Christmas wouldn’t be complete without Nona’s Pecan Finger Cookies, my favorite holiday cookie recipe!
Hi, friends! The weekend is almost upon us.
My husband and I are going to seeing Catching Fire this morning. Movie tickets are crazy expensive here in New York, so it pays to go early in the day to get the $8 bargain rate. I’m super excited. Have you seen it?
Other than that, my weekend plans are going to be all about getting up my holiday decorations. Normally, I like to decorate right after Thanksgiving (I’ve even put up my tree before Thanksgiving on a few occasions), so I’m feeling behind. It’s a lot of work, so I like to enjoy it for as long as possible.
Anyway … I’ve rounded up some of my favorite links for your reading pleasure!
I went to an event a C. Wonder earlier this week and saw lots of fun gift ideas. Wouldn’t these ornaments make a cute present?
These Christmas Chalkboard Printables from Live Laugh Rowe are so sweet and colorful.
I remember wrapping presents in newspaper as a kid. Here’s a cute updated version.
I’ve always wanted to be able to do the splits (#DreamBig) ! Now, it’s probably a lost cause, but just in case, I had to pin these 9 Stretches that promise to get me there.
As the weather cools off, I’m craving comfort food. These Roasted Corn and Ricotta Enchiladas with Chipotle Tomato Sauce from Naturally Ella would definitely hit the spot.
Pretty holiday decorations at The Shops at Columbus Circle.
The Londoner shared a recipe for Wild Mushroom Melts that looks cheesy and delicious!
Have you made your list and checked it twice? If not, Coming Home to Roost has a cute printable Christmas Gift List for you.
This Fruity Chocolate Bark from Love and Olive Oil looks delicious. It’s covered in freeze-dried strawberries (among other fruits) from Trader Joe’s, one of my favorite snacks!
We stumbled across the Holiday Market at Columbus Circle this week. There were so many unique gifts. It would be the perfect place to check lots of presents off your list.
I was saddened to hear the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing yesterday. My husband, Joel, and I saw a screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom a couple weeks ago. I highly recommend you check it out.
This roundup of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Vintage Ads is crazy. “DDT is good for me-e-e!”
I really want to put together an all-White Christmas village, and these DIY Porcelain Holiday Tree Lights from A Beautiful Mess would be a great addition.
Any knitters out there? The Button Candy Hat from The Purl Bee is so sweet, just like the candy.
Peek-A-Boo! Isn’t this holiday display at West Elm cute? I wanted to curl up in that bed!
Henry Happened shared a recipe for a Cranberry Tangerine Smoothie + a Guide to Winter Citrus. I can’t wait to get my hands on some clementines!
Finally, why not celebrate the season with a decadent Candy Cane Cocktail? Cheers!
What are your plans for the weekend? Do you have anything festive planned?
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Learn how to make a Christmas Shadow Box with this fun and festive tutorial!
Ugh … I’m suffering from some sort of cold/flu hybrid that just won’t go away. I thought that I was feeling a little better Sunday, but yesterday I actually felt worse! Does that ever happen to you when you’re sick?
Anyway, I had planned to do a post on holiday party outfits today, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Instead, I decided to share my sick day essentials.
When I’m sick, a cozy pair of pajamas is a must. I like the PJs above, because of their warm flannel and fun print.
When I’m sick, I tend to alternate between too hot and too cold. To help with this problem, I layer a tank top under my pajama top, and simply remove the heavier top when I get too hot.
Don’t forget your extremities: keep your feet covered in a pair of warm slippers that can be kicked off as your temperature changes. Tie your hair up and out of the way.
Eating well is super important when sick, but I never have enough energy to cook. Instead, I stock up on healthy, prepared soups that simply need a few minutes in the microwave. Keep a box of crackers next to the couch, too, for those moments when you’re starving but just can’t seem to move.
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of hot tea. My favorite is flavored green tea. I get all the health benefits of green tea, but it doesn’t taste like dried grass (as some plain green tees do).
I’m not sure if hot cocoa counts as nourishment (it is made with milk), but it is very comforting. Treat yourself to a cup with mini marshmallows. I promise that cocoa will go a long way toward cheering you up (being sick is a bit of a downer, no?).
Finally, being confined to the couch for days can get really boring. There is only so much TV a girl can watch! I have three ideas for keeping entertained with minimal effort:
- Pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read. I’ve loved all of Khaled Hosseini’s previous books, so I will be downloading And the Mountains Echoed to my iPad tomorrow.
- Surprise someone with a handwritten note.
- To really cheer yourself up, why not elf yourself? It’s super easy to create an dancing elf e-card, and I guarantee you will be laughing afterward.
What are your sick day essentials? Do you have any tips for getting over a lingering cold?
How was your weekend? I’ve been sick since last Wednesday, so mine was super lazy. I did catch up on seemingly every Hallmark Christmas movie ever made though (total guilty pleasure). So, even though I missed Thanksgiving, I did manage to get into the holiday spirit!
My non-stop love affair with my couch also meant I was able to plot out my holiday gift list. I pretty much never buy anything full-price, so scouting out the sales is part of the fun! I’ve found some great Cyber Monday (or Cyber Week, in many cases) deals. Scroll to the end of this post to check them out.
Now that I’m feeling a little better, it’s time to get festive. I love entertaining during the holidays, but I like to keep it simple. When I want to impress my guests the easy way (always!), I serve a cheese tray. It looks super luxurious and decadent but couldn’t be easier to put together.