Friday, December 26, 2014

Five on Friday {December 26, 2014}

Happy Final Friday of 2014! I'm sitting here listening to some Christmas tunes in front of the fireplace and soaking up the last hours of this magical day. I wanted to pop by the blog with a quick holiday round-up post so of course, the five things I'm loving this week are all about Christmas!

ONE | NYC Blogger meet-up!
Without a doubt, one of the very best things about blogging is getting to meet so many fantastic women from around the world and I was lucky enough to kick off this holiday week by getting to meet Kristen! Her blog is a must-read for me so when I found out she was visiting NYC, I was so excited to get the chance to meet her in person. We met for happy hour with Pam and Kari who I've had the pleasure of hanging out with previously, and the 4 of us (plus Kristen's super nice husband, KC) had the absolute BEST time just chatting over some drinks. It was fantastic to connect, and I hope we'll all cross paths again. I love the cute pic that we were able to snap (since all of these ladies are glamorously tall, I had to stand on a step to be in the same frame, haha!).

TWO | Ugly sweater party

When I heard that my friends Emma and Mike were hosting an ugly sweater party, I knew that I had to bust out my hot glue gun and go all out with the tacky, crafty handiwork (and sadly, that huge bow on my head didn't last too long into the night!). Silly costumes, tasty food and drinks, and a whole bunch of great friends combined to create a perfect event for us to all spend some fun time together before going our separate ways for Christmas.

THREE | The presents

Ok, of course presents are not the most important part of Christmas, but I have to admit that I still get a rush of excitement when I see all of the pretty gifts under the tree on Christmas morning (this may also be because my mom is seriously the best gift wrapper in the entire world, no joke!). Not only did I receive some very thoughtful gifts, but I loved seeing everyone's expressions when they unwrapped the packages that I had carefully selected.

FOUR | The food

Christmas Day dinner is, by far, my favorite meal of the entire YEAR. As New Jersey Italians, my family knows how to throw together a huge feast and this meal is all of our favorite things...baked ziti, sauce meat, antipasto, stuffed peppers, artichokes, meats and cheeses, stuffed mushrooms, and much, much more...I'm already looking forward to eating my way through the leftovers on Sunday!

FIVE | Family fun

And of course, we all know that the best part of Christmas is spending time with those you whether its having a Christmas music dance party (like that blurred pic of my mom and me above), cooking a delicious meal together, or watching Christmas movies while sipping eggnog, the family togetherness is what makes this season so special!

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and are continuing to enjoy the holidays - farewell to Five on Friday for 2014!

Thanks to our gals AmandaJennieKarliClare, Rebecca, Katie, Natasha, Heather, and Lauren for hosting today's link-ups!


  1. So jealous of your blogger meet up! You ladies looked amazing and I wish I had been there to grab drinks too! Maybe I'll make it out to NYC one day! :) Hope you had a great Christmas!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  2. Christmas is just the best!!! Glad you had a wonderful day, and hope everyone else did too :)

  3. Your blogger meet up looks like so much fun!!!! What a fabulous group of ladies! Hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend! xoxoxoxo

  4. So glad you had a good Christmas-- all that food! And that Christmas tree veggie tray- SO cute! So jealous you got to meet Kristen! What a fun blogger meetup- you guys look great!

  5. Looks like it was a wonderful Christmas!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

  6. Looks like you had a great time with all of your holiday festivities!

  7. That blogger meetup sounds like a lot of fun! :]! I hope I get to partake in one someday! :P Family + food are definitely my two favorite parts about Christmas!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  8. Looks like you had a great time with your family!

    Holiday leftovers are seriously the best...dangerous for my waist-line, but delicious. :)

  9. Love all of this - all of you are so gorgeous and I'm glad you had such a fantastic blogger meetup! (And seriously, I can't wait for brunch!).
    I love that you're into giving presents too - that's my favorite part of the holidays, seeing how everyone reacts to what I bought them. You're so cute and thoughtful (and creative, because that ugly sweater is truly ugly.. though it says a lot that you still look gorgeous!). xox

  10. Ugly Christmas sweater parties are the best. So fun to be able to meet up with bloggers too! Thanks so much for linking up, enjoy the holiday weekend! xo

  11. Oh gosh yes to all of this! The food! The meetup! The presents!! So glad you had such a nice fun holiday!

  12. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!
    Melanie @

  13. Your blogger meet up looked so fun. Looks like you had a great Christmas!

  14. Lovely photos! I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas! :)
    Love your blog, hope to see you soon on my blog
    or Bloglovin
    or Facebook :)
    Kisses from Zurich,

  15. I had the BEST time meeting up with you ladies! seriously, so fun. I'm not joking. KC had a blast as well!! hope everything went well afterwards ;)

  16. yay for blogger meetups esp with Kristen! Love photos and lovely Christmas :)

  17. Love the pictures from the ugly Christmas sweater party! You guys seriously found some ugly sweaters....I don't know if I can choose the worst one
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas
    The Doctor Diva

  18. Such a fun holiday, and that ugly sweater party looks like so much fun! So glad you had a Merry Christmas!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  19. So fun you got to meet up with Kristen and Pamela!! Hope you had a great Christmas weekend!

  20. So much delicious food and I LOVE blogger meetups! I'm going to be popping by the girls blogs right after this :)
    So glad you had a wonderful holiday (and that I stopped by your blog!)


  21. Looks like a perfect Christmas and I'm so jealous of your blogger meet up!!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  22. Loved the blogger meet up! Also, super jealous of all your festive photos!

  23. I love a blogger meet up but I haven't gone to one in so long. I love the tri-state area and you guys looked like you had so much fun. Cool photos. I hope you had a great holiday

  24. Blogger meet-ups are so fun- it's great getting to meet fellow blogger pals. :)
    Glad you had a great Christmas!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  25. You have had such a fun past couple of days! Blogger meet ups are the best, wish I could find time for more!!


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