Put a little play in your holiday

‘Tis the season for festive family gatherings and communal frivolity! To prepare for all those holiday soirees ahead, I’ve pulled together four ways to add more fun and less stress to this jam-packed month of merry-making.

I have two pops of playfulness for your kiddos and two pops of playfulness just for you.

Play with your cocktail hour

I’m always on the hunt for a fun “kiddie cocktail” to have at my holiday parties to make the little guests feel extra festive, too. I recently tried the Christmas Cheer Punch I found over on juicyjuice.com. It’s super yummy.

Here’s the recipe so you can make some cheery punch too!

Servings per recipe: 12


4 cups Apple Juicy Juice 100% juice

3 cups pineapple juice

2 cups cranberry juice

1 medium lemon, peeled*

1 cinnamon stick

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg


Combine ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes. Strain and serve warm.

*Peel lemon with a vegetable peeler, making sure not to get any of the pith (white part). Save fruit for another use. Cut peel into 1/2-inch slices.

Play with your hair

Dry bars are the new “it girl” in hair salons and having gotten my locks professionally “blown-out” and styled several times at one of these fun new shops, I can attest to their brilliance. So what’s better than going to a blow-out bar before an event or party? Having the blow-out bar come to YOU!

Enter JOOJ Blow Dry, which comes to you via a retro Airstream.

Book an appointment for yourself or invite a batch of girlfriends and make it a party! Each guest is treated to a beautiful experience, including great music, fun drinks and your favorite mags, all starting at $48, the going rate for a good blow-out.

Book appointments at joojblowdry.com.

Play with your look

Ever wonder how the Kim Kardashians of the world work that makeup “contouring” magic on their faces to enhance their best features? I have. So when I was recently sent the glo-minerals contour kit to test and try, I was all “YES!”

The contouring palette features four powder shades to enhance your already awesome features and create dimensions. Whether you want a soft and subtle look or a strikingly chiseled one, these kits allow you to achieve the perfect effect. There are even free tutorials on YouTube.

Take that, Mrs. Kardashian-West!

$36, skinfo.com.

Play with your kids

Have a budding architect in your family or are you a secret design wannabe? The new ARCKIT design and building kits help you and your kids create together. Originally designed for professional use, ARCKIT provides hours of fun and a beautiful finished product. It also is a great STEM education tool, playfully and artistically teaching engineering skills.

There are great de-stressing, heart-lightening benefits to playful experiences—and that goes for kids of ALL ages. Take some time to play again!

Recommended for kids 12 and up. Four kits, ranging from $69.95-399.95, are available at Barnes and Noble nationwide and online.

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