Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas is in the Air: Holiday Gift Guide

Ready for Christmas is in the Air? I sure am! Kicking off this series of linkups this year,  we will be talking about gift guides and wish lists! I'm sure we all love holiday shopping! Of course being a beauty blogger I had to center today's post for the linkup around a Beauty Lover's Holiday Gift Guide.

There are a few things in the mix that even those not that into beauty will absolutely adore. I do own a ton of the stuff I included and have them as ideas to get other beauty lovers! However, some things are products I have never tried and are on my wish list this year!

There are items that range in price from $20 to almost $700. I did this so that regardless what your price range is for buying gifts this year there will be something that you will be interested in getting someone. Some of the items are limited edition or holiday kits so they have the chance of selling out soon! 
Also if you are thinking of giving the gift of a beauty subscription, Ipsy is a great one to start with. If you know someone interested in new makeup bags and trying new products then I recommend giving them an ipsy subscription! Just click here for more info! Now I am not one that buys many guy gifts, so I do not have many recommendations for those kind of gifts, but when it comes to gifts for the average makeup lover...I have you covered! 

The next link up with be held...
Week 2 - December 3rd: Holiday Movies. Share your favorite holiday movies. Include pictures, clips, whatever you'd like.

Week 3 - December 10th: A Foodie's Christmas. Share a recipe you'll be making for the holidays or share what a typical Christmas dinner looks like for you. 

Week 4 - December 17th: Christmas Beauty or Fashion. Share makeup and fashion that you will be wearing for Christmas.

And now for the rules:
1. Follow Life With A Side Of Coffee and Southern Beauty Guide
2. Write a post that goes along with the theme of the week and link up with us.
3. Visit a few other linked up posts. Share the love people!
4. Make a new friend. That's the best part of these anyway. This is more of a perk than a rule :)

So are you going to join Christine and I? Grab the button above to share in your posts. I can't wait to read all of your gift guide for this week! If your memory sucks like mine, then click here to be added to the Christmas is in the Air email list! This will get you emails reminders about linkup dates! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #93 is Live!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 93rd week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

Meet this week's co-hosts:
Tiffany from The Mommy Glow 
Rachel from Life as Rachel
Ashley from The Nashvillian

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi friends! It is Chelsee today. I am happy that things are going so well and this hop is continually successful! I love all the amazing bloggers I meet each week and all the awesome content you post. INSPIRING! 

Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!

Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!  

... onto the winner! 

I seriously love all of your posts! As always you all make this one difficult decision. Recently I have been super obsessed with scarves due to the chilly weather we have been experiencing in the south. 

Amanda blogs over at Life With Grace, she blogs about life, fashion, food and more! She’s a wife, mommy, and lover her crazy beagle named Duchess. From what I’ve read so far she is absolutely hilarious and has an amazing blog to read. I adore her sense of style in all over her fashion posts. 

When I was scrolling down the linked up posts last week, I came across a picture that caught my eye. It was the prettiest scarf and I knew then I had to find out where to get my own. It turns out this lovely scarf belonged to Amanda and she had put together the cutest fashion look. I love how easy it was to click through her post and be taken to store websites of where to buy items she was wearing. I also love all of her pictures from her little “fashion shoot” for this post. 

If you are looking to read a new blog then I highly suggest you head over and check 
out her blog!

Enough of that. Go follow her blog. And thank you all again for another amazing week!  

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hallmark Obsession

Is anyone else enjoying the Hallmark movies? Well these have become a tradition for my family from the month of November all the way to Christmas. I can't tell you exactly why we all get sucked into the merry kind of movies, but I can say that they are just good movies. Most have some love story attached to them, and well for someone as sappy as I am that is fine by me.

Why is this relevant? Well when you have absolutely crappy weather, being that of rainstorms, tornado warnings, and just coldness, you really need something to take your mind off of everything. These movies tend to be my escape from all the not so great parts of this time of year. The holidays are hard enough for me due to losses, then on top of that the humdrum of annoyances just have me at breaking points on some days. These are just how I get myself in the Christmas spirit! 

A few of my far!
The Nine Lives of Christmas

A Cookie Cutter Christmas

A Royal Christmas

I find that I am in the absolute best mood and happy when I can snuggle up under my snuggie, with hot chocolate in my hand and watch one of these great movies. I think all of these are available at Wal-Mart to buy. However, I will say that Hallmark does replay them quite a bit so you have a great chance of seeing them. There are a few more that look really great that will premier in the upcoming weeks! 

To see a full list of all the 12 new Movies of Christmas click here! Do you have a favorite?