December Favorites

My December favorites were used so much last month and I know that I’ll keep using them a lot in the next few months. Without further delay, let’s get into what they are!

This Is Us

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This television show has been mentioned as a favorite before but I’ve been catching up on Season 2 lately. This show is so masterfully written and the individual stories are portrayed in such realistic ways. Yes, it’s an emotional roller coaster and you know that you’re going to have a little piece of your heart hurt for the characters when you watch it–but I don’t think there are many shows like This Is Us out right now.

Voluspa Candle Pandora Lychee

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I bought this candle during a Black Friday sale at Anthropologie and have almost burned it completely. This scent is fruity but also smells like it has hints of pine–so it’s a really nice light, fresh, and winter scented candle.

Kristin Ess Haircare

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I’ve seen this brand at Target before and always thought that the packaging was really nice. My cousin, Grace, recommended that I try it and I bought a bottle of the Signature Shampoo when I ran out of my normal shampoo. The fragrance of this product is incredible and reminds me a lot of the Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume. The shampoo is affordable for being more on the “luxury” side and the formula is really gentle. My hair also feels like it has a different texture and wave after I have used it and it helps to keep my hair cleaner on those in-between-wash-days.

& Other Stories Boxy Knit Sweater

 

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This sweater! My cousin, Bec, gifted this to me for Christmas and I have worn it several times since. Don’t worry–I have cleaned it in between wears, haha! This is so comfy, soft, and I love a classic grey sweater. The fit is, also, a little looser and a little bit over-sized. I plan on getting a lot of wear and use out of this sweater and I love it so much!

Essie Nail Polish in Bahama Mama

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This nail polish shade has been the one I’ve been wearing the most in December. I think this color is a really nice one for winter and the holidays. The Essie nail polish formula is also way more long-lasting than most other brands I’ve tried and it’s definitely the one I gravitate towards.

Mossimo Slouchy Beanie

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It has been COLD in Oklahoma this last week and I’ve been piling on all the layers I can! I’ve worn this beanie a lot lately because it keeps my ears warm and it’s super soft.

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For the Heart at Christmas

It’s Christmas weekend! Have you finished all your shopping and made all your preparations? I hope you have just a wonderful and special weekend of savoring this season with your family and friends. I can’t wait for all of my siblings, nieces and nephews, and parents to all be together–it’s chaos, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I wanted to leave you with some scriptures for this weekend as we celebrate the birth of Christ and remembering of all He has done for us. I hope these will touch your heart as you go about your weekend.

Galatians 4:4-5 But when the time had fully come, God sent His son, born of a woman, under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.

Luke 1:46-55 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

Merry Christmas! I am taking all of next week off from blogging but I will be back in the new year! Thank you so much for your support this year, it means so much to me!

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December Birchbox

I have been a Birchbox subscriber for a couple of years now and it’s such a fun thing for me to look forward to every month. I have hardly had to buy any makeup since I started using Birchbox because there’s always something for me to use in the boxes. I’ve mentioned this before but Birchbox is also a great way to receive travel size items and also for getting to try out new things (maybe even things you can’t typically afford)–which I love to do.

Here is what I got in my December Birchbox. This post is not sponsored, by the way–just me sharing my love of this particular service with you!

Amika Bust Your Brass Cool Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner

Purple shampoos and conditioners are great for color treated hair–especially blonde. I really like Amika products also because they don’t leave my hair feeling heavy or greasy.

Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum

My skin feels a little dark and dull during the colder months, so I’m excited to try this out!

Bioderma Sensibo H20 Make-Up Remover Micelle Solution

Micellar water products, like this one, are one of my favorite ways to remove make-up. This is a brand that I’ve heard a lot about so I’m looking forward to trying this.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain

How cute is this?? I almost don’t want to use it because it’s so cute, haha!

Stila Cosmetics HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara

I’m always happy to try new mascara because my lashes are not very long at all these days.

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Give the Gift of Stitch Fix | AD

Sometimes it can be really difficult deciding what to get someone for Christmas. Maybe you have a family member who lives far away and it’s hard to get a present to them. Maybe you know someone who seems to have it all and you’re stumped about what to get them. If you need an idea of what to gift the special people in your life, no matter who they are or where they live, Stitch Fix is a great one! I have written a post with Stitch Fix before, but if you’re not familiar with the company–I’m here to give you some information.

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Stitch Fix is an online styling service that delivers a personalized shopping experience to you doorstep. All you need to do is complete the Style Profile online and a personal stylist will hand-pick pieces that complement your needs, style, and budget. Each box contains five items of clothing, shoes, and/or accessories and you can try them on at home. Once you have tried them on and decided which items you want to keep, exchange, or return–you simply send the rest back in an enclosed, pre-paid USPS envelope. No subscription is required for this service–you can receive boxes as often or seldom as you would like.

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Sweater Details: Pixley Cardigan from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix carries styles for men, women, maternity, plus size, or petite sizes–so there really are options for all of the adults in your family! Giving gift cards to Stitch Fix are great for anyone–your mom, dad, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts/uncles, in-laws, parents of your friends, best friends, co-workers, etc. Gift cards start off at the $20 amount or you can choose any other amount above that. Pick what works for you!

There are a few ways you can gift Stitch Fix gift cards and the direct links are down below. You can choose options such as print-at-home, email, or have a gift card mailed.

Stitch Fix Gift Card – Mail. The gift card will be mailed within 2-5 business days. Make sure to order your gift cards by December 15th to ensure it will be delivered before Christmas Day.

Stitch Fix Gift Card – Print-At-Home. Print off a gift card and then write a hand written note to go along with it.

Stitch Fix Gift Card – Email. Emailed gift cards can be scheduled to be received on a certain day or they can be sent same-day.

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Sweater Details: August Mist Estela Shearling Trim Detail Cardigan from Stitch Fix

I have personally been using Stitch Fix for the last couple of years and I have always been impressed by the quality of the items I have received. Plus, it’s a nice surprise to see what your stylist picks out for you or for another person! I love using Stitch Fix because it’s personalized, convenient, fun, budget-friendly, and no monthly subscription fee is required.


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No Gifts for Christmas: Things to Do with Family Instead of Buying and Giving Gifts

Last night I finished all of my Christmas gift preparation! Gifts have been wrapped and are just waiting for Christmas day. However, although it’s fun to give and receive gifts at Christmas–you don’t need gifts to have a wonderful Christmas. As my siblings and I have grown up, some being married and have children now, we have changed the ways in which we approach gift-giving at Christmas. We all seem to agree that Christmas is less and less about presents and more about quality, special time together. My whole family is probably all together only about once a year and so our time together has become one of the most precious gifts.

Today I’m giving you some ideas for how to celebrate Christmas with your family (and/or friends)–without having to have gifts involved.

Go on a trip together

The Christmas before my oldest sister was married, my family went on a skiing vacation to North Carolina. We rented a huge van and road-tripped all the way from Oklahoma. That was also the year that we each had portable, personal DVD players (anyone remember those?). Although the majority of the road trip was probably spent watching 5 seasons of Gilmore Girls, I still remember that experience and it was so much fun. Once we arrived at our destination, we checked into our cabin rental that overlooked the mountains and the ski lodge. We cooked food, watched movies, and prepared to go skiing the next day. The weather was so warm that the ski resort had to create fake snow–that was interesting to watch! Once there was enough “snow,” we headed out and had a great time. Who knew skiing in t-shirts wouldn’t be so bad? Haha! I’m so thankful for that time we had together before the dynamic of our family changed. We have been on trips together with my brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephew since then–and it just keeps getting better. Why not save and invest in a family vacation instead of buying gifts? I highly recommend it!

Make and serve a meal to a family in need

Last year my family and I made some meals for the families of patients at our local hospice house, instead of doing gifts. I loved being able to do that for some of our local families who were experiencing grief, loss, and sadness during what should be one of the happiest times of the year. We weren’t able to personally meet any of the families, but it was an awesome experience to know that we helped to take care of them in a small way during Christmas. There are so many other ways you can help others during Christmas and it doesn’t have to even be a grand gesture–anything, no matter how big/small, helps!

Have a family night

Instead of gift exchanging, have a day/night just for family fun! You could bake cookies, make hot cider, play board/card games, watch Christmas movies, drive around and look at Christmas lights, make a bunch of Dubsmash videos, etc, and just focus on spending time together. My most favorite memories are definitely of my parents, siblings, grandchildren, and pets all housed up together and it being just wild!

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