Saturday, August 1, 2015

Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!

He had me at hello You Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog.

Since childhood I have been fascinated with Elvis Presley: The King of Rock n' Roll.

I started my fascination by watching all of his movies. Then his concert specials and then listening to his music albums. Naturally, I would want to visit Graceland his home located in Memphis, Tennessee. I've made it to Graceland a few times and it never disappoints. Then of course there's the mother ship calling every Elvis fan... Elvis Week. It's thousands of Elvis fans converging on Memphis for a week of non stop activities that all revolve around Elvis. Strangers come together to celebrate his life, his music and pay tribute to his legend and memory. It culminates on the anniversary of his death with a candlelight vigil at Graceland (where he is buried). A steady stream of fans, old friends and family walk up thru the gates of Graceland and around his burial site in the Meditation Garden holding their white candles. Why do people do this? Because Elvis continues to touch people's lives.

This month I've decided to dedicate it to Elvis. Every day will be dedicated to the king. So if you don't know much about Elvis let me start your education...

Elvis Aaron Presley was born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi where his family lived in a two room home. Elvis had a twin that was delivered still born 35 minutes before him. At the age of three, Elvis' parents lost their home and Vernon was jailed for 8 months for check fraud. Elvis and his mother moved in with relatives and survived on government assistance. When Elvis was 13 years old, his family consisting of his mother Gladys and father Vernon moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Once he graduated from high school and was working as a truck driver for an electric company, Elvis decided to gift his mother a record of him singing. So in August of 1953 he walked into Sun Records and paid to record a song for his mother.

It wasn't until 1954 that Elvis got the attention of Sam Phillips the owner of Sun Studio. From them on out the rest is history! Elvis would go on to win a Grammy award, have multi platinum records and star in over 20 movies. He broke attendance records for live performances, he started a new kind of fashion and brought rock and roll music into every household. He mad millions of dollars and would give the shirt of his back to help someone out. He donated to charities, help get the U.S.S. Arizona completed, he gave out jewelry, cars, vacations, horses... etc. You name it and Elvis did it.

Elvis was a remarkable man and the world lost him too soon. His legend lives on and this month we will honor it.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Merry Christmas In July

Today, sadly Christmas in July comes to an end. Before you get all sad remember that Christmas is now less than 5 months away! Soon you'll be hanging the stockings with care, getting on your roof to put up the lights and hauling in the Christmas tree from your trek out to the Christmas tree farm. Until then you can count down the days and make those Christmas wish lists.

I'd like to end this Christmas in July with some of my favorite photos from the month...


If you missed any of my Christmas in July posts you can always check them out here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Christmas Parties

How do you get ready for Christmas? By having a Christmas party! Last year we celebrated by going on a Hornblower Cruise in the San Francisco Bay.

Everyone celebrates the holidays differently some of the popular ones are having Ugly Sweater Christmas parties, gingerbread house decorating contests, dinners and of course gatherings. Here's a few ideas and parties that might help you this Christmas season.

You could have a hot chocolate bar at the party.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Party theme...

Who doesn't want to spend the evening with cousin Eddie?

Bring the North Pole to your next Christmas gathering...
Have a gingerbread house decorating party and turn it into a fun contest...
Whatever kind of event you plan for the holidays just have fun with it! Some of these ideas are my favorite! If you've missed any of the Christmas in July fun, you can catch up here.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Adorning The Tree

Year after year, I pull out the Christmas boxes and plastic tubs full of Christmas decorations and memories. As the ornaments come out, I begin to remember where I got the ornaments, when I got them and how I've decorated with them before. The ornaments are little memories that garnish the tree and I'll pass on to children one day. I also like to get new ornaments each year to add to my collection. Here's a few ornaments that I've had for years...

A part from having a traditional Christmas tree, I have many themed trees. I have a candy tree, a beach tree, a travel tree, an Elvis tree and a movie tree. Yes, that's five trees! I'm currently working on a new theme tree for this year. You'll have to wait till November to see it though. I like to keep my tree themes top secret until their unveiled. Although I am working on a new theme tree, I am always looking to add to and improve my current theme trees. I've been scouring the internet and Christmas stores looking for ornaments that will improve my trees. I've found a few items that I am loving and really want to make a part of my Christmas collection. I thought I'd share a few with you...

An Elvis Tree topper. I found this one on Shop Elvis and it would go perfect with a gold tree.
A music theme garland and in this case ribbon.
A cute addition to a beach tree. I actually bought this one for my mom!
Who doesn't want Santa and his reindeer around the tree? This light set has 9 reindeer along with Santa in his sleigh. You can make the reindeer circle the tree or place them all in the front of the tree to show them off...
If you don't have a mantle these candy cane railing stocking holders are perfect. They come as a set of two and their less than $10.00.
 These items are just a few things that I'm looking at getting for this Christmas season. What's something you'd like to add to your Christmas decorations?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ugly Christmas Sweater

I remember when these sweaters in the mid 90's were really popular. I think people thought they were ugly back then but we wore them as a joke. Now their all the rage at Christmas season. Let's take a little look at some really, really ugly Christmas sweaters.
These are some of just the thousands that are out there! Do you have any ugly Christmas sweater you break out every year?