Monthly Archives: December 2016

The End is Near

new year

This has been a very tough and emotional year. There has been too much sadness and confusion. Our world has dealt with hate, attacks, shootings, deaths and some strange elections.

Social media has played a huge part in this year. We have seen damaging hate spread everywhere, yet there have been overwhelmingly huge amounts of support for one other. We couldn’t be prouder of the people we follow on Twitter. They understand what is going on in the world and speak the truth, but there is always hope. There is always hope for our world and everything in it. You are our future and because of you, our future has hope.

Among all the negative things, some amazingly good things happened this year. Tumblr user helthehatter has compiled a terrific list ‘good things that happened in 2016’. Definitely worth checking out! Yes, it will make your heart feel all warm and fuzzy.

It’s almost time to get off this wacky, did that just happen, roller coaster ride called “2016”. In just a matter of days, 2017 will be rolling in.

Before you say goodbye, take some time to reflect on the year and ask yourself these #3 questions.

1. Did you accomplish your biggest goals this year?

When January 1st comes, we all set goals and we continue making goals all year. Completing a goal feels awesome, but we usually expect too much from ourselves. It can be impossible to do it all. Think about any big goals you conquered or meaningful accomplishments.

Think about the goals you made. Did you have too many? Did you finish them all? How can you change the way you set goals for next year? You are a human, not a robot.

2. Was there something you could have done differently?

Could you have spent more time with friends or family? Could you have handled a situation better? What did you learn this year? Think about how you will handle this in the upcoming year.

3. What are you most proud of from the year?

As you celebrate the new year, also celebrate you. Think about your achievements. Any and all of them, big or small. Did you get that grade or finally understand that math problem? Did you start a blog or make a new friend? Did you try something new? Whatever it is, you’re amazing and you should be proud of yourself.


We don’t know what 2017 brings, but I know we are ready. We will bravely face the new year, full of new possibilities.

Thank you 2016 for everything you gave us and taught us.

2017….bring it!

Dear Hope: First Kiss

Dear Hope,first kiss
I’m 15 and I haven’t had my first kiss. I would like to, but it hasn’t happened yet. My friends say I just need to get the first one over with. I’m not expecting fireworks but I want it to be special.
– Never Been Kissed

Dear Never Been Kissed,
Your friends are suggesting getting the first one over with, but It doesn’t sound like that’s what you want.

No matter what your friends say, it is up to you to know when you’re ready.

There is no first kiss timeline.

There is no rush to get it over.

Your first kiss will only happen once. Trust me, you will feel it and know when it’s the right time. Having a connection with the person you want to kiss will make it special.

Thank you for being brave and sending in your question.

Dear Hope

Our Favorites December

Before we talk about anything else, have you watched the Gilmore Girls reunion on Netflix yet? You know we have! Don’t worry, no spoilers here.

We love the Gilmore Girls! I think a lot of love comes from how much we can relate. It’s always just been my mom and me. We basically are the Gilmore Girls. We are super close and have very similar personalities and quirks to Rory and Lorelai.
We got to go back in Stars Hollow! They truly brought back everyone. Love that. Well, almost everyone. It was sad not to have Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann) there.

We would love to hear if you watched. What did you think? Let us know below in the comments.

Okay, let’s move on. The Gilmore Girls are great, but now on to December.

Well hello there December,
I love all the lights, music, and cheer that December brings. It also brings me frustration and exhaustion.

Why? (How sweet of you for asking!)

I work in retail and this is the time of year people start losing their minds. Okay, not everyone acts crazy, but the ones who do… watch out.

I’ve seen people go into full on monster mode over not getting a sweater fast enough or cheap enough. We all love cheap sweaters, but there is more to life! Here is my advice.

Go out and shop, but be nice to the person helping you. We’re all in this together.

Now a shout out to Veronica! Her birthday is on December 24th this month!

Happy Birthday, Mom! (show her some love in the comments)

There are so many things to love about December.

Here are some of our favorites.

Gabriella’s Fav Must See: Elf. Hilarious and adorable. A must see every December.


Veronica’s Fav Treat: Peppermint Crunch Cookie Dough Ball. This looks delicious! I love peppermint this time of year and I’m a sucker for cookie dough. It’s a win-win. It looks so easy to make. You can give it as a gift, take it to a party or just to share with friends on movie night.

Thanks for the recipe

Gabriella’s Fav Yum: Eggnog Milkshake! This tastes so delicious and is super easy to make. I cheat and use Eggnog ice cream. Put the ice cream, a little milk and a splash of vanilla in a blender. Blend until smooth. That’s it! Put the shake in a glass with some whipped cream, add a straw and enjoy.


Veronica’s Fav Drink: Hot chocolate. I love hot chocolate in the winter! When I’m all snuggled up watching a cheesy movie it tastes even better.

Our Fav Jingle: Winter Wonderland. Andra Day does this awesome version.

Have a holly jolly December!