It hasn’t really felt much like Christmas to me yet this year. I’m not sure if it’s because I moved to California and there’s no snow, or if it’s because I’ve been very busy at work, or if it’s because I won’t be home for Christmas this year…but I haven’t been feeling very festive this month.
Anyway, it’s my first Christmas alone, and it definitely feels weird. But things are going good here so far, and I’m grateful for it. I know I’ve made the right decision in moving across the country by myself to start a brand new job in a brand new city. It feels really right (and also kind of like I’m getting dragged behind the boat most of the time, but I digress). Like I’m where I’m meant to be. Good vibes only!
I hope that your Christmas is merry and bright, no matter where you are and no matter who you’re with (or not with). Fill your day with love and joy, find happiness in the little things, and be present in the moment. Wishing all of you (and your families!) a very Merry Christmas.
Once December hits, I’m ready to get festive for the season. I pull out all the fuzzy blankets (which I secretly keep out all year long, #AlwaysCold am I right?), brew up a mug of hot tea, and make a cozy and festive holiday playlist. This year, I’ll be spending my first Christmas totally alone, away from home. And while I’m pretty ok with it so far, I know I’ll really want a solid playlist to keep me feeling the holiday spirit, even when I start to get all the homesick feels.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas music, but the classic stuff gets kind of old after a little while. So I made a little Indie Christmas playlist with some fun and different tunes, and I’m sharing it with you all today in case you want something festive to listen to this season!
Christmas 2016 Festive Playlist
Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers
Christmas in the Room – Sufjan Stevens
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
The Christmas Waltz – She & Him
Last Christmas – Wham!
Christmas is Cancelled – The Long Blondes
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Death Cab for Cutie
Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
Goodbye England,Covered in Snow – Laura Marling
Little Drum Machine Boy – Beck
The Cowboys Christmas Ball – The Killers
Santa Stole My Lady – Fitz & The Tantrums
Won’t Be Home for Christmas – Blink 182
Silent Night – Low
The Christmas Song (Roasting Chesnuts) – Arcade Fire
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight) – The Ramones
Holiday Road – The Walkmen
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Starflyer 59
Xmas Time is Here Again – My Morning Jacket
This Was the Worst Christmas Ever – Sufjan Stevens
I want an Alien for Christmas – Fountains of Wayne
I’m on Thin Ice – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
I Feel it in my Bones – The Killers
Father Christmas – The Kinks
Christmas Wrapping – Dog is Dead
Just Like Christmas – Low
Lonely This Christmas – Lucky Soul
I Wish it was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas
Enjoy! Happy holidays to everyone (: Sending lots of warm hugs and good vibes to you all.
I want to wish everyone happy holidays (I know it’s a little late)! I hope they’re filled with love and joy.
I’ve been enjoying my time off from school back home in Colorado, spending every second with my family and pets. It’s been so nice, and I’ll be sad to leave next week! But I am excited to get back to school and see my friends, and get back into that routine again. I’m so thankful to have had this long break to spend with my family, I’ll be much more motivated to kick butt next semester.
I’ll post again soon, I promise! For now, here are a couple of pictures of my fur-babies. They kind of love the holidays.
Ben guarding our Christmas tree.
Elouise got a new box! Cats are such sweet weirdos, they do love their boxes.
Gifts in mason jars has gained popularity over the past couple of years, and there are a lot of great ideas for how to fill up those jars! I think these gifts make wonderful little gifts for neighbors, friends, coworkers, or extended family members. It’s a thoughtful way to let someone know you’re thinking of them, and today I’m sharing some of my favorite ideas for how to fill up those jars.
But first, let’s talk about where to get the jars. It’s true, you can buy mason jars at pretty much any craft store. But they’re expensive, and I kind of think that’s a little wasteful. I like to save jars periodically through the year from various food items — spaghetti sauce jars, salsa jars, pickle jars, etc. I wash them out really well, get the labels off (which is a total pain in the butt, I’m not going to lie about that), and then put them away for later. You never know when you might need a jar! If you don’t have any jars that you’re able to recycle, hit up your local thrift store. They usually have tons of mason jars of all sorts of shapes and sizes, and you’re helping to reduce waste. Go, you!
Now, here are some of the great gift ideas for mason jars:
1. Sewing Kits
2. Soup in a Jar
3. Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
4. Tea Set
5. Banana Bread Mix
6. Winter Survival Kit
7. Christmas Shave
8. Christmas is Going to the Dogs
9. BBQ rub
10. Terrarium in a jar
There are so many more ideas, and I’m sure you could come up with your own pretty easily! Other ideas could be a drawing kit filled with colored pencils and other supplies, any type of baking mix, or even a housewarming jar filled with little essentials.
Have you ever given (or received) a mason jar gift? I’d love to hear all about it!
First things first: I love decorating for the holidays. It’s one of my favorite holiday activities, and I always feel so happy to see little decorations all over the house. It helps me get through the start of winter. I’m not decorating my house in Pittsburgh for the holidays, since I’m flying back home to Colorado in a couple of days (!!!), but I’m hoping to help decorate my parents house when I get back home.
I’ve been looking for lots of decor inspirations this season, and today I want to share some of my favorite ideas. Fair warning: I love non-traditional, modern, and quirky decor.
Holiday Decor Inspirations:
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What decorations are you dreaming of this season? I’m so excited to put on some holiday music, bring out the fuzzy socks, and get some decorating done back home. Tis’ the season!
Sorry for the big lapse in posts–I know I promised I’d do some holiday gift round-ups, and I am fulfilling that promise! It’s been pretty busy with Finals this week, and since my last exam is tomorrow, I am resuming my holiday gift guides.
The post today is all about the guys. I think men can be some of the hardest people to shop for, and I ultimately think you need to know the person to get them the best gift. For instance, some guys are really into Star Wars, while others might be sports fanatics, and others might be really into reading. You kind of have to know your audience to start thinking of some ideas. So this gift guide is definitely not all-inclusive, it’s just a sort of “jumping-off” point. It’s some of the things I would love to give to the men in my life (my brother and dad, don’t get too excited). So here goes!
Great Gifts for Guys
1. A fun mug — I might pair this with a little bag of quality coffee.
2. A mustache pillow — I love making gifts for people, and this is a less-girly version of a pillow that would make a great gift.
3. A guitar pick punch — This would be a cool gift for the guitar player in your life. They’ll never worry about losing picks, if they can just make them with old credit cards or other plastics!
4. A DIY laptop sleeve — I love this idea. An easy (and quick!) DIY gift.
5. A tripod camping stool — I know my dad would love this for fishing. It’s lightweight and while I bet it would get uncomfortable after a while, it would be nice to have so you don’t have to sit on the ground.
Again, it’s a short list. I hope it gives you some ideas to make your list! If you have any suggestions on good gifts for gentlemen, I would love to hear them. I have the hardest time shopping for my brother and dad every year!
For the second post in this little Gifting mini-series (you can read the first post here), I’ve rounded up a few DIY gift ideas that I would actually love to receive! Some of them are pretty creative, and just a little bit quirky.
Fun DIY Gift Ideas
1. Upcycled Plastic Toy Planter
2. These sweet DIY hand-warmers look easy to do (and easy on the eyes, too!)
3. Embroidered gloves
4. I want one of these little felt owl coin purses!
5. In love with these colorful tile coasters
There you go – 5 more DIY gift ideas! I’d love to hear what you’re making (or buying!) for the holidays this year.
Stay tuned throughout the season to get more gift ideas!