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Monday, December 31

Can you believe that this is the last day of the year!?! I had another song in mind for today's Musical Monday post, but when I heard this 2012 hits mash-up on the latest Blogilates workout, I knew that this would be much more fun.

I believe I have found my newest favorite mash-up deejay. You can check out more from kimaginati0n on his Youtube channel.

If you want to play along, head over to My So-Called Chaos to grab the button and link your Musical Monday post up with Miss Angie.
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Happy New Year's Eve, friends!

This week's Round-Up is coming a little late since it's taken a while to get settled after vacation. Also, I wasn't really reading blogs last week; I was enjoying vacation time with my family. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday week, and that I'm not the only one who has to head in to work today.

Here are the favorite reads from last week.

1. I love Amber's honesty in this post about the challenges her family faced in 2012. A lot of friends have been facing similar challenges with job losses and money worries. Times are hard...but I also love that Amber is looking forward to brighter changes in the new year.

2. Next year, I want a pink Christmas tree just like this one on At the Pink of Perfection!

3. Do you remember sneaking down the stairs on Christmas Eve/Morning to see what Santa left? Ducky's reminiscing will definitely take you back there?

4. Christina from Easily Entertained has a birthday coming up, but instead of gifts, she's asking her friends and family to donate to Charity:Water, which provides clean drinking water to people in the Tigray region of Ethiopia (where 60% of the population doesn't have access to clean drinking water). I love this idea. She also has a fun giveaway if you participate.

5. You can't beat home-made gifts. Check out the adorable DIY dinosaurs that Miss Chelsea made for her niece.

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Friday, December 28

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Happy Friday on the last Friday of 2012. We're expecting Mamarazzi to be back next week...so this is probably also the last week of Friday Confessional hanging out here on High-Heeled Love. 

I confess...

I cannot believe that the end of the year is pretty much here. Nor can I believe that today is the last day of vacation. That went by too fast!

I confess...

After a week of indulging with the family, I am seriously going to have to get back on to the clean-eating train. I cannot do things like have eggs and bacon every morning for breakfast when I'm not going to jujitsu. I'm glad that we'll be able to head into the dojo next week.

I confess...

I could also be just fine not drinking any more wine for a while. The Mister, however, has discovered a new love this week - Kracken Rum with apple juice. We're all calling him a krackenhead now.

I confess...

Last night, we decided to walk down to the beach at about midnight. It was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful. You could see all the stars and the lights on the bridges and piers in the distance. What wasn't so peaceful was when we got lost and couldn't find the cut thru to take us back over the dunes and back to the house. Whoops.

I confess...

That speaking of getting lost, my GPS must think it's really funny to keep steering us into ghetto parts of downtown Savannah. We've wound up in some very sketchy parts of town these past few days.

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Thursday, December 27

I saw this a couple weeks ago on Everyday Life and thought it was a really cute idea. However, I have no children, so I had to wait until Christmas vacation to "borrow" my niece for the fun!

1. Why do you like being a kid?

K: You don't have to work, and you get to live with your family. And you get to play more and have a lot of friends.



2. What is your happiest memory?

K: When it was my seventh birthday, my Nanny said "Happy Birthday" to me before anybody was up.



3. What do you like to do for fun?

K: Play with my friends, horse back riding and ride my bike



4. What was the nicest thing you ever did for someone else?

K: This kid in my class, he has trouble with his math so I helped him with his math.



5. What is the thing you love most about your brother?

K: I like that he is not born yet.

(Her brother is still a bun in the oven, so I think she was a little unsure how to answer.)

6. What do you think you'll be doing 10 years from now?

K: I'll be driving a Cadillac, and I'll be a marine biologist.



7. What do you think makes a person good-looking?

K: If they brush their hair, dress right, don't wear too much make-up. And for boys, don't have a frisky beard.



8. What do you think your mom & dad do for jobs?

K: My mom is a pharmacist, and my dad drives the ambulance trucks.



9. What is the grossest thing you can imagine?

K: Someone that threw up in my face.



10. What is your favorite thing to do with your family?

K: Play with them, and on the holidays spend time with them on vacation.




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Tuesday, December 25

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Merry Christmas, lovelies!

This week my HAPPY list is all about family. We've been having a great time with my brother, his wife, my parents and my niece. I'm HAPPY that my other brother and my sister will be on their way down tomorrow afternoon.

Yummy holiday food makes me HAPPY. I made chili for the whole family yesterday, and today we had a turkey dinner. Looking forward to tortilla soup and enchiladas later this week. You can't beat vacation food.

This evening, my SIL, niece and I baked chocolate chip cookies for Santa this evening while having a dance party. Of course we had a good laugh when the men decided to act as "quality control" and test the cookies before we left them out for the man with the bag.

In the morning, we have plans to get up and go up to the widow's walk to watch the sunrise with coffee. Isn't that the best way to start a Christmas morning?

So what's on your holiday Happy List this week? Grab the button and link up below. Please comment after linking.


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Monday, December 24

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Carrie at The Carrie Gland tagged me for this holiday questionnaire last week, and I thought it would be fun to save for the week of Christmas. Feel free to take answer the questions on your own blog if you'd like.

1) What makes Christmas such a special holiday for you and your family?

Christmas is one of the few times of the year that my long distance family and friends are in town. It's nice to spend time and make memories with my loved ones who don't live near me anymore. 

2) Were you told the truth about Santa Claus by your parents or did you find out another way? And...do you plan on lying to your kids (if you have them or plan on having them)?I found out from a "parent," but I don't think she thought I still believed in Santa Claus at that time. As far as whether we'll play along with the Santa Claus myth, I really don't know yet. Haven't ever asked the Mister what he thinks so I guess I should talk to him.

3) Real tree or fake tree?I prefer a real tree, but until this year, I set up my table top artificial tree that I bought back in college. Now we have a live potted Norfolk pine that we bring in every year for the holidays. It's probably going to be too big next year...we'll see what happens then.


4) Do you open presents on Christmas morning, Christmas Eve, or both?LOL....I stink with presents. I gave the Mister his gift as soon as it came in the mail a couple weeks ago. But in all honesty, we do both. Usually, we have Christmas Eve at the Mister's mom's house and open presents there. Then we do Christmas Day and sometimes the day after Christmas with my parents and the Mister's father's family.


5) What is your favorite Christmas movie to watch? Favorite Christmas song? Oh, I love Home Alone....and for some reason, the Harry Potter movies remind me of Christmas. So I like to watch the first two or three of those as well. My favorite Christmas song is "Carol of the Bells"...I particularly like the version on the Home Alone soundtrack.

I don't generally get into tagging people, but if you want to play along, feel free to leave a comment below letting me know.




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Sunday, December 23

Hello lovelies.

It's Sunday (already!) so it's time for this week's Round-Up.

1. This week the Sandy Hook tragedy has been weighing heavily on my heart. Please keep the families and town in your prayers as we go into this holiday week. Also consider joining in on this blogger project to help encourage the children as they go back to school.

2. This post by Munchie's Mama, which was also inspired by the recent shooting, really reminds me of the things we can to make our communities a better, more welcoming, safer places. There are some great thoughts to help when we may feel especially helpless.

3. This simple gift-wrapping idea from one sheepish girl has inspired me as I put my packages together this year.

4. With the recent news that Facebook/Instagram now reserves the right to sell our photos without compensation or permission, I found this article, which was shared by Nathan, to be eye-opening. I will be watermarking from now on. (I have since heard that this policy will be changed after public outcry about the policy.)

5. I want to hold a Christmas cookie social like Little Woman for all the little ones in my life. It's too bad that most of my nearest and dearest live so far away.

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Friday, December 21

Because confession is good for the soul.
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I confess...

The Mister and I stayed up late last night having a discussion about the Mayan calendar. He's more educated about the subject, and I thought it was interesting that rather than the end of the world, they were using the calendar to forecast things like the our solar system's placement in the Milky Way. I confess that I was happy to show him where Greenwich (as in GMT) is in England.

I confess...

Today is my last half-day before some time off for Christmas, and I'm so excited. But I don't understand one thing. Why is it that whenever, I'm trying to close early for a little vacation time, my phone starts ringing off the hook? I work in sales so I can't complain about being busy...but seriously, the timing!

I confess...

That it always seems like there are a zillion things to do the day before a vacation. Lots of errands to run when that half-day is done, and I still want to get up to Charlotte to see my relatives when they get into the airport.

I confess...

It was cold this morning when I woke up, and I'm holding my brother and my sister-in-love responsible for bringing the cold weather with them. Yesterday afternoon, it was sunny and in the 70s outside...this morning, it's cold, wet and only in the 40s. No good. It's all their fault, even if they don't get in until later.

I confess...

I had dinner with Santa last night. =)


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P.S. Today is the last day to link your Ugly Sweater Ornament Swap posts up. Head HERE to join in the fun if you haven't linked up already.


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Wednesday, December 19

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Danielle and I have some exciting news regarding Wino Wednesday. Beginning in January, we will be co-hosting Wino Wednesday as a weekly linky party....and because Danielle is so fabulous, she's organized a wine-related giveaway every week in January to get the party started.

So mark your bloggy calendars - the first link-up will be Wednesday, January 2. Plan to share your Wino Wednesday posts and link up with High-Heeled Love and Secrets of a Sweet Southern Girl.

In the meantime, here are this week's Wino Wednesday finds.


Source: 9gag.com via Aubrey on Pinterest


And for the record....I like shoes. I like wine. But this is not cute.
Danielle posted this on my FB last week as (I hope) a joke.
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Tuesday, December 18

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I'm opening the Happy List linky today for those that want to link up.


However, this week, I'm not going to be writing a list; we'll let Saturday's post suffice. Instead, I am be participating in the Blogger Day of Silence. I'm praying for the families of all affected in the Sandy Hook tragedy last week.

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Sunday, December 16


It's hard to believe that I've been doing my Round-Up posts for 10 weeks already? Time really does fly these days. I'm awfully excited because tomorrow starts the countdown to vacation. I just cannot wait to spend some quality holiday time with my family; let's hope this week flies, too.

Anyway, moving on to this week's favorite reads.

1. I'm loving these little DIY terrariums on a blog full of weldons. She made these as Christmas gifts for her children's teachers. I think they'd be fantastic favors at a shower as well.

2. Megan from a string of purls asks some thoughtful questions about pre-teen and tween bloggers. It's an interesting thought. Are we all too "plugged in"?

3. I'm adoring these stories of Christmas traditions around the world that Art @ Home has been sharing this week. You should check out the story of the Red Robin Breast in the UK and spiderwebs in Ukraine. (Not that this changes my opinion of spiders in the house.)

4. Sometimes you have to have a heart-to-heart to yourself about not giving up just because you haven't accomplished something yet. That's how I read Miss Angie's post about accepting setbacks and getting back on the horse.

5. These tips from Ducky at Batcrap Crazy are sure to help you survive the next corporate holiday party.

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Saturday, December 15

There will be no Shoe Lust Saturday today because we've spent most of the day at the hospital with this little man.

Say hi to my newest nephew, Aiden.

I am in love!
I am linking this post up for the Happy List on Tuesday.
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Friday, December 14

First of all, if you're looking for the Friday Confessional party, head to my confessions post HERE.


I've been looking forward to this post all week since this the first swap that I've co-hosted. Here's the 60-second version. Each partner was to make and send a tacky "ugly sweater" ornament (think an Ugly Christmas Sweater party) to their partner along with a thoughtful ornament.

Since there was an odd number of participants, I was partnered with my co-hosts. I sent ornaments to Stephany at Mommy in a Boy's World, and I received from Danielle at Secrets of a Sweet Southern Girl.

Danielle and I have met a few times via the Palmetto Bloggers, and she's invited me to join her on her Talk to Me Tuesday feature, so I'd say she's had some time to get to know my tastes. Here's what she sent me:
First, there was the "ugly sweater" ornament, and I had to chuckle that Danielle literally made me a sweater. I had to laugh because the Mister had suggested I do something similar. I love how my ornament is trimmed with tinsel.
Then, there were two thoughtful ornaments - one was shoe-related (obviously). On a side note, I'm getting quite the collection of shoe ornaments; I'll have to write a blog post on that sometime.

Danielle also included this hand-painted palmetto tree ornament, which is a nod to how we met through the Palmetto Bloggers and our first blogger meet-up.

In addition to three great ornaments, she also sent me socks, candy and a Christmas card. Thank you so much, Danielle. You've spoiled me!

So now it's your turn! Show us what you received in your swap package. Be sure to include the swap button and link to your partner and swap hosts.



Please comment after linking!



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Hi everyone!

I've had a chance to touch base with Mamarazzi, and it looks like Friday Confessional and the Happy List linky parties will be hanging out here through the end of December. She is planning on getting back to blogging in the new year; she's just super-busy with her family and life right now. However, I do encourage you all to visit her FB page and let her know we miss her through the holiday season.

So let's get on to the confessing part of things. After all, confession is good for the soul.

I confess...

Speaking of Facebook pages, did you know that High-Heeled Love has a Facebook page? I would love it if you'd stop by and say "hi." One of my goals for 2013 for the blog is to interact more with my readers, and Facebook is sometimes just easier than replying to comments.

I confess...

It makes me a little sad when I go to reply to a comment and find the dreaded "Noreply-Comment." With all the traffic that I've received from Miss Angie's massive group holiday giveaway, I'm seeing some new names in my comments. I want to welcome them, but I don't have an email to send a a message. No bueno. If you don't know how to enable your email, please let me know via FB or twitter, and I'll walk you through it. Or click this button.
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I confess...

I have decorated more for the holidays at the new office than I have at home. Not that my decorating at work has been much. However, I do have two Christmas trees up outside since I'm on a corner lot. And a wreath. And a Christmas cactus.

I confess...

I am seriously on countdown for vacation. I just cannot wait. Oh, and I'm dying for some sushi this week. I may have to sneak over to my spot tomorrow for lunch.


Have a lovely weekend, friends!

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