Five on Friday!

Today we are gearing up for more holiday travel, but this time we're heading South into the 84 degree heat! We're also looking forward to stuffing our faces with more delicious home-cooked meals for the remainder of December. I fully intend to kick this eating-without-boundaries habit with my New Years resolutions, but until then, bring on the pie, wine, and carbs.

I'm linking up again with some of my favorite bloggers, including Christina and April, for some more Friday favorites!

We won't be having a White Christmas this year, but I can't complain because we are going boating this weekend! Also I'm totally going to be that person that refuses to take her shirt off at the beach because I've ingested far too many cookies this week. Hey, I'll take some tank top tan lines if I can get 'em! Here is a peak at where we'll be... any guesses?

This week the hubs and I had our own little Christmas. Over the last 6 years our Christmas has turned into a fun tradition where we open gifts, drink wine and/or spiked hot chocolate, and watch Home Alone.

Some of my favorite gifts from the hubs (besides my DSLR camera) were these necklaces and a bracelet from J. Crew Factory. I was SO impressed, he did good!

Navy Necklace. Peach Necklace. Bracelet.

Last night I whipped up these all natural Peanut Butter and Banana treats to give as a gift to my sister-in-law's dog, Annie. I subbed whole wheat flower for the oat flour and it worked just fine... they were definitely Ruby-approved. 

Dog Tag.

H&M is coming to Charleston! Woo! I've only actually really enjoyed shopping at the Pittsburgh store, because its always empty and organized. I'm hoping this one will be relatively similar, but I'm definitely not going for the first few weeks! Crossing my fingers for an H&M Home section too!

I'm loving this Vanilla Bean Noel scent from Bath and Body Works this year! I think I may need to pick up some of the bubble bath during the after Christmas sales!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend before Christmas, whether you're traveling and seeing family and friends, or hanging at home! Drive safe and enjoy every minute of it! :)


  1. Looks amazing, love that sky! We are going to be in the 70s this weekend, woohoo!

    If we can't have snow, I'm happy to not be cold!

    Love your little tradition with the husband, so fun! We watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and drink wine/whiskey!

    Stopping by from the linkup Merry Christmas!

  2. I can't believe it will be 75 this weekend in VA (I mean it's great and all but not really winter Christmas spirit-y & I'll have to dig out some lighter clothes haha) LOVE those dog treats- what a cute gift- I will definitely make them as well! H&M in Charleston? Nice! Hubs & I are coming down and staying at the Francis Marion on King Street a couple nights in May before heading to wedding in FL! Cannot wait!

  3. Come on down to Florida! That also looks like the West Coast. Enjoy! Tweet me (@picatoria) if you are going to Naples, I can give you recs! Merry Christmas!

  4. Those dog treats are adorable :) Jealous of your H&M store, I really wish Oklahoma would get one!

  5. Yay for the new H&M!! So fun!

  6. I had no idea you live in Charleston! That's where I went to college, and I visit a few times a year. Thank goodness it's only 3 hours from Charlotte!

    I need to try making homemade dog treats. My dog would love it, and it's such a perfect gift idea! Enjoy the holidays! I love your "white" {sand} Christmas. How fab!!

  7. what a fun tradition with you and your husband! and boating sounds so fun right now!!
    Helene in Between

  8. Love that Vanilla Bean Noel scent from Bath and Body Works.

  9. I had planned on whipping up dog treats last night but ran out of time :( Too bad!

  10. Enjoy your special time at the beach! Once again I'm loving the way you decorated the dog treats :-)

  11. I just found your blog through the link-up and I'm pretty positive I just read about myself in your bio! :) It's getting hot in Florida, Boating sounds like the perfect idea. Happy Holidays!

  12. I need to try those dog treats!! I stopped by from the Link Up!


  13. Your husband did really well with those necklaces and bracelet! Merry Christmas!

  14. Absolutely love the bracelet that your hubs got you!

    And very jealous of your beach vacation :)

  15. H&M just came to Charlotte and it's sooooo great! Love the jewelry from jcrew factory! I hope you have a very merry Christmas!


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