2017 - Like Honey

4 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Warm and Cozy!




Another year has come and gone, the Christmas decorations are packed and put away, and I find myself craving the coziness of simplicity. I really want my home to set the pace for the new year ahead, so with the help of my favorite store, Gordmans, I decided to revamp my living space and share a few of my favorite ways to make my home the coziest house on the block!






LIGHT IT UP

Nothing beats the soft, warm glow of a flickering candle. I scored this 3 piece set of LED candles for only $25 at Gordmans and they're my new favorite decor piece! They have a timer setting that turns them on at the exact same time every night, so I don't have to worry about wasting batteries or lighting actual wicks. They're even lightly scented, so when they warm up a faint vanilla fragrance fills the living room--can you get any cozier?!





MOOD MUSIC

The right tunes can really set the mood for any occasion! We use the Pandora app on our TV all the time. My current favorite for a cozy atmosphere? The Michael Buble station!






THROW IT TOGETHER

One of my favorite ways to shake up my home decor on a dime is mixing up my throw pillows! I am a neutral girl, through and through, but this year I find myself craving more COLOR! These golden yellow knit pillows were a steal at Gordmans and really add just the right pop to my living room! I feel so much more comfortable with a few pillows on the sofa (and a glass of wine in my hand! 😉 ) and I love that I can easily afford to update my decor without breaking the bank when I shop at off-price retailers like Gordmans.



FRESHLY BAKED

I don't know if there is anything cozier than filling your home with the sweet scent of freshly baked cookies! Want to feel extra comfy? Snuggle up with a darling cookie jar and make a date with that growing Netflix queue. This enamel, Rae Dunn-esque piece was another Gordmans find and under $5! Think that can't be beat? Actually it can! Gordmans has amazingly low prices, but they also offer a new "Lowest Price Guarantee". To make sure they give their customers the lowest possible price, if you find a lower price somewhere else on any item, Gordmans will match the competitor's price AND give you a $5 Gordmans gift card! Even better, once they know a product has a lower price elsewhere, they "flag" those items to be marked down in their stores, so you know you're always getting the best deal! You can read more about Gordmans Lowest Price Guarantee here!


I have fully embraced the "hygge" movement and love how comfy-cozy my home feels on these cold, winter days!  The pops of dandelion yellow really warm up my space and make the whole house seem so much more inviting and comfortable. I am thrilled with the deals I scored on all this new home decor (I mean, 4 throw pillows for under $50?!) and can't wait to spend this evening snuggled up by the glow of my new candle set, catching up on the newest season of The Crown! Oh, and this darling ruffle sweatshirt? Just $15! I never have to hunt when I shop at Gordmans--it's like they already know what I need before I do!

Do you have any home decor goals for 2018? You can find your closest Gordmans location here and let the shopping begin--you're going to like what you see!


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My On-the-Go Momiform with Ju-Ju-Be


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I used to be anti-backpack. Especially when it came to diaper bags. Like, no way did I want to lug some heavy backpack around like a big ol' turtle shell everywhere I went. But now I have two very busy kids and find myself needing both hands available at all times. The backpack trend seemed to be made for me, and my darling husband thought it wasn't so bad either (meaning he'll tote the bag once in a while)! I was so excited to see that Ju-Ju-Be actually made diaper bag backpacks that were super stylish and practical!







I've been toting this navy beauty around with me for a while now and I'm super impressed with it! It holds everything I need but keeps my hands free and my stroller unburdened. I love that this pattern goes with just about any outfit, too--priorities, you know.










There's nothing better than having a tried-and-true outfit to throw on when you're in a hurry, especially when it's as comfy as this one! My go-to "momiform" these days is a cozy cardigan, ripped jeans, and my favorite monogram baseball hat. Bonus points for matching my new Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back! I love adding casual kicks, too, because we all know chasing around two toddlers is a serious workout.


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Oh, and did I mention how much I love all of the different compartments in this bag? There are about 50 pockets PLUS cup holders that are more than roomy enough for both sippy cups. I also have the Ju-Ju-Be Be Set in the matching Nantucket print. It's a lifesaver for keeping those pockets organized and neat, plus makes grab-and-go changes or snack time a breeze.


Seriously, friends, I am so glad I jumped on the backpack train and joined the hands-free club! Is there a mom style trend you haven't tried yet? Share it in the comments below!

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Now that you've shopped for the gals in your group, it's time to start thinking about that guy! Men are the hardest to shop for, aren't they?! I will never understand that, but being married to your best friend does have its advantages: I've got a few tried & true gift ideas for guys that will win even the most stubborn man smile:



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We've always been music lovers, so a new record is usually on at least one of our lists every year. I also gave Preston a similar bluetooth speaker earlier this year and it has come in quite handy in the garage--it's waterproof, shockproof, and wireless! Your guy more of a flavor fanatic? My hubby loves his freshly pressed coffee in the mornings and this insulated travel mug keeps his drink toasty from commute to desk. Try a cocktail tool kit and a few mixers for a fun, themed gift.

We're always looking for fun, new date ideas! Tickets to the local movie theater are a great option that you both can enjoy. We also love browsing for new vinyls at our favorite record shop--give a gift certificate in lieu of an LP and make it a date! Then end the night in comfy Christmas pajamas, cozied up by the fire, listening to your new find!

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Do you have a go-to gift idea for the men in your life? Are they as hard to shop for as mine? If you've uncovered the secret to figuring out what a guy wants for Christmas, SHARE it in the comments! #TheStruggleIsReal


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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Her



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It's officially Christmas time! I love seeing gift guides and what everyone's putting on their Christmas list, so today I'm starting my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Series! Here's hoping my hubby reads my blog in time ;)








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This leopard scarf has been a favorite of mine all fall, so I know it will make a great gift for any gal on your list! You can never go wrong with a blush nude crossbody or a sparkly gold heel, either!

So what do you have on your Christmas list this year? Share it in the comments!



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Olive + Plaid Fall Layering







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Can you believe Thanksgiving is already over?! This season has completely flown by. Sometimes I feel like I haven't made the most of it, because we haven't really gone to "do" anything. But then I see these gorgeous yellow leaves filling my yard and my kids having such a blast jumping into them, that I realize we didn't have to GO or really DO anything to enjoy the season. We were able to capture fun memories and quality family time from right here at home!

I've been feeling a little burnt out on the whole blanket scarf trend, but this orange-y plaid really embodied all of my favorite fall colors and I just had to find a few ways to wear it while my backyard was so vibrant! In case you missed it: You can see how I styled a blanket scarf with a belt here.






I love the way vests and scarves layer together, and this combo is no exception. I'm enjoying finding new ways to style a utility vest; this one is getting a lot of wear lately! All this look really needed was a simple clutch and some classic pearl earrings (what outfit doesn't look better with a few pearls?!). Oh and can we talk about this crazy pony? I'll always love my shorter hair, but I can't even with this low pony look...so. hard. to tame. #GrowFaster


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Do you have any fall family traditions? How do you choose to layer your fall wardrobe?


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