GUEST BLOGGER: Suzanne from S.HOPtalk

Little Tree, 10x10 matted fine art print
little tree matted fine art print

Hi everyone, it's me, Suzanne, from S.HOPtalk. It's such a thrill for me to join you all today. I hope all of you readers in the U.S. enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and that everyone is looking forward to a magical holiday season ahead.  

With two December birthdays in our household, and multiple Christmas gatherings to attend, I've had to develop a bit of a strategy over the years to keep my holiday stress in check--otherwise, I find myself grumbling about, rather than savoring, this time of year. With today being the unofficial kick-off of the holidays, I thought I'd share with you my personal guide to creating a blissful holiday season {I think Mrs. French would approve}.

Plan occasional escapes
Avoid the stress of doorbuster sales and crowds and instead pack a picnic and hit the park. Leftover turkey sandwiches, your favorite fixings, and hot apple cider...yum!

{ weekend getaway guide...} by you.

Take a trip down memory lane
Schedule an afternoon to look through all of your photos taken throughout the year and relive the fun again. Then, pick out your faves and create a photo book using one of several online services. I've made two Blurb books and was beyond thrilled with the coffee table book quality. Psst....these also make great gifts--your friends and family will be in awe and thanking you for years to come.

Click to preview book

Stock up on hot cocoa
I love my grande, decaf, non fat, light whip mochas, but there's something magicial about a hot cup of cocoa this time of the year. Top it off with some some freshly made marshmallows from Whimsy and Spice and you'll swear you're in heaven.

Pick 3 Marshmallow Sampler Packs

Shop in your PJs
Besides offering oodles of amazing artists and designers, sites like etsy and dawanda provide tons of shopping flexibility. Think: 24/7 access, no lines, no crowds, and the opportunity to support your favorite artisans--brilliant! A few of my faves include:

a little drop


wish ornament.

custom round initial
custom round initial

LEDGER craft notebook A5
ledger craft notebook

PETALS on cashmere

Set of 6 Red and White crepe paper nut cups
Set of 6 paper cups

Blooming Vine Scarf in Blue Velvet
blooming vine scarf

***Tip: If you'd like to keep some of your holiday $$$ local, check out Etsy's Shop Local feature, which allows you to narrow your search by specified regions. I've discovered some wonderful local artists with this tool.

And finally...schedule a weekly movie night
Cuddle up with your favorite people and indulge in some holiday classics {both new and old}. A few of my favorites include, Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually, It's a Wonderful Life, and Elf.

Do you have any sanity saving tips of your own for the tell! 

Thank you Mrs. French for inviting moi to guest blog in your oh-so-inspiring corner of the world. Warm holiday wishes to you all!!!