Hello! Is it just me or do you feel like treating yourself to a little holiday cheer? Time for my Five Faves along with Cindy and Annie. Today, I’m sharing affordable holiday treats at Trader Joe’s, cashmere, a couple of fun chick flix’ and a free template designer! There is also caviar (ok this isn’t “affordable” but it’s for a special occasion).
1. Corny Chickflix’ On Netflix That I Loved
Don’t judge this guilty pleasure (while football is on or Howard has a late work night)…
“A romantic comedy about the lies we tell for love. An unlucky-in-love LA girl falls for a rugged East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays—only to discover that she’s been catfished by his childhood friend.”
Yeah, I didn’t know what “catfished” meant either. You will learn. I watched it while doing laundry and actually cried at the end. Glad no one was around to see me.
A Castle For Christmas
My cousin said it was good so, why not. I loved the scenery and Brooke Shields. My daughter liked it too.
“Famed author, Sophie Brown (Brooke Shields), travels to Scotland hoping to buy a small castle of her own, but the prickly owner, Myles, the Duke of Dunbar, is reluctant to sell to a foreigner.”
2. Caviar “So you want to be fancy?”
Our cousins brought caviar from The Caviar Co. as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. They served it with blinis, creme fraiche, chopped egg and onion AND Champagne and chilled vodka. LIVING!
3. And Comfortable in Cashmere?
Meanwhile, my sister went into my closet and pulled out one of my J. Crew cashmere ponchos that I have been telling you about lately. I have it in black too (shhh…I’m going to wrap up this camel one and give it to her).
4. Holiday Treats at Trader Joe’s!
Fun things that we sometimes have to wait all year for:
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Beverage Add ice and a lime slice and this makes a great non-alcoholic cocktail. It’s 50 calories so I add a bit more sparkling water. Or some people I know might put some vodka in there. “This bubbly Beverage is bright and richly fruity—powered by pomegranate, pineapple, orange, and apple juices —with a kick of ginger, and just enough effervescence to make any occasion reason to celebrate.”
Candied Pecans…I like these in salads.
Jingle Jangle: “Mini pretzels covered with milk and dark chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate; dark chocolate-covered caramel popcorn, etc.” Put out if you have a crowd.
Spiced Cookie Mug Hangers are just fun.
Fried Olive Bites: Start your diet after the holidays.
Read more of Trader Joe’s holiday guide here.
5. Canva For Holiday Messages And More
I’ve mentioned Canva before. They have templates for everything. There is a free version that I started with but now I have the paid version for more options. The Trader Joe’s collage above was made with Canva as is this…
This is our dog, Chief’s family (Judge is his brother from the same litter), Dolly (our daughter’s dog), and Tazi (our niece’s dog) have the same father. Even though they are all Boston Terriers, they all have such DIFFERENT personalities! I guess it’s like children…you never know what you will get 🙂
PS. That was not an easy photo to get at the dog park!
If you are new here, each Sunday I share my top five favorite things along with my friends, Cindy and Annie. It’s like our weekly “catch-up” phone call. If you would like to receive this series every week, please sign up HERE.
Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week:
And come back on Thursday when we show you some thoughtful homemade gifts you can make.