Last Friday, Ben & I found our Christmas tree! This is a tradition we look forward to every year & this year is our 4th Christmas together. A live tree in the home is just magical. The scent alone feels like Christmas, much less the fact that we add lights & ornaments to it to make it sparkle & shine with cheer. But before we get to the decorations, it’s on to finding the perfect tree.
The things we look for in a perfect tree:
The right height – make sure you measure first!
A good fullness – not too skinny
An even & symmetrical shape
Soft pines – some are definitely softer than others…make sure you touch them.
Just the right amount of quirk. Maybe it has one extra long branch on the side, or the point at the top is crooked…those little things make it YOUR tree.
For Ben & I, we always go with a Frasier Fir. They are just the best in our opinion. (& we are in love with this Frasier Fir candle!)
Once we find the perfect tree, it’s time to take it home.
Day 2 of Blogmas is here, & it’s filled with all the holiday fragrances I love this time year. I’ve been stocking up on Lush bath products & yummy candles in preparation for this joyful season. I know that a great fragrance has a way of totally calming me down in the midst of Christmas shopping & Nutcracker chaos, & Christmas candles are my absolute favorites! See which ones I’ve gathered this year & others I’m planning on adding to my collection.
I do the most damage at Lush this time of year, hands down. I love hot baths with great bath bombs, oils, or bubbles (or all of the above…) with a space heater going in the bathroom & a glass of red wine in hand. One product that I can’t go without is Christingle. This body conditioner leaves my skin feeling so smooth, but it’s really the scent that has me smitten. The cooling mint is just perfection. I try so hard to ration this product so I can make it last year round…but I typically fail because it’s just so good!
I’m always drawn to the pine/Christmas tree scent in candles! I like to stock up on this fragrance from different companies. My favorites have to be Thymes Frasier Fir, Fresh Balsam, & Illume Balsam & Cedar. These candles burn constantly in my household so having backups is a must.
It’s officially Christmas season, & what better way to kick off my first ever Blogmas than with some delicious recipes?! This time of year is meant for curling up by the fire, surrounding yourself with loved ones, & spreading cheer. Today’s post is all about concocting the perfect cup of cheer for you & those around you.
Below, I have 10 ways to spice up your holiday cup of hot cocoa, but the best part is that you can mix & match any of these to create a recipe of your own! In my cup, I made Trader Joe’s delicious Sipping Chocolate, then added some lavender & plenty of marshmallows. I can’t wait to try all of these as the Christmas season continues…
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Chocolate
1 tsp Peppermint Extract
1 cup Milk
1/4 tsp Lavender Buds
1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
1 cup milk
1 tsp unsweetened dark cocoa
1/2 Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 tsp Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
5 oz. Milk Chocolate, chopped
3 tbsp Caramel Sauce
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1 1/2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 tsp Coconut Palm Sugar
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
4 oz. Milk Chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 cup Milk
5 oz. Dark Chocolate, chopped
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Tiny Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
1 cup Milk
1/2 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tbsp Orange Zest
2 oz. Dark Chocolate, chopped
1 cup Milk
2 tbsp Nutella
1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
A Pinch of Salt
Now for the fun part…toppings! Time to load up your cup of cocoa with marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, sprinkles, & caramel! Also, feel free to mix & match elements of these recipes to make a tasty creation of your own.
Felling like taking it a step further? Check out this recipe for making your own marshmallows! Use cookie cutters to make your own shapes. Perfect for holiday parties! I can’t wait to try more of these out! They all sound just so delicious!
So it’s getting to be about that time again to add some extra moisture to your skincare routine. The cold weather is approaching (Yessss! Finally!), & the chilly air, unfortunately, does such a good job of drying out the skin. Clothes do most of the work by protecting the majority of our skin, but our face & hands take the biggest hit. I’ve gathered a haul of amazing products to help keep my skin glowing, plump, & moisturized no matter how cold it gets outside.
Glossier is such a cult favorite right now, & with good reason. These cruelty-free products are all about helping you have healthy, glowy skin you can be proud of. I particularly love that philosophy because up until about a year ago, I really hated my skin. So much so, that I got really into makeup so that I could cover it up really well. Now, I can happily say, I am starting to love my skin. I opt for a tinted moisturizer instead of a full coverage foundation on a daily basis, & I am not afraid to be seen without any makeup! I never thought I would see such a change in my skin, but I have, & it’s been life-changing. (Writing this post has got me thinking I should do a skin journey post…leave a comment below if that’s something you’re interested in!)
I’ve been putting these products to the test for a while now, & I can safely say that most of them are must-haves for the upcoming cold weather.
If you’re reading this, & you are a human, you need a balm dotcom (or 6). This is the gateway Glossier product, hands down. The flavors and tints are perfection, & they actually provide moisture. How many times have you bought a lip balm & wondered if it actually did anything for your lips? Like every single time? Yep, this product is not like that. They feel incredible, while looking effortless on the lips. The best part is, it’s also a universal salve. Not only can you use it on your lips, but on your cuticles & dry patches of your skin. These balms also make great presents & stocking stuffers. (Christmas is right around the corner!!!)
The Milky Jelly Cleanser is another Glossier favorite. It’s texture is unlike any other cleanser I’ve ever used. Exactly like it’s name, this jelly-like cleanser effortlessly takes off make-up & cleans your skin, all while somehow adding moisture to your face. At the moment, it’s my favorite in-shower cleanser, & the little moisture boost it provides is definitely going to help my skin survive the cold this season.
I use a combination of Super Glow & the Priming Moisture Rich every third day for my nightly skincare routine. I get a bit of the moisturizer, then add 3-4 drops of Super Glow to it & place it all over my face, neck & chest. You would not believe how dreamy this combination smells & feels right before heading off to bed! Not to mention how happy my skin is in the morning: fresh, plump, glowing, & ready to take on the day.
Lastly, for those days when your skin just looks tired & dehydrated, let the Moisturizing Moon Mask be your go-to. This mask is packed with ingredients to help tone, provide oxygen, & help to plump & rejuvenate the skin, while providing the extra moisture your skin needs. I know I will be reaching for this one all A/W long.
Thanks for stopping by & reading this post! If you liked it, let me know down below. In the comments, be sure to share the link to your blog so I can send some love your way too! 🙂
One more thing…
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Happy Shopping! (Your skin will thank you later!) xx
Watch me go to the Glossier Showroom while I was in NYC earlier this summer!