What would the holidays be with out all of the yummy cookies, sweets and other treats? In my opinion, nothing. Christmas for me brings back memories of Kringle and 3 layer fudge along with crazy amounts of cousins in my grandparents small living room.
So here is the thing…there is NOTHING wrong with having a treat here and there. If you have a few more than normal this Christmas season, who cares? I just try to follow a few simple rules:
- Stick with real food. Eat the treats with real ingredients – butter, chocolate (not oil and a little flavoring) oatmeal and so on.
- Eat your favorites. Eat the things you love and don’t waste time or calories on the rest. You will enjoy what you eat more if its something you love and you will fight with that nagging voice less.
- Moderation is key. I don’t think I need to explain this one.
- Balance. Make sure when you do have a treat that you also get in fruits, veggies and protein. Maybe make a point of eating super healthy the rest of the day so your body has what it needs to process the extra sugar and carbs.
Many Places are offering their Cyber Monday sales early this year since Thanksgiving is so late in the year. Here is a compilation of my favorite companies cyber deals going on this month. I’ll keep adding as I find more deals
Road ID – Personaly I think anyone one who is out and about on their own for ANY activity should have one of these. Back in 2012 I got My Road ID, as a runner I’m often alone on the trail this is invaluable. It was the only way my hubby let me run when I was pregnant. Pretty much everything on their site is 10-75% off and thye have these cute new charms that make me want to order a new one! Sale ends on Nov 24th 2013.
Pro Compression Socks- Code is BLG13 for 10% off. I didn’t know I loved these till I was pregnant. Now I use them quite often for a little boost to my runs: long run days , back to back days or days that I’m tired. They have a featured sock everymonth that is 40% off too. Experation date unkown
Shoes- There isn’t one perfect place for shoes it depends on what brand you want, what size you need and so on. But MANY places will be having great sales especally on last years models.
**The Road ID link is an affilate link, however that is not how/why I’m suggesting them I truly do believe in the product and use mine on EVERY run**
Merry Christmas all, Yeah I know I’m a few days late…whatever
I hinted on Friday about my Christmas letters in my giveaway post (its still open check it out!) This year I took it a step farther than last year and removed the envalope, and the seperate picture.
Last year I had a simple card with the letter printed on the back and a seperate photo. This year I combined everything into one post card. This way I saved:
- Paper in the evelope (green)
- Paper and ink on the picture (green)
- Money on the postage (cheap, lol)
I’m not sure about the printing and shipping of the postcards but I figure it can’t be any worse than that printing and the shipping of the pictures and this way there is less printing over all. So here it is. I used My Memories Software for the front design and just Photoshop Elements for the back.
I’m so excited to share this project with you my ‘etched glass’ snowflake hurricanes. They are so pretty, versatile and good for the whole winter season not just the holidays! So I’m going to show you how to use Dusted Crystal Vinyl, a candle stick, vase and glue to make a great hurricane centerpiece.
First gather up all your supplies and cut out whatever shapes you desire. For the winter I did various snowflakes from the Gypsy Wonderings font (Cricut)
Make sure you are placing the vinyl side up which can be a little tricky so I’ll give you a hint, when you place it on your cutting mat the words on the backing should be backwards.
Next weed the vinyl and place transfer-tape over the entire cut. Use a crayon or colored pencil to shade the cutouts so you can see your designs. Then cut out around the snowflakes
Then start placing your snowflakes around the vase, start with the bigger ones spreading them out evenly and then distribute the smaller ones in between. To place them on rounded vases gently bend the cut out and place the center first and then smooth out to the edges
Lastly take your glue and following the instructions on the packaging connect the candle sticks to the vases allow to dry and your done!
Welcome back to another week of the Holiday Sweet Swap I’m a guest host of this great party over at Pressed Down Shaken Together. For more great holiday sweets ideas click on the fun button below.
This weeks Sweet, Kringle!
This has been a tradition in my family for as long as I can remember, we don’t make it every year but we do make it most and its one of my favorites along with the simple 3 layer fudge. It is a sweet dough pretzel of sorts that is linked to both Danish and Norwegian heritage. There are a lot of varieties including a flaky pastry with filling but this is the one I grew up with.
I don’t have time to make it this week, but I hope to next week, but here is a picture of it from last year.
1 cup Sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup sour cream
2 level tsp. baking soda
1 scant tsp salt
2 1/2 cup flour
4 tsp baking powder (make sure it’s fresh!)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix sugar and cream first then add soda and vanilla, lastly the rest of ingredients.
Refrigerate over night.
Roll out on floured board till pencil width. Form in to any shape you want but pretzal or figure 8 are most common.
Bake at 425 degrees – middle rack until brown….4-6 minutes.