Can you believe this year is almost over? A new year is dawning and with that comes new opportunity, hope, and the excitement of change. This year, especially the past 7 months, have been so incredible for me. So many things, both good and bad, have happened and I have grown because of it. Here is a list of my 2017 in review…
I have lost things and I have gained things. I’ve lost friendships, weight, and patience, but I also gained some of those things as well. I’ve learned to love my body and remember how truly amazing it is. Women can grow life within them and nurture that same life with their body. We are strong and independent. My body houses my soul and spirit, the most beautiful things about me. I have met new people, called some of them friends. I have lost people and felt heavy confusion. I have learned my value. I reconnected with an amazing friend and I am so happy she is in my life again. I’ve set goals and know that I will work toward them.
I’ve been sad, doubted my existence, and wanted to quit it all, but at the end of the day, I continued on the path of life, hoping that the next day would be better. I went through a while with my eyes closed and blindly grasping for hope and serenity. Anxiety, stress, and their friends came back and I tried to defend myself against them, at some points claiming victory and other times retreating to then wage battle again.
Loving and losing, but realizing what I deserve and what I don’t deserve has been hard because I have had to ignore and walk away from things I didn’t want to have to. That’s where I learned my self-worth and the value of a good friend, one who will stay with me throughout my life and bring down the retirement home with. She has been a bright star in the night sky and I love her to pieces.
I took a huge leap of I don’t know what and started a blog. Glitz & Glitter became more than an idea and a dream, it became a reality and I have gone so many places because of it. Every single person who follows me, interacts with my work, and supports me has been a beacon along the way and has helped me continue on when I think I have hit a block in the road. We don’t stop the journey and turn back, we find a different route.
Has everything been easy? No, absolutely not. There have been a lot of tears shed, patience run thin, and stitches in the heart, but I made it. We have made it a year and we will make it through the next. I don’t know what 2018 holds but I pray for only goodness, peace, hope, and happiness for all of us.
This is my last post until the new year and I can’t wait to see you all back here in 2018.
Lots of love, blessings, and hugs from me to you….
The pressure and stress during Christmas is almost inevitable, especially if you are going out of town to celebrate for the holidays. With 4 days left until Christmas, you may be getting ready to get on a plane to go see family, friends, or take time for yourself this holiday season. Whatever your plans, you are going to need a packing list and while I know it is hard to pack everything you need and be able to make the carry-on case rules and regulations, I have come up with a packing list for your carry-on that will keep your flight relaxing and stress free!
An extra outfit!
Leggings: JC Penny Scarf: Old Navy
Packing an extra outfit is always a good idea, especially if you are on your period. Since flying means being in a plane among other holiday travelers, you want the most comfortable clothing possible. Leggings, a comfy top, and a simple pair of shoes will be best. One of my favorite tops that is soft and stretchy is from Mossimo at Target. It was also under $10!
Drybar Travel Set from Ulta
Make sure to pack small travel sized versions of your favorite deodorant, toothpaste, dry shampoo, and conditioning products! Also pack a mini perfume and a toothbrush! If your flight gets delayed or canceled (knocking on wood that it doesn’t!!) then you are going to want products to help you freshen up.
Tech & Reading
Left: Headphones by Beats Right: Mindy Kaling book at Barnes and Noble
Listening to music or reading a book is great so make sure you have headphones and a book! Albums I am loving on Spotify right now are The Thrill of It All by Sam Smith, Coco Soundtrack, and Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. There are also a ton of great playlists and podcasts on Spotify to listen to during your travels.
To get cozy, grab a blanket, put some soft socks on your tootsies, and slip on a baggy sweater. If your trip is cold, a sweaters or sweatshirts are the best to warm up with. If your sweatshirt has a hood, pull the strings and then you are in an anti-social cocoon and people will leave you alone to sleep, hopefully.
On your voyage, double check that you have your wallet, keys, tickets, passport, charging cables, money, and phone! It would be horrible if you showed up at the air port and couldn’t board your flight. What a way to say “Humbug!” to your holiday vacation.
It would also be a good idea to pack Dramamine or Benadryl if you get get motion sickness during flights. Any allergy medications, immunity gummies, vitamins, and other meds that you take or may need should also go in your carry-on case for easy access.
A few fun extras to pack:
Snack size portion of almonds
small water bottles
single drink mixes
mini jerky sticks
a crossword book
a coloring book and fun pens or pencils
extra earbuds in case something happens to your original pair!
Wherever you are going this holiday season, I want to wish you the brightest and merriest of Christmases! I hope your travel plans go smoothly and you enjoy the festivities with your loved ones. If you don’t have anyone to spend the holidays with, I want you to know that I love you and you can talk to me on the special day if you want a person to talk with! You can message me via Twitter or Instagram and I will be your Christmas buddy!
Today’s Blogmas post is a great one and a collaboration with one of my favorite bloggers, Cait from Lipsticks and Acrylics. She is tackling a holiday inspired drink and I tried my hand at a dessert! Make sure to check out her post!
When I was trying to find a good recipe for this collab, I took to Pinterest and searched the thousands of holiday recipes they have. I needed something easy and quick, as the days leading up to today were extremely busy for me. I found a recipe for Gingerbread Truffles and headed to the store!
These truffles are so incredibly easy to make, the most technical part being dipping them in white chocolate. I didn’t add as much cinnamon or ginger as the recipe called for because I didn’t want to overpower them. I also didn’t have any molasses but I did have maple syrup and it worked great!
I also took most of the truffles to a bowling party we had last night and they were all gone by the end of the night! If you have a holiday party to go to, these little babies are a delicious addition to a dessert table!
I also added some red and green sprinkles for holiday pizazz! If you take photos of your truffles, make sure to have good lighting and don’t wait until it is completely dark outside like I did!
Thanks for reading and happiest of holidays! Make sure to check out Cait’s post here!
I love Christmas and all that it stands for. Some of our family traditions involve watching our favorite Christmas movies and my personal favorite is Christmas With the Kranks.
Today’s post is a blogger collab with Phy. She is writing about the same theme but with a different movie. Go check her post out!
Christmas With the Kranks is my favorite holiday film because I find it to teach a few things. Here are two incredibly important reasons why I love CWtK.
It shows the importance of thankfulness and saying “Thank You”.
In the film, Luther has a difficult time thanking everyone for their help in creating a picture perfect party last minute due to his daughter’s surprise visit. He knows that his attitude was unkind and saying a simple “thank you” was so incredibly humbling, he couldn’t find the heart to do it. “Thank you” was kind of like an apology. Sometimes saying “Thank You” is hard, but is shows someone that you are truly appreciate of what they did for you. Luther’s neighbors didn’t have to help him and Nora out. They helped them because it was mainly for Blair.
Acceptance of others and their opinion.
After Nora and Luther tell everyone that they are skipping the holiday to go on a cruise, their friends instantly acted like a major crime was being committed. What their friends failed to realize was that Nora and Luther were spending their first Christmas without their daughter. It was going to be hard to celebrate without her with them. Not everyone celebrates Christmas and that is okay.
What are your favorite Christmas films and lessons they teach? Let me know in the comments below!
Out of all of the shopping apps on my phone, Etsy is my favorite. I love being able to look at small businesses and unique shops while being in the comfort of my own home. There are thousands of different products to look at and you can look at the shop’s customer reviews, find other similar products, ask the seller questions, and have a great shopping experience. From candles to hand bags, there is something for everybody on your Christmas shopping list. Here is a round up of some of my favorite products for your holiday shopping guide!
Quick disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote any of the products or brands sponsored. I simply love Etsy and the shops mentioned and I want to share them with you!
I love patches and pins! All you need is a plain jean jacket that you want to give some pizazz and you have a brand new jacket! I have so many patches saved to my wish list on Etsy that it is close to being categorized as an obsession.
This “Happy Camper” pin from aweedmark is one of my favorites! They have a lot of pins and patches in retro designs for your nature lover. They have “Save the Bees” stickers, cool bumper stickers, and wooden gifts that are affordable for your shopping. Aweedmark is owned by Amanda Weedmark and based in Canada, but they have international shipping. How cool is that! And if it couldn’t get any better, aweedmark has 119 reviews and a total rating of 5 golden stars!
IronpatchTH is a really neat patch shop that is based in Bangkok and they sell really awesome patches! You can find patches for sports teams, college teams, and other items, but I am in love with their sunflower patch.
The world needs a little more kindness and niceness so express that with a patch! VictoriaKristine sells patches, pins, and t-shirts on Etsy and there are so many different things to look at! The “Be Nice” patch is simple and very cute and only $6! VictoriaKristine is based in the US, so if you are a fellow American, you can feel great because you are buying from a US shop!
Crystals have come on trend in the past year, both for healing and decor, and I have to admit that I am with that trend! I love all things crystals and I adore the purple amethyst quartz pin from notmagicshop. This shop also has other pins that look like crystals, so if someone you know would like something like this, go check out their shop!
For someone you loves minimalistic accessories, take a peek at this lovely hair clip from AnnieLesperance! It’s simple yet elegant style will bring a smile to your gift recipient! AnnieLesperance also sells golden bee earrings and other fashion accessories at good prices that won’t break the bank!
A really awesome shop that I just recently came across is tinylumber. One of my favorite products from them is the Tiny Lumber wood stud earrings. They are hypoallergenic and there are great reviews for them! The earrings are $15 but for these earrings, I would pay that price! They have a titanium stud and the rounds are made from bamboo wood and painted with acrylic paint. There are a lot of different styles of the bamboo earrings, so look around the shop on Etsy!
Photos owned by MaBrownMercantile
For $40, getting a small crossbody bag that monogrammed is amazing! MaBrownMercantile sells gorgeous bags for decent prices and they will make any fashonista happy. The bags are made from faux leather and you can have you pick of colored thread.
Photos owned by FreshRagsCincy
For your movie buff, take a look at this shirt! I am obsessed with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and when I saw this shirt, I might have shrieked a little bit. You can buy your “Save Ferris” shirt in multiple different shades from FreshRagsCincy, a shop based in (you guessed it!) Cincinnati! They also have a Burt Macklin FBI shirt from Parks and Recreation!
I love candles! If you hand me a candle that is sandalwood or cologne scented, I will run off in search of a candle or lighter. If you take me to Bath and Body Works, I am going to go sniff the Black Tie candle and wish there was a hunky man next to me that I could hug and never let go. Basically, I love woodsy and musky candles.
BrandIron in Vancouver sells non GMO wax candles that are amazing and Insta-perfect. Oak & Moss is a candle that has “notes of earthy green moss balanced with subtle notes of soft woods.” How great does that sound? For $20, you get a 9 oz. candle with a 40 hour burn time. Just imagine how great your house (or rather, the gift recipient’s house) will smell!
Photos owned by EWARTWOODS
If you have someone in your life who is always carrying around a memory stick or who simply wants to keep photos with them but doesn’t have storage, check out this really cool USB memory drive that is made out of wood! The memory drive is encased in a regular sized case and you can choose which type of wood you want the case to be made out of. EWARTWOODS, the shop that makes these, is based in Latvia, which I think is really cool! I love the way these look and they will make a great gift for the techno-wiz in your family!
Chunky knit blankets have seemed to pop up as of late and I see them everywhere on Instagram. Everyone has a really neat knit blanket that is its own fashion. PuffyWoolDecor has a lot of different colors to choose from and the blankets look insanely soft! A note on this shop, though: they only ship to select countries, so if you order from them, make sure they ship to your country! If they don’t, there are a lot of other amazing shops on Etsy that sell the blankets!
I love home decor and simple signs can make any space look chic. Wire wall art, especially in gold or rose gold, is very elegant but easy to make if you are a crafty person. If you are like me, it is easier to buy one than make one because you weren’t terribly gifted in the arts department! MCWonderland from Italy makes a lot of wire crafts and signs that will spruce up your space effortlessly. This cute “Hello” sign is affordable and your gift recipient will love it.
Last in home decor is something that I want to buy immediately and will cherish forever. RedwoodStoneworks out of California makes Rocket and Groot planters! Rocket and Groot are two of my favorite characters from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and I want these planters in my home pronto! You can buy the planters individually or as a duo! RedwoodStoneworks has a lot of cool planters in Star Wars, Disney, and Harry Potter designs, as well as a lot more! Everything is so affordable and your giftee will love their present. If you want to add a little something more to the gift, go to your local home improvement or garden store and pick up a baby succulent!
That is all for this Christmas Gift Guide! I send out updates on my Instagram and Twitter accounts so go hit the follow buttons!
I will see you next week with a special collaboration with Phy!
Note: ¹ I do not own any of the product images used. I took screenshots on my phone and cut them down. The owners are credited and ownership claimed in the descriptions of all photos. ² I am not being sponsored by any of the companies/shops mentioned, including Etsy. These are products that I would buy myself and for other people. Thanks for reading!
Today’s Blogmas post is one that I have quite been looking forward to and I am excited to share with you because I am hoping it might become a new chapter for Glitz & Glitter in the new year.
My faith isn’t something I have really ever discussed on here and it might be because I really doubt myself a lot of the time when it comes to how strong I am in my faith. I definitely have moments when I know that I am unworthy of my Saviors love and salvation and there are moments when I think my faith isn’t even as big as a mustard seed. I’ve had prayers go unanswered, or maybe they were just answered with a “not now, Mimi; there is better coming.” I have doubted and I have had my struggles, but at the end of the day, my heart is Jesus’s and He is my salvation. Even when I am at my lowest point, I know He is before me and He is making the way.
Another reason I don’t post much about my faith is because I am rather afraid of backlash I might get. I want to keep Glitz & Glitter a positive place and I know that I might get hate for being a Christian. I know that I shouldn’t be afraid of what others think because I know who I am but I do prefer to avoid issues. So I’m really hoping this goes well and that it can be a small chapter of the Glitz & Glitter in the new year. At the end of the day, I am not trying to force my beliefs on anyone. I just want to share a big part of my life with you guys and I like staying honest with you.
I’m losing track of myself again. Back to what I was saying. This post is hopefully a new chapter. I would like to start sharing more of my faith and things related to that in the coming year. Maybe I can use Glitz & Glitter as an outreach of sorts. This post is a round up of my favorite Bible verses that are Christmassy and always remind me of the joy of this season.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
I remember a plastic nativity we had while I was growing up. It had a button and would play a reading of verses and then have some music at the end. Luke 2:14 is one that was included and for some reason always stood out to me.
John 10:27-28 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.
This verse doesn’t necessarily scream Christmas but it definitely comes in handy with the new year approaching. I pray that I am going on the right path and that I will glorify God in my works, but there are days when I am so unsure of everything I am doing. There are days when I don’t think I hear God or that my ears have turned away from His call. To be honest, I am envious of others when they talk about how they converse daily with God and hear Him as plain as day. I am envious because that has never happened to me and I think that is where my biggest reason for lack of faith comes in. This verse helps fr my bad days.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that You may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This is my prayer for the upcoming year. I hope that I learn to trust in God more and believe that He has only the best in store for me. Yes, I will have trials that I must face, but I know that I already have the victory. With God, all things are possible. There’s not footnote attached to that in tiny print that follows with *only some things*. Not some things, but all things. I hope that I become so in love with God that I become a beam of pure joy and happiness, and that others can see my joy is in Him and I can set a good example for others.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…” I have no words. Even though I know that I am not worthy of salvation or the love that my Father has for me, He still loves me and He calls me His child. The greatest gift of all that I have and that I will ever have is the love of God. No matter what, that is the greatest gift.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
This is probably one of the most well known Bible verses during the Christmas season and I truly love it. It is the beginning to an incredible story.
I know that was only a small handful of verses and I apologize that there aren’t more. I’m trying to make Blogmas posts that aren’t too dreary and drone on for a long while. Having shorter posts also means I can edit them in a shorter period of time and it means more time to write. This is also my first year of Blogmas so I’m learning as I go!
Welcome to the very first annual Blogmas on Glitz and Glitter! As I am typing, it is December 1st very early in the morning and I’m trying to ignore my allergies which are keeping me awake. But it is officially the first of December and honestly, I didn’t even know what day it was until a moment or two ago when I was on Twitter and saw a bunch of posts about it. So I looked at my calendar and was instantly hit with worry and slight dread that I hadn’t purchased any gifts yet, sent out cards (even though we have just started the Merry Month), and a feeling of inadequacy.
This year, like most other years, I am on a budget for shopping. I won’t be able to purchase everything I want for my family and friends and I do feel slight shame for that. But then I took a step back and realized that I had forgot the meaning of Christmas altogether. Did the 3 wise men try to out-do each other by trying to give the best give to Jesus? No, they didn’t. The entire being of Christmas isn’t to see if Aunt Ida can out-gift Aunt Lilian or to see which person can win over the family with presents. With this holiday should come love, joy, a sense of renewal, and all of the hope that comes in a new year. This time should be spent in the company of those you cherish and love. In the end, who truly cares if they received a physical gift at all? Growing up, I have been taught that people value more than objects, that good company is a gift. Just because I am unable to purchase something for my sister or mother that I know they would love, doesn’t make me inadequate or a bad person. And if you are in the same boat, you aren’t a bad person either. Christmas has become a competition of flashy gifts and bedazzled things. Would it be so horrible to receive an orange in a Christmas stocking? I quite like oranges.
Maybe it is just me, but I have found Christmas to be turned commercial. I hardly see ads anymore about the true joy of Christmas. It is always about someone buying something for someone at such a great deal or buying your child a fancy toy that they will grow out of next year. Maybe I feel this way because of the way I was raised and the values that I have. I miss the broth commercial where the turkey and veggies went running down the grocery aisle. It gets me every time! The Hershey’s commercial where the kisses are ringing? Fabulous! I love that commercial every year. Ads that treat Christmas like a buying extravaganza and an opportunity for big brands to make bank “in the spirit of Christmas”? I’ll take a pass on that.
I suppose this might not be the merriest way to start Blogmas, but I want this to be seen as a reflection for when you are in the middle of a crowd of people in a store and trying to figure out which shade someone would prefer for something or another. Giving is great but don’t get caught up in buying and go into holiday debt. There is so much more to Christmas than placing a wrapped box under a tree. Your family and friends love you and they shouldn’t care what you get them. Your company and ability to share the joy of the season is what matters to them. So take a deep breath and turn on your favorite Christmas tunes. We will survive this Christmas.
This Christmas, spend time with your loved ones and embrace all of the snow flakes that kiss your cheeks, the first inhale of hot cocoa steam, and the best holiday movies.
I promise there will be happier and brighter Blogmas posts coming up very soon! This post is a product of my late night self and probably allergy medication.
Merry Christmas, everyone. Cheers!
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. – Luke 2:10