The holidays have arrived at the IGE household!


I don’t think it really hit me until very recently that Christmas was so close to Thanksgiving this year. I had barely polished off the last slice of leftover turkey before my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds were blowing up with pictures of people putting up their twinkly lights and holiday decor.

Umm, my tree just went up this Wednesday. So behind the times…!


We do a “collection” tree rather than a themed one, full of meaningful ornaments from events and occasions from years past. Like the Rockette’s ornament my Mom got me when we went to see them a few years ago


And the Mt Vernon one I picked up on our visit last year.


My little elf was very helpful, telling me where each ornament should go, and I assured him that Santa would put him on the nice list because of it. SANTA?!


Hehe. Anyway, this weekend will be full of taking care of household projects. We’re hosting Christmas Eve this year and, believe it or not, there’s still some boxes and stuff from the move this summer that we have to officially, finally get out of the way. Wish us luck!

Wherever you are, and whatever you do have a wonderful weekend and in the meantime please enjoy my favorite finds from around the web and beyond in this week’s Friday Favorites!

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Favorite twist: Cheesy Sweet & Sour Pomegranate Thai Chicken Enchiladas. An enchilada recipe with pomegranate seeds is definitely something I could get into. Can’t wait to make these!


Favorite DIY: DIY Orange Clove Pomanders. What an easy, inexpensive, and yummy smelling centerpiece for the holidays.


Favorite treat: Gingerbread Cookie Cups with White Chocolate & Caramel. White chocolate mousse? Sign me up! These look so decadent.


Favorite fashion. I am loooooving this pale pink coat from J Crew. So cozy and girly. (Says this totally un-girly-girl.) ; )


Favorite plate: Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad. There’s those pomegranate seeds again, adding a sweet burst to this ultra healthy salad featuring all my favorite winter veggies.


Favorite place: Beaver Chief Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana. Uh yeah, my wanderlust is officially back in full force. Who knew this view existed outside of the Alps? Amazing!


Favorite sip: Coconut Fizz Cocktail. Total new years eve perfection.


Favorite baby: Custom Baby Subway Art. I am obsessed with this collage – it’d look perfect above Lincoln’s changing table. So cool, right?


Favorite hack: Microwave Potato Chips. Ben and I attempted these DIY potato chips in the microwave last week and they were amazing. Be sure to slice your potatoes at least 1/8″ thin. We seasoned ours with a spritz of EVOO and a dash of the Ultimate Steak Seasoning (<– obsessed with that stuff.)


Favorite find: Perfect Picturewall. So you know Claire’s picture wall going up the stairs on Modern Family? I’m obsessed. Maybe this company could help me achieve a similar look!


Favorite slurp: Chicken Meatball and Orzo Hearty Soup. YES. This soup looks so perfect for the sub-zero temps we’ve been rocking all week.

Favorite funny: 50 Most WTF Animal Pics of the Year. Ummm high-larious, however don’t click if you’re easily offended. (Clearly I’m not!)


Favorite bite: Fried Brussels Sprouts with Smokey Honey Aioli. THESE!!!! Anyone care if I break my no-frying rule for these crispy bites? No? Great. Done!

Favorite decor: Bon Voyage Print. This handmade canvas print is so cool. Would love to have it hanging in my house.


Favorite sweet: No-Bake Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Bites. Peppermint is one of my favorite flavors of the holidays. These babies look dangerously delicious!


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Have a great weekend, everyone!