Happy Friday and December too! We spent some time after Thanksgiving pulling out all our Christmas decorations and slowly getting everything just so. My daughter and I especially love this part of the season and look forward to the decorating every year. Pretty soon I will start my master list of must-make cookies and treats and start planning ahead to make the week of Christmas as calm as possible. When I write these posts, my hope is to share something unexpected and new, whether it is a recipe, project, playlist or simple decorating inspiration. This week I am excited to share a delightful sugar scrub, a comfort food soup recipe, a beautiful little tree and my favorite holiday cookbooks. Here’s a link to all of the posts in this series. 

I remember many hours spent coloring salt with chalk and carefully layering it in random jars and bottles as a child. Maybe that is part of the appeal with these beauties. Regardless, wouldn’t they make a fun gift or project? Love this idea for DIY Sand Art Sugar Scrub from Sugar and Cloth.

via Sugar and Cloth

Have you ever made your own tomato soup? Trust me on this one- it is so much better and heartier than what you may be used to in a can. It is the perfect dinner to serve with an ooey-gooey grilled cheese and is a winner with everyone in my family.

via The Faux Martha

I am absolutely in love with this adorable little tree from Inspired by Charm. The vintage ornaments, cookie cutters, and colorful lights are absolutely precious and have got me thinking how I could recreate this in our home. Take some time to peruse this feed and enjoy all the eye candy. 

via Inspired By Charm

I have always preferred cookbooks over the internet for recipes and am a sucker for holiday inspired ones. Here are some of my favorites that have much loved recipes:

What have you bookmarked this week?

A couple Clean Mama updates for you:

The Annual Homekeeping Society Sale starts on Monday and there’s a bonus new product that will be released next week too – stay tuned!  Here’s a sneak peek…..can you tell what it is?

Did you see the bonuses for pre-ordering Clean Mama’s Guide to a Peaceful Home?  Check it out here, grab your copy, and your bonuses will be emailed to you!

Here’s the class schedule for the private Facebook group for anyone that pre-orders – it’s going to be so good, I hope you join us!

The Winter Edition of the Clean Mama Quarterly is perfect for getting ready for the next season with ease.