DIY Christmas Book Tree – Blogmas Days

Hello friends!

You never really know how much stuff you’ve accumulated until it’s time to move. haha!

Several years ago, while going through and packing up all our belongings, I realized how many college text books we had managed to collect. Let’s face it, book buy backs are awesome, but not worth the hassle at the end of the day. Most of our college books we either gave away, or ended up keeping. That’s a lot of books!

A few years ago, a dear family friend shared a photo on my Facebook timeline. It was a gorgeous Christmas book tree. I thought, what better way to put those old college books to use than by creating my own? Of course, you can use any books you have, and I ended up using not only our college books, but my favorite novels, and my son’s books. This has become a little tradition in our house every year.

It’s incredibly simple to make, but does take a little trial and error to get the tree just the way you like it.

Once the books are all stacked up, you can have fun decorating your tree with lights, fake snow, ornaments, and little knick knacks. Don’t forget a fun top! Sometimes I use a small book, other times I use everyday household items.


Click here to read my DIY Christmas Book Tree article!

Have fun!

And if you make a tree, send me a picture! I’d love to see yours!



Get Ready For The New Year: 9 Inspiring Quotes to Let Go and Move Forward

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

I realized the other day that my son only has a few days left until his winter break. I couldn’t believe it! Time has really flown by these past few weeks!

I mentioned last week that this month, I wanted to revisit some of my favorite posts from this year. Because we only have a little over two weeks left of 2017, I thought this week was perfect for sharing a post from July.

— 9 Inspiring Quotes to Let Go and Move Forward —

Let’s get rid of everything and anything that no longer serves us.. including social media (go through and unfollow anyone that doesn’t inspire you) .. and let’s start 2018 fresh and ready to accomplish our goals!

The root of all sufferingisattachment.


“Let go…
How would your life be different if you learned to let go of things that have already let go of you? From relationships long gone, to old grudges, to regrets, to all the ‘could’ve’ and ‘should’ve,’ to the dead friendships you still hang on to..
Free yourself from the burden of a past you cannot change.”
-Dr. Steve Maraboli


One of the happiest moments in lifeis when youfind the courage to let go of what you cannot change.

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”
-Dr. Steve Maraboli


When you forgive,you heal.When you let go,you grow.


“Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.”
-Anaïs Nin


Anythingthat costs you your peaceis too expensive.Let it go.


“If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.”
-Tony Gaskins


Let goorbe dragged.

Adventures in the Kitchen – Blogmas Days

After posting my 4 favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes, I knew I needed to make some cookies. We’ve had a bag of chocolate chips sitting in the cupboard for about two weeks.. and I had already broken into them. Sometimes you just need a sweet treat 😉

There was a slight issue with making chocolate chip cookies. I didn’t have any eggs. What’s a chocolate loving gal like myself to do? I knew I couldn’t eat those chocolate chips on their own…

So, I decided to conduct a little experiement. You gotta have a little fun in the kitchen.

I made chocolate chip cookies without eggs… and they turned out to be soooo delicious!

The best part?

I could eat the cookie dough without worrying if I would get sick..


..and yes, I ate one or two (or three) little spoonfuls. I mean, you have to test it out, right? haha!

Simply delicious, egg-free chocolate chip cookies
Don’t those look amazing?

Click here for the recipe and whip up a batch tonight! Your whole family will love them!!


4 Scrumptious Christmas Cookie Recipes

Hello friends!

One of my favorite parts of the holidays are all the sweet treats! I love putting on a Christmas music playlist and baking cookies with my son. We have fun singing, dancing, and trying out the cookies of course!

Today I am sharing my 4 favorite Christmas cookie recipes.  These come straight out of my Secret Family Recipes book… (which is full of my husband’s grandma’s recipes… so you know they’re delicious!!)

Let’s get started!

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe


It’s just not Christmas without sugar cookies! These are a classic! This recipe is simple and easy… make sure you have some cookie cutters on hand to create fun shapes with your kids! Top with homemade frosting, or funfetti frosting, for a unique twist!

Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe


Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe 

choc chip

Mmmmm. Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite! This recipe is perfect for all of you chocolate lovers! My secret? Using little chocolate chips.. but you know what you could do? Use both regular and mini chips. How yummy would that be? Let me know if you do that. I might need you to send a box of your cookies to me haha!!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Peanut Butter Cookie Crispies


I’m going to let you in on a little secret: this is the best recipe in this post. If you love peanut butter cookies, you need to try these. They are the best peanut butter cookie I’ve ever had.. I will warn you, they are filling and you will not be able to stop at one. They make a perfect breakfast cookie.. they are amazing with coffee… They are delicious, crispy, and full of peanut buttery goodness!

Peanut Butter Cookie Crispies


Delicious Mini Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


It doesn’t get much better than a peanut butter blossom.. that is, until you replace a Hershey’s Kiss with a Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Oh My Goodness… these are amazing! They do not last very long at my house… haha!

Delicious Mini Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cookies





14 Must-See Christmas Movie Favorites

The Christmas season is officially upon us! –Which means Christmas movies!!

Whip up some popcorn and get ready for a holiday movie marathon! 



Here are my family’s favorite Christmas movies, in no particular order.



“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!”

Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs, a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Will Ferrell is hilarious as Buddy the elf. This is a wonderful family film that will have everyone laughing!



The Polar Express

Polar Express

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

This is a wonderful family movie! We watch it every Christmas Eve.

Home Alone

Home Alone


When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

This movie is a classic from my childhood. I remember exactly where I was when I first saw this movie. From the moment Kevin slapped his face with aftershave and screamed I was hooked.  Who didn’t love this movie? I’ve watched it every year since.  Even as an adult, I laugh and deliver some of my favorite lines along with the actors.



Home Alone 2

home alone 2

After snarky youth Kevin McCallister loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City — while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man’s toy store just before Christmas.
Sometimes sequels are absolutely horrible. Other times, they are better than the original. In the case of Home Alone, I’d say it’s the latter. This is my favorite and my son and I will watch this all year long. 
Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal… And a Happy New Year!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen, and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie, and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark’s employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.

 It’s not Christmas without seeing this classic. Full of laughs, I think this movie is on everyone’s favorites list.


Christmas with the Kranks

Christmas with the Kranks

Finally alone for the holidays, Luther and Nora Krank plan to eschew the Christmas traditions and take a cruise in the Caribbean instead. This doesn’t sit well with their Christmas-obsessed neighbors Vic Frohmeyer and Walt Scheel, who are determined to win the annual “best decorated street” competition, and the Kranks soon find themselves social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit.

This movie is fun for the whole family!


The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause.jpg

Divorced dad Scott has custody of his son on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do

Another classic from my childhood. I fell in love with this movie when I first saw it and every year, I watch it with my son.  The sequels were just as entertaining and we usually have a little Santa Clause marathon over Winter Break.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas

the grinch movie

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch  decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who.


Every year on Thanksgiving, my family watches this movie. It has become our tradition of greeting the Christmas season. Jim Carey brings the Grinch to life in this hilarious, heartwarming film.


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

This Disney animated film is a wonderful take on the classic Dickens’ story. This movie is perfect for all ages and teaches a valuable lesson.


Bad Santa

Bad Santa

A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot.

Not for children. This movie is perfect for after the kids are in bed and you want to relax and laugh.

And of course, what is Christmas without the wonderful TV specials? It’s tradition!

A Charlie Brown Christmas


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Frosty The Snowman


How The Grinch Stole Christmas




Those are our favorites. What are yours? Leave a comment and let me know!


Get Up and Move : 5 Reasons to Workout Today!

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

The holiday season is officially upon us! We have four weeks until the end of 2017…


Isn’t that crazy?

This month, I want to re-visit some of my favorite posts throughout the past year. As the title suggests, today I am sharing 5 reasons to workout today. And these reasons apply throughout the rest of the week.



Most people will never be motivated 100% of the time. The truth is that we get busy in our lives. There seem to be 20 million things that need to get done, and oftentimes, working out gets pushed to the back of the list. Sometimes an illness prevents us from getting our exercise in and once you’ve had a week or two of rest days, it can be difficult to find that energy and motivation to get that workout done.

These are just two examples of why it can be a challenge to fit exercise into our schedules. There are many more and the vast majority of them, in my experience, are simply excuses to not put in the work. The mind is a wonderful thing that can either push us toward success, or sabotage any effort you might put forth. Attitude and mindset are everything!

I could go on and on about this topic, it’s one of my favorites. However, the whole point of this post today is to get you up and moving. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just get up and move your body.

5. Working out boosts your immune system and can help prevent you from catching a cold!

Winter is here!  Flu season is upon us. People coughing, sneezing, blowing their nose… No one enjoys being sick. Go workout and help your immune system do its job.

4. Working out helps alleviate anxiety and stress.

The holiday season is in full swing. There are work obligations, holiday parties, and family obligations — That means possibly dealing with your least favorite relatives for at least five hours. In addition, ads for Christmas are all over the place. What gifts are you going to get for everyone? Are you sending out Christmas cards? Are you baking delicious sweet treats? Don’t you want to spend a ton of money on decorations? All of this creates a lot of anxiety and stress. Channel all of that energy into a workout. I recommend HIIT, cardio, or yoga to help with this.

3. Enjoy dessert guilt-free.

Speaking of sweet treats… Candy, cookies, cake, pie, cupcakes, brownies.. you name it, it’s all out and it’s all calling to you. (okay, maybe just me.) I’m all for indulging and enjoying life. Everything in moderation. When you’ve gotten in your workout, and you are consistent, there’s no guilt when you are enjoying that cookie. 

2. Exercise improves your focus and concentration.

It’s Sunday. For most of you that means that tomorrow starts a brand new work week. Prepare yourself for a productive week by getting in a workout. It will help you feel amazing and set you up for success. Also, thinking ahead this week, even if you are super busy, take 10 minutes on a lunch break to get up and walk around. This is refreshing and allows you to be more productive and efficient when you return.

1. Working out helps you look and feel your best!

Confidence. Plain and simple. When you are active and move your body, you release those endorphins. You feel good. Not only that, but when you consistently show up for yourself and exercise, you help your body in a variety of ways. All of that makes you feel good about yourself and you project that confidence. And when you take of yourself, you are better able to help others and enjoy life.

There you go! Now log off and move your body!



Do You Want To Build A Snowman? – Blogmas Days

Hello Friends!!

It’s December 1 … which means it’s Blogmas!! I’m so excited! 🙂

This year, I will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

I’ll be sharing fun DIY crafts, yummy recipes, and much more!

I also may be making posts randomly throughout the month of December to share Bumble’s Adventures. (You can follow me on Instagram to keep up with Bumble too. #BumblesAdventures2017)

Do you want to build a snowman?

Today I am sharing two cute DIY snowman crafts. Get your kids, turn on some holiday music, and have some fun!

First up, turn your refrigerator into a snowman! — This one is fun and easy.  

Just clear all the magnets and papers on your fridge.

Wipe it down with warm soapy water.


Grab some construction paper and cut out eyes, a nose, circles for the mouth, and buttons. We added a mustache to ours.

Tape your features to the fridge. Top with a hat.









An adorable snowman in your kitchen!


Next up is A Festive Snowman Wreath — made with common items around the house. 


This was one of my favorite decor items to create. I used a couple old wire hangars and an old string of garland. It turned out to be pretty cute! Click here to check out the step by step article.

Happy Crafting!



30 Day Gratitude Challenge | Day 30

Hello Friends!

Happy Thursday!

We have reached the end of our challenge. On our final day, we return to expressing gratitude for the simple, everyday things — the cup of coffee or tea, the beautiful sunrise, for another day of being alive, for the food we eat, etc.. and for our families, our co-workers, our friends..

I have found that taking a few moments to express gratitude throughout my day has improved my mood, helped me cultivate a mindset for success, and just overall changed my life for the better.

Thank you so much for joining me in giving thanks this past month. I hope you found it helpful and I hope you’ve enjoyed the challenge. Please feel free to leave me a comment or send me a message with any feedback you have. I truly appreciate you joining me on this journey.



30 Day Gratitude Challenge | Day 29

Hello Friends!

Happy Wednesday!

One of the things people most often take for granted is their health. It’s not really something the average person thinks about on a daily basis…

That is, until they fall sick.

So today, I invite you to take a few moments and consider how you feel. Are you feeling well? If so, be sure to give thanks for that.. (especially in the winter time, when it seems like everywhere you go, there is someone with a horrible cough, who should be at home instead of in public.) Express gratitude for being well, being able to move about, and for being able to get things done.

It’s a little more challenging to find gratitude when you are sick, but it is possible. You can be thankful that you are taking the time to rest (it doesn’t matter that your body forced you, what matters is that you are resting.) and for giving your body time to recover and heal itself.

Moving beyond that, I invite you to consider your daily habits. Are you truly healthy? It might be tough to think during the swing of the holidays, but it is never too early or too late to start. Are you exercising? Are you eating healthy a good majority of the time?

If not, don’t beat yourself up. There’s no need to feel bad. But, you can start taking conscious action to better your health and better your life. In my experience, it’s best to start small. (Especially since we are all super busy this time of year) If you are new to exercising, maybe make it a goal to take a 15-30 minute walk each evening after dinner. Try getting up a little earlier to do a beginner yoga video or some stretches — or you could do that in the evening before bed.

Thinking about your diet, implementing small changes daily can make a huge impact. Make an effort to drink more water each day. Cook dinner at home. (This saves money and your waist line.) Add in more fresh vegetables, and fresh fruit. Cut back on red meat. Indulge in sweets occasionally (not everyday) …. make the switch to dark chocolate.

Little changes can add up to big results.

“When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.”
-Augusten Burroughs

Have a wonderful day!




30 Day Gratitude Challenge | Day 28

Hello Friends!

Happy Tuesday!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
-Nelson Mandela

Today we give thanks for our education. Did you graduate high school? Did you attend college? Did you attend graduate school?

If you didn’t graduate from high school, were you able to get your G.E.D.? If you didn’t go to college, did you attend a trade school?

Maybe you didn’t do any of that. Maybe you learned much more from experience.

It doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that you continue to learn everyday. We live in a technological society. Most everyone is online in some capacity. There is really no excuse to not learn something. With a little determination and effort, you can learn just about anything online.

There is also a wonderful place full of knowledge, that allows you to borrow content for free.. That’s right — your local library. Libraries are absolutely magical. There’s nothing quite like losing yourself for a few hours amongst the crowded shelves of books. The library is one of my favorite places. 🙂

There are plenty of museums, science centers, state parks, historical sites, and other places you could go to visit as well.

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
-Dr. Suess

Have a wonderful day!