Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Oh My...I've been away too long!

Hello....have you ever taken a vacation and need a vacation when you come back? Our family went away for Thanksgiving and I am just now able to sit down at my computer desk. We had such a great time, but I feeling overwhelmed ever since I have come back to town.... it;s like I am spinning in circles. Between two art shows, 1 home show, a gallery opening and the kids holiday practices we have been going non stop....oh my!! Plus throw in Christmas decorating...shopping and trying to get to all the holiday parties. The holidays are approaching soooo super fast this year....I can't get a handle on it...yes I need lots of help or maybe just some yummy hot chocolate cuz its also way to cold here...brrr!
Speaking of which I will pass on a super yummy recipe for those who love hot chocolate but dont like all the yucky stuff in it. This is a clean recipe....its very good and can be enjoyed by all!!
Mint Infused Hot Chocolate
1 mint green tea bag (you can choose decaf or regular, I use decaf)
1/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp light or amber organic agave nectar
Sprig of mint for garnish (optional)
For an extra treat you can add soy whipped cream :)
Enjoy and stay warm too!

We had a wonderful time traveling I even got my own special treat. I met a very special lady on the way out to Colorado. We swapped art and I am a very lucky girl to have an amazing piece and was able to chat for a while too....before we knew it, we had to go but talking was so fun and the 2 hours felt like 2 minutes. Thanks Laurie for a wonderful piece that I will cherish for many years to come. I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving. Laurie from Monkey Cats Studio is a terrific artist and you should put her art on your Christmas wish list....you will be collecting for years. Her art is timeless and her ability to bring the little fellas to life with such wonderment just puts a smile on my face. Ever time I walk by my guy I just giggle!! Be sure to check her out.....speaking of art we do debut more pieces on Spooky Time Jingles in just a few days, so take a peek on the 13th. It's free shipping too! Buying handmade is so great and supports us artists. Here is my treasure....
Colorado always makes me appreciate the earth around us. The mountains are just so breathtaking. We took hikes almost everyday and were doing things outdoors almost the whole trip. I did venture indoors and try something new.....hot yoga! Whoo-hoo! It was so hot 120 degrees in the room....but your muscles were so warm and I just feel in love with it. Then at the end the teacher comes around an hands you a ice cold washcloth infused with lavendar and lemon...so invigorating! I highly recommend it. A definite stress reliever if your feeling the holiday stress bug!!!

The whole family went back to our favorite spot...the ZOO! It's a zoo that's in the side of a mountain, a bit small, but so neat. The kids and I love it. They even have a ski/chair lift that takes you up the mountain overlooking the zoo and the view is breathtaking. It's called the Cheyenne Zoo in Colorado Springs...check it out if you are in the neighborhood. You can feed the giraffes and they come very close!!! We loved that...here is us having fun with the long neck creatures...
I hope Santa is reading this in his busy schedule and knows mommy needs a better camera to take better pictures...haha! Just had to put that in there ;) We had a great time with friends and it was a needed vacation for our family...plus gas was cheap...thank goodness! Even though I had to take work with me, I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to Kristen from Kristen Beason Designs for the blog award...your very sweet. She is another artist I have on my Christmas wish list. Her art is wonderful!!
Well, looks like I jammed packed this post like all the other holiday craziness in my house....I hope you enjoyed our adventures! I will post an update before the 13th for Spooky Time Jingles. Stay warm and give to those who are in need this holiday season!


Lisa "Oceandreamer" S. said...

Hi Jackie,
I wanted to let you know that One World-One Heart will be happening again. Giveaways can begin posting in only 5 weeks. I so hope you'll be apart of it again this year and will help to spread the word!
Check out the new even blog:
I still treasure my win from you last year!!
Holiday greetings!

Lance said...

Sounds like you had a fun time. I've always dreamed of going to colorodo (and owning a Monkey-Cat piece!) You're very lucky.
I would be honored to be added to your blog list!

Jenn said...

I LOVE giraffes! I can't believe the kids are feeding them...what an experience!!!

Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family Jackie:) I'll see you super soon!! xox...jenn