December 31, 2014

Save an EXTRA 10% on Your Purchase at Cost Plus World Market!

One of my favorite stores is offering a great deal right now. You can save 10% on your entire purchase in-store and online!

Just click on the link for the code to save online or for the option to print a coupon that you can use in-store.

The offer is good from now until January 19th, and you can print as many coupons as you want. Happy shopping! ;)

December 30, 2014

A Play Mat DIY for the Kids! Pond, Farm, School

I've had a 10 day break from blogging... man how time flies when you're sick, then busy catching up after being sick, cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, etc.

In between, I made some time to finish up a play mat that I was making for Dave's grandkids. It was just felt, glue, and occasionally some embroidery floss, so it went together pretty quickly and easily, and I love the way it turned out!

There are so many places online where you can find inspiration if you'd like to make your own felt play mat. Pinterest is always a great source, and so is Google Images. Some are incredibly elaborate, and some are simple.

Be warned that once you start, it's really hard to stop! I kept thinking, "Just one more..." and "I should add a..." Anyhow, keep reading to see more how it all came together when it was done.

December 20, 2014

Books to DIE(t) For: Sorting Through the New Diet Books of 2014 {Self-Care Saturday}

To diet, or not to diet? That is the question. 'Tis the season! Christmas isn't here yet, but the TV commercials have already made the New Years Resolution transition... Medifast, Slimgenics, and OH so many more. The January issues of all of the magazines are hitting newsstands with all of the weight loss headlines you might expect. And of course, December 30th is the release date of several new diet books.

I thought I'd do a post today that was a quick summary of each of the diet and weight loss books that I've received over the last 6 months or so. It would allow all of us to learn what options there were for weight loss plans out there quickly and easily. That was the plan anyhow. Until I started the spreadsheet list of all of the diet books that I've received for review over the last 6 months or so.

December 18, 2014

Contemporary Modern MixUp with Modani Furniture

One of the reasons I love mid-century modern style so much is the clean lines of the furniture mixed with lots of natural elements. Lots of wood and lots of texture.

Modani is known for their contemporary, modern looks and I wanted to pull from my love of all things vintage - and my love of mid-century modern style - to create a modern room using one of their modern sofas as the PERFECT base for the room. It's sophisticated, comfortable, and neutral, so you can make it work with absolutely any style of decor for your living room.

December 16, 2014

Beautiful Boho Holiday Decor

I love eclectic holiday decorating and found some beautiful bohemian Christmas decor to share with you today. Enjoy!

To find the original source of these images and more, visit my Boho Christmas board on Pinterest!

December 12, 2014

Cozy Gifts that She'll LOVE from UGG

When I think Christmas, I think cozy! A warm mug of Tom & Jerry, a crackling fire, the soft glow of Christmas tree lights... SO COZY!

As a young girl, I got new pajamas every year for Christmas and I know that lots of families still have that tradition. As I was looking through different websites for my gift guides this year, I came across this SUPER cozy loungewear from Ugg that is TO DIE FOR!

I don't know any women that wouldn't love something cozy like this to wear in the evenings around the house - and the fact that this line comes from Ugg means that they are excellent quality that will last her for years!

Scroll down to see the great selection and to find out what special offers are available for readers of A Beautiful Little Life!

December 11, 2014

Beautiful Acts of Kindness: Flowers from Trader Joes

Brighten your week for WAY cheap! 
I stumbled across this story on Facebook this morning and was touched by the struggles of a mom to handle her mid-tantrum autistic toddler with a baby strapped across her chest at Trader Joe's. It's definitely worth reading because this family is AMAZING!

The Trader Joe's employee recognized the struggles of  this family and took the time to hand her a bouquet of flowers and offer a few kind words. So very touching.

It brought back my own memories of standing in the checkout lane at Trader Joe's with a few groceries and a beautiful bouquet of flowers for my now husband's mom, who was in the hospital. The chatty cashier asked who the lucky recipient was and I told her about Jeanette and her battle with cancer that was coming to an end. She put a sticker on the outside wrapper of the bouquet and said that the flowers were free. A small gift from Trader Joe's to help us and help brighten her day.

December 10, 2014

Taking Great Care With ALOHA When You Get Sick At Christmas

I've been sick since Saturday. Sinus headaches, stomachache, and just overall garbage. It's especially difficult this time of year when there is SO much to do, so little time, and ABSOLUTELY no time to be sick!

This morning I woke up so frustrated that I actually was feeling WORSE. I was actually angry at myself! Then I started thinking about WHY I am not getting better. I fall into old habits when I'm not feeling well. I lay around thinking that I need "rest" and eat things like toast, crackers, and gingerale. Not exactly the healthiest choices! I realized that it's time to really kick it into gear and start taking better care of myself!

December 7, 2014

A Day Late and A Dollar Short! Busy and Broke for the Holidays! {Self-Care Saturday}

Self-Care Saturday - on Sunday?

YEP! I'm so swamped these days that the LAST thing I could afford was a whole day down with a headache, but that's what I ended up with. I had no choice but to spend the day taking care of myself because I couldn't even move!

'Tis the season to be super busy, and to be stressing out about spending. This year, there seem to be more deals and sales than I've ever seen before. I'm pretty sure that black Friday is now EVERY Friday between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

I've finished shopping, but I'm now to the point where I'm second guessing some of my choices and making a few returns. Yes, really!

So the struggle is to stay on track with work, blogging, etc. so that I don't fall behind, and stay on budget from now until Christmas. 17 days. How? I've been looking on-line for help! (with 5 other shopping tabs open...)

December 5, 2014

Pretty Alternatives to the Traditional Christmas Tree

My son and I went out last weekend and selected a beautiful, real Christmas tree for our living room and decorated it before he went back to school on Sunday night. I especially love the soft glow of the lights in the evening when its dark outside.

But we don't all have the space - or the desire - to have a real Christmas tree! That doesn't mean that you can't enjoy all of the best parts of the holiday season.

Here are some of the most beautiful Christmas tree alternatives I've seen!

December 4, 2014

Spice Up Your Holiday Sides with Texas Pete Hot Sauce!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Texas Pete for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

As soon as Thanksgiving passes and the turkey leftovers start to dwindle, I start craving something a bit spicier than turkey, stuffing and potatoes. When I was approached by Texas Pete Hot Sauce to try one of their new recipes and share it with my readers - well - I don't think their timing could have been any better!

There were so many yummy recipes to choose from, but I chose a roast corn and black bean salad because it reminded me of all the things I love about those fast food burrito bowls. Texas Pete has a LOT of varieties - Hot Sauce, Wing Sauce, Garlic Sauce, and CHA! by Texas Pete sriracha are a few of my favorites. You can find Texas Pete Hot Sauce in stores or online. Now back to that yummy salad...

December 3, 2014

Festive Casual Style: Adding Sparkle and Shine to Create a Memorable Look!

It's so easy to run around this time of year looking like the busy, frazzled woman that you really are... but there's a way to look pulled together without blowing your schedule. It's all about adding just a bit of sparkle and shine!

You throw on a black t-shirt and a pair of black jeans, then add a statement necklace and a coat and you're good to go absolutely anywhere!

The key is to stick with a monochromatic outfit to make dressing simple and looking sophisticated. Whether you're wearing head to toe black, burgundy, or white, you'll look totally pulled together - sophisticated even! Check out these looks...

Winner, Winner, GREEK DINNER!

Where does the time go? I cannot believe that it's December 3 already. I'm so far behind that the December 1 drawing for the giveaway of the wonderful cookbook, "It's All Greek to Me" came and went without notice!

Remember the yummy baklava recipe I posted last month? It's in the book!

I wonder if that's what JILL J. - the winner of this drawing - will make?

Congratulations Jill! And if you have any leftovers from whatever you make, think of the one who made it happen... Just saying! ;)

December 1, 2014

Thrifty Holiday Decorating: Dessert Stand Decor

I paid a visit to my favorite local thrift shop this morning - Arc's Value Village - and found a really cute dessert stand. I knew it would be perfect for the holidays and I started playing with it as soon as I got home!

We just got our tree yesterday and all of the holiday decorations are still laying around, so it was easy to find some things to use on the dessert stand.

Check out how easy it was to turn the stand into a pretty decorative centerpiece that I can use from now until Christmas, when it gets filled with cookies and candies!