10 Holiday Gifts on a Budget

We all know that holiday shopping can get quite expensive. Buying presents for friends, family, and coworkers can be a challenge. Here are 10 gift ideas if you are on a budget this holiday season. After all it’s the thought that matters. 

1. Homemade gifts:

Don’t underestimate the power of a homemade gift. If you have a talent such as soap-making, knitting, baking feel free to use your talent this holiday season. I love receiving homemade candle or homemade baked goods or bracelets. It warms my heart more than a store-bought gifts..

2. Himalayan Salt Lamp

Not only is it a cute decorative piece, but Himalayan salt lamps also cleanse the air you breath. 

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Price: $13.95

3. Toiletry Bag/Makeup Organizer/Cosmetic Bag/Portable Travel 

Holidays=traveling. At some point in time we all travel,  whether it is international or another town keeping your toiletries organized and accessible is  important for a stress free trip. This organizer comes with several compartments allowing you to

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Price: $15.99

4. Aromatherapy

Who doesn’t need a little aromatherapy during the holiday season.? After all, it can get a little hectic with the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, decorating the house making Christmas dinner.  Whether you need sleep, or more energy, these therapeutic body wash and lotion from Bath and Body Works will brighten up your day.

Aromatherapy Sleep - Lavender & Cedarwood Sweet Dreams Gift Set - Bath And Body Works Aromatherapy Energy - Orange & Ginger Shine Bright Gift Set - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Happiness - Bergamot & Mandarin Be Happy Gift Set - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Focus - Eucalyptus & Tea Stay Focused Gift Set - Bath And Body Works

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/energy—orange-andamp-ginger-shine-bright-gift-set-025113639.html?cgid=all-gifts#start=23

Price: $21.50/Set of 2

5. Bath robe

Coming down on Christmas morning to open up the gifts in a warm furry bathrobe is the best feeling in the world. After a long night staying warm and cozy is important. This bathrobe is from Forever 21 and I love the little ears on top.

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Price: $24.90

Don’t forget one for your significant other, or friend. This fleece bathrobe from Target is a great option, it is reasonably priced and the quality is great.  

Price:
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6. Planner/ MyLifeUNIT Fineliner Color Pen Set

Right after Christmas comes the New Year. That means planning New Year’s resolutions, making plans and goals, writing down homework assignments for the new semester.  What better way to do that than in a cute planner. With the planner include a few multi colored pens to complete the set.

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Price: $13.49

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Price: $5.95

7. Storage water bottle

When you are working out, carrying too many items around can be a drag. So why not combine the two. This two in one water bottle includes a compartment where you can store cash, car key or credit card.

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Price: $12.99 

8. Phone charging case: 

A necessity for all those cute holiday selfies you are planning to take. Batteries die quickly especially when pictures and videos are snapped nonstop. It is the holidays after all, you have to snap as many pictures with family members and friends as possible.  

Price: $26.99

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9. Martini maker set

For that friend that loves making all types pf drinks, this martini maker is especially cute because it comes in a red box which will keep everything neat and organized. 

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Price: $22.99

10. AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit

Completely essential item that can be given to virtually everyone. Roadside emergencies happen and having the tools to fix that emergency is vital. I cannot stress enough how many times my car battery died or I had a flat tire and a kit like this saved me from wasting hours waiting for a tow truck. Your friend or family member will not be able to thank you enough when the situation arises and they need to jump-start their vehicle. 

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Price: $25.31

There you have it, ten items you can give without overspending. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please give it a like and comment below what holiday gift ideas you have. 

Happy Holidays!!!

Summer-Sault Into Fall

Summer may be over, but it is still extremely warm here in Southern California. The only down side of living here is not being able to experience all four seasons. But the bright side is that the closer we get to winter time, the cooler the weather especially in the evenings. I can finally pull out my warm clothes, I have been dying to wear this warm overall dress which I purchased a few years ago in a small boutique store. I have seen similar styles in stores like Forever 21 and H&M as well. This dress is comfortable and casual yet still looks put together. I decided to wear it two different ways because it’s not overly heavy to wear during the warmer months. The first look I paired a pair of suede brown Vince Camuto lace-up sandals which I purchased at Nordstrom. The dress didn’t come with a belt, but I loved the cinched look at the waist so I added a belt that I previously owned. It is a very simple brown belt. My necklace is a choker like design made in a deep purple and green color glass from H&M. I thought it tied the look together very well.

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The second look is for the colder months. I added a black turtleneck underneath which I purchase from Forever 21 and my knee high boots are from Nordstrom rack and the brand is Catherine Malandrino. < em>Also comment below and tell me your favorite fall piece🍁

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Packing for Iceland

Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. Thankfully for the duration of my trip, I experienced sunny, pleasant weather, although the first two days after I landed, it was gloomy with random spurts of rain. I stayed in a very cute Bed and Breakfast in Selfoss and the evenings would get pretty cold. The trip itself consisted of many outdoor activities, such as hiking and a lot of walking so staying warm was vital. 

Wearing layers is extremely important. Not only are you warm, but you can also peel off a  layer to cool down. My basic, daily setup was thermal pants and shirt, warm sweater or plaid shirt and my outer jacket. My socks were warm enough to only wear one pair and my boots kept me nice and toasty as well.

Below I have listed exactly what I packed. I hope this list is helpful to you as well. Almost everything I purchased for this trip was from amazon.com to keep my cost low as Iceland is on the expensive side and I wanted to save for the activities there:)

  1. Warm, waterproof jacket: This is extremely important in case it rains, to protect from high winds and waterfall mist. 

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XF2LNH1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2. Several fleece-lined leggings: I would pack 3 to 4 pairs. i practically lived in mine. I brought only black ones, but next time I will include multi-colored ones. They are warm, soft and comfortable. 

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3. Fleece lined hat/Waterproof gloves: Keeping your head warm is extremely important. This hat I bought from amazon was super cute and warm. I plan on purchasing a few more for future trips.

~And this Swiss mocha was amazing by the way. Perfect end to a chilly hike :))~

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4. Thermal top and bottoms: Highly, highly recommend taking several pairs with you. They are thin, I layered them under my jeans and fleece leggings. I doubt I would have stayed warm enough if I had not taken these with me.

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5. Sweaters: Bring a few. No need to bring a lot, as you will already have plenty of layers. Also make sure they are at least partially wool or cashmere. Synthetics will not keep you as warm. 

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6. Swim suit: You do not want to miss the Blue Lagoon. It is relaxing and beautiful but you need a swim suit in order to get in :). This one I purchased from Target last summer. 

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7. Warm waterproof boots: You will most likely trek through mud and water and rain. Therefore a pair of sturdy warm boots is a must. I wore these Sorel boots almost every single day and never once had cold or wet feet. 

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8. Wool Socks: Must have to keep warm.

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9. Denim Jeans: Pack a few for those casual days when you walk around town or if you plan on checking out a few bars. The bar scene is very casual so jeans would be a perfect fit with a cute sweater or top. 

10. Camera Bag: Preferable waterproof as you DO NOT want to get you equipment wet. 

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Happy Travels everyone. I hope you enjoy Iceland as much as I did.

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Autumn Inspiration

Happy Fall lovelies,

How I love this season, after a long hot summer it is so refreshing to feel the cool breeze the leaves changing color. I love being able to drink hot chocolate and attend fall festivals. But most of all I love coming home and putting on some comfortable clothes and relaxing with a book or watching a good movie. These are the little moments in life that truly fulfill me. I love to cook and bake and one of my favorite things to make is homemade hot chocolate with whipped cream. Believe it or not it is really simple and considerable healthier than store brought whipped cream. All you need is 6 ingredients:

2 egg whites

1/2 cup  Sugar

Cocoa Powder

Milk (Could be any kind, almond or soy)

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon cinnamon powder, or nutmeg

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To make whipped cream:

Place egg whites, sugar and vanilla into a bowl and whisk on high-speed until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute. 

To make hot chocolate:

Pour milk into a small pot, add cocoa powder and stir until it becomes an even consistency.

Pour hot chocolate into a cup, scoop whipped cream on top, sprinkle with cinnamon or nut meg and settle down into a chair to relax and enjoy. 

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Casual Day Out

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Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite go to outfit for a casual day. We all know jeans are super versatile and fun, my favorite are these from Cotton On. They are extremely comfortable and form fitting, with  various kinds of styles. I combined them with this cute top from Forever 21 and a pair of white Stan Smiths. I love this outfit because I can still look put together and comfortable while running errands with minimum effort. 

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Sweater Dress Look

Hello everyone,

It is officially Fall season and I am stoked. I love how the weather changes, the leaves start changing color and the weather feels a little crisper. Walking down the street and seeing the decorations in the front yards remind me of the festivities ahead. Most of all I love being able to wear warmer clothes even though sadly,  it rarely gets cold enough to wear anything too warm in California. This look in particular is simple and easy to put together to achieve a sophisticated outfit. I am wearing a sleeveless sweater dress from Papaya. My black jacket is from Bebe and my booties are Cole Haan’s. The tights are from Target and the cool thing about them is that they have the sock like look already attached to them so they are a two-in-one piece which is so convenient because it doesn’t feel too bulky.

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I would love to hear some of your Fall outfit ideas, comment below and tell me what you think.

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Why Traveling with Under 30 Experiences Was the Best Decision I Ever Made 

Traveling was something I always wanting to do.  Seeing new places and meeting new people was always a lingering desire of mine. The problem was, I didn’t know how to get the ball rolling. Sometime in November 2016 I told myself this is it. This was the time to do it,  I was graduating in six months, and after years of hard work I figured this was the perfect reward. I had heard from my friend about Under 30 Experiences about a year before, she had gone on a trip with them and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since I have never traveled alone  out of the country, I figured going with a travel group would be my best bet.
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Several days before I was to fly out, I was getting really nervous. Besides the fear of flying, several other things were running through my head. Just to list a few; will I be safe, will I get along with the group, what if I am homesick? Being a young female, you always have various fears about traveling alone especially when you watch the news and social media. Stories of kidnapping and getting robbed, is enough to prevent anyone from traveling.
Let me just say, the moment I landed in Costa Rica my fears dissipated immediately. (Mostly because I realized, I survived flight and was still alive). From the moment I stepped off the plane to the minute I got back to Los Angeles, I felt safe secure and happy. My journey began with meeting a group of the most coolest, sweetest people ever. The moment we met, everyone grew extremely close. Our group was led by three amazing tripleaders, who are smart, witty and very knowledgeable, at the same time making us feel like they were part of the group rather than working
For some reason, leaving my safe, secure home in Los Angeles made me feel brave in a way I’ve never felt before. As I mentioned before, I’m scared of planes, hence heights. Yet with the support of the group I threw my fears out the door, or rather the treehouse of the zip lining spot we arrived at as one of the activities, and zip lined all across the rainforest. I was even able to zip line upside down.
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One lesson I took away from this trip is unless you just take the risk and do it, you will never know what is out there. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, we are constantly bombarded with media and news stories about the dangers outside our homes, but at the end of the day, letting those fears prevent us from living life is a shame.
I am currently preparing for my next trip with U30x, a trip to Iceland which I am extremely excited for. My life motto; there is nothing to fear, but fear itself!

I would love to hear about your motivational tips!!! Leave me a comment below 🙂

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