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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10 Things to be Happy About: November Edition

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Another month has flown past us, which means that I’m sharing a late post on 10 things I’m looking forward to now that it’s November. If you’re a Christmas lover like I am, you’re most likely soaking up all the Christmas festivities for the two months you have to enjoy it all. If you’re looking for a happy, light-hearted post, keep reading for little bliss in your life.

1| All. The. Layers!

Now that it’s November, it’s undeniable that we will be dressing in excessive layers for the late fall months. I will admit that I don’t mind busting out my sweaters and leggings for this time of year. I feel more comfy in clothes at the end of the year.

2| Expressing Gratitude

I’m working on spreading kindness and expressing gratitude for all the people in my life. If you’ve read my recent post, I’m challenging myself to do something kind or as an expression of gratitude all month long. It’s the season of giving back and sharing love.

3| Holiday Shopping

I make it my mission to get all my holiday shopping done before December. Now, I will admit that I don’t get every little bit of shopping done. But I try to get more than 90 percent of it done this month, and I can’t wait for Christmas shopping this season.

4| Christmas Music

You best believe I’m be blasting Michael Bublé’s Christmas album. (As I pretend I haven’t been listening to it already…) I don’t know what it is, but I am in the minority of people who love Christmas music. I only have two months to enjoy it, so I’ll be doing just that.

5| Starbucks Holiday Drinks

Y’all, Chestnut Praline Lattes are everything I want and need around this time of year. I try not to go overboard with my Starbucks visits, but I do treat myself a little more to these around this time of year since they are seasonal.

6| World Kindness Day

Mark your calendars for November 13th and do something kind because let’s be honest; the world could use a little more kindness. #amiright?! I have been challenging myself to do an act of kindness or show gratitude in some form throughout this month.

7| My Anniversary

Josh and I have been together for over three years! I’m happy to say after more than six months of living together, we couldn’t be happier. After being in an LDR for over two years, living in the same place has been a wonderful change. I’m looking forward to celebrating with him this month.

8| Thanksgiving

It’s the one day a year you can’t be judged for eating excessively. Even though I don’t care if people judged my excessive eating on a regular day. I’ll be eating stuffing and pumpkin pie until I can’t breathe; and I’m looking forward to all the pain and regret afterwards that will come from eating too much.

9| Black Friday

I’ve worked on Black Friday every year since I was 16, and I don’t hate it. At least this year I won’t be involved in the retail side of things, but more the marketing side of it, which I know will be fun and exciting in the midst of a crazy day.

10| Cooking

Late fall and early winter is the time of year where I want to cook more, and learn and practice new recipes. I have saved quite a few recipes from Pinterest, and I can’t wait to try them out all month long. I’ll be sure to let you know which ones have been my favorites!

What are you looking forward to now that it’s November? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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A Month of Gratitude & Kindness

November is finally here, and while I can’t quite wrap my mind around that fact—I’m definitely looking forward to this month. This month especially, I’m going to plan something a little different as a challenge for the month. I want to try and practice gratitude, kindness and giving every day throughout the month of November.

You all know how important expressing gratitude and giving back are to me whether it’s through my “10 Things to be Happy About” posts every month, or if I’m sharing the love in the blogging community each month. These little acts of kindness and giving can make a person’s day, so why not try and extend those actions for an entire month? How do I plan to do that? It will involve a ton of journaling, giving back and other little kindness challenges throughout the month.

This isn’t something I plan to promote excessively, but I do challenge you all to try and think a little more about expressing gratitude and giving more as we approach the holiday season. It’s always good to challenge yourself to be a little more kind, giving and thankful. Trust me, you will feel good about doing any of these tasks throughout the month.

Below are my personal challenges to complete throughout the month of November.

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If you do try any of these challenges, or create your own kindness and gratitude challenge for the month, make sure to reach out on Twitter (@BlissBrunette). I would love to know what challenges you’re doing throughout the month! I hope everyone can find some time to express gratitude and share a little kindness with the world in their own way this month. Trust me, the world could use that positive, happy energy!

How do you plan to give back this month? Have you ever completed a gratitude or kindness challenge before? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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10 Things to be Happy About: September

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1| Labor Day Weekend

Happy Labor Day, friends! I’m happy to say that I got to spend the weekend relaxing with family and friends for part of this extended weekend. But who doesn’t love a three-day weekend followed by only four days of work? I hope you all enjoy your Labor Day!

2| Fall Candles from Bath & Body Works

I would be lying if I said I didn’t already purchase some candles from the Bath & Body Work’s Fall Collection. But can you blame me? I’m serious when I say that Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow is one of the best scents ever! Make sure you check out their collection ASAP.

3| Sweaters without Sweating

Isn’t the best weather when you can wear sweaters outdoors, but you’re not sweating and you don’t need a jacket? For me, September offers the best type of weather and you can only enjoy it during this month here in Pennsylvania. I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.

4| Perfect Temperatures

Going off of number three is that September is the best type of weather altogether because no matter what you’re doing outside, it’s in the mid 50s, so it’s not too hot or too cold. It’s the perfect weather for fall festivals, and crossing everything off your fall bucket list.

5| Read a Book Day

One of my goals for this month is to read at least two books. With a full-time job working more than 40 hours a week, it can be difficult to sit down, relax and enjoy reading a book even if you’re a book lover like myself. But I plan to meet this goal keeping this day in mind.

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6| Change in Season

Fall is my favorite season because you can feel a change in the season and it sets happier mood for so many people who love this time of year. The leaves begin to change and the a comfy, cozy vibe all around you (mostly due to candles and Starbucks PSLs.)

7| First Day of Fall

You all know I’m counting down the days to September 21st when it’s the official first day of fall. Mainly because I know I’ll be called basic until drinking my PSLs, burning my BBW candles and creating my fall bucket list for the season.

8| Positive Thinking Day

I’m all about #PositiveVibes. Personally, I believe whatever energy you put out in the universe is what you will receive. So remember that when you’re going through difficult times. There’s always something to be happy or positive about.

9| Fall Fashion

Let’s get one thing out of the way. Fall fashion is the best fashion. I love layering clothes for a comfortable, chic look; and I love wearing all the boots for this time of year. There’s nothing better than pulling out all my fall clothes that have been in storage since last season.

10| Back to School

Although I’m not going to back to school, I act like it by setting aside time to learn and educate myself whether I’m studying a new language, reading about a new topic, or watching documentaries. I never want to stop learning, so I make it a mission to learn every day.

What are you happy about now that it’s September? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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10 Things to be Happy About: August Edition

BB8816_10 Things to be Happy About(2)I can’t believe summer is almost over. I feel that I didn’t take advantage of summer as much as I should have, so I’m hoping to get as much done this month before we welcome a new season that’s right around the corner. Make sure to leave a comment telling me what YOU are loving about the month of August!

1| National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

If you’ve been around the blog here for awhile, you’ll know that I’m all about chocolate chip cookies. So this “holiday” (let’s be real it’s essentially Christmas in August) is what I’m all here for. Make sure you grab some chocolate chip cookies ASAP.

2| Book Lovers Day

I’m trying to channel my inner book nerd by reading a little more this month, and I never knew there was a book lovers day. If you’re like me and enjoy a good book, leave a comment below telling me what you’ve been reading recently!

3| End of Summer

So, I know that the end of summer can be a bittersweet moment, but hear me out. Autumn is just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but autumn is my favorite season of the year for so many reasons. Don’t worry, I’ll spare you my basic, white girl bit on my love for this season.

4| #GoalDigger

Maybe it has to do with back-to-school season, but I find that I am big on setting goals during this month, and I find that I accomplish so much during this month as well as September. I’m working on an extensive list of work, personal, health and financial goals for the next few months.

5| Getting Organized

For those who don’t know, I’ve been getting rid of things like it’s a full-time job. I’ve been taking time each week to go through and edit my closet more and more to reflect my personal style. Needless to say, I’ve been incredibly successful and I love the progress I’ve made.

6| Appreciating the Weather

Josh and I have been running twice a week outside in a local park two miles from our house. We typically go for 45 minutes, and finish off stretching in our glorious air-conditioned home. We’re making the most of the sunshine because the cold weather will be here before we know it.

7| Lazy Days

If I’m not working on a Saturday or Sunday, I’ll take my time in the morning to relax, read, blog, and sit outside to enjoy the quiet. I’ll go for a walk, clean, cook, but enjoy the day without rushing. Lazy summer days are so enjoyable, and I’ll make the most of them this month.

8| All the Fruit

I don’t know what it is about this month, but I feel like fruit become the main type of food I’ll eat each day. I will admit I’m pretty fruit crazy all year long, but this month especially is when I’ll take advantage of fruit stands and open markets.

9| Me Time

I always try to practice self care regardless of what month or season it is, but I find that it’s much easier to have “me” time during this month. In some ways, August is a relaxing, peaceful month because it’s the calm before the storm with back to school and before the holidays.

10| Going out of my Comfort Zone

This can mean anything from taking a new fitness class or trying a new restaurant in a different part of town. I’m more open to exploring or trying different things in life. I love having spurts of spontaneity because I always take time to go out of my comfort zone and try new things.

What are you happy about now that it’s August? Make sure to share in the comment below!

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