The Peppermint Mocha Chronicles: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Early on in 2014 I gave this little challenge to myself – No Sleep Til 30

This was my mindset for my 29th year. The year I would celebrate the closing of perhaps the most important decade of my life. And in fact, my wonderful, glorious friend Kimmy even gave me a lovely journal for my 29th birthday, so I could document all my adventures.

I opened it up yesterday and found this:

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That’s right. NothingBlank. Ugh. I failed.

But, alas. There are two months left! Today marks the 60 day countdown to 30 (things your 16 year old self never expects to say…) Now I’m still not saying that I’m going to be successful in filling the journal. However, it was a kick in the butt to start loving life a lot more and get back to the things that are important.

And you know what else, friends? This week marks the start of the most wonderful time of the year. Red Cup, Peppermint Mocha Season!

You see, this whole blogging thing came about as an experiment. Half to do with my fear of having a blog and then never having anything to write…and half my love for fall and sweet drinks. Put em together and boom. Six years later and here we are.

So here’s the thing I need your help with. The Peppermint Mocha Chronicles isn’t about me. It’s not about filling the world with my opinions and my ramblings. It’s about you and the people you love, and me and the people I love, and a whole lot of people none of us have probably met yet.

It’s about slowing down and taking a deep breath. Smiling. Cherishing the season and the moments (my word for 2014!) It’s about remembering what’s important. Putting people first.

2014 has been a year full of surprises and 2015 is shaping up to top that. But I’m going to do my best not to let my favorite time of the year rush by without me. So let’s do this together. More quiet time. More moments. More laughs. More people.

And a red cup in hand. Who’s with me?

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Things I’m Lovin’ in 2013.

Now that we’re into the new year, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favorite things that are making my January days a little brighter…

My french press
Here I am, admitting it publicly I, Heather Lynn Massey, have become a coffee drinker. And this pretty little thing is one of my new best friends. It allows me to make just one mug of coffee to take with me to work, it’s green (ooooh, trendy) and it’s easy to clean up when I’m done. Economical and enjoyable!

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My new kitchen timer
Small things bring me great joy. This was my little birthday gift to myself, from my beloved Anthropologie. I’ve been eyeballing this thing for awhile. The blue happens to match my walls almost perfectly and goes with my retro-ish kitchen. And it’s magnetic (cool, huh?!) Unfortunately, it has a ring so loud it sends both cats flying across the house every time it goes off…but hey, style takes sacrifices, right?

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Stitch Fix
What girl hasn’t dreamed of having a personal shopper? Now take it to the next level…what if that shopper delivered to your house?! Enter Stitch Fix! I just got my approval a couple of weeks ago (you are on a waitlist when you sign up) and I’ve requested my first shipment for February. With a short questionnaire about your personal style, they put together a shipment of clothing and accessories. You pay for what you want to keep and send back what you don’t. I don’t imagine it’s something I’ll splurge on regularly, but I’m excited to give it a try. There will definitely be a post to follow my shipment next month!

Paper Thin Leaf Antenna by Mohu
Game changer, right here my friends. Network tv, no cable and no ugly antenna arms all over my living room! It literally looks like a file folder. It’s thin enough to hang on the back of my television and gets great reception. Giant THANK YOU to my lovely friend Tess who introduced me to this. I ordered mine on Amazon at a very reasonable price.

And speaking of no cable television…

Netflix
I know this isn’t really a new thing, but golly gee it makes my life happy. Lately I’ve been reliving my high school days with Alias, catching up on Downton Abbey (because I’m apparently the only person on the planet who isn’t up to speed!) and watching endless documentaries. I love documentaries. I’m a nerd, and proud of it.

Kid President
You know you watched his Pep Talk, it went viral earlier this week. I honestly can’t get enough of this little guy. He’s hilarious. And believes in dancing, which, we all know I support. And he has challenged us to make this year awesome for somebody else. He even includes a pretty fabulous list of ways to do so (I for one will be taking advantage of the “mail somebody a corn dog” option.) Watch away…I dare you not to laugh. DARE. YOU.

What are you lovin’ right now? Anything new, fun or life-changing?