Hi, I’m Sharon. I love shiny things, gummy bears, and I’m a tad disorganized–my Secret Santa reveal.

Hey, everyone, and welcome to the final post of 2015! We’re wrapping up the year on a nice, easy note with a post about me receiving presents. (I gave presents, too, but we’ll get to that in a little bit.)

Some might think blogging is a lonely profession hobby activity that keeps me from my normal household duties, but believe me when I tell you that I’ve met some of the loveliest people around in the short time I’ve been doing this. Sara of Shabby Grace Blog is one of them, and she thought it would be fun to have a Secret Santa exchange between members of our blogging Facebook group, which is a lot like Fight Club for bloggers, but on the internet. (And no one gets hit or anything.)Secret Santa post from Pretty Practical Home

Sara’s rules were that we weren’t allowed to spend more than $25.00 and we had to get the packages sent in a timely fashion so that everyone would have time to snap pics and write about their loot. Let’s check out what arrived in the mail to brighten my day and find out a little more about who my Secret Santa is!

Secret Santa from Pretty Practical HomeWho wouldn’t be excited to find a package full of these lovely items instead of a water bill?! Amanda of Old House to New Home clearly did her homework, because I love everything she sent to me. I’m especially fond of the refillable glass gummy bear container, because gummy bears are my favorite and now I can safely store them in my nightstand drawer, which is completely socially acceptable and normal. And who’s excited about the cheeky organizing notepad? Expect big blog improvements and better organization (wait for it…) any day now!

Planner from Pretty Practical HomeAt least I can wear my new necklace and cuff and look good while noshing on candy and wondering what in the world  I was supposed to be working on. Would you like to know a little bit about Amanda?

2013-DorichFamilyFinal(24of84)She’s an adorable high-school Spanish teacher with an equally-adorable back-up blogging gang consisting of her hubby, daughter, and dog. She’s a mad cook and loves DIY, and she covers both topics on her blog. Here are a few posts I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cup Dip from Old House to New HomeThis is a recipe for Peanut Butter Cup dip, which I’m pretty sure makes Amanda eligible for some sort of major award.

Brussel Sprouts from Old House to New HomeI’m a huge brussel sprouts fan, and this recipe for maple balsamic roasted brussel sprouts with bacon is calling my name. When she’s not cooking, she’s making cool projects like this wood shim wall art.

Wood shim wall art from Old House to New HomeWhen you stop by, tell her she has great taste and maybe she’ll send you a gift in the mail, too. And since you can’t receive without giving (at least for a Secret Santa swap), now you get to see what I bought for my Secret Santa, Sara of Shabby Grace Blog. You likely remember she’s also the hostess, so she knew I was her Secret Santa. (So really I’m just Santa, minus the Secret.)

You can also check out all of the other Secret Santa posts. Maybe you’ll come away with some great last-minute gift ideas!

Shabby Grace Blog // Knock it off Crafts // Uncookie Cutter // Pocket of Posies // Penny Loves Projects // Pretty Practical Home // The Dean’s List Blog // Tastefully Frugal // Beauteeful Living // The Twin Cedars // Domicile 37 // My Life From Home // Our Crafty Mom // Twelve on Main // Casa Watkins // Old House to New Home // Hobnail Salvaged Goods // Creatively Homespun

Before signing off for the year, I want to thank you for following along as I fumble and bumble my way towards blogging world-domination. I’ll probably never get there, but at least we’re having some fun and I’m learning a little about computers and whatnot along the way. That’s good, right?! Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays, and I’ll see you back here next year!card back


30 thoughts on “Hi, I’m Sharon. I love shiny things, gummy bears, and I’m a tad disorganized–my Secret Santa reveal.

  1. What great gifts and a fun idea. I am the biggest fan of brussel sprouts, and your recipe looks amazing!! Hope your Christmas was wonderful and wishing you all the best in the new year!!

    1. It took some serious convincing to get my family to eat them, but now they love brussel sprouts, too. Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year, too!

  2. Thanks again for participating! That necklace and bracelet are fantastic, I could totally see you wearing them!! How fun. Thanks again for my lovely package!!! And, Amanda’s brussel sprout recipe, HELLO! Love roasted brussel sprouts!!! Happy New Year!

    1. I really enjoyed the Secret Santa virtual party–I wish we could do it in person next year!!! I’m so glad you liked your stuff and the brussel sprouts are delicious–you should give them a try when you get back from your vacation. 🙂

    1. It really was a fun way to close out the year. I’ve been enjoying my blogging break but I’m excited to get back to posting next week.:)

    1. Umm, why didn’t I think of keeping gummy bears in my car?! That sounds way more fun than the unsalted almonds. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Heather! Christmas was wonderful and I’m enjoying my blogging vacation. It’s nice to read a book for a change. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, too!

    1. The dip was delicious! You should look at her savory recipes–there are several I know you’d love. The blog domination always makes me laugh–maybe someday!

  3. I literally LOL’d at your Family Christmas Photos collage… that is generally what ours look like too!!!! Hoping you and your family have a super-fantastic Christmas and holiday season also!!! thanks for entertaining me on a regular basis this past year, as well, Sharon!!!

    1. Hey, Julie! We took a whole mess of pictures–I probably should’ve shared the real one with everyone! So happy you find the blog entertaining–it’s been such a fun outlet for me and having people actually read it is just the icing on the cake. 🙂 Thanks for the Christmas wishes, and same to you and yours!

    1. Hey, Sydney! I’m embarrassed to say how quickly I cleaned the jar out, so I won’t tell you! I ran it through the dishwasher and now I can refill it, because it’s so cute and looks adorable in my nightstand drawer on the kitchen counter where it belongs. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, too!

    1. Thanks again for all my gifts, Amanda! I had so much fun writing about you–you’re such a great cook and take the prettiest food pictures. 🙂 And I DID try the peanut butter dip after I wrote my post (in the name of blogging integrity, of course). It was ah-maz-ing!! Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family!

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