Lead Me Into Temptation

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing
for the things it has forbidden to itself.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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The Joy of Christmas Stays Here Inside Us & Fills Each and Every Heart with Love

It’s been raining here where I live on and off (mostly on) for near the last two weeks. The sun was shining for a while today though the rain clouds were hovering right off the coast just waiting to drench us some more. It doesn’t snow here, so rain and icy windows or rooftops is as close as it gets to a “white” Christmas for me. Why am I sharing this? Well, I love the rain. It usually mellows me out and for some reason this much rain so close to Christmas – along with some other things – has made me nostalgic for the Christmases of my childhood, or those of my kids’ when they were young.

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Christmas Cookies & Happy Hearts, This is How the Holiday Starts

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays when I was a kid was to make cookies with my mom. I think I probably ate more cookie dough than anything else (Butterscotch chip cookies=best EVER!), but what I really loved about it was the time we got to spend together making goodies for all the parties and get togethers that happen during the holidays.

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Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change.

People who know me know that I am quite the gacha nut. (I think I’ve mentioned it a time or two here is my blog too. lol) And as a gacha nut, one of my absolute favorite events is going on now. The ARCADE! \o/ I am lucky enough to have an awesome best friend who understands my obsessive gacha habit who bought me an early access pass as an early Christmas present. So I got to head in for four hours with 19 others to play with the machines before the mad dash of crazy that happens as the clock struck midnight on December 1st. There’s always a bunch of stuff at the Arcade that I end up wanting and this round has A TON of stuff I want. You can see the shopping guide here. And being as it is coming up Christmas time we get the added bonus of presents! You can see some of the presents from participating creators here. They are all placed under the tree in the center of the boardwalk building.

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We Lead Strange Lives, Chasing Our Dreams from Place to Place

Right now Cirque de Seraphim is going on. The event is a benefit for the ASPCA and  a portion of the proceeds are going towards them. There’s 2 full sims of creators and items with a circus theme. I don’t recall ever being a huge fan of the circus because to me circus = clowns. And clowns, like mimes, tend to creep me out. But even with my aversion to clowns there is PLENTY to see and buy. So go have a look around and shop some too – it’s for a good cause.

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When Witches Go Riding, and Black Cats are Seen, the Moon Laughs and Whispers, ‘Tis Near Halloween

WARNING – this post is really picture heavy…  🙂

A friend of mine put up his Stockholm & Lima barn from the last round of the Arcade and asked me to decorate. I think maybe,  well, I went a little overboard. Okay, so I went A LOT overboard. I just had so much STUFF from a bunch of different events that are ending at the end of the month that I wanted to do posts for. And between kids, boyfriend, work and getting sick – time has just gone by so fast. Anyways, less blabber – more pictures.

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