What I’m Reading: The Happiness Project

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As apart of my #30before30 challenge, I said I would read a new book a month. Well I’m already off to a bad start because I’m two months in and am only half way through a book. My new Intel tablet has encouraged me to take more time out of my day to read. Its become a ritual before bed or in the morning to pick my tablet and read.

The the other thing I love about my Intel tablet is that I can download all of my favorite magazines as well. The tablet is perfect for when I travel because it’s less books and magazines to lug around.

I’m currently reading the Happiness Project which I downloaded on this cool new app called Oyster. I’ve seen a lot of buzz on social media lately about it and read that it’s being made into a movie. So far I’m really liking it and its a great book to read before I jump into the New Year.

Have any of all you read this book? What are you currently reading?

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Diy Christmas Gift Card Holder


I can’t believe Christmas is just a few weeks away.  I put up my Christmas tree last week and couldn’t wait to start filling it with presents. One of the easiest gifts I love giving during the holidays are gift cards. But I hate putting them in cards, I’ve never been a fan of cards so I just don’t give them. Target challenged me along with other bloggers, to create a unique way to give a gift card to friend this year.

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Spending under $25, I started to think about the foodies in my life and what they would want. Using your standard pot holder as an envelope, you could fill this up with a Target GiftCard® along with a few kitchen accessories and a recipe card. The recipe has almost all of the tools needed to make their favorite Christmas cookies thanks to you. Target now allows you to purchase gift cards online, so if you don’t have a location near you and want to make this gift card holder you can just buy everything at Target.com

Ingredients:

1 pot holder

1 Target GiftCard®

1 measuring spoons set

1 spatula

1 recipe card (not pictured)

1 cookie cutter

TARGET_LOGOI partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign.

10 Small Businesses to Follow on Instagram

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In honor of #smallbusinesssaturday, I’m highlighting a few of my favorite small businesses to follow on Instagram. Several are located in Atlanta but I’m also including stores that are also online. I love supporting small but thriving businesses.

Who do you love to follow on Instagram? Did I miss any hidden gems?

1. Scarlet & Gold (@scarletandgoldshop)

Scarlet & Gold is a stationary and accessories store based out of Auburn, Alabama. I love that this business is run by two southern girls from Alabama. The business is based on christian principles and strong roots. My favorite line from their store is their collegiate line, I’ve got a few of their University of Alabama prints on my christmas shopping list. 

Scarlet and Gold Instagram

2. Merchant at Howell Mill in Atlanta (@themerchantatl)

I interviewed the owners of the Merchant at Howell Mill a few months back, when I featured them in my Around Atlanta series. This is one of my favorite places to shop in Atlanta for gifts. They have everything a girl and guy could want. They recently expanded their store by adding home furnishings. 

The Merchant at Howell Mill Instagram

3. Furbish Studio (@furbishstudio)

I discovered Furbish Studio several years ago on Twitter when the owner just had her blog. Her Raleigh, NC based home decor store is an interior designers dream world. They have everything from art work to bedding to furniture. If you haven’t started on your, Christmas shopping this store is the place to start this weekend. They are having a black friday sale. 20% off orders of $75+ w/code HOLLADAY

Furbish Studio Instagram

4. Curl Box (@curlbox)

For all you curly headed girls, if you aren’t following Curlbox on Instagram you are truly missing out. This monthly box subscription service is perfect resource for your natural hair products. Curl Box always features great hairstyles on their Instagram but I love following the owner Myleik’s page as well. 

CurlBox Instagram

5. Waiting on Martha (@waitingonmartha)

I had the opportunity of meeting Mandy several years ago when she was just in the beginning stages of planning her store. It’s been great to see how her blog and store have developed so much in the past few years. She is an Atlanta based gal who hales from Chicago. If you are in Atlanta, check out her pop-up shop at the Shops Around Lenox for your Christmas gift shopping until December 30th. 

Waiting on Martha Instagram

6. Garnish and Gather (@garnishandgather)

I’ve tried several meal delivery services but Garnish and Gather is my favorite and the only one my stomach could possibly take. The are a local and organic meal delivery service. They source all ingredients from local farmers markets and producers. My stomach is always growling when I’m looking at their Instagram. 

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7. Young Blood Art Gallery and Boutique (@youngbloodboutique)

I just discovered Young Blood Boutiques Instagram a few weeks ago when I interviewed them for my Around Atlanta series. If you are shopping for unique and one of kind christmas gifts then this is the place to go. Their store is a curated collection featuring independent artists from across the country. 

Young Blood Boutique Instagram

8. 31 Bits (@31bits)

31 bits is a jewelry line designed and handmade by women from Uganda. Proceeds from all sales help fight poverty in the war torn region. 

31 Bits Instagram

9. Society Social (@societysocial)

I met Roxy several years ago online just when her business was in the beginning stages. We had the opportunity to meet in person last year while I was in New York. I love following her Instagram because its always filled with bright colors and cocktails. 

Society Social Instagram

10. Ashley Brooke Designs ( @ashleybrookedesigns)

Ashley Brooke Designs was a started by a small business owner based out of Florida. Her stationary and line of mugs embodies all things sassy and stylish. Her instagram account is always making me want to do something new to my office. 

Ashley Brooke Designs Instagram

Black Friday Sales

If you missed your chance to go to the Black Friday sales this morning, you still can grab some great deals online. I’ve rounded up my favorite places to shop that are having amazing sales during this holiday weekend. 

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Fashion: 

All Saints: 20% off all styles w/code: THANKS

Ann Taylor: 50 % off entire site

Ann Taylor Loft: 40 % off entire site

Anthropoligie: extra 20 % off all purchases w/code Holiday25

ASOS (US): 30 % off entire purchase w/ code: TGIBF

Athleta: 20 % off w/ code: FIT20

Banana Republic: 50% off one full-price item Black Friday w/ code BRFIFTY, 40% off site wide Cyber Monday w/ code BRFORTY

C.Wonder: 40 % off entire site

Design Darling: 20 % off w/code: MANY THANKS

DvF: 15% off site wide Black Friday w/ code FRIDAY15, same deal Cyber Monday w/ code CYBER15

Emerson Fry: 20% off all full-priced merchandise Cyber Monday w/ code EFMONDAY14

Express: 50 % off entire site

GAP: 50% off entire site

J.Crew: 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no mimimum w/ code HOLIDAY

J.Crew Factory: 50 percent off entire site + Free Shipping w/ code Thanks

Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase

ModCloth: 50% off 100s of new arrivals

Old Navy: 50 % off entire store

Piperlime: 25 % off entire store

Sole Society: 30 % off all footwear 

Home and Kitchen:

Furbish Studio: 20% off orders of $75+ w/code HOLLADAY

Lulu & Georgia: Black Friday spend $250, get 20% off w/ code PUMPKINPIE20, Spend $500, get 25% off w/ PUMPKINPIE25

Waiting of Martha: Free Shipping w/code FREESHIP

West Elm: Save up to 25 % off with code SUPERSALE

World Market: Buy One, Get One Free on Select Items

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