300 followers + Christmas giveaway!! *Confetti rains on us all*

Hello lovelies! Happy December! How are you? I hope you’re doing fantastic 🙂

Today I’m back with a long awaited post, my 300 followers giveaway! I was going to do a fall post but then I didn’t reach 300 followers early enough and life got busy so now, we get a Christmas giveaway! And it’s close to Christmas so even if it doesn’t get to you by Christmas, its’s still wintery things that you can enjoy all winter long 🙂 I will be giving away a pair of fuzzy socks, a crushed candy cane scented candle and hand cream, and 10 chocolates. Plus I will be writing a personalized letter to the winner and adding in a fun Christmas themed letter to the giveaway! I’m super excited for this giveaway and I can’t wait to see who wins!

*The lights are not included 😉
these smell so good, just like a candy cane 🎄
smells just like a candy cane 🤩
these socks are so fuzzy and warm! Plus they have the grippy things on the bottom so you don’t slip!
AHHH these chocolates are my favorites! They’re a mix of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate-yum!

Much to my disappointment, hosting an international giveaway was not in my budget this time so this is limited to my US friends. I’m so very sorry to all my international’s buddies, believe me when I say if I could make it international in any way possible I would!

-Before you enter, make sure you ask your parents if you are under 18, as I will be shipping this to you and will need your address!

Enter the giveaway here!

The giveaway will run from today, December 6th, to December 14th and I will randomly select a winner as soon as it ends! Best of luck and also, this is my first giveaway so if you notice something I missed, let me know please!

Thank you and have a lovely Sunday!

xx, Jasmin

Mug review and my favorite hot cocoa recipe! *cue the Christmas tunes and posts*

Hello! How are you doing today? I hope your doing amazing, and guys: guess what?! It’s officially socially acceptable to start celebrating Christmas!! I may or may not have been celebrating Christmas since the beginning of November, I’ll let you decide what to believe 😉 In my opinion, Christmas only comes once a year and its the best holiday so why not go all out?

Today I’m back with a super fun and exciting post, and it’s also special because its my first Christmas post of 2020! I know your reader is probably full of Christmas posts so if you’re reading this, thank you very much, I appreciate it ❤

The wonderful Shellea from shelleaandscout over on Etsy kindly agreed to send me a mug in exchange for a blog post and man am I excited for this post! I chose a Christmas mug with this post in mind and the mug Shellea sent me was PERFECT! She sent me the Merry Christmas mug, which is one of my favorites from her shop. Check it out here!

The mug is the perfect size in my opinion and is so fun to drink hot cocoa out of. It’s this really festive red color and says Merry Christmas with some cute little stars around it. The design is made of permanent vinyl so it is completely dishwasher safe although Shellea recommends hand washing so it holds up longer. My mug was put in the dishwasher (unknown to me) on the top rack and held up wonderfully, without any of the vinyl starting to peel or anything!

Next, let’s move on to the cocoa recipe! This cocoa recipe is my family favorite, with it being passed around from one of my cousins and now its a family tradition to make for Christmas movie nights! This recipe originally comes from a Taste of Home magazine, published in 2008 but it’s been altered a little by my family and cousins 🙂

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 tsp almond extract
  • marshmallows and whipped cream (optional)

The recipe:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • marshmallows and whipped cream (optional)

Heat milk, water, and vanilla and almond extracts in a medium sized pot. Add in other ingredients, mix it up, and let warm until your desired heat! Top with whipped cream and marshmallows and enjoy!

Next, I poured my hot cocoa into my lovely mug and I took some adorable Christmas photos that I’m quite happy with 🥰 Here are my favorites!

*These photos are edited with a filter so this is not the true color of the mug, the actual color is brighter. You can see the true color in Shelleas picture on her shop.
So very Christmas-y!!

Ahhh I love those photos! So Christmas-y and they definitely help me get into the spirit ❤ Overall, I give this mug a 10/10. I don’t have any complaints and I adore it for drinking my cocoa out of! It also works really well for taking super cute Christmas photos! A huge thank you to Shellea for sending me this mug, I appreciate it so much! Make sure to check out her shop, her mugs are priced super reasonably and I highly recommend.

Thats all for today! I hope you enjoyed this post, I sure enjoyed writing it for y’all! How are you preparing for Christmas if you celebrate it? If you don’t celebrate Christmas what are some fun things happening in your life soon? Do you call it hot cocoa or hot chocolate? Do you have a Christmas mug? I recommend buying one from Shellea if you don’t 😉

xx, Jasmin