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The Busy Girl’s Amazon Prime Stocking Stuffer Guide

Let’s be honest. Every year we say we are going to get ahead and have all our Christmas shopping done by the first or second week of December…and YET every year most of us end up doing last minute shopping. It’s hard for us busy girls who consider ourselves pretty organized and on top of things, but it still happens. If you’re one of the lucky ones, kudos to you my friend and enjoy the last week of December not running around! But here’s the thing. I don’t want to spend my time running around and being stressed out either. I have things to do before the end of the year, and family and friends to spend quality time with. So, I thought I would create an easy to shop stocking stuffer guide where you can get everything here on Amazon! If you’re a Prime member, even better. This makes things so easy and you escape the holiday rush of every shopping center in America.

Click the photos to shop this post!

Stocking Stuffers for the Girls

  • Mini Monthly Planner $8:
  • Burt’s Bees Mini Travel Set $10! (perfect for traveling or keeping in your car)

  • Real Technique’s Miracle Complexion Sponges, Set of 2 (Love these!) $7!!

  • NYX Butter Gloss (you’ll never use chapstick again) $8

  • These beanies, because I love the little top fuzzy part! $9-14

  • Mini Vanilla Scented Candle 

  • These super cute $10 Passport Cases!

  • Headache Heat Pack, Lavender $23 (a life saver for me personally)

  • Mini Bluetooth Speaker, $14

  • Natural Sheet Masks, $9

  • Faux Succulents set of 5, $20 (great desk accessories!)

  • Rifle Paper Co. Notepad $9 (calling all list makers, this is so cute!)

  • Honest Company’s Natural Lavendar Bubble Bath, $10

  • Book: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (can’t wait to read this and what better way to start a new year?)

Thanks for reading and check back soon for the guy’s stocking stuffer guide! Comment below and tell me your great stocking stuffer ideas!



 

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Sam Chat: Purpose & Perspective

If anything, I’m writing this blog post for myself to remember my family’s experience evacuating from our home and the new perspective I gained from an almost life-changing event. If you’ve ever been through something similar that moved you or changed your perspective, comment below because I’d love to hear your story! If you don’t care to read my long story about the actual fire, feel free to scroll to the bottom to the sub-title called “perspective” to see what I feel like I gained from this experience.

I woke up on Tuesday morning at 4am to hear an airplane overhead which I would later find out was dropping water over the Creek fire that started in Sylmar. I went back to sleep thinking it was nothing. By the time I woke up that morning around 8am, the fire was visible from my family’s windows overlooking what we call “the wash,” an area of vast land with trails that people in the horse community ride their horses. The fire was past the wash, across the freeway, and only just cresting the top of a mountain barely visible. This has happened times before in our surrounding area and 99.9% of the time, it’s nothing to worry about. This is about that other 1% of the time.

Quickly by 9am it had already burned ¾ of the way down the mountain. At that point, no one was that worried because like I said this has happened numerous times. By 11, the freeway or those mountains were barely visible in all the smoke. Some concern set in as I watched my neighbors and my Mom worry about how to get our horse out if it came time to evacuate. The streets were already getting crowded and freeway entrances/exists were beginning to close. Then, It had jumped the freeway and started burning the wash. Our house sits on a hill just above the wash and we were told if the smoke starts blowing into our faces, into the direction of our house, that’s when we have to worry. It happened so fast. One minute we thought evacuating was unnecessary, the next we know, it’s hard to breathe, the smoke is enveloping us and our homes, and we’re packing things up as quickly as possible.

The crazy thing about fires is they’re not like a flood. It doesn’t burn down everything in it’s path, inching closer and closer like water might. The extreme winds we had carried embers from mountains that were far off in the distance to our own backyard. One minute we’re looking out our windows watching it from afar, the next we know I can feel the heat.

I can FEEL the heat. The flames were still burning in the wash, embers jumping from one tree to the next. I touched the windows inside my house and they were warm. I went outside where my Dad was wearing motorcycle goggles shielding his eyes from the ash and embers, taking a video of what was possibly the last time we would see our back hill or house as it was. The heat was even stronger outside and the flames below looked so tall. Before I knew it, it was go-time.

My mom was leading our horse out of the arena and down the street. She doesn’t have a horse trailer so we searched high and low for a horse trailer that was already in the neighborhood. People offered trailers from all over, they were even being dispatched into our neighborhood but that was only half the battle. A couple trailers we had lined up were stuck on the freeway as they closed exits down and were unable to get to us. Finally, we were able to get in contact with a kind stranger who said he could meet at the bottom of our street and take our horse TJ to a rescue center. We loaded our 4 dogs into the 2 cars and threw any last-minute things into the backseats. My family has too many cars and not enough people so I drove one car to the next street over, then ran back to get the other. The smoke really got to me by then. My lungs were burning, my eyes were burning, and from the bottom of the street my house wasn’t even visible amongst all the smoke. Flames roared high as our neighbor’s house two doors down was burning to the ground. Firetrucks crowded the streets, cars were trying to get out, and horse owners were trying to lure their horses into feeling safe enough to get inside the trailers.

A horse got loose on our street so I tried to help put her into a trailer before heading back to the house to get the other car. These poor gentle animals were scared out of their minds and had no idea what was happening. Amidst all the chaos though, I looked around and told myself to remember this feeling of a community coming together and unifying under trying circumstances. No one was going to leave a horse behind if they could help it.

Back at our house, my Dad and brother were busy putting hot spots out as embers would land on the trees and brush on our hill and our neighbor’s hill. Firefighters hadn’t yet arrived to our house as they were busy trying to help with structures going up in flames. I know without a doubt if my Dad and brother decided to throw in the towel any earlier, those hot spots would have fed off each other and eventually burned our own house to the ground. Meanwhile, my Mom and I left to get our dogs out of the smoke while my dad and brother said they would be shortly behind.

My brother later told me that he looked over at our neighbor’s house and noticed their car and motorcycle were still in the driveway and we hadn’t seen them all day. He went over there to check it out and started banging on their windows, knocking on their door. Finally the man came to the living room, throwing his arms up wondering what all the racket was. He had no idea!! I don’t know how that happens, but he had no idea there was a fire. He quickly scrambled to get out of there. Not too long after that, their guest house caught on fire and burned down.

It was a long night and a rollercoaster of answers. We got a call from my Dad who was at the house and was positive our house was going to burn down. He was sad, but grateful that the things that really mattered were safe. Eventually, firefighters came to the house and told my Dad and Brother they had to leave now. None of us would know the fate of our house for a while. By some miracle, a few hours later we were told our houses hadn’t burned and if it could survive the night and all the embers raining down, it would be safe.

We woke the next morning at a friend’s house to good news that our house had made it throughout the night. Those high winds made every scenario unpredictable but we couldn’t be more grateful. Even through the next few days we weren’t out of the clear as hot spots kept popping up, but the main fire had moved on. The smoke was intense and even now we are working to get the smoke out of everything— the house, our clothes, our cars. But I don’t care. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that none of our animals or my family or irreplaceable things weren’t lost in the fire.

A New Perspective

So many others in the Creek fire, the Thomas Fire, the Lilac fire, they all lost precious animals, belongings, and homes that they treasured. A few hours after we had evacuated, I was sitting in my smoke-filled car with 2 of my dogs in the backseat, my Mom’s car in front of me with our other dogs, my eyes just burning from the smoke and ash, my blonde hair almost stained from the ash. My phone had been blowing up ALL morning. Friends near and far were calling to see if we needed help. Friends I hadn’t talked to in a while were offering to make calls on our behalf to find a horse trailer, my best friends were offering anything they could, people were offering to bring their trucks over to help us, offering their homes for us to evacuate to. Seriously, people were amazing. Even though I couldn’t respond to half of the people at the time, I had a moment to myself in the car and just thought…how incredible that there are so many good people in this world. And when I thought about if I were to lose everything…what’s really important to me? It was an overwhelming sense of quality over quantity. That the quality people were there when we needed them most, were offering their help and hearts, and that most possessions don’t really matter.

Sometimes we place so much emphasis on materialistic things on a day to day basis. We’re blogging about our favorite clothes and accessories, the latest deals on whatever it may be. And so often I really do try to write blogs with more weight, more gravity. But everyone gets caught up.  We’re so invested in social media, showing people where we are and what we’re doing and who we’re with. But during this experience, all that faded to the background and I felt SO grateful and blessed to have the people in my life that I do, that my family was safe, and that our friends opened their home to us. It wasn’t life or death for us, not even close. But I felt in my heart the tragedy that so many others were going through. It really made me think about my purpose. During something like this, my days were filled with tasks so different than my day to day. It made me think that when I’m back to a “normal” routine, what’s my goal here? What REALLY matters? What’s my purpose? For me this experience solidified my purpose, my passions, and not taking things for granted. Because in some odd way I felt that if I lost everything materialistic, what would still be standing and strong is my purpose, my passion, and my drive. (Besides my family and animals by my side 😉

Thanks for reading and drop a comment if you’re having a “me too!” moment.

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November Favorites: Things I’m Loving Lately

Hi friends! I’m sharing my November Favorites because December is finally upon us and I can’t believe how fast it crept up this year! I love it though and I’m soaking up everything Christmas related. This is the first year my family has not had a real tree…we’ve always done the real deal and it was a great tradition but now that my brother and I are older, my parents decided to go for a fake tree. We started decorating our tree last night and I’m loving that cozy full-heart feeling 🙂

Today I’m sharing a few things that I’ve been using lately, from makeup to accessories! Leave me a comment below if you use anything here or if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!

novemberfavoritesI came across this body wash a couple months ago and I’ve loved using it so far! I prefer body wash over a bar of soap (germs, hello) and this body wash smells amazing and it’s really gentle on the skin! Amazon has both a small and large size of this which is nice depending on if you want stock up. You can shop this body wash here. There is also a Rose Petal and Original on Amazon that I have yet to try!

November favorites

These Alex and Ani bracelets were really popular when I was in college and since then I’ve received a few as gifts. They’re the cutest charm bracelets and they are a lot to choose from online! My mom got me the ladybug one for good luck and I smile every time I look at it! Click here or on the photo to shop the photo and these Alex and Ani bracelets!

November Favorites

 

Maybe you saw me talk about this hat on my Instagram, but seriously it’s my new favorite thing! It’s so comfy and I LOVE the color! I’m definitely a hat person and I have a similar one in black, but I like the shape and feel of this one much better. I think this hat could be pretty versatile for all seasons so pick it up while it’s still on major sale! Click the photo or link to this hat here and it will take you to Liketoknowit. From there, click the hat photo and you’re on the product page and ready to purchase!

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Of all people, my brother discovered Juice Beauty haha. In all honesty, I think he went into Ulta for something for men’s skincare and walked out with the entire Juice Beauty line (whoever sold him that, you’re a great salesman lol) BUT the good thing is I actually really love the line too. I had never heard of Juice before that but one of my favorite things from them is this Stem Cellular Exfoliating Peel Spray. You shake the bottle, spray some of your face, then start rubbing it in. The coolest thing happens and some of the dead skin from your face gets exfoliated off which you can feel. It leaves my skin super refreshed and smooth! Click the photo or here to shop it!

 

Last but certainly not least, my favorite of all favorite lip glosses. By now, you know I’ve joined the Butter Gloss train and I’m not looking back. For $5 at target, you can’t beat this. The color is amazing and my lips feel super hydrated! Stocking stuffer idea maybe? I’ll be getting my mom a few of these! Click the photo to shop it!

Okay that’s it for my November favorites! Can’t wait to share things from this month because I already have some ideas I’m storing! haha. Have a great week!

 

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Sam Chat: 10 Things About Me

You know me, I like a good list. Lists make me happy and grounded and they’re addicting. There’s a reason why everyone reads the Buzzfeed lists, right? While those are probably more entertaining than this one will be, a good relatable list is nice. I recently polled you guys on Instagram and some of you said you’d like to know more about me. It’s funny being on the backend of things, you assume strangers know so much about you but sometimes the obvious to you isn’t to someone else. Give me a shout if you read any of these and think YES ME TOO!

  1. I’m deathly afraid of scary/horror movies. I refuse to watch them now because I won’t sleep for days. I talk myself into an irrational fear that there is indeed someone or some “thing” in my room that will get me haha. In middle school or high school I could watch them fine but not anymore.
  2. I’ve traveled internationally to Switzerland and Italy and hoping I get to do another trip abroad soon! On my bucket list: London (and also the countryside of England), France, Ireland, Portugal, Prague.
  3. I have a degree in Screenwriting and love acting. I love the world of filmmaking in general and will always continue to do that. Extra fun fact: I’ve written a feature film.
  4. My Mom is from South Carolina and while I am born and raised in the Los Angeles area, I have those southern roots. I frequently visit the south, where my uncle still lives, and love everything about it. I love home too though, where my Mom and Dad met. I also have a younger brother who just turned 22! (he’s one of my best friends).
  5. I consider myself an introverted extrovert. Your girl likes to go out and have a glass of wine with friends and be social, but the next morning you better believe I want that alone time.
  6. I LOVE love love animals. They have a special place in my heart and I wish I could rescue every single one. My family currently has 4 dogs and a horse!
  7. I’m a sucker for rom-coms. It’s the romantic at heart in me coming out, I just can’t help it.
  8. I live for Christmas. If it could be Christmas all year long I would 100% be okay with that! Something about the colors, the lights, the decorations, the traditions, the kindness we see come out in the world. I’m currently working on a blog post about how to carry that holiday spirit with us all the tine. Stay tuned!
  9. You know those memes you see where it says, “she’s classy with a little hood”? That’s me. Or the one that says “she likes to blast rap music on the way back from yoga.” Yep! I like to go to the gym a couple times during the week and you better believe I’m playing some music to pump me up.
  10. Speaking of music, country music is my jam. My all-time favorite music! Currently listening to: Frankie Ballard, Florida Georgia Line, Granger Smith, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Rae Lynn, Marren Morris, Sam Hunt, really I could keep on going haha.

Tell me a fact about yourself, I’d love to get to know you! Leave a comment below!



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