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

DIY Photos with Confetti

This year it was 5 degrees and below on my birthday–yes, in Fahrenheit–so I couldn’t really run around in Boston like I originally planned to. At least it gave me the opportunity to get my photos [inserted below] done indoors before heading out to see a movie and have dinner with my friend, Nina.

This is a quick vlog-styled how-to video I edited on achieving birthday photos using a paper backdrop and some confetti and balloon props. Please do try this at home with the best of luck from me.

xoxo Sami

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetProcessed with VSCO with hb1 preset

$10 Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion! (FULL SIZE)

Today I was out with my girls and we went shopping and checked out a bunch of stores and browsed through their makeup sections.

We came across the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Original) for only $10 at Nordstrom Rack! For the one I went to (in Millbury, MA) there were about 20 of them in a bin on one of the tables in the makeup section.

I’ll retake better photos in daylight but I just wanted to get this up tonight so whoever sees this can go get theirs soon! 🙂
2016/01/318900f5-4622-4992-aabf-630a593a9ac1.jpg2016/01/img_1127.jpg2016/01/img_1131.jpg

TJMaxx Preppy Finds!

IMG_6925Today I came to TJMaxx in a desperate attempt to buy a pencil pouch for college (classes start in a week!) I ended up coming home with a new journal, water bottle, makeup brush bag, a comfy sweatshirt, lounge tee, and drawstring joggers…yikes! But the extra grabs were totally worth it, I’ll thank myself during finals week. The clothes I’ll probably feature in a separate master Back-to-School post!
IMG_6929She looks for ADVENTURE around every corner Journal ($4.99)
This journal caught my attention because my friends always love bringing me along places because apparently I turn every little thing into an adventure. I can easily get excited over things like going to target or buying bread from the grocery store…don’t act like you don’t do the same!!!
The majority of the journals in TJMaxx’s stationery section were wanderlust or travel-related, which made me SOO happy to have shopped today. I even recognized most of the cute little quotes on some covers.

IMG_6928Bubba – Insulated Water Bottle ($9.99)
Guys, this is seriously such a cute combination of colors AND it came with a second straw! Like it’s so nice to be able to replace one while the other is being washed and dried or just save it until the first one breaks.

IMG_6927Tender Love + Carry – Makeup Brush Bag ($4.99)
Not only is their brand name totally cute, their bags are too! I rarely have come across them in person but they are sold online in other countries like New Zealand and Australia. I’m going to use this as a little pencil pouch instead so I don’t start hoarding supplies in my backpack this year 🙂

Let me know if you have any questions or find similar items anywhere else! Especially makeup bags that can be used as pencil pouches!

Spring 2015 Walmart Beauty Box

Have you guys ever heard of store beauty sample boxes? Well if you haven’t, Walmart has one!

The box is FREE but you have to pay $5.00 for shipping. Once you make an account and register a credit card #, they will automatically send you them quarterly (4x a year, one per season) until you unsubscribe from the box.
2015/03/img_6612.jpg
I received mine in the mail yesterday and it includes these samples/full-size products:

•Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid (Eu De Parfum) (0.04 FL OZ)

•Schwarzkopf Essence ULTÎME Omega Repair & Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner (for damaged, depleted hair) (1.7 FL OZ ea.)

•Dove gofresh (body wash) in “mandarin & tiare flower scent” (1.8 FL OZ)

•Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters (facial cleanser) in “white tea & vitamin e” (0.5 FL OZ)

•Hard Candy All Glossed Up (hydrating lip stain) in color “sand castle” (FULL)

It also included these 3 foil samples:
2015/03/img_6610.jpg
And coupons totaling a value of $14!
2015/03/img_6611.jpg

I haven’t used any of these products yet so I can’t review them but the Nivea in-shower body lotion one sounds interesting…

Coachella Bound & the 52 Week Money Challenge

For a girl who hasn’t been to a live concert before, I sure do love them!!! At least once in my life, I’m going to spend a weekend at Coachella in Indio, CA (a desert!) and camp under the stars in a tee pee by lake Eldorado. Kathy, one of my best friends–we are Sam & Kat, is going with me to the other side of the country for this! We’re planning on saving a few grand each in order to pay for all our expenses; plane tickets, tee pee, VIP passes, and more for Coachella 2017! I would totally be asking to go sooner if it weren’t for the fact that we have to be 18+ to be on our own without a legal guardian/parent present!

The total cost: $2,000+ for each of us. We’re doing the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge for 2 years. I decorated my jar to motivate myself to keep saving up for Coachella. If you don’t know what the challenge is; on the first week we add $1 to the jar, on the second week we add $2…on the fifty-second week we add $52. Until we get a grand total of $1,300+ at the end of the year saved. (You can also choose to do it in reverse or other increments.)

I bought a mason jar from Michael’s Arts and Crafts and decorated it for 2014 savings 🙂