4 Food-Baby Friendly Holiday Outfits

The holidays are a wonderful time filled with family, friends and most of all, FOOD. It’s easy to overindulge during holiday meals when you have turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, cranberry sauce and 3 different kinds of pie (because you have to try them all, right?) to choose from.

And then, the dreaded family pictures occur. If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do after you’ve consumed a full meal is take a picture. Fear not! These 4 outfits are tried and true and will cover up your growing food-baby so that you can snap a few photos with the family and then pass out from all that tryptophan.

  1. A Baggy Sweater Dress

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Not only is this option super comfy, it’s also flattering on most body shapes. Sweater dresses with a nice cowl neck are great because they draw attention to the neckline and not the midsection. Pair a sweater dress with leggings and riding boots and you’ll be camera ready AND comfy!

  1. Leggings and a Peplum Top

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Peplum tops are amazing because they flare out right above the tummy area that most of us would like to cover up. Peplum tops come in a variety of styles, fabrics and sleeve lengths, making them incredibly versatile. For Thanksgiving, a peplum sweater like the one below would be cozy and weather appropriate while still flattering. Throw on your favorite pair of leggings and some cute flats and you’re good to go!

  1. High-Waisted Skirt and Top

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High-waisted anything is great for extra control in the midsection, so a skirt like the one below is perfect for Thanksgiving. Go for a skirt with an elastic waistband for optimum comfort and fit. As for color or pattern, plaid is definitely in for this holiday season and there are tons of cute plaid skirts out right now. Pair your skirt with tights and a turtleneck if you’ll be somewhere chilly or a 3-quarter length sleeve top if not. Adding a statement necklace will give this outfit some extra pizazz!

  1. Poncho with Leggings or Jeans

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Ponchos have recently made a comeback in a big way! Some people are really turned off by the thought of ponchos, but with the right accessories they can be trendy and comfortable all at once. One of the best ways to style a poncho is with a turtleneck, leggings and over-the-knee boots. Depending on the how dressy you want to be, you can easily swap out leggings for jeans and boots for high heels to dress the poncho up or down. Adding some sparkly baubles to the mix will make the outfit and have you looking runway ready while feeling like you’re wearing a big, comfy blanket!

What are your go-to holiday outfits? Let us know in the comments!

5 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Christmas

5 Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate theOne of the best parts of the holiday season is that there seem to always be parties going on, especially for Christmas! However sometimes participating in these Christmas extravaganzas can get to be a little bit on the expensive side. As two college students with a limited budget, we know that contributing money towards gifts can be a little bit much! However there are still ways to have a great time with friends celebrating the holidays without breaking the bank. Here are our tips!

  1. Host a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift exchange

Rather than spending money on each of your friends, instead suggest to your group that you do a Secret Santa. This ensures everyone gets a gift and you can set a price limit on the amount each person can spend! If there are members of your group that don’t know each as well and don’t feel comfortable buying a present for someone they aren’t really acquainted with, try a White Elephant exchange. For these, each person brings a gift within the given price range. Upon arrival all the gifts go in a large bag and, when the time comes, everyone draws a gift. They can either choose to keep their gift or trade with one person who has drawn already.

  1. Have a cookie exchange

As fun as it is to have a holiday dinner with friends that can get quite expensive after buying all the food—especially if there’s a turkey! A cookie exchange is a great option because it gets everyone together for yummy holiday food without burning a hole in your wallet! Each person brings one type of cookie and everyone takes some of each. It ensures a ton of treats for everyone! We recommend having each person saying what type of treat they’ll be bringing ahead of time to make sure there’s variety.

  1. Go Christmas caroling

As dorky as it sounds, going Christmas caroling is one of the easiest (and most fun) ways to celebrate the holidays! If you live in a suburban neighborhood just gather up a group of friends and head out. Make sure you get together for some hot chocolate and cookies at the end of the night to tie up a fun holiday experience!

  1. Have a movie marathon

There are countless great holiday movies out there, so why not watch all of them? Get your friends together and have a Christmas movie marathon! Each person can bring some kind of snack or treat (we recommend this Reindeer Chow courtesy of Pinterest) and, of course, make lots of hot chocolate. Set up camp in front of the TV with some blankets and comfy pillows, make sure everyone is wearing their Christmas PJs and enjoy! Don’t forget to wear your fuzzy socks!

  1. Make your own ugly Christmas sweater

One of the best part of the holidays is getting to wear an ugly sweater without judgment from anyone, however they can get to be a little bit on the pricey side. Get your friends together and have everyone bring an old sweater they don’t wear anymore. Use fabric paint, glitter glue, felt and whatever else you can think of (or find) and create the perfect ugly holiday sweater! Here are some of our favorites!

There you have it! Our favorite ways to celebrate on a budget. The most important thing to a successful celebration is making sure all of your friends are there with you—because that’s what the holidays are all about.

What are your favorite budget savvy ways to celebrate Christmas? Let us know in the comments!

5 Things To Do in Worcester County This Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner, and the perfect place to experience them is right here in Worcester County! Here are the top five best ways to celebrate the season in the area.

  1. Visit Old Sturbridge Village for Christmas By Candlelight. Have you ever wondered how Christmas traditions came to be? Make a trip to Old Sturbridge Village’s Christmas By Candlelight to learn about how Christmas was celebrated in the early 1800’s. You’ll get to see how popular holiday treats were made prior to electricity (and taste some, too!) and even craft an ornament at the Tinsmith’s shop. Are you more artistically inclined? Put on your dancing shoes and learn a dance from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with live musical accompaniment. Finally, take a horse draw carriage around the village while singing your favorite Christmas carols. Christmas By Candlelight takes place from 4-9pm on weekends in December up until the week of Christmas. Find out more information here: https://www.osv.org/event/christmas-by-candlelight.

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  1. Catch a holiday show. What better way to kick off the holidays than by seeing a show chock full of holiday spirit? Worcester has many options that will please the whole family. After you’ve eaten all of the Thanksgiving Turkey, check out Worcester’s own production of The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, from November 27th-29th. To round out the season, grab tickets to see the 8th annual production of A Christmas Carol in December, which has become a Worcester favorite. Also included in the lineup are The Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart, and Mannheim Steamroller, who will be joined by members of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Click here to purchase tickets: www.thehanovertheatre.org

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  1. Give back to the community. Make a donation to the Worcester County Food Bank by visiting 96.1 WSRS’s 22nd Annual Feed Worcester County Food Drive. The drive will take place December 10th-13th and will be located at Price Chopper on Pullman and West Mountain St. in Worcester.

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  1. Visit the Living Gift Market at Heifer International farm. If the consumerism aspect of the holidays really turns you off, drive out to Rutland to experience Heifer’s Living Gift Market. There, you will be able to meet the animals, enjoy a wagon ride around the farm and warm up with soup, hot cocoa and cider. Shop around for unique and ethical gifts at the Donation Station, Fair Trade gift shop, winter farm stand and bake sale. For more information, visit their website: http://www.heifer.org/

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  1. Enjoy the Festival of Lights and go skating on the Worcester Common Oval. Experience the magic of the season as you watch the giant tree behind City Hall illuminate with twinkling lights. The tree lighting will take place on December 5th and will include musical selections by local performers. Santa will be making a special appearance as well, so bring the kids to meet him and watch their eyes light up just as bright as the tree! After the tree lighting, take the family ice-skating on the Oval. Admission is free from 6-8pm in honor of the Festival of Lights. What better way to start off the season?

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However you celebrate the holidays, there are plenty of things to do in Worcester County that will add to the charm of the season!