New Years Mindset

 

2015 is HERE!

Happy New Year 2015Every new year brings with it a sense of hope. Hope that this will be the year you finally make tons of cash, lose the extra weight or eat carrots instead of the Cheetos. I don’t know about you, but these types of “resolutions” aren’t so my style. They’re too definitive and it’s like the second you choose the junk food then your whole year’s ruined. Instead I adopt a new “mindset”…

In 2014 I promised myself that I would “learn to say no” to things I didn’t feel like doing. While I only had about a 60% success rate, I still saved myself a fair amount of grief and learned to stand up for the things I actually liked to do.

This year I’m going to “learn to say YES” to the things I’ve been dreaming of doing! Life is short right? Don’t hold back. Give yourself the gift of saying YES and make sh*t happen now!

Happy New Year to you & yours. Cheers!

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Holiday Links to Love

‘Tis the season for everything red, green and gold & you can bet your bottom dollar I’m participating in everything #Holidays!

Siesiesanchez's Christmas tree

No seriously. I’m in absolute love with “the most wonderful time of year” and you should be too! Here I’m sharing with you what I’ve found on the web that is helping my holiday get on its jolly way!

1. The ULTIMATE Christmas Playlist

No explanation necessary. Press play.

2. Gift Guides

It’s always hard to figure out what to give Mom or Dad, let alone your significant other. Don’t worry there are plenty of people more than willing to help you figure out what to do and they manifest their findings in “Gift Guides.” Guess what else… if you look for these gift guides on Pinterest you to narrow search even further by clicking the tabs at the top.

Pinterest Gift Guide 

 3. Christmas Cookies

There’s a reason why people give themselves room for a couple more pounds during the holidays and that is due to the variety of cookies they want to taste.

Listen, Christmas cookies, specifically, are the JAM (some even have jam in them…) and I found the cutest little site that has a ton of recipes. Christmas-Cookies.com is so non-corporate it will remind you of your own Nana. (I bet their recipes even taste like hers too!)

Christmas Cookies dot com

 What are some websites that are helping you kick off the Holiday season?

Let us know in the comments below!

Thanksgiving Hacks, Tips & Tricks

I walked by Williams-Sonoma yesterday and the chalkboard sign they always have outside read “15 days until Thanksgiving!!” >> OMG really?

Uh, where is time going? More importantly what am I going to put on the menu for Turkey Day?! #stress

In a quest to answer my own questions (no, I still don’t know why time is flying by) I found some awesome outlets that are dedicated to making sure your holiday goes off great!

1. Pinterest

This is epic. Pinterest is so intuitive to what we, as pinners, really need to pin…now. At the moment the they are featuring top tips and boards from people who know how to put on a feast; Rachel Ray, The New York Times, and other foodie bloggers of all types. With their help you could pin your way to a vegan Thanksgiving if you really wanted to.

First-Timers Thanksgiving with Pinterest

ps. check out some ideas on what to do with your left-overs for daysss.

2. Williams-Sonoma Classes

FREE classes for all! I learned how to carve a Turkey and tips on making mashed potatoes (I didn’t know you were supposed to boil potatoes from cold water) last Sunday in their store. Plus I got to eat the food after they demonstrated! #yum

Williams-Sonoma, as a company, really cares about making sure their customers can put on a spread no matter what time of year it is. Find a Culinary Technique Class at a store near you.

Williams Sonoma Technique Class

3. Infographic from The Savory

No more worrying about your turkey’s cook time or how many rolls your Uncles Joe will eat. The Savory made it easy with this infographic. You’re welcome!

Thanksgiving Infographic to help with portions and turkey cook time

Got any Thanksgiving hacks of your own? Share with us in the comments below!

Most importantly be thankful and spread some love!