Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Cards

When I see the mail man come around this time of year,
I get really excited to see the Christmas cards that people send me.
I think that a card is so simple, yet one of the sweetest things to receive from people
we care for dearly. 

So with that, I came across some really cute card ideas on Pinterest that 
I really want to try!  :)

I love the little presents!

I will be doing this with my future little ones!  This is just adorable!!

Get your creative side out this Christmas!  :)

Have a spectacular day!

Note: These images were found on Pinterest.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas

I consider myself to be a last minute shopper when it comes to gifts for
my friends and family.  
I have a really hard time picking out things for people, especially since some people 
I know are extremely picky!
So I have sometimes found myself at a dead end in ideas. 

But after doing some more searching, I have come up with some ideas I thought were great!
For the girly girl, you can't go wrong with Essie nail polish!

This is my man's favorite candy!  Take a toothpick and carve out messages in them!
Too cute! :) 

A hot cocoa mix is a sweet and simple idea for anyone!
Put some fun treats inside to top of their cocoa!  

For the hard-working woman in your life! 
Treat her right with a foot massage and a manicure!  

So whether you do these ideas or something else, 
like candles, books, movies, music, or puzzles,
there is nothing like giving something that means so much to
someone you care about. 

Happy shopping! :)

Here are some more links for fun!
These candles would be great to have around the house (I mean, who
doesn't like Yankee)?  
Bundle up  in this cozy North Face jacket!
And this chili recipe looks delicious!  I will have to try this soon
since my baby loves jalapenos! :)  

And here is some food for thought! :)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Relaxation: One of Life's Necessities

So one of the biggest things I have learned thus far in my academic career as an undergraduate student is that it is SO important to take care of yourself by taking time to relax.  
Now, I'm a Biology and Microbiology major that pretty much had the attitude of "ain't nobody got time for that!"  
Perhaps this might sound familiar to y'all?! 

Through all of these tough times, I have realized just how important it is to relax.  It doesn't make me a bad student.  In fact, I think it makes me a better student to be able to study with a clearer head!  

Cause lets face it: if you had to read a book like this all day and didn't take a break, you would probably go crazy too!  

Thus I bring wise advice to you: how to relax!
  1.  Exercise- proven to cause a release of endorphins in your body, which helps your body to relieve its own physical stress! 
  2. Candles-  I don't know what it is about candles, but the sweet scents and the little fire that gently glows while it burns has really helped me to calm my nerves.  
  3. Pinterest-  may be a no brainer, but seriously getting all of these ideas on what to cook or how do turn an everyday ponytail into a gorgeous hairstyle is super fun and addicting.  And helps to relieve stress!  If you do not have a Pinterest, get one!!!  So much fun!
  4. Deep breaths- get some more oxygen to your brain and slow down your mind in the process!  All of those annoying thoughts that are running through your head at a million miles an hour will start to slow down and then you realize that things aren't so bad after all! :)
  5. Coffee- or any sort of comforting hot beverage.  Help yourself to get relaxed and cozy by drinking something that is warm and toasty!  
  6. Do something crafty- I really like to knit.  Knitting really helps me to focus in on something else and ease my nerves. 
  7. Scream into a pillow- just try it.  It really works! ;)
  8.  Write down anxieties and positive thoughts- this may be the most important tool I have had thus far.  Putting all of those thoughts onto paper allows you to sort through those thoughts a lot easier.  Highly recommend this!
  9. Music- whatever your favorite tune is, crank it up in the car or on your iPod.  Music has been proven to also cause a release of endorphins.  Plus, music is so much fun to listen to anyways. :)
  10. Think positive- telling yourself that you will get through the rough patches in life will really help you get through these hard times.  While this may seem obvious, it really can be easy to lose sight of it.  I know I most certainly have!  
Hope this helps when you need to relax!  

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cozy in the Winter

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are stuffed with food to the max!!  I got to enjoy my holiday with my wonderful family and lots of delicious food!  

Now that the food has all been devoured whole, it is now time for Black Friday!! 
Which means for me clothes and shoes!  My two favorite things in the whole world
besides coffee and bacon.  
With that being said, here are some cute winter looks I am loving:

Perfect for keeping the legs cozy 
and the perfect pair for leather boots.

It's all about the layers!  

And big chunky plaid scarves!  
I may go broke tomorrow.  Whoops.  :)  

Have a wonderful night!