Amazon Roundup: Holiday Gifts Under $30

“‘Tis the season to … scramble around at the last minute to find the perfect gift.” That’s not how the lyric goes, but I know I’ve had my own fair share of close calls when trying to go holiday gift shopping. Luckily, this year, I decided to start early, and I’ve included a few of my fun and most favorite Amazon finds here for you that are all under $30 and will definitely make a splash at your upcoming holiday bash …

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A simple guide to NYX Cosmetics

A Simple Guide

It’s no secret that I love playing around with makeup. It’s a super fun and creative way to make yourself feel like a million bucks, and I love going on the hunt for the perfect product to match my skin and style. What I don’t like about cosmetics: The cost. It’s serious $$ to buy cosmetics these days! But when I came across NYX products, I felt like I came upon the holy grail of cosmetics. Cost efficient and high-quality, NYX is the only line I stick to now. But I’m surprised it isn’t more well-known. Check out my go-to NYX products and ditch the Sephora prices (your wallet will thank you).

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Halloween Costumes: Trend Watch

#1 Halloween costumes, 2013 - 2017 (2)

Every year, Halloween gives adults and children alike an opportunity to unleash their creativity, have fun, and delight in all things spooky, creepy and frightening.

I have a personal preference to be something unique each year – usually, I DIY my costumes to fit my preferences and try to go all out (I have tons of fun putting a costume together each year. This year, I was a unicorn). To ensure that I keep my idea fresh, I always check out Google’s Frightgeist, which polls Google costume searches across the U.S. into a numerical ranking. Ever since the tool was created, the costume game was elevated … and hasn’t been the same since.

To celebrate both the Halloween holiday and this frankly ingenious online tool, here are the #1 costumes from the last five years… according to the Interwebs.

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A Weekend in Vermont


Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the feeling of the cool air, cable-knit cozy sweaters, and especially colorful leaves.

So last year, I decided to take a weekend away to enjoy my favorite holiday … and what better place to spend it than in Vermont – where autumn rules the landscape?

I was surprised what I was able to fit into 4 days, so I’ve decided to share my experiences, so you can be inspired to plan your own fall getaway …

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A New England Fall Favorite: Hornstra Farms

I can’t believe that fall is in the air … already. Just a few weeks ago we were enjoying 80+ degree days, beach lounging and cookouts. Now, the kiddies are heading back to school, the leaves are changing (at least, in Massachusetts they are), and the stores are stocking Halloween candy (a tad early if you ask me)…

I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to completely relinquish all of my summer activities just yet.

If this sounds like you, then I would love to tell you about Hornstra Farms – if you didn’t already visit, that is. I usually continue to visit the farm in Norwell, MA up until the Dairy Bar closes for the season. It’s fun, family-friendly, beautiful and, above all, delicious to take a trip to Hornstra!

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24 Hours in Washington DC

I’ve walked the streets of London, climbed the Eiffel Tower, and tried Belgian chocolate from the shops of Bruges, but I never visited the capital of the United States – Washington D.C. – until now.

The opportunity for a quick visit arose when we decided to road trip it down to Virginia to see my sister graduate from A.I.T army training, and I was determined to see D.C. while the chance was within reach.

But I learned a lot about the capital city that I didn’t know before. Basically, you have to see it to understand just how huge and overwhelming it is. But I loved it.

We were short on time, but here’s what I saw in the two days I visited Washington D.C., and what you should consider seeing on your trip there, too.

The view from The Washington Monument on the National Mall

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