4 Tips to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 27, 2017

It’s the season of parties, entertaining and guests staying overnight. Whether it’s for a night, a weekend, or a week-long stay—I’m sharing tips to bring a little bliss on how to prep your home for guests this holiday season. These few tips will help you create a warm, welcoming space for your guests all season long!

1| Create a Cozy Environment

The holiday season is the warm and fuzzy time of year, so it’s important to keep your guests in mind for creating a cozy environment in your home. Make sure to place an extra blanket in the guest bedroom, and keep a basket of throw blankets and pillows in the living room for easy access. Place a candle or essential oil diffuser in the guest bedroom for them to enjoy during their stay. Scent is powerful for creating a welcoming space for guests.

2| Think Essentials

I love creating a welcome basket for friends when they come to stay. Make sure to include anything they may have forgotten, or items you know they will use over the course of their stay. Toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, soap, facial cleanser are all items someone may forget to pack last-minute. Don’t forget to include bottles of water and snacks as well. The more convenient, the better. Have empty drawers in the dresser, spare hangers in the closet, and a place for them to set their luggage. It’s the best way to have make your guest bedroom like a comforting hotel.

3| All in the Deatils

Don’t forget a few details that will make your guest’s experience more enjoyable. Leave out two or three mugs on the counter they know they can use in the morning. Have magazines in their bedroom or on a coffee table for them to look through. Have fresh flowers in their room or in the kitchen. All the small details that may seem unimportant are actually what make your guests truly feel at home.

4| The Important Stuff

Walk through using your television if you have older family members staying with you. Leave our your WiFi password in the guest bedroom if you have friends staying from out of town for the weekend. If you have guests coming in from across the country visiting your town for the first time—leave a list of some of your favorite restaurants or things to do while they are visiting. Again, it may seem like non-essential details, but your guests will appreciate the thought you put into their stay with you.

What other tips do you have for guests staying in from out of town? Are there any other essentials you would add to this list? Make sure to share in the comment below!

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Holiday Round Up: 8 Seasonal Cocktails

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 22, 2017

‘Tis the season for all the delicious food, desserts and alcoholic beverages. To be honest, I’ve been feeling festive and getting in the holiday spirit, so I’m excited to start sharing some tasty treats you can whip up for all your holiday parties now through New Year’s Eve! Wether you’re looking for a drink to make on a cozy night in with friends watching holiday movies, or you’re celebrating the festivities with your entire family, I’m sure there is a drink recipe you’ll fall in love with on this list!

1| Cranberry Mule

I’m all about the cranberry-flavored drinks during the holiday season, so when I’m searching Pinterest and I’m looking to make an fun, festive drink—mules are the first drink that pop into my head. You can enjoy this refreshing, seasonal drink after Thanksgiving, or during a work holiday party.

2| Blackberry Ombre Sparkler 

Sometimes, I find myself interested in a drink recipe simply because of how gorgeous and Instagram-worthy that drink looks. I know, call me basic, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to create a fun drink that’s also stunning. All you’ll need are some blackberries, champagne, sugar, rosemary, and water to make this cocktail!

3| Vanilla Cranberry Mimosa 

Is it REALLY the holiday season if you’re not making mimosas regularly? To me, these are a staple for Sunday brunch during the holidays. I love the additional of the vanilla vodka; and if you’re not into cranberry juice, you can swap it out for orange juice or another juice you enjoy.

4| Christmas Day Punch

If you need a large serving of punch that will taste good to a variety of people, you definitely want to try this recipe. The different fruits, and the mix of vodka and prosecco all create a perfect combination of deliciousness and festiveness on Christmas Day. Trust me, you’re going to want to save this recipe!

5| Boozy Mint Mocha Coffee 

 

Where are my coffee lovers at? Who says that ALL drinks have to be cold cocktails. TBH, I’ll be making this a ton over the next two months because I have a lot of friends that would enjoy this recipe. It’s perfect for a night in watching Hallmark holiday movies. Part hot chocolate, part coffee and a little bit of peppermint schnapps? Yes, please!

6| North Pole Cocktail

For the people who love their Kahlua during the holidays, here is an amazing holiday drink recipe for you. This drink is the ultimate “Drink Goals” for a night with friends. I will say that it’s definitely a heavy drink, so if that isn’t your style—I wouldn’t recommend this. TBH I’m looking to make it simply for the photos.

7| Christmas Sangria

The tried and true drink recipe that has always remained a favorite. Wether you’re enjoying this with the entire family, or treating yourself to a fun, festive mix—sangria has never failed us during the holidays. If you’re looking for a crowd pleasure to bring to your next gathering, consider this being your first pick! It won’t disappoint.

8| Spiced Winter Mojito 

Mojitos in November and December? Yes, please! If you’re looking for a new recipe that you probably haven’t tried yet, make this the one cocktail you try this holiday season. A little bit of rum have never hurt anyone, and you can rest easily knowing this will be loved by the guys and gals at your holiday festivities!

What cocktails are you excited to make this holiday season? What is your go-to drink recipe to make during the holidays for parties, or a girl’s night in? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

4 Minimalist Gift Ideas For Kids

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is a few days away, and I’m in the full holiday spirit. I’m exciting thinking about baking cookies, wrapping gifts for loved ones, and spending a lot of free time watching Hallmark holiday movies.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve had a lot of conversations with clients and people at work about what to get kids for the holidays “as a minimalist.” And it has opened a lot of doors to discuss minimalism more, which is always wonderful. But it made me realize that some people have an interesting view on gift giving as a minimalist.

I’ve realized with minimalism is that it takes more work, time, and effort. You have to be conscious about your decisions, and you have to do some research now and again, but I’ve found it to be a rewarding process. Minimalism definitely has its benefits

Something I wish I could do more minimalist practices with others, but I also believe in respecting the way other people live. I am well aware that the majority of my family is not minimalist in any sense of the word. And, I’m okay with that because that is how they want to live. I don’t believe in forcing a lifestyle onto someone, so I always remain respectful when it comes to gifts. But I do believe there is a happy medium you can reach when it comes to gifts for children. Here are five minimalist gift ideas for kids.

1| Magazine Subscription

I know some people think this brings on paper clutter, but I also think big picture when it comes to gift giving. If you’re giving them the gift of a magazine, chances are, the child/tween/teen will definitely toss it at some point. Whether it’s Highlights magazine for a 7 year old, or Girl’s World for a 12 year old—this is a gift that last all year. And if it’s something you know they will love, it is worth buying for the holidays.

2| Tickets/Passes

Maybe your niece has ALWAYS wanted to go to Darian Lake, or maybe they are into something low-key like a new movie. Whether you decide to spend the day with them, or you gift it to them to go with the family—this is a gift you can’t go wrong with. If you’re talking about a younger child, gift them tickets to the local aquarium or zoo. Take it a step further and gift them a pass for the year for the zoo. I promise the parents and the child will both be happy!

3| Experience Gift

Treat your cousin or nephew to a fun day together doing something they love. Take them to an arcade, go karts, or a round of laser tag. As long as you know it’s something they will enjoy doing for a few hours then you should be good to go. If you’re thinking for someone younger, treat them to a kid’s music class or play area they can enjoy.

4| Educational Gifts

A trip to a children’s museum, or a library card to introduce to the world of reading. This gift can be as elaborate as you see fit. And if there’s an educational gift that’s a toy, or a play set (science/history set), feel free to include that as part of the gift.

Remember, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to a list that a child creates or a give that parents will approve as well. As long as you feel as though it will truly serve a purpose to them—that’s is the important part of buying a gift. Minimalism isn’t about NOT purchasing any “physical” gift, but it’s more about buying a gift that you feel as though will truly serve a purpose rather be another toy they forget about in a few months. You can also find a happy medium and purchase one item from their list that’s a toy, and another gift can be something more minimal.

What gifts are you getting for the kids in your family, or your own kids? I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts in the comments below!

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Why You Need to Take Time for Yourself + 5 Tips to Get Started

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on November 15, 2017

Although I’ve had so many wonderful things happen over the last few months, life is unpredictable still brings some unexpected changes or experiences your way. We’ve all been there before: it a series of one stressful problem after the next, and you’re feeling overwhelmed beyond belief. I’ve been feeling that way recently, and my first instinct was to ignore it and keep showing the optimistic, blissful side I show 99 percent of the time in life. I would beat myself up and feel guilty if something negative happened and tell myself:

“You shouldn’t be upset about that because you OWN A HOUSE. Look at the good in your life.”

“Don’t let that get to you because today is going to be a good day.”

I would default to happiness and ignore the problems so much that they kept piling up one after another. Not long after everything came the inevitable…I would eventually break down.

The issue is that I can’t exactly do much about the problems that have been coming up. And that’s difficult for me to handle as a problem-solving perfectionist. When something is out of my control—I feel my skin crawl, and I can’t bring myself to relax until I know it’s solved. I felt as though I had no choice, BUT to put on a brave face and smile through all the problems hoping I could forget about them. And life simply doesn’t work that way.

A few weeks ago, this took a turn on me, but I didn’t say a word to anyone. I kept it all to myself and kept the brave face strong. Then, I was reminded by a friend that you need to do what’s best for you.

You need to take time for yourself because you can’t help others when you’re not helping yourself first.

It clicked that I wasn’t going to be able to solve the problems that were in front of me. But, I could help myself cope with those problems by dealing with them instead of ignoring them. And above all else, I really needed to take more time for myself.

Taking time for yourself is essential. When stress builds, you need feel-good activities and ways to deal with stress and problems in life. Even when everything is going perfectly fine in your life—you STILL should take time for yourself and do so as often as possible. So, if you’re needing a little extra time for yourself, but aren’t too sure where to begin—continue reading my five tips to get started.

1| Remind yourself you deserve this

Yes, you! You absolutely deserve to take some time for yourself and often as you need it. Weather it’s a day off from work, or two hours focusing on a passion project that calms you instantly. You definitely deserve a little extra time for yourself no matter what situation or state you may be in. Remind yourself that it’s okay to take time to shut off from the world for a little bit.

2| Allow yourself to feel

If things haven’t been going well, and you’ve been dealing with a lot—allow yourself to feel. Take time to feel sad or angry. Take time to feel everything you feel because your emotions ARE VALID. You should never feel like you need to push those emotions away. Accept them temporarily, so that you can eventually heal.

3| Shut off completely

Sometimes, social media and the Internet can be the worst place when you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, stressed and several other adjectives all mixed into one. Take time away from your phone so you can focus on dealing with the problems in front of you rather get caught up texting friends about their problems, scrolling through Twitter catching up on the latest world tragedy or something similar.

4| Make a list of things you love

This is what of the best things I’ve done because now I have a go-to list filled with things I love including favorite movies, websites, foods, and everything in between. The goal is to have a quick reference on the feel-good things you can do whenever you decide you need to take time for yourself. Do you have an entire day to yourself? Read your favorite book, watch your favorite movie, and treat yourself to your favorite food from the take-out place down the street. If you only have an hour, treat yourself to your favorite face mask and show you’re watching on Netflix while your phone is off.

5| Do something a little extravagant 

If you have a little extra money and time to treat yourself, do something more than the typical feel-good stuff if you’ve been feeling more low than normal. Treat yourself to a massage. Treat yourself to a more expensive meal. Make your favorite dessert and indulge without guilt. Open that bottle of “special occasion” wine. Buy a dress you’ve had your eye on for the last few months. Life is too short not to do the things you want to do. Life is too short to wait for a special occasion to do something good for yourself. You deserve it no matter what day it is.

Remember: You need to take time for yourself. You aren’t helping anyone around you when you aren’t helping yourself first. So, take the time to shut off from the world for an hour, a day, or a week. Give yourself time to refresh and recharge, and you’ll be able to take on life and all that it brings.

How do you take time for yourself? Make sure to share in the comments below so we can find new ways to take care of ourselves during a busy season in life. 

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5 Ways to Simplify During the Holidays

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 13, 2017

I genuinely feel horrible for the people who can’t bring themselves to enjoy the holiday season because they only associate this time of year with stress. Leave a comment below if you’re one of those people who doesn’t look forward to the holidays because I’m curious as to why you feel that way!

PSA: I’m here to help you DESTRESS during the holiday season because you deserve to enjoy this time of year without feeling overwhelmed. Here are 5 ways to simplify during the holiday season.

1| Make a game plan

Get an overview of all the things you want to get done during the next two months. The truth is that we say that we want to have weekends filled with all the holiday activities, but that’s not always realistic. Get an idea of what weekends you’ll have a ton going on, and make sure to plan a few days where there is a little less activity to balance everything out so you’re no completely overwhelmed.

2| Just begin

You can make a game plan and feel as organized as ever, but where people fail and get behind during the holiday season is they simple refuse to begin. They wait until mid-December to actually being holiday shopping, or they wait until the week before to wrap every single gift. Needless to say, your holiday season will be less stressful if you get started early and odn’t procrastinate on your entire to-do list.

3| Define what’s necessary

Do you have to do everything on that winter bucket list you found on Pinterest? Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t do anything at all, but go through all the tasks and outline what it truly necessary for you. Do you need to have six separate days dedicated to shopping with all different people? Do you need to watch a holiday movie every single night? Find a balance of what matters most to you and what’s essential.

4| Schedule down time

See point one. It’s just as important to schedule down time during the next two months as it is important to write down and schedule all your plans as well. If you’re in non-stop Christmas mode where you’re always working on shopping, baking, cleaning, going to parties, gift-wrapping and all the other traditions—you’re going to get stressed. Plan several days of down time for reading, relaxing, pampering and watching all those holiday movies with some hot cocoa.

5| Forget Perfect

One of the root issues people have with the holiday season is that it isn’t that Hallmark-picture-perfect-movie that we all think it’s going to be. Sometimes, you burn a tray of cookies, you break an ornament decorating the tree, and plans fall through last minute. To put it simply, that’s life, and it’s okay. Instead of looking for everything to go “perfectly,” just enjoy the moment without pressuring yourself to have these unrealistic expectations. Go with the flow, and enjoy the holidays. It will all work out.

Do you stress out during the holidays, or not look forward to the holidays because of everything that needs to get done in a short amount of time? What is the most stressful part of the holiday season for you? Make sure to share in the comments below! 

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