December 2012 Wrap Up!


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all!

I’m sure you & your family are just as exhausted as me & mine

from all of our holiday celebrations and fair share of illnesses!

I am on the {very, very} slow road to recovery from bronchitis & pneumonia…

I wouldn’t recommend it, but I am thankful that the worse of it didn’t hit until after Christmas!



I decided to do a December Wrap Up post to bring you up-to-date all at once!

I’m trying out a new way of editing photos that I’ve taken with my iPhone

so please feel free to let me know what you think :’)

After scouring the internet for the best iPhone apps & then test driving a few out,

here are the ones I used:

{thank you to Shelley from The House of Smiths for her great advice found here}

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1.  Pic Frame

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This app is very user-friendly & two of my favorite features are:

*The option to add text {labels} to my collages and

*The ability to save & export my creations to my phone & several sites such as Twitter, Flicker, Instagram,

as well as the ability to email them!

It’s definitely an app to check out as it’s only 99 cents…


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2. Instagram

Next, I uploaded my collages to Instagram, where I chose my favorite effect….again, easy~peasy!

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I present to you Deb’s Heart & Home December Wrap up!


My poor hubby spent the better part of two days cleaning out drains that were clogged by tree roots…

Check out his home-made root cutter with mega-long extension pole!


My parents made the long trek down from Lodi to spend a whole week with us!

They live on 5 acres, out in the country, thus the need for a sqiurrel trap!


We decided to bring our traditional drive-around-and-look-at-the-lights adventure up a notch

and wound up at the Riverside Festival of Lights ~ so beautiful!


On Christmas Eve we went to an afternoon Candlelight Service at my in-laws church

and then spent the evening at their beautiful home…

Christmas Day was spent in our home & my honey smoked a yummy ham!


We did a little after Christmas shopping with my folks & kids

and enjoyed some yummy appetizers at Yard House while sitting on the patio by the fire :’)


On our last family adventure the whole clan spent the afternoon in Old Town Temecula…

The weather was absolutely beautiful!  Crisp & cool…perfect window shopping weather!

Today has been cold & rainy so I’ve been snuggled up inside

enjoying the fire in the fireplace, as I edit pictures and finally update my blog!!

Goodnight for now,

Deb :’)

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5 Responses to December 2012 Wrap Up!

  1. Robin Grant says:

    Great post Debbie! You have such an awesome family.
    Glad you are on the mend. Lots of soup and warm drinks!

    • admin says:

      Thanks so much Robin! Hope your family had a wonderful Christmas and that your hubby is not in too much pain :’)

      • Mary Kirk says:

        We had such a fabulous, fun & restful time with the “clan”. Best Christmas of all with the exception of dear Deb coming down with pneumonia. Tony is the highest rated cook of the son-in-laws! Sorry guys. Get well soon Deb. Love you all. Mom

        • admin says:

          Awe, thanks for the raving reviews Mom! This was a wonderful Christmas spent celebrating with lots of quality family time, despite the sickness! Many happy memories made :’)

  2. Mary Kirk says:

    Thanks for all the “picture” hints Deb. Will be putting to good use! Your blog is beautiful…

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