Decking the Halls

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I love Christmas! Which I’m sure you all could see by now. Even though I know for some of I probably went  a little over board but who doesn’t love being surrounded by Christmas lights twinkling, candles flickering, and Christmas trees while being all cuddled up under your electric blanket and a hot chocolate. That’s what winter is for right?

“Tis the season to be jolly fa-la-la!”

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Epic Christmas Playlist

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I’m a huge supporter of music- especially Christmas music. To show off my love for Christmas music I took to Spotify to create the most epic playlist. To be honest I have created this playlist before Thanksgiving and jamming out to Christmas tunes probably right after Halloween- Oops!

Something about Christmas music just makes everything so much better and I can’t help but smile every time I hear it. Add in Christmas music with a fire place (even if it is the Yule Log on Netflix) and a light snow outside it completes the formula for merry cheer-ment for the entire season.  And I can’t help but to smile and get those wonderful excitement flurries in your tummy you got as a child of excitement.

It isn’t Christmas without some of my favorites- Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and of course Pentontonix!  What’s better than have them all together in one place to listen to over and over again?

I’m a huge fan of listening to it everywhere I go- anytime of the year to boot! 😉

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What would be on your ultimate playlist? What is your favorite Christmas song of all time?

Frolicking through the Leaves

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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As some of you would have figured out- Fall is my favorite time of the year, earlier sunsets, baggy sweatshirts, boots, candles…. the whole works. However; what I love most is the beauty that surrounds me. How the sun shines through the gold or  red leaves that almost looks like the tree are on fire. All very relaxing.

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However; I fear that this time of a year does a number on my mental health. I start to question everything- “Am I doing my job alright?”, “Can I truly raise my grade?”- all those new year goals almost seem like a life time ago. And I’m slowly realizing that it is almost a new year- and I still haven’t reached where I wanted to be this year.

I think it’s OKAY to be in a slump every now and then. It’s good to mourn the person you were- if that is during a relationship and it didn’t pan out or you graduated from college or you decided to move away. You do leave a piece of you wherever you go. And it is hard to do what’s best for you even when it hurts sometimes. Just whatever you do- don’t stay there. You can mourn and then start to pick yourself up.

Fall is a wonderful time  it’s the perfect time to do a little bit of inventory in your life. It’s the perfect time to put yourself first. Instead of going out- choose to stay at home and cozy up with a movie or gathering up some friends and head to the Pumpkin Patch. This time of year I feel is made to give you a restart- a refresh as you go about the rest of the year feeling happy and restocked.

Instead of feeling like you are drowning in what ifs and should have been. Go on a drive, write out a list of everything that made you happy, spend an hour or two without phone service. It’s amazing when you step back and just breathe the waters you thought you were drowning in suddenly go away. Your brain is empty- you can restart.

Hey- why not frolicking through some leaves or climb that mountain! There’s no harm in putting the pause button on every once in awhile I find it’s actually healthy to step back- jump in the mountain of leaves or go on a spontaneous hike. It’s good to have a recharge. Don’t run yourself too ragged and forget the beauty that surrounds you!

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Drive slow- take deep breaths, accept *gulps* your mistakes and your disappointments, turn up the music and live freely! Lighten your load and enjoy the moment. I guess I could be cheesy and say, “seize the day!” I know we all have obligations and to do lists that are longer than our arm- but you should be your own top priority. If everything else is above that- you will get buckled down and loose sight of what this season is all about.

Fall is a wonderful time of the year! It’s the kick start of everything festive- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years… all very exciting yet- also very stressful. Who should I dress up as? How many are coming to dinner- should we use the good china? Who do I all have to get presents for? What should my resolutions be? And the list goes on. Yet, that isn’t what this time represents!

I know this post has become a post just talking to myself. And I’m okay with that. Originally I was going to write all about my favorite fall fashion.And honestly- I couldn’t type up the words or take photos without comparing them to how I had envisioned them in my head.  I just had to take a step back put down the camera and computer and clear my mind. And let me tell you- it worked! I went out to the woods just so I could see the “pretty” colors. I had an idea to take out my camera and just get lost behind the lens. But guess what- I forgot the battery and the memory card back home. I was gutted! However; to capture a moment a phone does surprisingly well.

And then I went on a little stay-cation to hang out with some of my best friends. I think all you really need- a little drive and a solid support system and you are set. Remember as the leaves are collecting in your yard and the midterm rage is on. Slow down. Enjoy the colors they won’t be there much longer. Enjoy this season it is truly the best.

I say let’s go frolicking in those beautiful leaves!  Besides sometimes the biggest mistakes turn in the best stories!

Happy Frolicking!

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Autumn Home Touches

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Ever since I was a little kid- I have loved home decor! I remember I would purposely start rearranging my room before bed time- only to postpone bed time I suppose.

Now that I am an adult I enjoy interior design for a new reason. I love it because it makes a house a home and it makes an ordinary space extraordinary,cozy, warm, and comfortable.

Around this time of year I love to decorate my room- to make it a little bit more cozier and festive. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be creative in your space. Before hitting the shops I recommend you “shop” your house. Recycle bed spreads, move around pictures,use old pillows, be creative- even use the great outdoors!

Once you have done that- hit the shops! Everything else I got from Walmart and Hobby Lobby and then with a little bit of creativity I put it all together!

I had so much fun putting everything together!

How did you decorate your space this Autumn season?

Hello Autumn

Today is September 22nd, 2016.

You know what that means? According to the calendar- it’s the first official day of Autumn!img_2257

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I read a quote last year that says; “Autumn the season that teaches us change can be beautiful.” I have always loved Autumn. Everything about it- the ability to have a clean slate and enjoy the beauty.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to as days are getting colder and the best time of year is beginning.

Autumn Leaves

Fall Fashion

Pumpkins

Apple Orchards

Pumpkin Spice Everything

Corn Mazes

Fresh School Supplies

Bonfires

Christmas is Coming

Hot Apple Cider

Candles & More Candles!

Hot Chocolates

Scarves & Boots & Beanies

Cozy Socks

Oversize Sweaters

Bubble Baths

Rainy Days Watching Films

Evenings Get Darker

Russian Tea

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Throw Blankets

Fireplaces

 What is your favorite part of Autumn?

Top Ten Favorite Movies

It’s September!

Honestly it’s my favorite time of the year!  The days are getting shorter- the nights are getting cooler, the mornings are getting darker. It’s the perfect time to to cuddle your blankets-  don’t forget to put on your bed warmer! Curl up, make yourself a cup of tea, light a candle (or two), put on the Christmas lights and wind down with a movie.

If you are aimlessly scanning Netflix not finding anything to watch. Here are my top ten movies of all time.

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10: You’ve Got Mail- Starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan- talk about a classic! This movie is the definition of a modern classic love story. Small children book store owner Meg Ryan, and mega book store typhoon Tom Hanks meet in a chat room. Who anonymously become cyber pen pals. Can love be found? Even if they are rivals? Based in autumn in New York City with love in the air anything is possible.

9: The Ultimate Gift- Based off the best selling novel by Jim Stovall. Drew Fuller and Abigail Breslin lead an all- star cast. Bringing a heartwarming drama that brings up the very important question- what is important in life? The movie follows Drew Fuller’s character as he goes on a journey following his wealthy grandfather’s passing leaving him twelve “gifts” to help navigate and challenge him to find out what is more important- money or something more?

8: Sense & Sensibility- Marianne Dashwood, young and naive wearing her heart on her sleeve contrasting her older sister, Elinor Dashwood who is more reserved and guarded. Following their hearts in love and life. From the brilliant brain of Jane Austen. This BBC mini series pulls out all the questions- Can you be sensible with having sense? Can the sisters find personal happiness in a time where society dictates status and money rules the heart?

7: Funny Face- Paris the city of love with lights shining bright is the backdrop of this musical starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Small bookstore clerk turned model Audrey Hepburn and fashion photographer Fred Astaire who discovers her. Waltz into audiences hearts for generations.

6: Singin’ in the Rain- Where can you go wrong? Who doesn’t start singing. “I’m singing in the rain oh I’m singing in the rain oh what a glorious feeling…” Whenever you get caught in a rain storm? Set during the time in cinematic history when silent movies are transitioning into talking pictures. Gene Kelly who plays the biggest “heartthrob” at the time having to find a new way to reinvent himself with the world that is changing around him.

5: Sabrina- Before there were countless Cinderella stories. There was Sabrina. Sabrina follows the story of Sabrina played by Audrey Hepburn who is the chauffeur’s daughter. Serving the Larrabee family for a number of years The Larrabee’s have two sons played by Humphrey Bogart and William Holden one who is all work while the other is all playboy. Enter in the picture Sabrina after returning from Paris all grown and glamorous both brothers fall under the spell. Enter in the forbidden romance, the charm of first love, and elegance only a Audrey Hepburn movie can bring.

4: Dirty Dancing- Filled with memorable lines such as, “No one puts Baby in a corner” and with a soundtrack that brings you back to the Summer of 1963. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray star in this coming of age story of discovering who you are, what you will stand for, and how far you will go. On a family vacation to the Catskill Mountain resort seventeen-year- old “Baby” finds herself drawn out of her shell attracted to the rebellious Johnny who is the resorts dance instructor proving that opposites do indeed attract.

3: Grease- “Summer loving happened so fast…” Let’s go back to a time when life was young and experiencing love for the first time. Back to high school beyond the homework and the confusing time of pimples. Follow the senior year of Pink Lady, Sandy played by Olivia Newton- John and bad boy T-Bird leader, Danny played by the ever so dashing John Travolta. Follow them as they explore finding the world post high school. What crowd is more important or more importantly whose more important?

Now for the top two!!

2: Roman Holiday- Why hello Audrey Hepburn! In her first on screen debut she captures the audience winning an Oscar! Audrey Hepburn dazzles as a modern day princess who has grown tired of her every day rituals. Determined to abandon her royal obligations and explore Rome on her own. Enter in the handsome Gregory Peck, an American reporter who is stranded in Rome waiting for his ticket out. However; the plan falters as the two fall in love. All in black and white a romantic tale enjoyed for generations learning about love, determination, and standing on your own two feet.

1: Pride & Prejudice- The greatest love story of all time! With beautiful language by Jane Austen’s masterpiece. A enchanting tale- Keira Knightly stars as Elizabeth Bennet who is headstrong and strong willed with passion and fearlessness. Enter in the ever so dashing and mysterious Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. As life is challenging it is also kind. Upon meeting Elizabeth swears he is the last man she could ever marry. After months of misconceptions and life throwing it’s curve balls. Elizabeth finds herself captivated by the same man she thought she had known. A visually pleasing film with a unbelievable scenery and beautiful score throughout the film Darcy and Elizabeth’s love story shines even more. “Yes, a thousand times yes!” for generations to come.

What is your favorite movie?