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Saturday, November 28, 2015

10 Ways To Level Up Your Hot Chocolate Game

Christmas has officially made it to the Marrott/Roberts household. We hold off until after Thanksgiving in order for each moment to run its course. So now that Santa has come down 34th Street we can begin!

I'm finally home for the holidays after 3 years and it's marvelous. Being away from my family on these special days was very difficult. I struggled to the point of tears. Traditions are very important to me. They represent unique and powerful memories. That's why they are traditions! Sometimes those traditions are lost with time, like how I'm watching my family grow out of Christmas pajamas (literally, figuratively, and financially lol). And sometimes we have kept memories alive by updating or performing them differently.

For example: My family does a lot of Christmas-related activities with hot chocolate around. Decorating, music, movie marathons, baking - you name it and there's probably a few mugs filled with Christmas cocoa. Back in high school I came up with the idea of Hot Chocolate Specials. Just something a little different to make things interesting. Regular hot chocolate is great, but Hot Chocolate Specials are just cool! It's like having a personalized mug filled with a warm hug and winter miracles. I might be going overboard, but I want to make sure you are getting the right imagery. This is just too good to miss! And it couldn't be any easier to make. Just grab a mug of piping hot cocoa, get creative with whatever you have in your pantry, and voila. Here's some ideas to get you started:

10 Ways To Level Up Your Hot Chocolate Game

  • Drizzle on some Caramel and Sea Salt
  • Sprinkle on Crushed Up Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • Stir in a giant scoop of Hot Fudge or Butterscotch
  • Give it a dash of Cinnamon or Nutmeg
  • Put in a few drops of Vanilla Extract
  • Add in some Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Melt in a couple of Candy Canes
  • Put Sprinkles on a big pile of Whipped Cream
  • Top with a Maraschino Cherry
  • Or do any combination of the above!

YUM. Man, it's good to be home! What family traditions has your family taken up a notch for the holidays? Tell me all about it! Also don't forget to sign up for my email list in the sidebar. I don't want you to miss out on anything new... *hint hint*

Saturday, November 21, 2015

OOTD: Boyfriend Jeans and Neon Heels

Boyfriend Jeans Sparkle Top Neon Heels Business Casual
Boyfriend jeans are easily my number one go to when I am choosing an outfit for any occasion. Blazers are a very close second, but that's for another time. When I'm in need of something sophisticated and comfortable boyfriend jeans are the perfect answer. Dressed up or down, they work in almost any situation.

As a case in point: Last Tuesday the band did a mini video shoot to promote the debut of our single,
About A Boy. Since we were shooting at home and since it was only a headshot I didn't need to focus too hard on the whole look. I put on a fun top with my jeans and called it good. 
Boyfriend Jeans Sparkle Top Neon Heels Casual
Boyfriend Jeans Leather Jacket Neon Heels Casual
SO easy. And I liked the outfit enough to wear it again the next day to a networking event. High Heeled Happy Hour (HHHH) is themed around ladies wearing their sweetest heels so I added the neon coral pointy toe pumps. They were such a hit that I won the shoe contest that night. Yay me lol. (If you're in the Northern Virginia area you should definitely check out HHHH! This is not a sponsored post, I'm just giving them a shout out because it really is fun times. And, hey, maybe we'll get to hang out.)

Qupid Neon Coral HeelsSo boyfriend jeans: yea or nay? Let me know what you think. And don't forget to sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar! There are lots of new things coming to Everything the Light Touches over the next few weeks and you won't want to miss it!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Playlist for a Bad Day

Shadows Bad Day Playlist
This has been a rough week. Getting out of bed hasn't been easy and it's been taking a lot of extra effort to just get the things done that I'm supposed to do. But I promised myself I would write a post this week. To make it a little easier I've got a new playlist for you - WOO! There hasn't been a playlist post on Everything the Light Touches in a while, and since I've got a couple new songs I'm dying to share, why not? 

I read a post the other day by Arishwarya from Mindscape In Words in which she describes how music has a magical ability to pick you up when your down. Or at the very least validate you, in my opinion. As this week has been so tough, I've turned even more to music (is that possible?) to make the passing of each day go a little faster. Here's my playlist for a bad day guaranteed to help you get through it:

I'm not a huge fan of Sam Smith's latest Bond song. How do you think it represents the franchise? Let me know in the comments. Also, despite this week, I will soldier on with some new content for you on the blog and on Instagram this next week. Be sure to check it out!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Harry Potter Costume Ideas

There are a few things that I would hope people come to understand about me (and Spencer):

1. I love dressing up, whether in costume or in pretty dresses.
2. Holidays are a hobby of mine.
3. Spencer and I share a deep love all things Harry Potter.

So given the opportunity to dress up as characters from Harry Potter for a themed mystery dinner as a Halloween event, you can pretty much guarantee we will be there!

This year the actual day of October 31st was uneventful, in terms of the usual holiday traditions. But last week we made a mad dash for Charlotte to visit friends and celebrate HP style. Broad Run High School's Homecoming was Friday night, and since I wanted to attend the game we waited until early Saturday morning to make the 7 hour trek. The drive down was easy, but we barely got a chance to rest as we helped finalize details for the party.

Spencer was cast as Gilderoy Lockhart for the night, which I thought was too perfect. He even printed headshots to bring to the party and sign for people. I was Professor Trelawney. I mean if I wasn't Hermione, was there any other choice?? The party was complete with a Honeydukes candy table, butterbeer, and we even "ran" through Platform 9 3/4 to get to Hogwarts. AWESOME.

I won both trivia contests, one for flavors of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and the other for guessing the names of the characters present. Spencer and I were both voted for best costumes and character portrayals. We really had a blast. Waking up the next morning to come right back to Virginia was pretty rough, and we probably won't make a similar trip ever again, but we did enjoy ourselves. Chelsea, Jack, and their friends were such a great group.

The rest of our Halloween activities were pretty low key. We attended the ward party as a princess and a medieval druid. Sadly we took no pictures that night. For actual Halloween we got dinner from Chipotle since they were giving away free burritos if you came in costume. Dressed in puffy vests, a tiara, and an Ash Ketchum hat we were apparently festive enough for cheap dinner. Then we volunteered for candy duty so my parents could roam the neighborhood with my sisters. We rotated turns playing N64 games and answering the door with Loren.

So maybe Halloween wasn't so simple. Either way I can't believe October is already over. Where has the time gone?!

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Kristyn here. I'm really good at Googling, dreaming, and thinking outside the box. Someday I'm going to save all the puppies and perform on a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float.

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