Skip the Crowds and Try Something New This Black Friday

We love a good deal, but sometimes Black Friday can just be waaaay too much. This year, we’re skipping the stores and opting for something a little different. That’s what Cyber Monday is for anyway, right?! There are so many other options for ways to spend your day. We love the idea of starting a new tradition for your future Black Fridays!

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Have a Movie Marathon

Who doesn’t love an excuse to stay snuggled up on the couch all day watching movies? Pair that with being the day after binging on all that delish Thanksgiving food and you have yourself a winning agenda! Get a jump start on the holiday season with your favorite winter or Christmas movies or go for one of your favorite series. We’re suckers for a good Harry Potter marathon!

Try Some New Recipes

Big fan of spending time in the kitchen? Maybe you didn’t get your fill on Thanksgiving. How about finally making that recipe you’ve been dying to try? Or if you’re stuck with a bunch of recipes and looking to try something a little different with them, check out our article on some fun and innovative recipes using your Thanksgiving leftovers!

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Image Source: @tovogueorbust

Cut Down Your Christmas Tree

With Thanksgiving officially behind us, we can now start the winter holiday season prep! This is actually a tradition we had growing up. Most tree farms open on Black Friday and going to cut down your tree right off that bat means you have ample time to enjoy it and you have your pick from all the fresh trees! It’s such a fun experience and can help kick those post-holiday blues by jumping right into the next round.

Volunteer

A lot of people will volunteer their time closer to the winter holiday season, or on Thanksgiving itself, but the truth is that volunteers are needed year round. After spending the day celebrating how thankful you are for everything in your life, it’s a very humbling and grounding experience to go out and volunteer to help those less fortunate. It may just be a couple of hours of your time, but it can mean a world of a difference to someone else!

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Image Source: @anthropologie

Self Care

We’re always down for a self care day. Instead of treating yourself to Black Friday shopping, treat yourself in a different way! If going to a spa isn’t in the budget, try an at-home spa day. A bubble bath, some body scrub, mani/pedi… sky’s the limit! Snuggle up with a good book and just take the down time to really relax and recharge before the last month of the year.

Last Minute Planning for 4th of July Activities

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Image Source: Jeff Hunter

With the 4th of July right in front of us, we cannot wait to celebrate with our friends and family! Here are some last minute holiday activities and ideas to add onto your 4th of July agenda.

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Fireworks are the most associated image with the 4th of July, so check to see if there are any local firework shows close to you! Some places even have firework shows the whole week after the 4th, so if you don’t have enough time on the big day, you’ll have another chance to go later or even hit multiple shows throughout the week.

Food is also a big part of this holiday. Whether you’re going to a party or hosting your own, there are so many food options to choose from! Some 4th of July classics are: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, s’mores, etc. You can also make some cute America themed dishes, such as parfaits with blueberries and strawberries, banana, blueberry, and strawberry fruit kabobs, or even dying frosting blue and red and using it atop vanilla cupcakes. Check out our full BBQ line up for some more inspiration!

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In the height of summer, the weather is way too beautiful to be stuck inside. There are a ton of different yard games you can pick up at a local store. We’re huge fans of cornhole and ladder toss. You can always go old school and have a classic water balloon fight to help beat the heat.

No matter what you decide to fill your 4th of July with, we hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Best Activities to Fight Off the Winter Blues

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After the excitement of the holidays disappears, we find ourselves fighting off boredom and the winter blues. It is easy to fall into a routine of watching movies on your warm and cozy couch instead of socializing and bathing in the sun (which requires you to face the freezing cold wind). To help you battle the blues, we’ve created a list of our favorite activities to boost your mood and reconnect with yourself and the world around you.


BEAUTY & HEALTH ACTIVITIES

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EXERCISE Exercise is the best way to boost your mood! It has been proven that exercise can make you exponentially happier and more motivated. Go do your favorite winter outdoor activity or do a quick 10 minute workout in your home! See our fitness guide for some easy moves you can do in your living room!

TREAT YOURSELF TO A MANI-PEDI Let’s be honest, your hands and feet could use some TLC this winter. Grab a girlfriend, or enjoy some me time, and get your nails done.

GET A MASSAGE & FACIAL A massage is a sure way to make you relaxed and feeling great! Allow yourself a spa day and opt for that facial you always pass on. Your face will be glowing, and you'll have the perfect excuse to post a selfie of your beautiful self!

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IMAGE SOURCE: INSTAGRAM (@DISAGNA)

MEDITATE We cannot think of a better way to expel stress than to close your eyes and think about nothing. Go to that yoga class you haven’t    had time for, or set up a cozy spot in your home and find a class on YouTube.

SOAK UP THE SUN Bundle up, go for a walk, and get your daily dose of vitamin D. It’s a simple way to ease your bad mood and put some color on your cheeks.


ME TIME ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: ISTOCKPHOTO/PETRUNJELA

READ A BOOK Escape the cold and windy world outside, and get lost in a book that takes you far away from your stress and problems. Your mind will feel refreshed, and you will be more willing to do your work and crush those goals with a clear head. Need a book suggestion? Try one of the National Book Award Winners from this year!

DANCE IT OUT Dance by yourself, in your bedroom, with the volume all the way up. Channel your inner Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang. Dancing is perfect for shaking away winter blues and boosting your confidence.

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TAKE A LUXURIOUS BUBBLE BATH Buy a million scented candles, bath bombs, and oils and make yourself a luxurious bubble bath. Turn off your phone and listen to music, read a book or magazine, and sip some wine while relaxing.

REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE Give your living space a fresh and cozy makeover. Move furniture around for some new flow or cozy up your place with a few simple but effective details like candles and blankets.


FOOD & DRINK ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: COOK REPUBLIC

BAKE SOME GOODIES Bake a cake or cookies to share with your friends and family. Make something winter themed like gingerbread, snickerdoodles, or try our amazing figgy pudding recipe. Your home will smell like warm sugar and cake, yum!

COOK Cook that meal you’ve always wanted but were too afraid to try. Or make that family recipe that brings you comfort. Food is a guaranteed way to make you happy, and making something from scratch will give you a sense of pride and fulfillment.

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IMAGE SOURCE: ANTRHOPOLOGIE

GET COFFEE Try the new coffee shop down the road with a few friends. Be sure to order that extravagant drink and enjoy it!

HOST AN INTIMATE DINNER PARTY Invite a few of your closest friends over for a fancy dinner party. Cook a three course meal, set up your china that’s gathering dust, and drink champagne!


OUT ON THE TOWN ACTIVITIES

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IMAGE SOURCE: STYLE ME PRETTY

SIP & PAINT Sign you and a few friends up for a sip and paint class. Enjoy some good drinks and company, and be creative at the same time! It’s a great way to let your guard down and just have fun!

SEE A COMEDY SHOW Buy tickets to a comedy show in your area, or enjoy stand up at a local dive bar. Laughing is the perfect way to cheer you up, and a comedy show is much more fun than the movies.

PLAN A STAYCATION Book a hotel, grab a fancy dinner, and enjoy the night out all while staying in town. Make it a girls weekend and escape from the hectic work week or a romantic “getaway” for you and your guy.


Winter Bucket List

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Need some fun holiday activity inspiration?! We’ve got you covered! Our Winter Holiday Bucket List has 50 winter and holiday themed activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy this season! And download our printable PDF to check off each one as you go!


  • Go ice skating
  • Go sledding
  • Build a snowman
  • Make and decorate cookies
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Drink hot cocoa in front of a fire
  • Put up decorations around the house
  • Make a fancy winter cocktail
  • Take a drive to look at Christmas lights
  • Wrap gifts
  • Send a holiday card
  • Do random acts of kindness
  • Buy a matching scarf, mittens, & hat set
  • Wear pj’s all day
  • Kiss someone under the mistletoe
  • Donate old toys
  • Watch holiday movies
  • Read a good book
  • Light scented candles
  • Go skiing/snowboarding
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Set goals for the New Year
  • Make a handmade gift
  • Splurge on a party outfit
  • Make s'mores
  • Make a wreath
  • Build a blanket fort
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Drink eggnog
  • Eat a candy cane
  • Start a new tradition
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Make a snow angel
  • Play a board game
  • Have a coffee date with a friend
  • Make peppermint bark
  • Make an ornament
  • Make a popcorn garland
  • Have an ugly sweater party
  • Plant bulbs indoors for the spring
  • Rock a red lip
  • Create a holiday playlist
  • Attend a tree lighting
  • Participate in a Secret Santa
  • See a play or musical
  • Learn to knit a scarf
  • Call an old friend
  • Catch snowflakes on your tongue
  • Have a winter photoshoot

bridal shower

Tired of lack-luster bridal showers consisting of strange games and small talk? Trust Parsimony Vintage to spice things up. Grab a paint brush and a glass – it’s time for a DIY paint party bridal shower!

**(All links for the pictures also connect to full tutorials for each style)

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Images courtesy of: Babble

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Images courtesy of: HonestlyWTF

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Image courtesy of: Lauren Paints

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Image courtesy of: Serendipity by Sara Lynn

Tell your guests ahead of time to pick what style they’re going for. This way they can choose which type of stemware they would like to use as well as which types of paints they should bring.

This party is a great way to have a fun time and save money. Instead of spending irrational amounts of money on a venue and catering, just have supplies ready for your guests and tell everyone to bring some fun appetizers and some wine to enjoy your new creations with!