Every new year’s day feels like the start of a new era – with unmarked territory and unknown adventures ahead. With my Poppop’s passing on Christmas Eve, I’m not quite ready to let go of 2013. He was the most spirited, full-of-life man you’d ever meet. He taught me how to be strong, how to not take life too seriously, and how to give all the love you have to your family and strangers you meet on the street. I’ll miss his stories and jokes, his little chuckle he did whenever he said something he knew was inappropriate, and his…

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Currently
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(Luna posing for a holiday photo op: by Ryan) It’s the last weekend before Christmas, and also my busiest time of year. Though I’ve crossed off several things off my must-do-before-Christmas list this week, it still seems like I’ve got an endless amount to go. I’m making a point this weekend to spend some time (or at least a couple hours) relaxing, getting in one last batch of cookies, and watching a heart-warming Christmas movie. I’m determined I can make this weekend the most productive, yet relaxing one of the holiday season. Hope you have a great weekend. (Making and…

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Winter To-Do List
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Winter To-Do List

The first couple weeks of winter are easily my favorite days of the year. The season starts off strong with Christmas and New Years, but then seems to drag on forever as the weather gets colder, days grow shorter, and it seems like there’s nothing to do but stay stuck inside. This winter, I refuse to fall into my typical hibernation rut, and am committing to make it a time to try new things and check more off my to do list. The first day of winter is this weekend, so I’m getting a head start on compiling some activities…

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Peppermint Bark
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Peppermint Bark

I’ve already mentioned that Christmas is all about nostalgia for me – but nothing brings back the taste of wintertime more than my mom’s homemade peppermint bark. I remember being young watching her make it, bag it up for us to give out, or bring to every family reunion. I would always eat one piece too many and wind up with a belly ache at our Christmas parties, but it was never enough to deter me from loving it. It’s the perfect mint to chocolate ratio, and embodies everything a winter candy/snack (sometimes meal) should. Although I don’t have my…

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Currently Loving: Fireside Cozies
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Currently Loving: Fireside Cozies

Once the temperatures start dropping, the most important thing is knowing I can come home after a long day, and slip into something warm and cozy. Sometimes the most inviting option is a pair of broken in sweats and a tee, but these choices are just as cozy, and prevent looking like a collage student who rolled out of bed late for class. Now all that’s missing is a cup of hot cocoa, a captivating book, and a cracking fire place to make for a perfectly snuggled-up winter’s night. 1. Fair Isle Snood ($74) 2. J.Crew Cashmere Sweat-pant ($298) 3. PJ Salvage Thermal Sleep…

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Weekend Rewind: Winter Stay-cation
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Weekend Rewind: Winter Stay-cation

This past weekend was my family’s second winter stay-cation. I headed home Friday night (with enough luggage to last me all winter), and was immediately welcomed and comforted by a warm, crackling fire and Christmas music playing in the background. Although the majority of our set plans for the weekend involved eating, I was still looking forward to the spontaneous activities we would find to do along the way. However, we weren’t prepared for one unplanned activity – having to call the rescue squad on my dad. Luckily, it was a false alarm and turned out to be nothing too…

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(An impromptu carousel ride from last year’s stay-cation) I leave this evening for my parents’ house to have our second (hopefully annual) “stay-cation”. It was a concept my mom introduced to our family last December where the four of us spend a weekend at my parents’, explore things in our hometown we’ve never made the time to do, eat entirely too much (but amazing) food, and enjoy time by the fire playing games and decorating the house for Christmas. I’m looking forward to relaxing this weekend, buying an oversized tree for our living room, and spending some much needed quality…

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Christmas Wrapping
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Christmas Wrapping

While it’s tradition for my sister and I to stay up late into the night on Christmas Eve wrapping presents together, I’ve found its important to do a test run in advance to make sure I’ve got everything together to get just the look I want for my packages. Last year, I chose to wrap everything in brown paper, tied up with simple red ribbon. I loved the look so much, but I wanted to do something a little bit more rustic with added textures and dimension this year. Here’s a bit of what I came up with, and how…

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Holiday Drinks
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Holiday Drinks

The time right around Christmas, and winter in general, calls for something a little more special than just a simple cup of tea or glass of wine at the end of long, cold day. There is nothing more inviting and relaxing than winding down with something warm, flavorful, and extra hearty on a cold winter’s night. Hot cocoa, cider, and eggnog are always classic go-to festive drinks, so I decided to put a twist on the traditional, and come up with a few more soulful options for this holiday season. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe 1 cup milk 3 tablespoons hot…

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Sounds of the Season: Holiday Edition
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Sounds of the Season: Holiday Edition

At some point over the last few years, I have grown to be incredibly nostalgic. During the holidays, the best way for me to relive my childhood is to listen to my lengthy list of classic Christmas songs. It starts the day after Thanksgiving, and is non-stop until Christmas Day. In an effort to mix it up some, I’ve made a list of tunes, some old, some new, that for one reason or another, remind me of the feeling of Christmas. Here’s a peak at what I’ve been listening to this holiday season (Playlist is available on Spotify here). 1.…

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