Tips for a No-Stress Holiday Season // Harry & David

October 22, 2018

Easy Gourmet Holiday Food

Every year I say I am going to slow down and enjoy the Holidays. Then, in one way or another things get busy, the stress sets in, and I am back to feeling overwhelmed.  Well, not this year!  I plan to enjoy the Holidays, simplify and let go of the things that don’t matter as much!

While I absolutely love being in the kitchen creating and cooking, during the holidays I find myself so busy with all the extra activities, and fun. 

Easy Holiday Food with Harry & David

I love that Harry & David Gourmet offers gourmet options created for everyday entertaining with elegance and ease when you need to take the stress out of bringing amazing food to the holiday table. I love that you can have items in the freezer ahead of time for when a holiday event pops up, and you can have confidence that you are prepared and have options at a moments notice.  I put together a dinner party complete with a create your own ham and turkey feast, the ultimate charcuterie and cheese board, a maple pumpkin layer cake.


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Soft Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies // Santa Bruce

September 21, 2018

You may be thinking, wait? What? Christmas?  But, I’m telling you, it will be here before you know it!  We are back partnering with Disney Book Group on this sponsored post to introduce you to their newly released book, Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins!

This adorable book is about a bit of a grumpy bear named Bruce who gets mistaken for Santa Claus by his forest neighbors. But, that doesn’t stop the whole forest from lining up to give him their Christmas wishes when he becomes the victim of mistaken identity.

It was fun to see my kids cuddled up to read about poor Santa Bruce who just can’t catch a break!  And, now of course my kids have Christmas on their minds and are all ready with their wishlists for Santa in September, ha!  Like I said, it will be here before we know it!

One thing I do love the most about the upcoming season is the Holiday traditions!  We love to bake treats, and hand them out to friends and neighbors spreading holiday cheer! The kids of course, always leave a plate out for Santa Claus, making sure to stay on the nice list.

I’ve been working on perfecting my gingerbread cookie recipe over the past year, and I think I’ve done it!  They are thick, flavorful, soft, and chewy!  Just the way I like them!  The kids love helping, and I love our time in the kitchen together!


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Digital Detox // 5 Things I Learned from Stepping away from Social Media for a Week

August 28, 2018

I am so excited to be partnering on this sponsored post with Workman Publishing on another special release by Flow Magazine. Flow is a magazine that takes its time, celebrating creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures.  In a time when other print media is focusing their energies on their digital properties, Flow Magazine is finding success by fully embracing the physical qualities of paper.

Creativity Takes Courage is the newest book released by the co-founders and creative directors of Flow Magazine, Irene Smit and Astrid Van der Hults.  It is available now, and only $21.95!

It is a practical and hands-on guide to stretch your creative muscles and dare to focus on the pleasure of the process!  The book is organized around a series of twelve “dares” that are intended to break you out of your usual habits and approach to creating by giving you a fresh perspective and leave your comfort zone.  A few of the “dares” in the book are: dare to be quiet, dare to be mindful, dare to try something new, dare to be alone, and one that particularly stood out to me was number 9, dare to go offline.


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