CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS DANISH

CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS DANISH

If you’ve ever been invited to a Christmas party and had no idea what to bring I’ve got you covered in 6 simple steps. This candy cane danish is made of strawberry and cream cheese goodness that will have everyone coming back for more. I promise you’ll put in minimal effort for maximum crowd pleasing. While it might not be the most friendly dessert for your waistline, I’m pretty sure Christmas calories don’t count. Continue reading “CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS DANISH”

FRIDAY 5 THINGS

FRIDAY 5 THINGS

This has been another long week. I felt like Friday might never come but I’m excited about going to a fancy Christmas party tonight. If you want to see what I’m wearing to the party you can follow me on Instagram @carlyvbarnes and watch my Instagram stories tonight. Since I wear scrubs 5 days a week I always get pumped when I have an opportunity to put on a dress and lipstick. I attached one of our Christmas card pictures at the top of this post but will do a full post with all of them later. Baby Joe was hamming it up for Tara so choosing a favorite was tough! Like me, the Friday 5 are random but I hope you enjoy these weekly posts.

Tennessee Vols Have a New Head Football Coach

Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Phillip Fulmer. Thank you, Tennessee. We finally have a head coach after a long, exhaustive, and humiliating search. There were casualties along the way but we made it! We came out on the other side with Phillip Fulmer and Alabama’s Defensive Coordinator. I could take this opportunity to be completely negative about next season or I could say, “OK boys, show us what you’ve got.” OK boys… God help me… show us what you’ve got.

Reindeer Facts

Here are a few things you might not know about reindeer that I learned this week. First of all, feminists shout it loud and proud! Santa’s reindeer are most likely all female. Since older male reindeer shed their antlers in winter, it is highly likely that the reindeer depicted in all of your Christmas decor are ladies. Deal with it. Second, reindeer are the only mammals who can see ultraviolet light. What??? Reindeer are cool as hell, y’all. Leave those working women some carrots this year. They deserve both your respect and your root vegetables.

OppoSuits

As you can tell from the picture of us with baby Joe, Chris went a little crazy this year with his outfit choice. He and my brother discovered OppoSuits a while back and he finally had an excuse to buy and wear an OppoSuit. He is particularly fond of it and I must admit I was shocked he picked an outfit that would draw attention to himself. He’s normally shy (yes, opposites attract) but if he’s happy then I’m happy. OppoSuits has a selection for women as well so we might end up with matching outfits at some point.

Christmas Cards with Walgreens

Walgreens has their Christmas cards 50% off until Decmber 16th. Today’s discount code is XMASCARD50 if you’re interested. We used them this year and the only downside is that I have to address the envelopes myself. The minimum order number is 20 cards which is great. Not everyone needs 100 or more. I saved time and money on shipping as well. I ordered them yesterday at lunch and they were ready for pick up at 8pm. The biggest upside is that I saved… are you ready for this… $250. Yeah, it was worth it to address my own envelopes this Christmas. I’ll live.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Everybody remember this store from middle school? Well they’ve really stepped up their game lately. You can find some great pieces there for under $100. I especially liked their sweater collection this winter. I’m keeping my eye on their site in case I find some more things that need to come live with me. It just goes to show you that creative businesses can rebrand themselves so don’t close the door on them for good.

Now that A&F is on everyone’s radar again I’d like to formally request that Limited, Too! make a come back as well. With their blow up couches, gelly roll pens, butterfly clips, and platform sandals how could this go wrong? This 90’s kid sees a lot of positives and absolutely zero negatives. So long as they bury those shorts with words written on the butt where they can never see the light of day (or my poor eyes) again.

I hope you enjoyed this edition of “Friday 5 Things”. Let me know in the comments below. We’re expecting snow in my neck of the woods tonight so everyone be prepared to fight someone in the grocery store for bread and milk. *Giveaway Update* There are 71 people subscribed to You, Me, and Tennessee. You guys are killing it! Thank you to everyone who signed up to receive an email when there’s a new post. If I get 29 more before Christmas then I’ll do a giveaway as a way of saying thanks for all your support. You can also pin these posts on Pinterest, follow me on Instagram, or join the Facebook page.

Until next time,

Carly

 

 

 

ICE SKATING DATE NIGHT

ICE SKATING DATE NIGHT

Traditions are a part of Christmas for lots of couples and Chris and I are no different. I already mentioned that we started a new tradition for our tree this year. However, one tradition that hasn’t changed is our annual ice skating date. When Chris asked me to go ice skating the first year we were together I was excited because I thought it would be like a Hallmark movie. We would glide along the ice like two lovebirds in Market Square, drink hot cocoa, and question how we ever lived apart. False. Y’all, I could not have been more wrong. Chris skates as smooth as butter melts and I look like a newborn baby deer on ice. Over the years I’ve gotten better at skating but Chris literally skates circles around me because hockey. That’s why. Really though, we end up having the best time when we go ice skating and it reminds me why I love my husband so much. Continue reading “ICE SKATING DATE NIGHT”

CHRISTMAS VACATION

CHRISTMAS VACATION

Every year around this time I wonder what it would be like to go on a big vacation at Christmas. I think it would be special to visit a new city during the season that is famous for love and good cheer. I’m sure if you were to go back to the same place any other time of year the city would leave a different impression. Christmas lights act as a sort of face lift for communities everywhere. Suddenly what was dull is sparkling and illuminated. The eye is drawn away from imperfections toward the brightest beauty. After drooling over social media posts from all over the world, here is a list of places I hope to someday spend my Christmas vacation.  Continue reading “CHRISTMAS VACATION”

SEARCHING FOR SANTA

SEARCHING FOR SANTA

No Christmas season is complete without a trip to see Santa but you have to know where to find him. As a Pigeon Forge insider, I feel obligated to share the best place to visit Santa with my amazing readers. I thought I’d begin my search at The Inn at Christmas Place. They have plenty of rooms so maybe Santa lives here. Come with me to have a look around! Continue reading “SEARCHING FOR SANTA”

FRIDAY 5 THINGS

FRIDAY 5 THINGS

Today I’m sharing 5 things that have been on my mind lately. These are some links that will send you to more information if you’re interested but I promise I’m not sponsored by anyone. This week seemed to trudge by for some reason. Much of my time after work was spent getting the house decorated for Christmas. I’ve also spent some late nights trying to learn new programs for the blog and brainstorming ideas for posts. This weekend I’ll get to have girls’ night out and take an online class on blogging. I’m hoping it helps me produce the best blog posts for you guys. I’m incredibly grateful for all the people who are reading You, Me, and Tennessee. I’m thinking of doing a Christmas giveaway if I get to 100 subscribers so let me know what you think! Here are the 5 things that have been on my mind this week.

hitchswitch and Changing Your Last Name

Lord in Heaven, you guys. Do boys ever have to do anything??? The whole process of getting married is exhausting for women and all men have to do differently is wear a ring. Hitchswitch makes the process of changing your name less overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. I got the $29 package that includes them filling out all the paperwork for you then you print, sign, and send it off. I feel like a year from now I will find something that still says Barnes and have to call Jesus and America to switch it but for now all I’m waiting on is my new nursing license.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I read Murder on the Orient Express in May and saw the movie of the same title last month. Three words for you about the film: Killer. Ensemble. Cast. I enjoyed Agatha Christie’s book so much that I decided to read another. I’m about 20 pages in and I can’t put it down. The only element that might deter someone from reading her novels is that they involve quite a few characters. I find myself writing names down at first so I can stay on track with the story. Once you get through the initial introductions you’re hooked.

HBO’s The Newsroom

Chris and I started watching this show last night and unknowingly stayed up past midnight watching 4 episodes in a row. I think the show got 3 seasons in total but we like what we’ve seen of Season 1. It centers around a 24 hours news network and stars Jeff Bridges as the main news anchor. There are times when I can take him or leave him as an actor. I’m reminded of the live action 101 Dalmations and Fly Away Home. However, I was surprised at what a powerful performance he gives in The Newsroom and I’m sure we’ll keep watching.

Jennifer Hudson x Pentatonix “How Great Thou Art”

I’m all about a cappella right now. I’m re-watching old seasons of Glee, I’m getting pumped for Pitch Perfect 3, and I’m listening to Pentatonix every chance I get. I was moved to tears the first time I heard Pentatonix sing “Mary, Did You Know?”. When I saw that they were singing”How Great Thou Art” I knew it would be chilling to hear. Jennifer Hudson will blow you away. This video is a must-watch.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ornament

I wanted an ornament for my tree that reminded me of home and I found this one on ebay. Explaining how I feel whenever I’m in the national park is best described as being at home in my heart. This one was featured in my Christmas tree decorating post here and it has quickly become one of my favorites. After seeing it you just might need one for yourself or a person who cherishes their Smoky Mountain home as much as I do.

Now that I have those 5 things off my chest I can get ready for what is sure to set up shop in my mind next week. Let me know if you enjoyed this post in the comments. If you haven’t already subscribed or followed me on Instagram that would totally make my day. I’m serious about doing a giveaway if I get to 100 subscribers and right now I’m at 43. Let’s do this! Happy weekend, everyone.

Until next time,

Carly

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING

This year we decided to start a new Christmas tradition with our tree. We normally have a blue and silver tree and it’s a long story but my husband thought I liked the blue tree and I thought he did. Anyway, we both wanted a red and green tree we just never communicated that because we didn’t want to hurt each other’s feelings. Relationships are weird, y’all. Fast forward a couple months and we’ve got the first Christmas tree that feels incredibly personal to the newly cemented Kibler family. Let’s have a look, shall we? Continue reading “CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATING”

NEWEST MAKEUP OBSESSIONS

NEWEST MAKEUP OBSESSIONS

I’m sure there are a few people reading this post today and they’re surprised at the title because I hardly ever wear makeup. I like my face just fine without it and that tends to take some people by surprise. WITHOUT makeup? Yes. Naked face. Since I started blogging I decided to have more fun with it and now I’m wondering why I ever let it cause me stress. I was exhausted all the time thinking I had to wear makeup so that other people would feel more comfortable. Have you noticed how women sometimes apologize when you see them without makeup? Sure, I’ve had my moments when I feel like da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” (cue wedding photos) and other moments when I resemble Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” but I decided to think of myself as more of a Bob Ross with a palette of paint and my face as a blank canvas. Fun Fact: I narrate like him in my head while I get ready. Now that I have a newfound respect for cosmetics, let me show you 5 products that have made me feel extra glamorous when I decide to put forth effort in the matter. Continue reading “NEWEST MAKEUP OBSESSIONS”

DOG-FRIENDLY TRAILS IN GSMNP

DOG-FRIENDLY TRAILS IN GSMNP

As much as I love going for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park I can’t bring my fluffy son with me on every trail. I’m not referring to those short legs! There are only two approved trails for dogs in the national park and they are “The Gatlinburg Trail” and “The Oconaluftee River Trail”. My husband and I wanted to take Joe into the park and get to see the gorgeous leaves before all they all end up scattered on the ground. Joe really enjoyed himself and fell asleep as soon as we got back to the car. Continue reading “DOG-FRIENDLY TRAILS IN GSMNP”