My Christmas To-Do List

christmas_to_do_listDo you ever just have those days where all you want to do is sit at home and relax? With the Christmas season upon us, I feel like this is all the time! Between homework and my part-time job, I don’t have the time to sit around and do nothing. I haven’t had time to bake any cookies or decorate my little tree. Life just gets away from me!

In an effort to enjoy these next few festive weeks, I’m making a promise to myself that I’ll take one day out of every week to enjoy the season and relax at home. I’ll drink my latte, decorate my tree, bake some sugar cookies, wrap gifts, light a candle, cuddle up under a blanket, and just enjoy the festive nature of December.

Be sure to check off these to-do’s over the next few weeks!

  • Decorate a tree
  • String lights on bushes outside
  • Try new cocoa recipe
  • Bake cookies
  • Have a Christmas movie marathon
  • Cut out paper snowflakes
  • Hang mistletoe
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Enjoy a roaring fire
  • Lounge in warm Christmassy pajamas

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Warm & Cozy Weekend

warm_and_cozySaturdays are made for relaxing and recovering from a stressful week. Unfortunately, my Saturdays usually have me working. With Christmas coming, I know my boss is going to be scheduling my weekends packed with work. Now that the temperature is dropping into the 30s, I hate leaving my house period for any occasion much less work. Anyway, for those of you who do have today to yourself, here’s 8 things that make my chilly days-in worth waiting a whole week for.

1. A Starbuck’s Gingerbread Latte

2. Fuzzy Ugg Mocassins

3. A plate of warm cookies

4. A flannel shirt (if I could find one that would look cute on me)

5. Christmas with the Kranks (fave Christmas movie!)

6. Cutting out paper snowflakes

7. Warm, cable knit blanket (this one is from Ikea)

8. Bath & Body Works candles

What does your perfect Saturday include? 

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Taking Photos for Instagram or a Blog? Here are 8 Things You Need

Do you want to know one major thing I’ve noticed amongst all big-time bloggers, Instagrammers, and Etsy-ers? They all know how to take great photos and use props to enhance them. If I had a dollar for every time I saw a photo on Instagram using something sparkly or something with texture I’d be driving a convertible.

Seriously though, what makes some of their photos so great? It’s how they set them up. Here are 8 props you can add to your blog/Instagram pictures right now!

Props for Pictures

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The number one thing people seem to be using is sequins or glitter! As annoying as those little things can be at times (they stick to everything), they really make a photo look pretty! Sprinkle them around the key items in your photo for an added pop of cuteness.

Another thing I’m seeing is colorful paper straws. This was especially popular over the summer. Etsy store owners are laying them beside their prints and artwork as a way to enhance the colors in the art.

To illustrate the business of their day, bloggers are using stationery and notebooks. You’ll see these items on their desks laid out as if they were mistakenly left there.

Flowers, particularly Peonies, are being included in photos as a natural way to enhance and add color to an otherwise neutral palette.

Candles have been making appearances in many Instagrammers “lounging around” type photos. You know the pictures I mean- where the picture includes the bottom half of her pj pants, socks, coffee, laptop, twinkly lights, and a lit candle.

Expensive make up is also being haphazardly laid on a desk or vanity. If the item the blogger wants to highlight is pink, then she’ll use pink lipstick. If it’s gold, she might use red lipstick.

Finally, macarons are here to stay and for good reason- they photograph nicely. With this pastry, there isn’t much to capture other than the edges of these delicate treats. They sit in a picture to fill up space but they look awfully darling doing it!

Lately, I’ve also been using coffee mugs, jewelry trays, and jewelry in my pictures for Instagram. It seems to work depending on the quality of the image. A key element is having natural light. No fluorescent lighting! Ever. It adds a yellow glow to the image instead of a nice white one. A white background is also best.

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Fall Haul featuring Seasonal Sale Items

Shocking report ladies and gents- I’ve been shopping. Alright, maybe not so shocking. I’m the poster child for shopping addiction. Really though, I have some great finds to show you! My number one rule of shopping is never pay full price. Nothing is ever worth the sticker retailers put on their items. I have the best time finding great deals at all of my favorite stores. I’m going to share my latest finds with you today.

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During a short trip to Marshall’s, I was browsing the clearance and came across this gold candle votive holder for 30 cents. I was stoked because I had seen it a few weeks earlier for about $3 and determined that I didn’t need it and wouldn’t pay over a dollar for it. Turns out, I didn’t have to.

Literally everything else in this haul is from Bath and Body Works. Both candles I got for half off and I was sent in the mail a flyer for a free body mist with any purchase. The Mahogany Teakwood room spray was also half off coming in at $5.

I absolutely love the scents of each product. The Sea Salt and Maple candle smells so good and welcoming for any home. Unlike other candles, its very potent! You can smell it all over my house when its burning. Warm Caramel Cider is similar but has a spicier smell.

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Probably my favorite purchase recently is this adorable jewelry tray. Another find at Bath and Body Works for $6. The gold and white detailing with the cheetah print is just too cute and I couldn’t pass it up. The lipstick sitting on the tray is from Color Me Beautiful in Cinnamon in case you were wondering. It’s a really deep shade of red. Sometimes I have a hard time pulling it off but it sure looks cute on my jewelry tray!

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Hope you enjoyed this little haul. Let me know if you’ve found any good deals recently!
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Life of Liz Update

I’m yawning as I write this I’m so tired. Life lately has just been up and down and all over the place! There’s been good and bad. Right now, I’m just trying to process everything and get enough sleep to get me through the week. I’ve stress eaten the whole time so now I better start working that off.

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To give you a little look at my week, I have to work 18 hours this week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday). I took a part-time retail job until I graduate and can start my full-time career in the new year. I’m so looking forward to that. I also have mounds of homework to do! Yay me! On the bright side, my mom and I are decorating the house for autumn tomorrow. Its one of our favorite seasons and my mom has such a way of decorating for it. I loved coming home from college on fall break in October to see what pretty things she had done. I’ll post pictures of this year’s decorations soon!

In other news, last week I bought a few candles at Bath & Body Works because they were having a great sale (2 for $22) and I had a buy a candle get one free coupon and an additional 20% off of that. All in all, I got 3 large candles for $18! I was so proud. Vanilla Chai, Sandalwood and Citrus, and Autumn Cider are now sitting in my room happily being smelled by humans and cats a like.

As the new season begins on Tuesday, I would like to inquire to my fellow bloggers if they’ve noticed a dip in readership and “follows” on their blogs? The summer was fantastic for getting new followers, but this last month has been dragging with getting any! Thoughts on this guys? I’d love to hear what you guys are noticing.

Alright, I’ll go start my day now. I’m going to make myself a banana smoothie and then… oh wait, just spied an Oreo. Heck with the smoothie. Have a good day lovelies!

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