Looking Ahead To 2018


If you read my Planning For A Kickass New Year post, you know that I’ve been thinking on my goals and my process for it all for a while now! But I’m a weirdo and I don’t actually set everything in stone until the first week of the new year because a big part of my ~process~ is to reflect on the past year as a whole (and the holidays get too crazy for me to really do that…and honestly pre-baby I was always too hungover on the 1st to do anything productive).

I thought maybe it would be interesting to share my “process” of how I reflect on the year and try to channel it into the goals I’ve been setting for 2018 and just allow myself to LET THINGS GO that I don’t want to bring into 2018 with me.

P.S. Check out my Best of 2017 post!


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We Were On The Nice List


What a successful first holiday season for Riley — lots of time spent with all our family and our gifts for others were a big hit (because let’s be real…they were all Riley related). Even made my MIL cry with our gift for her! Plus Riley was such a champ with all the late nights and messed up naps and socializing that was done!

Riley and I were totally on the nice list for Christmas (Will too but his gifts are mostly gift cards haha) and I thought it might be fun to share some of the things we got as gifts for Christmas. We are so fortunate to have family who spoils the heck out of us!

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5 Products I Want To Rebuy & 5 Products I Want To Try

Beauty Products To Try


natural beauty products to try

It always seems like I run out of things at the SAME TIME somehow. I thought it would be fun (well, at least *I* always like these videos from the beauty bloggers I follow) to highlight some of the things I’ve recently run out of or am almoooost out of and plan to repurchase AND ALSO to share some of the new products I plan to try soon because I keep a pretty detailed list in my bullet journal.

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Gift Guide: Gifts For The Kids On Your List

Gift Guide For The Kids In Your Life

I struggled with whether or not I wanted to do a gift guide for just babies or for kids in general because I know wayyy more about babies. Plus with the kids in my life I tend to gift ~experience~ or activity type things…like we always do a day out with my nieces and take them out to eat and do something fun. Same with the boys I nanny. I’ve also made them craft boxes so that we have something to DO during the day especially in the winter. So I have zero idea of what the HOT toy items areĀ  (except I keep seeing those fingerling things) so I was doubting my skills but then I thought I have enough experience to know what the kids in my life like and actually spend time doing so I can totally do this list!

gift ideas for kids and babies

Check out the rest of my gift guides for more inspiration: Gift Guide For The Book Lover In Your Life, Gift Guide For The Harry Potter Fan, Gift Guide For (Almost) Everyone On Your List

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Gift Guide: Gifts For (Mostly) Everybody On Your List



Gift Guide 2017


Hellllooo back this week with another gift guide! If you are like me, you have quite the array of people you might be shopping for — parents, siblings, co-workers, bffs, a significant other, people you don’t know that well but feel obligated to buy for for some reason, a Secret Santa exchange recipient and they all have different needs and wants and likes. I love finding fun things for people so I’m giving you some inspiration from my own lists that I need to buy for and putting it into a gift guide to (hopefully) help you with everyone on your list (or with your own list for yourself).

Check out this year’s previous gift guides: Gifts For Book Lovers That AREN’T Books & Gifts Harry Potter Fans NEED!


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Planning For A Great New Year


How To Plan The Best New Year Ever

I’ve always been one of those people who is totally invigorated by the idea of the ~new year~ even though I know I can start anew any day. I always DO get super pumped about the beginning of a new month or a new week or a new season also. There’s just something about it for me that gets me mentally focused on all my goals and things I want to accomplish.

planners for 2018

I’ve done everything — from the typical New Year’s Resolutions, New Year’s intentions, one word resolution that defines the rest of my year, monthly resolutions. EVERYTHING. I’ve done it all. I have mild success most of the time at keeping the long-term resolutions but I do pretty well breaking it down.

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Gift Guide: Gifts For The Harry Potter Fans In Your Life



Gifts for harry potter fans


Hellllooo back this week with another gift guide (check out last week’s gift guide if you happened to miss it — chock full of gifts for the book lovers in your life/yourself let’s be real).


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Gift Guide: Gifts For Book Lovers That AREN’T Books



gift ideas for book lovers


Many years ago I used to do gift guides on this blog and I THINKKKK I remember why I stopped doing them…they are fun to do but OMG I have been working on this post 5ever (no REALLY I stopped doing them because I started doing my Handmade Holidays series instead and couldn’t juggle both). But really I thought MAYBE this would be ready for next Christmas especially with having a new baby that makes my blogging time limited! BUT I abandoned some sleep and household chores (eek!) to get this done.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE gift giving and I love when I find the ~PERFECT~ gift for somebody. I try to be thoughtful and really think about the person I’m giving to! I love someone knowing I really put thought into a gift rather than them being impressed with a price tag (although $$$ presents TOTALLY can be thoughtful FOR SURE). But you know what I mean….I’m trying to really make them know how much they mean to me and that I really KNOW THEM.

SO today’s gift guide is all about those book lover’s in your life…aka basically my wishlist because *waves* hello book lover here in case you didn’t know!!

(P.S. I also stand by everything I talked about in this post in 2014 and some of it still is available on Etsy!)

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My Ultimate Plan To Make Winter Suck Less For Me


make winter suck less


WE HAVE OFFICIALLY ENTERED THE SEASON WHERE IT IS DARK ALL THE TIME UNTIL FOREVER. No but seriously I almost cried yesterday when it was dark before 5pm. I miss our late evening summertime walks with Riley and Finn already.

I can honestly say I am one of the most miserable human beings in existence once Winter hits. I hate the cold weather and I overall hate the snow (I like how PRETTY it looks when I don’t have to go out in it??) and the slushy sleet and the cold temperatures that hurt my body, taking my dog out in said awful weather. I love certain THINGS about the cold weather seasons but overall I’m just VERY grumbly and miserable. Plus it doesn’t help that the sun is like NEVER out. I really, really struggle. SO this year I’ve devised a plan to make it suck less for me.



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