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goodbye until 2016! jojotastic.com

What a year it’s been… 2015 was such a doozy, but a good one, too. I had a lot of personal growth and change, worked on SO many amazing projects, and finally moved back to Seattle, my real-true home. I couldn’t have made all of these things happen without my amazing contributors, my darling friends, and YOU, my awesome readers. So, first a great big THANK YOU for reading along, commenting, sharing, encouraging… everything. I cannot thank you enough for following my journey and also being part of it.

Second, I have some news… I’ve never done this before, but I’m taking some time off! This is my last post of the year. Crazy, huh? I’ll be back on January 4, 2016 (it’s really weird to write that) with lots of fresh, new ideas and inspiration to share with you guys. I’m so excited to actually take a break and get some perspective on where I want to take this blog in the new year. Believe me, I’ve got some really awesome stuff in the works already and cannot wait to share it with you. Until then, I hope you have a magical Christmas and a very happy new year!

And, in case you missed them… I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts from 2015:

I’ll still be posting my adventures on instagram and snapchat (username jojotastic), so be sure to follow along there. See you in 2016, friends!

RECIPE // coffee for Christmas morning jojotastic.com

Tomorrow is the B-I-G day and it’s already assumed that I’ll be in pjs all day… but what will I be sipping on? Lots of coffee, spiked with seasonal yumminess like cinnamon, clove, and even orange zest! Oh, and the most perfect caramel sauce maybe ever. These Christmas coffee recipes are perfect in a pinch when unexpected guests drop by or even if you’re just snuggling with your honey on the couch (that’s my plan). Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

RECIPE // coffee for Christmas morning jojotastic.com

Pour-Over Coffee in a Chemex:

For best results, start a freshly roasted single origin coffee beans. Grind the beans fine. Place 3-4 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee into the filter. Pour boiling water over the coffee beans slowly and in a circular motion as to be sure that all the grinds are soaked. Keep the water hot and pour more in as soon as all the water had drained out of the filter.

Now you’re ready to make flavored coffees!

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DIY festive new year's eve stirrers // jojotastic.com

3… 2… 1… it’s already New Year’s Eve!? Wow. 2015 has been a blast, but I’m soooooo ready for a fresh start. I really love Thanksgiving, and Christmas is always wonderful, but December 31st might just be my favorite holiday. I mean, come on, a night all about new beginnings, drinking champagne, and sparkling party decor? What’s not to love?! So… to help you ring in the new year right, we came up with a couple of quick and easy ways to add a little somethin-somethin special to your celebrations.

DIY festive new year's eve stirrers // jojotastic.com

This project is very easy to customize to personal taste or color scheme. If gold isn’t your thing, just swap out the metallic sheets for tissue paper, and almost any berry will work as a garnish.

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DIY bright berry ornament // jojotastic.com

As much as I love shiny tinsel and metallic stars, this year I wanted my Christmas decorations to have a more natural feel. I started by making some geometric cinnamon stick himmeli ornaments, but still wanted to add a bit of color and pop. So I started thinking, where do you find the brightest colors in nature this time of year? Then it came to me — berries! All you need for this project are some inexpensive glass ornaments and the great outdoors.

DIY bright berry ornament // jojotastic.com

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christmas pajamas round up // jojotastic.com

Christmas is in one week (geez) and this year I’m keeping things pretty chill. I’ll be spending the day in my Seattle loft, relaxing and not really doing a whole lot. Aka exactly what I’ve needed after the mad rush of this holiday season! My not-so-secret goal is to stay in my pajamas all day and I want to encourage you to do the same.

Here are my top picks for keeping comfy and cozy on Christmas morning (and afternoon… and evening…):

christmas pajamas round up // jojotastic.com

When it comes to Christmas, I’m definitely a purist: I like things traditional, red, and plaid. Because, really, when else do you get to wear silly pajamas like this??

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DIY Layered Wrapping Paper! // jojotastic.com

Confession: sometimes I like wrapping christmas presents even more than giving them. I daydream about all the possibilities of colors and textures, dressed up with ribbons, bows and tags… The only downside is the inevitable pile of wrapping paper scraps leftover from awkwardly sized presents and end-of-the-roll pieces. So this year instead of chucking away all that beautiful gift wrap, I’m using it for a layered effect you can do with any paper you have on hand!

DIY Layered Wrapping Paper! // jojotastic.com

My gift wrapping station can get pretty crazy in the last few days leading up to C-Day (Ihristmas, that is), giving me plenty of scraps with which to play! I try to keep most of my wrapping papers in a similar color-family and change it up from year-to-year, but don’t worry, if you’ve got bright blue frosty the snow man print and dark red holly patterns, there’s still hope. All you need are a few neutral pieces to bridge the gap.

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great gifts for friends + Old Navy // jojotastic.com @oldnavy #oldnavystyle

This holiday season finds me a bit stressed when it comes to gift giving. I’m in save-save-save mode because I’m in the market to buy a house (!!!) and every extra penny is going to that goal. That doesn’t mean I’m forgoing gifts altogether this year; rather I’m on the hunt for affordable yet stylish gifts that make a memorable statement. Admittedly, it’s been a few years since I last shopped at Old Navy. Mostly these days I’m into their affordable athletic wear, but with a list that’s nearly as long as my arm, Old Navy is a natural fit. They reached out to me to put together gift ideas for friends that are thoughtful, fun, and budget-friendly — so here goes!

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