Christmas themed nails.

Christmas may be currently less than a week away, but for some reason this year I just haven’t been bitten by the Christmas bug. I’ve barely watched any Christmas movies and the other day I forced myself to listen to Christmas music, what gives? I have some years where I am listening to Christmas music in October, and then I randomly get a year like this one of the Bah Humbug. Blah.

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I tried to get myself into the spirit with my home manicure, you can see in the photo that I’ve had it on for a few days. I have these KISS Nail Dress nail sticker things on my thumb nails that I’m trying out for the first time and they are actually rather nifty, they seemed a little too easy to apply & remove so I wasn’t sure how they’d hold up but they seem to be doing really well! I’m impressed! The nail stickers even have those little rhinestones, FANCY!

Are you feeling the holiday spirit this year?

My Latest Shopping Addiction

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My latest addiction was probably brought about by watching a few too many YouTube beauty guru videos. Are there any of you out there that can relate to this? You watch the ‘monthly favorites’ videos or perhaps it’s the room/house tour or maybe even the latest shopping haul videos; whatever it is.. Bath & Body Works candles get a ton of YouTube love! After hearing about Bath and Body Works candles over and over and over again, you just get that urge to buy one and try it out for yourself, right?

These are actually the 3rd and 4th candles from B&BW that I’ve owned, so yeah, I guess I approve of them! They are a little expensive though, so I wait to buy them until they are on sale and I have added coupons or gift cards to use as well. Save those pennies!

I’m not a big fan of the Christmas/Holiday scents, although I do have and enjoy Sparkling Icicles.. I might have considered buying a 2nd one of it, but I didn’t see any left at the store! Oh well, it takes me a while to burn through these candles so I’m kinda glad to have different scents to try out!

What’s your latest shopping addiction?

A Little Christmas Cheer

Hey! Pop out of your readers and come see the blog’s new temporary theme! It’s downright joyful!

I’ve been feeling the need to switch up the blog’s theme for a long time now, and I figure it’s the perfect time to throw in a cute Christmas theme for a few weeks. How fun!

I don’t want to go into a lot of detail, but I’ll have to be doing some backend reorganizing on my wordpress hosting as I have a domain expiring soon that I’m not planning on renewing, but that will more than likely mean a new blog theme in early 2015 for this blog! So yay for that! Hah.

Hope you enjoy the new theme, I’ll try blogging a little more often so you have more reasons to come over and see it!

Lately…

Watching: The Vampire Diaries (almost done with season 1), Orange is the New Black (season 2) and any new episodes of Once Upon a Time.

Buying: The hubs and I got ourselves an Xbox One over Black Friday weekend! So far we have three five games: The Lego Movie, Fantasia, Just Dance 2015, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Forza 5 (the free car racing game download it came with). I foresee us spending lots of money on Xbox games and accessories in the future, gaming ain’t cheap!

Drinking: K-cups! Lots of cappuccino, hot chocolate and cafe’ mocha. Also tea. Basically just lots of warm drinks.

In my free time: I joined an affiliate network and have been posting links in an effort to try and earn some extra money! Sorry if my links on here or social media bother you at all.. seriously.

Reading: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

What have you been doing lately?

Stella & Dot Black Friday Sale Starts Today!

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Stella & Dot Sale

Black Friday is starting TODAY at Stella & Dot. Head over there now to receive an additional 25% off all sale items now through 11/30. You can save big on lots of Gifts for Her – necklaces, earrings, rings and other beautiful accessories. And to make things even better, right now they are having their DOT DOLLARS SALE! For every $50 you purchase, you will get $25 back to spend later. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the Stella & Dot Black Friday Sale today! www.stelladot.com/shop/en_us/sale/sale-all

Minted Customizable Holiday Photo Cards

I recently discovered the ultimate jackpot of Holiday photo cards over on minted.com! Not only is there literally hundreds of different designs to choose from, but once you choose your favorite design you can further customize it by changing the color, shape of the card, adding your own photos, deciding whether you would like a flat card or a folded card, what kind of paper you want the cards printed on and what you’d like on the interior or back side of the card. Whew, is that a lot of options or what?

Here are a few of my favorite holiday photo card designs:


This is the ‘complete tree’ design that can be found HERE.


I love that this card doubles as an ornament! Find the ‘snowflake’ design HERE.


This is the ‘rustic Christmas’ design and can be found HERE.


This is the ‘modern tag’ design, which can be found HERE.


And this last one is the ‘classic holiday label’ design, found HERE.

It was hard to narrow down to my 5 favorite photo card designs! I think I like the ‘modern tag’ and ‘complete tree’ designs the best, just because you can include lots of different photos, however if I had more professional looking family photos to choose from I’d probably choose one of the other options. By the way, how friggin’ adorable would it be to get that snowflake ornament card in the mail with a new baby on it? I’d have to keep it forever!

Minted doesn’t just offer cards, among other options they also offer party and wedding invitations as well as decorations, art, stationary, day planners, calendars, notebooks, and even personalizable wrapping paper. I think my son would get a kick out of having one of these room signs.

If you are considering placing an order for Minted’s Christmas Cards or any other item they offer, don’t forget to check out this page for current coupon codes and promotions!

Do you ever send out personalized photo cards for the holidays?

November News

I haven’t felt like blogging at all for about the past month, and while I may be posting now I still need to say don’t get your hopes up, because I don’t think I’ll be back to regular blogging any time soon. Blogging ruts, they happen to the best of us, right?!

So what’s been going on with me lately? Well, I had a birthday… I’m officially 31 years old now, it’s kinda depressing but what can really be done about growing older?

The biggest news for me is that I’m now a Permanent Resident of Canada, which has been a really long time coming! So Yay! I’ve been spending a lot of time doing adult things like applying for healthcare and opening a checking account. Really fun and exciting stuff, you know?

I’m still watching Once Upon a Time on Netflix, I’m about 3/4ths of the way through season 3 right now, so after I finish with that I’ll have to see if I can find what’s already aired from season 4 online to watch and then I’ll be all caught up and could watch it on television. I’ve also started watching Orange is the New Black again (I’ve already finished both seasons, but it’s a good show!) and I also sprinkle in some random movies every now and again as well.

What’s been going on in your neck of the woods?

I am a terrible blogger.

Let’s face facts: I am absolutely 100% terrible at blogging. I can barely manage to blog once per week, it’s just sad. SAD. SAD!!

I lack motivation. All I have energy to do is watch YouTube and Netflix and take naps. And eat food. Oh, such a life.

How do you suggest that I get out of this blogging rut????

Lately…

I started watching season 1 of “Once Upon a Time” last night on Netflix, and it’s a really good show! I’m excited to watch many more episodes of it!

I’ve made a few new recipes lately, last week I made banana bread and yesterday I made banana oatmeal muffins. I have a few other new recipes bookmarked to try soon as well!
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For some reason, Fall seems to be making me have the desire to clean and organize things. Having a clean and organized house isn’t the worst thing in the world, although spending so much time cleaning does get a little bit in the way of my blogging! =P

October Goals & To-Do List

First, a recap of how I did with my goals for September:

September Accomplishments: I tweeted each post at least twice, got more unique visitors than the month before, completed not just one, but 3 goals, from my ‘101 in 1001′ goals list, tried a new recipe (banana bread!) and got 2 new pairs of boots for Fall.

The only goal for September that I did not accomplish was my goal of blogging at least twice a week, UGH!! I only blogged 5 times total, I really need to work on this goal!

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Pumpkin Patch” photo taken by Liz West, found on flickr
 

My October Blog Goals:

  • Post at least twice a week. *
  • Have more unique visits than last month. *
  • Include at least one photo in each blog post.

My Personal Goals for October:

  • Cross another goal off of my ‘101 in 1001‘ list.
  • Do some type of at-home workout once a week.

On My To-Do List:

  • Organize my Pinterest boards.
  • Spend some time doing crafty things!

Do you make yourself monthly goals like this? I’d love to know what some of your goals are!