Merry Christmas | Uprising at Home | 2016

Well it's happened, the holidays have snuck up to us once again! We're all decorated at home and ready for the festivities with Family. This is our first Christmas in our Georgia home and I wanted to make sure that we were truly feeling the holidays. We introduced the kids to Christmas ornaments since last year we were still packed up and house hunting during Christmas, and so far (Fingers crossed!!) we haven't had any break! I have lets just say...a couple of trees and they all have a bit of a theme going to them. I didn't put all of the ornaments up just in case any of the trees fell over, if you're curious about what I'm referring too, please youtube christmas with a cat, I promise you will not be disappointed. I thought I would share some of our decor and my favorite ornaments. 


I love our dinning room when the sun comes through our windows, especially with all the glittery centerpieces we have reflecting light everywhere. This tree is more of the formal tree so there isn't a ton of sentimental ornaments on it. 

Our front room is still in the works but I do love this tree. It's filled with our fun character ornaments from when we were kids. 

My family loved the looney tunes growing up. My brother used to collect all of the tazmanian devil ornaments and I used to love Tweety bird. This ornament was my favorite. Mostly because of the heart shape and Sylvester as a stuffed toy. I thought it was the cutest, and still do. 

I always have one tree for christmas cards. I hate to see them tossed on a counter and would rather them be displayed as decor instead. 

I couldn't help but show how cute Waffles was being while I snapped pictures of the trees! This next tree is our biggest and by far the more family and sentimental tree. It has all of our family ornaments. My favorite ornament is the first ornament Ryan ever gave to me. He surprised me on my lunch break with it the first year we were dating. It was by far the sweetest gift he's ever gave me and each year I always look for it as the first ornament on the tree. 

We don't do a ton of decorations outside but this wreath that my friends made for me is one of my absolute favorites! It's a cat snowman! He's got a tail!!

I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas! Thank you to all of our friends and family for your continued support and for being there for us throughout these past years. We can't wait to share more of our adventures in the coming year!

Halloween with the Uprising Family | 2016 Georgia

Happy National Cat day & Caturday! It's only fitting that today not only are you surrounded by adorable cat pictures, cat memes and cat halloween costumes (BTW this is life for me everyday! I know you're jealous and that's ok!) Today I wanted to share our family pumpkin carving adventure! It's been sometime since Ryan and I have carved pumpkins together and this year I really wanted to make it happen! After all as a family of four we should try and make some traditions right? I had Ryan choose our pictures to carve and asked the kids to choose their favorite. Also, because I'm a bit of a sentimental weirdo I wanted to roast pumpkin seeds. My mom would always clean the gunk from the pumpkins while we were scraping and carving them so we could have fresh baked pumpkin seeds. I was a chubby kid so this was probably my favorite part of carving pumpkins! Luckily for the chubby kid inside of me Ryan does not partake in the pumpkin seed feast so they're all mine!!!! Here is how our night went! 

PSA. No cats were harmed in the carving session and we are in NO WAY pumpkin carving experts! 

Clearly Nizmo was so excited about the pumpkin carving he had no choice but to scowl the entire time! Also I added a lot of black and white to enhance the spooky mood! 

Ryan was very excited to try his pumpkin carving saw, so much that he barely used it.....

I asked Nizmo and Waffles to choose their favorite, Lucky Cat or Godzilla. I really think Nizmo couldn't have cared less and Waffles was more excited to be allowed outside than choosing a pumpkin. 

I think they liked Ryan's more than mine then again no one will ever truly know what Nizmo is thinking.... Ok onto the Pumpkin seeds! Now I am in NO WAY a cook, or a good cook at that! Ryan knew from the get go that I am very great at ordering haha! But here is my lazy girl's guide to baking pumpkin seeds!

Soak your pumpkin seed goo In warm water, because why not?

Remove Goo and transfer onto a baking sheet. 

Sprinkle seeds with Sea salt. Or in my case dowse them!

Bake them for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, flip them halfway through baking time to ensure fully cooked through. 

When they are golden brown take those suckers out and start munching!

I hope you all have a very safe and fun holiday! I'd love to know what your family traditions are for Halloween! and I can't wait to share more going into the  holiday season!