Ask Away...: 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

4 New Year's Resolution Ideas for 2018 + An Old Navy Giveaway








2018 is almost here and despite how cliché it is, you can always use another excuse to make some resolutions, right?   So today, I'm sharing with you a list of 4 great resolutions




[1] Embrace the KonMari Method.
A couple years back I revamped my entire life AND home with the KonMari Method.  You can read all about it here and see how it changed my life.   And you can see how each category of my possessions was covered here. Basically, the KonMari Method involves keeping ONLY what you love or absolutely need. If it doesn't bring you joy you can let it go.  It was life changing for me. There's no more clutter in my home.  Everything has a place and I know where it all is.  There's no more cleaning up before people come over.  The book is the first step and once you read it you can begin the process.  Make sure you read up on the posts I linked to because it'll get you really motivated!




[2] Fix Your Finances.
Not only have I wrote a book about how to get your finances in order but I have an entire blog post dedicated to getting on a budget and one for paying off debt using spreadsheets and tracking.  Working on being debt free is so exciting.  My finance posts and downloadable spreadsheets for purchase can really help you.  My book is a super easy read and I made it in the most down to earth way possible.   If you're sick an tired of feeling like you have no money and always stressing about it, you need to fix your finances!


[3] Get vital documents in place.
I made several posts about this type of thing - one here about my living will and why everyone needs one, and one here will I explain why wills and living wills are crucial at any age. You can have these documents made through a website called Rocket Lawyer for a VERY small fee.   You never know what can happen to yourself at any given moment and the best thing you can do for yourself and everyone else in your life is be prepared. Have plans in place, have directions, and be comfortable talking about it.


[4] Adopt healthier everyday habits.
You don't have to drastically alter your life all at once but it's always a good idea to make permanent small changes that you basically ease into. I made a post here about some of those things like drinking more water, eating REAL food, and being more active simply by walking twice a day on breaks. You can still enjoy life but just make slightly better decisions.  Maybe cut back portions a little or try to eat more fresh foods instead of packaged foods.




What changes are you working on this year?
GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $150 Old Navy Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 1/19 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Books I Recommend Your Read [December]

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White Bodies by Jane Robins

This was a very interesting read about a sister who is worried that her twin is in an abusive relationship.  She's a snoop by nature and she uncovers some scary things about what's really going on in her sister's relationship.  Then someone ends up dead and as you read you feel like anyone could have done it! Great twist at the end too!

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
This was a great and easy read about 4 women that decide to go on a treacherous white water rafting excursion, wreck, and end up stranded. There are a few horrific tragedies that occur while they are stranded and it's a fight for survival.   Great thrilling book by an author I never heard of before this book. 



When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Whalen

This book was about a town named Worthy and follows the different stories and viewpoints of several people involved in a tragedy, a scandal, and some other really sad but realistic things.   Everyone seems to intersect in some way and it shows how they are all impacted after the main tragic event.





The Child by Fiona Barton
This interesting read covers the lives of several people as an infant's body is discovered in their town.  One of them is the mother, one of them is a reporter, and one of them has a special involvement. I love how this book twists and turns.


Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
This book is amazing and there's even a Netflix movie about it. It's a book that tells the story of a white family back in the 40's when black people were still disrespected.   Two brothers butt heads and everything comes to a big explosion when one of them gets too friendly with a local black man.  This is a great book about racism and poverty and struggling to make ends meet with back breaking work. 


When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
This book kind of takes place in a distant future where there is no longer a line between religion and politics.   It's like everyone is brainwashed by religion.  And if you commit a crime like Hannah, the main character (She had an abortion after having an affair with a married priest), your punishment is that you are stained red all over your skin for a certain duration of time.   Hannah and her friend Kayla are trying to find a new world and a better life.






GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $200 Amazon Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 1/17 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017 Recap




I had a grand old time this Christmas and I have some fun snapshots to share with you.











Of course the dogs were in their festive outfits.  

 
 
Christmas Eve my parents, brother, and grandma came over for cheese balls and Christmas cookies made by my mom.    I gave my mom and Grandma both a wedding album of photo prints of our special day.  



The dogs set out cookies, milk, and a note for Santa. 












And the next morning....

They got gifts! 
 



 
 Then it was time to prepare a Christmas Feast!


 I love my table setting this year!



 I got Sperry Winter boots, Narcisco Rodriguez perfume, a lap desk, gift card for getting my nails done, curling wand, and pepper spray!!
 













Then the day after Christmas (aka today) Stella went to the vet with me because she's been limping really bad the past few days.   Turns out she has what is comparable to a torn ACL in humans.   It needs to heal.  So after $300 some dollars in x-rays and medication she has to rest for the next 8 weeks, lost about a pound, and I bought a ton of random rugs to go all over the hardwood floors for her. OH MY!  Never a dull moment. 

How was your Christmas? What did you get? 








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Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas from My Family to Yours (+ a J. Crew Giveaway)







 I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all of you.  I love my readers and I have big plans for this blog in 2018.  I need to step my game up and post more and post BETTER.


Thanks for sticking with me this long and I will be signing off until Wednesday when I come back with another giveaway!






GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $150 J.Crew Gift Card
 
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 1/12 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!














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Staying On Trend



Some people are really into their fashion, some people are happy just throwing any old T-shirt and a pair of jeans on. Which is perfectly ok, whatever you feel comfy in you should wear. But, for those of you who absolutely love your fashion, you’ll know how important it is to try and stay on trend. The trend is forever changing. What was fashionable this week will be old news in a couple of weeks time. But that’s the great thing about fashion. It is forever changing, and forever making people feel amazing. So, if you’re looking for ways to stay on trend a little more, here are a few for you.






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The Trends




To stay on trend, you first need to know what the trends are. There’s a few ways of doing this, and there’s always going to be a few trends out at the minute. Some are just absurd. If you’ve ever watched a catwalk show, you’ve got to sit and think to yourself ‘what the hell are they wearing?!’ This isn’t the sort of fashion trends you need to be on the hunt for. High Street retailers showcase some of the best trends all year round. They strategically place items all around the store that should help you piece together an outfit. Or you could look in some magazines or online articles to see what the celebrities are wearing. Whilst their price range might be a bit out of your league, the ideas you can take from them aren’t.




Accessorise




Accessories are everything, but not everyone relies on them to complete an outfit. But if you do follow the celebs and watch what they wear, you will notice that every time they step out they’re full of nice jewelry. It has the power to change the look of an entire outfit, so knowing how to use it to your advantage is always good. There are some really cute pieces out there at the minute, such as Roma Designer Jewelry. Smaller pieces are sometimes better depending on what outfit you’re wearing. If you’re wearing a little black dress, some cute silver jewelry will complement the outfit really well. But, if you’re looking to make a statement and wear bigger and bolder jewelry, you need to make sure you’re not overdoing it. It is so easy to edge towards tacky with bigger pieces of jewelry.




Winter Wear




Since it is now winter, we might as well talk about winter wear. There’s so many different trends this year for winter, but the one we’re going to talk about today is the puffy and fluffy look. Black skinny jeans, some knee high boots, and a puffy fur coat give you that lovely winter yet classy look. Try and keep the coat to a dark grey if you can, with a white top underneath. If you want to get extra toasty, there are some great Russian style hats on the market that are lovely at the minute. Leather gloves will help to give it that classy edge as well.






























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The True Sense Of A Gift





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Senses are an incredible thing. From the eyes which enable you to see to the ears which your use to hear, you have a very complex set of sensory tools which can use loads of different types of information. Of course, using them to their full potential can be very hard, especially when it comes to giving a gift. Most people don’t know how to use a tool like this for themselves, let alone for others.


Not a lot of people will think about senses when they’re buying something like this. Instead, a lot of gifts are bought to simply tick boxes and make people happy, without any real thought going into them. This is a shame, as the complexity of this part of your mind not only causes issues, but it also gives you the chance to exploit some great gift ideas. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some gift ideas which all have senses in mind.



Taste: For a long time, taste has been one of the most popular sense to use when you’re looking for gifts. With things like chocolate, alcohol, and other treats being fairly universally enjoyed, there are more options than ever for these sorts of treats. When you’re in a real jam, these sorts of gifts can often be delivered for you on the day. This will remove all of the stress from the big day.



Smell: Next, it’s time to think about smell, and how you’re going to give it as a gift without it seeming like a hint. Websites like https://splashofscent.com/ are perfect when you’re looking for luxury scents. With a huge range of loads of different perfumes, companies like this are able to slash their prices and give you a good deal while also providing incredibly high quality products.



Sight: There are very few things humans rely on more than sight. This sense is possibly the hardest to master, though, especially when you’re giving a gift to someone else. Artwork can be a great way to go, but you have to be very aware of what your recipient likes. Along with this, movies and television can also make great gifts, but you’ll have to work hard to find the shows they like.



Sound: Finally, as the last option on this list, sound can be particularly hard to get for someone. Nowadays, most people have accounts on sites like https://spotify.com, making the need for physical music non-existent. Instead, a concert could be a good idea, especially if you know the artists they like. Or, alternatively, you could think about the idea of a Google Home device to make their listening experience easier.


Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start using senses a little more when you’re choosing gifts for those you care about. There are loads of ways to add this sort of element into your gift giving, and you can take it however far you’d like. For some people, a sensory gift is a great idea. But, for others, it might be a little bit disappointing.

























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