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"Hold fast to life and youth."
~ Elizabeth Arden
tonight's pick-me-ups

Things we're doing to unwind and get cozy before bed tonight: 

🎄 Fa-la-la-lowing online. This is the year we embraced virtual gatherings, and the annual holiday party is no different. Keep the festivities going with fun dress codes, recipe swaps, and pre-party door drop-offs.

🎥 Taking a break from holiday movies. Tbh we can only handle so many meet cutes.
Turn on the best documentaries currently on Hulu instead. We personally recommend RBG and Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie.

🛏️ Summoning our inner Joanna Gaines. In the 10th month of quarantine, your room deserves a makeover.
These rustic bedroom ideas are cozy and super easy to execute. Think wood signs and lots of tasseled throws.

🍸 Spritzing up holiday cheer.
Winter cocktails are warm and delicious! Try a twist on the classic with a Peppermint Moscow Mule or a Winter Citrus Sangria. #cheers

Greeting cards that perfectly sum up 2020 💌
mood: pinevia Pinterest
bedtime stories

Reads when you're up late anyway. Here are tonight's round-up for every occasion:

For when volunteering is the secret to good health ~ The season of giving not only comes from the heart, but it's also physically good for the heart: "Volunteers share a dirty little secret. We may start it to help others, but we stick with it for our own good, emotionally and physically. At the homeless shelter, I could hit my target heart rate packing 50 sack lunches in an hour to the beat of Motown music. And at the food bank, I could feel the physical and emotional uplift of human contact while distributing hundreds of gallons of milk and dozens of cartons of eggs during my three-hour shifts. When I’m volunteering, I dare say I feel more like 37 than 67 ... 'Compassionate actions that relieve someone else’s pain can help to reduce your own pain and discomfort.'"

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when you're at the 'let's get tested together' stage ~ Covid has brought with it a whole new set of relationships rules and stages of dating: "2020 was the year of the Zoom date. While virtual dates aren’t perfect substitutes for in-person meet-ups, seeing someone’s facial expressions helps you get to know them better, and gives you a chance to make sure you like their look — without having to worry about whether one of you is asymptomatic. [Damona Hoffman, dating coach] recommends keeping the first Zoom date to an hour to limit fatigue. She also suggests setting up no more than three virtual dates a week with the same person. 'If you space the interactions out over time, it builds anticipation, curiosity, and chemistry. Especially now when it can take a while before you see them in person.' If you’re worried about awkward pauses, consider incorporating activities such as trivia, Quiplash, or Netflix Party after your first one or two virtual dates to keep things fresh and fun."

 FASHION  For when it takes a pandemic to love sweatpants ~ The country's (apparently) most hated garment now feels like the closest thing to a hug: "As it turns out, desperate times will also do the trick. Nine months into the pandemic, sweatpants and other soft, stretchy loungewear have become a bright spot in America’s otherwise suffering apparel market. Slimmed down and rebranded as 'joggers,' sweats are now everywhere, targeted at people who might have turned up their nose at soft pants during the Juicy Couture days ... This cycle has repeated itself over and over again, with clothes from sports, manual labor, and beyond: People with cultural cachet decide to violate expectations by wearing something comfortable and casual outside of its normal context, some people get mad, and then everyone gets used to it."

 SELF  For when you don't have to work on yourself forever ~ Coming up with then committing to New Year's resolutions is a stressor you prob don't need right now. Another aim is to reach a point of contentment and just enjoy life: "Self improvement, personal development, inner work, spiritual growth — whatever you want to call it — can go from being a toolset reached for in times of need to projects that never end. People can get stuck in the personal development mindset, treating the 'self' like a block of marble that you can never stop chiseling away at. Then, ironically, personal development can become a way to avoid difficult feelings, distract from the truth of being an imperfect person, rob the joy from leisure activities that have nothing to do with being 'better,' and, ultimately, make us all less community-oriented — since we’re only gazing inward and not out."
sounds for sweet dreams
Kezia ~ megan fox

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Spreading joy with asks, gives, shout-outs, and suggestions from within our community. All submissions welcomed!

  • 🙏 "This may seem silly but thanks for the link about giftcards. I've been stressing out about what to get people and needed that reminder that they are good gifts lol"

last stop to dreamland

Gingerbread pancakes – it's a not like a regular pancake, it's a *festive* pancake.
via PureWow
Ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, buttermilk, molasses, egg, vanilla extract, and butter

Directions: whisk dry ingredients, whisk wet ingredients separately, combine, heat and butter up the griddle, pour batter, flip, stack, and make it snow with powdered sugar
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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