Tempted Tuesdays // Around the House

I don't need anything more for my house! I swear I don't! But if Santa wanted to bring me a few things he could bring me some of these things:

You know, because I need to fill up the already full shelves at my apartment!

Happy Tuesday!

Let the Count Down Begin // Christmas + Birthdays

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here at the Five Sixteenths household.  This past weekend, after we all got done with the Thanksgiving feasts, we put up the Christmas tree.  We drank some yummy hot cocoa with peppermint schnaps, listened to Christmas music, watched a few Holiday themed episodes of Futurama, & decorated the mess out of the apartment sized tree.  We assembled it with out directions, figuring that we could tell the length of the limbs rather easily.  Katie & Jason bought some bright LED lights (I feel like I need sunglasses to look at it!) & some other tinsel type decor.  We went at it while Zach sat doing hw, sipping on his drink, on the couch.

Yesterday, I took a trip to see if I could catch some left over Black Friday deals & today will be a day of catching some Cyber Monday deals.  I might splurge for myself & pick up some sweet stuff from the Honeybean shop run by miss Kaelah of Little Chief Honey Bee.

Since both mine & Zach's birthdays fall in December (a weird coincidence!) there is some extra shopping going on.  I've already gotten him a birthday gift but today I will probably buy him the Christmas part.  He wants a new head set with a mic & a black Xbox controller.  We'll see what deals Amazon will give me!

There are still a few things left to decorate.

Hope your Thanksgiving was amazing.

Are you ready for the Holidays?


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope your tummy gets full & that your dessert is delicious! I also hope that you get to bed early to grab up those deals tomorrow!!

Tempted Tuesday // Minnetonka

In about 8 hours I will be heading over the river & through the woods to see my mother's side of the family.  I can't wait to say hello to my Gramma & then crawl into bed.  It's going to be a looooooong long ride.  I'll be trying to keep my boyfriend awake for 2 hours & he'll be keeping me awake for 2 hours during the drive.  It's gonna be a wonderful 3 days!

I've been thinking a lot lately about some things I'd like to have this holiday season.  I really don't need anything crazy, I've already got an apartment full of crazy stuff....but the other day I slipped down the stairs in my favorite pair of moccasins!  Thats right! I slipped!

The sole on one of the shoes has lost its traction.  I was so sad! So, in addition to an Instax camera, I am asking for some new Minnetonka Moccasins:

One // Two // Three


Hello Monday

So I haven't done a Hello Monday post in ages.  I haven't done a post of any worth in ages either! Sometimes it stinks when life gets in the way of blogging. 

This week is Thanksgiving! I am so excited.  On Wednesday night I will literally be going over the mountains & through the woods to see my Grandmother & my Mother's side of the family.  This is a tradition we've done ever since I was little.  In fact, I only remember one time we didn't go & we had a small Thanksgiving at my parents' house. 

I can't wait to eat loads of good food & share the new person in my life with my family.  There will be some parade watching, green bean sneaking, Gramma hugging, dinner sitting, pie eating, custard drinking, football watching, Black Friday shopping, left over eating, & all around fun having this Thanksgiving.

So here's to the start of a fun & food filled week.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Fan Friday // the Little Things - Fall Edition

Happy Friday to you all!! I am so excited that its finally Friday! This weekend, the boy & I are going to take a little day trip & hopefully get to see the rest of the leaves on the trees.  Lately it's been super warm here but this morning I woke up to frost on my car! I had to sit in the parking lot for a little while waiting for the car to warm up.  I am excited that fall is drawing to a close & Christmas is around the corner.

Speaking of Christmas, I was in some department stores last night & saw the decorations & ornaments! I can not wait.  I've been singing Christmas songs loud in the office.

I wanted share with you why Fall is my favorite season this Fan Friday.  Every year when Summer comes around I say 'yes, this is my favorite season...there is sun, beaches, tanning, etc. Best. Season!'  Then Fall rolls around & I remember that Fall is in fact my favorite season because it gives me little warm & fuzzies on the inside.  Here are the little reasons why I love Fall:

Lovely drives along roads surrounded by trees with leaves of every color.

The way leaves tumble across the road when cars drive by.  Sometimes I think they look like little people.

When one lone leaf breaks away from the tree & floats gently through the air to land perfectly on the ground.

Drinking hot coco made with milk right out of the Cocomotion.  Throw in some whipped cream & sprinkles & you'll have my heart.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on my Gramma's TV every year.

Chocolate Meringue Pie that my Gramma makes.

Seeing kids faces light up knowing that Christmas is around the corner.

Knowing that October kicks off the best three months of the year

I am so excited that November is here & that Thanksgiving is next week! Going to see my big family is going to just make my month!

Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving? Which is your favorite season?


Happy Birthday Cody

This little puppy is 1 year old today!

Do you see how he lost all his brown fur?  He is now blonde! So funny.


Tempted Tuesday // Instax Love

I am not sure if I blogged about my love for the Instax cameras before, but I thought I'd share something I am lusting after for Xmas.  My gramma still does the old fashioned "what do you want from Santa?" thing every year & every year I send her a list.

This year the list wasn't too long as I can't really think of anything I really need.  But I have been wanting a little Instax camera to carry around with me.  I've seen loads of projects with them & I just want one of my own!  I love the idea of photos that are tangible things.  Taking photos with a DSLR or my point & shoot or my phone is alright, but I like to have something I can hold. Taking the jump drive to Wal-Mart or printing photos at home just doesn't have the feel of film.  After taking my one photo class at school in black & white (you know, the standard class every art major -photo or not- has to take) I really just loved the idea of film actually developing.  The prints from places just look like they were printed by a printer.  I want the old school stuff!!

I know places like Snapfish print good quality photos (it's the only place I've ever used) but I've always liked Polaroids   My parents had a Polaroid camera when I was younger & it was so fun to watch the prints develop!

I also want to do some cool stuff with the pictures!

So many things to document.  I still love looking through old photo albums at my gramma's and parents' house.  I love memories!

And this cool decor!
I do want to print out some of my Instagram photos too.
Everyone raves about Sticky Gram so I think I'll check that out!

I don't have too many photos floating around my house.  Having a photo album on the coffee table or book shelf to just pull out & flip through is my favorite!  

What do you want this Xmas?



I've been on sort of an unexpected blogging hiatus & I want to apologize.  I haven't posted since October here and I have to say I am a bit disappointed in myself.  By gaining a boyfriend, I've seemed to have lost track of this blog & have been spending a bit too much time hanging around him.  Making & blogging is super important to me & I hope that in the coming month I can get back on track.

It's been great getting to know this man of mine:

None the less, I have to say I am super excited for it to be November.  I love the fall & all the leaves changing & blowing around.  I like to step on them & feel them crunch, to sit outside on a crisp day & listen to the wind, to drink spiked hot cider with a Mr or with a friend, & to have it all summed up with a yummy meal made by my family over Thanksgiving.

Family means a lot to me.  I am so thankful for the way I was raised.  A great big family with a brother & sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, & cousins on both sides, and a whole lotta love.  I am thankful that they have helped me grow to be who I am.  Making them proud to have me in the family is a huge goal of mine.  I am also excited to be introducing another person into the family.  Zach, my new boo, is coming to Thanksgiving with me this year & I can't wait to have him.  I love sharing my family with others & I hope he has a good time.
:: Cody sleeping with his bone during mine & Katie's Glee-a-thon ::
:: Watching The Wizard of Oz with the boy ::
:: Couples game of Settlers of Catan (pretty fun game!!) ::
:: Zach going & getting some yummy donuts for us! ::

I've not been up to making much in this bloggy hiatus.  In fact I've kind of taken a down turn.  My shop has made no sales, I've not been motivated to do anything, etc.  I want to get the life I want off to a start but I feel like I am not dedicated enough.  I do just want to keep it as a hobby right now, but I'd love for it to be a successful hobby! I think I am in sort of a quazi-rut & I don't know what to do about it!

Anyway, I hope to be blogging up a storm soon.  So thank you for sticking around!!

How have you been?
Are you excited for Thanksgiving?