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  • In Christmas

    Wellness Gift Ideas

    I always put a lot of thought into gift giving. I love sitting back and taking the time to really think about each individual person in my life – what are they like? What’s going on in their life right now? What do they need, or what’s something they’ve really been wanting? I like to make it personal too. What is something only I would think to get them? What defines our relationship? This year, I’m less interested in materialistic gifts that “so-and-so” might not even use. I want to…

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  • In Christmas/ Think

    Spreading Christmas Cheer

    Christmas is almost here! We are in the final stretch – only 5 days away! Like some of you, I am running around this week getting last minute presents. How does this always happen? I got 2 people done at the end of November and I was feeling on top of the world, but then I remembered how many more people I have to shop for. Oops! Despite how stressful these last few days might be, there’s something we can all do to alleviate some of it – spreading Christmas…

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  • In Christmas/ Recipes

    Very Chocolatey Hot Chocolate

    I love chocolate. There is absolutely no denying that. However, I was never a big hot chocolate fan. It just wasn’t chocolatey enough for me. One day on a whim I ordered a hot chocolate at Alon’s in Sandy Springs and I was completely turned upside down. It was like drinking liquid chocolate and it was perfection. After I realized hot chocolate could be the greatest drink when done right, I decided to take it upon myself to figure out how to make it at home. There are 2 major…

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  • In Christmas/ Life/ Yoga

    The Gift of Experience

    We all love having presents under the Christmas tree. I remember opening gifts as a kid and wanting to play with everything right away. In my teenage years as I started receiving technology, everything had to be set up as soon as the wrapping paper was thrown away. But once I became an adult, my wants shifted. I still love receiving actual material things (just look at my Christmas Wish List) but the past few years I’ve asked for experiences. Two years ago I asked for tickets to see Sam…

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    Loneliness During the Holidays

    While I love December and all that comes with the season, many people struggle with it. Despite all of the Christmas spirit in the air, I too get lonely sometimes. Similarly to Valentine’s Day, Christmastime does remind me that I am still very single. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really love being single, but every once in a while it gets to me. This time of year every movie focuses on people falling in love. You can’t escape the real-life couples snuggling up as the temperatures drop. And with…

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  • In Christmas/ Life

    Christmas Wish List

    I don’t think I’ve made a Christmas wishlist since I was a kid. Once the Santa gig was up, my brother and I just told my parents, “this (insert gift idea here) would be cool.” As an adult, Christmas gifts have been even more informal. I have taken after my mom in that if there’s something I really want, I’ll just get it for myself. But I’m embracing the holiday season this year with a cheerful spirit (and hot chocolate) so I thought I would be a little kid again…

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  • In Christmas/ Goals/ Life

    December Goals

    Monthly goals are so much easier for me to work towards. You can see the end, while yearly goals can feel so abstract. Plus, let’s be real, how many of the goals you set at the beginning of the year are even still applicable? Not many, most likely. After the Twitter #thegirlgang chat last week, I was encouraged by Emmie from Carpe Diem Emmie to share my goals on my blog. Who knew that’s something people would be interested in?? But I’m trying it out, so do let me know…

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  • In Christmas/ Favorites/ Style

    Shop Small

    In honor of Small Business Saturday, I wanted to share some of my favorite small businesses! Holiday shopping is now in full gear, and while I know I can find gifts at those big corporations, I love shopping small for extra special gifts. You can always find really cool, unique things. Jewelry When it comes to jewelry, I shop small all year round. Those creative pieces always get the most compliments and I love knowing that everyone doesn’t have it. I always keep my eyes open at art fairs for…

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