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I am not going to lie. This winter has been getting to me a little. Vowing to stay positive about all this snow, I decided to think of real reasons to enjoy the cold. After all we live in the Northeast so we have to make the best of it…

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Wesleigh is wearing: Sweater sold out but love this one, boots, leggings, necklace, hat, coat. I am wearing: coat sold out in black but loving the blue!, tights, shoes and hat from here, similar here.

Staying Positive in the Cold:

1. Hot coffee on cold mornings: No one wants to drink hot coffee in the heat! Yes, you can have ice coffee, but a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning is glorious. See my coffee post here!

2. Hibernate, eat and not shave: Seriously us gals get to hide indoors, eat, gain weight, not shave etc. during the winter, so take that California! By summer we will be in our bikinis bathing suits again! We can just jet set to the Caribbean for some Vitamin D if we need to!

3. SPRING! It’s a short lived season here in the Northeast, but how lovely is it to hear the birds chirping and the snow melting/dripping off the buildings?! AND in Spring it’s the perfect time to wear rain boots, which are charming and you know it!

Am I making you smile yet?

4. Fires in fireplaces: There is nothing, I said NOTHING, like a roaring fire on a cold and storming winter night. If you live in New England and you don’t have a fire place, get yourself to the nearest charming hotel for brunch, a cocktail, whatever and ENJOY an old fashioned fire in a fireplace.

5. Snow is pretty: Right now it’s muddled with dirt and sand during a brief melty stage, but seriously how peaceful is snow when it’s falling?

6. We get to wear cool sweaters and cute coats: Just think, we would never get a chance to wear those cute tall boots, sweaters, scarfs and overcoatsand all togetherif we lived in Florida!

7. The summer is so, so beautiful here: This cold weather makes us have an appreciation for the summer and all its glory. There is NO way the southern states appreciate EVERY single sunny day.

8. Snow days! OK, I will admit that a week of snow days gives me cabin fever and makes me thankful at least one of my kids goes to school every day. However, once in a while it’s so nice to stay in bed, have a family breakfast, play games, watch movies etc…

9.  Skiing! Even if you are not a skier, I promise you will have a blast heading up to the mountains with your family and/or friends. Hot cocoa in the lodge, ski tans, cute ski attire, and burning calories while having FUN!

10.The greatest thing about living in the Northeast is that it’s the best place to live, ever. We have snowy Christmases, everyone wants snow during the holidays. We have the most beautiful summers, with the BEST beaches! We have the best schools, food, culture…OK…now I am braggingbut see it’s not so bad?!

All photos by Lisa Elizabeth Images

This location is now covered under 3 feet of snow, hehe.

onlineclasses

I get super giddy when I discover new online classes! It’s perfect for moms like me because I can work at my own pace and around the kids’ sleeping schedule. Two years ago I took a wonderful class for bloggers called Blogshop (now you can take it online!). I brushed up on my seriously lacking Photoshop skills and made some new blogger friends.

Most of the time I take classes to fill my brain with blogging tips and how to write better. Other times I just want to try something new. There is literally a class for everything! Here are my top 5 online classes to try.

ALSO, AMAZINGLY we are offering a discount code for LPP readers who sign up for Nicole’s Classes! 20% off with code LAPETITEPEACH *promo ends 2/27/15

BEST Online Classes:

1. Nicole’s Classes: I took the Photography 101 class which I recommend to anyone who wants to learn digital camera skills. Perfect for bloggers, photographers or anyone looking to take better photos, period.

2. The Blogcademy: If you are a blogger just starting out, haven’t started yet, or have been blogging for years, you MUST take this class. I won’t say anything morejust trust me! The headmistresses are seriously so knowledgeable about every aspect of blogging.

3. A Beautiful Mess: I took the Blog Life class for fun, but it turned out to be super informative. You get to see how these girls took their blog from the ground to a million dollar business. They also offer creative classes.

4. Blogshop: As I mentioned above, this was a fantastic way to get to know Photoshop functions as they apply to bloggers. You meet other fabulous bloggers as well!

5. Braid Creative: If you are in the creative industry or you want to be, then you need to take the Braid Personal Branding Course ASAP! These girls are legit! I love the letters for creatives tooit’s an email a week from owners Tara and Kathleen sharing business advice.

6. Atly: Hand Lettering is an amazing creative class. There are also classes on business and photography!

*Bonus-I haven’t taken a class from Lynda yet, but I have heard great things!

**Bonus-for friends across the pondCheck out The School of Life.

 Photo by Cambria Grace

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I’ve been keeping a secret from not just all of you, but from my friends and family as well. I have the secret to the best coffee ever.
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The best kept secret to making the most perfect cup of Joe is…VANILLA SUGAR! It’s so delicious you will be stashing it in your purse because you’ll NEVER want coffee again without it.

It’s SO simple.

Take regular ol’ white sugarI love natural cane sugar but it doesn’t absorb the vanilla properlyand fill it half way into a mason jar. You can buy fresh vanilla pods at any grocery store. I got mine at Whole Foods but I don’t think it matters too much. Slice the pod right down the middle to expose the meat. Place the pod into the glass jar, and fill the remaining amount of sugar to the rim. Store in your cool/dark cabinet. The longer you have the sugar, the more tasty and fragrant it gets.

I discovered this tip two years ago when I checked a French cookbook out from the library to collect some new recipes (I can’t remember the same for the life of me but when I do I will be shouting it from the roof tops so stay tuned). This Madame had called for vanilla sugar in her baking recipes, which she recommended you keep a jar of in your baking cabinet. She suggested you use this concoction whenever she mentions “sugar.”  So I did, and it is delicious in cakes and breads and the most divine in banana bread.

Since I take my coffee with extra cream and sugar, I thought it might be nice to try the vanilla sugar (I don’t actually like the taste of coffee which is why I take it light and sweet). The result is the BEST cup of coffee ever! Try it out and let me know what you think!

Other Tips:

1. There is nothing like fresh ground coffee! It’s so easy to grind your own beans. You can get a grinder almost anywhere and they range from $3012 . Plus, you can buy beans in bulk and keep them for up to a year in a cabinet, which saves a ton of money.

2. French press! When I make my coffee in the morning, I am making it for just me so there is no need to make a whole pot. A French press makes coffee strong and delicious. I barely need one cup.

3. Save your French press coffee! I save my left over French press coffee to either make ice coffee later (just store in the fridge) OR pour into an ice cube tray to add it to ice coffee or a smoothie.