A Last Minute Christmas

Hi friends Smile

How are you?


last year, our tree went up the day after Thanksgiving.


This year, my tree is made out of rosemary

and we’re just now putting up my mom’s tree.


Last year, our Christmas shopping was done way ahead of time. It was mostly an Amazon and Omaha Steaks Christmas, but everything was wrapped, shipped out to the fam and ready to go.


Um, I started Christmas shopping an hour ago.


Wish me luck.

I’m fueled with espresso and chocolate covered almonds.


Be sure to check back in the AM for a very special Pilot guest post!



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  1. breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 on December 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Don’t feel bad about procrastinating on Christmas shopping. My best guy friend did the same thing. I almost had to go with him! Haha.

  2. Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life on December 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I was an early bird with getting decorations up and presents bought/wrapped. Years past, however… not so much. Merry Christmas!!

  3. Pam on December 23, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Hey, we bought some of those almonds a couple of days ago too…lol! Mmmm!

  4. Sana on December 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Better late then never!

  5. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on December 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Good luck!!! Although I know I have found that things will get done and there’s no reason to stress. Sounds like you are having fun with it all and that’s what matters. 🙂

  6. Ashley on December 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Yeah, my mom hasn’t done hers and she just had a few glasses of wine, so I guess that’s not happening.

  7. Christin@purplebirdblog on December 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I just finished mine yesterday… I am very very good at procrastinating!! 🙂 Good luck finding all the things you need and love for your peoples!

  8. Dynamics on December 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I think things got messed up for you with the unexpected move. Have fun shopping. I am sure you will meet lots of interesting people when you stand in those long, long, long lines.

  9. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on December 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    This is the first year I feel absolutely “prepared” for Christmas. In years past I was usually shopping on Christmas Eve — but it was kind of fun running around the mall like a maniac 🙂

  10. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on December 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    “fueled with espresso and chocolate covered almonds.”–
    the only thing to add would be a glass or two of champagne. Present wrapping a la tipsy style would be the most fun I think 🙂

    Have fun wrapping! I was prepared so early for Xmas b/c we always go away in Dec. I am just ready for the 24th so Santa can come. That’s the true JOY of being a parent: Xmas morning and Santa!

  11. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Hahahah good luck! I still am not done either!

  12. Leah @ Why Deprive? on December 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Sometimes I like doing things last minute. I specifically left a couple little things until today just so I could hit the mall at the peak of the craziness.

  13. Kristina @ Life as Kristina on December 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Congrats to the new yoga mat owner:) haha….I def waited til the last minute too-but sometimes it’s the best shopping! Happy holidays!

  14. Allison @ Food For Healing on December 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Have a merry christmas! can’t wait to read the pilots guest post, it will be good to hear from him since he won’t be home for christmas 🙁

    good job leaving shopping to the last minute lol i did mine last week, and had one gift this week that i picked up, that was bad enough for me!

  15. Melissa on December 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Good Luck. Have very merry christmas! I’m glad that you get to spend it with the fam.

  16. Laura J. on December 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I’m with ya girl! I started and finished my Christmas shopping today too. Never again! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas with your family! 🙂

  17. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on December 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Good luck with the shopping Gina! You’re a mall warrior – you can do it! 😀

  18. BIOCHEMISTA on December 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Good luck with the shopping! I did mine in 2 days (started at 4 days ago). YOU KAAAAN DOOOO ITTTTT! 😉

  19. Cara Craves... on December 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Have a fabulous Christmas!

  20. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on December 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Those dark chocolate almonds are so addictive–yum!

  21. Ali on December 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Good luck girl!!

  22. Felicia (A taste of Health with Balance) on December 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    good luck! crazy-ness, but im sure you are so happy to be with your fam this christmas 🙂

  23. Stefanie on December 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Good luck out there; I’ll be out too! 🙂 I tried to get my shopping done early, but of course I’ve been out shopping every night this week!

  24. Tina on December 23, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Good luck girl! Get your boxing gloves on cause the malls are brutal!!

  25. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on December 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Good luck! I can’t do last minute shopping but you definitely had it hard with moving at this time of year!

  26. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on December 23, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Christmas really did sneak up this year so it’s understandable if you’re just now putting the tree up! Many people do it Christmas Eve anyway. 😛

  27. Toronto Girl West on December 23, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    You are a brave chica! lol

    Thanks for the angel eyes advice btw! I`m sure Daisy will look even cuter now! 🙂

    And since I likely won`t be able to drop by here tomorrow . . . a Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!!!!!!

  28. Alexandrina @ The Cardio Queen on December 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Completely agree with the above post. We have our tree with the lights on…that’s it. :/

  29. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on December 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Good luck shopping!! Sometimes people work better under pressure!!

  30. Namaste Gurl on December 24, 2010 at 12:35 am

    OUr Christmas circumstances sound indeed similar this year. Let’s just say I’m not all the way done Christmas shopping and I’m working ALL day tomorrow. Yikes. Happy Holidays, Gina 🙂

  31. Gina on December 24, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I say better late than never 😉

  32. Little Bookworm on December 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Good luck with all the shopping! Hope you have a fantastic day tomorrow! 😀

  33. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on December 24, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Hope you got everything that you needed to done!

  34. Katie on December 24, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Hope you got it all done! I know you did!!!!

    Your christmas tree looks so pretty! xoxo Merry Christmas to you and your family! The pilot as well and all the men and woman who serve to protect us!

  35. Gena on December 24, 2010 at 8:40 am

    You and the hubs could not look more gaudily awesome.

    Missy you, oh roomstar of my heart!

  36. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on December 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    My Christmas prep has been really last minute these past few years too because my exams always go SO late!

    Good luck getting it all done!

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