Before that, I had gotten one other gift from a friend who was my secret santa through the Diversity team that I work with. She got me a huge mug, one of those mugs that you could almost use as a bowl! It was in a pattern that was exactly my personality, and she said when she saw it, she knew it was "the one!" Haha.
The mug is orange and purple with flowers and little specs all over. She filled the mug with chocolates, two different types of tea (one is chocolate-flavored tea), and a gift card to Starbucks (which I spent the next day)!
These other two gifts are from my boyfriend, Darell. He got me Jesus Is ______ by Judah Smith and Beauty by Lauren Conrad.
I first heard about Jesus Is _____ when Darell and I went to the Hillsong Conference back in October and Judah Smith, the author, was a speaker. I love the way he speaks; he's funny and takes a different take on common stories we read from the Bible, but yet he is serious and passionate about what he does. If I ever live in Seattle, I'd want to go to his church. (Btw, I will probably write a review of this when I read it!)
For Beauty, it is actually a book that I have been fawning over for a few months now. I had always wanted Lauren's Style since reading it from a friend who owned the book and just seeing the book around in high school. I was finally able to buy Style earlier this year but wasn't able to buy Beauty as well because of money. I'd always go on my Amazon account to look at the book's prices fluctuate but never ended up buying it. Darell had mentioned a couple times that he'd buy the book for me but forgot about it when trying to think of what he could've possibly gotten for me for Christmas. I was so happy to get this book (and in hardcover too! I have Style in paperback).
That's all for now; we'll see what I get on Christmas day! Until then, stay tuned for a special series I'll be doing between Christmas and New Year--The 6 Days After Christmas: Top 13 of 2013! I will be counting down my top beauty, fashion, food, love, faith, and overall life moments every day after Christmas up until New Years Day, when I share my goals and "start over" with the new year! I'm excited for it!