Happy New Year ~ Letter From The Editor

Friday, January 1, 2016
Clink! Clink! Happy New Year!

The new year is always an exciting time in blogging. Most bloggers have set goals for their blogs and are brimming with ideas for posts and improvements for their blogs. We are eager to dive right in on January 1st, and I am certainly no exception.

December is the busiest month for blogging with many brands trying to use their remaining budgets for sponsored posts. Gift guides are also incredibly popular with bloggers, leaving only a certain amount of time for organic, original content. But when January hits, the door swings wide open and we can get back to writing about the topics we love.

This month brings a clean slate to Pieces of a Mom, and I am particularly excited about that. I have lots of good stuff on the way, and you'll notice a few minor cosmetic changes to the appearance of the blog over the next few months.

I'll be partnering with my friends at Gazebo Room to offer a fun giveaway for 10 winners. I'll be introducing you to Girl Power Campaign, a fun and powerful way for parents to help girls develop their own identity and a healthy self-image and encourage them to follow their dreams.

As the new year kicks off, I'll be sharing a few fitness-focused posts for those who are hoping to get in an exercise groove and (finally!) make it stick this year. I bought a Fitbit last month, and it has been a great motivator for me. I'll be sharing ways to get the most out of your Fitbit as well as a few insights into how yoga has become my best friend.

Let's not forget how important a good beauty routine is during these harsh winter months. I have a few new products to introduce you to, and you can count on my usual Best Beauty Buys post early this month.

Stay tuned! You don't want to miss how Pieces of a Mom rings in the new year. As always, if there is anything specific you want to see covered, send me an email at piecesofamom {at} gmail {dot} com.
In the meantime, sit back and enjoy these favorite stories from December.

National Cupcake Day was the perfect excuse to share my favorite cupcakes.

Although I didn't get everything on my list, I loved sharing my holiday wish list with you.

We enjoyed the first of many wonderful Christmases in our new Raymour & Flanigan dining room.

These garlic smashed potatoes are a delicious departure from traditional mashed potatoes.

January Must-Haves

A sturdy winter coat is a must for January. This faux fur-trimmed parka (on sale at Nordstrom now for $120 through January 3rd) combines function with style to keep you warm and toasty in even the coldest of temperatures. Fur-trimmed hood is removable, BTW.

A warm, waterproof winter snow boot may not seem like a necessity, but when one wallop of a snow storm hits, you'll be wishing you had the SOREL Tofino boot.
Come in from the cold, grab a mug of hot chocolate, and snuggle up with this cable knit faux-fur trimmed throw.

No fireplace? No problem! The Sir Elton John fireside candle from Nest fills your home with the soothing scent of a roaring fire.

See what I'm pinning.

Happy January, friends!! xx

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