Out of all the months in the year, I find December to be the most inspiring. There's something about the holiday season that makes me want to do more. I dream of spending these winter days baking cookies, decorating the apartment, photographing every little outing, reading stacks of magazines, writing blog posts, shopping for gifts, attempting new hairstyles, volunteering, and hosting extravagant dinner parties. But if I've learned anything from these last few years of living in the "real world," it's that there are not nearly enough hours in the day. So... I do what I can, when I can. And the rest? Well, let's just say I'm slowly discovering how to let go: life is meant to be spent in the moment, after all, and not worrying about the details of the future.

But that doesn't mean I can't admire from afar those who have got this hectic-holiday-productivity thing down. The internet is chock-full of creative ideas for the colder months, and I personally get so much satisfaction from browsing through the best of them. In fact, since I'm feeling so inspired, I thought I'd share some of my favorite links this week, just in case you're in need of a little December inspiration yourself. :-)

Happy reading!

Eggnog + hot chocolate = Eggnog Hot Chocolate. Yes, please!

I've never made gingerbread cookies from scratch before, but after seeing this fun tutorial, I definitely want to start...

Scott and I are obsessed with anything s'more-flavored. Which is why I'm obsessed with this mouthwatering Christmas-themed s'more.

I just bought this awesome sweater in red, and I can't wait to wear it to my family's Tacky Christmas Sweater party this year!

Speaking of sweaters, these look so darn cozy—and fabulously chic.

I recently stumbled across this tutorial for "Mermaid Curls," and I am in LOVE. Thinking of attempting the super curly 'do for Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.

What a smokin' dress, you guys. I'm all about the sequins on holidays (and berry shades are my fave).

Don't enjoy wrapping gifts? Make it fun by hosting a Ladies' Wrap Party with your girlfriends. Cocktails and pajamas included.

I'd love to decorate our dining room table like this for dinner with friends. So simple and pretty.

A party is incomplete without the perfect playlist, and Zoella's Ultimate Christmas Playlist is on point. 

A minimalist Christmas tree display for tiny-apartment dwellers.

Holiday traditions are what make this time of year so much fun, and this sweet family of six has a few great ones.

"Wherever you are, be all there." This article encompasses how many of us (including me!) can't help but feel during the beautiful-but-busy month of December. Let it be a reminder to slow down and simply enjoy what is supposed to be the happiest time of the year. 

Photo by Annie Spratt.