Wrapping Time

December 1, 2016

ebb + flow :: gift wrapping time

I started wrapping presents around 10 p.m. last night because I was feeling antsy and the re-runs of Big Bang Theory weren’t keeping my interest. It was an odd mood but I ran with it and got a good stash of them wrapped and ready for the tree we’re getting this weekend. My wrapping paper choices weren’t quite as luxe as those above (thanks, Marshall’s!) but I’m totally inspired nonetheless. Maybe I’ll work some mustard ribbon, grey-blue velvet and dark chocolate into my next last night wrapping session!

Source :: Patterson Maker Miller

Tree Time

November 29, 2016

ebb + flow :: tree time

After a slower start than normal, the holiday spirit is starting to kick in around here. Since we’re living in a construction zone, I was very hesitant to add more holiday clutter to the mix but our realtor is having his annual toy drive and handing out trees to those who donate so… twist my arm, we have a live tree coming our way on Saturday. Couple that with the non-stop Christmas tunes around the Mall, my serious holiday shopping sprees of late, my Christmas card order and, what do you know, my heart has grown three sizes overnight. BRING ON THE TINSEL, I say!

Source :: faucethead

Weekend At Home

November 28, 2016

ebb + flow :: weekend at home

Despite the traffic jam we experienced yesterday, heading to Chicago this weekend was the perfect post-Black Friday therapy. There was an impressive brunch spread, an abundance of family traditions, an over-used selfie stick and lots of laughs. Also, wine. Plenty of wine. I’m hoping for more of all of those things sooner rather than later and hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

Shout out to my nephew who snapped this pic with his finger covering half the lens. I love it!

Source :: @elissa_erickson

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Go Time

November 23, 2016

ebb + flow :: go time

If you work in retail, you know what this week means. And for those of you who don’t work in retail this week means long hours, crazed customers, insane promotions, short tempers, some tears and, hopefully at the end of it all, some turkey. I’m ready for the turkey, let me tell you! So I’m signing off, digging into my feast and savoring this short holiday (even though you’ll be able to find me at the Mall on Friday). I need it and I’m sure you do too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Source :: just you wait.

Weekend Wrap Up 11.20

November 20, 2016

ebb + flow :: weekend wrap up

I’m having a minor moment of panic, friends. Thanksgiving is just a few short days away, the calendar is dangerously close to December and it snowed this weekend. Make time stop! I’m not ready or well-slept enough for the weeks ahead. Now might be the time that I dig deep and discover a love of coffee to carry me through! Oy. Until the java starts flowing, I’ll just tackle my to-do’s and blast the Christmas music. Let’s hope that does the trick. Enjoy these links from around the web while I try to slow down time.

Twerking All The Day

November 14, 2016

ebb + flow :: twerking all the day

This weekend the Red Head and I were in full-blown house project mode. We took out a bay window, replaced it with a patio door, painted half the chimney (wishing I had go-go-gadget arms) and raked the yard. Between the two of us we made five trips to two different hardware stores on Friday and Saturday alone. Our credit cards are hurting, our backs are sore, we’re very thankful for a handy father-in-law and know we still have a long way to go… unless exposed electrical, doors with no stairs, walls without sheet rock and piles of old insulation are in style? Wish us luck and patience for the weeks ahead, we’re going to need it!

Source :: @housetwerking

Tired.

November 13, 2016

ebb + flow :: tired.

This week has been rough. I’ve felt it all. Defeat. Embarrassment. Anger. Love. Confusion. Pride…

I know I’m not alone in these feelings and I’ve found comfort again and again in the people around me that are committing to new charities, taking time to speak with people of opposing views, holding their families a little closer and refusing to be silent. I am a Nasty Woman and couldn’t be more proud. The next four years won’t be easy but we’ve got stamina.

Source :: Middle Child Complex

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V-O-T-E

November 8, 2016

ebb + flow :: vote

The clock is ticking away, dear friends. Get to those polls to VOTE and, if you’re so inclined and just like me, cry your eyes out when you’re done! What a time to be an American!

Source :: @elissa_erickson