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Make a New Year’s Resolution to be Happier!

Thinking back on all the New Year’s resolutions I have made over the years, I can’t think of a single one that wasn’t a good idea. From eating smarter to getting better organized, each resolution, whether it was a success or is still a work in progress, made sense for my life and overall well-being. Some were even what could be considered fun! A fresh workout routine leaves the mind and body feeling great, and a closet cleared of clothes that I hadn’t worn in years was less stressful to tackle in the morning, and reminded me that I had donated those clothes to people that might really need them. But each of these resolutions, no matter how big in effect, was small in focus. Cleaning a closet, eating more vegetables, calling friends more often, and so forth; all rather concrete in their approach. So this year I am trying something new, and I’d love if you tried it with me!  This year my resolution will be the pursuit of happiness, wherever that journey make take me.

If you imagine this journey will include many typical resolutions within it, you’re right. I want to eat healthier, I want to clean out that closet once again, I want to get my oil changes on time every time. But I won’t be thinking the same way about these things – they will not be singular focuses. The focus will be on living a happier, healthier, more enriched and enriching life. So much about the end result of things is found in the focus, and I’m excited to see how differently things feel when that focus is so bold and broad. There are things I can’t change, like the fact that there will always be more work to be done than hours in the day. But I’m not interested in the things I can’t change, but the things I can. What I can change is how I feel about that hard work; what it means to me, my life, and the lives of those around me – including you!

As I sit here at my computer with good music turned up high and thoughts of a new year on my mind, I have some vague ideas about how I’ll achieve greater happiness, but am very aware that if it comes it will come in so many ways I can’t imagine. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to sit by and just wait for it. I am going to actively pursue it, and accept that I won’t always be able to control it or attain it.

I am going to live with greater intention and consciousness. I am going to recycle more. I am going to eat more candy, more slowly, more appreciatively, more often, with more people. I am going to finish uploading my CDs to my computer. I am going to stop buying things simply because they are on sale. I am going to think about why I’m doing something before I do it. I am going to pay closer attention to the emotions and actions of those I care about. I am going to appreciate my dog and my dog’s endless supply of love without judgment. I am going to try to be more like my dog. I am going to consider whether I want to do something because it’s something people do that I feel like I should do too, or because I really want to do it and the effect will be a positive in my life. I am going to read more inspirational quotes, even if they are kind of cheesy, because sometimes they light a little fire that might only burn for a moment, but it burns so bright it’s magnificent. I am going to take everything I know and apply it to learning more about the countless things I don’t know. I am going to work toward being the most complete, authentic ‘me’ I can be, even if that task takes forever. And it will. I’m OK with that. In fact, I like it.

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain

We love what we are doing at BlairCandy.com, and we thank you for helping us in another successful year. We wish you nothing but the best in the New Year ahead, and look forward to bringing you not only the sweetest candy around, but service with a smile. Even if you can’t actually see that smile, it’s there. :)

Will Santa Be Stopping By Your House Christmas Eve? Perhaps If You Have Ice Cream!

It is a common tradition in homes with young boys and girls for a friend or family member to be in charge of getting the kids as excited for Christmas as possible – and off to bed in a swift fashion – by donning a Santa suit on Christmas Eve and asking them one last time what they are hoping to find tucked under the tree just a few hours later on that most magical of mornings. While this early Santa sighting is always a thrill for the children, it can sometimes take some coaxing to get Santa himself in the same spirit. I personally don’t see the problem with wearing a hot polyester suit and scratchy fake beard in a warm house, but that’s just me! If you have a reluctant Santa on your hands, we have a fun and festive way for you to entice him into the pillow-stuffed suit. Ice cream. The stuff I scream for, and you scream for, and we all scream for…that stuff! And not only will it be a welcomed treat for Santa himself , but it comes with a built-in activity for the kiddos. Blair Candy presents…Santa’s Sundae Bar!

All you’ll need to put together Santa’s Sundae Bar is a few flavors of ice cream and an assortment of toppings. While the get to work on Santa-worthy sundae masterpieces, you and the other adults can finally grab a few minutes of conversation without someone saying, “Mommy. Mom. Ma. Mommmmm. Mom…Mom…Mom!”, or a similar version with Dad-name substitutes. J

Choose a location for the Sundae creation, and set out all the ingredient options. In addition to ice cream, some tasty toppings include Goobers, Almond Joy Pieces, Reese’s Pieces, Gummy Worms, Gummy Bears, M&Ms, marshmallows and crushed cookie pieces, such as Oreos or Nutter Butters. Some of these sweets you likely already have in your cupboard, among other unique additions that might be hiding in there! Each type of cookie, candy or other confection can be placed in its own bowl with a spoon for scooping. Not only will the kids get to choose what goes into the special sundae they create just for Santa, but they get to play a fun mix of Top Chef/Cold Stone in the process. Give each child a bowl and a scoop of their choice of ice cream, and encourage the ice cream-y creativity to begin!

Once all the sundaes are Santa-ready, it’s time for the big guy himself to make an appearance, sampling each sundae carefully and thoughtfully. This is a big decision after all, as he shall be gifting the winner a special Christmas Eve gift! To keep costs low and the spirit of competition light, simply grab a few small presents from a dollar store, wrap them and place them in a velvet sack (also usually available at a dollar store), and let the winner choose two and every other child one. Everybody gets a gift, the winner gets a little something extra and bragging rights, and Santa gets a hopefully-delicious sampling of ice cream creations to keep him cool in his warm suit. Sounds like a pretty nice Christmas Eve to me!

Whatever plans Christmas holds for you, we hope they are full of love and laughter.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Add Some Candy To Your Christmas Gift To Create A Theme!

A few months ago, we put together a fun list of movie and candy match-ups for our Halloween Candy and Horror Movies Make a Marvelous Double Feature! post. We had so much fun creating that list that we decided to do another one for Christmas! Popular Christmas gifts for people of all ages include movies, music and books, whether they were special requests, or you just enjoy giving people favorites of yours that you hope they’ll enjoy as much as you do. I know I’ve personally given the book Holes by Louis Sachar as a gift more than once as I feel it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s appropriate for kids and adults alike. In fact, the only thing I can think of that would make me love that book more than I already do is if someone gave it to me, and perhaps included some Candy Lipstick! Not sure why that would make a good accompaniment to the book? Well then, you’ll just have to read it to find out. ;)

Even if you haven’t read the book, watched the movie, or listened to the music you’ll be gifting this Christmas, you can still find a tasty candy that complements the title without digging too deep. Your lucky recipient is sure to enjoy the extra step you’ve taken to make their already good gift great!

We’ve put together a short list of ideas about which candies would work well with which movie, music and book gifts. We’d love to hear from you about any that you think of that we didn’t mention, and if you love the idea but are stumped on which candy is best for your particular gift, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll happily help you come up with something sweet!

Pirate Movies and Books

Whether you’re wrapping up Pirates of the Caribbean or any of the countless other awesome pirate books and movies, clever candy accomplices include 3 Musketeers and Bubble Gum Candy Coins! Candy coins also make a fun addition to books, movies and music that center around money, either in content or just the title. Examples include the amazing Jennifer Aniston flick Friends With Money, the must-read Women & Money by Suze Orman, or even a CD put out by a Young Money Entertainment artist such as Lil Wayne, Drake or Nicki Minaj!

The Twilight Books and Movies

Unless you’ve been hiding from all forms of media for a few years, you’ve surely heard of the Twilight series of books, and subsequent movies, that have taken teens and adults alike by storm. Whether you’re on Team Edward or Team Jacob, chances are pretty good that there’s a Twilight gift-to-be-given on your list this year, whether it’s the books, movies, or even an accessory, such as a poster or t-shirt. Why not add some extra vampire fun to your gift with a box of Wax Fangs? They’re not just for Halloween, anymore! Or, if your gift will focus on Twilight Eclipse, give them something to chew on with Eclipse Gum!

Twilight and pirate presents may be some of the hottest gifts out there right now, but that doesn’t mean the sugary pairings end there. Giving a lady on your list that can use a break from the serious books some top-quality ‘chick lit’? Well, we think Chiclets make the perfect partner! Or perhaps timeless movie favorites Tootsie, Airheads or Major League are ready to wrap? You know Tootsie needs some Tootsie Pops, Airheads needs some Air Heads, and Major League needs some Big League Chew. Oh, we could play this game all day! Candy quite simply makes everything better. :)

Creating A Christmas Tree That’s Good Enough To Eat!

As the days between now and Christmas narrow, it’s no surprise that orders for Christmas Candy are seeing a steady increase. And while we’re packing up Christmas Peeps and Peppermint Tootsie Pops faster than you can say “Santa”, it is the past week or so that has shown a true Christmas trend. The Christmas candy orders in general will continue even into January, but there is a certain kind of Christmas candy order that explodes onto the Blair Candy scene in the two weeks following Thanksgiving. Do you have any guesses as to which 2 types of items are flying off our shelves faster than reindeer during this time? We’ll give you a hint…Candy Canes and Popcorn Balls! Ok, so that wasn’t really a hint, but we didn’t want to leave you in suspense too long!

So what has so many people ordering candy canes and popcorn balls? Two words – Tree Time! In households across the country, people are mumbling less than sweet things under their breath as they attempt to get Christmas trees to stand straight without losing their temper or losing a finger. Ah yes, it is the timeless tradition of bringing something in the house that has no business being in the house, and blaming the tree when it doesn’t want to cooperate. We’ve all been there. And it is one of the most frustrating tasks on the planet. But there truly is nothing quite like the moment when you realize the tree won’t fall after all, the family cat won’t be crushed, and at last all the lights are lit and shining brightly. Whether they’re 15 feet tall and natural, or 12 inches tall and made of tinsel, Christmas trees are among the most magical things in the world. All wrapped up in their branches is wonderment and wishes for health, happiness, and love. So it’s really only fitting that we celebrate and decorate our trees with another of the most magical things in the world – candy!

We always decked out our tree with Candy Canes and Popcorn Balls when I was a kid. And with each passing day, there was a new empty spot here, and an obviously bald spot there, as us kids sneaked a treat or two (or seven) from the tree. Sometimes I’d even notice a new missing popcorn ball in the morning, and I realized why we didn’t get in trouble for eating the decorations – my parents were eating them, too! But for the day or two that the tree was covered in candy, it didn’t only look decorated, but also delicious. And in the days that followed, we weren’t only eating the ‘fruit of the tree’ if you will, but were also rather accidentally making it easier to un-decorate the tree following Christmas. Sure, there were plenty of ornaments that we weren’t about to nosh on, particularly the metal ones. But the candy canes, popcorn balls, and strung pink and white Sugar Popcorn were all fair game, and fair game was festively tasty!

If you’ve never added edibles to your tree, we hope you’ll give it a try this year and see what you think of the results. I think there’s a certain something that candy adds to a tree that other ornaments just can’t capture, and given all the fun options available beyond the classics, there’s really no reason not to indulge in some delicious design. Go ahead…have fun with it! Loop an ornament hook through the string of some Bubble Gum Coal – hang a dozen Mesh Christmas Stockings full of Hershey Kisses – forego the star on top and let Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the gang keep watch over everyone with Toy Story Pez Dispensers. Get creative, mix it up, and most importantly, eat it up! If you need an excuse, just say you don’t have a lot of space to store decorations. ;)

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