Delectable chewy chocolate gingerbread cookie recipe here. Cookies above made by my 9 year-old. We skipped the ground ginger and just added the fresh ginger, and think they turned out perfectly. We also used the EnjoyLife megachunks in lieu of chopping up a semisweet chocolate bar… which did not sacrifice any flavor (just helped save time!).
It’s cold here in Nashville and time for me to hunker down and cozy up. Without further ado, some of my cold-weather favorites… 1… As pretty as a space heater gets, I imagine. Here 2… A weighted blanket got me through last winter (I have the 15 pound version). High marks for this one, here 3, 4… Dr. Ehrler from Motherhood Medicine is my holistic health guru. I rub the immunity serum all over me and the kids in the morning and take the Elderberry Syrup (yummier than any other store-bought version I’ve had). Her website, here. 5… The only tea I drink…cold in the summer and hot in the winter. I’ve tried to find an organic replacement but nothing is as good (so far), here. 6… A little bit of magic goes into every jar of Clary Balm. I use it as an under eye cream, my kids use it for lip balm. Here. 7, 8, 9…I’ve read Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (loved it, though it was a bit strange at times– I don’t thank my purse in the morning); I can’t recommend The Soul of Money more, it’s magnificent and a quick-read; and I’m just now starting The Hidden Life of Trees. I own all of these sweaters and love them for different reasons. 10… I have this one in 3 different colors. A loose fit and very comfy, here. 11…I wear this almost every day. I got this same sweater coat in camel last year and in deep olive green this season, here. 12… a dressier, shorter sweater coat, for when you want to appear dressed up but still feel cozy, here. 13… a slimmer fitting turtleneck but super soft, here. 14…Thistle Farms is an organization I will support for years to come. They help get women off the streets and out of sex trafficking. Every item you buy supports this amazing enterprise (based in Nashville). This candle smells amazing. 15…Magic flame powder, here. I’m sure full of toxic stuff, but it never fails to delight my children (or me). Happy fall…or winter, as it feels, these days!
Well, this list isn’t pretty but it’s accurate. As my almost 11 year-old boy has gotten older, there are few things he wants for. When pressed, what he most requests are gift cards or money (me, too, buddy!), but it’s still nice for him to have some things to open. First up, 1... miniature finger sports games here...they look entertaining and are a good ‘small’ gift. 2...Preds gear (that’s Nashville Predators– a hockey team, for you non-sports folks). He’s already got plenty of Preds stuff, but apparently more is better when it comes to items emblazoned with their logo. Insulated cup here. 3…trick gum: gets his sister almost every time, here 4...yes, he still wants Fortnite. No, he does not have it. I have been holding out, hoping that the fad would pass, but apparently not. We are still not sure that we will let him get it, but it’s at the top of his list…here 5...Whoopee cushion, no explanation needed, here 6... In an attempt to turn this interest into a more scholarly pursuit , Does It Fart? book here 7... Overwatch- I don’t know much about this game other than it has an 11+ rating from Commonsense Media and doesn’t sound too bad. Review here, game here. He is already getting 'Forza’, check it out here. 8... UnderArmour is still the ‘it’ brand for this age and gender. Gram loves the feeling of ‘exercise clothes’ and so far I’ve found UA wears and washes well. Hockey pullover here 9...Sure to get a laugh in school (now whether or not that is a good thing, I’m not sure). Pencil here 10... Magic 8 ball...because he won’t want to share with his sister (see her list here). 11... tattoo arm sleeves, here. Apparently very realistic looking on lighter skinned people, according to the reviews. 12...Our funny guy loves to get a laugh, and this box of jokes seems to have a good variety. 13...never enough footballs. We’ve got just about every kind and brand, but this one won’t hurt to catch (softer and squish-ier, according to reviews), here. 14... Apparently once you buy the xbox games you have to have a subscription! And that isn’t cheap. X-box gift cards here 15... He still likes to play with his food. Make vegetables or any kind of food more appetizing (or at least entertaining) with these edible eyes, here 16... not sure what the new fixation with Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill is, but there you have it...the jersey he most wants here.