Friday, January 18, 2019

10 Inexpensive Valentine Gifts For Her

Hello everyone!
It's officially time to start thinking about Valentine's Day!
I am horrible at shopping for men so, here is a gift guide for the ladies in your life.
Whether you are shopping for your wife, your sister, your daughter or your best friend, from the feminist to the fashionista, I've got you covered with 10 gifts for her under $30!


A great inexpensive gift, perfect for all ages and the current cold weather.
Apply a small dab of this to your lips and rub them together to scrub off dead skin and reveal smooth lips.
Lick of the excess and enjoy the taste of bubblegum.
It makes me feel like a kid again, every time.
And we all need kissable lips for Valentine's Day right?

Babes Club Graphic Tee

This cute long sleeve tee is perfect for any girl in your life.
The long sleeves are great for the current drop in temperature and the color is perfect for the month of February.
A little color helps to chase off those winter blues.
Plus, who doesn't love being called a babe?

I love Daisy Perfume by Marc Jacobs but, it tends to be on the more expensive side.
That's why grabbing a smaller size is an amazing option.
It's the perfect trial size in case you are hesitant whether they will like it, fits conveniently inside a purse or backpack and you don't have to drop as much cash.
Daisy Perfume comes in several different scents but, the scent Love is definitely the way to go for Valentine's Day.

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Tassel earrings are a fun way to amp up any outfit.
It can take a simple jean and T-shirt look to the next level.
That's one of the many reasons I think they are such a hit right now.
Little effort for a big payoff.
These cute pink ones are a great (and inexpensive) gift to amp up your Valentine's Day.

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NARS is a high end make up line that can set you back cash wise.
That's why, like the Marc Jacobs Perfume, travel size is the way to go.
You get a more expensive item without the risk of wasting cash.
This set includes two shades of their five star lip pencils.
One red, Cruella, and one pink, Dolce Vita.
Perfect for Valentine's.

Pink Faux Fur Blanket $25

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I have never met a girl who hasn't loved receiving a new blanket as a gift.
It doesn't matter how many they currently have, the more the merrier!
And what is more fun and cozy than a pink furry blanket?
Have a nice movie night in with the ladies or an indoor picnic to avoid the restaurant crowds on the big day.

Bad Girls Throughout History Book $16

The gift of empowerment right here.
This book is filled with beautiful artwork of inspiring women who changed history.
From Cleopatra, to Joan Jett, to Madame Curie to Oprah.
This will leave them feeling ready to take on the world and make a difference.
Also, pink...

Glitter Filled Lip Pool Float $13

This is the perfect gift for that "fun" person in your life.
Pool floats add color to a day by the water but, they can also be used inside all year round.
I have several pool floats that I love to bring out to decorate for parties.
I have also seen them used in all types of rooms for decoration.
So, if you don't live in a year round sunny climate don't count this out just yet.
It's the perfect fun year round toy.
Did I mention it is filled with glitter?!

Heart Sunglasses $5

Heart sunglasses have grown very popular over the last several years.
(Thanks Red Era Taylor Swift)
I love this pair as they are a vintage take on the more modern classic.
They have a fun cat eye vibe to set you apart.
They will be rocking these all Valentine's (and all year) long.

Sugarfina Gummy Candy $9-$20

A fun way to change up the candy you pass out for Valentine's Day.
These cute Sugarfina gummies are made with alcohol and come in a variety of flavors, including champagne and rosé.
Another fun option are the sugar lips gummies that would be perfect for your Valentine.
They come in both small or large cubes.
When all is said and done the gummies have less then 1% alcohol so, they are appropriate for all ages.

I hope this gift guide was helpful.
I filled it with things I would personally love to receive and tried to cover all the bases.
What would you love to receive for Valentine's Day?
If you decide to gift any of these items be sure to let me know!
Now, what do you get guys for Valentine's Day?
All suggestions are appreciated and welcome!

All my love,

Monday, January 14, 2019

Goodbye Christmas + My First Giveaway!

Hello everyone!
Does anyone still have their Christmas decorations up?
I finally bit the bullet this weekend and took ours down.
It's seriously one of my least favorite days of the year.
It's like a bad break up.
Christmas just decides to leave me and I am taken by surprise. 
I thought we meant something to each other.
I thought we had something special.
Time passes and it gets easier.
My friends and family tell me it's time to move on but it's too soon.
Then one day, I wake up and I have accepted that it's over and it's time to move forward without Christmas.
All of it's stuff gets put into boxes.
And what's this?
Someone new to share my life with?
Valentine's Day, you say?

I have mentioned before that January is not my favorite month.
Christmas breaking up with me every year really doesn't help...
But, something that does help is my first ever giveaway!
I love to give people gifts so, giveaways have always been something that interested me.
I am proud to say we are finally doing it!
My hope is to do one giveaway each month this year.
This month I am giving away a bando planner on my Instagram.

This planner is straight out of my dreams.
It is filled with beautiful artwork, motivational quotes, stickers and even coloring pages!
I am determined to make this a great year and now that I have this planner I know it will be.
Let's make it a great year for you too!
Head to my Instagram to enter and to check out this bad boy in action.
What are your plans for 2019?

All my love,

Friday, January 11, 2019

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Hello everyone!
I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of baking during the winter.
I love being in my warm house, watching the cold weather outside and smelling baked goods cooking in the oven.
I was trying to think of something new I could bake this winter and it hit me, Cinnamon Rolls.
They sounded like the perfect thing to eat my sad winter feelings away with.
Who doesn't enjoy being comforted by dough, sugar and frosting?
I went to Pinterest and found this recipe that said it was the BEST.
And let me tell you, they were gooood.
You've got to try these bad boys out.

You will need:
1 Cup of Milk, Warm
1 Tablespoon of Instant Dry Yeast
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
3 Tablespoons of Salted Butter, Softened
1 Large Egg
3 Cups of Flour,  More If Needed

For The Filling:
1/2 a Cup of Salted Butter, Melted
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon

For The Glaze:
4 Ounces of Cream Cheese, Softened
1/4 a Cup of Salted Butter, Softened
1 to 1 and a 1/2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1/2 a Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 to 2 Teaspoons of Milk

Warm your milk in the microwave in a safe dish for 30 - 45 seconds.
It should be warm not HOT!
Combine the warm milk, yeast and sugar in a large bowl.
Mix together for five minutes or until the yeast has become frothy.
Add the salt, butter and egg and mix until just combined.
Add in your flour slowly one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add more or less flour as needed.
The dough should be tacky but should not stick to your hands.
I used 3 and 1/2 cups but it will differ each time.
Transfer the dough to a large lightly greased bowl.
Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for one hour.
While the dough is rising make your filling.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon until well combined.
Set aside.

Once the dough has risen, remove from the bowl and punch down to release air.
Roll the dough into a 12 X 18 inch rectangle
Brush dough with 1/2 cup of melted butter.
Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top of the melted butter leaving a small border around the edges so the filling won't fall out while rolling.

Roll the dough tightly lengthwise to create one long roll.
I found it best to roll pulling the dough towards me, it made it nice and tight.

Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Using string or a very sharp knife cut the roll into 12, 1 inch slices.
Place slices onto greased cookie sheet.

Cover and let rise for 30 - 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325o.
Bake rolls for 15 - 20 minutes, until golden brown.
While the rolls are baking make your glaze.

In a medium bowl mix the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
Slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until well combined. 
 Add in the vanilla extract.
Slowly add in the milk until a drizzle like consistency is reached.

Frost rolls while they are still warm from the oven. 

The rolls turned out delicious.
And I really enjoyed making them.
I love working with fresh handmade dough.
Erik loved them so much he felt inspired to write a poem.

Cinnamon Rolls, A Haiku
Oh, Cinnamon Rolls
How I love to eat your face
Delicious, gooey

If you give these a try we would love to hear your thoughts or Haikus.
What is your favorite winter treat?

All my love, 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Mailtime | Thank You Cards

Hello everyone!
Happy first Monday of the year!
These last few years, I have done a theme for Monday posts.
We did Makeover Monday where I showed you some of the upgrades we made around the house and the designs we were planning for the future.
And then we did My Monday where I tried to get a little more vulnerable with you and shared some motivation.
While trying to think of a theme for this year I decided I'd really like to focus on just blogging again.
I started blogging when I was a teenager and back then it was more like a journal.
I'd share experiences and silly things my friends and I did. 
When I got married I started a new blog that eventually evolved into this one.
I love sharing crafts, recipes and home decor here but, I really miss the aspect of just writing about our life.
So, each Monday I am going to recap something from our lives from the previous week.

This weekend was pretty slow for us. 
We hung around at home, ate food, and watched movies.
I also finally accomplished something I have wanted to do for years.
I hand wrote Thank You Cards.
Each year, after the holidays, I feel so overwhelmed with the amount of gifts, cards and love receive.
I always want to send out hand written Thank You Cards to those who are so kind to think of us during the holiday season but, never get around to it.
I didn't want that to be the case this year so I made a point to buy some cute Thank You Cards before Christmas so that I would have them on hand.

I found these cute Kraft Thank You Cards at Target and bought a 40 pack to ensure I wouldn't miss anyone. 

During the holidays I created a note on my phone and added the name of each person I wanted to thank along with what I was thanking them for.

When I was ready to write my cards I pulled up the list and wrote a personalized message to each person thanking them for their gift, card or time.  

Before I knew it I had a pretty tall stack.
It was a great way to gain back the heartwarming feelings from the holidays and to hopefully spread those feelings around.

I love getting mail.
I feel like we don't utilize it as much as we should in this day and age.
It's so much fun to receive a surprise in the mess of all your ads and bills.
And, a hand written note shows that you took the time to think about someone and write down your feelings.
That's exactly what I was hoping to convey by sending out these Thank You Cards. 
Do you ever send out mail?
If so, what do you send?
Give me all the inspiration below!

All my love,

Sunday, January 6, 2019

DIY Winter Survival Kit

Hello everyone!
I've said it once and I'll say it again.
January and I are not friends
Every January I get the winter blues.
Christmas is over.
It gets dark at 4 PM.
It's not fun guys.
If you know anyone who struggles like me I have the perfect idea for you.
Why not surprise them with a little Winter Survival Kit?

You will need:
A Basket
Tag, Optional
String, Optional
Filler Items

What I Used:
Warm Drink
Comfy Socks
Lip Balm

Gather your selected items.
I usually choose a theme and then select a color scheme.
For this kit I went with cooler shades; like light blue, gray, pale pink and a few neutrals.
I felt like these colors really said winter. 
I wanted to add just a little more detail to a few items.
I added some twine around the wrapped blanket and tied it in a bow.
For the warm drink I went with hot chocolate and instead of putting the packet in the mug I decided to add the contents to a mason jar and placed the jar in the mug instead.
Arrange your items, largest to smallest, into your basket. 
I choose a rose gold wire basket.
I'll let you in on a little secret. 
My baskets that I use for gifts are almost always from the Target Bargain Spot.
 Technically this one is a waste basket. 
I have used "waste baskets" for so many occasions.
Baby Showers, Weddings, Birthdays.
And have gotten a compliment EVERY time.
No one even knows it's technically a waste basket.
So, do yourself a favor a stock up on some baskets the next time you are at Target.
Tie a tag to the basket with string, if you desire, and drop of to someone who could use a little extra love this time of year.
Your mom, a friend, yourself.
I'm not judging!

This kit is easy to whip up with a quick trip to the store or with things you might already have around the house.
It's a great way to support a loved one and to start your year off on the right foot by serving someone else.
What would your Winter Survival Kit include?

All my love,

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

My Monday | Eat, Buy, Read, Try

Hello everyone!
Happy New Year!
This year I realized I struggle with focusing on where I currently am.
I like to focus on the future and this causes me to lose out on the present.
This is especially true for seasons.
When it's spring I am looking forward to summer
When it's summer I am looking forward to fall.
When it's fall I am looking forward to winter.
And so on.
To help me enjoy the present I started making a list for each season and focusing on what I could enjoy and accomplish in each one.

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I drew inspiration from the kids gift list of Want, Need, Wear, Read. 
And came up with Eat, Buy, Read, Try.
Eat because I love to eat seasonally.
Buy to encourage me to buy something for myself.
Either something I need or just to treat myself. 
Read because I love to read books but rarely do.
Try to encourage me to try something new.
It could be a new hair style, a new work out routine, a new fashion anything that caught my eye. 
I looked at trends and styles I was loving and added them to my lists.
Here are the things that I came up with for 2018.

Eat: Radishes
Buy: Jean Jacket
Read: Girlboss
Try: Half up hair

Eat: Artichokes
Buy: Romper
Read: Where Did You Go, Bernadette?
Try: Fishtail Braids

Eat: Pumpkin Seeds
Buy: Reader Glasses
Read: Whiskey In A Teacup
Try: Bubble Bar

Eat: Pomegranates
Buy: Velvet Top
Read: The Nightingale
Try: Red Eyeshadow

I loved having these lists to help me focus on the present.
And since each season is roughly three months long completing four things each wasn't unrealistic.
I will be honest I did not complete everything on all of these lists but it did push me to try new things and help me to enjoy the current season.
I am excited to implement this into the new year and hope to cross off many more things.
What would be on your list for the start of 2019?

All my love,

Friday, December 28, 2018

My Top Five 2018 Moments

Hello everyone!
We only have 4 days left in 2018 and i'm not going to lie, I am excited to say goodbye to this year.
2018 wasn't a bad year but it did challenge me.
That being said, there were also many amazing moments and since we like to focus on the positive I thought we'd talk about my top five favorites.

Being in Disneyland on my birthday has been on my bucket list for years.
My friend Shea and I had been tossing the idea around of a girls trip for awhile and we decided to pull the trigger.
Shea was kind enough to let it be for my 25th birthday.
I will never forget being on the Indiana Jones ride, wearing my brand new rose gold Mickey ears Shea bought as my birthday present and getting tossed around like a rag doll.
I remember thinking "Is this actually my life right now?"
It was too good to be true.

Another item that had been on my bucket list was seeing Taylor Swift in concert.
I have been a die hard "Swiftie" for years.
Every time she came to town I wanted to go but just couldn't afford it...
I was so disappointed when I missed her last tour that I promised myself the next time she came I was going no matter what. 
I even started putting aside money in my savings for it. 
When she came back with Reputation I was on cloud nine.
Of course this was the tour she decided to do limited concerts and Salt Lake City was not on the list.
Well, I said I was going no matter what and I meant no matter what so I convinced Shea, my sister and my mom to drive to Colorado to see her.
We drove for 18 hours in a 32 hour time period and were in Colorado for less than 24 hours.
I would do it all over again.

Okay, okay.
I know I keep saying this but, helping baby sea turtles hatch has been on my bucket list for years.
I am talking Elementary School on this one folks...
Erik and I wanted to do something special for our five year wedding anniversary so we decided to take a cruise to the Caribbean. 
While looking at the excursions they offered I came across the save a sea turtle program.
And it just so happened that we would be in that port on the date of our actual anniversary.
If that isn't fate, what is?
I showed Erik and he told me to book it without even hesitating.
He knew how long I had wanted to do it. 
We spent our anniversary helping baby sea turtles out of their nests and releasing them into the ocean.
It is an experience I will never forget.

Erik has been working towards his Bachelor's Degree since we got married.
Since he could only go to school part time we thought it would take him four years instead of two.
And six years later here we are...
We faced many challenges getting Erik his Bachelor's Degree.
I won't bore you with the details but it took a lot longer and was a lot harder than we had originally planned.
We both got so discouraged and honestly thought the day would never come but it did!
He got his degree this December and will be walking in May.
Here's hoping that the degree actually pays off.
On another note, does anyone know of someone who is willing to donate a load of money to two loving people who have a huge amount of student loans to pay off?
Asking for a friend...

As I mentioned 2018 wasn't a bad year.
I mean it was a great year for my bucket list.
But it did challenge me...
I grew a lot personally and it was really hard.
I had to face a lot of things I had been suppressing for years and it sucked to say the least.
When I was 19 I discovered I had anxiety and did absolutely nothing about it.
Afterwards I started wondering if I also suffered from depression.
I have always been the "happy" girl and the thought seemed absurd to me but you can only lie to yourself for so long.
Not taking care of myself for so many years finally caught up to me and it was ugly.
It made me realize how important mental health is and one day I would love to share my story and spread awareness.
 As for now, it is all so fresh and raw and quite honestly my story is still being written.
To hold myself accountable I vaguely shared on social media about this year and the negative emotions I have felt.
I am a closed book and never in a million years would have thought about posting something like that before but now that I have shared it I believe it will hold me accountable to come back and tell my story when it has developed more.

I am grateful for this year.
It held so many amazing experiences and helped me learn about myself.
But all I have left to say is...
Thank U, next!

Tell me all about your 2018, the good and the bad, below!

All my love,