Easter 2017

This Easter was a very hard day for my family. If you keep up with my blog or my life in any way, you know I lost someone very special to me back in August. My step father passed away suddenly, and this year his 43rd birthday fell on Easter.

I’m not going to say I had an awful day full of tears. Yes, of course there were tears, of course it was an extremely unfair day and it made me think about how unfair and cruel this world is. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about this, and wish he were still here. But still, today was Easter and one of the few days of the year I am home with my family and friends, so I had to embrace  it.

I didn’t do much on Easter, although I really wish I could say I did. I don’t have any cute OOTD pictures or anything. I was dressed comfortably in a tank top and shorts with my glasses on and a pair of old flip flops.

I dyed eggs with my mom which was a lot of fun. I haven’t dyed eggs since I was a little girl so that was nice. I had my best friend come visit and we got to catch up for the first time in 5 months since we go to different schools. I spent some time with my dogs and brought them to the local dog park. All around, the day wasn’t anything exciting, but it was still a pretty good day.

Yes, it was an extremely sad day, but I am forever grateful I got to spend a few days back at home with some of my favorite people. I’m always happy to be back with my mom and pets and all of my childhood friends. The day was very relaxed and much needed.

I hope you all had a great Easter this year!

Christmas 2016

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

I wanted to write a quick post about what I did this Christmas, but unfortunately I don’t have much to say or any pictures to show. Christmas was different this year. Celebrating the holidays after a huge loss honestly just feels sad and empty. Like there’s just a huge chunk of what makes the holiday special missing. It was just so evident that my stepdad was missing and that the holidays won’t ever be the same, and it definitely took away much of the cheerfulness of Christmas.

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My family didn’t do much. We stayed home and spent the holidays with each other. We weren’t much in the Christmas spirit, but it was nice to all be together because who knows how much longer we will be? Life is short, spend as much time with the one’s you love as you can. This is especially important to me since I’m rarely ever home. It was nice to be able to spend a few days with my mom, catching up and telling her everything going on in my life.

I didn’t get much for Christmas. My mom bought me two pairs of jeans, a plaid shirt, and a sweater. I found the shirt online which is definitely my favorite thing I got. It’s from Express.

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I love the color scheme and the lace-up detailing. It makes it a perfect shirt for daytime and nighttime. I absolutely love it.

The day after Christmas was spent with my boyfriend where we exchanged gifts. He bought me a bunch of cute little things like makeup brushes and a makeup bag (I guess he knows about my makeup obsession?) And the cutest gift he gave me was a scrapbook he made with gift cards to restaurants for us to try, because over the summer our goal was to try a new restaurant every week which kind of failed, but now I have gift cards so there’s really no excuse!! He made me this adorable and thoughtful give, and you know what I got him in exchange? Hockey tickets he already has lol WORST GIRLFRIEND EVER!

That’s it for my Christmas, I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and your time off!

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is almost here and I’m sure a lot of you are still trying to pull together some last minute presents. If you’ve run out of gift ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here is your 2016 holiday gift guide!

For mom:

  • A scrapbook
  • Photo display
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  • Pajama set and slippers
  • For all you college kids, buy your mom something with your college logo like a scarf
  • DIY spa kit filled with aromatherapy candle, a face mask, nail polish, and a body scrub

For dad:

  • Again college kids, buy your dad a hoodie or tee shirt with the logo
  • A personalized mug- a basic gift, but you’ll know it’s going to great use
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  • A kindle- definitely a pricier gift, but you can find one on Amazon for $80 and you know your dad will love it
  • A mix tape because your dad might not be that tech-y can now you can download all of his favorite Pearl Jam songs for him

For him:

  • Personalized leather keychain
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  • Concert tickets- a gift and a cute date idea
  • Sports jersey
  • Buy him his favorite cologne gift set
  • A pair of beats he could use at the gym

For her

  • Alex and Ani bracelet- classic, but you can’t go wrong with jewelry
  • Polaroid
  • Urban Decay Naked palette- every makeup lover’s dream
  • Godiva chocolate gift set
  • Personalized pillow
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I hope this gift guide has helped you find the perfect gift! Happy holidays and good luck!

Thanksgiving Lookbook

I don’t know about you, but I’m especially excited for the holiday season this year. The holidays mean food, friends, and family.. and an excuse to dress up in your cutest outfits!

But what happens when Thanksgiving is only a few days away and you still have no idea what to wear? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Below are outfits for celebrating Thanksgiving in three different ways: with family, friends, or with your significant other!

Outfit 1: Family

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For a standard family gathering, I would opt for an outfit that’s casual, but still put together. A sweater dress with a pair of leggings and comfortable boots are a perfectly cozy combination. The striped sweater dress above was bought at Garage and the boots and leggings were bought at Target, but can be found at almost any clothing store.

Outfit 2: Friends

Jeans and a pretty top are perfect for a Friendsgiving. Jeans are casual and comfortable, but a flowy top and matching boots add a dressier feel. Here, I am wearing jeans from Hollister with a top I bought from Kohls and boots from Forever 21.

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Outfit 3: Significant Other

A Thanksgiving with your significant other could be nerve-wracking, and you definitely want to be at your best. For a more formal Thanksgiving look, pair an elegant dress with comfortable flats or heels. Since it’s pretty chilly outside, make sure to add a sweater to keep yourself warm. I bought this polka dot dress from Charlotte Russe. The red flats add a nice contrasting color. These ballet flats were bought at Forever 21, but can be found almost anywhere. The cream cardigan can be found at Garage.

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I hope this helped you decide on your Thanksgiving fashion dilemmas. Eat lots of turkey, spend time with family, and most importantly, have a happy Thanksgiving!!!

Best 4th of July Swimsuits

Fourth of July is only a few days away which means it’s time for beaches and barbecues. Here are some of the cutest patriotic swimsuits whether you’re lying in the sand or relaxing by the pool with your family and friends.

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Mix and match pieces to add your own nautical flair

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Happy Fourth! 🙂

What I’m Thankful For

In honor of Thanksgiving on Thursday, I think it’s about time for me to write the generic “What I’m Thankful For” blog post. So what exactly is it I’m thankful for? I could write the things you know I’m thankful for like my family, friends, pets, etc. Or I can be more specific, and include the shallow things I can’t live without. I think I’ll be more specific.

1. Skinny jeans
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I’m thankful for skinny jeans being in and flared jeans being out.

2. Wi-Fi

This kind of goes hand-in-hand with Netflix. Without Wi-Fi, there would be no Netflix. Can you imagine a world with no Netflix? I can’t.


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3. Forever 21

IMG_1240Forever 21 is basically the only store I shop at because it is the only store I can afford that provides clothes that are actually in style. Without Forever 21, I honestly have no idea where I’d shop. So thank you Forever 21 for your $1 camisoles and $11 sweaters. I’m truly grateful.

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One of my all time favorite shows on television. Shameless never fails to make me smile.

5. Tumblr

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By far my favorite form of procrastination (besides sleeping) is scrolling on Tumblr. I can honestly do it for hours. Although wasting so much time on Tumblr may screw me over later on, I’m still thankful for this beautiful form of social networking.

7. Leonardo DiCaprio

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My appreciation and love for Leo mustn’t go unheard. This gorgeous and talented man has helped create some of the best movies of all time. No one could portray the role of Jack Dawson quite like he could. He has starred in so many amazing movies like The Departed, Aviator, Wolf of Wall Street, and so many more. These movies wouldn’t be nearly as incredible without him. Don’t worry Leo, you’ll get your Oscar one day.

(not to mention he makes great eye candy)

8. Books

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I wanted to name a specific book or author but I really just can’t. There are too many great books and authors to choose from, and I am thankful for the variety.

9. Yoga

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Yoga incorporates exercise and meditation. My all time favorite way to get in touch with my inner zen.

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I’m enjoying a nice cup of green tea as I write this. I genuinely believe a hot cup of tea and honey is a life saver. I can’t start my day without some!

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I had to include my mom because I am eternally grateful for her. Without her, I would have absolutely nothing. She has provided me with everything despite the many struggles our family has faced throughout the years. Shoutout to you, mom!

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies!

Today I’ve decided one of my all time favorite recipes that I bake for every occasion! These peanut butter m&m cookies are soft, creamy, and delicious! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick= 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (preferably creamy)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 & 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/4 cups m&ms

Directions: 

In a large bowl, mix together the butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth. Slowly mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Add the flour and baking soda. Mix well. Fold in the m&ms. and mix throughout batter. Allow dough to chill for about one hour, or until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into balls placing them on greased cookie sheet. Press down slightly. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Once finished, allow cookies to sit for a good three minutes as they will bake a little bit longer on the sheet and cool down. Allow cookies to cool completely before serving.036