On one of my (many) shopping trips to TJ Maxx earlier in December I found a coffee advent calendar. What better advent calendar is there? I might be slightly biased with my love of coffee though. It was my favorite purchase of the day, which might be bad because I was actually out looking for gifts. Oops! Haha. My fiancé and I have been enjoying a cup of specialty coffee from it for the last few days. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite moments of the day, not just these 12 days but every day we always make sure to have a cup together.
This cookie is a twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie and I don’t know if I can go back now! The coffee and toffee pieces work well together and you can definitely taste the coffee, which is my favorite part.
Every year around Christmas since my sweet nephew was born, we have gone to an event at Heber Valley Railroad called the Polar Express. The train is decorated with Christmas lights in the cabins, workers are elves, and during the train ride Santa even stops by to say hello! It has been a tradition our family looks forward to every year, especially my train obsessed nephew. This year, the situation looked a little grim to our chances of going but that wasn’t going to stop my parents from giving us a memorable trip to the North Pole.
My whole family is very do-it-yourself. I mention my mom a lot but my brother has graphic design and drawing skills, and my dad can build anything. What do I mean by that? When he found out my nephew liked trains, he BUILT a ride on train in their backyard. This train isn’t just for kids though, any adult can ride it (and we definitely do). With a working train in their backyard, the polar express event would look different but we could still do one.
They thought of everything for this event! When we arrived, my parents had ordered some food for dinner which we ate while my nephew excitedly played with the mini polar express train setup on the kitchen table. Once we all ate, we went into the backyard to find we had travelled to the North Pole! Complete with the North Pole sign, Santa, his elves, stockings, and a train with twinkling Christmas lights going around on the tracks. They even had a few fire pits going to keep us warm in the cool 30 degree weather. It was a blast!
When we did go back inside my parents had setup a projector in the family room connected to the kitchen and we watched the movie Polar Express as we all happily drank our hot chocolate and munched on treats left in the stockings we found outside.
Moral of the story, just because your tradition needs to change, sometimes it ends up being for the better! I had more fun this year than ever before and it was all thanks to my parents creativity and that special Christmas magic.
I’d love to hear from you! What is a tradition you had to change up in 2020 (because well… 2020) but you ended up loving even more than the original!
I’m incredibly lucky to be celebrating my wonderful dad today. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve looked to him for advice. I also can’t count the number of coffees we have drank together (the coffee addiction is pretty strong between the two of us). While I don’t have a new fun craft or recipe to include here yet, I wanted to take advantage of this special day to give him a shout out. I love you Dad! While I am celebrating Father’s Day with my dad most of the day, there was also a special celebration for my boyfriend this morning. His first Pawther’s Day with our pup! We woke him up to a cute card and gifts. P.S. Our furbaby was definitely the one that picked what his gifts were! She LOVES his car so she got him a Car and Driver Magazine with some ground coffee to sip on while he cuddles her in the mornings. I hope you all can spend the day surrounded by loved ones! Stay tuned this week for a special DIY project I’ve been working on!
Quick reminder: Sometimes a vision of a craft doesn’t turn into reality. I was working on the latest sign and after about an hour, I took a step back and did not like the results. I was bummed for a few minutes but then my sweet boyfriend came over to take a look. He comforted me and told me that I was being too hard on myself and that it looked good. While I still want to adjust how the sign is painted, it reminded me that it happens! It happens and now I have the opportunity to change the sign up and make it even better than the original vision! So while I don’t have a new craft up today, I’m looking forward to making this craft even more unique than before.
Life has been quite busy lately. My boyfriend and I have moved in together with our sweet puppy. Our days have been filled with unpacking boxes, putting together furniture, cleaning and housewarming parties. It’s been a whirlwind adventure and yet every step of the way, the adjustment has been quite easy! I think one of the reason’s it’s been easier is because of what we have continued or added in our day to day life. Here are some of the things we have brainstormed together. Continue reading “Every Day To Be Together”→
I am definitely a proud dog mom. My furbaby is turning four in February so we are throwing her a “Puppy Pawty”! We put up decorations, make a lean organic meat cake with mashed sweet potatoes as frosting and spoil her with a new squeaky toy (this year it will also be a new collar but don’t tell her!). I’ve seen the trend of chalkboard birthday signs and it looked like fun! We had an extra chalkboard, some chalkboard pens so I started in on doodling to create the final product. The best part? If I made a mistake I could erase and try again!
My Advice: Surround yourself with people who support and love you. I’ve found myself many times in friendships that were not a good fit or could be considered “toxic”. People can grow in different directions and I’m here to tell you; it’s OKAY if that happens. It’s never too late to find new friends and friends that last a lifetime. *Raising my champagne glass* Here’s a quick toast to my friends I’ve found over the years that are true girl bosses and inspire me.
Shoutout To My Mom!
I’m lucky enough to be close to my mom. Between this blog, cooking, shopping and life – we just get each other. People say we are alike and that is truly the best compliment I could get. She is an incredible person inside and out. If I end up being half the woman she is, I will be proud.
College Friends Forever
This girl is AMAZING. I’ve known her since college and we have been close ever since. Even though she is in a different state, we text and call consistently. I want to cry a bit thinking about it because through everything, she has my back and I have hers. She takes life on with a smile and has the most caring heart.
Not only do we share the same first name, I’m pretty sure we have the same thoughts 90% of the time. Between clothes shopping, coffee runs, and our chats about life goals – we’ve become great friends and push each other to be who we want to be. She deserves the world and I can’t wait for the world to see what she has to offer.
It doesn’t need to be a special day to tell someone you value their friendship. I certainly got very lucky with the girl friends I have in my life!
Friends Who Laugh
This girl friend is someone I trust and have tons of respect for. Even though life gets crazy and we don’t see each other as much as we would like to, when we do, we laugh A LOT. She is such a great friend and wonderful mom to her sweet little girl.
What would your quick toast be about one of your friends? Comment below to spread the love but more important send it to them!
Happy New Year Everyone! The end of the year crept up on me quickly and I cannot believe that it is already 2019! There’s a lot of changes and new adventures ahead just in the next few months and I can’t wait to share some of them on here.
My main job right now is in an office and I enjoy it quite a bit. My coworkers are great and every day I learn more than the day before. My company offers a mentorship program and I participated in it during my first year. I had a wonderful mentor who taught me so much and I am lucky enough to still keep in contact with. When I “graduated” from the mentorship program she gave me a cute sign that says, “Do The Thing You Long To Do”. Some days I find myself staring at the sign perched perfectly by my computer and dream of what I really want to be doing. I wish I could say it’s a clear vision of an end goal but it tends to be grouped into thought bubbles of cooking, crafting, travelling, writing and how they can intertwine. That’s one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place! It’s an outlet for me to be inspired by beautiful things, write, and find more balance in my life.
In this New Year I hope that you all find the thing you long to do and start taking steps (small or big) to making it come true!
Whether it’s making a delicious dish in the kitchen or a crafting project, creating has always been a wonderful connection that my mom and I have shared. There is something about the bond when creating together. This blog is meant to have both our unique viewpoints and what we come up with when we work as a team.
One of the first projects I remember crafting was a jack-o-lantern out of paper. A project I think we all made when we were young. Taking a piece of orange paper, folding it “Hot Dog” style, cutting lines in it, and gluing the ends together to become a lantern. It was imperfect, the scissor lines weren’t straight and the glue surely oozed out of the sides, but when I showed it to my mom; I beamed with pride. It is a uniquely wonderful feeling when you create something. Excitement? Relief? Love? All of the above.
Together we have tried just about every type of craft and cooked or baked thousands of recipes. Some were successes and others were definitely considered “Pinterest Fails”. Through all of them though, our approach has always been the same. If you create it with love, it will all work out.
So pull up a chair, a strong cup of coffee (or your drink of choice), and a whole lot of love. We’re going to have some fun!