2019 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | UNDER $25

WELCOME to today’s video which features an affordable holiday gift guide under $25 for Christmas, the upcoming holidays or any occasion for special people in your life. my gift suggestions could be for your mom, dad, friend, grandma, bae, YOURSELF… have at it!

As always, thank you for stopping by and spending time with me XOXO

THE GOOD STUFF:

Duross & Langel shower bombs – $5.00
https://www.durossandlangel.com/products/shower-bomb-stress-relief?_pos=13&_sid=6d307f698&_ss=r&variant=2247062519829

various bath bombs under $25

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Rose Vanilla body wash – $13.50
https://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/rose-vanilla-body-wash-andamp-foam-bath-023835151.html?cgid=aromatherapy-body-care#start=27

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Lavendar Vanilla body lotion – $13.50
https://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/lavender-vanilla-body-lotion-023531101.html?cgid=aromatherapy-body-care#start=23

Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Focus body cream – $15.50 (could only find this on Amazon)
https://www.amazon.com/Bath-Body-Works-Aromatherapy-Eucalyptus/dp/B075CFY9SY

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – $25.00
https://us.laneige.com/water-sleeping-mask-1

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – $20.00
https://us.laneige.com/lip-sleeping-mask

Coffee Mugs from various places

Amazon t-shirt (Sunnyvale from Trailer Park Boys) – $13.99
https://www.amazon.com/Sunnyvale-Trailer-Decent-T-Shirt-Bubbles/dp/B07KWSXZ8R/ref=pd_sim_193_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07KWSXZ8R&pd_rd_r=3e018af4-d606-4421-b104-9ec607d8471f&pd_rd_w=Vyfvt&pd_rd_wg=gcRGj&pf_rd_p=04d27813-a1f2-4e7b-a32b-b5ab374ce3f9&pf_rd_r=7N7KG9EB76783QWMPSV5&psc=1&refRID=7N7KG9EB76783QWMPSV5

Etsy prints – less than $10.00 at most shops
https://www.etsy.com/search?q=printable%20wall%20art&ref=auto-1&as_prefix=printab

Amazon frames – $11.00-15.00
https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Photo-Frame-Mat-matted/dp/B079LM82RD/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?gclid=CjwKCAiA5o3vBRBUEiwA9PVzarK5rqcq4tq1QV6ByvlhZQEKlfJ_nkWzoVoXowCJqzRGEkRFa8l_ZxoC3bUQAvD_BwE&hvadid=322319672090&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9007301&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=b&hvrand=4842688685849127179&hvtargid=aud-836718183009%3Akwd-302016386760&hydadcr=14483_10218002&keywords=picture+frames+simple&qid=1575218911&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExREdXMjNGRzdDWFQxJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjE3MTA4QTM1SVNWTE1QTFJUJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTAzNTM5MjgyREhDREtZRVpPNFFJJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal – $13.45
https://www.amazon.com/Tiny-Buddhas-Worry-Journal-Creative/dp/0062849875/ref=asc_df_0062849875/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312696355873&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9347629853467875733&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007301&hvtargid=aud-801738734305:pla-469908081251&psc=1

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CHRISTMAS DECOR VLOG | + Sunday morning & skincare | Katrina S

WE GOT OUR FIRST TREE AS MR. AND MRS. How exciting!!! This was a day full of holiday cheer and face masking. Join us as we deck the halls and Andrew tries to pull me out from under the tree lmao

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COOKING VLOG | Thanksgiving meal ft. Pinterest recipes | Katrina S

I DID IT! I successfully managed to cook a *semi* Thanksgiving meal without the help of my mom for the first time ever. Shout-out to her falling for the “how long do you microwave a turkey” joke that was going around the internet LMAO love you mom. I’m proud of the outcome and it was a fun experience I hope to repeat – minus the kitchen aid mixing bowl spinning off its base

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White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

“I had to double this recipe for the holiday break.”

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Okay I’m bringing a delicious spin to a classic butterscotch oatmeal cookie recipe, and this one substitutes the butterscotch morsels for white chocolate instead. This proved to be a HIT over the holidays, and I would highly recommend for your next family function. Or even the next party you host with your friends!

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I’d like to start out with the disclaimer that: you need to chill the cookie dough for at least 3 hours prior to baking.
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this will ensure that your cookies won’t flatten out during the baking process

To get started, here are the necessary ingredients:
This will make about 24 cookies

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks of butter (salted or unsalted – doesn’t matter)
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar – packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips

Begin with the egg, sugars, butter, and vanilla. Mix however you prefer (I actually did this by hand and would highly recommend a mixer if you have access to one). However, it’s doable if you want to work for the calories you’ll be consuming later Image result for wink emoji

Once you’ve reached a creamy, even consistency you can move onto the next step. Add in your oats, flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. Mix together until it looks evenly distributed. Now add your white chocolate chips and mix in until also evenly distributed.

Next you’ll want to spoon out 2″ cookies onto plates that you will put into the refrigerator. Finish spooning out the cookie dough until the batter is gone, and place into the refrigerator for at least three hours.

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Once your cookie dough is thoroughly chilled, it’s time to bake! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and use cooking spray on your cookie sheet prior to laying out your cookies. Next you’ll place the dough on the cookie sheet with at least 2 inches between each dough ball. Bake for 9-10 minutes, but no longer. Pay close attention to these – I bake them for 9 minutes as I always worry I’ll over-bake them.

Once you remove them from the oven, they will continue to cook on the hot cookie sheet. Leave them to set for 3-4 minutes before you remove from the sheet and onto a cooling rack.

And voila!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever made a recipe like this! What’s your favorite cookie recipe? I’d love to chat about it, as I’m a diehard foodie like the majority of the blogosphere Image result for nerd emoji

Xoxo,
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To see original butterscotch oatmeal cookie recipe, I’ve linked it here.

Decorate with Me! Cozy Christmas Edition

“Could the magic of Christmas be that it never loses its magic?”

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Slowly, year by year, I am trying to revamp my Christmas decorations style. I know you know what I mean. Some people love the vibrant reds and greens, others dream of the “snow-frosted” white Christmas. I like vintage pieces, but also rustic DIY projects. I think I’m still in the process of finding my Christmas style, but I’m getting there.

Below you’ll find some of my favorite pieces, and for the most part where you can buy them and how much they cost. Because let’s be real here – you need to know the good good if you want to replicate anything you see in your own home.

Let’s start out with some home decor you probably saw in last year’s Christmas segment (shout-out to my ONE YEAR blogging anniversary coming up!).

That beautifully-glowing Christmas present glass box was given to me by a friend. Get this – someone made it for them! So it is doable. My best guess is a frosted glass box, some twinkle lights on the inside, and a big bow to tie it off.

The “Merry Christmas” sign is from my all-time favorite vintage/rustic Christmas shop,
The Old Candle Barn in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was $8.99. This is the same place I bought my little caroler girls for $3.99/each.

The “Holiday House Rules” came from Kohl’s and cost $29.99 originally but I know I wouldn’t pay that (LMAO); I remember buying it on sale during Black Friday in 2016.

The wooden “tray” is new from Home Goods and cost $12.99. I think it adds a nice rustic touch to the wooden coffee table. I remember buying the reindeer candle holder from Kohl’s years ago. That Fireside candle is from the Shady Maple Gift Shop (also located in Lancaster, PA).

Per usual, I have to include a couple photos of my Christmas tree – would it be a Christmas post without it?!

That sign above my tree came from Home Goods for $14.99.
I got my tree from Big Lots on Black Friday in 2016 for $59.99. Incredibly good find. Image result for okay emoji

One of my favorite ideas this Christmas are these pillowcases. Casey Holmes posted about this genius idea on Snapchat and I was determined to replicate this in my home when I got the chance. Here is where you can buy all six pillowcases for your throw pillows for $19.99. Then I bought a pack of four pillows (18″ x 18″) for $19.99. Instead of buying a single pillow for $15-20 depending on where you go, you can invest in the pillows and swap out 4-6 cases each season for the price of one. You’ll save storage space and $$ spent on decorative throw pillows!

All Hearts Come Home at Christmas” pillow is from the Old Candle Barn and cost $7.99.

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Lastly, I have this really cool DIY project involving a galvanized vase and some branches I picked out and put together. I think I’ll save this for its own blog post. Image result for wink emoji

So those are my holiday decorations for 2017! How about yours? Do you have a blog post up detailing your finds? Is there something I can add to my collection? Lmk in the comments below!

Xoxo,
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Fancy Friday: Christmas Decorations

“Fa la la la la, la la la – laaaaa!”

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Can you take a second and pretend that you hear this song in the background:

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin’? In the lane, snow is glistenin’.
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland.”

The thing is, I really wanted to add a song to the background of this page, but “Blogging 101” told me that readers hate that. Is that true? I’m still learning how to blog myself, so I feel that I can speak for the general population of readers and confirm: yes, turn that ish off.

Alright, I’m taking you on a photographic tour of my cozy Christmas home. Our tree has a silver and white theme this year, it’s not a sporadic rainbow like when you were seven and your mom let you hang every art project you brought home.
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We have centerpieces.
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And a door wreath.
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Don’t forget the wall art.
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And more Christmas lights.
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Oh, and we should really discuss the plethora of candles in our apartment. Because what is a holiday-decorated apartment without the scent of pine, roasting marshmallows, the North Pole, and baking cookies?
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Lastly, I can’t forget to mention the miniature tree that I put up in my bedroom. I mean, can you really have too many trees lit in your home? *In addition to all the candles burning.*

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You want to know the best place for post-Christmas decoration shopping? Hallmark. I’ve included pictures below of items I purchased at the beginning of 2016 at a heavily discounted price.

Can you guess where I’ll be in January of 2017?

So that’s the home this season! Leave a comment below if you found similar items or are interested in knowing where mine are from. I’m happy to share the inspiration.

Xoxo,
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