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Massachusetts sunsets are the prettiest 🙂

Monday, December 23

Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing well! Today has been very productive for me so far; I’ve gotten a lot of work done for Analog, and I also spent a large portion of the day with Eli. We made some delicious double chocolate peppermint chunk cookies, which I wish I could share with you through the screen, and we also had a lovely walk in the downtown area of our small city. I also did some less exciting things, such as laundry, because Duke really stinks up my sheets from sleeping in my bed. I know, riveting information.

Tonight I’m probably going to watch Elf with my mom, because it’s our favorite Christmas movie, and then I’m going to see if I can get started on my Black Histories, Black Futures article for Analog. It’s going to be a great challenge for me, because I’m much more used to writing creatively than doing PR-like press pieces, but I’m looking forward to tackling this project. I think it’s important, as a writer, to cover as many different writing styles as possible. For me, that’s the only way to improve. 

It feels unreal that Christmas Eve is tomorrow! I doubt I’ll have time to write tomorrow, but you’ll hear from me on Christmas for sure.


Thursday, December 26

Merry Christmas, everyone! Regardless of what you celebrate, I hope everybody had a safe, happy day with your friends and families. I personally have been having a lovely time, and I really appreciated having a short break away from the internet for a couple days. I didn’t even think about Analog, school, work, blogging- or anything like that during Christmas Day. I think it’s really important to give yourself a little mental break from your usual tasks, even if you love doing them. 

Christmas Eve was mostly lovely; my grandmother and neighbors came over to celebrate the holiday with us. We laughed, we ate, and we celebrated throughout the entire evening. It was so nice to have everyone together in one place, and to catch up on laughs and stories. My brother was also there, but I haven’t been getting along with him nor my father for the past six months or so. As many of you probably inferred, I didn’t see my biological father this Christmas. I’m very happy things panned out that way, though I did send him a card and a candle in the mail. As long as I keep my physical distance, I don’t have a problem with sending him a Christmas card and a gift.

Christmas Day was also very wonderful. It was a cozy, quiet day, and I spent the morning hanging out in the living room with my mom and my stepdad. We had this amazing french toast casserole for breakfast, and opened our gifts together on the couch. I genuinely love everything my mother bought me for Christmas- she got me some really thoughtful, beautiful things, and I’m excited to post about that next week! My mom loved the things I got her, too: a 2020 planner, swarovski bracelet, lavender shower gel, and a vanilla candle. Duke and Cooper also loved their dog biscuits 🙂

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My mom had to work on Christmas Day, so in the afternoon, Mark and I took Cooper to the beach to run around. I don’t think I’ve announced this yet, but Cooper has terminal cancer and we’re trying to make his last few months as happy and comfortable as possible. He had a fantastic time running around on the beach, and he even waddled into the water a couple times. Crazy boy, it’s freezing out there! 

Anyway, today I’m going to try to get some writing done, for both my personal blog and Analog. Besides that, I don’t really have an agenda. I’m looking forward to spending the rest of break with Eli and my other friends, so maybe I’ll do something with him today! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week as well. Talk soon!


Saturday, December 28

Okay, so I’m about to go to bed, but I just wanted to hop on here to tell you guys that I saw Cats the movie today. And yes, it was just as bizarre and terrifying as critics are making it out to be. Now, let me say that I actually love Cats the musical and the 1998 filmed version is one of my favorite musicals to date. I’m not bothered by the costumes, the storyline (not that it really has one), and of course, the music. I love it all and I think both T.S. Eliot and Andrew Lloyd Webber are geniuses. My problem with the movie was the CGI and the weird embellishments the director tried to add to the story. I don’t want to say too much of my thoughts, because Eli and I are planning on writing a review for Analog. But yes, I did just want to let you guys know that I saw the movie, and I laughed so hard at the weirdness of it all, I even cried at one point. 10/10 recommend for comedic purposes!

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Anyway, I’m about to take my melatonin and tea and get into bed, so I hope y’all enjoy reading this tomorrow. And please see Cats for the laughs.

I’m a big fan of both crafts and the holiday season, so it’s no surprise that I’m interested in doing some Christmas crafts this week! Especially since I’m going to be spending so much time with my close friends and family, crafts are a great way to bond and build creativity. These are some of the cutest crafts I found across Pinterest, google, and online magazines, so I hope they inspire you to get creative this holiday season as well! I’m also going to be including the original links below, in case you’d like more in-depth instructions for the crafts.


Mini Twig Christmas Tree Decorations

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I was immediately drawn to this craft because of how chic and modern these decorations look. I also love that it utilizes things I already have around the house, such as yarn and twine. This is an extremely easy and low-cost craft; all you really need is yarn, a hot glue gun, and of course, twigs or small branches. Cut the twigs to your desired length, glue them together to form a tree shape, and after the glue dries, wrap the yarn around the twigs. Alternatively, you could use washi tape or ribbon to create this adorable pattern as well. 


Lighted Burlap Garland for Christmas

Lighted Burlap Garland

I found this craft on another blog called “create craft love,” and I absolutely fell in love with how adorable it is. Anything with fairy lights instantly draws me in, so of course I had to include it on this list. This craft is also very easy- all you need is fairy lights and burlap ribbon. Cut the burlap into 8-10 inch strips, and then get busy tying them onto the lights! This craft is a bit time-consuming, so make sure you have a show to watch or a podcast to listen to while you make the garland. However, once it’s finished, it makes for a beautiful decoration and a practical gift. Definitely well worth the time!


Mini Yarn Hat Ornament - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Yarn Hat Ornaments

Looking at these adorable little hats, I’m already thinking ahead to how adorable they’ll look on my future pet rats. Although they look intricate, they’re actually quite easy to make in application. I recommend visiting the original link as well, so that you can have a more in-depth understanding of the steps. Once again, you’ll need your yarn and scissors, and you’ll also need tissue paper and paper rolls (toilet paper, paper towels, etc). You’ll need to tie lots of tiny pieces of yarn around the toilet paper roll, so make sure you have the patience for that! Of course, the end result is absolutely adorable, and they also make for a great tree ornament. 


Macaroni Christmas Tree Ornament

Noodle Macaroni Art for Christmas

Crafting doesn’t get much easier than this. All you need is dried pasta, a very strong glue, white cardstock, and acrylic paint to make this super-cute, colorful Christmas tree. If you don’t want to paint all the individual pieces of pasta, you can actually put them in a bag with the paint and shake it as an effective way to cover them all quickly. After you paint the dried pasta and glue it onto cardstock, you can use it for a wide variety of purposes. You could attach a piece of twine and create a Christmas ornament, or mount it onto paper to make a homemade Christmas card. If you’re a fan of pasta, painting, and homemade gift-giving, this is definitely the craft for you.


Pine Cone Christmas Trees

Lastly but certainly not least, I came across this adorable pine cone Christmas tree craft while browsing Pinterest. You’ll need pine cones, green spray paint, old wine corks, scissors, a hot glue gun, and miniature wooden stars to put on top. I like this craft because it’s nature-inspired and rustic, similarly to the mini twig yarn trees. This craft is great for people like me who prefer a neutral, somewhat minimalist tone, and I think it would look great in my all-white apartment. I’ll have to do some searching around for pine cones!


Original Links: 

https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/decorate/a2962/how-to-make-mini-christmas-tree-decorations/

https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/christmas-tree-pasta-macaroni-craft/

https://www.babble.com/crafts-activities/pinecone-christmas-trees/?cmp=smc%7C664839695

https://www.createcraftlove.com/lighted-burlap-garland/

https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/mini-yarn-hats-ornaments/

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With Christmas less than a week away, I’ve been enjoying spending quality time with my close friends and family. To me, and to many others, that’s really what the root of Christmas is about- bonding with the ones I love and cherish the most. Today I’m going to be telling you guys a little bit about my holiday traditions, what I look forward to the most, and how Christmas has changed for me over the years. 

Particularly since my parents divorced a few years ago, my Christmas traditions have definitely shifted a bit over time. I remember when I was really little, up until around high school or so, my parents would always host a Christmas party at our house. It was one of the only nights of the year I would see my ENTIRE family, and I’m talking all sets of grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Additionally, my great-grandmother was still alive at that time, so I remember bonding with her as well. It was always a memorable night, and especially being a child, I still had those magical, delightful butterflies in my stomach that Santa Claus was going to come that night. I also remember that my father would show me this website where you could “track Santa” and see “where he was in the world,” which was fascinating to me as a little girl. I loved those holiday parties, and I remember the smell of kielbasa, meatballs, pine trees, cheesy dip, and the sound of laughter and music wafting through our house.

Anyway, I’ve grown up quite a bit since then, and the Christmas festivities are on a much smaller scale now. Like I said, my parents got divorced about three and a half years ago, and I’ve also grown out of my extended family a bit now that we’ve all drifted apart. I’m sure many Gen X’ers and Millennials understand my tendency to disconnect from extended family, especially as a forward-thinking, queer youth in a polarized country.

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I’m also estranged from my father, and I don’t feel anything towards my brother, so I don’t have either of them in my life as well. Last year, before I was estranged, I would spend Christmas Eve with my mother at our apartment, and Christmas Day with my father at my old house. This year, obviously, I’m going to spending both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with my mother and our little family with the dogs. There isn’t going to be a party or anything like that, but honestly, I like it better the way things are now. We really are able to focus or attention on spending organic, quality time together, rather than fretting and stressing out about a giant holiday event. It’s much more calm, curated, and focused on family, and I love it that way. 

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Here’s our very tropical “Christmas tree”

Our apartment is tiny, and we don’t have an actual Christmas tree, but we decorate my mom’s tiny “tropical” tree with lights and tiny bulbs. We also love to burn winter candles, and of course, we love our Christmas music! My mom and I also love a good baking challenge, and we’ve already made so many delicious goodies this holiday season. She likes to make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, or sometimes, she’ll make this delicious cheesy egg casserole. I’m going to upload some sort of a cooking-themed article with my mom in mid January, so keep your eyes out for that. What kind of recipe would you like to see us make? Let me know in the comments!

Sometimes, every couple of years or so, my family and I visit the Christmas parade in our downtown. It’s a nice place to connect with neighbors and friends from high school whom I haven’t seen in awhile, so I enjoy the community feel of that event. I didn’t have a chance to go this year, because I was at school while it happened, but there’s always next year!

Moving onto gift giving; I didn’t spend a lot this holiday season because I don’t have much money to throw around, but I did get gifts for my mom, my stepdad, Eli, and the dogs. I love buying gifts for people, because it requires a lot of organization, and I love organizing surprises for people. It just makes me feel so happy and fuzzy inside! I can’t say much about what I got my family quite yet, because they’re probably reading this, but I’ll tell you more about that after Christmas passes.

Anyway, that’s a peek into what Christmas is like for me. As you can see, it changes a bit every year, but spending time with my family and being grateful is at the root of everything. I’m really looking forward to spending time with my friends and family, and also, catching up on some much-needed rest after a very busy semester. Happy holidays, everyone!

It’s officially the holiday season, which means it’s time for me to revisit all of my favorite Christmas movies. In my twenty years of living, I have six all-time favorites, which I’ve numbered from best to…not as best? I genuinely love them all, so I don’t have a “worst” on this list. But come on…of course Elf has to be number one. That movie is an absolute joy.

Without further adieu, these are my favorite films to enjoy around the holidays!


Elf (2003)

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As I just said, Elf is my absolute favorite Christmas movie, and I look forward to watching it all year long. I’ve noticed that a lot of people say they’re sick of this movie, or they don’t find it funny anymore, but it really never gets old for me and my mom. I just love the sweet humor of the movie, the unique characters, and of course, Will Ferrell’s acting is such a treat. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet this year, so maybe that’s what I’ll do tonight! I can’t imagine that anyone hasn’t seen this movie in 2019, but if you haven’t, you are seriously missing out. This is a beautiful, laugh-out-loud comedy, and it really gets me into that fuzzy Christmas mood.


The Santa Clause (1994)

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Following as a close second, The Santa Clause is another movie I grew up watching and have loved my whole life. This movie is one of my favorites because it’s absolutely hilarious, above all, but it also holds a nostalgic place in my heart. When I watch this movie, I get those same happy feelings that I felt around Christmas time as a little girl. On a side note, do you ever think about how movies where Santa does exist doesn’t make any sense? In other words, in Christmas movies where Santa exists, but the parents don’t believe in him, where do they think the gifts come from? This question has plagued me for years. I will be bringing it up again when I talk about The Polar Express


How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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God, I adore Jim Carrey. Speaking of this movie, I actually just watched it last night with my mom (yes, she is my #1 partner for watching movies with). Although I will admit the Whos’ weird puffy faces kind of freak me out, it’s still a sweet, endearing film to watch around the holidays. Additionally, the older I get, the funnier I find The Grinch and the more I relate to his humor. While watching this movie last night, I couldn’t stop thinking about how Jim Carrey as The Grinch reminds me of Jeffree Star’s dry humor. I really hope this makes sense to somebody else out there, because once I realized the similarities, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I was honestly shocked when I read that this movie tanked when it came out, and that some critics described it as “dank”, “weird”, and “eerie.” I genuinely think it’s hilarious. The only thing I find scary, like I said, is the disfigured Whos appearances. 


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

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I actually just watched this movie for the first time last week, but it’s already quickly becoming one of my favorites. I love the opening score, the quirky characters, and the charming acting delivered by Chevy Chase. The whole running gag with the lingerie sales lady was a little uncomfortable, but hey, that’s the 80s for you. Christmas Vacation is basically a giant homage to the 80s, and I appreciate the movie for that reason. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s absolutely a must-see! It actually reminds me a bit of Scrooged, which I’m going to be talking about next.


Scrooged (1988)

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I watched Scrooged for the first time last year, so I haven’t really grown up with it, but I loved it nonetheless. This movie is essentially an updated version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, hence the title. If you’re a fan of cynical humor, satire, and of course, Bill Murray, you’ll find a place in your heart for Scrooged. It’s certainly not everybody’s cup of tea, and I can see how a kid could probably find it scary, but I honestly enjoyed it quite a bit. I’m looking forward to watching it again this holiday season. 


The Polar Express (2004)

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Last but not least, I also enjoy watching The Polar Express, though I actually haven’t seen it in a couple of years. It’s a sweet, thoughtful movie, and the only Christmas film on this list that isn’t a comedy. What this movie lacks in laughs, it makes up for in catchy film scores and incredible animation, although I won’t lie, the animation is a bit…Uncanny Valley-esque. Hey, that’s 2004 for you. Anyway, I’m definitely going to watch this movie again, because I think it’s lovely and perfect for the holidays. However, I’m still plagued by this whole parents vs. Santa thing. Seriously, WHERE do the parents think the gifts come from? A pretty substantial chunk of this movie is based around the idea that the parents don’t believe in Santa, hence why they can’t feel the magic. If that’s the case, who do they think puts the gifts under the tree? This is one of life’s greatest mysteries. 


Anyway, that’s going to be it for today! I hope you liked this article and enjoyed my mini-rant. Comment your favorite Christmas movie down below! Do we share any favorites? Let me know 🙂

With the holiday season right around the corner, I can imagine that many of you have already started your Christmas shopping (or your close to finishing it!). I myself am pretty close to being finished; I’m just waiting for one or two more packages to come in the mail. Although I don’t have any stockings to fill this year, I can imagine some of you may have names to cross off your list. These are some of my favorite small, inexpensive gift ideas, as I’ve tried many of them myself and know them to be successful. I hope this list gives you some ideas!


“Don’t Fuck Up The Table” Coasters | $16

When I saw these table coasters on Amazon, the first person I thought of was my mother. I’m sure you all had someone immediately come to mind as well :). Not only are these hilarious, unique, and thoughtful, they’re also extremely practical for daily use! I decided not to get them this year because I already bought my mom a few other things, but they’re definitely going to be a contender for Mother’s Day. For only $16, four high-quality coasters with a resounding message isn’t a bad stocking stuffer idea!

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0748FR8XM/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_3?smid=A2X5V0RFCKUXE0&psc=1


Soft Silicone Phone Case | $12

Of all the places to find high-quality essentials for very cheap, Amazon is (obviously) my go-to place. This phone case is soft and rubbery on the outside, but lined with a hard shell to keep your phone extra safe. As someone who drops her phone quite frequently, this is definitely something I need in my life, and I’m sure many of you would love it too! I think practical gifts are always a win-win, and it’s especially hard to go wrong with a sleek phone case. Especially one that’s under $15 with four and a half stars!

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TL74L3W/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_5?smid=A19M45FZHM6T2U&psc=1


Cat Pens | $6

I usually don’t buy pens online, but these adorable cat pens were so cute, I couldn’t pass them up. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented, smooth, and high-quality they felt, and for only $6, it’s all the better. If you have a cat-lover in your life (like I do), this is the perfect small gift for him or her. Just like the table coasters, these pens are also a practical gift that are guaranteed to be put to use. I’m looking forward to buying these again in the future for both myself and others.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AXCRBYC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Juno & Co. Velvet Beauty Sponges | $20

As someone who wears makeup almost daily, I can tell you firsthand that these are the nicest makeup sponges I’ve ever tried. They work great both dry and dampened, and give my high-coverage foundation an amazing, airbrushed appearance on my skin. Additionally, because they are not spongy or porous, they don’t suck up the product and therefore waste it. I’ve been using these sponges for months now, if not close for a year, and I love having them in my collection! I promise the makeup lover in your life will adore these too.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HXQ9CPZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Abundance and Prosperity Crystals | $29

If you know someone who’s really into natural healing, green magic, or simply just beautiful decor, a set of crystals is a wonderful gift idea. Crystals can obviously be used for meditation or holistic purposes, but they also make for lovely decorations around the house. As someone who has been collecting crystals for years (and I’ve bought this particular bundle myself), I can testify that they are a beautiful, timeless gift. Even better, you’re supporting an independent artist by purchasing from this seller.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0793F7V13/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Mesh Produce Bags | $14

This is actually a gift I bought for my mom for Mother’s Day, but I think it would also make an excellent Christmas present (especially for a parent or a zero-waste friend). These mesh produce bags are designed to be used in place of plastic produce bags at the grocery store, so you can feel better about your impact on the environment. Like many other suggestions on this list, mesh produce bags are an extremely practical gift that are guaranteed to be put to good use.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E2QRPG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Even though I’m no longer a fashion major in college, I still have a deep love and hobby for it. That’s why I continue to have a fashion tab on my blog, after all! Anyway, to celebrate the holiday spirit, I wanted to put together a list of winter outfit ideas today. Regardless of what you celebrate (or don’t celebrate, for that matter), I’m sure many of you are bound to be dressing up/going to parties over the next few weeks. These are my top fashion tips for looking great at all times. 

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It’s hard to go wrong with an oversized sweater, especially if it has an interesting pattern, so that’s my first favorite option for a cozy winter outfit. It’s also extremely easy to dress up or dress down; I can pair my favorite sweaters with jeans if I’m going out on the town, or just yoga pants if I’m lounging around the house. For that reason, I have now amassed a lot of sweaters. My three favorites are this beautiful rainbow sweater by Lauren Conrad, this cat sweater I got on ThredUp (for very cheap, I may add), and this very cute color-blocked pastel sweater from The Salvation Army. That brings up another good point- you don’t have to spend a fortune on good-quality, warm sweaters. Many thrift stores offer a wide variety of vintage oversized sweaters, and in most cases, those are even MORE cute than the ones you can find brand-new.

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I also love to wear dresses in the wintertime, which tends to surprise a lot of people. I’ve always been a fan of wearing dresses year-round, no matter what the weather is. The trick is to know how to layer. If I’m going out to socialize on an especially chilly winter day, I’ll add a pair of warm, thermal-lined tights under my dress and pair it with a sweater or a jacket. You don’t have to sacrifice style to stay warm and cozy during the colder months, the secret is just learning how to dress smartly. If you read my fall outfit guide, you may remember seeing this super classy black and white striped dress. I’m loving the way it looks with tights underneath it, and when I pair it with a flannel scarf, it becomes extremely functional for wintertime. 

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Last but certainly not least, I’m cozying up with neutral basics combined with bright, holiday-themed accessories. This is another example of dressing smartly and combining pieces that can be easily dressed up or down. A plain white t-shirt with black pants can be super easy for chilling at home or running around doing last-minute Christmas shopping, but then you can dress it up with a jacket, a pair of heels, and a festive scarf! Yes, I am bringing out the red flannel scarf once again for this outfit. My closet and my life is surprisingly more minimal than people think, so I enjoy repeating accessories into various outfits. Having a degree of minimalism in your life is actually one of the secrets to happiness I’m including in an upcoming article for my other publication, Analog, so keep your eyes out for that 😉

Anyway, that’s going to be it for today! I hope you guys found this outfit guide helpful. I’m certainly not a fashion expert, but I feel pretty satisfied with my personal style and the tricks I’ve picked up along the way. Do you already follow any of these fashion trends? Let me know in the comments below!

*Warning: if you’re one of my family members/ a person I’m likely to buy a gift for, don’t read this article unless you want to spoil your surprise!!*

My favorite thing about Christmastime, like many people, is spending time with the people I love most and basking in those warm fuzzy feelings. However, I also love giving gifts to people. Maybe it’s because I love to plan things, or maybe it’s just because I love to make people happy, but either way, I look forward to buying gifts for people every year! This is my gift guide for everybody on your list, even people you don’t like but you feel obliged to shop for. How fun!

Without any delay, let’s get into it.


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For The Cute Couple in Your Life / Your Parents: Matching Pajamas

$30-60 │Brand: Any, but I suggest Land’s End or LL Bean if you want to be really fancy

This gift could potentially land on the pricey side, depending on where you shop from, but it’s adorable nonetheless. When I was putting together ideas for my own gift-giving list, I was seriously considering giving my mom and stepfather a pair of matching flannel pajamas. It’s personal, generous, suits their we’re-a-team nature, and above all, is just absolutely adorable. It’s a great way to remind that couple not only of each other, but also of you! 


For The Hard-to-Shop-For Person: A Breakfast Sandwich Maker

$25 │Brand: Proctor Silex 

This could also be a great gift for the person in your life who loves gadgets and kitchen appliances. If I wasn’t shopping for other people, I would totally pick this goodie up for myself! I think it’s a unique gift, but it also doubles as being extremely practical and guaranteed to be put to use. Make breakfast fun again for your loved one by gifting them this super-nifty breakfast sandwich maker. You can also buy a model with two compartments, if you want to make two sandwiches instead of one! 

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Proctor-Silex-25479-Breakfast-Sandwich/dp/B073R9JSG9/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RPVBA2J7Q1GZP9S1SAJH


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For Your Estranged Family Members: A Handwritten Holiday Card

$5-10 │Brand: Any

Speaking from personal experience, there are a few people in my life who I’d really prefer to avoid seeing in person this holiday season. However, to avoid being an outwardly rude, my solution is to send a holiday card with a personalized note. It doesn’t have to be super warm and fuzzy, just a quick “Wishing you a happy holiday season!” will get the job done. My mom and I picked up these adorable dog-themed Christmas cards with a blank inside, so I’m looking forward to writing some messages and sending them out. In my opinion, it’s the best way to be cordial without overstepping your personal boundaries. 


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For Your Best Friend: A Bluetooth Shower Speaker

$30 │Brand: ban.do

I can’t think of a single person who wouldn’t love this shower speaker. It’s beautifully designed, it’s practical, and it’s bound to stick with your recipient instead of immediately being forgotten about. I actually ordered one for myself, because I think it’s such a cute idea! As of right now, this model appears to be out of stock, but you can find very similar designs on Amazon and Google. Additionally, if you have Fab Fit Fun, you might end up getting one in your winter box.

Link: https://fabfitfun.com/product/ban-bluetooth-shower-speaker/


For Your Studious Friend: An Adorable 2020 Planner

$25 │Brand: Orange Circle Studio

You may remember me boasting about my own 2020 planner towards the beginning of the semester; this is the same exact one but with a different cover design. I love this design because it has both a weekly planner and a monthly calendar that goes through 2020, depending on what format you prefer. It also has some fun extras included, such as a budget planner, a notepad, and a collection of stickers at the back of the book as well. I’m loving the quality and the presentation of this journal for myself, and I know the person I’m buying this for will love it as well! 

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P7RNYXM/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1


For Your Friend with a Calming Presence: A Set of 4 Candles

$16 │Brand: HITHYS

I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who didn’t like candles. These candles in particular are so beautiful in both packaging and quality, I think anyone would be happy with this on Christmas morning. This set of four candles are made of all-natural soy, and includes the scents lavender, rose, gardenia, and lilac. Additionally, after you finish the candles, you can re-use the tins for other purposes, such as holding jewelry or makeup. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. 

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Lavender-Essential-Aromatherapy-Relaxation-Meditation/dp/B07D34NZZB/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=JY8TSVEMRTP9JXZC6N7Z


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For The Makeup Lover: These Donut Eyeshadow Palettes

$7 Each │Brand: Revolution Beauty

Revolution Beauty is one of my favorite makeup brands that puts out affordable yet high-quality content. These little donut eyeshadow palettes in particular are some of my favorite goodies, and they’ll make for great stocking stuffers as well! There are five different donuts, if I’m correct, and each palette has a distinctly different color theme. I’ve gotten a great use out of these so far, and I love that they’re so inexpensive and easy to find. You can pick them up at some Ulta locations yourself, or order them online from the revolution beauty website.

Link: https://www.ulta.com/donut-eyeshadow-palette?productId=pimprod2004570


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For Anyone: These Amazing Slippers

$16 │Snoozies

This is definitely more of a silly gift, but I absolutely love these slippers and I wish I had someone on my personal list to give them to (I was going to give them to Eli, but I ended up picking something else). Nothing says “Have a happy holiday” like a pair of fuzzy slippers with an inspiring message on them! These slippers have a five-star rating on Amazon, with many praising the comfort, warmth, and overall good quality. Additionally, they’re machine washable! You can get them yourself by clicking the link below. 

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Snoozies-Classic-Applique-Slipper-X-Large/dp/B07F98YJSH/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=Z81N2CKETSQJ520QHDAT


And Lastly, For Your Dog: A Treat-Dispensing Puzzle Toy

$15│Outward Hound

I make a point of buying my dog a Christmas gift every year, because it’s so goddamn adorable to watch him rip open the packaging with his mouth and get excited. Puzzle toys are a great gift to give any dog, especially if you leave him or her alone for most of the day and worry about your pet getting bored. My dog loves puzzle toys- his favorite right now is a puzzle ball that you can hide treats in- and I’m sure he would love this one as well.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Nina-Ottosson-Outward-Hound-Puzzle/dp/B0719Q89XH/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=VD8ZF98N0DTMN1PHR8Z8

The holiday season is right around the corner, and I’m feeling so excited to have this semester over and done with! I’ve been incredibly busy, so it’s going to feel great to relax for five weeks with my family. 

Anyway, today’s article is my winter mood board, and as you can see, I’m drawing a lot of inspiration from neutrals, whites, and feminine touches. 

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It may sound surprising to many people, but winter is actually one of my favorite seasons. It probably has to do with me being an introvert; I love to spend time indoors snuggled up with a blanket and a good movie. I also love Christmastime, because it means I get to spend time with my family and friends who I may not get to see often (for example, Eli). I decided to incorporate lots of scenic images of wintertime into this moodboard because it really sums up the energy I’m trying to emote this winter: placid, calm, and graceful.

Additionally, I included a few shots of  sweaters and beanies that I found on google, because I’m really into neutral colors (like I said) and warm, fuzzy fabrics. A good chunk of my closet right now consists of pastel acrylic sweaters, beanies with pompoms, and warm, neutral-toned winter scarves. I like to wear clothes that can be easily layered and customized, because you never know what to predict weather-wise in New England! I also feel like neutrals match my current makeup style very well, which is mostly warm-toned smokey eyes and red lips. I’m hoping to get the “Proof is in the Pudding” palette by Beauty Bakerie in my winter Fab Fit Fun box, because I think that also ties into my current aesthetic well!

Lastly, I wanted to include a couple images of my favorite indoors activities: drinking tea and burning candles! No matter where I am and what I’m doing, I always have at least 4 candles burning throughout my apartment back home. There’s something about the comfortable glow combined with that Christmas-y smell (I burn winter candles year-round) that puts me in a great mood. Right now, my favorite candle is “Crisp Fall Night” by Yankee Candle, and I also love pine-scented tea light candles as well. As for tea, I’m proud to say that I am finally coming around to enjoying tea. I didn’t find it appealing for a while, but now I’m absolutely obsessed with Trader Joe’s Winter Wake Up tea, with a little milk and sugar added.

Anyway, I feel like this moodboard really sums up how my December is going: filled with warm beverages, sweet-smelling candles, and lots of knitting. I’m looking forward to spending the holidays with my family, and of course, I’m really excited about writing more content for blogmas! My next post is going to be one of my favorite things to write- a holiday gift guide! So keep your eyes out for that. 🙂

If I’m recalling correctly, December is the last produce guide I have left to do! It was fun while it lasted, so I’ll have to think of another food-related series I can start on the blog. I love plugging in recipes, so maybe I can find a way to incorporate that into a series.

Anywho, the year is winding down, and that means holiday cooking and baking is in full force. December is the prime month for some of my favorite fruits and veggies, so I hope you find this guide helpful!


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Pomegranates are probably my favorite fruit in season this month, and my mom has already taken to buying several at the grocery store. They may be a bitch to eat, but it’s all worth it when you have a bowl of sweet, gem-like pomegranate seeds. Not only are pomegranates indisputably delicious, they’re also pretty good for you! Pomegranate seeds are a rich source of dietary fiber, and one serving of pomegranate seeds yield 12 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. They’re a perfect sweet snack for those cold winter months, so consider picking one up the next time you go grocery shopping. 


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Celery had to be included on this list because it’s a crucial ingredient of one of my favorite holiday dishes- stuffing. You can say what you want about raw, uncooked celery, but Thanksgiving stuffing slaps and you all know it. There are a ton of health benefits associated with eating celery, including weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels. Celery also has high amounts of vitamins C, K, and A, so you can feel good about incorporating it into your diet this holiday season. I highly recommend the Trader Joe’s stuffing mix if you’re looking for a new Christmas staple- it’s the perfect combination of savory veggies and buttery bliss. 10/10 recommend. 

Trader Joe’s Stuffing: https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Cornbread-Stuffing-12-4Oz/dp/B00A0X6WRC


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You all know by now that potatoes hold a very special place in my heart. They’re cheap to grow, rich in nutrients, and make delicious treats year-round. Here’s a random fun fact for you: potatoes were first domesticated in South America up to 10,000 years ago. Also, a baked potato on a winter’s day makes an economical, warming, and nutritious snack. In theme with winter holidays, here’s the link to an amazing five-star latke recipe. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a perfect dish for vegetarians (and can easily be customized for vegans). 

Classic Latke Recipe: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015533-classic-potato-latkes


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Lemons, limes, and basically all citrus fruits are in season for the month of December. Lemons and limes can be grouped together nutrition-wise because they share many of the same properties, including a ton of vitamin C. I personally love to drink water flavored with slices of lemon and lime; not only does it look aesthetically pleasing, it has also been linked to burning fat and increasing energy levels. For my wine drinkers out there, you’ll love a citrus-infused sangria this holiday season! Here’s the link to one of my family’s favorite drinks around the holidays:

Mint Citrus White Wine Sangria: https://minimalistbaker.com/mint-and-citrus-white-wine-sangria/


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Winter squashes encompass a wide variety of foods, including pumpkins, but my personal favorite variety is the classic butternut squash. Butternut squash, as I learned this Thanksgiving, is my all-time favorite holiday side dish. Seriously, I had tons of it. My mom’s squash recipe is my favorite; she simply boils it as you normally would, but then she adds salt, pepper, butter, and a little bit of nutmeg. It’s one of my favorite homestyle dishes to enjoy, especially during the colder months. You can rejoice in the fact that butternut squash is low in calories and high in nutrients, especially vitamin C and potassium. 


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Last but certainly not least, cranberries are in season in the month of December. Did you know that cranberries are considered a superfood? You’ve probably heard that cranberries are linked to reducing urinary tract infections (UTIs), but did you know that cranberries can also improve immune function and decrease blood pressure? I don’t currently have a favorite cranberry dish, but I did come across this Cranberry Christmas Cake on the blog “Barefeet in the Kitchen.” It looks absolutely amazing, so I’m thinking about making it this month with my mom! What is your favorite winter cake flavor? Let me know in the comments!

Cranberry Christmas Cake: https://barefeetinthekitchen.com/cranberry-christmas-cake/

Happy December, everybody! In celebration of Christmastime, I’ve decided to start an annual Blogmas tradition. For the entire month, every article I post will be holiday-related in some capacity. Per usual, I will still be posting my weekly catch-ups, but those won’t count towards the twelve days of Blogmas. While most of these posts are centric to Christmas, I would still like to be inclusive to those who do not celebrate Christmas but still want to enjoy my content. With that in mind, some of these articles are simply winter recipe guides, winter-themed makeup looks, and moodboards that everybody can enjoy, regardless of what you celebrate!

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 I’d like to note that there are pre-created templates you can use for your own Blogmas, but for me personally, I just came up with my own article ideas. Feel free to use my ideas for your own Blogmas, if you like them and want to incorporate them into your own template.

Here are the articles I have planned thus far:

Monday, December 2: Introduction to Blogmas

Wednesday, December 4: What’s in Season + Winter Recipe Guide

Friday, December 6: Eyeshadow Palette Collection + Winter-themed Makeup Looks

Monday, December 9: Winter Mood Board

Wednesday, December 11: Official Holiday Gift Guide

Friday, December 13: Holiday Outfit Ideas for Women

Monday, December 16: Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Wednesday, December 18: Holiday Movie Ideas

Friday, December 20: Holiday Craft Tutorial

Monday, December 23: My Personal Holiday Traditions

Wednesday: December 25: No article. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 27: Re-visiting my 2019 Resolutions

Monday, December 30: What I Got For Christmas

In total, that is twelve Christmas-themed articles planned for the month of December! If there is anything in particular that you the readers would like to see, let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can work in. I’m looking forward to starting this new tradition and sharing it with all of you. 🙂