Bits & Pieces: You Should Be Reading…

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Need some inspiration lately? Bogged down with gift purchasing and Holiday meal planning? Take a break and check out my four very favorite sites on the Web. Trust me, you’ll walk away completely inspired and ready to take on anything in your path…even planning quality time with your relatives!

1. Paris in Four Months | Carin is lovely, and her photography will blow you away. She captures Paris (and everything else she photographs) in such a beautiful way. I love this Winter Wonderland shoot she did in NYC last year. It makes me want a snowstorm right now!

2. This is Glamorous | Gorgeous images and chock full of inspiration at every click of the mouse, This is Glamorous is true to its name. You’ll want to be snuggled into a soft and cozy sweater immediately after reading Sweater Weather for Cold December Nights. Even if you hate sweaters, you’ll want a sweater. Trust me. Or maybe one of Rosaline’s playsists is more your style.

3. BE FRNCH | The first thing you must do on this site is take the Parisian Style Quiz. I love a good quiz, and this one pegged me perfectly. BE FRNCH offers up various services from helping you customize your trip to Paris to styling you to match your quiz outcome. And if that doesn’t float your boat, I love this article on Lessons in Layering.

4. Call Me Cupcake | If you weren’t too jazzed about the top three French themed links (boo!), well then I’ve saved the best for last! Call Me Cupcake will have you drooling from the jump. Not only are the recipes extremely creative and practically genius, the porn food photography will have you hooked in seconds. I mean, these hot drinks and this strawberry creme roll … you’ll never look at desserts the same way again.

images all from respective sites.

 

Stuff Your Stocking

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One of my favorite family traditions on Christmas Day is the opening of the stockings. We always go for the presents under the tree first and leave the stockings for when everything has quieted down and we can sit and relax. We’ll all grab a cup of coffee or some breakfast casserole that’s cooked over night in the crockpot, ease into the basement family room and dig in to those stocking stuffers. Growing up, our stockings usually contained some of the most meaningful gifts.  Last year we surprised my husband’s step-dad with a day trip to NYC, a place he’d always wanted to visit but never got the chance. There were definitely tears of joy, folks. Yep, that gift was saved for the stocking – personal and meaningful.

You can shop some of my favorite stocking stuffers below. Because we’re getting down to the wire now with Christmas just around the corner. (I did it. I said Christmas. Take that “Holidays”!) Happy Stocking Stuffing!

{————Stocking Stuffers Under $50————}
(check everyone off your list)

 

{————Stocking Stuffers For The Girly Girl————}
(she’s perfectly polished and put together)

 

{————Stocking Stuffers For The Home————}
(cheers for gold-flecked tasting flutes)

 

{————Stocking Stuffers For The Beauty Queen————}
(she lives for new eye palettes and luscious lipsticks)

 

{————Stocking Stuffers For The Writer————}
(she prefers paper and pen over smartphones and tablets)

 

{————Stocking Stuffers For Your Guy————}
(manly things for your manly man)

Recipes: The Cookie Exchange Part Two

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It’s that time again all! Cookie Swap fever has begun! This post from last year continues to be one of my most loved posts, so I thought I would whip up a Cookie Swap Part Two for you this year! I’m actually quite partial to this year’s post because let’s be honest, is there anything better than a cookie shot glass?! Happy Baking!

The Bar Cookie
1. White Chocolate  Peppermint Mocha Bars
2. Salted Caramel Butter Bars

The Savory Cookie
1. Bacon Fat Shortbread Cookie
2. Salted Rosemary Shortbread Cookie

The Fruit ‘n’ Nut Cookie
1. Pistachio & Cranberry Cookie
2. Fruitcake Cookie

The No Bake Cookie
1. Coconut Pecan Praline No Bake
2. Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake
3. Fudgy Mint-Chocolate No Bake

The Booze-Infused Cookie
1. Cookie Shot Glass
2. Eggnog Thumbprint
3. Rumchata Jelly Shots

The Paleo Cookie
1. Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie
2. Ginger Snaps