Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Last Day of Hanukkah!

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I hope you have wonderful Christmas Eve with family and friends.


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Have a wonderful last day of Hanukkah!


We are hoping to have a much better Christmas Eve than last year!
Take a look at how our Christmas Eve went from happy to horrible last year!
Also, check out what I wore last year!

I wish you safe travels and happiness!

Until next time,


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Office Christmas Decorations


Hello There!

Awhile back I showed you some decorations I had on my desk when I first started working.  I thought I should do an updated Holiday one!

The light up owl plugs into the USB-port on my computer and changes between a whole bunch of colors, I picked that up at Target last year.  
The hand sanitizer I got from Bath and Body Works a month ago.
The little felt penguin cup I'm using a cup holder I got in the dollar section at Target a few years ago. 

This little tree is battery operated and I picked it up at Target last year. 

I picked this tree, the garland on it, and the lights at Ikea this year.
The little baubles are from Target's dollar section. 

The garland is gold and shaped like foxes!

I've had this pink garland for awhile.  I believe I got it from Target's dollar section (seeing a trend?). 

I printed these signs off from online and hung them up with tape.
They're so cute and look like chalkboard.

Some more garland from Target's dollar section I got this year.

The cutest little sign again from Target's dollar section.

And last but not least I have these peppermint lights entwined with red star garland which is all from Target's dollar section.

I'm pretty sure it cost under $15 to decorate my whole desk and it looks so festive!

I hope I could bring a little Christmas cheer to you and maybe inspire you to do a little decoration in your office whether that is at home or at work (or at home if that is where you work!).

Until next time,

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hanukkah!

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I wish a very Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish readers out there!
I hope your celebration is filled with eight days of light, joy, and family!

Until next time,

Gift Guide for Swaps 2014

Hello There!

If you work in an office chances are you have to go to your office party and chances are that they have some sort of gift swap.
It can be very hard shopping for someone you may not know well and with yankee swaps you want to keep presents gender neutral.
These are mainly just ideas you can jump off from if you're feeling a bit stuck.

I have some tips on shopping you can look over first if you would like.



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You definitely do not have to spend a lot to give a nice gift for a co-worker and one of the easiest is definitely a gift card, but it can be nice to get them something to physically hand to them.
My fiancé has a yankee swap and I have a secret santa, "re-gift" party at work that we had to shop for and we definitely utilized these ideas here.

I hope you find this helpful!


Until next time,

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Gift Guide for Him 2014

Hello There!

Even though it is getting closer and closer to Christmas, I wanted to put up a simple gift guide for the men in your life.
These are mainly just ideas you can jump off from if you're feeling a bit stuck.

I have some tips on shopping you can look over first if you would like.





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These are just some jumping off points that you can take and use to get the guy in your life a gift he will love.
Get him the latest video game he wants if he's into that or a t-shirt with his favorite character on it.
If he loves to look stylish and keep himself well groomed get him a skincare kit or a tie of the month subscription.
You can never go wrong with a bit of tech fun or a warm pair of new slippers!

I hope you find this helpful!


Until next time,

disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned in this post.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Gift Guide for Her 2014

Hello There!

I wanted to get a very simple, but quick gift guide for the women in your life up!
These are mainly just ideas you can jump off from if you're feeling a bit stuck.

I have some tips on shopping you can look over first if you would like.

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Make sure if you buy anything on Birchbox or Sephora as well as many other sites that you take advantage of any Bonus Shop offers or gift with purchase offers for free items you can either add to your gift for someone else or gift to yourself.

Another good idea is to sign someone up for a gift subscription of any of the many subscription boxes  out there (beauty, DIY, food, health, fitness, lifestyle, etc) they are sure to please as they are the gift that keeps on giving even after the holidays!

To get the Locci Box for only $15 instead of $59 use promo code: DISCOVER  at checkout! 
With that kind of deal you could pick one of these up for everyone!

I hope you find this helpful!


Until next time,

disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned in this post.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own

Gift Guide for Stocking Stuffers

Hello There!

I've compiled a list of some fun and silly, but some practical, stocking stuffers!
These are mainly just ideas you can jump off from if you're feeling a bit stuck.

I have some tips on shopping you can look over first if you would like.


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You could always go with the old standard of oranges and nuts!
Or you know, candy, since no one turns down candy!

I hope you find this helpful!


Until next time,

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweaters 2014

Hello There!

Since my post from last year about Christmas Sweaters was so popular I thought I would put up one for this year with some in stock sweaters!


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His: One and Two
Either: One

We bought the Doge one for Jeremy this year and he actually wants to wear it (score!).
I seriously want that pug one and the cat one, oh who am I kidding, I want them all!
I love the idea of the sweater kit because you could make it together as a couple or make it for yourself and have a completely customized ugly sweater.

I hope you enjoyed and are having a wonderful season thus far!

Until next time,

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Engagement Ring Process Part 2

Hello There!


I wanted to talk a bit more today about the actual process of creating my custom engagement ring.

We used a jeweler that was recommended by my fiancé's Mother which helped because we were not sure who to use for this.  It is important to pick a jeweler you are very comfortable with because they're creating a piece of jewelry you will wear for the rest of your life.

We decided to go through the process together.  This means I had control and input as well as my fiancé in my ring.  So, yes I knew what my ring would look like well before he proposed.  I know not everyone wants to do it this way, but I am honestly very happy we did it together.


So, when going for our consultation I brought the book from Cartier with all the pictures of the ring in it.  It definitely helped to have pictures of all the angles of the ring.
Bringing lots of pictures about what you want and being very detailed helps the jeweler to really get the ring right.  Make sure the jeweler in turn takes detailed notes and takes pictures that you bring so that they can remember exactly what you want when they start creating your ring.
I also made sure to mention that I did not want my center stone to sit to high so that it would not snag or get knocked around too much.


He took a few weeks to get the wax mold of my ring ready.


I tried it on to make sure the final ring would fit and inspected it to ensure it was exactly what I wanted.




My fiancees Mom generously gave us stones from her Mother's engagement ring (pictured above) to use for my ring.
We brought this ring in and from there we gave the go ahead to start the ring.
My recommendation if using another ring's stones and you're not using all the stones in that original ring for the new ring is to be abundantly clear regarding what stones to use so there is no confusion.

This took quite a few weeks to be created.  We waited very patiently for it to be done.
Meanwhile we spoke to our home insurance company regarding what we would need to send them for adding my ring to the insurance.
We made sure that the jeweler had the appraisal done before we picked up the ring.

When we went to pick up the ring we inspected it to make sure that it was made the way we wanted it.
It turned out better than anything I could have expected and I am so happy with my ring.

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 He made my ring identical to the picture and the detail on it is beautiful.  I absolutely love my ring and I'm so happy we had it custom made because it feels that much more special.

If you want to see part one go here and if you want to read about how he proposed go here!

Until next time.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Engagement Ring Process Part 1

Hello There!

Since it has been almost two months since we got engaged I thought I should do a post or two about how we picked my engagement ring.

The idea for my ring started last year when I went to NYC with my Mom and Future Mother-In-Law.
At that point we knew that Jeremy and I wanted to get engaged so we took the trip as an opportunity to look at engagement ring styles to figure out what I really liked.

We went to Cartier first.

I found the bridal consultant in Cartier to be very warm and welcoming and was happy to help me even knowing we were not going to purchase anything that day.  She gave me one of their bags as well as their bridal books. 


The ring the second from the left is the one I tried on in the store and really fell in love with.
This is the ring that my ring was ultimately designed around.

We also popped into Tiffany to see their options.


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I tried this ring on and really loved it as well, but the sales associate in Tiffany was so rude I was completely put off.  He told me I had stubby fingers!


Jokingly I sent this to my fiance saying that this one I loved, haha!

I found that actually trying on rings helped me to see what looked good on my hand and what style I actually liked. 
I always thought I wanted a halo style ring, but really did not like it as much when I put it on my hand.
My suggestion would be to try on any type of ring that catches your eye or catches the person's eye you're with.  I did not expect to like the styles that I tried on.  My future Mother-in-Law and my Mom both encouraged me to try on the rings and both loved the styles of the ring from Cartier and Tiffany when they saw it on my hand.

The biggest thing to keep in mind when looking for a ring, especially if you're buying brand new diamonds, is that the quality of the stones is much more important than the size of the stones when it comes to value and how good the diamonds will actually look.

I'll have another post up tomorrow about the actual process in designing my ring as we had it custom made.

Until next time.

disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned in this post.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own