Blogger Ornament Swap

So about a month ago I mentioned that I signed up for a blogger ornament swap – Candidly Clyde’s Ornament Swap to be exact.  Each person was paired up with another blogger or reader to exchange ornaments.  You were supposed to read their blog and/or social media and pick an ornament you thought would be representative of them.   I love ornaments and I am so glad I signed up because I got to make a new friend in Ashlie over at A Classy Occasion.  She runs a very fancy blog that discusses everything from wedding details to fashion to everyday life and she has fabulous taste!  My kind of girl for sure.  I ended up getting her a glittery, black chandelier with clear stones hanging from it.  I thought represented her blog so well and so much better than one I would be able to make.  You can see a picture of the ornament and read about her swap experience here.

Ashlie made my ornament and it is perfect because it is the first “branded item” from Fitkist!  I absolutely love it.

See the journey of opening the box below.


Brown Paper Packages Are The Best!


The Suspense!


 Sweet no?

The picture I took does it no justice because the glue was not set yet.  But, it is full of a pound of glitter and it sports the Fitkist logo – Lips and all!!


  • Have you ever participated in an ornament swap?  What’d you get?

Bonus Recipe Time!

Well, I have been on a Meatless Monday kick and strapped for time too.  The holidays from October to December are stressful and time-consuming.  Yeesh!   Rob and I are trying to do better about less fried foods and less red meat.  More for health reasons than for weight loss.  Well, when you are looking for a meatless dish that is super easy and super fast try this one.  It really is delicious and the only real effort is opening the can and stirring!

Can Opener Veggie Chili

Quick Can Opener Veggie Chili Recipe

(Sorry I don’t have any fancy widgets for you to print it from – save paper and Pin it then read it from your phone – that’s what I do!)

1 can of Kidney Beans, 15.5 oz

1 can of Pinto Beans, 15.5 oz

1 can of Southwestern Style Corn, 11 oz

1 can of Rotel Original, 10 oz

1 can of Tomato Sauce, 15 oz

1 packet of chili seasoning (hot, med, or mild – you choose!)  I likey spicy!

Open cans then drain beans and corn well.   Pour Tomato Sauce and Rotel in large pot on medium heat.  Stir in Chili Seasoning Packet until well combined.   Add remaining ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated through and its bubbly and delicious.

Then go to town adding, cheese, sour cream, chives etc.  I served ours over whole grain pasta shells.  It was warm and filling and best of all easy!  Of course, please add different beans or more corn but this way came out pretty awesome.  These steamy pictures are a chili love affair.  Hungry??

Whole Grain Pasta

Serving of Whole Grain Pasta


Chili Sans Cheese


Cheestastic! (and Meatless!)



Filed under General Awesomeness, Recipes

3 responses to “Blogger Ornament Swap

  1. Rob

    I think it’s cool that you got to meet a fellow blogger and I know the ornament swap was right up your alley 🙂

    The chili was delicious and is a Meatless Monday fav! (I like to add a couple dashes of pepper sauce to my bowl)

    Maybe I’ll wrap all your Christmas presents in brown boxes this year??

    I love your blog and have to say I’m really impressed with the dedication and effort that is needed to run one of these blogs…too much for me to handle! Keep blogging!!

    Love Ya!


  2. Awesome….cute ornament! I am still waiting for mine to arrive…

    xoxo from Trinidad

  3. I’m so happy you liked your ornament! There was even more glue that I had to pour out; but it helped get the right look. I’m so happy with mine too! Thanks Melissa!!

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