Relaxing Over the Holidays with Hallmark

Relaxing Over the Holidays

I love Christmas and Thanksgiving but I hate how stressed out the holidays can make you. You have to shop and work and even some people have school assignments to finish. I’ve made it my priority this year to make sure I am in full relax mode once Christmas comes around.

Last year, my boyfriend and I took a vacation to Oklahoma between the end of my fall semester and Christmas. I was so stressed out when I got back because I felt like everything was just flying by in a blur. I didn’t realize how much I loved those days leading up to Christmas. This year, I teamed up with Hallmark and found some must-have items for those relaxing moments before the holidays hit you.

Coloring books.

Until now, I had yet to find an adult coloring book I was in love with. There are so many great coloring books at Hallmark and I had no idea! I decided to pick the Art of Inspiration Hallmark coloring book and I’m absolutely obsessed. The designs are perfect and I’m planning to hang some of these up in my apartment once I finish!

Hallmark Coloring Book


Hallmark has such great candles! The store by me only carries Yankee Candles but I have heard that the Crafters & Co candles are also amazing. I love having a candle lit while I’m reading or relaxing so these are definitely a must-have!

Hot chocolate in a cute mug.

Possibly the only great thing about cold weather is the fact that I can use hot chocolate to warm myself up. I also have been wanting to expand my mug collection and Hallmark has some really great cozy mugs to choose from. I love this one and this one!

A holiday movie.

On the Hallmark channel, perhaps? In all seriousness, I love popping in a classic Christmas movie such as Elf or The Grinch. Hearing it play in the background is enough to lighten the mood all around!

What things do you love to do to relax over the holidays?

Today’s post is sponsored by Hallmark Gold Crown! Thank you for inspiring me to try out your Hallmark Creative Collection coloring books!

  • Yes to candles and hot chocolate.
    I need an adult coloring book immediately.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • Watching a holiday movie with hot cocoa is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. Thanks for sharing!

    x Sarah

  • Kayleigh

    Love the holiday season! I’m a hot chocolate junkie

  • Courtney Dunsmore

    Hot chocolate and candles are essential! And yes, I’ve been working my way through an adult coloring book myself, it’s the biggest stress reliever!

  • I love coloring books like this! The intricate designs are so beautiful and I can only imagine how relaxing it would be to color them in.


  • Tiffani Grosser

    I have YET to own my own adult coloring book, but I could totally go for one of those Hallmark ones! They’re so cute! i love lighting holiday scented candles and just chilling out watching a holiday movie- totally relaxing and makes me forget about whatever i should be doing, at least for a couple of hours!

  • I bought a coloring book early in fall, and I’ve been loving it! I included it in my November Favorites (I bought mine from Francesca’s, and have been using it way more than I intended). But, I also love candles this month. I have never tried from Hallmark, but I always buy Bath & Body Works candles because I’m obsessed. Their fall and winter collections are incredible! Commenting via The Blogging Elite from!

  • Miss ALK

    The store that I work at in the summers sells grown up coloring books! We sold tons of them this summer. They really are the new “thing.”

    I’m looking forward to finals being over so I finally have time to sit down and watch some Hallmark Christmas movies. 😉

    xoxo A

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    My roommate literally has this exact book and is using it right now! I need to get one. Such a great activity!

    Sara Kate

  • Coloring books are so fun!

    with southern grace,


  • Cristina on Campus

    I really want one of those coloring books for Christmas! So fun!

  • I am dying to try an adult coloring book- seems like the ultimate stress reliever :)

  • One of my friends sent me an adult coloring book for my birthday last month and I love it!

    Lauren | The
    Arizona Prepster

  • Lauren Ashley

    I want that coloring book!!! Someone told me it’s the best and ever since then I’ve been wanting to try it!

  • Happy to know I’m not the only one who still loves coloring books—and hot chocolate!

    xo Alexis

  • I love all of those things, especially adult coloring books :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  • Ashley

    An adult coloring book is at the top of my wish list! Such a fun day to relax!

    xo Ashley

  • The Hallmark Channel has the best movies. It definitely helps me relax and also get in the holiday spirit. And I never knew Hallmark carried adult coloring books! Need one asap

  • How fun!! Leave it to Hallmark to create an adult coloring book!

  • I need an adult coloring book!

    How 2 Wear It []

  • I love the coloring book trend. Yes please!

  • I had no idea Hallmark carried adult coloring books! I’ll have to pick one up next time I go to the mall :)

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • I’m not a big coloring person but I definitely have friends who are. I’ll need to let them know Hallmark has great options for adults!

  • I got my first adult coloring book recently, and the obsession was immediate. It’s so calming to just color and be creative in a simple way. I’ve also been watching a lot of cheesy Christmas movies on Netflix and drinking a mug of hot chocolate on the daily.

  • I love these coloring books! I have a few!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  • Savannah Ward

    I’ve been wanting to get an adult coloring book for a long time. I LOVE Elf. Its hilarious!

  • I love the adult coloring books – they’re so adorable!

    Pick Your Beau

  • Allison Ellzey

    Yes to ALL of these! I love coloring books!