Since becoming a parent, Christmas has become all about the kids. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It doesn't mean I don't put together a nice Christmas wishlist every year. Sometimes the adults in my family exchange gifts. Sometimes we don't. I'd rather give all day long than receive anyway. But just in case Santa's listening...
an Amazon gift card to buy all the books for my Kindle
an Ulta gift card to buy makeup, hair products and more
With all that we know, it amazes me how many people are still smoking. I can only imagine how hard it must be to quit, but seriously... Stop it. Stop it now!
See? Smoking's not cute, y'all.
With New Year’s Eve quickly approaching, many of us will have begun planning our resolutions. For many people out there, particularly parents, the resolution can remain the same every year: to give up smoking and set a healthier example to my children. Fortunately, there is a unique and remarkable substitute to smoking regular cigarettes that could massively help you kick the habit once and for all this Christmas: vaping.
Vaping is a fantastic way to help you quit smoking and live a healthier lifestyle. You may have seen many people with vaporisers lately, the sometimes brightly coloured glass cartridge cigarettes with a mouth piece like a hookah pipe. This is because an estimated 1.5 million Brits will be smoking this type of electronic cigarette by the end of 2014. The reason why this phenomena is so popular is simple. With more and more people choosing to live a healthier lifestyle, vaporisers are a wonderful way of staving off nicotine cravings and preventing you from reaching for the real thing.
If you’re more unfamiliar with what a vaporiser is, they generally work by having a rechargeable battery, often charged via a USB, that is connected to a clear, refillable cartridge. The cartridge is then filled with your choice of e-liquid and the selection truly is extensive. There’s everything, from traditional tobacco flavour, to fruity flavours and even things like gin and tonic, and bubblegum. As you puff on the end of the clear cartridge, this e-liquid is heated up and turns into a cloud of vapour, which you inhale. A bottle of e-liquid lasts around three to five days, depending on your consumption, and costs around £5. So, as well as noticing an increase to your health, you’ll notice that your bank balance is looking healthier too, leaving you with a bit more money to spend on your little ones. E-liquids often come in a range of nicotine strengths so you can find the level that keeps you most satisfied and slowly start to become nicotine free altogether.
As a parent, it’s particularly hard to come to terms with your cigarette habit. You don’t want to set a bad example for your children; for them to see you smoking and, worst of all, perhaps take up this habit themselves. Instead of patches and gums that just don’t hit the spot, a vaporiser allows you to hold them between your fingers, giving you that comforting familiarity. You’ll also be inhaling, so will feel that hit on the back of your throat. They really can help make the difference in your battle to quit. So if you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your little one and try vaping to help you quit smoking in 2015 for good.
This is a sponsored post provided on behalf of Vapouriz UK.
I received an email from a PR firm last week asking if I could participate in a local news segment. It was less than 48 hours notice. I would be required to shop and cook. I had to ask off from work. And, on top of all this, the segment was going to be live. L-I-V-E LIVE! I was so nervous that I almost didn't do it. In the end, I knew this was an awesome opportunity I couldn't pass up. So, last Thursday, I found myself on tv talking about my blog and ready-to-make scones.
I've been blogging for almost six years. My mom knows I blog. My husband knows I blog. A handful of my girlfriends know I blog. Other than that, I don't really advertise it. My coworkers had no idea and were in a bit of shock after the segment aired. Most of them have watched the video now and are really proud. I'm quite proud too. I just knew I'd screw it up, but I didn't.
The video is embedded below. If it doesn't work, you can also watch it here.
Everyone keeps calling me famous. I'm clearly not, but I'll take it.
As I mentioned in Monday’s post, I love Christmas carols. I listen to them daily from Thanksgiving until Christmas. I have a variety of singers, songs and albums downloaded. The latest addition to my collection is Idina Menzel’s Holiday Wishes album. If you’re not familiar with Idina, she’s a Tony award-winning singer and actress and the voice of Elsa in Frozen. You know, “Let it go!” You may also know her from Wicked, Rent and the television show Glee.
This album, produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff, features 12 tracks including classic favorites like All I Want For Christmas Is You and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. There’s also a beautiful duet with Michael Bublé. I really love Idina and Michael singing together. But, if I’m being honest, my favorite song from the album is Idina’s version of River. Joni Mitchell’s River is one of my all-time favorite songs.
I've been listening to this album on repeat both at home and in the car. The kids love her too because they recognize her voice from Frozen. Can't say that I blame them. Idina really does have a gorgeous and original voice. So, if you're like me, and always need more Christmas music to listen to, I highly recommend Holiday Wishes. You can pick up a copy today from iTunes or Amazon.
Holiday Wishes Track Listing
• Do You Hear What I Hear
• The Christmas Song
• Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
• Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
• All I Want For Christmas Is You
• What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
• December Prayer
• When You Wish Upon A Star
• Silent Night
• Holly Jolly Christmas
• White Christmas
I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review, but all opinions are my own.
Want to know how much I love Christmas? We put our tree up the weekend before Thanksgiving, and it wasn't soon enough. The inside of the house is decorated. The exterior of the house is decorated. My office cubicle is decorated. If I could get away with wearing reindeer antlers and candy cane pajamas at work, I totally would. On a scale of 1 to 10, my love of Christmas is at Buddy the Elf.
When I saw Helene's Christmas-themed post today, I knew I had to copy it. Here are 8 things that tend to happen every holiday season. The more traditions I can add, the happier I'll be.
1. Watch my favorite Christmas movies
The list includes Elf. Home Alone, The Holiday, The Family Stone, and Bridget Jones's Diary. I also love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Family Man, Four Christmases, and Love Actually. If you think Bridget Jones's Diary isn't a Christmas movie, you're wrong. Two Words: Reindeer Jumper
Like I mentioned above, I decorate at home and work. I put the tree up as early as I can. I'm not really a fan of knick knacks throughout the year, but this goes out the window during the holidays. I have Christmas salt and pepper shakers. I have snowman candlestick holders. I even have holiday kitchen towels.
3. Go to Zoo Lights
The Memphis Zoo has an annual event every year called Zoo Lights. It's exactly what you think it is. The zoo gets decorated in lights. They have fake snow, train rides and other fun activities. And Santa's there!
4. Go to Starry Nights Starry Nights is another fun yearly event. It's a drive-through holiday light show featuring over 1 million lights. Sometimes we go with family. Sometimes we go with friends. Either way, there's hot chocolate and Christmas carols.
5. Listen to Christmas carols
Speaking of Christmas carols, I'm addicted! I have over 100 songs in my collection. I add new ones every year. There's classic carols. There's modern carols. There's classic carols with a modern twist. I've got Bing, Dean, Frank, Elvis, and Etta. I've got Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Boyz II Men, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash and the Home Alone Soundtrack. The list goes on.
6. See Santa
Dain's 9. Rory's 6. I'm going to take them to sit on Santa's lap until they refuse. When they stop, maybe I'll start. #ThatMom
7. Drink too much at the office Christmas part(ies)
I have margaritas with the girls on a fairly regular basis. I don't get shitfaced anymore though. It simply takes too long to recover these days. But there's something about a Christmas party that makes me want to get good and drunk. My boss knows what's up. This year, our entire department is going to the casino. He got us rooms for the night. This means I can get doubly drunk, right?
8. Elf on the Shelf
Four years later and I'm still moving around this dang Elf on the Shelf. What did I get myself into?
Tell me, what are some of your Christmas traditions?
Emma Watson has come a long way since she was cast as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter at age 9. Earlier this year, she graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Literature. Most recently, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Emma helped launch the HeForShe campaign, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality. She has also become a standout on the red carpet with daring and original style. Every time I see her, I become more and more impressed with her fashion choices.
Here are a few of my favorite looks she's worn in recent years.
All of her looks are feminine, fashion forward and age appropriate.
I recently saw a Buzzfeed article making its way around Facebook referencing some old school fragrances. It got me thinking about some of the perfumes and scents that were popular during my younger days. So, who remembers any of these?
I never wore this, but had several friends who did.
To this day, if I even think about the smell, I want to barf.
LOVE'S BABY SOFT
I wore this in elementary school.
I thought I smelled so fresh and so clean.
I loved that they had this for men and women.
I used to love the smell, especially on guys.
VICTORIA'S SECRET PEAR GLACE
I've never been big on pear fragrances.
I wore this and thought the bottle was so cool!
This is another one that made my nose unhappy. Stinky!
I wore this in high school.
I loved the smell, but mostly used it to cover up the stench of cigarette smoke.
This was my signature scent for a year or two.
I blame Clinique for giving it out in their bonus bags.
A friend of mine wore this in 7th grade.
I fell in love with the sweet scent and promptly begged my mom for a bottle.
This was extremely popular back in the day, but I never wore Tommy Girl.
I don't recall wearing this or even what it smells like.
I just remember seeing it everywhere in stores.
ELIZABETH ARDEN SUNFLOWERS
This was another one of my signature scents.
I've smelled it recently. What was I thinking?
I never wore any of the Gap fragrances.
BATH & BODY WORKS CUCUMBER MELON
Who didn't love this stuff?
It smelled so good!