Beachy’ (burnished copper). This palette has been getting a lot of use lately too! I love mixing ‘Snowlit’ and ’14K Glow’ for my highlight and ‘Gleam’ has been my go-to blush lately. This palette would compliment any skin tone and while the bronzy shades are a little to dark for me, they make great eye shadows. The versatility of this palette is really incredible!
This is one of the best holiday launches I’ve seen this year! I think it’s an incredible value and I love the variety you get with this set. While I’ve been using it a lot lately and see myself doing so all through winter, I think it’s going to work well all year round, especially the Glow palette.
Will you be picking up The Estée Edit Gritty & Glow Palettes?
*This post contains product that was sent to me for consideration. This in no way influences my opinion.
Homemade fudge is another staple in our house over Christmas. It’s so chocolatey and one of the first treats to go! Today I thought I would share with you my mom’s super delicious recipe!
- 350g semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 can condensed milk
- 1 1/4 cups icing sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips with the condensed milk.
- Once melted, stir in remaining ingredients until well mixed.
- Spread evenly in an 8 inch square pan (line the pan with wax paper for easy clean-up).
- Chill for 2-3 hours and then cut into squares.
It’s a fairly simple recipe (though mixing everything together can be a bit hard) and tastes so delicious!
Do you have family recipes that you make every year?