Spread Kindness at Christmas

There are times of the year that elicit feelings and thoughts from people. I believe that THIS time of year is one of those times.

Christmas time brings out feelings of love and kindness like no other time of the year. People call it holiday cheer. I call it awesome.

I seriously LOVE the way this time of year FEELS. There are decorations. Parties. MUSIC. Ohhh at the music. This stuff isn’t tied to any one specific moment in history or culture either. We blend so many traditions from so many cultures and smash it all together into the amazingness of this time of year.

Some celebrate the birth of Jesus. Despite there being evidence to suggest that he was definitely NOT born during this time of year, we can’t ignore the chosen time for Christians to celebrate that. The Celtic Yule celebration. Hanukkah. Kwanzaa. Winter Solstice. Did you know that we celebrate a PILE of holidays and events during the last 40 days of our calendar year? Yep.

THIS right here is why I won’t limit my greetings to others. THIS is why I bake non religious goodies to share. It’s NOT about Jesus for me or my family. We celebrate with traditional Christmas things. We share a love for Solstice festivities. I incorporate Yule traditions. The love I have for this time of year revolves 100% around the way this time of year FEELS.

As I sit here today, perusing social media while glued to the Hallmark Channel, I can’t help but be reminded of the diversity that surrounds this last month of the year. I am lucky enough to have my feet planted in an area that is even more diverse than most spaces. We see all sorts of fun. We get to soak up so many traditions that come here from across a very BIG globe. I can’t help but be thankful.

As we move forward toward the end of our calendar year, I would like to propose a challenge to anyone who has happened by my blog. Please just spread kindness. Hold doors. Smile. Send up well wishes.

None of that matters what religion you practice. None of it cares which holiday you are celebrating. Take this part of your calendar to make extra efforts for kindness toward others. Spread the magic of the holidays.

What are some of your favorite traditions during this time of year? I would love for you to share them with me in the comments if you are inclined.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts = YUMMY.

Today, I am sharing a recipe that I found which uses a food that I think gets a bad rap most days: = Brussels Sprouts. Countless commercials used Brussels Sprouts to depict torturing children. I used to hear how they smelled up your house. Made people vomit and lets not discuss what they supposedly do to your pee and poop! In any case, I broke down and roasted some up to give them a try. THEY. WERE. DELICIOUS…and now are probably one of my favorite veggies to chow down on. This recipe is tried and true so delicious that we even add it to our holiday table frequently.

It’s super easy and BEAUTIFUL to put on any table plus it tastes sooo good.

1 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled, diced into bite size pieces
1 medium onion, peeled, chopped into bit size pieces
1 lbs. Brussels Sprouts
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp. oregano
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil. Add potatoes, onions and Brussels sprouts to baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parsley, rosemary, oregano and salt and pepper. Mix until all vegetables are covered with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping half way through. Cook until potatoes are fork tender.

Serve over quinoa or wild rice for a complete meal idea.

Essential Oils. Pretty Darn ESSENTIAL.

Change of seasons is always a fun time for me. I just love the switch up of the weather. The new foods that grow. But I especially love the new scents associated with each new season and the essential oils that go along with them.

Winter brings earthy scents. Cedar. Fir. Evergreen. We crave feelings of home. Security. Grounding. Spring brings floral scents. With those scents comes images of new life, freshness, energy.Β  Summer always brings citrus and coconuts. We dream of beaches, sunshine and lazy evenings under the stars. Fall though has to be one of my favorite seasons, even in South Florida. Fall brings us all of those scents that remind us of family and friends. We crave feelings of connection. It brings us spices and richness. Cinnamon. Clove. Bayberry.

Big shout out to those of you heading into WINTER where you are. I haven’t had snow in my life in a pile of years. You can use these oils to warm up your life right now too.

In addition to the yummy smells, did you know that essential oils can help us sleep better, focus, reduce stress and even connect better with your guests at your holiday parties?

This Fall, bust out the essential oils. Spice up your home. Your office. Your car. Diffuse some atΒ  your next gathering too. Here are some of my favorite blended recipes for this time of year.

  • Blend 2 drops of Cedarwood and 2 drops of Bergamont for an earthy bit of comfort.
  • Blend 2 drops of Lavendar, 2 drops of Clary Sage and 3 drops of Bergamont for a relaxing evening, snuggled up with your favorite book.
  • Blend 1 drop of Cedarwood, 2 drops of Vetiver and 4 drops of Lavendar into your next hot bath. It will soak away your tired muscles and help you drift off into a blissful slumber.
  • Blend 2 drops of Wintergreen and 4 drops of Sweet Orange to help clear away a cold and quiet your cough.
  • Blend 3 drops each of Cinnamon, White Fir and Clove to fight off the chill. (THIS is actually one of my favorite blends for this time of year, even though it is typically 80 degrees where I am.)
All of these blends are great for diffusing, even in smaller spaces. And all are safe to diffuse around furry kids too.
Which scents are your favorites for fall? Let me know in the comments below.