blogmas updates + a holiday tea recipe

week one of blogmas has come to a close! tonight I feel really aware of how difficult it is to blog every single day. I’m sitting here on Saturday night with a giant cup of pumpkin spice tea, trying to come up with what I'm going to write next. I have my next few posts planned but not written. my god, how do people do this for a living?

I can’t help but feel like if I got out more, I would have more to write about. I definitely do work a lot, but it feels odd to me to blog about hanging out with friends or about the shows I’m watching on netflix (scrubs + jane the virgin). I guess if I’d chosen vlogmas, I could just vlog about the day-to-day stuff, but it feels bizarre to blog about those kinds of things.

lately I’ve been honing in on what my new years resolutions will be for next year. I love this time of year because it prompts such reflection on the past 12 months, and such excitement as we get to think about what’s next. I’m sure I’ll write a whole post on my new years resolutions, but I think I primarily just want to work on being a better grown up. I’ve been out of school for nearly two years now - what an insane concept! this means it’s time to start adulting more effectively.

today I went to sephora to return something I’d bought as an impulse on black friday (and it wasn’t even on sale!), and I ended up redeeming some beauty insider points for some exciting stuff. I got the lavanila healthy body butter which smells heavenly (and the smell lasts for a really long time!) and the smash box on-set obsessions kit. I’m so excited to try it out!

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my life has been so christmas themed lately - it’s the best. when I get home from work I basically lunge for my tree to turn on the lights, and I’ve been listening to every holiday album I can get my hands on (while nothing will ever replace Wham!, check out Idina Menzel, Pentatonix, and Michael Bublé). I even made a homemade holiday tea! when it's cold outside, there's nothing better than a hot cup of something spicy and sweet. if you’d like to make it too, here’s the recipe!

in a large pot, boil two and a half litres of water with two cups of frozen berries and 2 inches of sliced up ginger. if you like it a little sweeter, I recommend adding about a cup of cranberry juice to the mix. if you're not a big ginger fan, slice up a fresh orange and throw that in instead. when my mom makes this recipe, she puts in a couple of green tea bags, so I tried that this time too! as you can tell, there are so many options to make this tea however you like it best. once the bevvie comes to a boil, adjust the heat to medium-low and simmer it for an hour or two. when you serve it up, feel free to add a little honey or agave if it's a little tart. your house will smell glorious, and you will feel relaxed and at peace drinking this tea with your twinkly-lights glowing in the background.

I hope that you guys are enjoying blogmas so far! if there is a particular topic you want me to cover in the next few weeks, please let me know in the comments below! how are you keeping it holly and jolly this christmas season?