Goals for 2021 + How to set realistic goals

It’s hard to believe that it’s a new year. 2020 was a rough year for everyone and it certainly flew by fast. Even though 2020 was a tough year, I am still so incredibly thankful for the many ways God blessed us and so thankful for the many ways I grew during those tough seasons. I wanted to share with you all my word for this year and also just a little insight into how you can set realistic goals for yourself.

When I look back on the year 2020, I realized how hard it was to follow through on things. This year, 2021 I am going to do my best to follow through on all areas of my life. So my word is follow through. Whether it’s writing more blog posts on here, answering emails or texts I receive, or even finishing house work I start at home I want to be very intentional in every area of my life. I have all of my goals written down for the year and they all encompass these two words: Follow through.

An easy way to set realistic goals for the year is just to first of all note that they are goals so if they don’t happen, to remind yourself you’re not a failure just because you didn’t accomplish a goal. Second, only giving yourself around three big goals for the whole year that way you don’t get overwhelmed. I reminded myself after writing all of my goals for the year too, that above all of the other goals my spiritual goal is most important to me. If I’m not spending time with God, I can’t possibly accomplish any of the other goals. Lastly, categorize your goals into groups. My husband and I got these 2021 planners that set out goals into categories. For example: Business Goals, Fitness/Physical Goals, Spiritual Goals, Relational Goals, etc. This really helps to be able to process your goals on a much easier level.

Thank you all so much for your continuous support in 2020 and I look forward to another year of building more community on here! Hope you all have a great start to the new year and enjoy setting those goals!

Date night ideas for home

Since we are all spending more time at home now and I’ve had several questions regarding date night ideas at home. I compiled some of our favorites along with some ideas we are planning on trying this year.

Since we are all spending more time at home now and I’ve had several questions regarding date night ideas at home. I compiled some of our favorites along with some ideas we are planning on trying this year.

Spa Night

Back in April we decided to do a spa night. So we got a bubble bath ready, put on some relaxing music and put candles in our bathroom. We also gave each other a back massage. It was a great way to relax during a crazy season and a great way to spend time together since we weren’t able to go to a real spa.

Dinner and a movie in

Since we can’t really go to the movies right now, this one is a favorite of ours. We pick out a movie we want to watch and make a special dinner. Pop some popcorn and maybe bake some cookies and enjoy a movie night. To add some extra fun, try building a blanket fort around your TV. We did this during quarantine and it was great!

Car Picnic/Picnic in your backyard

This one is great for spring/summer nights. Several times in April and May we went to Chick Fil A and even our favorite pizza place in Frederick, MD and ordered to go food. We set up a blanket in the trunk of our car and ate our food together. You can also do this in your backyard during the nice warm days and make your own food for it.

Board Game Night

We love this one even when we aren’t in quarantine. We pick out a couple different board games, grab some snacks and play. It makes for some fun healthy competition. We even did this via zoom with my family too. Check out my other post on board games here.

Blind folded baker/ Bake off

We love baking in our house, but haven’t done this one yet. We plan on trying this one ASAP. You can blind fold your significant other and then bake something together, helping them with the baking.

Bowling in your hallway/mini golf at home

These two ideas are next on our lists to try. There are actual home bowling sets/mini golf sets you can find on amazon or you can make it fun and come up with stuff yourself. For bowling you can use plastic cups as the pins and a rubber ball for the bowling ball.

Star Gaze/ Bonfire with Smore’s

We love being outdoors in the evening during spring and fall. Grab yourself a blanket and some snacks and star gaze together. During the fall, we love using our bonfire outside and enjoying some Smore’s.

Coffee Tasting Night

If you love coffee this one will be fun! Grab some different samples of coffee and blind fold each other and try to guess the flavoring. Enjoy some biscotti or cookies during the process.

I hope that these date night ideas help you all during this time we are at home. Let me know in the comments if you all come up with some other fun ideas.

Gift Guide for Her

It’s that time of year again! Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to start getting gifts for our loved ones. I wanted to provide some really affordable options for you all.

Gifts Under $25

One of my favorite gifts to receive and to give to other women in my family is jewelry. There are so many different options when it comes to jewelry. Here are some of my favorite jewelry pieces under $25

Link Chain Necklace , Half Moon Necklace, Silver Bangle Bracelet, Silver Hoop Earrings , Infinity Bracelet Set , Crystal Gold Bangle Bracelet, Snowflake Earrings, Brushed Initial Necklace, Love Stone Pendant Bracelet, Coin Necklace, Ring Set

Another great gift that’s under $25 are gift cards to their favorite store or restaurant. I love receiving a gift card to Pink Lily, Red Dress, Grace and Lace, or one of my favorite boutiques. I’ve also received Chick Fil A Gift Cards or Gift Cards to the Alamo Movie Theatre and those also make great and simple gifts.

Other items that make great gifts that are under $25:

Cozy Socks, Faux Fur Beanie, Live in Black Leggings,

Gifts for under $50:

My all time favorite bracelets are from Victoria Emerson and they make great gifts under $50. There are so many different options to choose from on their site and they always run a BOGO Free event before Christmas. I also think simple gifts like a cozy robe, blanket, or slippers are perfect. I also always love receiving sets of Gloves and Scarves together or fuzzy socks and blanket sets. I also included some jackets and sweaters that are under $50 that always make a nice gift too.

Jewelry

Favorite Victoria Emerson Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings from Francescas,

Comfy/Cozy

Socks, Robes, PJ Sets, Sweaters, Bath Bombs

Self Care Gifts, Cozy Sweaters under $50, Cozy Pink Lily Gift Guide, Cozy PJ Sets, Cozy Sweaters and Winter Jackets, Grace and Lace Cozy Gifts

Home

Candles, Mugs, Succulents, Bath Stuff

Candles and Mugs,

Gift Guide for Him

Wanted to share a couple of different gift ideas for him. My husband is so unique with his gifts so I usually end up getting him something nerdy for his hobby. However, I’ve received some great gift ideas and found a couple myself that I included here.

Gifts under $25

Men’s Mocasin Slippers

Men’s Socks

Men’s Hoodies

6 Pack of Socks

Gifts under $50

Men’s Boots

Men’s V Neck Sweater

Crew Neck Sweater

Men’s Black Skinny Jeans

Men’s Puffer Jacket

Men’s Wool Sweater

Men’s Flannel Shirts

I hope this helps you all when shopping for your special guy this Christmas season. See my other gift guides under Holiday.

Thanksgiving Outfits

With Thanksgiving only a month away, I wanted to share with you all some Thanksgiving outfit inspiration. Several of these outfits are very affordable and I also included a couple picks from Amazon as well!

This is one of my favorite fall sweaters! I love the neutral leopard print on it and it’s super cozy and soft. You can pair it with one of these skirts or with jeans and boots for a more casual look like I have on here. I’m wearing a size XS in the sweater and it fits TTS. If you’d like it to be longer to wear with leggings size up. I’m wearing a size 4 in the jeans and they fit TTS. You can also pair this outfit with booties or knee high boots and even add a wool hat. Leopard Sweater , Repurposed Dark Wash Denim, Taupe Booties, Victoria Emerson Boho Cuff
I love a fun color block sweater and I love how simple this one is. The colors are perfect for Thanksgiving. It has more of an oversized fit so it can easily be worn with leggings, but I just tucked it into my jeans for more of a dressier look. I’m wearing a size Small in the sweater and it fits TTS. I also linked my jeans and boots. Color Block V Neck Sweater, Cognac OTK Boots , Mid Wash Denim Jeans
If you’re wanting a more dressy look this one is so sleek and perfect for Thanksgiving. The skirt is actually a skort which is nice to be able to wear without having to worry about length. I love this simple puff sleeved cream sweater to pair with any bottom. It comes in several colors and I just ordered it in red for Christmas. I’m wearing a size small in both the sweater and skirt. Black Skirt, Cream Bubble Sleeve Sweater, Black Booties
I love a good classic look and this all white and black outfit is perfect for that. This tweed skirt has a super soft knit to it and pairs well with so many different colors. This cropped chenille sweater is my favorite for fall/winter. It’s super soft and can be paired with skirts and jeans. I’m wearing a size small in the sweater and a size medium in the skirt. Black Bodysuit, Plaid Skirt, Black OTK Boots
Another classic look for a dressier Thanksgiving outfit. I love a classic LBD and this one is super cute and cozy at the same time. You can pair a cute fall scarf with it too for some fall colors. I’m wearing a size small and it fits TTS. I also linked my coat and I’m wearing a size Small. Black Tie Waist Dress, Black Boho Cuff, Gold Cross Bracelet
I love being casual for Thanksgiving and this outfit is perfect and simple for it. I love a good white long sleeve tee and I paired this adorable plaid scarf for some fall colors. I’m wearing a size small in the top and size 4 in the jeans. White V Neck Tee, Brown Combat Boots, Dark Wash Repurposed Jeans, Plaid Triangle Scarf
I love this adorable cream confetti sweater and it pairs so well with this corduroy skirt. This sweater will also go well with jeans and leggings. I’m wearing a size small in the sweater and skirt.
This color block sweater is super cute for fall. The burgundy colors are perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s super soft and goes well with jeans or leggings. I paired it with a beanie too. I’m wearing a size small in the sweater and size small on the jeans. Use code: Autumn10 to get 10% off! Color Block Sweater, Button Fly Denim Jeans,
This rust sweater is perfect for Thanksgiving. I love a good rust sweater for fall and it pairs well with jeans, skirts, or leggings. I’m wearing a size small and it fits TTS. Use code: Autumn15 for 15% off. Rust Sweater,
This mustard cardigan is so adorable and perfect for Thanksgiving/fall. It pairs well with a white long sleeve tee or bodysuit and jeans and a pair of boots. I’m wearing a size XS/Small and it fits oversized. Camel Cardigan, Taupe Booties
I love a good leopard sweater for fall and this one is so perfect for Thanksgiving paired with leggings. I’m wearing a size small in both the sweater and the leggings. Use code: Autumn10 to get 10% off!

I also included a couple amazon fall favorites Here for quick and easy options. All of these pieces are super affordable and can be paired in so many different ways. I hope this helps you all in getting ready for your Thanksgiving gatherings this year.