Christmas Day OOTD — December 26, 2017

Christmas Day OOTD

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas! Today I wanted to share with you my Christmas OOTD 🙂 Since I knew I would be traveling a lot today, I went with an outfit that was very comfortable but also super cute!!

So, I paired this peach tank with my fav jeans, and super cute brown heels (that I am absolutely in love with 😍!) I then added this beautiful cardigan from Burlington, and a gold chain necklace. I also added a black fedora, which I think really tied the outfit together and gave it a different look.

What is your go-to outfit for Christmas Day?

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Reason for the Season — December 25, 2017

Reason for the Season

Hello everyone! Well, it’s Christmas Eve, and today I’d like to share with you a short thought. And that is: the true “Reason for the Season.” The real meaning of Christmas is Jesus Christ. God sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to be born in a manger, to save the world from our sin. Tomorrow, in the midst of all the presents, in the midst of all the family, in the midst of all the feasting, take a moment to thank Him for the sacrifice that He made. Let’s keep Christ at the center of Christmas. For that is the true reason why we celebrate!

Who will you share the Christmas story with this holiday season?

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Hairstyles for Christmas — December 24, 2017

Hairstyles for Christmas

Hello everyone! Well, tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and today I’d like to share with you some beautiful Christmas Hairstyles. With all of the craziness of the season, it can be a little stressful to try and find a different hairstyle for each holiday party. Hopefully this list will help you out a bit. Enjoy!

First off is really easy, add a sparkly accessory to glam up a simple bun!

Next is a simple ponytail, with sort’ve a messy look to it.

This hairstyle is similar to pic #2, except with a little something extra. Try adding a Dutch braid down the side.

Next is just a simple up-do I think looks great for the holidays!

Lastly is this super cute half-up, half-down hairstyle, with an adorable bow!

Which of these hairstyles do you want to try this holiday season?

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Stocking Stuffers — December 23, 2017

Stocking Stuffers

Hello everyone! We’re one day closer to Christmas and today I’d like a share a few stocking stuffer ideas with you. Stocking stuffers are always hard for me as I can never find enough items to fill those stockings up! So if you’re anything like me, hopefully this list will help! Enjoy!

For men:

A classy bow tie

A tactical pen

Shaving cream

Beef jerky

His favorite cologne

For women!

Fuzzy socks

A beanie

A scarf (blanket scarves are huge this season!)

A Star Bucks gift card

A scented candle

Do you struggle to find stocking stuffers for your loved ones?

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Yummy Christmas Desserts — December 22, 2017

Yummy Christmas Desserts

Hello everyone! There are just 3 more days until Christmas and I am so so so excited! Continuing in our Christmas series, today I’d like to share with you some delicious Christmas themed desserts. Hope you enjoy!

First on the list are these super cute Christmas tree brownies!! I mean, come on, how adorable are they? So to kick things off, you will need to…

Step 1: Head to the store and grab some regular brownie mix and a tub of icing.

Step 2: Bake the brownies according to the package directions and allow them to cool completely.

Step 3: Cut your brownies into triangles. This might be a little confusing, so you could use a cookie cutter or skewers.

Step 4: Empty the icing into a bowl and add green food coloring (continue to add drops until you get your desired color.)

Step 5: Put the icing into a plastic bag and cut the corner of the bag off.

Step 6: Gently squeeze the icing out of the bag, moving in a zig-zag direction.

Step 7: Add your favorite sprinkles and a star at the top!

Step 8: Now, if you so desire, you can stop at step 7, as the trees are totally adorable just by themselves. However; you can add a little tree trunk by inserted a peppermint stick at the bottom of your tree!

Next are these delicious Christmas Rice Krispy Treat Bites. Rice Krispy Treats are good year ’round, and one of my favorite things to do is take one of my favorite desserts and add a Christmas touch to it! So let’s get started!

Step 1: Begin by mixing 3 batches of Rice Krispy Treat mixture in red, green, and white. Be sure to add the food coloring to your melted marshmallow mixture before adding the Rice Krispy treats.

Step 2: While the Rice Krispy Treat mixture is cooking, add your favorite Christmas sprinkles.

Step 3: While the mixture is still warm, grab a spoonful and roll it into a bite-sized ball.

Step 4: Enjoy your super festive Rice Krispy Treat Bites!

Up next are these super yummy candy cane cookies. This recipe is sure to become a family-favorite that creates sweet holidays memories! Not only are these some of the cutest cookies you will ever eat, they also taste amazing! So let’s begin!

Step 1: Head to the store and pick up one to two rolls of cookie dough depending on how many cookie you want to make.

Step 2: Cut your roll of cookie dough in half, coloring one side of the dough with red food coloring (gel food coloring works great.)

Step 3: Pinch off a dime sized piece of both colors and roll them into what I like to call “snakes” (or long, skinny rolls, but that’s just boring!) Then roll both pieces lightly together.

Step 4: Lightly pinching the ends, slowly twist one end forward, and the other end backward to make it striped like a candy cane.

Step 5: Form a hooked candy cane handle.

Step 6: Bake for approximately 9 minutes.

Step 7: Once you take the cookies out of the oven, sprinkle sugar on the top of each candy cane.

Step 8: Let the cookies cool and enjoy!

To end this blog on Christmas desserts, I will tell you how to make these lovely Christmas hugs! If you’re anything like me, you like everything tiny! It really doesn’t get much better than the sweet and salty taste of these bite sized treats! First thing’s first.

Step 1: Align your pretzels on a cookie sheet.

Step 2: Place a Hershey’s Hug chocolate on top of each pretzel and bake in a preheated oven for 4-5 minutes (until the chocolate is shiny and soft but NOT melted. The chocolate should still hold its shape.)

Step 3: Carefully place a red or green M&M on top of each pretzel and press down to spread the chocolate

Step 4: Place the pretzels in the refrigeration for 4-5 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.

Step 5: Wait, there is no step 5! That’s right! These delicious treats are really that simple to make!

I should inform you that these are not my recipes, and I applaud the people who put the time and effort into perfecting each and every recipe!

Do you have a favorite Christmas dessert?

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Christmas Inspired Nails — December 21, 2017
DIY Christmas Gift — December 20, 2017

DIY Christmas Gift

Hello everyone! It’s one day closer to Christmas, and some of you may still be planning to create a few handmade gifts this season. So here is just one DIY gift idea I think you all will love. Hope you enjoy!

Who knew that this beautiful canvas portrait could be created right in your home? I absolutely love it when I see portraits painted on canvases, so here are 6 easy steps on how to accomplish this look!

1. What you will need – stretched canvas (8×10 is shown in the pictures above), gel medium, (Liquidex is a great choice), paint brush, the image you want to transfer (lazer copy), and a spray bottle filled with water. Remember that your image will print reversed.

2. Completely cover your canvas with gel medium (be sure to use a heavy coat.)

3. Press the photo onto your canvas and let it dry for several hours, or overnight.

4. After your canvas is completely dry, use the spray bottle to wet the top of the paper.

5. Rub the surface with your fingers until pieces of paper start coming off.

6. Cover your canvas with another coat of gel medium to seal and protect the image.

7. Enjoy your wonderful work of art!

Do you love making DIY Christmas gifts?

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Favorite Christmas Movies — December 18, 2017

Favorite Christmas Movies

Hello everyone! How exciting it is that there is just one week ’til Christmas! Today I want to share a few of my favorite Christmas movies with you. Enjoy!

Sooo first on the list is Elf. I absolutely love this movie. This is all about the hilarious story of how Buddy the Elf comes to find his father in the big city! Along the way he meets a girl named Jovie, and they must work together to save Christmas!

Next on the list is Home Alone! In this movie, Kevin is left home alone while his family is all the way in France. Two burglars then try to enter his home, however; Kevin has a few tricks up his sleeve to keep them away!! This movie will make your sides hurt from laughter!

My absolute favorite Christmas movie of all time is The Grinch!! This is a classic movie which tells the hilarious tale of how the nasty grinch tries to steal Christmas, but little Cindy Lou Who saves the day!

This next movie is a true classic. It’s a Wonderful Life is a heartwarming story of how George Bailey wishes he had never been born, but then comes to realize the true impact he has had on the world!

Another classic and one of my favorites is White Christmas. Featuring Bing Crosby, this fun-filled musical explains the story of how Bob Wallace and Phil Davis join sisters, Judy and Betty, to plan a Yule-tide miracle in an effort to ensure that General Waverly’s inn doesn’t shut down!

Last but certainly not least is Santa Clause!! This movie tells the story of how divorced dad – Scott, accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit. From there he is then magically transported to the North Pole where an elf explains to him that he must take on the role of Santa Before next Christmas! Scott thinks it’s just a dream, however; he begins to gain weight and is growing a beard! So maybe it wasn’t a dream after all….

Which of these is your favorite Christmas movies?

Do you have a favorite Christmas movie that wasn’t listed?

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Comparison Trap — November 24, 2017

Comparison Trap

Hello everyone. A few weeks back I read some really great truths and today I would like to share them with you. The topic is “comparison.” Comparison is something I’ve struggled with my whole life. Many of you may be struggling with this as well.

Teenage girls today feel as if they are held to a certain standard. Including myself! We are constantly looking to our left and our right, comparing ourselves to others. We strive to prove ourselves worthy of love, attention, or affirmation. And most of the time, we are left to believe that we don’t measure up. Comparison always makes you feel dissatisfied.

Here’s a secret: gratitude. The shortcut to contentment is gratitude! Start by thanking God for his many blessings. It’s an instant perspective adjustment. Comparison is out to steal your contentment. But the habit of expressing gratitude is an easy way out of it.

Maybe you feel trapped by the lies of comparison. I’m here to tell you that God never meant for us to focus on whether WE are enough. He made us to rest in the fact that HE is enough. God designed every piece of you specifically for His glory. He has a unique plan for your life.

Your creator (a.k.a. God) thinks highly of you!! He has called you highly prized. His glorious beloved. You are precious. You are honored. You are loved. If we truly believe that we are who He is says we are, everything changes.

This freedom however; won’t come by doing your best to prove that you’re not as bad as you think you are. It only comes by allowing Christ Jesus to breathe His truth into every piece of us, down to our very core.

When we forget that our true identity is in Jesus Christ, we are tempted to look around us and think that someone is more successful, more loved than we are. More often than not, it’s the very woman with the impressive title, perfect body, or expensive shoes who harbors the most pain. Never forget that you are so deeply cherished by God. This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the fact that I no longer have to prove my worth by accumulating and accomplishing. As one of God’s very own, we have been set free from the need to compare and compete! So set your identity on Christ alone.

God has given you talents and treasures in specific amounts for a reason. How can you put them to good use?

What difference would it make in your life if you believed that God loves you?



The “Third Piece” Rule — October 22, 2017

The “Third Piece” Rule

Hello everyone! I’m super excited to share this blog with you today! I’ve been working on it for a very long time, so I can’t wait to see what you guys think!

I’ve read articles that talk about the “third piece” rule. Often, they discuss what makes an outfit look pin-worthy, polished, complete, or just plain stylish. Okay but seriously. What does make an outfit look truly “pin-able?” Today I will share that secret with you!

So, say you have on pants and a top (your first and second pieces). You’re probably wondering what can take your outfit to the next level. The answer is: that third piece!

Now, I’m not saying that in order to have a cute and put-together look, you HAVE to have a third accessory. But in most cases, in order to look truly “pin-able” and stylish, you must add that third piece!

Based on all the articles I’ve read, I’ve dwindled it down to 4 categories in which you can pull your third piece from:

1. Jackets/Blazers/Coats

2. Vests

3. Cardigans/Sweaters

4. Accessories: A belt, hat, statement necklace, or scarf

Here are a few people who really rock the “third piece” look!!

~ scarf ~

~ blazer ~

~ vest~

~ statement necklace ~

~ cardigan ~

~ hat ~

Do you think this is a good rule?

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