Holiday Journal Prompts

Welcome, the the last day of the 12 days of blogmas. Todays post is great for a little self care activity this holiday season. Journalling is a great way to reflect on your life, reflect on yourself, and to express your thoughts. However journaling is often repititive when you only focus on what happened that day. These prompts can be used to discuss a different topic for the next few days. I hope you enjoy these!

1. What is your favorite thing about the holiday season?

2. Write down ten good things that happened to you this year.

3. Write a letter to someone that’s been on your mind this year.

4. Write down your goals for the New Year

5. What puts you in the Christmas spirit?

6. Write a short summary of this year. Was there moments you particularly enjoyed? Did you have any standout achievements or events?

7. What is the best gift you ever received ?

8. Are there any parts of the holiday season that you find particularly difficult? How do you handle that?

9. Write about how you feel waking up on Christmas morning.

10. Write about your favorite holiday activity. Why?

11. What is the best gift you’ve ever given to someone? How did it make you feel?

12. Think about last Christmas. Compare your life then to this years.

What are some prompts you will be using this holiday season in your journal?

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-Xoxo chana

Things I Love About Christmas

Hello again, welcome back to the 11th day of the 12 days of blogmas. Todays post is a list of things I enjoy about christmas. I hope you enjoy this snippet about me and get to know me a bit better 🙂

  1. Christmas Lights

I love seeing the decorate houses on my streets and even looking at the various light shows across toronto through social media. Growing up a highlight of my christmas memories is driving around downtown toronto and just the gta to look at the decorated streets and houses.  The creativity is so inspiring, and the light displays are just beautiful. The lights still are my favourite part of christmas 🙂 I the future I aim to be that house on the street with extravagant christmas lights.

2. Snow

Living in Toronto calls for snow in the winter. Every year I wish for a white christmas and it seems like this year that will be coming true. The forecast has snow on the radar tomorrow and I cannot be more happier (even today as I am writing this on christmas eve, it is snowing!!). This year I had many snowball fights with my dad and even built a snowman. Hopefully I can make another one.

3. Gift Giving

Nothing gets me in the mood for christmas like gift giving and seeing my loved ones open up presents. Even if I am not able to spend alot of money on presents I still give my immediate family presents even if its small. Also, typically every year I look forward to secret santa.

4. Christmas movies

I am a sucker for cheesy christmas movies. I started watching the cheesy hallmark movies back in early november. Nothing beats a christmas romantic comedy.

5. Christmas morning

I love the excitement of christmas morning. Waking up to smiles on my families faces and opening presents is definitely one of the highlights of every year. I love being in the christmas spirit.

What do you love about christmas?

-Xoxo chana

Holiday To Be Read

Welcome, to day 10 of the 12 days of blogmas! Todays post is a list of christmas / holiday themed books that I would like to read during my university break! I get basically 3 weeks and I want to try to read as much as I can! Without a further ado, here is my list of books to be read :

  1. The Twelve Dates of Christmas: Jenny Bayliss
  2. Dash and Lilys Book of Dares: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  3. The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  4. Mind The Gap Dash and Lily: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  5. Christmas at Rachels Pudding Pantry: Caroline Roberts
  6. One more for Christmas: Sarah Morgan
  7. Finding Love at the Christmas Market: Jo Thomas
  8. The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane: Jaimie Admans
  9. Winters Snow: Carrie Hope Fletcher

Are there any books you are interested in reading ?

-Xoxo chana

Budget Friendly Gifts

Welcome, to day 9 of the 12 days of blogmas ! These gifts are perfect for any one in your life. I really could see myself using and loving each and every one of these gifts, so I’m sure they’ll love them too!The price range of this list is perfect for any budget that you have in mind. So get settled and read 🙂

budget friendly (SAVE THAT COIN)

  1. The Five Minute Journal:

This journal is a great way for her to bring inspiration and motivation into her day. It’s allows you to reflect on each day and find ways to be more intentional about day-to-day activities. The prompts for each day is the same and perfect for getting a structure/routine to your day.

2. Bullet Journal

Perfect for someone who is looking to get into journalling or bullet journalling. This is my all time favourite notebook for bujoing and I cannot wait to get a new one !

3. Midliners

Some cool dual tip highlighters/markers to use while studying, planning or even creating your next masterpiece

4. Candles

Perfect gift to give a loved one or friend. Who doesn’t love a candle?

5. Papermate Flair Pens

Colourpen pens that are budget friendly are perfect for a stationary lover

6. Face mask / sheet masks

Perfect for a skin care lover or someone who could use some self care. I personally love clay masks.

7. A book

A stocking stuffer or even just a simple gift. A great way to unwind this holiday season.

What are some gifts that you are gifting this holiday season?

-Xoxo chana

shop local 2020

Hello, I am back with day 8 of the 12 days of blogmas. Todays post is all about local toronto businesses to check out either for general splurging or even christmas gifts. These items are perfect year round.

three ships beauty

a local toronto founded business that even went on the popular show dragons den. a natural skin care company that makes 100 percent affordable products for all your skin care needs. from cleansers, toners, serums to masks and more. all the goodies that your skin would ever need. a product that I would like to get my hands on soon is the detox green tea antioxidant clay mask which retails for $22.

devi wellness company

a local company of hand crafted skin care products. these products are made by a popular thamil blogger : modern day brown mom. her journey with natural products began with her childrens sensitive and eczema prone skin. soon she began to curate her own products. her products range from soaps, to masks and even lip balms. a product I want to try are her seasonal lip balms : holiday cookie, and hot cocao which are sold for $8.

If I happen to purchase any of these products I will update this post with my reviews. lets hope 2021 is the year I check out these brands.

-Xoxo chana

Reaction to Evermore

I almost missed day 7 of the 12 days of blogmas, oopss. But without further ado heres todays post :

I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan since, like, forever, practically since grade 2. I was jamming to t-swizzle at such a young age and will forever be a die hard fan of hers. I was so surprised when she dropped Evermore last week! I thought it would be fun share my thoughts on each song. This wont be my first time listening – ive had this album on repeat for a while

willow

“’im like the water when your ship rolled in that night // Rough on the surface, but you cut through like a knife”

This one is definitely a standout on the album, and I really like this one! It’s sleepy and mysterious, just like a willow tree. I didn’t really care for the music video, but I loved this song and is something you can bop along too. the melody is beuatiful

champagne problems

“Your mom’s ring in your pocket // Her picture in your wallet //You won’t remember all my
Champagne problems

The piano melody is really simple but pretty, and I like how the lyrics tell a vivid story. I really like the bridge. I read something that it was about a relationship where one is planning to end it and one brought a ring. The real question is who proposed to her

gold rush

And the coastal town we never found will never see a love as pure as it // ‘Cause it fades into the gray of my day-old tea // Cause it will never be

This one is upbeat and i really like the lyrics to this one. This song has been proposed to be about how she feels about fame. The song starts in a pretty melody, very much dreamlike as one’s becoming a celebrity. She even says: “So inviting, I almost jump in”. Then, Taylor snaps out of that utopia and criticize the seek for fame, or “gold rush”.

’tis the [darn] season

to leave the warmest bed I’ve ever known // We could call it even //Even though I’m leavin’ // And I’ll be yours for the weekend //’Tis the damn season

Thus has got to be my favourite off this album. Its edgy, mature and catchy. It’s about the same girl from a later song, dorothea, which I didn’t make that connection before and now it all makes sense. It is about what happens when Dorothea comes back from Hollywood for the holidays and rediscovers an old flame.

tolerate it

“I wait by the door like I’m just a kid // use my best colors for your portrait

As all Taylor Swift fans know, track 5 is always the most vulnerable song on the album, This song is about the continuous struggle of wanting love from someone who isn’t even paying attention to anything you do for them. A sad song but the story is very deep.

no body, no crime

no, no body, no crime // but I ain’t lettin’ up until the day I die

This is one of the weird tracks on the album. It is an imaginative take on Swift’s part on a true crime story, featuring HAIM band member Este Haim as the center of a missing persons case after being cheated on by her husband. This is one of the song that you need to let grow on you. The track itself is a return to Swift’s country roots

happiness

“I was dancing when the music stopped // and in the disbelief, I can’t face reinvention // I haven’t met the new me yet

Despite its appearance, “happiness” has a deceptive title. It’s a classic Taylor track about moving on from a decaying relationship, but acknowledging the bits of joy that existed within a more destructive, hurtful context. It’s ultimately a hopeful song—what was bad was also good at times, and there will be good things still to come.

dorothea

and if you’re ever tired of being known for who you know // you know, you’ll always know me.”

I like this one! It’s got a fun, playful tune that reminds me another taylor song. It is written and follows the same story line as ’tis the [darn] season (girl who left her small town to chase down Hollywood dreams). This song seems to be told from the point of view of an old hometown lover. This song is also rumored to be about her long time friend, Selena Gomez.

coney island

did I paint your bluest skies the darkest grey? /// did I close my fist around something delicate? // Did I shatter you?

This one was melancholic, sad, haunting and wistful. The imagery of this story is rich with bygone experiences, it evokes a heavy feeling of loss and nostalgia for a past relationship where effort was not equal from both sides. The lyrics are sad and regretful – “did i close my fist around something delicate / did i shatter you?” 

ivy

“my pain fits in the palm of your freezing hand // Taking mine, but it’s been promised to another”

This one tells the story of a married woman falling in love with a person who is not her husband, leading to an affair. Joyful, whimsical, lustful, upbeat. One of my favourites on the album.

cowboy like me

“takes one to know one // you’re a cowboy like me // never wanted love // just a fancy car.”

This one has a country feel to it, and reminds me of oldschool taylor. It is a country-style song reminiscent of Taylor’s early days. It tells the story of two people who fall in love through a cat-and-mouse fling. ah another fave.

long story short

“and i fell from the pedestal // right down the rabbit whole // long story short it was a bad time”

It is a brisk-paced overview of the public demonizations that Taylor has experienced since her feud with Kanye West in 2016. However this song offers a confirmation of resolution and peace. It is an ode to Taylor’s current boyfriend, Joe Alwyn and emphasizes that he has always been her “safe place” throughout turmoil. This one is upbeat, happy and hopeful.

marjorie

“I’d think you were still around // I know better // But I still feel you all around // I know better // But you’re still around

This one was meant to be a tribute to her late grandmother and is so sweet

closure

“yes, i got your letter // yes, i’m doing better // i know that it’s over // i don’t need your closure.”

The lyrics are deep and theres a weird instrumental in the beginning but other than that the song is great. It seems like for some parts she lays on a thick irish accent. This one is rumored to possibly be about Taylors history with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta (they were under scrutiny after refusing to let taylor own her own rights to her 6 major studio albums.

evermore

“and i couldn’t be sure // I had a feeling so peculiar // that this pain would be for // evermore.”

I loved that she featured Bon Iver, once again. Something about this collab just warms my heart. This track is calming, beautiful and peaceful. The harmonies are also great. It is a meditative piano ballad tracking the narrator’s journey from a seemingly unending period of deep depression and hurt to a place of hope. This song is a personal favourite becuase it gives hope to people suffering battles with mental health. I love it

I loved this suprise album. there will never bee too much taylor.

what are your thoughts about this album

-Xoxo chana

Winter Bucket List

Hola,

I’m back with day 6 of the 12 days of blogmas ( we are half way there). Todays post is a list of fun things to do this holiday season and winter. I will keep this list updated as I go :). Without further ado, here the list :

  • Go ice skating
  • Make homemade hot chocolate
  • Make a snowman
  • Bake sugar cookies
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Watch a Hallmark movie
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Look at Christmas lights
  • Bake some goodies
  • Send Christmas cards
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Visit the light shows
  • Make hot chocolate bombs
  • Have a game night
  • DIY a christmas present
  • Read a holiday book
  • Wrap presents
  • Do a puzzle
  • Make indoor smores

Whats on your bucket list this winter ?

-Xoxo chana

Holly Jolly Tag

Welcome to Day 5 of the 12 days of Blogmas. Today’s post is a fun little tag of holiday questions. I’d love to read your own posts or comments to these questions. This post was inspired by Mind Beauty Simplicity. I have linked directly to her post that I got these questions from.

Let’s get into the questions:

What is your favorite holiday movie?

My favorite holiday movie hands down is ELF. I love the story and Will Ferrel is hilarious.

What is your favorite Christmas color?

Red or White

Do you like to stay in your PJs or dress up for Christmas?

I love to stay on my PJS and being cozy.

If you could only buy one person a present this year, who would it be?

I would buy a joint present for my parents 🙂 They deserve it for everything they do for my siblings and I.

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

I grew up opening presents on Christmas morning

Have you ever build a gingerbread house?

Yes! It’s a lot of work, messy but is fun to do as a family.

What do you like to do on your Christmas break?

Spend time with family, sleep in, watch movies and rest !

Any Christmas wishes?

A white christmas.

Favorite Christmas smell?

I love the smell of a fresh snow fall and the real christmas trees (pine I think)

Favorite Christmas meal or treat?

Sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies

Which holiday do you celebrate?

Christmas

What are you doing for the holidays this year?

Spending time with my family,

What’s your favorite holiday drink?

Hot chocolate

Candy cane or gingerbread men?

Candy canes of course 🙂

What’s your favorite holiday/Christmas song?

Baby its cold outside

What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received?

A board game from secret santa.

Have you ever made a snowman?

Of course!

What is your favourite winter fragrance?

I dont really have one but anything vanilla and cozy.

What is at the top of your list this Christmas? (or whichever holiday you celebrate!)

I want new skincare products and pimple patches LOL.

What is most important to you about the holidays?

Spending time with my family and making new memories with them.

-Xoxo chana

Xmas in Toronto

Hello, welcome back to day 4 of the 12 days of christmas. Having trouble trying to come up with fun things to do in the city this holiday season. Well, dont pout I got you covered. Todays post is all about special things you can do in the Toronto region to celebrate the holidays.

Holiday Night of Lights

Enjoy the lights this holiday season. With a socially distanced and fully contactless drive thru experience. Take part in this immersive experience featuring more than 1,000,000 LED animated lights synchronized to holiday tunes. Immerse your self in this spectacular experience by sitting in the comfort of your car. Just a 2.25 km drive and 30 minutes of programming.

Polar

Toronto Pearson International Airport’s multi-level Christmas drive-thru is a first of its kind in Canada. This involves 6 holiday themed levels as well as light tunnels. Polar will submerge guests in a ​multi-level​ photo spectacular suitable for ​all ages

CF Holiday Drive Thru

Take a magical journey to the North Pole from the comfort of your own vehicle! Gather up the family to safely enjoy this guided, immersive drive-thru experience that will take you on a mission to help save Christmas! A pop up at Sherway Gardens with 7 themed areas and kid-friendly activities. The experience lasts 35 minutes, taking your car through a narrated, elf-led adventure to power Santa’s sleigh.

Bluffs Winter Wonderland

Immerse your self in a 1km trail of lights at the base of the Scarborough bluffs. Brimming with iridescent holiday decor, it likewise features a North Pole village with a resident Santa. You will pass by Reindeer Way, Snowman Alley, The Enchanted Forest and end at Santa’s House for a distanced meet & greet with Santa Claus!

Distillery Historic District

Unlike previous years, the annual Christmas market is not open this year, however they have launched a COIVD safe experience: the Winter Village. You will still be able to visit the district in all its glory: lights, tree and festive decor. Visitors to the district will enjoy starlit canopies, a Grand Christmas Tree in Trinity Square, holiday photo opportunities and festive music throughout as part of the charming Winter Village experience. During the holidays there is no payment for entrance.

Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive Thru

This holiday season visit the toronto zoos holiday drive thru for a family friendly and COVID safe experience. See the beauty of winter at The Toronto Zoo as you and your family drive through a special holiday route from the safety and warmth of your own vehicle. Along the route you will drive past the zoo’s 35 foot tall Christmas tree as well as the new Holiday Marketplace before a drive-by visit with Santa Claus followed by Santa’s cottage and the Enrichment Toy Workshop. The drive is approximately 15-20 minutes. The cost is $20 per car for members and $25 for non-members.

Journey into Enchantment

Experience the magic of more than a million lights along a 1.6 km route at the Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham where you will encounter dazzling animated displays, static displays, music shows, simulated starburst fireworks lights, and a spectacular tunnel as you drive through in the comfort of your own vehicle. The event is raising funds for Sick Kids Hospital and Toronto Animal Shelter. Prices vary starting at $29.95 + HST

What COVID safe activities are available in your city this holiday season?

I will be making a seperate blog post, if I am able to attend any of these light shows. So, stay stuned. Stay safe!

-Xoxo chana

christmas tag

Hello, again

Day 2 /12 days of Blogmas. Todays post will be a christmas tag that I found from a fellow blogger on wordpress : Sincerely, Searcy. I will link her post here:


  1. What is your favourite Christmas movie? ELF 🙂
  2. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? No, my family only opens presents on christmas day.
  3. What is the best part of Christmas? I love spending time with my family and spreading cheer !
  4. Did I believe in the Santa story? Yes, I really believed in Santa when I was younger and I was heartbroken when I found my parents wrapping up my presents early on christmas day.
  5. Would you rather have snow on Christmas or none at all? I love snow and hope for a white christmas every year. Being located in Toronto, makes it possible for a white christmas.
  6. If you were Santa Claus, what type of cookie would you like to be left out on Christmas Eve? Chocolate chip or a sugar cookie
  7. What is the true meaning of Christmas? Giving back to others, spreading love and spending time with loved ones.
  8. When do you start getting excited about Christmas? Canadian thanksgiving is celebrated in October. Once November hits, I am listening to christmas music and begin to get excited for christmas.

I would love to hear your responses to these questions in the comments 🙂

– XOXO chana