National Cuddle Up Day

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Hello Everyone!

I hope this beautiful Saturday finds you all well. It feels like so long since I have posted and for that all I can say is life is crazy, as you well know, and life during the holiday’s is absolutely hectic. So for the beginning of this post I’m going to do a recap of what’s been going on with me. At the end, I’m going to share a recipe for AMAZING Hot Chocolate. This is in honor of today being National Cuddle Up Day! I don’t know if you’re like me, but I love being cozy, anything with sweatpants, fuzzy jacket/robe, fuzzy socks, cup of amazing hot chocolate and a good book or movie, sign me up, haha!

So where to begin….. The last post that I shared was the Rod Works blog event review(which if you haven’t checked them out, they have really cute holiday decorations) which was in September, so I guess I will go month to month, if that works for you J

October: In October, I got promoted to supervisor at my job, which was pretty cool at the time. Now not so much, haha! My bake shoppe was at the local’s farmer’s market, which we did pretty well. I went to the last concert apart of the country megaticket, which I gifted to my younger sister for her birthday. The last concert was Luke Bryan with Lindsey Ell andBrett Eldredge, which was amazing. If you follow Brett Eldredge on Instagram you would have seen his adorable dog Edgar Boogie, he brought Edgar out on stage with these adorable sound proof headphones! Halloween came and went way to fast in my opinion plus I had to work that day, which is never fun because nothing special happens at work.

November: November felt incredibly busy. It all started with my birthday/superheroes half marathon weekend. Which was not the best experience I’ve ever had. The night before we left, my dad’s father passed away, he was never a grandfather to me but I was very sad for my dad and all of the selfish family member’s only there for what they thought they deserved. It was awful and sadly still going on. I knew that my dad would not be joining on the first or second day but we hoped that he would join us on that Saturday. I had never spent my birthday without my dad, which for 28 years, I know I’m very lucky. It was really sad to be at a place that we all share together without him. I kept talking to him throughout the day, showed him the stuff from the expo in pictures. I spent a lot of money there, but it was special. Later in the day, he called and sang me happy birthday, I cried, like ugly cried, but it was really nice. I got my birthday dinner and cake, which the chocolate cake from plaza inn is so incredibly decadent, it made my teeth hurt, haha! Then it was time to call it a night, to prepare for the 5K the following morning. It went smoothly, finished in a great time, I’m not a runner so I’m happy with what I got. We went into the parks once we were all freshened up, no real soreness, just tired. The following day was the Thor 10K, which I completed again in pretty good time. That was my first time for that distance and I loved it. I even got emotional towards the end. There was a lot of stuff going on during that time, that I was worried I wouldn’t finish it but I did. Then the next day, the superheroes half marathon, was hard to get up for, those 3:30AM wake up calls SUCK! This one started out rocky, I was exhausted, emotionally and physically, I felt really fainty(thanks vasovagal syncope) and on top of all that, mother nature thought it would be a great weekend to rip out all of my insides. Needless to say, I didn’t finish but damn did I try. I felt really disappointed in myself for a few weeks after. When I got medically swept, I was taken on the sad wagon, to the bus with my mom and given my pity medal. I didn’t wear any of my marathon weekend stuff, not even my other medals. After al of that, I really just wanted to go home.

We came home that Monday, celebrated my birthday, with my dad, that Friday. Then that Saturday, the 18th, my older sister and I went to Las Vegas with our best friends who also happen to be sisters, for a quick overnight trip. We left around 9, got to our hotel around 1, which we stayed at the Bellagio, which was absolutely gorgeus. One bummer though, when we arrived our room wasn’t ready but they were in such a rush to valet our car, we took out all our stuff and were basically standing in the lobby with al of our stuff getting weird looks, apparently we’re the ONLY ones ever to travel with our pillows. Luckily, they were able to hold our stuff, then we went to walk around, get some food and then go back to get ready for dinner and our show. We went to dinner at Margaritaville, as a sort of joint birthday dinner for all 4 of us. We use to have a Margaritaville in Glendale, AZ but they left a few years ago and it was good as we rememebered. Then the show we went to was, Criss Angel:Mindfreak, which was all of ours first magic show. It was……interesting, the illusions were great but their aren’t many words to describe it. The following morning, we had the buffett at our hotel, which was expensive but delicious, big selection and very filling.

I do find it really funny that whenever we vacation with our best friends, that when we get home we don’t talk for a few weeks. Like one night we spend in the same room and we need weeks to recover but perhaps that is the secret to such a long friendship (26 years and counting) have a lot of fun, then don’t speak for a few weeks.

Once we returned home it was ready to prepare for my older sister, Lindsey’s, birthday and Thanksgiving, which happened to be on the same day. It was nice, as always, went shopping after dinner. Which I know some people are really against, but it’s something my family and I do together, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

The next day, I had to open the store at 6AM, which totally sucked but then I was off the rest of the weekend.

December: The first weekend of December was spent in Disneyland, celebrating my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary. Saturday night was the Candlelight Processional, which we had never stopped to watch before and we were curious as to who was the special celebrity guest. We had asked a few castmembers, and they told us it was very hush hush, but the president of Disney had personally asked the person to read the story of the first Christmas. The special guest was………..Christ Hemsworth!!! Thor himself!!!

My little sister, is obsessed with Marvel movies, and once she heard who it was, we had to stay and watch. I’ll share pictures soon!

Once we returned home, my bake shoppe was at the local’s farmers market for the 3 weekends leading up to Christmas, which were awesome! We even debuted a new “Chewy” Gingerbread cookie which is a gingerbread cookie decorated like Chewbacca. They were a huge hit! All of our cookies did incredibly well and I got quite a few orders and some repeat customers, which makes me really happy. Not to get emotional about it but I hope these people know that when they buy my cookies and tell others, they’re really supporting my dream and the career I’m truly passionate about and I can’t express how much that means to me.

Christmas Eve was spent with good people that we don’t see often.

Christmas Day is always a little sad but it was really great.

New Year’s Eve was also spent with good people that we are lucky to see every so often. Went for a boat ride to see the remaining Christmas lights, nice dinner and the toasting of martinelli’s at midnight. Then it was bed time for me, I had to open New Year’s Day, which was a bummer but now it’s in the past.

On Monday, January 8th, 2018 I’m embarking on a new weightloss journey. I will be following the points plus system from Weight Watcher’s and in the coming weeks, joining a gym and riding my new bike that I got for Christmas and really making a commitment to bettering my life. I cannot be making the same resolution every year and continue not to do anything about it.

I believe that this has now caught us all up and now you can FINALLY get to the thing you truly wanted, the hot cocoa recipe, haha!

 

This recipe I found on Pinterest and it comes from Wickedgoodkitchen.com

  • 3 cups Cane granulated sugar, organic pure
  • 2 cups Cane light brown sugar, organic pure
  • 3 cups Cocoa, fine quality unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp Kosher or natural sea salt

Just mix all of these ingredients together, I put them in my Ninja blender to make a really fine powder. It lasts for such a long time, depending on the level of chocolatey goodness you require. With making so much you can extend all of your cozy/cuddly days, does it get much better?

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday, I’m off to the Arizona Coyotes game against the New York Rangers. Go Yotes!

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Rod Words AZ

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! Today, I returned to the local farmer’s market that I was lucky enough to participate in a few years ago, it was so great to be out there again. So a lot of my free time this past week was spent in the kitchen, except for Thursday night. I was very fortunate to take part in a unique blog event taking place at Rod Works located at the shops of Norterra, one of two of the AZ locations. All together they have 9 locations in AZ, Utah, Nevada, California and very soon adding store #10 in Colorado.

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When we (we meaning my sister and I, she blogs at www.runningaroundwithlindsey.com) first arrived, we were greeted with so much warmth and kindness that we felt that we were entering someone’s home instead of an amazing shop. I was blown away by how much stuff there was to look at. My family and I are huge Halloween deco fans, so beyond entering we noticed the beautiful Halloween display located in the very front of the store, that any passerby would be drawn to.  This store is like so many but like nothing I have ever been to and I know that sounds confusing but it had so many things. I had such a hard time picking my absolute favorite part and products of the store that I simply can’t. Once I got home I was instantly planning my next visit, and I’m so excited for the Christmas Decorations that will gracing the walls of this homey store very soon!

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I also received a pretty sweet swag bag containing, a Shops of Norterra To go hot beverage cup, Some adorable glasses from Amazing Lash Studio, 3 different gift certificates to Norterra Salon and Spa, a coupon to Texas Roadhouse and also a coupon for Charming Charlie’s. As well as, when signing up to participate in this event, my sister and I received a $75 gift card(each) to spend at Rod Works. The prices are so incredibly reasonable, it was unreal. My sister and I easily got nearly a dozen items between the two of us and definitely left wanting more and eager to return. Along with many incredible attributes of this store is they will help you design and decorate any space you need help with! To give you an idea of what sort of store they are, check out their website at, www.rodworks.com

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If you happen to live in the Phoenix/Gilbert area, on September 30, 2017 they are hosting a “Ghouls Night Out” Party. Where they will have prizes, treats and 20% off entire purchase for all of their customers! If you love fun, love, Halloween, cottage chic, kitchen décor and so much more, you will absolutely love this store!

 

Here is a picture of the haul that my sister and I made while shopping and mingling with fellow AZ bloggers.

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I just want to take a second to thank everyone that put this amazing event together and to the wonderful shop owners, Eileen and Scott Salmon for opening their doors to us bloggers.

While I did receive some pretty great “treats “all of these thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have a great day!!