Happy Friday!

Happy FridaySo tomorrow starts the last weekend before Christmas!  It is officially crunch time!  Husband injured.  Tons of shopping.  Crazy list reminiscent of the movie, A Beautiful Mind.  BUT, I am not upset.  I know that Christmas will rock and we will get it all done.  I have faith in us and our shopping and organizing abilities.  

Here are my five favorites from the past week:

One.  A NEWWWWWWWWWWW CAR.  If you follow me on Insta I am sure you will catch a glimpse of my new baby sometime today.  I cant wait to pick her up.  She is bad!

Two.  My little girl got the lead in the nativity play at our church and she killed it!  I was so proud of her!  Here is a pic of my little star:

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3.  Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  My bestie sent me the most delicious present to nosh on at work.  How delish-looking and festive are these?

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4.  Hubby’s Good News.  Two good things happened this week for my hubby.  He got the staples out of his ankle from his surgery and he can drive again!  I have a feeling he is going to be helping me break in my new car since he is home for the next six weeks and she is going to be sitting there all pretty in the driveway!

5.  Awesome Christmas Shirts.  I just bought the following shirts to wear on Christmas:

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I cant wait!  The hubs and I are going to be STYLING!

Okay loves, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and manage to get all your shopping done with raging out!

I am linking up with LaurenAmanda and Natasha this week.  If you get a chance, stop by and show them some love.

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

Thank you guys so much for all the love!  I was totally blown away by all the positive vibes that came in as a result of my Blogiversary post!  I also want to give a shout out to all the fabulous vendors that collaborated with me on this!  

May Designs * Harper Hallam

Cirque Colors * Skinnygirl

eff.Y.bee * For Posh Sake

Teleflora * Sugarfina

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 Without further ado, here are the winners!  If you were one of the people listed below…CONGRATS!  I have sent you an email on how to redeem your prize.  If you did not win during this giveaway, keep your eyes peeled because I have another fabulous contest starting at the beginning of the year with some of my favorite bloggers!

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Skinnygirl Snack Swap

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I have mentioned previously that I am a HUGE food swapper.  I am not a salad girl.  I would love to be but I just hate it.  I like to eat delicious things and in an effort to stay slim I make substitutions in my daily life that help me keep my calorie intake in check.

This is a principle that I learned in Bethenny Frankel’s book Naturally Thin.  She advised that you should treat your daily calorie intake like a bank account.  If you splurge during lunch you should eat lighter during other meals or snacks in order to keep things balanced.  I thought that made a lot of sense at the time and it has been something that I’ve continued to do.

I was recently introduced to the new Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars at an InStyle Magazine event.  I received a few of them in my swag bag and could not wait to try them.  The chocolate peanut butter with sea salt is my favorite! 

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After falling in love with the nutrition bars I discovered Skinnygirl’s Snack Swap website.  It should be called Pam.  It is EXACTLY my type of party.  

It is extremely user-friendly.  You choose the type of snack that you are craving from a list of descriptions on the left-hand side of the screen.

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Then, you narrow it down further.

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Finally, the site provides lower calorie recipes or snack bar options that will satisfy your craving without breaking “the bank”.  Screenshot 3The recipes are pretty simple and I appreciate that they are not just telling you to eat kale.  They understand that you want chocolate and they want to help you eat it while still staying within your calorie budget.

P.S. How good do those chocolate covered bananas look?  Yummo!

P.P.S. Today is the last day to enter my Blogiversary Giveaway!  One of the prizes is a gift pack from Skinnygirl that includes a month’s supply of each flavor of their Tasty Nutrition Bars and other awesome Skinnygirl swag!

Weekending!

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Good morning lovies!  Today I am linking up with Biana for Weekending.  Here is a look back at some of the highlights from my weekend:

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Friday night we finally got around to decorating our Christmas tree!  I lugged that sucker in the house the weekend before but we have been so crazed that we didn’t get a chance to decorate it.  I don’t know if I have ever mentioned this before but we collect ornaments.  Every time we travel we buy one.  Also, every year we each get one that reflects our personality or a milestone we achieved in the past year and I buy one for the family.  It is fun to look back at the fun times we have shared and places we have been as we decorate every Christmas.  This year I kept the very breakable or sentimentally valuable ones off the tree since I was afraid that Jeter would mess with them.  So far he has knocked a few down but not broken any so we have been lucky.  I was also happy to add a few beautiful new ones that Lisa sent as part of the 2014 ornament swap hosted by Mia!  Animal print plus glitter?  You know me so well, Lisa!  Love them! 

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On Saturday we went out to Long Island for a cookie decorating/birthday party for my bestie!  It was a lot of fun and it was nice to get the hubby and his bum ankle out of the casa.  He has been home-bound since his accident except for visits to the doctor.

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How cute is this cookie that my friend’s daughter made for Billy? 

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Sunday was spent cleaning, doing laundry, cooking and food shopping.  I did manage to sneak in a little time for a mani/pedi though.  (OPI’s Big Apple Red is my JAM!)

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To finish things off Taylor helped me make some delicious pork chops for dinner and then we rounded out the weekend with a viewing of my favorite: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!  Yay!

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What did you guys do this weekend?

Happy Friday!

 

 

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Happy Friday Loves!  The hubby’s surgery on Monday went well and we are moving along towards recovery.  I am relieved and it also feels really good to be back to blogging and knowing that things are going to be okay.  I cant wait for the weekend.  I have a ton to do but I am definitely scheduling in a little time to relax.  I feel mentally exhausted.  Are you guys up to anything good?  

Here are my five favorites from the past week:

One.  I dont know if you saw but Wednesday was my blogiversary!  I am hosting a huge giveaway and I hope you will enter!

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Two.  I officially have the sweetest hubby ever.  To celebrate my blogiversary he sent me a huge, gorgeous bouquet of flowers and Baked By Melissa cupcakes!  It was the nicest thing ever.  He is a good egg.

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Three.  I got all of our Christmas cards done and mailed and I love them!  

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Four.  My hubby is laid up and unable to cook so I have been trying to be creative and use my slow cooker when possible.  I made this recipe last night using chicken instead of pork and it was delicious.  Plus there is enough that we can have it again tonight!  Yay!  Leftovers!

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Five.  Jeter!  How cute is this little guy?  He is so snuggly and happy.  

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I’m linking up with LaurenAmanda and Natasha this week.  If you get a chance, stop by and show them some love.  xo

The Bannon Family Christmas Card – 2014 Edition

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Christmas cards sneak up on me EVERY YEAR.  Does that happen to anyone else?  I keep thinking I have plenty of time and then I realize I should have taken the pictures already!  So I call my poor photographer in a panic and he miraculously finds a time slot and squeezes us in.  

I think I mentioned to you guys in the past all that goes into my Christmas cards but I will explain again.  You see, my family consists of three picky Bannons.  Myself, my fashionable husband and our diva daughter.  No one just accepts that I will pick decent outfits.  So, I create a mood board on Polyvore and show it to them.  This way they can see it all side by side, realize it looks awesome, sign off on it and I can order everything.  #momlife

Here is this year’s mood board:

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After our wardrobes have been taken care of I can move on to location and props.  Last year I used a banner that I bought on Etsy.  You can see it here:

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In 2012 I bought giant letters and my hubby spray painted them red.  

Here is the finished card:

 
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This year I found a gorgeous location and I decided to let the backdrop speak for itself.  We shot at the Alice Austen House in Staten Island, New York and the views of the Verrazano Bridge were just exquisite.  

Even though our amazing photographer, Frank Pensabene, captured at least a dozen beautiful, card-worthy pictures, I decided to keep it simple and only showcase one photo.  This was the end result and I love it so much:

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What is your routine when doing family portraits?  Do you have any tips or tricks?   

 

A Little Glitter Turns One!

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Today marks A Little Glitter‘s ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!  I cant believe it has been a whole year!  I guess time flies when you’re having fun!  

I can think of no better way to mark this momentous occasion than a fabulous photo shoot and a GIGANTIC giveaway! 

A Little Glitter Blogiversary GiveawayA Little Glitter Blogiversary GiveawayA Little Glitter Blogiversary GiveawayOne of the things I love most about running ALG is the opportunity to meet incredible people.  I am shocked by the lovely, intelligent and genuine individuals that I get to interact with every day.  When I started this blog I was worried that I would be mean-girled by other bloggers.  I was afraid that they would gang up on me because I was a newbie or be mean to me because I was their competition.  I have seen chat rooms and forums filled with awful internet trolls and I assumed bloggers would be the same.  I am pleased to say that I was totally wrong.  Everyone I’ve gotten to know  has been amazing and I am happy to report that some of you guys have even become my friends in real life.  

Speaking of “in real life”…I need to give major props to two people.  Number one is my hubby.  He is a huge support system for me and always there to help with my sometimes harebrained (but always fun) ideas.  Without him I wouldn’t even have this blog and he deserves a lot of credit for listening to me talk about it endlessly without rolling his eyes.  

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Another person that I need to thank is Frank Pensabene.  He is the only photographer I use.   I can call him and tell him that I want to do a blogiversary photo shoot and he will let me bounce ideas off of him and not think I am crazy (or at least not verbalize that).  Even as I get more out of control by deciding to wear a full length sequin gown, order a white sheepskin rug, get a fake cake and buy tons of balloons he doesnt bat an eye.  I dont know many straight men that would embrace that type of behavior.  Frank shot the pictures and our Christmas pictures (which came out amazing and will be on the blog next week).  Here is a ink to his website.  If you are in the NYC Metro Area and need a photographer I highly recommend him.

Another favorite thing that I get to do as a blogger is host giveaways!  In order to thank you for making this such a great year, I have put together a MASSIVE and FABULOUS contest!  Sharing things with my readers makes me so happy!  Like with most things, I couldn’t stop myself from going big on this.

This giveaway is a great one!  It consists of ten prizes for ten winners!  Here is more information on the items up for grabs and the sponsors that have made this all possible:

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PRIZE NUMBER ONE:

A certificate for a May Book from May Designs!A Little Glitter Blogiversary Giveaway

I have mentioned in the past that I am OBSESSED with my May Book.  I carry it with me everywhere and I love it!  Their website is one of my favorites since it is so user-friendly and you can play around with all their different fonts, styles and patterns to see how your May Book will turn out.  I am a visual person and I love that I can view my product before I order it.  If you win this prize you can customize a book for yourself!  

P.S. The May Book was voted one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2014!  If it is good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me!

You can find May Designs here:
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PRIZE NUMBER TWO:

A gorgeous pair of geo-ruby earrings from Harper Hallam!

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I met Rebecca Hallam at an event in NYC right before I started planning this giveaway and she was the first person I asked to be involved.  These geo-ruby earrings are STUNNING in person!   As soon as I spotted them I became totally obsessed!  Her jewelry is timeless, beautiful and unique.  Rebecca is also an inspiration as the working Mama to a teenager and twins!        

You can find Haper Hallam here:
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PRIZE NUMBER THREE:

A personalized gift pail from For Posh Sake!

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The third prize up for grabs is brought to you by another of my favorite vendors!  Brooke from For Posh Sake is the sweetest!  She sent my daughter the most beautiful monogrammed glitter water bottle (that I still get compliments on constantly).  One of you lucky ducks can win a zinc weathered pail filled with 2 monogrammed acrylic wine glasses…your choice of with or without stem, monogrammed glass votive, coordinating beverage napkins, handmade burlap wine bag filled with premium sparkling juice, finished with decorative ribbon and shrink wrapped!  

You can find For Posh Sake here:
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PRIZE NUMBER FOUR:

A Sugarfina Faves Bento Box!A Little Glitter Blogiversary GiveawayThree words: CHAMPAGNE GUMMY BEARS!!!!  The team at Sugarfina just gets me!  They have put together an amazing bento box with the aforementioned bears, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, tahitian vanilla malt balls, peach bellini gummies, dark chocolate toffee almonds, marshmallow eggs, dark chocolate coffee toffee and chocolate covered berries.  There is something for every taste included here.

You can find Sugarfina here:
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PRIZE NUMBER FIVE:

The Live It Up Collection by Cirque Colors!A Little Glitter Blogiversary Giveaway

I am a huge nail polish person!  My nails have not been naked for years.  When I met the creator of Cirque Colors, Annie Pham, I couldn’t help but pepper her with questions about how she got started.  She answered them all so gracefully and has such a wonderful energy.  The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum.   As soon as I saw this collection I knew that it was perfect for this giveaway!  Festive holiday glitters!  Check!  Cirque Colors is also including their white and black polishes so that you can put a layer of one of them on first to make the glitters in this Live It Up Collection really pop. 

You can find Cirque Colors here:
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PRIZE NUMBER SIX:

Teleflora’s Gingerbread Cookie Jar Bouquet!A Little Glitter Blogiversary Giveaway

I saw this bouquet in person at the Momtrends Holiday Event and fell in love with it!  This arrangement comes in a beautiful, reusable cookie jar and would make for a fabulous holiday centerpiece or a gift for a friend or loved one!

You can find Teleflora here:
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PRIZE NUMBER SEVEN:

A 4 x 6 Frame from Green Street Mosaics!A Little Glitter Blogiversary Giveaway

 I did my first giveaway with Lauren of Green Street Mosaics in the beginning of last year.  I have continued to follow her on social media ever since and I just adore her products!  She makes such gorgeous address signs and some day I will have one for a beach house that I own.  If you are the lucky winner of this giveaway you can choose any 4 x 6 frame from her shop!  

You can find Green Street Mosaics here:
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PRIZE NUMBER EIGHT:

A Stack of Bracelets from eff.Y.bee!

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eff.Y.bee has been generous enough to give away a beautiful stack of bliss bracelets!  They are rose quartz crystal and bronze crystal.  Each is tagged with a 14k gold plated engraved charm with “eff.Y.bee”.  That acronym stands for “follow your bliss” so you’re reminded each day to find happiness in the things you love.  Rose quartz is a love energy crystal, helping its wearer to find and attract love.  eff.Y.bee supports female entrepreneurship by providing Brand Ambassador programs to over 30 young women at Universities across the country.  Their jewelry is not only gorgeous but meaningful!  I own a few bracelets myself and the first one that I purchased was for Taylor and she wears hers daily.

You can find eff.Y.bee here:
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PRIZE NUMBER NINE:

A Skinny Girl Gift Pack!

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 I have mentioned in previous posts that I try to substitute in lower calorie snacks when possible so that I can stay slim but I still want them to taste good.  Enter Skinnygirl.  These bars are healthy and delicious!  They are the perfect snack.  I have one in my desk, one in my purse and one in my car so I am prepared on the go.  The lovely team over at Skinnygirl is giving away a box of each flavor of their Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars, as well as a Skinnygirl T-shirt, a notepad and pen!  

You can find Skinnygirl here:
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PRIZE NUMBER TEN:

A $50 Sephora Gift Card from A Little Glitter!

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This last prize is from me.  I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive and showing so much love to my little slice of the internet this past year!

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The giveaway will run from today through next Wednesday, December 17th at 06:00 a.m. eastern.  You can enter below using the Rafflecopter widget and I will pick 10 winners using random.org.  Good luck everyone!

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Thank You!

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 Last week was a rough one.  My hubby broke his ankle pretty badly.  He spent some time in the hospital and then came home where he was in pain and pretty much immobile.  I was depressed and scared and sad.

Your kind words made me feel so much better and I really appreciate the outpouring of support I received from my blog friends and readers.  I never realized how many wonderful people I would meet through ALG and I want to say thank you and let you know that I appreciate it.  

Today is Billy’s surgery.  Hopefully all goes well and then he will be on the road to recovery.  Please keep us in your prayers today.  

Bad Times…

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 I planned to write yesterday’s weekending post and share my hilarious stories from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, our trip to see the Rockettes perform in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and other happy goings on.  Unfortunately, sometimes life has other plans.  On Sunday night my husband fell off a ladder while putting up our Christmas lights and severely broke his ankle.  He is currently in the hospital and has to have surgery this week.  After that he will be out of commission (and work) for three more months.  Needless to say, I am not in a place emotionally to share any happiness with you right now.  

I oscillate between feeling extremely lucky that my husband didn’t paralyze or kill himself and feeling so totally devastated and sad and overwhelmed by this.  I am going to take the rest of the week off to regroup and focus on helping my husband heal from his surgery.  I know in the end everything will be fine and I am trying to focus on that.   

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday you guys!  I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  Here are my five faves for this week:  

1.  The Rockettes.  I am actually pre-posting this bit of glittery deliciousness because I am going to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular today with my bestie and our kiddos.  One of my hubby’s friends dates a Rockette so she is going to give us a backstage tour after the show!  I am pretty excited!

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2.  I See Me! Personalized Children’s Books.  This is my favorite gift for a child.  I reviewed them the other day and I am seriously in love.  It may just be because I love to read and my daughter loves to read but having a book with yourself as the main character rocks.  You can enter to win one using the Rafflecopter widget below: 

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3.  Black Friday.  I dont shop on Black Friday because the other shoppers scare the bejesus out of me and I dont like to wait on lines.  I do partake on online sales though and the hubs and I are going to be buying a snowblower today!  

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 4.  Leftovers!  I LOVE me some Thanksgiving leftovers!  MMMmmmmmm!

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 5.  Christmas Decor.  Now that Thanksgiving is over it is officially the HOLIDAY SEASON!  I cant wait to decorate the house this weekend!  Woo hoo!  I am a little nervous about Jeter (who I have nicknamed El Diablo Gato for his craziness) and how he will behave with the tree. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  xoxo

P.S. Did any of you spot us in the parade?

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