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Christmas Cards from Minted (1)

I have way too much fun planning out what I’m going to do for Christmas cards. I LOVE sending and receiving Christmas cards… there’s just something so personal and so traditional about it. In today’s day and age, we rarely send a note through the mail anymore… but sending a Christmas card is still this sliver of “old school” that I love and hope to hold onto for years.

Although, I will admit that the Christmas-card-picture-taking-process is NOT one that I’m a fan of… Just because trying to wrangle a husband who admittedly dislikes getting his “picture made,” a baby who is no longer a baby and does not want to sit still, and two dogs who are ready to chase any and all things they see… it’s not exactly a recipe for a great picture. And y’all know me… I LOVE PICTURES. But, we made it work. I took a picture of Lilly and my friend Kristin came over and snapped a picture of the five of us in our front yard. We made it work and it came out alright! :)Christmas Cards from Minted (2) Continue Reading →

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cognac leather jacket, loose comfy tee, booties | fall fashion (1)

Leather Jacket: Target | Boyfriend Jeans: Stitch Fix | Top: Madewell | Bag: Stitch Fix | Earrings: Nickel and Suede | Watch: Vierra Watches c/o (Use code “BEINGMOLLY” for 10% off) | Booties: DSW | Necklace: 9th and Elm c/o

Photography by Em Grey

Sometimes my most casual, easy-to-put-together outfits are my favorite. This has been one of those outfits that I’ve been wearing SO MUCH. When in doubt, throw on the boyfriend jeans, the loose t-shirt, the bright earrings, and the jacket and go. No fuss.

I feel like I’ve said it a bajillion (literally, haha!) times that it’s so important to not overthink your wardrobe or overthink your outfits. Just invest in a few key items here or there that you KNOW work well together… and then on those days when you just don’t “feel like it” – throw on the easy items… it helps so much!

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Six Tips for Getting Your Best Stitch Fix, Fix

Y’all know how much I LOVE Stitch Fix. I eagerly anticipate / wait / sit by the door each month when I know my fix is going to arrive. It’s like CHRISTMAS! But on months that don’t even contain actual Christmas! Haha! Just kidding. You know what I’m getting at. 

Anyway, SO many of you guys have commented / emailed / Tweeted / Facebooked / Instagrammed / carrier pigeoned me asking “How do you get such awesome fixes? I feel like my stylist doesn’t get me and I feel like I’m getting a lot of duds each month. What tips do you have for me to get a better Stitch Fix fix?!”

GREAT question! I’m hoping that in today’s post I’ll be able to give you a few tips and tricks to help you a little bit with knowing how to get your best fix ever!

Since I got the chance to go to the Stitch Fix headquarters back in September, I learned a lot about how to really get a great fix… Stitch Fix Review - My First Fix (What I Got & What I'm Keeping) (2)

What is Stitch Fix, anyway?

First, let me just say, that if you are new here OR you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, basically, in short, Stitch Fix is a box that you sign up to get (can be however often you want… it is NOT a subscription because you don’t HAVE to receive one every month and there is no contract or anything like that… I get one every month because I WANT to)… you pay a $20 styling fee, fill out a style profile (likes, dislikes, sizing information, etc.), and then a stylist picks out five items he / she thinks you would like and then they send those items to you in a box – this is your “fix.”

Once you receive the items, you try them on, you keep what you like, and you send back (in a pre-paid envelope) what you don’t like. The $20 styling fee that you paid at the beginning goes TOWARDS the cost of the items in your fix. If you keep all five items, you also get a 25% discount.

So, if you keep any items, the $20 is credited… if you don’t, you’re just out $20. That’s it.

Now, how do you get your “best” fix?

May Stitch Fix Review (1)

Here are Six Tips for Getting Your Best Fix…

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December Essential Rewards Young Living Essential Oils Order

As most of y’all know, I’ve been using essential oils for about eight or nine months now and I am absolutely in love with them. I am so so so passionate about them and I really, truly, honestly believe that these oils have changed the way I take care of myself and my family.

Back in July I joined “essential rewards,” which is basically a monthly rewards program where you get a percentage of what you spend each month BACK in the form of points which you can later redeem for free oils and free products. I’ve been LOVING it because I’ve been able to get what I need each month, try a few new things, and also get free stuff. And I love free stuff. Haha!!

ANYWAY, since I’ve been wanting to get back into doing videos again, I thought I’d share with y’all what I got in my December essential rewards order. Let’s just call it a big, oily haul!!

If you can’t see the video below, click here.

OH! And I’m hosting ANOTHER ONLINE Essential Oils 101 class… so if you missed the last one, you can check out the next one NEXT SUNDAY, December 21st at 8:30pm EST. Click here for details

Interested in ordering your premium starter kit with Young Living? You can do so here: http://bit.ly/MollyYLEO.

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how to wear denim on denim (1)

Denim Jacket: Old NavyLace Top: Anthropologie (similar) | Scarf: World MarketJeans: Stitch FixEarrings: Nickel and Suede c/oBag: TargetBooties: DSWWatch: Vierra Watches c/o (Use code “BEINGMOLLY” for 10% off!)

Photography by Em Grey

I’m “that” friend. I’m the goofy friend. I’m the silly friend. I’m the always-good-for-a-laugh friend. Always have been. Always will be. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love to laugh, I love to make others laugh (I mean, I used to be a comedian), and I love to lift the spirits of others. Yes, I can definitely be serious. Yes, I can definitely get angry and upset. But, I just choose to see the joy in things. I choose to laugh. I choose to be positive.

Being positive is a choice. Being negative is a choice. And while some people may disagree… I may just have to agree to disagree on that…

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J.Crew Factory striped leather sleeve tee, boyfriend jeans, TOMS booties, cobalt bag (1)

Boyfriend Jeans: Stitch Fix | Leather Sleeved Shirt: J.Crew Factory | Bag: Target | Shoes: TOMS Wedges | Necklace: Stitch Fix | Watch: Vierra Watches c/o (use code “BEINGMOLLY” for 10% off) | Bracelet: Stitch Fix

Photography by Em Grey

I know I’ve told you guys how I’m always looking for different things to give me inspiration for looks, outfits, and other various and sundry style ideas – especially when it comes to just regular ol’ everyday outfits. You know, like running errands, a lunch date, or just hanging out on the weekend. It’s easy to throw on jeans and a t-shirt, but I’m ALWAYS looking for a way to switch up the usual jeans and t-shirt look.

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Molly's Money | What "Money Language" Do You Speak?

If this is your first time here, Molly’s Money is a regular series I write on this blog that includes ALL things personal finance – debt management, budgeting, home buying, savings, investment, etc. I am NOT a financial advisor, but I am married to one! These are just things that I have learned over the years as I struggled with my own personal finances and ultimately, became debt free in 2012. Got a question about money that you want answered? Leave it in the comments below or email me!

My husband and I were reading our nightly devotional a few weeks ago and that night, the one we were reading was on the “four money languages.” Now wait a tick, before you click away, hear me out for a second… this was something I had NEVER heard of before, nor had I really ever even THOUGHT about before. I’d heard of the five love languages, but money languages was definitely not something that was even on my radar.

Well, the next day I kept thinking about what we’d read and it was a concept / idea that REALLY intrigued me. I mean, my husband is a financial planner and me, well, I just like talking about all things personal finance… my husband and I are similar in so many ways when it comes to how we view finances, yet we are also TOTALLY different. But, like, how can that be!? haha!

Molly's Money Series: Dealing with DebtAnd the more and more I thought about it, the more I thought how helpful identifying our own “money language” can be to change how we interact with our spouse, our significant other, our friends, our family, our boss, etc. when it comes to dealing with or talking about money.

While, yes, taking the time to identify your money language can be REALLY helpful in how you approach finances in a marriage, I honestly think it can be helpful for how we approach our finances in LIFE. Married or not.

So, with that being said, I thought I’d share the four money languages with y’all… but take a little spin on the “explanation” of each money language.

The Four Money Languages

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Easy Meal Planning with Meal Plans from Cooking Planit (4)

Switching Up My 'Same-Ol' Way' of Menu Planning with Cooking Planit #EatFreshChallenge (5)I’ve been planning meals a month at a time since May or June, and as much as I love my system of just writing out our weekly menu plan on a white board… I got stuck in a rut. I was making the same things over and over again and I just felt like I wasn’t really getting all that much diversity in what I was serving my family.

I was getting bored of our dinners… I’m sure Lilly and John were, too… even though they didn’t say so…

So, remember how a few months ago I told y’all how started using Cooking Planit to switch up my menu planning? And remember how I was reallllly looking for new ideas for what to make each week? Well, if you read my posts in October, you know that I fell in LURVE with Cooking Planit. And I have been using it ever since!! Continue Reading →

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Recent Favorites: Makeup, Fashion, Life, and Young Living Essential Oils

YES! I filmed and posted a video! I love doing videos… I just will totally admit and say how bad I am at being consistent with them. But, that’s something I’m trying to improve… my consistency! I don’t know that they’ll be a “weekly” thing or anything, but I’d definitely love to get in the habit of doing a few a month.

Are there any types of videos that you LOVE to see? Any types of videos that you would LIKE to see? I’d love for you to request them in the comments! I’d love to have a good list of ideas to work from… not that I don’t already have a ton! haha!

Anyway, my most recent video I’m sharing today is my “RECENT FAVORITES” – I’m not calling it December or November favorites, because, well… they’re just things I’ve been loving recently. Check it out below!

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December 2014 Stitch Fix Review | What I Got & What I Kept

I’m baaaaaaack for my 10th Stitch Fix review. Yes, I am still in love with Stitch Fix. Yes, I am still obsessed. It is SO MUCH FUN. My stylist was Kimberly again… I think she’s styled my last four or five fixes.

As usual, I share pictures of the items I got, sizing, pricing, and what I thought of it, etc. and whether or not I kept it. I take these pics in my backyard because I want to give you a “first impression” of each item as I try it on.

Uttam “Tobie Folklore Scarf Dress” – Size XL – $98

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Home Decor | Our Master Bedroom | DIY Barn Door Headboard, Yellow and Gray Chevron and Ikat bedding and pillow

So, I realized the other day that it has been MONTHS since I shared a “home decor” update on our house. Not that I think you guys were biting your nails or losing sleep over the fact that I hadn’t shared any other rooms with y’all… but… you get what I’m saying. As I mentioned in the post when I shared our living room, decorating our new house is certainly a process. We’re doing everything on a majorly tight budget, so I have resigned myself to the fact that the rooms just aren’t going to be 100% done and the way I like them for a while. But hey, that’s actually half the fun. Decorating is a process.

As I have also stated before, I am no professional and there are people who have WAY prettier “Pinterest-worthy” rooms to share… but I do love decorating and getting inspired and seeing how other people have decorated their homes. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d share our next closest-to-complete room… our master bedroom! I wanted to wait till it was DONE before I showed you guys and shared it on the blog, but honestly… it may be quite some time before it’s really DONE. Therefore I’ll share it now!

We still have a few things that we need to do… and I also would LOVE y’all’s input and advice on something… I’ll prompt you near the end of this post!! So if you have a knack for decorating… I’d LOVEEEEE some advice!!

Here’s what’s left to do in the master bedroom:

  • Paint – while I love the neutral color that’s on all the walls in the house, I will admit that I LOVE color. I’d REALLY love to paint the wall behind the bed a really fun color and do a bright accent wall. What do you guys think? If you were me, what color would you paint the wall? Or would you just leave it?
  • Get me a new nightstand – My side of the bed is the left side (if you’re facing the bed), and that white wicker set of drawers is SO old, broken, faded, chipped, and doesn’t match anything else in the room. I desperately need a new nightstand, but I haven’t found one that I like or “goes” with the rest of the room. It doesn’t need to be matchy matchy, but I want it to at least coordinate. Any suggestions?
  • Finish the wall across from the bed – You’ll see what I mean when you see the photo of that part of the room at the end of the post… the wall across from our bed is so bare. And it’s what we look at anytime we’re in bed. I’d like that wall to really POP. So, suggestions are totally welcome!
  • Get a bench / settee / ottoman for the end of the bed – I’ve been on the hunt for a bench or something or some extra seating to put in the room. I just haven’t found anything I LOVE yet.
  • Upgrade the rest of our furniture – This is down the road, but John’s nightstand, dresser, and our chest of drawers are furniture that John’s parents have had for years. They’re great pieces of furniture and in great condition, but they are older and we’d eventually like to get furniture that’s OURS that we picked out… you know what I mean? Again, way down the road, but it is on our list.

Okay, enough rambling… let’s get to looking at the room!

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Molly's Money | 5 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Gifts

If this is your first time here, Molly’s Money is a regular series I write on this blog that includes ALL things personal finance – debt management, budgeting, home buying, savings, investment, etc. I am NOT a financial advisor, but I am married to one! These are just things that I have learned over the years as I struggled with my own personal finances and ultimately, became debt free in 2012. Got a question about money that you want answered? Leave it in the comments below or email me!

I shared with y’all last month that I’m now a personal finance contributor to the PTPA guide! And I’m so excited to share another article with y’all… this time it’s a money piece on SAVING money on gifts this holiday season! Below is an excerpt from it and you can click through to read the whole thing! :)

Families everywhere are always looking to find ways to cut back on expenses during this time of year, especially when it comes to gift giving. Other than hand making or DIYing a gift, there are plenty of ways you can cut expenses without cutting the experience and joy of the holidays. Here are five simple ways to save money on gifts during the holidays.

To read the full article on 5 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Gifts, head over to the PTPA Holiday Guide and flip to page 7!

 

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