The Dog Passes on Holiday Treats

I caved and bought Karma an entire tin of holiday dog treats from Bed Bath and Beyond. We put the whole platter down for her and THIS is what happened…HILARIOUS!

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Marriage and Holiday Shopping Do Not Mix

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Today the hubby and I set off to endure the lines, crowds, and traffic in the hopes of crossing off all of the names on our holiday list. Yes, we’re last minute shoppers – guilty! I just started working again two months ago and he never knows what to get anyone without my help. So yesterday was pay day, and today was supposed to be The Day to get everything done.

The day started off well – I went to my usual Weight Watchers meeting and he stayed home and prepared the lists. We were supposed to go to about four different places, but we made it to Target, had a couple meltdown and went home. Here’s why: We can’t seem to agree on our roles in this marriage. We both want to be decorators – not good! Gibran, unlike many husbands I’m sure, actually CARES what we use to decorate our home. As you saw last week, I had already bought quite a few Christmas decorations. Well, I wasn’t done. Gibran thought I was. However, I was just warming up. When I saw matching appetizer plates, mugs, and tumblers to match the holiday set I already purchased (on sale no less!) I figured I’d go for it and splurge a little bit. (We were in Target, not Neiman Marcus people.) So, I threw them all in the cart. Gibran immediately picked a fight about how I was wasting money on Christmas decorations. I reminded him that we’re hosting Christmas breakfast in our apartment for the first time and I want it to be lovely. Instead of listening to my explanation, he began to add up what all of the decorations would cost us – one by one.

We had it out in the middle of the bedding and home aisle at Target. It went something like this: Wife: “I want a matching set! We’ll keep these as the years go by. You’re being cheap!” Man: “We have enough sh*t honey. Why are you wasting money on this? All I see is more junk you’re going to have me finding places to store in like a week!” This back and forth went on and on for like 10 minutes until we realized we were starting to yell pretty loudly and other people shopping (and one very nosy Target employee) were actually watching us.

So, we dropped it. As so I thought. I left the stuff in the cart and proceeded to keep shopping for the stuff on our list. Gibran didn’t let up and we literally argued our way through every department in Target and once more in line – where I got so frustrated that I started throwing things out of the cart and on top of the candy and other random impulse buys they have on display there. I felt defeated. I put back about half of the things I really wanted to buy. So, I thought: I really want them, but was my husband right? Was I being silly? Or impulsive? In that moment I felt like a smart and savvy shopper who had a plan and caught a sale. Why not stock up for our future holiday celebrations? My husband felt like as though I was wasting cash and falling for the usual holiday clichés. Have I taken festive too far? Is it wrong to want a reindeer appetizer plate to match our reindeer table runner? Can a wife have too many snowflake serving plates? Grrr…today being married was frustrating. I don’t recall BF or fiancé Gibran being so concerned with holiday décor or money. Sigh…

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The Making Of Our First Christmas As A Married Couple

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Fun with our Canon Rebel SLR timer mode!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Watkins’ home. We’re so excited to be spending our first Christmas together as husband and wife (and dog!). It’s The Hubby’s favorite time of year, and it would be mine too if it weren’t so darn cold outside. But anyway, I’ve had a very rough few weeks and to de-stress we decided it was about time we dusted off the Christmas decorations and get into the spirit of things. Last week Gibran surprised me and bought the tree all on his own. Considering I think picking the perfect tree is an art and usually more my masterpiece, I was very impressed with the selection he brought home. He even put lights on before I got there so we could really get the holiday party started. After a few days of digging for ornaments and shopping for a few new things, tonight we finally finished decorating the place. Here’s a peek at our holiday flavor. My favorite part of the night was us trying to take a family photo in front of the tree using our SLR camera’s timer setting. As you can see, Karma was too busy trying to eat my Santa hat and the gift ribbon to actually smile for the pictured! LOL! I hope you’re feeling the spirit, like we are. Tomorrow night we’re going to try to build our first gingerbread house. (Stay tuned for details!)

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Our first Christmas tree as husband and wife. (I picked the ornaments!)

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Karma the Spoiled Rotten Yorkie munchin' on wrapping ribbon while we work on the tree.

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Our holiday decor!

(DETAILS: Tree –The Home Depot; Reindeer Table Runner Target (Got the reindeer pillow, snowflake dinner plates, dessert stand, and green chargers there too!); Portrait Pillows — Bed Bath and Beyond)

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What Is On Your Holiday Music Must List?

The Watkins’ Holiday Music Playlist

“I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas” – The Drifters
“Let It Snow” – Boyz II Men
“Last Christmas” – Wham
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee
“This Christmas” – Donny Hathaway
“Christmas Is All Around” – Billy Mack (Love Actually Soundtrack)
“Someday at Christmas” – The Temptations
“Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Stuhr Remix)” – Kay Starr
“Feliz Navidad” – Jose Feliciano
“The Little Drummer Boy” – The Temptations
“Give Love on Christmas Day” – The Temptations
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – The Jackson 5
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Ray Charles and Nina Simone
“My Christmas Tree” – The Temptations
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – Luther Vandross
“Do You Hear What I Hear” – Whitney Houston

Did we miss one you love? Give us a recommendation. There’s still time to burn a Part 2 mix!

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A Pink Jack and Jill Baby Shower (I Am A God Mother Again!)

My dear friend Lauren Massey (we’ve been tighter than tight since college days in Atlanta!) and her beloved Ron threw a jack and jill baby shower over the weekend for their brand new baby girl Ananda Faye Massey-Pendergrass. Gibran and I hopped in the car and headed to D.C. for the event. We had so much fun at the shower and meeting Lauren and Ron’s fabulous friends. The best part perhaps, was when she asked me to be one of Ananda’s God mothers. As you know, I’m a already a proud proud God Momma to an awesome little boy. (Remember my God son Liam’s fabulous sesame street themed birthday I raved about?) I’m thrilled to have the honor for a second time and so excited that my girl Lauren has welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world. Lauren, you’re going to make a great mommy – promise! Okay, so without further ado, here are pictures from the awesome event held at the lovely Capital Skyline Hotel. It was truly a wonderful weekend! Congrats again you two!!!

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All the lovely pink details! (The toy box cake was my favorite!)

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We played great games like: Baby Food Relay Race (see Gibran trying to stomach baby green beans?), Busy Daddy Race, and Put the Diaper on the Baby While Blindfolded. And, of course there was a deejy and dancing too!

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6 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Husband (That I Am Thinking About Getting Mine!)

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1. Duct-Tape Wallet (, $15) For the husband who runs through wallets like his wife does shoes. This one claims to be durable enough to keep up with the manliest of men.

2. iPlunge iPod Stand (, $5.99) For the tech obsessed husband who insists on carrying his iPod or iPhone everywhere – including the bathroom. (Like my husband!) Now he can lick and stick for instant hands free video and music enjoyment — anywhere. Here’s to hoping his hands won’t be so full and he’ll be more willing to lend you one.

3. Old Man Drinks (, $14.50) For the husband who likes to drink (again, like mine!) , gift him with recipes for gentlemanly drinks from the past. Maybe he’ll lay off the patron shots in favor of an old fashioned or a monte carlo.

4. Michael Jackson The Experience for Wii (, $48.99) For the husband who likes to dance. Come on, you don’t want to enjoy accidentally walking in on him moonwalking in his boxers? LOL!

5. Video Spy Pen (, $79.95) For the husband who loves gadgets and frequents You Tube’s most popular video list. I could go on an on about all the uses he might find for this “handy” camera that comes with a built in 4GB USB flash drive.

6. I’m A Keeper T-Shirt (, $19.99) For the husband who lives in his t-shirts why not give him this one to show your love. I got Gibran something similar to wear on our wedding weekend.

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