Free Printable Winter Candle Labels

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As we travel deeper into the winter season it is becoming harder to discern 4 p.m. from 8 p.m. In years past, I would get home and turn on all of the lights in an attempt to expel darkness from our apartment. I felt like I was fighting a losing battle, so I decided to take a new approach this year. I tried dimming the lights, putting on warm slippers, and lighting a few candles around the house. Strangely enough, after a few nights I found I wasn’t dreading our dark evenings anymore. They became a time to slow down, snuggle under a blanket, and catch up on quiet activities. Ian and I read books, played guitar, and pulled out our board games.

Free Printable Winter Candle Labels | Holiday Gift Idea | Hostess Gift Inspiration | Christmas Party Favors | Christmas Gift Idea | DIY Christmas Gift

While I will always prefer the sun setting later in the day, I’ve found comfort in embracing the changes between seasons. Instead of gathering up our gear to play tennis after work, we enjoy time spent nestled within our apartment. To celebrate this change in mindset, I designed four printable candle labels. Placed on any store-bought candle, these labels add a boutique vibe to your home decor. Enjoy them within your own home, or use the labels to make an inexpensive, yet thoughtful gift to give a friend this holiday season.

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To use, please download the free printable winter candle labels and print on white sticker paper. Trim to size following the cutting guide, peel off the sticker backing, and place on your candle. Enjoy!

Month in Review: November, 2018

When you flip over your calendar to start a new month, you never truly know what life has in store. Notes are scribbled on various dates, reminding you of scheduled outings, but nothing is really set in stone. All it takes is one phone call, one moment, to make time stand still. Then all those notes on your calendar seem irrelevant and life choses a new course for your month.

November was one of those months where life took control of our schedule. A mere two weeks into the month I got a phone call that my grandmother had passed away. Even though she was 93 years old, the news of her passing came as a shock. My heart wasn’t prepared to say goodbye just yet, but it was healing to be surrounded by family as we celebrated her life.

Picking up the camera to document our outings slipped my mind this month, but I was able to find a few photos to share. First up is our visit to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. It was a brisk winter day, but Ian and I bundled up and walked along the winding trails. We came across ice covered ponds, a wigwam, and an observation tower that overlooked Lake Michigan. Seeing as the nature preserve is only a short drive away from our apartment, it was the perfect way to enjoy a low-key afternoon.

On another chilly afternoon, Ian and I drove to a new café/brewery in town, Vennture Brew Co. Being a combined brewery and café, Ian and I were both able to enjoy the experience. I ordered a pour-over coffee and Ian tried out one of their seasonal brews. I have a feeling we will become regulars!

November ended with a trip to parents’ house to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our stay was filled with playing games, decorating gingerbread houses, and meeting up with friends at Wollersheim’s Vintage Christmas. Spending time with friends and family was the perfect way to close out the month.

Interested in seeing a snippet from each day in November? Watch our Month in Review video below!

 

Cold Brew Cocktail

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We’ve entered the season of mulled wine and hot toddies, yet I’m posting a cold brew cocktail recipe. That goes to show how delicious this cocktail is! I just couldn’t wait to share it! Besides, I believe you can drink iced coffee all year round. There is no judgement over here!

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Snuggled under a pile of blankets with crackling candle lit on the mantle and this cocktail in hand, the bled of flavors almost tastes seasonal. If you still can’t get over the clinking of ice in your drink when it’s dropped below 30˚ outside, you can always enjoy it warm. Just Pin the original recipe to test out after all the snow melts. Enjoy!

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Cold Brew Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C. cold brew concentrate
  • 1 C. skim milk
  • 2 oz. baileys
  • 1 oz. caramel vodka
  • Ice

Directions:

  • Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake for 15 seconds then pour into a glass.
  • Serve with ice and enjoy!