iPhone 12 Pro Review

A couple of weeks ago, I upgraded to the iphone 12 pro. I’m normally one who holds out with my old phones as long as possible because I prefer to pay cash up front for them and then just keep them. I was still using an iphone 8 and I was long overdue for a new one.

I attempted to buy the iphone 12 from Verizon, but they ended up charging me twice for it, then couldn’t refund me without cancelling the order. Once they did that, it refunded one charge but I never got refunded for the second charge. It took over 3 weeks of daily contact with their customer service, starting an investigation with my bank, and the better business bureau to get them to refund me the second charge. The worst part is that they offered me $20 as an apology for keeping $800 from me for almost a month, and tried to blame my bank for giving them the money.

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My Bright and Cheerful Holiday Décor

I recently shared my holiday mantle decorations, but finally got around to decorating the rest of my home for Christmas! Getting a tree is one of my favorite parts of the season, even though its extra work and sometimes a huge mess! The first year that I got a live tree, I didn’t know to make a fresh cut at the bottom of it, and it completely dried out before Christmas. If you so much as touched it, a bunch of needles came falling down!

Now I’ve learned my lesson to make a fresh cut and to make sure it always has a lot of water (hydration is key for you and your Christmas tree!). I also finally got around to decorating my kitchen! I like adding a little bit of holiday cheer to each room in the house to make it feel special– especially now that we’re spending so much time at home!

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Mini Kitchen Makeover

I recently did a little mini kitchen makeover. I haven’t updated anything since my remodel a few years back, and I felt like it was time for a little refresh. The refresh was also sped up by a little accident. A few months ago, we were trying to patch chipped paint on the ceiling, and with a gentle bump, my light fixture fell to the floor and shattered! I’m still finding pieces of glass in my kitchen to this day!

So after searching for a new light fixture that I loved, it felt like a good time to refresh a couple of other things as well!

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Free Family Christmas Activity Printables

Since Christmas gatherings might look much different for your family this year, I wanted to create a couple fun activities to do with your loved ones. Whether in person, or over a zoom call, these are a fun way for everyone to reflect and share what makes the season so special. I can’t wait to do these with my own family during our Christmas eve celebration!

Remember to hit download in order to get the high-res printable version!

Happy (and healthy) holidays from my family to yours!

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Holiday DIY Ideas that You’ll Actually Use

Everyone loves a DIY project, but have you ever finished one and then tucked it away because it just wasn’t quite what you wanted? Or maybe you’re like me and have had total pinterest fails, where the project just ends up in the trash!

This year, we’re spending even more time at home, and its the perfect time to work on some DIY decorations that you’ll actually love. I compiled a round up of DIY projects that aren’t terribly difficult, but will also leave you with an end product you’ll love! Keep reading for my favorite projects!

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My Favorite Free Ways to Stay Active Without a Gym

Like many states, Minnesota has recently gone on a stricter lock down, closing all gyms for at least a month. Before the pandemic, I was a regular at a boutique fitness studio that combined running and strength for fun HIIT workouts. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t a safe way to conduct those type of workouts now and the gym recently closed for good.

Because I have high risk family members, I have been mostly staying home this entire year. As someone who loves fitness, I’ve tried to be creative with how to challenge myself. More recently, with a knee injury, I’ve had to get even more creative with my workouts! I wanted to share my favorite go-to’s in order to keep staying active during this really challenging time.

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