Christmas Decor Haul!

What’s goin’ on you guys?! 😀

For my second Blogmas post, I wanted to do and share with you guys a Christmas decor haul post! I did one for Fall/Halloween, so I figure why not do another for the holiday season?!

Similar to my Fall/Halloween haul post (which I’ll leave linked here if you guys wanted to check it out), for the most part everything I picked up is affordable and not at all crazy expensive. I shopped at stores like Dollar Tree, Target, CVS (again), and the Christmas Tree Shop!!

Some are things I’ve had from last year, and a lot of them are actually new additions that I’m really excited about sharing with you guys! 😀

I figure I’ll pretty much do it the same way I did the last one, in that I’ll break the items up based off the store(s) I bought them at.

So let’s get started! 🙂

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Dollar Tree

I feel like this store is SO underrated.  Literally every single thing you pick up here is $1. They don’t say their store is a dollar or a 99 cents store but then really everything is $2, $3, $4…no. EVERY SINGLE THING IS $1. AND especially for things/occasions like this, they actually have A LOT of cute and good quality stuff for it.

Dollar Tree is definitely a go-to for me when I’m shopping for decorations for a particular occasion. It’s actually probably one of the first stores I go check out before anywhere else. Scroll down to see the things I got from there. 

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To be able to hang on my door.
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Candy cane streamer, which I hung over my bed.
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The next four are all Christmas signs that I hung throughout the walls in my room.

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I hung these candy canes right above my bed frame.
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So I hung the candy canes at a distance from each other, and in between them, put these cute little signs.

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Target:

Target, as I’m sure relatively EVERYONE knows, has really great stuff when it comes to special occasions, holidays, etc. as well. BUT, it is or could be more on the pricier side of things.

These next 2 things I got were actually from Target, but thankfully, weren’t that bad at all price-wise.

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Santa Claus fairy lights!! If you saw (and/or remember) my Halloween/Fall decor post, I got similar lights, but with pumpkins on them and I strung them over my vanity.
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So I got these in a box last year from Target. They’re little wind up toys and came with a total of 6 of them. Originally, I got them for Diego’s nephews as little stocking stuffers, but I ended up having a ton extra, so I gave some to my family and kept these two for myself. And I just put them at the tops of my vanity for decoration.

Bath & Body Works

This one is pretty self- explanatory just because in general for the most part, this entire store is for buying candles, wall scents, etc. I buy my candles from here (as pictured below), HOWEVER, they don’t have a HUGE selection, but they do also have little decorative pieces here and there aside from candles and scents, which is where I got the below figurines.

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During the holidays, these are my three absolute favorite scented candles to get from Bath & Body Works. Ugh, they smell AMAZING. Light any one of these candles, put on some Christmas music, and I promise you you’ll be in the Christmas spirit instantly.

I had went to Bath & Body Works after Christmas last year (a few days later), when there were a TON of sales going on and saw these and thought they were SO cute for like $1, so I grabbed them both! 🙂

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Christmas Tree Shops

And finally, I HAD to mention my absolute favorite store of all (for the Holiday season), which is called Christmas Tree Shops!!

You guys…obsessed is an understatement. The name is super deceiving, but this place is completely decked out from head to toe in Christmas Decor. They have everything from Christmas trees, to lights and decorations, food, snacks and candy, etc.

And the best part about them? THEY’RE NOT EXPENSIVE AT ALL. Now, I wouldn’t say the prices are as cheap as Dollar Tree, but regardless it’s still pretty inexpensive compared to most places.

I didn’t get ALL that much stuff here, but I cannot wait to go here to buy all of mine and Diego’s future holiday decorations for our own place. 😀 ❤

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Some little pictures/plaques that I hung up around my room.

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More little pictures/plaques for my room, but I actually keep these in particular on my TV stand along with the other little things which I’m going to mention in a second.
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This picture is a tiny bit misleading, just because the little tree on the left was actually part of the figurine decorations I got at bath & body works, and the snowglobe on the right, I actually got in CVS. BUT, the Christmas countdown in the middle was from the Christmas Tree Shops store lol. (Also, these 3 pieces are actually my favorites from everything that I have).
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And the last couple of things I have are actually these mini light-up snowglobe type things. They’re those ones that you see in all sorts of characters, occasions, etc. that also change color as they stay on. Super cute, and they were only $1 each. These are what I keep on my TV along with the plaques I mentioned before. See below for them changing colors.

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Well guys, that’s it. Those are all of the holiday decorations I have this year (for my room anyway). I hope you guys enjoyed this post and/or that I peaked your interest with some of the pieces I had.

Leave me a comment or write to me on social media about any holiday-related posts or posts in general that you guys would like to see in the future!

Please like, share, follow, and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Sunday for my Blogmas day 3 post! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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It’s My 1-Year Blogiversary!

I cannot BELIEVE it’s already been a year since I first started my blog. Happy 1-year Blogiversary to me! 😀 Time really flew by.

This time last year I was just starting out at my first job right out of college (that I’m still currently at) and starting my blog in the same week, and now here I am about to make a year with that as well.

So much has happened this past year, good and bad. So many things have been accomplished, and so many lessons have been learned. It’s really been one helluva a year; whether or not that’s meant to be said in a good way is still to be determined, but regardless here we are!

By now it’s been almost a week since my birthday, and I thought I would update you on where I’m at now in my life, with my blog and what I hope to do in the future.

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If you follow me on social media (which, if you don’t you totally should!), you would’ve seen that I was posting like crazy last weekend for my birthday; pictures, videos, etc. Some of just myself or with my family or with Diego or with friends.

Ultimately, I really didn’t do anything CRAZY, but the little things I DID do (or had done for me) were so cute and fun.

I turned 23 years old last Friday, and something about it really sparked something in me, almost like an epiphany so to speak.

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If you’re one of my dedicated readers that have been consistently reading my stuff since the beginning and more so recently, you’ve probably seen that these past few weeks have been kind of rough. I’ve felt really lost and alone and like I didn’t really know what I was doing with my life.

But, something about my birthday last weekend really changed that, which I’m sure sounds kind of crazy, because how can things just change from one day to the next right? But it’s true.

I felt a sort of happiness and confidence that I hadn’t felt in SUCH a long time. And if you know me, you know that I don’t typically get excited for my birthday because there’s always something that happens which kind of ruins it, but more so this year I definitely was NOT looking forward to it.

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There was a few different reasons for me feeling this way, but overall I just wasn’t expecting anything to be done for it since everyone was going to be busy (or the important people I wanted around anyway) and/or doing their own thing.

However, it ended up being such an amazing overall weekend filled with surprises left and right from my parents, Diego and my brother that I did not expect, but am super appreciative for.

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Anyway, where I was getting with that is that through all of this and all of the surprises, pictures, etc. I felt this sudden sense of confidence within myself. Something about my birthday this year and turning a year older that made me feel really good about where I’m at with my life and told me that everything was going to be okay. I can’t even fully explain the feeling or thoughts I had surrounding this, but this is as descriptive as I can get about it.

It made me feel like this upcoming year, and the years to come, were going to be good ones. It gave me a sort of push in a way, I guess you can say, because it made me want to do SO many things differently, start so many things, push to do more of certain things, etc.

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That being said, I just really want to take a second and thank every one of my followers (whether you’re family, a friend or a complete stranger) for always reading my stuff. It really does mean a lot. And it means even more when I get feedback from you guys about my posts; what you liked, how you related to it, etc.

I’ve always said since the very beginning that this is an open space for not only myself, but you guys as my followers, and that if I can do one thing with my blog and writing in general, it would be to try making a difference somehow. To talk about things that people might not typically speak about. To have someone/something for you guys to relate to with some of your own possible personal issues or experiences, and so on.

I’ve been saying this for a while, but I think this year is really going to be a good one. This year is going to be solely dedicated to making myself happy and healthy; focusing on my writing, reading more, traveling more, etc.

I don’t think anything is as important to me as my writing and the way I feel about it. I’m feeling so much more comfortable with my writing and being able to put my stuff out there, so I can’t wait for you guys to see my future posts.

Thank you to those of you that have actually always supported me and my writing, and I am SO excited to see where this next year is going to take me with my blog and writing in general…. stay tuned! 😉

Until my next post….

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Happy (Early) Halloween! ðŸŽƒðŸ‘»

In lieu of Halloween being just a few short days away, I thought it would be fun to do two little Halloween tags, of This or That and Trick or Treat.

This or That

1. Chocolate candy or Fruity?: Depends what kind of fruity candy tbh, but 9 times out of 10 it’ll be chocolate.

2. Witches or Vampires?: I’m obsessed with both! 😍

3. Trick or Treat?: Treat

4. Halloween party or Scary movie?:Halloween Party!!

5. Skeletons or Zombies?: Skeletons, I don’t fuck with Zombies…

6. Trick or Treat or Hand out candy?: Trick or Treat

7. Hay ride or Corn maze?: Both sound fun, but probably corn maze. I would probably legitimately get lost though and no one would ever hear from me again lol.

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8. Scary costume or Funny costume?: Funny/Quirky costume!

9. Pumpkin seeds or Pumpkin Pie?: Pumpkin Pie….CHEESECAKE (game-changer)!!😍

Pumpkin Cheesecake 10. Bottle feed a baby zombie or walk through a dark forest?: It’s contradicting what I said from earlier, but bottle feed a baby zombie lol.

11. Bats or Black cats?: Black cats! 😁

12. Pumpkin Spice or Hot chocolate?: Both…but mainly hot chocolate

13. Celebrate in your neighborhood or at the mall?: How about celebrate in someone ELSE’S neighborhood lol

Trick or Treat

1. Your Favorite Halloween Candy: Chocolate, it would definitely be KitKat; Candy, it would definitely be candy hamburgers lol

2. Do You Believe in Ghosts/Spirits?: I definitely do, I don’t exactly know why, but I do.

3. The Spookiest Thing That’s Ever Happened To You?: This has happened to me a few times actually where I’ll be sleeping then out of nowhere wake up a few hours later, in the middle of the night, and I’m half asleep but I’ll see this dark figure in the left corner of my room, but it’ll be like high up towards the ceiling. And I swear it looks like the shadow of a full on person. I’ll rub my eyes, and blink a bunch of times in hopes that it’ll go away, but it doesn’t; only until I literally jump out of bed to run and turn the light on will it finally go away….and then I’ll leave the light on and sleep with it like that for the remainder of the night because I’m a big baby 🙂.

Image-1 (2) 4. Favorite Halloween Costume You’ve Ever Worn?: I would have to say the costumes I wore last year; my best friend and I (unknowingly) were planning on doing similar costumes in that I was gonna be a Lion Tamer and she wanted to be a lion, so we coordinated and that’s what we ended up being. We also did another costume where she was Harley Quinn and I was Minnie Mouse, but again (unknowingly) we matched red and black lol.

5. Do You Still Dress Up?: If I can, I will, but I don’t think I will be this year.

6. If You Had To Dress Up This Year, What Would You Be?: For some reason, for the past few years I always think about and REALLY want to be a Female Mario, or “A Sexy Plumber” how most costume shops refer to it, because I find it really cute, but it still has yet to happen, so probably that lol.

7. How Old Were You When You Stopped Trick Or Treating?: I want to say about 10. My parents stopped us really young because my mom didn’t care for Halloween, it made her more nervous than anything especially in the neighborhood that we live in.

8. Favorite Scary Movie: I HATE and am terrified of scary movies, so absolutely none, worst Halloween celebrator EVER lmao.

9. If You Were In A Horror Movie, How Far Do You Think You Would Get? (Five Minutes, Halfway, etc.): For sure, I would be the first one to get caught/die. Without a doubt.

10. Worst Halloween Costume You’ve Ever Had?: A FREAKIN’ WITCH. There was a good like 3-4 years straight where I kept being a witch for one reason or another, I wore the same one twice, my parents got  a new one for me…..it was just a bad time. I got sooooo sick of it that to this day I hate witch costumes.

hot chocolate 11. What’s One Unusual Thing You Are Afraid Of?: I’m afraid of a lot of dumb stuff, and I don’t know if this means unusual as in dumb or what, but I’ll say when I’m laying in bed sleeping or about to go to sleep, I’ll lay on my belly and my feet end up hanging off the bed a little, that freaks me out because I swear someone or something is going to come from the bottom and yank me by my feet.

12.Creepy Dolls or Creepy Clowns?: Creepy nothing how about🙃

13. Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers or Leatherface?: Freddy -vs- Jason was the first scary movie I EVER saw when I was like 8 and it’s traumatized me ever since, so fuck you both 🙄. I don’t know who or wtf Leatherface is lol, so I guess Michael Myers.

14. Favorite Halloween Movie?: Ahhh such a close tie between Hocus Pocus and all the Halloweentown movies!!

15. 1-10 How Much Do You Enjoy Halloween?: I’ll say a 6 or 7, I loved the trick or treating and dressing up aspect, but I hate the stupidity that some people decide it’s okay to do/be on that day, especially in the area that I live in.

Image-1 (1) 16. Favorite Halloween Decorations: I have 4 pieces in my room that I absolutely love. I have these little fairy lights around my vanity, but each individual light is in the shape of a pumpkin, so that’s really cute. I LOVE all things Charlie Brown, so I found this snowglobe in CVS that is Halloween themed, has Snoopy dressed as a witch surrounded by pumpkins, and when you shake it, there are little bats that fly around, it’s adorable!!!! My favorite Fall candle which is Home from Bath and Body Works. And finally, this little figurine of three pumpkins stacked on top of each other, and they light up, but the light is multicolored, and changes its color every few seconds.

17. Are You Superstitious?: For some things, but not the silly ones like if you step on a crack, you’ll break your mothers back. More like the type of thing where you’re really excited about something but you shouldn’t really talk about it too much to too many people because some people have bad intentions and can mess it all up for you; or similarly, when you first have a baby (although this may only be a Hispanic superstition), you shouldn’t show too many people what the baby looks like or introduce them to too many people because again, people have bad intentions and could do brujeria or something on the baby.

18. Could you Handle Staying The Night In A Haunted Building?: No, I would probably die of a heart attack 🙃

That’s all I’ve got for today, let me know in the comments below what your guys answers to the above questions are, I’d love to hear your responses! Also let me know future posts that you guys would like to see, always open to hearing what you guys have got to say.

Til next time,

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤