December 19, 2013

December Sponsor Intro!

I love getting to share other sites, shops, and businesses with you all and today I have three lovely ladies to talk about. I asked them all to share their best tips on staying motivated during the busy holiday season, because I know I could use some motivation every now and then!

First up is Tracey, the owner of Becoming Jewelry. It's a gorgeous handmade shop full of the prettiest accessories around. You can see a few of her pieces in action here and here. I also bought my Mom this necklace, and she wears it every day. :)

December Sponsor Intro // Home is with You

Tip ≫≫ I work a lot during the holiday season! I stay motivated by setting production goals and then rewarding myself with little Christmas season treats, like a stop at Starbucks for a Peppermint Hot Chocolate.


Next up is Jennie from Iron Tree Candle, whose Cranberry Fig candle she sent me (that smells like Christmas!) has been burning every day...in fact, it is right now! It smells fantastic and really makes it feel like Christmas in my "office" (AKA my parents basement, for 9 more days) as I'm editing 24/7 these days.

December Sponsor Intro // Home is with You

Tip ≫≫ I remind myself to focus on what inspires me about this time of year. I love the beauty, joy and creativity that come with the holiday season, so I try to slow down and enjoy it, instead of getting caught up in the hectic pace of things!



And last, but not least, is Daina from New York State of Mind. Her pictures of NYC make me want to hop on a plane and join her on walks around the city! If you haven't discovered her site/instagram yet, you're really missing out on some major wanderlust...

December Sponsor Intro // Home is with You

Tip ≫≫ The holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of year! To stay grounded during the holiday season I try to remind myself often that while gift giving is nice, it is not what the season is all about. When I think back on my favorite holiday memories none of them include the gifts I gave or received. Instead, they are about things like pajama game nights with my family, tubing in my hometown in Minnesota, ice skating on my parents' pond, and decorating Christmas cookies. I try to plan fun activities with both my boyfriend (I look forward to our 12 Dates of Christmas tradition every year!) and my family throughout the month of December and focus less on searching for lots of gifts.


Now go show these ladies some love on their sites!

December 17, 2013

Semi-Winter Weather Wear.

Growing up in Kansas, I know to expect weather that's all over the place. In the past few days, we've gone from bone-chilling winds to sunny and 60 degrees. I'm not complaining in the slightest, because the warm days really make the freezing cold seem more bearable...a bit anyway.

I found these shoes right before the freezing temps hit and I bought them knowing that I might not get to wear them as much this season, but I didn't care, because I love them. It was pretty exciting now that it's warmed back up a bit, to bust them out and let my feet free from boots for a day or two...I kept the comfy sweater on though. ;)

Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Semi-Winter Weather Wear // Home is with You
Sweater and Skinny Jeans: Target // Wedges: Steve Madden // Owl Ring: c/o Basic Impressions Jewelry // Gold Stacking Rings: c/o StyleGirl
 
I've also been wearing these rings as often as possible, I don't own many gold accessories, but I just love this gorgeous owl ring and gold stacking rings! And this sweater is so comfy, I had to buy it in the light pink color too...and I wear them more often than I'm willing to admit.

Has anyone else been experiencing weather that you just can't keep up with? I'm a tiny bit jealous of those of you who have gotten snow like Dave in Alaska...I'm getting so excited to see it as a winter wonderland, but I'm ok with a few more days of warm sunshine before I go.

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December 13, 2013

Vegas Vacation.

This past weekend I had an amazing trip with some of my closest girlfriends (since lower school and high school) and a bunch of my friend's sorority sisters from college...some I already knew and loved and some are new friends. We all had a blast. I mean, how can you not with a group of 12 girlfriends in Vegas?

We stayed at the gorgeous new Cosmopolitan hotel on the strip and it did not disappoint. It was just a quick two day trip, but do you really need more than that in Vegas? I think not.

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 The Bachelorette opening presents.
 
I didn't take many pictures, because I wanted to just have a great time and take it all in, and not have to worry about my camera. There are lots of instagrams from the trip though, if you didn't already see them and are interested. Let's just say, we had a great time. ;)

I am SO excited for this lady love of mine to get married on New Years Eve, I can't believe it's less than three weeks away!

December 5, 2013

Thanksgiving and such...


My Thanksgiving wasn't really anything super special or amazing this year. As always, I'm thankful to have the time with my family and I'm thankful for the health of those that were able to be here and give thanks together. This was just a weird year for my family and myself, missing a family member and Dave being all the way in Alaska is really tough over the holidays. Much tougher than I expected.

Happenings // Home is with You
Happenings // Home is with You

Although this happened...

Happenings // Home is with You

The next day little Libbie had quite the Turkey hangover, she couldn't even lift her little head. My Mom and I were cracking up...

Happenings // Home is with You

Despite all of the funkiness, I'm feeling so blessed. It's so overwhelming sometimes to watch my little business grow and getting excited to see where I can take it. I'm currently sending out my first shipment of prints that will be for sale in Alaska Rods in Haines, Alaska. So, if anyone is in the area, or if any of you have an Alaskan trip coming up...check them out!

Alaska Winter // Home is with You

Alaska's already gotten tons of snow, I can't wait to see it as a Winter Wonderland in January! Dave took this picture and I edited it...how gorgeous is our backyard in Juneau right now?! Once I get back from my Vegas trip with the girls this weekend, I'll be ready for the snow to bring it on.

What about you, friends...how was your Thanksgiving? How's life?



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