Friday Favorites: December

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The holiday season is here! And this month’s favorites are a little early, so that we can all rest, reflect, and enjoy Christmas next week. As I’ve reflected on past years and what matters in this season, I’ve cultivated a list of neat, simplified articles that I’ve found helpful to really be able to slow down and be present in this time. Plus a few delicious, festive recipes to complement any table. Enjoy! And Merry Christmas!


  1. Better Goal Setting with PowerSheets // I talk about these a lot, but they are truly a great resource to help cultivate what is important to you in the coming year and tending to those goals to make them happen. Messy, imperfect, real life action steps to get you started for an awesome 2017.
  2. The Power of Saying No – Merry Minimalist Christmas // Yes, it is okay to slow down and enjoy the season.
  3. Maintaining Balance with Food During the Holidays // It is possible to indulge in holiday eating and not ruin your diet. Also check out A Dietitian’s Advice for Stress-Free Holiday Eating
  4. No Meat Athlete Beginner’s Guide // Looking to get healthier and more fit in the new year? Small, realistic steps and accountability can help.
  5. The Helpful Guide to a Clutter-Free Kitchen // The kitchen is the hub of holiday gatherings. Plus all the cookies, treats, and meals to be made for a crowd. Keep things stress-free and simple with these easy tips.


  1. Pomegranate and Basil Bruschetta // Festive party appetizer and a fun flavor combination!
  2. Chickpea Avocado Breakfast Enchiladas // Feed a crowd fast and even the meat-lovers won’t notice it’s vegan
  3. 3 Ingredient Creamy Tomato Shells // Post-holiday cooking rut? Or end-of-year fridge clean out time? This is my go-to this month!
  4. Walnut and Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells // Beautiful enough for a Christmas dinner main entrée.
  5. Foolproof Vegan Applesauce Spice Cake // Healthier holiday desserts can still be a delicious treat.


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Simplify: Gift Giving

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I absolutely love this time of year. The food, the music, the decorations. It all makes me so happy. The only real issue that can overshadow it all is the obsession with STUFF. I love getting gifts. I love giving gifts. But I really do not enjoy the push for materialism and wish lists and consumerism that comes from this time of year. The good news is I’ve found a way to reduce the noise and enjoy the moments that matter. It is possible to simplify this season and the gift giving process. I shared a little on this last year in terms of gifting better, and as I’ve continued to simplify, the season has only gotten more joyful.

1. Love others. Spend time with family. With friends. Make new traditions with your neighbors or your kids or your core group of friends. Give the gift of time and memories that will last.

2. Focus on giving. Give to those who have big needs. And little needs. The things we don’t often see or think about. Refugees come into our cities with nothing. Homeless shelters get overcrowded when the weather turns cold. Our neighbors have needs that often go unnoticed. Go say hi. Bring joy. Bring blankets and shoes and grocery gift cards. Everyday items can be the greatest blessings.

3. Give the unexpected. Instead of heading to the mall to buy sweaters and electronics and toys, think outside the box. Give experiences. Give handmade. Give love.

In need of some simple gift ideas?

  • Simplified Planner or Recipe Binder // TODAY is the last day to order for pre-Christmas delivery!
  • 2017 PowerSheets // Goal setting isn’t just for New Year’s but it is a great time to start fresh and plan for a great year of intentionality and simplicity.
  • Handmade Treats // Check out this post and this post for some great homemade food gifts.
  • Gifts with Purpose // Check out companies that do more than just make profit, and give back in some capacity, such as Sseko or Noonday Collection.
  • Buy Small // Shop in your community, from small businesses, from people who are working hard to pursue their passions. I love Taylor Custer Jewelry, coffee from local shops, and friends’ home-based businesses. Send someone a hot meal from Chasing Food ATX, pamper someone with spa items from your local Mary Kay consultant, or gift a comfy tee from LulaRoe. With so many businesses like these popping up, there’s something for everyone on your list.


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Celebrate! December

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How is it already December? I feel like I say that every month, but with family in town, the Vegan Month of Food, and a busy work schedule, November just flew by. I am intentionally setting fewer goals for December, giving myself space to relax, enjoy the season, and focus on the things that matter right now. With so many ideas and projects and events happening in the coming months, it can be easy for me to go go go to get it all done now, but it can wait. January will have enough days to get it all done. Today is about Celebrating.

November in Review:

  1. Plan a date night (1. Plan for it) // It definitely felt strange but good to finally be back at our favorite date spot!
  2. Add new Celebration Nutrition clients (3. Grow it) // Lots of good things happening through November and December. Working to finish all of them well.
  3. Write every day. (3. Grow it) // Surprisingly, it ended up being easier to batch write a bunch of things this month, instead of a little each day, which is unusual for me. But at least the writing happened!
  4. Stick to Pilates 3 times per week. (6. Push it) // Daily walks/runs plus daily Pilates has helped so much this past month. Going to stick with it each weekday from now on.

December Goals:

  1. Host Girls Night Supper Club (1. Plan for it) // This is finally happening, and I am grateful for the women in my life that I get to celebrate.
  2. Relax and enjoy holidays at home (4. Schedule rest) // December’s focus is on celebrating people and events and real life. No getting stuck on the things we cannot change or influence. Let it go and Celebrate!
  3. Complete one food photography lesson per week (7. Capture it) // Nothing like the end of the year to finally crack down on this goal, but its written down in my planner each Monday, so it’s happening!

Let’s go make this last month of 2016 a great one! Happy Celebrating!