December always manages to fly by fast. Now that we've reached the end of 2017, it's hard to believe that another year has actually finished.  This year has certainly been an interesting one. Off to a rocky start, I'm happy to be ending it on positive upward swing. This month I managed to achieve my goal of gaining 100 YouTube followers before the end of the year! If you aren't already following, you can follow me on YouTube at:

I am also excited to see growth in my Instagram and Twitter followers, putting me on track to expand my blog and reach new goals in 2018. Use the links above to follow my adventures through social media.

My "smooth holiday plan" worked out about as expected: with only a few hiccups I manages to have all my Christmas decorations up, gift shopping finished early, and holiday baking finished in time for my annual spiced wine party. This holidays did manage to get a bit hectic still around Hanukkah, forcing myself to abandon my original plan of  participating in Vlognukkah (8 YouTube videos for all 8 nights of Hanukkah). I did manage a little mini-vlognukkah on my Instagram instead and look forward to participating on my YouTube channel next year. I also managed to squeeze in a quick trip to New York, one of my favorite cities in the winter. Keep an eye out in January for a video and blog post about my time there.

As always, I did manage to find the time to discover a few smaller things to love in December. Check out my video below for my monthly picks of all my favorite things (just a little preview, this month includes my thoughts on Star Wars and a few good beauty products for winter.)

Have any favorites of your own? Let me know in the comments section below!