December 14, 2017

BLOGMAS // Holiday Budget.

Heeeeello, everyone!

I know everyone does Christmas differently. However, we can all agree that in the most wonderful time of the year we all spend the most amount of money. We need to buy gifts, decorate the house and treat ourselves a little because that's important too. So, I wanted to share with you guys how I plan on staying on top of my finances during the holidays. I know that we'll all have different things we need to spend money on, but hopefully you can at least pick up a few tips and tricks here and apply them to your situation. 

In my family, my mom and my aunt are the ones in charge of providing Christmas dinner on the 24th and Christmas lunch on the 25th, so at least that's one last thing I need to worry about and also, they are the best cookers in the family. I'm a single lady with no kids and I'm only responsible for me and my cat, so most of my money goes into my savings account and, during the holidays, the only extra spending I do is relate to getting gifts for some people and whatever else I feel like doing, which I know is the case for most people.  
Cooking + Baking // This is going to include everything related to, well, cooking and baking. All the supplies I need for my Christmas cookies and other related deserts. My mom and my aunt are the ones who cook Christmas dinner and things like that, but me and my sister like to help a little with desert. Last year, I didn't even include this category on my budget and I ended up overspending. So, I planned out all the ingredients and recipes and I've got my shopping list good to go. 

Gifts // This is the most obvious one. Me and my sister get one gift for my mom and one for my dad together, so that helps. Other than that, I'm planning on buying something for my sister, my two best friends and my grandma. That's all. Honestly, I know this is going to sound bad, but I would really suggest reconsidering the amount of people you're getting gifts to. If you're on a budget and trying to save your money, don't try to pull a Santa Claus. You don't own people gifts but if you still want to make something nice for them, bake cookies or muffins. Going into debt to get people gifts is not the best decision.

Activities // In this one I'm gonna include everything I decide to do with my friends or alone, like eating out, going to the movies, uber rides and gas. I think that is going to be the most difficult category to stick to since things come up all the time unexpectedly, but I'm determined. 

My Birthday // My birthday is on the 29th and I think my Holiday Budget is going to last until New Year's Eve, so I'm including it here. My sister got us Cirque Du Soleil tickets for the day and my family is going out to eat after, so I don't think I'll spend a lot of money. I will however make sure I treat myself to something special, maybe some makeup or cute dress for NYE.

I guess that's it! I know I didn't tell you the exact amount of money I'm spending for each category, but that's too personal. The important thing to do is to pick which categories you want to include on your budget (maybe you're traveling to see family and you'll have to include airfare) and stick to it. Don't give yourself the option of going over it! My number one tip to sticking to any budget is to have an end goal that way it's easier to resist small temptations. In my case, I'm saving money to travel next year and to, maybe, move to a new place. I'm excited for 2018, guys!

How are you budgeting for the holidays?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon!

December 13, 2017

Working Out + Loosing Weight.

Heeeeello, everyone!

I've recently done a post about how to loose weight or stay on track during the holidays and I believe I started that post the same way I plan on starting this one: You don't have to loose weight. You actually don't have to do anything to your body you don't want to. When I talk about loosing weight or working out, I'm talking to the people that are on the same path as me at the moment. I've been trying really hard to get in shape, feel good and be healthier and since this blog is a reflection of my life I've been writing a lot about this topic. 

However, I wanted to talk about my relationship with working out. I truly believe that eating healthier is the key to feeling good and loosing weight, but I also think working out is a big part of it. I've recently joined a new gym with a friend of mine and we've been working out together for the past 14 days. We worked out every single day (even on Sundays) and we've been feeling pretty good about ourselves. This is the first day " skipping the gym" crossed my mind.

I was up late last night watching Christmas movies and I have a very busy day ahead of me today - two birthday parties, a doctor's appointment for my bad ankle and I bought tickets to watch the premier of the new Star Wars movie. The only time I had to go to the gym was in the morning and I absolutely hate doing physical activity in the morning. Despite everything, I pushed through it. I got up, made myself some coffee, ate my oatmeal and went. I'm gonna be honest with you, I hated the whole process of getting to the gym.

When I got there I was in a bad mood and I didn't feel like working out. My friend and the fact that I was doing something fun as a workout are the only things that me through it. During our spinning class, I was tired and I was a bit cranky, but I kinda had a fun. I forgot that I was supposed to be cranky for the whole 45 minutes of the class and after I was sooooo glad that I went.

I think the moral of the story is: you need to find a workout you enjoy doing. I know I've talked about this on my Tips For Loosing Weight During The Holidays post, but you need to understand that working out is something you have to do for a lifetime, so you need to find something that is kinda fun, a little bit exciting and effective. I know some people love working out and actually crave it. I don't think I'll ever be this type of person, but I'm starting to at least enjoy my workouts. I don't dread going to the gym anymore - most days.

So, if loosing weight or working out more often are things you plan on adding to your resolutions in 2018 or your goals list, start now. Look for fun activities, different classes or even fun workout videos you can follow. My advice is to try out a bunch of different stuff and then you can see what works for you. You need to do what feels good. Listen to your body and think about what you're in the mood for that day. You don't have to run 30 miles or squat 1000 times a day to loose weight. If you feel like yoga today sounds good, do that and make the most of your class. 

I guess that's it! The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep going. Find something you enjoy doing and keep at it. Let me know on the comments your thoughts on this topic. I know dieting and weight loss are pretty controversial topics to talk about, specially on the internet where everything gets blown out of proportion. However, I'd love to start a conversation about this, so we can motivate ourselves and try to find a happy balance. 

Do you agree with me?
Do you disagree? 

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


December 12, 2017

Weird Things People Have Told Me.

Heeello, everyone! 

Today's post has nothing to do with Christmas, but I still wanted to share it with you guys. I've had this idea in my head to talk about weird things people have said to me for quite some time now. Let me just preface this by saying that I attract weird people. Like, seriously. I don't know why, but I'm like a magnet for them. And includes not just men but people in general. I cannot tell you how many drunk girl have started blabbering about their emotional issues to me at clubs and bars. 

I do admit that the amount of weird people that have come my way increased after I started using dating apps. As one would guess. I have nothing against dating apps, I think they're a fun way of meeting new people but you have to agree with me that they are a sure way to come across some pretty weird humans. So, here we are! Today's post is going to be just a little taste and I do plan on sharing more. I just didn't want to get to personal too fast, you know? I'm just gonna start with my favorite one..

"I had sex last night so I'm a bit emotional." // These were the first words a guy said to me on a date. And now we're hapily married! Naah, just kidding! The date didn't go very well and we're not speaking anymore. However, I after I got over the initial shock, I did end up laughing quite a lot during the date and now I have a funny story to tell. But I mean, who says that? I think he was trying to be funny.. or maybe he actually did have sex the previous night which made him emotional. I guess we'll never know.

"I killed a squirrel. " // I went on this "double date" in the beginning of the year. It was my second date with a guy and my friend asked me if she could join us because she was going a first date with a guy that she met on tinder and she didn't want to be alone. Everything was working out well, we were having drinks and talking. I don't even remember why, but we were joking around saying the craziest things we've ever done. My friend said she broke into a house and spent the night there (which I didn't even know prior to that occasion), my date said he hitchhiked through Europe and than it was my friend's date turn. He stops laughing and says "I once killed a squirrel" with the most serious look on his face. I started laughing because that's what I do when I'm nervous and he turns to me and says "I'm not kidding.." The rest of the date was the most awkward thing I've ever witnessed.

"My religion doesn't allow me to sing." // This was said to me on a karaoke bar. I never go to karaoke bars but it was a friend's birthday and I kinda had to. So, there I am.. Having some drinks and making friends. I started to talk to this random girl on the table next to us because she had the little book with the songs. Me, being the normal person that I am, ask "so do you already know what you're gonna sing?'' and that when she responds "my religion doesn't allow me to sing". I asked if she was being serious, she said she was. She looked annoyed so I dropped it and turned back to my table. I even looked it up on google if there were religions that didn't allow people to sing and I didn't find anything. I'm pretty sure she was messing with me.

Guys, I swear I'm not lying! I don't know why, but I attract weird people. Maybe I'm giving off some vibe, I don't know. I just hope you enjoyed this post or found it at least entertaining. Let me know on the comments if someone has ever said anything weird like this to you. I laughed a lot while writing this post and calling my friends to refresh my memory. I'd highly recommend doing something like if you have a blog or a youtube channel!

Has anyone ever said something super weird to you?
Are you enjoying blogmas so far?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


December 11, 2017

BLOGMAS // Daily Mantras // Spreading JOY!

Happy Monday, people of the internet!

I want to bring the daily mantras back and there's no time like the present. Christmas is just around the corner and I actually wanted to focus on that today. Focus on the importance of being present, taking care of ourselves and of our families and paying attention to what really matters. It's super easy to get caught up on all the presents and wishlists and forget to be nice to each other and grateful for all the wonderful things we have in our lives.
MONDAY // Love and kindness are never wasted.

TUESDAY // Being present is the best gift.

WEDNESDAY // Small tasks achieve big goals.

THURSDAY //Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.

FRIDAY // You are in control of the way you look at life.

SATURDAY // Open yourself to good things. Say yes more often.

SUNDAY // Gratitude is a daily task.

I hope you enjoy today's mantras! Now I wanted to have a quick chat about something I believe is very important, specially during the holidays: taking care of yourself. It's super easy to get caught up in all the holiday frenzy and forget to do that. I don't know which holiday you celebrate, but I think that we can all find some common ground on the importance of being with family and friends. And with that, sometimes, we get caught up in all the cooking, baking, wrapping presents and thinking about all the other members of our family but ourselves. 

I know helping others and thinking about their needs is not only awesome but also very noble, but I'm gonna come back to something I always say on this blog: you can't pour from an empty cup. Carve out some time (even if it's just 15 min at night) to take care of yourself. Do some pampering, watch some youtube videos, workout, read a book.. Recharge and take care of yourself so you can be a better family member and a better friend. Your well-being is just as important as everyone else and I'm 100% sure your family wants you to take care of yourself too!

What's your favorite mantra this week?

Let's hang some more!

Thanks so much for reading and I'll talk to you soon!


December 9, 2017

BLOGMAS // Holiday Reads.

Heeeello, everyone! 

I think I've mentioned this before, but I'm a seasonal reader and christmas is my favorite time of the year, so you can imagine how excited I am for today's post. If you're also a seasonal reader and you're looking for some Christmas book recommendations, you've come to the right place. I've got 5 books to share with you guys today and I honestly think there's a little bit for everyone, unless you don't like romance. If you find a holiday book that doesn't have romance in it, you let me know!

I've read some of these and some I've just find out about. One of them is available now for free on Amazon, which is awesome if you ask me. I love when I'm able to find specially gems like this one. I actually did an entire post about free books, you can just click here if you're interested. Anyway, I'm gonna stop rambling because you're here to talk about books and I want to talk about books too! 
My True Love Gave To Me - Stephanie Perkins // This one is actually a collection of stories edited by Stephanie Perkins. I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but some of my favorite author were participating (Rainbow Rowell and Jenny Han) and I had to support them. I'm a loyal reader. However, this book surprised. If you're a seasonal reader like me, you have to check it out. The stories are super fun and incredibly festive - it's literally the perfect book to read during the holidays. Since it's a collection of stories, some were definitely better than others, but it's an overall great books. I also think it's the perfect gift.

The Christmas Secret - Jeannie Watt // This one was available for free on the Kindle store (I think it still is) and I decided to check it out because I absolutely love small-town romances, specially around the holidays. In this one a couple is trapped on a cabin because of the snow and, you guessed it, they fall in love. It's the cutest romance ever. I would say it's the equivalent of a Hallmark Christmas movie where everything works out in the end and everyone is happy enjoying the holidays. 

What Light - Jay Asher // After loving 13 Reasons Why, I decided to read more of Jay Asher's books. I know these two books are complete opposites, but they were both really good. I haven't finished What Light yet, but I'm really enjoying it so far. It's really cute!

A Cedar Cove Christmas - Debbie Macomber // Debbie Macomber is the queen of small-town romance and I'm a sucker for them. You know, the type of book where two people fall in love in a small town background. Maybe there's a cute Main Street square, maybe there's a lake too.. I just love these types of books and I cannot get enough of them. I haven't read this one yet, but it's on my list. I just know I'm gonna love it.

Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell // This book contains two previous published Rainbow Rowell short stories - Kindred Spirits and Midnight (which is in My True Love Gave To Me). I've already read both of them, so I won't be buying this book. However, if you haven't read these stories before, I cannot recommend them enough. Rainbow Rowell is my favorite author, hands down. These stories are the cutest thing ever and you need to read them. 

Those are all my book recommendations for the holidays this year. If you'd like to see more Christmas books, you can check out last year's recommendations. I'm really excited to read all the books, I just wish we had more days in December because there's no way I'll be able to get to all of these. I'm currently buddy-reading Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and once I'm done with that I'll get to the Christmas ones. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed today's post and I really hope you're enjoying Blogmas so far!

Do you have any fun books to recommend?!
What are you currently reading?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


December 8, 2017

5 Magical Tips For Loosing Weight During The Holidays.

Heeeello, everyone!

If you didn't catch the irony in the title, I'm sorry. I was just trying to be funny. There are no magical tips for weight loss. There's not a pill or a tea you can take that will do all the work for you. I really wish there was, I would be the first in line to get it. But, science is not there yet and we still need to workout and watch what we eat in order to loose weight. I know weight and diet are difficult topics to talk about, specially on the internet. So, just keep in mind that this entire post in based on my opinion and on things that I have experience myself. We're all different and maybe what works for you won't work for me. 

If you're reading this post, chances are you're struggling with loosing weight. First of all, I just want to say that there's nothing wrong with wanting to loose weight. Yes, you're perfect just the way you are. You can love your body and still want to work on it. And second of all, I'm not gonna talk about any special diet you should follow That's just too personal and it's not my place to tell you what you should and shouldn't eat. I just want to point out that there's not a miracle diet you can follow you drop thousands of pounds in one week. I know vegans say that if you're vegan you will loose weight no matter what, but that's just not true. At the end of the day, calories add up and make you gain weight - no matter where those calories are coming from. However, one thing I definitely would not recommend is counting calories - just make good choices! Anyway, I digress. I want to talk to you guys about what I've learned. 

ONE // Drink as much water as you can. 
If you want to loose weight, water has to become your new best friend. You need to drink it all day, everyday and as much as you can. Water is good for everything and it will help you in the process of loosing weight - and it's also good for your health and that whole living longer thing. I have a little glass bottle I take with me everywhere since it fits perfectly into my purse. And that's what I would recommend doing, make drinking water easy and fast.

If you need to get up and go to the kitchen or the drinking fountain every time, you're not gonna do it. So get a reusable bottle (it's also good for the environment) and drink your water! I don't have a set amount of liters I force myself to drink, I just do what feels good and what I can. 

TWO // Work out as often as you can. 
I said as often as you can because some people have jobs, health issues and other things that don't allow them to workout every single day. And you don't have to workout every single day to loose weight - it would definitely help and you would see results faster, but you don't have to do it. Again, do what feels good. I have a bad ankle, so I can't do super quick cardio and running for long periods of time is really hard. So, I mix it up. I go to spinning, I follow Youtube videos (just search "Body By Simone workouts" and thank me later), I walk and I lift weights.. There's no excuse not to work out and get your body moving.  

THREE // Realize that you're going to eat and workout for a lifetime. 
This is one of the things that really stuck with me in my weight loss journey. When I heard someone say this, something clicked in my mind and I thought "that's it, we're doing this''. As soon as you realize that you'll have to eat and workout for your entire life, you'll see things in a new light. Crash diets and crazy workout plans don't work in the long run and I believe we're all trying to be healthy in the long run, right? 

You need to find a happy balance. You need to find recipes you enjoy eating and workouts you enjoy doing because, hopefully, you will be doing this for a very long time. It needs to become a part of your life. For example, if you love hamburgers, try making a healthier version you enjoy eating. Nobody can survive on only salads and tofu for 90 years without going insane. I need my chocolate, I need my fries and I need my wine, but I don't need to have all of it in one day.

FOUR // Set reachable goals.
Setting goals is not something that works for me in general. Saying things like "I'll lose 5 pounds this month" has never worked for me and I don't think it works for a lot of people. Instead, I set goals like going to the gym four times a week or completing my entire workout every time I go. These little things help me to keep myself in check and motivated. Every time I reach a certain goal I set myself on the gym, it gets me pumped to keep coming back. It's not all about the weight (at least not for me), it's also about being comfortable in my own body and feeling good about myself.

FIVE // Don't give up. 
Weight loss is a journey and taking care of your body is something you'll have to do for the rest of your life. You're body is not a machine, it retains liquid, it bloats, it gets sore and tired and injured. You need to accept that and you need to roll with the punches. You can't let a sprain ankle be the end of your journey. You need to take a breather, chill and heal. And then it's back to the gym. Life is unpredictable and things happen. I know it sounds stupid, but you need to be ready for the fact that surprised will come up and you'll have to find a way to stay on track regardless. 

I guess that's it for today, guys! I hope you enjoy this post and I hope it helps you to stay on track. I've battled with my weight for as long as I can remember and it's been a real roller coaster, but now I feel like I'm in a good place. I'm not starving myself and I've realized that quick fixes are not going to help me. You need to do the work to see results. I'm happy and I feel like I'm doing the right thing. 

I wanted to write this post during the holiday season because I feel like this is a time when people struggle a lot with this. Food is a big part of family gatherings and sometimes it's hard to resist eating cake. You just need to realize that indulging and an occasional cookie or piece of cake is different than eating cake for breakfast and having desert every single day. It's all about balance. Even if you're skinny, you need to have a healthy relationship with food. 

Do you have any tips to share with us?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

December 7, 2017

BLOGMAS // Christmas Playlist, 2017.

Heeeeello, everyone!

I think the food (and the fact that the entire family gets together to eat it) is my favorite thing about the holidays. However, what really gets me in the holiday mood are the songs. I think this year, with the exception of Taylor Swift's new album (Reputation), I will only listen to Christmas from now until New Year's Day. There's a little bit of everything in this list. Some old favorites like Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé, but there's also so new songs to. At least, new to me! If you want to list to this playlist directly on Spotify, you just click this link right here!
Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes. 
Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson.
Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Bublé.
Jingle Bells (feat. The Puppini Sisters).
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Michael Bublé.
The Christmas Song - Michael Bublé.
The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes.
Christmas All Over Again - Sam Means.
Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows.
Please Come Home For Christmas - Kelly Clarkson.
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Mariah Carey.
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - Mariah Carey. 
New Year's Day - Taylor Swift.

This is my current Christmas playlist. If you'd like, you can click right here and the link will take you straight to your Spotify account so you don't have to look up every song separately. You can also follow me over there too (here's my page) which would be cool. If you don't have Spotify, that's cool too. This post is not sponsored and I'm pretty sure you can find every song in the playlist on youtube. I hope you enjoy the playlist and let me know on the comments what's your favorite Christmas song!

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!


December 6, 2017

Monthly Empties // November, 2017.

Heeeello, everyone! 

If you've been following the blog for awhile, you know that empties are my favorite posts to write. I've focusing on decluttering and really downsizing my makeup/skincare products, so when I finish an entire product, I get really excited. I know I'm a bit late with these empties, but I haven't been finishing up a lot of products lately. I think I already got the ''easy ones'' out of the way, so now I'm only left with products that I actually enjoy using and that I don't really want to run out of, because that would mean that I'd need to repurchase and spend money. 

We don't have any makeup items this time around but we do have a lot of skincare! I have few makeup products in my collection that are almost done, so my December empties is going to be pretty good. For now, I'm still happy that I got to finish up these products. It's 7 products out of my bathroom drawers, freeing even more room that hopefully won't be filled with more products! Anyway, let's get to the empties!
Lola Suave Shampoo // Lola is a cruelty-free and vegan brazilian brand and they make THE BEST hair products I've ever used in my life. The packaging is the cutest, they're paraben-free and they're also super affordable. I can't recommend this brand enough! If you're able to get your hands on them, do not hesitate!

Evoluderm Eau Micellaire // I bought this huge bottle at Ross for only 5 dollars and it lasted me for more than a year - with everyday use. It worked amazing to take off makeup, even mascara. It was super gentle and efficient. I'd highly recommend it and I will definitely buy more things from Evoluderm - I just need to check if they sell or ship to Brazil. 

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray // The best facial spray I've ever tried. This was super gentle on the skin. I used it as a primer and as a setting spray and my makeup never looked better. This is not only cruelty-free but it also has great ingredients - I checked! I really want to repurchase, but I'm currently using a NYX one. Once that's done, I will buy the big bottle for sure!
Acetone // I don't think I need to review Acetone. However, I love it! It dries my nails and my hands, but it's fast, cheap and it works. It's the only think I'll ever use to remove nail polish. Ain't nobody got time for fancy remover and whatnot.  

Refresh Tears Moisture Drops // If you're a contact lenses user, I'd recommend checking it out. These drops work wonders. They're a little expensive and I'm not sure if they're cruelty-free, but they do work and they don't irritate my eyes. I usually use them when I go out to a party or when I travel - airplanes are a pain in the ass for contact users. 

Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mist in Carried Away // This is the second Carried Away bottle I use and I love this scent. I have no idea how to describe it, though. However, the scent didn't last very long. I know it's a mist, but it didn't even last 10 minutes on. I won't be repurchasing BBW products anymore because they're not cruelty-free and I don't think they have the best ingredients. I've been trying to be a more conscious shopper and to support brands that use good ingredients and that at least try to do some good. 

L'Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert 25+ Moisturizer // This moisturizer was great! I bought it when I thought L'Oréal was cruelty-free, but as it turns out they're not. I don't really know where I stand when it comes to buying L'Oréal's products, but this wrinkle cream was really good. It smoothed my skin and I think it even helped with some odd spots on my face. It was cheap, but it was affordable and I felt like it actually did something. I don't know if I'll repurchase or not, I need to look into their cruelty-free status a little more. 

Those are all the products I finished up last month! If you've done recent empties post or videos, leave the link in the comments so I can check it out. And also, if you're transitioning to cruelty-free cosmetics, let me know what you think about L'Oréal - I'm really on the fence and I don't know if I should support this brand or not. I hope you enjoyed checking out the products I've used up last month and I hope this inspired you to go through your products before purchasing more! 

Did you finish up a lot of products in November?!

Let's chat!

Thanks so much for reading and come back soon!

December 5, 2017

BLOGMAS // Shopping During The Holidays.

Heeello, everyone!

Shopping during the holidays is my personal hell. The malls are full of people, everyone is hyped up on sugary Starbucks drinks and driving like maniacs. I try to avoid it at all costs, last year I only went to the mall once to buy wrapping paper and I would consider that a major success. So, I came up with a few tips that I think will help you guys out during this time of the year. These are things I live by regardless of the season, I'm very strict with my shopping budget and I've never been in debt in my life - but that's mostly because my mom would kill me if I went into debt and I'm still kinda scared of my mom.

I love my mom but you didn't click on this post to read about her. So, when it comes to shopping during the holidays my biggest advice is having a plan. Go on your computer, open a word document and write down everyone you're shopping for. After that, browse the internet to come up with good gift ideas for them and only shop after you've done your research. If you leave the browsing for the mall, you're gonna end up buying stuff you don't need. Trust me. Go in with a game plan and stick to it! So, enough introduction, let's get to the tips!
Want Or Need ? // When you're shopping for everyone, it's really easy sneak in a few items for yourself. I don't know how things work where you live, but where I live there are crazy deals during the holidays, like buy 4 shirts and get one for free. Since I love a good discount, I used to fall for it a lot and I would end up with shirts that I didn't even like. Ever since I started implementing minimalism into my life, I got a little better at figuring out if something is a want or a need, but I still get carried away sometimes.

My advice for dealing with that is keeping a running list on your phone of the things that you need, the things that you kinda need and the things that you want. I know this might not be for everyone and if you're just looking for a quick fix during the holidays, I would suggest going to the mall with a shopping list and not getting anything that's not in it. Be strict with yourself, ignore the sales and keep in my mind that if you're not gonna use, than it's a good deal in the first place!  

Do Your Research // Look for coupons, codes and all sorts of discounts you might find on the internet. Youtubers and bloggers have killer discounts codes sometimes that can really help you out. Last year I bought my sister the Naked3 palette and I was able to use two different discount codes, making it super affordable. I think I've said this before here on the blog, but I don't buy anything full price. You can still get great quality items discounted, you just have to be smart and pay attention to sales and discount codes. 

Stick To Your Budget // Your family and friends don't want you do go in debt to give them presents, I can guarantee you that. Yes, getting presents is fun and it's part of the holiday season but it's not the most important part. Getting together is. If you only have money for a plane ticket to go see them, that's already enough. Maybe you can bake something and bring it with you. The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart and that it shows that you actually put thought into it. it's cheesy but it's true!

Regift // I know regifting something is considered bad by some people, but I'm not one of those people. If you get a gift and if you feel like someone would better appreciate and actually put it to good use, why not pass it along? Of course, this doesn't always work. I mean, if you're sister gives you a gift you won't regift it to your mom, but you can give it to a coworker or someone else you'd have to buy a gift for. This way you can save some money, not clutter your house with things you won't ever use and you can make someone happy. I know you can do this with every gift, I would avoid regifting sentimental items and things like that, but if you get socks, a mug or a picture frame... what's the harm?

Get Creative // Before we had jobs, me and my sister would bake cookies and make my parents a Christmas breakfast. We would go all out, making cappuccinos, special pies and little pastries. This was a fun little tradition we had and now that my sister moved out I can tell my parents really miss it. If you don't live with the person, you can always give them bake goodies in a pretty can, paint something if you're artsy or think about something original. I once gave my sister personal shopper coupons cause we used to joke that she couldn't buy anything unless I was there to help her. 

Those are all the tips I have for today, guys! Let me know on the comments if you anything to share with us, specially some secret discounts codes. I also want to know how you guys deal with gift giving and shopping during the holidays. I'm gonna be honest, that's one of my least favorite things to do. It's annoying, I hate spending money and I can't deal with crowds and crazy shoppers. I would be the worst retail worker ever! 

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