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A Short Girl’s Guide to Denim

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Denim will (hopefully) be in forever. It’s durable and can be fashioned into just about anything, can be styled to fit just about any style, AND looks great on all bodies!

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Don’t let anyone tell you that petite girls can’t wear denim! With the right styling and hem-lengths in mind- you’ll be rocking all manners of denim in no time!

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Quick and Easy Meals Your Family Will Love

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Busy, hectic schedules are the new norm. Between your and your significant others’ work schedule and your kid’s afterschool activities, sports teams, and play time there’s not a whole lot of time left over to make delicious, nutritious meals.

That’s where we come in! Here are three quick meals that your family will love. It will also take less than a half hour to prepare and be chock full of health benefits to keep you and your family fueled and ready for the next thing.

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Pot Pie

Pot pie is one of my go-to meals when I’m not sure what to prepare. It’s quick, delicious, and can be hacked to be made healthier. It’s a family favorite and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Ingredients

1 lb thawed, cubed chicken  

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Canola oil to coat skillet

2 cups mixed vegetables (feel free to substitute with veggies you know they love)

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Package of Phyllo  Dough

2 Tbs of Butter (or vegetable spread)

2 Tablespoon Flour

1 cup Vegetable Broth

1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic

1 egg

1 tbs milk

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Directions 

  1. Heat the oven to 400 and coat your chicken with salt, pepper, ½ tablespoon of Italian Seasoning, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Heat a deep skillet until it is very hot and then pour enough oil in to lightly coat it. Immediately place chicken in and leave alone until the bottom has a nice brown, crust on it. Flip and allow the same to happen to this side.
  2. While the chicken is browning, get out your casserole pan and coat with nonstick spray.
  3. Take chicken out of the skillet and set it aside. We’re making the roux next. In the same skillet, melt 2 Tbs butter. Once melted, whisk 2 tbs of flour until smooth. Quickly add the vegetable broth and season with Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic. If you and your family enjoy a bit of spice, add a touch of Cyanne pepper. Leave on heat until it bubbles and set aside.
  4. Now it’s time to put it together: Take the phyllo dough and split it in half. Spread the first half on the bottom of the casserole pan and cover with the chicken, frozen vegetables, and roux. Cover with the rest of the dough. Whisk egg and milk together and coat the top.
  5. Place in oven for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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20 Min Stir Fry

A week does not go by without a stirfry night. These dishes are too easy to pass up and can be made with just about anything! My secret? Bamboo shoots and extra water chestnuts.

Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey

Salt and pepper to taste

A generous sprinkle of garlic

1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables

1 can water chestnuts

1 can bamboo shoots

Instant rice

Your choice of premade Asian sauce.


Directions 

1. Cook ground turkey with salt, pepper, and garlic in one pan while steaming the stirfry vegetables in the microwave. Cut the cook time in half so the veggies are only half cooked.

2. Cook instant rice

3. Drain and rinse water chestnuts and bamboo shoots Heat up a second pan and add oil. Add all vegetables and season with salt and pepper to taste. Leave cooking until golden and well cooked.

4. Combine meat with vegetables and rice. Pour sauce over and keep on heat until entire mixture is warm. Serve.

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Berry Delicious Dessert

This was my favorite treat as a child. My mom made it often and slipped a fair amount of yogurt and berries into me without me noticing. It’s so delicious I still eat it to this day!

Ingredients

1 box sugarfree Vanilla pudding OR Vanilla Yogurt for a healthier option

Premade angel food cake

Cut Strawberries

Blueberries (cut it half if your children are very young)

Cut Kiwi

Whipped cream


Directions

Lightly coat the strawberries and blueberries in vanilla pudding or mix berries with a generous amount of yogurt and pour it over a small slice of angel food cake. Top with a bit of whipped cream and serve.

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8 Must-Have Staples Every Woman Over 30 Should Have

Once you hit 30, your past the point in your life where you should be shouting “I have nothing to wear!” at your wardrobe every single day. After all, you’re a woman of class and quality. This doesn’t mean filling your closet with the same old items from your 20s. So withstanding budget constraints, we advise you to stock your wardrobe with some statement pieces instead of piles and piles of totally ill-fitted and mismatched clothing.

Here are 8 must-haves for your wardrobe which will give you a stylish, minimalistic look for all occasions.

A Silk Blouse 

A crisp button-down silk blouse looks sophisticated, but feels comfy! Plus, it can be easily dressed down with a pair of jeans or dressed up with dress pants or skirts. Choose your favorite colors and accessorize to emulate your style. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money on this item either! Just make sure you try it on for fit purpose!

Blazer

A classic black blazer is a perfect addition to your work wardrobe. The key is to find on that fits you properly. This may take some time or require professional tailoring, but a well-fitting blazer will change your life. The first time you look in the mirror and see how professional you look, you’ll never turn back. It doesn’t even need ironing and can be thrown over any decent shirt at a moment’s notice.

A Special Occasion Top

A tastefully embellished or sequined top will be your life-saving wardrobe item when you are clueless about what to wear to dinners, parties or formal events. Go for the one that will flatter your curves and rid you of your wardrobe hang-ups.

A Trench Coat

Trench coats will prove to be one of the most versatile clothing items in your closet. They can be transitioned from a long jacket for cool evenings to a trench to save you from a heavy downpour. Worn belted or loose, trench coats provide a sophisticated

Accessories

 A branded wallet, a cross body bag, and a tote

Purchase an elegant wallet that can be doubled as a clutch. A crossbody bag and tote will take care of your casual arm-candy. Plus, you can use it to stash your keys and other important things.

 A White Tee 

It is one of those versatile essentials that can go with everything from sequined skirts, leather pants to denim! Pick up a version with a nice cut with a linen blend because it works for all body types and is super comfortable.

 

Diamond Studs

“Diamonds are woman’s best friend” so investing in those modest diamond studs will be the best decision. Doesn’t matter if you have a full stash of statement chokers, a pair of diamonds is the workhorse of the jewelry world and will always make you stand out with its bling.

Red Lipstick

Red lipstick will take you ten notches up on the hotness meter each time you decide to wear it! So buy a promising shade of red; it could be of an electric crimson or a warm scarlet color, whichever complements your skin tone best! If you find lipstick to be dry, try a colored lip balm! They add a hint of color and moisturize.

 

 

Plan the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

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As the New Year approaches, we all tend to look back on our year. The highs and lows all come together as you contemplate the next year and what you can do to make the most of it. That’s where the New Year’s resolution comes into play.

The problem? New Year’s resolutions or goals are very hard to achieve! Usually, it starts off wonderfully. But, by the end of winter achieving goals becomes less important than family, friends, and work and are put on the back burner.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make any resolution or set new goals. In fact, there’s an entire branch of psychology, positive psychology, dedicated to the study of happiness and goal setting is a huge part it!  Not only will they help you move your life forward, but it can also increase overall happiness by giving you purpose.

So, check out our goal setting tips and get ready for an amazing New Year.

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Don’t set too many goals.

Think about all your habits and how long it took you to get them. How long have you been chewing your nails, eating right before bed, or forgetting to floss? Habits are hard to break and new routines are hard to make. So, set yourself up for success by choosing one thing to focus on. It’ll be easier to create your roadmap to success, making it less likely you’ll abandon ship halfway through.

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Choose the Right Goal

Material goals that focus on status, beauty, or money are very hard to achieve, especially in a year. That is not to say you should not have these goals. But, they should exist outside your New Year’s resolution because they are simply too hard to achieve short term. Which in turn, may make you feel bad about yourself and less likely to pursue your dreams.

Instead, choose a goal that you think will make a positive change, not only in your life but in the lives around you. You’ll be more likely to keep at it if you feel good about doing it. Positive psychologist Bruce Headley even ran experiments to test if altruistic goals increase happiness and published his finding in “Life Goals Matter to Happiness: A Revision of Set-Point Theory”.

He found that “giving high priority to non-zero sum goals enhances life satisfaction while giving high priority to zero-sum goals lowers it” (20).

So, not only are you more likely to keep altruistic goals, you’ll feel better about it too!

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Don’t Settle for an Abstract Goal.

Now, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty. Don’t settle for an abstract goal like “I want to lose weight”, “I want to start my own business”, “I want to travel more”. Instead, apply laser focus to your goal and use action inspiring verbs. For example, “I want to lose weight” becomes “I will lose 15 pounds by next October”, “I want to start a business ” becomes “I will sell 10 shirts by March” and, “I want to travel more” becomes “I want to take a road trip the first weekend of every month and save %5 percent of my paycheck a month until I can go somewhere further”.

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Break it Down.

If you want to achieve your New Year’s resolution, you need to break it down and plan it out. Goals are not achieved in one big go, but by steady, day to day work. One of the best ways to visualize and plan out your goal is PositivePsychologyProgram’s SMART Goal-Setting Worksheet. It will help you set your goal, figure out how to measure it, and encourage you to think of the day to day activities you’ll do to achieve your goal.

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At the end of the day (or year), it’s not important if you achieve your goal. It is important that you do your best and learn from the experience! That way, you’ll get it next time. Just know, we believe in you!

If you’re interested in learning more about the fascinating and uplifting world of positive psychology, check out the PositivePsycologyProgram. They have tons of free, informative articles and offer free toolkits to help you apply positive psychology to your life.

 

Works Cited

Life Goals: Why You Should Be Setting Goals In Life. (2018, January 30).     Retrieved December 12, 2018, from     https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/life-worth-living-setting-life-     goals/

Headey, B. (November). Life Goals Matter to Happiness: A Revision of Set-   Point Theory. Retrieved December 3, 2018, from       https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/18532

http://hdl.handle.net/10419/18532

 

 

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Gift Guide Series: Your Pet

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It doesn’t matter if your pet is big or small, fluffy or scaley, or even if it likes to be cuddled or not. You and your pet (or pets) have a special bond that is shared with millions of pet lovers across the world.  Now, with the holiday season upon us, you’ve probably thought about what you can get to celebrate their conditional love. So, settle back and check out the best pet gifts of the season!

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Cat

Anyone who has a cat knows the struggle of finding their little furry friend a toy that they enjoy. It doesn’t matter if its crinkly, shiny, fluffy, or even full of catnip- they always seem to prefer a grocery bag or a hair tie. So, this is for all those struggling to find the perfect gift for their fur baby.

  1. A New Cat Tree

When is the last time you purchased your cat a new cat scratcher or cat tree? Sure, they love their old one but maybe it’s time for a newer, better one! Depending on your budget and space constraints, you can get a large multi-platform tree or a simple post. Regardless, make sure you sprinkle it with a little bit of catnip to tempt her!

2. Window Seat Perch

This one is purrfect for small apartments! Let your cat experience the best sightseeing and sunbathing in their lives without taking up precious floor space. We suggest the Kitty Cot Original World’s Best Cat Perch, available on Amazon for $50. It holds up to 25 pounds and boosts patented suction cup technology. Now, while other perches claim to hold up to 60 pounds, this product has well over 1,000 reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars.

3. Your Leftover Tissue and Wrapping Paper

If worst comes to worst and you know your cat won’t fall for any holiday presents, get a cardboard box and cut out a nice sized hole so your kitty can get it. Then, take some leftover tissue and wrapping paper and put it inside. Bam! You have yourself a homemade kitty condo that you know she’ll love.

 

 

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Dog

Your puppy loves you unconditionally, waits for you at the door, and will play with literally anything (as long as you’ll play too!). That doesn’t mean you should settle with some new tennis balls, though! This holiday season, treat your pooch to one of these awesome gifts.

  1. A Hide and Seek Toy

We love the Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush on Amazon. Hide cute, squeaky squirrels inside a plushy tree stump and give your pooch hours of fun. It comes in different sizes so dogs of all sizes can enjoy! Plus, it’s under $10.

2. BarkBox

You might have a few subscription boxes coming your way, but does your dog? If not, consider getting BarkBox! It’s a wonderful option for those who don’t like to go to the store but still want to pamper their little pals. The plans are extremely personalized, allowing you to choose from small, large, or medium dog, any allergies, and how often you’d like to receive the box. Then, you and your dog will have the fun of opening a new box!

3. A Professional Bath

You love a spa day, right?! Well, your pup will love one too! Get him trimmed and cleaned up by a professional then bring him home and have a great cuddle session. You’ll love how great they smell and they’ll love getting pampered! Plus, they might even get a special treat out of it.

 

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Small Pets

Buying for smaller pets is a bit more difficult- mostly because they don’t play as often as cats or dogs. For small pets, think about purchasing them a special treat or a larger cage or space for them to run around in. You might also consider taking them to the vet for a checkup! It’s always nice to be sure that your pet baby is safe and sound.

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No matter what you decide to get your pet, make sure you give them plenty of love during the holidays and be aware that they might not enjoy all the hubub of gifts, family dinners, and holiday parties! Be mindful of their needs and tell them you love them.

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Gift Guide Series: Treat Yourself

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Let’s face it. You’ve spent months picking out perfect gifts for your family members and friends, you’ll be the one cooking the holiday feast, and the one who will clean up afterward. As much as the holidays are about giving to others, it should also be about taking the time and effort to give back to yourself. You’re amazing and absolutely deserve it!

 

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I know many of you have spent so long thinking of others, that you might not have a clue where to begin buying for yourself- and I’m not talking about buying necessities like groceries, sponges, and laundry detergent! That’s why we’ve compiled a list of fun (and even useful) ways you can treat yourself this holiday.

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1. For Technology Buffs 

1. Acer Chromebook Spin 11 CP511-1HN-C7Q1 Touch

Chuck out your old desktop and get yourself a hardworking, two-in-one computer under $400! Now you’ll have your computer for work and web surfing, but you’ll also have a tablet! Just flip it and use the stylus pen to write, draw, or color! We love the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 because of it’s got decent storage at 4 GB onboard memory and an additional 32 GB storage, hearty two core processor, and up to 10 hours of battery life. All for a reasonable price!

2. The Brand New Echo

Whether you already have an Echo or not, the newest version of Amazons helpful little product is just what you need to end 2018 and kick off the new year. Video chat your children or grandchildren, watch helpful cooking videos while cooking (no need to touch the screen just tell it what to do!), and use it as home security! Don’t worry about it breaking the bank either, because it’s well under $300 and often on sale for even less.

3.  Wireless Charging Port

Normally, we would recommend a specific brand, but a good wireless charging port needs to be compatible with your specific device. Luckily, there are many options out there for your Samsung or IOS device! For starters, check out Nomad’s wireless charging port for IOS devices or Samsung’s fast-charger for your android. Just make sure your phone is QI capable before purchasing.

 

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2. For Cooking Queens 

1. KitchenAid Mixer

There are almost no limits to what you can do with a KitchenAid mixer. First of all, it’s a compact little machine that’s perfect for whipping up meals and desserts with. Plus, it has a bunch of different attachments that will allow you to really explore the culinary world. Make homemade pasta, peel your vegetables with ease, or even grind meat! The only limit might just be your imagination.

2. Meal Kits

Take the hassle out of cooking and food shopping for a few months with a meal kit delivered straight to your door! We love Home Chef because it offers a variety of recipes, like 5-minute lunches, standard meals, and premium meals. It is also a wonderful option for those who have dietary restrictions or preferences! They also offer free shipping for orders $45 or more and often have great deals or free meal options!

3. Cuisinart SmartStick Blender

You will be amazed at the difference a stick blender will make in your kitchen. Make purees with ease, creamy soup with no hassle, or blend up a smoothie in your favorite cup. It’s easy to store and even easier to clean! We love Cuisinart’s hand blender because it offers multiple speeds at the turn of a dial instead of low, medium, or fast settings.

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3. For Gardening Geniuses 

1. Aquatic Gardening

Create a soothing mini-ecosystem in your kitchen with an aquatic garden that grows fresh food with the help of fish! Your fish fertilizes the plants and the plants clean and oxygenate the tank! You don’t even need to worry about watering the plants!  If you’re just getting started with aquatic gardening, go for a microgreen and herb kit. They’re smaller and can grow with the help of a single betta fish.

2. Plant Lamp

If you’re sick of having your plants die every time the season changes, try an indoor plant lamp. We love the OUTAD’s plant grow light because it offers timers, has dimmable light options for your low light plants, and produces lots of light with minimal heat. The best part? It’s under $40! Long live your green thumb!

3. A Fun Garden Accessory

If you spend a lot of time in your garden it might be nice to have some decorations out there! Even if it isn’t something you would usually spend money on, treat yourself to a fun outdoor decoration. Let your mind wander and pick the best thing you can think of!

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4. For the Crafter 

1. Cricut

If you’re a hardcore crafter than you’ve probably heard about and drooled over the Cricut. It’s a small but powerful tool that can cut out amazing detailed patterns on anything from paper to leather. At $400, it might seem too expensive but this year you deserve to treat yourself! Plus, think about how much money you’ll save on future gifts- you’ll be able to make just about anything!

2. A Crafting Class

Even if you’re an old pro, it’s always nice to learn something new and meet people who love crafting as much as you do! So, this year find a crafting class on something new you’d like to learn or for something you’d like to get better at and go for it! Check out your local Michaels or Joann Fabrics for a place to start. Many of them are free or low cost, so there’s nothing to lose!

3. New Art Supplies

How long have you been using those old paintbrushes and markers? It’s time to get yourself new products! If you like to paint, get some new brushes and paints. If you love needlepoint, go for some new colored thread. Maybe you do woodworking- get yourself a new whittler! Bottom line, you deserve it!

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Gift Guide Series: Friends Edition

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Friends are the people in you simply cannot live without. They’re the people you call when you want to get your groove on at the club, the people that you get brunch with, and the ones who brought you ice cream after breakups.

That being said, you may be wondering what kind of gift to get that extra-special person in your life. That’s why we scoured the web for fun, thoughtful gifts to give your friends. They deserve it and you deserve some time off!

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For Your Friend with a Green Thumb

  1. Grab a pack of Indoor Plant Hangers and a few cheap terracotta plant holders at your local hardware store or online. Then, the fun part. Decorate the pots to create a unique look and adds a thoughtful touch. If you’re worried about keeping plants alive before gifting them, include a pack of seeds and a small bag of potting soil.
  2. Make your friend a one of a kind terrarium filled with the things they enjoy the most. Most of the items you’ll need can be found at a dollar store and the rest can be found at a local plant store or hardware chain. It’s up to you to unleash your creativity and build the terrarium of your friends dreams.! Visit the Apartment Therapy’s “How to Make a Terrarium” for easy-to-follow instructions

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For the Interior Designer

  1. I have two words for you: Decorative Pillows. They’ll comfortable, fun, and something people rarely buy for themselves even though it can totally vamp up their decor. Think about their house and make sure you pick something that would look great on their couch!
  2. The 3D Moon lamp is perfect for the friend you love to the moon and back. It’s a stylish, touch lamp with a soft yellow and bright white setting and it’s under $20!

 

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For Your Fashionista Friend

  1. Get her a Birchbox beauty subscription! Choose from a one month, 3 months, or yearly subscription and she’ll receive 5 beauty products every month of the subscription cycle! Everyone loves receiving mail that isn’t bills!
  2.  If your friend is constantly on the go, treat her to a brand new purse. It’s great because you don’t have to worry about size or even style! Stick with a black bag that will match everything! We love this one because of the subtle pink accents.

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For Your Best Techie

  1. Bring your friends photos to life with a mini portable printer for their cellphone! We suggest the HP Sprocket, which can be found on Amazon for under $130. Choose from a wide variety of colors and for following years you’ll be able to get them ink and paper for it!
  2. You want to get your friend some amazing new gadget, but they seem to already have them all! The one they don’t have is super expensive and you just can’t afford it. That’s okay! You can never go wrong with a gift card. Get them one for BestBuy or Amazon so they can spend it on the tech they want.

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For the Chef

  1. If your bestie is still using their coffee maker from ten years ago, consider getting them the Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition. For $200 they’ll be able to create delicious coffees, lattes, and cappuccinos everyday! Plus, Keurig is throwing in 48 free pods with your purchase.
  2. Get your friend a set of trigger scoops. It might sound silly, but it’s an amazing tool that will allow them to create the perfect cookies, cupcakes, and more! You’ll be able to find them at just about any retail store, but we suggest the King Arthur Cookie Scoop Set of 3. Not only do they have brightly colored handles, but the set also offers a wide variety of sizes for them to choose from!

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No matter what you decide to get your friend, make sure you tell them how much they mean to you. The best gift is friendship, after all!

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Throw an Amazing Holiday Party on a Budget

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Celebrate the holidays with a fun, festive party with family and friends! Worried about creating the perfect atmosphere, complete with decorations, food, and drink without blowing all your hard earned money? Don’t worry! I’ve created my fair share of budget parties and I’m ready to share what I’ve learned with you!

Okay, you’re thinking “What’s the catch?” Well. In order to throw a glittering party, you’ll need to put in some elbow grease and get to making!  Don’t worry, though! Your bank account isn’t the only thing I’m trying to save. I know your time is just as precious.

Craft Corner

The Dollar Store 

When creating a budget party, the dollar store is your best friend. So, I’ve made sure all my suggestions for crafts and homemade holiday decorations can be recreated with items found there.

1.Glitter and Spray Paint

When I was a child, I helped my mother create glittering, shiny tree branches for her holiday party. To this day, I still remember how beautiful they were scattered around the house in various containers. They are also super super easy to create and really do pack an amazing punch.

You will need to find some branches outside, spray paint that matches your color scheme (preferably metallic finished), adhesive glue spray, white glue, and sparkles! Pro Tip: Clean the items you’ll be spraying the best you can before covering.

Head outside with your items – remember, don’t use the spray paint inside and we strongly suggest using a mask. Spray all of your branches and let dry completely. Set a few aside and keep as is. The metallic branches will add a nice contrast to the sparkly ones you’re about to create. Spray the remaining branches with the spray adhesive and paint a bit of white glue on. Then, cover with the glitter! Let dry and the arrange in vases or mason jars. You can even hang ornaments on them for an extra touch.

Feel free to apply this technique to other items for your party: Pinecones, leaves, Ribbon Bows, dollar store candle holders, fake flower, or boring ornaments!

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2. Hanging Christmas Ornaments and SnowFlakes

Grab yourself a pack of ornaments that fit your price range and some adhesive tacky. That’s it! Well, you’ll also need a chair or a ladder because you’ll be tacking them to the ceiling. As for the snowflakes, look at the dollar store or make a bunch with regular computer paper, paint with glue, and dip with the remaining glitter from the first project!

3. Illuminate

The best way to give your party a cozy feel is a pack of white tea lights. They provide a nice gentle glow without any conflicting scents. Dot them around the party area for the full effect. You can even create a festive scene with them by putting pine cones, wreath, or larger candle near them. 

If you plan to have children at your party, trade them in for a pack of fake tealights and a strand or two of holiday lights. They provide the same effect without the fear of fire.

 

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4. Multi-tiered Food and Dessert Platter

Serve all your food on handmade tiered food platters. They’ll wow your guests, add pizzaz to your food spread and take minutes to create. Find plates in various sizes that speak to your party- classy glass or cutesy and themed. Now, do the same with the stemware. Once you’ve got your pieces it’s time to assemble. Put the largest plate, face up, down and then super glue the glass, upside down, in the center. Repeat using smaller sized plates and glasses as you go.

5. Present Piles

All those boxes that your packages and grocery items come in- Save them! They will become the base for your present piles. Just wrap them in some dollar store wrapping paper and don with bows (if you want to add a bit of extra spark). Then, strategically place around your home in piles and surround with battery pack twinkle lights. 

6. Dollar Store Decor

Now, it’s time to accent all your hard work with a few premade items. Try and incorporate a few knickknacks into the mix to help bridge the gap between premade and homemade. And trust me, the dollar store has never disappointed in the little decoration department. Then, rearrange them in cute scenes on your tables, bookshelves, and countertops.

 

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Finally…

The best way to throw a successful holiday party is through food! So, make sure to provide a bunch of snacks and drinks for your party guests to enjoy. Look up some fun recipes on Pinterest and just do your best! As long as it tastes good, it won’t matter if it’s perfect or not.

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5 Fashion Staples Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet

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Contrary to popular belief, the way to get out of the, “I have nothing to wear” rut is not to buy more clothes. After all, new clothes only feel, well, new for the first couple wears before blending into the back of your closet. Instead of going out and getting something new every time you get bored, focus on the type and quality of your clothing. In fact, all you really need is a closet filled with a few fashion essentials that will work no matter what you do to it. This makes the day-to-day “What do I wear?” decision infinitely easier.

With that said- These are the 5 fashion staples every woman should have in her closet. They can be mixed and matched, worn with nearly anything, and dressed up or down.

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1. The LBD

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s a fashion fact. The little black dress (LBD) isn’t going anywhere. It’s versatile enough to wear to a farmer’s market with some sandals and a denim jacket, but can be dressed up for a cocktail party with the right jewelry and shoes. It’s basically a blank slate for styling, and the right dress is also perfectly fashionable on its own. But not every LBD is created equal. You want something simple enough to accessorize and something appropriate for work or a wedding.

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2. The Perfect White Top

Some might argue that the perfect white top is, in fact, a t-shirt, but we beg to differ. Yes, a great white t-shirt is essential. But the right white top – particularly when it’s a button-down can be even more versatile since you can pair it with dressier pants, skirts and more to make it shine. You can also layer it to give some dimension to your look.

White matches with everything. It’s always fresh, and it lends a flattering tone to every skin color. No doubt about it, white is the new black. Our favorite is Gap’s Relaxed Classic Linen- Blend Shirt. It’s a minimal investment of only $15 with max payout! You can wear this with just about anything. This is a boxed content block. Click the edit button to edit this text.

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3. A Great-Fitting Blazer

Blazers have been in style since the dawn of time. Or at least, since the 50’s.  And there’s a reason why; there’s something so sexy about menswear tailored to a woman’s body. It’s professional, it’s powerful, it’s versatile. The options are limitless: Style it with denim, slacks, a mini skirt, or a fitted dress.

We recommend one in navy, black, or cream for versatility reasons, but we’ve also styled great looks with bright red, bubblegum pink, and even yellow. These are our favorites!

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4.A Pair of Nude Pumps

The formula for long, sleek legs? The perfect nude pump. Wear them with your jeans, your dresses, your skirts – even your shorts. The right cut and fit will make even the shortest legs appear longer. And if you’re not sure about heels, consider nude ballet flats. They’re just as chic, but even more comfortable and can also be dressed up or down.

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5. Dark Denim

Yes, jeans are a true staple. Styles come and go, but the material will never die. Denim is so universally flattering, especially in a dark wash. Acceptable for the office with a blazer and some pumps, perfect for a concert with friends in the right tee, and ideal for a Saturday stroll with the pup, you’ll exude easy, casual vibes everywhere you go. (Bonus: dark washes don’t stain as easily!)

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If you need any help finding the perfect staples for your closet- whether fit or style- have a chat with one of our YBFF Stylists! They’ll help you maintain or find your style and send you clothing as unique as you are. They’re here to help you find the perfect fit and the perfect look, so you can always exchange your item (FOR FREE!) Plus, you’ll get a free gift ( yes, free! No seperate shipping and handling fees here)

We can’t wait to meet you!

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Bring Style to the Thanksgiving Season

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When you picture the Thanksgiving holiday, what comes to mind? Probably the beauty of changing leaves, the enticing aroma of turkey and pumpkin pie, cozy clothes, and warm drinks. After all, for many, this holiday falls during a cold month, which explains why so many of us seek warmth and togetherness during this season.

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Now, think back a little bit harder- past all the sweet, warm moments spent with friends and family. When you think of dressing for this holiday, what comes to mind?

If it’s turkey and pumpkin merchandise- whether it clothing or jewelry- then you’ve come to the right place… to find another way to express your love of the season.

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 Skip the Turkey Merch and Stick to Fall Colors

We all have someone in our lives that lives and breathes for kitsch items. They go for anything and everything that shows an obvious connection to the traditional parts of the holiday. These items are usually over-the-top and leave no room for interpretation or guesswork: it is very obvious which holiday is being repped with these items.

For this holiday, it means a turkey or a pumpkin sweater with matching earrings and necklace. But, let’s try to avoid campy accessories this season and bring out our autumn spirit in a more subtle way.

Try to incorporate fall colors into your outfits as much as possible. This is a great way to show your enthusiasm for the season without going overboard. Think burnt orange, deep yellow, soil brown, pine tree green, and vibrant red. These colors are extremely complimentary so pick your favorites and go with it! You really can’t go wrong with autumn colors. You can also incorporate plaid and herringbone patterns: they are classics of the season and they can add great dimension to your fall outfit.

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Layer Up

This one makes total sense, right?! It is downright frigid outside (for many of us), but as hot as a furnace inside our homes and offices. Naturally, you want to include pieces of articles that are easy to take on and off. Luckily, layering is a wonderful way to show off all the amazing pieces in your closet and can lead to some really beautiful and exciting looks. Feel free to explore what feels right on your body. For some, this will be leggings with a tunic dress, cardigan, and scarf. For others, it could be a pair of denim skinny jeans with thigh high socks and boots, a flannel and jacket. You already have everything you need right in your closet!

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Now, if you have a few of those kitschy items laying around ( I know I do!), just try to wear them in moderation. If you’re rocking a chic fall look and want to throw on some pumpkin or bat earrings? Go for it and remember;  it only really matters how you feel in what your wearing! So don’t forget to wear your confidence this fall season!

We’d love to see you rocking your fall outfits confidently so send us a picture of you in your favorite fall outfit on Instagram @yourbestfashionfinds! We can’t wait!

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