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Gingerbread House Mishaps: My First Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House Mishaps: My First Gingerbread House

In my 24 years of life, I have never built a gingerbread house.  Well that all changed last night when my husband and I attempted to build one for the first time. We used this gingerbread house kit from Michaels: The kit comes with gumdrops, […]

Perfect Cookie Recipes to Enjoy This Holiday Season

If we’re talking desserts this holiday season, you’ve got to make at least one batch of cookies. There are so many mouthwatering recipes out there. So if you’re confused on which ones you should try, here are a few cookie recipes that I recommend. Nutella […]

How to Find that Perfect Present for the Hard to Shop For

With Christmas right around the corner I am sure that everyone has crossed off their Christmas list and checked it twice. But is there a name still there? That one friend who has everything? Or that Aunt who says they don’t need anything? Well with my three secrets to gift giving you can find that perfect present to have everyone on your list calling you the Gifting Queen this Christmas Season.

Secret 1: Listen

I keep my ears open all year so I know exactly what everyone wants or needs. Know someone constantly complains about something like their phone dying? Then get them a portable charger. Know someone goes through bottles of wine like you go through water bottles? Then buy them a corkscrew and a new bottle of wine. I think you get the idea. Keep those ears pricked for that subtle information that most people don’t even realize they’re giving out.

Secret 2: Know Their Interests

Another reason listening is key is my second secret; know their interests. If you love getting yarn because you love to knit wouldn’t that Aunt love a digital picture frame full of family photos? Learn what everyone on your list is in love with this season and find something in that area.

Secret 3: Branch Out 

Once you know what they want and where their love lies it’s time to be a little adventurous. Take what you have learned about those you love and think outside the box. Here’s where you can expand their field of interests and give them the perfect present. If your cousin loves comic books try buying them a similar manga. Or if your best friend loves knitting then give them a book on how to make their own clothes. The point is to buy something they would never think to buy for themselves. Buy something they never knew they needed.

The Dark Makeup Look I’ll Be Rocking This Christmas

I’m all about dark makeup so why wouldn’t I attempt a dark makeup look for Christmas?  I decided to go with something icy because as of right now it’s cold where I live and I didn’t want to go with the cliche red and green. […]

6 Fun Gifts to Use As Stocking Stuffers This Year

I don’t know about you, but I have some deep fascination for Christmas stockings and all the goodies that go into them. It’s always an adventure because there are multiple little gifts that always put a smile on my face. If you’re trying to figure […]

My Christmas First: What Makes This Christmas Special For Me

It was only a couple of years ago that the idea of married life was nothing more than a dream.  I spent my college years dating different guys, exploring my own interests, and becoming the adult I am today.  When I thought about being married, it felt as if it was some elusive idea that may or may not happen.  And it certainly wouldn’t happen “now.”

Well I’m 24 years old.  I’m at the age where marriage is now.  And that’s exactly what happened to me; I got married in January of this year.

I always wanted to get married; it’s a romantic, legal contract that says we’ll love each other forever.  It is the ultimate commitment.  But as mentioned above, I had no desire to get married in the near future.  My last ex and I used to scoff at those who got married before 30.  Who would do such a thing?  Why give up your youth to be tied down to someone?  My ex and I were together for a year and a half and while I did imagine us getting married, I definitely didn’t see it happening soon.

With my now husband, Adam, my whole world changed.  We started dating January 1, 2016.  A week was all it took for me to know that I had found the one.  With my ex, marriage was “some day.”  With Adam, I knew it was now.

We talked about getting married that first week of dating.  But we both knew it was too soon.

We talked about getting married 4 months into dating, when he got out of boot camp, but we didn’t want to freak our families out.

So by the time we hit 8 months of dating, we knew we weren’t going to wait much longer.  We brought it up to our families.  We discussed all of the important parts of marriage: how we want to raise our kids, religion, money management, etc.  We went to premarital counseling to ensure we were on the right path.

January 21, 2017, one year and twenty days after we started dating, he proposed to me.  A week later we had a justice of the peace wedding.

I’ve since been over the moon.  I love being married to him.

But along with marriage have come things I didn’t even think about.

Christmas used to be my family’s thing, meaning, I didn’t have to worry about other people’s families.  But now, I’m married and I’m learning quickly that all of these family traditions I used to have, my independence, is no longer applicable.  In tow, is my amazing husband, and this year is a Christmas first for me (well, technically for us).  I now have to consider his family, his traditions, while juggling my own family and their wants.  No more, is it just my family I have to buy gifts for, but now it’s two families.  Although, double the income definitely helps.

This is our first Christmas married and I’ve found that I enjoy taking on this matriarchal role in buying presents, wrapping gifts, and decorating the house.  When I lived alone, I never did those things.  Gifts were bought a few days before Christmas and I certainly didn’t wrap them.  And I definitely didn’t have the money to buy silly decorations.

I used to think I didn’t want to get married for a while.  I said that until I was 22 years old.  Which is when I started dating Adam.  This Christmas, I definitely have a new role to play, but I truly enjoy spending time figuring that out with my new husband.


What makes this Christmas special for you?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Blogmas and I’ll see you guys on Thursday!

With love,

Meagan


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4 Hot Chocolate Recipes to Warm Your Soul

I am completely obsessed with hot chocolate. When the temperature drops and winter comes around, it’s my go to beverage. I swear, it probably runs through my veins instead of blood. In the spirit of Blogmas, I thought it would be great to share some […]

A Review of a Christmas Dress from Rose Wholesale

You may have seen ads floating around from Rose Wholesale advertising their Christmas dresses.  I saw one of them and excitedly told my husband that I really wanted this red dress in particular.  He, being the awesome person he is, actually ordered it for me. […]

7 Christmas DIY Decorations to Add Some Festiveness to Your Home

I’ve been needing to step it up on my decorating in my apartment. I definitely don’t have unlimited funds to go purchase all these amazing decorations (cue the tears streaming down my eyes), so DIY decor is the way to go to make it cheap and fun. As with everything, the best place to turn in this type of situation is Pinterest.

If you’re like me and trying to find some cute decorations to put up without emptying your wallet, here are some AMAZING DIY crafts that fate decided I need to know about.

Snow Strings

www.diyforlife.com

If you’ve been dreaming of living in a winter wonderland, why not make it snow in your own apartment. All you need is a piece of string, a needle, and cotton balls. I am honestly seriously putting these near the entrance of my apartment before everyone walks upstairs into the main part of my home. It’d be so cute! (Also, don’t these remind you a little bit of Alyssa’s floating ornaments?)

Christmas Ornament Wreath

www.hometalk.com

I swear, it’s almost a necessity to have a Christmas wreath during the holidays – or at least some sort of decoration for your front door. I love this one because it consists almost entirely of ornaments and just looks dazzling.

Miniature Christmas Scene

www.inspideco.org

This idea is spectacular, because it’s a little different from the normal DIY Christmas decor that you would see. Grab some sort of container – an old lantern, a box, a jar – and create a fun little holiday scene in it.

No-Sew Sock Penguin

www.easypeasyandfun.com

Penguins are just some of the cutest creatures out there, so it’s wonder why they show up as a part of the holidays in decorations and clothing. If you have a lot of love for these little guys, this no-sew sock DIY craft is probably just for you. Maybe make two, so your first one doesn’t get lonely.

Christmas Ornament Tree

www.thriftycraftygirl.com

Okay, so it’s getting to be glaringly obvious that I have a love for Christmas ornaments in any and all sorts of decorations. But, honestly, how could you not love this holiday DIY? It’s super festive and looks elegant. You could pass these off as a store decoration, but hopefully you’ll let everyone know just how awesome your crafting skills are if you decide to make these.

Sparkle Tree Branches

www.happilyeverborrowed.com

Everyone needs a little bit of sparkle and shine in their lives, which is why it’s so glorious that glitter and glam is a major part of most Christmas decoration schemes. These glitter tree branches are absolutely fab and fit right in with that theme.

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

www.makinghomebase.com

This is another fun one – and I’m almost considering eating a whole packet of popsicles to get some multicolored snowflakes (how fun would that be?!). Creating these oversized snowflakes is pretty simple and that also makes this DIY craft a must.

Found any cute DIY Christmas decorations that you want to do? Share and comment below – we’d love to see pics of what you’ve put together!

Love,
Brittany

4 Holiday Makeup Trends to Love

With the holiday season in full swing we’re all busy with parties and obligations. We all want to look fierce and fab as we party our hearts out and fulfill those family obligations. These are the 4 holiday makeup trends to love this holiday season. […]


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With the holiday season in full swing we’re all busy with parties and obligations. We all want to look fierce and fab as we party our hearts out and fulfill those family obligations. These are the 4 holiday makeup trends to love this holiday season.

Red, Red and More red

(Etude House)                                                  (Nikkie Tutorials)

This time of year is full of my favorite color. RED! Whether it be a sexy scarlet red or a shimmery chic red it is a hot color this holiday season. My favorite red is the shimmery RD305 lipstick from Etude House’s Be My Universe collection. I love that this color is versatile and makes you pop as soon as you enter the room. Pairing red lips with gold eyeshadow is a must this holiday season! (Check out this look from Nikkie Tutorials on Youtube)

Glitter!

(Maybelline)                                      (Etude House)

For those who know me I am not really one for glitter but this Christmas i say bring it on! Whether it be on the eyes or the lips this shimmer is sure to make any look eye catching. I love that this look can be muted for days and bold for nights. Plus there are so many easy ways to get this look. You can use eyeshadow then add glitter on top or use glittery eyeshadow such as the Crystal Eyeshadow from Nature Republic or the glitter shadow from Etude House.

Silver & Gold

(Melissasamways)

These metallic looks from Melissa Samways are a great pair with any outfit. You can class up a sweater for an ugly sweater party or vamp up that holiday dress. Pair these looks with a bold lip for that amazing party look or pair with a nude lipstick to shine a light on your eyes.

Dark Colors

(Rihanna)                                   (Shopstyle.com)

We all know that fall and winter are known for dark colors. This trend brings itself to the holiday season in a big way. While you don’t have to go black to get this look I suggest experimenting with a darker shade then you normally wear.

Love,
Alyssa