December 24, 2015

7 Tips for a Saner Holiday from Experience Life Magazine

Find more joy this holiday season with these strategies for slowing down and being more conscious.

Tis' the season for busy days and even busier nights! I love this feature from Experience Life Magazine on having a SANER holiday and wanted to share it with you, along with my wish for a safe and happy holiday season to you all!

December 21, 2015

Verizon Mall of America // A One Stop Shop for the Holidays

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Verizon. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was invited to the Mall of America this morning to visit the Verizon Store and WOW! What an experience! I was a bit hesitant to accept the offer... The only thing that I dislike more than visiting a technology store is visiting a car dealership. (sorry honey) The big box store that specializes in electronics makes me want to RUN - and so does the one where everything is white and everyone is a genius. My experience at Verizon was totally different!

December 15, 2015

Winter Pixie Lookbook // Keep You Pixie Looking Hot When It's Cold Outside

Here's proof that you can stay warm and cozy this winter AND look great sporting a short pixie hair cut!

December 12, 2015

Handmade Holiday Gifts: Boho Altered Glass Mini Bottles

I love these little amber glass bottles for storing oils - and I love them even more when they've been "decorated"! I think that they make a unique gift idea.

December 10, 2015

Handmade Holiday Decor: Evergreen Centerpiece

One great way to stretch your dollars over the holidays is to BARTER your skills for things that you need. Today, I'm creating a centerpiece that I will be swapping for some other holiday goodies! It's a lot of fun to create something for someone else, and a centerpiece is an easy thing to put together.

December 8, 2015

Holiday Selections for Every Need at Payless

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Payless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

The holiday season is a CRAZY time for everyone. One day you have a party and you need to dress to the nines. The next day you are working nine to five, then heading out for a sledding party. Finally, you have a night in with pizza and a great movie.

On a recent visit to Payless, I discovered that no matter what - there truly is something for everyone and every occasion at Payless! It's a one stop shop that will not only save you money, but since you can get everything you need in one place it'll save you TIME as well. And THAT is PRICELESS!
That party where you are going all out? If you are a regular reader of A Beautiful Little Life, you may remember these amazing shoes...

December 7, 2015

Handmade Holiday Decor: Rustic Wood Slice Ornaments // Gift Tags

I'm all about using things you have or can get inexpensively to create decorations for the holidays, and these wood slice ornaments definitely fit that bill! I received a bag of wood slices from at a steep discount in order to provide an honest review, so I wanted to find a use for them!

December 4, 2015

Perfect Pairings: Layering Necklaces for a Festive Holiday Look!

Perfect Pairing: How to Layer Necklaces

Layering necklaces is trending now, but it can seem tricky to the jewelry newbie or even someone with a substantial accessory collection. Luckily the process is easy to master - outlined in the handy guide below - and once you’ve got the knowledge you need, it’s easy to have fun matching pieces you wouldn’t have put together before. It’s also simple to incorporate new items into your style repertoire. To get started, here are the basics behind three different looks you can play around with: The Bold Look, The Elegant Look, Mix N’ Match.

December 2, 2015

Awesome Shoes - Awesome Value! Payless for the Holidays!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Payless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to getting the best value - the most bang for your buck - I'm a pro! Shopping at Payless you can get quality shoes that will make you feel like a million bucks for just a fraction of what you'd pay in a higher end shoe store.

I recently purchased 3 beautiful scarves at Payless, (Black and White Houndstooth Scarf, Wine Plaid Blanket Scarf, and Ivory and Taupe Brushed Plaid Scarf) a pair of classic black pumps, a pair of super cozy black boots, and a black backpack bag with silver hardware. It was so much fun shopping and being able to select so many things! With prices so reasonable, I didn't feel like I had to hold back!

The best part of all with these items is all of the different ways that I will be able to wear them this season! I've mixed and matched to my heart's content and created some fun styles using the 3 scarves, 2 pairs of shoes, and that backpack bag that cost so little but looks SO rich!

December 1, 2015

Handmade Holiday Gifts: Boho Prayer Candles and Wooden Matches

As I strive to create a beautiful, simple Christmas this year, a big part of that effort is in the gifts that I choose to give to friends and family. Crafting handmade items instead of just whipping out a credit card isn't always the easiest way to go, but it is a very beautiful way to go!

November 28, 2015

Handmade Holiday Decor: Jewel Tree

About a year and a half ago, I went to the MOST exquisite estate sale ever! I even blogged about it and all of the incredible things that were for sale. I purchased quite a few things, including this framed holiday tree made from old broken jewelry that had seen better days.

November 25, 2015

AS PROMISED... Products From An Online Store That I LOVE! Natural Life #NotAGiftGuide

In yesterday's post, I explained why "A Beautiful Little Life" won't be doing a gift guide this year. I DID say that today I would...
"Feature products from an online store that I love. Because I love them. And if you want to buy anything that I feature because you love it too, that's great! But they aren't a store that I'm affiliated with, so I won't be getting paid by them for the feature, and that's ok with me."
You see, the more that I post about "this special deal", or "that one day sale", the more I buy into the mentality that it's all about shopping for THE perfect gift - no matter what the cost! This year, I want a different kind of Christmas. There will be gifts, of course, but I'm approaching things from a much more SANE point of view!

That's why I love, love, love Natural Life and The Giving Plate shown at the start of this post. The intention is to give love and kindness, joy and comfort, and then for the receiver to pass it on. Now THAT is how you create "A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE CHRISTMAS!"

November 24, 2015

Why I'm Not Doing A Holiday #GiftGuide

I was on track to do my biggest gift guide ever this season. Gifts for him, gifts for her, gifts for pets... All featuring the latest jackets, sweaters, shoes, books, and perfumes. The most deluxe gift ideas, the most luxurious, the most bang for your buck. Companies have even sent me merchandise to be considered for inclusion in the the gift guide!

Over the last few weeks when I should have been working on it, I've procrastinated. I've hemmed and hawed. I've deep cleaned the bathroom instead of writing. I've decided that the kitchen cabinets needed cleaning out. (or the fridge, or my closet, or the cat boxes)

When it comes down to it, I've realized that I don't want to do a gift guide this year. I'm NOT GOING TO DO A GIFT GUIDE THIS YEAR! No big deal, right? Wrong.

November 23, 2015

Handmade Holiday Decor: Prism Ornaments

I have some damaged prisms and crystals that I bought at an estate sale and I would like to repurpose them to use as Christmas ornaments and/or gifts. All I needed was a printout of some blue and white snowflakes, some scrapbook paper, and a little mod podge to make it work!

November 19, 2015

Everyday Style: 41 Stylish Outfits with Sneakers for Women & Men Wearing NB

Tennis Shoes - Sneakers - Trainers - Gym Shoes - Athletic Shoes - Sneaks - Running Shoes

Whatever you call them, I always found it hard to feel like my look was pulled together when I was wearing my "tennies". But times are changin'! Check out these great looks featuring EVER so comfortable New Balance trainers and let these ladies (and gentlemen) inspire you to sport  your comfy shoes while running around this holiday season!

November 14, 2015

Great Gifts for Co-Workers UNDER $25!

Finding a great gift for a coworker can be impossible - especially with the low price limits some companies set! Here are some fabulous ideas for co-workers - male and female - that won't break the bank! As a matter of fact, they are ALL priced under $25!

November 13, 2015

Frugal Friday! Tons Of Gifts That Won't Break the Bank from Jane!

Keeping holiday spending on track this time of year can be one of the biggest challenges of the season, and can cause holiday stress OVERLOAD! Over the years, I've done what so many others do... seek out the best possible prices in order to get the most bang for your buck. It's about being resourceful and spending smart!

November 10, 2015

21 Perfect Party Ready PIXIES! Pretty Pixie Cuts for the Holidays

What makes a short pixie haircut perfect for upcoming holiday parties? Make it special! Choose a fun color for your pixie; warm red hair with a cat eye, silver hair with a black fur scarf and a ruby lip, a hip undercut with teal streaks, a sparkly headband... Have fun and be quirky!

November 9, 2015

The Most Important Rule When Hosting a Dinner Party

image from seven layer charlotte
When you’re having guests over, the most important accommodation you can provide is food. No one likes to admit it, but coming to a dinner party starving is a common practice. Rather than allowing your guests to become distant, snappy and downright hangry, have a few savory appetizers prepared.

November 8, 2015

Simplify by Decorating for the Season, NOT the Holidays

image from Huff Post UK
Going all out when it comes to decorating for the holidays seems to be the norm these days. A decorated Christmas tree for each floor of the home, (or for each ROOM) evergreen swags over the doorways, and candles aglow. Outdoors there are trees lit with blinking multicolored bulbs, giant, inflatable snowmen, reindeer, and a sleigh.

November 7, 2015

A Rustic Home for the Holidays with Dot & Bo!

Get cozy by a crackling fire.

from Dot & Bo: The wintry weather, the musky scent of pine trees, and peppermint hot chocolate waiting to be sipped. All signs point to the holidays being here, and you’re spending them tucked away in your cozy rustic home. Cuddle up with your family on the thick cushions of a sofa, and wrap yourselves in a warm woven throw. Hum carols beneath the gentle lighting of a weathered metal pendant lamp, and watch as flickering candles in pinecone holders send shadows dancing playfully across the walls.

November 6, 2015

An Urban Home for the Holidays with Dot & Bo!

Celebrate the season with festive industrial designs.

from Dot & Bo: Fill your downtown loft with lots of Christmas treats, Santa will forget the traffic after eating cookies in a tufted leather seat. If that doesn’t convince him to make the trip, coax with an iron bar cart and offer him a sip. He won’t be able to resist some hot spiced mulled wine, nor the sweet brass reindeer and chair ornaments hung with twine. Your cast iron stove helps as the weather gets colder, and candles twinkle atop reclaimed wood shelves in acorn candle holders. 

November 5, 2015

A Very Bohemian Christmas with Dot & Bo!

May your home be festive, eclectic, and bright.

from Dot & Bo: A frosted wreath accented with shimmering ornaments fits perfectly above your fireplace, and dangling white string lights offer hope to all who see them. A stand-up reindeer and eclectic christmas tree décor add to the festive look of each room, and ash wood tea tables are the perfect place to set up cookie decorating stations for the kids. 

November 4, 2015

On-Trend Holiday Styles from Payless

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Payless for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's been a long time since I've shopped at Payless, and when I was given the opportunity to partner with them for a series of posts over the holidays I was totally excited!

Back in the days when I worked in sales, I'd stop at a shoe store once a month or so for a little retail therapy. It was nothing to spend $100 or more on a pair of shoes or maybe two. My motto was - and still is - LIFE IS SHORT. BUY THE SHOES!

A Mid-Century Christmas with Dot & Bo!

Have fun with quirky, retro-inspired looks.

From Dot & Bo: Deck the halls with classic holiday décor, like sweet reindeer figurines and cheerful Santa Claus prints. No era did Christmas better than the mid-century, and we’re ready to prove it with iconic pieces like boomerang tables, teak credenzas, and winged sofas. Introducing these pieces with warm wood construction and festive red upholstery, our hearts are filled with cheer as soon as we step into our homes.

November 3, 2015

It's Beginning to Look A LOT Like Christmas - ALREADY!

I've adapted this beautiful illustration by Geninne to help you remember to THINK about what you want your Christmas to FEEL like. Then when you're inundated with holiday pressures, you'll KNOW what you really need to do to move forward without stress!
As soon as the Halloween decorations came down in stores all across the country, the Christmas decorations went up. I was shoe shopping on Sunday and there was actually Christmas music playing in the store! CHRISTMAS MUSIC!

October 28, 2015

12 Light & Natural Fall Sunscreens to Try

Summer has faded and so has my tan! It's back to reality for those of us who live in cold weather climates. There's something about the change of seasons that makes me pay attention to my skin a bit more. Just in the last few weeks I've had a huge breakout, dry flaking skin, and I've noticed a few more dark spots! Ugh!

It's time to adjust my routine for colder weather. Even though the sun isn't as strong as it was during the summer, I still need to use sunscreen when I go out to avoid doing damage to my skin! I want something light and natural, so I hit the web to do some searching. Luckily, I found just what I was looking for!

Oil-free non-sticky weightless cream dries quickly & undetectable to the touch. UVA/UVB protection and anti-oxidant vitamins A C & E. For all skin types.

This finely milled, talc-free powder leaves a residue-free layer of sun protection to help shield and perfect problematic skin. It is the perfect solution for mess-free touchups throughout the day.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense SPF 30 $42 at QVC
An oil-free, anti-aging broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen lotion, that provides lasting hydration with ceramides, soothing aloe, vitamins A,C, and E, and pro-Vitamin B5. For all skin types.
Experience the benefits of hope in a jar in our hope in a jar foundation. The light-as-air formula provides natural-looking, light-to-medium coverage. Skin appears brighter and energized. It's like your skin, only better.

Environmental and lifestyle factors can cloud your complexion, making it appear dull and lackluster. Breathe new life into your skin with take a deep breath broad spectrum spf 30 sunscreen oil-free oxygen moisturizer.

Matte Tint SPF 30 Mineral BB Cream helps give your skin an immediate line-smoothing, matte finish while working to fight signs of aging cause by the sun with a broad-spectrum, SPF 30 mineral sunscreen. Liplux is an all-in-one lip treatment with SPF protection.

A breakthrough bareMinerals(R) SPF 15 foundation that absorbs excess oil and eliminates shine without drying skin for a natural matte finish.

A breakthrough mineral foundation and skin care serum in one. This ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless, adjustable coverage; a natural finish; and the look and feel of beautiful bare skin while delivering a more noticeably brighter, youthful-looking appearance.

This multitasking 3-in-1 mist from Supergoop! delivers broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection with a matte finish so that you can refresh your UV photoaging protection throughout the day, even over a full face of makeup.

Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum sun protection for the face and body in a lotion. Powered by potent, antioxidant-rich Cellular Response Technology, it helps provide skin with a youthful glow. Ideal for a day of play, this feel-good formula is moisturizing, lightweight, and fast-absorbing.

Enliven your skin with a warm glow and a kiss of coverage with this daily moisturizer from Josie Maran. Infused with argan oil and green tea, this tinted version helps to improve the look of dullness and adds a warm, radiant-looking glow to the complexion. The universal shade suits most skin tones, while natural SPF 47 sun protection with innovative SunBoost ATB helps keep skin safe from sun damage.

Same formula as above in a sample size version so you can test it out!

October 27, 2015

Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars at the Mall of America

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

I don't head to the Mall of America very often, but when Hershey invited me to a special tasting of the new Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars at the mall, I couldn't resist!

As I mentioned, it's been awhile since I've been to MOA and I forgot about the energy of the place!

The first thing I saw when I entered the mall from Macy's was a young woman and her dad that appeared to be from a small, mid-western town. (and odds are good that they probably were!) The girl took a deep breath and exclaimed, "Oh dad! Sephora AND MAC in the same place!" She was in heaven!

And I was in heaven when I tasted the new Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars! (Okay... Heaven may be a bit of an overstatement. If there had been red wine to go with it maybe, but I'm jumping ahead of myself!)

October 26, 2015

What to Read Now // Garden Made by Stephanie Rose

GARDEN MADE: A YEAR OF SEASONAL PROJECTS TO BEAUTIFY YOUR GARDEN & YOUR LIFE by STEPHANIE ROSE // 40 down-to-earth ideas for inspired garden crafts, including containers, handmade gifts, outdoor lighting, holiday decorations, and more.

October 21, 2015

Brew Soup and Go!: Campbell’s® Fresh-Brewed Soup® Broth and Noodle Mix

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell Soup Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Yes, you heard it right. BREW SOUP! What a brilliant idea from the folks @Campbells! One of Campbell’s new products is a yummy noodle soup that is easier than ever to make. You use your Keurig® to make the steaming hot broth!

October 14, 2015

A Rustic Fall Harvest Gathering

This article is from the October 2013 issue of Southern Living Magazine and features photographer Helen Normans Star Bright Farm in Maryland. I love it so much that I've saved these images for the last few years!