12 Days of Christmas Day 7- Stocking Stuffers

Today’s post is one of my favorites, STOCKING STUFFERS! In our family, looking through our stockings is the first thing we do on Christmas morning. We wake up, go through our stockings, eat breakfast and then open presents, so stockings were the way we kicked off Christmas day. I hope you find this useful, and happy stuffing!

Stocking Stuffers for the Beauty Guru:

  • Sheet face masks
  • Bath bombs (Lush one’s are my favorite!)
  • Nail polish
  • Lip balm/gloss
  • Glitter hair ties
  • Travel-size lotion
  • Mini make-up palettes

Stocking Stuffers for the Cook/Foodie:

  • Pocket cookbook
  • Round egg rings
  • Mini Sriracha keychain
  • Measuring spoon set
  • Hot chocolate DIY kit
  • Mini infused olive oil bottles
  • Shaped ice cube tray

Stocking Stuffers for the Techie:

  • Phone cases
  • Headphones
  • Fish eye lens for your phone
  • Pop sockets
  • Cute phone cords
  • Portable chargers
  • iTunes gift card

Stocking Stuffers for Pets (our doggy has a stocking too!):

  • Treats/snacks
  • Water bowl
  • Collar
  • Ball toys
  • Bones

Stocking Stuffers for the Home Lover:

  • Mini candles
  • Mason jars (so versatile!)
  • Wall hangings
  • Reed difusers
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Journal/diary
  • Soap bars

Stocking Stuffers for Anyone!:

  • Rice krispie treat coal
  • Candy canes and candy bars
  • Gum
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Gift cards
  • Fidget cubes

 

12 Days of Christmas Day 6- Gift Baskets

This post is all about PRESENTS! As much as we all (including myself) love receiving and opening presents, I find so much more joy in giving other people presents. Going Christmas present shopping is one of my favorite things I do all year. I love thinking about what my family and friends want and then wandering around the store for hours looking for the perfect gift. And the look on their faces when they love the gift makes everything 10 times better. One thing I started doing last year was making themed gift baskets by getting a bunch of different things related to the theme and putting it all in one basket, and it was amazing. So here is my Christmas Gift Basket Guide, happy shopping! (I’ll try to leave as many links)

Pamper Gift Basket:

Movie Night Gift Basket:

Gift Basket for the Chef:

Gift Basket for the Beauty Queen:

Gift Basket for the Fitness Junkie:

12 Days of Christmas Day 1- Christmas Playlist

Happy Christmas season! I cannot even begin to explain how much I love Christmas. Everything about it just brings me pure joy! This Christmas I decided to do 12 Days of Christmas, so every other day in December leading up to Christmas I will be writing one Christmas themed blog post. Day 1 of 12 days is my Christmas Playlist, because it wouldn’t be Christmas without some Mariah Carey. Happy Holidays!

Christmas Playlist:

Early Christmas Morning- Cyndi Lauper

Love on Layaway- Gloria Estefan

Candy Cane Christmas- Darius Rucker

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas- Michael Buble

Holly Jolly Christmas- Michael Buble

Who Spiked the Eggnog- Straight No Chaser

All I Want For Christmas Is You- Mariah Carey

Jesus Born on This Day- Mariah Carey

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)- Mariah Carey

Oh Santa!- Mariah Carey

Cool Yule- Louis Armstrong

The Man With the Bag- Vonda Shepherd

Text Me Marry Christmas- Straight No Chaser ft. Kristen Bell

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Harry Connick Jr.

Santa’s Got A Choo Choo Train- Blake Shelton

4 Carats- Kelly Clarkson

Santa Tell Me- Ariana Grande

You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch- Jordan Smith

Last Christmas- Wham!

Sleigh Ride- Brian Setzer

The Christmas Song- Martina McBride

Home- Blake Shelton ft. Michael Buble

Life Through A Lens #19- Thanksgiving Weekend

Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend full of friends, family and lot’s of food! My grandparents and some friends and I took a quick road trip after Thanksgiving day and drove up to the Manzanar/Bishop area. The views were absolutely stunning, so I hope you enjoy the photos!

A quick stop for lunch in the cute little town of Lone Pine.

A beautiful view of the mountains, about 15 minutes away from Manzanar.

The never ending landscape never got old.

Fall/winter sunsets are feeding my soul.

Cotton candy clouds lighting up the sky in Bishop, CA.

This cute and well-known bakery was PACKED with all sorts of break and baked goods.

If you are a bread lover like me, Erick Schat’s Bakery in Bishop is heaven on earth.

This little creek in Law’s County was breathtakingly stunning. One of the most amazing natural sights I’ve ever seen.

Snow capped mountains making everything feel a little more like Christmas.

My Study Playlist

I know I’m not just speaking for myself when I say that homework and studying can be MISERABLE. Most of the time, the only thing that can help me focus and write a paper or study is a really good playlist. Here are some of my favorite songs to listen to to keep me on task and motivated. What are your study songs? Comment them down below!

Chill:

Rise Up- Andra Day

Slow Hands- Niall Horan

Waiting on the World to Change- John Mayer

Yours- Russell Dickerson

Growing Up- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (ft. Ed Sheeran)

Better Man- Little Big Town

Carry On- Fun

My Wish- Rascal Flatts

Terrified- Katherine McPhee

In Case You Didn’t Know- Brett Young

For Her- Chris Lane

Motivating:

Last Name- Carrie Underwood

Here I Go Again- Whitesnake

Can’t Get You Out of My Head- Kylie Minogue

Shoutout to my Ex- Little Mix

Underage- Kelsea Ballerini

Perfect Strangers- Jonas Blue

Love- Jana Kramer

Think of You- Chris Young (ft. Cassadee Pope)

Back Home- Andy Grammar

Life is a Highway- Rascal Flatts

Hold it Against Me- Britney Spears

 

 

#fitgirllife- Eating Clean in College

One of my biggest fears going into college was food. Not necessarily how good it was going to be (though that was something this foodie worried about), but how hard it was going to be to eat healthy. I had heard so much about “freshman 15” and seen so many friends come back from their first year having gained a lot of weight. Once I got to college, I scoped out the food situation and quickly figured out how to eat healthy and clean. I wrote down everything I ate for 3 days, and have it all down below for you to reference. Please keep in mind that on all three of these days, I had 3- 3 1/2 hours of hard workouts, so the calories (though I don’t count them) and quantity may seem a little high. I hope this helps and gives you some ideas about how to eat healthy in college!

Day 1:

2 hour swim

2 eggs over easy with Sriracha

Bagel with cream cheese

Bacon

Half a cup of coffee w/milk

1 rice cracker

1 banana with peanut butter

1 bag Skinny Pop (100 kcal)

1 hour weights

1/2 bottle Kevita Kombucha

Celery and peanut butter

1 grilled chicken breast with grilled asparagus and zucchini

 

Day 2:

2 hour swim

1/2 avocado and 2 eggs on 1 English muffin with Sriracha

Bacon

1 cup coffee w/ milk

1 rice cake

1 banana

Chobani yoghurt

1/4 cup granola

1 1/2 hour weights

Tomato and veggie soup (from Pacific)

Apples

Hummus and pita

 

Day 3:

2 eggs over easy on 1 piece of rye toast with Sriracha

Bacon

1/2 cup coffee

Fruit cup

Egg salad sandwich

1 hour weights

Small chia seed bar

1 packet of Trader Joe’s peanut trail mix

2 hour swim

1/2 bottle Kevita Kombucha

Grilled chicken with whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and kale

1 rice cake

 

Life Through A Lens #17- Shifting Seasons in LA

Photogenic buildings right by the Santa Monica Pier.

When in LA…

Beautiful evening views from campus.

Pasadena city hall with a deep blue background.

Living the high life…on Rodeo Drive.

More snaps from the famous Rodeo Drive.

Weekend brunch with a view- Santa Monica.

The bar at the outdoor Plan Check in Santa Monica.

Fall break in LA calls for hanging by the pool in Beverly Hills with a cold drink.

BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS! The bar seat view at Market Provisions on Beverly Boulevard.

The Beverly Hills original Farmer’s Market is almost as magical as Disneyland.

Mid-October sunsets over the LA sky.