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!

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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!

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life and Husband Kevin on their Big Fig Mattress

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

Disclosure:  I received a bed from Big Fig at no cost 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 get the best deal available right now! 

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.

It’s A Problem: My July 2018 Amazon Purchases

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I’ve got an Amazon problem, y’all!  I LOVE it.  I have to say, I’ve gotten way better about my little habit, but July was definitely a little Amazon shopping heavy.

When we were in our apartment in NY, a neighbor once questioned me about what in the world we were buying to have packages arrive every day.  Oops!  I’m not proud of it, but it is what it is I guess.  There was no Target nearby so what was a girl to do?

Real Talk: How I Manage Foot Pain From Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis

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Most of you don’t know this because I’ve never discussed it publicly, but I have suffered from intense foot pain for years.

I have flat feet and have had a variety of different aches and pains over the years.  I got tired of living in pain a few years ago and finally went to the doctor where I was diagnosed with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

Entertaining Tips: Checklist for Hosting Out of Town Guests

As many of you already know, Kevin and I recently purchased our first home.  After seven years of one bedroom apartments, we are SO excited to be able to host out of town guests for extended periods of time!

His family is coming down to visit from New York next week, and it’s been so fun preparing for their visit.  Of course, given that we’ve just moved in we had a lot more projects than normal when preparing for houseguests but I thought it would be fun to share my MUST HAVES for hosting out of town guests.

An Honest Review of Blue Apron

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I had planned on sharing a different post today but am switching things up a bit!  I recently tried Blue Apron for the first time, and as part of my subscription I had three free boxes I could share with friends.  I decided to offer them up to my Instagram friends (follow me here if you don’t already!)

I had probably 30 of you DM me within the first 5-10 minutes of posting the IG story asking for the free box.  First of all, you ladies really ARE my tribe…. y’all love free stuff as much as I do and I love it!  Second, I was bummed I couldn’t share more with you because everyone was so excited to try it.