White Peppermint Hot Cocoa

It’s definitely getting colder outside. That means it is time for all of the hot beverages! And hot chocolate is always a winter weather necessity. Here’s a spin with White Peppermint Hot Cocoa. I have been told that I am not truly a chocolate fan if I like white chocolate, but I do. I like dark and semisweet as well. And to mix it up a bit, I like to throw in some white, what can I say? And with Christmas right around the corner, you are almost obligated to add in the peppermint flavor as well, right? Continue reading “White Peppermint Hot Cocoa”

The perfect Christmas tree?


“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!”


~Charles N. Barnard


I honestly get sad whenever I see a “perfectly” decked out tree. You can tell that every bulb has been meticulously placed, perfectly matched, and someone has a fit if anything looks out of place. It doesn’t feel as magical to me because the focus is one the perfection and not the sentiment.

I remember that my dad was very meticulous with our tree, but nothing was perfectly matched. We had an eclectic set of ornaments from random purchases to handmade by us kids. His artistic sense just wanted there to be some kind of balance to the tree, but it was purely done with love. We learned to love it just as much. And nothing was more perfect to us than our eclectic Christmas tree. We set it up together. What about your tree? 

One of the most glorious messes in the world…


“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”


~Andy Rooney


As soon as I saw this, I was transported back in time to my childhood. We always had to do a massive clean-up before Christmas Eve. My father would meticulously set up the presents under the tree. We weren’t allowed to touch them in the morning outside of peeking at tags along the edge. But then we would dive in to our unwrapping and rotation and the stuff would go everywhere. At some point, of course we had to clean it up, but it was more fun to let it all set for a while. As we got older, that mess became less and less until it became a distant memory with a bit of nostalgia. You can’t get that back. So grit your teeth and enjoy the mess while it lasts. You’ll miss it when it’s gone.

Interview with Samantha Durante, author of Stuck

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to another stop on the tour for Stuck by Samantha Durante! Today she tells us a bit more about her books and the writing process, as well as sharing a tender and heartbreaking time in her life. Please enjoy this interview and check out the whole series! You can also read more from her over at one of my other sites, Andi’s Young Adult Books, about creating these amazing covers. Please leave her comments and more questions! Continue reading “Interview with Samantha Durante, author of Stuck”

My idea of Christmas…


“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”


~Bob Hope


I love Bob Hope. I grew up watching him on TV and in movies as a family favorite. My parents really admired him and passed that admiration on to me and my sister. And I just love this quotation from him. The true meaning of Christmas is all about love. That’s something that hasn’t changed over time and never should change.