gifts you should get yourself this christmas

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With the holiday season on the horizon, quite a few people are starting to think about presents. While you’ll have a few people to get gifts for, there’s one person you mightn’t have thought about; yourself.

Many people overlook getting themselves Christmas presents. It could be more than worth it, however. After all, who knows what you want better than you do? You’ll need to minimize the chances that you get yourself something that a loved one will, however.

If you already know what other people might get you, that can cut down on this. You still need to wonder: What Christmas gifts should you get for yourself? You could consider quite a few.

Christmas Presents You Should Get Yourself

Sleep Tracker

Many people have difficulty sleeping during the year. For some, that can get worse during the winter months. If you’re in this position, you might want to improve your sleep schedule. Using a sleep tracker could be a recommended option.

While these would be one of the more practical Christmas gifts, it’s still one worth considering. What could be better than getting your sleep schedule back to normal? A sleep tracker will analyze your sleep patterns and give you suggestions for improving your sleep quality.

After a short while, things should be back to normal.

Sandals

Sandals are one of the more reliable footwear that you can pick up. They’re something that many people might overlook. While you mightn’t wear these often during the winter months, they can be a wise investment once the spring and summer months come around.

Sandals could also be the more stylish and comfortable present to get yourself. With the wealth of brands on offer, such as Birkenstock, you shouldn’t have an issue finding a pair that fits your style.

It could even be worth picking up a few pairs to make sure you have options for any outfit.

Cosmetics Brush Collection

If you wear makeup a lot, then your brushes might look well-used. That’s going to be the case regardless of how well you take care of them and how often you clean them. It could be time to pick up a new brush collection.

Like some other potential Christmas gifts, there’s a wealth of options to choose from. These could be one of the more affordable options to choose from. It could be worth going for a larger brush collection that includes pieces of different sizes.

You’ll take your makeup game to the next level once you’ve got yourself a new box.

Loungewear

The holiday season isn’t exactly the warmest. There’ll be more than a few days where you’ll want to stay in and relax to enjoy the heat. Why not do so in some comfortable loungewear? There are more than a few outfits you can put together that’ll be warm and comfy.

Depending on your style, you could even add a robe to this. Putting comfort first means that you’ll have no problem relaxing over the holidays. Add in a new pair of slippers, and you won’t have to worry about the colder weather.

Perfume

Perfume may be one of the more obvious Christmas presents you can get yourself. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get some, however. There’s quite a large price range of options, but it could be recommended that you go for one of the more expensive options.

After all, who wouldn’t want to smell great this holiday season? While you might want to go for the tried-and-true favorites, you could go with something new. Since many retailers have samples on offer to smell, there shouldn’t be an issue finding a fragrance you like.

If you’re planning on getting a few new outfits this Christmas, why not complete them with a fresh fragrance?

Why You Should Buy Christmas Presents For Yourself

You might wonder why you should buy Christmas presents for yourself. After all, the holiday season is supposed to be one for giving, so it might be strange to buy for yourself. It’s a lot more common than you’d think, however. There are a few reasons why.

Better Gifts

Nobody knows what you want for Christmas better than you do. As a result, you’ll be the best person to buy your gifts. You may already have an idea of what presents you’ll want to get. While people will get you some of these, they mightn’t get you all of them.

If there are some Christmas gifts that are really important to you, then it’s worth getting them yourself. That way, you wouldn’t have to be disappointed if you don’t get them.

Less Stress

Just because you’re getting yourself Christmas presents doesn’t mean that you have to wait until then to use them. You could use them beforehand to help relax. If you get yourself a spa treatment, that’s especially true.

Taking the time to relax could help with the stress that many people feel over the holidays. It can be quite hectic, after all. There’s nothing wrong with taking the time to look after yourself, so why not do so with some Christmas gifts?

Indulge Yourself

Everyone needs to pamper themselves sometimes. When’s a better time to do so than Christmas? Buying yourself a few presents to enjoy over the holiday season could be the perfect way of doing so. Depending on the gifts you get yourself, there could be multiple other benefits.

One of the best ways to indulge yourself is by getting a few presents to look after yourself. That could include some loungewear and a facemask to relax or a holiday to take the load off. Regardless, it’s a great way of indulging yourself.

There are multiple reasons why you should get yourself Christmas presents. At a minimum, you’ll be treating yourself to something nice. If there’s something that you want and you think nobody’s going to get it for you, then why not buy it for yourself?

Any of the above Christmas gifts could be more than worth the price. There shouldn’t be anything stopping you from picking them up.

** This was a contributed post.

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renovating our bonair pop-up camper

Last month we bought a vintage pop-up camper off of Kijiji. The ad seemed like we wouldn’t need to put a lot of work into it, and the pictures were few and shot from afar. After speaking with the owner, she made it seem like we would be able to pick it up and go camping right away! How misleading that all was.

My husband went and bought it on a day off and I stayed home in order to take Remy to a birthday party. It was listed for $2000. He told me not to negotiate a price until he arrived, so I didn’t. When he got there, he said that it needed work. He offered her $1000 and they settled on $1500. When I heard how much he paid for it I thought that she was getting the short end of the stick and I felt a little guilty. Then Geoff came home with the camper, set it up, and I realized that $1500 was a more than generous offer. 

The owner was not truthful about a lot of things. She said there were no leaks when there were leaks, that the fabric was all in good condition when really every cushion was ripped and had holes, that the canvas was in great shape when it wasn’t, and so on. On top of it all, it was missing the sink and faucets, the propane stove was in hideous condition, the furnace didn’t work, and there was no water tank, among other issues.

Above is a “during renovation” photo. In one month, this is what we ended up accomplishing:

– installed new screens

– curtains + hooks

– bedding

– wall plates

– furnace

– fridge

– cabinet knobs

– hinges

– lighting

– plumbing

– propane tanks

– water tank

– door handle

– stove

– sink + faucets

– countertop 

– table

– dinnerware

– rug

– peg shelf

– scraped the ceiling 

– mended the canvas

– ccclllleeeaaaannnneeeeddddd

I’m tired from just recounting and writing all of that! But in all seriousness, it was a lot of work. We certainly could never have just picked it up and gone camping with it. However, it was worth it. We were able to keep her vintage qualities and yet make her new again.

Emory

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happy halloween

Happy Halloween (well, in three days)!

How will you be celebrating it this year? Remy will have a Halloween party at her preschool on Tuesday, and on Thursday I will take her and Wilder trick or treating at the mall. We absolutely love this time of year!

My little family is going as “Peppa’s Giant Pumpkin.” I think that I’m converted to themed costumes now. All the heart eyes for these two.

Be safe and have fun!

Emory

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make this : tree stump succulent planter

WoodSucculentHolder0In the past, I have dedicated quite a number of posts towards DIY plant projects on Hello, Scarlett. You can view some of the results herehere, and here. I can’t help it. I take so much pride in seeing my little succulents grow, and finding new ways to display them is a hobby of mine.

I first came across these succulent planters on Pinterest. Having already made several do-it-yourself crafts out of tree stumps, as seen here for example, it was a natural decision to find wood, cut it, drill it, paint it, and ultimately turn it into yet another succulent project. These are probably my favourite planters to date.

Wood Succulent Holder 3Materials

Dead/fallen tree/branches
Saw
Drill 
Drill bits
Spray paint
Succulent(s)

Wood Succulent Holder 2Steps

1. Using a saw, cut the dead tree or branches into at least a 5″ x 5″ stump. Make sure the bottom of the soon-to-be planter rests firmly on a level surface.

2. Using a large drill bit, drill halfway down the centre of the stump, hollowing out a sizeable hole. This will hold the succulent.

3. Using a much smaller drill bit, flip the stump over, and repeat on the bottom. Drill until the bit passes through the entire stump. This is a drainage hole.

4. Once the stump has been hollowed out, it is time to paint it. Spray paint is the quickest and easiest paint to for the job. I prefer waterproof spray paint.

Wood Succulent Holder 65. After the planters are dry, it is time to fill them with succulents. Voila!

Wood Succulent Holder 5Wood Succulent Holder 4Another option is to use air plants. They were my first choice, until I remembered how easily I kill them. However, I think that they would look beautiful in these woodsy planters!

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cross medicine cabinet : diy

Medicine Cabinet DIY 6-1When we were designing The Little Barn, we always knew that one of the most important rooms would be the mudroom. The reason for its significance was the fact that it had to serve various roles, from an office space, to a boot room, to a greenhouse, to a laundry room, to a dog room. While we ended up removing two of those five functions, the three most important (laundry, boots, and dogs) stayed. Because this mudroom would serve as a bedroom, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, porch, and apothecary for our own animals, I wanted to make sure that it was well-equipped with everything that they could ever need and I could ever want for them. 

IMG_0134Holly has quite a few medical issues, all of which I have chronicled over the last year. This results in her having a number of medications. Rather than keeping her medicine with ours, I wanted to make her a whimsical storage unit. It was also my way of putting a positive spin on her medical issues. Plus, it looks damn delightful in their mudroom.

Medicine Cabinet DIY 1This is what you’ll need to make your own hand-painted Cross Medicine Cabinet:

Glass cabinet
Glass paint
Brushes
Q-tip
Painter’s tape
Measuring tape

Steps:

Medicine Cabinet DIY 21. Lay the medicine cabinet flat on the ground. Using the measuring and painter’s tape, measure and mark off a symmetrical cross that will be located in the centre of the cabinet.

Medicine Cabinet DIY 32. Take the base paint colour and brush. Fill in the cross. 

Medicine Cabinet DIY 43. Once the base coat is dry, take the border colour and outline the cross. I did mine using a freehand method, but you can also use the painter’s tape for cleaner lines.

Medicine Cabinet DIY 54. Once that coat is dry, it is ready to be installed and used!

Medicine Cabinet DIY 7Medicine Cabinet DIY 6<3

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