December 18, 2014

RAMBLINGS | VOL 33 - HOLIDAY TRADITIONS


With Christmas just around the corner I am left contemplating friends,
 family and all the traditions that the holidays are filled with. 

For me I have spent the last 10 years living away from family and around the holidays
I always have a hint of sadness mixed with all the excitement of snow and decorating. Each 
year this bit of sadness makes me take some time to reflect on what I feel the Holidays 
are all about. The one thing has always been the same is Family & Love. 

No matter how close or distant you are to the ones you love I feel that it is important to 
pause during all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and appreciate the relationships that 
we have in our life. Gifts are forgotten, decorating fads come and go, but the relationships 
we are given in life are things to nurture and value. In my family we always have certain 
traditions that we do over the holidays. 

For Thanksgiving we always go around the table and give everyone a chance to say a few things
 that they are thankful for. This tradition helps you keep you heart on what is important in life.
 For Christmas my Grandpa always gathers all of us around and before we open any presents he 
opens up the bible and reads the Christmas story and says a prayer of thankfulness. My heart is 
always brought back to gratefulness and the true meaning of Christmas. I think life is all 
about relationships and how we share our love and appreciation for people. I dont always 
do a good job at this, but I do know that something about holidays gives me that extra push to 
reevaluate my relationships and give myself a little mental check to see if I am valuing my  
relationships more than the "things" in life. I hope you all have an amazing Holiday season, 
hopefully with those that you love :)


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December 16, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR THE LADIES

If your like me than at about this moment there is  a lit of last minute shopping happening. So if you don't want to head out and hit the stores I have some great gift ideas for any lady in your life. 

ONE: Personalized Rolling Pins from GroopDealz
I love these personalized rolling pins for mom or grandma... well ok I would take one too :) 

TWO: Greeting Card Kit from Craftsy
This kit is perfect for any crafty person in your life or someone who wants to get started trying some artsy things. The kit comes with anything you would need to jumpstart your creative juices. 

THREE: Minted's Wall Art from Minted
I just found out that Minted has art prints that can be purchased from many different artists across the country. This particular one is from Seattle 

FOUR: Crochet Mittens & Fingerless Gloves Classes from Craftsy
Gift someone who likes to crochet (different learning levels available) this particualar one focuses on mittens and gloves, but Craftsy has so many different classes to offer. 

FIVE: Bar Letter Necklaces from Cents of Style
I love these Initial Bar Necklaces, get them stamped with whoever's initial would mean the most :) 

SIX: Wine Gift Assortments from Wine of the Month Club
This is a great gift set, you can add 2 -8 different bottles of wine to your gift set! 

SEVEN: Alpaca Throws  from One Kings Lane
Who doesn't like a great throw? These are super comfortable and are currently 50% off

EIGHT: Herringbone Vest from Sign Here Vinyl
In my family lady tends to run on the chilly side of things so we are always bundled up in some sort of vest or scarf, this stylish one is perfect and comes at a great price. 

NINE: Two-Tone Handbag from Mod Cloth
What lady doesn't love a great handbag, plus this one is reversible! Score

TEN: Infinity Floral Scarf from The Branches Shop
If you didn't enter your chance to win one of two items from these ladies you can head over to their shop and check out all the great handmade items that they have 


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December 15, 2014

THE BRANCHES SHOP + DOUBLE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is dear to my heart, I have gotten to know the two lovely ladies behind The Branches Shop and let me tell you that they are the sweetest! They are two sisters who have a special talent for creating beautiful handmade items. Branches offers handmade sewn, knit or crocheted clothing and accessories for baby, mommy, and even dad's! You have to head over to their Etsy shop and see Amber's adorable baby modeling all the cute items they have for children, it really is too much cuteness for one shop :)
Pants: Levis | Shirt: Ross | Scarf: Branches Shop | Hat: Branches Shop | Shoes: Ralph Lauren 

I got to try out their scarves and crochet hats and the quality is top notch and so comfortable to wear. I am so excited to be able to offer not one but TWO items from their shop to you all. What's not to love about that.. I guess its the holiday spirit in the air or something we couldn't just offer you all one item!
YOUR CHANCE TO WIN: 

Prize #1: Lace Infinity Scarf 
Prize #2: Crotched Slouchy Hat




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