The Perfect Gift and a Photo-A-Day Challenge

Happy Friday, ya’ll!

I’m a bit sad that Christmas is over. The anticipation every year is heightened intensely with many holiday traditions, decked-out homes and trees with lights and ornaments, and the hustle and bustle as everyone prepares for baby Jesus. Once it’s over, the feeling is weird and slightly foreign. It feels like a “Now what?” kind of feeling. The good news is we have many more great things to look forward to in the coming weeks and new year. Can you believe it’s almost 2013? Crazy.

As an adult on Christmas morning, I’m not always surprised by the gifts I receive. Sometimes I’m even the one wrapping my own gifts or present at the time of purchase. It just comes with adulthood. This year, I received the greatest, most thoughtful gift anyone has ever given me. It was the best surprise I’ve ever been kept in the dark about. Joe’s mother, Teri, spent weeks days leading up to Christmas hand-writing every family recipe onto recipe cards. They were placed in a recipe album which I opened Tuesday morning.

IMG_1184I was so shocked and surprised by such a gesture. Every home recipe from chicken and noodles to wedding ring cookies were included. There were several recipes I had never even heard of. I loved reading through each recipe and seeing who originally made it. From great grand-parents to even Joe’s brothers girlfriend, everyone had a recipe to contribute. It was such a personal gift.

IMG_1188The first thing I thought after realizing all the thought she had put into the recipe book was the many generations this little book will get to see. Because of my future MIL, we’ll be able to carry these recipes through many generations and many special holidays. I cannot wait until I have a weekend to just whip up some of Joe’s favorite childhood recipes.

Best. Christmas. Gift. EVER!


One last thing…

Kaye Saymington, a Marketing Manager for Stickygram, contacted me about joining their January photo-a-day challenge. Here’s what she had to say:

Here are the details of how to take part;
Every day there will be a pack of StickyGrams up for grabs, we’ll reveal a daily theme on our website and Instagram, and if you stick with us for the full 31 days you’ll earn something a little special. To enter, all you need to do is look out for the daily theme and upload your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #stickygramaday1 (with the relevant number).
Pretty cool, huh? Starting January 1st, check the Stickygram website or Instagram everyday for the theme and snap away! Don’t forget to post it on Instagram with the hashtag. Get creative and have fun with it! Instagram is one of my favorite social media sites. I’m looking forward to the “something a little special” at the end of the month. I’ll be blogging about it periodically in the month of January to show you all what I’ve come up with. So won’t you join me? It’ll be fun!

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