The Coziest Gift Guide You’ve Ever Seen

Y’all, the holiday season is the best!  There are parties, family time, and pretty much all of my favorite things.  After December 25th, though, I’m usually done with winter and just want to cozy up at home with Kevin and my dog as much as possible.

I know I’m not alone in this sentiment, so I think the perfect holiday gift is one that brings comfort for the remaining winter months.  If you’re like me and enjoy a cozy night in, you might want to consider these gift ideas as “treat yourself” ideas instead.

If you’re shopping for your favorite homebody, he or she will thank you for any of these gifts under the tree this year!

Cheers to cozy comfort and relaxation!

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Women in 2018!

Did you catch the announcement that The Plus Life will be participating in BLOGMAS by providing a TON of awesome holiday-inspired content throughout the month of December? Well, it’s true… and here we are again for part two in the series!

Check out the first post here to read about 15 awesome holiday traditions you could start this year!

Today’s post is the next in the Blogmas series, and it’s been extra fun to prepare for you!  I have a few special gift guides coming your way as part of the series, but I thought it would be fun to start with a roundup of the exact items I PERSONALLY would love to receive this year for Christmas.  I don’t currently own any of the items on this list but they’re all things I’ve been considering purchasing or hinting about to my family.

Real talk, this is a LONG list.  I have absolutely zero expectation of receiving all or even most of these items.  I’ll narrow this down to a few of the things I want the  most and share it with the people who’ll be shopping for me.  Hi, Mom! Hi, Kevin!

15 Holiday Traditions That Will Make You Smile This Year

I’m no fan of cold weather, but even with the cold I would say December is the best month of the year because of the focus on quality time with family and friends throughout the holidays.

I’m SO excited to share with you that because of how much I love the holidays, I’ll be participating in my first ever BLOGMAS this year… with a little twist.  I’ll be coming to you with a TON of awesome holiday content this month and you’ll be seeing more posts than usual around here.

Black Friday 2018 Deals!

It’s finally here!  Every bargain shopper’s favorite weekend of the year!  Now that we’re all full of turkey, let’s get down to business and look at some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

I’ve included a variety of brands below, from plus size fashion to mattresses to gifts.  I’ll be updating this post throughout the day and over the next several days with new deals as I have them.

Tips for hosting Thanksgiving at your home: Focus on what really matters! The holiday is all about spending time with loved ones and celebrating the blessings in your life. Don't allow the cooking, cleaning or decorating to distract you from the true purpose.

Everything You Need To Host Your First Thanksgiving

You know what is completely overwhelming?  Hosting a major holiday for the first time.  Kevin and I are traveling to New York to spend Thanksgiving with his family this year, but I’m planning on hosting a Thanksgiving meal for some of my family in Kentucky on another day.

We are so excited to finally have space for entertaining, but given that we haven’t been able to in the past… we are definitely lacking in some of the basics we need for hosting.

If you’re like us and plan to host a holiday meal for the first time this year, check out my tips and tricks below. I’ve done all the overanalyzing so that you don’t have to!  Haha.

Tips for hosting Thanksgiving at your home: Start with a clean and organized kitchen!

Manicure Using Essie Gel Couture Take Me To Thread

How To Give Yourself A Professional Manicure At Home

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This could be an unpopular opinion, but I’ll say it anyway. I hate getting manicures at the nail salon.

Don’t get me wrong, I love having nicely manicured nails but I hate the process of actually getting the manicure for many reasons.

  1. It takes forever, and I hate wasting my time at the salon.
  2. It’s not relaxing or fun for me.
  3. I am usually uncomfortable in the nail salon chairs.
  4. It’s expensive and I’d rather spend my money on things I enjoy.
  5. Even gel or SNS manicures just don’t last very long on me.

Ask Me Anything: How Can I Be More Confident In My Relationship?

I say it all the time, but my favorite part about being a blogger is connecting with you.  When I get an email saying that a blog post I wrote connected with you and that you have benefitted from my work, there’s really nothing better. It’s why I do this and it’s what motivates me to keep going even when things are hard!

My number one goal as a blogger is to provide value to you and support your quest to live your best life.  That’s why I’ve started this series where I answer your questions about life.  The questions can be about anything from fashion to relationships and we’ll talk about whatever is on your mind!

How You Can Get the Best Sleep Ever: A Big Fig Mattress Review

Disclosure:  I received a free bed from Big Fig in order to review it for you on the blog.  Links in this post are affiliate links, and you can read my disclosures here.  As always, integrity is my number one priority and all opinions are my own.  

I’m not really sure why, but I’ve never been a great sleeper. I struggle to fall asleep. I toss and turn. I wake up achy. There are many days that I wake up tired even after 8+ hours in bed.  My dad still tells stories about how I used to kick, roll and flail when I slept as a child.

As I got older I’d occasionally turn to Nyquil, melatonin, or other sleep aids when things got really bad.  While they would help improve my sleep on the nights I used them, nothing really solved my problems long term.

I accepted fatigue and bad sleep as my reality, but for the past two months I’ve gotten the best sleep of my life.  I’m excited to share my story with you because I believe that the change I made in upgrading to a Big Fig Mattress changed my life forever.

You can check out all the specifics about the mattress here and use my code PLUSLIFEBLOG to save $$$! 

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Boss Babe 101: The Perfect Business Cards & Stationery From Basic Invite

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It’s been just over a month since I quit my corporate job.   While I do miss the steady paycheck and the comfort that brings,  I’m still SO excited about all of the things that are happening in my life now that I’ve made the space.  The past month has been a blur to say the least, but I am still so happy I made the leap.

My primary focuses over the past month have been building my blog (oh, hi! THANK YOU for being here) and putting together our new home.  I’ve also been so grateful for time spent with my family.

A Special Night – A Fundraiser With Draper James

If you follow me on social media (oh, hi!  Instagram, here.  Facebook, here) you likely already know that last night I partnered with the team at Draper James’ Lexington store to host a Shop & Sip event for a charity in my hometown.

I am overjoyed with the way the event turned out and wanted to capture it for you with a quick post here.

People often speak negatively about growing up in a small town, but I have to say…. you really just can’t beat the love and support of a community like the one I came from.