Snuggle up, it's about to get cozy in here...
Ok so my favorite ritual is insanely simple but I *love* sipping a good hot beverage while I’m watching TV right before bed. My husband will make this ginger hot chocolate that’s so yummy and perfect for mindless TV watching.
A book I recently read that I really enjoyed is Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost. It’s suited for kids 8+ and reads like a chapter book. However, it’s unique in that the entire story is communicated in verse and each page is told from the perspective of a different character. It’s a lovely story about an older man managing his grief over the loss of his wife and still showing up for his great-niece and nephew. It’s about the gnawing absence of someone you love and knowing things just don’t feel the same. It’s a very wholesome book with really lovely sketch illustrations.
My cozy ritual is to light a fall scented candle during naptime, after I tidy the house a bit. Then, I curl up with my book and read for an hour or so. It's even better on the weekends after a full house cleaning, windows open, and something simmering on the stove.