Blogmas Day 17: Christmas with Grandmother

NO SPOILERS, I PROMISE! 

Hi guys!

For the past 3 years, my brother and I have had a tradition with our Grandmother that instead of giving gifts for Christmas, we go see the newest Star Wars movie and go out to eat. It started with The Force Awakens, and we have continued it ever since.

Today, we went to see The Last Jedi, and let me tell you, it was amazing!!! I won’t go into details because I hate spoilers, but I will do a review post Christmas sometime, once it’s more likely that everyone who wouldn’t want spoilers had already seen it.

What I love about this tradition is that it really focuses on the time with loved ones around the holidays, instead of presents. Everyone enjoyed the movie and we had a nice lunch after, and we spent less money and time trying to figure out what to get each other. These are the kinds of gifts that we will cherish forever, and the moments that we will never forget.

We plan on doing this next year, Star Wars movie or not, and it is something to look forward to each year. I would love to hear everyone else’s special non-gift Christmas traditions!

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 16: Everyday Winter Makeup Look

Hi guys!

I have been meaning to do this post for a while now because I’ve been loving all the stuff I bought on Black Friday! So without further ado, enjoy my everyday winter makeup look!

Foundation/Concealer

Aftee moisturizing and all that, I use my Fenty Beauty Profiltr foundation. I am shade 180, and I apply this all over either using the Fenty foundation brush or my RealTechniques beauty blender. Once that’s blended in really well, I use my TooFaced Born This Way concealer in light nude. I apply this under my eyes and on any blemishes, blending with which ever tool I used that day for foundation.

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Blush/Highlight 

I then use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Ultimate Glow Kit, using a RealTechniques angled blending brush. I mix the two lightest colors, Snow and White Sand, and run that over my cheek bones and anywhere else I feel like shimmering! To finish off I use my L’Oreal true match blush in the shade N3-4.

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Eyebrows

For brows, I use Bennefits BrowZings in the shade 3. I first brush out my brows using a clean spooly brush and then I use the small brushes that come with them first applying the wax with the angled end and the powder using the other end.

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Eyes 

For eyes, I usually use my Stila stay all day liquid liner on my top lid, usually making a flick. For lashes I use my TooFaced Better Than Sex mascara. I don’t wear eyeshadow on most days, but if I’m feeling glam, I use my Urban Decay Naked Heat pallet, because it is to die for!

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Lips

And finally, for lips I tend to stick to the nude shades for everyday, and my go to is my Tarte matte lip in the shade Bestie. It is a great finish and the color is perfect!

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So there you have it! This is my everyday makeup, it changes sometimes, adding eyeshadow or using a darker lip, but everything else stays pretty true!

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 15: Festive Sugar Cookies

Hi guys!

Who doesn’t love baking around this time of year? And what are Christmas cookies if you don’t make sugar cookies? They are one of my favorites to make this time of year, but this year I strayed from my trusty recipe. I tried a different one, mostly because ti was more manageable with my sched, and it came out great! So without further ado, here you have it!

I used this recipe that I found on Pinterest. For this recipe, you don’t have to chill the dough, which was why I found it so appealing! I followed the measurements and the ingredients exactly.  They came out delicious, although next time I would probably omit the almond extract, but that’s just me!

For frosting, I just used a couple squeezable icing packets that I picked up at the grocery store, because I just love the icing and didn’t have time to make my own. The red is Betty Crocker, and the green was Cake Mate.

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They came out the perfect consistency, and were super delicious! I hope you guys can try this recipe and let me know how it goes!

Happy baking!

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 14: My Christmas Tree

Hi guys!

For today’s post, I thought I would give you a little insight into my Christmas Tree! My family has always been one that believe the simpler the better when it comes to our tree. We usually do white lights, garland (red or silver), and a few ornaments. We don’t go all out, instead letting the tree speak for itself.

This year, we used the fake tree that we bought on Christmas Eve last year-the dogs knocked the real one over 4 times that day and all the needles were gone…-because the needles. I much prefer real trees, but I also don’t like cleaning up the tree so I don’t mind the fake ones. It is about 6 feet tall, and is strung with soft white lights.

For decorations, we have red garland, and red bows. Again, we weren’t sure how the dogs would do with the glass balls, so we figured we’d put it off one more year. I think it is super simple, and elegant!

Growing up, we had a beautiful angel as out topper, and we would sometimes alternate this with a star. One year, the star broke, so that didn’t work. The next year, the angel broke, and in a pinch, my brother and I decided to toss a Santa hat on the top. That was over 10 years ago, and we haven’t had a different topper since. It is so cute, and definitely breaks from the traditional.

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 13: Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes

Hi guys!

I am a hot chocolate junkie! I would live on the stuff in the winter if I could. I have recently been trying to get a little more experimental with my hot chocolate recipes and I came across two that are my absolute favorites by far ever! They are super easy to make, not requiring much work, and they are so creamy and delicious!

Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate:

This one is just a plain hot chocolate recipe, nothing really special here. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it is one that I have used so many times now. You can alter the ingredients, add whatever you want, take out some things. Really, it is super easy to make it your own. I follow the recipe pretty closely, and I top mine with some whipped cream (canned of course, I can’t make homemade to save my life), mini marshmallows, and when I’m feel extra crazy I even add some Hershey’s chocolate drizzle on top! It is so good and comforting, and melting the marshmallows right in makes it extra creamy and delicious.

Peppermint White Chocolate:

I don’t follow a recipe when making this one so each time I make it, it turns out a little different. The ratio really depends on how chocolatey and pepperminty you want it, but if I had to guess the measurements would be as follows:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 whole white chocolate candy bar (any brand)
  • 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract
  • whipped cream to top
  • candy canes

First I start my pouring the milk into a sauce pan and heating that up on the stove. Next, I take the chocolate bar and break it up into a heat resistant bowl. Once the milk is hot, you want to pour it over the white chocolate, whisking as you go until the chocolate is fully melted. Then you add in the peppermint. Take a ladle and pour the cocoa into cups, topping with whipped cream and a candy cane. Obviously you can adjust the measurements to your liking, double them if you want a ton, and make it your own! I sometimes save a bit of the white chocolate bar and grate some of that on the top, or just huck it in, you know, whichever I feel like!

There you have it! These two recipes are really delicious and are sure to fill you up and keep you warm on a cold winter day!

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 12: Christmas Essentials/What’s To Come

Hi guys.

I’ve been sick the past few days and haven’t been able to take any new pictures or really do anything bloggy related. I am feeling better today, so I will be able to plan some good posts for the rest of the week. That does mean that this post will be less festive and more filler, so I apologize. In trying to keep things exciting, I figured I would write a little Christmas Essentials/what the rest of Blogmas will look like post, so here it is!

There is nothing quite like getting yourself in the Christmas spirit with your favorite things around Christmas time. This includes everything from hot chocolate to music, ugly sweaters to pjs. I really do mean everything. I think the best part of Christmas is the lead up and how much fun it is on Christmas Eve, and part of this is because I go all out with my festive things! These are a few of my favorites!

Christmas lights-I literally have these up year round, so nothing really changes during Christmas time, it is just an excuse to go all out and not feel judged.

Hot Chocolate-I have my favorite hot chocolate recipes coming tomorrow, so look out for that and all its yumminess!

Christmas Music- Michael Buble’s Christmas album literally plays nonstop in my house and car from the day after Thanksgiving until New Years, with a lil “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey tossed in there.

Christmas Sweaters-This will also be a post coming in the next few days, look for my Ugly and my Not Ugly options.

Christmas Cookies-Again, another post coming, because who doesn’t like Christmas cookies?

My blogmas is about to get a whole lot more festive! Until tomorrow, enjoy the picture of my dog waiting for Santa Paws…

XOXO K

Blogmas Day 11: Unique Gifts for Him

Hi Guys!

I always find it incredibly hard to shop for the men in my life. You don’t want to just get them socks or books, etc, but it can be a bit hard to think of some new gifts that they wouldn’t already have. So I compiled a list of cool gifts that I have given in the past, and hopefully you can get some ideas from here.

Sauces/Marinades- This one is kind of a long standing joke between my dad and I. One time when I was about 9, I was Christmas Shopping with my mom and picked out a cast iron skillet kit that included like two different hot sauces. He loved it, and ever since I have bought him sauces and marinades for Christmas. I usually try to go to a little country store near my house, but don’t be afraid to hit Target or Walmart as well. This is a perfect addition if they love to cook/grill.

Bean Box Subscription- This one is for the coffee lovers out there, and is actually one of the gifts I’m getting someone this year. They have different boxes that you can get with coffees from all over the world, or they do monthly subscriptions.

Qello Subscription- This is something that I had never heard of until my brother mentioned it. You get a subscription and can listen to live concerts. I don’t know much about it, but if you know a music lover, this one is a must.

So there you have it! These are a few of the things that I am purchasing or know someone who is for this year. Hopefully they will apply to some of the hard to buy for me in your life!

XOXO K