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Today, I bring you a new on-going series, called the Weekly Roundup & Reflection. It is here I will share the good, the bad and the ugly faves of the week past. I’ve come to truly enjoy my fellow bloggers who put this sort of a post together each week and I’ve found myself many times wishing for a place on My Life In Snippets where I could share little pieces of my week, my favorite found links, tunes I love and little tidbits of advice (hence, reflection!).

On that note, let’s get going!

Weekly Roundup & Reflection — November 21

Event Roundup

Phew… what a week! Last weekend, I literally never thought I’d make it to this weekend. I just wanted to be headed for Michigan for the Thanksgiving holiday. But look at me now – typing this and still happily chugging along.

I really cannot believe that Thanksgiving is this Thursday!

So, what happened this week? A lot.

Personally, my other half and I have had two “Friendsgivings” this week – and one more coming up tomorrow! I had never partook in a Friendsgiving before – but I love them 😀 Friends, good food and conversation. I’m not sure, something about crowding around the dinner table, is just cozy.

On another note, I’ve had the pleasure over the past ten or so days getting to know my Christmas Blogging Elite Box Swap buddy – Sarah! She’s over at Devastate Boredom, definitely check her out 🙂 She’s my first official blogging buddy I’ve really gotten to know – and now that I have, I’m more excited than ever to link up with other bloggers. 🙂

Guess what arrived in the mail this week?! My other half and I’s Christmas cards 😀 I couldn’t be more excited. No, we didn’t have a professional take our photos. We did the same thing we did for our Graduation pictures – we took them by ourselves. It’s crazy what you can do with a DSLR camera, a tripod and a camera timer 🙂 Check out a few of our faves!

Ashlee & Max Christmas 2015 Photo 1

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IMG_Ashlee & Max Christmas 2015 Photo 3

Although it didn’t really happen this week, I’ve heard so much about it, I can’t help but mention it here. Paris. ISIS. The lack of peace throughout the world. I opted to not post upon the day the terrorist attacks in Paris. I couldn’t even think straight about it. I still can’t. I can’t even wrap my head around this kind of terror that is eating away at our world. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, we each need to work to be advocates of peace. Not only this, we need to take advantage of every moment we have, because as cliche as it is, it could be our last. No one knows how short life might be for each of us – and we need to take that into account. Do you really need to be annoyed because someone did something? Do you really need to honk your horn at that car that cut you off? Think first, then act. And, act the way you want to feel.

I’m praying, everyday, for the world. I’m hopeful for a day in which we can live in peace.

Finally, to end on a super exciting note. The Michigan State Spartans just upset the Ohio State Buckeyes on their home field. I literally can’t breathe. It was a fabulous game. Go Green! 😀

Link Roundup

The Blogging Elite is having a link up this week! Read more about it over at Hugs & Lattes! What are you #Thankful for? Be sure to link up with us this week!

Camille over at Friday We’re In Love put together a gift for her Jacob – the 12 Dates of Christmas. If my other half wasn’t going on a trip during the days approaching the holidays with his friends, I might consider this. My favorite date is “On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Four Calling Birds — We’re going to give those birds a place to call and make gingerbread houses tonight.” Last Christmas, my other half and I built Gingerbread houses – such fun it was! See our masterpieces below 🙂

Max & Ashlee's Gingerbread Houses Christmas 2014

Tiffany, over at Endless Bliss shares some of her fall favorites. As fall is truly my favorite season, I loved this post, as it’s clear Tiffany loves Fall too. Two takeaways from this post. One I’ll mention here, and one I’ll mention further down in the post. I’ve recently noticed coloring books being more popular – coloring books for adults, at that! Tiffany shares a coloring book she recently personalized and got. I find myself longing to pull out my colored pencils and find a coloring book for myself to get lost in! Do you like this Adult Coloring Book phase?

Media Roundup

Whilst preparing for one of the Friendsgivings this week, my other half and I had Pandora blaring Christmas music. I love and adore Christmas music this time of the year, don’t you? I really don’t get past Thanksgiving before I dive into the world of Christmas music. And why should I?! Christmas and Thanksgiving, I believe, go hand in hand. Thanksgiving is a time for us to be thankful for what we have – thankful for what makes us happy. It’s a time to mentally prepare for the joyful season of Christmas. (Of course, I mention Christmas here… there are several other holidays this time of the year, I think Thanksgiving does the same thing for these!). 🙂

So, how about a Christmas favorite of mine – Heaven Everywhere by Francesca Battistelli


As the time at which guests arrived approached, my other half mentioned that maybe we shouldn’t have Christmas music on – as many don’t feel it’s quite appropriate yet for Christmas music. So, I reluctantly went to Pandora and created a new station based on The Piano Guys. And WOW am I glad I did. I was incredibly impressed with this instrumental station. Each song popped up – I couldn’t get enough!

Although it was hard to pick and choose, here are a few of my favorites:

Collage by Silvard

This is Your Fight Song (Rachel Patten Scottish Cover) by The Piano Guys

Variations on The Kanon by Pachelbel by George Winston

For the Love of a Princess by Myleene Klass

Nuvole Biance by Ludovico Einaudi

This other week also consisted of going to see Spectre. Oh, James Bond – will you never cease to exist?! I won’t lie, the Bond movies always have me on the edge of my seat – so ready for one of the many villains to put a bullet through Bond and that to be the end of the fun. But that time never comes and I walk away from the movie chuckling at the “awesomeness” of the movie. If you’re a fan of Bond, go and see Spectre.

Random Roundup

Remember how I said I’d get back to Tiffany’s Fall Favorites post? Here I am, back at it 🙂

Tiffany shared a quote, I can’t help but share too —

For a start to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. So collapse. Crumble. This is not your destruction. This is your birth.

To me, this says to take chances. To follow your dreams. It says that to be a star – to be a success – you must dive into the world face first – jumping through flaming hoops and diving off of the diving board of life. This brings me back to my thoughts as I jumped out of a plane at the beginning of October… sometimes, even when you don’t think you can do something, you really, truly can.

Think of what our dear friend Winnie the Pooh reminds us of: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” So get out there, have some confidence and take on this world as you reach for your dreams and become a star!

Well, that’s all for now. I’m hopeful that your week past, your day today and your week ahead are filled with happy snippets of your very own. 🙂

  • I”m excited to read your Thankful post!! The pictures you guys took are beautiful. 🙂

    • AWE! Thank you so much, Nina! 🙂 And I can’t wait to post it and link up!