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    5 Ways To Stay Stress Free During The Holidays

    The beautiful holiday season is upon us. For those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I LOVE Christmas. Everything about the holiday make me so happy. I also love Thanksgiving, but Christmas is where it’s at. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, though they’re filled with tons of love and excitement, they can also be stressful. No worries, my friends. I’m here to offer you some advice to make them less stressful and more relaxing and fun. Because that’s what the holidays are all about, sometimes we just need little reminders.   1. Budget Don’t forget to budget. It’s REALLY easy to…

  • Christmas in July with Basic Invite

    Tis the season to… celebrate Christmas in July! If there’s one holiday I get way too excited about, it’s Christmas. Seriously. Not only do I love the holiday, I basically celebrate it yearlong in one way or another. Whether that’s keeping one little snowman on the bookshelf year round or listening to Christmas music, I keep the Christmas spirit alive all year. That’s why when Basic Invite reached out to me to promote their stationary line for Christmas in July, I knew this was a match made in heaven. Basic Invite is a is a high-quality custom stationary company. They have custom cards for weddings, wedding showers, engagements, birthdays… you name it.…

  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    Hi, everyone! How was your Thanksgiving? It’s been about two weeks since I last posted – which is too long, I know. I’m finishing up my second to last semester of graduate school, and to say I’m excited is an understatement. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. To think I’ll be graduating in May is wild! Where has the time gone? Well, it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year (are you singing that when you read it?). December is only a FEW DAYS AWAY and I am SO READY FOR CHRISTMAS. As you all know, it is my favorite time of the…

  • Gift Giving Guide: Gifts Under $50

    Hi, everyone! The cold weather is here, the first snow has fallen, and the holidays are quickly approaching! I’ve already started my holiday shopping, and it’s a goal of mine to get it all done before December (we’ll see if that actually happens). That’s why I put together this gift giving guide of gifts for men and women for under $50! Looking for  ideas? You’ve come to the right place.   1. Men’s Darren Slipper / Nordstrom – I think slippers are such a great gift idea. I mean, who doesn’t love a good pair of slippers? If you’re looking for a gift for your boyfriend husband, dad, grandpa, friend… consider…

  • Holiday Life Lessons

    Wow, how is Christmas over already? Where in the world did the holiday weekend go? I feel like I blinked and it was over. Life just goes by too fast and I wish it would slow down. This holiday weekend was busy, but extremely fun and memorable. Nic and I split up the holiday and spent time with each of our families and it was wonderful being able to see everyone during this special weekend. I love seeing family and I am very close to them, so being able to spend time with my family as well as Nic’s warmed my heart in many ways. In addition to spending time with…

  • Snowy Days And Simplicity

    We have gotten a lot of snow these last few days, and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t absolutely beautiful. Driving is terrible, it’s cold, it’s windy and the air makes my ears numb, but I still love it. The freshly fallen snow makes me feel like a kid again. Today, Nic and I bundled up in our coats and ventured outside! We took our camera, walked on the path near the (chilly) lake and took photos. I have to say, I love that Nic and I always enjoy the little things, like snowy days. We make the most out of our days and that is just one of…

  • Snowy Sunday

    Today, we had our first snowfall of December! I know, I know, it’s a pain to drive in and sometimes walk in. However, I have always loved the first snowfall. It’s fresh, new and makes me feel like a kid again. There has always been something special about those snowflakes falling from the sky. On this snowy Sunday, Nic and I took full advantage of enjoying the snow as well as staying cozy in the warmth of our home. We went outside, smiled as we watched the snowflakes from the sky and made the most of a simple moment. Then, we came inside and watched Christmas movies with hot chocolate. I know, cozy…

  • 12 Acts Of Kindness and Holiday Cheer

    HAPPY DECEMBER! Can you believe it’s December? Or, should I say, the most wonderful time of the year! There is SO much to be done this month and I am so excited! Christmas is just around the corner. As part of December, I have created a checklist. This checklist is called 12 Acts Of Kindness and Holiday Cheer, and it’s something I am going to do my best to complete this month. Not only that, but I would love if YOU would complete it with me! The world can always use more kindness and cheer. GIVE (whether it’s money to a charity or your time volunteering) Tell someone you love that you APPRECIATE them…

  • DIY Stocking Stuffers And Gifts

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving is next week and then it’s Christmas! I can’t believe it! If you haven’t already, check out my blog on Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers for your feast day. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about unique gift ideas. This year, I’m looking for easy and unique stocking stuffer and gift ideas. So far, I have found some ideas that are sure to bring holiday cheer and smiles. Although many people don’t like to talk about Christmas until Thanksgiving is over, I think it’s never too early to start coming up with ideas. Cookie Mix I’ve seen these for years and have always wanted to…