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Holiday Flash Sale

1. First up, we are having a HUGE flash sale on our cookie e-books, Cookie Cravings and Holiday Cookie Cravings. All packages are 60% off! To purchase, visit our Cookbook Page and enter the code HOLIDAY when you check out. You will receive 60% off your purchase! The sale is only going on for 2 days so HURRY!


2. The Lichty boys on Thanksgiving! It was fun being all together.


3. We visited a play center in California. They have an open gym for kids and Caleb went crazy! He had the best time!

4. I love these rules.

5. Another reason why Will Ferrell is the best. He loves America and their automobiles.



1. We spent a week in Lodi, California visiting Josh’s family for Thanksgiving. The holiday was perfect. We ate too much and watched a lot of football! And check out my sister-in-law’s table scape. Nice, huh? We all wrote on the tablecloth what we were thankful for. She is going to use the same tablecloth every year! Love this tradition!


2. We drove to Apple Hill and enjoyed some apple donuts. They had apples in them so they were totally healthy. Plus, calories don’t count on vacation:)


3. Caleb had a blast playing with his cousin. They were inseparable and teamed up to cause some trouble too! They couldn’t stay away from the decorated Christmas tree. I am nervous to put ours up this year!


4. Our flight was delayed on the way home so we drove into the city. I love San Francisco!


5. We didn’t have much time, but enough time to enjoy treats at Tartine Bakery! Love that place!

6. We are happy to be home, but I am struggling getting back into the swing of things. December is a crazy month so I should get my butt in gear, but all I really want to do is sit on the couch and watch holiday movies. What is your favorite holiday movie? I need to make a list so I can start my holiday movie marathon!

7. I know I am supposed to eat lots of salad the week after Thanksgiving, but all I really want to do is eat a pan of Salted Nutella Shortbread Bars.

8. Love this Christmas Tree Cheese Board for holiday parties.


9. I finished reading Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. It was so good. I didn’t want it to end! If you haven’t read it, add it to your list.

10. I want to make a few Wood Slice Ornaments for our tree this year. Caleb won’t be able to break these:)

11. Did you see our DIY Gallery Photo Wall? I am loving it! And don’t forget to enter our Canon PIXMA Photo Printer Giveaway!

12. Grey’s and Parenthood weren’t on last week so I am super excited for Thursday night TV!

13. 10 Things Every Mom Needs To Know. Love this video!

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  1. Totally with you on the tree. I’m thinking of doing no ornaments this year. Kay loves the tree so much shes always over near it and I”m afraid all our ornaments will break…maybe just lights and a tree topper this year ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I’m so thrilled that you read the Guernsey book!! Isn’t it the best?! I think I was the person who recommended it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love San Francisco! My husband is purchasing a business outside of San Fran. Love the area! What part is Josh from? Glad you had a good Thanksgiving.

  4. I am right there with you with wanting to just sit on the couch & watch holiday movies! In fact, I may have done just that the past three days…Now I need to clean house and finally unpack from Thanksgiving vacation! I also am having trouble eating healthy. It seems I have no desire to dirty up my kitchen & have been eating out a lot lately.

  5. I lived in SF for 10 years! Best city! Also ready the Guernsey book – perfect read for a vacation!

  6. The first Christmas that my son became a toddler, I packed away all the glass ornaments and replaced them all with wooden ones.

  7. I seriously need to get a book to read. But it seems I have no time lately. And Grey’s I am like 5 weeks behind on episodes and haven’t even started Parenthood!!

  8. Have y’all watched Prep and Landing with Caleb yet? It is a short Disney Christmas special that comes on around this time of year. I love it so much that I bought the DVD. It makes me laugh every time I watch it. There is a sequel but it wasn’t nearly as good.

  9. Just went and bought the Cookie Cravings Digital Package, and then immediately went through it all – SO awesome! Can’t wait to bake up some delicious cookies!

  10. I kind of figured that Josh’s family must live somewhere around me from your previous travel post. And today I see the first picture with Impact Sports and go it has to be Lodi and it is. I wish I could of seen you guys there because I’m such huge fans. Glad you got to enjoy those cider donuts, isn’t Apple Hill the best. I really look forward to reading your “This & That” posts each week, keep up the good work. ๐Ÿ™‚