Getting to Geraghty: Wedding Dress Shopping

Getting to Geraghty: Wedding Dress Shopping

Hi there! Today is the big day. The day I share my experience wedding dress shopping and what I learned along the way! If only you could see my giddiness behind the screen.

Two days and twenty dresses later- I said yes. With my mom and mother in law by my side I wouldn’t have changed anything. Since my mom lives in PA and my MIL doesn’t have any girls, I felt that it was extremely important to have dress shopping be very intimate and almost like a girls day. I knew I didn’t want a large entourage, but I wanted to ensure I was going to share this experience with family and women who meant a lot to me and that I don’t get to spend time with often.

Due to my mom not being in town often, I set up 4 appointments split up in two days. I was not aware of what I wanted in my dress, but I had an idea of what silhouettes I was interested in based on my body shape. On day one, we had two strong contenders. One from each boutique that I loved on and felt beautiful in. I had to walk away since I wanted to make sure that I would continue loving the dresses and seeing if I had an attachment to a specific one. After day one I thought I had a grasp on what I wanted in my dress, but man was I so wrong! So a day went by and we were on our way to two more appointments.

I would like to say that day two started well, but then I’d be lying- it was a rough experience. My first appointment did not go well. I will not name the boutique, but I will simply state that any consultant that puts you into a sample gown and then proceeds to say “This dress is great because it’ll make you look more skinny” and “I’m sure you’ll lose a few pounds” is not doing her job well.

DISCLAMER LADIES: Your body is a swimsuit body. It’s a wedding dress body. It is a crop top body. Your body doesn’t need to conform for your clothing. I’ll get off my soap box now….

I wasn’t going to let one appointment put a damper on my day. We had lunch and one more appointment to look forward to. Since we ended up leaving that appointment quite early, my mom roped myself and my MIL into going thrift shopping to kill time. Honestly, I can’t complain now as I look at my new vase I just scored!

As we went into our last appointment, I described the dresses I liked to the consultant Heather and started pulling dresses to try on. The pictures below were what I liked on the first day, but I pulled things that were so different this time around. Since this was our last appointment, I pulled anything that caught my eye and made me excited regardless of the shape, style, and details.

Boy am I happy I did that because my last appointment is where I found my dream dress! I will admit my actual dress is SO different than what I thought I wanted like my previous contenders. I had my bridal moment. It wasn’t just a moment of feeling beautiful. It was a moment of never wanting to take the dress off. Of feeling so overwhelmed with happiness when I looked at myself in the mirror. My intention was never to say yes on the spot, but there was no way I was leaving there without claiming the dress I fell in love with. Guys, I cried, I laughed, and I smiled so hard. It was a resounding yes in the room from my mom and MIL, which just confirmed my feelings times ten! So thank you to Classic Bride & Formals and my consultant Heather for helping find my dream dress. So although I cannot share my dress right now, I can’t wait to share in just about 365 days!

Now I leave you with the main three points I think are the most important things to keep in mind when you’re prepping to go wedding dress shopping. These aren’t your normal pointers: stay in budget, undergarments, and timing, so keep reading for some lessons learned!

First and foremost, at each boutique I made sure to stay open-minded for each dress a consultant or family member pulled. The hangers don’t do them justice! Throughout the process it was so important to take time to learn more about wedding dresses. The more dresses I tried on the better I got at articulating what I liked about the dress and what I didn’t. Spending the time understanding the shape, style, and details of wedding dresses honestly made my experience go so smoothly. I did not know much walking into each place, but I left almost everywhere feeling confident and happy.

As you continue to learn, be vocal. This is your time to shine. You’re not hurting the consultant’s feelings. You can appreciate a dress and find it beautiful and it just not be for you. That’s okay. I held back at first to not hurt feelings when I didn’t like something, but at the end of the day- they’re dresses! It’s a big investment, a big decision, but most importantly, it’s a big moment you’ll never forget.

Secondly, do not get discouraged when it comes to the bridal sizing. I literally said yes to my dress in a size 10 sample and I ordered a 20 due to my bust. The number means NOTHING. All that matters is that you found your dream dress which will end up fitting you like a glove! I got stuck in two dresses and instead of immediately putting myself down, I simply asked for helped and said “next”. This is an exciting experience so do your best to remind yourself that your body is the perfect wedding dress body!

I want to note that I don’t think I had my bridal moment in my first two contenders because I was battling the idea of whether I loved the dresses because I fit in the sample or because I truly loved the dress itself. Keep this in mind! You should love the dress regardless of the sample size you’re trying on.

Lastly, stop comparing. Stop comparing what you look like in a dress to others. Stop comparing your wedding planning process. Stop comparing the timing of you buying your dress. I bought mine a bit over a year to my wedding and I still feel confident in that decision. As you go through this experience, just remember that you’re planning the perfect wedding for yourself and your significant other. Your dress is only one part of the big picture. Please stop putting so much pressure on yourself. Some find their dress on their first trip, for others it takes days or months and that’s okay. So enjoy this exciting time with good thoughts, a glass of champagne, and a little wiggle of that ring finger!

See you next time and congrats to all my brides out there! Let me know how long it took you to find your dress.

xx Alicia

Getting to Geraghty: Venues

Getting to Geraghty: Venues

Happy Wednesday, I’m back with Wedding Wednesday and I could not be more excited! With the new year, Dan and I wanted to start planning the wedding to give ourselves plenty of time. I’ll go over some small details we have decided on as well as our venue selection experience.

We are aiming for March/ April 2020 and we know we’ll being getting married in the Wilmington, NC area. Ideally, with everyone having to travel, we’d like to treat this as a mini-destination for our guests! Dan and I are open to a Friday or a Saturday wedding that would start later in the afternoon. As we nail down more details, I’ll continue to share them with you guys, but that’s it for right now.

This past weekend, Dan and I were able to experience Courtyards and Cobblestones. This event is an innovative wedding tour that showcases multiple venues and wedding industry professionals in the area. Each venue was set up as a “show room” as a wedding with food, music, drinks, and décor. We identified this event as the perfect way to scout our venue since we were interested in each venue on the list!

Dan and I living in Charlotte means we are three and a half hours away from the Wilmington area and so we wanted to get the biggest bang for our time when starting to look for venues. We found that this event was perfect for us for a few reasons.

  1. Visually, we were able to see each space set up. As visual people, it was helpful to see how people maneuvered through the space, where you could set up items like the bar or a photo booth, and more importantly, we saw how the owners and event coordinators interacted with guests and vendors.
  2. Since we were interested in the venues included, it helped us focus on the facts of each option. This helped not to get too swept up in the extravagant set up at each place. We often asked if our guest list would fit comfortably, could we see ourselves getting married there, did it fall within our budget, and how convenient it would be for us and guests on the day of the wedding and for accommodations.
  3. Lastly, to be quite honest, we had no clue where to start! An event like this was perfect for us since we took six months not thinking about planning at all. Although we will have help going forward, the process of finding the venue was something we knew was important, but wasn’t sure when we would find time out to the coast to do. An event like this was a day and a half and as long as you go in with no expectations you don’t get overwhelmed. Instead you really identify your options for your wedding.

I know this is not everyone’s way of finding a venue and that’s okay! Dan and I didn’t want private tours and one on ones. We wanted to see the space in action and be able to dream up our vision within it. Honestly, we ate, drank, and danced a bit, which was the perfect date night out while planning for our wedding!

While in town, we also met with a wedding planner that we’re really excited about. I hope to share more about that experience as well at a later time! We have some big decisions to make soon, but I’m just grateful that our experience doing it has been an enjoyable one.

So although we have not decided on the venue yet, we have our favorites and will be making a decision by the first of February. I’m not sure how I’ll share our decision, but I will ensure that through this series I give you guys an honest look at our process. Anything from décor to invitations to events around the wedding. If you’re looking to have me share something specific, please reach out to let me know!

How was your experience finding your wedding venue? How long did it take you and was it in an area far from where you live? Let me know in the comments below. I love being able to connect with you guys through your experiences, everyone’s is different! I hope you enjoyed this recap of our weekend venue “shopping”, I look forward to writing more wedding content for you guys soon. See you guys next time!

xx Alicia

Local Spotlight: Black Fathers Rock!

You ever meet someone by chance and you can’t help but know their story? That sentence is the absolute description of my experience with Ryan, an author, speaker, host, father, and founder of Black Fathers Rock!. This local spotlight is all about a local non-profit organization that started as a dream, turned into an event, and is growing as an organization. This organization’s mission is to disprove and dismantle the stigma around black fatherhood.

You may be asking my connection and interest in this movement, right? Well, I don’t actually know my dad. An organization willing to help fathers in the community re-unite, better, and connect themselves with their family is something I definitely can get behind. Ryan put it perfectly when he told me, “You often overcompensate as an adult where you had an absence as a child.” and although he was primarily connecting this to fatherhood, I believe it’s a blanket statement for life.

Ryan and His Family

Do I have your attention? I hope so because this story is not one you’ll want to skim over. Growing up as the oldest of two boys with a single mom, Ryan came from a household in Ohio that was filled with his mother’s love, but absent of his father’s presence. Growing up with no longing for kids, he now has a baby boy and adorable daughter to dote over as his wife continues to grow her career. Then life hits you. Imagine the summer of 2017 and having an overwhelming feeling come over you that just inspires you to build an event. An event comprised of two and a half pages of notes that come to life the following year. Then once that event is over you receive a large donation from someone outside the community that pushes you to start an organization. Literally within a year, the course and mission of your life has changed and grown. That is the synopsis of Ryan’s story.

From a small black book; that he carries around to this day, to building an event almost 150 people attended and extending six awards to deserving fathers in the community, and to now having a non-profit to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the community. While also being able to support and assist fathers in building success stories- all the while ensuring you’re growing and balancing your family life. That’s Ryan.

When you meet Ryan, the conversation comes easy and you can tell that the mission he has for his organization comes from the fire in his belly. He has lived his mission full circle. This year’s award celebration for Black Fathers Rock! will consist of six fathers in the community being recognized as well as two performances. It is this coming Saturday, January 19th at 6pm. This award celebration will actually be the LAST event at Pease Auditorium, so if you would like to experience this amazing event, make sure you buy tickets!

As I pulled information from Ryan, I couldn’t help but ask him what’s next once Saturday passes and he didn’t disappoint. He mentioned that he has two book concepts he will be working on, the organization will be aiding the initiative to place changing rooms in men’s bathrooms, and there will be a lot more programming being built for the community. He mentioned his wife will be helping and leading the programming, so we can expect to see some events coming up like “Donuts with Dad”, a parenting workshop, and a Fatherless Forum.

Ryan has big goals for Black Fathers Rock! this year. He described the organization as a necessary movement and explained that he hopes to see more success stories this year; at least one a month. 2018 treated Ryan well and the organization even better, when he told me a success story that made this all just a little more real for me. An honoree from last year was able to reunite with his children after a custody hearing, with the BFR award being a part of his story. These men that are being honored are fathers that take that title seriously and continue to find ways to better themselves in order to be their best for their families and community.

Truly, if you have the time to dig into your community and find organizations with great stories, take the time to listen. That’s what this series is all about! Not only is this organization starting a conversation and a movement, but it’s giving back to the community in so many ways. I couldn’t have picked a better Local Spotlight for this week.

2019 Award Recipients are below as well as how to follow Ryan and the Black Fathers Rock! organization. A link to donate can also be found on each of these pages.

Black Fathers Rock! | Ryan’s Instagram | BFR Instagram | BFR Facebook

xx Alicia

My Vision For 2019

My Vision For 2019

Well hello there 2019, you came in hot! New year, same me, new ambitions, more focus. I’m not a fan of resolutions and promises, but I do love some goals and goal planning. I’m not saying you have to make new goals at the beginning of the year, honestly you can start whenever, but I love the sense of a “reset button” that the new year provides you!

It’s time to say “This is what I want and I am going to get it!”. So let’s jump into 2019 with more focus to drive us to the goals we have in each aspect of our lives. Currently I have professional goals at work, but I wanted to share some personal ones with you all. Let’s jump into “business” first.

All Things Alicia Goals

My main goal for this blog in 2019 is creating a community and connecting with you guys! I want to be able to have a steady pulse on what you guys enjoy reading and seeing me share. Expect to see more polls, giveaways, and more consistent content. Especially content I’m passionate about, like the Local Spotlights! Get ready to learn a ton about local businesses, services, and organizations.

As for my social media presence, I’d love to bring you all more consistent content on my Instagram and Facebook page. My main goal will be creating a goal plan to do so that comes from a message and purpose. I don’t want to just put out content for the sake of it! I also want to share more about myself and push myself to do so on all of my platforms.

Personal Goals

The biggest “theme” of my goals this very is finding the purpose behind each one and to ensure my intention is in the right place. I want to be able to know why I am doing something so clearly that it becomes a habit.

  1. Traveling: I love exploring new places and visiting familiar ones too and although I did that in 2018, I really want to travel to a few places on my “wish list”. I’ve had a list of places I’ve wanted to since Sophomore year in college and if I could even cross two places off this year, it would be a win for me!
  2. Reading: I am such a book worm and it brings me so much joy! Unfortunately, I have a handful of books still chilling in my Barnes & Noble cart online that I want to find time to read. This year it is my goal to commit at least 2 hours each Saturday or Sunday to a book. I want to carve out time for an activity that I love so much, that I almost categorize under my own type of self-care.
  3. Technology: If 2018 taught me anything, it’s that I was constantly ashamed of my screen time that my iPhone so graciously provided each week…and still does. I haven’t set a goal yet for my actual screen time usage, but I do want to stop using my phone at dinner and after 8pm. I think that I will begin plugging it in somewhere other than my nightstand and will set reminders on my phone to do so.
  4. Relationships: I am that friend that is always following your journey and rooting for you, but from afar. I’m not good at keeping contact with my friends and family and that’s changing in 2019! I am giving myself the goal of reaching out to someone and checking in each week. Whether it’s on my way home from work or it’s after church, I want to ensure the people I love in my life know how much their relationship means to me. This also goes for Dan as he travels for work. My love language is very much so quality time, so I want to make sure the time we spent together is intentional and appreciated.
  5. Health: Last one and the hardest one. My goal is to find a class or gym that I find joy with. I continue to want to improve my health and mobility and I have to put my heart into it. Finding a class or gym I enjoy I believe will truly change my motivation and help with my mental health as well. So here’s to 2019 and trying new things to find my best fit!

So that’s my list and I’m sure it’ll get longer throughout the year as I start accomplishing some of these. Thank you to everyone for following and supporting me as I started All Things Alicia in 2018! I am forever grateful and can’t wait to see the growth we go through together in 2019. I hope some of my goals help you build your own. Leave me a comment of a goal or two you have for 2019!

Ya’ll I can feel it, it’s our year- cliché I know, but I believe it!

xx Alicia

Local Spotlight: Worthy + Badass

Local Spotlight: Worthy + Badass

Worthy + Badass, what a name right? Well it’s not just a name it’s a movement, it’s a passion, and it’s Justine. Justine is the Boss Babe behind this killer business and brand! Worthy + Badass is a local small business that creates a collection of minimalistic jewelry and stationery. She also partners with other creatives on her site, teaches classes, and tries to expand her offerings constantly; like to “badass” t-shirts and NC state Christmas ornaments. I actually found Justine through Instagram with her necklaces and then was able to connect at a Girl Tribe pop-up before attending her event.

More about her later, but let me tell you why I chose this business to feature! I was lucky enough to attend an event and photoshoot held by Justine on the 4th of January. I walked into the building and instantly heard music and laughter. I entered the room and saw a DJ, Photographers, and Hair and Makeup artists- all volunteering. Volunteering their time for a day to make women feel powerful, beautiful, and well, worthy. Balloons on the floor, jewelry displayed, and women everywhere. Women of all ages, races, and from different paths of life. It was the most beautiful and overwhelming first take I have had at an event in a long time. An event that completely embodied the message it pitched.

Justine, picture by LunahZon

Before I got my chance in front of the camera…which was hysterical and fun, I pulled Justine aside. If you ever get the chance to meet her, you’ll know who she is as her warmth radiates through the room and makes you instantly comfortable. So why did she build w + b? Two years ago after she came back from Basic, she wanted to rebrand the company she had into something that defined her more now than it did before. She opened up about her struggles and how building her business from a passion project helped her cope and grow. This rebrand whole heartedly represented how she now felt in the world and how she wanted to make more women feel.

I asked her to describe w + b in three words. Simple. Quality. Powerful. I attest to those words. I love my state necklace I have because it is simple and beautiful, I wear it often. It’s made of quality materials and if you haven’t gotten the feels already, this business has a powerful message.

Now the hard question, I asked her to describe herself in three words and I loved it. Badass. Innovative. Determined, although she more eloquently said “Bulldozer” first! My favorite answer from Justine though was when I asked her about her inspiration. All of her stamps for her collection come from a personal place. Each symbolizes something so personal, especially the butterfly and bee necklaces. The minute she started to answer the question, she lit up even more and you could tell that she puts so much of herself into her craft. She’s a hustler and she’s a fighter.

Picture by LunahZon

I was inspired and empowered by this event. I connected with women and listened to their stories. There was a flood of joy that washed over you at that event! It was a no brainer that I would feature Worthy + Badass. Justine has a stamping event coming up for Valentine’s Day as well as a few events TBD that she hinted at. She also does custom work if you’re looking for a gift for someone special or to treat yourself! Make sure you follow her and support her journey. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook.

I wanted to share something with you guys that Justine asked each woman to share which evoked a lot of thought for me. “What makes you worthy + badass?” In short, my spirit and story makes me worthy + badass. In my life I have been tested often and failed some, but with each challenge I learned more about myself. I gained confidence and I learned my value. I found my worth sometimes in the darkest of struggles I faced. My story is still a work in progress, but you can bet that with each struggle I’ll have a story for it. A story that will be full of my accomplishments, failures, and most importantly, my lessons. A story that will embody my resilience and toughness- dare I say badass-ness . I could be more specific, but this isn’t the post for it. So I hope this small piece of myself is enough of a window into my soul.

Ask yourself the same question and own whatever comes to mind. You are worthy and you’re a badass, in case you needed someone to remind you!

So will you guys be checking out Worthy + Badass? Let me know if you do! Have a local place or business you want me to check out? Make sure you reach out to let me know and you might just see it as a local spotlight! As always, thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you next time.

xx Alicia

Christmas For Couples: Materials

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share some items for your couple friends. Sometimes I find that it’s easier to gift for the couple instead of the individuals. I tend to do this for friends that have already checked the boxes for what they wanted for Christmas. If you can relate, but don’t want to gift a material item then go check out my Couples Guide for Experiences that was posted today as well!

Decanter Set: Amazon $26 / Pop Art Portrait: Etsy $88 / Google Home: Walmart $99Tequila Cantina Testing Set: Thoughtfully $80 / Custom Wine Stopper: Etsy $17 / Wine & Chocolate Tasting Kit: Uncommon Goods $50 / Fondue Set: Uncommon Goods $30 / What Do You Meme? Game: Target $30 / Code Names Game: Target $15 / The 5 Love Languages: Amazon $10 / Beer & Wine Shadow Box: Gifts.com $69

xx Alicia

Christmas For Couples: Experiences!

Today I am sharing some experiences for your couple friends! Depending on the couple, I find that it’s easier to gift for the couple instead of the individuals. If you can relate, this is the guide for you! In the case that you don’t want to gift an experience, then go check out my Couples Guide for Materials that was posted today as well- gotta love choices! I have included places in Charlotte to check out as well as places Dan and I have visited over the years. I know that does not apply to everyone, but it gives you an idea of the experience to possibly purchase for the couple in mind. 

Spa Date: A couple’s massage or facials can be a great gift for those that need some relaxation in their life! 

  • Nature’s Spa & Wellness 
  • Brows by Hilary 
  • Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa
  • Savvy Salon & Day Spa

Wine Tour: A wine tour offers a great fun and learning opportunity for the couple. Each winery is different and often come with complimentary glasses! 

  • Konzelmann Estate Winery 
  • Treehouse Vineyards
  • Cabo Winery 
  • Divine Llama Vineyards

Event Tickets: Whether it be concerts, sporting events, or comedy shows- a night out is always a nice thought for a couple who enjoys any of the performers or teams in town.

  • Cher Tour 
  • Justin Timberlake Tour 
  • Luke Combs Tour
  • Hornet Tickets 
  • Checkers Hockey Tickets 
  • Comedy Tickets: Comedy Zone Charlotte 

Subscriptions: Some of these aren’t necessarily subscriptions, but have that feel in which you would need to specify your purchase quantity/time when checking out. 

  • Hello Fresh Meal Subscription 
  • Birchbox: Beauty Box Subscription for Him & Her 
  • Pack Up & Go: A Surprise Travel Agency
  • The Date Crate Subscription 

Food Tour: Know a couple who loves trying to places to eat? A food tour is a solid choice for them then! You can even make one yourself and personalize it- just set the couple up with some giftcards for each place.

  • FEAST Food Tours 
  • Taste Carolina 
  • Tour De Food

Cooking Class: If you’re friends are true foodies and want to learn how to cook some favorites then check out this opportunity. From sushi to southern food, there are a ton of options! Another bonus is that it’s usually BYOB, so you can also gift wine or a 6-pack.

  • Sushi Class at Carolina Meat & Fish Co
  • Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen 
  • Cocoa Lab 
  • Sur La Table 

Skill or Craft Class: Have a couple that has started a new hobby or got a new place? Maybe they want to craft a few new decorations or learn something new pertaining to their hobby. Look into businesses that offers these classes. Whether you pick a class or buy them a gift card, this can be a highly personalized gift. 

  • Crowned Sparrow Co. 
  • Skillpop
  • Candle Bar 
  • Painting With A Twist
  • Nailed It

Honorable Mentions: Escape Rooms, Horseback Riding & Museum Passes! 

xx Alicia

Christmas For Him!

Hey guys! So today I’m letting Dan take the reins for the Christmas for Him guide. Let me know how you think he did in the comments below! Let’s jump in. 

Are you having a hard time shopping for the man (or men) in your life? An astounding number of women spin their wheels endlessly around the holidays trying to find the right gift to buy their husband, brother, or even father. As a member of the male species, I find this to be extremely puzzling as we are pretty easy creatures to please. In this post, I dish out some tips on what you might want to add to your shopping cart for the men on your holiday list.

Experiences:

When it comes to experiences, men generally can be pretty easy to buy for. While women crave elegant and intimate experiences such as musical theater shows coming to town, couples cooking classes, winery tours, and yoga/spa sessions, guys can be more easily satisfied. The manliness inside of our bones is super content with any experience where we either get a thrill, a beer, or a little of both. Check out below where I highlight some of the hot experience gifts to buy for the lucky dudes in your life.

1.       A Day On The Range:  This experience would fall into the thrills category that I mentioned above. Men are competitive beasts and also tend to have a natural knack for the thrill that comes with weapons. To take advantage of this characteristic, you can put together a day where you take the man in your life out to the range and shoot. You can turn it into a contest between the two of you to see who is a better shot, or if shooting shotgun, who can hit the most clays. Is he not really into real guns? No matter, you can substitute in a day shooting archery bows (which is really super fun if you’ve never tried it) or even play some open paintball at a local course. Either way, this man will appreciate you spending time with him being active and engaging in an area where some women generally like to avoid. And if the man is a family member, it is a perfect way to get away from all the technology of the world and bond for a while.

2.    Comedy Night: Has your father, brother, or significant other ever cracked a joke during dinner that got on your nerves? The answer is most likely yes. Men love humor and all the silly dad jokes you see on the internet on a daily basis stem from this very passion. We may not always be funny, but it is the effort that counts. Do and quick search online of comedy clubs in your area and see who is on the schedule to perform in the beginning of the year. You can turn this into a night out on the town with dinner, drinks, and a show where you will both laugh so hard, it hurts.

3.      Skydiving: What’s manlier than jumping out of plane from 10,000 feet in the air with nothing but a parachute and a pair of goggles (well hopefully he’s wearing clothes too)? The answer is nothing and skydiving is the thrill that most men truly crave deep down inside, but are too anxious to mention or they need a woman’s motivation to complete. Do a quick Google search and see where you can have this experience nearby. Usually they have some pretty good Groupons on these experiences as well. And, if you live in a hip city, they now have these indoor skydiving places where you get the sensation of jumping out of a plane without actually doing it. They are super cool, you can check out if there are locations near you at this link: https://www.iflyworld.com/find-a-tunnel/

Material Gifts:

If experience gifts aren’t the right fit, there are still plenty of material gifts that guys love to receive that you can add to your list as well. See below for the material gift suggestions for guys.

Kegerator: Best Buy $499.99 / Wireless iPhone Apple Ear Buds: Apple $159 / New Sneakers: Nike $100 / Cigar Box: Bed, Bath & Beyond $73.99 / Watch: Fossil $125 / Watch Box: Amazon $37.99 / Poker Set: Target $24.99 / Projector TV: Amazon $99.99 / Sound system for TV: Walmart $198 / Grill: Lowe’s $229.99

xx Alicia & Dan

Christmas For The Pup

Hi guys, welcome back. Today’s guide is for those of you that are wanting to spoil your pup as I do. I have a two year old Border Collie Retriever named Jäger and he is too smart for his own good! We got him as a puppy from a family that couldn’t care for him and throughout the years he has truly taught us a lot. When we have the chance to spoil him- we do! So here are a few items we have gotten him over the years as well as for this year’s Christmas. 

Wag! Giftcard for Dog WalkingThree Dog Bakery Treats| Kong Toys (Tire Rubber)| Treat/ Food Dispenser| Collar Slide Bowtie| Raised Feeding Station| Car Safe Zip-Line| ChuckIt! Ball Launcher| Treat Puzzle| Travel Collapsible Bowls| Insect Repellent Bandana | Bark Box Subscription: Here’s a review for you on the box!

My next guide will be on Wednesday for you guys! If you have not already, check out the giveaway I have open until the 12th of December on my “Christmas For Small Business Supporters”. I have really loved putting together these guides and I hope you are loving them, especially because I have six more for you! Any guesses on the next one? I’ll give you a hint, I had to enlist some help from Dan.

xx Alicia

Christmas For The Small Business Supporter

Another gift guide and this time with a giveaway! For this third Christmas guide I wanted to share some of my favorite small businesses with you. I have had questions on why I love small business so much and my short answer is because I was fully engulfed in that community in college. I helped start a small business and worked with local small businesses in Potsdam, NY everyday! Small business truly means a lot to me and I want to share that with you guys! 

So here are some of my gift suggestions from small businesses that I have purchased from, experienced, and love. These are the small businesses that you can choose from for a chance at a $50 gift card. Check out my Instagram post to know how to enter: here!

VeztonGirl Tribe/ Simple & Sentimental/ Charlotte Candle Company/ Daniel’s Custom Gifts/ Teals Prairie & Co./ MikayLove/ Cotton & Clay Co./ 704/ Worthy Figures/ Crowned Sparrow Craft Co. / Skillpop/ Hadley Designs

These are just a handful of small businesses I love and I’m always trying to feature new ones I find. Remember to check out the giveaway on my Instagram page, it’ll be open until the 12th of December!

My next Christmas shopping guide will be on Monday so look out for that as well. Good luck for those of you that enter and I’ll see you next time! 

xx Alicia