25 Days of Christmas :: Day 20 :: Binge Worthy Netflix Shows & A Workout

It’s that time of year again! What time, you might ask? Netflix binge time! Now that I’m out of school and have less time off during the holidays, my binge sessions definitely are not as long.

But even if it isn’t popcorn and blankets on the couch, full blown binge session, I love the convenience of Netflix.

I love to turn Netflix on while I’m washing dishes, cleaning, laundry, reading, or whatever. Sometimes I even pop one on my iPod (with headphones) while watching movies with Marley. I even make up workouts for super long binge sessions that way I feel sort of productive after vegging out for hours.

 These are my current favorite shows to binge! I just started Prison Break (I’m on episode 8) and American Horror Story (just started season 2), so I’ll be sure and update you guys on how much I love – or don’t love – those.





Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz star in this unusual take on the traditional crime fighting TV show. Deschanel plays a witty, somewhat socially challenged forensic anthropologist – Temperance Brennan – and Boreanaz plays a cute, rugged, sometimes shockingly smart FBI agent – Sealy Booth. Brennan and Booth get paired with an amazing supporting cast to solve murders and navigate various interpersonal issues. I just finished Season 11 and I’m still in love with Booth and Brennan’s partnership. Brennan is endearing and Booth is adorable and their friends are just as addicting. I’m super sad because Season 12 is going to be the final season.

The takeaway :: fun facts, interesting characters, unique plot line




I was so shocked when I started watching this show and fell in love with it! I don’t typically watch shows or movies with such a ‘horror’ theme, but after a few late nights on Tumblrs about this show, I knew I had to check it out. Flash forward four years later and I am such a fan girl. Two brothers fight all sorts of supernatural things (hence the name) after being raised as ‘hunters’ by their slightly dysfunctional father. Another unique twist on crime fighting ….sort of. Not only am I into this show because the characters are majorly flawed and still manage to make great strides in self-improvement, but the actors are amazing people. Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are amazing role models and have raised awareness about depression over the past few years after Jared shared his struggle with the fans.

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The takeaway :: mythological facts, great actors, huge fan base




A girl I went to high school with tried to turn me on to this show for years and I resisted, but at the time there was only one season. After season two, I queued it up and fell in love with this BBC take on Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series – mainly because of Benedict Cumberbatch. You may know him as Khan from JJ Abram’s Star Trek movie, but this is where I fell in love with him and Martin Freeman. This show is witty, smart, complicated, and addicting. Honestly, you should watch it twice to get everything you missed the first time! It is more of the show where you need to actually sit down and pay attention the first time so you don’t miss anything important.

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The takeaway :: random knowledge, great actors, fun take on a classic

Criminal Minds


I got hooked on this after a late night marathon on TV. I’ve always been fascinated by serial killers, so this was such a cool twist on the traditional cop show. The main cast feels like family after a few seasons and it is so hard not to fall in love with Matthew Grey Gubler and Shemar Moore both on and off screen. They and their characters have such a great relationship. Moore also raises awareness for MS, which is beyond amazing. Throw in the great quotes, thrilling chases, and mind bending physiological stuff and you have a killer show with killer episodes every time.

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The takeaway :: cool quotes, lots of fun facts, and the best Jane Lynch performance of her life on numerous occasions



I won’t lie to you, I started watching this show because of James Spader. I fell in love with him when watching Pretty in Pink and have not regretted it a single moment since. This is the only show I started at season one and I would do it all over again. He plays a criminal mastermind with an intriguing past that consistently succeeds in manipulating the FBI to help him. Megan Boone is a rock star as the female lead, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Keen who is somehow important to Raymond Reddington, aka Red (Spader). Add in a stellar supporting cast, including the ever adorable Ryan Eggold as Liz’s love interest, and you have a riveting show. It’s one of the few shows I’ve loved enough to buy the DVDs.

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The takeaway :: intrigue, James Spader


See a theme? I adore crime dramas! I can’t help it. I love the thrill of the chase and the random knowledge gained from these different shows! I watch other types of shows, too, don’t get me wrong. They just aren’t my go to shows.

I seriously love hitting pause between episodes and doing a Netflix workout. It’s super easy. I just put little hash or tally marks by each one as they happen so I know how many I need to preform of each.

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25 Days of Christmas :: Day 18 :: Cutest Pajama Sets 

One of the best parts about the cold weather is cuddling up with a cup of hot coco and putting in a Christmas movie. In your cuddly pajamas, of course!

These are the cutest pajama sets I’ve seen so far. What are some of your favorites?


Bow Pajamas Hot Air Balloon Pajamas Ugg Pants Plaid Set

Snoopy Pants Deer Nightshirt Lounge Sweater Plaid Shorts

PonchoFloral Sweat Dress Plaid Sleepshirt Cardi Lounge Set

25 Days of Christmas:: Day 17 :: Favorite Holiday Makeup Tutorials 

One reason I love the holidays is because of all the parties and dinners and events that are happening! I picked videos from some of my favorite YouTubers and then found some looks that I love that would be perfect for different occasions.

I already a shared my favorite holiday outfits, so enjoy these makeup looks for every occasion!


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 Glam Holiday Makeup Tutorial by CosmoByHaley

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 Classic Christmas Makeup by Manny MUA

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 Affordable Holiday Makeup by Teaira Walker

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Easy Glam Holiday Makeup by Jaclyn Hill


Emerald Eyes by KathleenLights


Soft Smokey Cat Eye by Jaclyn Hill

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Holiday Glam Makeup Tutorial by MsRoshPosh


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Favorite Holiday Movies

Gift Guide for Moms

Cutest Christmas Cards

Gift Guide for Boyfriends

Christmas Playlist

Bestie Gift Guide

Beauty Babe Gift Guide

Favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater

Gifts that Give Back Part One

Gifts that Give Back Part Two

Christmas Cookie Roundup

Christmas Tag

Christmas Wish List

DIY Office Gifts

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25 Days of Christmas :: Day 15 :: DIY Office Gift Ideas

I love these cute little DIY office gifts I found on Pinterest. Make sure to visit the original blog posts and show these bloggers some love.







Pretzel Snowman by The Weathered Palate


Buckets of Fun by Crazy Little Projects


Hot Coco Ornaments by Sprinkle Some Fun


Dip Mix Ornaments by Sprinkle Some Fun

 How cute are these? I love them!

Blogmas / 25 Days of Christmas Posts

Holiday Outfit Inspo

Beauty Babe Gift Guide

Favorite Holiday Songs

Gift Guide for Moms

Favorite Holiday Movies

Gift Guide for Boyfriends

Gift Guide for Besties

Gifts that Give Back

Gifts that Give Back Part 2

Christmas Wish List

Christmas Tag

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Cutest Christmas Cards

Christmas Cookie Roundup

25 Days of Christmas :: Day 14 :: Gifts that Give Back Part 2

A few days ago I posted Gifts that Give Back, but as I was scrolling through my Instagram last night, I realized I know of so many other places that have great gifts and support amazing causes.


I got my first (RED) product in 2007 from a Virgin Records store (lol, remember them?) and I remember one of my teachers asking me if I knew what it supported. I didn’t then, but I do know and I am so proud to have helped introduce family and friends to this amazing origination that supports the fight against AIDS.

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If your interested in learning more about (RED), click here.

Out of Print

Another favorite of mine for a bit is Out of Print Clothing. Being a literature major, I pretty much love anything remotely related to books. Combine that with giving back and I am sold. Out of Print helps fund literacy programs in communities that need it, along with donating books and supporting authors, as well. They have men’s, kids’, and women’s clothing along with awesome accessories.

Gatsby Space Cat Poe Scarf Fantastic Books 

You can learn more about this cool company here.


I first heard about FEED through Instagram when it popped up on my explore page. Feed produces all of their produces with fair trade. And each product has a number stamped on it letting you know how many meals or micronutrient packs that product provided. It is wonderful, really.

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Learn more about this amazing company here.

So let’s give some gifts that give back this Christmas!

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Favorite Christmas Songs

Beauty Babe Gift Guide

Favorite Holiday Movies

Gift Guide for Boyfriends

Christmas Tag

Gift Guide for Moms

Christmas Wish List

Gift Guide for Besties

Holiday Outfit Inspo

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Christmas Cookie Roundup

Cutest Christmas Cards

25 Days of Christmas :: Day 13 :: Christmas Wish List

I am so hyped for Christmas! Today I thought I’d share some of my Christmas wish list. Some of these are bit optimistic, but isn’t that what wishing is for?

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

Be Delicious Gift Set

Clarins Booster Detox

Dark Mark Pin

Plaid Leggings

SPN Sleep Set

Skull Leggings

What are some things you want for Christmas?

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Holiday Outfit Inspo

Gifts that Give Back

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Christmas Cookie Roundup

Cutest Christmas Cards

Gift Guide for Moms

25 Days of Christmas :: Day 12 :: Christmas Tag

I freakin’ love tag videos on YouTube, so I really wanted to do a Christmas tag after watching a few (more like 26) holiday tag videos last night. What can I say? Once I log onto YouTube, I’m there for hours. It just kind of sucks me in, ya know?


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I stumbled onto Absolutely Olivia’s Christmas Tag and thought it was perfect!


What is your favorite Christmas movie?

That is such a hard one! I have a few favorite Christmas movies that I queue up every year.


If I had to pick just one, I’d have to say The Holiday. I find myself watching it all year.


Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Almost every year! I love to drag a blanket out to our porch swing and curl up with a cup of coco after we’ve done the Christmas rounds with all my family. It’s awesome to just sit and watch the snow fall. I live out in the country so it is really peaceful and super pretty.


Where do you usually spend your holiday?

Most of it happens at my house! Almost all of the family comes over for dinner and to hang out. I also go to Cody’s house to see his family for a bit and sometimes to my stepdad’s mom’s house.


What is your favorite Christmas song?

Who can pick just one? Like Christmas movies, I have a ton of favorite Christmas songs. If I’m forced to pick, I’d have to say I’ll Be Home for Christmas. My favorite version is by Rascal Flatts.


Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?

Just one! Everybody is allowed to pick one present to open. It’s super fun. After, my niece and I make hot coco and read The Night Before Christmas before she heads to bed.


What holiday traditions are you most looking forward to this year?

Probably Christmas Eve – every year my Papa spends the night and we all watch a Christmas movie, drink coco, open a present, and read The Night Before Christmas. We’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember.


Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Fake! My mom’s allergic to Christmas trees so we can’t have a real one.


What is your all time favorite holiday food/sweet treat?

Holiday food? Mashed potatoes hands down. I cannot get enough. Sweet treat? Caramel pie. It’s super easy to make all year, but there’s something about having it with a cup of hot coco and Christmas music playing in the background that just makes it taste so much better.


Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

That depends! I love to get gifts (who doesn’t??), but there’s something about giving the perfect gift that just makes you feel amazing.


What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

That’s easy – my dog, Coco.

I had wanted a Chihuahua forever, but my parents always said no. Then my senior year in high school, on Christmas Eve when it came time to open my present, my mom said I just had to open the gift bag she pointed out. My baby was so freaking tiny! Best gift ever!


What would your dream place be to visit during the holiday season?

That’s tough! New York or Italy.


Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

Pro, baby! I love wrapping presents. I gather everything I need, take over the living room, watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, and get it done.


Most memorable holiday moment?

I have no idea; so many moments rushed to my mind that I could never pick just one.


Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you stick with them?

Nope – to both. I usually make New Years Goals. I always try to stick with them, but honestly about May I stop keeping them in the forefront of my mind and they slip to the way side. Although, I have a few plans to help me stick to mine in 2017.I’ll have a post up about those first thing in January. Keep an eye out    ; )


What makes the holidays special to you?

Family and friends! I’m so thankful and lucky to get to spend extra time with them over the holidays!


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That was fun! Leave me some of your responses in the comments 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Olivia’s blog and show her some love for this fun tag!