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Baby, it's cold outside

     When snow has decorated the ground and bright lights are hung we crave the comfort of warmth.  One can find warmth in the form of clothing, foods, or spirit.  Christmas time offers us many ways to satisfy that craving whether it be fashionably, feelgood or fireside. Tis the season!

Sugar & Spice

     Baking will not only get your home toasty, but will spread some holiday cheer to those who consume your goods.  Although it is surely a challenge to maintain a healthy diet during the holidays, you can find some sweet recipes that'll leave you guilt free.  A personal favorite of mine that is low calorie and adds festivity to any Christmas cookie platter is the corn flake wreath.  Check out that recipe here http://www.food.com/recipe/christmas-cornflake-wreath-cookies-153446   In my family we just make one large wreath on our cookie platter and then place the other cookies in the middle of it.  You can also take a peek at this blog post for more healthy recipes.  http://wholenewmom.com/recipes/holiday-recipes/30-healthy-christmas-cookies-healthy-cookie-recipes/

Fur-ocious style

     Lucky for us, warm can be super trendy and stylish this season in the form of fur.  Fur is an eye catching material to add to your closet that is versatile in that it comes in many different pieces, hues and textures.  This winter we are seeing a lot of fur in the forms of vests, coats and stoles.  If you like the trend but are unsure how to make it your own check out this blog post for some faux fur inspiration. http://www.divinecaroline.com/fashion/whats-hot/winters-top-trend-faux-fur

Mad for plaid

     Another trend on everyone's radar this season is plaid.  No longer limited to flannel shirts, you'll find that you can dress this look up or down.  Whether your plaid piece be a scarf, dress or poncho, this look is great for layering.  All of those layers are sure to keep you warm and cozy.  It's great to keep in mind that it's okay to mix prints now too!  Search "plaid trends" on Pinterest to browse some different looks and products.

Sock it to em!

     Nothing is worse than cold feet in the winter!  To keep those gams and toes fashionably warm throw on a pair of knee high socks.  To some this trend may seem a bit risque, but when it's done right it can be super cute and make you look fashion forward.  It's all about balance, so make sure that the upper half of your body is conservative for a tasteful look.  Flip through this slideshow for some classy knee high inspiration.  http://stylecaster.com/knee-high-socks-outfit-ideas/

Warm hug in a mug

     Hot chocolate warms you from the inside out.  To fight the chill this holiday season there are a variety of festive drinks that you can make no matter the occasion.  For those extra cold nights a splash of alcohol will take off the edge.  Try one of these recipes from the Food Network with or sans alcohol to warm your soul.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-holiday-drinks.html

Eat, drink & be cozy this holiday season!