It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Christmas is my second favorite holiday, Halloween is my first! There is just something magical and cozy about the holiday. I love to decorate our home and make it look festive.

My style has changed over the years from using whatever was cheap it hand-me-downs, to rose gold/whites and a whole lot of flocking.

I’m obsessed with my flocked Christmas trees. They are perfect and fake and I will never, ever get a real tree again. As beautiful and fluffy as real trees are, they are a freakin mess! My husband and I are still finding pine needles from the huge tree we got last year!

This won’t be the most exciting blog post but I wanted to share some of our decorations.

I’ll do my best to find links to everything or at least mention what store they’re from.

Most pictures are directly linked to my Instagram!

Thanks for stopping by and reading this short post!

See you soon,

Kristina

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Den to Nursery

Den to Nursery

When we moved into our condo in April, 2017, I was SO excited to have a den that I could put my desk in. Not a desk to do work at, a makeup desk! Oh my collection was insane. I had every palette, every lipstick, every new makeup product imaginable! It was my hobby, my passion. Here’s a picture of it set up.

Fast forward to January 2018, WE’RE PREGNANT! I knew deep down that I would have to make my beloved “makeup room” into our baby’s nursery. I wanted to wait until I knew if we were having a girl or boy to start decorating. In the meantime, I was on pinterest day and night getting ideas.

We bought the crib from ikea. It’s nice because it has 2 levels for baby and then changes to a toddler bed when she’s ready. We didn’t want to spend a ton on a changing table that wouldn’t grow with her as she got older, so we also bought her dresser from ikea and put the changing pad on top of it.

If you read my post about my dining room makeover, I stained the table we got from Ikea the same color as Mackenzie’s dresser.

After staining it, I wasn’t sure if I wanted matte black drawer pulls or long brass handles. I ended up with the handles. I saw them on pinterest and that person used them from etsy. They ran her about $200+ for 6 handles. I found them way cheaper on amazon!

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They are so well made and give the dresser the exact look I was going for.

After the furniture was put together, it was time to decorate the wall. I found beautiful 3D flowers at Hobby Lobby, along with her Initials. It makes this small room so cozy and girly.

I’m not sure how long we will be living in this condo or if Mackenzie will ever even sleep in her room because our bedroom is on the opposite side of the condo. But the decor will definitely follow us to our new home, wherever that may be.

I’ll add a few other pictures of DIY things I made that I may do a quick post about in the future.

Thanks for reading!

See you soon,

Kristina

Side Hustle

Side Hustle

I was supposed to go back to work on November 26th. I really, really, REALLY didn’t want to. I wanted to stay home with my daughter and my dog. I wanted to be the one to raise my baby. Teach her new things. Watch her grow. I just feel like I’m going to miss out on all of the small and BIG milestones. As I said in my previous blog post. And GUESS WHAT!?

I get to stay home with my baby, thanks to my incredible husband! 


One of my biggest obstacles right now is my credit card debt. I probably have every store card imaginable. It’s just too easy to sign up for them. They offer you discounts or a percentage off. I’d like to think I’m a good bargain shopper though. I like to spend but I like to save too, if that makes sense lol.


Real talk right now, I’m in $12,000 of credit card debt right now. I’m trying to figure out a side hustle that works for me and my new life as a mom. My time is spread thin these days and some days I don’t even have time to take a shower. So figuring out something that works is challenging at the moment.


One thing I love right now are the apps that give you cash back for just adding your debit/credit card, give you bonuses for referring friends and some of them you can trade points in for gift cards.


Here are some apps I’m loving right now! Full disclosure, I’m not being sponsored but I may get a bonus if you sign up using my links!

1. Ebates –

  1. Shop: First, start an Ebates Shopping Trip. To do this, simply be sure to click on any Ebates link to the store you’ll shop with before you make a purchase.
  2. Validate: When you click an Ebates link, you’ll see a pop-up confirmation letting you know you’re ready to shop and earn Cash Back at that store.
  3. Purchase: Complete your purchase as you normally would. This will also complete your Shopping Trip.

That’s all you have to do.

Once the store lets us know that you’ve made a purchase, we add your Cash Back to your account and send you an email confirmation. It usually takes a little time for the store to let us know that your purchase was completed. Depending on the store, this can take from a few hours to several days. Then, every three months, we send you the Cash Back you’ve earned, in a Big Fat Check or via PayPal.

 

2. Drop –

  • Link your debit and credit cards

Whenever you spend with any of your linked cards, we automatically give you points.

  • Shop at your favorite places

Rack up points for going grocery shopping, taking an Uber to work, grabbing a snack, and more.

  •  Get cash rewards

Redeem your Drop points for gift cards when and where you want.

3. Dosh – 

Securely link your credit and debit cards. Whenever you pay with your linked cards, Dosh gets you cash back.

4. HelloFresh – 

Now with this, you won’t get cash back BUT you will get $40 off of your first order! I absolutely despise cooking. Even more so after having my daughter. Who has time to make dinner? Who has time to think of different things to eat every night? HelloFresh makes it easy. Almost too easy. My husband and I are set up to get 3 meals a week. Every time I make one, he raves about it until the next day. I feel like a gourmet chef. I really can’t say enough good things about it. Sign up and see for yourself!

To date…with Ebates I’ve gotten back $867 since I signed up, I’ve traded in over 25,000 points for $25 worth of starbucks gift cards on Drop, and I just signed up with Dosh. Plus, I’ve had 9 delicious meals from HelloFresh.

So far these are the things helping me earn money. What’s your side hustle? Leave a comment below!

See you soon,

Kristina