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How To Ask For A Raise

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Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend! I hope everyone had a super productive week. I think we all deserve to celebrate with a glass of champagne ( or 4…), don’t you?

I wanted to share some more details about my life/current work situation with you guys today because yesterday I conquered something that has been causing me major anxiety for months. I ASKED FOR A RAISE. I still can’t even believe it. I have never been in a job position where asking for a raise was necessary, so safe to say I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or where to start. And I figured some of ya’ll might be in the same boat.

I am currently working as a Property Manager of three executive suites buildings. Before this I had been a nanny for 4 years while going to college. My last year of college has been on hold for the past two years for a few reasons ( we can get more into that later, if anyone is interested? ) and I kind of fell into this job through someone I know and have grown to actually really enjoy it. I have wanted to be a professional ice skater, a horse trainer, a princess ( still true ) and a teacher, which is actually what I was going to school for, but, never did I think all my psycho organizational skills and great people skills would be put to such great use as a property manager. It’s so funny how over time ( sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly ) your “what I want to be when I grow up” changes, ya know?

So, onto this raise situation. Before I get into it, I want to make sure that you all know that with this post I am sharing what worked for me, and you may have to tweak a few things for your situation.

Before I decided that it was time, and that I deserved a raise I asked myself the following questions:

  1. “Have I worked at this company for a substantial amount of time?” YES. I have worked here for a year and three months! I wouldn’t ever feel comfortable asking for a raise unless I had worked somewhere for at least a year.
  2. “Have I done a good job at my responsibilities/gotten positive performance reviews?” YES. This is a super important one. If you haven’t been excelling at your responsibilities/picked up more or extra responsibilities, asking for a raise might be out of the question, at least for now. Basically, I’d say you need to be doing a great job at your job, for your boss to be open to the idea of paying you more, ya know?
  3. “If I were my boss, would I think that I deserve this raise?” YES. I mean really think about it. Have you called in sick every Friday for the last three months and don’t get in until lunch every Monday? Your boss is probably aware of the fact that you don’t take your job seriously and is not going to want to pay you more.

In my particular situation, I have accumulated a ton more responsibilities over the last 6 months and have been doing multiple peoples jobs for them. On top of that, I have been doing a really good job at all of them! I totally don’t want this to sound like I’m just tooting my own horn ( toot toooooot LOL ) but I knew in my heart and in my gut that getting a raise is something that I deserve and something I have worked really hard to earn. I think it’s really important to come to that conclusion beforehand.

Next, I did tons of research and wrote out a whole speech, word for word, what I wanted to say when I sat down with my boss.

  • Let your boss that you love working here and that this isn’t a threat of any kind that you are going to look for another job.
  • Include a list of what your responsibilities were when you got hired, then add a list of what your responsibilities have grown to include over time since then.
  • Do some research and figure out what the annual salary is that someone in your same job position makes in your area.
  • Have a number written down that you want, and be confident in asking for it! You deserve this raise, you know that, and your boss probably does too.
  • Make it about what you do for them. Remind them how valuable you are to the company, and to them. Make sure they know how unfortunate it would be to lose you!

Next step: Set up a meeting with your boss. Make it really professional. Ask him or her what day and time works for them so that it’s convenient, and neither of you will be rushed.

When you sit down in this meeting, BE CONFIDENT. I don’t think I have ever been that nervous in my entire life ( except maybe before my first date with my boyfriend! ) I barely ate for two days beforehand! But when the time came, I knew I had to just own it and show him my worth.

Things like this are just such a big part of growing up, and growing as a person. I feel like I have so much more self confidence after that conversation and I feel much more sure of my job position and where I’m heading in the future.

If anyone is thinking about asking for a raise, let me know how it goes! I would love to hear and give you a digital high five or hug or something to say congratulations! It’s a huge step and it’s so scary but it’s SO WORTH IT.

On that note, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Have any of ya’ll asked for a raise and used a different method? Please share with us!

XO, Madison.

Winter Hand Care Essentials – TULA

Welllllll I don’t know about ya’ll but in the winter months my skin gets SO DRY. Especially my hands. This is because in the winter I wash them a lot more than I normally would so I can do my best to avoid getting sick. Also from the cold temperatures, freezing wind, and the dryness of having the heat on in the house. Every year I go on a major moisturizing hunt to find the PERFECT skin thirst quencher and always come up a little short. Booo.

UNTIL THIS YEAR.

Let me introduce ya’ll to my hand’s new bff: TULA.

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Tula, Tula, Tula. Besides being super fun to say ( LOL ) all of their products are cruelty and fragrance free, which is really important to me when I decide to put something on my skin. Each product is formulated with probiotic technology that “supports the skin’s first line of defense, making skin healthier and more resistant to damage and aging, from the inside out.” Yes please!

This Hand & Nail Therapy lotion has not only completely saved my hands this winter, but also made me an official loyal Tula customer for life.

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Hand & Nail Therapy targets fine lines, pigmentation, and age spots for firmer, more youthful looking hands. It is formulated with 3 strains of probiotics that will soothe and protect your hands, and is great for anyone and everyone who is in need of dry, irritated hands and cuticles!

All of us women know that one day our hands & our necks will be the culprit of giving away our age, right? And since I am all about prevention, prevention, prevention, this product is PERFECT!

I honestly just cannot say enough positive things about this lotion. Safe to say it’s at the top of my “Current Obsession” list for sure.

I keep Tula in my purse and use it all through out the day and immediately after washing my hands, then I massage Organic Coconut Oil into my hands before I go to bed so they stay moisturized all night long.

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Those are my tippity-tips for winter hand care! Did I miss anything? Do ya’ll have any products that you swear by? We all know how much I love trying new products!

Thank you for reading, you’re the best 🙂

XO, Madison.

January Reading List

Happy Wednesday! How is everyone doing? The weather in Texas has gone back up to the 60’s and 70’s which is amazing for my mood but not so amazing for my allergies. I cannot stop sneezing so if anyone has any natural remedies for allergies that I might not have tried yet PLEASE send them my way!

Now it’s time for my January Reading List! Did anyone read any of the books from my December Reading List? With it being the beginning of the year I think everyone is in the mind set of wanting to better themselves in one way or another, so the theme I chose for this month’s books will help you do just that: better yourself.

Enjoy!

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  1. Platform: How To Get Noticed In A Noisy World By: Michael Hyatt – In this book Michael Hyatt gives the reader a behind the scenes look at social media success. He shares what best selling authors, musicians, entrepreneurs and other creative influencers are doing differently. He speaks from experience because he writes one of the top 800 blogs in the world! Perfect read for any other bloggers or social media influencers out there.
  2. SkinnyTaste Fast & Slow: Knockout Quick Fix & Slow Cooker Recipes By: Gina Homolka – I got this cookbook for Christmas this year and was SO excited about it. I don’t think that slow cooker meals have to be reserved for winter months only. I mean, let’s be honest. Life is hectic, busy and crazy almost always, and slow cooker dinners are the easiest option. This cookbook also has “quick fix” recipes that are not slow cooker, just super easy and quick to make. Plus they’re all super healthy and great options for any of you out there trying to eat healthy this New Year!
  3. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life By: Mark Manson – In this book Mark Manson explores the idea of not being so “positive” all the time, so that we may actually become better, happier people. Basically, he just gets really REAL about life not always being awesome, and how accept that, deal with it, and move on in the best way possible. Sign me up.
  4. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results By: Gary Keller – If you want to take the first step in changing your life I think this would be the first book to read. He gives a very simple, very powerful concept on how to focus on what matters most in your work and personal life. Sounds easy enough, right? But I think we all have a hard time with that and this could really be helpful!
  5. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) By: Hal Elrod – You’d think this would be simple enough, or something that we all do already, but I don’ think that is always the case. Elrod teaches us what steps we need to take in order to wake up each day with more motivation, focus and energy to be our best, most successful selves. A favorite quote of the book is: “Wake up to your full potential.” I just love that! I’m feeling inspired already.
  6. The Defining Decade: Why Your 20’s Matter – And How To Make The Most Of Them By: Meg Jay – Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist who believes that the generation of twenty something’s does matter. She combines the science of the twenty something years with behind – closed – door stories of twenty something’s themselves. She provides the tools needed to make the most of our twenties and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social media, and even our brains, can change and define our lives more than any other time of adulthood.

Let me know if you guys read any of these, and tell me what you think! I’m excited to dive into all of these this month!

Does anyone have a fave self-help book I didn’t put on this list?

XO, Madison.

DIY – Face Mask Facial

Hey, hey! Welcome to Bliss And Bubbly! I’m glad you found your way here 🙂 Today I wanted to share something I discovered a few months ago with you guys…. BENTONITE CLAY. I kept seeing it all over Pinterest and finally caved and ordered it off of Amazon. And well, long story short, I now use it as a DIY face mask every Sunday night as one of my favorite parts of my self care routine.

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I never want to share anything on this blog that I haven’t tried/done and LOVED. And this product is definitely at the top of that list.

It’s all natural, it’s all organic, and all you do is add filtered water ( try to avoid using tap water ) OR Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and a dash of Organic Turmeric. Easy as pie and you have the greatest face mask you’ll ever use. ( Not even exaggerating about that ).

Shall we go over the benefits?

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Bentonite Clay is well known for it’s amazing healing properties among the Aztecs. They say it’s magic, and for good reasons. For the face it will:

  • Shrink pores.
  • Tone & tighten the skin.
  • Literally vacuums dirt & impurities out of pores.

It’s basically like giving yourself a facial at home in the form of a mask. YES PLEASE. Bentonite Clay is also very detoxifying for the body if added to a warm bath combined with epsom salts, and is fantastic at treating insect bites or rashes when combined with water and a little baking soda.

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Organic Turmeric is great at:

  • Diminishes wrinkles.
  • Gently exfoliating.
  • Evening out the skin tone.
  • Fading acne scars and dark spots.
  • Brightening the skin tone.

The only difference between using ACV or water, is that ACV will act as a natural toner for the skin. If you have really sensitive skin and have avoided using toners in the past as a result of dryness or redness, try ACV and let me know if it works better for you! I’ve found it does wonders for my skin and isn’t drying at all.

Anyways! On to the recipe:

  1. 2 teaspoons of Bentonite Clay.
  2. 2 teaspoons of ACV or filtered water.
  3. 1/4 teaspoon of Organic Turmeric.

When mixing your ingredients together be sure not to use a metal utensil, as it will cause the mixture to ball up and make it very difficult to evenly distribute onto your face.

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I like to use the end of this cute little acrylic face mask application brush I got off of Amazon, but you can use anything you want, just no metal!

Once you apply the mask to your face you will almost immediately feel your skin tightening. Earlier when I said it “vacuums” out your pores, it’s so true and you’ll start to feel it right away! It’s kind of amazing. Your face will begin to pulse. It’s a weirdly relaxing sensation. I love it because I’m sitting there thinking “ahhhhh yes, all that nasty dirt in my pores is going buh bye!”

Leave it on for about 5 – 10 minutes. When rinsing it off I like to use a wash cloth soaked in warm water and rub it in gentle circles on my face until it’s all been cleaned off. Then of course always follow up with your favorite moisturizer!

Your skin will totally thank you for trying this face mask out, I know mine always does! 😉

Let me know if you like it! What are yall’s favorite face masks? I love trying new ones, and I know I can’t be the only one.

Thanks so much for reading!

XO, Madison.

Bone Broth For Beginners

Happy Monday! The weather in Texas has been exactly what we always expect: very unexpected. We go from 75 to 22 back to 75. Weather like that is just asking to get a cold or the flu! My boyfriend and I have been passing it back and forth to each other for about a month now, so this delicious bone broth recipe I’m about to share with you guys has been a regular occurring thing in our house lately.

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Bone broth is a recent “health craze” and for literally endless amounts of amazing reasons. It is basically cooking the bones, ligaments & connective tissue of responsibly raised animals to release tons of nutrients and relish in the benefits. Think chicken or beef stock, but better.

If you don’t have a cold, and have a perfectly healthy gut, bone broth should still be added into your regular diet because it’s been shown to boost the immune system, support tissue repair, and can even shorten the recovery time from a surgery or illness. It is also extremely important in aiding your liver in detoxifying the body.

The seemingly endless list of things bone broth may be used for includes…

  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Low protein
  • Bloating
  • Brittle hair & nails
  • Detox
  • Fatigue
  • IBS
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle atrophy & cramps
  • PMS
  • Colds & Flus
  • Illness recovery
  • Stress
  • Weak immunity
  • Slow metabolism
  • Joint health
  • Brain function
  • Anti inflammatory

Woah. Impressive, huh? Now, let’s get cookin! My recipe is the easy way out aka just buying a container of already made bone broth and adding in yummy extras. If you’d like to make it yourself out of bones, more power to you!

Ingredients:

  • Organic, no sodium container of Bone Broth ( NOT chicken or beef stock! )
  • Fresh rosemary.
  • Fresh Ginger Root.
  • Chile Flakes.
  • Peeled Garlic Cloves.
  • 1/2 a lemon, squeezed.
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons Organic Turmeric Powder.

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Directions:

  1. Pour the contents of the Bone Broth container into a pan, and set heat on medium/high.
  2. Add in all your ingredients, and stir occasionally.
  3. Once your bone broth is warmed up, pour it into a bowl or a mug ( I like mine in a mug so I can just drink it right up ) and enjoy!

 This is a great go – to recipe to have in your back pocket when you feel a little sickness coming on.

*Bone broth may be stored in closed mason jars in the fridge for up to 5 days, just remove the layer of hardened fat that forms before enjoying*

*If you’re wondering where to get the actual bones, many butchers will give them to you for free! You just have to ask.*

For additional information and benefits about bone broth, feel free to visit Authority Nutrition.

As always, thank you for reading and hopefully I can help shorten or cure a few colds with this post 🙂

XO, Madison.

Why I Think New Year’s Resolutions Are Bullsh*t

Bliss And Bubbly: Why I Think New Year's Resolutions Are Buillshit

Good morning and happy January 3rd, everybody!

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve. I spent mine with my family, my boyfriend, and some of our family friends at Top Golf which was so much fun. Although, next year, we’ll probably go back to our regular just stay at home and spend time together kind of party because I am just not good at staying up that late LOL.

So, I wanted to take a minute and thank each and every one of you guys that have read my blog in the year 2016. Next month marks 1 year since I started this baby! How crazy is that?! This month I am going to be making some changes to the layout of Bliss And Bubbly, and adding a fashion tab ( YAY! ). I wanted to include you guys that have been here from the beginning and see if there is anything in particular that ya’ll want to see more of on here this year? Wellness, recipes, beauty tips, literally anything! Please, please, please let me know! I’d love, love, love to hear it. I’m doing this to provide value for ya’ll and I want to make sure that I am succeeding at that.

Now, on to those pesky little New Year’s resolutions. Full disclosure, I used to love and even look forward to making my New Year’s resolutions every year. But a few months ago when every one started talking about them I just kind of had a bad taste in my mouth. I think it’s better, and puts less pressure on yourself, to make daily, weekly, and yes, yearly goals, all through out the year. Not something unattainable at the first of the year that is just going to set you up to fail.

Ya know?

I hate the whole “I’m going to go to the gym every single day” and “I’m going to lose 50 pounds by March” or “I’m going to eat healthy and drink a kale smoothie every single morning until next NYE”. Yes, those are all wonderful goals and if that is what you want to do, more power to you, but I personally just think all those are little ridiculous, and if you don’t reach them by the time you set yourself up to reach them, then you’re going to be disappointed and discouraged.

Don’t get me wrong though guys, I am ALL FOR goal setting. I do it every single day. I have goals for Bliss And Bubbly this year that are HUUUUGE and I cannot wait to achieve them. But they are not “New Year’s Resolutions”. Get it? I think that if you want to achieve something this year, this month, this week, then you should write it down in your planner, in your notes app, wherever you’ll be constantly reminded, and once you reach it ( in your own time, however long it may take ) you cross it off, and then write down another one!

It’s just not realistic to go say you are going to go to the gym every single day. Ya know what I mean? Like life happens. And that is OK. Maybe instead say, “I will do at least 30 minutes of some sort of physical activity every day this week” and see how it fits into your schedule!

Life is all about balance. I am a very firm believer in not depriving myself, but making sure I do everything in moderation. It does take will power, but it’s worth it. If you drink kale smoothies for breakfast every day and then on Sunday want to go to brunch and get cinnamon rolls and a mimosa, DO IT. Don’t be that person that says “no I can’t because it was my New Year’s Resolution”.

Unless you want to. LOL. Obviously we are all our own people, and we are all more than capable of making our own decisions, I just wanted to share my opinion with ya’ll because there might be one or two of you out there that feel the same way I do :).

Do you guys agree, disagree, have anything to add? I’d love to hear!

Also, don’t forget to let me know what you want to see more of on Bliss And Bubbly this year!!

XO,

Madison.

Current Closet Rotation

Happy Tuesday! I personally feel like it should be Friday already, though. I have just been exhausted lately! My boyfriend and I got a new puppy and he is ridiculously cute, but he’s also a little monster and potty training him has not exactly been a walk in the park. But honestly, he has been bringing us so much happiness and laughter, neither one of us even care!

So today I wanted to share my winter closet staples with you guys. I wear at least one of these items at least two or three times a week because they are all so versatile and can be mixed and matched with one another for so many different looks. Perfect for when you’re freezing in the morning before work and want to throw on something comfortable AND cute.

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  1. Classic Black Turtleneck: This is something, in my opinion, every woman needs in her closet for the fall & winter months. You can be casual and wear it under a patterned cardigan or fur vest, or dress it up and tuck it into some high waisted jeans with some heels. The possibilities are really endless with simple black!
  2. Cozy Cowl Neck Sweater: I love, love, love a soft, oversized cowl neck sweater. So much so that I think I have 5? One for everyday of the week, right? LOL but in all seriousness, this is perfect to wear on a cold day, and the neck looks very chic under any type of outwear jacket you throw on over top of it. Slide on some leggings and booties, put your hair in a top knot, and you have officially nailed the “didn’t even try, but I still look super cute” look.
  3. Faux Fur Vest: This is my FAVORITE thing to wear the minute it starts to cool down. I mean, I’m obsessed with faux fur anything, honestly, but a faux fur vest just looks so CHIC, right?! And the great thing about these is that they are pretty simple, so you can wear them over a plain colored shirt, a dress, or something with more of a pattern and it will look fabulous no matter what. Plus they are all so soft, which is never a bad thing. I have three different colors of these and I wish I had more. I would wear one everyday if I could!
  4. Classic Plaid Button Up: Plaid just screams being cozy, wrapped up in a blanket, hanging out by the fireplace to me. Don’t you think? Plaid can also be dressed up with a faux fur vest and booties, or a plain colored scarf and front tucked into a great pair of high waisted jeans. Plus they are usually pretty thick which will keep you warm. A win, win!
  5. Cashmere Sweater: My boyfriend got me a cashmere sweater for my birthday last weekend ( it’s not until tomorrow, but we celebrated early ) and I have literally not wanted to take it off. Cashmere can either look super dressy with some sparkly jewelry and a pair of over the knee boots, or really casual with a scarf and a jacket. Either way you are going to be in heaven with how unbelievably soft the material is.
  6. Tan Fringe Booties: I love a good bootie. I have a pair tan, dark green, and black and I can wear one of them with every single outfit I put together in the fall and winter. They dress up a casual plaid shirt, or midi dress with a sweater, and give you that confidence boost of wearing heels, without the discomfort of a pump. Plus, your toes will be warm!
  7. Over-The_Knee Boots: OTK Boots have been a huge style staple this year with fashion bloggers and for a great reason! Look how chic!! They look fabulous with a pair of jeans and a sweater, or with a shorter dress. I am obsessed. If you want to elongate your legs, these are just what the doctor ordered.
  8. Leopard Print Scarf: I know I can’t be the only woman out there that is totally and completely obsessed with leopard print. I also know I can’t be the only one that wears a lot of all black, and needs to break it up a little bit. A leopard scarf is perfect for that!

These are the items I mix and match and wear constantly during the fall and winter months. Any of these would also make a perfect gift for the fashion obsessed girl on your gift list ( especially the cashmere! ).

Did I miss anything? What do you guys like to wear in the winter?

Thank you all so, so much for reading!

XO, Madison.

Stocking Stuffers For Her

Hi, hi. So, yesterday we talked about stocking stuffers for the men in your life. Meaning, it’s only natural that today we talk about stocking stuffers for the women in your life, right? And if you are a woman reading this, you can send your bf, husband, dad, Santa, whoever, the link to this post and rest easy knowing that your stocking will be stuffed to perfection!

Since my sisters and brother and I were little my parents have always had a rule that we weren’t allowed to wake them up on Christmas morning to open gifts until the sun was up. When we were younger that drove us INSANE and obviously we could never wait that long! So, they changed the rule up and said that if we woke up super early, we could open the gifts in our stockings to hold us over until it was time to open the gifts under the tree.

Because of this, my stocking gifts are always some of my favorites. I love little tiny thoughtful gifts that are just fun & useful, ya know?

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  1. Bauble Bar Diamond Initial Choker: First of all chokers are SO IN. And us girls love anything monogramed or personalized. So this is the best of both worlds! Plus its small, simple, and sparkly meaning she will be able to wear it every single day and it will compliment whatever outfit she has on. I definitely asked Santa for this one ;).
  2. Origins Sensory Therapy: This stuff is PURE MAGIC. I bought it for my mom a few years ago to help with her head & neck tension, used hers a few times, and became addicted. Anything you purchase from Origins is a safe bet, but this particular product will be so thoughtful and sweet because it’s something she will be able to use to make her feel better any time of day. You put a dab of it on your temples, the base of your neck, and on your ear lobes and literally feel the tension melt away. Soooo ideal.
  3. Cozy Faux Fur Mittens: Every girl loves anything and everything soft, particularly if it’s faux fur soft. When it’s freezing outside, all we want is to feel comfortable, but not totally ruin our outfits. If the woman in your life is anything like me aka her hands always are always freezing cold, then this is a perfect stocking stuffer to help her feel cozy and fabulous this winter.
  4. Seaweed Bath Co. Products: I discovered this brand last summer and have been 23985% addicted ever since. I’ve tried almost everything they sell and it’s all AMAZING. The whole seaweed detox bath is one of the most relaxing things on the planet. Treat the woman in your life to a relaxing spa night at home with a delicious smelling bath and a glass of champagne. She will fall in love with you even more than she already has!
  5. A Starbucks Giftcard: Because Duh. Does this really need an explanation? I’m going to go with a no.
  6. Ban.do Cheeky Office Supplies: This brand is so cute and totally on brand for the blogger, the college girl, or the working girl in your life who wants to be chic & organized. They have some really great things to close from. The pens and the planners are my personal faves.

Happy shopping, ya’ll!

Thank you so much for reading!

XO, Madison.

Stocking Stuffers For The Men In Your Life

Christmas is getting soooo close you guys!! I’m just slightly excited. I started wrapping my presents and putting them under our tree and in our stockings last night and it made me so happy. Is it totally crazy that I am already thinking about how sad it’s going to be after NYE when I have to take down all the Christmas decorations, and Christmas hasn’t even passed yet….? LOL anyways, I know I can’t be the only one who has the hardest time finding stocking stuffers for the men in my life. Finding gifts for them in general is hard enough, but stocking stuffers? I mean, with us girls throw some lotion and a Starbucks gift card in there and we’re happy, but the guys are a whole different story.

SO, I wanted to share some of my favorite things I’ve found this year as super fun stocking stuffer ideas for my bf. And maybe he will just forget about this post by the time he opens his stocking…..

Stocking Stuffers For The Men In Your Life With Bliss And Bubbly

  1. Cheeky Keychain: I found this on Easy and started laughing out loud because I couldn’t believe how perfect it was for my boyfriend. This is probably TMI but thats ok. I’m sure if your boyfriend has a good sense of humor ( and also loves you & your boobs ) he will find this just as hilarious as my boyfriend is going to.
  2. Badger Beard Wax: My boyfriend hasn’t used this before but he’s addicted to the oil ( number 3 ) so I figure he will love this as well. This product is all natural and filled with yummy essential oils so it’s great for your guys skin, and will tame all those little stray fly away hairs that pop out of his beard.
  3. Tie & Belt Hanger: This is not something really cute or fun but it’s practical, and most men are all about practical, am I right? This is perfect to keep his ties and belts hung up, and safe in one place. This is actually a gift for you and for him, especially if you live together and share a closet. Just think how much less clutter there will be in there with all those ties & belts neatly hung in one place. You’re welcome ;).
  4. Badger Beard Oil: I’ve talked about this product before before my boyfriend and I are equally OBSESSED with it. I randomly bought it for him last year because I was  hoping it would help soften his beard up and keep it from scratching my face. I was right! It’s amazing. It’s all natural which is very important to him & I and it smells heavenly. It’s like that manly candle smell you always want, ya know? But it’s on your boyfriends face! You’ll want to give him a million kisses, and he will be so happy to have a soft, healthy beard!
  5. Comfy Cotton T Shirts: Why is it that men never buy things like this for themselves? I swear, they will wear the same 4 t shirts they’ve had since they were 20 years old and be perfectly fine with it. I think it’s so nice to get them things like this, especially soft and comfortable ones, because we know how much they will appreciate it every time they go to put one on and will secretly be so happy that they have a nice, new shirt to wear, instead of the old one.

What are ya’lls favorite stocking stuffer ideas for the men in your lives? I’m sure we could all use all the help we can get, right ladies?!

Thank you so much for reading!

XO, Madison.

Kristin Cavallari’s Almond Butter Sugar Cookies

IT’S DECEMBER FIRST! The first day of my favorite month & I am just in the best mood ever!  There are about 24753 million reason why I absolutely love December ( and Christmas ) but sugar cookies ( and decorating them ) are definitely towards the top of that list.

Kristin Cavallari's Almond Butter Sugar Cookies with Bliss And Bubbly

Christmas & Sugar Cookies. They just go together like Sunday morning & champagne. Don’t you think?

Kristin Cavallari's Almond Butter Sugar Cookies with Bliss And Bubbly

Well, I read Kristin Cavallari’s book a few months ago and have been waiting until the Holiday’s to share one of my favorite recipes from the book: Almond Butter Sugar Cookies.  With this recipe you can join in the festivities of cookie baking & eating, and not feel guilty about the sugar intake.

Let’s get into the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of grass fed unsalted butter, softened.
  • 1 cup of Coconut Sugar.
  • 1/2 cup of Almond Butter.
  • 1 large egg.
  • 1 1/2 cups of Oat Flour.
  • 3/4 tsp. of baking soda.
  • 1/2 tsp. of pink Himalayan salt.

Kristin Cavallari's Almond Butter Sugar Cookies with Bliss And Bubbly Kristin Cavallari's Almond Butter Sugar Cookies with Bliss And Bubbly

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Using a standing mixer, mix together the butter, sugar, and almond butter until the mixture becomes fluffy. Add the egg, mix to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixture and mix well.
  6. Spoon tablespoon sized balls onto the parchment lined baking sheets, keeping a little distance between each ball.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until they start to turn a pretty golden brown.

*They are pretty thin cookies, so keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn!”

Kristin Cavallari's Almond Butter Sugar Cookies with Bliss And Bubbly

Kristin Cavallari's Almond Butter Sugar Cookies with Bliss And Bubbly

These are the perfect healthier alternative to regular sugar cookies, and they’re so dang good you won’t even miss the crazy sugar rush caused by the regular kind. They are even approved by my sugar – addict of a 13 year old brother, so you know it’s true ;).

These are the perfect Christmas party hostess gift, a fun recipe to bring a cookie exchange with your girlfriends, or just a delicious dessert to keep around the house during the Holidays.

The next time I make them, I might add some cinnamon sugar on top and see how it turns out? What do ya’ll think?

For more of Kristin’s SUUUPER delicious & healthy recipes ( and juicy deets from Laguna Beach & The Hills… c’mon, you know you want to know! ) you can buy her book here.

Until then, bake these and let me know when you’re addicted!

XO, Madison.

Kristin Cavallari's Almond Butter Sugar Cookies with Bliss And Bubbly Kristin Cavallari's Almond Butter Sugar Cookies with Bliss And Bubbly

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