Winter Wonderland Tag

Another blog tag y’all! I love these. I hope my readers do too. 😂 Thank you Amaris for tagging me!!! Go check out her blog my peeps it’s amazing. ❤️

Here are the rules:

  • Link back to Chronicles in Bloom
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag at least 3 other bloggers, or however many you want!

1. Name a few things you love about winter, and a few things you don’t love so much about it. I love how everything slows down a bit! I love the coziness and how it’s more acceptable to snuggle up and spend a day reading or watching movies. I love cold, fresh air and SNOW and as a low-energy introvert I sometimes like how it ruins plans. I also like not having to show my legs for months on end. TMI? I really dislike cold feet and I have them almost constantly in the winter. 😭 I don’t like wearing a coat because BULKY AND CONSTRICTIVE. I also dislike having to find socks all the time. I owe that to laziness though.

2. When you were a child, did you “believe” in Santa Claus? I didn’t. My parents never told us Santa was real. Sometimes we joke around that Santa is coming but never seriously. 😄

3. Is there a book or movie that you really love watching or reading in the Winter as opposed to other times of the year? I like to read Tolkien books and Austen books in the winter. They’re just so cozy!

4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as a tradition? So many. 😂 Elf, The Nativity Story, It’s A Wonderful Life, The Grinch, A Christmas Story, A Christmas Carol, I could go on.

5. Do you usually get a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Who’s in charge of decorating it at your house? We’ve only gotten one real Christmas tree that I can remember… We normally have a fake one and we decorate it as a family.

6. Does your family usually stay at home or go visiting (relatives, friends, etc.) on Christmas Day? We stay home because our family lives far away.

7. What does your family do on New Years Eve? Any traditions? Do you ever stay up till midnight? We always stay up late, sometimes we’ll watch the ball drop and we eat snacks for dinner.

8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf? We do get a little bit normally, but it’s either been cloudless on the really cold days or too warm for snow so far this winter! It snowed up on the mountains but they’re all the way East of here. 😭 I haven’t built a snowman in yearssss and I probably wouldn’t name him Olaf. I’m not exactly a Frozen fan. 😂

9. If it’s snowing outside, would you prefer to go outside and build snowmen and enjoy it, or would you rather stay inside with a blanket and something hot to drink and maybe a movie or a book? I’d probably rather… stay inside??? I’ll normally choose indoor activities over outdoor. 😂

10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring? Ooooo. Right after Valentines Day. I still always look forward to Valentine’s Day even though I’m single as all get out and I haven’t been to a Valentines party in like 11 years. 😂 But my birthday is March 2nd and I consider myself a Spring baby, plus it’s my favorite season. ❤️

I’m tagging anyone who reads this!!!

Here is the list of questions:

1. Name a few things you love about Winter, and a few things you don’t love so much about it.

2. When you were a child, did you “believe” in Santa Claus?

3. Is there a book or movie that you really love to read in the Winter as opposed to other times of year?

4. Is there a particular Christmas movie that you watch EVERY year as tradition?

5. Do you usually get a real tree or a fake tree for Christmas? Who’s in charge of decorating it at your house?

6. Does your family usually stay home or go visiting (relatives, friends, etc.) on Christmas Day?

7. What does your family usually do on New Years Eve? Any traditions? Do you ever stay up till midnight?

8. Do you get snow where you live? If so, have you ever built a snowman and named him Olaf?

9. If it’s snowing outside, would you prefer to go outside and build snowmen and enjoy it, or would you rather stay inside with a blanket and something hot to drink and maybe a movie or a book?

10. When do you start looking forward to or getting excited about Spring?

Christmas on a Budget

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Holidays, Christmas especially, can be expensive. But they don’t have to be! Thanks to Pinterest, the Dollar Store, sales, and creativity you don’t have to drain your bank account.

 

The Dollar Store

You can get so much here and not spend more than $15! After some quick Pinterest searches we got enough inspiration for how we wanted to decorate using things that only cost one dollar each. We got several tubes of assorted ornaments, lights, plastic snowflakes, a little gold tinsel tree, faux flowers to make a wreath, bells, tinsel strands, and some suction hooks. We hung the ornaments from an arched entryway to our living room with some white thread and it turned out so pretty! We did the same with the snowflakes on the light fixture in our dining room. The lights, tinsel, and everything else got sprinkled here and there around the downstairs

But you can get much more than decorations from the Dollar Store! I was surprised by the giant selection of wrapping paper, and now that all my presents are wrapped I can say it is decent quality. There were several sizes of rolls so be sure to get your money’s worth with a 50 yard roll instead of a 15 yard roll for the same price. They had so many cute designs to choose from, it was a hard choice! They had a good nerdy selection too, for the Star Wars, Disney, or superhero fan. They also have two packs of tape, bags of bows, and all kinds of ribbon

I didn’t do any actual Christmas gift shopping there, but there’s definitely some great things you can use for gifts! Mugs, candy, hair accessories, nail polish, stationary, mittens… Sounds like the perfect start to a girly gift basket to me!

 

Homemade gifts

Since I’m not good at sewing or knitting/crocheting, I like to make things like cookies, truffles, candied or spiced nuts, peppermint bark, essential oil roller bottles, body scrubs, sprays, creams, whatever I can think of! Sometimes I give my art away too. My paresnts and grandparents still have my ooollllddd (cringey) paintings out as decor. If you’re good at poetry or scrapbooking or photography or anything creative you could use those talents and make a lovely, heartfelt gift.

 

Sales and Discount Stores

Keep an eye out for things on sale and don’t shy from places like thrift stores or flea markets! Books are amazingly cheap at most thrift stores and it doesn’t take much searching to find a gem. Antiques are also super cool to give as gifts, and if someone you know has a record player, a record would be a neat gift! I also love places like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Target if I’m looking for new gifts for cheaper or on sale. Amazon is also a great place to find almost anything and if you have Prime you get free shipping AND you don’t have to leave your nice cozy bed— ehm, I mean, house. 

 

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Last year after Christmas we threw away our artificial tree. It was old and dusty and ratty, and my parents just decided they’d get another one this year. Come Christmastime this year, we weren’t able to get a replacement! We just accepted it and were all fine, but I did pray and I told God that even though it’s silly, it would be really awesome if my parents found a tree for free or even very cheap. Two days later my dad dragged in a GIANT prelit tree that is barely an inch from our ceiling. It was free from someone in our neighborhood who didn’t want it anymore. I kinda choked up when I told my mom about the prayer that I was a little embarrassed to pray, that God answered so beyond what I imagined. It may seem silly to us but God knows how to bless! Keep an eye out for freebies and enter giveaways for decorations and/or gifts. Every day it seems like one AMAZING giveaway (at least — sometimes there’s more!) shows up in my Instagram feed and it doesn’t take more than a couple minutes or less to enter!

 

Secret Santa

Since there are so many of us kids we’ve had a tradition of Secret Santa for almost 10 years. Each kid is assigned a sibling and they get to be that persons Secret Santa, which includes buying that person a gift with a price limit ($5, $10, $15) and some years we’ve done little things like made each other little snacks or secretly helped with chores. It’s fun and mysterious and, if you have a lot of siblings, it would help you save money!

 

I know these tips are too late to help this year, but hopefully you can use them next year if you have a limited budget like me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book Lover Tag

Helloooo my lovely readers! I have a fun tag to do today that my bookworm friends will hopefully enjoy. Thank you Amaris for tagging me! I love doing these. Even though it takes me way to long to get to them.

Here are the Rules:

• Answer the questions

• Have fun (don’t worry)

• Tag some book-loving bloggers

 

1. If you could rewrite the end of any book, which one would it be?

For me it would probably have to be Little Women. I have always disliked that Laurie and Jo never ended up together. It never felt right! Especially since he ended up with Amy. It just felt forced. I feel like Laurie could have helped Jo fulfill everything she wanted in life, like taken her traveling and supported her family and helped them live in comfort.

 

2. Which fictional character are you most like?

Fanny Price, Meg March, Jane Bennet, Bilbo Baggins… there are quite a few but definitely those ones. 😂

 

3. Do you have any signed books?

Sadly, no. I’d love to have one someday!

 

4. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? 

It’s hard to pick especially since I *hides face* didn’t read many books this year. But I definitely enjoyed Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and Heartless by Anne Elizabeth Stengl.

 

5. Do you have any bookish pet peeves?

People not being gentle with books. Folding pages, spilling stuff on them, AGH. In the books themselves though, I don’t like cliché villains who have no motive.

 

6. Out of the books you’ve read this year, which has your favorite cover?

Mansfield Park. It has a gorgeous cover.

 

7. Is there a book that releases this year that you cannot wait to read?

I can’t think of one… I mostly enjoy classics and all my favorite authors are long gone. *sniffs sadly*

8. What is your favorite non-fiction book?

Besides the Bible, I was really touched by The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom and Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor.

9. Do you have a favorite location and/or time period to have a book set in?

Ancient Egypt, Israel, Greece, or Rome. I love ancient history more than any other and I just love feeling so transported into those times and places.

10. Is there a book that reminds you of something else?

This question is pretty vague so I’m going to answer creatively. Every time I read Narnia I’m reminded of when I was really little and my dad would read Narnia to me while we snuggled on the couch.

Once again, thank you so much Amaris, my blogging buddy! ❤️

I’m tagging Nina, Leah, and Halee. I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope you enjoy doing too!