Soooo.. You know when your mom (or dad) left a Christmas present under the tree and it was in a bag? Well I don’t haha.. There was no way my mom was gonna leave a present out in the open like that.. But if yours did, there’s a clear understanding that you can’t look in it right? .. Well did you look in it? I’m curious. And don’t worry, I’m not the Christmas present police! But I will tell you something that might make you think differently about me haha! And this same information might make you feel more inclined to answer that question above 😉
So here goes nothing!
As a little girl, I loveeeeeeeeeed Christmas! .. I mean, I still like it, but as a little girl I was ALL about getting presents and eating desserts and decorating our tree! My favorite ornament was always the ballerina. Ugh.. I loved everything about it! Oh, and the stockings! I LOVED me some stockings! Momma would always fill ours with those life saver story books and toys and fun little knick-knacks!.. And as we got older she’d put those little teen magazines in there, with headphones and other cool “teenager stuff” haha! She was the BEST at stuffing our stockings! And yes, while I NOW know that Christmas has nothing to do with those things, when I was little, that was CHRISTMAS!
But anyways, now that you know how crazy I was about Christmas (as was every other little kid I’m sure), it’s important to know that I couldn’t handle the anticipation of waiting until Christmas to know what each little, beautifully wrapped box contained that sat under that twinkling tree. I mean, I really couldn’t handle it. I would literally beg my mom to open one every day! She soon learned to just hide them and not even put one present out until Christmas day haha! I hope y’all know I’m sitting here laughing thinking about this! 😉
And obviously before she learned that lesson, the presents from “santa” wouldn’t be out until Christmas, so don’t worry, she let us believe until my older sister figured it out and so rudely told me he wasn’t real either! 🙁
However, before she stopped putting them out and before we got old enough to where she could put them out again, there was one year where I just couldn’t resist…..
Here it is.. word vomit.. I OPENED MY PRESENTS!!… and wrapped them back up!!!! hahahah! Sorry.. I know that’s bad, but it’s just so funny to me, even now! I’m literally sitting here dying laughing! 😉
I never got caught.. lol. and I acted surprised when I opened them (for real) 😉 Dang… I was a bad child that Christmas lol.. But now that you know that, let’s go back to my question… Have you ever peaked at a gift? Help a girl out and tell me I’m not the only one!!!
And while that was a fun/embarrassing story to share with all of you, some of you may be wondering why I’m telling you this deepest, darkest secret of mine. Well, it’s because 1. I already told my mom like two years ago lol so this isn’t going to break her heart. And 2. I told her she couldn’t read this blog post until AFTER Christmas because it contains what I got her for Christmas! So technically, this post is that bag under the tree. Or in my case, the wrapped presents under the tree! haha!.. Readily available to look inside, but there’s this thing called trust we’re trying out right now, so we’ll see how this pans out!
And the truth is, I ALWAYS get her a massage from her favorite spa every year. Since I was 16 years old, three times a year, for all the holidays. So that’s no secret. But that’s not what I’m worried about. It’s the other gift that I got her that she doesn’t know about. Sooooooo…. Mom, if you’re reading this before 12/25/17… You’re just as bad as I was! Except you’re an adult! And I was a kid!! LOL
And mommy, if you’re reading this AFTER you’ve received the gift that you’re precious daughter got you (insert halo 😉 ), then GOOD JOB! YOU A REAL ONE! haha!!
So let’s jump into this now that we’ve established some boundaries! It’s not too late to exit from this page mom!
Okayyyyyy… final warning!!!
Okay, warning past due! haha!
So this past Tuesday I decided to do all my Christmas shopping at Stoneridge Shopping Center, in Pleasanton, because well.. It’s my favorite mall. While it does get pretty crazy around the holidays when people get off work, as does every mall ever, it’s so calm and relaxing in the mornings. Even this late in the game! And they always have everything I need, so it’s the perfect one-stop shop!
So I get to the mall and of course had my game plan ready. If you don’t have a game plan for Christmas shopping, I feel bad for you. I’d get lost.
First stop. Nordstrom!!!
Seriously you guys, there’s just something about Nordstrom during the holidays!!!
I mean.. come on!!!! *heart eyes x 497979237*
But back to why were here haha!
My Momma! AKA The Queen. AKA The Boss.
The Game Plan said: “CHANEL PERFUME” . Her favorite CHANEL perfume is ALLURE. So what momma likes, momma gets.
But.. as you can see from the photo above.. I happened to walk by the TOPSHOP section on my way down to cosmetics… And if y’all know me, y’all know I LOVE TOPSHOP!.. And to no surprise at all.. what do I see in the corner of my eye as I try to hurry past, telling myself “this is not about me. this is not about me.”.. nothing other than this BEAUTIFUL, SPARKLY, MADE FOR ME BAG! LOL! .. So, sorry but the first gift I got was for myself lol. But look at it!! Feel free to get one for yourself too 😉
But it honestly took no time at all to grab it and run down stairs to the CHANEL counter, so best believe I didn’t stray from the Game Plan long!
This is Momma’s Christmas Gift below…. And again, mom if you’re reading this BEFORE Christmas… Shame on you! lol!
My Littleeee!! AKA Baller. AKA Bestest Friend/Patna For Life. AKA My Little Baby Sister!
She had a very specific list. And rightfully so. She’s 9 haha. Her list consisted of Nike and Adidas clothes and shoes. But like I said, very specific pieces. So I ended up going to Champs, Macy’s, Footlocker and Kids Footlocker to get everything she wanted!
Who Do We Have Next?
My Older Sister. AKA Sister Helen. (No clue why I call her that. Been doing it since I was little lol)
She wanted some boots so I made my way back to Macy’s to get her some, along with my fav new beauty product ever! The FOREO LUNA 2! This facial cleansing brush is amazing and I think she’ll really love it! It visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles AND has an anti-aging mode! There’s also different brushes for different skin types!! Awesome right?!
**Andddd.. I may or may not have found some boots for myself too 😉 Once again, couldn’t resist. sorry!
My Niecey Pie. AKA Dali. AKA “THE BABY”.. (Even though she now has a little sister as of last month)
This girl has been talkin’ about a dang ice castle for I don’t know how long!!! You know, like Anna & Elsa? So I went to Lego and got her the castle! I can’t wait to see her face when she tears open the wrapping paper!!
Andddd last but not least..
Y’all are probably all wondering what I got for DeAndre, but unfortunately I can’t tell you because TOOO many people talk to him that might read this 😉 So, I’m sorry, but you’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find that one out!
But overall, I’d like to think my Christmas shopping experience at the Stoneridge Shopping Center went pretty flawless! It’s always good to go in with a plan, shop at a mall that has all the stores you need and make sure they have a MRS. Fields on site! 😉 Because I don’t know about you, but I need some sugar during a long day of shopping! haha! I got everything I needed and more (my bag, boots and cookies 😉 ) and now it’s time to wrap it all!!
Are you guys done with all of your Christmas shopping?! If not, and you’re in the area, I def recommend doing it at the Stoneridge Mall!!
And if you’re not in the area, you can check out all of my gift guides for some ideas! under $25, under $50, under $100 , thoughtful gift ideas and last minute gifts for him.
Also, do you have family coming into town?! We will be hosting my family and D’s mom’s family, Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning, then we’ll be going to his Grandma’s, Christmas evening! Busy, busy, but I can’t wait!!!
So if there isn’t another blog post up before Christmas, I hope you guys have an AMAZING, WONDERFUL, MAGICAL, BLESSSED Christmas!!! XOXOXO … PS.. Please don’t judge me for opening up my presents 😉 It was a moment of weakness!!!
I loved to read your story so much. I hope that mom will be a good girl and wait 😉 lol, that is so nice of u to get her a massage since u were 16. Merry Christmas my love
haha! I hope she does too 😉 and thank you! Merry Christmas to you too!! xo
You sound so ready for the holidays! And I totally don’t blame you for opening your gifts haha! Merry Christmas!
Haha!! Thank you for not judging! And Merry Christmas to you too!
You are seriously the cutest! I hope your mom didn’t read this yet! You are the best daughter ever! I asked for Chanel perfume too and I actually peeked and saw that my husband did buy it, lol! I’m getting Coco Chanel 😉 and I absolutely love that bag!
Aw thank you Jennifer!! And hahah!! I love it!! 😉 Merry Christmas! xo
That facial cleansing brush looks so interesting! Off to check it out. Happy holidays! ❤️
It is AMAZING! You won’t be disappointed!! xo
Love when you can knock out all of your shopping in one place! Hope you have a great Christmas!
Isnt that the best?! Thanks Nicole! You as well!! xo
Such a good story!
hehe thanks Tory! xo
You look all set for Christmas! Hope you enjoy it!
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Thanks Leah! You too!! xo
Loving all of those picks!! Merry Christmas!
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Thank you Danielle! Merry Christmas to you as well!! xo
chanel perfume is my favorite!! i have two different scents! great gifts.
xoxo, Elena Michelle
Aw thank you!!
There’s nothing more relaxing than doing all my Christmas shopping in one place. I do this al the time and it’s the best way. So glad you got sorted there babe x
right?! so much easier that way!!
haha this is so cute! I loved Christmas too as a kid and would go searching for my gifts!
haha!! I’m glad I’m not the only one! Merry Christmas! xo
I’m obsessed with those black booties. Your sister will love them!
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Aw, thank you! I hope she does!
This is so great! Have a wonderful Christmas!
haha thanks! And you as well!! xo
Hahaha omg I can’t believe you opened your presents one year- how funny is that! 🙂 Merry Christmas!
haha! oops!! 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too!!
Hah! Luck you!!! I wish my mom would give me a massage every year.
You really knocked it out of the park with all of your holiday shopping!
You and your mum are so cool!!!you got yourself a twin in the peeking game but unfortunately I got caught !!hope you had and awesome Christmas celebration !!!x
Haha! So did your mum read the blog before Christmas? 😀
YESSS!!!!! Give me all the massages and that’s all I need!!! hahaha
Oh man I love that you actually opened up your presents one year and wrapped them back up hahahaha. I’ve had that conversation with a few friends of mine who used to do it all the time! As a kid I never did that because I loved the surprise lol. Love the gifts you picked out this year!
Haha I was always too chicken to do anything like that but i cracked up reading that you did it. Too funny!
This is so cool! Hope you had a lovely christmas.
Hahaha, you truly were a naughty kid opening and re-wrapping those presents! I loved Christmas as a kid and don’t really have any embarrassing stories maybe except one. When I was about 5 or so my grandpa had dressed up as Santa and when he came into the room I got so scared of that big scary fella in red so I began crying and ran away hiding. As for the lovely present you get your mother every season that is just wonderful, but so was the perfume. I also love the Foreo products!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Bianca you made me roll with laughter lol! You were a naughty girl you know that? Super funny! Now I’d love to know if your mom enjoyed her perfume and I’m very curious about the present you got DeAndre! Big hugs, Valeria
Omg I am literally the same…. that is why no presents for me come just In bags…. but to be honest… I am a master of wrapping… that is why. .. I also open wrapped presents and wrapp them again…. hope this does not make me sound like a bad person. Btw Happy new year babe