Three more sleeps until Christmas. I think it’s just so cute when people say that I’m sure we will use it with the twins when they get older and their excitement mounts to Christmas Day! Just sharing some festive love on this last holiday Friday favorites! Was beyond bummed when we did not get to go into Chicago for some festive fun due to tons of yucky rain. I was so looking forward to all the outside events and special pop-ups. I guess it’ll have to be next year. But excited to show you this holiday love! 


1. Let’s Get Lit

Here it is the photo that graced the front of our Christmas card. Mr. Nine chose our outfits this year and again they were supposed to be for a party that got canceled but we were able to wear them to a holiday dinner. Doesn’t his bulb placement crack you up?

Here’s the back of the card. I don’t know about you other empty nesters, but it’s so hard b/c I still want to include my family, but it was impossible to get a group family photo this year, so I still included little snippets of them.



The lab results are in…they are indeed Identical Twins..a 30% chance even when in separate sacs.

Remember I got these Pink Onesies for the gender reveal, had 2 blue just in case.

2. Hood Brunch

I called this the hood brunch because it was my friends in the neighborhood coming over for a festive morning last Friday. We had a ball. Already looking forward to the next get together and two of the ladies are planning an around the world party which will be so much fun when the weather gets warmer! 

And my first attempt at a Brunch Breakfast Board.


3. Lights with Mom 

Then that night, my mom and I attended the Christmas light viewing at our Wellfield Botanical Gardens. It was such a lovely night, not bitter cold and the lights were gorgeous.

4. Festive Outfits Lately

Cardigan HERE // Pants HERE // Rhinestone Corset Bra HERE // Shoes HERE // Belt HERE // Earrings HERE

Vest HERE // Pants HERE // V-Neck Tee HERE // Shoes HERE

Top HERE // Pants HERE  // Shoes HERE

5. Misc. Fun


Monday ~ Festive Christmas Mimosas

Wednesday ~ Chicwish for all Seasons


LOVE taking all my treats to family and friends!


Yesterday we had Mr. Nine sisters’ family over and I had already wrote this before their visit but it was good times no doubt. Love them. Stella anxiously awaits everyone's arrival on her "red pillow."

Speaking of LOVE! I love and adore you all so so much for taking the time to browse my little space of the Internet! Wishing you the most blessed Christmas and New Year ahead! I just know there are good things in store!


My Gift: Having all my Family here!!!


  1. so much festive fun, even if some of the things you were looking forward to haven't worked out. Have a very merry Christmas and enjoy loving on those babies.

  2. Loved your Christmas card so much! And that brunch charcuterie board is so amazing. Still obsessed with that rhinestone corset. Enjoy your time with your adorable grand babies this Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy 2024 to you and your family! XO

  3. Merry Merry Christmas My Friend! So much to be thankful for XO

  4. LOVE your Christmas card - so cute. I saw a meme I saved years ago earlier this week - "it's not about what's under the tree but who is around it" - so true, right? I'm heading over to your mimosas post - looks like it could be an addition to our brunch on the 25th! Merry Christmas!

  5. Love all of your holiday looks! I didn´t notice the bulb placement until you point it out. Well played! Yes, to the holiday photo card issue. I didn´t sent out cards this year. We didn´t get a family photo on Thanksgiving and only one (that I can find on my phone) in all of 2023. Kinda depressing... hopefully next year I will send some. Merry Christmas!!

  6. LOVE all your outfits! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas! :)

  7. I love family snippets like that. It's very realistic and so fun. Merry Christmas Andrea,

  8. Lol! Love Jay's bulb placement! Your neighborhood brunch sounded so fun! Love all of your outfits! Those festive red shoes are calling my name! Merry Christmas!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  9. So much festive fun. Loved your card this year, just the cutest of you guys! Merry Christmas to all of you! XOXO


  10. I want to congratulate you on the birth of your twin grand daughters!! We are expecting our identical twin grand daughters to be born in about a week or two....Waiting for them to schedule the induction....We can not wait to meet them....Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  11. Andrea, I love your cute Christmas card. How fun to have the luncheon with your friends and such a cute charcuterie board. Love your cookie trays. The twins are just adorable and cute. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  12. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family! Tanya

  13. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  14. Oh my word, your Christmas card is THE BEST!! So dang cute! And I sure am loving all of the baby pictures in your posts these days! I know y'all are just eating them up!

  15. I'm cracking up at your Christmas card, haha! You guys look great and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Your breakfast board turned out so beautifully and the same goes for your holiday treats - I could go for one or ten of those right now, haha!

    Wishing you the most amazing new year my friend, and those precious twin grandbabies of yours are the cutest ever!! So cool they are identical twins too!

    Make Life Marvelous

  16. Hi Andrea, Happy New Year! OMG the girls are bigger now than a few weeks ago.
    I got Covid just before our annual neighborhood Christmas party. Had to cancel.
    And now I feel like I am in cold #2. Since our daughter got married we had to have a Christmas card, but yes as empty nesters I paid attention to how our friends did their greeting cards this year!
    Happy New Year! xo laura in Colorado


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