Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Home Decor 2014

Hello Little Birdies! Fall is upon us and I could not be more thrilled. I enjoy nearly everything about this time of year. It is kind of like the opening act to Christmas so it gets me all jazzed and in a festive frame of mind.

Decorating for the season is where I like to start then from there I am ready to take on warm drinks, comfy layered clothing, chili in the crockpot, picking out a pumpkin, walking through colorful leaves and all of the other glorious things that only Fall can bring. I never do exactly the same decor layout each year. Now this does not mean I buy new seasonal items each autumn but rather that I reuse and reinvent how I want to use what I already have. Sure, I may throw new things into the mix but I also love bringing out some old faithful's that I have used for years. This year is a blend of old and a little bit of new. Check out my YouTube channel to see my recent Fall Haul AND a mini fall home tour. 
Sidenote: My computer is out for the count right now so I am doing this from my phone which doesn't make linking videos very easy. I apologize but hope to be up and running soon.
I hope you find some inspiration from my home decor and remember that it doesn't take a lot of money to create a warm, inviting and festive space.

What is your favorite time of year? Have you started decorating for Fall? If so, share your work with me on Twitter or Instagram.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great day! :-)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Coupon Your Way To Christmas

Hello, hello! As much as it seems it cannot be possible, Christmas is only 89 days away. You know as well as I know that those 89 days will fly by so why put off shopping for the busy holiday season? Especially when there are already some great deals popping up. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to get the latest deals as I will be regularly posting with this hashtag: #CouponYourWayToChristmas
If you can't escape to Twitterville or Instagramland at the moment then just take a peek below and check out a few of my favorite holiday shopping tips:

1. Start early! I mean really early. As a general rule of thumb, I like to comb through the after holiday sales. Whether it be Valentines day or the Fourth of July, there are always some great deals to be had. Christmas is no different and really it is almost better. Maybe I like it because I am usually still running on a holiday high but there is something intensely gratifying about getting a toy, gift, or home decor item for nearly 90% off. This past year, I got the stockings of my dreams for just a few dollars when they were originally selling for $20. The same applies to gifts for friends and loved ones. Stores are nearly giving away their goods once December 26th rolls around. To keep the clutter down, have a designated gift box where you can store your treasures that you find throughout the year and pull them out when you need.

2. Coupons! Coupons!! Coupons!!! Surprised? Coupons save you in general so you can always pop some of those savings into a Christmas fund. Once shopping season arrives you won't have to be scrambling around trying to stretch your budget. Also, did you know that now is the time of year to keep your eyes peeled for toy coupons? Its true. I noticed this last year and it made all the difference. I was able to get some really fun gifts for my niece and nephew. Brand new, cool toys that didn't break the bank. The great thing is that with some stores (like my beloved Target) you can combine those coupons with other in store offers like Cartwheel. Check out the pics to get an idea of what savings you can get now.

3. Give Black Friday a whirl! Although I love saving money, crowds can stress me out so I never imagined I would enjoy Black Friday shopping. Also, I work in retail so shopping the day after Thanksgiving hasn't always been possible. Last year, however, I gave it a go. I got an early start, found some pretty great things and was still able to make it to work on time. Granted a bit worn out but I made it nonetheless. If you go, I recommend doing your homework, have a plan, and maybe even a shopping buddy. My friend, Ashley, has laser-like focus and scored some awesome deals this past year because she knew what she wanted and from where.
Be on the lookout here on the blog and on YouTube as the holidays approach. I have loads of fun stuff to share with all of you! Whether gift shopping stresses you out or not, I hope you find these tips helpful. And if you need some inspiration, just search the hashtag #CouponYourWayToChristmas on Twitter & Instagram. If you find deals, feel free to use that hashtag and share it with me!

What are some of your favorite ways to save when you are Christmas shopping? Have you ever gone shopping Black Friday?

Thanks for reading and until next time, have a great day!! :-)