Archives for December 2017

2017 favorites

As 2017 comes to an end and we look forward to 2018, I enjoy looking back at some memories from the year. My word for the year was growth. As I reflect on the year’s events, I fell like I accomplished this goal in both my personal and professional life. 2017 was full of travel,…

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how to build your own hot chocolate bar

With people rotating in and out of our homes this time of year, I love to have hot chocolate and a few treats on hand to make everyone feel comfortable and special. A hot chocolate bar is one of my favorite ways to do this. Stocked with an apothecary jar full of hot cocoa powder,…

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brown butter ginger cookies

If you make one type of cookie this holiday season, let it be brown butter ginger cookies. Out of all of the cookies I have made all year, these are my favorites and the ones I have made the most often, which is crazy, since I just started making them in November. The name aptly…

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local gift guide for the triangle

As much as I love the gift guides for all categories that can easily be shopped from the couch, there is something great about supporting local businesses this time of year. Many readers are local to the Triangle area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill), but even if you aren’t I hope this gives you some ideas…

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link love

Throughout November and December I have been trying to plan ahead and spread out my tasks and to-do list items so I can enjoy the season and reduce stress leading up to Christmas. I have done a good job of that in some areas – all of my Christmas shopping was done on December 10,…

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gift guide for stocking stuffers under $25

Opening stockings on Christmas morning has always been one of my favorite traditions. I love sitting by the fire, looking around at all of the pajama-clad family members in the room, and watching them pull out all of fun gifts. It is amazing how many surprise goodies can fit in such a small space! The…

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gift guide for the active adventurer

You may be wondering why “the active adventurer” is a category. As I was putting together this gift guide, I found that a lot of gifts for the athletic friend overlapped with gifts that a travel-lover would use as well. Whether she is trying to look cute coming from the gym or the plane, the…

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sparkling pomegranate punch cocktails

We are almost halfway through December – are you holiday partied out yet? I have been to a few parties and gatherings, and have a few more on the docket before Christmas, but I’m feeling good about the pace so far. Some years my introverted self gets overwhelmed with all of the holiday get-togethers. I…

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link love

This week has been, and will continue to be crazy. I’m starting to feel more and more exhausted as it goes on, and almost put off writing this post, but there are some great links that I want to make sure are shared this week. photo via Pickles and Honey First, Time Magazine’s person of…

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2017 gift guide for the baker

I truly love making these gift guides each year. They are filled with wish list items, fun ideas that I sometimes end up using in my own Christmas gifting, and items that I am passionate about that I want other people to have the chance to use too. This list is filled with some of…

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