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 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

Getting to Geraghty: My Person

Hi guys and welcome back! This wedding post was going to be more about the proposal itself, but I thought it would be more important to talk about my relationship with Dan, as well as another important issue that I’ve mentioned before- mental health. I’ve rewritten this post about four times making sure I was being transparent, but also going back and editing things out of fear, but I reminded myself that I promised relatable and truthful content to you guys. That’s what you all deserve.

Dan and I have been together for over 4 years, but have known each other for 6 years since we met sophomore year in college. Two of those four and some years were actually long distance, making trips back and forth between North Carolina, Ohio, and New York. When I moved down to Charlotte in 2016, it was the best and worst year in our relationship. We were adapting to living together, I was home-sick, and we hadn’t spent over a week together in two years! Through all of this, it’s worth knowing I’ll be marrying the man that has supported, fought, and loved me through some of my hardest and darkest times. While raising me higher, building me even stronger, and loving me harder at my best times. (I know mushy, but I mean it!)

Now our journey has been anything but smooth. Just like any relationship, we worked through trust issues, past burdens, future aspirations, and priorities. We challenged and continue to challenge each other on personal opinions, career decisions, our goals and more. Most importantly, we struggled to understand each other mentally and emotionally. It takes a lot to understand how someone thinks and feels, which we have worked so hard to communicate and share with one another to learn.

With that said, this week has not been an easy one unfortunately for me. I have probably cried more than five times for a multitude of things…and yes I’m aware it’s only Wednesday. For seeing my family on Facebook and feeling like I’m missing out. For losing some unsaved pictures and items on my computer. For the fear I have of my upcoming genetics tests. For just feeling alone and stagnant. I can’t explain every overwhelming moment and how in less than two seconds I found myself crying hysterically. What I can explain is the love and light that wrapped around me once Dan caught me in the moment or I talked about it with him after.

This post was important for me to write because I think it’s so important to praise your partner. To thank them for what they give you every day that’s intangible. Dan is my person. He is why I am comfortable sharing my struggles. When I am at my lowest, he will bring me to the highest point of  happiness. He is the man I will spend the rest of my life with and I couldn’t be luckier because I found a person willing to invest in me just as much as I invest in him. We are partners, we are equal, and we do not judge. We lift, support, laugh, love, and most importantly listen to each other.

We are still a work in progress because individually we still are as well. Embrace this because life is ever-changing and I hope we are still like this at 50 because that will mean that we have never just settled. I urge each of you to find that person. It doesn’t need to be a significant other. I truly believe everyone needs at least one person to go to that will understand that their feelings are valid and although they may not be able to describe them, they still support you. You are not mentally unstable, you just work through things differently. I got lucky and found mine at 19, but it was an acquired adjustment. I also wish for all of you to find a supportive significant other in life at some point, so that you have a consistent listener. Everyone deserves to break down once in awhile and have someone else help put you back together, especially in the comfort of your home you’re building. I do not find that to be weakness, I fully believe that it takes strength to do such. It takes strength to struggle, be vulnerable and ask for support or help.

Mental health should never be ignored. That is why I am so grateful to have a future husband that believes in its importance just as much as I do. A man that when down, does not blink an eye when I shower him with love just as he would me. This post may not have been a wedding update, story, or list. But it was a post dedicated to the true reason for even having a wedding…because I have found my person that makes me better, wiser, funnier (although he doesn’t agree), and stronger- in every facet of my being.

If you made it through this, I thank you for letting me pour my heart out today. Thank you for letting me share my appreciation for this wonderful man. For allowing me to express one of the biggest reasons I wake up everyday and love him more. Why it was so easy to say yes when he asked for my hand in marriage. And for being able to be open and honest talking about my mental health. I hope you all find calm, patience, and strength in someone as I have because I sure have needed him this week. As always, thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you next time!

xx Alicia