Giving Back this Christmas

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It’s easy around Christmas time to get caught up in the craziness of presents, food, shopping, wrapping and decorating. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of these things, but I also like to remember others during this time that may not be as fortunate. This year, I decided to contact two organizations in my home town and ask them what items they were short of around this time of year. I went shopping for some of the items, as well as found things around my house! I wrapped up two big boxes and got them ready for these organizations. My only hope is that this small gesture can help someone else during the holidays! For more ideas on how to give back this season, check out a small list of ideas that I put together at the end of this post. I hope this encourages you to do a small act of kindness this month and to stop and appreciate all of the things you are thankful for!

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Ways to Give Back during the Holidays:

1. Give away some of your old clothes to a consignment shop
2. Instead of buying for each other, purchase gifts for a family in need
3. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
4. Pick up an extra turkey for your city’s turkey drive
5. Volunteer your time with any of your local charities
6. Invite a less fortunate family over for a nice meal
7. Offer to babysit for a family with small children to give the parents a break
8. Host a party and ask your guests to bring items for your local food bank
9. Bake your favorite recipe and bring them along while visiting a hospital or seniors home
10. Have your children donate some of their old toys before Santa brings them new ones

 

Winter Florals

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There is a lot going on with this outfit, but I kind of love it all together. I picked up this floral print top on the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised that a colorful floral print blouse was out in December! It’s nice to wear colors in the winter instead of our go to blacks and greys! It is so easy to get stuck in a dark clothing rut, but don’t forget to switch it up and step out of your comfort zone! I also got these boots on a Cyber Monday sale and am so glad I did. I have been pinning chelsea boots since the end of the summer so I’m glad I finally got around to finding a pair that I like! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great week!

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 top: H&M | blazer: RW&CO (old, similar here) | jeans: Mavi (mine are faded) | boots: Aldo
purse: Old Navy | hat: Eddie Bauer

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Christmas Onesies

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As we start getting closer to Christmas, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the outtakes from our family Christmas card this year! We wanted to do something fun, so we dressed up in these onesies from Giant Tiger and attempted to get a picture with Texas! You will have to wait until Christmas to see the finished product, but these outtakes are sure to brighten up your day! Also, if you are looking for some cute Christmas onesies for the holidays, Giant Tiger has lots of affordable ones to choose from! Hope you all have a great weekend!

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*A special thank you to Giant Tiger for providing the onesies! #myGTonesie

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Santa’s Workshop AKA Sephora

I don’t know about you guys, but I would be 100% satisfied if all Santa brought me this year was a Sephora gift card! My wish list is forever growing at that store! They have so many great gift ideas for all of the beauty lovers on your list, plus a lot of the brands have bundled products together for the holidays! So whether you are shopping for yourself or for someone else, may I suggest checking out my picks below – including some of my all time favorite products and some that I am dying to try! Happy Shopping!

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1. Primping with the Stars – Benefit Cosmetics: Every time I try a new product from Benefit Cosmetics I fall in love and usually make it a new staple in my makeup kit. Honestly, there isn’t one Benefit product that I haven’t loved (and repurchased)! This gift set is great because you can try out a few of their best sellers and you get a really great variety!

2. Virtual Domination Cheek Palette – Nars: This blush set looks amazing because not only does it have a few staples like Laguna Bronzer and Deep Throat blush but it also has a highlighter and a few other blush colors that look amazing. And if you have never tried a Nars blush before you are in for a treat – they go on beautifully and have great staying power.

3. Ambient Lighting Palette – Hourglass: Until you try one of these powders for yourself, you truly won’t understand when I say how life changing they are. I know I sound like I am over-exaggerating, but I’m not! I use them everyday no matter what type of makeup look I am going for. They really do recreate the most flattering light and make your skin look flawless. This palette is awesome because you get to try a shade exclusive to the pallet as well as a few favorites.

4. Full Flawless Face Brush – bareMinerals: You are going to need a brush to go with that Hourglass palette, and the bareMinerals line is always a go-to. They make great brushes, and this one can be used with powders, blushes and even foundation!

5. Brow Wiz – Anastasia Beverly Hills: If you know me you know that I am a sucker for great eyebrows! I still don’t own this product and I have no idea why! I think every single beauty guru that I watch on YouTube swears by this to create the best brows ever. It is in my basket online and I cannot wait to try it for myself!

6. Sugar Dream – Fresh: I have talked about my love for Sugar Fresh lip balm before and after seeing this gift set I am dying to try the Sugar Face Polish and Brown Sugar Body Polish. If you have never tried this line you are missing out. I think my favorite part is the scent – it’s my absolute favorite!

7. The Original Beauty Blender: Another must have in any make-up bag! This product will change the way that makeup looks on your face. I have been loving it for my under-eye concealer! And, it makes a great stocking stuffer!

8. Naked on the Run Palette – Urban Decay: I am definitely eyeing up this travel palette as a ‘to me from me’ gift this year. I think all of the eye color shades are so beautiful and I actually use my Naked 2 palette everyday so I know that I love working with them. It also comes with a bronzer, blush, lip gloss, mascara and eye pencil – what else would you want in a palette!

9. Daisy Rollerball Trio – Marc Jacobs Fragrance:  The Daisy Eau de Toilette has actually been my go-to everyday scent for the past few years and I am still in love with it. I personally love fresh scents that aren’t too strong or have too much floral so this is perfect. I think having the option to try all 3 Daisy scents would be great for when I want to switch things up!

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Snowy Saturday

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I’m not a huge winter/snow lover, but there is something cozy about a snowy weekend, especially in December. Texas loves the snow, and if it were up to him we’d be outside playing for the entire day. For me, it’s all about layering up in your coziest sweaters, so that is exactly what I did. I got this chunky cardigan at Old Navy a couple of years ago, and I still love to haul it on during a snow day! I paired it with comfy jeggings and my Ugg winter boots. What’s your go-to snow day outfit? Let me know in the comments, and as always thanks for stopping by!

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knit cardigan: Old Navy (old, similar here) | sweater: Urban Outfitters | jeans: RW&CO
boots: Ugg | earrings: Forever 21

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