Monday, November 26, 2018

Stocking Stuffers/Gifts Under $15

After tons of requests for lots of different gift guides, I'm kicking off the holiday season with stocking stuffer ideas and gifts for under $15! Whether you are gifting to a friend and want to do it inexpensively or just wanting to fill someone's stocking, these goodies are all products/items that I personally use on a daily basis. 

1. Sherpa Throw Blanket: some of my family will be getting this gift from me. It's so soft and such a steal! To add a personal touch, find someone who can monogram it! 
2. Creme Brûlée: my current go-to lip gloss that is amazing! 
3. Circular Sunglasses: everyone needs a fun pair of sunnies! I just love these. You can see me wearing them below: 

4. Vanilla Bean Noel Candle: everyone loves a good candle! 
5. Wax Melts: I've been burning this scent in my house on the daily. Tis the season!
6. Cactus Phone Case: this is my current phone case and I always get so many compliments on it. 
7. Laneige Lip Mask: my current chapstick addiction, my lips feel so soft and let's be honest, the little jar is so cute! 
8. Wine Tumbler: my wine glass of choice when I'm needing something to keep it cold and be cute. To make it a little more personal, add a monogram vinyl sticker. 
9. Indian Clay Mask: an amazing beauty hack that pulls the impurities out. It works so well your face will be pulsating. 😂
10. Tassel Earrings: show above in the sunglasses pic. My friend Connie makes them and they are $15!! I have them in three colors I love them so much. Here is her email if you want to get yourself some: Connie Wilson

I hope this was relatable, helpful and a great idea starter as the Christmas shopping begins! 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Decor on a Budget

Happy Thanksgiving y'all! I'm so thankful for this platform and the opportunity to share my love for life with each of you. I hope you've enjoyed your day with family and friends and feel just as bloated as I do. 😂

I decided to post all my decor today because it's probably the day (or day before) that you set up Christmas in your house. I'm so excited to finally share my space with you. Christmas can be a very expensive holiday to decorate for, so this year I decided to add simple elegant touches that would be noticeable but not over the top. I've combined glam with rustic for a super chic farmhouse look! Now let's dive into everything. 😍

Let's start with the statement in Christmas decor, the tree. I decided that due to my limited space, a pencil tree would be best. I love how it fits perfectly in the corner. It also helped cut down on the number of ornaments I needed. My trick to keeping the ornament cost down was purchasing a large set of champagne ornaments from Hobby Lobby (they are sold out online but go check them out in store). These filled the majority of the tree and then I went to Kirkland's to get more statement ornaments. Another thing that I made a point to do when purchasing was picking timeless pieces so that if my colors change these ornaments are able to match with whatever color scheme I do in the future. 

My trick to doing Kirkland's on a budget was to download the Spin to Win app to get a coupon and watch for a sale. I was able to get 10 ornaments for $40! Plus they do a military discount. I believe teachers too. Just ask.

I'm OBSESSED with these gold bell ornaments, they also come in silver. *cue Silver Bells Christmas song* 

The ornament above isn't online but go check in store. Here is something similar if you want to just order online.

These adorable crocheted ornaments add so much texture. I mean seriously, how cute are they?! The other color I got was this one.

This ornament isn't online but I purchased it from Kirkland's in January right before Zach deployed.

This exact one pictured above isn't online but here is another similar one.

The adorable Merry Christmas sign is from Ross. I got it for like $5! 

To keep my wreath simple I added a Hearth and Home house (that's actually a place card holder) to the middle and then picked up little pine cone wreath additions from Hobby Lobby. With 50% off they are only $0.50 cents each! 

Now for one of my favorite parts, the staircase. I purchased this garland for $5.95 from Walmart and then took some cream ribbon from Hobby Lobby and tied bows and wrapped it to give it a thicker look. Garland can be so expensive so rather than purchasing multiple sets get thick wire ribbon and fluff it up for a more full look. My stockings are from Hobby Lobby (and only $5) and so are the darling wooden bead monogram chains. This made each stocking only $9 each! 

Another simple easy touch to decorate is to go to Michael's right now and purchase some fake wreaths for $6 each. Purchase some ribbon, tie a bow and hang them wherever you can. This is inside on our back door. It's a simple, inexpensive touch that just says "Christmas."

These adorable flocked trees are also from Hobby Lobby and I paid $1.50 each for them. Again, it's simple but definitely screams holiday. Truthfully, I'll probably keep them up through the winter since they are neutral. 

My tea towel is from TJmaxx. I paid $4 for it I believe. It's on my little ladder that I made in the fall. 

I shared an image similar to this on Instagram, but these houses are from the Target Dollar Spot for $3 each. I took some twinkly lights and put them inside the houses so at night I can plug it in and they light up. The flocked tree is from Hobby Lobby and Santa is actually my neighbors that she let me borrow. He's from Germany I believe. 😊

Lastly, I LOVE this tree and figurine set. Both of these items are from Ross and for both of them I paid $20. The tree was actually damaged and so I got it discounted (but you can't even tell 😉) and the figurine set of Mary, Joseph and Jesus was only $8.99. Go check your local Ross because you never know what you might find. 

Although a lot of this stuff I found in person, I'm hoping with my pictures and look you are able to get inspired and create your Christmas space. Remember, Christmas can be whatever you want it to be. Don't feel like you have to be traditional. Do what makes you happy! Shoot me a message on Instagram if this was helpful. Happy Black Friday shopping! 

Monday, November 19, 2018

My Newest Skin Revelation

Hello friends! Happy Monday! I can't believe it's Thanksgiving week. Who else is pumped to spend time with family?! We are heading to Maryland on Wednesday so I'm excited to see Zach's family and soak in some time with them.

  In the spirit of feeling your absolute best this holiday season I wanted to talk about skincare and confidence. I don't know about you but feeling confident with clear skin is unlike any other feeling. It's been a struggle for me over the past few years and I've spent lots of money trying to figure out what works. During college, I did the Rodan & Fields Acne Regime, it worked temporarily and helped cut the huge blemishes but I still battled after using the product. I spent a couple hundred dollars on the line and personally wouldn't recommend it again. I have nothing bad to say about the company or anyone that sells it, it just didn't work for me. Years later I am able to tell you why it didn't work because I've been doing the wrong thing all along. Everything that I've done on my skin up until a week ago was all topical. Serums, creams, masks, etc.. my skin would clear up some but I would have a hormonal change when mother nature hit and my body would go CRAZY. Not to mention I've changed climates a lot the past few years. Humid, to normal to dry. It's been a whirlwind. Back in September, I decided to try the Tula Acne Clearing Gel and overall was really pleased with the results. I took pictures during the process and you can see they are very positive. If you have some acne struggles I would definitely recommend this product. 
Fast forward a week in late October right before my body started hormonally changing and my acne flared up again. It was a HUGE confidence hit. I would take off my makeup at night and just want to cry. I felt ugly and embarrassed that as an adult I was struggling with something like this. I know a lot of you feel this way and it totally sucks, so trust me when I say I get it. Keep reading because I'm about to share some exciting stuff! 

Over the past few months I've been trying to figure out what works for people and what has helped them the most. I've done the Tula Acne Serum as well as a variety of masks. It cures it temporarily but then flares up again.  I asked my friend Courtney who has BEAUTIFUL skin what she does.  She can wear no foundation and look amazing. I learned something new about her last week and that was that in July she had acne all over her cheeks and within a matter of a few weeks had made a complete turn around. What she's been using is the Juice Plus Omega Blend. If you're like me you're probably thinking, omegas to help with skin?! Well y'all I'm a full believer. Within 10 days my skin has made an INCREDIBLE comeback from taking this product. I have all natural pictures to show it and I asked Courtney if I could share her results with you as well. 

Here's the deal with the omegas... when I think omegas I think fish. Ew gross right?! Fish burps and all that nastiness. Well I'm about to rock your world because that's not what is in these omegas, they are plant based and packed with 5 different types of omegas making an amazing combination for your skin. I don't burp like I used to when I took fish oil omegas. 
I take them orally as well as make a face mask with them once a week. 

The conclusion that I've come to is that you can put topical creams, serums and masks on your skin all day long but if internally your body is struggling the creams will just mask it. By taking something that is flooding my body internally, I've seen an external effect. I know I'll only continue to see more progress. 

All that to say, I wanted to share the two staple Tula products that I'll recommend in conjunction with the Juice Plus omegas. I am LOVING their Purifying Cleanser and Hydrating Day & Night Cream. They have helped externally clean my skin and keep it hydrated. For me personally, simple is best right now as I try to clear my skin and feel confident again.  If you are interested in purchasing some Tula products, here is my personal link to get 20% off your first order! 

I hope these results and my excitement to share this with you has inspired you and encouraged you if acne has been a struggle. I would love to chat with you more so feel free to comment below or shoot me an email. 

Thanks so much for reading friends! 

P.S. Thursday evening all my Christmas decor will be going live so stay tuned for that. 

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