• Gift Guide

    Holiday Gifting Made Easy With The Gift Goddess

    Christmas is the time of year where gift giving and bringing cheer to all those you love starts early and seems to never end. You can spend countless hours shopping Black Friday Sales, hunting the best deals in the malls only to end up frustrated and having a never-ending list. This season, the gift giving is easy for me because I am using the Gift Goddess to give personalized gifts to the people I love.

    If you are a local, like myself (Jacksonville, Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine) you are in LUCK. Not only can you easily shop for the perfect gift online, but you can have it delivered! If you are not a local-you are still in luck- the Gift Boxes can be shipped all across the United States.

    The Holiday Collection has something special for everyone and is so easy to shop. If you do not see something that catches your eye, or perhaps have a unique idea, the Gift Goddess offers fully customizable gifts! Think about how cozy you could be this holiday with hot cocoa by your living room fire, just crossing off your list one click at a time.

    So let me share my two favorite boxes that I will be gifting to some special people this season.

    First is the Sweet Tooth Box- Which contains only the best things in life!

    Peterbrooke Chocolate covered popcorn, Forrero Rocher Hazelnut Chocolates, Godiva Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, Harney & Sons Chocolate Chai Supreme Flavored Black Tea, and FreshJax Maple Cinnamon Topping.

    img_3927-2This box is perfect for corporate gifting, family, friends, neighbors, teachers and so on. I mean… I may or may not have considered ordering one for myself. It is the perfect go-to gift box.

    Second is the Wise Men Box- which has already been a hit in my family. I told one person whom I was gifting it to and now my dad and fiancé both want one for themselves. So the men LOVE this one, without a doubt. This box contains:

    YETI 20 oz. Tumbler, Kalahari Biltong Spicy Peri Peri and a Wallet Ninja 18-in 1 tool.

     

    img_3924-2The reason I truly believe that The Gift Goddess is a one stop shop is because not only do the curated boxes come delivered in a gorgeous box, wrapped ever so nicely, but they include a handwritten note!

    If you are interested in shopping on The Gift Goddess Website you can do so: HERE

    Be sure to use my DISCOUNT CODE “KAYLA10” on your order!

  • Gift Guide

    Stocking Stuffers for HER

    It is the Holiday Season, and one of the best parts of Christmas morning for me has always been opening up my stocking. I have put together this gift guide for HER stocking this 2018 holiday season!  Just click and shop!

     

  • Gift Guide,  Uncategorized

    Gift Guide: For The Coffee Lover!

    Shopping for a coffee Lover this Christmas?  Just click and shop- it’s that easy!

     

  • Fashion

    Fall Overall Trends I Love!

    It is already November 1st and this year has flown by!  Next up is Thanksgiving and Christmas my absolute favorite time of the year.  Mostly because I am surrounded by family, friends and the best food.  I have been loving the Fall Trends this year, and finally bought an overall dress (obsessively wearing it on repeat). It is so cute and fun and would make a great thanksgiving outfit.

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    I wore this outfit to a little Farmers Market in St. Augustine Fl called Rype and Readi!

    The Farmers market is SO cute, they had pumpkins in every size, shape and color.  Along with fruits, vegetables, wild animals, eggs, LOCAL HONEY (clearly my fav) and so much more.  I highly recommend stopping by if you are ever in the area.  Not only was this location so cute and fun, it was the perfect photo shoot location.  I met up with the talented Shelby of Shelby Williams Photography and took such fun photos in my Fall Themed outfit.

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    Here are the latest overall trends I am loving, and you will be seeing more of on my Instagram! Click to Shop.

    Shop Booties:

    Wishing you all a wonderful November, and Happy Fall. 

    XO,

    Kayla

     

  • Fashion

    Booties Both Ways with Famous Footwear

    Happy Fall Everybody!

    There truly is not a better Fall Staple than a pair (or multiple pairs) of the cutest booties from Famous Footwear.  I love booties because you can dress them up and dress them down while still keeping your toes warm this Fall Season.

    Wearing Booties with Denim/ Casual Attire

    I love pairing trendy booties with distressed denim, or denim that emphasizes your ankles and feet.  Why wear a cute pair of shoes if you can’t show them off? Living in Florida, the weather is hot and cold during the Fall Season and my go to shoe is a brown pair of booties with pretty little details. They are so fun and trendy, especially because they compliment practically any style.  Famous Footwear has such a wide variety of booties to choose from, my favorites are from the pretty little details collection!

     

     

    Women's Ashby BootieWomen's Davidson Ankle Boot  Women's Barley Ankle Bootie  Women's Bentley Ankle BootWomen's Blake BootieWomen's Emerson Peep Toe Bootie

    These booties are statement shoes that you can build an entire outfit around. I paired mine with a long sleeve and denim:

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    Wearing Booties with a Dress

    My second favorite way to rock my booties this Fall is to pair them with a bright dress!  Orange is such a Fall Color, and I live in dresses year round so it seemed fitting to style them with dresses too!

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    The versatility of booties is endless, and Famous Footwear has done an amazing job of providing a bootie for every style. If you are not so into the pretty details you may  enjoy wearing these:

    All Dressed Up Collection

    Women's Wanda Boot Women's Remi Dress Bootie Women's Rooney Dress Shoe Women's Ryaane Dress Shoe Women's Cate Dress Bootie Women's Coana Peep Toe Bootie

     

    Fashion Hikers

    Women's Glinda Lace Up Sweater Bootie Women's Kudrow Lace Up Boot

     

    Start Shopping for your next pair of Booties: Here

     

    Thank you to Famous Footwear for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

  • Advice

    5 Tips to Avoid Running Late

    Hello Friends! I wanted to share  5 helpful tips that have helped me stop running late and start being on time.  My whole life I have always used “Fashionably late” as an excuse to why I was never on time for anything.  As an adult, I have to not only strive to be on time, but have in fact mastered being early to most things.

    Here are my 5 Tips:

    1. Make a schedule and stick to it. One of the best things that you can do for yourself is plan out your events on a weekly basis.  Be sure to give yourself enough time in between each thing you must do and perhaps add buffer time.  You know that traffic accident that you couldn’t avoid? Problem is solved when you add buffer time and plan to arrive early. Making a schedule does not mean that you will never run late, it just means you are prepared to be on time and on schedule more often then not.
    2. If you are always on time with a minute to spare- set your clock forward.  Possibly play a trick on your brain and set your clock in your car/home forward by 5-10 minutes.  This will make your mind account for the time shown and you will start arriving early/on time to your activities.
    3. PREPARATION. Boy oh boy I cannot stress this one enough.  Being prepared is a complete game changer when it comes to running late. I find it so helpful to pack my gym bag, make my lunch in advance, and set reminders at night.  When I wake up I am able to get up and go without the stress of running around and doing a million things.  I am able to maintain a consistent workout schedule, eat properly, have a good day at work and be on time to all events when I take the time to prepare for what is to come.
    4. DO NOT SNOOZE.  When your alarm goes off, make sure you get up the first time and do not snooze.  If you are always tempted to hit the snooze button, try placing your alarm across your room so you have to get up and walk to turn it off.  At this point you are already awake and standing up- so just get your day started!
    5. Aim to be early. If you are always desiring to be early, you will be on time. There was this saying I heard one time “If you’re on time- you’re late, If your early you’re on time, and if you’re late you shouldn’t bother at all.  Make sure you desire to be better, and be on time.

    Being on time is more than just a good thing to do for yourself.  Depending on who you are meeting and what it is for, it is respectful to be on time.  Being on time shows that you are considerate of the people you are meeting no matter how important the issue.

    Good Luck on using these tips to avoid being late!

    XO, 

    Kayla

  • Advice

    5 Ways to Live a Happier Life

    Happy Thursday Friends!  There is no way to be happy every single day of your life.  Things go wrong, your run late, and sometimes your day is just “off”.  I wanted to share five ways I have found helpful to living a happier life.

    1. Do what you love.  By doing what you love, often, you can live a happier life.  There are hobbies or interests that we all love, and making time for them in our schedules will allow us to be happy.  It is so easy to get too busy with what life brings you, that you place hobbies and interests on the back burner.  Just make time to truly do what you love.  For those of you that do what you love every day, that is another gift in itself!
    2. Practice being thankful. Happiness can actually be found all around you, if you just take a minute to look.  Sometimes writing a list or picking out 3 things you  are thankful for each morning can jumpstart your day!  It is so easy to compare and think of what your life may lack in this world of comparison, but each person has so many unique talents, treasures and things to be truly thankful for. Appreciation is a great source of happiness.
    3. Smile. Yes, it is really that simple.  Start smiling more.  There is nothing that says happy more than a smile.
    4. Rid your life of the negative thoughts. In today’s world we are always comparing ourselves to others, and seeing our flaws.  But what we do not realize is the huge negative consequences this has for our life.  Each time you have a negative thought or feeling, try replacing it with a positive thought or word of affirmation.  You are enough, you are important, you are doing great etc. Also, surrounding yourself with friends and family that lift you up helps too.
    5. Be Youself. How easy is that?  It is easy to be unhappy when you are pretending to be someone else, or trying to live someone elses life.  Being Authentically and Unapologetically Yourself is pure happiness.  It comes easy, and the rewards to being yourself are never ending.

    I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week, and can practices some of this to start living a happier life.

    XO, 

    Kayla

  • Amazon

    Top 10 Fall Amazon Purchases

    Welcome back to the Blog! Fall is finally here and that means it is time to share Top 10 Fall Amazon Purchases!

    We all know Amazon is amazing and convenient, so I want to share this seasons Top 10 Fall Amazon order must haves!

    I hope you are enjoying the start of Fall, even though in Florida it is still SUMMER HEAT. Happy Shopping!

     

    XoXo, 

    Kayla

  • Cooking

    Cooking With Kayla: Pumpkin Spice Cookies!

    Happy Fall Everyone, in case you missed the recipe on my Instagram post I am sharing it on the Blog!

    PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES WITH CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

    INGREDIENTS:

    Pumpkin Spice Cookies:

    • 1/2 Cup Butter (Sweet Cream Salted)
    • 1 Cup Sugar
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 Cup Canned Pumpkin
    • 2 Cups Flour
    • 4 tsp. Baking Powder
    • 1 tsp. Salt
    • 2 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
    • 1/4 tsp. Ginger
    • 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans (optional)
    • Cookie Sheets
    • Parchment Paper

    Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

    • 1/2 Cup Butter (Sweet Cream Salted)
    • 8 oz. block of Cream Cheese
    • 3 tsp. Vanilla
    • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
    • 1 tsp. Cinnamon

    DIRECTIONS:

    Pumpkin Spice Cookies:

    1. In a mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    2. Add eggs and pumpkin and mix well.
    3. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and spices together and fold into cookie batter.
    4. Mix until well blended.
    5. Drop a spoonful of the cookie batter onto a cookie sheet.
    6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes.
    7. Allow to cool.
    8. Frost with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

    Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

    1. Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a mixer until blended.
    2. Add powered sugar a cup at a time and continue to mix until sugar is incorporated.
    3. Finally, add cinnamon.

    I hope you Enjoy this recipe as much as I did. So perfect for Fall.

    XO, 

    Kayla

  • Cooking

    Cooking With Kayla: What’s on the Menu This Week?

    Happy Wednesday Everyone!

    It has officially been about a month since I moved in my new home.  Since then a lot of things have changed, and one thing in particular is that I have started to cook.  I have cooked my entire life from time to time, but never on a weekly basis.  My mother always cooked for us growing up and my Fiance loves to cook as well, so I never really had the need to cook for myself all the time. (That was the good life right?)  So, with that said I have begun cooking for myself on a weekly basis and decided it would be fun to share some of the recipes and outcomes along the way.  Shoutout to Food Network which basically is my inspiration for any type of recipe I am in search for.

    This week the Menu was as follows:

    • Lean Ground Beef Stuffed Peppers
    • Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry and Jasmine Rice
    • Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops with Green Beans and Salad
    • Chicken Pot Pie
    • Taco Night with Yellow Rice

    So basically, my thought process on this was to try to cook easy,  healthy meals for the week.  While also practicing my cooking skills and testing my limits. Cooking is not necessarily a difficult task, it just takes preparation, patience and determination.

    I shared on my IG Story the steps by step process of the Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry (EASY) and then posted a photo of the final product:
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    Not trying to “Toot my own horn” but this is going to be a once a month recipe for me and my Fiance.  He LOVED it, and we ended up finishing the entire recipe which serves four- ourselves.  The sauce was so complimenting to the chicken and the Broccoli, and was just the perfect hint of sweet and spice. I cubed the chicken a little larger than the recipe called for because we LOVE chicken, so I would just make sure to use a meat thermometer to ensure the larger pieces are fully cooked. The Broccoli basically melts in your mouth and hands down it was VERY easy to make. If you have all the ingredients ready to go, it is a quick, nutritious, delicious meal with easy cleanup for a weekday meal.

    Link to the Full Food Network Recipe

    If you do happen to try out this meal, be sure to tag me on Instagram and let me know how it was~

    Wishing you a wonderful week!

    With Love, 

    Kayla