My Christmas Playlist

For my Blogmas day 6 post, I wanted to share with you guys my go-to Christmas playlist; what I use specifically, my favorite songs, etc.

*Which, BTW, we’re down to the final 7 days before Christmas, 1 week!!…how freakin’ crazy is that?! It’s going so fast!! 😩*

Personally, if there’s anything that REALLY gets me into the Christmas spirit aside from the obvious decorations, holiday cheer, etc., it’s the music. I could be having the crappiest day, and as soon as I turn on my Christmas music station/app, I INSTANTLY feel at least 85% better.

And of course in the day and age that we live in, there are god knows how many streaming services to be able to get ANY sort of music (i.e., Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc.), but the one in particular that I use for it is the iHeartRadio app.

I suppose it’s nothing “out of the ordinary” or insanely different compared to any of the other mentioned streaming services, but I’ve just always gravitated towards this one.

I have this one station specifically for Christmas music called ‘iHeart Christmas Music’ IN the app, which has ALL of my absolute favorites. Some oldies, some newer songs, but nonetheless they’re all great. And if you’re from New York and have listened to the 106.7 Lite FM station, you know that during the holidays, up until midnight on Christmas day, they constantly play Christmas music.

I remember every single year when I was a kid, my parents would always have this station playing during the holidays for my brother and I to listen, so that’s what the iHeart radio station reminds me of and I think is the reason that I love it so much. It’s also great because it’s unlimited Christmas music ALL the time, all year around, with no commercials at all whatsoever either. If you haven’t seen or checked it out before, I DEFINITELY recommend that you do ASAP.

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But anyway, let’s get into the actual music/songs part of this post…

I’m pretty much just going to be mentioning my absolute favorites (which is like ALL of them lololol), but I also don’t have a specific number of them I’m trying to mention or stop at, so we’ll see how this goes 😂.

So let’s get started (in no particular order)!! 😄

  1. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) by: Nat “King” Cole (which is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE Christmas song, EVER btw).
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You by: Mariah Carey
  3. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year by: Andy Williams
  4. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by: Brenda Lee
  5. A Holly Jolly Christmas by: Burl Ives
  6. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by: Gene Autry
  7. Last Christmas by: Wham!
  8. Feliz Navidad by: Jose Feliciano
  9. Blue Christmas by: Elvis Presley
  10. Wonderful Christmastime by: Paul McCartney
  11. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  12. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by: Bing Crosby
  13. Santa Tell Me by: Ariana Grande
  14. Do They Know Its Christmas? by: Band-Aid
  15. Happy Holiday/Holiday Season by: Andy Williams
  16. Linus & Lucy by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  17. Mistletoe by: Justin Bieber
  18. Where Are You Christmas? by: Faith Hill
  19. O Come All Ye Faithful by: Nat “King” Cole
  20. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town by: Jackson 5
  21. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by: ‘N Sync
  22. Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town by: Bruce Springsteen
  23. The Christmas Shoes by: NewSong
  24. Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas by: Justin Bieber
  25. Fa La La by: Justin Bieber
  26. This Christmas by: Donny Hathaway (although I really like the Chris Brown version as well)
  27. Silver Bells by: Andy Williams
  28. Silent Night by: Frank Sinatra
  29. Please Come Home For Christmas by: Eagles
  30. Grown-Up Christmas List by: Amy Grant
  31. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! by: Dean Martin
  32. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch by: Thurl Ravenscroft
  33. Greatest Time Of Year by: Aly & Aj
  34. We Three Kings by: Aly & Aj
  35. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by: Aly & Aj
  36. O Tannenbaum by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  37. O Holy Night by: Mariah Carey
  38. Sleigh Ride by: The Ronettes
  39. Carol of the Bells Siberian Christmas by: Trans D Slayer
  40. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by: Brett Eldredge (feat. Meghan Trainor)
  41. Santa Baby by: Kylie Minogue
  42. Jingle Bell Rock by: Bobby Helms (I literally can NEVER listen to this without ever thinking about the Mean Girls scene btw 😭 anyone else?!)
  43. Christmas Time is Here by: Vince Guaraldi Trio
  44. Merry Christmas Darling by: Carpenters
  45. Little Saint Nick by: The Beach Boys
  46. Hallelujah by: Pentatonix (love Demi’s version too obvi!!)
  47. Do You hear What I Hear? by: Carrie Underwood
  48. What Christmas Means To Me by: Stevie Wonder
  49. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by: Mariah Carey
  50. I’ll be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) by: Frank Sinatra

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I’m SURE that once I post this and re-read it, I’m going to end up remembering more that I love, but these are the top 50 that I could think of just off the top of my head. BUUUUUT, I hope you guys enjoyed this post!!

I wanted to mention, btw, being that we’re quickly approaching Christmas, I figure for the next 2 weeks that I try to post as much as I can in a week in order to just really be able to finish December off strong (with Blogmas). So, I hope you guys enjoy the last couple of posts I have lined up for you!

Thank you so much for reading, please follow, like, share and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Thursday for my Blogmas day 7 post!

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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Tips For Making Your Last Minute Christmas Shopping (Slightly) Easier

Hello Everyone and happy Sunday!!

For my 5th Blogmas post, I thought it would be good, with there being only 9 days until Christmas left and knowing that many tend to leave their shopping for the last minute, to share some tips that I think will be helpful/beneficial in making your shopping (slightly) easier.

Now, some of these may not at all be ground-breaking to you guys, but these are things that I would suggest to anyone in general that I think would be best and easiest when you’re on a time crunch of any sort for holiday shopping.

Plus, some of these things were things that I obviously used in my own personal experience(s) when I was shopping for my family and friends, and they all for the most part ended up working out relatively well.

So let’s get started!!

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  1. Know your audience (A.K.A. the person/people you’re shopping for)!

Probably one of the most obvious things to keep in mind, because the more you know the person you’re shopping for, the easier it’ll be to pick something(s) for him or her, OR at the very least, it’ll give you an idea of where to start when you’re looking for something to get them.

2. Know how much you’re willing to spend on them.

Another fairly obvious one just because you’d be surprised at how many things/items are narrowed down when you pinpoint how much you’re willing to spend on the person. That alone can help you determine what kind of websites, stores, etc. you’ll end up shopping at, which in turn, may help you pinpoint the particular item(s) you want to get based off of what those places are most known for.

3. Invest in Amazon Prime (at least until your free trial or Christmas Shopping is all done!)

Guys Amazon Prime is literally a life-changer and life-saver. If you haven’t done or tried it before, I recommend you go on their website right this second and sign up for their 3-month free trial or whatever the deal is at the moment. You can buy whatever it is you want to buy for the person/people you’re shopping for, AND get FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING on the item(s). What’s great about that too is that, although not ALL of the items on their site will have the option for the 2-day shipping, 1. while you’re shopping, somewhere next to the items shown, it’ll say ‘amazon prime,’ as in it’s eligible for the 2- day shipping, and 2. they also tend to show you different buying options for the particular item(s) you want. Meaning, if one specific seller of the item you want doesn’t offer it for free 2-day shipping, another seller with the exact same item, might have it instead!

OR if you don’t want to go through the hassle of signing up their free trial, hit up a friend that does have it and ask if you can borrow their account. It’s not like you would be using their cards/money, because you could always input new credit/debit card information for the buying.

4. Order online and pick-up in store!

This is super easy AND convenient because almost ANY retail store usually has this option. It also just makes any sort of shopping twice as easy, because it avoids the hassle of you having to pay for shipping, as well as having to go into the physical store to find whatever it is that you’re wanting and then wait in line to have to pay for it. Sure you’ll probably have to wait on a separate line to pick the item up, but it’s still saving A TON of time compared to the alternative and more traditional shopping method.

5. Opting for gift cards!

This may be sort of cheating, and is more of a gift suggestion than anything, but I still consider it to be a great gift and tip. I say this because say you’re the type that not only tends to leave their Christmas shopping for the last minute, but ALSO have no type of idea what to get the person/people you’re shopping for….why not opt for a gift card? You can easily find out their favorite store(s), and just buy them a gift card either online or in-store and let THEM buy whatever it is they truly want/need themselves. Again, similar to buying online and picking up in-store, it allows you to avoid any of the craziness of ‘normal’ shopping, while still managing to get them a gift.

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Well guys, those are all of the tips and tricks that I have for you for any last minute Christmas shopping you guys may be doing throughout the next few days. As I said, I definitely did and followed a few of these things, so I hope you guys enjoyed them and found them helpful to you in some way, shape, or form.

Thank you guys so much for reading and following my posts! Please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys on Wednesday for my next Blogmas post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Best Things To Do/See In New York During The Holidays!

For my 4th Blogmas post, I thought it would be cool and fun to share with you guys some things that I think are really great to do and see during this time of year around New York City.

I’ve lived in New York ALL my life, and I can honestly say that the city is such a magical place to be in during the holidays. Personally, all of the shows, attractions, etc. never get old (it could just be because I’m a Christmas fanatic in every sense of the name, but that’s completely besides the point haha).

I do, however, know that it can also be a bit overwhelming to be in the city during this time of the year BECAUSE of everything that’s going on. Plus, there’s so much to do and see, how would you know where to start?! So, I hope you guys find this little ‘guide’ so to speak, helpful in assisting to narrow some of those things down for you! 🙂

These aren’t going to be in any particular order because, well, when do I ever put things in a particular order? And, I literally love going to do and see EVERYTHING that I’m going to mention, so there’s no way for me to order them in any specific way haha.

But anyway, let’s get started!

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  1. Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes (In Radio City Music Hall).

Diego and I actually just took his mom and nephews to see this show this past weekend. It was their first time seeing it, and our 3rd. It’s quickly become a mini holiday tradition of ours to go every year.

This is something that I recommend for EVERYONE (whether you live in NY or are just temporarily visiting) to go see at least ONCE. It’s such an amazing show filled with skits, Christmas music and just generally a great time. It runs for about 90 minutes, and is a great show to go see with a significant other, family, your kids, friends, etc. Scroll down to see some pictures from the show.

For this show, I suggest using the TodayTix app because they tend to have pretty good (and sometimes cheap) ticket options.

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2. The Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

This is another great attraction to do with family, friends and/or a significant other. If you’re not from New York, this specific attraction is actually in the Bronx, but 100% worth making the trip to. I took my family and Diego to see this for the first time (it was also my first time), last year right before Christmas.

I wanna say that it’s been open for about 2 years now, because I remember when it first opened in 2016 it was SO popular that it was next to impossible to get tickets for it. Every single day from the time it opened until it closed for the season was completely sold out. So, last year I jumped at the opportunity to grab some tickets, and we all loved it. The way everything was set up from the trains themselves, to the mini set ups for each section, it is SO well put together. Plus, if you buy tickets for the train show, it also automatically allows you the opportunity to be able to walk around the garden a bit afterwards which, in itself, is beautiful as well!

I’m leaving the link here in case you guys wanted to buy some tickets for this!

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3. Holiday window display(s) and other holiday attractions around the city.

When you’re in the city during the holidays, it’s almost impossible for you to somehow miss all of the decor, window displays and attractions, just because a lot of them just happen to be all around each other. Some places in particular I recommend walking through/by are 5th and 6th avenue, just because you’ll easily be passing a lot of the “main” holiday attractions like from Saks 5th Avenue, Barneys, Lord and Taylor, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, etc.

Plus, all of these places (although they do get pretty busy and packed), are GREAT for videos and pictures of these things if you’re into that for memories sake.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

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Macy’s Herald Square

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Lord & Taylor
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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
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Radio City Music Hall and surrounding holiday attractions/decor.

4. Ice-skating!

Ice-skating is definitely a go-to thing to do while you’re in the city. Obviously other cities and places have ice-skating as well, but what better then being able to do it in some of the most popular places in New York like Bryant Park, Central Park or even Rockefeller Center?!

Plus, this is a perfect little date night to have with your significant other. Super cute and romantic, and these are definitely other great spots to be able to take cute and memorable pictures.

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Rockefeller Center
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Central Park (although they have 2 different ice skating rinks here, one called Lasker and one called Wollman’s rink, the one pictured is Wollman rink).

5. See and buy stuff from the holiday markets around the city (i.e., Bryant Park and Union Square (14th St.) holiday markets).

This sort of piggybacks off the ice-skating suggestion just because, right outside of the ice-skating rink at Bryant Park, they have these little holiday market shops where you can buy all sorts of things from snacks, to clothing, jewelry, etc.

They are the PERFECT little shops to stop at before heading home for the night, especially if you happen to be doing any last minute Christmas shopping for people. They also have mini holiday shops/stands like this in 14th Street, Union Square if you happen to be in that area instead of around Bryant Park.

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14th Street Union Square Holiday Market
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Bryant Park Holiday Market

6. Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise

And finally I want to suggest the Cocoa & Carols holiday cruise. Personally, I think this would be the CUTEST little date to take your significant other on. It’s super chill, not that expensive, and also pretty romantic. HOWEVER, this little excursion is also just as good for family and friends as well (it’s what you end up making of it).

The entire cruise itself goes on for about an hour and a half, and when you buy a ticket, it comes with a complimentary beer, glass of wine, champagne or (the more obvious one), hot cocoa! There are also cookies and other sweets that are included as well. You get to hear and sing along to Christmas songs, and you’ll end up seeing a TON of some of the most popular attractions/sights of New York like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, etc.

*Groupon and Goldstar tends to have pretty good dates and deals for this excursion btw, so you should definitely check that out!*

The link for Goldstar I’ll leave here for you to easily access. And the one for Groupon, I’ll leave here .

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that whether you’re already from New York, or just visiting, that this helped you in some way, shape or form to narrow down some of the (best) things to do/see in Manhattan while you’re there during the holiday season. It can definitely be a little crazy here during this time of the year, but I think it’s definitely worth the wait and trip.

Thanks so much for reading, please follow, like, share and comment, and I’ll see you guys on Sunday for my next Blogmas post! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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