Collective Christmas Gifts

Hi guys! Late post tonight, I know, but I just wanted to share (almost) all the Christmas gifts I got this year from friends and my lovely blogger ladies. I came home last Sunday to a positive HEAP of packages inside my mailbox and had even more to go pick up at the leasing office and post office the next day! And I got over twice as many holiday greeting cards this year than last, so I was so very, very happy. I really love getting cards. I put them all up on my refrigerator and I swear I almost cried when I took that picture. I sent out/gave 58 cards this year (albeit a good half-ish to colleagues, supervisors and family) but I usually only receive ~4 back. Last year I even got one from my mom in April along with my birthday card LOL. So, seeing all the cards on my fridge this year made me feel so loved and appreciated. ♥

The adorable Jess sent me a package totally out of the blue to thank me for helping her buy Chanel Trapeze nail polish! I feel so spoiled! She sent me two Silk Whitia sheet masks, a hand mask, a Labello, tons of samples and tons of TEA!!! I was so surprised to receive her package. Thank you so much Jess!!!

From Diana, I got an adorable card, Steap Tea’s Winter Elixir, Sinful nail polishes in Pearl Harbor and Nail Junkie (&hearts!!!), and yummy chocolates! Sarah sent me a beautiful pair of her Moto Jewelry earrings, B&BW mini hand sanitizer in Sweet Pea (my favorite!), a super cute bar of soap, and nummy chocolates!

I am positively loving the Winter Elixir tea – I can’t even really describe it except to say that it’s refreshing and warming at the same time! And AHHHH NAIL JUNKIE!!!! Positive LOVE!!! Diana knew I’ve been looking for this polish forever!! Funny enough, I actually snapped it up when SO and I went to a Walgreens up in San Jose, so now I have two bottles teehee. :D Also, funny story, when I cut open Sarah’s package, I actually accidentally cut the Kit Kat a little bit LOL. Sarah always stuffs her packages to the brim to spoil me with yummy candies!! Thank you guys!!!! ♥♥♥

I won Mona’s MBD Mask giveaway and she was kind enough to send me the most adorable Christmas card I have EVER seen, as well as China Glaze Jetstream too! (I’m wearing it right now :D). The ever practical Jen sent me an AWESOME new waterbottle (spill-proof!) as well as fat-free brownie mix! I still haven’t made them yet because I don’t have any yogurt LOL!

Mona actually sent me 5 masks, but I was so excited to have MBD masks again I used one of the Apple Polyphenol ones that evening before I had a chance to take pictures LOL. And I swear Jen, I am picking up yogurt the next time we go to Trader Joe’s (probably tomorrow) so I can finally make those brownies! Thank you so much guys!!! ♥♥♥

And of course, SO bought me the Zoe Chicco Bow Ring in sterling silver. I picked it out from Hautelook one morning during finals week hahaha. I had literally been looking at pictures of similar rings in CanCam and Ray the night before so I was suuuuuper excited about it! Bow motifs are so in this year! I think even Tiffany’s had a bow jewelry collection (but of course $$$$ with pave diamonds or something!). I couldn’t find the ad to take a picture of… but I think my ring’s cuter hehe. He also got me a super cute Christmas card for the first time! :D :D :D

Whew! That was a lot of stuff!!!! And my San Diego friends and I haven’t even exchanged Christmas gifts yet since we didn’t have time between finals and everyone leaving for break LOL! Still, I have to say, you guys really made Christmas ’09 one of my best Christmases EVER! ♥♥♥

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29 Responses to “Collective Christmas Gifts”

  1. Jen says:

    ohmygoodness, that bow ring is SO freakin adorable!!! what a nice SO. ^^

    awesome stuff you got for christmas! I can feel the love pouring out of the gifts. :D

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehehe, I know right?!?! I was so excited to get it – it was seriously torture waiting for it in the mail, especially when it arrived only two days after we left for the holidays!!! & thank you! It was definitely one of my best Christmases ever. :D

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  2. Dina (XYYan) says:

    wow, that’s really a lot of love! so many great goodies :) the bow ring is really pretty!
    .-= Dina (XYYan)´s last blog ..Happy New Year 2010! & The Winner is… =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    I was really just blown away by everyone’s love and generosity. =)

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  3. Dina (XYYan) says:

    wow, that’s really a lot of love! so many great goodies :) the bow ring is really pretty!

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  4. Annie says:

    Great gifts! Hope you had a wonderful holiday =)

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks Annie, it’s definitely been one of the best holidays I’ve had. :D

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  5. Lina says:

    That ring is so adorable! Kudos to the SO for a nice gift!!!

    I love that red card with the puppy on it. I got the same one for my brother for Christmas, love the fuzzy cover!!!
    .-= Lina´s last blog ..What Products Have You Purchased From Samples You Loved? =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! And LOL. SO and I were so boring this year in that we picked out what we wanted from each other in advance. I think it worked out much better this way though… poor guy is always at a loss as to what to get me because he just doesn’t understand LOL.

    And it’s a great card!! I love Papyrus. :D I get all my cards from there! I think that particular card is my second favorite. The fuzzy penguin card (gave that one to SO and sent it to my grandpa in Taiwan) is my favorite card ever. :D

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  6. Lulu says:

    Yay for so much goodies!!! Lucky girl :) I love receiving cards too!! Please give me ur address next year <3

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    Catherine responds:

    Awwww, we definitely have to exchange addresses then!! I’ll email you. :D

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  7. Blair says:

    Fabulous gifts! And the bow ring is simply too pretty for words =D
    .-= Blair´s last blog ..Mayaari’s Christmas Love Pack =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thank you!! Hehehe, I’m quite enamored of it. I really do think it’s the cutest style I’ve seen yet!

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  8. Love your new ring, Cat! I’m a sucker for X’mas cards too. You received so many + love goodies…yay!!! :D
    .-= Shop N’ Chomp´s last blog .."See ya…" =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks!! Awww, we have to exchange addresses next year then!! :D

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  9. jenc says:

    you will not believe those brownies are fat free. and if you want to be lazy, the amount of yogurt they need is approximately equal to a single serve yogurt cup. trufax.

    waitaminute. maybe I should have opted for a yes-pudge fudge brownie variant for you….

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehehe, I believe it! But dude, it’s ok. We’ll just go get a tub from TJ’s. I actually can’t remember the last time I bought a single serving yogurt cup… LOL. And man, it’s ok. Ben & Jerry’s was on sale at CVS this week so I’m already on my second tub… ^^;;

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  10. Jess says:

    I’m so glad you liked everything, Catherine! The Moto Jewelry earrings from Sarah are so pretty!
    You deserve all the love and goodies for you are a lovely person! ♥ hugs ♥
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thank you again, Jess!!! I love the tea!! Especially the Rooibos! I’m totally taking all of your tea to my desk at work so I can always have good tea now! :D :D :D And now you and Ilyana have gotten me hooked on the Silk Whitia masks too! I tried the blue one and I’m soooo impressed!!! And awwww, thank you, hon. :D :D :D

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    Jess responds:

    Oh, you like the Rooibos? Did I send you plain Rooibos or with Vanilla? Rooibos also tastes great with some milk! ;)
    .-= Jess´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Oh I *adore* rooibos tea! You sent me the plain rooibos, but I haven’t tried it with milk yet! Totally going to try that today. :D
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Winter Break Haul =-.

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  11. Eva says:

    wow!! love the new site!!love all the stuff you got!
    .-= Eva´s last blog ..Happy New Year!!! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks Eva! I love all the stuff I got too teehee. :D

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  12. mayaari says:

    so many lovely presents! i like the way you can set up photos/captions 2 at a time – wish blogger would have a similar way to do that!

    i love that brownie mix – jen’s right about the single serving of yogurt for that mix though, that’s all you really need to make them, and they’re delicious :) i’ve also seen mix for rasberry chocolate and mint chocolate brownies
    .-= mayaari´s last blog ..Rescue Beauty Lounge and China Glaze =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! And LOL. Yea… if you view the source code you’ll actually see that I had to set up two classes of tables myself in order to get that to work. But I’m quite happy at the result. :D

    And oooooooh. I’ll have to go on a search for those other brownie mixes! Raspberry chocolate sounds amazing!!

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  13. amynaree says:

    nice christmas goodies!!! blogger girls are always so sweet
    .-= amynaree´s last blog ..My Holiday Food Porn =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thank you! And true dat. :D
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Winter Break Haul =-.

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  14. sarah says:

    oh my gosh that ring is wayyy cuter up close than i ever could have imagined, haha :) i’m glad you were spoiled!! you totally deserve it :)
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Merry Christmas! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Aww, ty! :D

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