Waiting Here For You


Disclaimer: I received this book c/o Book Look Bloggers.

For years my favorite part about the night of Thanksgiving Day has been decorating for Christmas. Like tradition, last night I decorated for Christmas and created a new playlist full of my favorite Christmas songs to listen to until Christmas Day. As I finished putting the decorations up, the anticipation set in… Christmas isn’t about eagerly awaiting a flight home for Christmas to see family (see you in late January!) or what present I’ll get. It’s truly about celebrating the birth of our Savior during this advent season and celebrating His birthday on Christmas Day.

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Happy Thanksgiving


It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good ol’ Iowa Thanksgiving with the rest of the Todd’s (my maiden name). It doesn’t get any easier to be away from family and maybe it never will, but that’s okay. Missing them to me means I truly love them.

Last weekend we had a day that poured in warmth simply because the sun was out, yet it was still a chilly fall day. My husband was all bundled up in a coat, but I simply couldn’t wear one. It’s the weather that I can’t explain, but whenever one of those days happens I’m immediately taken back to the wild and free days of Thanksgivings spent at Grandma & Grandpa Todd’s. To the years we’d play a game of football (many times without coats) after lunch no matter how warm or cold the weather was. To the year we arrived to grandma and grandpa’s with the turkey in flames in the yard and Casey’s pizza saving the day. To the holidays we’d play games for hours after lunch. To the time simply together. Those are memories that I will forever cherish. Those are memories that I give thanks for.

This year Peter and I will be creating new memories that we’ll cherish together as a family. While we aren’t spending Thanksgiving in Iowa (my family) or Cambodia (his family) we are excited to be spending Thanksgiving with our little family (the two of us) and some dear friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fashion Stella & Dot

Black & Blue


This beautiful Blue and Grey Space Dyed Dress was another hit in Le Tote box #3 (see the other hit from box #3). The dress was just as soft and warm as the cardigan and I love them both.

While those two items were incredible the others were subpar. The accessories were tarnished again and the leather jacket was definitely not leather and it was way too short on my torso. Le Tote was a really fun experiment, but I’ve decided that a fashion box that has accessories in it just isn’t for me.

Box number three gets 3 out of 5 ruby red slippers.
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A Le Tote Keeper


Houston, we’ve found a winner! The wonderful thing about Le Tote is you can wear the items and return them or you can wear them and keep them.

It’s been a fun month of style with Le Tote (not sure what Le Tote is catch up here and here). I’m on my third box and I’ve fallen in love with this Lucky Brand cardigan so much that I’ve decided to keep it. The quality of this garment is fantastic. An added bonus is that the fabric is so soft and cozy that I just may snuggle up and take a nap before I finish typing the entire blog post.

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A Makeup Free Saturday


Saturday mornings are restful and my favorite morning of the entire week. This past Saturday we slept in and caught up on our favorite TV shows: Grey’s Anatomy and Last Man Standing.

By the time we were ready to leave the house for a relaxing date day to Eugene, makeup really wasn’t a priority. It wasn’t a priority because God, my husband, and I think I’m beautiful regardless of how much makeup I have on. Plus, some days I’d rather get the day started than spend another 5 minutes doing my makeup.

So here’s to more make up free Saturdays!

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Christmas At The Roost


Allison Ramsing Cards are back and better than ever with the Christmas line (my favorite season)! If you live in the Albany, Oregon area you can find them at The Vintage Roost or contact me directly and I’d be happy to ship some to you.

The Vintage Roost is open starting tomorrow, Saturday, November 21st through Saturday, December 12th (see image below for all of the details).

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Disclaimer: I received Fervent c/o B&H/LifeWay


You have an enemy…and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted. Fervent is your chance to strike back. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down. Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.

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#ad Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayHens #CollectiveBias


Growing up my mom would make cornish hens for the everyday dinner. Whenever she made cornish hens we’d always get out the fancy china and glasses because who says the fancy china can’t be used for to make an ordinary day special.

It’s about believing that you’re worth the good stuff, that someone wanted you to feel loved and seen and known. –Shauna Niequist, Burn the Candles

Mom taught us that we were worth the good stuff. So we’d use the fancy china, enjoy cornish hens (which are best enjoyed any day of the year or a great alternative/addition to turkey during the holidays), mashed potatoes, and sometimes even have a glass of sparkling apple juice. Cooking was one way she expressed her love for us. Her mother passed that onto her and she’s passed it on to me. I love cooking and I love trying new recipes to fill the bellies of those I love.

Fast forward to the present and I’m finally going to make my own cornish hen for the very first time. Today, I’ll be sharing my recipe for cornish hen(s) and a tutorial of how to make them. Much to my surprise they were extremely easy to prepare. The fancy china is still packed away at the shop, so we’re going to use our everyday plates to enjoy Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens.

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You’re Invited!


In June I began a new venture as a Stella & Dot stylist. With the holidays coming soon I’d love to have you join me on Sunday, November 29th from 2-3:30 at my home to see the incredible Holiday collection and have some wonderful holiday treats! With half the line under $50 there’s definitely something for everyone on the list!

Can’t make it join the party online today until December 20 at 11:59 PM PST by shopping at and select Allison as the hostess at checkout!

Added bonus is that for every $50 you spend you earn $25 Dot Dollars that you can redeem starting Dec. 29th.


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Funfetti® M&M’s® White Peppermint Cake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias


Growing up my mom and I had a blast holiday baking. We’d spend hours making cookies together: sugar, chocolate chip, spritz, and whatever else we decided to do that year.

Last year before my friends arrived for the Great Scarf Exchange I attempted making cookies. Needless to say I burned them to a crisp. Peter came to the rescue and before the exchange he’d made fresh ones!

While I haven’t mastered holiday cookies in my Oregon oven, I sure have mastered Funfetti® cake. Ask my co-workers, husband, and friends I know they sure love it when I get the baking urge.

As a child Funfetti® cake was always my request for a birthday cake and this year I’m creating new traditions. Now that I live over 2,000 miles away from my mom I’m keeping the holiday baking tradition alive by making Funfetti® M&M’s® White Peppermint Cake because we all know how well it’s going to go if I try and make cookies. Plus, Funfetti® cake is truly my dessert love language and it tastes amazing if you enjoy it with a Great Value glass of milk.

Today, I’ll be sharing how to make Funfetti® M&M’s® White Peppermint Cake.

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