When a lot of us think of December we think about all of the celebrations that happen during the month. A few of these are Christmas, Hanukkah and Ramadan. Many people equate these holidays with joy and a time of being with family and loved ones. But for many this time of year can trigger sadness and increased depression. There is an expectation for everyone to want to spread good cheer and give more than they receive. There are a lot of factors that can cause these feelings of hopelessness and depression:
- SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder can happen year round but typically affects those during the fall and winter months. The shorter days and colder months tend to just zap all of your energy and can increase depression. The “winter blues” are real and shouldn’t be dismissed or taken lightly. A lot of times treatment can include light therapy, medication or counseling. Since I work overnights I feel like I get about an hour of sunlight a day! Light therapy has made a huge difference in my mood.
- Finances – A lot of times you might get caught up trying to keep up with The Joneses and you want to make sure your kids or family have everything they want. But the stress of not being able to provide if finances are tight can make you feel like you’re letting people down.
- Stress – Trying to make sure you’ve got the perfect gifts, house is ready for family, dinner for 20 is taken care of…that’s a lot of crap to deal with!
- People Pleaser – Putting yourself last and making sure everyone else’s needs are met can also wear you down.
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If you’re not a wine drinker (or have little knowledge about it) trying to find the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life can be intimidating! Should I get stemless, ones for red or white wine and what the heck does a decanter do and why does anyone need it?!?! These are all things that would leave me confused too when I started to introduce myself into the world of wine.
And on the flip side there are a million and one different ways that one can enjoy their favorite coffee or espresso. When I’m working from home I typically like to use one of my cups with a lid because I swear the phone rings as SOON as I take one sip. But on the days when I can enjoy it in piece, I like to sip leisurely using my “fancy glasses”.
JoyJolt has some amazing items for giving gifts or treating yourself! I had a chance to try out the decanter, stemless wine glasses and insulated espresso mugs.
My favorite item was the Cigno Red Wine Decanter. This decanter has a wide 50oz base which helps optimize aeration for the wines it holds. Now you may be sitting there thinking other than looking pretty, what the heck does a decanter do?!?! Decanting is when you basically pour from one bottle to another (in this case the decanter). When you do this it helps to separate the sediment that has settled in the bottle. Another reason a decanter is important is that young wines can give off an unpleasant taste and aeration helps with this. Now if you’ve got (and can afford) a 50 year old bottle of wine, other than being a pretty centerpiece you can probably skip using a decanter LOL.
*I was provided with several pairs of Hickies for review and this post contains affiliate links. I will use money made toward my travel fund.* 🙂
Most of the time if I’m not wearing a slip-on shoe then I’m wearing my Nike’s. And not until I received Hickies did I realize how much I treat my Nike’s like slip-ons! But now I can switch out my laces for a pair of hot pink Hickies and not even worry about having to tie and untie my laces. No I don’t run, cycle or do anything remotely athletic but who wants to waste precious time worrying about shoelaces. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
When I wear laces with these shoes I typically leave this one of the eyelets empty. With the Hickies I only needed to use 4 for each shoe. After wearing them for a little while I ended up trying one of the other ways to lace them and the fit was much better. Takes a little bit of trial and error in the beginning before you figure out which is the best lacing system for you. And no matter whether you have a wide or narrow foot, you can lace them up to suit your personal needs. Each pair of laces come with a handy guide to show you different ways to make them tighter or looser. Also if you have long fingernails you’re gonna end up cussing trying to pull the Hickies through. Luckily (or not luckily) I had to cut one of my thumb nails down pretty low so it made it a lot easier to pull them through the eyelet.