December 24, 2012

...Christmas Eve

I sort of love Christmas Eve. The calm before the storm of cooking, family visiting, wrapping paper chaos. Singing Silent Night at a candlelit Christmas Eve service, it all feels so warm and familiar. Wishing everyone a happy and love-filled holiday!

a cute DIY project

December 21, 2012

...Christmas prezzie shopping

I've FINALLY finished everyone's shoppin. Took me a while to get my act together on that one. This year I'm going mostly homemade, so everyone receiving presents from me should look forward to macaroni necklaces and painted picture frames. 

December 20, 2012

...these holiday outfits

Put each of these on my body please.

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December 12, 2012

...happy hump day

I absolutely cannot believe Christmas is less than two weeks away. I don't want to complain about the nice weather...but can it get cold and wintery already? These 60 degree days are just not getting me in the Christmas spirit. I've been slowly collecting Christmas prezzies for my loved ones and (fingers crossed) if I have time I'll put a couple ideas up on le blog Friday!

Meanwhile...head over to the etsy shop to do some holiday shoppin!

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December 10, 2012

...Maria's Lifechangers!

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OSiS Dust In Powder
I have very fine hair and am always on the search for volume products. My hair dresser introduced me to this product and it is insane. You dust a little into your hair and your hair magically gets thicker. I know it sounds weird...just try it and you'll love it!

Surface Trinity Shampoo & Conditioner
Maybe TMI but I have an awful sulfate allergy which disqualifies about 90% of all shampoos out there. I'm always on the search for quality sulfate-free products and have fallen in love with this shampoo and conditioner! I've been using it about 2 weeks and my hair feels stronger and appears shinier. So for my other sulfate-free beauties out there give this one a shot.

Conair Bun Maker
Fine hair=weak looking bun. Use this little guy for amazing "going-out-hair"/"I'm-on-a-date-hair"/"I-need-to-ace-this-interview-hair"/"I'm-having-a-bad-hair-day-hair"...basically any reason ever.

MAC Paint Bare Canvas
Am I the only one of this earth who has struggled with creasy eye shadow? I'm not sure if it's because my eye lids are more hooded or maybe they're just more oily. Regardless this product does the trick. You apply a little before eyeshadow, eyeliner and highlighter. Your eyeshadow will stay put all day. Can someone say #firstworldproblems?

Kiehls Avocado Eye Treatment
Buy this. Put it on every morning and every night. Your life may improve exponentially.

How Sweet It Is - The Blog
I have to learn how to cook so I can be a functioning wife/mom/person at some point in my life. This blog as simple, fun recipes that are great for beginners. Not to mention, the commentary is hilarious. 

Trader Joe's- Reduced Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip
Do you think Trader Joe would send me a case of this in bulk? Can I put this in everyone's stockings for Christmas? Can I put in on everything I eat? Go visit Mr. Joe, buy it, don't fall in love too quickly.

Wai Lana Yoga Mat
This is by far the best yoga mat I've ever used. I've had yoga mats in the past that are either too thin or start to crumble after a month or two. I've had this yoga over two years and it's still looks and feels new. It's thick enough for a decent amount of support and has great grip if you're a sweaty yogi! I highly recommend and will never purchase another brand.

Double Cloth Metro Coat, J. Crew
I'm a bargain shopper at heart, however this coat is worth the money!! It's has some extra special magical lining which will keep you warm for hours, but also fits nice and snug so you still have a shape! I may buy them in every single color that ever existed.

Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Dress Shirts
One day in the land of Potomac Mills Outlet Mall I aimlessly wandered into the Brooks Brothers outlet store...I was rummaging through the sale rack and happened to come across these non-wrinkle button downs. For us ladies required to wear business professional to work, these are life changers. You literally throw them in the washer....THEN DRYER....and they come out looking like they've just been dry-cleaned. I've had mine for a couple years now and they still look amazing as well. Great basic investment.

December 7, 2012

...Christmas trees!

This weekend I am diving head first into holiday activities, regardless of the 55+ degree temps.

Tonight I'm going to zoo lights, and will drink hot chocolate and walk around and check out all the cool lights, maybe hang out in the nocturnal house, you know, typical Friday night activities.

The tomorrow...tomorrow morning I am dragging Casey to a Christmas tree farm and we are cutting down a tree! He is so excited he just won't stop talking about (oh wait...that's me.) The only problem is, a tree is a bit pricey, and I have NO ornaments! So I ordered $15 worth of felt poms and am going to make a garland like the one you see above, throw some lights on it and rejoice in having my FIRST Christmas tree!

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December 6, 2012

...this news!

Is anyone else as excited as I am about this?

December 4, 2012

...more cards in the etsy shop!

Hello all my favorite readers (yep, I'm talking about you...) I've been slooooowly working on some more stationery for the past couple months and finally have something to show for it!

Up in the i simply love etsy shop are these lovelies below and some others of course...Just in time for the holidays!

December 3, 2012

...a creative necklace collection

From the Yellow Owl Workshop - check them out here. 

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