Sunday, December 21, 2014

Staycation: Scottish Christmas

A few times each year my dear friend Ashley and I have a staycation day. We both are small business folks and know it is important to have some R+R, even if you can't actually go away somewhere. We take a full day to recharge at home! We have grown this holiday and invited two more friends, Rachel and Nicole.

For this staycation, we had the theme Scottish Christmas. Ashley is a wee bit obsessed with plaid.

For our first breakfast, we enjoyed pumpkin french toast drizzled with maple syrup and fresh berries. We then went on a lovely winter hike, all dressed in cable knit sweaters, plaid and fun furry accessories. Ashley, you own more hiking accessories than the rest of us combined!

We listened to a nice Celtic holiday mix on spotify and got to gab and catch up. There is something special about hanging out with just the ladies!

Of course we were famished after our leisurely hike, so we came back to enjoy an appetizer of delicious cheddar and sour cream kettle chips while our second breakfast baked: individual mushroom, onion and cheddar stratas in the cutest little red ramekins that I found last holiday season on sale.

After second breakfast, Rachel worked her magic on my hair. We were doing a trial up-do for my upcoming nuptials. I can't believe she is able to do such wonderful things to hair without any formal training. I love the hair do she designed and can't wait for the real day (t-minus 8 days!).

Unfortunately Rachel wasn't able to stay for the whole staycation...she had to go after finishing my hair. Boo!

Nicole and Ashley introduced me to a fabulous new show called Miss. Fisher's Murder Mysteries, an Australian show that you all need to watch! It is available on netflix. Miss Fisher is a sassy, independent, wickedly smart woman who is a detective in Melbourne, Australia. She has the most fabulous outfits, hats and make up and if I could find her skin-care regimen, I'd follow it to the letter.  I would like to be her when I grow up!

While relaxing in front of the tube, we enjoyed a lovely little cocktail make with Crown Royale Maple Finished Whiskey. Truly a delightful cocktail!

Mostly it is just important to slow down once in a while, remember to relax and recharge to balance all of the hard work! Life is just too short.

We are actually going to kick of the new year with another staycation in January before the students get back. How wonderful is that? Our theme....chocolate and fur! We will drink hot chocolate with something boozy in there, wear furry hats and sweaters and do some spa therapy with cocoa butter. Stay tuned, this may be our best theme yet!

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