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How to Host the Perfect Galentine’s Brunch for your Gal Pals

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Today is the day to celebrate all of the wonderful women in your life, whether you’re celebrating your mom, your sister, your closest girlfriends, or yourself! I’m always inspired by the strong women in my life: my mom is my rock, and while I don’t have any sisters, she more than made up for it. I also am fortunate to have an amazing tribe of women around me: friends, aunts, cousins, and extended family that inspire me to be strong, courageous, brave, and passionate in whatever it is that I choose to do.

I hope you also have incredible women like them in your life to lift you up. I think it’s important, especially in hard times, to surround yourself with inspiring people. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, and I am grateful to be encouraged by these women.

Enough of the sap, and now onto how best to celebrate them! I know I just shared a gift guide to celebrating yourself or the women in your lives, but some of my favorite memories are those created through experiences. A beautiful meal, great conversation, many laughs, and maybe a sweet treat or two are the times I cherish the most. And while presents are special, memories are forever.

I recently hosted a few close friends for brunch. The theme was Galentine’s Day, so I popped over to Target to grab cute pieces for table decor, and whipped up a few special items for us to enjoy over conversation. We finished the meal off with sweet treats, and because we all met through blogging, lots of photos were taken of the day.

Whether you have time to whip up a beautiful brunch this weekend, or you’re just looking for an idea to spend an hour or two with a gal pal, I hope these ideas help you celebrate!

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25+ Quick and Easy Gift Ideas to Treat Yourself with this Galentine’s Day // Giveaway

With the month of my birth upon us (well, and the week, too. I turned 29 yesterday!) It’s kind of my favorite month for shopping and splurging. If there’s any excuse to treat yourself, I think birthdays most definitely qualify, and the second runner-up to that is most definitely Valentine’s Day, or the gal-pal equivalent, Galentine’s Day!

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, why wait for someone else to give you a present?! I say treat yourself. And while you’re at it, consider treating your gal pals for Galentine’s Day too! After all, friends make the world a brighter place, and I think celebrating friendship is always an excellent idea.

Galentine's Gift Guide for your Best Girlfriends // Seattle Fashion Blog That’s exactly why I wanted to share a fun guide full of gifts to treat you and your best friends with. From chocolate and rose flavored body scrubs to chocolate lotion to pretty jewelry and makeup, the options are endless, and there’s something for everyone.

And, if you’re in the mood for a special surprise, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter to win a special treat from me!

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7 Lazy Girl Hacks to Keep You Healthy & Active This Winter

While I wouldn’t call myself lazy per say, I can’t say that I have the motivation and determination to work out on a consistent schedule. Or eat healthily 100% of the time. This girl loves her cupcakes, and I’m not about to give them up to go Keto. Or join the Whole 30. Or whatever other diet is so hot right now.

Sorry not sorry.

And I highly doubt I’m alone in these feelings. While there might be pressure to try the latest diet fads, for most of us, it’s not only not practical, it’s also not sustainable. For me, it’s all about those little daily hacks that keep me feeling good and healthy. It means indulging in the occasional cupcake, but maybe opting for a salad later. It means going outside more often and working those muscles, even if it’s just a power walk. Little things add up and can make a big difference to your physical appearance and also your mind too.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission if you click them and make a purchase at no cost to you. Some of the items in my outfit were provided as gifts (marked c/o) from the brand. All opinions are my own!

Spoiler alert: I’m not a fitness or health blogger. This isn’t going to be a post sharing how to get motivated to put two hours in at the gym and commit to a green smoothie a day. This is about the small hacks I make in my normal life to maintain my weight, get in more exercise, and still spend plenty of time watching Netflix in bed. ;)

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Hello, 2018

Writing.

In the past, it was rarely a struggle for me. Then, 2017 happened and this girl lost her voice. It was still there, buried somewhere in my head wanting to get out, but somehow felt blocked and stifled. I had so many things going outside of blogging this past year that I had to put it in the backseat for my own sanity at times.


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In the past, when things would happen to me, whether they were positive or negative, I would immediately want to start writing. But this past year has been tough in a way I didn’t expect. Our new house brought so many emotions: elation, joy, excitement. Then, it brought fear, dread, and for a fleeting moment, even regret.

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A Very Midcentury Christmas + Easy Hostess Gift Ideas

It’s our first holiday season in our new {old} house, and while I was excited to decorate for Christmas, it came with a little hesitation. After all, we are still working on furnishing our home, so the idea of finding Christmas decor that would work for a house-in-transition was a bit intimidating.

Disclosure: Thanks to Value Village and Bartell Drugs for providing gift cards to use to create this post. All opinions are my own!

A Very Mid Century Christmas

Fortunately, I have a lifetime to decide on exactly what decor we do or don’t need, so this year I took it easy on the decor and tried to keep the pressure for finding the “perfect” things low. Call our house decor minimalist or maybe just a touch of festive cheer. Either way, I’m pleased with the small Christmas touches I made throughout the house. And if you’re like me and feeling overwhelmed with the idea of decorating a new-to-you house for Christmas, don’t worry. It will come together!
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