Sparkles and Sunshine: Weekly Round Up

Weekly Round Up

Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Friday!!!

Can anyone else believe that there are only three days left until Christmas?! Like WHAT?! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Luckily I pretty much finished my Christmas shopping yesterday. I only have one gift left to buy, but it's a super easy one and I already know where I'm going to get it from!

Before I go into this week's articles, I wanted to share a pro tip from my mom. My mom is always done with her Christmas shopping by like August! It's crazy. Her suggestion is to put money aside each month ($10, $20, etc.). By the time Christmas comes around, you will already have your Christmas shopping money and whatever you have is what you have. No if's, and's or but's!. Not only does this help you to not go crazy on gifts at the end of the year, it also keeps you in check with your budget. I'm definitely going to try this next year!



Now, for this week's round up! There have been a TON of great articles this week. It's always so hard to pick!

Decor:

Who else is not good at wrapping? ๐Ÿ™‹ (They really should have an emoji with a girl lifting both hands up. I mean this one works, ๐Ÿ™Œ but I look like I'm praising and that's not really what I'm going for haha). Any who, like I said, I'm not good at wrapping, and I love any type of DIY on how to improve my skills. Sarah, from Thrifty Decor Chick shared a great DIY on how to make large Christmas bows! These can be put on presents, garland, and more. By the way, you should check out her most recent blog post of her home. Her decor is on point ya'll!!!

Read it here: http://www.thriftydecorchick.com/2017/12/how-to-make-easy-large-diy-christmas.html

Besides me, who else LOVES getting a real Christmas tree very year? The smell alone makes my day better. However, I also have a few Christmas tree candles all throughout the house because I can't get enough of that amazing smell. For those of you who have artificial trees or just love the smell of Christmas like I do, then this next blog post is for you! Jess from J. Cathell shared a great DIY for a Christmas home aroma. I can't wait to try this!

Read it here: http://www.jcathell.com/uncategorized/home-aroma/

I love mason jars. They can be used for pretty much anything: food storage, organization and even decor! This week I saw the cutest mason jar DIY from Marianna Mรคkelรค. She created snowy mason jar fairy lights! These would be perfect decor accents for around the house, and an adorable project for the kids!

Read it here: https://www.mariannan.com/2017/12/diy-snowy-mason-jar-fairy-lights/

Beauty:

I'm not into beauty products that much, but I know many who are! Makeup Savvy shared the prettiest Christmas party makeup in one of her recent blog posts that has everything you need to shine bright like a diamond. ☺️๐Ÿ’✨

Read it here: http://www.makeupsavvy.co.uk/2017/12/all-that-glitters-christmas-party-makeup.html?utm_source=bloglovin.com&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+co%2FXRuB+%28Makeup+Savvy%29

An old coworker of mine used to make homemade body scrubs. She is so talented! As soon as I saw this DIY peppermint body scrub from Because I'm Addicted, I knew I had to share with all of you. If you are a huge peppermint addict, I think you're going to love this!

Read it here: http://becauseimaddicted.net/2017/12/diy-peppermint-body-scrub.html

Food:

I've shared something from these two lovely ladies before, but I couldn't resist sharing about them again when I saw this blog post! Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for eggnog jello shots. Let me hear you say festiveeeeeeeee! (Yes I just did the echo in my head and yes I know you did too haha)

Read it here: https://abeautifulmess.com/2017/12/eggnog-jello-shots.html

Fashion:

I stumbled upon the cutest pajamas in a blog post from Adaras Blogazine. The best part is the cat! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Check it out!

Read it here: https://adarasblogazine.com/cosy-christmas-edit/

I love seeing all of the beautiful engagements this time of year. I might be biased though since this is my favorite time of the year! As everyone in the world knows, Prince Harry is engaged to Meghan Markle. Their engagement photos recently aired and they look so cute and happy together. Check out this article from Who What Wear on some of the trends Meghan was spotted wearing.

Read it here: http://www.whowhatwear.com/meghan-markle-prince-harry-official-engagement-portraits/slide3

As all of you have seen for the past, I don't know, months (haha), I have a serious obsession with velvet. I'm pretty sure I share a velvet blog post in my weekly round up almost every time. I recently stumbled upon blogger Hayley Hall, creator of London Beauty Queen and I must say she's fabulous! She looked absolutely stunning in her Christmas look blog post, I just know she's going to get soooo many compliments!

Read it here: http://www.londonbeautyqueen.com/2017/12/ootd-my-christmas-day-look-featuring.html

I also saw some gorgeous outfits on Instagram this week that I wanted to share with all of you. Click the links below to see each look!

I love a good plaid dress, top, and well everything!

See it here: Ashley Beary

This top is probably one of the prettiest I have seen to date. This is definitely being added to my wish list.

See it here: Heather Poppie

This last dress was absolutely stunning. Not only is it a pretty style, she also looked gorgeous in it!

See it here: Josie


That's it for this week's round up post! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a Merry Christmas!!!

Dress: Venus

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