Each year this season holds a special place in my heart. I love celebrating the togetherness and traditions that follow. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and I truly hope each and every one of you has a great holiday. Great things are coming this year, and I can’t wait to share it all with you. I hope this next year brings you amazing opportunities!
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” ―Bob Hope
Just a little reminder I have to tell my self, and I am now sharing with you… in the craziness of the shopping, the decorating, and the gift giving make sure you take the time to slow down and relax! I feel like everyone, including myself, gets caught up in the gifts and the decorations (which is a great part of the holidays, don’t get me wrong). Don’t let the most important part of the holidays pass you by, look around at your loved ones and value each person sitting around you. Perfect Christmas’ aren’t always possible, you might burn the food or get stuck traveling to your family Christmas and arrive late, and that’s okay! All of the Instagram photos and the staged Christmas photos aren’t always the reality behind the camera. Don’t get too bogged down with trying to have the perfect Christmas or comparing your Christmas to what you see on social media, because the perfect Christmas is what you make it. However, you choose to celebrate the holiday this year, it’s perfect! To wrap this up, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I am finally back to reality, I visited my family over the weekend to celebrate Christmas early. We made tons of cookies, fruit cake, fudge, and so much more. I love baking in the kitchen, put some Christmas music on, fill a glass of wine, and make cookies with some of my favorite people… I don’t know what could be better. Each year, I love decorating sugar cookies and sneaking the occasional piece of fudge but there is one cookie above all that is my favorite… Continue reading “MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIE”
This is my first time creating a Christmas card for my own personal use. Sure, I have created them for business’ and other events but never just for. Believe me, it was a journey, I thought this process would be very simple, so many people put together Christmas cards every year. My creative side got the best of me. I seriously considered scrap booking each and every card to ensure it was perfect, it can’t be that hard right?! Wrong! No one has time or patience for that, if you do… please share your wisdom.
Then I thought about doing my own graphic design, I got so excited about so many different concepts and ideas that it became over whelming. Finally, I decided that I should probably use a template to save my time and my sanity. I researched a couple of sites looking at pricing, shipping, designs… everything you can think of. I loved the designs of Minted.com but their pricing wasn’t ideal. I didn’t want to spend $150+ creating 50 Christmas cards. I landed on Vistaprint.com. I am so indecisive, not to mention a perfectionist, when it comes to fonts, colors, and design. (Bless the souls that will have to guide me through wedding invites one day.) Everything had to be perfect, I spent about an hour editing the photo, then nudging all of the pieces, changing different fonts, adding lines, etc.
Continue reading “CREATING HOLIDAY CARDS”
It’s that time of year again! I am usually ahead on the shopping but this year I found myself waiting, as if the perfect gifts would suddenly hit me. Bottom line… I love giving others gifts, I know that is clique, but it’s true. There is so much time and thought put into each item, then finally, I get so excited to see them open it up and they (hopefully) love the gift! Each year it isn’t always easy, especially when you are shopping for someone who doesn’t really need anything. This is the perfect opportunity to give something that they would love, but wouldn’t always think to get themselves. Continue reading “HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2018”
Pinterest is such a great place to get inspo for any occasion! I have been really loving the Scandinavian/Nordic style of Christmas decor this year, and I have been prepping for Christmas ever since Halloween ended, pinning away to my “deck the halls.” board. This board has everything from flat lays, Christmas trees, cookies, and the list goes on…
Check out my Pinterest to see where I get my decor inspo! What decor are you loving this holiday season?
*I don’t own any of the images in the collage, they were collected for inspiration from Pinterest.
Let’s talk about Black Friday, every year I reminisce about a time, before smart phones (I know shocking), where I would make a list of the things I was looking for. I’d set my alarm for 4 or 5AM and then head to the mall. Every year I would get a Cinnabon for breakfast and stand in line for hours, waiting to get into Forever 21 and GAP to buy a sweater that was less than $20. My preteen self lived for this day, I have changed a lot since then, and thank goodness! I would rather sleep in on my day off, after eating all of the delicious food the day before. I would also rather do all of my shopping online and have them sent straight to me. Gone are the days of waiting in line and fighting over sweaters out of bins!
I have created a guide of some of the retailers, what their sales will be, and the codes/dates you need to save money! I’m calling it the lazy girl’s guide to Black Friday, or maybe it’s just for people who want to get their full night’s sleep and not be trampled by a crowd of sleep deprived strangers. Call it what you like, but it will help you navigate the craziness that is Black Friday/Cyber Monday!
Continue reading “A LAZY GIRL’S GUIDE TO BLACK FRIDAY”