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Feeling Blue? Get In The Christmas Spirit Early!

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Feeling Blue? Get In The Christmas Spirit Early!

Christmas will be here before we know it. It’s scary how quick this whole year has gone and everything that has happened. But with recent events it is understandable that many of our minds just naturally wander to Christmas and some of the brighter times we have in the future. Chase the Christmas spirit by getting organized early. You won’t believe how less stressful Christmas time can be when you don’t leave things to the last minute. With that in mind, here are some top tips to get ready for the festive season ahead:

Create lists:

Writing up a list can save you a lot of hassle and time. It’s a way of downloading all those ideas you have in your mind and having them safe somewhere for you to refer back to. List what you need to do, who you need to buy for, gift ideas, and budgets. Check things off as you go along and you’ll be holiday season ready in no time.

What about the Christmas budget?

The sooner you start thinking about Christmas might be the moment you start to panic about the financial side of things. Many people save up throughout the year, but others may find that that they need some extra help around the holiday season. This is when looking at ways to finance the Christmas period could be useful. Many then use the following months to start planning and paying things back off.

Get those holiday cards written:

With all of the writing and sending off of Christmas cards in time for the actual day, it might be best to get them out of the way now. The same can be said for if you decide to throw a Christmas party or gathering. One of the biggest jobs is getting those party invitations sent out to your guests. Again, give yourself plenty of time to do this and consider having them printed to save on time.

Start bulk buying the food:

We know that Christmas is a time of eating and drinking with friends and family. While you can’t stock up on the fresh stuff, you can begin to buy in the food and drink that will last. This helps spread the cost of Christmas over a few weeks instead of feeling the pinch in one big food bill.

Buy gifts when you see them:

If you are out shopping and you are suddenly inspired for a gift idea, get it there and then. You will either forget it or regret it if you don’t purchase it. Buying gifts early can not only help spread the cost but it also gets you super organized. You may want to look at the gifts for the day and also any stocking fillers, things such as Christmas sweaters and shirts could be a good option to buy now and websites like UglyChristmasSweater.com have a great selection.

Start wrapping early:

Finally, when you buy a gift wrap it up and put it away. The last thing you want is a huge pile of gifts to wrap all at once. You will feel so much better knowing this job is done and you are prepared for the big day ahead.

Let’s hope these top tips will assist in getting you organized for the Christmas season and help improve your current 2020 blahs!

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A Flower For Me

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A Flower For Me

Hello! On Father’s Day, my sister and her daughter arrived at our parents’ house at the exact same time that I did. We didn’t plan it at all and it was perfect because we all had the maximum time together before we split back up for the day. Beautiful presents and lots of love were gifted to our dear old dad but I think I got the most special treat of all that day. Check it out:

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After presents, we all took a pause and went to the backyard so my niece, Valerie, could move and groove before my sister took off. My dad loves to show Val his flower and vegetable garden and she loves it too. More often than not, you can see my dad smelling the flowers with her and then he will help her pick a bloom for her mom.

On Father’s Day, Val wanted a flower for each hand once she picked her favorite. Then, she toddled up to her auntie and handed me a flower with a big smile on her face. And, right at that moment, our Golden Retriever gobbled up the flower in the hand she wasn’t paying attention to. *Face palm*

Once Val realized her other flower was missing, I offered her mine to make up for it. But, she just kept handing it back to me. I have to say, I was really happy she did because there is literally nothing better than getting a pretty little flower from your fifteen month old niece. I brought it home with me and put it in my dried flower collection and it’s never not going to make me smile whenever I see it. ❤

How did you celebrate Father’s Day? How is your garden doing this summer? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Happy Birthday To Me Haul: Blogging BFF Edition

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Happy Birthday To Me Haul: Blogging BFF Edition

Hello!!! Lifewithlilred has come a long way since its start in September 2014 – almost six years ago. Like all blogs, it began small and modest but, somehow, over half a decade later, lifewithlilred is being read in over one hundred and ninety countries. Wow! Despite my page constantly changing and evolving, there are some things that have remained a constant in my blogging life and that something is actually a very special someone… My blogging BFF, Kate, from Live In The Nautical.

Kate and I became fast friends almost immediately after lifewithlilred began and we remain so until this day. From visiting her in New York City to our FaceTime dates and birthday and Christmas gift exchanges, we always make time for each other even while in separate states. We are hoping for a reunion post COVID but, in the meantime, we had the best time catching up and swapping prezzies for our Gemini Twin June birthdays.

Now, normally, every gift I receive is my favorite. But, this treasure from Kate is actually my favorite. Check it out:

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For my twenty-sixth, Kate gifted me with the most beautiful reminder of all of the hard work that I have put into my page every day for the past six years. She also gave me a beautiful reminder to never lose my car keys with an adorable lil red fob! My plaque is proudly displayed on my curio cabinet filled with all of my most special knick knacks and my fob is eagerly awaiting for my boyfriend to put my keys on. I’d do it myself but talon nails, lol.

After twenty-five, I can’t say I am thrilled to continue tacking another year on. But with such amazing friends and lovely low key celebrations, I guess twenty-six isn’t so bad. And, I have the friendship with Kate that I hold so dear and all of my sweet family, friends, and boyfriend to thank for that. ❤

How long have you been blogging for? Do you have a blogging BFF of your own? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Happy Birthday To Me Haul: BFF Edition

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Happy Birthday To Me Haul: BFF Edition

Hello! Last Monday, I loved having my BFF of over ten years, Lea, over for a little birthday celebration. White Claw was drank and after four long hours of much needed catching up, we finally retired for the evening. It has felt like forever since I have seen Lea – probably since before the restaurants all closed in mid March. But, in true BFF fashion, we never miss a beat once we are reunited after time apart.

After over a decade of gifting each other for birthdays and Christmas, Lea and I have definitely began to recycle our ideas… Which is just fine by us because who doesn’t love wine, bath and body care, and candles?! Lol, check it out:

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For my twenty-sixth, Lea treated me to a bottle of rose and wine stopper, a super delicious smelling salt soak, face mask, and bath bomb – AKA all of my favorite things. There is nothing quite like taking a bath using goodies that you would have never bought for yourself. This is why I love getting bath bombs! I freaking love them but they are also not something on my radar to buy when I like getting shoes so much. 😀

Lea provided me with all of the makings for a relaxing evening in and I plan on using my new treats ASAP. There will also be plenty of product reviews coming up so keep it posted. ❤

What is your favorite thing to be gifted with? How do you spoil your friends on special occasions? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Happy Birthday To Me Haul: Work Fam Edition

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Happy Birthday To Me Haul: Work Fam Edition

Hello! June seventh was my twenty-sixth birthday and, in true Lil Red fashion, it has been drawn out a few days with individual hang outs with friends and family. I also end up celebrating with the families who I work with and have ended up becoming a part of in the past three years of doing my job. One of my client’s families always ends up super spoiling me and I received the following this past week:

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As soon as I walked into work on Monday, “Happy Birthday” was sung and gifts were handed to me at an alarming rate. Each one I opened seemed to be more lovely than the next and “this is way too generous” was the catchphrase of the opening session. This was matched by each member of my work family assuring me that “you’re worth it” every single time.

Becoming a member of three different families wasn’t exactly what I was setting out to do when I began providing care for people with special needs. But, sometimes things just happen like that and, now, celebrations seem to happen constantly. Whether it be a holiday or a member of my “pseudo family’s” birthday, I am always a part of it and it feels good!

There is truly nothing better than walking into work Monday through Friday and stepping into a family environment. It has also been such a godsend during all of the craziness of COVID to have so many extra people to talk to! Work families are so important and I am so thankful for all of mine. ❤

Do you consider the people at your job a family? Are you an unofficial member of someone else’s fam? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Happy Birthday To Me Haul: Boyfriend’s Fam Edition

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Happy Birthday To Me Haul: Boyfriend’s Fam Edition

Hello!!! My boyfriend, Johnny, and I have worked out a pretty good schedule on celebrating special occasions between both of our families. So, on Johnny’s birthday we headed to his parents’ house for lunch and on my birthday weekend we went to my mom and dad’s for pizza. I am so thankful that I have a wonderful relationship with Johnny’s parents and feel just as happy that he gets along so well with my family, too.

Visiting with Johnny’s mom and dad is always such a treat because they are the absolute sweetest people and we can have a great time just sitting on the couch and talking. For Johnny’s birthday, we received their barely used air fryer, which was amazing because we were literally just about to buy one. They also sent the following for my birthday:

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^^^ Lol, never mind our mess on the coffee table!! We’ve been building with LEGO like crazy!

Johnny’s mom and dad sent me over a beautiful, colorful bouquet and a variety pack of gourmet popcorn. Receiving flowers is one of my favorite things – blame it on years of being gifted with them through theater and figure skating. I love the multicolored roses because they are unique and different just like me. And, sampling each popcorn flavor with my boyfriend during movie night was delicious… Especially the spicy sriracha flavor! 😀

Am I thrilled about now being 26? Not particularly. But, being the birthday girl to so many people who love me makes up for it. ❤

What is your favorite popcorn flavor? What is one of your favorite gifts to receive? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Happy Birthday To Me Haul: Brother & Fam Edition

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Happy Birthday To Me Haul: Brother & Fam Edition

Hello! Lil Red’s 26th birthday has came and went and it was as to be expected during a global pandemic, lol. Of course, family time was amazing and it was so much fun to celebrate both mine and my boyfriend’s birthday within such close vicinity to each other (His is June 1st and mine is the 7th).

I always believe that it’s nice to receive gifts, but it’s especially nice when I haven’t been “shopping shopping” in over three months! So, needless to say, I was very excited when this little haul arrived from my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew in the mail:

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For my birthday, I was gifted with a new mocha and coffee bean body scrub, a Taco Bell gift card (ayyy), and an escape room game to play at home. The scrub by Tree Hut smells absolutely delicious and I am obsessed with their bath and body care products so it was such a perfect treat.

The gifts from my brother and his family also provided Johnny and I with a quarantine date night. Seeing if we can escape from a secret lab sounds like a fun and different way to spend the evening and when have I ever said no to Taco Bell?! I have always wanted to visit a real life escape room because I’m an avid fan of the computer games. Unfortunately, an actual excursion to an escape room won’t happen soon but an interactive at home version is a close second! ❤

Have you ever been to an escape room? What was your experience like? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Happy 26th Birthday To Me!

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Happy 26th Birthday To Me!

Helloooo! Today is a beautiful, special, happy, wonderful day because it is my 26th birthday! June 7th is here and your favorite lil blogger is another year older and (hopefully) wiser. Let’s be honest, 2020 has been a bit of a wash so far so I don’t have any big birthday plans. But, it will be nice to spend some time with my family and I am so excited to spend my first birthday with Johnny. My birthday also happens to be our nine month one week anniversary… Which he hates when I say!

Although this year has been… Well, woof. I am still happy with everything going on in my little bubble. My family is great, my boyfriend is great, and my two businesses are successful. It doesn’t get much better than that and I am so thankful for all of it on my big day!

Happy Birthday To Me!!! ❤

Hanks For The Memories

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Hanks For The Memories

Hello! Earlier this week, it was my sweet boyfriend, Johnny’s, thirty-first birthday. We celebrated over the weekend by going to a social distance bonfire hosted by a friend on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, we day drank and enjoyed a Tom Hank’s movie marathon that we officially dubbed with the name “Hanks For The Memories”.

On day one of what we referred to as “Timber Top’s First Annual Film Festival”, we watched That Thing You Do, Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, and Toy Story 1 and 2. About halfway between our first flick, Johnny turned to me and said “this was the best idea we’ve ever had” and I have to say that I agree.

Not only was “Hanks For The Memories” the most inspired thing I’ve came up with in a while but we each enjoyed movies we had never seen before. For example, Johnny has never seen Cast Away and I have only seen that one and Saving Private Ryan. I know, I am just as shocked as everyone that I have never seen Toy Story or Forrest Gump!

I think Johnny ended up enjoying Cast Away, though, judging by the new best friend he’s snuggled up with:

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WILSON!!!!

Despite not going totally crazy for ringing in my boyfriend’s big day, we made it work in our own way and ended up having the best time. Hanks For The Memories, babe. ❤

How did you celebrate your birthday this year? What is your favorite Tom Hanks flick? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Happy Birthday, Boyfriend!

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Happy Birthday, Boyfriend!

Hello! Today is a very special, happy, wonderful day because it is my boyfriend, Johnny’s, 31st birthday. And, in exactly one week it will be my 26th… Ahhh! Johnny and I have been together for almost a year and it has easily been the best almost year of my life. Before the quarantine began, we were constantly going on adventures and enjoying nights out when his band, The Outside Voices, would play.

Now, we are hunkered down in the apartment with binge watching marathons and video games for our entertainment. But, I wouldn’t want to be stuck at home with any other person. Johnny knows how to turn anything into a good time, even if it is the most boring day on the planet. And, that is because Johnny is a person who is just full of light and a little bit of mischief when he lovingly pokes fun at me!

I have been waiting for a relationship just like this for forever and I wish that we could celebrate Johnny’s big day in the manner that he deserves. Instead, I’ll be picking up a steak dinner for him at Outback and FINALLY give him the presents that I have been begging for him to open since they arrived in the mail.

Is it the most exciting birthday event ever? No. However, Johnny knows how to make anything he does for me special and exciting and if I can take a few notes from his book, I think his birthday celebration will be a hit.

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I love you, babe!

Happy Birthday! ❤