Christmas was perfect. I spent it with some of the people who mean the most to me. There were some important people missing, but I will see them soon (like this weekend soon!) November, December, and January are the months for never ending celebrations, and I love it. Writing my holiday recaps is one of my favorite parts about being a blogger, and sharing these special moments with you guys is so much fun. I hope your holidays were just as special, and I hope you’re ready for a very long recap.

Last Thursday, I woke up early, had a bowl of cheerios, and ran three miles in my neighborhood. I was running in shorts and a t-shirt because it was so nice out. The only problem with running in my neighborhood is that it’s super hilly. This is great for training, but it’s a challenge and definitely had me out of breath the entire time.
 After my run, Kyle and I went out to shop for a T.V. console. We headed to the Home Goods in South Park, but couldn’t find what I was looking for. It’s funny when you’re not looking to buy, you find things you LOVE, but when you’re looking to buy, you can never find anything you want. After the first attempt, we were so hungry! We stopped at WholeFoods to eat at their hot bar. We tried Marshalls and the Earth Market in Cotswold, but nothing. We then went to the Black Lion in Pineville, and everything was overpriced. We walked next door to a antique furniture store, but still nothing. We (me) decided to drive all the way to Ballantyne to try their HomeGoods because sixth times a charm, right? As soon as we walked in, the console was right there at the door. I ran up to it, grabbed the price tag, stood in line, bought it, and we took it home! It took us five hours to find the perfect console, but it was worth it!

The next weekend finds will be the rugs and the curtains, but I won’t drag anyone with me while searching for those! I felt so bad for how long it took, but Kyle is such a trooper and was a good sport the entire time. I was about to give up, but he encouraged me to keep looking.

I LOVE getting my readers feedback. Do you think I should keep the T.V. on the console, or mount the T.V. and put picture frames on the console? I’ve seen it both ways on Pinterest. 
My mom and dad came over on Thursday night to make some more peanut brittle and watch football. I made some homemade wings for dinner. You can find the recipes here + yummier wing flavors.

We headed uptown so Kyle could go to the gym and I could go for a run. The pups love riding in the jeep and their cuteness kills me.

I put on my workout clothes, laced up my running shoes, ate my pre-run fuel, and did a little warm up. I knew deep down inside that I did not feel like running. I kept taking deep breathes and trying to talk myself into it. Running has become routine, and I really do love it, but sometimes my body needs a break. Just because I’ve had a rest day, doesn’t mean it’s enough. It’s OK to break routine sometimes. I mentally and physically did not feel like running, and it’s so important to listen to your body. Instead of talking myself into the run, I talked myself out of it. I stripped off the running gear, threw on my comfy clothes, made hot tea, and spent the rest of the afternoon reading a book. Running and working out is super healthy, but relaxing is just as healthy. I felt so good taking that time to myself.
The rest was much-needed because I went the Hornets game with Meighan and a couple other girls on Friday night.

After the game, we headed to Fitzgeralds for a couple drinks. 
Celebrating Christmas break and a Hornets win!
I woke up pretty early on Christmas Eve so I could make breakfast and take the pups for a long walk before starting the day! 
The boys were so ready for their walk.

I hope other dog parents can relate. We decided not to get each other anything for Christmas and spend our gift money on the pups. We headed to York, SC, to shop at Dogma & Fetch. It’s one of my favorite dog boutiques because they have the cutest stuff for pets. They also have a dog bakery inside. We bought them santa hats, toys, treats, food, bones, and more! I won’t tell you how much we spent…but the dogs had a VERY MERRY Christmas. I also bought my mom a mug there that said “I love my grand dogs” and on the back it said “I will not spoil them, I will not spoil them, I will not spoil them.” That is SO her. 
I love this outfit from Stitch Fix! ♥

After shopping at the grocery store and picking up some last minute items, we headed back to my place to get ready for Christmas Eve!  I was so excited to have everyone over! 
The first snack mix I made had honey nut cheerios, honey, cinnamon, pistachios, dried cherries, white chocolate covered pretzels, sea salt, and Christmas sprinkles. I mixed the honey, cinnamon, sea salt with the cherries, cherries and pistachios and baked for one hour at 250 degrees. I let them cool on the baking sheet and then added the sprinkles and chopped pretzels! Yum! 
I also made my favorite little appetizers. Little smokies & bacon with a brown sugar glaze…the recipe is here
My parents came over just in time!

Sipping on eggnog and putting all the delicious food out.

Meighan made the coolest appetizer and it was delicious. I’m stealing this idea. It was a deviled egg with avocado and lox on top! I’ll make sure to get the recipe from her 🙂 The green was so festive and the look like little Grinch eggs. 

Loved having Becca spend Christmas with us!

Little Leo’s first Christmas.

My gorgeous friends.
My Santa baby!

 This was Kyle and Meighan’s first time having eggnog and crab legs! WHAT!?

Veggies to go with the hummus and mom’s cheesy queso dip!

Smorgasbord for days.
My dad loves preparing the crab legs each year and he does a really good job at it! I bought ten pounds this year and we were stuffed. If you follow me on snapchat, you probably saw our “crab comas”
I made roasted vegetables that had italian seasoning, olive oil, minced onion, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, brown sugar, dill weed, lemon juice and sea salt.
After crab cracking, I brought out the games!
I made all of us coffees to go with our dessert. 
Cards Against Humanity is literally the funniest game I’ve ever played and it’s even better when your parents play. 

This was literally one of the best Christmas Eve’s I have ever had.

Who won? Meighan. She beat my dad by one card and he can’t forget it.

The dogs were in heaven Christmas morning! Grumples taught Leo how to open gifts. It’s the funniest thing because Grumples will not touch the gifts unless we give it to him. He puts it in his mouth, drops it, puts his paws on one side, and starts ripping the wrapping paper off. He doesn’t care about what is inside, he just LOVES to open up presents. I let him open mine too!

Kyle opening up his present from his mom!

Love my boys!
 Kyle’s mom put my gifts in this holiday box. She added pictures of Grumples, Leo, and her dog, Mo! I love this so much!!!

She knows me well 🙂

Meighan came over around 9am on Christmas morning so we could go for our run! We decided to drive to the River walk because it was so nice out and we wanted a new scenery.

Running on Christmas morning was such a good idea. We had planned this run for months in advance. We are just weird like that. It was so peaceful and quiet on the trail. The run was so good and we kept a 9:20 pace. I would have ran it in 9:50, but Meighan was the pacer and she’s quick. 
When we got back, my dad and Kyle were playing the Wii!

I made some nutmeg lattes before starting breakfast for everyone.
Kyle’s mom sent him fresh oranges and grapefruits from Florida, so we decided to make fresh orange juice with them! 
Breakfast was out of this world. I am going to post this recipe soon, but it was inspired by Kyle’s mom. She made something like this when we were in Florida and they were so good! 
Leo was exhausted from all the gifts and running around.
I was just as tired and that latte was calling my name!

We opened presents from my parents and then watched Christmas movies while my mom made lasagna.

My mom makes lasagna for Christmas every year. Hers is the best I’ve ever had!

She also made a gluten free lasagna with brown rice pasta. It was SO SO SO SO good.

I made a salad to go with dinner. I used some of the leftover Christmas Eve vegetables. It had spinach, bell pepper, carrots, radishes, broccoli, pumpkin seed, honey mustard nut thins, dried cranberries, and cauliflower. I also used my favorite salad dressing on top!

After dinner, Kyle and I took Grumples for a really long walk to help our third round of food comas. I’m not used to eating all this heavy food, so my stomach was in knots. I didn’t even eat that much, but the type of food put my stomach in shock. The walk and drinking a lot of water really helped.

I was EXHAUSTED from being nonstop for the past few days, so I fell asleep on the couch watching a Christmas movie at 8pm. I didn’t wake up until nine the next morning! I really had the best Christmas!

I had a gym and shopping date planned with Becca the day after Christmas. I had my bowl of Cheerios and headed to the gym! We both did one mile on the treadmill before our circuit. I was really impressed because I ran my mile in 7:57 without headphones. That’s a first for no headphones. I wrote out a touch circuit and I’m embarrassingly sore today!
After our workout, we headed to Central Coffee Co for post-gym lattes. It’s a new spot in the Southend and they make great coffee. They also have the best vegan zucchini bread
We spent the rest of the day shopping and running errands.

I picked up Chipotle for Kyle and I before heading back.I always get salad bowl with half chicken, half steak, a little bit of brown rice, a little bit of black beans, fajita vegetables, corn salsa, hot salsa, mild salsa, sprinkle of cheese, guacamole, more lettuce and a side of their dressing.

We watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind before falling asleep! I think it’s safe to say I had the best Holiday and I cannot wait to spend time in D.C. with my brother for New Years!

1. Describe your Christmas in three four words!
2. What was your favorite gift you received?
3. Do you have any New Year Resolutions?