Music Monday, Top Party Songs of 2015

Only a few days left of 2015, and it's the last Music Monday of the year. We've had some great music this year, let's take a look at some of the top songs of 2015. Go ahead and clear some space because you're gonna want to get up and move to these! All of these have been in the top 10 this year, and they all make me feel good, and that's how we should all end this year... Feelin' good!

Shut Up and Dance!

Fun New Christmas Songs for 2015

Christmas is coming up on us fast. Do you have all your shopping done? I certainly don't! But, I have started taking advantage of some cooler weather with some holiday baking, and the house is all decked out for the Yuletide season. And of course, I've got Christmas music playing! Here's a few of the fun new Christmas songs that I'm enjoying on this Music Monday.

This one is from an all star group calling themselves Band of Merrymakers. There's so many people in it, it's sorta like a Where's Waldo...How many singers do you recognize in this song? "Snow Snow Snow" Was that Mark McGrath!

Easy Peppermint Bark Recipe, Perfect for the Holiday Rush.

I love cooking and baking with McCormick, so when they asked me to share a Christmas recipe with you, I was thrilled to do so. This is a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are my own.

The Winter Holidays and baking seem to go hand in hand. Along with the fun of eating all the sweets and treats of the holidays, is the fun of baking them. My grandmother taught me to bake when I was very young, and it was always something I looked forward to doing with her. When I had my daughters, I wanted to pass on the holiday tradition of spending time together in the kitchen. We always set aside 1 day in the season to bake cookies, and cakes, and other little treats. We put on some good music to dance around the kitchen, as we laugh and sing and stir and laugh, followed by the traditional licking of the spoon...because how else would you know if it will be good or not! ;)

With both girls in College, scheduling our day has become a little harder, and is often right before Christmas, but I often need some sweet treats before then for various events, food days at work, girls night, etc..., so I always like to have a few recipes that are easy to throw together. This Peppermint Bark recipe from McCormick is perfect for this.

The first thing you need to do is smash some peppermint candies. (You'll need about 1/2 cup crushed.) This is really a lot of fun, and I'm thinking it could be great for stress relief. I put my candies in a plastic bag and gave them some good whacks with my meat tenderizer (the smooth side.)

Happy Hanukkah Music Monday

I don't celebrate Hanukkah, but for those of you that do, I hope your holidays are filled with love and cheer. For today's Music Monday, a fun funky song to celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah. Here's Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings with 8 Days of Hanukkah.

Have a joyous week!

Women Strike, Kick, Punch Canvas to Create Art with a Voice

This semester, I took a Women's Self Defense Class. To say that this class was empowering is an understatement.  Every woman in the class grew in confidence, and inner strength through this experience. In the class we learned to use the tools we have, to be aware, and most use our voices.

On the last day of class, we created a piece of art by striking the canvas with our painted body parts, (fists, feet, knees, elbows, etc...) adding important words, and adding a little bling to emphasize the impact. It was a fun project that I am happy to have shared with a wonderful group of strong beautiful women.

Here's a couple views of it.

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