advent calendar

there was a storm this weekend. a big one. i saw a tree on top of a range rover on sunday morning. so many comments here..

the weekend called for all things christmas: fires, trees, lights, music, staying indoors, and (drumroll please) crafts! pinterest is like my best friend and my worst enemy. it attacks me with things that i don’t need but need, you know? so, after being bombarded with images of the cutest advent calendars ever, i thought i’d forgo the traditional trader joe’s pop-out and create one of my own.

advent calendar

i started with target. you know that $1 section when you first walk in? i raided it. and then i bought some other fun things like fuzzy socks and cheap household items that we’ve needed for a while but just haven’t thought enough about to get.

writing activities

then i sat down, wrote down a few christmas activities like: drive around and see the lights, make a treat for our neighbors, send a holiday card to a friend, go to a restaurant/bar in the neighborhood we’ve been wanting to try, make an ornament..etc. a friend of mine had the idea to do a workout advent calendar. not a bad idea for january but, that basically has nothing to do with christmas.

advent layout

ingredients for a hanukkah kind of christmas advent calendar: 13 mini gifts and 12 ‘to do’s’ written on the back of pictures/memories, grocery bags, tape/string, lights, and an ‘i’m going to complete this damnit!’ attitude. it’s kind of nutty wrapping 13 tiny gifts..


i topped my craft making off with a treat for myself: raw vegan cookie dough bites. these little buggers are incredible and are a great treat to make for the week to keep you off froyo!

[no picture. they look like brown cookie dough in balls.]

raw vegan cookie dough bites

2/3 cup raw almonds

2/3 cup raw walnuts

2/3 cup oat flakes

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup agave nectar (or  honey if you’re ok with eating something the bees made)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 tablespoons chocolate chips OR 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1. in a food processor, combine almonds, walnuts, flakes, cinnamon until fine.

2. add the agave nectar, vanilla, and chocolate to the processor.

3. using your hands, create 1 inch balls and sprinkle with flake sea salt.

4. throw into the fridge. not sure how long these will last, i want to say probably a long while seeing as it’s just nuts and agave. i’ll just say, they don’t last long enough to go bad.

1/8 teaspoon flaky sea salt



  1. I want to make those cookie dough bites!!! Love the advent calendar, you are so crafty! And I saw the range rover too! It was brand new…sucks to be them!

    1. bah! yeah.. had to hold back on the range rover comments 😉 thanks bud!

  2. So cute! You’re so inspiring. And I need to make those raw cookies!

    1. 🙂 come open one..

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