7 Small Things to get into the Holiday Spirit

I’ve been a Christmas girl as long as I can remember. December is truly one of my favorite months (behind October, obviously), and Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days (behind my birthday, obviously). But this year just feels…weird? As much as I love this season and my decorations that have been up since mid-November, it just feels a little bit harder to feel the joy right now (and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling that).

With the pandemic, social distancing, and just the lack of “normal” traditions, I’ve been trying to find small ways to feel merry & bright during an otherwise bleak and sad Christmas season. Below are some of my holiday simple joys I’ve been enjoying this month. While this year is far from normal, hopefully you can find some sparks of hope, happiness and joy too. (And just a reminder: whatever you’re feeling this season, your emotions are 100% real and valid. No need to feel guilty for not feeling joyful right now. Allowing yourself to just be is valuable, too.)

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10 Summer/Quarantine Reads

Hello fellow book lovers. It’s been a while since I’ve done a book roundup (see past ones here & here), but I figured with the start of summer (and quarantine still going strong), I’d provide some reading recommendations for your consideration.

A few notes: My genre of choice is psychological thriller (lol I know, probably a surprise to some of you), but I tried to include some other genres to round it out. I’m also a big advocate of Good Reads, mostly because it helps me keep track of everything I’ve ever read (so it’s easier to do these types of things!) & everything I want to read (100+ books on my want-to-read list). And finally, obviously most libraries are still closed, but you can borrow ebooks via Overdrive through your local public/school library, which has been my personal lifesaver. And with that, here are my book recommendations!

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Likes & Favorites: Quarantine Edition

Hello and welcome to Likes & Favorites: Quarantine Edition. For those of you who are new around here, Likes & Favorites is a category of Ampersand where I round up all the things I’m liking (and, you guessed it, favoriting). You can find all my Likes & Favorites from over the years right here.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these so it’s long overdue. I’m here to make your quarantine easier/more enjoyable with the roundup of some of my favorite things below. Every item on this list I personally love and have recommended to people (multiple times). Enjoy~

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