Monday, November 30, 2015

Four Gifts Under $25

Buying gifts can be stressful and get expensive, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are so many adorable, and affordable, presents that the receiver will love and you will be proud to give! From stocking stuffers to Secret Santa gifts, these items below all come in at under $25. Happy shopping!

Four Gifts Under $20

blanket scarf   |   headband   |   lipstick   |   book

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Kitchenaid Mixer Giveaway!

Enter to win a Kitchenaid Mixer

Wowza, do we have a special treat for you just in time for the holidays! I've banded together with Angie over at My So-Called Chaos, her sponsors, and some other wonderful bloggers and people to offer all of you lucky readers a Kitchenaid Mixer. Do you want to win a Kitchenaid Mixer? Good-read on to enter!

Angie asked the wonderful people participating in this giveaway with me to share their favorite holiday treats with you.  Maybe our answers will inspire you, and if you win, you can make those treats in your brand new kitchen baby. *Swoon!* So here are the lovely ladies involved, and their favorite holiday treats: Kitchenaid Giveaway Sponsors

"To kick this off, I'll share that my favorite holiday treat is Pumpkin Pie.  I know, it's totally basic, but a good homemade pumpkin pie is something I look forward to all year long.  That and all the festive holiday coffee options-love!" - Angie from My So-Called Chaos

"There's something just so classic and comforting about freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of cold milk. I bake them every year because the smell stirs up the best childhood memories." - Kimi from Kimi Who 

"I recently made Buckeye Brookies! They are a twist on an old Ohio classic. I made them on Monday and by Wednesday they were totally devoured. Everyone loved them and was asking me when I was going to make them again! Looks like I've found my signature sweet treat!" - Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me 

"I am definitely a sweet eater! I love just about any sweet, but when it comes around to the holidays, I'm in love with cream puffs. If you haven't ever had a cream puff, its a dough filled with a cream cheese mixture feeling. It is a must try this holiday!" - Ashley from Simply Ashley Nichole

"Churros with dulce de leche!, it's sweet and crunchy, and I just love the creaminess of the dulce de leche, it could also be Nutella!" - Gaila from Petit Gourmet

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is Christmas cookies. I love cookies year round, but the cookies my family makes around the holidays are super delicious. I love my Grandmama's shortbread and my Aunt's sugar cookies. I also like to make cookies and make some awesome chocolate chip cookies." - Christina from Cali Darling

"My favorite treat is homemade Caramel Apple Pie. I'm not great at baking but I can make some delicious pie and this one is by far my best. I'm proud of it every time I cook it and it's absolutely delicious." - Bethany from Stella Kenton Body Shop

"My favorite holiday treat would have to be brownies or cookies, wait maybe Pie. Lol I love all three. How can I choose? But I do need them to have some time of holiday spirit on them such as peppermint." - Jasmine from Classy, Sassy, and a Bit Smartassy

"Definitely hot chocolate! Maybe with a shot of espresso? It reminds me of colder weather (I live in Florida!) and cozy blankets! There's a comfort in holding something warm." - Samantha from Samanthability 

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is simply hot milk with cinnamon. I think cinnamon immediately drives me to the Christmas atmosphere as for the whiteness of the milk that reminds me of snow falling down." - Caterina from Kate/idoscope

"Cookies....because who doesn't love cookies? :)" - Linda from Brunch with Joy

"Every Christmas, my grandparents in New Jersey ship us out kiffles from the Kiffle Kitchen Bakery in PA, and they're by far my favorite holiday sweet treat! I love them because they remind me of the holidays in NJ when I was a child! Now that I'm across the country in AZ, it's nice to have a little something that reminds me of home during the holidays." - Nicole from Violet & Vine

"Our favourite holiday sweet treat is a chocolate candy called Almond Roca. It comes out in the stores around the holidays. It's toffee wrapped with chocolate and almonds." - Tript and Prabh from Footnotes & Finds

"Anything with chocolate - white, milk or dark, I love it all!" - Ang from Juggling Act Momma

"A big ol' piece of pumpkin pie covered in Cool Whip! But, minus the crust. I eat around that nonsense ;)" - Leeann from Join the Gossip

"I love my mom's homemade butter cookies. Her baking always fills up the house with a fantastic smell that reminds me of the holidays. I remember sneaking cookies that just came out of the oven. So good!" - Jessica from Living La Vida Holoka

"My favorite holiday sweet treat is pumpkin pie, although I have met very few cookies I don't like. I love the spices of the pie and it brings lots of fond memories. Plus, I love to squirt the whipped cream in my grand kid's mouths." - Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas 

"I love homemade toffee - one bite takes me back to sneaking pieces off my grandma's kitchen counter during the holidays!" - Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

"I love cinnamon rolls. The sweet smell. The warmth. It just is perfect for the fall and winter time!" - Amanda from Green Tea & Cotton

"My favourite holiday sweet treat is something we get in the UK called After Eight Mints. They're absolutely delicious and I can't imagine not indulging in a few (or half a box) after dinner on Christmas Day!" - Louise from With Love From Lou

"Every Christmas we host a Family Cookie Day, so I have to go with Butterscotch Haystacks as my favorite holiday sweet treat. Eating them brings back great memories of my youth." - Darcey from Foodie & Wine

"Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls - they're a tradition in our family and I've been making them for my kids for about 15 years!" - Julie from Mom Fabulous 

"Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies because they're good with coffee or after dinner." - Tiara from Ice Cream & French Fries

"It's so simple (and might sound totally lame) but I love Peanut Butter Blossoms. Every holiday season I crave them!" - Mary from Vindulge

"My favorite holiday sweet treat are Hershey kiss peanut butter cookies! There is something that just screams holidays when I'm stuffing them in my mouth by the handfuls, haha!" - Amanda from Little Lady Little City

"I love hot chocolate and fudge! Hot chocolate just reminds me of the cooler weather and fudge reminds me of Christmas time!" - Alissia from Stay at Home Mompreneur

"Sugar cookies topped with sprinkles are my favorite! They are so simple to make and taste delicious." - Krystal from The Krystal Diaries

Enter the Giveaway

Prize is one Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in your choice of color (as long as that color is no more than $300 value currently on Amazon) This giveaway is open Worldwide (Internationa winners will receive $300 Paypal cash instead to purchase from an international site) and ends on 12/8/15 at 12AM.  Entries will be verified and entering below agrees to full terms and conditions within the Rafflecopter widget.

Monday, November 23, 2015

LA Social Studio Shop

LA Social Studio Shop

See that lovely bunch of ladies up there? They were all a part of LA Social Studio Shop - an incredible weekend of learning, networking, and straight up support! The event was put on by Social Studio Shop and is dedicated to helping participants grow their blogs and/or businesses. I recommend looking into their future workshops if you are trying to get to the next level. For me, I've been stagnant and seeking inspiration. This weekend definitely helped spark a creative fire within me.

Blogger, othe Gossip

LA Social Studio Shop decor

LA Social Studio Shop

The main information we learned throughout the weekend was analytics and how to measure stats and see what your audience likes about your posts. From Facebook to Pinterest, we were given tools on all of the major social networks. We also learned a valuable lesson: it's not about numbers. It's about being true to yourself and authentic with your followers. It's easy to get caught up in likes and comments, but it's not a popularity contest. When you get in your groove people will catch on.

Plus on top of the knowledge I gained, I also got some fun goodies and made friends I plan on keeping in touch with. Each woman in attendance brought something special to the table and I'm glad I was able to make connections with each of them, and I look forward to watching them grow on their individual journeys. 

LA Social Studio Shop swag bags

The ladies of LA Social Studio Shop

Photos courtesy of Carley Rudd

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My First Five on Friday

It's my first time linking up for Five on Friday. Yay! So let's get right to it:

1. Going Back to iPhone. After switching to a Galaxy a year ago, for the camera, I finally switched back. I'm still getting the hang of it, so if you know of any new apps that have popped up since last August, send them my way!

2. Undateable. I'm headed to a taping of the show tonight. Be sure to look for me in the crowd ;)

3. Social Studio Shop. I'm trying to get back into blogging - like really, not just a few scattered posts here and there - and the workshop that these ladies put on two weeks ago really inspired me! Come back Monday for my recap.

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4. Fall. I know everyone else is experiencing winter-like weather but we're late to the party in Southern California.This week we still had 80 degree days, but a few also dipped down the 70s. Major win in my book. Still no changing leaves though, because that's (sadly) not a thing here.

5. Holiday Sales. They're already starting. I snagged a several J.CRew Factory items, including this Factory Printed Drapey Dress. It was marked 50% off + free shipping which is good, but I'm going to keep an eye out to see if it drops even more.

Have a great weekend. See you back here on Monday!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Race-Themed Birthday Party


Start your engines. I've got a fun birthday party theme coming your way in 3...2...1!

My friend puts on adorable birthday parties and her latest one was nothing short of engine-ious ;) For her son's first birthday she decked the party out in a race car theme and decorated everything perfectly. From mini chocolate donuts serving as spare tires, to brownies with red, yellow, and green M&Ms that looked like stoplights, and green juice labeled antifreeze - every detail was planned out and executed so well that all of the guest were talking about how great of a job the hostess did.

The best part of this race car birthday party theme is everything is totally do-able! You don't have to be an amazing party planner to pull off a fun day and impress your guests.