It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Cliche–but I really do love Christmastime SO very much! The sights, the sounds, the feelings, the activities, and—oh yeah—the tastes!!! I just adore the seasonal drinks and goodies that you don’t have to feel bad about indulging in this time of year.
When we were in Sams Club recently I noticed this fun Christmas Gift Starbucks display–I thought it would make an adorable gift for a coffee lover! I love getting Starbucks Lattes every now and again as a special treat while we’re out and about. I just tried their new Carmel Brulee Latte and oh my soul….sooooooo good!!!
On our going-back-to-college budget, however, Starbucks really is just a special treat-and I normally brew my own coffee at home each morning. When I saw that Starbucks also had a new Holiday Blend and Sam’s was selling a 28 oz I wanted to try it out! I’d never brewed Starbucks at home and was looking forward to seeing if I’d like it or not. I’m especially picky when it comes to my coffee at home so I like to spend a little more on great coffee-especially knowing I’m saving a bunch of money by brewing it at home rather than buying fancy lattes all the time! I tried the Starbucks Holiday blend in the morning with breakfast and really did love how it tasted-it helped me get ready for a busy day!
Holiday decorating is a lot of work–but I after doing it for many years I have a few tricks up my sleeve to try and make it a lot of fun and a little bit easier!
Tip: Store your Christmas Decor in Red or Green Tubs. It will keep your decor dry & safe and be easy to find each year (even if you’re living with most of your things in storage-like we are!)
I decided that we would wait until Tyler was napping in the late afternoon to decorate. That way Amber could help and have the joy of it and Tyler could enjoy it *after* the work was done and all the breakables were high out of reach! I knew it was going to be a big job so I decided that a treat might be in order! While we were pulling out everything I got the coffee brewing!
For our treat I picked up these super oh-so-delish looking Artisan Fresh Cinnamon Crunch Muffins from Sam’s Club. I didn’t even realize that Sams sold baked goods–let alone ones like these! Originally I was looking to purchase Cinnamon Rolls but when they didn’t have those in stock (pretty sure that they were all gone because everyone bought them all!) I opted for these instead!
Amber loved getting to help me with both of the trees! Since we’re staying with my in-laws right now it was a lot of fun getting to set up a whole new set of decorations and admiring how adorable they all were!
Tip: Pack all your Christmas Books, DVDs, and CDs in one specially marked bin. Pull it out first so that you can listen to the music while you’re setting up the rest of the decor!
One thing that I love about Starbucks Holiday Blend is that it’s the kind of coffee that makes the whole kitchen smell good while it’s perking. As soon as I heard it finish I hurried over to pour myself a mug and we decided it would be a good time to rest and have a little afternoon pick me up!
Although Amber’s a wee bit young to share a cup of coffee with me (that’s not to say that she hasn’t snuck some on her own….maybe more than once…much to my chagrin, but I digress) She was SO excited about having the muffin as a special treat! Just look at how HUGE it is!
Mmmm….a cinnamon muffin and a mug of coffee–a little piece of Christmas Bliss! It was interesting seeing how different the coffee tasted when paired with a Cinnamon Muffin–the flavor of the muffin really brought out the complementary notes in the coffee and made it taste a lot spicer–and by that I means spices like ginger, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, cloves–not the spicer of a Mexican food variety! The special treat to accompany the decorating was such a hit I’m sure we have a new Christmas Tradition in the making!
Tip: Top off a day of decorating by snuggling up to a favorite Christmas Movie! Here are just a few of our favorites!
Do you have any great tips on easy Christmas Decorating or fun, special traditions?! Let me know in the comments!
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