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December 2015 in the Books

December 2015 is history. As usual, I’m always a little sad to see December end after all the anticipation and build up of the season. I’m trying to get excited about Valentine’s Day so I have something new to look forward to and help motivate me to pack away the Christmas decorations. Before I get ahead of myself, let’s wrap up December.

2 – Pounds gained, overtime and extra holiday busyness aren’t good for my workout routine.

2 – Blog posts.December 2015 cards

3 – Books read, my favorite was The Paperbag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne.

4 – Social events including a Christmas Eve brunch.

6 – Projects completed, including a bar stool overhaul.

35 – Christmas cards mailed.

36 – Photos posted on Instagram.

48 – Rolls made to take to Christmas dinner. Since there was only 7 of us eating, I have a couple dozen in my freezer.

401 – Page views on Just Wanna Be Me.

114185 – Pinterest views.

Top Blog Posts

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Celebrating Thanksgiving Just for Me
  3. Pizza Nachos
  4. Prophets & Brownies FHE
  5. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Please share what made your Christmas magical in the comments section. I hope your New Year will be a healthy and happy one.

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Slices of December

Happy New Year! As you can guess by the 11 days since my last post, there’s been a lot of Christmas going on around here. I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine – and posting regularly again! What better way to get started than by slicing December.December toffee

1 – Pound gained. How can English Toffee taste so good and be so evil?

4 – Articles written, including our Christmas Jars Reunion Family Book Club.

7 – Books read. I love Christmas stories!December card

9Projects completed. I think all I accomplished was Christmas! I still did better than last month.

20 – Christmas cards received.

38 – Countries visited Easy As PIE.

48 – Rolls baked. We liked them so much at Thanksgiving, we were ready to eat make them again.

50 – States visited the blog. The top five were Florida, California, Texas, Arizona and Utah!

1198 – Page views this month.

2693 – Words added to my book.

December top five posts:

Book Theme Party Decorations

Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision Revisited

Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision

Pinewood Derby

Sweet Shop and Nerf Top Shot Invitations


Share your December successes!

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Lost December Book Review

There are so many books lining my shelves that I want to read, but this month I’ve been in the mood for Christmas books. I left the books on my shelves a little longer and borrowed a few from the library. My first book review is Lost Lost December Book ReviewDecember by Richard Paul Evans.

When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust fund, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of reckless indulgence.

But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled, alone, and too ashamed to ask his father for help, Luke secretly takes a lowly job at one of his father’s copy centers. There he falls in love with a struggling single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy.

Lost December is Richard Paul Evans’s modernday holiday version of the biblical story of the prodigal son, a powerful tale of redemption, hope, and the true meaning of love. {Amazon}

This Christmas romance is sweet and I loved the twist on the prodigal son. (It only took me three days to read – which is fast for me!) Even though Luke made mistake after mistake, he was consistently likeable. During this season of miracles, this is a perfect second chance story!

Have you read any good Christmas stories this month?

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Friday Favorites: December 7

Happy December! It’s finally here. This is my favorite season of the year with all the Christmas movies and stories. I can’t forget to give you a rundown of this week’s favorites.Christmas favorites

  • Christmas count down chains – only 18 days left!
  • A competitive weekend – I had kids involved in a math competition and one in a science competition.
  • The Christmas devotional
  • Writing group
  • Band concert
  • Boy Scout Round Table – This month was a showcase of great ideas and programs!
  • I finished reading two Christmas books, Lost December and The Perfect Christmas.

Here’s some online favorites from this week too.

  • I still have NaNoWriMo on the brain. These writing tips from East Valley Writes are inspirational.
  • Looking for a new cookie to try? Two Peas and their Pod have a Browned Butter Snickerdoodle that sounds delicious!
  • Do you like to give books as gifts as much as I do? Shannon Hale has her top reads of the year.
  • I {Heart} Faces has some tips for taking holiday photos.

Now it’s your turn to share your favorites of the week!


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