Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Life Lately

Hey loves, today we're talking about life lately which if we're being honest has just been full of errands and preparing for Christmas! 

I've been getting all my Christmas shopping done and I think I am officially done! I think this year is the latest I've ever been at buying gifts but I can't help it with all the wedding planning and events that went on this fall.

I also got my wedding dress preserved!

I needed to get it cleaned and they preserved it for me which is a little weird since it's in a huge box but I like that now it's saved and I can keep it!

I've been enjoying wrapping gifts in front of the tree and seeing it all lit up when I hang out on the couch! I keep thinking this is probably our last Christmas in the apartment since we are house hunting and would like to move out of here in the spring (we will see if this actually happens).

Last week we went to the family party for Parker's 1st birthday! We have her real birthday party this weekend but we crashed the family portion on her actual birthday.

Emma stole Parkers birthday present from my was a remote but she was using it as a cell phone. Many of Parkers presents ended up in Emmas possession!

This girl loves food and cake appeared to be no exception!

Parker is such an active happy baby and we love spending time with her and can't believe she is a year old!

Just messing around with my camera this past Sunday, I love this guy so much!

What have you been up to lately?

Monday, December 10, 2018

Favorite Orrnaments

Happy Monday everyone!

I thought that today I would share some of my favorite ornaments with you. For years I've been collecting ornaments when I travel and getting ornaments when major life events happen. I love that our tree will be a time capsule some day of all of our life events represented through ornaments!

Now these aren't all my ornaments- I have many Disney ornaments from trips in the past and also have homemade ornaments that we've made during family Christmases. I have ornaments from my grandparents Christmas tree that I treasure and we also received a small ornaments Tim's grandfather made. Many ornaments have been given to me as gifts and some are from my tree growing up that my parents have passed down to me. They are all my favorites but here are the ones that have a special occasion or trip attached to them.

In 2013 I took a trip to France with my mom, papa and Vivian and I picked up this small Eiffel Tower ornament to always remember the trip. I loved visiting France and have amazing memories spending time with them.

This ornament represents our first apartment! On the back it says our names as well but I remember being so excited to move into our apartment together that first weekend! I can't believe in May we will have been here three years!

These two ornaments are new this year and I love that we have them to represent our wedding! This year has been wonderful and I never want to forget how much fun we had this year!

This Disney ornament represents our trip to Disney World in 2017. We had the BEST time on our trip! I will forever remember our trip just the two of us especially someday when we go back with kids and it's not as relaxing!!

This cute reindeer is also from my France trip. I believe he was purchased in Avignon but I thought he was adorable and a great reminder of such an amazing trip!

Do you pick up ornaments for major life events/trips?  I recently ordered an ornament that will be made with our wedding invitation so I'm excited to receive that!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

October and November Empties

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

Today I'm going to be sharing my October and November empties since I completely forgot to share an empties post back at the end of October! I guess wedding posts took over a little bit!

Let's get started so I can share with you what products I liked and which products I won't be repurchasing.

I love Mrs Meyers products and love the dish soap! It works great and the smells are always wonderful. The Basil is my favorite scent and I have a lot of back stock of it. I will continue to purchase it in the future because it works great and the scent is absolutely amazing. I know Basil sounds like a strange scent but just give it a try! The Apple Cider scent sounded great to me but it was a little sweet. I know my dishes were getting cleaned but the Apple Cider didn't feel like a "cleaning" scent to me. Silly I know but I'm glad it's only a seasonal scent!

I finished the Loreal Total Repair Shampoo and Conditioner and I really liked it. This set has made my hair super soft and I think it helps keep the tangles to a minimum as well. I usually pick this up through couponing deals and I will continue to purchase it.

I also finished a hairspray that I think I received from a Birchbox years ago by Serge Normant. I liked this hairspray which I only use to keep my flyaways to a minimum when I wear my hair up. I don't think I would necessarily purchase this in the future because all hair spray seems to work the same for me! I also have quite a few to get through before I need to worry about buying more.

The Aunt Fannie's Vinegar Wipes were something I threw in my cart on Grove due to a YouTube recommendation and I HATED them! I hate the smell of vinegar and had heard the vinegar wasn't really strong in this but whoever said that was very, very wrong! All I could smell was vinegar and I will never purchase these again! The wipes themselves worked just fine and if you do like the smell of vinegar you might like them but if you don't like vinegar then don't bother!

I also finished the Mrs. Meyers Honeysuckle Multisurface Spray which I really like. I have used this in the past and it is probably my second favorite smell from Mrs. Meyers. I would repurchase this in the future but would definitely pick the Basil scent as my first choice. If you like sweet smells this is a good choice for you.

I finished three face products recently. The first being Olay Gentle Clean which I really liked. It seemed to work well on my sensitive skin and I would repurchase it in the future. I also finished the Neutrogena Deep Clean scrub which I liked for clearing away all of the dead skin that comes when you have super dry skin. I will definitely purchase this again. I also finished a pack of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes which are great if you have a full face of makeup you need to remove. I caught Tim using one to wipe down the bathroom sink one day. *Eye roll*

Only one candle empty for today, Bath and Body Works Leaves is my favorite candle and I stocked up during the last semi-annual sale! I was running pretty low on candles in June and I'm so glad I managed to stock up on some of my favorites! I will certainly be purchasing more of these in the future since I love them so much.

Three hand soaps were finished up. Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena was an okay scent. I have had it for awhile so I knew I needed to use it up even though it's not a scent I love. I would definitely choose some of the other Mrs. Meyers scents over this one.

Bath and Body Works Endless Weekend is a great summery scent and even though I used it in the fall I loved the beachy scent that it had. I would definitely repurchase it in the future.

Softsoap Crisp Cucumber and Melon is a nice scent and is one of my favorite ones Softsoap makes. I would get this again if I happened to come across a couponing deal. I love anything watermelon scented so this one makes me happy for sure.

I finished two packs of Tide Pods and they are my favorite type of laundry detergent. I really like Tide but the pods make doing laundry in an apartment so much more convenient. I will continue to coupon for these and can see myself using them for years to come.

I loved Bath and Body Works Forever Beach Days body wash, the beachy scent was great and I think that Bath and Body Works shower gels are a great buy, I just need to get my collection down a little bit.

This Sweet Tart Souffle has been hanging around forever and I'm so glad I finally finished it. Tim always commented on how he loved the smell but I thought it was just okay. I wouldn't repurchase this again but I'm not planning on purchasing any lotions for a long time since I have so many lotions to get through still!

Some mascaras and eyeliners, apparently the only makeup I can actually finish completely!

Rimmel London Wonderlash was a gorgeous blue container and I liked it but it definitely wasn't my favorite mascara. I would use it again if I got it free couponing but wouldn't seek it out.  However I would repurchase this Clinique Mascara in a heartbeat! I really loved it and thought it was dry enough to work with and made my lashes look awesome. Diorshow Maximizer is one of my old favorites and my mascara always looks amazing when this is on underneath my regular mascara. I will definitely buy this again even though it is pricey.

The Physicians Formula eyeliner was nice but the blue was not my favorite. I believe I got this couponing so if I got it again I would go for the black instead. Rimmel Exxaggerate Eyeliner was okay but there are definitely other eyeliners that I prefer to this one.

Lastly, my beloved Cake Batter Chapstick! I used up five recently and will definitely be buying more in the future!

What products have you used up lately?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Beginning Our Debt Free Journey December 2018

Hey loves! Before we start the serious conversation about debt, let me show you our Christmas tree newly covered in tinsel:

I love this time of year and when I went into Dollar Tree I made sure to grab a bag of tinsel to make our tree shine!

Now, let's talk debt!

I hate having debt and honestly paying for everything for our wedding forced us to put quite a bit on credit cards. We honestly were pretty frugal in comparison to many of the weddings that take place in our area, (I can write a blog more in detail with our wedding numbers if there's interest), but still we have quite a bit of debt following the wedding.

Now, we did receive many monetary gifts for our wedding but all of that money we have allocated to a down payment for a house. We don't want to touch that money because buying a house is a goal of ours for within the next six months. So our savings is off limit! (Don't kill me Dave Ramsey)

I honestly thought once the wedding was over we would be able to pay down our credit cards fairly quickly but then the Christmas season rolled around. *Sigh* I am trying to keep my costs down by doing things like hitting up Black Friday and other holiday sales however Christmas is a big expense.

Once Christmas is over I'm hopeful we will be focusing on getting our tax returns done and paying down our debt. I'm going to share our real numbers with you now so as we go through this process I can hopefully share with you our progress!

December Debt Totals

Credit Card #1     $35.98
Credit Card #2    $172.73
Credit Card #3    $274.15
Credit Card #4   $612.57
Credit Card #5   $1163.93
Credit Card #6   $2606.12
Credit Card #7   $7316.88
Credit Card #8   $7682.30

Student Loan:    $3280.03

Our total debt is $23,144.69.

Now to some people this number might seem ginormous while to others it may seem small but to me it's WAY too much to be owing someone. Now the first three credit cards can easily be paid off quickly and honestly were paid off before I put some Christmas gifts on them but the bigger $7000+ credit cards are going to take some patience and dedication.

You may also be wondering why we have so many credit cards. When Tim and I first met he didn't have a single credit card so he opened a few to get his credit up. I have a few store credit cards and just this year when I purchased my new laptop I financed it with a store credit card as well. Combining that with my other credit cards, we have a ton. I don't mind using credit cards but I would like to get to the point where I'm paying them off every month rather then holding on to these large balances.

For the debt snowball I will be going in order and paying off each credit card by number but I may skip over credit card #5 and come back to it since that card has a 0% APR so making minimum payments for now won't hurt me and I would rather see some of my larger cards with huge APRs disappear first.

I would love to hear from you if you are on a debt free journey! Please share in the comments below what you would like to hear about during this journey- I want to be as transparent as possible so you can see our progress and hopefully we can help you if you are also struggling with debt!

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Living Room Christmas Decor 2018

Happy Wednesday loves!

I want to share my super simple Christmas decor with you today. Originally Tim and I made an offer on a house and our potential closing date was December 20th so I didn't want to put up too many decorations in case we had to pack up and move. Unfortunately another offer was accepted so it doesn't look like we are going anywhere right away. I am enjoying the minimal decor though because it keeps things simple and makes it so I don't have to go crazy dusting!

Our tv stand is where I always hang our stockings which I purchased at Kohl's a few years ago. Last time I was at Kohl's I did see these though! The snowflake lights are from Ikea from years ago and the little angel was given to me as a gift when I was younger.

My new addition this year is this reindeer stuffed animal! He is so cute and was a Kohl's find.

Our Christmas tree is the same as last year but we picked up a new tree topper from Walmart and placed it in a different location then we have the previous years.

On my bookshelf I have Kermit and my teddy bear which are both gifts from years ago.  My newest additions are the little trees from the Target dollar spot, such a great find!

My Santa sign came from Kohl's last year and my little Let it Snow bear is super old!

Lastly I have a Let It Snow pillow from the Target dollar spot from a few years ago and my other two pillows were bought at At Home this year.

What decor items did you pick up this year?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Weekend 2018

Going back to work is always super hard after such a nice long weekend!

We had a great one around here where we had a nice mix of relaxing and events to attend.

Let's recap, shall we?

On Wednesday night we started our four day weekend by going to see Crimes of Grindelwald! I was so excited to see this and it definitely did not disappoint although now I have a million more questions for JK Rowling if I ever do meet her.

Tim loved it too even though he's not quite as HP obsessed as I am!

On Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving with my family.

This year we celebrated a little differently and went to Venice restaurant for our Thanksgiving meal and then headed back to my parents house for dessert.

It was a lot of fun to catch up with members of my family I don't see as often and Kai kept it interesting as always.

Kai ended up jumping up onto the counter (all four paws) not because he wanted food but there was a moving puppy stuffed animal that he had to have.

It was a great first Thanksgiving as a married couple!

On Friday I shared my trip to the DMV as well as some of my Black Friday shopping. We ended up going out later on and getting some deals at the mall. Old Navy was 50% off everything and Bath and Body Works was buy 3 get 3 free for everything in the store.

On Saturday we celebrated Thanksgiving with Tim's side of the family. It was a nice time and it's always cute to watch Tim play with his nephews!

As for Sunday?  A lot of lounging around and watching football happened here!

I can't believe it's less then a month until Christmas! I'll be sharing my living room decor on the blog soon!

Have a great day loves!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday Shopping!

Hey loves! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday with your loved ones! Ours was very nice and we have round two tomorrow with the other side of the family.

Today I went out for Black Friday...

to the DMV. Yes, that is the line for the DMV. I had to officially change my name there and thought no one would be heading there on Black Friday. Boy was I wrong as I stood outside for 45 minutes in 15 degree weather behind 50 other people who got there before I did. Good news is they were super efficient and I was out of there within a half hour once the doors opened!

I managed to get a few Black Friday deals but I honestly try to avoid the stores as much as possible so I'll share the deals I took advantage of that are still going on so you can take advantage too!

Pictured above are all my freebies from CVS! I walked away with more money in ECBs then I spent to get all these items. Definitely check out the CVS flyer for everything you can get for free because this isn't all you are able to get! I love shopping at CVS!

I also placed an order on American Eagle where everything is 40% off and free shipping! I picked up two new pairs of jeans, a bra, pajama pants, and 10 pairs of underwear for $135!

I love picking up my Erin Condren planner for the new year every Black Friday and today was no exception. My LifePlanner would normally be priced at $60. They are all 30% off today and I had a $25 coupon code from the order I placed last year (yay for never expiring coupons) so I was able to pick up my new planner for only $24 including shipping!

Tim and I made a quick trip to Walmart this morning where he picked up a couple of video games for $25 and $35, which was a great deal for him. I found the Kodak Wireless Printer  for only $49! I picked that up as well as a refill pack for $13 since this is normally a $100 product.

Later I plan on heading to Stop and Shop where I hear if you spend $100 on gift cards you get $20 towards groceries printed on your receipt! I will be taking advantage of that since I buy so many gift cards for family members!

There are a ton of deals out there today, go take advantage and if you can do it from home!

Have a great weekend everyone!