Category: Holiday

My New Years Resolution

Just so you know what you’re in for, this may be a somewhat long post. 

Well my friends, it’s the last day of 2013.  This year definitely flew by for me.  As many of you know, I got engaged in December 2012, so a lot of my time this year was spent planning my May 2014 wedding.  I can’t believe the day is only 4 months away.  Where did this year go?!

Over the past few days during my commute to work, I reflected on this past year.  What were things I was proud of?  What do I wish I could have done differently?  What did I learn about myself?  Of course I’m not going to answer those questions here on the blog, since it’s kind of personal, but I do want to address one thing:

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I wanted to do a post about this a few weeks ago, but never had the time to sit down and process my thoughts.  Since I now commute about 30 minutes to work in the morning and at least 45 minutes on my way home, I have a lot of time to think. 

I thought a lot about what I wanted my new years resolution to be and whether I wanted to continue making monthly goals here on Simply Nicole.  Well, yes I do still want to continue making monthly goals because I think it’s important to make short-term goals to keep you focused each month.  Sure, there are some months when I forget about my goals, but this year I am going to make a conscious effort to accomplish them. 

The answer to the other question — what is my new years resolution — is to take risks and be myself.  Be myself through every aspect of my life.  Every choice I make I want to ensure myself that it is something that I would do.  I am in control of my choices.

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In the past I’ve declined buying things because it didn’t fit into the style I had.  It wasn’t something I would typically purchase and it wasn’t something that I thought people would expect to see me in.  This year I’m going to buy things because I like them.  It’s as simple as that.  I’m tired of trying to have just one specific style.  I’m going to buy pieces that I’m proud to wear.  Quality over quantity this year. 

In the past I’ve also declined going places and doing things because it made me uncomfortable.  Going out for a drink on a work night?  Typically I wouldn’t do such a thing, but this year I want to really strive to balance my work life and my personal life.  There’s no problem with going out every once in a while if its something I want to do. 

The list can go on and on of all the things I want to do this year.  But it all stems back to one thing.  I vow to be myself and take some risks… because I want to. 

 

Talk to Me

  • What is your new years resolution?
  • What are you most proud of from this past year?
  • What are you looking forward to most about 2014?

Christmas Aftermath

Hello!  I hope you all had a fabulous holiday.  We started our festivities a few days earlier, so I’m exhausted from all the fun we had this week. 

On Monday night after work, Bryan and I had dinner with our friends who now live in Atlanta.  It was so nice to see them for the holiday.  We enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner and lots of wine!  I also was finally able to meet their new dog, Cooper.  He’s a pretty large dog, but oh so cute! 

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On Christmas Eve, we went to my Dad’s girlfriend’s house in Delaware.  We exchanged gifts, ate lots of appetizers and had dessert.  It was a relaxing Christmas Eve and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  My dad also raved about the new Eminem cd.  Enough said Smile.  I think I might have to check it out.

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For Christmas morning, Bryan and I enjoyed breakfast at our place and exchanged presents.  He bought me a gorgeous Pandora bracelet and charms + this slouchy black beanie I’ve had my eye on.  After a relaxing morning of watching a few episodes of Scandal, we eventually drove over to Bryan’s parents’ house for more presents and dinner!

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It’s truly been a fantastic few days and I am so blessed to have such amazing friends and family.  I hope you all had a fabulous holiday with your loved ones as well!

Tomorrow is my normal Friday Favorites post and I have some great products to share with you, so make sure to check back tomorrow for that! 

 

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  • What did you do on Christmas?
  • Does your family have any holiday traditions?
  • Do you have to travel far during the holidays?

Gift Guide for Active Women

If you’re anything like me, you acquire many fitness related items throughout the year.  Who needs another work out top?  Not me.  This year, I wanted to put together a gift guide for active women that included things that most women don’t already have in their closets.  So if you have a special woman in your life or if you are an active woman yourself and need to purchase a gift, keep reading!

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*This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.

1.  Koss FitBuds | $29.99*
These FitBuds are a sweat resistant ear bud that is 33% smaller than any other Koss ear bud.  The reason I love these so much is because each set you purchase comes with three different sized ear cushions for the perfect fit.  For my ears, I’ve found that the smallest cushions work best.  Koss’ female designers teamed up with Gold Medalist Dana Torres to create these headphones which are the first ones designed specifically for women, by women.  How sweet is that?

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2.  Koss FitClips | $29.99*
These FitClips also made by Koss are my all time favorite headphones because they stay put and like the FitBuds, they are sweat resistant and come with three different size ear cushions.  With small ears, sometimes it’s difficult to find headphones that wrap around my ear that fit.  This version from Koss stays put without having to frequently adjust them!

*Retailers will promote these products at $19.99 this holiday season.  You can purchase at: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Kmart, Walgreens and Sears.

Other great options this year:

3.  Thera-Roll Firm Roll | $15.95

4.  Nike FuelBand | $143.39

5.  5lb Chrome Dumbbells | $39.99

6.  Fitness Gear Flexibility Band Kit | $24.99

 

Talk to Me

  • What fitness items are on your wishlist this year?
  • Who do you still have left on your gift-buying list?
  • What’s the last set of headphones you’ve purchased?

Stocking Stuffers Under $30

Before I get into my post, I wanted to let you know that I am indeed keeping up with my Week of Gratitude.  I didn’t want to Instagram or post about my thank you letter that I sent yesterday, because the friend I sent it to sometimes reads the blog and my social media channels.  I’ll be doing a full recap on Monday!  Today’s task: drop off cans to a food drop-off location.

Okay, back to normal programming:

Sometimes you just need to find a perfect stocking stuffer or something inexpensive but luxurious to get a loved one and that can be pretty difficult at times!  What do you get that friend who has everything or the girl you got for your Office Secret Santa?  I’ve put together a list of items that are on my wishlist this year that are under $30, and that might be of interest to you.  So if you are curious, keep reading!

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1. BECCA Lip Liner | Color: Nougat | Price: $23
This is the perfect nude lip liner, and it’s great because it has two colors!  One side to line your lips and the other you can use to fill them in.  I love all-in-one makeup items because they take up less space in my vanity! 

2. Roots Chunky Headband | Color: Fog | $24
If you’re anything like me, you are freezing all of the time.  It doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside, you are COLD.  I recently found this Roots headband online and realized that it’s absolutely perfect for those days that you’re wearing your hair up and want to keep your ears warm.  It also comes in a few different colors to meet everyone’s preferences!

3. Unite Beach Day texturizing spray | $29.95
Sometimes you just need a high quality hair-care item.  I personally have never been the girl to spend money on hair items.  Actually for the majority of my life, I just let it air dry and walked out the door.  Recently, I’ve been trying to buy higher quality hair care items because as I’m getting older my hair is getting more brittle.  This beach day texturizing spray is perfect for days when you want to wear your hair down and curly and also days when you just want a slight wave.

4. Mary Green Sleeping Eye Mask | Color: Tickled Pink | Price: $26
Ahhh, sleep masks.  The last time I owned one I was probably in middle school.  My friends, they are back!  Sleep masks are great for every person on your list, not just females.  Clearly this one in particular has a more feminine quality,  but if you want there are plain black or brown colored ones all over the Internet for that man in your life.  I personally love sleep masks because they let the light stay out!  We don’t have black-out shades or curtains in our bedroom so it can get pretty bright at times.

5. NYX Eye Liner | Color: Matte Black | Price: $5.99
I’ve been told that this NYX eye liner is the best drug-store liner out on the market right now.  It doesn’t fall under your eyes like some can do, and it stays on for hours!  I’m dying to give this one a try and will probably purchase before the holidays.  (I’ll keep you posted on a review).  If you have a friend who loves darker eye makeup, I recommend giving this to her as a stocking stuffer.  It’s also very affordable!

6. Bag Balm 1oz | $7
I recently found this item from Lo Bosworth from the Hills.  She has a new Youtube Channel and mentioned this balm in her videos.  Apparently it’s amazing and is used on movie and TV sets to get the actors’ lips nice and soft.  I was at CVS last week and they sold it, but it was at least a 5 or 6 oz. jar.  I put the 1oz jar on this list because it’s small enough to throw into your purse or makeup bag and keep your lips soft during this bitter winter months. 

7. H&M Sweatshirt | Color: Burgundy (sold out online) | $17.95
I know what you’re probably thinking, a sweatshirt in a stocking?!  YEAH!  Why not?!  I saw this sweatshirt online from H&M and was thrilled that the price was so low.  It’s perfect for lounging around on the weekends or running errands for the day.  The last time I checked, the Burgundy color was sold-out online, but they still have other great colors to pick from.  I’m also digging the black and blue solid color sweatshirts. 

8. Target Solid Knit Metallic Scarf | Color: Cream | $19.99
Does anyone else LOVE Target?  Every time I go into that store I come out with random items that I didn’t initially have on my shopping list.  This solid knit metallic scarf is great for all ages and it’s sure to keep you nice and toasty.  I personally love infinity scarfs because there’s nothing to think about – you throw it over your head and you’re out the door! 

 

Talk to Me

  • What are your favorites from this list?
  • What stocking stuffers are you buying this year?
  • What items are on your wishlist this year under $30?

A Week of Gratitude

Good morning!  If you’re in my area, you probably are freezing right now.  I do have to say that my J.Crew Camp Socks are definitely getting use today; which by the way is on sale for $14.50!  They are by far my favorite purchase in the past month or so and keep my toes warm on days like today.

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post.  Sometimes we can be so wrapped up in all of the negative things going on that we forget to be grateful for what we do have in our lives.  My friend Leslee created this thing called “A Week of Gratitude” which you can read about on her post today.  Basically, she put together a list of things to do every day next week in order to show gratitude.  Her post inspired me to make my own list of things for “A Week of Gratitude”. 

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Like Leslee, I’ll be posting my acts next week on Instagram with the hashtag #weekofgratitude.  So if you are interested, follow along and upload your own pics!

 

Talk to Me

  • Will you be taking part in A Week of Gratitude?
  • What’s one thing you like to do every holiday season to give back?
  • What are your Thanksgiving plans?
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