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The Holidays are for Family Time

From the desk of: Melanie Oliveira 

With the holidays fast approaching, there is one big, important aspect that sticks out in my mind: family. Amid the craziness of the season, it is important to remember that the best part of the holidays is spending quality time with those you love. It’s a wonderful opportunity to disconnect with everyday stresses and reconnect with what life is really all about; friends, family, love, and spreading warmth and smiles. Often times, the people you look forward to seeing over the holidays are people that you love but you don’t get to see often. For my family, the person we are most looking forward to spending time with is my brother.

Spending time with family creates positive energy, which is enhanced by even the simplest holiday traditions. Our favorite holiday tradition is making breakfast all together, before we even open gifts. This will be our first holiday with my brother as a member of the United States Navy and we are so lucky to be able to have him at home with us. My younger brother joined the Navy right out of high school. He left for boot camp in February and moved to Florida immediately after. We are so proud of the man that he is becoming, but we miss him like crazy! It has been quite the adjustment living at home without him, but luckily we have technology like FaceTime to keep in touch.

Before my brother joined the Navy, I never knew how strong the members of military families were. Loving someone in the military is not an easy job. Thousands of people across the United States are in the same boat as my family and I. These families are missing their loved ones as they serve our country and are always praying that they return home safe. Unfortunately, some families are not as lucky as mine and their loved ones will not be returning home for the holidays. Those families will be missing their loved ones as they participate in their own holiday traditions, but they will also be creating new ones.

With that in mind, as family and loved ones surround you this holiday season, try to remember the ones that are less fortunate than you. Keep in mind the families that are missing a loved one, whether they are in the military or elsewhere.

To everyone that is serving or has served: Thank you for your service!


Holiday Feels

From the desk of: Phoebe Allen

Holiday seasons is by far my favorite time of year.  I also happen to love winter, I know I am crazy, but it makes this time of year that much better!  Lights glowing along streets, people bundled up, fuzzy blankets, red wine… so much to love.

Decorating for this time of year is also truly wonderful.  I love walking around the stores and seeing their window displays.  I also love a good holiday party… and of course decorating for a holiday party.  Weather you are decorating your home for your own enjoyment, or having friends and family over, you will find some great inspo below!

Table Decorations:  I am really into making your home feel cozy and warm and I love the deep darker tones to bring this table to life.

Love the pinecones in the floral…


Food and Beverage:

Make your own marshmallow decor!

Mulled wine is always a crowd favorite.  Check out this recipe.

White chocolate and dark chocolate chips, mixed with chopped up peppermint sticks makes for a great table snack.