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5 Cheap Winter Date Ideas

Winter is the best season for fun, creative date nights.  There are so many different things you can do to get in the holiday spirit with your boyfriend or girlfriend……

Winter is the best season for fun, creative date nights.  There are so many different things you can do to get in the holiday spirit with your boyfriend or girlfriend… while saving money at the same time!  I came up with a few different date ideas that are inexpensive yet a good time for you and your crush!

  • Have a hot cocoa date. Go to your nearest grocery store and pick out different flavors of hot chocolate.  Make a variety of hot cocoa, make some cookies, and curl up on the couch!  Maybe even put on your favorite Christmas movie. 🙂
  • Do a surprise gift exchange at the mall. Set a budget and a time limit and have some fun!  Go back home and exchange your gifts with each other.  It’s not too expensive, but you still get to give and receive a gift!
  • Decorate your Christmas tree together. What’s a better way to get in the Christmas spirit than decking the halls!  Invite your boyfriend over, turn on some Christmas tunes, and set up some decorations!
  • Build a fort. Okay, this might sound super cheesy but it’s actually so fun… and not to mention, free!  Make some popcorn, pick out a movie, and chill out.  Why not channel your inner kid again?
  • Go on a horse drawn carriage ride. These are so fun and the perfect winter date!  If you live near a big city, bundle up and go for a ride.  It’s not too expensive and you get to enjoy the view of the city, too!

Which date idea are you going to try out?  Tell me in the comments below! 🙂

Love, Chels

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3 Unique Ways to Spend Mother’s Day

I feel like Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me so fast!  Coming up with the perfect gift and day to plan out isn’t…

I feel like Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that always sneaks up on me so fast!  Coming up with the perfect gift and day to plan out isn’t easy, but I always get it done in time to surprise my mom with a great day.  I wanted to think out of the box this year, so I came up with a few unique ways to spend Mother’s Day!

  • Buy supplies at the store and plant some flowers together!Chelsea Crockett - DIY Flower Pots  You can even buy pots to decorate with paints, stencils, and other things to customize them.  You and your mom can go to the store together and pick out which seeds you want to plant, too.  Make sure you remember to give it lots of water and sunlight!
  • Take a “staycation.”  This is when you go to a nearby big city (or the city you live in if you’re not close to a bigger one) and create a whole day filled with plans that you and your mom can do together!  This could be anything from going to eat somewhere you’ve always wanted to and exploring different spots around town.  Living near St. Louis, it’s always fun to plan a relaxing day around the city!
  • Now this idea is a little outside the box but perfect for a bigger group of people.  Something called Escape the Room is so, so fun for a group of about 10 or so people.  Grab your mom, aunt, grandma, etc. and work together to make it out in time!  They’re getting more and more popular so look for one in your city! 

What are you doing this year for Mother’s Day?  Let me know below!

XO – Chelsea

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Perfect LUSH Mother’s Day Gift!

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to show your mom how much she truly means to you.  Although we should thank her for all she does for us every day,…

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to show your mom how much she truly means to you.  Although we should thank her for all she does for us every day, Mother’s Day is a great excuse to go above and beyond and get her something special!  LUSH Cosmetics has the ideal Mother’s Day gift collection that you can choose from!

  • A Yellow or Pink “MOM” Bath Bomb ($7.95). Chelsea Crockett - LUSH Bath Bomb This is my favorite product from the Mother’s Day collection.  It’s the most appropriate for the occasion! 🙂 And your mom will love a fizzling bath bomb!
  • “Your Mother Should Know” Bubble Bar ($12.95).  Instead of a bath bomb, this bubble bar creates a bath full of grapefruit and rosewood scented bubbles!  And unlike a bath bomb, you can get a few uses out of it if you use it wisely. 
  • “Ups-A-Daisy” Bath Bomb ($7.95).  This bath bomb is in the shape of a flower and creates bright, technicolor swirls throughout your bath.  It has scents of orange and rosewood to give you a relaxing, spring aroma.
  • “Yummy Mummy” Shower Cream ($9.95-$29.95).  Depending on the size of the bottle, this shower cream can range anywhere between about $10 to $30.  It leaves your skin feeling smooth and smelling sweet!
  • “Happy Mother’s Day” Gift Basket ($87.95).  If you want to go above and beyond, you can purchase a full gift basket filled with a variety of different Mother’s Day products.  It may be pricey, but you definitely get your money’s worth!

What are you going to put in your mom’s basket this year?  Share with me below and I might do the same! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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Top 5 Things to Put on Your 2016 Christmas Wish List

I know I’m not the only one who all of a sudden forgets what I want to put on my wish list when Christmas time rolls around!  I always wait…

I know I’m not the only one who all of a sudden forgets what I want to put on my wish list when Christmas time rolls around!  I always wait last minute to throw one together and end up forgetting what I actually want to add!  If you need a little help brainstorming what to add to your list this year (like I did), here are a few things that should be at the top!

  • Lipstick Vaults.  These are extremely in this year!  So many different brands and stores are coming out with full sets of lipstick compiled into one huge vault.  For example, NYX Cosmetics offers their own Liquid Lipstick Vault with so many different shades and colors.  Check them out!Chelsea Crockett - LED Phone Case
  • LED Selfie Phone Cases.  If you think I’m lying, see for yourself!  You can purchase selfie phone cases that have lights around the border to give your pics the perfect lighting!
  • Fitbits.  Fitbits are a great way to track your progress if you like to work out.  And if you don’t, then you could use one to get more active and set fitness goals!
  • A New Journal or Bible.  Recently, I’ve been super into journaling.  I love writing down things that come to me throughout the day or simply things that happen that I want to remember!
  • This may be a little out of the box, but a Keurig coffee maker or smoothie blender is super useful and enjoyable, especially for college students.  If you live in a dorm, getting a quick coffee maker or blender will make your mornings 10x better.  Trust me!

What are your top presents you’re asking for this year?  Let me know :)!

XOXO – Chels

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Last-Minute DIY Christmas Gifts

Most of us don’t like to admit it, but the majority of us are professional procrastinators.  Whether it be homework, chores, or a lot of other things, I always push…

Most of us don’t like to admit it, but the majority of us are professional procrastinators.  Whether it be homework, chores, or a lot of other things, I always push dreadful tasks off until I’m forced to do them!  As far as Christmas shopping goes, I can be the same way.  I came up with a few last-minute DIY Christmas gifts that may come in handy!

  • I always use crafty picture DIYs to my advantage. Chelsea Crockett - DIY Choker There are so many different things you can come up with or even take from Pinterest!  Whether it be decorating a picture frame or making a picture wall art, if you’re crafty you should definitely give it a try! 
  • Put together a gift card wallet.  You could either buy a pricier wallet and fill it with a few $5 gift cards to their favorite places or buy a cheaper wallet and fill it with $10 or $15 gift cards!
  • FOOD!  Who said you can’t give food as a gift?  You may want to pair it with a little something, but baking up a holiday treat or two or even buying something from a cute cupcake shop would be totally fine in my book :)!
  • DIY jewelry may sound hard to make, but it’s actually pretty simple!  There are tons of different ways to make homemade chokers, bracelets, etc. like the ones on the right!
  • If the person you’re gift shopping for is a makeup fan, put together a small makeup bag filled with different drugstore products!  Pick their favs that you know they’ll love!

If you’re making your own DIY gift this year, share it with me in the comments below!

Love, Chels

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Gift Buying for Your Boyfriend

Especially around the holiday season, everyone wants that special person to spend Christmas time with!  If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend this year, then you’ll most likely be buying…

Especially around the holiday season, everyone wants that special person to spend Christmas time with!  If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend this year, then you’ll most likely be buying each other Christmas presents.  There are certain things to consider when picking out that perfect gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend to make sure this year is the best Christmas yet!

  • DO get him something meaningful.  Chelsea Crockett - Christmas PresentsPut some thought into it!  Boys like meaningful gifts too whether they admit it or not.
  • DON’T just give him money or a gift card.  Like I said, put some thought into it!  Although money and gift cards are nice, he’ll probably be getting some from relatives anyways. 
  • DO ask his friends and family for advice.  Nothing’s wrong with asking for a little help!  They might know about what he likes or what size he wears more than you do, so shoot them a text and ask!
  • DO ask each other for a budget.  I don’t mean you have to have an exact spending amount set, but at least try to get an idea of how much to spend.
  • DON’T overthink it.  Boys will usually be happy with whatever you get them as long as you know what they like and don’t like.  Don’t stress about it! 

I hope you’re all getting into the Christmas spirit!

Love, Chels

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DIY Gifts for You & Your Best Friends

There’s so many times that I want to simply show how much I love and appreciate my best friends for all they’ve done for me.  Especially at this point in…

There’s so many times that I want to simply show how much I love and appreciate my best friends for all they’ve done for me.  Especially at this point in my life, all my friends and I are going our separate ways for college.  If you’re in the same boat, or simply want to do something special for your BFFs, here are a few DIY gifts you can surprise them with!

  • Friendship bracelets are not overrated!  They might be the basic BFF gift but you can put your own spin on it! Chelsea Crockett - Gift Basket Depending on where you live, there are tons of places and stores that can engrave whatever you want onto a bracelet or necklace.  Maybe add your initials or you can your friend’s favorite Bible verse!
  • For this DIY, you’ll need to develop your favorite picture of you and your best friend.  You’ll need to buy a matted frame that you can write on from a craft store like Hobby Lobby.  Think of quotes or sayings that you and your friend like and write them all over the frame with a Sharpie!
  • Each of my best friends and I have certain foods or specific places we like to go, and of course lots of inside jokes.  Buy a cute basket and fill it with your guys’ favorite snacks, gift cards to your favorite places, or any funny things that remind you of her!  I also suggest getting a card to write a heartfelt message whatever the occasion may be!

I hope your BFF enjoys whatever wonderful DIY you decide to create! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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My Ritz Carlton Experience

  Recently, I was treated to a weekend at the Ritz Carlton hotel in St. Louis.  I had always heard of how amazing and over-the-top hospitable this chain of hotels…

 

Recently, I was treated to a weekend at the Ritz Carlton hotel in St. Louis.  I had always heard of how amazing and over-the-top hospitable this chain of hotels was, but I never truly knew how great they were until I experienced it firsthand!  If you follow me on social media, then I’m sure you’ve already seen most of the treats and gifts the Ritz provided me with.  Here’s a little recap of my weekend and all of the amazing things they did for me!

When I arrived, I was overwhelmed with all the love and kindness from the Ritz staff and hotel.  The treats and desserts they made for me were to die for!  First, they surprised me with a cake that was modelled after my car!  Then they prChelsea Crockett - Ritz Carlton Giftsovided me a tray with chocolate covered strawberries, cupcakes, and lipstick shaped treats!  How cute is that?  Not only did they surprise me with food and treats but some products and clothing as well!  They even set up a display of a bunch of pictures from my YouTube and Instagram!

When we checked in, we were given two club level suites with free food all day.  I felt absolutely pampered the whole time.  Everyone at the hotel continued to go above and beyond my expectations and I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!

XOXO, Chels

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Graduation Party 101: Gifts & Outfits

It’s not only the start of summer and the end of the school year but the beginning of many, many graduation parties! Especially if you’re a senior, like me, you’ll…

It’s not only the start of summer and the end of the school year but the beginning of many, many graduation parties! Especially if you’re a senior, like me, you’ll have dozens of parties to attend! If you’ve never been to one, it’s hard to know what to wear and what type of present you should bring. Here’s my take on it :)!

If you’re attending the party with your parents, most of the time your gift will be from your whole family. If you’re in this boat, your Chelsea Crockett - DIY Dorm Decorparents will usually give the graduate a card with money or a gift card. Most of the time, it’s your closer friends’ parties that you’re going to, so you should have an idea of what they like or don’t like. If you know their plans for college, you can make or buy a gift that could go in their dorm room! There are plenty of DIYs that are perfect for dorm décor. If you’re not on the crafty side, buy something that they can take to college with them or simply something that they’ll enjoy for their next chapter in life!

As far as outfits go, you don’t need to be over-the-top dressy, but you do need to look nice. I suggest a casual dress or jeans with a nice shirt. As for shoes, sandals or a small wedge are perfect!

I hope that’s helpful! – Chelsea

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Father’s Day 2016: DIY Gift Ideas

Nothing’s better than homemade gift for your dad on Father’s Day. Not only is it meaningful but inexpensive, too (which at our age, saving money is a priority!). Pinterest is…

Nothing’s better than homemade gift for your dad on Father’s Day. Not only is it meaningful but inexpensive, too (which at our age, saving money is a priority!). Pinterest is the perfect place to find all things DIY. Here are a few DIY gifts that are creative, simple, and perfect for any dad!

  • First off, you’ll need a card. Create your own DIY Father’s Day card! This may seem basic or overrated, but whatever your gift is will need a card to go with it. A homemade card is always meaningful and shows you took the time to make it. You can even add inside jokes or funny puns to add some humor to it!Chelsea Crockett - BBQ Basket DIY
  • If your dad loves to grill, then this DIY is perfect for you. Create a BBQ basket with everything he needs to host a BBQ! Buy an array of sauces, such as steak sauce, BBQ sauce, ketchup, etc., and place them in the basket. Then, purchase some grilling tools that he can put to use and add those to the basket. If you want to go the extra mile, buy him a gift card to somewhere where he can buy steaks, burgers, etc. for when he wants to grill!
  • The way to a man’s heart is always food. There are endless recipes online that allow you to get creative when baking your dad something! Maybe a cupcake that looks like a basketball? Or maybe cookies decked out with your dad’s favorite sport’s team!

What are you getting (or making!) your dad for Father’s Day? Share with me below!

Love, Chelsea  

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5 Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Before opening our presents on Christmas morning, my family checks our stockings for any little gifts my parents stuff them with. Since I love makeup, I usually know what I’m…

Before opening our presents on Christmas morning, my family checks our stockings for any little gifts my parents stuff them with. Since I love makeup, I usually know what I’m going to find tucked into my stocking. These are some of my fave to find on Christmas morning, and maybe you could give your parents an idea too!

  • An Eyelash Curler. These things are a beauty necessity for your makeup bag. They’re also inexpensive and the perfect size to fit in your stocking! Another perk is how much longer your lashes will look :).
  • Any lip product. Lipsticks, chap sticks, glosses, etc. are the ultimate stocking stuffers. If you’re wondering what colors are perfect shades for winter, I suggest any dark reds or pinks. Maroon is my go-to lip color for the holidays!Chelsea Crockett - Stocking Stuffers
  • A Blending Sponge. If you use concealer or liquid foundation, a beauty sponge is a must-have. These can be found almost anywhere from Target to Forever 21. They’re super cheap but most of the time have great quality.
  • Makeup wipes. These might not be what you want but they’re definitely what every girl needs! There are too many nights where these save me from falling asleep with my makeup on. If you want a suggestion on which brand, Neutrogena is my go-to!
  • Nail polish. A girl can never have too much nail polish, am I right? Some of my favorite holiday shades are maroon, black, and gray. You can some at Target for an awesome price. You could even buy two or three!

Let me know what you get in your stockings this year!

XOXO – Chels

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LUSH Cosmetics Gift Sets

LUSH Cosmetics sells some of my all-time favorite bath and body products. They are heavenly! From bath bombs to hand scrubs, I love, love, love them all! During the holidays,…

LUSH Cosmetics sells some of my all-time favorite bath and body products. They are heavenly! From bath bombs to hand scrubs, I love, love, love them all! During the holidays, they feature several gift sets filled with a variety of different products. Here’s a little insight on why they should be at the top of your wish lists!

If you go to the Lush display at your local mall, you’ll see how adorable and seasonal their gift sets are! They provide minimal packaging but their look is extremely festive. The sets include different bath bombs and other LUSH bath products.  Chelsea Crockett - LUSH CosmeticsThese bath bombs are loaded with essential oils, sparkle, color, and fizz! They turn your bath different colors and release calming scents while you relax and enjoy the aroma.

LUSH Cosmetics uses ingredients like honey, eggs, and yogurt with divine perfumes. The products are also earth friendly. They travel the world to find suppliers and trace the ingredients from plant until harvest. The creams, bubble bars, and shower gels come in all different scents. Be sure to try The Twelve Days of Christmas, Joy to the World, or Festive Friends. There’s so many to choose from! Perfect for stocking stuffers, am I right?

Love, Chelsea

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DIY Christmas Gifts in a Jar

DIY gifts are my favorite to both give AND receive! Handmade gifts just mean so much more than store bought ones. They show how much you care because you took…

DIY gifts are my favorite to both give AND receive! Handmade gifts just mean so much more than store bought ones. They show how much you care because you took the time to make it yourself with them in mind! Here are 5 are my favorite DIY handmade gifts this Christmas season.

  1. Brownie mix in a jar: Who doesn’t love brownies?! This gift is easy to make, looks pretty in a jar, and is deeee-licious! HERE is how to make your own!jar 4
  1. Cinnamon Sugar popcorn: Give the gift of a yummy movie night snack by giving cinnamon sugar popcorn kernels! Put them in a pretty jar with a cute label to top the gift off. HERE is how to make this yummy gift!
  1. Cinnamon vanilla sugar scrub: Sugar scrubs are always a great winter time gift. They help scrub all of that pesky dry skin off of you, plus they make you smell awesome and make your skin silky smooth! Your gal pals will love this jar or good smelling wonderfulness. HERE is how to make it!
  1. Energy in a jar: Know someone who is always on the go? Give them the gift of energy! HERE is how.
  1. Manicure in a jar: What girl doesn’t love getting beauty supplies? Give your gal pals the gift of a manicure in a jar! HERE is how to do it.

Merry Christmas!

XOXO, Chels

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Operation Christmas Child

Around the holidays, tons of charities and organizations do a lot to help the community. Sometimes it’s as simple as preparing a meal for a family or providing a Christmas…

Around the holidays, tons of charities and organizations do a lot to help the community. Sometimes it’s as simple as preparing a meal for a family or providing a Christmas for kids that aren’t fortunate enough to have one. Chelsea Crockett - Operation Christmas ChildOne charity that I wanted to bring attention to is Operation Christmas Child. I thought I’d tell you a little about what it is and what you can do!

Churches nationwide participate in this charity every year. To briefly describe what it is, the organization takes shoeboxes filled with toys and God’s Word and sends them to kids around the world such as in Africa and South America. There are a few drop off locations around the country if you want to make your own box! If these locations aren’t near you, several churches also take them and send them to the drop off locations for you! If you don’t even want to do that, you can simply pay to make one online.

The impact of these gifts are much bigger than you think. Hundreds of kids across the globe are being introduced to Jesus through these simple shoeboxes. You can watch several different stories online and listen to how lives were changed worldwide. I highly suggest you check it out!

Merry Christmas! – Chelsea

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

February 14th, the day all the perfect couples and secret admirers look forward to. Maybe your boyfriend is planning a dinner date for the two of you. Or maybe you’re…

February 14th, the day all the perfect couples and secret admirers look forward to. Maybe your boyfriend is planning a dinner date for the two of you. Or maybe you’re planning a girl’s night in with chick flicks and all your BFFs! Finding a V-day present for your crush or simply someone you love can be tricky! Here are a few suggestions.

  • For the food lover. Food is the key to almost anyone’s heart (mine especially!) and since chocolate is the biggest treat of the holiday, have some fun with it! One of my favorite ideas is chocolate covered pretzels. Dip some pretzel sticks into milk, white, and/or dark chocolate and decorate them with pink and red sprinkles! Another mouth-watering idea is chocolate covered strawberries. These are delicious and not entirely unhealthy :)!Chelsea Crockett - Personalized Guitar Picks
  • For the artistic. DIY or homemade presents are always a little more heartfelt then the average gift. If you have a creative side, why not show it to the one you love by thinking outside of the box? One idea I saw on Pinterest was personalized guitar picks. Maybe your crush is into music? This is just one of the many ideas that show you put some thought into his gift.
  • For the sport lover. If your boy is into sports, purchase some game tickets or his favorite team’s jersey. He’ll love that you put some interest into something he likes!
  • For the adventurous. Instead of getting him an actual gift or present, plan a fun day for the two of you. Maybe go to the zoo, hiking, or on a bike ride and end your night with dinner and a movie, your treat!

Good luck! – Chels

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Unique Christmas Goodies

Nothings better than walking into the kitchen and smelling fresh pies, cookies, and everything sweet!  It’s the ultimate sign that Christmas is right around the corner.  While cookies are good…

Nothings better than walking into the kitchen and smelling fresh pies, cookies, and everything sweet!  It’s the ultimate sign that Christmas is right around the corner.  While cookies are good and all, there are a variety of fun Christmas goodies you can whip up with your friends and family to give away as a unique gift or enjoy yourself.  Check out a few of my favorite Christmas goodies!Chelsea Crockett- caramel hot chocolate fudge

Fudge and bark are two of my favorite chocolaty treats!  Fudge is typically a lot sweeter, while bark is more like a chocolate bar with candies added.  One of my favorite holiday barks is peppermint bark with white chocolate and candy canes.  A wonderful Christmas fudge is caramel hot chocolate fudge.  It’s just like the drink!

If you love salty and sweet combined, try pretzel M&M hugs (cute, right?).  All you need is a bag of square pretzels, Hersey kisses, and the Christmas red and green M&M’s.  Place a kiss on top of each pretzel, set them in the oven at 200 degrees for 4 minutes, and then top each kiss with an M&M.  Slide the cookie sheet in the fridge to cool and you’re ready to dig in!  It’s as simple as that!

Try looking up the recipes to my favorite goodies and making them yourself!  You’ll be the family favorite!

Merry Christmas!

Chelsea

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