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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Ella Jade

Domestic Goddess or Romance Author?
By Ella Jade


Can't I be both?

Hello everyone. My name is Ella Jade and I'm thrilled to be here during this magical time of year. The holiday season is upon us and there's so much to do. There are cookies to be baked, presents to be bought and wrapped, a house to be decorated and stockings to hang by the chimney.
Geesh…looks like I'll be a busy girl. I don’t mind because I like this kind of busy. The holidays can often be stressful, but I try to take a step back and relax. I want to do as many fun and exciting things as I can with my family during the month of December. One of my favorite things to do is working the Holiday shop at the kids' school. I love seeing kids little faces light up when they're buying a little trinket for their mom, dad, aunts, uncles or pets. They're so cute and innocent. Another special thing I like to do is bake cookies with my mom and kids. We dedicate an entire Sunday to making all sorts of cookies. It's messy, but fun! And, I think we eat more than we should!

Watching holiday movies and specials are also a big tradition in my house. We even start with Elf the weekend before Thanksgiving so we can squeeze them all in throughout the season. Some of our must-sees are Jingle All the Way, Christmas Vacation, A Charlie Brown Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street. We light a fire, make popcorn and just snuggle under the blankets. The rest of the year is always so crazy with school, homework, sports and anything else that pops up, so we try to schedule as much family time as possible during these few special weeks. I want my kids to have memories that will last a lifetime.

I'm also hosting Christmas dinner this year. I'm cooking for twenty guests! What delicious concoction can I come up with? What will my centerpiece be? How will I dress the table? My husband says we don’t have time for me to have a "Martha moment" because we're busy enough. But, I LOVE to entertain and make people feel welcome in my home. Hmm…I'm thinking some sort of white chocolate, raspberry cheesecake will need to be created and I really can't forget the Pomegranate martinis, can I?

With all of the planning, organizing and creating during this time of year, I still make an effort to write. I'm a romance author after all, and so much inspiration can be found around these next few weeks. The smell of a fresh pine wreath, mistletoe hanging from a doorway, a cup of hot chocolate by the fire or even the reflection of the lights from the tree all serves as wonderful writing prompts for me. So, as busy as I am, I always make time when everyone else is asleep and the house is quiet to sneak downstairs, turn on the lights to the tree and mantle and let the season get my creative juices flowing.

I hope you find inspiration this holiday season in every aspect of your life. I wish you all a happy and safe holiday. Stop by my blog--http://ellajadeauthor.blogspot.com. I love to make new friends.

And, if you're looking for something naughty to read on these cold nights, check out my newest release, Embracing the Unexpected. You can find it at http://beachwalkpress.com/embracing-the-unexpected/.

Leave me some love in the form of a comment for your chance to win an eBook copy of Embracing the Unexpected.

Happy Holidays!

17 comments:

Pepper said...

Hi Ella! I love the sound of your holiday traditions. You're right -- making the memories now for our kids is so important; they have to last a lifetime. I'd love a chance to win your new book. Put my name in the hat, okay? Happy New Year!

ella jade said...

Thanks for stopping by, Pepper! As busy as this time of year is, I really do love it. My husband is off this week, so we get to relax and come down from all the craziness. Lots of movies and lunch outings are in our short future:)

Happy New Year!

Debby said...

I hope your dinner went well. We traveled to my daughters in Virginia and had a wonderful. time.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

ella jade said...

Thanks Debby. Yes, my dinner went well. Although I'm still putting the house back together. Glad you got to visit with your daughter:)

Bookwyrm369 said...

What wonderful traditions! Thanks so much for sharing :-) Elf is one of my fave movies to watch each year too!

smaccall AT comcast.net

ella jade said...

We love Elf. My fave part is when he's in his dad's office and he answers the phone...

"Buddy Elf, what's your favorite color?"

lol

Thanks for stopping by!

elaing8 said...

Hi Ella,
I hope you and your family had a fantastic Christmas. How did your dinner turn out?
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

ella jade said...

Thanks elaing8. The dinner was great. A little hectic but once I got it all on the table I felt much better!

I hope you had a nice holiday.

Andrea I said...

I hope you had a great holiday!

ainfinger@comcastDOTnet

ella jade said...

Thanks, Andrea! Happy New Year!

shadow_kohler said...

Hi! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Thank you for sharing your traditions with us. Happy holidays!
shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

ella jade said...

Thanks Shadow. I had a wonderful holiday. I hope you did too. Happy New Year!

GladysMP said...

Christmas is over as I am reading this. Your food items planned for the holiday sound delicious. I hope everything came out just as you wished it to be.

ella jade said...

Thanks GladysMP! The dinner was just great!

Happy New Year!

June M. said...

I will never forget when my nephew first saw ELF. The scene where Will Ferrall was fighting with the dwarf upset him so much we had to turn the DVD off. I think he was like 3 at the time, I was ROFL.
Have a safe & happy new year!
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

ella jade said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented on my post. I loved hearing from you:)

I did a random drawing for an eBook copy of Embracing the Unexpected and the winner is...

Andrea

I'll email you shortly.

Happy New Year!

flchen1 said...

Wow, Ella! I'm blown away--you're an amazing woman, no question! Glad your dinner went off beautifully and hoping your celebrating was overall merry and memorable! Congrats on Embracing the Unexpected!

Congrats, Andrea!

f dot chen at comcast dot net