Holiday Gift Guide.

I have most of my shopping done thanks to Cyber Monday but I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite sites to shop for unique Holiday gifts:

1) Fab.com – This website is a great place for quirky gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. 

2) Etsy.com – Homemade treasures for the creative souls on your gift list. From every kind of homemade jewelry to studded phone cases —there’s something for everyone.

3) www.oliveandpiper.com awesome jewelry that is cute and affordable

4) Pinterest : Make your own homemade gifts for your friends and family like these coasters below! 

5) Wanelo.com 

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Successful Black Friday

On this Black Friday I had to work 9AM-9PM but I squeezed in a little bit of shopping during my lunch break to see if I could find any bargains. I tried on a pair of mustard yellow skinny jeans that were only 15 dollars.

They fit great and were super comfortable so I decided to buy them in the burgundy color that they had as well. These will both be great colors to wear during the fall and winter season! CLICK HERE to see how to wear Oxblood pants with your wardrobe. 

Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I have always loved the traditions surrounding Thanksgiving that bring together family, appreciation & great food! Making it one of my absolute favorite Holidays. My family always celebrates Thanksgiving with a table filled with friends & family, way too much food, way too many drinks & a lot of laughing, board games & football watching. 

Of course, the day is about spending with the ones you are thankful for, eating until it’s hard to breath and the seams of your pants are about to burst and watching gigantic balloon floats during the Macy’s Day Parade. But it’s also about giving thanks for all the blessings & things we are lucky enough to have in our lives on a daily basis. 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” 

-Oprah Winfrey 

Tonight after work I am heading up North to my parent’s house in Kendallville. I’m feeling incredibly thankful this year for life’s many blessings that I continue to enjoy. I am excited that I get to celebrate with my Family over a great meal! Happy Thanksgiving!

Back to Reality.

So I just go back from my three day cruise from Miami to Nassau Bahamas with my mom, dad, brother and his girlfriend Adrienne. It was the first cruise that any of us had ever been on so no one really knew what to expect on the trip. I couldn’t believe how much there was to do on the ship, three days was definitely not long enough!  

On Thursday we flew out of Indianapolis into Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Once we arrived in Florida we took a thirty minute taxi to the ports in Miami. While spending the night in Miami we enjoyed an outside concert, mango daiquiris and had a seafood dinner on the pier in Miami.

Our view from dinner in Miami 

Friday afternoon we started to board the Carnival Imagination ship. We got into our rooms and headed straight to the pool on the top deck. I couldn’t believe how huge the ship was. It took us forever to find our way around.

One of the reasons I loved the cruise so much is you are in the middle of the ocean with no cell service, no internet and a boat full of new people to meet and just about unlimited things to do. 

The main thing to do on a cruise is eat, eat, and eat. You could always find pizza and ice cream 24 hours a day on the Lido deck! Every dinner there was an appetizer, main dish, and dessert. It was pretty amazing.

Dinner included all kinds of yummy stuff, lobster, filet mignon, sushi, creme brulee

& the most delicious chocolate melting cake I’ve ever had…

Carnival Cruise has one of the friendliest and accommodating staff I’ve ever experienced; you can really tell that they enjoy working on the ship.  How cute is this towel origami elephant they surprised us with after cleaning the room?!

On the cruise we were each allowed to bring a wine bottle per person which we brought to dinner every night to share with the table

Our first stop was Nassau Bahamas, where we spent one day. We walked around the town and looked at the little shops and markets, then went to Paradise Island for the day. It was so beautiful, the water was crystal clear and bright blue. 

80’s Flashback Dance Party & Comedy shows

I miss being on the cruise already. Relaxing and looking out into the neverending ocean. What I don’t miss is the feeling of the boat swaying and feeling sea sick!

Cruise.

The last time I visited Miami was in college, senior year Spring break with some friends from Purdue. We stayed in South beach for a week & I immediately fell in love with the city.  Tomorrow morning my family and I are going on a three day cruise to the Bahamas and I couldn’t be more excited and ready for this vacation! We fly into Miami tomorrow afternoon and then leave for the Bahamas on Friday!

Unlike a road trip there are a whole set of different rules when traveling by plane on what you can bring. If you are like me, packing for vacation is a struggle because you usually want to bring your entire closet with you! (Stupid baggage restrictions). I spent last night packing, organizing and figuring out exactly what to pack in my suitcase. Maxi dresses, sundresses and bathing suits were mainly what I am bringing along and of course some accessories, a floppy sun hat, sunglasses, sandals and jewelry! 

The most important and helpful tip to squeezing a dresser’s worth of clothes in your suitcase is to roll instead of fold your clothes when packing. Roll up jeans, t shirts, sweatshirts, and pajama top instead of folding them! This is a great way to save space! 

1. Simple colorful bikini that you can mix & match with other suits 2. a pair of white shorts 3. one simple maxi dress for the day or the night 4. Don’t forget your beach tote 5. Simple long tees 6. Fun colorful jewelry (bracelets, earrings & necklaces) 7. A comfortable sweatshirt for the cooler nights 8. a good one piece suit 9 & 10. basic shorts that go with everything 11. Stripes! 12. Beach towel 13 beachey nail polish 14. wedges 15. don’t forget the sunscreen 16. sunglasses 17. simple flip flops

Weekend Craft Project.

This weekend Meredith and I finished a craft project that we had been working on finishing up for awhile now. We took poster board and cut out hundreds of circles. 

Then we used a staple gun and stapled the circles after layering them in a fishscale pattern on a piece of fiberboard that we bought from Lowe’s. After stapling all of the circles to the board we spray painted the entire board with a carmel latte spray paint!