holiday gift guides are here! below are all my favorite stocking stuffers and gifts under $25
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  1. one line a day book | perfect for the nostalgic friend! i’ve been keeping one of these for a number of years now and absolutely love it! i wish i could get everyone i know one of these!
  2. monogrammed agate coasters | these beauties are perfect for the hostess with the mostess!
  3. sleep mask | this lavender infused sleep mask is perfect for the traveler, or the girl who loves some good self-care!
  4. laniege lip sleep mask | this is another favorite and daily staple of mine. anyone who receives this amazingness will be eternally grateful!
  5. one question a day for you and me book | this is perfect for your newlywed friends!
  6. rose quartz roller | a great gift for moms and/ or sister-in-laws! View Post
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i can’t believe it took me this long to share this dress because it is hands down one of my favorites! also, i don’t think you can beat the price on it!!

i wore this on the rainy streets of new york and felt like a million bucks the whole time. honestly, i forgot it was even raining! i was reminded after a stranger kindly shook off their umbrella a little too close, right  before entering the coffee shop right next to me. good ole new york.

somehow that little incident didn’t phase me, i fell in love with the city and am still on the campaign train to move there next.

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“this post has been sponsored by American Greetings. all thoughts and opinions are my own.”

Veteran’s Day is a day that holds special meaning for me. it’s a day to celebrate those that risk their lives so we can live freely. so, when i get the chance to thank a veteran, i take it. when i get the chance to make them feel special on a day honoring them, i take it.

as an army wife, i feel like i get to glimpse into a whole new world called military life where they speak a foreign language called acronyms. i’ll be honest, half the time [okay, most of the time], i have no idea what is going on or what most things actually mean. but i do understand the long hours, the hard work, the dedication and the sacrifice.

and i do understand there are many acronyms that i am very thankful for, like AAFES Exchange, who lives up to their mission which includes, “where you go we go…” even when overseas,i can have a little piece of home and shop for both everyday and specialty items.

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the importance of a family trip is to spend time together and bond with those you love. but every family vacay, and well any vacay, is made better with a little shameless vacay swag.

this year, david and i initiated an annual sibscation. after everyone jumped on board, we picked our destination and agreed on sibscation thailand 2018. being the cheese ball that i am (cheese ball and proud) i started researching fun swag for our trip and found the cutest monogrammed totes for the ladies, personalized sibcation t-shirts, monogrammed necklaces and monogrammed dop kits for the gents.

the totes and dopkits are two of the handiest when it comes to traveling. especially if you plan on doing a little shopping (which most of the time, is just a given). the monogrammed initials add such a special touch, especially when everyone you are with share a last name! my favorite part is that this tote has a zipper. if you’ve been following along for a while, you know i avoid all purses and bags without a zipper or secure closure because #safetyfirst. [i ordered a size large in the totes]

the dopkits are the most perfect size to hold all of the guys toiletries + room to dig around and find what you need. this was david’s favorite and i plan on picking up a few more for Christmas gifts this year!

on to the shirts! what family vacation is complete without matching shirts?! these were made so quickly and are the softest shirt! i wear mine to bed now, because it is just that cozy! the guys loved them just as much as us ladies, so they were all around winners in our book. [i ordered teal, size small]

these monogrammed necklaces are another favorite of mine. after david proposed to me with a rose gold engagement ring, i have eyes for all things rose gold. i was searching for a dainty monogrammed necklace and this one was perfect! you can pick the length you like, the color you like (gold, silver or rose gold) and viola the perfect little monogrammed necklace awaits you! i’ve been wearing mine non-stop and don’t plan to change that any time soon. this is another one that would make for a perfect Christmas gift for the ladies on your list. also- wait until you see the price tag! such a steal! View Post

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for as long as i can remember, i have always wanted to travel to hawaii. crazy enough, we planned this trip only 4 hours before before flying out. not quite how i imagined it going, but i wouldn’t have changed a thing!

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