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Sinfully Delicious Slow Cooker Hot Cocoa

Nothing tastes better on a cold winter day than a drink that heats you from the inside out. And that’s exactly what this sinfully delicious slow cooker hot cocoa is made for. Decadent to the core, this traditional, easy recipe will fill your home with the sweet, sweet smell of chocolate as it cooks, and …

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Totally Cravable Apricot Kolaches Are A Winter ‘Must Bake’

I never tasted a kolache until I moved to Texas. Before the move, breakfast was all about donuts, or the occasional sausage gravy over biscuits. Both amazing options, don’t get me wrong, but nothing compared to a delicious kolache. See, kolaches make you feel as if you’re both getting a treat, and eating a somewhat …

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25 Super Easy Last-Minute Cookie Recipes!

Winter is filled with to-do lists. Between shopping, baking, holiday parties, kid recitals, school parties, and a dozen other things you won’t know about until last minute, sometimes it feels like winter is trying to kill you. Not only is there a ton to do, but almost every stop involves you making or bringing some …

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Orange Cranberry Muffins Your Family Will Love!

When it comes to winter flavors, one of the first things I start to crave each year are fresh cranberries. By themselves these tiny tart berries are a bit hard to handle, but once you start mixing them into delicious recipes? Boy, howdy, I’ll be one of the first to gobble them up. These orange …

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Have You Ever Wondered Why People Push Cloves Into Oranges?

Remember when you were a kid and winter life was as simple as coming home from school, kicking off your shoes at the door, and plopping down for homework before dinner? Maybe some bike riding. Maybe some running around the street screaming with your friends. Maybe you’re a lot younger than me and for you …

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It’s Okay To Not Hate Your Weird Relatives This Christmas

You might not know this, but blogs aren’t always written in order. You might get a kick butt Arbor Day blog idea, but Bastille Day is just around the corner. What are you suppose to do? Post one holiday’s blog the same time as another? That would be stupid. Plus, I hate how Big Arbor …

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Santa Is Creepier Than The Creepiest Clown

When I was little, we couldn’t even go to the mall after Thanksgiving. The department stores were okay, Mom tells me, but as soon as we approached the main mall where SANTA CLAUS was, I’d start screaming like I was being murdered. Now that Santa shows up around Halloween, I can’t let it dominate my …

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You’ll Never Hear Jingle Bells The Same Way Again…

It’s hard to stay in the Christmas spirit. Between the shopping, and baking, and kids being home from school, and inlaws coming to visit (oh, good LORD, the inlaws), you can slip from “Merry Christmas To All” to “Get the Heck outta my kitchen before I deck your halls” pretty darn quick. Plus, with the …

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What To Do When You’re Sick Of Santa (And Christmas In General)…

When my dad was a kid, he and his brother got these barber-pole sized peppermint candy canes in their Christmas stockings. Being boys, and being presented with more candy than they probably saw all year—because it was the olden days, when he had to walk to school in a snowstorm, uphill both ways—they each ate …

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10 Holiday Songs That You’re Probably Not Sick Of

Working at Starbuck during the holiday season is its own type of pumpkin spice flavored hell, but you don’t think about those poor baristas stuck listening to the same songs for six to eight hours. Shuffled or not, it’s enough to make you want to drown yourself in the coffee urn. I swear if I had …

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Why We Have Not One…But Seven…Christmas Trees

You read that right, we don’t have one Christmas tree. We have seven. Believe it or not, that’s our version of compromise. When two people move in together not all things are going to be wonderfully in synch. For as great as my boyfriend and I have combined our lives there are some things we …

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My ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Moment And How It Changed My Life

When I was very young (around the age of 5 or whenever the hell it is you start having actual memories), I liked my December birthday.  It’s Christmas Eve. Being close to a holiday that my siblings and friends were excited about made me feel special.  My Mom used to jokingly call me ‘Kyle Christmas’ …

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Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Is The WORST Christmas Song EVER!

“You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen…Comet, and Cupid, and Donner, and Blitzen…but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?” So let’s just take a moment and talk about this, the absolute worst of all the Christmas songs. First, I get that you may not agree with me. You might have …

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This Is The Best Time Of Year For A New Fitness Goal

Yeah, not New Year’s.  Not just before swimsuit season or even in the middle of the Summer. Right now. Well, maybe not right now, depending on what time you’re reading this, but close enough to now. Within 24-hours of now, at least. And I get it, you’re not going to trust some rando post telling …

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Elsa’s Frozen Candies with Coconut Buttercream Filling

Some people might call what’s happening outside in the Northern Hemisphere a “winter wonderland.” Personally, I like to call it various slightly inappropriate words that I’m not allowed to use on this website. Either way, we can probably all agree on the fact that it’s rather…frozen out there. Luckily, there are several ways to combat …

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Essential Oil Diffuser Ornaments

Isn’t it funny how the holidays have a certain smell? You know — gingerbread cooking, evergreen trees, cinnamon flavored candies — all my favorite things. Now you can get all the scents of the holiday season in a bottle with Christmas Spirit Essential Oil from Young Living. This is my favorite oil EVER! We made …

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DIY Gift Idea: Rudolph Candle & Printable Gift Tag

Rudolph was always my favorite reindeer. While the other reindeer always seemed a bit snooty (they wouldn’t let him play their games, c’mon!) Rudolph used his bright red nose to guide Santa through fog and make sure all kids get presents. What an amazing guy! That’s why instead of making any ol’ boring reindeer candle, …

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How To Help Your Sensitive Child Deal During The Holidays

Growing up, there were certain situations that were always harder for me than for my brothers. I’d shrink away from loud parties, or start crying the second certain commercials came on, or basically have an emotional breakdown anytime I thought I disappointed anyone…and we (my family) just chocked it up to my personality. As an …

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Red Snow Drift Cocktail

As the weather turns colder, visits become longer and this Red Snow Drift Cocktail is a great way to surprise those visitors with a wonderful winter drink that they won’t soon forget. Fruity, warm, spicy, and delicious, this drink will relax those winter blues, usher in welcome conversations, and warm tummies before anyone has to …

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