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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and your family, from me and mine! I hope this Christmas brings you all the love and joy you’ve asked Santa for.

We’re having a quiet one this year. Lots of changes in the works, so decided to keep it quiet while we figure out what the new year is about to bring us. But my little munchkin had an amazing time unwrapping her gifts and seeing the joy on her face reassured me that it’s all worth it in the end.

Stay blessed and cherish your loved ones this holiday season, for the best gifts are the ones that cannot be bought. Xoxo ✨❤️🎄✨

~Tamana

Merry Christmas

Merry & Bright.

Here’s wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. Hope you’re all surrounded by the ones you love and cherish.

Eat. Pray. Love.

Happy Holidays everyone.

~ Tamana & family

Not So Festive This Year

I don’t know what it is this year, but I just can’t get myself into the holiday spirit. I’m not the least bit excited about it being Christmas and for all of you that have followed my blog over the years would know, that’s extremely shocking, because I am the Martha Stewart of Christmas, normally.

Not this year, though. This year, I could give a rats ass about the holidays or Christmas coming or going and quite frankly, every time I have to open my wallet to buy another gift or item for Christmas, I am left even more annoyed.

Hey, I’m not cheap! I just can’t believe how commercialized this holiday has become and how we’ve all completely fallen for the retail industry’s gimmick of what Christmas is.

Plus, the cost of living has become so expensive, that you’re literally counting every penny to make sure you don’t over spend and blow your budget and then resent it later on, especially after this holiday is over.

Honestly, I’m sick of it all! I want a Christmas where no one gives or gets a present, everyone shares the responsibility of preparing dinner or lunch, what have you, and everyone cleans up after it’s all said and done. Then we all sit together, laugh and talk about stupid, silly things and all the adventures we experienced over the past year and drink ourselves silly.

That’s what the holidays should be about, isn’t it? If so, then how did we all get so wrapped up in gift exchanging and spending/blowing so much money? I mean, if you want to give a loved one something to show them how much they mean to you, can’t you do that all year long? Why must we wait for a stupid “hallmark” holiday to pop up before we can show them?

Well, I told everyone close and dear, this is the last Christmas I am buying and exchanging gifts. There will be no more gift giving allowed during the holidays in my home, moving forward. We’ll all still celebrate the accomplishments we had throughout the year and celebrate the love we have for each other, but not by exchanging gifts.

So, my lovelies, I’m sorry for not posting a more festive post today or for sharing all the amazing recipes of baked goods this year because there are none. Quite frankly, I might just order Chinese food for Christmas dinner and call it a night.

Happy Festivities to all of you, though and do share your perspectives on my thoughts above. Do you think I’m right that the holidays shouldn’t be so complicated and we’ve all lost the true essence of what it means to celebrate Christmas and all the other holidays? Let me know what you think!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

‘Tis The Season

Happy December, my lovelies (sorry, I know I’m a few days late)!

It’s been a hectic few weeks and I haven’t been able to write because every other day I either have a quiz, a test, an exam or a group assignment. Also, I decided to be super-woman last week and picked up an extra shift at work, so, I had no days off between work and school; which of course resulted in exhaustion, leading to me getting sick.

This weekend, I didn’t go to work at all. My body decided to breakdown and allow a nasty little bug to takeover my immune system. Ugh! Like I have time to be sick.

The good thing that came out of all of this is that my little chicklet aka Ms. Nid, got me into the holiday spirit and we put up our tree and even made some gingerbread houses and decorated some yummy gingerbread men. Leave it to kids to get your butt moving and enthusiastic when you barely even feel alive.

However, her persistence served me well and I feel so much better, both spiritually and physically. I was feeling overwhelmed with work and school and life in general and had decided to avoid Christmas altogether. But this little girl put so many smiles on my face over the past few days talking about the holidays that my holiday spirit came back and I am back to being excited for the holidays and Christmas, just the way I used to be all the years before.

Here are some pictures of our tree and gingerbread men and houses.

Have you set up your tree yet? Share some pictures of your Christmas or holiday decorations and traditions for a chance to be featured on my blog.

I’ll write again soon, I promise! I just need to get through a major exam on Monday and then I’ll have more time to myself. Until then, stay blessed and have an amazing weekend. Xoxo

~ Tamana

Christmas Is A Day Away

The countdown begins to Christmas and although I am super excited; I am also slowly becoming stressed out. I went on a baking frenzy last weekend and baked over 150 cookies, four different types. But they seemed to have disappeared over the past few days. So, this weekend, the plan is to bake double the amount plus some new recipes. 

Thankfully, I prepared my Christmas dinner menu two months ago and just need to hit the grocery store to pick up the ingredients and produce and begin cooking. But now I feel like I am about to host three Christmas get-togethers. My traditional Christmas Day breakfast and dinner, plus Christmas Eve dinner, since my brother and his girlfriend have decided to come over on Christmas Eve. Now I have to prepare a whole new menu for them. If that wasn’t enough, I am not even close to finish my Christmas shopping and wrapping. 

The days have gone by far too quickly and as ready as I am, I am feeling a bit flustered and overwhelmed by the added guests and things to-do. I know everything will eventually get done and everything will be perfect but the anticipation of getting everything done the way I want it to be has me in a frenzy. 

I’m also hosting Christmas Eve dinner for my brother, his girlfriend and a couple of friends. But thankfully, I’m making Indian food, so it’ll be quick and easy or so I hope.

At least all of my gifts are wrapped and ready to be opened. I’m super excited to see everyone’s face when they’re opening the gifts. Then the big dinner. I love how my family and friends are always so appreciative for the effort I put into cooking. 

I’ve got to get going now. Merry Christmas to all of you and I hope you have a blessed day full of great laughs, delicious food and rooms filled with your loved ones.

To The Man That Gave Me His Optimum Points

On Friday night I went into Shopper’s Drug Mart to grab a Christmas present for a friend. As I was waiting to cash out, the gentleman in front of me was purchasing numerous gift sets of perfume. He seemed nice and was joking with the cashier and me as we waited for his items to be rung up. Jokingly, I said to him, “you forgot my gift set.” He laughed and said had he known I was coming he would’ve waited. I laughed and thought that was the end of the conversation. But the cashier joked back and said that maybe he would give me his Optimum points for the transaction if he didn’t want them. He smiled and said, “sure, you can have those points.” 

I didn’t think much of it as I swiped my phone to collect the points. I thought maybe he gave me 2000-3000 points which isn’t a big deal. But after I finished paying for my own items and looked down at my receipt, I noticed that when I swiped my phone for his transaction there was preloaded 15x the points coupon on my account; which caused his transaction to give me 60,000 points, taking my point balance up to the $170 redemption mark. I looked at him and told him what he’d just done for me and he said, “well, Merry Christmas and if you’d like to pay it forward, give your time to the Salvation Army by volunteering.” I promised him that I would pay it forward before this holiday season was over, thanked him and walked out completely shocked and grateful for this man I’ve never met before.I mean who walks around giving people nearly $200 of points without a second thought? My husband still can’t believe it and neither can I.

Changing jobs has definitely put a slight damper on my budget this year and I am more cautious with how much I am spending on gifts and groceries. But with this generous gift from that gentleman, I can add a little extra for my family and friends or maybe even get myself a little gift this year.

To the man I’ve never seen before, who offered me his points at Shopper’s Drug Mart on Friday, I would like to say thank you and may God bless you for this simple but such kind gesture. I promise you, I will pay it forward by helping someone else that truly needs it. And I want you to know that you’ve restored a little bit faith in humanity for me and reminded me that nice people do still exist. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and all of your loved ones.

My Favourite Time Of Year 

Although it’s getting cold outside and the weather will slowly turn miserable; it is my favourite time of the year. Our Christmas tree went up yesterday and garlands and lights light up the entry way to my kitchen, washroom and tv stands. There are so many little decorations all around my home and my baby girl’s face lights up with excitement every time she discovers another accessory she hasn’t seen before. I love the way my home smells of cinnamon and vanilla because of the candles and hot oils I am burning.

This time of year brings great joy to my world. Yesterday a couple of friends came over and helped put lights and a couple of decorations on our tree. And later this month a few of our friends will join us for a Christmas feast and drinks. It excites me to begin deciding and planning my menu for the big dinner and trying new recipes. 

Today I plan to bake cupcakes for our employees at the restaurant and some of our regular customers. Later this week, I’ve got a new cookie recipe to try; which I’m sure Dev and Nid will love. My home will be smelling like heaven over the next few weeks and I absolutely love it!

For me the holidays are all about the decorations and baking and feeding my family and friends. What excites you most about the holidays? Leave a note!