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How to Host a Virtual Ice Cream Social with Skinny Cow

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If I learned anything from last year, it’s that life is anything but predictable. Instead of setting new year’s resolutions, I set small goals for myself that are achievable. I’m working on small changes like reading before bed instead of scrolling on social media and putting more time into getting creative this year to make staying home as enjoyable as possible. One of the things I miss the most is hosting my friends for brunch and dessert parties. But there’s no reason the party can’t go on! Since we can’t gather together right now, I thought I’d put a virtual spin on a treasured classic party idea: the ice cream social! 

How to Host an Ice Cream Social

Remember when we were kids, and we’d have ice cream socials at school? It was a treasured memory and such a fun time with friends customizing our ice cream treats with all the toppings. With a few fun decorations, an internet connection, and a quiet place to enjoy your ice cream, you’ll be ready to host your own virtual ice cream party in no time! 

And if one of your goals this year was to make healthier choices, then you’re in for a treat. Thanks to Skinny Cow® Ice Cream, we can treat ourselves and satisfy our sweet tooth without hindering our health and fitness goals! The perfectly portioned Skinny Cow Vanilla Gone Wild Ice Cream Sandwiches are my personal favorite. You can’t go wrong with a classic flavor like vanilla!

Ready to put your hosting hat on and celebrate the indulgent moments with Skinny Cow® and host an ice cream social? Then, read on for all of my tips and tricks!

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50+ Cheesy Romantic Christmas Movies to Stream for Free

Love cheesy romantic Christmas movies? Have access to a few streaming services? You’ve come to the right place! I’m a huge fan of Hallmark and Lifetime romantic Christmas movies, and last year I could not get enough of them! This year, with even more Christmas movies to stream and plans to stay home for the foreseeable future, I couldn’t wait to dive in!

Romantic Christmas Movies to Stream This December | Seattle Lifestyle Blog

While the holidays might look a little different this year, I find that Christmas movies always bring a little cheer to my day. For a fun festive activity, consider hosting a remote Watch Party (Amazon, Hulu, and Disney+ offer this feature in-app!) with your besties or family this holiday season. And to save you some time in picking a movie, I’ve organized it by streaming service availability, included a quick synopsis with personal commentary, and a rating for each movie, too!

I hope you enjoy these movies and don’t forget to share this post with your BFFs who love cheesy romantic Christmas movies, too!

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How to Create a Cozy Reading Nook for the Holidays

There’s truly no place like home for the holidays, and as the temperatures drop, I’m most definitely craving all things cozy! During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there’s really nothing better than cozying up with a good book, sipping on something warm, and being in your comfiest of clothing. That’s exactly the reason I set out to create this cozy reading nook in my living room, all decked out with holiday cheer!

How to Create a Reading Nook | Seattle Lifestyle Blog

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Harlequin

Inspired by holiday classics and new releases from Harlequin books, I thought it was the perfect time of year to create a cozy reading corner in our living room! If like me, you’re feeling a bit stir crazy at home and are craving warmth, coziness, and the festive cheer that comes with the holiday season, then you’ll love having your own reading spot to do just that.

If you’re looking to cheer up your space and create a special reading corner this holiday season, or any time of year, then read on for ideas for your reading nook!

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Shop Local for the Holidays: 101+ Best Gift Ideas from Seattle Businesses + Makers

2020 has been a challenging year, and like everything else this year, the holiday season promises to feel different too. As holiday gatherings move virtually and annual traditions are adapted for the new normal, I encourage you to change up your holiday shopping habits, too! Now more than ever, local businesses need our support. Many of them have adapted to these trying times by offering shipping, curbside pickups, and delivery to make buying gifts from Seattle easier than ever. Why not shop local and get the best gift ideas from Seattle businesses this year?!

Best Gift Ideas from Seattle | Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide 2020

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That’s exactly why I wanted to lend my support to small businesses this holiday season. Not only here on the blog, but also with the holiday shopping I am doing, too. I know the holiday season is going to look different this year. However, I’m hopeful that by putting our dollars back into our local economy, we can help small businesses stay afloat.

If you’re trying to do the same and shop locally this holiday season, I’ve rounded up hundreds of gift ideas from Seattle for everyone on your list!

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13 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

It’s almost Halloween, and it sure feels different this year! We normally are anticipating upwards of 75 trick-or-treaters, but this year, we aren’t sure we’ll have any. Instead of our usual take-out and watching for trick-or-treaters routine, we’re planning a Halloween movie marathon at home instead! And of course, dressing up during a pandemic is a little different, which is why I was inspired to share these easy, budget-friendly last minute Halloween costume ideas.

DIY Bad Witch and Good Witch Halloween Costume

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

It can feel a bit pointless to put a ton of extra effort into the holiday this year. But, with Halloween parties moving to Zoom and virtual Halloween Happy Hours this week happening at workplaces around the country, I thought it would be fun to round up my favorite easy last minute Halloween costumes! Each of these costumes only requires a couple of items and most can be easily made from pieces you might already have in your closet!

As we navigate our new normal, I hope these ideas for last minute Halloween costumes are helpful!

Disclosure: While this post is not sponsored, it does contain affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, I may make a small commission at no cost to you. All opinions are my own!

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