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Mom Monday {Holiday Recap}

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Happy New Year friends. I am so excited to start this year fresh and excited. There are so many fun and new things I have planned for you this year, I can’t wait to get started. I am sure you have noticed but with 2 kids and running a business, it has become increasingly difficult for me to get to the blog daily. But I am really trying to make it a priority to share with you weekly. This may mean more posts about what’s going on with the kids, or more behind the scenes posts on what is actually going on at the studio this week, but either way I will keep doing my best to be present here and share with you. I want to let you all know how grateful I am for your loyalty and encouragement. It really means the world to me, so thank you! And on that note, I thought I would share a little glimpse into my holiday break. We spent Christmas with my family in Las Vegas, as is our annual tradition. We have a tradition of giving everyone matching pajamas on Christmas eve so that we can all be wearing them when we open presents on Christmas Morning. This tradition started innocent enough, plaid pajama pants, a nice shirt, but somehow over the years it has transformed into full blown costume pajamas. I have to admit seeing my father in law dressed as a donkey and my brother dressed as a flying squirrel, does not get old. We all have a great laugh, and my mom said she keeps wearing hers (pig) because they are so soft and warm. Who knew!?

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We went to see Santa the same day we drove to Vegas, so needless to say it was a long day, and both kids were exhausted. By the time we got to see Santa, it was just short of a disaster as you can see from the photo. But most kids cry when they sit on Santa’s lap right?

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Our New Year’s Eve was a nice quiet evening at home. I was (actually still am) nursing a cold, but I still got all dressed up. We all did! Piper had sparkling cider, and we had a mini dance party. The hubs and I enjoyed oysters and filet mignon while the kids had Kite Hill Ravioli. We like to make the night feel special with fancy food we typically don’t have, and fun music. We had a great time. What are your holiday traditions? Would love to here from you all! Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday, and welcome to 2017!

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Holiday Gift Guide & Black Friday Finds

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I do my best to get a lot of holiday shopping done around this time. Snagging Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals is the best, but I steer clear of any actual stores. I can’t take the crowds, the crazy hours, the hectic madness. But when I find a deal online it really makes me happy, what can I say. I have found you some really great finds here that will give you a jump start on your holiday shopping. Plus, shhhhh, a lot of these stores will most probably have fabulous Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, so be on the look out!


Mom Monday {Holiday Looks}

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As we head into the holidays I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite little girl holiday looks. There are quite a few Cotton On items in the round up and everything is 30% OFF today! So hop on over and take advantage. I love the idea of these Angel Wings, or even this sequin Bolero Jacket, to add just a hint of festive fun to any outfit.



 

Holiday Style, Hostess Looks

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So I am really embracing the loungewear chic look. It just seems like a win win to me. You get to wear your pajamas and no one thinks twice, and you get to look chic while being super comfortable. With all the eating and indulging that goes on over the holidays, this just seems like a must. And whether you are hosting or a guest, being comfortable while looking fabulous just seems like a no brainer. When you can make this happen for a steal, that’s even better right? These ASOS  silk pajama pants are only $16!! Complete the look with a body suit or fitted black top like this one from J-Crew, and black loafers of course! These are only $31. And some fabulous jewelry and a cocktail ring and you have the complete look. Your welcome.


Gift Guide for the Yogi in your LIfe

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I have to admit I cannot get enough of yoga. It is my workout of choice, and I can guarantee to feel amazingly refreshed and invigorated after a class. Here are some of my favorite gifts for that yogi in your life.

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Festive Attire!

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Hello friends. Sorry for my absence yesterday, it took me a while to get caught up with everything waiting for me at home. It’s good to be home though and I will be sharing some details from our trip soon. In the meantime, I have holiday on the brain. Loving these festive styles for your upcoming holiday soirées.

Festive Looks for the Holiday Season | via Wiley Valentine

 

Mom Monday {vegan egg nog}

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I have to admit I love myself some egg nog. So when I accidentally created this vegan, sugar free version I was overjoyed with how delicious it turned out. It’s super easy, and oh so delicious.

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YOU WILL NEED:

1 cup of raw organic cashews (or almonds), soaked in water for 2 hours – overnight

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

8-10 good size dates

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

cinnamon & nutmeg to taste

TO MAKE:

strain your soaked nuts and place in a vitamix with 3 cups of water. Blend until creamy.

Add the vanilla, dates & cinnamon and blend. Strain through a nut milk bag or cheese cloth.

Pour into glasses, top with cinnamon & nutmeg and enjoy!! Your kids will LOVE it!

For an adult version, simply add a shot glass full of dark rum!

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