Monday, November 24, 2014

A New Season.

The past few months have been pretty cool for me.

I started to realize that I wasn't super thrilled with the way a lot of things in my life were, so I decided to do something about it.

I started getting up early and writing a ton of words every day,  I started reading The Purpose Driven Life, I got a new blog design, I chopped all my hair off (just trying to be like Taylor), and I started saying yes when I would normally say no out of fear or discomfort.

I told Chris I thought I was having a mid-life crisis, and he said, "I don't know how to respond to that. Here, have some wine."

Point being, I've been looking at everything in my life and asking, "Do I like it like that?" And if the answer is no, trying to do something about it.

I closed my shop down for about a month because I just wasn't thrilled about it. I spent November crafting for fun instead of making things that I thought would be popular. And it has been so much fun. 

I reopened my shop today, and it's full of pretty things that I love, love, love. 

To see more: click HERE.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas and presents, I thought it'd be fun to do a little giveaway to celebrate the reopening! I'm giving away a $50 gift card, all you have to do is follow my shop's new instagram!

Happy Monday! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy to be Alive, Because: Best. Week. Ever.

This week starts my favorite month of the entire year. I've been giddy (<--I erased that and tried to think of a different word that maybe didn't sound like a child in an early 1900's novel, but it's true--I've been straight up giddy, yo) since waking up yesterday morning because this week is going to be the best!

1. Mockingjay Tonight. This needs no explanation. I'm just really, really excited about it. 

2. THANKSGIVING. Chris and I celebrate Thanksgiving, just the two of us, on Wednesday, and it is one of my favorite days ever. Then we go see family on Thursday! So basically my heart feels as if it's going to explode for about 24 straight hours. And my stomach too, because turkey. 

3. Black Friday. I know there are a lot of opinions about black friday shopping, so if that offends you, just skip to the next one. I had never been black friday shopping until Chris took me two years ago, and I was instantly hooked. It's so much fun to drive around like crazy people together, listening to Christmas music and chugging peppermint mochas. And it's really nice when you have a tight budget--we pretty much knocked out most of our shopping in 24 hours last year!

4. I found out that my library will deliver books to your door. Megan told me about this, and it is life-changing. 

5. This morning, while watching the sunrise and drinking peppermint mochas, my word count crept over 37,000. NaNoWriMo, you've been good to me this year. 

What are your Thanksgiving plans for the week? 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Creative Christmas Gifts Under $20.

A makeup bag that reminds you that you're already perfect? Every girl needs one of these. 

Little life mottos in mint and gold. On a pencil. Sold. 

I think any sort of sauce is such a creative gift. This pack comes with ten different flavors from around the world. Anyone who loves to cook (or eat) would love this!

How cute is this little guy? You can finally stop losing your keys!

And because I firmly believe coffee cups are the best gifts ever, here are some of my favorites: 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Unique Gifts Under $10

These are so cheap, you could pair them with a mini bag of hot chocolate and some marshmallows and still come in under $10!

Why wouldn't someone want gold cookie cutters?

I love glass water bottles. And being able to flavor your water however you want to makes drinking more of it a lot easier!

This is such a cute gift for the baker in your life. I didn't even know cookie stamps existed, but how adorable? 

Everyone needs a calendar, and this one is seriously adorable. Each month has a frame-worthy vintage image.

Confession: Sometimes when I'm going to a party where there's going to be dirty santa, I buy a gift fully anticipating on taking it home myself. I foresee that happening with these mugs. 

What's the best Christmas gift you've ever received that wasn't expensive? 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mondays are for Fresh Starts & Free Stuff.

Mondays get a bad rep. 

It's true--the day that takes away free time and not having to set an alarm probably isn't anyone's favorite. But I've started liking Mondays more and more lately. 

Mondays are a fresh start. They're the beginning of a brand new week. They're full of potential and ideas and dreams, if you want them to be.

So yes, you may have to wake up earlier than you would like. You may have to go to a job that you spent the last two days trying to forget about. But you're alive, and you've got a brand new week to do whatever you want with. And that's just exciting. 

Pour yourself an extra cup of coffee or two, and take on this week. It's gonna be a good one. 

And, since encouraging words aren't always enough to turn a Monday into something happy, I have not one, but two giveaways for you to enter! 

Enter to win $40 of Christmas money: HERE.

Enter to win $100 to Better Life Bags:

What's your favorite thing about Monday?

Friday, November 14, 2014

NaNoWriMo Writer's Block.

Writer's block is inevitable no matter who you are. Whether you procrastinated too long on a term paper, or you're trying to come up with a blog post on a Monday, or you're trying to write a story and your normally creative brain suddenly becomes very boring, writer's block is something that just happens.

If you're doing NaNoWriMo right now, writer's block is definitely something that happens. You're almost halfway through, likely super behind on your word count, and probably having a lot of thoughts that start with, "next year. . ." 

I've read a lot of things about writer's block, and I've even talked talked about it on here--steps you can take, how to fight it, etc, etc, etc. 

But at the end of the day, the answer to overcoming writer's block is the simplest and the most cliche of them all. 

Just write anyway. 

Sometimes you write something, and it in that moment, it truly doesn't matter to you if anyone else will ever read those words. It doesn't matter if anyone else will ever like those words. All that matters is you wrote them and you like them, and they're yours. 

When moments like that happen, you are invincible. One novel? Psh. How about five? I could do this forever.

And it's for moments like that one that you have to keep writing. 

So keep writing. Write through the writer's block, write through the words that look weird to you, write through the sentences and paragraphs and pages and plots that you think you probably for sure hate. 

If you're behind on your word count, keep writing. If you're ahead of your word count, don't stop. 

Just keep writing. 

Because you are a writer, and you need to be writing. 

Linking up with Rachael & Juliette to talk about all things writer's block!

How do you deal with Writer's block?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gift Ideas for Adults: Christmas Gifts under $20.

Because not everyone appreciates cat sweaters and funny pajamas like you.

Personalized Stationery. 

How adorable are these?! They make a thoughtful gift (because you took the time to have them made specifically for whoever they're for) and they're not too expensive. Win-Win. 


Everyone uses mugs, which makes them a gift that is automatically liked and not thrown to the back of the closet to be re-gifted next year. Step up your gift-giving game and find some cute mugs that someone would love, but maybe wouldn't buy for themselves. 

Cookie Jar. 

Bonus points: fill it with homemade cookies. Or Oreos, whatever.

Picture Frame. 

There are so many creative ways to frame and hang pictures now, which makes gift-giving a lot easier. Unique frames are a great gift. Someone actually gave me this exact frame two years ago, and I love it!

The week after Christmas, everyone wants to be organized and tackle resolutions. Help them out with this pretty planner. And since it's under $20, you'll probably want to go ahead and grab yourself one, too. 

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?