Holiday Movies to Watch this Christmas Season

I don’t think I have ever met a single person who doesn’t like any holiday movies. My absolute favorite thing to do is to cuddle up in my pajamas and some warm, fuzzy blankets while sipping hot cocoa (with marshmallows of course), light some festive holiday candles, and watch my favorite holiday films!

Get yourselves ready for a movie marathon, because for Blogmas Day 3, here comes a list of my all-time favorite holiday movies! (With some amazing newer ones included too!)

A Christmas Prince

Royals at Christmas? Check. A riveting love story? Check. An adorable little sister? Check! This movie really has it all! When a writer from The Big Apple travels to the small country of Aldovia to cover the crowning of a new king, things go a little off kilter.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

This amazing sequel to “A Christmas Prince” came out just two days ago and I love it so much I’ve already seen it 3 times! Continuing on Amber’s journey with her new king, we travel with her through the ups and downs of planning a royal wedding at Christmastime, when the country is having troubles of its own!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Yes, I know. Everyone and their mother has seen this movie… but you have to admit, it’s a CLASSIC! An outcast Grinch finds the true meaning of Christmas with the help of a little girl named Cindy Lou Who and his loyal pup!

The Princess Switch

Here’s another new Netflix original to cozy up to. In this holiday film a young woman from Chicago accidentally bumps into her doppelganger, a duchess! They decide to switch places and I’ll bet you guessed… There’s a plot twist! Fall in love with this romantic Christmas movie that will have you bursting out laughing and warm your heart.

The Santa Clause (1, 2, & 3)

These are my absolute FAVORITE holiday films to watch!!! They are funny, witty, and beautifully well written. They really put you in the Christmas spirit!

ELF

“Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

“SANTA! Oh my God! Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!”

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup”

…..Need I say more?

The Polar Express

Hands-down the best part of this movie is Josh Groban’s ‘Believe’. Or, if you want to talk about the actual film, I guess you could say the best part is when he can finally hear the bell and he really believes in the magic of Christmas.

Frosty the Snowman

This was honestly my childhood at Christmas. I absolutely loved this movie! What is not to love about a fun, talking snowman?!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This movie was another classic from my childhood! I always loved watching Rudolph and Clarice’s innocent romance and adventure!

 

What are your favorite holiday movies? Let me know in the comments below!


XXOO

A. Marie

Perk Up Buttercup: Self Care Ideas

1. Take A Bath!

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Get yourself some big bubbles and take yourself a bubble bath! I also enjoy using bath salts and bath bombs. (Gorgeous smells and insta-worthy colorful swirls? YES PLEASE!)

Candles are an absolute must! What’s better than the soft ambiance of a warm, flickering candle? I think nothing.

After a long day, the best thing I have found to possibly do in the bath is to completely relax your body. Start with your toes and slowly work your way up your body relaxing each part as you go.

I also LOVE to bring a book into the bathtub and lose myself in it for the duration. However, to each their own, I have also set up a movie on my laptop at an angle that I could watch from the tub.

2. Give Yourself A Massage

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Put a pump or two of sweet smelling lotion on your hands and get the kinks out of your neck and shoulders. You can also massage your legs. I enjoy using a muscle relaxing therapy gel as well!

3. Oxygenate

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Inhale Deeply

Hold that breath for a few seconds.

Exhale

Repeat X3

4. Splurge A Little

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Take that old gift card that’s been sitting in your wallet since Christmas 3 years ago or the spare change from your piggy pank and treat yourself on some small luxury that you normally wouldn’t get for yourself.

5. Pamper Yourself

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Do a face mask! Either use one you have or make one yourself!

MANI-PEDI! Paint your fingers, paint your toes, watch Netflix while they dry and then go on feeling great and put together.

6. Check It Off

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Check off and complete that task that has been lingering on your to-do list for forever. When it is finally done you will feel SOOO much better and plus, checking things off of your to-do list always makes a person feel very accomplished.

7. Take A Well-Deserved Nap

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Need I say more?


Thank you so much for reading and please share! I have been feeling very inspired lately so there will be many more posts to come!!


XXOO

A. Marie

June Bullet Journal Set-Up: Ladybugs

Hello! June is right around the corner, so I thought I would share my June Bullet Journal Set-Up with you! For this month, I chose to use the theme of Ladybugs! As per the usual, I kept the layout mostly black and white, with red as my accent color!

Cover Page

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My June cover page is comprised of a quote on the left page reading, “and at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy, and your eyes sparkling.” This is made up of a few different fonts with red as an accent. The page on the right tells us what month it is! I chose to do a flourish embellished with dots. It has black and white flowers on top of it and a red and black ladybug on top. The month of June is written underneath the flourish.

Monthly Layout

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My monthly layout uses the same general grid as usual, with red as the background color for the days of the week. As you can see, I have not filled in many of the days yet, but I will do that later. I wrote “June” across the top in calligraphy accented in red. on the top left of the grid, I drew two ladybugs facing each other with a heart in between them.

Weekly Layouts

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This month, I decided to include all of the weekly layouts that I drew for the month. The placement of the ladybug(s) and hearts are different for each week! My weekly layouts are a bit different this month with a calendar of the week across the top of the two pages, my weekly blogging planner on the bottom of the left page, and the dates for that week on the bottom of the right page.

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Thank you so much for reading and I hope you gained some inspiration for your own June Bullet Journal! See you all in my next post! Oh, and happy summer!

xxoo

A. Marie

Glowing Winter Skincare Routine

As we all know, winter can take a bit of a toll on our skin. At this time of year, you may be noticing that your skin is looking dull and lifeless. Of course, you need to keep a good intake of water to achieve healthy looking skin. I prefer mine with lemons in it for their detoxifying effect and flavor. Without further ado, here is my tried and true way of getting a happier, healthier looking complexion.

{{{To be fair, I am not perfect at always keeping my skincare routine on track. I am admittedly prone to skipping a step (or three) and I sometimes forget to take my makeup off before bed. I also grew up with terrible acne. Despite all of this, I can trust this routine to make my skin look 100x better.}}}

Step One: Cleanser

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The first step to my skincare routine is to cleanse with warm water and my Mario Bedescu Acne Facial Cleanser. This cleanser is very affordable at just $15 for a 6oz. bottle. I have tried a variety of different cleansers and this one is amazing for clearing blemishes and breakouts. It contains salicylic acid, which can help the skin shed dead skin cells, decrease inflammation, and help with unclogging your pores. Those with sensitive skin may find that this dries out or irritates the skin. If this happens, stop use immediately.

Step Two: Exfoliator 

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The second step in my skincare routine is to exfoliate. I only do this about twice a week to prevent irritation. My favorite is the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. Unfortunately, this one is more expensive. You can purchase it for $79 for a 2oz. bottle. If that is too pricey (which I completely understand), another great one to use is the Lush Ocean Salt. This has a combination of larger and smaller pieces of sea salt to get a deep clean. Ocean salt costs $21.95 for a 4.2oz. pot, which you can purchase from the lush website.

My biggest tip when using an exfoliator is not to scrub. Since there are particles already in the exfoliator, you just need to gently rub your skin with the product. Using too much pressure can cause irritation and even damage to the skin. Another good idea is to only use an exfoliator once or twice a week.

Step Three: Toner

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My all-time favorite toner is the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater. You can purchase this for $7. This toner makes your skin feel very hydrated. It is refreshing, smells wonderful, and can also be used throughout the day when your skin needs a little pick-me-up.

Step Four: Serum

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During the winter, a good serum is an absolute must. I typically use a very hydrating and nourishing one at night, and a loumanizing one with vitamins during the day.

My favorite serum for at night is the Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum. It prevents wrinkles, and leaves you waking up with a glowing complexion.

For the daytime, my favorite serum is the Caudalie VinoPerfect Radiance Serum. It gives the skin that “glow from within” look. This serum is definitely radiance-boosting, and although it is pretty expensive, it definitely does a great job. As an alternative, any serum that contains vitamin C is extremely beneficial.

Step Five: Eye Cream

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I personally use the Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate, which I purchase from Ulta Beauty for $32. I have an extremely problematic under eye area. My under eyes get very puffy in the mornings, and my dark circles get to the point where they look like I have a black eye. This cream applied day and night keeps the inflammation to a minimum and my dark circles (with the help of a little concealer) pretty much disappear.

Step Six: Moisturizer 

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Again, the moisturizer I use depends on the time of day. At night I prefer to use a heavier, more hydrating one. My favorite is the Glo Minerals Oil Free Moisturizer. I also sometimes use this during the day if my skin is feeling a bit on the dry side. During the day I prefer to use the Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator. This is the perfect moisturizer for oily skin, as it is slightly mattifying and definitely helps control oil production. It is a great base for makeup as well.

Bonus

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Masks are a great step to add into your skincare routine. You can use them as often as once a day, a few times a week, or just whenever you feel that your skin needs it. Masks cover a range of skin-care needs. For an easy clean-up, you can go for the very trendy sheet mask. Another option is the traditional face mask which can be applied with the hands or a brush, and can be washed off. Another option for a face mask can be a leave on mask such as The Body Shop’s Anti-Imperfection Night Mask, which is left to soak into the skin overnight.

lip treatment

Personally, a great lip treatment is an absolute essential. This is the GlamGlow PoutMud Wet Lip Balm Treatment. I use it every night before bed and I wake up to a perfectly soft pout every morning. During the day I use whatever lip product I am wearing that day. If I choose not to wear a lip product, I make sure to always have some sort of lip balm on hand to make sure that my lips do not get dry.

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Another product that I use to ensure great hair, skin, and nails, are these Nature’s Bounty vitamins. They are made with Biotin, which is wonderful for you. As an added bonus, they are strawberry flavored and they are gummies, so no big pills to swallow!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope this helps you achieve glowing skin during the winter!

xxoo

A. Marie