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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 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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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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Practicing Minimalism During the Holidays

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 8, 2017

Let’s cut to the chase. The holidays begin pretty much anytime after November 1st. Once October is over, it’s fair game to begin holiday shopping, listen to holiday music and do all those bucket list items you’re itching to do before the end of the year.

Before we get too far into all the craziness that comes from this time of year, I want to share a little insight on how you can remove any unnecessary stress by practicing minimalism during the holiday season. Not only will this bring bliss into your life, but you’ll be able to enjoy this season without feeling overwhelmed.

1| Practice what you preach

I have touched on this topic in previous posts, but it’s important to practice what you preach during the holiday season. For example, if you’re buying gifts that aren’t useful, cause clutter, and don’t have any purpose for the person receiving it—you’re opening the door for those people to give YOU those same type of gifts. So really, you’re not doing anyone good including yourself. Instead of giving your sister another scarf and candle, give her a gift of an experience like a pedicure, massage, or wine tasting for a girl’s day. Being mindful of the gifts you give to others will be a direct reflection of the gifts you will receive. So don’t give useless clutter just because it was on sale.

2| Evaluate your traditions

Traditions are wonderful. But there are some things you do every year that cause stress and aren’t enjoyable at all like a cookie-baking frenzy with 10 family members in a kitchen meant for only three people, or packing too many plans in Christmas weekend. If something is causing unnecessary stress and making this time of year overwhelming, consider altering your traditions to work for everyone. You don’t need to remove these traditions altogether, but making them work for everyone so that you’re all enjoying your time together is important.

3| Focus on mindfulness

Oftentimes, we get so wrapped up in what’s coming next for the countdown to Christmas that we don’t enjoy the moment that’s happening. You’re already focused on decorating the tree that you don’t enjoy the process of picking one out at the tree farm. You planning next week’s gift-wrapping and baking session with your friends that you aren’t even paying attention to the Hallmark Holiday movie you’re watching with hot cocoa. Enjoy each moment as it’s happening without thinking about the next plan.

4| Practice gratitude 

Between holiday shopping, baking, preparing for guests, and enjoying a slew of holiday parties, it’s easy to lose focus on what is important during this season. During November and December, I make it a daily habit to practice gratitude. It gives time to reflect on all the good that has happened throughout the year and show appreciation for those moments. It also give time for us to be thankful for the little things we may take for granted. The goal of minimalism is to appreciate what you have and not think of gaining more, so no matter how big or small something may be—practicing gratitude is essential during the holiday season.

How else do you practice minimalism during the holiday season? I would love to know more about your experiences, so make sure to share them in the comments below!

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Holiday Home Tour 2016

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 14, 2016

It’s no secret that I love Christmas, which is why I’m sharing some of the holiday home decorations I have for this season. I love decorating for the holidays because it makes every night cozy and Christmasy. (Perfect if you’re watching Hallmark holiday movies like me every single night.) If you’re interested in seeing a little bit of my home, and how I decorated for the holidays, keep on scrolling!

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I didn’t want to go overboard with decorating. Although Josh would tell you that we have “the most decorations for anyone our age.” Clearly, he hasn’t met several of my favorite bloggers who love Christmas just as much as I do!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some a little peak inside my home for the holidays!

What are some of your favorite holiday decorations? Do you have any special traditions for the holidays? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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