Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2015

happy holidays! // journal de jaluneIt is Christmas Eve Eve! I am wrapping up work and then headed into full Christmas mode, baking cookies, watching Elf, drinking eggnog, and hoping for a white Christmas. December has been a blur, so I am looking forward to slowing down and enjoying the next week with friends and family. We are shutting the computer off for the week here at Journal de Jalune, but we are leaving you with a list of inspiring posts you may have missed. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and happy new year!

 

If you have any last minute shopping, here are some gift guides to help you out.

The perfect gift wrapping playlist.

We are still offering a Free Sleepmask with any purchase (and free shipping as always!) at Jalune Clothing.

 

Holiday Recipes:

PUMPKIN MUSHROOM RISOTTO

4 INGREDIENT HOT CHOCOLATE

EASY VEGAN CORNMEAL WAFFLES

HOLIDAY SPICE COFFEE

 
Surviving the holidays:

5 WAYS TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS (AND ENJOY IT!)

5 WAYS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

5 WAYS TO FEEL GOOD WHILE TRAVELING

5 WAYS TO BE A GREAT HOST

 

Ringing in the New Year:

END OF THE YEAR JOURNAL PROJECT

5 WAYS TO STICK TO YOUR GOALS

FIVE WAYS TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE

5 WAYS TO CREATE MORE POSITIVITY

 

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Guys Gift Guide

December 21, 2015

The week of Christmas has arrived! While I am usually on top of my Christmas shopping, each year I find that the hardest people to buy for are guys. Whether it is your significant other, father, brother, etc, hopefully this last minute gift guide will help you out if you need it! All of these items are Made in America. See all of our gift guides for 2015 so far here.

guys gift guide // journal de jalune

1 – Chapman Balsam Incense Skateboard Deck // Made in New York

2 – Shinola Watch // Made in Detroit, MI

3 – Cardboard Safari Bass // Made in Virginia

4 – Vein Turquoise Collection Scissors Knife  // Made in Santa Fe, NM

5 – Up Creek Paddle Beard Brush // Made in Long Beach, CA

6 – Harry’s Winston Shave Kit // Made in USA

7 – Alarm Dock by Areaware // Made in New York, NY

8 – Hand­Meyd Signature Blend Beard Oil // Made in Edmonton, Canada (not in America, but close!) 

9 – Topo Designs Rover Pack // Made in Colorado

10 – Handcrafted bifold wallet // Made in USA with Horween Leather from Chicago

 

 

Five for Friday

December 18, 2015

Five for Friday // journal de jaluneHappy Friday! Anything festive planned this weekend? We are having a simple holiday potluck on Saturday with friends, dinner parties are always easier when the guests cook! Then on Sunday, I am finishing my Christmas shopping, planning a menu for Christmas dinner for 10 people (send help!), and hopefully squeezing in some yoga too. Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

It is HAPPENING (Netflix, you have better not messed this one up!)

 

We all dress alike. (I especially like August 1997)

 

Kevin has taken a dark turn, a lesson to all parents not to forget your kids at home this Christmas.

 

On a lighter note, the best books of 2015. I still NEED to read Aziz’s Modern Romance.

 

These look too pretty to eat.

 

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Snowglobe Mix // Jalune Playlist

December 17, 2015

Holiday music playlist // journal de jaluneAs the holiday season is officially upon us, a good festive playlist always gets me in the mood while baking, gift wrapping, egg nog drinking, etc. I also love cheesy holiday films and TV episodes, favorites being Elf, The Holiday, Friends (the one with the Holiday Armadillo!), and Festivus from Seinfield. To embrace the fun and chaos that this season brings, here is a festive playlist with a folky vibe. It includes many modern twists on holiday classics from She & Him, the Avett Brothers, Andrew Bird, Calexico, The Civil Wars, Dylan, and more. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

The New Mama // Gift Guide

December 16, 2015

A little over a week to go until Christmas, but don’t worry, we have you covered if you are still searching for the perfect gifts. This next gift guide in our series is a roundup of thoughtful and unique gifts for the mamas-to-be or new mothers. All of these items are Made in America. See all of our gift guides for 2015 so far here.

the new mama gift guide // journal de jalune

1 – Jalune Cozy Oversized Dolman Dress // Made in Los Angeles

2 – Dead Sea Bath Salts Set // Made in Seattle

3 – Earth Mama Mama­-to-­be Pregnancy Tea Sampler // Made in Oregon

4 – Home Grown book bundle for bedtime stories and more // Made in New York

5 – Forest Creatures handmade doll // Made in Asheville, NC

6 – Eco-­Friendly Baby Blanket // Made in Sioux Falls, SD

7 – Art Print ‘Chalet’ by Lisa Congdon // Made in Portland, OR

8 – Cade & Co Gold Baby Moccasins // Made in Salt Lake City, UT

9 – Feed x Honest Co Diaper Bag // each bag gives back by providing 180 micronutrient servings for mothers and their children

10 – Pendleton Baby Hooded Towel // Made in USA

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and Eucalyptus

December 15, 2015

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and EucalyptusGrowing up in a creative household, Christmastime meant handmade gifts and crafting holiday decorations. The weeks leading up to Christmas would be filled with art projects and a messy dining table covered in art supplies. Not much has changed since then, and each year I find myself in a virtual DIY Pinterest board for the month of December. This latest project is a spin on the tradition holiday wreath, using not only pine and winter berries, but adding eucalyptus for a modern twist. This wreath can be made in multiple sizes and can be hung on the front door or inside so enjoy the amazing scent of pine and eucalyptus!

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and Eucalyptus DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and EucalyptusMaterials:

Pine Tree Clippings (most places that sell Christmas trees will let you take their trimmings for free)

Winter Berry Branches (found at Trader Joe’s or any florist)

Eucalyptus bunch

Gold Macrame Ring (these come in various sizes, I used a 6″ and a 12″)

Ribbon

Scissors

Wire snips

Florist’s wire

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and Eucalyptus DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and Eucalyptus

Directions:

Start with your pine sprigs trimmed at various lengths (about 6-10″ for bigger gold ring). With the stems all at one end, place a small bunch onto the ring and wrap floral wire around the stems until secure.

Repeat with another small bunch of sprigs, placing the stems in line with the first bunch, but facing the opposite direction. Continue until desired fullness of pine is reached.

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and Eucalyptus Trim the eucalyptus into smaller sprigs and tuck the stems into the pine and securing with wire, building out from the original pine stems in two opposite directions.

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and EucalyptusNext, trim the winter berry branches into smaller springs and fill them in between the pine and eucalyptus, using wire to secure where needed.

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and EucalyptusCut a piece of ribbon at least 24″, or to desired length for hanging. Wrap around the top of the gold ring so your greens are at the bottom, and tie a knot or bow.

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and EucalyptusDIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and Eucalyptus
Finally, hang wherever you’d like to enjoy your holiday wreath!

DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and Eucalyptus DIY Holiday Wreath with Pine and Eucalyptus

Five for Friday

December 11, 2015

Five for Friday // journal de jaluneHappy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are supposed to get snow overnight tonight, so I am looking forward to waking up to a snowy, slow Saturday morning (pancakes may be necessary). Sunday we are going to see if there was enough snow to snowshoe! Have a lovely weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

The human selfie stick

 

Some great travel tips (especially the one about NOT washing your hands on a plane).

 

A fascinating look at Earthships in New Mexico.

 

Food for your moods.

 

The prettiest holiday drink.

 

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Wintry

December 9, 2015

Wintry // journal de jaluneWith Christmas creeping up on us and snow in the forecast for this weekend in Colorado, I am going to go ahead and declare winter has begun already even though it doesn’t officially start until the 22nd of December. This winter I am trying to embrace the season by being koselig, which is a Norwegian word that has no direct translation in English, though the closest word would be cozy. It is much more than that, it’s all the things that bring you warmth and comfort during the long, cold, and dark times. It could be lighting candles around your house, sharing a warm meal with loved ones, or even a simple but great conversation. So along with being koselig, here is a roundup of what I am looking forward to this winter (originally inspired by this blog post).

Wintry // journal de jaluneEating / soups, sweet potatoes with every meal
Drinking / hot mulled wine
Practicing / not procrastinating (it all goes downhill when its dark at 4pm!)
Mastering / the perfect over-easy egg
Learning / Ayurveda (I think I am mostly Vata!)
Trying / to embrace the lull in work that comes around the holidays when you freelance
Playing / Pictionary (great throwback game!)
Finishing / Christmas shopping/crafting
Reading / Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling, and feeling bad I didn’t love as much as everyone else seemed to!
Remembering / to practice gratitude around this very materialistic time of year
Wearing / big scarves, striped shirts, and worn in blue jeans
Cooking / well baking, Christmas cookies!
Working / on a new secret project for the new year!
Traveling / to the mountains for skiing and snowshoeing
Wanting / to focus on experiences and not things

 

What are you looking forward to this winter? How will you be koselig, share below!

 

Here’s a look at past seasons: fall ’15 / summer ’15 / spring ’15 / winter ’14 / fall ’14

 

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The Foodie // Gift Guide

December 8, 2015

We are on to the next gift guide, the countdown the the holidays is in full effect! This gift guide is for the foodie in your life. We all know someone that is a natural in the kitchen, making everything from scratch, not settling for anything that comes prepackaged. These items on this gift guide for the kitchen connoisseur are all products Made in America. See all of our gift guides for 2015 so far here.

the foodie gift guide // journal de jalune

1 – Peasant Wooden Spoons // Made in USA

2– Black Walnut Pizza Board // Made in Vermont

3 – Foodie Dice // Made in USA

4 – Wooden Base Wine Glasses // Made in Colorado 

5 – Stoneware Honey Pot // Made in Santa Fe, NM

6 – Milk Glass Mixing Bowl Set // Made in USA

7 – i eight sum pi dish // Dish made in West Virginia, decorated in Edina, Minnesota.

8 – Copper Donut Cutter // Made in Bonita Springs, FL

9 – Napa Cabbage Fruit Planter // Made in Brooklyn, NY

10 – Wideress Rosemary Soy Candle // Made in Long Beach, CA

 

Five for Friday

December 4, 2015

Five for Friday // journal de jaluneHappy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are getting our Christmas tree tomorrow and I cannot wait to break out the holiday music, warm up some mulled wine and decorate! Sunday I am planning on yoga followed by brunch with some friends, which sounds perfectly low key. Have a beautiful weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

Pirelli made some major changes to their annual calendar and the results are beautiful.

 

Gorgeous way to hang stockings for those that don’t have a fireplace (we are all about branches around here).

 

The latest version of Adele’d Hello you NEEd to hear.

 

8 TED talks to get you through the holiday season.

 

This just may be the perfect holiday brunch recipe.

 

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