Monday Must - Holiday Edition

Must Share
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Maddox is continuing to improve since he was diagnosed with Even's Syndrome a few weeks ago. I'm beginning to feel like the veterinary hospital is my second home. Thank you so much everyone for keeping my little guy in your thoughts and prayers! We're still only about 20% into recovery, but I know we'll make it. As for the picture on the right, let's just say... it's really not safe to let my sister and I go shopping when we're A) Deliriously tired. And B) With camera in hand. The night ended with at least thirty ridiculously embarrassing photos, (mostly of my sister) and of course we forgot half of the things on our shopping list. I learned a long time ago to avoid photographic evidence when participating in embarrassing situations... My sister, however, has no shame.  

Must Try
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Oh my goodness! When I spotted this Red Velvet Cheese Ball on Pinterest, it instantly peaked the interest of my sweet tooth. This is not your mother's cheese balls... This ultra creative and super sweet must try treat is definitely going to be making a cameo at next week's holiday party! Check out the recipe here!
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Must Watch
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Amaze-fest U.S.A. This video still blows my mind. You must watch the North Point iBand play an entire Christmas song with only their iPad and iPhone apps! Trust me, it's more than spectacular!

Must Own


Living in LA, I have absolutely no reason to have a coat closet or own multiple coats for that matter, but with the continual parade of showstopping coat moments from some of my favorite celebrities, it's becoming more and more difficult to not fall into a seriously unnecessary coat addiction. Rachel and Kate are killing it in these must-own coats. 

Must Give Back
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It's so easy to get caught up in the chaos of our schedules over the holidays, but it's super important to remember to give back. This year my family volunteered at the food bank as well as bought Christmas presents for families that could not afford to buy gifts and necessities. Even the smallest things have the power to make a huge difference in someone else's Christmas! If you're looking to give back consider these charities... Operation Christmas Child, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Toys For Tots, or globalX!

Must Bake
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Since my little brother's birthday is Friday, I told him to pick a recipe from my pre-selected ideas, that he'd want me to bring to his school as a birthday treat. Thankfully, he picked my two favorites. This uh-mazing brownie tree and a hot chocolate bar for his class. I'll keep you posted on how everything turns out.  

Must Listen
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I first heard this song while I was on my way to the animal hospital with my puppy. I had been crying all day, when I cranked the car and heard this pouring from the speakers... "I've seen miracles just happen... Silent prayers get answered." It instantly brought tears to my eyes and has been on repeat ever since. Do you have a favorite song that always touches your heart? 

What was your favorite Must from this week's Monday Must list? 

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92 comments:

  1. Love this post! Great that doggie is doing so much better :)

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  2. That Red Velvet Cheese Ball looks amazing!! It looks so good, definitely must attempt that recipe asap!!

    It's so great to hear about others giving back to those less fortunate. This year my mom and I did Adopt-a-Family for the first time and it was a wonderful experience. I definitely agree with you and encourage others to partake in these charities especially during the holidays.

    I'm keeping your precious angel in my prayers. I am glad to hear he is improving and I hope the news continue to get better :)

    have a great week, Anna!

    XO, Pear

    VanityPear29.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm so glad your puppy is doing better! Keeping him in my thoughts!

    xx Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

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  4. Love love love! i love u blog is very fresh! i follow u!
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  5. Nice post ! Embarassing photos can be fun memories sometimes :)

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  6. My Monday must have is anything bright and nothing blue at all! I have this Monday-blues Syndrom..like bad! LOL!!
    I'm glad to know your pup is ok now.
    I've this song that always make me cry when I hear it. It's a song called Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle.

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  7. Sending prayers for your puppy! Love the pic of your sis--my friends and I love taking silly photos too :)

    I need/want/have to try that cheese ball. Yum!

    xo Michelle Fierce & Fashionable

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  8. Great Monday Musts. So pleased Maddox is doing well.
    Wishing you a wonderful week Hun xoxo
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  9. I'm so pleased that Maddox is on the mend :) You and your sister sound just like me and mine :D
    Love Holly x

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  10. Lovely dear!!

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  11. love this post, Anna. You are so freakin cute.

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  12. hello, pretty! your blog is very cute&useful!
    Would you like to follow each other? just let me know!
    Have a nice day)

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  13. Just got very hungry! Yummy!!
    Happy to hear Maddox is doing better...

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  14. dying over Rachel and Kate's coats. So beautiful. Glad Maddox is doing better. I love your outfit in that top pic.

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  15. You and your sister always look like you're having the funniest time. Really enjoy these monday must post. Such a great idea. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  16. Holy cow that song almost made me cry. So beautiful. Thanks for the intro.

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  17. I'm so glad your pup is beginning to feel better! I agree coats are the best, I'm pretty obsessed with stocking up on them right now even though it's been warm enough for me to wear them 1 day this year!

    The Purse Snatcher 

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  18. Hope your baby pooch feels better. Living in FL, it is also difficult to justify buying a coat. I love the look but never get a chance to wear them.

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  19. my must is the coat! i put a few on my christmas list and hoping santa picked one to surprise me ;)

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  20. Lovely list and very hapoy to hear your doggie is doing better ;) xx

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  21. You two are ridiculously pretty! Must be so fun having a sister, haha I'm jealous! Happy to hear your baby is doing better!

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

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  22. You and your sister are too cute! Glad Maddox is continuing his recovery :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  23. lovely post, was nice to read it!

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  24. you're even stylish when you go to the vet?! love it!! Glad to hear your pup is doing better and you're getting some family time!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  25. Great post!!! Today in my blog Baroque Style!!!!! I hope you visit me. Kiss from Andalucía


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  26. Love the post! Looks so yummy!
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  27. He's such a lovely dog...

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  28. So happy to hear that little Maddox is on the road to recovery, baby steps but I know he will get there!

    Lovely post and how delicious does the brownie cake look!

    xoxo

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  29. Hi Anna...was really happy reading a comment from you on my blog;)Honestly...I mean you are a well known blogger but still take care of the little ones...!Still love your blog...getting better and better!
    hugs from germany, andie

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  30. Great post dear i always love to read your blog.

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  31. Those coats - I die. And that red velvet cheese ball may be the best thing ever invented! So easy to make too : )

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  32. I'm always a huge fan of dress coats....& those ones are TDF!!!!! Get well soon Maddox!

    REBECCA
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  33. I am so glad to hear that Maddox is on the road to recovery. My cat, Sloopy, was recently diagnosed with Diabetes, so he is constantly at the Vet to get bloodwork done to ensure that he's remaining healthy.

    P.S. I want both of those coats - gorgey!! :)

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  34. I hope your dog continues to improve rapidly! What delicious looking treats :)

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  35. Both of those coats are absolutely gorgeous!

    xo, Kenzie

    www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

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  36. Your sister look a lot like you and I like people who don't get shy at all.
    I hope Maddox get quick fully soon.

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  37. That cheese ball!? omg... and hope your pup is better soon!

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  38. That brownie tree and cocoa bar are amazing. What a lucky little bro you have! I'm glad to hear that your pup is on the way to recovery - my heart goes out to animals when they're sick, and to their faithful owners who stay by their sides to give them the care they need and deserve.

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  39. I'm so glad Maddox is on the road to recovery! That red velvet cheese ball looks awesomely amazing!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  40. That red velvet cheese ball caught my eye, I'm dying over this!

    Just added you on GFC and bloglovin

    xx
    Staci

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  41. Awesome post (and concept)! I'm glad your dog is doing okay, I'm always down when my cat is sick!

    And if you bake that christmas tree, send me piece please haha. xo

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  42. glad to hear your puppy is on the road to recovery! i TOTALLY want to try that red velvet cheeseball. and omg...how sweet are you to bring the treats and hot chocolate bar to your brother's school. what a great sister you are!!!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  43. Thanks for getting me in the Christmas spirit!!

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  44. I'm glad your puppy is feeling better! I have a serious coat addiction, my roommate and I counted the other day and I think we have 30 or so between the two of us. That white coat on Kate is ahhhmazing!

    Kristina

    Kristina does the Internets

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  45. I'm so glad to hear your pup is still on the road to recovery!
    xo
    Morgan
    seemomogo.blogspot.com

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  46. I NEED that white coat! Oh, except I live in Florida. And it's 73 degrees here

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  47. Awww soo glad to hear about your puppy! :):)

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  48. I love this song! It's always a great reminder that God is bigger than any problem we have!
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  49. Love love love love the coat on the right!!! SO gorgeous! Going to have to resist the urge to buy it!!

    Corbynn
    thesistersinthecity.com

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  50. so happy to hear Maddox is on the slow road to recovery...
    xx
    www.atipsytart.blogspot.com

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  51. i'm so happy your pup is doing better! and i really want a brownie tree. that looks so yummy! your little brother is lucky!

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  52. Glad to hear your little Maddox is on the road to recovery! I didn't think I would be needing a coat for the Winter in San Jose but it is fracken' freezing here! I've purchased a black one and a yellow one and think a leopard one will be joining the team! :)

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  53. That red velvet cheese ball looks yummy!!
    Awww I hope Maddox has a speedy recovery!!
    You look gorgeus love!

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  54. love the idea of a red velvet cheese ball - mmm
    Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  55. Hi Anna,
    I'm so glad that he is doing better. :) It's so nice to read what people write on your blog. Blogger are really special, loving people.

    BTW, Checkout my latest blog I featured you.

    XO
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  56. OMG this Christmas tree cake looks AMAZING!
    xx
    www.clothesandcamera.com

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  57. Love this post. that song is amazing.

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  58. I love that song! I'll be praying for your little baby. I had a scare with mine earlier this year and I know how hard it is! Thanks for visiting my site and letting me know about yours!

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  59. I'm sure your baby is going to flly recover! You look great in that picture and your sis is very cute :)
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  60. Great post, I like all of them:)) A.

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  61. Wishing Maddox a speedy recovery! Thanks a bunch for stopping by and commenting, Anna!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  62. I'm so glad Maddox is doing better!!! :) My favorite must is giving back. Last Thursday we dropped off over $300 in groceries, and gift cards to a family in need. We've been doing it for 3 years now and we can't to teach our son how fortunate we are and to give back. It doesn't have to be much, but we all can help someone out. So thank you for including that in your must list!!!

    Agi:)

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  63. So glad to hear your puppy is doing well and recovering!!!! What a relief!! :)

    Ooh that red velvet cheese ball looks delicious! Perfect for the holidays!

    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  67. Love your "must" list!!! So glad you stopped by and I met you!
    Your newest follower.
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  68. I'm SO happy that Maddox is improving :) Stay strong. Btw, I DO have a coat problem. A serious one. But I justify mine because I live in northern KY, haha!

    xo Ashley
    luckylittlebird.blogspot.com

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  69. nice pictures and glad that little Maddox is getting better. The coat are so lovely. Let us know how the party for your little brother at his school turns out. You are such a nice sister.

    xo
    Sam
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  70. Mmm, that red velvet cheese ball looks amazing!! I'm sorry your pup is sick, I hope he heals quickly. He's adorable :)

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  71. I must try that red velvet cheese ball!

    XO Alex

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  72. I am glad your dog is doing a bit better and that white jacket is gorgeous!

    xx
    Kelly
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  73. So glad Maddox is doing better! And yummmm... I want to try that red velvet cheese!!!

    xo Ashley
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  74. Super cute! Glad to hear your pup is doing better! Loving those coat moments! Rachel looks amaze!

    xx
    Giovanna
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  75. This post is awesome! I love the "must own" coats.

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  77. Awww! Hope your puppy is feeling better. I know it can be hard- it's like your child. :) If you get a minute, I’d love to know what you think of my latest outfit post!
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

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  78. Hope your puppy is feeling better!
    Your sister reminds me of an old friend of mine!

    =) Brooke

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  79. That brownie tree looks incredible and I love the idea of a hot chocolate bar, so much fun :-)

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  80. So glad Maddox is getting better. I bet there are embarrassing photos of you, you just have the sense not to post them :P

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  81. Aww cute little Maddox, I'm so glad he's getting better...what a sweetheart!

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  82. The cheese ball looks heavenly and I love overtired late night shopping trips with friends, always a fun times with lots of laughter over nothingness.

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  83. these coats are adorable! love them

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  84. I love that Christmas tree of baking! And I just got a coat as an early Christmas present...love :)
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  85. Glad he's doing better!!!
    Great post btw :)


    XO Nat
    [nat in love]

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