FREE Printable Wine Labels

Printable Wine Label

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Happy National Drink Wine Day! As many of you already know, I love custom wine labels! They make for a very personalized and thoughtful gift and they are great for parties! One of my favorite ways to use personalized wine labels is by gifting a bride a groom a year of firsts with a wedding milestone wine basket! We received this at our wedding and we had SO much fun enjoying the different bottles of wine for each new milestone in our marriage! I also love to give a Mommy Milestones wine basket at baby showers for the mommy-to-be and daddy-to-be to enjoy after the baby is born!

Wine Bottle Labels

Printable Wine Label

Free Printable Wine Labels

While custom wine labels are perfect for these types of occasions, you might want to dress up a wine label without having to order custom labels! Well thanks to FTD by Design, you can wow your party crowd with a custom bottle of wine in just a few minutes! All you need is a printer, double-sided tape, and a bottle of wine! It was super easy and it turned out beautifully! 

Wine Label Gift Tags

Visit FTD by Design’s blog post for their super easy instructions and to download their 6 free printable wine bottle labels for special occasions! They are all so adorable, but I think my favorite label has to be the Sip Sip Hooray! It’s hard to read that and not want to cheer! You can apply them directly to the bottle, or print the hanging label that you can easily hang on the bottle! You will never want to show up to a birthday party, dinner party, or family gathering without these show-stopping wine labels dressing up your delicious bottle of wine! If you love these gorgeous Mikasa Cheers Red Wine Glasses as much as I do, they are very affordable and are perfect for a romantic dinner or a party! Cheers! 






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Luxury Beach Vacation at the All-Inclusive Sandals Ochi Jamaica

Beach Vacation Jamaica

I love the beach. I love vacation. When you combine the two with an all-inclusive resort in beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica, you pretty much have found paradise. This is not the first time we have stayed at a Sandals resort and I promise you it will not be the last! In case you missed my post about our honeymoon in the Bahamas at Sandals Royal Bahamian, check it out here! 

Sandals Jamaica Beach Vacation

Tropical Beach Resort Jamaica

We had such an amazing time with Sandals for our honeymoon; we decided there really wasn’t a better way to celebrate our first anniversary than in a different country at a different Sandals resort! Two of our friends were married a few months before us and they stayed at Sandals Ochi for their honeymoon and absolutely loved it! My parents have also vacationed in Ocho Rios on two different occasions and they absolutely loved the culture and the beautiful scenery! So, our decision to celebrate our first wedding anniversary in Jamaica was a no-brainer and we are oh so happy we did!

Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Let me start by saying Sandals Ochi is HUGE and gives you the best of both worlds. There are two parts to the resort; the hillside, which makes you feel like you are in the middle of a beautiful rainforest, and the ocean side with crystal clear water. We decided to book a butler village suite on the hillside. It is a one-bedroom suite with a semi-private pool and a butler. Yes, a BUTLER! I’ll be honest, we were both a little hesitant at the idea, but we decided you only celebrate your 1st wedding anniversary once, so why not?


Sandals Ochi Hillside
Hillside at Sandals
Sandals Ochi Ocean Side
Sandals Ochi Ocean Side

When we booked, they had us fill out a questionnaire with our preferences for our stay; our favorite food, drinks, allergies, etc. The closest airport is in Montego Bay, so it was about a 2-hour drive from the airport, but it is totally worth it and Sandals makes sure you are comfortable from the moment you get through customs! We immediately stepped into a Sandals lounge where they take your luggage and offer you a drink and snack while you wait to leave. From there, you take a Sandals chartered bus to the resort. It was so organized and we felt instantly taken care of.

Once we arrived at the resort, we were greeted with a cool towel and a delicious cocktail! One of our butlers, (we had 2!) met us in the butlers’ lounge and drove us on a private golf cart to our beautiful suite! We were given a cell phone to call our butlers at any time and they had already chilled a bottle of champagne, prepared a snack plate, and covered our bed in rose petals with a beautiful anniversary card. The view from our pool and back patio was absolutely stunning! As much as I loved the view, I did really wish we were on the beach.

Room Suite at Sandals Ocho Rios

Sandals Beach Resort Jamaica

Sandals Ocho Rios Resort

When I booked, I didn’t realize how far the butler villas were from the beach. Like I mentioned before, there is the hillside of the resort and the ocean side. While it is still one resort, you do either have to have your butler drive you from hillside to ocean side or take one of their very convenient shuttles that runs every 10 minutes. While I LOVED the beauty of hillside, I really wanted to be on the beach. As much as I hated to cause any issues, I thought, it never hurts to ask! So, we asked our sweet butlers if there was ANY way we could move to the ocean side. Amazingly enough, our butlers and Sandals made it happen instantly! They told us to go to the pool, have a drink, and they would come and get us when our stuff was settled in on the ocean side. We were STUNNED! They were so accommodating and completely understood the confusion when we were booking. This was hands down the best customer service experience EVER!

The Rooms

Sandals Ocho Rios

The rooms are beautiful and have every convenience and want you could possibly think of; including a full mini bar with alcohol that is stocked daily. The bed was so comfortable and there was plenty of room to store all of your belongings. The room also had an AMAZING air conditioner. Trust me, you will be so thankful for this! Room service was absolutely delicious and our butlers always had a sweet note, flowers, and new towel animal on our bed when we came back to the room each night. The resort also offers a daily newspaper called Footprints that gives you a full itinerary of events for that day and specific information on all of the restaurants including dress code and their hours for the day.

The Sweetest Butlers in the World

Beach Vacation Sandals Jamaica

We LOVED our butlers. They were so so thoughtful and quickly learned our favorite things. We would come back to our room with a hot bubble bath with rose petals and champagne, a fresh fruit and cheese plate to enjoy before our dinner reservations, and the sweetest notes! One morning, we had an excursion booked, so one of our butlers brought us smoothies and breakfast in bed before our excursion to make sure we had plenty of energy! They made all of our dinner reservations for us, escorted us to dinner, and would always have the best tables reserved covered in candles and flowers. They really made our week perfect. If we were out on the beach, they would call and ask if they could bring us lunch or a cocktail. We seriously lived like kings and queens.

Sandals Jamaica Beach Resort

The Food and Drinks

Sandals Resort

Kimonos Restaurant at Sandals Ochi

There are a total of 16 restaurants and 11 bars throughout the resort and they are all amazing! I will admit, there were a couple of occasions where we had our first dinner at 5 and then a second dinner at 9. One night, the hubs couldn’t decide which entre he wanted for dinner, so our waiter suggested he order both. We both laughed and he said, I’m serious! So we ordered both. There are so many snack shacks, pizza parlors, and bars all over for a quick snack or cocktail. One of the pools has a brick oven pizza place by the bar. We would order a pizza, hop in the pool and grab a drink at the swim-up bar while we waited for our pizza. Once it was ready, they would deliver it to us in the pool and we could just eat it on a pool float! Oh, I would also like to recommend you order a Bob Marley and a Miami Vice during your visit. Oh, and a Blue Hawaiian! Those are all oh so yummy!

Jamaica Sandals Ocho Rios

Sushi at Sandals Ocho Rios

The Excursions

Dunn's River Falls Jamaica
We hiked up Dunn’s River Falls!

While we were in Jamaica we booked two excursions through Sandals, Blue Hole and Dunn’s River Falls. Sandals has an excursions desk and the staff is wonderful with helping you arrange the perfect excursion. They just add it to your room and you pay at the end of your trip. My parents had done the Dunn’s River Falls excursion on their last trip to Jamaica and said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and it really was! Basically, you along with a group and your guide hike up a waterfall! It was absolutely amazing! While it was challenging, these guides know what they are doing! We saw kids as young as 5 to grandmas and grandpas hiking up. It was absolutely amazing! I HIGHLY recommend!

Dunn's River Falls
Dunn’s river Falls

We also did the Blue Hole excursion and went tubing down the river through the beautiful jungle. There really is no possible way to describe Blue Hole and give it complete justice. You start the journey by hiking up little waterfalls and jumping into Jamaica’s beautiful blue holes in the Jamaican jungle! The water is crystal clear and the views are just breathtaking. I believe the highest jump we did was 20 feet, but that was optional. However, we did the jump and it was AMAZING and I highly recommend it!

*Note: I would highly recommend doing an excursion through Sandals. We felt safe the entire time we were in Jamaica, but we were advised to stick with the resort. They had a lot of security and our drivers always stayed with us for every excursion. Also, if you are afraid of heights, I do not recommend either excursion above. 

The Resort

Sandals Ocho Rios
White Chocolate Party

Sandals Ochi has everything in the world. Their entertainment department is absolutely amazing! They had a different show every night, themed parties like a chocolate party by their hillside pool with the most delicious chocolate bar and the coolest performances, they had movie nights on the lawn with giant beds, popcorn, drinks and a fun romantic comedy. They also have The Rabbit Hole which is a speakeasy with amazing performances and a fabulous piano bar! Their entertainment crew for the beach and the pools are so fun and constantly have games and contests for those who want something to do.

The Rabbits Hole SpeakEasy Jamaica
The Rabbit Hole
Sandals Ocho Rios
Coconut Cocktail at the Beach Party!
Events at Sandals Ocho Rios
Movie night on the lawn!

The spa is also amazing! I had a 90-minute massage and a foot scrub and massage and it was heavenly! You can also arrange private massages on the beach or in a cabana over the water. It is so relaxing. They also have an activities center where you can check out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, snorkeling equipment, and more water excursions! They also have a shipwreck snorkeling excursion that is only $25 per person!

Things to Know Before You Go

Sandals Ocho Rios Jamaica

One of the best things about selecting an all-inclusive resort is not having to worry about spending a dime while you are there! Everything is included; well for the most part of course. They will ask for a credit card when you check-in where they will put a hold of $250. This will also be used if you decided to book any excursions, purchase things at the gift shop, or book a spa appointment during your stay. Once you arrive, I highly recommed take a tour of the resort. They will go over everything you need to know to have the best possible trip. 

Sandals Ochi

To Tip or Not to Tip

Sandals Jamaica

My husband had a hard time with this during our first Sandals visit. He kept trying to tip the gentlemen who helped us with our bags and he politely told him that he was not allowed to accept the tip. Sandals doesn’t allow tipping at all, so that is one thing you don’t need to worry about. However, if you do decide to have a butler’s package, they do allow you to tip your butler at the end of your stay since they do so much more. We tipped both of ours as we were checking out.

Sandals Ochi Jamaica

In case you couldn’t tell, we absolutely loved our entire stay with Sandals and we have already booked our next trip with Sandals in another tropical location! I can’t wait to share our next adventure with you!


Have you been to Jamaica or stayed with Sandals before? I would love to hear about your trip!



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The Best Christmas Songs Playlist For The Holiday Season

Christmas Songs Playlist

Y’all. This is my time! I know I say that in almost every Christmas post I write, but I just love this season so much! Of course, the beautiful Christmas lights, parties, and delicious treats are wonderful, but remembering what Christmas truly represents just brings joy to my heart. Jesus truly is the reason for the season and it just brings a special anointing to this time of year. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the joyful Christmas songs playing everywhere!

Christmas Song Playlist

If it wouldn’t drive my husband completely nuts, I would totally start listening in July. From the traditional Christmas carols and hymns to the funny and current Christmas songs, I just can’t get enough! I love having Christmas music playing while I’m baking, decorating, or when I’m driving around looking at Christmas lights! Here are 67 of my favorite Christmas songs! I hope you enjoy!

Christmas Songs Playlist

  1. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – ‘NSYNC
  2. Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix
  3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Pentatonix
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Michael Buble
  5. Here We Come a-Caroling/ We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Perry Como
  6. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gayla Peevey
  7. O Holy Night – Celine Dion
  8. Joy To The World – Whitney Houston
  9. Silent Night – Jordan Smith
  10. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  11. Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
  12. Ring The Bells – Travis Cottrell featuring Natalie Grant
  13. Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix
  14. This Christmas – Christina Aguilera
  15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  16. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5
  17. Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
  18. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  19. Frosty The Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald
  20. What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder
  21. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
  22. Sleigh Ride – Andy Williams
  23. The 12 Days Of Christmas – Straight No Chaser
  24. Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town – Bruce Springsteen
  25. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  26. O Come All Ye Faithful – Nat King Cole
  27. Jingle Bells – Michael Buble featuring The Puppini Sisters
  28. Here With Us – Joy Williams
  29. Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  30. What Child Is This? Josh Groban
  31. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Sarah McLachlan
  32. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  33. Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song) – Amy Grant
  34. Please Come Home for Christmas – Kelly Clarkson
  35. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  36. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  37. The Chipmunk Song – Alvin & The Chipmunks
  38. Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer – Gene Autry
  39. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  40. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  41. Deck the Halls – Nat King Cole
  42. Grown-Up Christmas List – Amy Grant
  43. Kiss Me at Midnight – ‘NSYNC
  44. O Holy Night – A Cappella – ‘NSYNC
  45. The First Noel – ‘NSYNC
  46. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  47. The Nutcracker – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  48. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy
  49. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Barenaked Ladies featuring Sarah McLachlan
  50. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause – The Ronettes
  51. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Frank Sinatra
  52. Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby and David Bowie
  53. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys
  54. Hot Chocolate – Tom Hanks
  55. Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem – Burl Ives
  56. Snoopy’s Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen
  57. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  58. This Gift – 98°
  59. Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson
  60. Blue Christmas – Kelly Clarkson
  61. My Favorite Things – Kelly Clarkson
  62. Believe – Josh Groban
  63. The Polar Express – Tom Hanks
  64. We Wish You A Merry Christmas – John Denver and The Muppets
  65. Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  66. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Bing Crosby
  67. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

Are you ready to start listening? Listen to my Christmas Cheer playlist over on Spotify to listen to these Christmas songs!

Do you have a favorite Christmas song or maybe a specific version of a Christmas song? I would love to hear it! Let me know in the comments below! Merry Christmas! 



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10 Awesome White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $30

Holiday Gift Guide - White Elephant Christmas Party

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We all have this struggle every year. Whether you are hosting a White Elephant gift exchange (I do every year) or you are attending one, there is always the struggle of what to buy! The older I get, I feel like the gifts are actually for real. When I was younger, people would bring these crazy silly gifts. One year, I won a random vase that someone found in their garage. It circulated our White Elephant gift exchange for three years! I’m honestly not sure where it is now.

White Elephant Gift Ideas

However, I have always wanted to give a real gift that someone will love! That is part of the fun, right? But, how do you find a truly awesome gift that meets the price limit? I have found 10 awesome White Elephant gift ideas under $30 that I would personally love to receive.

KitchenAid 4 oz. Coffee Grinder – $24.99

For the coffee lovers in your group, this coffee grinder is perfect! If you want to go the extra mile, grab a bag of coffee beans and a coffee mug to make it a little gift set! I promise this gift will be stolen the maximum amount of times!

Refinery Mixology Set – $14.99

I love the vintage design on this mixology set! This is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a tasty cocktail!


Cards Against Humanity – $25.00

This is such a great adult party game! Who knows, maybe the winner will be kind enough to break it out at the party!


Women’s Plush Slippers – $15.99

I have a White Elephant gift exchange with my group girls every year and I’m always looking for something they would love, but wouldn’t buy for themselves. These gorgeous and super comfy slippers are the perfect gift! In fact, I might be ordering a pair for myself this year…


S’ip by S’well 15 oz Stainless Steel Portable Water Bottle – $19.99

This is a great gift for anyone! It is perfect to keep with you at the office or while you are running errands! This is also the perfect gift for any essential oil lovers so that they can add their favorite oils to their water throughout the day!


Mr. Beer American Lager Craft Beer Making Kit – $29.99

How cool is this beer kit? Any beer lover would love to show off their skills this Christmas by making their own beer! 

Plaid Faux Mohair Throw – $17.99

I LOVE throws! In fact, my husband has asked if we could stop buying them for just a bit! We have so many. I would be thrilled to open this gift at my White Elephant party this year!


Refinery Corkscrew Wine Pulley – $19.99

How classy is this wine opener? If you want to really wow your party crowd, throw in a bottle of wine with this White Elephant gift!


Whiskey Barrel – $14.99

I already purchased this whiskey barrel for our White Elephant gift exchange! Surprise! However, my husband is already considering keeping this for himself and grabbing something else for our party. To be continued on that decision, but this would definitely be a winner with the whiskey lovers at your party. You know there is always one.


Stemless Wine Glasses – Set of 2 – $13.99

How GORGEOUS are these stemless wine glasses? They are super classy and would be great for a male or female gift. Add a bottle of wine to your gift and people will be fighting over this one like crazy!

If you are looking for more gift ideas, check out my holiday gift guide for men and my holiday gift guide for the entertainer in your life! Do you host a gift exchange every year or do you attend one? What is your go-to White Elephant gift?














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My 2017 Liebster Award Nomination

Liebster Award

I am so honored and excited to be recognized as a new blogger by being nominated for the 2017 Liebster Award! So many thanks to Melissa from Life’s Twisted Tales for nominating me for this award! You should pop over to her blog and check out her amazing travel adventures! Her photos are stunning and her adventures will make you want to drop everything and jump on a plane! Her post about her wine tasting in Santorini is magical! Her love for life and travel is inspiring. Her blog is sure to add many new adventures to your bucket list! Thank you so much, Melissa, for nominating me for this award!

So, What Exactly Is A Liebster Award?

The Global Aussie outlines the award as a way for bloggers to recognize newer bloggers! This is a great way to recognize their hard work starting out as a blogger and to help them gain exposure. The award also helps connect and support the blogging community. In German, the term “Liebster” means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. You really can’t give a better compliment!


10 Random Facts About Me, The Sassy Southern!

  1. I told my now husband to wait three months when he first asked me out on a date. Now please don’t think I’m rude. I really liked him, but he asked me out in March and I knew that if we started dating, my finals for that semester would go out the window! Thankfully for me, he was the man for me and waited. He found out from one of my friends what time my last final ended and showed up at TCU outside of my class and asked if he could please take me to lunch. I hadn’t slept the night before and I was in a giant t-shirt and Nike shorts, but of course, I wasn’t going to say no! While we were at lunch, he told me that he would pick me up for our real date that evening. Two dates in one day? I knew I had hit the jackpot! 
  2. I LOVE sweet tea. I know, southern girl loves sweet tea. Shocking! But it really is my favorite drink. In fact, when I was first coming up with names for my blog, Sweet Tea and Sass was on the list. However, I’m really glad I went with The Sassy Southern. 
  3. I am currently a dental school wife! My hunky husband is in his last year of dental school and I could not be more proud of him! This has been his dream since he was five years old. He graduates this year! 
  4. I was an only child for 10 years until my perfect baby brother was finally brought into my life! Y’all. I prayed specifically for a little brother for so many years and goodness did God deliver. He is seriously one of my best friends and the perfect brother. I am so thankful for him! 
  5. I lived in Ireland for 4 months! I had the privilege of studying abroad during my junior year of college with one of my best friends! We lived in Dublin and traveled Europe on the weekends! It was one of the coolest experiences of my life! 
  1. I am like a child at Christmas. I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT! I am the person who is chomping at the bit to put up my Christmas decorations, I will wait in a 2-hour line to drive through a Christmas light display, and I welcome the traffic and crowds because to me, it is the joyful hustle and bustle of the holidays.
  2. I bleed purple. For those who now think I’m a crazy person, let me explain. I graduated from TCU in Fort Worth Texas and I am so proud to be a Horned Frog. Go Frogs!
  3. I had 9 bridesmaids and they are all my forever friends. I know a lot of people think it is impossible to have more than one or two best friends, but I have to disagree. Three of my bridesmaids have been my best friends since I was a baby, three have been my best friends since I was seven, two of my bridesmaids I met in college and they instantly became my people and forever friends, and one of my bridesmaids is my sister-in-law! All of these beautiful ladies have and continue to be a constant source of love and support in my life and I can’t imagine doing life without them.
  4. I think I have the greatest family in the entire world. My immediate family, my extended family, and my in-laws and their extended families. I love all of them so much and they have all made a big impact on who I am today. I seriously hit the jackpot with my husband’s family. They have welcomed and loved me from day one and I am so grateful to be in their beautiful family.
  5. I love murder mysteries and crime shows! Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t love that there is a reason that these shows exist, but seeing how detectives investigate and find answers is fascinating to me. It is like a big puzzle of clues. My husband and I are always looking for new podcasts and shows, so if you have any favorites, please let me know!

The Sassy Southern

My Liebster Award Nominations Questions Answered

1. Where was your very first vacation?
My very first vacation was to Disney World when I was three years old! This counts, right? Thankfully, my mom was all about videoing every second of our vacation and we have a giant photo album from our entire trip! I still love flipping through those photos and watching videos from that trip. We went with some very close family friends and we all still reminisce about that trip to this day. My parents have always planned amazing vacations for our family and encouraged my brother and I to take every opportunity possible to explore this beautiful world. I think Disney World was the perfect first vacation.

2. Do you prefer to fly or take a road trip?
I think this really depends on where you are going! I love a good road trip, but I do love to fly. I have definitely done my fair share of both. I think if I had to pick only one, I would probably rather fly. While I do love the adventures you can find during a road trip, I also like having more time at my destination to relax, explore, and enjoy what that city has to offer.

3. If you could take only one more trip, where would you go?
Oh my goodness this is a tough one! I think I would have to say Greece. I have dreamed of going to Greece for years and if this was my last trip, I would probably want to spend a couple of months exploring Greece! Side note, I’m super thankful this is only hypothetical because there are so many more places I want to visit!

4. Have you ever visited a place just because you saw it in a book or movie? Where?
I don’t think I have ever visited somewhere only because I saw it in a movie or read it in a book. This has definitely confirmed my reasons for wanting to visit, but I don’t think it has been the only reason.

5. What is your favorite book or series?
If I have to pick just one, I would probably say Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. This is a book that I read every couple of years and I never get tired of reading it. It has romance, suspense, encouragement, and is a constant reminder of God’s love and faithfulness. I cry every time I read it and I love it!

6. If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to?
My mom and dad. Hands down. With no hesitation. They are two of the most loving and giving people and they deserve the world. They have sacrificed so much for my brother and me and they have always done it happily. I would LOVE to just give them 1,000,000 to live out any dream they have had, but sacrificed for our family. And knowing both of them, they would end up donating the majority of it to organizations and families in need before spending a penny on themselves.

7. Why did you start your blog?
I have always loved to cook, decorate, and try new DIY and home décor projects. I started learning how many bloggers were making a living through their blog and I was so inspired. I remember telling my parents about this in college and how amazing it would be to make a living from blogging about things I love and do every day! I put the idea aside for a couple of years and then one day, my dad brought it back up and told me he thought I should go for it. He had read an article about a blogger who was making quite a bit of money each month from their blog doing something that they loved! He and my mom both really encouraged me to get started and I’m so glad that they did! They are constantly encouraging and supporting me through this new and exciting adventure! Working on my blog brings me so much joy and I have loved getting to know so many other talented and creative bloggers!

8. When do you find time to blog?
Late at night and on the weekends! I still have a full-time job, so nights and weekends are my time! I truly love doing it, so I will realize it is 2 AM and I should probably go to bed!

9. What do you do when you have writer’s block?
Walk away. Sometimes you need to just do life to help push through writer’s block. You never know what will inspire you and get those wheels turning!

10. What is your favorite post made by you, and why?
Oh this is a tough one! I would probably have to say my post, 10 Holiday Traditions for Your First Merry Married Christmas! Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year! I married the man of my dreams in 2016 and last Christmas was our first married Christmas. We had so much fun starting new traditions together as Mr. & Mrs. These traditions are great for anyone, really! Single, newlyweds, or married for 10 years, they are a great way to enjoy and celebrate the holidays!

11. Which actor should play you in the movie about your life, and why?
Reese Witherspoon. While I realize that she is blonde and I am a brunette, I have always LOVED her as an actress and I feel like we have very similar personalities. I have loved so many of her characters and I would be honored if she played me in a movie about my life!

 My Liebster Award Nominees  

Shayne and TyShayne and Ty are high school sweethearts and now newlyweds! They are originally from Colorado but are currently living in Georgia. Follow their lifestyle blog to learn about wedding tips, travel ideas, and living life together in a new city as newlyweds! I always love reading their new posts and I LOVED their post about 3 true crime podcasts to listen to on your next road trip. My husband and I have already started listening to one and we are hooked! Head over to check out their latest posts. You will not be disappointed!

Us Living Life – You will definitely want to get to know Josh and his adorable family!  The Woods family shares family-friendly tips and entertainment ideas over on their blog and they are full of laughs! I love how open and honest their blog posts are and they cover everything from travel, food, parenting, DIY to their hilarious family adventures. You will definitely want to head over and check them out!

The Caffeinated Bibliophile – If you are looking for a great book to read, Heidi is your girl! She loves reading, writing, coffee, and tea, and shares Christian historical fiction and general historical fiction. She also shares reviews on romance and mysteries! With each book review, she provides her suggestion for the best hot beverage to enjoy while reading that book! Pop over and find a new book to cuddle up with this holiday season!

She Roams About – If you love to travel, you will want to get to know Melissa from She Roams About! She shares about travel tips and her personal travel adventures, as well as delicious foods, and inspiring quotes and stories from her travel adventures! Pop over and check out her blog. I think you will really enjoy reading about her adventures!

The Salted Mint – You will love getting to know Allie from The Salted Mint! She is a photographer and graphic designer sharing her travel adventures, DIY projects, and beautiful photography! Her photos will honestly make your eyes happy! I really enjoy reading her blog and I think you will too! 

Nominees should visit The Global Aussie site for official rules and guidelines. Everything you need to know is under the section, What to do if nominated for the Liebster Award. Make sure to include your answers to my nominee questions listed below in your post! I can’t wait to read them! 

My Questions for 2017 Liebster Award Nominees

  1. What is your favorite recipe to make and why?
  2. If you could travel anywhere for FREE, where would you go and why?
  3. 5-Star Luxury Resort or Camping?
  4. Coffee or Tea?
  5. If you could give someone $1,000,000, whom would you give it to?
  6. How many US States have you visited and which one did you like the most?
  7. If you were given $10,000 to decorate your home, would you rather do it yourself or hire someone to do it?
  8. Why did you decide to start a blog?
  9. Would you rather read the book or watch the movie?
  10. What is your favorite season of the year and why?
  11. What is your favorite post made by you, and why?

 One of My Favorite Bloggers

The very first blog I ever started following was Eat Yourself Skinny! Kelly is the talented chef behind the delicious, but healthier recipes you will find on her blog. Honestly, Eat Yourself Skinny really opened my eyes to the blogging world and inspired me to start blogging! Remember the blog I mentioned above that I first told my parents about? It was this one! I found myself constantly reading her posts and trying her delicious recipes! I have loved watching her blog grow over the years and it has truly been a source of inspiration as I start my blog journey. If you are a lover of food, but not so much the calories that so many yummy recipes come with, you will definitely want to check out her beautiful and delicious blog! I promise you will thank me! Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your delicious recipes with all of us!

Thank you again, Melissa, for the 2017 Liebster Award nomination! It is so encouraging to be recognized for the hard work I have put into my blog. This has truly become a passion for me and I love every minute of it!

Keep it sassy, but classy friends!





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Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts For Men Under $100

10 Gifts For Men Under $100

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Shopping for the men in my life is never easy. I always ask for a list from Jeremy (the hubs), my dad, and my brother. I want to make sure I buy something special that each one of them will love, but all three of them are the type that if they need or want something, they just go get it! I find myself constantly searching for the perfect gift each year and thankfully, after a lot of searching, I usually find it! To make things a little bit easier, I teamed up with Jeremy and asked him to make a list of Target’s Top 10 Gifts for Men Under $100.

Libbey Spirits Decanter: $12.99

This Libbey Spirits Decanter is simple and classy. Pair this with a bottle of his favorite beverage and you will be definitely be deemed the best gift giver this holiday season! And for $12.99, you can’t beat that deal! 

Mustache Cufflinks – $25.99

These curly mustache cufflinks will add a whimsical, but classy look to your man’s style! These make for great stocking stuffers, too! 

Men’s Weekend Bag – $29.99

I absolutely LOVE this men’s weekend bag! We purchased new luggage for Jeremy last year for a dental conference and I think he is wishing this bag had been available! It is super classy and the perfect size for a weekend getaway! 

Folding Pocket Knife – $36.99

This folding pocket knife is the perfect holiday gift for the man in your life who likes to stay prepared! 

Craft Beer Kit – $39.99

We all have someone on our gift list this year who would love this Craft Beer Kit! This would also make for a pretty cool White Elephant present! 

Men’s Watch – $53.99

Jeremy absolutely loves watches and he has already informed me that this Timex men’s watch with a leather strap would make a very nice gift! Hint noted. 

Men’s Wool Pea Coat – $60.00

Jeremy actually owns this Wool Pea Coat and it looks so good! It is perfect a casual night out, but it also pairs nicely with a suit. He can also personally attest to how warm and comfortable it is!  

Men’s Valet Stand – $79.99

I’m adding this valet stand to Jeremy’s list myself. I love the look but I also love that he can hang his clothes on it and leave his watch and cufflinks neatly on the tray. There is even a mirror on the top! This is a great way to keep clothes off of the floor and it is a great way to help your man get ready for the next morning! 

Nintendo 2DS – $79.99

This Nintendo 2DS is perfect for the video game lover! I’ll admit, I still love to play some of my favorite Nintendo games! I will take a Super Mario challenge any day! 

Bluetooth Speaker – $99.99

This water-resistant Bluetooth Speaker will play your man’s favorite music for up to 12 hours! You can also enable Siri or Google for easy voice commands. It is easy to travel with and it will ensure that he is always the life of the party! 

The best thing about shopping with Target? You can get 5% off with your Target REDcard AND free shipping straight to your door when shopping online! If you don’t have a Target REDcard I would highly recommend applying for one right now! You can do it online and it doesn’t take long at all. has SO many gift options that aren’t available in store, so you never know what amazing products you might find! Did you find something on this list for the men in your life? 

Are you looking for more gift ideas? Check out my holiday gift guide for the entertainer in your life





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10 Holiday Traditions For Your First Merry Married Christmas

First Christmas Ornament

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Merry Christmas, friends! Happy Holidays! I absolutely LOVE this time of year! It brings so much joy to my soul. My parents have always made Christmas such a special and meaningful time in our home and I have always wanted to carry some of those traditions over to a family of my own. This will be the second Christmas that Jeremy (the hunky husband) and I are spending together as Mr. & Mrs. and I can’t wait to celebrate the traditions we started last year for our first Merry Married Christmas! Whether this is your first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. or if you have been married for 10 years, check out our favorite holiday traditions to celebrate as a family!

10 Holiday Traditions

Attend a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

This has been one of my favorite things about Christmas since I was a little girl. Jesus truly is the reason for the season. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but we want to make sure we never forget the meaning of this beautiful time of year. Even if you don’t have a home church, find a local church with a candlelight Christmas Eve service. It is a beautiful time to slow down and really reflect on the meaning of Christmas. This is something I grew up doing and something Jeremy and I have done together since we started dating. It is, of course, part of our married Christmas traditions and is something we will continue to do with our future kiddos!

Buy Your First Christmas Tree and Christmas Decorations Together

Christmas Tree Decor
See the adorable wine glass ornaments? These are from the Mikassa Cheers collection and they match our actual wine glasses!

This is SO MUCH FUN! There are so many firsts you are celebrating as a married couple during your first year of marriage and this is definitely an exciting one! We went to one of our favorite places on earth, Target, and found an amazing deal on the most beautiful Christmas tree! Right now, Target has 20% off of their artificial Christmas Trees! If you would rather shop together for your Christmas tree at home in your PJs, you can find the one you love on Target’s website and order it to ship to your home or pick up at your local Target! If you decided to pick it up at your local Target, this is the perfect time to shop for all of your Christmas décor. Target also has some great deals on their holiday décor and lights!

Don’t forget to use your Target REDcard for an extra 5% off! That is 25% off one of those beautiful Christmas Trees! If you don’t have a Target REDcard, I HIGHLY recommend you get one now! They have a credit card and a debit card option. If you are like me and don’t like to have too many credit cards, the debit card is the perfect option! It links directly to your current checking account! The debit card and credit card give you a 5% discount on your total purchase at Target, free shipping on most items from, and extended time for returns! I also just learned that REDcard holders get early access to special events and sales. For example, all REDcard holders get early access to select Black Friday deals on! I have saved SO much money over the years with my REDcard! Apply now to start saving at Target!

Buy a Mr. & Mrs. Holiday Ornament

First Christmas Ornament

Having an ornament to establish your first married Christmas is a must! We ordered this custom ornament from TP&C Design Studio on Etsy and I am in love with our ornament. It looks so beautiful on our tree and is a beautiful reminder of our first Christmas together. This is our second Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. and I’m so excited to hang it on the tree this year!

Host Your First Holiday Dinner Party and Gift Exchange

Christmas Sangria Holiday Cocktail

If you have read my blog posts before, you probably already know how much I love to entertain! I definitely got this from my momma. I will really find any reason to entertain. If this is your first year married or your 10th, you probably have a lot of gorgeous wedding gifts that you would love to show off to your friends! I know I couldn’t wait to pull out my wedding china and stemware! This is also a great time to show off your gorgeous Christmas decorations that you have worked so hard on this season! Organize a gift exchange, plan a dinner menu and cocktail menu, and have your favorite people over for a fun night to kick off the holidays! If you could use a few extra items to help you entertain, check out my holiday gift guide for the entertainer!

Have A Decorate The Tree Party

Christmas Ornaments

This is a tradition that I brought to our marriage from my childhood. My mom is seriously the best about making everything feel special and fun, especially around the holidays. We would always have a night where our whole family would have hot chocolate, watch a Christmas movie, and decorate the Christmas tree. My dad would always hold me up so that I could put the angel on the tree. This was my job and my brother was more than happy to let me have it! This is a tradition I have always wanted to do with my family and Jeremy and I had so much fun doing this last year for our first married Christmas. We watched Elf, had hot chocolate, and decorated our beautiful Christmas tree! I’m so excited to do it again this year!

Find a Charity and Give Back

While it is easy to get caught up in the gifts and holiday events during this time of year, it is so important to never forget how important it is to bless others. Our church always does a food drive and gift drive to provide Christmas dinner and gifts for families in the community. We have so much fun shopping for these beautiful families and it brings us so much joy knowing that we are able to help put a smile on their faces on Christmas day. Another charity that we love to participate in each year is Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan’s Purse. For those who are not familiar with this charity, this is a beautiful way to share God’s love with children all around the world at Christmas time. You can assemble a shoebox and drop it off at drop-off location near you, or you can create a box online! Their website has a lot of great suggestions for what to put in the shoebox and what the kids really want and need. My school always did this when I was growing up and it was so much fun to go shopping for these beautiful children and we have loved participating in this throughout the years. 

Have a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

This is a tradition we actually started when we were dating and my brother participates in this tradition with us each year. We all have our own gingerbread house and we have 1 hour to decorate our house using only the items that come in our kit. We can use any tools we can think of, but we can’t add anything to the house that doesn’t come in our box. We put on a Christmas movie and get to work! Once we are done, we take pictures of each house and label them A, B, and C. I post it on Facebook and ask our friends to leave a comment with their vote for A, B, or C. This keeps it completely anonymous to our friends to make sure there isn’t any bias. We put a time limit on the voting and then tally the votes once the Facebook voting portion of the contest ends. Once we tally the votes, we post the winning house with the winner’s name on Facebook and the winner gets bragging rights for the year. It is so much fun and a great activity to do together with our family. This is a Christmas tradition we are so excited to start with our future kids!

Look At Christmas Lights Together

Christmas Lights

This makes for a great date night and can be as inexpensive as you like! Bring some holiday treats and hot chocolate with you and drive around listening to Christmas music and looking at gorgeous Christmas light displays. If you aren’t sure where to go, Google the best Christmas light for your area. We have a couple of neighborhoods and parks that we go to every year. They are so beautiful and really put you in the Christmas spirit!

If you want to bring a little extra holiday cheer to someone, turn it into your very own Christmas light contest! Decide which house has the best lights from the night and leave them your first place prize for the most impressive Christmas light display! We made our own little award for the house that we picked and included a $15 dollar gift card to Target! We left it completely anonymous and just thanked them for bringing us so much joy through their beautiful lights display. Here is what our card says:

Thank you for making our evening Merry & Bright with your lovely Christmas lights! To thank you for bringing joy to this anointed season, we would like to award you with the Most Joyful Lights Award! We are not professional Christmas light judges, but we consider ourselves to be seasoned amateurs! We hope this gift spreads a little Christmas cheer! Merry Christmas! Luke 2:14

Disclaimer: If you decide to do this, just make sure you are cautious and following the law. Since this is their private home and property, assess the situation and make sure you can safely leave the card for them without causing alarm to the homeowners. The goal is to bless them, not make them think a suspicious person is lurking around and cause an unsafe situation.

Attend a Local Holiday Event

Gaylord ICE Christmas Activity
This is all made out of ice!

There are always so many fun Christmas events to attend, but never enough time! One of our favorite things to do each year is to go to the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord Texan. ICE is a walkthrough exhibit featuring close to 2 million pounds of ice sculptures! Each year is a different theme and it is only 9°F inside! They provide a parka for everyone to wear and there is always a giant ice slide a the end! When you leave the exhibit, there is a convenient hot chocolate bar ready for you to warm up! If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I highly recommend visiting the Gaylord Texan. They have so many fun holiday activities and they go all out for their Christmas decorations. It is so much fun for the whole family!

Have A Christmas Shopping Date Day

Christmas Shopping
We LOVE going to the Nutcracker Christmas Market each year! This was us last year and Jeremy was sporting his curly mustache to support Movember!

It really is more blessed to give than to receive! I have so much fun making my list of gifts for my loved ones each year! For our first year as a married couple, we had an even larger list of gifts to give. We decided to make a full date day out of it! We started the day with a delicious brunch, need all the energy for this full day, went shopping, took a break to catch a Christmas movie, shopped some more and then ended the day with a dinner date. It was very tiring, but so much fun! We spend the following day watching Christmas movies and wrapping our presents!

Do you have a favorite Christmas or Holiday tradition with your family? Or maybe you have a charity that you volunteer for each year? I would love to hear how you celebrate the holidays each year!




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5 Holiday Gifts For The Entertainer In Your Life

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Holiday Gift Guide

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I LOVE picking out Christmas presents for my friends and family. However, it can also be very stressful. I want to make sure that I’m gifting something that they will love and probably wouldn’t have purchased on their own. As someone who loves to entertain, I’m always looking for products that will help me present a stunning meal and presentation from start to finish. Even if I’m just having people over for a game night, I want them to love every second! Here is my list of 5 Holiday Gifts for the entertainer in your life!

Copper Chef Pan

Copper Chef Pan Set

For those of you who follow my recipe posts, you probably know how much I LOVE my Copper Chef! It is perfect for weeknights when I’m just cooking for two, but it is also FANTASTIC for making larger amounts of food when I host dinner parties. I purchased the Copper Chef 5-Piece Cookware Set and Copper Copper Chef Induction Cooktop off of Amazon. The 5-Piece set comes with the 9 1/2 inch pan, Glass Lid, Fry Basket, Steam Rack, Square Fry Pan and Recipe Book. I also purchased the Copper Chef Induction Cooktop. The Induction Cooktop is extremely helpful because it keeps your stovetop available to cook other dishes on your stovetop.

Copper Chef

The Copper Chef has a stainless steel induction plate on the bottom that allows for fast and even cooking. It is also non-stick, so you don’t have to cook with oil or butter. This makes cleaning the pan a breeze and it is dishwasher safe! It is safe to use on all stovetops and you can even place it in the oven! There are multiple package options available or you can just buy the Copper Chef by itself. I already have several more products from Copper Chef on my Christmas wish list this year. The Copper Chef is an entertainer’s dream! One tip, you might want to give this gift a bit early this year so that they can use it for their holiday entertaining!

iRobot Roomba Vacuum 

Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Wedding Registry

Oh the Roomba. Where do I even start! Now this gift is on the pricier side, but it is definitely a winner. We received the Roomba as a wedding present and I don’t remember how I kept my floors clean before owning the Roomba. I must give my husband the credit for this one. I was hesitant to even register for this, but I am so glad I did. Yes, it is on the pricier side, but it is TOTALLY worth it! There are multiple versions of the Roomba depending on your specific needs. For example, our Roomba has patented tangle free brushes that prevent pet and human hair from getting stuck and tangled. We don’t have any pets, but I have long hair and this is a lifesaver! You can also program the Roomba to run at certain times on certain days. So basically, you never have to think about vacuuming! You can also purchase an iRobot Virtual Wall Barrier that will keep the Roomba from bumping into certain pieces of furniture or entering a room at all! The Roomba is super gentle when it does bump a wall, so it doesn’t cause any damage, however, even if it lightly bumps our bar car, it could cause our hanging wine glasses to break. The virtual wall prevents the Roomba from getting too close to our bar cart! 

iRobot Roomba Virtual Wall

Most of the Roombas also come with an app where you can schedule it to run from anywhere! The navigation system helps it maneuver around your furniture and it is low enough that it fits under most pieces of furniture in our home. This was a big deal for me, because let’s be honest, I’m not moving furniture every time I need to vacuum, so without the Roomba it is like waiting to see how much dust has collected under that piece of furniture when we move one day. This really comes in handy for entertaining because I don’t have to spend an hour vacuuming right before company arrives! I just press a button and let the Roomba do its thing while I cook or get myself ready. It honestly feels like we have a housekeeper here every day! I love having the lines in my carpet after the room has been vacuumed! Check out my full review on the Roomba here.

Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses and Electric Wine Opener

Electric wine opener and Wine Glasses

The Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses are a must for all of my wine lovers out there! First, they are absolutely beautiful and have four different coordinating designs per set. This adds a stylish aspect to the glasses, but it is also very helpful for being able to identify your glass during a dinner party. How many times have you lost track of which glass was yours at a dinner party? I don’t like drinking after other people, so this has always been so annoying to me! With the Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses, you don’t have to worry! The collection includes multiple styles of glasses, so there is a glass for all of your favorite beverages! For example, I love these Mikasa Cheers Stemless Wine Glass. They are perfect a yummy cocktail or serving a beautiful custard or ice cream for dessert! They also have Mikasa Cheers Martini Glass, Mikasa Cheers Champagne Flutes, and Mikasa Cheers Beer Glasses to satisfy everyone at your party. Several of my friends have told me that they always get so excited to drink out of these glasses when they come over for a dinner party or game night!

Mikasa Cheers Red Wine Glasses

Mikasa Cheers White Wine Glasses

Now that you have the perfect glasses, it’s time to open that bottle of wine! Normal corkscrews don’t always work and let’s be honest, they have been known to make you break a sweat and nobody wants that while hosting guest. Let’s not even talk about those embarrassing times the cork broke! This Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener makes opening a bottle of wine a breeze and also serves as pretty handy party trick! It will open 30 bottles of wine on a single charge and has a stylish charging station that is small and looks great on your countertop or bar! Let one of your guests try it out, it is a great conversation piece! This one is not as expensive and will be a very popular white elephant or secret Santa gift! They also have an Oster Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller combo pack to make opening and chilling a breeze! If you are feeling extra generous, throw in a bottle of wine, too!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Holiday Gift Guide 

Who doesn’t love the KitchenAid Stand Mixer? It has almost become a kitchen staple or décor piece for your countertop! With so many colors and styles to choose from, you can find the perfect Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers to fit your kitchen! When the hubs and I were registering for our wedding, I made a beeline for the KitchenAid Stand Mixers. I knew the exact color and style I wanted to register for. We decided to go with this KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield In Imperial Grey and I so was thrilled when my amazing team at work purchased this for my work wedding shower!

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Imperial Grey

I’ll be honest, I was a little bit intimidated at first, but it is SO EASY to use and is a lifesaver in the kitchen! It saves me so much time and my hands and arms are so thankful for the break! The KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus Attachment with Peel, Core & Slice is currently on my Christmas list! There are so many different attachments available and to help you create recipes you never thought would be possible! While this is on the pricier side, it is the perfect gift for the chef in your life!

Keurig Coffee Maker

Keurig Coffee Maker

Coffee, iced coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, you name it, the Keurig Coffee Maker does it all! This is especially wonderful if not everyone in your home loves coffee or tea. That is definitely the case in our home. Jeremy can’t stand coffee! However, he does love hot chocolate, so the Keurig is perfect for both of us! I don’t have to make a full pot of coffee that will go to waste when I’m the only one drinking it! With so many different K-Cup options, there is something for everyone.  Keurig also has a The Keurig Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System that is definitely on my Christmas list! While this is initially an expensive purchase, think of how much money and time you will save by skipping Starbucks every day! Check out my breakdown of how much I save every year on coffee since switching to a Keurig Coffee Maker !It is also great when you have guests over. If you need a large carafe of coffee for a brunch or dinner party, you can purchase a Keurig Thermal Carafe and brew a large pot. However, if you only have one or two guests, your guests can each pick a different flavor to suit their taste! I also love the K-cup Storage Drawer that goes under your Keurig! It doesn’t take up any extra counter space and it super convenient for having your K-Cups ready to brew! 

I’m always looking for new ways to entertain! What are your favorite entertaining products?






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How I Save Over $1,000 Each Year By Doing One Simple Thing

Keurig Coffee Maker

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I would like to start this post by telling all of you that I LOVE coffee. I was immediately drawn to the TV show Gilmore Girls and I think that is partly due to how much they love coffee on that show. Friends is hands down my favorite show ever and its main set is in a coffee house! Okay, you get the idea. I love coffee. It all started for me at the age of four. My Grandaddy started letting me have coffee with him when I would spend the night with my grandparents. He started out with a tiny bit of coffee and a whole lot of milk. He would gradually add more coffee each time and I very quickly grew to appreciate the delicious aroma and taste. My Daddy has always loved coffee as well, so we always had it home, too. Oddly enough, my Mom hated coffee until the last couple of years and now she is just like me and drinks it every single day. 

How To Save Money

I don’t remember the first time I went to Starbucks, but I have been a Starbucks lover for many years. While their drinks are delicious, I also just love the atmosphere. It is the perfect place to meet a friend, have a date, or to go to study or work for a change of scenery. I especially love it around the holidays! After I graduated college, I had an hour commute to my new job. It was an exhausting drive and knowing that I would end that drive with a trip to Starbucks was a much-needed reward! However, my bank account started to take a major hit! I was spending SO much money during my work week and I was also hitting Starbucks on the weekends! When I finally added up how much I was spending on coffee, I wanted to cry!

Cup of Coffee from Keurig

I knew I had to make a change, but I couldn’t give coffee up. That was just out of the question. I had heard about the Keurig Coffee Maker , but I had never really considered purchasing one because they are so expensive. However, I decided it was something to look into now that I knew how much I was spending on coffee every day. However, I was worried that it would be about the same price after I had to purchase the individual K-Cup coffee pods and creamer each year. However, after I sat down and did the math and decided that purchasing the Keurig would be a wise investment and oh goodness was I right! I have owned a Keurig Coffee Maker for 4 years and I am still floored at how much I save each year. It is also so easy to use and requires very little maintenance each year!

How I Save Money

Here is a breakdown of how much I currently spend on coffee compared to what I was spending before purchasing the Keurig:

Before I purchased a Keurig, I was constantly going to Starbucks and I would, on average, spend $5 per visit. That is honestly rounding down. Most of the time I would also get something to eat. However, for the sake of this example, I’m going to round down to $5 a day. If I purchased coffee at Starbucks 365 days a year, I would spend a total of $1,825 for the year.

Let’s say I only went to Starbucks five times a week for an enter year and spent $5 on average. 
Total Spent for the year: $1,300.00 

Here were my expenses for the first year I purchased the Keurig:
K-Cup Coffe Pods for every day of the year: $300.00
*Rounded Up on Price
Coffee Creamer for the year: $80.00
*Rounded Up on Price
Keurig Coffee Maker: $150.00
Water filters for the Keurig: $4.41
Note: The Keurig Coffee Maker comes with 2, so you would need to purchase 4 in the first year. Keurig recommends replacing the filter every two months. This would provide 6 for the first year. 

Total: $534.41
Savings: $1,290.59
*Drinking coffee every day of the year.

Expenses for every year after I purchased the Keurig:
K-Cup Coffe Pods for the year: $300.00
Coffee Creamer for the year: $80.00
6-Pack Replacement Water Filters for the Keurig: $4.41
Note: The Keurig Coffee Maker comes with 2, so you would need to purchase 4 in the first year. Keurig recommends replacing the filter every two months. This would provide 6 for the first year. 

Total: $384.41
Savings: $1,440.59
*Drinking coffee every day of the year. 

Drinking Coffee

Now please don’t misunderstand. I still go to Starbucks and I fully acknowledge that I wasn’t going to Starbucks every single day. However, even with me going five days a week for an entire year, which I am saddened to say I was doing easily, and more, I was spending a crazy amount of money just on coffee. Like I mentioned before, Starbucks is way more than just the coffee. It is the entire experience that I love. And let’s be honest, you can’t beat their Peppermint Mocha or Salted Caramel Mocha during the holidays and I get so excited for their holiday cups each year. I still love to meet friends for a cup of coffee or grab a cup to enjoy while I’m shopping at Target, but I’m not going every single day and my bank account loves me for it! I absolutely love my Keurig and I love how much money it saves me every year! You can find great coupons on Target’s Cartwheel app for K-Cups and places like Kohls, Costco, and Sams sell value packs of multiple flavors for great savings! For me personally, this was a necessary and exciting change for my budget! 

Are you a coffee lover and Keurig owner too? I’m always looking for new K-Cups to try out! What is your favorite blend?






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5 Reasons You Need This Item On Your Wedding Registry

iRobot Roomba Virtual Wall

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My husband and I absolutely LOVED registering for our wedding. Some of our friends had told us about funny and stressful experiences that they had while registering, but we had the best time! We decided to start at Bed Bath & Beyond and then go from there. We had such a great time that we not only registered at Bed Bath & Beyond, but we also decided to register at Dillards and Target! My husband is pretty easy going and we had already discussed certain things that both of us really wanted to register for before we left for the day. However, there was one item that my husband was insistent we have on our wedding registry, an iRobot Roomba!

For those who are not familiar, a Roomba is made by iRobot and is a programmable robotic vacuum cleaner. Basically, one of the best inventions ever made! I too wanted a Roomba, but these are on the pricier side, so I wasn’t getting my hopes up that we would receive this from one of our guests. Thankfully for us, we had some of the most generous friends and family in the world and we did receive our iRobot Roomba as a wedding gift. Jeremy (the hunky husband) was like a little kid at Christmas! He could hardly wait to see it in action and I must admit, I was really excited as well. Watch below to see it in action for yourself!

After owning a Roomba for over a year, I can promise you this is a product you want to have in your home! It saves so much time and it is one less chore you have to determine who gets to complete each week after you get married! Here are my top 5 reasons you should include a Roomba on your wedding registry!

It vacuums for you. 

iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaner

Do I need to say more? How many hours have you spent pushing and pulling a heavy vacuum cleaner? I always hated having to maneuver it around big pieces of furniture and then wanting to cry when I chipped the paint off the side of my coffee table because I rammed the vacuum cleaner into it! I also like to run it right after I cook or bake. It is perfect for coming in after you to pick up crumbs!

You can program it to run any day at any time.

iRobot Roomba

This is such a cool feature and really comes in handy. You can program the Roomba to run at a time that is convenient for you. If you don’t want to hear it running or worry that it will get in your way, just have it run while you are at work or shopping for groceries. You will love coming home to a freshly vacuumed home!

Easily keep the Roomba away from certain items in your home. 

iRobot Roomba Virtual Wall

You can purchase iRobot’s Virtual Wall Barrier to keep the Roomba from going in certain rooms or to keep it from going near certain items you want to protect. For example, we have our Virtual Wall Barrier next to our bar cart. This is also really helpful at Christmas time when you don’t want the Roomba going near your Christmas tree or presents.

iRobot Virtual Wall

Certain models are specifically designed for long hair and pet hair.


The Roomba’s tangle free technology is perfect for pet owners or if you are like me and have long hair! A few of our friends with pets have purchased the Roomba and they say it is a lifesaver when it comes to pet hair!

It charges itself!

Roomba Vacuum Cleaner Wedding Registry

Its navigation system will take it back to the docking station when it is done vacuuming and will automatically start charging. I really love this feature because I don’t have to do anything. I can schedule it to run, let it do its thing, and know that it will go back to the charger and be ready for our next cleaning appointment.

With multiple models and price points to choose from, you can easily find the Roomba that is right for you! If you are looking for the basics, The iRobot Roomba 614 might be the best choice for you. This is lower in price and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it definitely gets the job done! Or, let’s say you want the works! The iRobot Roomba 980 might be more up your alley. While it is higher in price, it comes with all the bells and whistles and then some. If neither option appeals to you, there are plenty in the middle to choose from. We decided to add the iRobot Roomba 860 to our wedding registry. This particular model had the tangle free technology that prevents hair and debris clogs, it is programmable for seven days a week, and we really liked the 3-stage cleaning system on this one. Whichever iRobot Roomba you choose, it will save you time, frustration, and will always leave you with beautifully vacuumed floors! 





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