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Weekending | Calm Before the Storm

The perfect mantra for Monday mornings!! 
I think this weekend can be best summed up as the calm before the storm!! The one final relaxing weekend before the holiday rush really starts! I talked about my perfect winter night and I got just that on Friday!! 
I'm a little embarrassed to say I had never seen elf before this past Friday! Now that I have that confession out of the way, I'm on board and will probably watch it again before the end of the year!! 
Saturday we did as the tourists do and explored Faneuil Hall to see the huge Christmas tree! I imagine it would be a lot more beautiful at night all lit up, but we'll take what we can get!! 
I have a few restaurants in Boston that I always recommend and Figs on Charles Street tops the list!! We split the asparagus fritto and then mix and match to build our perfect pizza!! This time we went with the Bianco & Roasted Pulled Chicken...delicious!! Sure it looks like salad on a pizza, but its out of this world good!! 
We were on babysitting duty Saturday night and my heart literally melted when I walked in to find Gary reading a story to my youngest niece! 
I popped into Marshalls on Sunday to pick up some gift wrapping items and couldn't resist these prints!! I opted for the "Work It" one...my glitter dreams come true!! 
After a fun impromptu holiday party with friends the weekend ended with some celestial holiday tea and watching House of DVF...my new favorite show on E! 

A few extras...

I also realized I forgot to share our holiday cards from Shutterfly! I'm so happy with how they turned out and even happier with the deal I got!! 50% off and free shipping - it definitely paid to be on the lookout early!! 
What are weekends really made for? Testing out some fabulous beauty samples!! Can't wait to share with you guys!  

Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week and share your weekends with us!! 

xo,
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95 comments

  1. That quote is 100% the best quote for a Monday. Lipgloss is on and now I'm psyched! kinda ;)!

    YAY! So glad you finally saw ELF! It's a classic and will become a staple for your holiday, I'm sure.

    That picture from babysitting is swoon worthy, so precious, lady!

    As is your card! I have it displayed proudly in our collection! Have a great day, friend!

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  2. You already know I think your holiday card is beautiful! :)
    So sweet that you caught Gary in the cutest of situations--definitely worthy of a few heart palpitation and awws! haha
    Looks like your weekend was calm but fun-filled...definitely next weekend will be MUCH different :)

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  3. What a great weekend! I agree, it is the calm before the storm. I have to finish up my Christmas shopping today so I can hide out next weekend LOL! Love that you and Gary went out and played tourist over the weekend! I always love doing that around here... when it's not super crazy haha! And those gold prints are amazing. Going to have to check out my Marshalls now! Happy Monday love!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. I can't believe that you had never seen Elf! It's easily one of my favorite Christmas movies. I have to go to Marshalls immediately for those prints!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  5. I cant believe you only just saw Elf recently! It is such a cute movie. I love the pic of Gary and your niece and your Christmas card is perfect. I love it, you are the most photogenic couple! My mom needs to be on the look out for those prints at Marshalls! lol I'm looking forward to hearing about that brow kit. XO Happy Monday!

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  6. that pic of your boothang reading to your niece! so adorable.

    i can't believe you haven't seen elf until recently! that's one of my fav christmas movies. i may or may not have already seen it 234328973247 times.

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  7. i cannot believe you hadn't watched elf - but better to admit after the fact ;) and i am obsessseddddddd with house of DVF. i just bought her book. i mean you have to love her and now that i see this side of her on the show, i just die. happy monday girl! xo

    cheshirekatblog.com

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  8. Yayyy I'm glad you went with the "Work It" sign :-D

    I ordered our cards super early from Shutterfly as well for the same deal, definitely worth it! I've stopped trying to do a Christmas "photo shoot" that year and just use pictures from the previous year. So much easier!

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  9. Very happy post! Just want I needed to start my Monday. I'm headed to put on some lipgloss. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  10. i loveeee ELF! i watched it this weekend too :) cute christmas cards!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  11. Note to self: MUST. RAID. MARSHALLS. :-) I love Elf too!
    -Morgan
    California To Carolina
    The Gym Bunny

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  12. Elf is one of my favorite movies! Glad you came over to the dark side. The Smile Always must be mine!! Need to go stalk my Marshall's. Loved your card, and Gary with your niece is just precious!

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  13. Your weekend sounds perfect - nothing beats ELF and fun Christmas festivities with friends and family (LOVE your Christmas card, btw!)! I'm especially excited about those prints that you found at Marshalls, good find!

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  14. Seriously sounds like a PERFECT weekend!! I haven't seen Elf in years! Need to change that asap! That picture of Gary reading to his niece is the cutest! You two will be the cutest parents someday!!

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  15. That is the perfect way to sum up this past weekend! Things are definitely about to get crazy. That food looks amazing & how adorable are those 2 at story time??

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  16. How have you never seen Elf!?!?! Its the BEST Christmas movie EVER!!!!
    Your cards are so cute... I just love picture Christmas cards.
    Turkey Claus... I want to read that kids book now :)

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  17. Two things: You've never seen Elf before this weekend?!?! and secondly, Marshall's has prints like that?! Holy cow, I had no idea! I know where I'm headed this afternoon.

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  18. You both look FANTASTIC in your card!!! I'm loving that amazing Marshall's find...obviously I will now need to stalk mine for something similar! Happy Monday :)

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  19. Uhm that food looks freaking delicious! I'd act shocked and appalled at the whole Elf thing, but we've seen it SO MANY TIMES that I'm kind of...tired of it? I know, please don't throw stones at me fellow commenters. Everyone was all "watch elf" to get started into the holiday spirit and I just wasn't feeling it. So I went with The Santa Clause! And it did the trick! I assure you, though, we'll watch Elf at some point this holiday season--it's one of the hubs' faves!

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  20. i haven't seen elf this year! love the sign you got!!

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  21. Isn't House of DVF addicting? I think the girls are so ridiculous, but I can't help myself since it's DVF-related. Thank goodness you finally watched Elf - girl, you were missing out! Ryan and I had that on while we decorated our tree Thursday night. :) Glad you had a fun and relaxing weekend!

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  22. Sweet is that the new influenster box? Mine is on the way can't wait to get it! I love Elf so much whenever we are flipping through tv and it comes on Mark always stops and just stares at me waiting for the light moment......either that or the part of "he's an angry little elf" because that lined gets used in daily life on the reg. Looks like you had a fun weekend girl. Oh and melt your heart city seeing Gary reading nighttime stories like that!

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  23. How have you just seen Elf?! Haha!! Ive already watched it 3 times this year! I think my husband wants to kill me with the Christmas movie overload! How cute is Gary and his niece?!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  24. Elf is hilarious and you look absolutely beautiful in your holiday card! Love that ya'll are cheering with your wine glasses :)

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  25. Such a fun weekend! Elf is one of the best holiday movies, cracks me up every time! I love Faneuil Hall at Christmas!!!!! Your card came out so great, love it!!! Happy Monday! xoxo

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  26. That picture of your hubby is so cute:) Love your xmas card!

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  27. I love ELF! It's never too late to catch up on a Christmas classic! Beautiful holiday card! Looks like another great weekend! LOVE that "Work it" print you found in Marshalls! Great find! xo
    Marianne
    www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

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  28. What lovely photos! :) So Christmasy :D Also the food looks so good!

    http://floralsandsmiles.blogspot.ca/

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  29. I can't believe you had not seen Elf before! Such a classic! Love your holiday card, too!

    www.amemoryofus.com

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  30. Looks like you had a great weekend! How precious that you found him reading to your niece?!?! So cute. Love those prints you found at Marshalls! Wish you could purchase online from them since every store has different inventory. Your card came out great too! xo Winks and Eyerolls

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  31. I'm glad that you had a nice weekend! Elf is a good movie but I haven't seen it in years. That picture of Gary reading to your niece is so cute. :-) Your holiday card came out great, and that food looks delicious. I really want a new mug, where did you find that one in your picture? I like it! :-) I hope that you are having a good day so far too lady! :-)

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  32. The weekend looks fabuloso girl!! THAT card! LOVE! And loved seeing those framed quotes- so pretty! Happy Monday! xoxo

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  33. I must confess- I've never seen Elf either!! I Can't wait to see what you think of the Billion Dollar Brows!

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  34. What a fun weekend! I can't believe you have never seen Elf. Isn't it so funny. I watch it every year. Love those framed quotes. Happy Monday.

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  35. I love your weekend recaps! That dish from Figs looks sooo yummy! I would devour that!! And how precious is that pic of your niece?? So sweet that you guys babysit! Love your holiday cards! Of course I waited until the last minute and paid way more than I should have! Happy Monday :)

    www.taffetaandtulips.com

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  36. Yay, I'm glad you are on board the Elf train now! Your Christmas cards are so cute & those Marshall's prints are fun! :)

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  37. Elf is one of the best Christmas movies, so glad you finally watched!

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  38. Ah! I'd say "I can't believe you've never seen Elf before" but I watched Home Alone for the first time last year so I should not be talking. I love that movie and have been dying to watch it lately. That pizza looks so good, I'll have to add Figs to my list next time I'm up your way. Sounds like you had such a lovely weekend!

    prosecco in the park

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  39. your christmas card is too cute!! we will have to do one next year - this year was too busy! and i love those marshall's prints!!

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  40. My heart would probably melt into a puddle if I saw my husband reading to a child. So cute!

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  41. that looks like so much fun! I have never seen Elf and don't know what I feel deprived :) I love those Marshall's prints, I saw a bunch of cute gold stuff at Hobby Lobby this weekend, that would go fab.

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  42. The picture of your husband and niece is so precious! That Mindy Kaling quote is AWESOME! Love house of DVF too, but I am soooo far behind on the episodes. Come link up with me today!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  43. Can't believe you've never seen Elf!! Honestly, the first time I watched it I didn't think it was that great but now it's one of my very favorites (after Home Alone of course)! Your Christmas card is adorbs and you will LOVE the billion dollar brows :)

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  44. Oh I love your holiday card! So cute! I can't believe you never saw Elf! Sounds like a fun and festive weekend :)

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  45. Sounds like a fabulous weekend! I STILL NEED TO WATCH ELF! Can't believe I haven't yet, might have to while doing some work tonight :)

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  46. I can't believe you've never seen elf!! One of my favorite Christmas movies! That photo of gary reading to your niece is so presh! Looks like you had a fun weekend! I love your holiday cards!!

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  47. I feel like this weekend was a BLUR of holiday chaos, already - lol! I am in lust with those gold foiled prints from Marshalls! OMG, I need to go.

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  48. That picture of your niece with Gary is too precious! Love the arm wrapped around his neck. Those office prints are fun - nice find! Love your holiday cards too! Glad you had a good weekend!

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  49. SO much fun! Love that you both babysat, such a cute pic!!!

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  50. I also have never watched Elf and for some reason, I cannot make myself. I really don't know what it is about Will Ferrell that I don't like, but he is too much for me!

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  51. Looks like a fun weekend! I've never seen Elf, but everyone says it's so good! :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  52. What a fun weekend - ELF is one of our faves! So glad you loved it! That pizza looks divine, and I love your Christmas card - so pretty! Also I'm loving the DVF show too - makes me want to work in fashion!! XOXXO

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  53. 1. How have you never watched Elf? Did you love it now that you have seen it? It is so hilarious! I love it! 2. Gary reading to your niece is adorable! Someone looks like they will be a great Dad! 3. I also am getting that Voxbox! I was wondering what was in it! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. I'm with everyone else...you have never seen Elf? I can't even imagine how that's possible! =) But now you are on the bandwagon it sounds like so that's good!

    You and I must've been on the same page - I saw those same prints at TJ Maxx last night and almost picked up the Be Amazing one for our guest room/office. I was already thinking about heading back to snag it!

    Love your Christmas card btw....Have a great week!

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  55. Oohh I'm getting the Voxbox too, I can't wait to taste that tea!! Hey that's ok you hadn't seen Elf, I'm glad you liked it too. It makes me happy :) We were supposed to watch it this weekend but we'll have to next weekend! That found looks delicious!

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  56. I would have my lipgloss on but I got my first chanel lipstick over the weekend from my secret Santa and I couldn't resist wearing it!

    That photo of your husband and your niece..! Perfection!!

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  57. That quote is perfect! I need to remember that! I love Elf, I can't believe you've never seen it before!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  58. I have only seen bits and pieces of Elf. I need to sit down and commit to it. Hahaha.

    And we are going down to Rockefeller Center on Monday of next week - - First time my little one will see this tree!

    I love your holiday card - very classy!

    :) I hope you have a wonderful week

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  59. Elf is the best! It's my absolute favorite Christmas movie :) That pizza looks to die for! Talk about a great weekend :) Happy almost Holidays!

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  60. Perfect quote for a Monday! That picture of Gary reading is so sweet! I just can't get over it! Elf is my all time favorite Christmas movie {but really I've got like 7}. I watch it multiple times a year and even when it's not Christmas. 50% off?? Crazy!

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  61. I had only seen Elf last year I think, my best friend was shocked when I told her I'd not seen it lol.
    I love your alls Christmas cards, so cute!
    and excuse me my heart totally melted with that picture of Gary and your niece. And that pizza looks ahmazing.

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  62. I felt the same way. Calm before the store. Except the storm starts today! I hope I got enough done over the weekend! Yum fondue! Can't wait for ours Christmas night!

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  63. Looks like a great weekend! And you are so right (although I hadn't thought about it until you mentioned it) this weekend really is the calm...glad it was a relaxing/uneventful one! Those prints from Marshall's are too good! I was there this weekend and definitely did not see them...totally bummed!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  64. I love your card! So cute -- and I saw those prints this past weekend at Marshalls, I just don't have anywhere to put them at the moment. And how cute is your niece and hubs? Adorable. Glad you had a great weekend!
    xo Southern Style

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  65. So glad you finally saw Elf! It's one of my favorite Christmas movies! And I love all of the Marshalls finds, anything gold and sparkly is a great choice in my book :)

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  66. We bought outs from Shutterfly too and LOVE them!
    Yours turned out great!

    I love elf! Sucha cute movie! and is a must see every year!

    xox

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  67. Omgsh we are totally twinning--I got some Gold Prints from Marshall's this weekend for my new office and I am obsessed :) I had the hardest time deciding which one to choose!

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  68. Glad you to the print, it was super cute. That pizza looks amazing and my heart melted a bit when I saw your hubby reading to your niece - adorable!

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  69. Love your holiday card! How cute is that with your niece's arm around Gary! Love the artwork from Marshall's!!

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  70. What great prints! I wish my Marshall's had them!

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  71. Looks like such a fun weekend! The picture of your husband reading to your niece totally melts my heart!

    xo Kylie
    www.dressinsparkles.com

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  72. Love Marshall's for wrapping paper. There and Home Goods of course. Super cute card from you two! And as usual, the food looks amazing.
    Glad you had a calm weekend my dear!

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  73. Love your Christmas card and you are GORGEOUS in the picture of you guys in front of the tree. Work it, girl!

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  74. Cute holiday card Biana! It sort of looks like you guys are on an Italian holiday :)

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  75. So glad you finally caught Elf! It is just the best, isn't it?! The food looks amazing!!! And how cute he is with your little niece! I haven't gotten a voxbox in forever, boo! Hope you have a great week!

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    Hope you'll like mine too!

    XO,
    Taria-ann
    www.frunettte.com

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  77. Your Christmas card came out great!

    I was at the big tree in Faneuil Hall earlier in the day but its much more festive all lit up. I'll need to go back!

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  78. Love yalls holiday card, so cute! Your weekend sounds pretty amazing and I can't believe you've never seen Elf until now! It's definitely one of my favorites!

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  79. Love love love the Christmas card!!! Adorable! Looks like it was a good weekend! Oh and I've been meaning to tell you - Nick has a trade show in Boston in July and I'm going to try and tag along!!! We'll have to get together and I'm also keeping Figs in mind :)

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  80. Love those prints!! I can't believe you found them at Marshalls! Your holiday card is too cute, too! :)

    xo, Jen
    http://www.comfortably-chic.com

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  81. Isn't Elf the best? Love that movie! That tree is massive wow! So gorgeous! That food looks amazing, and how precious is the picture of Gary and your niece! Ohh I love those signs, I need to check out Marshall's!

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  82. Those picture frames and quotes are adorable! I agree with you, this past weekend was definitely the calm before the storm. I still have some Christmas shopping left to do myself, better get on that...!!

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  83. Oh my that picture of Gary with your niece is adorable!! I can't believe you never seen the Elf! Too funny! Glad you got to enjoy one last "calm" weekend before the holiday rush!

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  84. That Lipgloss quote is perfect for this time of year! Elf is one of my favorite holiday movies! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  85. Looks like you both had a great weekend! And that picture is just adorable!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  86. Stop, the way your niece is hugging Gary with that wrapped-around arm is TOO CUTE! I love it. But.. HOW have you never seen Elf before!? I'm glad you loved it though. I might have to put it on right now too haha. Have a great week!

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  87. i have seriously lusting issues over you hair! haha it's amazing!

    and i love that mindy quote. her book was hilarious!

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  88. This sounds like the best weekend!!! I am SO glad you watched Elf - it will now be your Christmas fave! I love those gold sparkle signs and I think I would have just lost it if I saw my husband reading to a little child! I can't even. haha Happy Monday Biana :)

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  89. You had us at the quote, and how have we never heard it before? Mindy Kaling is our girl lol and we're officially creating a poster for our office with that. Sooooo good!!

    xx 365hangers

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  90. Your Christmas card turned out so cute! I'm sad I'm missing christmas this year-- but I'm also glad I don't have to deal with the holiday crazyness!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  91. Sweet Marshalls finds! I wonder if mine has them out?

    Awww at the reading, and I like the concept of Turkey Claus too.

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  92. I've never seen Elf! I don't feel so bad now knowing that you just watched it! hahaha
    Gary reading to your niece... her little arm around him... is the cutest thing ever! :)

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  93. You are really photogenic!! I love that tree and he food all looks yummy!

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