Our Favorite Holiday Tradition- A Cozy & Rustic Hot Cocoa Station

Hey besties! I haven't been feeling all that great the past few days, we came home from Florida and it was like a shock to my system with it being so cold and I ended up catching a cold. I've been pretty darn lazy, honestly. Good thing I had the bulk of our Christmas decorating done by mid November, and you all thought I was crazy, huh? Okay, well maybe I still am- a little. But we're not here to talk about that today. Ha!

Although I've been on the lazier side this week, I did put together our Hot Cocoa Bar/Station, call it whatever suits your fancy, for the season and I totally love it. We've been doing a Hot Cocoa set-up here for a few years & it always gets TONS of use. Especially in the Winter months and on snow days. 

It's sort of a tradition now, and even my super "I'm too cool for everything" 14 year old seems to think so. 

Our buffet is one of those spaces that gets decked out for EVERY Holiday & season, and it's so fun to have a neutral space to decorate for the Holidays. Nick jokes that he wouldn't know what season it was if I didn't have this space decked out for whatever season we're in. Obviously, I respond with a quick eye roll, but he's sort of right. When the seasons change, so does this space. For that reason, I feel like everyone needs a cute buffet or table to decorate as the seasons change. It's a great spot for "trendy" decor too, and can spice up the room and cure the decorating itch even when you don't feel like changing up any of your other spaces. 

This year's hot cocoa bar set up is super similar to the rustic display I had going last year. 

I used some vintage copper mugs I picked up last year at a local antique shop but I did find similar ones here and a budget friendly option here if you've been searching for the perfect copper mugs!


That's because this year I really wanted to avoid buying tons of new things if I didn't really HAVE to. I did switch up the banners, the sign from (Harper Grayce Signs) and added some fun & festive garland which can be found here, to the top of our old vintage window mirror. Sometimes the little things can make the biggest difference.  I've always been into the whole "ski lodge" Christmas thing because this time of year I'm dreaming about cozy winter cabins snuggled up by a fire surrounded by lots of deer heads & cozy plaid things. Although I went super neutral in our living room this year (which I'll be sharing with you soon!) It's nice to have one space in our house that still screams, COZY CABIN SKI LODGE. Or I mean, at least it does to me. HA!


So, what do ya'll think of this years hot cocoa station? Do any of you put together a Hot Cocoa station for the season, Holiday? It' is by far one of my favorite "Traditions" I'll be sharing a few of our other favorite traditions on the blog next week! 

You can shop some of the goodies in this post to create your own festive hot cocoa station by scrolling below!



Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, it means so much to me that you stop by and hang out. So thankful for all of you! Don't forget to come say Hi over on Instagram!
XOXO



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The BEST Cyber Monday Deals on the Internet!

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Hey besties! How was your weekend? I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving with your friends and family and I hope you were able to snag some of the amazing deals that went on this weekend. I have so much to share with you and I CAN'T WAIT. I'm so excited that now it's officially "acceptable" for me to talk about Christmas. I just love the Holiday season so much! And while it's definitely not about gifts, I love spoiling my friends and family when I get the change too. I also love buying coffee or paying for a complete strangers meal, donating to food drives and helping out families in need. It's amazing this time of year seeing everyone come together and be kind to others.

anywho, Ya'll, I don't consider myself a deal blogger, but honestly, when sales are THIS good, I would feel horrible not sharing the love with you, my besties! While I was browsing some of the best deals to share with you today, I noticed that some of the Black Friday deals were better, while some of the Cyber Monday deals are above and beyond AMAZING! 

You wanna know what I love even more than shopping? A good deal! So today, I'm rounding up some of my favorite Cyber Monday deals and sharing them here with all of you. Also, over on Instagram I'll be sharing some "What's in my shopping cart" posts so that you can take a peek at the deals I'm snagging today. I try to knock out a bulk of my Holiday shopping on Cyber Monday every year, I am totally an online shopper and love scooping out the best deals. It's even more fun when you have a blog and can share the love! I'm planning to snag lots of gifts but if one or two things magically fall into my cart, I won't be mad about it. 

I'll be updating this throughout the day but for now, CHECK THESE DEALS OUT!

Target 15% OFF ENTIRE STORE

Crate & Barrel 15% off ENTIRE STORE with code SAVE15

Abercrombie & Fitch 50% OFF ENTIRE STORE

World Market 15% off $50, 20% off $100


SHOP ALL MY FAVORITES BY SCROLLING BELOW!

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CRATE & BARREL



I will keep this post updated with all the best steals and deals throughout the day!
I'd love to chat with you guys! What deals are you loving? What are you snagging? Leave a comment for me below or come hang out on Instagram! Can't wait to hear from you guys!

Shop my Favorite Abercrombie & Fitch finds!



My mug rack is from World Market & They also have THE Cutest goodies if you're planning to set up a Hot Cocoa station in your home this Holiday season! 





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BLACK Friday Favorites!

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Ya'll know I love me some online shopping. Probably because I hate pants, people, and leaving my house. No but seriously. 

I love all of you guys though so it's all good!

I thought it would be fun to get back into Friday Favorites this week with a round up of my favorite BLACK FRIDAY sales & steals. Especially if the idea of dealing with hoards of people fighting over a $5 pair of pajamas, sort of makes you wanna vomit, like it does me. I mean, more power to the people that wanna do it, but the idea of it the day after Thanksgiving doesn't give me the good vibes..or it could be the fact that I just ate entirely WAY too much turkey & pie yesterday. Either way, I'm not going out shopping today. 


But still I LOVE a good sale, and I love it even more when I can share the awesomeness with all of you! Especially if I know it's something on the pricier side. I usually always wait for something to go on sale before I buy it, and I'm always looking for a good deal. I know lots of you can relate. 


SO let's get started! 

I've shared these leggings a ridiculous amount of times but I just love them SO much! They're under $10 today! SIZE UP, because they run small. I also snagged these yummy & cozy sweater leggings and am boardline obsessed. I just bought another pair because I love them so much, they're on sale for under $25 today. They're true to size! I'm sharing these comfies & some of my other favorite finds from the American Eagle  40% off sale today below! Just shop & scroll, shop & scroll. Man, isn't this so much better then putting on pants and going to the store? LOL
Also, you can snag these yummy velvet slippers for just $15!! I live in mine, obviously.






I also noticed that Abercrombie & Fitch is having a 50% off sale! I sometimes overlook this place just because we don't have a store nearby but they have so much cute stuff you guys! I did a round up of my favorites just for you here!




Also, TONS OF AMAZING deals on stuff for the home right now you guys!! Including my keurig which is marked down to just $89! Whaaaat?! Also, if you've been wanting to snag this Anthropologie Quilt now is the time! It's 30% off today only! 





I couldn't leave this post without a quick best deals at Target share! So many deals including my favorite velvet slippers that are only $15 right now! 


Happy Shopping! Which deals are you most excited about today?! Do you venture out into the crowds on Black Friday? Or do you prefer to do most of your shopping online? 
 I love to hear from you guys! Drop a comment below or message me over on instagram
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Gift Ideas for the Tween/Teenage Boy

Hey friends! First I wanna apologize about being MIA here on the blog over the past week. I had so many fun posts planned, ended up having an endometriosis flare and getting sick with a sinus infection. It was brutal and took all the life out of me. I'm on the mend though and ready to get back into my routine. I hate when things like that happen sometimes and we feel all out of it. 


I'm anxious that Christmas is coming but for sure don't want it to sneak up too fast. I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet but in my mind, I'm already behind and lost a whole week. 



I promised I would start sharing my gift guides though, to help prepare you guys for the Holiday season coming up! The number one gift guide you guys wanted to see? What to by the tweenager or TEEN boy (or girl!) in your life. But let's face it, boys are so hard to buy for. Especially teen boys. I get it. I struggle so much with what to get Nick for Christmas. I tried so hard to follow that, "Something to read, something they need, something they want" thing but it never works out here for some reason. Probably because Nick thinks he NEEDS a new snowboard after he just got one last year. Or the new iPhone when his is perfectly fine. (Both of these are good ideas by the way..) so, Today, I'm going to tell you guys some of my fun gift ideas for teenagers, and what exactly is on my 14 year boys Christmas wish list this year. 



Note: I asked Nick to help me create this post of what teens ACTUALLY want so, you can thank him later for that. 



Here goes!







Keep in mind the snowboard linked is strictly a "just for fun" snowboard, but in my experience it's good for them to have a goof off snowboard before they practice on one that costs way more money, it ends up getting split in two pieces and you spent half of your life savings on it. Not that I speak from experience, or anything. 



Nick really loves to color and draw, draw more than color so a sketch pad and nice colored pencils are always on his list. I've found that most teens seem to enjoy sketching or doodling so it's a great universal gift for teens. 



Some more awesome gift ideas for teens?

1. Gift Cards (think food, and video games. Typically you can't go wrong with either of those.) I know they're not as fun to give but trust me, teens appreciate them, and at least you know it will actually get used. 


2. Funky socks, or slippers. Nick loves socks. And slippers. And teens seem to think its insanely cool to wear socks with shorts these days. I don't ask questions. 



3. Anything that requires building or making something. I loved the think box I shared above that I spotted at Target, and while I think it's directed more towards the tweenagers and young teens, I think we all love to create, build and mess with things so this is a fun "Snow Day" box that you can tell your kids to go open when they've told you they're bored 784,929 times in one day. 


What do you guys think about these gift ideas? Do you find it super hard to shop for boys (especially older boys) as much as I do? It seems like everything they want is super expensive. I hope you enjoyed this list and I hope you got some fun ideas for the tween/teen boy in your life! 


Happy Tuesday!

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My favorite finds from Hearth & Home at Target!

Happy Sunday beauties! So I know that I don't typically blog on the weekends but I feel like when Chip & Jojo drop a new home decor line at Target it needs to be blogged about, don't you agree? 


Okay so here's the thing, I know that some of this stuff isn't my personal style, but it's still really cute and I sort of like the modern twist on farmhouse decor. In my opinion it is very modern farmhouse, which is totally fine for some people, just not my personal style. That being said there were some things that caught my eye and a few (okay, a lot!) of things I put in my cart this morning from the new line. I've been asked a few times if I was planning to hit up our Target for the new release today, and the answer is no, I'm not going to Target on football Sunday, but I did of course, snag a few things online. Because online shopping is life. 



So here are some of the things that made their way into my cart from the new Hearth & Hand line at Target! 


Over the next few days I'll be sharing some peeks at some of the new stuff I've received from the new line and how I've used it in our home so be sure to come hang out on Instagram! I'm really excited about my new goodies and can't wait to see how they fit in in our home. I'll be doing a post with some of my favorite Christmas decor items from the line! Because Christmas is life. Right?

Are you excited for the new line? Which items are your favorites?

I'd love to hear from you! Drop a comment below or let's chat on Instagram
Happy weekend friends!
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Friday Favorites- Christmas Mugs & Cleaning Supplies

Hey hey friends! Happy Friday! SO excited for the weekend and I don't even know why? Nick will most likely be stuck working this weekend as the timeline for our latest flip house is coming to an end and we need to get it on the market ASAP. I hate when he works on the weekends because he works so much during the week but at the same time I'm thankful for a husband that works so hard to take care of his family, I struggle between being thankful and sounding ungrateful. It's hard not to be selfish sometimes. 

Anywho, I went to write up this post today and realized that Savanna deleted half the weeks photos from my phone while playing on SnapChat. Thanks Sav, Thanks. 

First things first: Some things I'm loving in "Style" this week, I Say Style because I don't consider myself "fashion conscious" I've always been that "just grab what you like and go," kinda gal. I shared these SUPER gorgeous loafers over in my instagram stories earlier this week.

I got tons of questions about them but unfortunately they were sold out. They still have lots of cute colors available though but hurry they're selling quickly! It's not hard to tell why either, they're super comfortable and cute. Perfect to dress up, or down. I personally don't love to wear heels (booties or not) all the time so I need a selection of cute flats since I'm a flip flop & converse kinda girl. I really wish I had the picture to reference! WAHHHH!!

Moving on, I recently started getting this monthly cleaning subscription boxes from Grove Co. If you aren't familiar with Grove, it's basically just a box full of cleaning supplies and literally ANYTHING else you need for the home as far as toiletries and all that stuff goes, what makes it so awesome though is they only sell the best natural based cleaning supplies out there today, think Method & Mrs. Meyers. They have a great selection, fair prices and are really just so darn fabulous. It's so nice not having to worry about shopping for cleaning supplies because duh, we go to Target for Home Decor. Not basics like toothpaste and laundry detergent. I mean, WHO DOES THAT? 
If you shop via this link you'll get $10 off your first order! How awesome is that? 

I got some new mugs this week. I know, shocker. But I had to add some goodies to my holiday collection. I love the selection and quality of the mugs from Sweet Mint Handmade. So fun, sassy and perfect for the Holiday season. These would also make super cute gifts, don't you think? USE CODE GLAMFARMHOUSE for 10% off any order!


Sorry, this week was sort of boring in Laurie Land, but boring in a good way as I've been busy cleaning and preparing the house for all the fun Christmas posts I have planned!

What are ya'll planning to get into this weekend? We don't have any plans but I'm excited, none the less. Have a great weekend friends! 



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Christmas 2017 Target Dollar Spot Haul

Hey friends! Happy Friday Eve! I'm so excited it's finally November but at the same time I'm like, whoa. What? November? Where did the week go? Where did the month go? WHERE DID THE YEAR GO? I LOVE this time of year though, it's seriously my favorite so I'm not complaining but honestly, I think this was the fastest year of my life. 

I sort of determine the seasons by what is currently out at the Target Dollar Spot. HA. Did you know that you can SHOP the Dollar Spot ONLINE? Yes. I was shocked to hear this also. I noticed you can typically only buy things in bulk though but that's great for gift ideas. You can check it out here and then search bullseye playground. 
I dropped into my local Target yesterday, which is usually pretty crappy when it comes to Dollar Spot selection, we literally have 3 rows of stuff and that's it. But I'm not complaining because other than that our Target is typically fully stocked on other goodies and decor. I was surprised to see a few things out already, since our's is always a little behind. Either the extra good stuff was already picked over, or they just didn't put it out yet, who knows. 

Similar to last year, there are lots of plaids and rustic type decor out right now. It's super cute, but I stocked up on lots of that stuff last year and since I'm not really going with that theme this year I passed on a lot of this stuff. Some of the things I think are total staples though, like the little faux trees and galvanized buckets. I have several of those already so I left those for some other lucky buyers. 



I really loved the cute pink decor I saw. Savanna has a pink room that we accent with gold accents at Christmastime and I picked up a few little things to decorate her room with. They had some cute faux fur stockings and pillows that would be adorable in a little girls room this Holiday season. 
They also had some cute stocking stuffers and gift ideas. I loved the socks and the diffusers for $3. 
In the end, I decided to buy a few things until I take some inventory to see what I already have. 
I thought $3 was a steal for this passport cover, they also make great gifts for the traveler in your life, don't you think?

Which items are must haves for you? I love the banners but I have so many already that I think I'll most likely just re-use. I'm hoping to make a trip to another Target later this week to see if they have anything different. 

I also blogged about how to decorate with Target Dollar Spot Decor in this post if you want to check it out! There's some great tips, and I also shared some of the things I typically always pick up in Holiday decor! 

What do you guys think of the Target Dollar Spot Selection this year?



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The Best Wendy's Inspired Chili Recipe

Hey friends! So excited it's officially November now and people will no longer think I'm ALL the way crazy for posting about Christmas stuff. Although I won't be in today's post. Nope, today I'm going to be whipping up one of my absolute FAVORITE recipe's EVER.
Anyway, as promised this recipe is easy & family friendly. I'll be sharing my Chili recipe today! It's been tweaked a lot over the years as I've tried to figure out how to achieve that perfect yummy flavor with just enough kick. There is one thing I've recently started using that has taken this chili up to a whole different level. My inspiration for this recipe was how obsessed I was (And well, am.) with Wendy's Chili. Seriously, so good. While this recipe doesn't taste exactly like it, it's extremely close and I think you guys will enjoy it! 

I'll be making this over on Instagram tonight in stories to show you guys just how easy it is! But I'll share the recipe below if you're wanting to make it yourself.

What you need:
1 onion

1 green pepper

2 lbs ground beef

3 14 oz can Stewed Tomatoes 
1 14 oz can Ro'Tel Diced Tomatoes with peppers
1 14 oz can Kidney Beans
1 14 oz can Pinto Beans 
1 14 oz can Tomato Sauce
2-3 tablespoons Chili Seasoning depending on taste
1 teaspoon white vinegar 


This recipe is SO easy because we're literally just throwing everything in a pot! Those are the best meals, let's be honest. 

Step 1:
Start by browning your ground beef in a medium sized pan. 
While beef is browning dice your onions and green peppers. 
(If you'd like you can cook the onions and peppers a bit before browning the beef but if you're going to be letting this cook and simmer for a bit the vegetables will cook themselves in the large pot.)
Step 2: 
Once beef is cooked thoroughly, drain excess liquid and transfer to a large pot. 

Step 3: 
Place all ingredients in your large pot with beef, mixing each ingredient individually in with the beef. 
Top with onions and peppers.

Step 4: 
Add your spices- vinegar and chili seasoning, tasting as you go. Don't add any additional chili seasoning until it has at least simmered for 30-40 minutes, I think you'll find the flavors blend together the longer you let it cook. I made the mistake of thinking our chili needed more seasoning once or twice. It doesn't. OOPS.

Let Cook on high for 30-40 minutes, you can also choose to simmer for as long as you'd like. Chili gets better with time! 

So that's it guys! Super easy, pair it with some grilled cheese and it's easily one of our favorite meals! 

Have you guys tried this yet? What did you think? I'd love to hear what you think. If you haven't tried it before, will you? What recipe would you guys like to see next week?

Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Mexican Alfredo 
Chicken Noodle Soup

Let me know! Happy Wednesday friends!

You can shop all of my kitchen goodies below!



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