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A Time to Celebrate – Healthy Holiday Treats and More

(Last Updated On: December 12, 2019)

Natural holiday DIY decor, healthy holiday treats, festive holiday separates and pretty party DIY nail ideas

Edition #5

We know that when the holidays roll around we’re going to eat more than we typically would or should. It’s hard to get around that fact. But, it’s fun to indulge a little and just let ourselves enjoy the tastes as well as the sights, sounds, and scents of the holidays.

In this 5th edition of A Time to Celebrate, we’re going to celebrate some healthy holiday snacks and treats. Because, well…why not?! These may not be considered diet food, but the ingredients are good for us for the most part, and they are quite yummy. Works for me. 🙂

You might find inspiration for your holiday celebration styles with DIY ideas, simple ones, for your nails. And, I’ve found some really lovely festive separates, too.

I’ve always loved using natural elements in holiday decorating, so thoroughly enjoyed finding some simple, organic DIY decor for you.

A Time to Celebrate is a series of posts that help us plan for the holidays, and each edition highlights different themes. What better way to prepare for the hectic season than to gather and organize everything you’ll need in advance before the schedule gets away from you.

I’ve created four categories, the four F’s, that will be the foundation for this series of posts.

What are those fabulous F’s?

  • FITNESS
  • FASHION
  • FOOD
  • FESTIVITIES

Each post will cover these four themes and offer suggestions for staying fit through the holiday season, treating ourselves well, looking lovely, dressing for the occasion, yummy recipes for celebrating with family and friends, and the best holiday decorating ideas I can find!

So take a few minutes to relax, reboot, and see which of these ideas checks off a to-do on your list!

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Fitness & Beauty: Festive Holiday DIY Nails

Easy and festive DIY holiday nails
fitness and beauty for the holidays

It’s been years since I took the time to keep my fingernails polished with any regularity. The toes? Yes, especially since I wore nothing but sandals or flip flops for 13 years in Florida.

So it was really kind of fun for me to research some simple and easy holiday DIY nails. For those of you who want a special look but don’t care to spend the money at a salon, check out this video (or click on the link) with four creative and pretty looks from our friends at Cosmopolitan:

I decided to give one of the nail techniques a try. It has probably been a year since I last polished my nails. So…I went all out and did both the fingernails and toenails with a red base, then a gold glitter tip. It was fun and I’ll enjoy them for the next couple of weeks. 🎄

Happy Holidays from Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger

Fashion: Festive Holiday Separates

festive holiday separates

I love the idea of wearing separates to a holiday function. Why? Well, it’s pretty easy to take a simple pair of black pants and create something shimmery, sparkly and beautiful with a holiday top, accessories and jewelry.

Leave the flats at home and wear pumps, mules or boots to level up your look.

And, the ability to mix and match is always a plus. Why have one outfit when you can enjoy 3 or 4 by swapping out the tops, bottoms and blazers/cardigans/vests.

I found some really lovely, festive and classy separates from our friends at Dillards this week. Click on any image for item details:

Cowl Neck 3/4 Sleeve Beaded Scallop Hem Blouse $99
Metallic Knit Ruched Cowl Neck 3/4 Sleeve Blouse $129
Stretch Velvet Beaded Brooch Long Sleeve Blouse #129
Mandarin Collor 3/4 Sleeve Twin Set $139
Stretch Velvet Wide Leg Pant $79
Chiffon Pull-On Midi Skirt $79
Cropped Wide Leg Pant $79
Chiffon Wide Leg Pant $69

Food: Healthy Holiday Treats

healthy holiday treats

Yay for the fun we have with family, friends, and others during the holiday season. And, most of the time our celebrations revolve around food.

If you want to enjoy, but not totally overdo the fun, here are just a few of the many healthy holiday treats I discovered at Pinch of Yum:

Sea Salt Dark Chocolate bars, healthy holiday treats, from Pinch of Yum
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bars
peanut butter cookie dough bites from Pinch of Yum
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
healthy holiday treats from Pinch of Yum
5-Minute Single Serving Apple Crisp

Festivities: DIY Decorating with Natural Elements

I’ve always loved using organic elements in decor, particularly during the holiday season. Our friends at Midwest Living offer these simple DIY ideas, plus lots more, for your creative side!

Natural DIY holiday decor from MidwestLiving.com
Bring a woodland scene inside. Gather bare branches from the garden, and arrange them in a narrow glass vase filled with artificial snow. More “snow” (cotton tufts) drifts on branches. Cardinals alight as if to gather the bright berries that we cut from faux sprays and wired on. Give the birds another landing spot with a nest on the sill.
 DIY holiday decor using green apples, jars and candles from MidwestLiving.com
Green apples are the perfect hue for an easy Christmas display. Fill a glass jar with apples; mix in loose greens for a wintry feel. Place container on a beveled edge mirror (that serves as a table runner). Fill in with additional greens, ball ornaments and candles of different sizes.
 Beautiful and festive DIY holiday decor from MidwestLiving.com
Start with cylinders of varying heights. Place red flowers, such as roses and amaryllises, and greenery in a metal flower frog. Attach the frog inside the cylinder using double-sided florist’s tape. Cover the flowers with water, float cranberries on top and place a floating candle amid the berries. Change water daily. The piece should last up to seven days.
 Simple and organici DIY holiday decor from MidwestLiving.com
Sprigs of evergreens fill a collection of plain glass vases for clearly inspired decor.

Read all of the editions of A Time to Celebrate:

Next time you’ll discover some sneaky but effective ways to burn off extra calories (we all need that during the holidays!), some special holiday makeup looks, beautiful holiday appetizers and more!

Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger


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