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    Best Small Businesses to Shop This Holiday Season

    When you support small businesses, you support passion. The people running small businesses are passionate about what they do and the quality of the products they make. When you’re doing your holiday shopping this year, think about shopping small. From unique gifts to quality takes on classic gift picks, these small businesses have got you covered this holiday season. Here’s a list of small businesses I’ll be shopping this holiday season. I’m also updating this post with all of the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals as they become available. What are your favorite small businesses to support? Candles, Hand Lettered Goods & Skincare Candelles Beautifully designed,…

  • 8 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day
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    8 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Everyone You Love

    Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly. Such an amazing opportunity to show people how much we love them is so perfect. However, Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about your boyfriend or girlfriend! You can celebrate relationships with your friends, your family: whoever you want to show that you care. I’m beyond excited to have collaborated on this post with Julia of Julia in Red and Mallory of Lipstick and Lesson Plans. Julia has written a Valentine’s Day gift guide for single ladies, and it’s such a perfect guide to choosing the perfect little gifts or treat-your-self items! Mallory published a sweet tutorial on how to get the perfect Valentine’s…

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    Mother’s Day: 10 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special

    Mother’s Day is right around the corner! I have been lucky enough to be raised by a strong, smart, beautiful, hilarious, and kind person who I could not be more grateful to have as a mother. My mom is amazing; she is my best friend, and I love her way beyond to the moon and back. I love Mother’s Day because, although I am a huge believer in randomly celebrating amazing people, I love that there is an entire day dedicated to showing our moms how much they mean to us! I know I’ve been hard at work, thinking of the best ways to celebrate my mom, and I hope…

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    Eighteen

    May 5, 1999. May 5, 2017. Eighteen years. I can’t quite fathom how quickly time flies. I know, it sounds silly, but I remember everything, so clearly, so vividly, and it seems like I was a little kid just yesterday. Instead, I’m finishing up senior year. Graduation is next month. College starts in the fall. There are so many changes ahead in the coming months, and this next year is going to be one for the books. I’m sure of it. Birthdays, to me, are nostalgic. Birthdays are fluffy yellow cakes with billowy chocolate icing, dotted with colorful sprinkles. Birthdays are candlelight and flickering shadows and smiles. Birthdays are celebrations, victories, good…