2014 in Review: Hot Chocolate & Chit Chat for December

Y'all--I cannot believe this is my very last post EVER...for 2014. Like for most of us, the year just flew right on by, full of ups and downs. I tell you, life flies by the older you get. And as is the custom, the last day of the year is spent reflecting on those memories, good and bad. For me, it wasn't my best year, and that's ok. That just means that 2015 will be even better, and I've already given peace to the not-so-great things that happened, learned my lessons, tried to accept the ones that didn't make sense, and soaked in every good thing that did.

I share a little bit of all of this in my Chit Chat video below. I've done these for 11 months now and see them as a way to share the girl behind the blog. If nothing else, it gives you a chance to hear my Southern accent and figure out what the heck I'm saying, all while holding a very hot beverage. Anyway, here it is, and I hope you enjoy.

So what exactly do I talk about? Some highlights:
  • My Drink of the Month (note to self: no whipped cream...I had to constantly edit out cream on my lips...silly)
  • My Mug of the Month (I collect them--send me one here)
  • My Christmas back Home--see a snippet of my family
  • A few of my favorite presents
  • The results of my Just a Little Something challenge for December. I vowed to drink more water...did I do it? Participate with the hashtag #jals
  • January's #JALS challenge (play along! Choose your own adventure!)
  • 2014's goal: to be more vulnerable. It's no secret I'm shy, so I pushed myself to be more outgoing, to work on my social anxiety, and to let go the grip of what others think about me.
Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle
See ya next year!


  1. omg that hot chocolate looks good... i want the marshmallows! and omggg there are sooo many presents at your family's christmas! im glad you had a good one! can't wait to see what you are up to in 2015! xo jillian

  2. I'll never tire of listening to your beautiful accent. And I applaud your bravery in overcoming your shyness. As one who's made that journey, I know how hard it is to overcome anxiety and reach further than is comfortable. I report that the effort is worthwhile -- rewards await you on the other side, including more friends and deeper connections. Happy New Year, dearest.

  3. such an amazing year Elle!! That hot chocolate looks to die for (we were sipping on some yesterday) and we seriously still need to snag a blanket scarf. Happy New Year love!!

    xx 365hangers

  4. I too want to read Wild before seeing the movie.
    I love your grandma gave you the box with shark teeth. I love heart felt gifts.
    I need that gadget to hold the phone! I didn't even know that existed.
    I love the veggetti. It works so well!!
    YES - do a post on the highlight palette! I'm intrigued!
    Happy new year to you!

  5. Love the mug of the month, I'm a mug lover too!

    Cheers! Happy New Year.

  6. Happy New Year! This wasn't the best year for me, either, but you're right that it just means 2015 will be even better. Here's to a great start!

  7. Happy new year! Too funny how you had to edit out the whip cream...but whip cream is sooo yummy!

  8. That Christmas mug is cute!!! I want to get a spiralizer veggie thing for "pasta" too!!!

    One of my favorite gifts was a book that my sister gave me about the Frozen sisters and it made the list because of the sweet note that she wrote inside it!

    I hope that you have a fabulous New Years!!!

  9. Your coffee mug is super cute. Glad you had a nice Christmas. Love hearing about your childhood. I'm drinking some coke to stay awake tonight. Have a great 2015

  10. Okay, a hot chocolate sounds pretty wonderful right about now. How cute is that mug?! Have a wonderful New Year!

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  11. Happy New year Elle! I'm obsessed with mugs too. (;


  12. Happy New Year, friend! Hope it's a great one :)

  13. I am a total mug addict too. I am drinking red moscato. Hehe! You are going to love the Veggetti. So much healthier too. Wishing you all the best in the new year!

  14. Happy New Year! I never realize how strong my accent is until it's on camera!

  15. Happy New Year Elle! Love your video. You really received some unique gifts this year. I received a blanket scarf too! I still haven't quite figured out how to wear it.

  16. Going to check out that gingerbread hot cocoa recipe now! It looks like you got some awesome gifts! I got the buxom roulette gift set and have been having SO much fun trying them all out!

  17. Happy New Year :)

    I can't watch the video but the hot chocolate looks lovely.

    Corinne x

  18. Can't wait to view this one, Elle! I catch up on videos while enjoying my Sunday a.m. java. :) Happy 2015! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  19. Me too! I want to read a book a month, I have stopped since I had the baby... I am in!

  20. Love the mug Happy New Year Elle :D

  21. Always enjoy your chit chats :) Thanks for recapping your Christmas. It was mass chaos at our household lol 3 boys will do that. Happy New Year!


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