10 Things to be Happy About: December Edition

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I cannot believe that it’s the last edition of “10 Things to be Happy About” for 2016. I’m happy to say that I was able to express gratitude all-year long with these posts as a simple way of sharing what I’m looking forward to each month. I think these posts were helpful for people because they put everything into perspective. It’s all about the little things that we need to appreciate in life. Hopefully, you were given a little bit of bliss, and were reminded of simple things to be happy about as the year passed by.

1| Cooking and Baking

I am no Martha Stewart by any means, but let me tell you that I still enjoy cooking and baking for the holidays. There are so many special dishes and treats that I’m used to having around this time of year, and now that I don’t live at home, I have to learn how to make them myself! Needless to say I’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

2| Time with Family and Friends

I’m all about family and friends. I’m happy to say I have two of my best friends coming into town before the holidays to finish up some last-minute Christmas shopping and to spend a little extra time with them before things got very busy for the holiday season.

3| Wrapping Gifts

Call me crazy, but I think wrapping gifts is arguably more fun that going out to shopping to find and buy the gifts. I make hot chocolate, blast Michael Buble’s Christmas album, and spend the afternoon wrapping gifts and organizing them for my trip home. Let me know if you hate wrapping, or if it’s something you look forward to during the holidays?!

4| Christmas Music

The best part about December is that there are radio stations that play Christmas music 24/7, which is why I’m in full holiday mode. You better believe that the only thing I’m playing in my car all month long will be the Christmas station. I only have one month of non-stop Christmas music, so let me enjoy it!

5| Winter Fashion

Layers, layers and all the warm and cozy accessories essentially sum up what the winter months mean for my taste in style and fashion. I’m essentially living in sweaters, blanket scarves, leggings, and boots. Although I don’t love the below-freezing temperature, and the horrible roads—I do love winter fashion.

6| Hallmark Holiday Movies

Aside from Christmas music playing non-stop in my car, Hallmark Holiday movies are playing non-stop in my home. I love the cheesy, romance movies that are playing all-month long on Hallmark. Yes, I know they’re very lame and predictable, but it’s all part of what I love most during this time of year!

7| Giving Back

One of the best parts of the this month is the idea of giving back and spreading a little extra kindness and bliss for everyone in your life. Whether you’re giving back to your in-laws or a stranger you’ve never met; be sure to think about how you can spread a little holiday cheer this month as a way to give back.

8| Traditions

Every family has their own set of traditions that are special within that family. This year, with it being my first holiday living with Josh, I want to make sure we begin creating some traditions of our own. That way, we can keep traditions from our families and also create our own that are special for us.

9| Christmas Cookies

I don’t know what I love more: baking and decorating each individual Christmas cookie, or eating them for a few weeks. I could live without cheesecakes and pies during this month because all I’m looking forward to specifically are the traditional Christmas cookies!

10| Prepare for a New Year

There’s nothing better than reflecting on the past year, and preparing for the new year ahead. This year, I’m hoping to a little extra time to sit down and really think about what I want to achieve for 2017. 2016 has been wonderful, and I’m hoping to take this bliss and bring into the new year.

What are you looking forward to now that it’s December? What are some holiday traditions your family has? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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5 Days of #BlissGifts [Day 5]

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We all have that friend who spends more time at the gym than they do shopping. Instead of getting your BFF or family member something they won’t use, why not try one of these five picks that are $30 or less. You’ll love these options that won’t break the bank. You’ll feel a little bliss in your life knowing you got a gift your loved one will love!

1| Find Your Balance T-Shirt from Old Navy, $10

I am all about finding fun, unique and inspirational T-Shirts for working out. What better way to keep your bestie or sister motivated to keep working out than cute workout gear! There are so many awesome options at Old Navy that are very inexpensive.

2| Workout Gloves from Target, $13

Now I know you’re thinking, “Why would I ever buy my friend that, even if they love to work out?!” Trust me, whether they’re lifting weights, or doing a weight-training cardio class, these will always come in handy for your fitness friend.

3| Yoga Mat from Target, $30

I know many people who aren’t into yoga, and still use a yoga mat for warming up/cooling down stretches, ab workouts, Pilates and more. I love that there are so many different colors and patterns, so this can be a personal gift for a friend or family member.

4| Water Bottle from Ban.do, $20

Who doesn’t want this water bottle? And who doesn’t feel this way about working out? I know that any fitness and health lover would still LOVE this gift because pizza is e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. amiright? Adding a quirky item for someone’s present is the best way to complete a gift.

5| Foam Roller from Target, $28

I can’t tell you how great it is to have your own foam roller whether your run, lift or even if you’re not a person who works out everyday. This can even be for someone you know who needs to give their muscles a little TLC. It’s a gift that will be appreciated by any fitness lover.

What other items would you add to this list? Is there anyone on your shopping list that love fitness? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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5 Days of #BlissGifts [Day 4]

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You all know a fellow #GirlBoss in your life whether she’s your best friend who began her own YouTube channel/blog; or a family member who started her own business. Whoever this fabulous lady is in your life, she deserves a few special gifts that she can use for planning projects, or taking a little time from a stressful week.

Planner from Francesca’s, $16

I know some people might be picky about choosing their own planners, but I also know many people who truly appreciate them as gifts! Francesca’s has some awesome picks that are inspirational, but aren’t too pricey They also have cute note pads and monthly calendar that are perfect for gifts, too!

Mug from Amazon, $13

The classic #GirlBoss mug. The only thing that would make it better is if it was a travel mug for when your Girl Boss friend/family member is running on the go. But who doesn’t love a mug to add to their own collection at home? Perfect for anyone who needs coffee to refuel for the day (who doesn’t?)

Copper wire bowel set from Francesca’s, $28

I love the idea of having baskets in the office for certain books and other office items because it’s a cute way to keep things on display in your office, and it keeps everything organized and sorted properly. If you rather go traditional with filing organizers, you can do that as well!

Neon pens from ban.do, $15

I love having a set of colored pens like this set from ban.do because it helps me organize things by category on my calendar. Meetings are in one color, events are a different color, reminders are another color, etc. If you want to give an awesome gift to your girl boss friend without breaking the bank—this is it!

#GirlBoss from Barnes & Noble, $10

Of course, how you can go wrong with the book that you friend or family member may or may not have read yet! If she wants to know the story of a fellow girl boss, this is the book you’re going to want to purchase for part of their gift!

Which gift was your favorite? What other items would you add to this list? Is there anyone on your list you need a #girlboss gift for? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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5 Days of #BlissGifts [Day 3]

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Whether you’re spending the night at a friend’s home, or your family member’s home for a long weekend; there will be a time where you’ll need a proper hostess gift. Or, maybe you have a sister who LOVES to cook. Regardless of the scenario, check out all these incredible gifts from Anthropologie that are all less than $40, so you can guarantee that there’s something in your price range!

1| Cookbook, $24.95

There are so many old trends that are coming back in style, and cookbooks are one of them. There are all different types of cook books perfect for whoever you decide to buy this gift for. Whether they love Italian food, desserts, or party appetizers; you will find one your recipient can use!

2| Coasters, $6

Who doesn’t use coasters, especially if you’re gift recipient is hosting a ton of dinners and family gatherings! Give a simple gift that will pair well with their home. I personally love these simple, sleek copper coasters that will work perfectly in any home!

3| Measuring Cups, $34

Whether you want to buy themed measuring cups for your favorite cat-obsessed friend, or you want to go a little more classic and traditional with these measuring cups, these are an essential for any cook or baker. You can be certain this gift won’t go to waste in the kitchen.

4| Marble Serving Board, $38

How classy is this board? I also love that it’s not completely over-priced. I think it’s great to have a sleek, simple serving board you can use for cheese and crackers, or for other appetizers for a holiday party! This trendy yet staple piece for any friend or family member.

5| Recipe Box, $38

As much as I love my Pinterest recipe board, and my Facebook Tasty videos—there’s something about having a recipe box that bring me back to my childhood when I’d watch my mom and grandma cook. Like I said, old trend are coming back in style.

Which gift was your favorite? What other items would you add to this list? Is there anyone on your list you need a hostess gift for? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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5 Days of #BlissGifts [Day2]

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Another day means another gift guide to make sure you have a little bliss this #blissmas while you’re shopping for everyone on your list. Today, we’re covering five gifts for the fashionista in your life who loves everything from jewelry to clothes.

1| Watch Set from Francesca’s, $34

I think it’s great to buy a watch gift set like this one because not only can you wear the watch on its own, but you can also pair it with several different bracelets to spice up her look for that particular day. It’s several pieces of jewelry in one gift, so you get your bang for your buck with this pick.

2| Crossbody Bag from DSW, $20

Crossbody bags are something that everyone can use whether they have one already or not. I always try to stick with neutral colors when giving gifts to a fellow Fashionista so that they can easily pair it with several things in their closet.

3| Blanket Scarf from Express, $40

Maybe it’s just me, but there’s no way you can ever go wrong with a big, heavy blanket scarf. Especially during the winter months, everyone can add a scarf or two into their collection to get through the rest of winter even after the holidays.

4| Poncho Sweater from LOFT, $75 (take an extra 40%)

This is a gift that’s perfect for the woman in your life whether they love quirky, festive Christmas sweaters, or they’re interested in a classic, trendy piece like this hybrid between a poncho and a traditional sweater. When in doubt, a sweater is always a good option for a Fashionista.

5| Statement Necklace from Francesca’s, $28

I feel like statement necklaces have been losing their hype over 2016 as we have seen chokers take over the fashion scene. But, I think it’s always good to keep your recipient in mind. If they’re trendy, buy a choker necklace. If they’re classic, buy a neutral, statement necklace.

Which gift was your favorite? What other items would you add to this list? Is there anyone on your list you need a fashion gift for? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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