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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.…

  • Gifts Under $20 That People Will Love

    Tis the season to be jolly, and give presents My office is doing a secret santa, so I was inspired to create a gift giving guide with gifts under $20 that are really cute AND practical. Why waste money on gifts just to get something? If you’re going to spend money, no matter how much, you might as well make the purchase worth it. Am I right?! So, here you have it! Your gift giving guide for gifts under $20! 1. Holiday Spruce Candle / Target: I am a HUGE candle fan, especially with the spruce scent. I have a few spruce candles at our place, and we love them. They’re…

  • 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…

  • The Best Easter Egg Decorating Trick

    Yesterday, my grandma and I were getting our Easter baskets ready and decorating eggs. I NEVER knew how she made her eggs look so amazing, and I always thought it took her days on end to complete. Yesterday, she let me in on her secret, and I could not believe how easy it was. After I found out her trick, I really wanted to share it with you all. They’re called Egg Wraps, and there are SO MANY design options! Being Ukrainian, all of our eggs pictured (except the Mickey Mouse one) are Ukrainian designs. You can get them on Amazon, and you find Ukrainian ones here. All you have to do is…

  • 5 Easter DIY Decorations

    It’s almost Easter! Can you believe it? I’ve always loved Easter. Then again, I love all holidays. As you all know, I also love crafts. If you’re looking to spice up your home with some DIY Easter decorations, you have come to the right place. DIY Eggshell Planters  I am absolutely obsessed with these! These planters by Le Robin’s Nest are SO CUTE. The gardener / plant lover in me is so excited to try this one out. It’s not too difficult of a project either, which is a huge plus! Le Robin’s Nest used moss and succulents from her home and then bought the other plants from the grocery store for…

  • 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…

  • Easy DIY Holiday Centerpiece

    I absolutely love my new holiday centerpiece. You know what else I love? How easy it was to make! It was easy, fun and gets you into the holiday spirit. There are only three things you will need to create your own! 1. Vase If you have an old vase you haven’t been using, this is the perfect time to use it! Or, you can go to a thrift shop and get one. I got mine for $3! Pretty good deal, huh? Clean it out and get it ready for your ornaments and lights. 2. String Lights Next, grab some string lights. I got mine at TJ Maxx. I used Starlight Candlelight…