Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday Traditions + Your Chance to Win a $228 Vera Bradley Bag

Pajamas (also love these & these) | Slippers | Earrings | Blanket | Mug 

I can't believe it is already Wednesday. This week is off to a chaotic start as we gear up for the holidays. There's so much to do, and so little time before we leave for Costa Rica. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am. 

During the holidays it is easy to lose a sense of what's truly important in life. We are constantly being inundated with messages about what we should be doing, how we should be doing it, what we should be buying, how much we should be spending, etc., which makes it easy to get overwhelmed. Trust me, I fall victim to this more times than I'd like to admit. 

That's why, when Adam and I first moved to Houston a little over four years ago, we decided that it was important to start our own holiday traditions. Of course, like everyone else, we each had our respective traditions that we'd done for forever with each of our families. However, at that time we were just transitioning from a big move (which was a huge life change), and we were still fairly 'young' in our relationship.We decided that each year, we would vacation somewhere (preferably warm), for at least a week, and make that our Christmas celebration. It would become our 'new' Christmas tradition, and is one that we cherish and look forward to. 

We definitely aren't scrooges and know it's important to be with our family during Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, so we squeeze in our vacation together whenever we can, we just make sure it's sometime over the holidays. Last year we celebrated New Years in the Dominican Republic, and it just so happens that this year we'll be in Costa Rica for Christmas. I suppose you can call us traditionally nontraditional. Due to the fact that we each have busy schedules and he's on the road all the time, make it a priority to put us first, and to reset, relax and enjoy time together 1-1. 

One holiday tradition that is probably my favorite, is getting presents!!! We all know though, that there's nothing better than the gift of giving, which is why I am giving away this gorgeous Vera Bradley Mallory Tote (value $228) to one lucky winner. All you have to do is head to Instagram (be sure you're following me) for all the details on how to enter. 

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