I don’t know about you but between the house, kids and work I am very easily overwhelmed and when that happens I becomes easier for me to avoid things which only makes it worse. I’ve recently begun to try and implement these 7 steps into my morning to help start my day off on the right foot.
I am admittedly not the best cook but there are a few things that I can cook and cook them well. I tend to get an idea in my head and look up a few recipes on Pinterest and combine a few to create my masterpiece. This Creamy Crockpot Potato Soup is one of them. It’s super easy to make and delicious on a cold winter day. You will need a crockpot or Dutch oven and an immersion blender.
When it comes to decorating the house for holidays I am all about the Thanksgiving through Christmas season and then I tend to keep things pretty plain for the rest of the holidays. That is, until I had kids. Now I find that I want to at least do a little something for each holiday to keep the excitement alive for the kids. I’m not talking full house decor like we had for Christmas, but little pops hear and there. Subtle decorations that are easy to put up and more importantly, easy to take down.
Today is the last Monday of the year. Can you believe that?! The LAST one! This year has felt simultaneously extremely long as well as super short. COVID certainly through a monkey wrench into everyone’s lives but soon we can put this year behind us and look forward to 2021 and hopefully a better year. I’m not big on New Years Resolutions, I feel like they imply that you were/are faulty somehow the previous year. Most people can’t live up to the pressures that resolutions put on us and end up failing anyway and I am so not down with more failure and negativity after the hell of a year we’ve all been through. Instead of a fitness schedule or a resolution for my Motivation Monday I am going to set forth my goals and intentions for the upcoming months and year. I’m a firm believer that you get what you put out; be kind and kindness will come to you, work hard and success will come to you etc. So here they are, in no particular order or category:
Let’s face it, 2020 has been a bust. We have all been affected in some way by the global pandemic whether it’s having been out of work, vacations canceled, wedding plans changed, birthday parties revamped or being medically affected by COVID-19, it has downright sucked. Don’t get me wrong I usually try to see the positive in situations and this past year is no different. The positive of this year has been getting to spend so much time with my husband and kids. I’ll never get that time again and I’m truly thankful to have had that opportunity. While I’m sad at the things that I may have missed out on this past year and sad for my friends who have also been affected by this past year I’m also sad watching my kids going through this. Kids are definitely resilient and adapt quickly however I think it’s important being able to keep certain things as “normal” as possible. While me may not be having our big Christmas Eve party this year we did want to keep the spirit of the holiday alive for our kids. Finding a Brunch with Santa did prove to be harder this year but I was able to find one with an opening this past Sunday and it was fantastic. If you’re local to central Long Island then I would highly recommend The Club, a Public Steakhouse for your Santa Brunch.
I love the style an decor of The Club. It has lots of brown leather and grey tones with beautiful chandeliers throughout. The addition of the holiday decor made everything look magical. As far as precautions regarding COVID they seem to be going above and beyond. Reservations are recommended as they have everyone very spaced out. Instead of a traditional buffet brunch they brought as three tier platter of pastries to the table to start. My kids favorites were the mini donuts. Brunch included the pastries, an appetizer, entree and either Mimosa, Bloody Mary, coffee, tea or soda for adults. For kids over three they get an appetizer and an entree of a waffle or chicken fingers. Kids under 3 are free but can order an entree. I got the heirloom tomato and burrata as an appetizer and the breakfast burger as my meal. The breakfast burger was out of this world good. A pulled pork and brisket burger with a fried egg on top.
When I was searching for a place that had Brunch with Santa I found many restaurants with a Sunday Holiday Brunch but no Santa. I don’t know about you but spending $35+ on a holiday brunch without any holiday fanfare does not seem worth it. At The Club they had Santa there and he came around to every table and spent time with the kids and families. While my son may have been terrified 😂 it still created that holiday magic for my kids. The host even came around to the tables to inform us that Santa was heading back to the North Pole of the kids wanted to say goodbye.
After a year of hardships, stress and disappointment especially for our little ones this morning of holiday magic felt incredibly special.
If you’re looking to do a Holiday Brunch with Santa I highly recommend checking out The Club, a Public Steakhouse at Port Jeff Country Club. They have one more day of brunch scheduled for Sunday December 20 from 11-2.