Every year I have to post about the unusual nature of some of our Christmas tree ornaments. Like how many of you loving unwrap and display frosted poo on your tree? This is called a marriage compromise.
Believe it or not, these others do not represent me, either. Not even the shopping cart.
I do love this time of year, though. I hope you're having a blast.
This week I sent out my first ever monthly newsletter. Each month will be all original content, stuff you can't find on the blog. In the December 2013 newsletter, I wrote about my new favorite eye cream, reviewed one of the most talked about books of the year, and shared some thoughts on how I handle the hectic holiday season. I also made an announcement about a little project I'm taking on for 2014. I will share more details on that here, but not for another couple of weeks.
If you want to be an HH insider and get next month's original newsletter, you can sign up here. I won't do this every month, but if you missed the newsletter this week and really want to see it, I'll forward it to everyone who signs up by Saturday night to be on the future newsletter list. I'm working hard to make these emails be a little treat for your inbox.
On twitter and on the HH facebook page, I rolled up my sleeves and waded into the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty debacle. I don't usually engage in the internet controversy du jour, but this one a) made me furious and b) fell under the "entertainment" umbrella of things I talk about on the internet.
But I also posted about the book I'm reading now, gave a quickie review of American Hustle, and maybe posted more than one cheesy holiday video. Have I mentioned how much I love the engagement on the HH facebook page? It's fun over there.
For your weekend reading pleasure:
- Mandi at Vintage Revivals is one of my favorite blogs anyway, but turning leggings into a lampshade? Not something I ever thought I'd hear or recommend. This is cute.
- If you live in LA especially, you will just really get this commuter collection necklace. I don't commute, but I still want the necklace. 'Cause I drive. All of these. All the time.
- The Agony of Instagram speaks to something I've poked fun at a few times in my own Instagram photos. More than blogs, more than facebook, Instagram is not real life. It's way, way prettier. There's a pressure on Instagram that a photo has to be pretty stellar. Mediocre shots do not fill my stream. But I sorta like this. It's like window shopping in a way, scrolling through all the prettified, heavily filtered images. It makes me happy. Not everyone feels the same way.
- Can you name these 10 Christmas-movie houses? Thought this was fun from Hooked on Houses.
- On the HH facebook, I've linked to a couple of the Best Of book lists that have come out in the last week. But here is NPR's Best Books of 2013 if you're a list junkie like me.
- Lastly, the Ghost of Cancer Past is the best thing I read this week. I've been reading Ashley from Lil Blue Boo for years, and I remember when she first posted that she had cancer. I didn't know what to think. I had empathy, of course, but she was still a stranger on the internet. You know how that goes, though. Reading someone regularly sort of feels like a relationship, at least in your head. I've never met Ashley, so know that when I say her words have touched so many, I'm saying that as a blog reader. And because this one hit close to home.
Happy, happy holidays to you! Posting will be a little light next week because of Christmas, but I will be around a little, posting my Christmas Eve menu and table and then a Friday Links that will be a Best Of links from the whole year.
I want this season to be full of joy and peace for you. If you're hurting, I hope the pain abates for just a little bit of holiday magic. If you're stressed, I hope it falls away just in time for the happiness to bubble up.
Much love to you, HH readers.
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