Cupcakes and Sunshine: December 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Best of Days- December 2018


These past few weeks have been incredible (aside from flu 2018!). From friends, to celebrations, to good food, joyfilled reunions, and lots of laughs in between. Here are a few quick snapshots of life lately:
Grandmother's recipe for Buckeyes- the best! similar recipe HERE

love this faithful friend! Abby, you're a gift! 

and the best dance partner too!!

Cruisin' into 2019


Came prepared with lots of books. Check out previous post to see what I've been reading this month. Do you have any good reads to start off the New Year?! I'd love your suggestions!




this team! Love these ladies!

Favorite mid-day stop!! 
2nd favorite mid-day stop!




They let me third wheel - 52nd Anniversary lunch


No matter where we are in the U.S, you'll probably find us here!


Once flu 2018 passes over (quick- get a flu shot on your way to grab your last minute gifts if you haven't yet!), some homemade chocolate chip cookies and cocoa are the plan. Thankful for this time to rest and reflect on 2018 and to celebrate friends, fam, and most importantly this advent season and the birth of our Savior. Hope it's been a great December. Merry Christmas, friends!



Saturday, December 8, 2018

December Reading List


There is nothing better than a sparkling evergreen candle, twinkling Christmas lights, a cozy cup of coffee, and a good read. These are the books I'm reading this December, and I want to know what you're reading too!

1. The Nesting Place:


Love this book! (and the semi- sequel Cozy Minimalist Home is on my wishlist!) I love reading Myquillyn Smith's stories on simple decor ideas, creativity, and that it's not all about perfection. This book is one of my all time favorites.

2. I'm doing some traveling this December, and ordered these two since there will be limited internet access (🙌) for a few days! I'm so excited to unplug,  and dig in. (Have you read these? Let me know your thoughts!)




3. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality


Wow, this book is too good. I had a friend send it to me on Audible this past week, and I had all intentions to listen to it while traveling. However, I started it a bit early, and couldn't stop. I'm about a third of the way through, and now wish I had it in hard copy too. So much wisdom here- get this book, friends!!

Any books you're reading or some that are on your Christmas wishlist? I'd love to hear! Happy weekend, friends!


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Advent- Home Sweet Home: Intentionality (& Cozy) in the Everyday


Waking up this morning with a happy, full heart! (& pot of coffee)


Last night, we gathered together all of our things and had the best night decorating for Christmas. Advent season is the sweetest as we watch the way Jesus came, lived and loved, and remember the reason for the season - Emmanuel, God with us.

Paint a wreath on canvas, and add a classic red bow for an easy indoor project! You can switch bows out seasonally
In the midst of busy, it is so good to be home and mindful of simplicity and joy.

The first of many Hallmark movies + mugs full of cocoa (all month long) 
A collection of Christmas cookie cookbooks make for a simple kitchen centerpiece

Bandit may actually be my favorite Christmas decoration


My Grandmother quilted/sewed this advent calendar for me this year and filled it with sweet treats each day! Love that I get to treasure this for years to come!!

Filling glass flower vases with inexpensive Christmas ornaments is an easy way to add some sparkle to a cozy corner! Chalkboards add a personalized, handmade touch! 


Cocoa cheers to you!! I'd love to hear some of your favorite Christmas crafts, decor tips, and memories!


Advent studies:
IF Advent Study (sent to your email!)
IF Emmanuel Study
Paul David Tripp Advent Devotional 



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