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Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Making Your Home Merry & Bright

Ok, so this should have been posted last night, but I got a bit tied up making cookies and watching "David Copperfield" so it is going up this morning! How can you up the decorating and make your house super fun and cheerful for the holiday season? Read on to find out!

1. Decorate your tree...with the ones you love.
I know, I know. Why am I even saying this? Basically most people who celebrate Christmas decorate a tree. I just want to emphasize how fun this can be when you are with your family, friends, or significant other. Make the tree your own and decorate it with things that remind you of what you have done, what has happened, and what you love!

2. Put mini ornaments on everything!
Me and my mom do this! It's so fun and somewhat funny to see where we can put those mini Christmas bulbs! 













3. Add some fun holiday stuffed animals around your house! 
The ones in my house remind me of those cute old holiday cartoons. These stuffed animals have had a place in my house since I was a baby, so naturally, they have a lot of sentimental value!







4. Have some tabletop decorations
This is a great opportunity to invite friends over to make your table centerpieces. While we didn't make ours, my and my mom bought them together! They just keep reminding you of the beautiful holiday to come!














5. Decorate the fireplace
I think stockings are essential around Christmas time. Since we are all older in my house, we don't wait until Christmas to fill the stockings. Now, something that worried me when we moved into the house was how we would put stockings up so here is a guide for all fireplaces and if you don't have a fireplace...

Traditional fireplace - put stocking holders up and hang your stockings on them.
Beehive fireplace - hang your stockings on the fireplace screen (see my photo)
Stove - Try putting some command hooks on the pipe-looking thing and hang the stockings on them, then you can take down the command hooks after the holidays.
No fireplace - You can put hooks on the bottom of a shelf or buy a stocking holder (basically a board with hooks on it specifically for stockings) or go back to the original tradition. Put boots out and fill those with goodies! Bonus points if you decorate the boots or around the boots.

6. Find other places for holiday cheer!
We put these tiny swags above all our doorways, but sometime I would like to try mistletoe. You can do so much, so be creative and have fun with your friends, family, and loved ones!


So, thank you for reading this...what do you do to decorate? Do you do it alone or with others?

xoxoxox Mimi

Friday, December 12, 2014

I Was Thinking...

I've been working on gift lists for my blog. I did it last year, but it was much earlier in the year and I thought this should be easy since I've done so much shopping and have the perfect gifts picked out for everyone. Suddenly it hit me...

What are gifts really to me? I did a ton of holiday shopping this year and spent tons of money on everyone on my list. Why did I spend a ton of money when I could have gotten everyone one thing that was small and special. Yes, I got everyone multiple things that they will love, but isn't being together and giving them one thing to show I care enough?

It is. The holidays are about being grateful for having the ones we love around us and showing them that we care. The holidays are about being together and spending time talking and laughing and remembering and creating special moments. I think that gifts have really ruined the holidays.

My year is spent finding many perfect gifts. I shouldn't be so worried about the gifts. I always figured that Christmas is about giving, but it is more than that, it is giving my company and giving people joy that can't be bought. This is done all year round and Christmas should be a reminder of doing it all year round again. Christmas should be a reminder to spend more time with the ones we love, spend more time reflecting on how we can do more, not spend more.

This year I want to reflect on what truly matters, the ones I love, the very first Christmas, and how I can make a difference this upcoming year.

So, while I will do the 12 days of Christmas, I will do them without any focus on gifts or frivolous things that have overshadowed remembering what truly matters.

xoxoxox Mimi

My Family (picture taken on Thanksgiving)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Why It Has Taken Me So Long To Get Back

No, I haven't been experiencing any traumatic events that would cause me to stop blogging.

I have just been busy and unmotivated. I was working a job that was stressful and demanded from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I had school all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And my weekends were filled with homework and relaxing.

I am going to start blogging again now that I am on winter break, so be prepared!

xoxoxox

Mimi

Sunday, August 17, 2014

When Did Life Become So Hard?

So, I have had to give up temporarily on my August Challenge. I would rather put out content that I have spent some time on, rather than content that I rushed to throw out here.

I never realized how hard life has become. I mean, I have doctors appointments constantly now (prescriptions run out way too fast and I have too many health problems), I'm moving on Tuesday, I am stressing out about getting a new insulin pump, I'm worried about getting the new job near my school, and my obligations and stress continue.

I constantly find myself wondering when life became so difficult. When did I start stressing out constantly? When will I get a day off from all the obligations and problems constantly coming my way?

The issues of growing up, eh?

I might not be able to get rid of all my problems, but I am certainly trying to keep all my stress in check. I will be posting regularly again soon, but for now, I think that handling everything going on is my first priority.

Here are a few tips that I think will help with handling everything life throws at you:

1. Get support. This can be in the form of friends, family, coworkers, or whoever else is around you. I think that I have a bit of a lack of support. Everyone talks to me about my problems, but I wish someone could help me, though I think my mom and dad do a marvelous job and trying to help me with health/medical stuff.

2. Take a step back. Your problems will never go away. You can sit down and read a book, watch a tv show, or surf the web for an hour. After your hour is up, you can go back to facing all of your problems.

3. Make Lists. I know this is common sense, but having a physical list will put everything into perspective and show you what you really need to get done. Take it a step further and put the list in order from highest to lowest priority!

4. Sleep. I cannot emphasize how important getting enough quality sleep is when you have a lot on your plate. Sleep can make all the difference. And if you can't get enough sleep during the night, take a nap, or get a bit of coffee to drink to help you face the day!

What are some of your secrets to handling life?

xoxoxo Mimi

Friday, August 8, 2014

20 Things I Like About Myself

I am doing day 8 of my August Lifestyle Challenge! I really should have called it my August Post Challenge considering my goal is to post something every day.
Well, today's post is 20 things that I like about myself. I think this is especially hard for me because I am my biggest critic and I generally focus on the negatives, but here is a list of 20 things I like about myself:

1. I'm a hard worker.

2. I am reliable.

3. I am punctual.

4. I look for the best in people.

5. I am honest with others and with myself.

6. I always try my hardest on everything I do.

7. I am able to be a leader or a follower, depending on what is needed from me.

8. I face hardships without losing my positivity.

9. I enjoy helping others.

10. I like my smile.

11. I'd like to think that I am a patient person.

12. I enjoy learning from others.

13. My passion for children.

14. My love of fashion, but not spending a lot on it.

15. My eyes.

16. I no longer let my fears control what I do or do not do.

17. My passion for my family.

18. I'm not afraid to try new things.

19. I'm always looking to improve myself.

20. My courage.

I find that writing this list was a huge ego-boost. I think that doing this helped me see what I have improved on over the years and even made me take a honest look at myself and write down what I like. Now, the list of things I don't like is incredibly long, but focusing on the good things makes me want to keep improving and building on the things I like about myself.

What 20 things do you like about yourself?


xoxox Mimi

Thursday, August 7, 2014

5 Investment-Worthy Items I Want

Now that I am getting a place with my boyfriend, it has made me so much more aware of the things that I want, especially the things I want that are worth spending a lot of money on. I will probably ask for these items for Christmas or save up for them on my own. I was originally going to do a 10 item list, but I realized that there isn't a whole lot of smaller items that I would spend a ton on, or I simply couldn't say what exactly I would want (like houses, dish sets, tool sets, other clothes, etc.). I hope you enjoy this list!
Here are my 5 items:

1. Kitchenaid Mixer ($459.99)
Source: kitchenaid.com
2. Bernina Sewing Machine (around $1,000+ used)
Source: sewingmachinesguide.com
3. Louis Vuitton Keepall 55 ($1,390)
Source: louisvuitton
4. Royal Albert Old Country Roses Collection (20 Piece Set $420.28)(Teapot $126.08)
Source: royalalbert.co.uk
Source: royalalbert.co.uk
5. Mini Cooper Hardtop ($20,450)
Source: motortrend.com

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I thought would be worth investing in! What would you add to the list?

xoxox Mimi

Evening Routine


This isn't a spa treatment video, but it is pretty darn close! Enjoy!

xoxox Mimi