Enduring All Things: December 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015

Well, Friends… It’s December 31st. The last day of 2015. Let’s just let that sink in for a sec. Where did this year go? I mean, this year was a great one, but I just can’t believe it’s over. But I’m super excited to start a new year tomorrow! Are you? I sure hope so. But I hope it’s because you just need to be refreshed. I hope it’s not because 2015 was a bad year for you.

Anyway, it’s been a tradition of mine for the last 3 years to do a sort of recap of the year on December 31st. Here is last year’s recap. Here’s the recap from 2013. And here is one from 2012.

So let’s get started on this year’s recap!

Favorite Events (In chronological order)

Favorite Music (in the order I thought of them)

  • All of Carrie Underwood’s new CD, Storyteller
  • Hello by Adele
  • Uptown Funk
  • The entire Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack
  • The Star Wars soundtrack
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra's new CD, Letters From The Labyrinth
  • Hamilton Soundtrack

Favorite Movies (In order of how I liked them starting with my favorite)

Favorite Posts on My Blog (in order of how they appeared on the blog)

What were some of your favorite things this year?
Thanks for reading!

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Warmest Christmas Wishes
Love, The Maugeris:
Pearson, Charlene & Pip
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

If we were having coffee...

If we were having coffee... I'd probably talk a lot about how fun our Thanksgiving was and how much I'm looking forward to Christmas. BUT I don't want to wish this time in between away. I love this season and I want to enjoy every minute of it.

If we were having coffee... I'd continue the conversation by mentioning that, though I'm super excited for Christmas, I'm definitely NOT excited for winter. Luckily, and surprisingly, it hasn't snowed here yet! Knock on wood.

If we were having coffee... I'd mention how frustrating it is that people like Kaley Cuoco and her ex husband and Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton can't stay together. Both of these couples were people I thought were very in love and the way they've talked it seemed their spouses were very important to them. No, I don't know their personal situations, but it always makes me sad when marriages split up. Yes, marriage is hard. But, in most situations, it's worth a little work. And, also in most situations, it only takes a little work to make it last.

If we were having coffee... I would also complain about grocery shopping. I HATE grocery shopping. Especially during the holidays. Ugh it's the worst.

If we were having coffee... I would share my crazy December schedule with you! We got back from Thanksgiving on Monday November 30th at 12:15 am... I had to work that morning. Then, this past weekend, I had 3 Christmas parties and a community theatre show to go to. I'm not complaining, they were fun, but time consuming and tiring. In fact, I woke up with a terrible cold on Sunday. This coming Thursday, I'm leaving on a 6 am flight to head to Georgia for a work trip. I'll be there till Tuesday the 15th. That trip will include 4 days of work, an office Christmas party, and a good friend's wedding. When I get home late Tuesday night, I'll then have 3 days to clean my apartment, finish baking and wrapping and packing before we leave for our Christmas vacation. Saturday the 19th we'll leave for Birmingham where we'll spend 2 nights with my brother. Then we'll pop over to Atlanta to spend a few days with Pearson's family and then a day with my family before driving 12 hours to Arkansas, to see my grandparents there. We'll drive the 14 hours home on Monday the 28th and my best friend from college will be bringing her husband and 2 dogs to visit on the 29th... Yep.

If we were having coffee... I'd follow up that whole spiel with this... I will be taking a break from blogging over the next few weeks. I hope you all will understand and still love me. I still plan to read all my favorite blogs daily and I'll still be active on social media (instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook). And just because I won't be publishing any new post, doesn't mean I won't be working on this blog behind the scenes. I have some big plans for 2016 and I can't wait! So I'll take this time to focus on spending the holidays with my family. I'll try to get Helene's blogging course: Quit Your Job to Blog completed and I'll be working on revamping everything for a fresh start in January!

If we were having coffee... I'd tell you not to worry. I won't leave you hanging! If you want to read some awesome holiday content from me, I've listed all my past holiday related posts below. Or at least the best ones. I'll also be promoting these on social media throughout the month. Enjoy!

Holiday Posts: (Including Guest Posts and Collaborations)

Holiday Tips:
Holiday Traditions:
Marriage Related Holiday Posts:
Holiday DIYs:
Holiday Decor:
Holiday Gift Guides:
Other Holiday Posts:
I hope you have a great December and I'll see you in a few weeks!
Thanks for reading!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

How We Wore It // Holiday Plaid

Today I'm joining Brooke of Silver Lining for How We Wore It. I am so honored to be a part of this monthly series! Every month, Brooke sends out an outfit picture for inspiration, and 25 bloggers recreate the look with whatever they already have in their closet.

I'm a little late to the party and that's because, somehow, I deleted the email from Brooke and didn't know I was one of the 25 bloggers this month until yesterday. When I saw Brooklyn's post and saw my name at the bottom, I realized I was supposed to be part of it. So I took some outfit pictures yesterday evening and here we are. This also explains why, I talked about taking a blogging break on Tuesday and yet, here is another post only 2 days later...

EDIT: I changed the date and time of this post and Tuesday's post so the post where I talked about a blogging break would be on top.

Anyway, if you're interested in this collaboration, head over to Brooke's blog to sign up. But remember, space is limited!

So here is the inspiration Brooke gave us this month...

from Because Shanna Said So

Here's how I wore it... (Sorry for the dark pictures. I may re-take these later)

Flannel: Goodwill || Dress: Old Navy in the spring (similar) || Tights: Old Navy || Boots: Gifted
I got this plaid flannel shirt from Goodwill a couple years ago when Pearson and I dressed as "Canada" for a winter Olympics party. I love it and I wear it often, but I've never thought to wear it over a dress. I really like the look.
Leggings: Marshalls
I decided to swap out my black tights for some fun holiday leggings to make the look a little more casual and balance the flannel. Also, I love these and I feel like I can only wear them in December so I might as well wear them as much as possible, right? Also, how crazy is it that I was okay wearing no sleeves on December 9th in Ohio??
T-Shirt: OLD || Boots: Target OLD
Since I love these leggings so much, I decided to try them without the dress. Usually I don't like wearing leggings for pants, because they aren't pants. But I thought this might be okay because the flannel shirt is long and the leggings are pretty loose for leggings. I was right!
Especially when I tied the shirt around my waste to hide my bum! I love this look! Oh and I switched out the nicer ankle boots for a fun combat-ish boot. Which reminds me... The girl in the original inspiration picture was wearing brown boots and a tan cardigan. I didn't do that because, for some reason, I still can't get on board with the whole mixing brown and black thing. I don't know why.
I did try it with a black cardigan though.
I also tried it with my black skinny jeans because this is closer to how I would normally wear the flannel. Honestly though, these jeans are probably tighter than the leggings. I like having one side tucked in though.
As for the details, I've been living in this necklace all winter. It's just so simple and dainty and I really like the bare branch that matches the winter trees. And I love these ginger bread man earrings. They are festive without being too over the top. I've been wearing them a lot this month too!

So that's how I wore it... Last night on my back patio in the dark... Several different ways because I couldn't decide what I wanted...

And here are all the other ladies who participated this month...

Be sure to check them all out! We all styled our looks differently so get some inspiration!

Brooke at Silver Lining
Robin at Penn & Quill
Aubrey at Aubrey Zaruba
Maren at Maren and Co
Brielle at Breezy and Co
Tayler at The Morrell Tale
Sharlee at My New Lines
Berkley at Berkley Anne
Jennifer at The Pepper Express
Alexa at He and I
Hannah at Hannah Rae
Rachel at Rachel Sayumi
Amy at Harris Inc.
Brooklyn at Brooklyn Jolley
Jennifer at Jennifer Sikora
Bonnie at The Life of Bon
Sarah at My For Real Life
Kyla at FordOlogy
Riley at Riley Jo Blog
Shelbie at R+S Brereton
Sierra at Sierra's View
Emma at Ever Emma
Danica at Danikan Skywalker
Deidre at Deidre Emme
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Monday, December 7, 2015

Being Present - Marriage & Relationship Goals {link up}

It's time for the last Marriage & Relationship Goals post of the year! 

Last month, I wanted to be thankful for Pearson by keeping a thankful list and to be intentional about quality time. Well, I did keep a great list! That list includes things like the baby fever he got after we spent a weekend with friends and a baby in a cabin and the fact that he called me immediately when he was exasperated from hearing Christmas music on the radio on November 2nd.

As far as the quality time part... Well, we had a great Thanksgiving Vacation in which we spent 30-something hours of quality time together in the car. Other than that, there were a lot of late nights and Pearson went to a conference over a weekend so we didn't have a whole lot of time to spend together, but we did go see MockingJay Part 2. And we even watched all three of the other Hunger Games movies leading up to it.

This month, as with every December, my goal is to be present and enjoy the holiday season with my husband. Here's last year's post and here's the year before. It's one of my fears every December that the whole month will pass and I'll have been stressed the entire time. This year, I think it really will be a problem so I'm going to really try to spend time with Pearson when we're both home. He works a lot and I'll be spending a week in Georgia for work, but we'll enjoy the rest of the time.

What are your relationship goals for this month? Link up below!
Thanks for reading!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

5 Things I've Learned About Splitting Holidays Between Families

Pearson's entire extended family at Thanksgiving last week.
All the cousins on my dad's side of the family at Christmas last year. (Yes, I wore the same sweater last week on Thanksgiving in the first picture... Oops)
A panoramic picture of everyone at my Nana's in Arkansas at Thanksgiving last year.
I love being married. And I especially love being married during the holidays. But one of the hardest things that I've experienced in our marriage so far is splitting up holiday time between families. I am a people-pleaser so this sort of thing has always been a big problem for me, but I'm sure most of the problem is simply in my head.

Actually, I've gotten a lot better. I used to stress out about this a lot more than I do now because I've learned a few things that make it less stressful these days. So I thought I'd share what I've learned...
  • It's not worth getting worked up about. I used to dread splitting time up so much that I didn't even enjoy the holidays. I was just too stressed. But it's so not worth that!
  • Your families still love you no matter what. Some people might get their feelings hurt, but they still love you and deep down they understand, trust me.
  • They most likely don't care as much as you're imagining them to. Really, my mom and my mother-in-law are both pretty easy going and I know (rationally) that they don't care near as much as I always imagine them to.
  • Just be as fair as possible and forget the rest. You can only do so much. And, like I said earlier, your family should understand.
  • All that really matters is that you're with people who love you and they know you love them too. Am I right?
This year, we spent Thanksgiving with Pearson's extended family at his Grandma's house. We're going to spend a couple days, the weekend before Christmas, with my brother in Birmingham. Then we'll spend a few days, up through Christmas Eve, with Pearson's family. Then Christmas day we'll go to my parents' house and spend Christmas with my extended family an Georgia. Then, the day after Christmas, we'll go with my parents to my Grandma's house in Arkansas.

It's going to be a lot of driving, but we don't mind! One day we'll live closer to our families.

Where are you spending the Holidays?
Thanks for reading!
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Personal Goals for December

You guys, I failed at almost all of my goals last month. For some reason, I just seem to lose all motivation at the end of the year. I used to think it was only when I was in school and the semester was almost over. But it still happens. Anyway, I'm sharing those failures today. I'm also sharing my goals for December but honestly, they aren't going to be too crazy. I'll save the crazy goals for a fresh start in the new year!
Spiritual:
Well I didn't finish reading the book of Acts with the Good Morning Girls like I wanted. I did pretty terrible, actually. Anyone have any suggestions for staying motivated with Bible reading? This month I'm going to pause Acts for the moment and go through the Good Morning Girls' Advent Study. It started on Monday and I'm loving it so far!

Physical:
Well, I only consistently followed the Blogilates work out calendar for about the first week of November. And I didn't record anything on My Fitness Pal. I lost all motivation and I'm not even really sure how. Maybe because it's winter and I can wear frumpy clothes? But really, it's gotten out of hand.

But I'm still not going to go to crazy with physical goals this month. I'll save that for January. I do want to be mindful of what I eat though. So I'll try again to record everything on My Fitness Pal. And while I'm not going to force myself to work out every day, I will try to get out of the house and get moving. It's not that cold here yet and it hasn't snowed so I should take advantage of that before the weather shuts me up for a couple months!

Mental:
I actually did finish One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and it was amazing! I didn't finish Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl because Pearson and I started reading it together on the road for our Thanksgiving road trip and now we can only read it when we can read it together.

Anyway, for December, I want to finish Black Widow: Forever Red and read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and Oasis by Dima Zales. I changed that last one from The Princess Bride because I was given the opportunity to read Oasis before it's released in exchange for an honest review and I was only given to the end of the year to get that done.

Blog Goals:
I'm actually planning to take a little break from blogging this month (I'll share more about that in a few days). But that just means there won't be many new posts on this space. There will still be A LOT going on behind the scenes. I don't want to tell you everything I have planned for the blog going into 2016, but I will say that I want to finish both of Helene's courses this month: Quit Your Job to Blog and Instagram for Success.

What goals have you set for yourself this month? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What I'm up to in December

There are only 22 Days Till Christmas!

Who's excited? I sure am! This is going to be a great month so let's see what I'll be up to, shall we?
In December, I am...
  • Wishing - There was more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There's so much to do and so little time! There are parties and concerts every weekend and lots of presents to wrap and specials to watch in between!
  • Remembering - Back to when I used to not be a fan of Christmas. I never wanted to come home from college. I hated having to tell people what I wanted for Christmas and then opening them in front of everyone. But now I love Christmas! I love spending the season with my husband and making our own traditions an spoiling him with gifts. And I love going "home" for the holidays.
  • Wrapping - I can't tell you! Everyone who I'm wrapping things for could read this post. But I have purchased almost all of our gifts and I'm so excited to give them away!
  • Baking - Lots of yummy and Christmass-y baked goods!
  • Decorating - Pearson and I finally decorated our tree last night. I did the rest of the decorating on Monday when he worked late. Decorating my own apartment is one of my favorite things about Christmas these days!
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So that's what I'm up to this month. What are you up to? Thanks for reading!

Linking up with Anne and Jenna.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving Vacation Recap

Happy December, Everyone!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I sure did and I'm excited to head full force into the Christmas season!
You guys, Pearson and I discovered a new road trip activity. Reading out loud to the driver. On this trip we read, Black Widow: Forever Red. I read to Pearson on the way to Grandma’s (because he drove in the daylight) and he read to me on the way back. The only problem is, we didn’t finish so now we can only finish it when we can read it together. Oh well.
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Also, Pearson wants to get audiobooks for our next trip, which is fine I guess. But I like reading from an actual book and it’s easier to stop the reader and talk about things and say “Can you read that part again?” Oh well.

Anyway, our Thanksgiving vacation was a lot of fun and much needed. We drove a total of 29 hours.
We ate smoked turkey and ham with all the fixings for 3 meals (and still had left overs).
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We went “Black Friday” shopping. I put that in quotes because we went to the mall in Valdosta around Thursday night around 11 PM and the crowd was about like a regular Saturday at the mall. We only went to people watch so I was a little disappointed. We walked around for maybe an hour and came home.

We played a lot of Frisbee and football in Grandma’s yard.

We watched a lot of football.

We left Grandma’s Friday night and spent the rest of the vacation at Pearson’s parents’ house. We helped them pick out a tree, decorated the outside of their house for Christmas, and had a bonfire with friends (including my brother!).
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Sunday we went to church and then lunch with a lot of people, including my family. Then we got on the road to head home to Columbus!

It was a wonderful time with family and I can't wait to see (almost) all of them again in less than a month! I just love the holidays, don't you?

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?
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