Christmas Cookies

One of the most fun memories that I have is making Christmas cookies as a child! I still make them today, though different ones than the sugar cookies that we used to decorate. I remember mixing all of the ingredients together, rolling out the dough, then using the cookie cutters to cut out different designs like stars, snowmen, and Santa Claus. We would then take icing and sprinkles and decorate them however we would like. It was so fun and magical! We enjoyed eating them with milk and we would sit out a couple on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus. Even as I write this post, my mind is filled with happy thoughts and memories as they take me back. I love the magic of the holidays!

Extra Special Hot Cocoa

There is something so special about a nice warm drink to cozy up to during the cold winter months. It’s such a sense of comfort! There are many drinks to enjoy like a nice hot cup of coffee, or even an iced one, hot or cold tea, spiked drinks, egg nog, and a childhood favorite…hot cocoa!

There are many ways to make hot cocoa. Over the years I have seen some very special recipes that really make for a nice treat and I will share them with you! The first one that I really like that has a holiday twist is the peppermint hot cocoa. To do this, I make hot cocoa homemade and add a little whipped cream and a candy cane to give it that delicious peppermint flavor. Another delicious combo is making hot cocoa and adding caramel sauce, the chocolate and caramel is a delicious combination! A very festive idea is making regular hot cocoa and adding a cinnamon stick for some spicy flavor! We can’t forget the classic hot cocoa with marshmallows. Go sit down and relax with a hot cup of cocoa!

How to Make Christmas Shopping Easier

It’s that time of year again and although it’s a ton of fun, it can also be a ton of stress, but it doesn’t have to be! A lot of times we forget the meaning of the holidays, the religious meaning, the time spent with loved ones, the traditions we carry on throughout the years. Those things are what truly are important, gifts are nice of course, but they aren’t as important as how we choose to spend our holiday. At the same time, the holidays many times are often about giving and that’s what people love to do. Nevertheless, it can be quite stressful shopping for Christmas or holiday presents especially when you have no idea where to start! Read on for tips on how to make your holiday shopping easier:

1) Start Early – There is nothing more stressful than to have a whole list of people to buy for and not enough time! Start early to take the stress off of cramming shopping in at the last minute

2) Make A List – Write down the names of the people that you want to shop for and jot down some ideas of what you would like to buy next to their name

3) Safe gifts – Some people are very easy to shop for, others are not. There are many safe gifts that you can give when unsure of what to buy, things like candles, Christmas cookies or desserts, chocolate, gift baskets, wine, gift cards, hot cocoa gift sets, etc. can be given, after all it’s the thought that counts, no need to add to the stress!

4) Shop Online – Finding time to drive to the store and around town can be next to impossible with a busy schedule. Take comfort in your own home shopping online! There are often deals and free shipping. It’s also much safer this year to shop online instead of being in large crowds

There is always a lot going on, especially around the holidays, go easy on yourselves and remember that the season is about spending time with family and loved ones celebrating tradition!

Set Aside Some Me-Time During the Holiday Rush

There is always so much hustle and bustle around the holidays that we often let things slip off of our to-do list, often those things are ones that are important to us and ones that are related to taking care of ourselves! During the holidays and most of the time in general, we spend so much time focusing on others and giving our time and energy to others that we forget to give some of that time and energy to ourselves! Self-care is so extremely important, even more so during the holidays when we tend to feel depleted and pulled in many directions.

This holiday season, make sure that you take some time out just for you, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but do something you love. Take a hot bath, watch some holiday movies, keep up with your hobbies, make sure to keep yourself on a list of priorities, because you are important and human and have only so much energy to give before it’s gone!

Cozy PJ Must Haves for Women and Men

Winter time is upon us now and the days have become shorter as the night takes over so much sooner now. We stay cozy inside as the cold air blows around outside. In a matter of time snow will start to fall to the ground. Whether you are busy at home, or relaxing on the couch watching TV, these winter must-haves will keep you feeling warm and cozy all winter long. An extra bonus!? These are also some great gift giving ideas! So here there are:

  1. A warm robe
  2. Fuzzy socks
  3. A PJ top and bottom set
  4. A cozy, warm sweater
  5. Sweatpants
  6. Warm slippers
  7. A beanie or other hat
  8. A scarf
  9. An oversized t-shirt for layering