Hi Loves! I missed last month, so I’m super excited to join Shay and Schaefer today for what’s up Wednesday! It’s going to be a great Wednesday because I’m having a festive lunch with a dear friend of mine!

1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS MONTH: instead of inundating you with lots of food Photos, I’ll just link to some of the treats I’m making for my cookie trays that I’ve shared in the past. I made my monster cookies (I put red and green M&M's in at Christmastime) last weekend to freeze for the cookie trays and realized I've never shared that recipe so including it here:

Monster Cookies

*1 cup brown sugar

*1 cup white sugar 

*1/2 unsalted butter, softened

*3 eggs

*1 tsp vanilla

*1 tbsp Karo Syrup

*1 1/2 cup peanut butter 

*2 tsp’s baking soda

*1/2 tsp salt

*4 1/2 quick oats

*1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

*1 cup M&M’s 


Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla, then peanut butter and syrup until well blended. Beat in baking soda salt. Stir in oatmeal until Well blended. Add in chocolate chips, and M&Ms. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake 10 to 12 minutes until lightly golden. Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to wire rack or parchment paper.  

 And making my Sweepstakes Peanut Butter FudgeThumbelina CookiesJust Right Chocolate Chip Cookies, along with tons of others and one thing We will have on Christmas day is Party Sliders


2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT: a recent trip with my gal pals to Chicago for a fun overnight. We had cocktails and dinner at two of the most amazing restaurants in Chicago, a wonderful brunch the next morning before the most fun, art experience at Spin Art Nation. If you’re interested in trying this, you can use code THEBLONDESQUAD for 20% off.

3. WHAT I'M LOVING: All Things CHRISTMAS! And most importantly ANYTIME we can see the granddaughters! Yesterday, they turned 2 months old!

4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO: Oh, you know, hanging out with the most beautiful girls in the world and celebrating our first Thanksgiving with them.! Gearing up for all things holidays. 

Uncle and Auntie got to meet them for the first time. Can't wait for the other set tho meet them...Christmas!


The holidays being over, January holiday dismantle, and Indiana gray skies make me sad. So, I’ll keep busy by organizing!


6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON: Trips on the books. Buying Gifts and Wrapping.

Where I wrap! In the upstairs glam space. It's not as neat right now, wrapping paper and boxes everywhere, lol.

AND GIFT GUIDES GLORE. Bringing you some great ideas if you need the inspiration! I’ve been sharing several on the blog, but here is anther good one! Oprah's Favorite things are always the best and you can get them all on Amazon now. The Bubble Bath is so pretty and smells so good. But first, bought These Glasses for Mr. Nine and I and a couple more for a Party. Such great deals at Personalization Mall and only $10.

7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT: Having all the kids home, and being able to celebrate the holidays together, the first Christmas for the twins! I’m so excited about hosting a brunch, attending some parties, and hopefully some more holiday lunches with friends. 




Virgin River Part II Starts tomorrow night. 

For All Mankind 


Lessons in Chemistry was so good. 

And ALL The Holiday Baking Shows 


Reading (Wanting  to Read Bright Lights, Big Christmas)

9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO: Traditional AND Modern Christmas songs!


10. WHAT I’M WEARING: Heidi Kagan Wraps!The One Size wrap can be worn as a poncho topper, shawl, vest and you can belt it too! Fur trim and ruffle trims in lots of colors. Stylish and versatile and whoohoo use Holiday20 for 20% off! Which Look is your Fav?

Wrap HERE // Bodysuit HERE // Belt HERE // Leggings HERE // Heels HERE

Wrap HERE // Shirt HERE // Jeans HERE // Pearls HERE // Heels HERE

Wrap HERE // Bodysuit HERE // Belt HERE // Leggings HERE // CUTE Shoes HERE

11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND: Hopefully something festive, lol. I definitely looking forward to a celebrating a boy who has a birthday on the 4th, happens to be the daddy of the twins!



All the Christmas festivities, parties, get togethers, hot cocoa days, curled on the couch, I’m here for all of it!


13. FAVORITE TARGET FIND: I’m going to do something different for this one. Since I’ve been sharing lots of Amazon, with a gift guides, I’ve got the most fun Target find. This BITE ME Mug just cracks me up and would be great gift at only $5!

Tell me what you're up too this Holiday season! 

Love ya!

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  1. I love that Bite Me mug and it would make me giggle every time I used it! So much goodness! I love the photos of the girls!

  2. That "Bite Me" mug is HILARIOUS!!! I wish we had Target so I could get it for my dad. Hahaha!!!

  3. So much goodness. I made a batch of monster cookies recently too! It looks like everyone is doing good and the girls are getting so much love.

  4. Love all those pics of the twins! It was so good seeing you and all the gals a couple of weekends ago. Can't wait to see you again. You rock these wraps!


  5. The babies are so cute. I got to meet my newest great niece and nephew on Thanksgiving and loved it!

  6. Your glam room is amazing!! How exciting to celebrate the twins first Christmas. Enjoy it all!

  7. The twins are so precious!

  8. Oh those precious girls- I wouldn't be able to get enough of them! Your leather leggings are just perfect on you and I am SO jealous of your "glam" room for wrapping- I wouldn't leave that room- ha!

  9. That mug does make me chuckle! The grandbabies are so cute... and still so tiny. You are going to have a fabulous Christmas spoiling them!

  10. What a fun Christmas you are going to have with those sweet girls!

  11. Anonymous29.11.23

    How is the new season of For all Mankind. I need to try the monster cookie recipe!

  12. What a fun girls night! One of these days I'm going to make it to Chicago!

  13. Goodness- so much good stuff! Love the recipe ideas, the outfits, the pictures of the babies. What an incredible time of year for you with the girls, your son´s birthday, Christmas.

  14. Anonymous29.11.23

    I was so happy to see you and the other girls and I had the BEST time with you all! Anyway! The photos of the twins are just beyond precious. I also LOVE all of your outfits with those wraps. Have a glorious day my lovely friend! XO, Caroline

  15. Anonymous29.11.23

    That Bite Me mug is hilarious. Those baby twin girls are so adorable and how fun to have them here for the holidays! Your gift wrapping area is so glamorous, that would make me actually enjoy wrapping gifts! Ha! I really need to get to Chicago to see you all, I haven't been since 2017 (!!).


  16. Oh my gosh!! Look at those sweet babies! I would love all the baby snuggles. Also, that girl's trip to Chicago looks so fun! Love a good girl's trip. That 'Bite me' mug is hilarious. So funny!

  17. You have such a blessed life Andrea. nothing is better than the family fun that you share.

  18. The babies are just adorable. Happy birthday to you son. I love all of those cute outfits and thanks for all of the cookie recipes. Enjoy the rest of the week.

  19. Grandbabies are growing! I love those wraps: the red one is perfect for the season but the camel one sure is pretty too. I love you wrapping space: I just bought some paper this week and will wait till have have most of my shopping done to wrap, probably in a couple weeks.

  20. I love hearing all of your festive plans! We're hosting our Christmas party on Saturday, the next weekend we're visiting a walk through light display, the next weekend is my annual Christmas dinner with my college besties...and then..Christmas! A very busy month, but so much to look forward to! xo



  21. Love seeing all of the photos of those beautiful girls! Had the best time with you and the squad earlier this month! That bite me mug is super cute!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  22. Your granddaughters are the cutest! Loving all of your outfits and thanks for sharing these great recipes too.

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


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  23. Anonymous5.12.23

    I've been trying to wait to watch Virgin River until I start wrapping. It will be a great show to watch to distract me from all the wrapping I have to do! Haha!


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