Sunday, December 28, 2014

Five Things I've Learned In 2014♡

Don't Hold Grudges
I am the worst when it comes to holding grudges. I will fume over it forever and constantly think about something bad someone has done to me. I finally, after years and years, let go of a lot of things. They were all holding me back, keeping me from being happy. "Let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy."

Learn To Forgive
This goes a lot with not holding grudges, but I feel like it's different. Truly forgiving someone is one of the hardest, but best things you can do for yourself. No one is perfect and I'm definitely no different. There's a lot of things I've done I wish people would forgive, and I hope they have. "Remember, when you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow."

Be Kind
A lot of the times I was mean, I had a little voice in my head saying don't do that! Don't say that! So often I wish people were kinder and I wasn't holding up my end. It's so easy to jump in and agree with friends when it comes to gossip and drama. Not being apart of it will make your life so much easier. You'll also feel a lot better about yourself when you don't feel the need to bring down others. "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always."

Take Risks
I don't know why people are so scared of doing something they've always wanted to do. I was so scared about making my own blog, but even in these last six months I've been doing it, I have only made myself happier by doing something I've always wanted to do. I'm going to keep trying to take risks and follow my dreams. "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will."

Live Your Life
I was constantly worried about making everyone happy. Doing what they expect me to do. Feeling guilty for marrying young, moving away from my family, and not going to that college they always wanted me to go to. But why live your life for others? They have their own and you have yours. At the end of the day it's your own happiness that matters the most. Follow YOUR dream and not others. Don't feel guilty for being who you really are. "The less you care, the happier you will be."

There's five things I've learned in 2014. This year I did a lot of growing up. I honestly don't know why this year I decided to change for the better. (At least try to) I just know I've needed it for a long time. This year was a big eye opener for me and I hope I can grow and learn more next year as well.
I'll just keep trying my best. Happy New Years everyone.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Homesick Christmas♡

Today is Christmas Eve and I'm up early prepping for our Christmas lunch tomorrow. I've decorated Christmas cookies, that to be honest, didn't taste as good as they looked! Anyways, I watched the final Hobbit movie this weekend. It kinda turned into a little Christmas tradition to go watch it in theaters. I'm going to miss that. (The movie was so good btw. It finally gave me the LOTR feels I wanted in the other two!)

I managed to get a couple things under the tree that will actually be a surprise for Steven. He can always guess what he gets from me! My family in Texas got their gifts I sent and I can't wait for them to open them. I didn't really buy too many gifts this year. Mostly just focused on getting me and Steven things.

Now that Christmas is here, I am sadder than I thought I would be. Spending the holidays away from your family for the first time kinda makes me a little emotional. Still going to focus on now and make sure to give my family a phone call. Please remember the military members that aren't able to go home. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Christmas Picks On Netflix♡

Am I the only one who is kinda disappointed in Netflix movie wise? I've rounded up four Christmas movies that I'd watch and have seen before that I KNOW are good picks!

1. Christmas With The Kranks
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas
4. Bad Santa

Hopefully this will save you some trouble when you are looking for a movie to help get into the spirit! My personal favorite is Christmas With The Kranks. I watch it every year. I just so happen to have that one on DVD. ;) Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Under The Mistletoe♡

I saw Too Faced was doing free shipping on all their holiday collection and an extra 20% off... So what?? Maybe I caved! I had really wanted the Everything Nice Set but it was sold out at Sephora. Maybe next year!

They're all super shimmery and have a nice pigment. There's
Naked Dolly
Marshmellow Bunny
and Spice Spice Baby (my favorite)

The bag it comes with is glittery and the glitters kinda don't want to stay on the bag, but other than that I really like this set! A bit drying with all the glitter but I normally wear chapstick underneath my lipstick. If you're not a fan of sparkle, skip this! So much shine but I love them!
Until next time friends~

Friday, December 12, 2014

Life Lately♡

I haven't written a post about life lately so I thought I'd do a little Christmas edition. I've been getting ready for the holidays for a month now and I'm still just as excited! I've got our lights and decor up and am constantly burning Christmas candles. We also got our first snow for this year and I'm wondering if we'll have a white Christmas. Isn't that what everyone dreams for?

We won't be visiting our family this year for Christmas because the military has its own plans. So we're just going to make the best of it and hangout with the 'family' we've made up north. Steven and I have already opened all of our Christmas presents to each other since we see no since in waiting to open them with just the two of us. I've started making little Christmas treats to snack on and have eggnog in our fridge. I'm not a very good cook so our Christmas dinner plans are still up the air!

I've been posting a bit more since work has been kinda slow lately. My hours have been cut a bit and I've been lounging around at home watching movies all snug. It's getting colder outside here in Idaho so I'm sure we're getting another snow before we know it! What's everyone up to lately? Until next time!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our DIY Christmas Photos♡

I'm always on the search to do my own photos. Now with my first DSLR, I can really have fun! I've always taken our photos together myself for years with just a regular old point and shoot. I'm still learning to get better everyday but now I have what I feel like is a 'real' camera to really branch out!

One of the best things to get when taking your own photos is a tripod. I can not explain how much easier it is then setting it on something that's "just the right height". Usually never works how we want it to anyways. The tripod is so easy to throw your camera on (maybe not throw) and start shooting stable photos. No more shaky, blurred photos!! A life changer!

Another good thing to invest in is a remote for your camera. No more having to run back to the camera before the timer goes off! (Even though I'm sure that's good exercise) Getting a remote has been one of my favorite "must haves" when it comes to taking your own photos.

Don't forget about props and where you're taking your own photos. With it being so cold and snowy in Idaho lately, I reverted to just taking our Christmas photos indoors. A plain background can suffice but if you want to get extra fancy, in front of the Christmas tree is perfect for holiday photos. Or putting on reindeer antlers; what we did last Christmas.

So there are quite the basics. My husband is the most comfortable taking pictures when it's just me guiding him. I personally find it funner to try and do our own photos anyway. I love to edit and come up with my own ideas every year! So I hope you pull that camera out and have fun this year. I think it's a cold one.
Until next time! ♡

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide For Him♡

Steven is SO hard to buy for! Luckily I've been looking around for a few things for months and got a few good ideas that he'd like. I thought I'd throw them in to help anyone else who has trouble.

1. Neff Daily Charcoal Beanie
2. Katana Bookends
3. Cool Reindeer Sweatshirt
4. Asus Tablet
5. Playstation 4

Basically can't go wrong with games and goofy novelties. They love that stuff!
Of course the beanie and sweatshirt is just cozy for this winter. Until next time guys!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Wishlist 2014♡

Hello December!! Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I've been getting ready for it for a couple of weeks now. I already have a few from my Christmas wishlist already. *grinch smerk* But since it was on my wishlish this year, I went ahead and put it in. Most are kinda expensive so I haven't got a huge list! It's not about the gifts after all, but who doesn't like a few special things you've been wanting all year?

1. Too Faced "Under The Mistletoe"
2. Christmas Socks
3. iPad Mini
4. Canon Rebel T5i
5. Christmas Sweater

So that's my wishlist this year! My house is all decked out for the holidays. This year will be the first Christmas with my husband since I spent last year with my family in Texas. Can't wait! What's on your wishlist for this year? Leave yours in the comments!