Valentine’s Day is a day when most people are looking for something fun to do. Whether you call it GALentine’s Day, Singles Awareness Day, or love it for what it is, this quick guide will have something for everyone. I know I always struggle with ideas on what to do, so I’m sharing these with you in hopes that they will help you too.
*This post has been co-written along with Alex from The Berger Bungalow
As a woman, society teaches us that we are supposed to have confidence from day one. Our hair is supposed to be long and luscious, our faces are supposed to be blemish-free and glowing, and high heels are to be worn when dressing up. While we see this every day on TV and in movies, it’s not natural. In fact, most of us struggle every day with self-confidence. It’s easy and seemingly normal to feel like we are not the best person for the job, not the most beautiful, or not the best partner, friend, or daughter. It’s become normal to compare ourselves and feel inadequate or not enough. Feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt can eventually lead to a state of depression if we keep believing these negative ideas about ourselves.
“How was your trip to Florida?” everyone asks.
It was AMAZING. Oh my gosh. I didn’t want to leave. I’m ready to go back already. And this is so true. I enjoyed Boca Raton and Miami Beach so much that I’m thinking about moving down there. They’re so beautiful and inviting. You feel like you’re in luxury everywhere you go. And who wouldn’t like that, right?
For anyone who didn’t already know, I recently went on a business trip with my company to Florida for a Board of Directors meeting. Being the administrative assistant, I am in charge of much of the logistical work – scheduling meetings, ordering supplies, and being the main point of contact to connect people. I assisted in creating the meeting agenda, keeping track of flights, arranging transportation, and setting up the room for the board meeting.
The holidays are a time of fancy lights, extravagant Christmas trees, and lots of festive decorations. All your favorite Instagrammers have picture perfect homes decked out with Christmas decorations EVERYWHERE, and you just want to have a cute home without spending boo-koo bucks. Anyone with me?? I feel ya – so do I. Luckily, I’ve found a few ways to do just that, and I’m sharing them with you here. So why not make your home or apartment fun and festive while saving that extra money to spend on gifts (or more decorations ;P).
All Christmas decorations in this photo were $3 or less!
$5 Holiday Garland
Need an easy, inexpensive way to decorate your counters and other hard surface edges? You can make this festive light bulb garland for right around $5. I’m not sure if you can even find a garland less expensive than that at Walmart! It’s super simple to make, and will add that extra touch to make your home feel extra Christmas-y and fun.
This is probably the simplest, most inexpensive way to decorate your place. And what’s so great about it is that you’re able to customize it to your exact liking! It doesn’t take much to make, and everything you’ll need is super affordable. I mean like $3 or less kind of affordable!
You can make it as simple or as extravagant as you’d like, and as short or as long as you need. This is great for decorating places like counter edges, TV stands, mantles, and other other edges that could use a little pop of Christmas fun.
Below I’ve made a step-by-step guide for you to create your unique holiday garland.
You just need a few items:
- Light bulb (or any festive/holiday) ornaments
- Embroidery floss
- Pair of scissors
- Packing tape or push pins
The number of ornaments needed will depend on the length of the piece you are attaching the garland to, and how spaced out you want them. I made mine for a 43″ wide TV stand and I used 8 ornaments about 6″ apart. I got mine at Kroger, of all places, on sale for less than $2! One embroidery floss will be plenty. You can find them for about $0.47 in the craft section of Walmart, or at a craft store. I suggest going with a color that will blend into the surface you are attaching to or hanging from.
How to make the garland:
- Using the embroidery floss, measure the width of the surface you’re hanging the garland from. Add an extra 12″ to that measurement to allow 6″ on each end and then cut.
- Lay out your ornaments the way you want them to be on your garland. This makes it easier to visualize and keep them all in order so you don’t miss one or mess up your order.
- Starting at one end of the floss, tie on the first ornament about 8″ from the end. This allows length for attaching your garland to the surface or edge where you’ll be hanging it. Do not double knot/tie on the ornaments!! Using a single knot allows you to move and adjust the placement of the ornaments along the floss which will be very helpful when spacing them out.
- Continue tying each ornament onto the floss one by one, spacing them out as desired. If they are not equally spaced, you can hold one end of the floss and pull the ornament to move and adjust it.
- Once the garland is finished, attach to the desired surface using packing tape or push-pins. I used heavy duty packing tape to attach the extra length on the side of the TV stand.
Dollar Store Centerpiece
Okay, so I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of the dollar store (hello, Dollar Tree)! It’s a great place to find holiday decorations for just $1 a piece. If it looks good, nobody needs to know it only cost you a dollar! I created this floral centerpiece entirely with pieces $3 or less. Keep reading to find out how.
Clear Vase – Dollar Tree – $1
Floral Stems – Dollar Tree – $1 each, 3 total
Light Bulb Ornaments – Kroger – $2 on sale
Pinecone Ornaments – Kroger – $3 on sale
White Mini Trees – Target – $1 each
The size of your flower bouquet is totally up to you, but if you pair the right stems, you can get away with just 3 of them. To fill the vase, I used a couple light bulb ornaments to fill the empty space and hide the stems of the flowers. If you’re able to find flat glass stones to fill the vase, that would be even better, as you can see my stems are not fully hidden. I also added a couple glitter trees and pinecone ornaments surrounding the vase to make it feel fuller and more joyful.
$4 Festive Wall
Want a quick, super cheap, no hassle holiday wall? I’ve got it right here for you, and it only costs $4! All you need is some pushpins/tacs, or tape if preferred over pins, and these two pieces below. Oh, and of course, a wall to hang it on. 😛
Merry Christmas Felt Banner – Target value section – $3
At the end of September, I was graciously invited to my first blogger meetup where I had the chance to meet this wonderful group of ladies and make new friends. I knew we would be taking photos for the ‘Gram, and I wanted to make a good impression on these ladies, so obviously I wanted to look good (minus my hair, because it’s always being dumb)! I felt fairly confident in the outfit I put together… at least at first.
Photo Credit (and 2 next): @ootdatlanta
I went with a super soft off white/cream top with flared sleeves, dark emerald green skinny jeans, and my ever-so-popular burgundy velvet booties with a statement necklace to bring it all together. I thought I had done a pretty decent job. I felt cute and confident, ready to meet, greet, and connect.
I was hesitant at first and almost didn’t go to the meetup, but I’m so glad that I did. Everybody was so great – we had good conversations about what each of us does, or is aspiring to do, and we all encouraged each other. And everybody had such unique, styled looks that everyone had their own distinguished style. It was so neat and inspiring meeting these ladies and seeing how they style themselves and the content they create.
I was having such a great time that I wasn’t even thinking about the 85+ degree weather and humidity and how it would make me sweat! (In my defense, I thought we would be indoors).
But as it happens to the best of us, in the hot heat and sun, that super cute off white tee grew big, noticeable sweat spots under my arms… and left outlines to make matters worse! I was so embarrassed when I noticed. I was trying to keep my arms down and my hair in front to cover them.
I had sweat spots when this was taken but the cover-up worked! 😉
After the meet up I had a few errands to run but was too embarrassed to go around wearing a shirt that had large sweat spots under the arms. I needed to get food and pick up a few things but I was so uncomfortable in the top that I was debating running to TJMaxx and buying a $6 shirt to change into. Even then I still would have had to go in wearing my gross shirt, and I needed to get food first.
Luckily, it just so happened that I had a cute jacket in my car from the other day that I hadn’t brought inside yet. And sure enough, the colors on the jacket worked perfectly with the other colors I was wearing. So right in my car I took off the gross, sweaty shirt and put on this jacket as my top, with nothing but a bra underneath. I went into McAlister’s and TJMaxx wearing the zipped up jacket and it wasn’t as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. It was certainly better than wearing the sweaty shirt! I still ended up buying a shirt from TJMaxx to change into, but this quick fix trick was a life saver that day.
I had been meaning to bring the jacket in for a few days, but I guess God knew I would need it that day. It was definitely a new concept for me – wearing a jacket as a top – yet, it’s something I could totally do again. Plus, it made for a cute outfit shot. 😛 Who knows… maybe I’ll start a new trend for F/W 2018!
Find these wonderful ladies on IG (in no particular order): @madidaily, @rachaelcolleenblog, @soshewander, @vonschmalls, @kris_wie, @salut_atl, @jadedjuniper, @worthandwonder