Category: Lifestyle

New Year, New Dream Board!

Hello 2019! Who doesn’t love a fresh start?! I love New Years because it’s a great time to refocus after all the holiday craziness!!

If you’ve followed me for a while, you already know my New Years drill! But if you haven’t I’m going to fill you in on a little family tradition!

For about 11 years now my family has held the tradition of all getting together after January 1st and making a dream board! This is a place where all your goals for the year ahead (or your general future) can be visualized and serve as a reminder when placed somewhere that you will be able to see it everyday!

We all get together, have a yummy dinner & sit around the floor with piles of magazines, scissors, glue, and poster board! We flip through the magazines and cut out anything that has to do with any of our upcoming goals, needs, & wants. Then we place them all over our board! … for some people this takes 5 minutes, or if your neurotic like me it can take 3 hours!

Things cut out for me are normally words, pictures, and phrases. And they don’t always have to be just for that year – I place things on my board as well that I want to see in the future. For instance, going to Greece has probably been on my board since I can remember making them! It’s been about 11 years! I’m SO excited that this year will actually be the last year it’s on my board & I can make room for a new dream spot! Me & Ryan will be officially hitting Greece in September …. I know I will cry when I get there πŸ˜‚ it has always been my ultimate dream vacation.

Here’s a photo of my dream board this year! I’ll be sharing another post more in-depth about my goals in the next few days!

This tradition is so fun to me and I love that we all get together and do it! If you guys make one or need any help getting one started let me know!!!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

– DREAM BOARD SUPPLIES –

The Chelsey Rae Gift Guide

Okay, so – LAST GIFT GUIDE! And it’s my personal gift guide! …. it’s kinda pointless because I know since I have a wedding coming up I’m probably not getting any of it. But a girl can dream right? …. or a girl can end up gifting them to herself πŸ˜‚ which is probably what will happen for some of it!

Anyway, collage below and description will be underneath!

Brown Leopard Hunter Boot | $166 β€’ Love these because they are different than the norm! I may actually already have them on the way!

Rose Quartz Roller | $53 β€’ Everyone is all into these! One of my best friends has one and it actually feels pretty good on your skin! They are supposed to bring circulation and oxygen to your skin, improving tone!

Toasted Eye Shadow Pallet | $40 β€’ ummm the colors in this pallet are amazing! That’s is all!

May I Come In? Coffee Table Book | $65 β€’ because I love a good coffeee table book and interior design!

Instant Pot | $80 β€’ I absolutely need one of these! I hear nothing but good things about them and I love a quick way to cook a meal! Instead of cooking a roast for like 8 hours you can cook it for something crazy like 1 or 2! Yes please!

Marc Jacob Smart Watch | $295 β€’ because if I had a smart watch THIS would be it! So cute!

Dyson + QUAI Blowout Set | $400 β€’ I hear these blow dryers are AMAZING! Everyone that has them raves about them. I love the color of this one (white) and love that it comes with all the QUAI products!

Lap Top Table | $75 β€’ NEED THIS! These are perfect for sitting on the sofa and pulling up close to you to work on your lap top!

Tan Deco Speaker | $50 β€’ I love this and want it in our bathroom to listen to music from our phones without it being a ugly tacky speaker!

24 Pack Of Coil Hair Ties | $25 β€’ these are all I use in my hair because they don’t make creases!

Faux Fur Platform Boot | $100 β€’ NEED! I love these for a winter shoe! They stand tall or fold over as pictured! This is actually a great price too!

New Balance Pink Sneaker | $80 β€’ Can never have enough sneakers!

Tory Burch Chain Link Tote | $135 β€’ because you can never have enough totes!

Black Leopard Hunter Boot | $195 β€’ I know what your thinking why would one need so many Hunter boots?! Well, it’s rainy here in Louisiana + we go skiing every year and this is what I normally wear in the snow!

If y’all request and get anything from my list y’all have to let me know so I can live vicariously through y’all! Pahaha!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Ryan Gift Guide

Here’s the long awaited men’s gift guide, haha! You guys have been asking so we finally sat down and got it done the other morning! Everything was picked out by Ryan and actually some of the things on the list are things he already has! I’ll add the collage here and then fill you in on the items below!

The DynaTrap | $115 β€’ A mosquito trap that covers over 1/2 an acre. My mom and step dad actually purchased this for us last year because they had one and it’s CRAZY how amazing it works! They live in Destrehan where mosquitoes are always a problem, you can barely get in the pool once the sun goes down because they will carry you away! Since getting this you barely get bit! AMAZINGGGGGG & totally worth it, especially in Louisiana!

Garmin Golf Watch | $150 β€’ supposedly this thing is something a guy that’s really into golf would like! Apparently it tracks some important stuff and helps you improve your swing/records shot distances. (I know nothing about this, but whatever)

Yeti Cooler | $200 β€’ these are pricey but honestly are worth the money! It really stays cold for forever and everyone can use an ice chest! Also, how often do you buy ice chests?! This one is definitely long lasting!

Electric Shaver | $88 β€’ Ryan says this is something every guy needs/likes!

Cotton Robe | $65 β€’ something very cozy lovin’ guy would like! How often do you go to fancy hotels and like love those big old comfy robes?! I know I do haha! Ryan actually has a robe like this and it has became mine, I wear it every time I get out the tub pahaha!

BBQ Grill Set | $47 β€’ doesn’t get more manly than this!

Coach Reversible Leather Belt | $87 β€’ Ryan thew this on here because he has a coach leather belt he’s had for years that has held up so well! He wears it almost everyday! This one’s cool because it’s black and brown!

Primo Ceramic Grill | $1,000 β€’ okay, yes this is a big gift! But, sometimes someone needs a big gift idea! We just purchased this for our back yard kitchen! Ryan loves it!

Nike Running Shoe | $107 β€’ Men can never have enough Tennis shoes!

Ray Ban Sunglasses | $153 β€’ sunglasses are always a great gift! I mean think about it, are you ever upset when someone gets you a pair?! NO!

Electric Toothbrush | $60 β€’ this is a Greta gift because it’s something people like but probably don’t want to spend the money on themselves!

I-Watch 4 | $414 β€’ Ryan probably put this on a list because it’s something he wants. And apparently every other guy wants this year! Pretty self explanatory, it’s a new tech toy so the men love it!

Compact Key Holder Keychain | $19 β€’ okay now THIS is a good one! Ryan has one and so does my dad and they both love it! Instead of having your keys all flopping around you put them on this holder and they all stay together (if your not getting my drift it’s kinda the same way a pocketknife works).

Happy Manly Christmas shopping!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

All The Gift Guides

Yay! It’s Saturday! Finally posting ALL my gift guides besides two, mine & Ryan’s (working on that now as we speak! It’ll be up this week!).

Scroll down to see all the different ones – for the fitness fanatic, the cozy girl, kids, the BRIDEE & even your momma!

Hover over the item you like and click it to be brought to the place you can purchase!

Hope y’all are having a fabulous weekend!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Game Night

Happy Friday y’all! With all the holiday craziness sometimes you gotta step back & make a little extra time for the fam!

Last night me and hayd had a checkers competition and I got to thinking, let me share some of our favorite games with you guys!

Family game night is fun, of course there’s sometimes sore losing & cheating (only on me and Hayden’s part! Ryan always plays fair πŸ˜‚πŸ™„) but it’s still fun to get together and spend time with no electronics!

Sharing some of our favorite games in the slider below! … andddd a new game I want to get for Christmas under that!

Reindeer Antler Ring Toss | $12

How fun does this game look for holiday get togethers?! I bet it’s freaking hilarious! I am about to order it!

Happy game night!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

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Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Happy Thursday guys! It’s time for another gift guide! This stocking stuffer gift guide has tons of goodies! Posting a little bit about some of my favorite picks from this list below the collage!

Blue Light Screen Protective Glasses β€’ everyone needs these! we’re all staring at our phone all day, so at the end of the night I love to pop these on when I’m working on the blog or watching tv! These are also SUPER CUTE, the gold frame makes them fashionable & anyone would love these in their stocking!

Makeup Wash Away Gift Set β€’ love this! Again, something every girl teens and over can use! The black wash clothes help to not ruin nice ones & I love the headband to hold your hair back!

Drybar Dry Shampoo β€’ one of my favorite dry shampoos! I carry the travel size in my purse!

Tart Contour Palette β€’ great stocking stuffer for anyone! Plus it’s only $20, great price!

Amazon Echo Dot β€’ you cant beat this price! We love our echo because you can tell it to play music, and ask it questions about anything! We have it in our kitchen/main room, so convenient when cooking!

Happy stocking stuffer shoppin’

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Beauty Queen Gift Guide

Happy Monday y’all! Publishing some new gift guides this week!! This one’s up first!

If your a new reader, all you have to do is hover over the item you like, click it, and it’ll bring you directly to the item to purchase!

Look out for more through out the week!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

The Morning Routine!

Y’all!! Is it just me or does the cold weather make getting out of bed a killer!? I AM STRUGGLING!!

Here’s the truth – at the moment I am so totally overwhelmed. The wedding has me crazy overwhelmed, the blog takes up a lot of time that I still haven’t quite figured out how to balance, and Ryan’s wedding present is taking up some time too!

But I gotta pull in the reigns and get it together! This week I’ve started to try to wake up about a hour earlier just to try to get stuff done. My main goal is to eventually get working out and blogging done in the morning so it frees up my time with my family in the afternoon or so I’m not up till midnight trying to get it done and then stuck not being able to wake up!

Here’s some things I ALREADY do to make my morning routine go smoothly and some things I am STARTING to do!

1. Prep for your morning, the night before!

I always, always, set out my clothes the night before. ESPECIALLY if I have a workout plan! This give you nothing else to do but hop out of bed, brush your teeth, throw your clothes on, and go! It’s it’s not a workout, I still set my clothes out for work out at least something that gives me an idea of what I’m wearing!

2. Make a list.

I always have a list of things I need to/try to accomplish everyday. This just gives you a clear vision of what your day needs to look like!

3. Get excited!

Always pick one thing to be excited about that day! Shoot, even if it’s what your having for lunch or dinner! Starting your day off with a good thought can always help!

4. DON’T press snooze.

Something I am currently trying to work on! Tonight I am putting the phone further from me, so I’m forced to just get up!

5. Don’t have a mindless morning!

How many times can I count that I’ve spent way to much time in the morning scrolling through stupid stuff on my phone?! Before you know it you look up and you’ve wasting 30 minutes looking at Instagram memes! What the heck!! Lately I have been intentionally doing things on my to-do list first thing in the morning and then jumping into getting ready with my phone away from me! Guess what? Bet you finish your make-up a billion times faster!

6. Always make the bed.

Maybe this is a personal preference!? Making the bed just starts the day off right pahaha! I don’t know, there’s something about it making the bedroom feel clean/put together & coming home to that as well that puts me in a great mood!

Like I said I’m still working on perfecting some of these things! But when I follow them to a T it sure makes for a better start!

Obviously you have to be realistic about setting your morning goals too! At the moment I am currently starting to try to wake up at 5 AM but I have been for the most part always waking up at 6:30. I know magically waking up a whole hour and a half earlier won’t happen, so I’ve been weaning myself into it by doing like 30 minute increments!

Do you guys have any special morning routines or tricks that make waking up earlier a breeze!? Share them with a sista!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Gift Guide for the Jetsetter!

Morning y’all! Here’s the next gift guide! It’s all for the girl you know that’s always traveling! Or maybe even just for yourself!

There’s a few things that Stand out on here that I want to talk about! Scroll below the collage to see my favorite picks!

Hover over and click the image to be taken directly to the product to purchase/get more details!

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3 Piece Hard Case Luggage Set | $149

If you’ve followed along you’ve heard my rant on this! I absolutely love and 100% think this is worth the money and a good buy! Hard case luggage holds up a million times better and lasts longer than others!

Leather Patch Tote | $160

How cute is this for a travel tote? And ummmm, its a fabulous Louie dupe i’d say! For a FRACTION of the price! I absolutely love my Louie especially when I travel! It’s the best to throw literally everything in! When I saw this I HAD to tag it for y’all because I knew y’all would love it!

Tavel Passport Wallet | $15

Me and Ryan invested in one of these this year! (Well not really invested because it’s like under $20 pahaha). It was a fabulous idea because it keeps all your stuff in one spot and your not digging all over your purse to find important papers!

3 Piece Travel Organization Bags | $30

Love these! A smart way to keep everything in one spot and not having it fly all over your luggage!

Let me know if you guys have any questions!

XoXo, Chelsey Rae

Under $25 Gift Guide!

Hey y’all! It’s officially gift guide time!!! Starting off with a simple one! Everything on this is $25 and under! These are all great ideas for secret Santa, coworkers, friends or even family!

Hover over the item and click it to be brought directly to the link to purchase!

Getting started with other guides for yall asap!

xoxo, Chelsey Rae