Playlist: Under the Mistletoe

This is the final playlist of the Holiday season…tear.  You may recognize some of the songs as repeats, which I tried really hard to avoid, but these are different versions.  christmas-6

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Listen here: Under the Mistletoe

The Only Gift – *NSYNC

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

Snow – Seth MacFarlane

White Christmas – The Drifters

Run Run Rudolph – Kelly Clarkson

Mistletoe & Wine – Cliff Richard

Let It Be Christmas – Alan Jackson

Happy Holiday – She & Him

Jingle Bells – Alvin & The Chipmunks

(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

Caroling, Caroling – Nat King Cole

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5

Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Carol Of The Bells – US Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants

Santa Claus Got Stuck (In My Chimney) – Ella Fitzgerald

Please Come Home For Christmas – Eagles

We Need A Little Christmas – Angela Lansbury

What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder

Silent Night, Holy Night – Julie Andrews

Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Let’s Start the New Year Right – Bing Crosby

I hope y’all enjoyed these playlists as much as I have.  Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy lives to check out my blog each week!

Have a safe & happy New Year.

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Warm & Cozy

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For this next playlist, I want you to imagine that you are on a winter vacation.  It’s cold & snowing outside, so you decide to stay in.  Warm, & snuggled in by the fire.  Perhaps you’re sipping on mulled wine or hot chocolate, whatever your pleasure.  Then you click on this playlist.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll also be reading a book or doing a jigsaw puzzle.

Christmas Makes Me Cry – Kacey musgraves

Moonlight In Vermont – Seth MacFarlane

2000 Miles – Pretenders

Petit Papa Noel – Josh Groban

Trains And Winter Rains – Enya

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

Old Time Christmas – Randy Travis

You’re All I Want For Christmas – Caro Emerald & Brook Benton

Never Do a Tango With an Eskimo – Alma Cogan

Hard Candy Christmas – Cyndi Lauper

25th December – Everything But The Girl

Father Christmas – The Kinks

When A Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis

Honky Tonk Christmas – Alan Jackson

Ding Dong! Merrily on High – Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Dear Mister Santa Claus – Hank Jones

Wish You a Merry Christmas – Kim Weston

Merry Christmas (Wherever You Are) – George Strait

Poppa Santa Claus – Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters

Ole Santa – Dinah Washington

Christmas Here With You – Four Tops & Aretha Franklin

Next week will be the last Christmas playlist; I’ll post it earlier than the norm so you can it enjoy all week long before NYE.

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best the holiday has to offer.
May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year.

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Fa La La La-lidays

Y’all this week has been so busy, but in the best way!  Tuesday, I played BINGO at my local Whole Foods with my friend Brigitte.  The BINGO is free, but you have to pay for any food or booze.  img_4017

Wednesday was my birthday – the big 33; I met Mama J half-way between Georgetown (where she lives) & The Woodlands (where I live), in a cute little town called Brenham.  That’s where Bluebell Ice Cream is made!  They have a super cute historic downtown square with cafes, shops, & the works.  We had lunch at a cafe called the Funky Art Cafe.  I had a very funky club sandwich – it had grated cheddar cheese, y’all.  Tell me how this makes sense?!?!  On my way back home, I stopped in Chappell Hill at a store called True Blue Home – I love this store so much & one of my favorite designers, Holly Mathis, helped setup this shop.

Once back in The Woodlands, I had dinner with my sweet friends Amy & Maureen – they spoiled me majorly!  We went to a local staple – Republic Grille.  I had an awesome meal of  chicken with goat cheese & sun dried tomatoes with a  lemon cream sauce.   Good company, good food, & good wine!img_4028

As per usual, I dug into the mashed potatoes before taking a picture.  It was so, so good – I couldn’t wait!

Yesterday (Thursday), we had our work holiday party at Texas de Brazil in City Centre.  The Cabernet was awesome!!!  However, I cannot eat this way easily.  This is the type of place where you get your sides form a buffet, & they bring meat to you & cut your piece table side.  The food is fantastic, but it is so rushed.  I can’t eat like that.  I take my time, & graze more often than not.  Never the less, the party was fun – Ugly Sweater is always an easy theme.  The after party, at Yard House, was more casual.  I tried my first Snake Bite – so delicious!  Guinness & Angry Orchard Cider! IMG_4033.JPG

This weekend I’ll be babysitting, house, sitting, & dog sitting – with a couple brunches thrown into the mix. 🙂

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Anyways – on to the real reason you’re reading this blog post, my 6th playlist of the season!  Listen here: Fa La La La-lidays

Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen

Deck the Halls Boogie! – Asleep At The Wheel

White Winter Hymnal – Kina Grannis

It Must Be Christmas – Chris Young

I Never Knew The Meaning Of Christmas – *NSYNC

Present Without A Bow – Kacey Musgraves & Leon Bridges

The Holly and the Ivy – Little Elves Choir

Feels Like Christmas – Straight No Chaser with Jana Kramer

Song for a Winter’s Night – Sarah McLachlan

Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

Lonely This Christmas – Mud

At Christmas – Kylie Minogue

Deck The Halls – R.E.M.

I Only Want You for Christmas – Alan Jackson

The Secret of Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald

Step Into Christmas – Elton John

Past Three O’Clock – Steve Wariner

I Wanna Kiss You So – Girls Aloud

Little Christmas Tree – Michael Jackson

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Alvin & The Chipmunks

I hope you all have a marvelous weekend!

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Snow Globe Season

Okay y’all, I’m sure you’ve been waiting with baited breath for the fifth installment of one of my Christmas Playlists. 😉

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Without further ado…

You can listen here: Snow Globe Season

Miracles – Coldplay

Merry Christmas Darling – Christina Perri

Must Be Christmas – Band of Merrymakers

It’s Christmas Time Again – Backstreet Boys

All My Christmases – Jillian Edwards

Mistletoe – Justin Bieber

A New York Christmas – Rob Thomas

Ribbons and Bows – Kacey Musgraves

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

Come Thou Fount – Penny and Sparrow

Man With The Bag – Jessie J

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Dan + Shay

Under the Weather – Chris Young

I Like A Sleighride – Peggy Lee

Merry Texas Christmas Y’all – Asleep At The Wheel

Under My Tree – *NSYNC

Huron Carol – Sarah McLachlan

Mele Kalikimaka – Jake Owen

Warm In December – Seth MacFarlane

Cool Yule – Bette Midler

I hope you all enjoy listening to these lists as much as I enjoy making them.

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Bells Are Ringing

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Okay y’all, now that Thanksgiving is officially over…most people consider December 1st the official day you may start listening to Christmas music.  As you know, I listen on July 25th (Christmas in July) & November 1st is my official start date for the Christmas season.

This is the 4th playlist in our lineup for the festive holiday season.  I hope you enjoy!

Listen Here: Bells Are Ringing

Jingle Bells – Jimmy Buffett

Oh Santa! – Mariah Carey

Fairytale of New York – Bob Schneider

Winter Dreams – Kelly Clarkson

Merry Christmas, Here’s to Many More – Reliant K

When Christmas Comes to Town – Polar Express

Christmas Don’t Be Late – Kacey Musgraves

A Marshmallow World – She & Him

Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys

Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen

Hoping For Snow – The Vamps

Wonderful Christmastime – The Shins

Winter Things – Ariana Grande

Frosty the Snowman – The Ronettes

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – *NSYNC

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Pentatonix

Happy Holidays – Megan Trainor

Cuddle Up – Catey Shaw

A Mad Russian’s Christmas – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Christina Perri

Let me know in the comments if you have any specific requests.

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Christmas Vacation

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all are enjoying time with your loved ones & remembered to wear your stretchy pants.  Thanksgiving is all about family, green bean casserole, mulled wine, & games!  This year our Thanksgiving is a little smaller as one cousin now lives in Hawaii with her husband, & one of my other cousins is in Phoenix this year with his wife & 3 kiddos.

So, I waited as long as I could, but I have to confess that I did put up Christmas decorations.  I like to rationalize that I did it the week of Thanksgiving because I was off from work & I went out of town on Wednesday.  The truth is that I got a new tree this year from QVC that has over 60 light settings & I wanted to play with them.  🙂

Anyways, this is the third week of Christmas playlists & I hope you all are enjoying them as much as I am.

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Listen here: Christmas Vacation

Christmas In The Sand – Colbie Caillat

Candy Cane Christmas – Darius Rucker

Underneath the Tree – Kelly Clarkson

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Dave Barnes

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Elvis Presley & LeAnn Rimes

We Need A Little Christmas – Glee Cast

Merry Christmas Strait to You – George Strait

Drummer Boy – Justin Bieber & Busta Rhymes

Christmas Island – Kristin Chenoweth

Silver Bells – Lady Antebellum

Do You Hear What I Hear – Martina McBride

You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch – Nashville Cast

My Favorite Things – The Supremes

Christmas Wish – She & Him

Holiday Made For Two – Dave Barnes

Merry Christmas, Baby – The Beach Boys

Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song) – Meiko

Christmastime In Tinseltown – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The Happy Elf – Harry Connick Jr.

Christmas Coming Home – Lennon & Maisy

Peace – Norah Jones

The First Noel – Weezer

I hope you enjoy this time with your friends & family, & get some great Black Friday deals!

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Merry & Bright

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Y’all, I am am so excited merry & bright!  See what I did there?  Last weekend I went to the annual Nutcracker Market in Houston.  It is utter chaos with women shopping like mad & their men tailgating out in the parking lot until they’re needed to do the heavy lifting.  It’s a genius plan if you think about it.  This year I went on the last day, instead of the first day, & was so excited because some booths were making deals.  I’m always on the hunt for a reasonably priced Christmas tree skirt & this year I found the perfect red tartan plaid skirt at a booth called The Royal Standard.  It was 50% off, so of course I had to take a second look to determine if it was worth the discounted price – definitely worthy the $20 I paid!

Between the Nutcracker Market & the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies (cannot. stop. watching.), I am having such a hard time restraining myself from decorating for the holiday.  I settle for creating holiday inspired playlists instead, so without further ado – I present to you the second playlist of the season.

Listen here: Merry & Bright

All My Bells Are Ringing – Lenka

Christmas Lights – Coldplay

Santa Baby – Colbie Caillat

All I Want IS You (This Christmas) – *NSYNC

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – George Strait

Grown-Up Christmas List – Amy Grant

Christmas Tonight – Dave Barnes with Hillary Scott

O Come O Come Emmanuel – The Civil Wars

Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing) – Kelly Clarkson

Sleigh Ride – Air Supply

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Darius Rucker

What Child Is This – Martina McBride

Blue Christmas – Lady ANtebellum

The Christmas Waltz – She & Him

Somewhere in My Memory – John Williams

Ave Maria – Rachael Lampa

The Christmas Song – Sheryl Crow

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

Winter Song – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

All Alone on Christmas – Darlene Love

Auld Lang Syne – James Taylor

I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I do.

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Holly Jolly Holiday

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You guys, I’m obsessed with this time of year.  I love it!  The weather turns cooler, I get to wear boots with the fur (not really, but kinda), people get nicer, at least before the election results…I could go on & on.  Did I mention scarves?

I made this playlist back a few years ago & it remains at the top of my rotation.  I actually made CDs of this playlist for family & friends’ gifts.  So, here is a gift for your ears from me to you.  Enjoy!

Listen here: Holly Jolly Holiday

Carol of the Bells – Deana Carter

Last Christmas – Wham!

O Holy Night – Martina McBride

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Carly Simon

Silent Night – Nashville Cast

Jingle Bell Rock – Billy Gilman

Winter Wonderland – Connie Francis

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Jewel

Go Tell It on the Mountain – Big Daddy Weave

River – Sarah McLachlan

Little Town – Amy Grant

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Michael Buble

A Holly Jolly Christmas – Alan Jackson

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Glee Cast

What Christmas Means to Me – Hanson

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – She & Him

All I Want for Christmas Is You – Lady Antebellum

Warm & Fuzzy – Billy Gilman

White Christmas – Sheryl Crow

Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas – Justin Bieber

Christmas Time Is Here – Diana Krall

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve – Idina Menzel

Kiss Me at Midnight – *NSYNC

Hope you enjoy this playlist.  I’ll post another next week. 🙂

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: A Thanksgiving Pilgrimage

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Hey y’all!  I hope you are all getting cooler weather where you live…no such luck here in Houston, though I’m still holding out hope for a cold holiday season.  I’ve created an eclectic playlist for Thanksgiving so those of you can ease into the holiday season.

However, next week will be Christmas playlists until January! 🙂 And, I know you were all wondering – I did start listening to Christmas music on Tuesday, November 1st.

Listen here: A Thanksgiving Pilgrimage

Quiet Town – Josh Rouse

Hallelujah – Jodi, Alana, & Morgan

Poems, Prayers, & Promises – John Denver

Stay Awhile – She & Him

His Gorgeousness – The Shoe

Mona Lisa & Mad Hatters – Mandy Moore

A Little Bit of Everything – Dawes

Sweater Weather – Kina Grannis

Magnolia Mountain – Ryan Adams

Tell Me A Tale – Michael Kiwanuka

Smoky Mountain Rain – Ronnie Milsap

Golden Boy – Couer De Pirate

The Man on the Ferry – Highasakite

Moon River – Audrey Hepburn

40 Days (Like Romeo & Juliet) – Bob Schneider

I Got The Moves – Habibi

Song In My Heart – Jeremy Fisher

Sunflower – The Weepies

Higher – Lia Ices

Southside of Heaven – Ryan Bingham

You Matter To Me – Sara Bareilles & Jason Mraz

I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For – Bing Crosby

I hope y’all enjoyed this little playlist.  Do you have anything in particular you like to listen to in November?  Anything that makes you nostalgic?

Until next week’s playlist…

Kiss Hug,

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Playlist: Gone But Not Forgotten

Y’all I have a love for music from the 1950’s, 60’s, & 70’s. I blame Mama J for not letting me listen to heavy metal in the car.  The radio was almost always tuned to 103.5 (Austin), & I quickly fell in love with the music of yonder years.  You know, the music based on talent, musicality, & harmonies.  I was particularly fond of The Drifters, Lesley Gore, Carole King, & Connie Francis. I feel like most modern music should be ashamed of itself.  They don’t make ’em like they used to as my dad would say…

You can listen to my favorites here: Oldies But Goodies

Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters

A Teenager In Love – Dion & The Belmonts

Stupid Cupid – Connie Francis

Rockin’ Robin – The Jackson 5

Do You Believe in Magic – The Lovin’ Spoonful

Walk On By – Dionne Warwick

All Shook Up – Elvis Presley

Just My Imagination – The Temptations

Where The Boys Are – Connie Francis

Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee

You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes

I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline

Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers

Devil or Angel – Bobby Vee

Locomotion – Carole King

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bun) – Four Tops

You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore

Surfer Girl – The Beach Boys

Breaking Up is Had to Do – Neil Sedaka

Close To You – Carpenters

Joy To the World – Three Dog Night

I Want to Hold You Hand – The Beatles

Poetry In Motion – Bobby Vee

So Far Away – Carole King

All I Have to Do is Dream – The Everly Brothers

Walk Like A Man – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

American Pie – Don McLean

I Want You Back – The Jackson 5

Save the Last Dance for Me – The Drifters

Band of Gold – Freda Payne

No Matter What – Badfinger

My Girl – The Temptations

You’ve Lost The Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers

Up on the Roof – The Drifters

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli

Knock Three Times – Tony Orlando

Chapel of Love – Lesley Gore

This Magic Moment – The Drifters

Sugar, Sugar – The Archies

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder

There Goes My Baby – The Drifters

Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes

Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles

Earth Angel – The Penguins

Blue Moon – The Marcels

My Guy – Mary Wells

The Shoop Shoop Song – Betty Everett

It’s My Party – Lesley Gore

Do y’all like oldies?  Did I miss anyone from this playlist?  I hope you enjoy…

Starting Friday, November 4th I will be posting a holiday playlist.  This is my favorite time of year & I almost exclusively listen to Christmas music after Halloween (yes, I know this is annoying to some).  Feel free to save my playlists until December. 🙂

Kiss Hug,

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