How to: Survive Post-Holiday Blues

Ah, the holidays are over. Right now you are probably experiencing Christmas-withdrawl, food and sugar comas, family overload, smaller bank accounts, and back-to-work anxiety. Just know that you are not alone in your post-holiday blues.

Here are some of my suggestions on how to deal with the transition back to real life:

1. Ease your way in by rewarding yourself every two hours for surviving with leftover Christmas chocolate.

2. Secretly listen to your favorite Christmas carol at least once a day until you are ready to let go.

3. Start walking in the morning for at least 10 minutes, and increase your time every day as you begin to get used to your ligaments moving again.

4. If you are experiencing an extreme case of anxiety, take 5 shots of a peppermint mocha latte. Slowly ween yourself off.

5. Space out your use of your Christmas gifts. Don’t use or wear your gifts all in one week! Spread it out so you can enjoy the excitement of new things longer.

6. It’s okay to leave your Christmas tree up for a little while longer. Just remember, the longer you wait, the harder it will be. I suggest the last day to keep it up should be Jan. 11. Longer than that, and it will probably be a fire hazard, if it isn’t already.Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!

7. Read your favorite blogs (wink wink) to get your mind off your post-holiday blues.

Hopefully that list will help you get through!

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Here are some snippets of my vacay!

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Half Moon Bay – Coastal Walk behind the Ritz Carlton

20140102-150203.jpgGot to spend a week with this cutie pie!

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The grandchildren. Yes, we are extremely mature.

20140102-145742.jpgSome mansion near Caroline Park – Redlands, CA

20140102-145754.jpgAwesome palm tree we found

20140102-145804.jpgStarting my couple of days in Santa Barbara with Backyard Bowls of course!

More picture and outfits in a wee bit! Follow me on Instagram for more snippets and FIRST LOOKS of outfits before they’re published!

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Custom Monogram

Okay, okay, this may be kind of selfish and too much like advertising, but if you’re in need of a last minute gift for someone in your life, I’ve got the answer for you! 🙂

Personalized Monogram Stationary

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This past summer, my group of friends parted ways to start our own new adventures. Goodbyes are hard, but the thought of how easy it is to keep in touch made it bearable. I decided to design simple monogram cards with colors that matched each and every one of my friends’ personalities. This way, there is no excuse not to write to each other. Granted, I am guilty of not sending anything yet. Sorry guys.

Well, now this design is officially open to order. I’m in the process of reopening my Etsy store. If you go there right now, there’s nothing listed. But if you’re interested in making any type of order, please email me at cross.n.dot@gmail.com and we can talk about what color and what letter you’d like and I’ll list a posting.

Ahh, I’m so excited for Christmas!

Be careful out there…Christmas Shopping is dangerous.

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Prices

Single: $3
Set of 6: $16.50
Set of 12: $30
Set of 24: $40

*Cards come with envelopes.

**Prices are comparable to Paper-Source Monogram cards. But I am bias because mine are handmade! 🙂

Winter Lace

I’m all about the juxtaposition of putting cold weather together with lace, especially for the holiday season. Today’s Thrifty Thursday post is comprised of wonderful finds from our local Savers and Crossroads. Here’s my version of a casual holiday outfit.

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Dress: Thrifted – Similar // Boots: DSW – Similar  // Sweater: Thrifted – Similar // Scarf: P.O.K.O

Got a summer/spring dress that you still aren’t sick of wearing, despite the cold weather? THAT’S OK. Throw on a pair of black tights, a chunky sweater, a scarf, boots and you’re good to go!

And just to show you that I actually use the tips that I give out, here’s how I chose this dress.
1. Is this cute? DUH.
2. Will the shape fit and flatter my body type? Yes.
3. Good fabric/brand? Yes. It’s Ann Taylor.
4. Do I have other clothes to make this dress a multiple outfit phenomena? Yes.
5. Shall I buy it? YES.

Check out the other fellow Thrifty Thursday Bloggers out there. 🙂

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi of Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Martyna at Spoolish
Justine of The Two Cent Chic
Nout at Sandpaper Kisses