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Holiday Fun: My Favorite Things

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 by in All Posts, Giveaways and Contests | 16 comments

This post is mostly inspired by my love of The Sound of Music, though I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t partially inspired by Oprah as well! This time of year always gets me thinking about my favorite things – the things that I love and wouldn’t want to do without. They aren’t all big things and not all of them can be bought. Some of them are a little on the strange side and others still I bet most people would agree with me on.

These are a few of my favorite things:

Peppermint – My love of peppermint is well documented. I make no apologies for my near obsession. It is what it is, and what it is is delicious in more ways than I can explain in words. Not only do I love to eat peppermint flavored things, I adore the smell alone as well.

Vegan White Chocolate Recipe


These two jokers  – Not much to say here other than these two are my world.

Color Run


Butt Massages – If you’ve never had one, you must put this at the top of your to-do list for 2013. I always politely ask the massage therapist working on me if she is comfortable doing one – and most of them have said that it’s not a true full-body massage unless you include it. So, don’t be shy, ask for one. You will not regret it.

Crazy Socks – Even though I prefer to be barefoot, when I do wear socks, I like for them to be outrageous. I have socks for every holiday and I take pride in their craziness.

Reindeer Socks


Disco Music – Have you ever listened to Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way”? Do it now. I love disco music so hard – if I would’ve been around for Studio 54 you can guarantee I would’ve lived in that club. There is no way you could ever be sad listening to disco – it’s not possible, I’ve tried.

Hiking/Camping – Some of my favorite memories involve being outside either hiking, trail running, or camping with my family. I absolutely love being outside in the summer and I’m even starting to like being outside in the winter – snowshoeing has definitely helped that out a bit!

Hiking in Door County


Iced Green Tea Lattes – Whether from Starbucks or homemade, I love iced green tea lattes – even in the winter. Something about the slightly sweet drink makes me feel better no matter what kind of mood I’m in. I also love having it as a post-workout treat 🙂

Yoga & Meditation – I’ve gained so much insight about myself over the past year simply through doing yoga and mediation on a regular basis. Since committing to regular yoga practice I have found myself to be a much calmer and much more compassionate person. Needless to say, I’m glad that I decided to give it a go.

Old Books – Nothing makes me happier than picking up an old book and flipping through the pages. I love the smell and the feel of an old book, not to mention the overall look of them. From their intricate bindings to the heavy, weathered paper, I find cracking open an old book to be an experience, which is something I don’t get from a new book or my iPad.

Indian Food – Ah, Indian food. How I love thee, let me count the ways. Set me in front of an Indian buffet and it’s like sitting a kid in front of “iCarly” (if you don’t have kids, it’s basically a free babysitter). Samosas, chana dal, roti, aloo gobi, I could go on and on, but I’ll save you the torture 🙂



I’d love to hear what your favorite things are! Leave me a comment telling me about your favorite things and Monday morning (Christmas Eve) I’ll pick someone out who will receive a fun care package of mystery vegan items! 

  • Natalie Wright

    My favorite things:
    Christmas time
    Ice cream
    My dog, Zoey
    Trail MIx
    Snow Days
    Healthy Food!

    • Running and Christmas are up there for me as well! What kind of dog do you have?

      • Natalie Wright

        I have a boston terrier! Do you have a dog as well?

        • Cute! I have a cat – he’s the devil 🙂

  • Misty Thompson

    <3 Jesus, being stay at home mom, baking, RMS Beauty, & finding Vegan (:

    • Baking is so much fun! I got into that way before I ever knew how to cook.

  • I love your list! What a warm and fuzzy post! My favorite things include making pottery, cracking open a new cookbook, hiking, garlic, sauerkraut, kale, getting snuggled by my cats, traveling with my husband, and good mail!

    • Thanks, Cadry! I love that you make pottery – is that what’s in the beautiful pictures on your site?

      • Thank you, Ashley! I often use my pottery on my blog; although, I use the work of lots of other potters too. Buying pottery is my achilles heel of the shopping variety! 😉

        I meant to mention that Indian food is one of my favorite things too. All of the warming spices and fresh bread make it total comfort food to me.

        • Yes, it is absolutely comfort food. I’ve had it three days in a row now 🙂

  • You have THE best list…and I found out we have many things in common (hello, disco?). Thanks for posting Ashley-I love the pics of your family, and your favorite (and mine also,) peppermint addiction! My favorite things (outside of tea) are morning coffee, york peppermint patties, crazy hats, books (especially children’s), snow, furry animals especially my own, yellow flowers of any kind, dancing in my living room, surprises (good ones, and a nice rain fall! 🙂

    • p.s. – I just wanted to comment on your awesome blog…..not to be included in your contest to win anything 🙂

    • Peppermint Patties were like crack for me in my pre-vegan days!

      • I even call them my ‘yorkies’ (like they were family or something)! I need to move beyond sugar….you know I’m addicted!!

  • You’ve got me thinking now of so many things! Some of my favorite things (aside from my husband,2 boys & 2 dachshunds!) are avocados: I love the full fat taste and knowing they’re just good for me, dark chocolate: just a square (or more) gives such satisfaction, kale: in any kind of smoothie or massaged in a salad, spinach: my favorite childhood vegetable, cookbooks, chopping vegetables: I find to be very therapeutic, making soup, getting a facial, having my hair done: almost puts me in a trance it’s so relaxing, Reiki: giving and receiving it, prayer, Deepak Chopra’s 21-day meditation, Music: I’m a classic soul and R&B girl 🙂

    • Avocados are amazing! I love soul music as well 🙂

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