VLOGMAS DAY 1 || Wrapping Presents & Christmas Tree Decor (my first!)

After enjoying watching Vlogmas from other people for years, I decided to do my own! This year has been tough in one way or another for everyone and I’m going to try my best to push myself to create some wholesome content.

VLOGMAS 2020 here we come! I show you my cute gift wrap paper + Christmas tree decor while wrapping presents and watching a holiday movie on netflix.

This video wasn’t really planned but my next ones will be 🙂

Feel free to subscribe to come along for the adventure!

Mini xmas trees video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xb3ALuv-myc

This is my first time doing vlogmas so even with everything going on this year I’m trying my best to find fun and safe holiday things to do. 

xx Sam

Gift Ideas for Kids + Adults || Five Below

I recently shopped around at 2 different Five Below store locations and these some gifts that I picked up. I’m pretty happy with my finds and can’t wait to share these presents!

Some of these items are definitely worth more than they are priced at and are only available in store. I don’t know if it’s the different store locations I’m going to or if they’re even more popular during this time of year but Squishmallows are selling out quickly overall!

Chemistry Lab Kit: https://www.fivebelow.com/products/the-science-squad-kid-s-chemistry-lab-set-w-25-epic-experiments

Squishmallow (8in): https://www.fivebelow.com/products/squishmallows-8in-series-24

Blanket: https://www.fivebelow.com/products/reversible-plaid-sherpa-blanket-50in-x-60in

Dog toy: https://www.fivebelow.com/products/bottle-cruncher-holiday-dog-toys

Not pictured but honorable mentions:

DIY Stuffed Animal Factory Set (like a mini build a bear): https://www.fivebelow.com/products/diy-stuffing-factory-set

Funny Mention: https://www.fivebelow.com/products/girls-don-t-fart-okay-book-huggable-plush-toy

Decorating Mini Christmas Trees from Dollar Tree! || DIY

Hey everyone! I did a Dollar Tree mini haul of mini Christmas trees, ornaments, and more to decorate for the holidays with my sister! We filmed ourselves decorating our mini trees and I love how they turned out.

I know, I know. It’s only OCTOBER and Halloween hasn’t even passed yet… I’ve been hearing that Dollar Tree’s best holiday/Christmas items–especially for DIYing–sell out by the second week of November!

My tree (the blue one) ended up being around $6 total and Sarah (my sister) ended up building hers with about $4 total.

Items from our mini holiday haul

The only mini christmas tree skirt option from Dollar Tree was red and the bottom side was also showing the red so we decided to DIY our own christmas tree skirts.

It was fairly simple, you’ll only need some kind of material to cut to the side of the bottom of your Christmas tree, good scissors, and patience. Well, if you have better scissors than I did, you won’t need as much patience haha.

Best of luck in your own DIY decor/Dollar Tree holiday hauls and hope you have a wonderful holiday season! xx Sam

Fall Foliage in New England || VLOG & GUIDE

Hey guys! I got to explore the Kancamagus Highway (112) in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, one of America’s most scenic byways to view fall foliage around peak times.

Here’s the video:

There are many stops along the 56 mile stretch you can take and I went to a few that sounded/looked good as we drove by.

We were stuck in 3 hours of traffic just going back down the mountains so I made a quick guide in hopes of helping people who come across this avoid the same fate while in these beautiful mountains.

My Mini Guide:

– If you think you’re going early enough go even earlier! Make sure you have a FULL TANK of gas once you’re in the area and pack a meal/snacks just in case you get stuck too.

– Grab the map if you see it! We had no service the entire highway so it literally saved us. Ricky got it from someone in a visitor center rest stop on the way before Loon Mountain.

– If I could redo it I’d start by driving down to the far end toward Rocky Gorge then turn around to make the stops on the way back to Loon Mtn so if you do hit traffic it’s not as bad as later (and you can scope out what stops you’d like to do) *Also, don’t leave at 3PM, that’s how we got stuck just going back down for 3 hours!

– Avoid Pemigewasset Overlook, it’s beautiful but unless you get a roadside spot, the parking lot becomes a 1 lane in/out jam if it’s busy/getting full.

Lookout Farm || Fall Vibes + VLOG

Hey guys! If you’re looking for a good social distancing idea, I recommend Lookout Farm!

Rating: 10/10 on the social distancing scale

I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all because it was so spacious between all the tables (they had a lot in two different big sections). You order from your phone and they bring your food/drinks to you–I went on a Saturday and the wait wasn’t too long. The walking path also had plenty of room/rows so people didn’t really run into each other, it gave the illusion that there wasn’t a lot of people. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your family/friends/etc out that is social-distanceable, I recommend this farm.

Please excuse some of the clicking sounds when we’re on the walking path, it’s my camera strap hitting the camera bc I forgot to mention how it needs to be held still oops

Thanks for watching, feel free to stick around by following along for more adventures! xx

Chicago Travel Vlog || THINGS TO DO

We were basically children in Chicago but it’s fine, that’s how you stay young!

Last year, I flew to Chicago with Theresia, Gabe, and Austin from the moment we left work until very late at night before coming back to work Monday. We did so much in the few days we spent there!

Our airbnb stay was awesome, we went with 3 bedrooms because Ricky was in our original plans to come but something came up. If you’re interested in the newly renovated airbnb close to so many things within Chicago, here it is. *I just became an airbnb associate so we both get some credit towards my future travels if you do book a stay!

Food we ate/things we did:

-TSAOCCA

-Yolk

-Top of the Willis Tower

-Boat Tour Chicago

-Navy Pier (did not feature)

-RAMEN-SAN

-The Bean

-Wndr Museum

-Dim Sum

-Elite Tea

-Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

-Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza

-Imperial Lamian Soup Dumplings & Hand Pulled Noodles

Stay tuned for more of mine/our adventures!! xx Sam

WFH Desk Setup Video || Tour & Advice

Hey guys! I’m still working from home indefinitely due to the pandemic and wanted to show you around my space and give you some advice for your own WFH space.

This is also a good setup for students who may have to continue virtual zoom school because it’s pretty similar to what I had in college.

Hopefully you learn something or get inspired to change up your working space!

DIY Bathroom Makeover (Contact Paper) || How To

Hey guys! Due to being home more often because of social distancing, I had the urge to redecorate and I tackled the bathroom first.

I updated the look of my bathroom vanity by using 2 types of contact paper and peel and stick backsplash tiles.

Hopefully this video inspires you to do it too! (Btw I totally did it the harder way because 1. it’s surrounding the sink & 2. I wanted to try to minimize the amount of seams, it’ll be much faster and easier if you just have a plain counter surfaces)

References:

4 Year Marble Contact Paper Experience & Removal

How to contact paper cabinets via  @Tia Zamara 

I’m planning to keep the contact paper DIYs long-term or until I commit to a style to maybe permanently repaint/replace the countertop but for now, this is amazing enough.

Products used:

  • D-c-fix Marble Grey Contact Paper, 26″ x 78″
  • Hatoku Gray Wood Contact Paper
  • BEAUSTILLE peel and stick backsplash tiles
  • Tempaper Bronze Gray Marrakesh Wallpaper (added the week before this)

*The video & this blog post are not sponsored by products used and all opinions are my own. Thanks!