Friday, December 28, 2012

Weekend Reads

The weekend is here again, and for some of you, it should be nice and long! If you have any extra time on your hands and feel like diving into a great book, I have two recommendations for you! My book club just finished reading Beach Music, by Pat Conroy - and wow was it a great book! The Price of Tides has been an old favorite of mine, but Beach Music is now a close second. His way with words is just wonderful, and you will not regret the time spent reading either of these great books - so kick your feet up and get reading!  

Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Stress Be Gone

It's Christmas Eve and Family time is about to begin for me! This usually is the time of year that I stress the most, but not this year! No no - I am going to practice my 6 tried and true calming technics as much as possible, and I know they will work like a charm. They are listed below, just in case you are the same way during the Holidays~

1. Count to ten in a language other than your native tongue - my language of choice is always German, because most of the German numbers sound like swear words to me...

2. Drink lots of liquids that start with a W - wine, water, whiskey...

3. Take a walk in the middle of the day alone. This is the time to clear your mind and check your mood.

4. Remember this is a short period, so soak it in because it will be gone in a blink. This is really the time to be the person you want to be - the true you.

5. TRY to eat fresh fruits and veggies throughout your days - I know there most likely will be a lot of yummy food around you, but this will help stop you from overeating, and I promise you will feel so much less bloated by the end of the day.

6. Kiss someone - or something - animals can be included in this... (they usually are my first pick anyway) and take a second to enjoy that moment of love. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays

It truly is the Season! Last year I shared with you a video from my bestie and her husband singing a Chirstmas carol. Here is 2012's version - hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

P.S. Annie's favorite thing to eat are pickles - totally normal...totally!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ugly Sweater Parties

Have you gone to an Ugly Christmas party this year? If not, you should, because I swear Christmas clothing just makes people jolly.

I just finish Holiday shopping this weekend and now have to wrap and ship by tomorrow... I wish Ballou could help with the wrapping - it would be a total time saver if those little paws could work.

"Christmas is not a time not a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." - Calvin Coolidge

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Home Made Marshmallows

Have you ever made Marshmallows before? 
I haven't, but really want to for the Hoildays. There is a restaurant here in Chicago called Hot Chocolate that has the best mellows ever, and I have a feeling this recipe is the closest I will find to match them. 
Cannot wait to try it out!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Marshmallow Caramel Cookies

I am so excited to make these! Don't they look am-az-ing? If you have a cookie party to go to - making these would upstage almost any other cookie at the shindig. 

Here is the link if you want to check them out!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Reading

This Winter, I plan on reading a new book every week - well, at least that is my goal! Where is no better time to read than when it is cold outside, and it also helps cut down on TV watching. Here is a list The New York Times has produced of 100 notable books from 2012. Take a peek and get to reading! 


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