5 Things I Learned From Making My Bed (Almost!) Every Morning Last Year

This past year, I set (and kept!) a resolution for the very first time in my life.

At some point near the end of 2015, I decided that I wanted to start making my bed. Doesn't really seem like a big deal, but as someone who works from home, my bed was pretty much always visible, and having a big giant messy thing in my face constantly wasn't doing me any favors.

So when I woke up on January 1, 2016, the first thing I did was make the bed. Then I did it again the next day and the day after that, and just kept going until it somehow became a natural part of what I did every day. 

I wasn't perfect. Some days I took my time and made my bed look like it was straight out of a catalog. Other times, I was a bit rushed and just kind of pulled everything quickly into place. I skipped it on cleaning lady days and when traveling (one of the luxuries of hotel life, right?)

There were even some days when I left it so late in the day that I essentially made my bed about an hour before getting right back into it. (Still counts!) But, for the most part, it's how I started each and every day last year.

And after a while? It started to feel really good. Here are 5 things I learned over the past year of making my bed nearly every morning--perhaps they'll inspire you to give it a try, too!

Baked Spicy Chili Cinnamon Veggie Chips

Healthy snacking. It's what everyone is all about these first few enthusiastic weeks of the year, and I'm happy to jump on board.

Today I have a super fun recipe for Baked Spicy Chili Cinnamon Veggie Chips that works as both an easy snack and a cool party recipe (you know...because once this "New Year New You" stuff fades out, it's gameday food time!)

Strawberry Shortcake Brie (Straw-Brie Shortcake!)

This babe of a party appetizer recipe has been sitting in my queue for months. Um...a lot of months.

(At least six, I think.)

3-Ingredient Appetizer & Brunch Recipes (TODAY Show)

I closed out an amazing year with a fun segment on TODAY Show where I showed Carson Daly how to make six different 3-ingredient recipes--3 easy party appetizers and 3 easy brunch recipes.

Though the segment was New Year's-focused, these quick and easy dishes are great for anytime of year!

The potato chip omelet and whipped ricotta are my two faves (and on the show, Carson was a big fan of the chorizo pigs-in-a-blanket).

Watch the video here:

DIY Cocoa Spicy Sugar Scrub Hostess Gift Basket + A Giveaway!

Thanks to Coca-Cola for sponsoring this holiday post. All ideas and opinions are my own!

We know it shouldn't be this way, but for many of us, the holiday season can often be as crazy as it is joyful. From parties and travel to shopping, decorating, and even just dealing with unexpected weather, these weeks can often take a lot out of us.

This is why I'm so thankful for those amazing people in our lives who always seem to go above and beyond. They're the people you know you can always count on for help no matter how big or small, and the ones who go out of their way to make this season better, happier, and more magical for all of us.

Chewy Espresso Cookies

Thank you Domino® Sugar for sponsoring this holiday baking post. 

Did you grow up baking Christmas cookies in your family? I know it's a tradition for many, but you might be surprised to learn that it's actually not the case for me.

My mom is a great cook, but she absolutely does not bake. My grandmother used to make wonderful desserts, but very few of those involved baking. Our holiday treats and traditions consisted of Puerto Rican favorites like arroz con leche (rice pudding), tembleque (coconut pudding), and coquito (our Puerto Rican version of eggnog), the latter of which my mom would make in bulk every December for my dad to give to his coworkers.

$20 Dinner for 4 (TODAY Show)

I was back on TODAY Show yesterday, competing in a friendly food challenge against Food & Wine Magazine's Justin Chapple. We were both challenge to create a meal for a family of 4 that cost less than $20 using ingredients from a set shopping list.

Watch the video above, and click here for the recipe for my Roasted Root Veggie Tacos with Goat Cheese Cream.
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