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What We Got For Christmas.

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Hello Beautifuls! I hope you all had a great Christmas with friends and family. We had a great Christmas Eve with our friends. This is our second Christmas in Japan, for some reason this year it hit me super hard that I was not with my family. To be honest, im still a little down, but I have to push through and just think that we just have a year and a few months left. Thank God I had amazing friends that came over to celebrate this holiday with. My friend I call my nugget bestie and her husband came over and we had a great time. This was our first time ever doing a Christmas dinner, I think for it being our first time cooking a big meal, we kinda nailed it.

So, let me start of by saying I’m not a cook or baker by any means. Now, y’all may think mashed potatoes aren’t that hard to make but, for someone that has never done homemade anything, it was a big deal for me and may I add they came out super yummy. The other thing I made were Texas sheet cake cookies, I got the recipe from Pinterest! The fact that it didn’t turn into a Pinterest fail is huge and they came out super yummy. Another, Pinterest recipe I saw and managed to not mess it up was making a crockpot creamy hot cocoa, best hot cocoa I have ever tasted. It was a proud moment for me and it gave me a little bit of confidence in the kitchen. My husband also threw it down in the kitchen he made a delicious prime rib roast, a cheese cornbread casserole, and some peanut butter balls. Overall, it was a great time and very blessed to have been able to celebrate this holiday with my little family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Now, onto what we got for Christmas, we will start with the person that got all of the gifts under my tiny tree, my squishy face.  He sure got spoiled by my parents this year, they got him a power wheel Silverado, shoes, clothes, and some learning toys. Santa brought him cars, Lighting McQueen stuff, more clothes, and t-ball gear. We tried to not get him useless toys they we will be stumbling on in two days. My aunt also sent him some more clothes, so you can say he is somewhat set on the clothes. Our fur baby got the biggest bone ever and he sure is enjoying it.

 

This Christmas I didn’t get much, like I mentioned before we are saving up to go to Okinawa to visit our friends. From my hubby I got grey UGGS, from my amazing parents and brothers I got money I’m still debating on what to get, my in laws and Brent’s grandmothers also sent Jason some cash. My friends really out did themselves this year, like omg! My boo boo kitty, send me a Kate Spade tumblr and the cutest necklace ever, it made me cry. My other bestie sent me a gorgeous rose gold Minnie necklace, absolutely gorgeous. My nugget bestie got me cute and dainty Japanese earrings and necklace. My friend and old boss got me the new Gabrielle Chanel perfume, she is the bomb. Finally, my friend Taylor got a cricut and made a cute mason jar with my name. I’m a sucker for mason jars. I treated myself to a cute mug that gives me Henri Bendel vibes and a sparkly Starbucks tumblr. I mean how amazing are my friends, I am beyond blessed to have them in my life. Love you guys soooo much!

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Overall, it was an amazing Christmas and I hope you got what you wanted from Santa. Haha.

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Let The Loosing The Scissors & Tape Begin.

Hello beautifuls! Can y’all believe we are 11 days away from Christmas! I’m filled with excitement to see my sweet squishy open is presents this year. I didn’t go all out this year on the gifts like I did last year, the hubby and I agreed on going on a small vacation instead. So, our Christmas present is going to visit our close friends in Okinawa, Japan (it’s the Hawaii of Japan, haha). We are soo excited to see beautiful beaches and see our amazing friends in the spring. Even though, we didn’t go all out on gifts doesn’t mean theres nothing under our tiny tree. My parents obviously went all out this year and I can’t wait for him to open up his gifts. This year I didn’t just want to get him meaningless toys that I will be stepping on in the middle of the night. The hubby and I opened our Christmas gift a little early and have been using them ever since. So, my only focus was my squishy.

If y’all have a toddler and don’t know what to get them here are somethings I think are fun and easy way for them to learn and have fun.

1. Vtech activities table.

This turns into an easel for painting and has storage for more activities pads. Target is having a promotion on toys so, it’s the perfect time to grab this and some activities pages.

2. Activity pages.

The table includes some pages already, but they have more pages like animals, numbers, and so much more. These are also included in the promotion target is having on toys.

3. T-ball Bat and glove.

Jason will be 3 next June so, we will be putting him in t-ball. I couldn’t be more excited and my brothers are over the moon. Baseball is about the only sport that stuck. Since, we are planning on putting him in baseball, I though it was never too soon to get him a little bat and a glove. Hopefully he finds it enjoyable and would be interested in the playing with other kids and I would like to teach him the bat is to hit the ball not other kids. Haha.

4. Clothes!

You can never go wrong with clothes. My child is growing like there’s no tomorrow. So, he sure needs some jeans that don’t look like capris. Old Navy is one of my favorite places to shop for his clothes. They always have great sales and the clothes are really cute. My other favorite place is the MCX, the store on base.

5. Socks & Shoes.

Like, I said my child is growing like crazy so, socks and shoes are a great gift. I don’t know about y’all but, in my house it’s like his socks disappear into the air. Plus, it’s like a Christmas tradition to get socks. For his shoes I always buy his shoes a little bit bigger that way he can wear them for a little longer and let me tell you he wears the crap out of his shoes.

This year for Christmas we kind of wanted to pull a Christmas with the Kranks type of Christmas since, we were going away on a vacation. But, I love Christmas way too much to do that so it’s a small Christmas for us this year. Literally, it’s a small one for us. One Jason’s present is bigger than our tree hahaha! You can read all about that in my last post.

So, to all the moms and dads that are wrapping all those presents, good luck and I hope you can keep track of your scissors and tape. Happy wrapping!

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Decking The Halls & Filled With Joy of My Blogs Year Anniversary!

Holy Moly! I cannot believe I’ve had my blog for a year now. I’m so grateful for each and everyone of my followers and the amazing people that read my blogs! You guys are amazing. I just go back to the first blog I wrote and how scared I was to start my blog but, here we are a year later. I hope I’ll be doing this for more years to come. I just want to thank you all for the support. Now, let’s get into the holiday spirit and talk Christmas decor.

My house has been decked out for Christmas since the 1st of November, some may say that is way too soon but, I don’t care. I look forward to decorating for Christmas all year sadly, this is the first year that we won’t have a Christmas tree though. You can read all about our Christmas tree fail in a post I wrote last year. Since, then I’ve been a bit hesitant with buying a real tree again and well, living overseas you don’t have a wide range of choices for an artificial tree. We only have the MCX and the choices they have are super expensive and in my opinion, not worth the price. I’ve always had a real tree growing up, I love the smell and how green and full they are. Once, I’m back home I will be splurging on my dream artificial tree or trees… you know maybe one for every room. Haha. Some of the decor I already had from last year and some I found at my local thrift store or got at target. There aren’t a lot of places to shop for decor like back in the states there’s Marshall’s, tjmaxx, and of course target! Not everything they have is online and stuff I would love to buy won’t ship here. So, I had to do work with what I had. I’m loving all the neutral and white decor I’ve been seeing everywhere but, it’s something about the traditional colors like green and red that scream Christmas and I’m not ready to change colors at least, not now maybe when I go back to the states and I have options. For the time being this is how my humble home looks.

The green and red throw pillows I got at one of the Japanese dollar store. For a total of $4 I have cute pillows. These are our stockings from last year and the wreath I made last year as well. My placemats and the runner that’s on my coffee table are from target. The snowman I’ve had for years and the signs are from daiso.

This is probably my fave spot in the living room. This huge snow globe plays music and the bottom turns. I absolutely love it and it’s one Jason’s favorite things to look at. I have a picture of my squishy on his first Christmas, some nutcrackers from hobby lobby, and my recent purchase from target is this mercury glass tree. This little spot is so magical to me and makes me so happy.

The decor in my beauty room is a bit different, I wanted to make it a pink wonderland since, it’s the main color already. I wanted to mix the metals and have a pop of pink. The silver and white wreath and the tall golden tree is from the local thrift store.

The deer, nutcracker,the small rose gold mercury glass tree, and the candle holder in the middle are from target. I diy the white tree with things from the Japanese dollar store and finally a cute picture of my sweet baby boy.

I hope you all enjoyed this little tour of my home in all it’s Christmas glory. Once, again I want to thank each and everyone you for all the support and making this a great year!

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.

It came in flash it seems but, the most wonderful time of the year is here! It’s the first day of December and we already had a day full of winter fun. In the afternoon, since my hubby volunteered to be Santa Claus, I went with some friends to the winter market on base and did a little shopping. The winter market is a place where little home shops can be in one place and sell their products. Yes, you read that right, my husband loves dressing up like Santa Claus and surprisingly he doesn’t scare the kids, they actually like him. Haha. Like, I was saying it was a fun time and Jason got to take a picture with Santa aka daddy. We were scared that he would recognize him and pull down his beard and ruin the illusion for the other kids but, he didn’t. Thank goodness.

Later in the evening, we went to the tree lighting event. There were brownies, hot cocoa, delicious apple cider, yummy food, and Christmas music. This was a great experience and to have been surrounded with friends made it so much more fun. It wasn’t the tree lighting at the Rocker Feller but, it was beautiful nonetheless. We made great memories already and it’s just the first day of December, I can only hope there’s more fun to come.

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A Christmas in Japan.

I hope you all having an amazing Christmas day. Spending this day with family and friends, eating delicious food and opening present’s around the tree. We spent our Christmas Eve with friends and had a blast. I did get a little depressed thinking about not being with our families for the holidays, but being with my little family is the most important. Seeing my little squishy bear and how excited he was to open his present’s made me so happy. He has been trying to get into those presents for a while and he finally got the chance to rip them open. He sure got spoiled this year from his grandparents, friends, and of course us. He is my biggest blessing. My parents always spoil us, even though we are all the way across the world. My fur baby also got a couple goodies under the tree and in his stocking. I, for sure got spoiled this year, my husband went above and beyond. I love my Tiffany’s necklace(pics down below, along with all the other gifts) it is something I will cherish forever. We stayed home , watched some Christmas movies after opening present’s. We also made dinner and desserts for the single marines that are stationed here in Japan  and were not able to go home for the holiday. I can not cook to save my life, so I only made them very festive cupcakes. My husband on the other got all Gordan Ramsey on me and cooked a ham and made cornbread casserole, from scratch. Overall, it was an amazing and blessed day for the Boucha family. I hope you all  have an amazing Christmas with your family and friends! We wish you a Merry Christmas!!!

 

 

 

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A Trip to Tiffany’s.

Today, my amazing husband took me to Tiffany’s & Co. to pick out my Christmas gift. My little girl dreams came true today. I had a little Audrey Hepburn moment, if only I had a tiara and a black dress. I could not believe I was walking out with a little blue bag. The most iconic little blue bag. I am beyond blessed to have a husband that spoils me to no end. He really does make my every wish or dream come true. Besides my smile, jewelry is one of my favorite accessory to wear. I feel naked without my rings, earrings, and necklaces. Now, to have the most prettiest and iconic jewelry in my collection is beyond words. I have to wait until Christmas to open it. So, I will post pictures of it then, along with everything else I received. I am not at all bragging or think I am better than anyone, I just could not hold my excitement and I just wanted to share this moment with you all. Granted this will be my Christmas present for the next two years while being here in Japan. We agreed on no gifts next year or the following, we would like to travel and great memories. So, what better present to get for the next two years than something from Tiffany’s. What did you ask for Christmas? A puppy/dog? Is it a luxury item? A trip? Makeup? A home related item? Whatever you asked for, I hope you all get what you wished for. I hope you all have a great Christmas Eve and an amazing Christmas Day!

 

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Christmas is Around the Corner.

There are only three days left until Christmas. Who is prepared and ready for Christmas? Who is not prepared and running around like a chicken with its head cut off? I have always been an early shopper. I start around October or maybe earlier. My husband and I have big families, so it gets expensive. I put extra thought on each gift I give our friends and families. My husband is only responsible for my gift. I shop, pick out, and wrap all the gifts. I am a very impatient person, meaning I start wrapping gift early as well. I am just wrapping up some gifts that have arrived, we are still waiting on more to arrive from our families. Being in Japan, online orders and packages from the states take forever to arrive, therefore when it all arrives it comes in bulk. I would go insane if I saved all the wrapping for last-minute. On top of wrapping all the gifts I buy for my little familia (spanish for family). Our friends and family sent us some Christmas gifts. Jason is the first grandson on my family side, he is crazy spoiled by them. So, on top of wrapping our gifts I have to wrap the dozens of gifts sent my our families for Jason. All the gifts under tree are mainly his. I love Christmas, it is my favorite holiday. I try to make it as special and magical as I can. I know Christmas is not all about the gifts, but I just like giving. It makes me happy, whether it be a gift or baby sitting our friend kids and giving the parents a few hours to themselves.

Making sure Christmas is perfect is so important to me. Growing up my family always made sure we had a great Christmas. We were always with family, laughing and stuffing our faces. Hispanic cooking is the best and I sure am going to miss my daddy’s cooking this year.  We always had what we wanted under tree, alongside with some undies and socks. I use to take those for granted, now as an adult I wish those were in my stocking again. How do you guys prepare for Christmas? What are your traditions? Do you wait for last minute or an early preparer like myself? Let me know how you all handle the holiday stress.

 

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