Cozy Home Gift Guide 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, my friends, and that means it’s time for us to forget that Thanksgiving is even a holiday and skip ahead to Christmas shopping.  This year I’m actually trying to get a few gift guides on the blog, and here’s my first one.

As a housewife, blogger, and certified homebody, I spend 90% of my time at home, so I feel that I have the expertise to create a gift guide perfect for the woman (or man) that spends a lot of time in her cozy little part of the world.  I love having things around that make my home feel warm and cozy, and I think this list covers several different bases and price points.  Let’s jump right in.

Interchangeable Letter Board 

This is a less expensive gift on the list, but it’s a great addition to the home, especially for the blogger or Instagram addict in your life.  If I had one, you had better believe it would make a regular appearance in photos.  It’s a great place to put your favorite inspirational quote or Bible verse, or even a little note to your husband.  They come in a bunch of colors and you can find letters for them in all kinds of places.   Read more

Erin Condren 2015 Acrylic Sale!


I don’t normally post on Sundays, but this is something I just had to mention.  This morning the Erin Condren Acrylic section reopened and her acrylic sale began.

I am super pumped about this because I’ve had some store credit burring a hole in my pocket with only 2 things on my wish list: a 2016 life planner (coming in June I think) and an acrylic tray.  Read more

Budget Friendly Halloween Decor


Tomorrow is Halloween!  I can’t even believe it.  The time is flying by and before we know it Christmas will be here.  I have always been into holiday home decor, and I love having my own little apartment to decorate as the seasons change.  With some major life changes coming for Erik and I (more on that in a later post), I can’t bring myself to fully embrace an abundance of home decor while we are living in Chapel Hill, however, last year I obtained a few fun things to put a little bit of festive Halloween spirit into our home.


Halloween Decor on a Budget

Because Erik has been in school and not working, our fun budget is generally quite tight, therefore buying home decor is much lower on the priority list (well, HIS list anyway).  How I manage to satisfy my home decorator itch is by being smart about it.  Here are a couple of ways I did it.

  • Help from home.  Over the years my parents have obtained tons of decorations, so for our first year in the apartment they sent us a box of a few pieces to help start our collection.  What’s cool about this is my grandma and great-grandmother did ceramics as a hobby, so a few pieces (like the white statue on the left) were hand made and are pieces of my grandparents I can hang on to even though they are gone.
  • Coupons!  If you’re patient, home decor purchasing opportunities come up that let you buy at reasonable prices before the holidays.  Both the pumpkin (pictured above) and the haunted house (below) were from Kohls.  They were on sale and I had a 30% off coupon.  I got to purchase guilt free 🙂


  • Multi-purpose decor.  My little end table (below) is definitely more fall themed than Halloween themed, but with my glittery pumpkin that I use for both Halloween and the entire month of November (and the adorable pumpkin themed sign) I get my money’s worth out of this table not just for October, but November too.  My little ghost tea light holder (old decor from parents) has been paired with a pumpkin that actually has a turkey on the front of it.  All I did was turn it around and all of the sudden it fits with Halloween.  On the 1st I will flip it over and it will be Thanksgiving decor.  It’s all about multi tasking.



  • Buy the day after- This is how I’ve gotten a lot of my home decor while living in Chapel Hill.  It takes a lot of patience to not want a piece of decor for the current season, but my top advice is to wait until the day after the holiday actually happens.  November 1st last year, I went over to Pier 1 and got the spider themed candle holder and the wreath for a ridiculous discount.  Sure, I had to come home and pack them away, but this year I got to proudly display these beautiful and festive pieces without my husband complaining about the money I spent on a few decorations.  I love shopping the bargains of the “day after” sales.




Now, I want to hear from you, friends.  How do you decorate for Halloween?  Do you have any money saving tips or tricks?  Let me know in the comments below!

Have a Spooktacular day tomorrow!