Friday Favs: Christmas Edition 2016

After almost 2 years of not blogging, I’ve come back! The past 2 years have been busy with friends, family, dating, and life in general – but I’ve always enjoyed writing and I’m happy to come back to doing something I previously enjoyed so much.

Since it’s close to the holidays, I figured i would throw together a quick post of of my holiday favorites for this year –

First up: These DELICIOUS cookies! I made this recipe last week and it is absolutely amazing in every way.

You can get the recipe here, though in full disclosure I’m pretty sure I accidentally dumped almost half the bottle of peppermint extract instead of using the recommended amount. They still turned out really well though! I definitely plan to make more of them in the future, considering I am absolutely addicted to peppermint.

Anyone who knows me, knows that my Christmas tree is always bird-themed. I just love having tons of the little clip-on birds on my tree! I saw the most gorgeous ornament at Pier One earlier this month, but it looks like it is sold out. These little guys are super cute though, and I would be delighted to add them to my tree!

You can buy them here, if you are also a bird-themed tree lover (As a bonus, they are currently on sale).

Decor-wise, I ended up realizing this year that I actually do not have nearly as much Christmas stuff as I thought I did. So I’ve been hunting down a lot of inspiration pictures.

My Christmas shopping was all done on Etsy this year (I was actually done by late October!). Because of that, I ran across a couple things I would love to add to my place for next Christmas.

Who wouldn’t want this gorgeous freaking wreath?

(Buy it here)

I’ve got tons and tons of candles (and 2 Scentsy warmers AND incense) but I’m a sucker for holiday scented candles.

This one in Apple Cider and this one in Peppermint Bark are just two of the fifteen or so I threw in my cart.¬† In case you weren’t sure if I enjoyed scented things, I also happen to have a sizeable perfume collection as well.

 Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone!

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The Worst Day of My Life

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One year ago, today, my father died.

I cannot even begin to express the utter sorrow, devastation, and grief I felt that day and continue to feel every single day since.

A piece of me is missing – I never realized how whole and complete I felt, until I was no longer felt whole and complete. I wish I could describe grief – describe the pain, the emptiness you feel in the center of your chest, how it just hurts – but everything sounds so cliched. The words doesn’t fit the situation, don’t really give the weight and the gravity of what death really is. How I actually feel – how my family feels – cannot be understood in writing, it can only be felt. And it’s not a feeling I would wish on anyone.

I wish I could say it gets better. Everyone told me “the first year is the hardest.” And honestly, I feel (and still feel) really cheated by those words. People still say “it will get easier,” but I really don’t know if it ever does. Because, for me, it stills feels like yesterday. It feels like it just happened.

I miss my father every day. I will always miss him. There will always be an empty place at our family gatherings – a laugh or a made-up song that should be there, but isn’t. I am acutely aware of those moments. I mourn their loss.

It’s still hard for me to accept that he’s really gone.

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