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8 Tips to Get in the Holiday Spirit

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 29, 2017

It’s the season of gift giving, holiday parties, delicious food, and spending time with friends and family. Simply thinking about those things alone can put me in the holiday spirit. However, it can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit when you’re stressed about preparing your home for holiday guests, shopping during the busiest time of the year, and finding the perfect cocktail to serve to your friends and family. So, I’ve put together eight ways to get in the holiday spirit that won’t take a ton of time or energy.

1| Go to a Holiday Vendor Show

Every year, my mom and I go to Christmas in the Country. The space is filled with local vendors, artists, and sweet treats. It’s basically like walking into a winter wonderland because most vendors have a ton of homemade, holiday art, decor, food gifts, and more. It’s the easiest way to get in the holiday spirit just by walking around to see what vendors have set up for the year. Plus, you may get some of your holiday shopping done early, and also supporting local artists in your community.

2| Watch Hallmark/Your Favorite Christmas Movie

It’s impossible to watch Elf, Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and NOT get in the holiday spirit. On Sundays, I’ll have cheesy, romantic Hallmark Christmas movies playing all day long while meal prepping for the week and cleaning. It’s an easy way to feel all the Christmas feels while you’re doing your everyday tasks.

3| Treat Yourself to Festive Drinks

If you’re not into spending $5 on a small, festive drink—you can always hit up your local cafe down the road to get your favorite holiday drink, too. Call me basic, but I always feel a little holiday bliss when I’m drinking a Chestnut Praline Latte, or a Salted Caramel Mocha. It’s the little things in life, y’all. Or, you can even make homemade hot chocolate at home while you’re watching those Hallmark movies. It doesn’t take much to enjoy the simple things during this time of year.

4| Deck the Halls

Yes, literally deck your halls. Get out your tree, hang your wreathes, put the lights on your roof, and bust out the Christmas vibes all over your home. We recently moved into our home, and I have been loving decorating for the holidays so far. If putting up your Christmas tree doesn’t make you want to burst out singing like the kids in A Charlie Brown Christmas (see below) then I don’t know what will bring that holiday spirit. Which brings me to number 5…

5| Christmas Music on Repeat

To be honest, I’ve been listening to Christmas music for awhile now (no shame); and I can’t think of a better way to get in the holiday spirit. It’s not Christmas if you aren’t spending every waking minute blasting Michael Buble’s Christmas album. It’s an oldie, but a goodie for sure. Create a holiday music playlist on Spotify, and jam to that playlist until December 26th because it’s a free, easy way to bring your holiday spirit from zero to 60.

6| Pay it Forward

What better way to lift your holiday spirits that to lift someone else’s spirits in the process? I don’t know about you, but paying it forward to a stranger is something I wish everyone would do more of during the holidays. With this time of year being such a beautiful time, it can be easy to forget that not everyone has family to spend with, or they may be going through something you know nothing about. So, buy someone’s coffee in line, or leave a large tip for a waiter who may be having a bad day. Giving to others will bring so much bliss to you. I promise.

7| Drive Around At Night

Make hot cocoa to go, and spend the evening driving around looking at the festive lights throughout your neighborhood. There are a few houses in my area where some families DECK OUT their yard for the holidays, and I bug Josh to take me on a drive to see them every season. Drive around with your hot cocoa, christmas music and enjoy the lights around you. Plus this is a great free date idea for your and your significant other!

8| Bake Up A Storm

When I think about the holidays, I think about baking in mass quantities. Now that we live in a house, I can’t wait to use my island and kitchen for a full-on, baking frenzy. Don’t forget to bake extra for your neighbors! What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to share desserts with others! You’ll bring some bliss to them, which will ultimately bring back bliss to you. P.S. Here is a great round up on cookies to bake this season.

I hope these simple suggestions can help get you in the holiday spirit! What do YOU do to bring a little Christmas joy to your home during the holidays? Make sure to leave a comment below and share your tips!

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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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