10 Festive Sweets

10 Festive Sweets for Your Next Holiday Soirée #theeverygirl

Spirits are merry and holiday parties are plenty during the wonderful month of December. Although you may have already hit more parties than you can remember, the holiday season is far from over. We’ve got you covered with 10 delicious sweets that are sure to make you the queen of holiday soirées.

1. Salted Caramel Pecan Pie

Source: Spicy Southern Kitchen

2. Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

Source: Memo 2 Munch

3. Buttery Plum Pie Bites

Source: Mitzy at Home

4. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Source: Place of My Taste

5. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn

Source: Inquiring Chef

6. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Almond Biscotti

Source: Little Broken

7. Candy Cane Christmas S’mores Dip

Source: Cafe Delites

8. Rocky Road Fudge

Source: Spicy Southern Kitchen

9. Christmas Muffins

Source: Tasty-Italy

10. Light as Air Israeli Cheesecake

Source: At the Immigrant’s Table

What will you bake during the holidays? Be sure to tag your pictures with #TheEverygirlCooks!


The Ultimate Winter 2015 Reading List

Here are the books we’re most excited to read as the world slows down for the winter season.

Hot Off the Press

Boys in Trees by Carly Simon

Carly Simon was the first artist – ever – to win a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award, but this singer/songwriter is so much more than a performer: She is a writer and a feminist who has a lot to say.

The now 70-year-old “You’re So Vain” singer released her memoir in late November, and it is gorgeously written with a refreshing descriptiveness that defies cliches. When discussing the beauty of Martha’s Vineyard, she described the individual plots of land as being “casually separated by stone walls, like a sentence that doesn’t take the turn you think it will take.” Sentences take plenty of unexpected turns in Simon’s book, which details her rise to fame and the dissolution of her seemingly storybook marriage to famous singer James Taylor.


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This is for all of you who loved All the Light We Can Not See—and like Anthony Doerr’s bestselling novel, The Nightingale also takes place in Germany occupied France at the onset of World War II. A perfect read for a quiet night by the fire, it highlights the unshakable bond of sisterhood and the rarely told female experience of war and survival. Spoiler: tear-jerker.


The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes, the wildly successful powerhouse who created TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, knows a thing or two about professional success. In The Year of Yes, she opens up about fears and insecurities that almost crippled her and recounts the moment she committed to cast them aside to live freely and fearlessly.

Some Holiday Spirit

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

We’ve all heard of The Christmas Carol, but how many of us have taken the time to read it? Regardless of the holiday you’re celebrating this winter, this Dickens novel is a great way to get into the winter spirit.


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is the author of my all-time favorite poem, and was one of the key inspirations that drew me to writing as a teen. Her debut memoir tells the story of Angelou as a child, sent to live with her grandmother in rural Alabama during the segregated south. Angelou offers cutting descriptions of the racial tensions of the time, coupled with her poignant and poetic observations of what it means to come of age while poor and black in 20th Century America. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is joyous, painful, memorable, and a classic every socially-conscious woman (or person, period) should have on their shelves.

Work & Creativity

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Just in time for your New Year’s resolutions! Marie Kondo’s book is more than just a how-to for de-cluttering—it’s a look into what an organized life can do for you. As an added bonus, you can pre-order Kondo’s next book Spark Joy, which will be released Jan. 6.

We want to hear from you! What books will you be reading this winter?






FIP Review: #GIRLBOSS By Sophia Amoruso

Author: Sophia Amoruso

Goodreads Summary:

The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women

At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.

FIP Review: 

FIP the contrarian you will see in this blog!

I must start off with saying, I enjoyed this book.  By the time you finish reading this review, you may not believe me; but it’s true, I enjoyed this book. I feel slightly smitten by Sophia Amoruso, she’s very charming. Her writing style makes you feel like you’re reading a candid blog.  She’s unashamed of her past and admits to cringe worthy incidents – thats gotta be worth something right.  Honesty is admirable.

Here is the problem though, I’m not sure if this book is an autobiography, a self help book or a start-up instruction manual.  The other problem I faced while reading this book; although NastyGal and Sophia are unique in their stories the advice she doles out is very run of the mill.  For example, she warns us against making typos. Hmm, so did my HS teacher.  At times it feels like she is simply winging the book.  The authentic personality that you see in the beginning of the book is soon replaced by a masked business women whose great at foreplay but doesn’t exactly take you through to climax.

In closing, I feel perhaps GirlBoss will appeal more to a younger generation, to girls.  Maybe the next installation will be WomanBoss?  Don’t get me wrong, FIP will most definitely show up for a signing for WomanBoss any day.