Happy Valentine’s Day: Ten Things I Learned about Love

I’ve never been too into the all the bells and whistles of Valentine’s Day.  I guess it’s because as I get older, I realize that it takes a whole lot more than jewelry and flowers to stay in love with someone.  I was talking to my best friend the other day and we’ve been through hook ups, break ups, screw ups, and everything in between when it came to boyfriends.  Through all of that, I learned a lot and the time that my husband and I have been together (8 years total including almost two years being married) I learned even more about love and what it all means.  So I thought it appropriate to share ten things that I’ve learned about love along the way.

Dinner 2004

Falling in love is easy, staying in love is where all the work comes in

You know it’s love when you see him/her at their worst, don’t like it, but love them anyway

You are going to disagree and you are going to mess up – it’s all part of growing together as people

Love isn’t about the ring on your hand.  It’s about the one who’s holding your hand when you need it the most.

Love is about respecting one another for who they are.

Disney World 2008

Disney World 2008

You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else -  if you don’t abide by your own standards, how can anyone else?

Everyone is wonderful for at least the first six months, it’s when they comfortable you see if they are really worth the love you have to give.

Your significant other is there to compliment your life, not the sole source of your own happiness

Love is patient and understanding.

Love hurts sometimes, but you can’t appreciate the great times without those bumps in the road along the way.  In the end, it will always bring you closer. :)

My 30th Birthday 2011

What have you learned about love?

Friend Friday: Starting To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Santa Hats

Christmas 2008

Don’t ask me where the time went but seriously, I just put my tree up a few days ago! LOL  I’m usually on the ball with that but it’s all good.  It’s Christmas at MJ’s house now so I’m in the right headspace to answer these FBFF form questions about the holidays! (Yeah we’re taking it old school today!)

No holiday party is complete without: Christmas music of course!

My favorite Christmas song/album:   My favorite Christmas songs are Santa Claus is Coming to Town by the Jackson Five, All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey, and The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole.  I think I’m going to put those songs on right now…

My favorite seasonal recipe: I’m not much of a cook but my grandmother’s candied yams are crazy awesome and we only eat it around this time of year.

The perfect New Year’s Eve outfit includes:   A sparkly pair of pumps.  I’m seriously obsessed with them after getting my first pair.

At the parties, I’ll be drinking: Champagne for sure.  No time like this time of year to get my grown girl on.

Eggnog, good or bad?  Eggnog is good but with a little bit of nutmeg and a splash of dark rum, it’s awesome!

Did you ever take pictures on Santa’s lap at the mall? As a kid I did every year and once in college. So much fun!

Gingerbread Latte or Peppermint Mocha:  Neither.  I’m an Eggnog Latte and Pumpkin Coffee kinda girl.

Starbucks Eggnog Latte

Photo courtesy of: starbucksdrinks.com

Worst gift I ever got: You know, I’ve never really received a bad gift.  I’m lucky to have very attentive people around me (or people who just flat out ask me what I want, either way it works!)

Best gift I ever received: My engagement ring from my husband.  Nothing can beat that gift! J

My family has this weird tradition: My siblings and I always rock our Santa hats and reindeer ears every year.  It’s great when you can be goofy with the people you love!

My best bargain find for a gift this year:  Seriously, I got great deals on all of my gifts this year.  Can’t say what they are though (because my peeps read the blog)

If I could only buy all my gifts from one place, I’d shop at: Tiffany’s.  I’m a big fan of the “buy one for them and one for me” rule!

Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman:  I like Rudolph!  He’s a cutie!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Photo courtesy of Hark.com

My favorite holiday memory:  When I got engaged two days after Christmas.  He was called to tell me he couldn’t get anything for Christmas and a whole bunch of other things that he knew would make me angry.  So we didn’t talk the entire day (because I was peeved!) and when he came by to see me empty handed I was through!  I was so upset, I didn’t realize when he got on one knee and pulled my ring out of his pocket (laughing at me the entire time, mind you!)

My favorite Christmas movie:  March of the Wooden Soldiers is my all time favorite!  Home Alone comes in close second.

The best part about holiday decorations is: The tree!  It’s the star of the show.

Rip off the wrapping paper or neatly pull off the tape:   Oh I’m a neat freak when it comes to unwrapping.  I fold the scraps up and everything!

Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life:   Miracle on 34th Street for sure.

It doesn’t feel like the holiday season until: I put my Christmas tree up.  That’s when it sinks in for sure!

All I want for Christmas is:  To have my family over at my new home.

Christmas Tree

My Christmas Tree 2011. Next year I'm upgrading! :)

What are your favorites of this holiday season?

Fierce Holiday Gift Guide: The Accessory Addict

For today’s gift guide, we are shopping for the accessory addict.  You know the girl that with the biggest earrings, the ten link necklace, or a million scarves – okay maybe I’m just talking about me but I know I’m not alone!  It’s fun shopping for girls like me and there’s only one rule to remember – there is no such thing as too many accessories!

Holiday Gift Guide

1.  Mirrotek White Framed Wall or Door Jewelry Armoire Mirror

2,  Chain Fringe Necklace from Forever 21

3.  TUDISCO earrings from Aldo

4.  Micheal Micheal Kors Infinity Lepoard Scarf: 

5.  BRINCAT earrings from Aldo

8.  Savanna Beaded Clutch

9.  Amethyst Crystal Ring from Brooklyn Thread

Is there an accessory addict on your gift list?  What are you planning to get her?

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Still Vacationing

Hi Ladies!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas weekend!  I know I had a great time with my family and looking forward to spending some more time with them during my holiday vacation.  I’m also going to be spending time regrouping and gearing up for another fantastic blogging year!  So I’m taking some time off this week from the blog to get myself together!

Be sure to come back on Friday, where my FBFF bloggers and I are talking about our goals for the New Year and Fierce will be back better than ever next year!