Favorite Holiday Moments That Make Life Beautiful #WHOLEBLENDS #SK (ENTER TO WIN 100 GIFT CARD)


The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. There’s something about these few months that brings families together. Whether we are baking for friends, getting crafty with art projects or planning a huge party – it’s all about bonding with the ones we love.

Garnier® Whole Blends™ asked me to put together a list of things that highlight my favorite holiday moments that make life beautiful and I just jumped at the chance! So, without further ado — here are my top picks!


Nothing beats spending time baking with the kids – especially when we come up with fun designs like these Christmas tree brownies. Fun to make, fun to see, and fun to eat!


Decorating my house is always so much fun when the kids participate. We bring out all of our old favorites and incorporate them with some new finds that I score each season. Do I go overboard? Nah!


I host Christmas Eve for my family and every year we do an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest.  It’s going on 5 years strong now. I don’t know who gets into it more: the adults or the kids!!


It’s also a very special time for me because my daughter performs in our church choir and there is just something so beautiful about hearing children sing – tears me up every Sunday.


And, while gift giving is by no means the true meaning of the holidays, I certainly do love to see the smiles on my kids’ faces when they open up their toys on Christmas morning. As a mother, there is simply nothing greater than seeing that joy.


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  1. Togetherness … whether it’s dressing up and going to church service, cooking/baking, playing games, watching sports or going through old photos/videos — holidays are the best when spent together.

  2. I need to get some Whole Blends. My hair color never stands up to washing, but I’d certainly love to change that. You have a BEAUTIFUL family!

  3. Our first Christmas as a married couple with our two shared daughters will always be a cherished memory.

  4. My favorite Christmas moment is the first Christmas my husband and I had together as a family. it was truly magical. I am blessed.

  5. I enjoy my grandkids reaction to their gifts but the best part is having everyone together.

  6. YES to baking!! I have so many fond memories that I can still recall from my childhood of baking holiday goodies with my grandma. There’s not a ton else I remember from my youth both those memories.

  7. My favorite holiday moments are spent playing card games with my family on Christmas!

  8. My favorite holiday moment is singing Christmas carols to my grandma every year. After every song she would give us a small gift. It was always so meaningful.

  9. My favorite holiday memory is baking Christmas cookies with my mom and grandmother as a very young child.

  10. My favorite holiday moment is when we go to my parents house and have a holiday dinner with extended family.

  11. My favorite holiday moments are spending time with my family, Christmas shopping and seeing all the beautiful decorations and lights

  12. Baking cookies and cakes in the kitchen with my family are my favorite holiday moments.
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  13. This might sound crazy, but the holidays make me super happy because we get a break from homework! Of course I love spending time with my family, relaxing, and playing games and eating, but no homework is the best!

  14. Looking around the dinner table and seeing all the faces of those gathered makes me really happy.

  15. My favorite holiday moments are decorating the tree, singing carols, and opening the presents.

  16. My favorite holiday moments are seeing and spending time with family and friends and making memories together

  17. I love going out with my family to look at Christmas light displays while listening to our favorite Christmas songs.

  18. We attend the nutcracker every year the weekend after Thanksgiving. This will be our tenth year

  19. My favorite Holiday moments are when we surprise my grandmother with her son visiting from out of town.

  20. Decorating the tree and watching Christmas movies together with the family are my favorite moments. That and of course Christmas dinner, yum!

  21. My favorite holiday moment is decorating the tree with my family. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  22. Mt favorite holiday moments are when my husband and I are snuggled together watching Christmas movies.

  23. My favorite Holiday moments are ones spent with family around the fire.

  24. My favorite holiday moments are having family over for Christmas dinner and opening presents afterward. I will also always love seeing the looks of my boys’ faces on Christmas morning!!

  25. I get my family up early Christmas morning to pray and open gifts. Now I am baking ham and chicken for Christmas dinner and will finish cooking after church . This is my routine yearly and my family seems to enjoy being together no matter what we do! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

  26. I love watching my daughter (5) open her Christmas presents. I also love buying gifts for Toys for Tots with my husband and daughter.

  27. Picking out the Christmas tree and spending time with family was some of my favorite holiday moments.

  28. All of my fav holiday moments are those spent with my partner out in nature or snuggling in bed in front of our digital fireplace enjoying our Winter Solstice decorations. Those are the quiet moments that make life so special.

  29. My favorite holiday moments is sitting next to a lit Christmas tree when the house is quiet.

  30. the expressions on my kids faces when they unwrap their presents and spending time with our families

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  31. I love watching the kids open presents. I also love when it snows and the twinkly lights glow outside!

  32. My favorite moments involve watching the joy on the faces of others as they open their presents….

  33. My favorite holiday moments are baking cookies with the family children so that they can bond with my 89 year old mother, and then carrying the cookies around to several shut-ins or widows that are spending the holidays alone. They not only get delicious cookies, they get a nice visit!

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