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I love classics like popcorn, but I also love to put a twist on traditional treats! Popcorn is a great base for all kinds of flavors, plus it’s the perfect treat to bring to a party, or just to have at home as a snack. During the holidays I like to gather my best girlfriends around the TV with a giant bowl of popcorn to watch sappy holiday movies. This year I plan to surprise my ladies with these 3 delicious fancy popcorn recipes.

RECIPE: fancy popcorn #ziploc #holidaycollection
There are 3 recipes to check out: Sea Salt, Lavender & Caramel popcorn, Trail Mix popcorn, and Party popcorn.

Head over to Ziploc to see more!

RECIPE: fancy popcorn #ziploc #holidaycollectionRECIPE: fancy popcorn #ziploc #holidaycollection
photography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

I’ve been hinting at a big project coming for a few weeks now… well, today’s the big day! Last year I had such a blast working with Ziploc as their Guest Creative Director that I decided to do it all over again. This year we have a special twist up our sleeves —videos! I’m so pumped to share crafts, recipes, and a few tips and tricks to triumph over the holiday chaos, all with cheerful, fun videos.

Guest Creative Director for Ziploc // I did it again! Guest Creative Director for Ziploc // I did it again! Guest Creative Director for Ziploc // I did it again! Guest Creative Director for Ziploc // I did it again! One of the reasons I love partnering with Ziploc so much is because they truly want me to show my own personality in everything that we do. Whether it’s attempting to catch popcorn in my mouth or dancing like a fool, Ziploc embraces who I am and what I bring to the table. So get ready, we’ve got tons of silliness, sparkle, and snacks to share this holiday season. Be sure to follow along over at Ziploc and subscribe to the Ziploc YouTube channel for all the holiday fun.

Guest Creative Director for Ziploc // I did it again!For the projects pictured here, check out:

Guest Creative Director for Ziploc // I did it again!photography by Nathan Michael 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

valentine's day gift ideas

Oh, Valentine’s Day. Sort of a doozy for single girls like me, but still also pretty fun. I makes me miss the days of elementary school when we passed out tiny paper cards. Did you ever do that? We used to decorate paper bags and put them on the corner of each desk. Then, you could give valentines to all of your friends and your crush. In hindsight it was sort of a popularity contest, but super fun regardless… Anyways, Valentine’s Day is one that certainly sneaks up on you. Whether you think it’s a made up holiday or love to cozy up to your sweetheart, I rounded up 100 Valentine’s Day gift ideas — head to Keep.com to see ‘em all.

(links: love shams from Modcloth / X&O card from Baba Souk / chalkboard canisters from Target / handkerchiefs from Mark & Graham / heart socks from Nordstrom)

valentine's day gift idea
I’m a bit of a packaging nerd, so this bubble bath from Urban Outfitters really speaks to me. How great is that packaging??

valentine's day gift idea
I am loving this oh-so-sweet frame from Terrain. It’s perfect for a year long, not just Valentine’s Day.

valentine's day gift idea
And for the foodie… heart-shaped macarons!

thoughts for 2014 // www.jojotastic.com

Last year I wrote about resolutions, aka ways I wanted to improve myself. This year though… I feel like I want to embrace who I am more as a person and NOT make these broad, general, and sweeping resolutions. Maybe that in and of itself is a resolution, but in all honestly 2013 knocked me on my butt and taught me to take care of myself. Pure and simple. So while it’s easy to say, “I want to exercise more” or “I want to eat better,” what I really want is to continue down the path of seeing the value and worth I have as a person and embracing and nurturing that. Of course there are so many things I want to improve, but for now I am content with accepting myself for who I am.

Those deep thoughts aside… here are some sparkly photos that Ashley and I took on a whim last week. Perfect inspiration for some New Years frivolity and glee, don’t you think? Cya next year! (I am totally one of those people who say that.)

thoughts for 2014 // www.jojotastic.com
thoughts for 2014 // www.jojotastic.com
thoughts for 2014 // www.jojotastic.com

Photography by Ashley Lynn Fry. Dress by Free People.

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection

Every year I gather presents and then sneak into my room for a top secret wrapping party. I absolutely L-O-V-E this part of the season. It’s so much fun to pick out papers and trims and even little treats to put on top. Plus, every year my mom pokes fun at me because I’ll make sure to stack the parcels juuust-so, trying to make it look like a catalog. What she doesn’t know is that I’m also shaking them to guess what’s inside! Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the Gift Wrapping 101!

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection
This was one photoshoot where Georgette just could not help herself!

Gift Wrapping 101 #ziploc #holidaycollection
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

Cookie Exchange Party #ziploc #holidaycollection

‘Tis the season for parties! I like to shake things up a bit though. Potlucks don’t feel so special anymore, so this year I thought of a fresh idea… a holiday cookie exchange!

I invited each of my friends to bake their favorite cookies and bring them over! We had a blast sharing recipes and munching on mountains of cookies (we even gossiped a bit). I highly suggest inviting your girlfriends over for this super fun seasonal party! Your tummy will thank you!

Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the Cookie Exchange Party and a really awesome video, my first ever!

Cookie Exchange Party #ziploc #holidaycollection
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

3 Party Perfect Appetizers #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipe // www.jojotastic.com

My momma always taught me: be sure to bring something when you’re a guest in someone’s home. I swear, even now I feel like she knows if I forget. That being said, here are some of my go-to recipes to bring to any occasion. From the perfect cheese plate to drool-worthy spanakopita cups and ooey-gooey cheesy pull-apart bread, these recipes will carry you through the holiday season (and get you invited back for more)! Head over to Ziploc to see more of my guest Creative Director posts, including the 3 Party Perfect Appetizers!

3 Party Perfect Appetizers #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipe // www.jojotastic.com
3 Party Perfect Appetizers #ziploc #holidaycollection #recipe // www.jojotastic.com
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc and inspired by The Holiday Collection. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.