Trees For Troops and a Giveaway

If you’re affiliated with the military, you’ve most likely heard of Trees for Troops. It is a program that provides Christmas trees, free of charge, to military families around the world. This year, over 17,000 trees will be delivered to bases across the U.S., as well as some in the Middle East and South Pacific. That’s a crazy amount of Christmas trees!

Do you know how and where these trees come from though? The trees are literally brought to you by FedEx. They provide all the transportation to get the trees to the military bases. The Christmas Spirit Foundation makes the rest happen. They collect donations and sponsors throughout the year. During the holidays, they operate Buy One Give One events at tree lots across the country, so people can purchase a tree to be given to a military family. This year is the 10th year of the program. Since it’s start in 2005, FedEx has delivered over 139,000 trees to military families. Check the delivery schedule to see when they’ll be coming near you. 

I am in awe of organizations who do things like this. Live Christmas trees aren’t cheap, but for some people, it’s not Christmas without a real tree. I know overseas, the trees sold like hotcakes. Not even the free trees, but the ones being sold! Once it’s announced they will be sold, people line up early to get theirs. There isn’t any other place to buy live trees (at least there wasn’t in Okinawa), so if you didn’t get one, you had to use a fake tree. 

Through the end of today, November 24, you can tweet your thanks and holiday messages to Trees for Troops using the hashtag #TreesforTroops and FedEx will print it out and place it on one of the trees going to a military family. 

FedEx wants to throw out another gift for you all. They are offering one of you a holiday gift basket, valued at over $100, filled with popular holiday gifts. Get those tweets sent today and enter to win the gift basket!
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Disclosure: FedEx is providing the giftbasket for the giveaway and I was given one as well in return for this post. I would have posted it for nothing though, I love organizations who do great things for the military. 

My 1994 Christmas Wish List

It’s 1994, I’m 13 years old and in 8th grade. What do I want for Christmas you ask?

My 1994 Christmas List

1. An Adidas coat, but it has to be this exact one! It can be a different color, but not something dorky that I wouldn’t like. Everyone has one of these and I’ve been asking for one since 7th grade.

2. CK One is soooo cool! It’s for boys and girls. That makes it even cooler cause I can share it with my nonexistant boyfriend who lives in my head.

3. You should probably renew my subscriptions to YM and Seventeen. How else am I going to know how to kiss the boyfriend I don’t have yet?

4. I don’t have a CD player. I need one. No one listens to tapes anymore. This one even has a 3 disc changer! How cool is that!?!?!

5. I know you haven’t heard of them, but I want these CD’s from these new bands. And don’t worry, it’s nothing bad or anything I shouldn’t be listening to. You wouldn’t get it anyways.

6. OMG! The mall just got this new store called Bath and Body Works! I need some lotion from there! Then I need like 6 more things of lotion to give to my friends.

7. Ummmm, everyone has these K-Swiss shoes. I need them too. I can’t be a dork and wear those other icky tennis shoes.

***All this is totally true. I had all this stuff during 8th grade. This involved multiple text messages and a long trip down memory lane to accomplish, but we had a blast reminiscing. Now let me go feel bad cause this was 20 freaking years ago. 

The Sexiest Man Alive

And no, it’s not my husband. It’s my other main squeeze (don’t tell his wife!)

Have you seen that episode of Friends where Ross has his list of women he could cheat on his wife/girlfriend with and not get in trouble? Isabella Rosselini is on the list and they all make him change it. He takes her off, then laminates the list to make it official. He just so happens to run into her at the Central Perk and tells her she’s on his ‘list’. She accuses him of lying when she sees the laminated list without her name. 

I’m pretty sure Chris Hemsworth is the only person on my ‘list’. My husband’s list is longer. Yes, we’ve had this discussion. Seriously, look at this man. I’m not one to have big crushes on celebrities, so this is kinda a big deal that I’ve had a thing for him for a while. Yet, I’ve never seen Thor. Or any other movie he’s been in. I take that back, I saw the Red Dawn remake. Have you seen pictures of him and his kids? Cute kids and a big guy with arms, I have a thing for arms, any girl would swoon.

I read an article on Monday about how they were sure it would be Chris Pratt. I’m sure some were mad it wasn’t Tom Hiddleston. I don’t see the attraction there, unless you mix him with Chris Hemsworth and this gorgeousness is born. I never knew what I thought Christian Gray looked like until I saw this picture.

Who would you have picked?

What She Wore Wednesday

Yes, I bought her the Toms shoes at Target the first day they were on sale. They’re really cute! I wish they came in my size. I’d totally wear them.




Sweater, Shoes – Target / Jeans – Old Navy / Headband – A Little Delight

Weekend Recap

I love going out on Friday nights. It always makes me feel like the weekends are so much longer. Does anyone else think the same? We went out to dinner Friday night with 6 or so friends, then walked across the street to a garage/record store/car parts and accessories store to Whitey Morgan and the 78’s. We saw them a couple months ago in San Diego and it was too good to not see them again. The venue was small. I think they only had 57 tickets available and they sold out. It was mostly standing room only, but everyone fit comfortably. It was a great show. 

Saturday morning I got up early and headed to Oceanside for the Queen Bee Market and to meet Alana from Fractured Fairy Tales. We’ve been internet friends for probably 2-3 years now and have bonded over our love of Okinawa. Well, we had a great time. I think we spent less than an hour shopping, then stood outside and talked for 2 hours. We kept saying we needed to go, then we would just start talking about something else. I love when internet friends turn into real life friends. I’m actually amazed at how many women I’ve met after getting to know them through their blogs and social media, that has turned into legit friendships. We did a lot of browsing at the market, but neither one of us bought a whole lot. Most of our shopping involved hair accessories for our daughters. 

Baby Jesus Ornament / CremeDeLaGems
Hair Clips / Shining Stars Boutique
Hair Ties / A Little Delight

Sunday was the same ole thing. We went grocery shopping and I’m kinda obsessed with the Target/Toms collaboration, so I maybe went to a couple different Target’s to find the shoes for my daughter. I don’t own any Toms, yet I had to buy them for her. No idea, but they are really cute and she loves them. She wanted the matching jacket too, but I have to have some restraint. The rest of the day was spent watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. I’m also pretty much obsessed with those. After last weekend when I was sick and kinda watched 7 of them, then proceeded to watch 1 if not 2 of them each night last week, I think it’s safe to say I have a problem.