Enjoying the Holidays

I hope that y’all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hanukkah if you celebrate!  Ryan and I lucked out and enjoyed two Thanksgiving feasts this year because my younger brother accepted a new job at Steamboat Ski Resort so my momma flew out to help him move.  According to the resort’s website, their motto is “work hard and play hard” – I have no doubt that he’ll be loving life!

Thanksgiving 2013

The past couple of weeks I’ve…  Spent quality time with my family and friends, celebrated Ryan’s birthday, enjoyed whipped cream in my morning coffee, been fortunate to have many work assignments, consumed lots of Thanksgiving food + leftovers, saw a handful of movies, and have been participating in Elf for Health!  Life has been good.

Fairfax Lights

That said, I’m behind in blog posting and reading.  The only time I’ve skimmed through Feedly has been while I mindlessly ride the bike and simultaneously watch The Food Network.  I should mention that it’s a stationary bike, ha!  Can you imagine seeing someone on the street riding a bike while looking down at their iPad or Nook?  I joke but I bet it’s happened.

One article that I thought was worth sharing is “Why The Holidays Are Great For Your Blog” published on The SITS Girls blog.  Gigi shares some great points, number 4 stood out to me the most…

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I do it every spring – I take a step back from blogging and social media.  It’s nice to disconnect, focus on things that I may have neglected, and recharge.  I don’t feel like I need a break, but I do want to enjoy all of the holiday festivities that take place this time of the year.  Like bake dozens of cookies, decorate our apartment, drink copious amounts of eggnog, laugh the night away with friends, see the Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, pick out a Christmas tree, and whatever else may arise.

It’s the most magical time of the year, don’t miss it!

Fairfax Christmas Tree

What I’m trying to say amid of the rambles is that my posts may be sporadic.  Life will go on.  But I invite y’all to connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter – sharing via social media is easier than blogging :)

Question:  What’s your favorite holiday cookie?  I was invited to a cookie exchange party and need to bake 6 DOZEN cookies!

Question:  If you blog, do you plan to take a step back this holiday season?

— Allison


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  1. Love this. I will be posting sporadically too but enjoying this great time of year with family and friends is so important :)

  2. Welcome back :) I love following your life on Instagram and very happy you’ve had work assignments to take part in! I am not sure if I will take a step b ack, or not. Just depends on the mood I’m in :)

  3. We make something called Russian Tea Cakes that are probably my favorite.

    I take breaks here and there. I always try to keep some drafts on tap just in case I need to fill in, but I would rather take time off than post obviously filler content.

  4. Favourite holiday cookie? That’s a tough one…probably something chocolate and peppermint!
    I haven’t decided how I’m going to handle blogging over the holidays, but I’m ok with taking some time off. That time is meant for family, so I have no issues stepping back from social media and spending more time with mine!

    • Chocolate + peppermint is hit or miss for me… I prefer a rich, dark chocolate with a hint of peppermint. A lot of the chocolate peppermint treats that I’ve tried lately have an overwhelming peppermint taste – like a breath mint!

  5. I usually take a couple of weeklong “blogcations” throughout the year, which are SO refreshing. I also need to take advantage of the holidays and step back a bit. It is a busy time of year so posting as frequently as I normally do is nothing something that I should put so much pressure on myself about.

  6. Yep haha. I’m planning on blogging when I want to and have time.
    Gone are the days where I’ll post something just for the sake of posting. Life is too short not to enjoy every moment as much as possible, and while I do love to blog, it’s something I do for fun and usually real life trumps it. Favorite cookie? Hot chocolates from How Sweet Eats 😀

  7. I really loved that SITS article as well. I’m definitely planning on spending a little more time away from the blog this holiday season. If I feel like positing, I’ll post, but if not, then I’m not going to put that pressure on myself. Blogging is wonderful, but not worth sacrificing your life for… I’ve definitely been down that road before, and the only thing it led to was burnout and resentment.

  8. I absolutely agree with that part about blogging during the holidays. Not only am I busier, which means less time to both write posts and read other blogs, I know that my readers are, too. It helps take off that (silly) pressure to post regularly!

  9. Shortbread cookies are my fav!!! And I could not agree more how important it is to take a step away from technology every once and a while. Looking forward to Christmas when I’ll be putting away the computer and phone for a few days!

  10. I agree, stepping back & taking a little break from the blog can be good from time to time. I probably will slow it down a bit around the holidays, especially since everyone will be out & about & not reading anyway. 😉
    My favorite x-mas cookie is the PB Blossom. Mmm…

  11. I’m so glad you posted this because I’m a new blogger and haven’t ever blogged over the Christmas (for me) holidays. I have been wondering about this lately – whether I’d take time off or just go straight through. I love blogging, but I also want to maximize time with my family, so I’m thinking to just play it by ear and do what feels right! I love ginger snaps or sugar cookies with sprinkles :).

  12. my favorite Holiday cookie would probably be a tie between wreaths (yes, the obnoxious turn your mouth green ones!!) and peanut butter balls!!


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