On "Being Spoiled" (And Lupus)

I thought now, in the lull between Christmas and the New Year, might be a good time to reflect on this issue that occasionally pops up in my life. This post is a bit personal, but why not?

To give this a frame, things in our house have been pretty dramatic as of late. All of us in the house have had a pretty big issue with one of our fellow housemates, which makes a pretty unpleasant situation. I hate that at my age, I'm still living with others, but because I've chosen to be a student for so long, that's something I've had to accept. All of this craziness has motivated Luke and myself to begin looking for a new home for myself, Luke and Eugene (the dog) in the New Year. Even if it is a financial stretch, at least all of the craziness from the last month will be behind us.

The issue with our housemate is one for the books and one I'd love to make one of those "My Crazy Housemate" videos about, but I do question the ethics of those videos. Regardless, this situation might actually hilarious if you weren't living it because it is so petty...however it has, in my opinion, contributed pretty greatly to the stress that has made it more difficult to heal from my surgery this time around.

But one thing that keeps coming up from this particular person is the accusation that everyone else but this individual is spoiled. I know living with other people, especially as an adult, is difficult in general...but this is one accusation that people tend to throw around a lot. People say with pride, "I work for everything I have so I deserve xyz."

Here's the thing. I did grow up spoiled. I 100% admit it. I grew up in a bubble of wealth and privilege and at the time, saw myself as lower middle class because I didn't have a private jet to take me to Vegas on a whim the way some of our family friends did.

But when I got out of that bubble, I really started to understand and appreciate the things my parents have been able to do for me that not everyone's parents have. I recognize the leg up they've been able to give me that's allowed me to pursue my dreams despite having lupus. In all honesty, if I hadn't had them, I think times in my life would have been a lot rougher financially than they were.

I'm totally aware of the fact that my parents were overprotective and did a lot for me. But I'm also conversely grateful and have worked hard to be independent, despite having a disability that can really knock you on your ass at times. I've lived abroad for over four years, finding ways to pay for it all myself that may not have been traditional 9-5 jobs or working 40 hour work weeks in an office.

Yes, some days I do sleep in or sleep most of the day sometimes because I have to. But I have learned to pour myself into my work in a way that suits my needs, works for me and those I work for and also allows me to earn a living wage. If that makes me spoiled, then so be it.

However, I don't understand why this is often thrown around as an insult to people. People's circumstances are all different and people can't help their upbringing. And in some ways, growing up spoiled can actually be a handicap in the workplace, living with others, in relationships, etc. I remember my grandmother telling me growing up she always had someone clean up after her. When she got married in the 1930s and was required to keep house (although this is a bit of an antiquated example), she was horrible at it and had a pretty steep learning curve.

Granted, at times, you should take people's opinions with a grain of salt. But for me it hits home hard, especially because people with lupus are often branded "lazy" or "spoiled" for not being able to do everything their healthier counterparts can. And I guess it touches a big nerve for me because I have worked very hard in many, many ways to be as independent from others as possible. Yet sometimes, it just feels like whatever I do, because I have lupus, it's not enough for everyone.

Yet, in some ways I feel like shaming people for having grown up privileged is almost the same as shaming someone for anything else they can't help. As long as you realize how lucky you are and have been, why must people brag/complain/humblebrag about how hard they work or elevate themselves because they didn't grow up privileged? It always leaves me feeling horrible and guilty about something I can't even control...especially because I'd love to be able to, without question.

What do you guys think?

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Treat Yourself After Christmas with Cozy Sweatshirts and Cute Tees!

If you didn't get what you wanted for Christmas, or you're hankering for some new tees, Five Pound Tee has some fresh bits for just £5 for the tees and £12 for sweatshirts. Having been gifted the tees from the company, I've been wearing them around for a bit and they're actually pretty damn soft and of pretty good quality. Why not stock up on a little New Year treat for yourself? 

Here are the ones I picked out for myself: 

Personally, I find them pretty adorable and at around £20 for all three, how can you go wrong? Definitely the perfect addition to your January wardrobe for those lounge-y duvet days. And as for me? I have a lot of them!

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Photography Giveaway Treat!

Have you had an interest in getting into Photography? Or maybe you want to up your photography game to help your blog or small business grow.  Either way, this beginner photography giveaway is just the ticket for you, and I have luckily teamed up with some awesome ladies to be able to offer it to you-this package has roughly a value of  $550 (or more, since I found some killer steals on what is included) so you definitely don't want to miss it. The Ultimate Beginners Photography Giveaway Since this giveaway is all about helping you grow your photo-taking skills, Angie of My So-Called Chaos also asked each of the fantastic people participating in this giveaway to tell us what their favorite kind of photos to look at are.  This should help you also hone in on what you want to take photos of while you are working on building your skill and technique. Angie prefers photos that are clear (not blurry or too dark), bright, and have some good color and crispness to them. Here's what everyone else had to say:

What are your favorite photos to look at?

"I enjoy real pictures - the kind that make you think 'Cool... they are totally weird like I am'." - Kimi from Kimi Who

  "Oh gosh, that's a really difficult question! I have no idea. Pretty ones?" - Anna from Anna in Wonderland (Note: Anna has quite a bit to say about what makes a good photo in her Grow Your Instagram course, which you should totally check out if you're looking to grow interaction and followers on that social media platform.)

  "Pictures are worth a million words. I enjoy seeing peoples lives in a photos. It is fun to think about what they were doing, what life was like for them, and to just see them grow." - Ashley from Simply Ashley Nicole "

I love photos that show personality! I'm a college student and it's nice seeing artsy photos (for your blog) but I love seeing photos with family, friends, etc!" - Kaci from Earth to Kace

  "Environmental Portraits / Photojournalism. I love photos that tell stories of how people interact with their environment." - Esther from Local Adventurer

 "I love travel photos because they inspire me to visit new places!" - Olya from The Siberian American

  "Nature photos are my favorite simply because they are something gorgeous to look at." - Stella Kenton Body Shop

  "Old analogue pictures, especially black and white portraits." - Caterina from Kate/idoscope

  "I'm a bit of an Instagram junky and a fashion blogger, so I love looking at others' well-composed fashion photos!" - Nicole from Violet and Vine

  "I love to see bright clean photos of peoples everyday lives. Getting to see a peak into someone everyday is always interesting to me." - Amanda of Life with Grace

"Fashion photos are my favorite photos to see because it inspires me to put my closet to use" - Jennifer of the Insta Boss eCourse

  "I love travel photos! It's fun to see new places, as well as connect with others that are visiting locations I've been to." - Leeann of Join the Gossip

  "I have to admit my first answer is animals - I adore cute animal pictures, but I also love seeing a glimpse into peoples lives and seeing what they are up to." - Sarah from Life in a Breakdown
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"Cool food and drink shots, as well as vineyard and travel images." - Mary from Vindulge

"Projects/recipes to do with kids." - Sarah from Twins and a Toddler

  "I love seeing travel photos. I am such a huge travel fan, and I've been to many countries but I always get inspired to continue traveling when I see others' adventures!" - Casey from Lucy Loo Littles

  "Children related photos and fashion." - Brittany from The Ashmore's Blog

  "I like photos that are vivid and full of color." - Tish from The Veganista Foodie

  "I love photos of cool items layed out on a desk or on a nice background creatively, especially with planners and such." - Lindsay of  Paperclips and Pacis

  "I love any kind of photos as long as they are BRIGHT. I LOVE photos full of bright and happy colors!" - Kristen from The Road to Domestication

  "I love seeing photos of everyday life. Because everyday life is so beautiful!" - LaShawn from Everyday Eyecandy

  "I love candid photos of my family. It is very special to be able to capture a sweet moment between my children." - Amanda from The Mint Design Company

  "I love travel photos! In the winter time, photos of tropical destinations help me keep the winter blues at bay." - Mar from T.O. & Fro

  "We love all sorts of photos, but Disney photos are our favorites. :)" - Angela and Libby from Disney BFFs Blog

  "Pictures of kids, because they are hilarious and fun, and pictures of flowers because they make me happy!" - Candace from Luxe... With Kids

  "As a self-proclaimed foodie and maker, I love photos that inspire me to create. I also really love landscape and scenery. Nature is awesome!" - Jessica from Living La Vida Holoka 

 "I love outdoor photos, mainly either animals to the beach. Those are my favorite things, so that's what I love to see the most." - Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mamas

  "Candid pictures of people living their day to day lives. I get to see a glimpse of a stranger's life or at least guess it." - Nana from Foreign Geek

  "My favorite kinds of photos are the ones taken in the middle of an adventure, and the photographer catches that moment of awe. Whether it's an unbelievable sunset while hiking or someone's reaction after they've tried something they've never done before. Photos like that inspire me to get outside and live a little; to escape technology and remember there's a huge world out there waiting for me to experience." - Julie from Mom Fabulous

  "Travel because I've been bitten by the travel bug for over 25 years now." - Melody from Wherever I May Roam

  "I love photos of family dinners and coffee runs. It reminds of all the little things that happen before and after those near 'perfect' moments." - Zobia from The Eternity Journal

  "My favorite photos to see are beautiful vacation and travel photos because I love to travel or photos of people running that show their passion for running and health." - Jill from RunEatSnap "Awesome ones! lol" - Melissa and Deynece from Deux Bella

  "I love flatlays, especially beauty ones! I'm a beauty blogger and I love seeing what others have in their collections whether it's something I also use, or something new that gives me ides for future purchases!" - Megan from The Megan Chronicles

  "I love food+drink photography, but especially photos of people with friends and family, laughing and enjoying each other's company with food & drink. I love how food can bring people together!" - Marlynn from Urban Bliss Life "Adventure Photos." - Tiara from Ice Cream and French Fries

  "I'm such a visual person that any kind of photo can draw me in. My favorites are the ones that imply there's more going on than we'll ever know—a secret glance, a watering eye, a mischievous grin, a desolate road, a steaming plate of food—it's like getting a glimpse at someone's soul." - Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

  "I adore candid pictures of kids, especially with their moms. Motherhood is hard, but my favorite photos are the ones that remind us of why being a mom is worth it. The photos of our kids that show them laughing with us and loving each other? Perfect." - Meg from Snap Happy Mom

  "Food pictures! I love to see how people cook." - Gaila from Petit Gourmet

"I love pics that show a story, that are artful, sweet, thought provoking and show the beauty of nature, love, friendship, kindness." - Rocio from Your Sassy Self

  "I love to see family photos. Family is so important and even if you don't think the pictures are great, they tell a story and I love to see those!" - Amanda from Green Tea and Cotton

  "I love natural photos that show a person's real personality. Nothing overly staged or forced looking." - Krystal from The Krystal Diaries

  "Something fun, colorful & inspiring." - Linda from Brunch with Joy

Enter the Giveaway

This giveaway includes the following*:
  • Canon Rebel T5 DSLR Camera w/Lens
  • Canon Rebel T5 Supplies**
  • The Beginner's Photography Guide
  • 2 Soft Box Lights
  • Enrollment into the Grow Your Instagram Mini Course
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Highs and Lows of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, it is that time of the year for all bloggers to narcissistically reflect on how the year has affected them.

To be honest, 2015 hasn't been my best year. No one died or anything catastrophic, but my health just took such a dive for the worse that I feel like I've become a horrible hermit. The past few weeks before Christmas, I've spent mostly curled up in a fetal position sleeping. I've not felt like I've had time to ever properly take time off from anything, so I've always been pushing myself to keep going and doing things for work, even when I'm sleeping the majority of the day. I am a little behind on my thesis, but it isn't too bad...nothing that won't be finished by September. I am gradually getting stronger and every day is a little bit better than before, so it is the little things that count.

Despite my health concerns and not being able to see many people, 2015 has brought a lot of professional successes, especially with my blog. I am really looking forward to watching it continue to grow over the next few months.

So Let's List All the Things I'm Looking Forward To In 2016:

-Finishing my PhD and becoming a Doctor!
-Finally recovering and having medication to control my pain so that I'm living my life.
-Getting back into exercising once the recovery process is complete.
-Moving into a new flat with Luke.
-Watching my blog continue to grow
-Make more strides with my YouTube

How about you? What were your successes and pitfalls in 2015? What are you looking forward to in 2016?

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight!

Regularly scheduled blog posts will be back on Monday December 28.

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15 Christmas Tunes

Struggling to get in the spirit with Christmas now just two days away? Don't worry, I've got you covered here with 15 of my favorite Christmas songs! If you follow along on my blog or YouTube, you know that I identify mostly with my Jewishness religiously and culturally...but I'm sorry, nothing compares to Christmas. This is the one time of year where I embrace the "other side."

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Blue Christmas- Kate Davis and Postmodern Jukebox
2. Christmas in Kilarney- Bing Crosby
3. Mele Kalikimaka- Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Judy Garland from "Meet Me in St. Louis"
5. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas- Michael Buble 
6. I'll Be Home for Christmas- Michael Buble
7. White Christmas- Frank Sinatra 
8. Let It Snow- Glee 
9. O Holy Night- Lea Michele 
10. Baby It's Cold Outside- Michael Buble and Idina Menzel
11. All I Want for Christmas is You- Mariah Carey
12. Last Christmas- Wham!
13. Joy to the World- Aretha Franklin
14. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Andy Williams
15. Happy Xmas (War is Over)- John Lennon 

What are your favorite Christmas tunes?

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Last Minute Gift for Someone Who Has Everything--Oxfam Unwrapped

If you're struggling to find the perfect last minute gift for someone--especially someone who seems to have everything, have no fear. I've partnered with Oxfam to help spread the message of Oxfam unwrapped, where you can buy a range of products and items that actually help people instead of going in the back of your friend's drawer.

Gifts range from £5 onwards and you can purchase a gift for the card to be sent directly to someone's email. Guaranteed Christmas delivery! One such gift is the £5 live saving soap, which can help stop the spread of disease, and dramatically reducing the number of children who day each day from something as simple as diarrhea.

Click here to browse the range or watch the video below!:

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Pinterest Fail Baking--Christmas Cookie Edition!

Katy of  Katy in Neverland (pay her YouTube and Blog a visit y'all!) and I decided to do a collaboration, even though we live thousands of miles apart. As many of you guys know, I love baking, but my baking never turns out looking as good as Pinterest people's. For example, compare the above to below:

Image via SaltTree Blog 
Unfortunately, I wasn't even able to take a pretty DSLR photo, because the cookies got stuck to the pan and then crumbled. Yeah, it was a great idea not buttering the cookie sheets...oh, self. What will we do with you?

So how do you make these? It's quite simple, if you actually read the directions. I think mine lacked a bit of food coloring, which made them look worse than the Salt Tree, but eh.

1. Mix together your favorite sugar cookie recipe and create and dough. Split the dough in half (I did fourths as there was way more dough than I expected).

2.  Knead food coloring into one of doughs and leave the other plain.

3. Sprinkle flour on the table to prevent the dough from sticking to it and roll out the cookie dough with a rolling pin.

4. Spread some water over the top of the colored dough and place the non-colored dough on top.

5. Using a knife, cut the dough into an even rectangle so that both the top and bottom are the same size.

6. Roll up the dough into a log.

7. Wet the outside of the dough "log" and pour sprinkles on top. You can also spill the sprinkles on the table and roll the dough in it.

8. Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge or freezer, ideally several hours, but one hour is fine.

9. Take a very thin knife and cut the log into cookies. Place on a greased baking sheet (or one with baking paper on it).

10. Cook according to the directions.

This is a great last minute Christmas cookie you can make with your family now that everyone is (for the most part) off of school or work!

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All THREE of My Books Are Free For the Next Five Days!

All three of my books are FREE on Amazon for the next five days. No code, no catches, no nothing. Just download on any device and enjoy. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Unravelled- UK Grab Here // US Grab Here

Children of the Most High- UK Grab Here // US Grab Here

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Celebrate Christmas with Smiffy's!

Have you ever had a fancy dress Christmas party or just want the chance to surprise your family and friends this Christmas with a silly costume? Smiffy's generously gifted me this hilarious light-up sweater that I'm definitely going to be wearing this Christmas season. A light up pudding? Amazing! Ever since I've lived in the UK, I've been kind of obsessed with Christmas puddings. Not even sure why since I've technically never had one, but this was totally perfect.

Smiffy's has so many different styles on their site, even ones perfect for the Christmas nativity play at church or school.

Before I was selected for the campaign, I had honestly never really thought of dressing up for Christmas, but now it seems like an amazing idea. Hmmm...

Have you ever dressed up for Christmas?

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Vlogmas 2015 Catch Up

So I've not been feeling well, so things are kind of slow on Vlogmas and the blog these days. But, I did a little haul last week for you.

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Christmas Codes for Discount Shopping for You and Yours

Most people think of after Christmas as the time to save money, however several stores are doing some pre-Christmas sales to help you save some dosh. Here is a round up of a few I've found so you can grab some last minute shopping.

Cath Kidston-  Use code SECRET SANTA for 20% Off at checkout

Bra Stop- Use code UKFREE for free delivery within the UK and WDFREE for free delivery anywhere else when you purchase £60 worth of merchandise.

H&M- Use code 6011 for free standard delivery.

ASOS- Free delivery when you spend £20 in the UK, $40 in the US.

Marks and Spencers- 30%-50% off select Christmas items

Christmas underwear- 50p-£1 at Primark

Amazon- Up to 25% off on Kindle Fires

Rad.co- Free shipping on all orders

Links of London- £25 Off orders of £150 with code 25OFF150 at checkout

Red Letter Days- £20 off orders over £100 with code V20100 at checkout

Dorothy Perkins- £10 off orders over £40 with code HISTORE10

The Body Shop- 40% off items (in store only) at 20% off for new online customers with code 14669

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Four of My Most Inspirational Women--Who Inspires You?

JD Williams recently contacted me to take part in their inspirational women campaign, to discuss the women around us and in our world whom we find to be inspiring. Although I am continually inspired by my family and friends and so many women around me, I wanted to dedicate this post to a few of the famous or well-known sorts who I have always found myself looking up to.

While Ingeborg Rapoport may not be a household name, her story is none the less inspiring as hell. Ingeborg, a German Jew, was busy working on her PhD on diphtheria in 1937. The race laws, known as the Nuremberg laws, were enacted one year prior to her submission, and she was told by her professors at the University of Hamburg that she would receive her PhD if the race laws hadn't made it illegal. Although Ingeborg escaped Germany and fled to the United States, where she qualified as a doctor, she did have to redo all of her education again. In May 2015, Ingeborg became the oldest woman to receive a PhD. At age 102, professors from the University had her defend her thesis and gave her the PhD she rightly earned.

Although I don't necessarily agree with all of her politics, I do find her story a fascinating one and with two takeaway lessons: never give up and you're never too old to improve.

You don't have to be a fan of Lena Dunham's show Girls to recognize that she's made some serious strides within the entertainment industry. A fellow endometriosis sufferer, Dunham has written and directed her own TV series before she turned 30--but not only that, she's shaken up the way women are portrayed on TV. Instead of grimly accepting the idea that women on television must fit into a cookie cutter mold, Dunham has given the industry the middle finger by portraying women in a realistic way.

Comedienne Mindy Kaling has also shaken up the way women are portrayed on TV, by landing herself her own amazingly witty TV show as both a woman of color and someone who doesn't have the societally appropriate leading lady body type. Kaling is also quite witty and hilarious with her writing, which makes my love of her grow even stronger.

Since I'm doing my thesis on Anne Frank, I couldn't neglect to include her in this list. However, it's for a different reason than you may think. Although Anne lived through an incredibly unusual situation, Anne herself did not really do much that was inspirational during her lifetime. Instead, it has always been her legacy that carried the inspirational message. Instead, Anne represents the unfulfilled potential of a woman whose flame was burned out far too soon. Although we can never know what Anne would have done had she lived, I can bet she would have done something really cool. As such, she serves as a reminder for the potential we snuff out whenever senseless killings occur--and how much our society stands to lose.

What woman do you look up to the most?

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Grow Your Instagram Course is Now LIVE! + GIVEAWAY

Are you wondering what the magical solution is to get your Instagram to the next level? As someone who grew her following from 600 to 13.2K in a matter of months, I am revealing all of my tips and tricks just for you. From now until Monday, you can grab the course for just $30, $20 off the retail price! Hurry, because the offer is up on promptly on Monday at midnight GMT.

Simply go here and enjoy!  I can't wait to see how your Instagram grows.

Psst, did I mention there's a 30 day money back guarantee? If you follow the steps and don't grow your Instagram, you're entitled to a full refund. There is literally nothing to lose and everything to gain!

I'll be giving away the course to three lucky winners to send them on their way to a shinier, better Instagram.

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Vlogmas 2015--Are You Caught Up?

This year, I'm doing Vlogmas, vlogging every day until Christmas eve! Are you caught up on the latest episodes? Since I didn't get up to much on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, there will be a big one dropping tonight at 4pm, so keep your eyeses peeled.

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Gracewell Intergenerational Movie Night

I recently partnered with Gracewell of Hawley for their intergenerational movie night initiative. Having had a grandmother who had to live in a care home and a working with older adults in my day job really made this campaign hit home, so when they asked if I wanted to participate, of course I said yes.

Gracewell is encouraging everyone to help combat loneliness and foster togetherness by hosting an intergenerational movie night--and they sent us some amazing snacks to get us going. At Gracewell, the residents are encouraged to have their families come along to enjoy movies with them to keep up morale.

However, it is important to acknowledge that one doesn't have to be in a care home to be lonely, as many older people live by themselves and go weeks without seeing someone. So in light of both the upcoming holidays and Gracewell's initiative, it's always a great time to go visit your ageing loved ones and pop in one of their favorite films.

Gracewell generously let me choose the film I wanted to use for my own intergenerational movie night. It took me a while, but I decided on Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast or The Sound of Music and asked to be surprised. All three of those films are ones that I used to own on VHS as a child (dating myself!) and don't have on DVD. Furthermore, they are films I've enjoyed with my friends, parents, grandparents and children I've babysat--they are true classics that anyone at any age can enjoy!

The Sound of Music has particular significance for me as it has always been one of my favorites growing up. When I was 13, I played one of the von Trapp children in a local theatre production of the play, which is one of my most treasured memories. Last year, my mother and I went to see it on the Big Screen when I visited her to celebrate 50 years since its release and it was a wonderful bonding experience.

I'm saving this one for Christmas Day to enjoy with my boyfriend (who has never seen this movie! I KNOW!), his parents and grandmother since I won't be back in the USA for Christmas. But we will definitely be enjoying this classic and all of the goodies Gracewell generously sent me.

What film will you be watching with your family this season? What is one of your favorites that you watched as a kid and still love?

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Making Latkes with Debenhams

I don't usually post on a Saturday, but with tomorrow being the first night of Hanukkah and the celebration of the special Christmas Recipe eBook, I thought I would whip up this little post for you guys.

Back in October, Debenhams asked me if I wanted to participate in their Christmas Recipe eBook. As I'm hopeless with most recipes, I decided on the tried and true Hanukkah latke. You can see my recipe and everyone else's here--which is a great little addition to your holiday!

If you're interested, latkes are eaten during the eight nights of Hanukkah to commemorate the miracle of the oil. The Greeks attempted to destroy a Jewish temple, but when the Jews took it back to rededicate it, they needed to burn the lights in the menorah for eight days. They only had enough oil for one, but it miraculously burned for eight nights. To celebrate this, we eat foods dipped in oil (traditionally latkes and donuts, but nowadays with the unhealthy modern diet, you could almost do anything).

Here's the recipe:


1 kg of potatoes
1 onion 
1-2 eggs (depending on how sticky you want your consistency)
Pinch of salt 
25g of flour (optional and can be made without it)
Olive oil or vegetable oil for frying 


1. Peel and then grate your potatoes.  

2. Place the grated potatoes in cold water and once you've finished grating, leave them to soak for 5 minutes. 

3. Drain grated potatoes in a colander. 

4. Squeeze excess water out of potatoes by wrapping them in a paper towel and squeezing and then transferring them to a dry bowl. Do this a handful of grated potatoes at a time, otherwise not all of the moisture will be gone and the latkes will become soggy. 

5. Beat the egg (or eggs if you want a stickier mixture) in a separate boil. 

6. Peel the onion and then finely chop or grate it. 

7. Add the egg, onion and optional flour to the grated potatoes and mix together. 

8. Pour oil into a frying pan (not too much, but enough to thinly cover the bottom of the pan). Turn stove onto medium heat. 

9. Place heaped tablespoons of the mixture into the oil. Flatten with a spatula to ensure even cooking. Keep the heat at medium so as not to burn bits. Turn over with the spatula and cook on the other side once the edges are golden brown. It typically takes 3-5 minutes on each side. Be sure to wear a cooking glove for this part, as no matter how careful you are, hot oil can still fly out of the pan and burn your hands, especially when flipping. 

10. Put the finished latke flat on a brown paper bag so that the excess oil is soaked up.

11. Serve warm with applesauce or sour cream. Latkes may be reheated by being placed on a baking sheet and placed in the oven at 180 for 4-5 minutes. 

Now get to spinning that dreidel and lighting those candles tomorrow at sunset!

And who could forget the Adam Sandler Hanukkah song? Always a classic (though clearly not a traditional song!).

And the version with the updated list of Jews (including Drake!):

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Grace Bags--Perfect for a Fashionable Tech Lover!

STM, an Australian company, recently reached out to me to showcase some of the products from their gorgeous Grace line--which are absolutely ideal for someone like myself who is constantly transporting their laptop and other electronic goods. The bag, especially, is great because it is padded to hold your laptop without screaming "HELLO I'M A LAPTOP BAG, COME STEAL ME!"

STM gave me three products to try out.

Featured here are the padded MacBook case and the padded iPhone clutch, both of which are great for slipping in to bigger bags. The iPhone clutch slips into a purse quite nicely and easily and comes in four different shades. You can browse here. 

The MacBook case comes in several different colors as well, and you can choose the one that fits your MacBook the best. You can browse that one here, and it also comes in four different shades. It's worth noting that the four different shades you can purchase the bags in are coordinated, so if you wanted, you could totally have a matching array of tech products!

Lastly in the collection is this laptop sleeve that doubles as a purse/handbag. As you can see, the interior is made of super soft suede-like material, which cushions your laptop or iPad and other daily essentials. There's also a little pocket in the front where you can store bits and bobs for your day and also contains a magnetic closure so that you'll never forget to close the bag. You can look it up here, and like the other bags in the collection, it comes in four different colors.

You can purchase the bags online at Amazon, or if you're in the UK, any of the retailers listed here. 

If you're in the United States, nab one here.  They really are fantastic products and a great gift for students and bloggers alike!

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