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Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide For Women

Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide For Women

Oh my gosh- Thanksgiving is tomorrow!! Are you ready for this? I have untraditional plans- my hubby and I are going with his family to a restaurant because his parents recently gutted their kitchen and it is not done yet. I’m into it though- nontraditional is super fun on the occasion.

As soon as Thanksgiving is over the holidays will be like BAM!! HERE!! So I have done a holiday gift guide for the men in your life and for all the hostesses of the holidays parties.

I now have a gift guide for the women in your life- in fact it is a sustainable holiday gift guide for women. I like pretty things and legitimately beautiful things. Things that empower women and bring about a more beautiful world. The holiday season often gets a bad rap for consumerism and all that craziness- which I understand where that comes from (I used to work in retail and people get ugly).

The thing is I love the holidays- I love Christmas trees, twinkle lights, snow, warm fires, lots of food, family, snuggly scarves, snow boots, and giving gifts. I love giving gifts. We can choose what we purchase though and we can choose how we react to the holidays. So I gathered up beautiful items that are sustainable and/or create a better world for others.
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The Basics of Budgeting Together

Hey everyone! I was thinking- there are some things in life that are important and can have an amazing impact on your life. Things like budgeting and finances– but I would totally be lying to you if I wrote up a post and tried to pass it off confidently. So I asked my handsome hubby who is amazing at finances and budgeting to write up some posts for you.

the basics of budgeting

Hello! For those of you that have been reading this blog for a while, you know me as “handsome hubby”. My beautiful wife has talked about me here frequently, but this is a my debut post. It’s a bit different than a lot of the content here… but not to worry! We’ll be keeping the math to a minimum.

I’m going to be doing a series of posts about finances and budgeting. These topics can be pretty scary and intimidating, but I’m going to take things slow and keep them as simple as possible. Kynley isn’t much of a math brain, but together we’ve figured out budgeting and it’s working great for us.

In this first post, I’m going to talk about the basic principles of budgeting. Let’s get started!

Spend Less Than You Earn

Seems obvious, right? But, it’s incredible how many people don’t do this right. It’s easy to live right at the edge of your means, or even beyond. It’s so easy in fact, that it takes a concerted effort to live below your means. There are tons of examples of this, and you likely have some personal experiences to share.

Without a budget, it’s easy to spend too much, especially with credit cards and other debt. Over a long period of time this can get worse and worse. Sooner or later this will catch up with you with dire consequences. It doesn’t really even matter how much you make. Hundreds of thousands of dollars per year won’t help you if you don’t do some budgeting. Continue Reading

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Styled. Cozy Autumn Outfit.

Oooooh yeah! Cold weather! I’m so in love with the cold days right now (in a few months I’ll obviously be annoyed with them BUT that is just how it is). I’ve been wearing the heck out of my scarves and sweaters and riding boots and skinny jeans (cause next month is just dresses).

Can you believe it is Thanksgiving next week? I feel kind of behind on my gift purchasing. I’m through the roof excited through to start putting up all my Christmas decorations- I was raised with strict rules that Christmas decor does not go up until after Thanksgiving. Am I as excited to do it as a race horse before the shot? Yes. Maybe one year I will break tradition and put up Christmas decor early- but I feel like my hubby might shoot me if I do that.

OH OH OH… and who is going to see Mockingjay Part 2?? I am!!! So excited!!! *squee*

styled cozy autumn outfit

Okay- so with the cold weather comes lots of blankets piled up around me while I watch Friends or Gilmore Girls (depends on whether my hubby is home or not). Oh and I also love a little hot cocoa- and my hubby makes this crazy yummy hot cocoa that’s a little more that just swiss miss in a mug with hot water. I told you about that hot cocoa last year and if you missed it here is it.

Since I already shared my favorite hot cocoa recipe with you- I have something a little more adult-like for you. You can’t go wrong with a delicious hot buttered rum. :D

Hot Buttered Rum

serves 4


2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch salt
3/4 cup spiced rum
2 cups boiling water
4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish


Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup. Add the rum and then 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.

*via food network | recipe by Duchin Lounge

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Holiday Gift Guide For Your Men.


It snowed again yesterday! In fact they were claiming it would be like a snow day- it wasn’t so bad in my little area of Denver so I made it to work without a glitch. It was super super gorgeous though- the mountains looked amazing (still do).

While the holidays are coming quickly- I have a holiday gift guide for your men today. I find shopping for men to be kind of difficult. At least for the men in my life- they’re all nonchalant and whatever. I want to shake them a little bit- make them tell me what they want. They just shrug at me and smile. :P

So I gathered up awesome items similar to what I’ve given the men in my life in the past and a few things I’ve had my eye on for this year. :)
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