15 Reasons Cyber Monday is Better than Black Friday

Don’t forget to shop the KMSS Annual Cyber Monday Sale at http://www.kissmysouthernsass.com and use code “LindseyLunden” for an even bigger discount all day!

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The air is crisp, football is permanently on your TV, and only 7 days stand between the biggest online shopping day of the year and us. That’s right; Cyber Monday is a mere week away. There are an infinite amount of reasons why Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday- here are the top 15.
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  1. We don’t camp outside for deals. Just no.
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  2. Why wake up at 3 am when you can sleep in and get the same deals all day?
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  3. We don’t need a map of all of the stores we want to hit before closing time…. Because they’re all in one spot.
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  4. No hunting, fist fighting, or bribing people for a parking spot.
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  5. Shopping in pajamas? Don’t mind if I do.
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  6. No lines. Enough said.
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  7. No crazy coupon clipping for us. All we need is a neatly organized list of discount codes and sales.
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  8. You don’t have to…

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7 Signs That Big/Little Reveal Is Almost Here

Checkout my first post for the new Kiss My Southern Sass blog!

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If you’re in a sorority, you know that Christmas Eve comes three times a year: the night before Christmas, the night before bid day, and the night before Big/Little reveal. If you’re experiencing the pre-reveal butterflies, that’s a sign it’s almost time to welcome the perfect new addition to your already perfect family! Here are 7 other signs that it’s almost Big/Little reveal:

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1. Your room looks like Hurricane Hobby Lobby blew through. Drying crafts cover every inch of your room and there is more glitter on the floor than at a Kesha concert. Why bother cleaning, though? You’re just going to think of something else to make your precious new little anyway.

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2. The cashier at the craft supply store knows you by name.  She knows you have the 15% off coupon. And she knows she’ll see you tomorrow.

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3. You have packages delivered daily. You’re living on Ramen…

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How to Actually Choose Happiness

You’ve heard it before: “Happiness is a choice.” If you’ve ever been unhappy before, which let’s face it, who hasn’t?, then you know you can’t just simply decide to be happy. That’s because happiness is not just one simple choice, but rather a bunch of little choices combined that actually address the reasons you are feeling unhappy. In order to truly be happy you need to:

1) Choose not to compare yourself to others

Whoever said “comparison is the chief of joy” truly got it right. After all, how can you be happy if you’re always thinking of how you fall short compared to someone else. Truth is someone is always going to skinnier than you, smarter than you, more athletic than you, or closer to society’s standards of “pretty.” In a world obsessed with social media where everyone is always trying to be at the best, it’s easy to forget that your “behind the scenes” are not going to be the same as someone’s “highlight reel.” When you forget this, you’ll become even more unhappy with yourself and your life. The more time you spend comparing yourself to others though is more time you wasting being unhappy. Once you stop constantly comparing yourself, you’ll have an easier time accepting yourself which leads me to choice number 2

2) Choose to accept yourself

You’re never going to be happy with your life if you don’t accept the most important part about it: yourself. You are God’s creation and He made you exactly how He wanted you to be. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139: 14) and “you are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you” (Song of Solomon 4:7). If there’s something you don’t like about yourself, whether it be the size of your thighs or how you laugh, realize that those things are the things that make you YOU. The sooner you accept this, the happier you will be.

3) Choose to find the good in others

It’s hard to be happy when you’re constantly hating on other people. Most of the time when we judge others, we’re really just trying to make ourselves feel better. However, this never works because no matter how many bad things you say about someone, it doesn’t make you any better or any happier. Not only are you a beautiful and wonderful creation of God, but so is everyone else. Next time you find yourself criticizing someone else, think about one thing that you like or admire about them. Hopefully you’ll form a habit by doing this to only see the good.

4) Choose to be happy for others

Jealousy is an ugly thing and it can lead to a lot of unhappiness. The best way to get rid of the jealous feeling is not to try and “1 up” someone, but rather just to be happy for them. Be happy for your friend when they get the new boyfriend/girlfriend, be happy for your co-worker who gets the promotion, be happy for your friend who finally loses the weight they were trying to lose. Everyone, not just you, deserves happiness and everyone wants to be happy. While it can be extremely hard to not want what someone else has, you’ll be a lot happier in the end if you are.

5) Choose to find the good in everything

If there’s something in your life that you don’t like, there’s a reason you’re still continuing to do it. Focus on that reason and develop a love from that. If you can’t find a good enough reason why you’re still doing it, then change it. Don’t like your job? Think about the good aspects about it: you’re making money; you’re gaining experience; you’re making connections; you’re making someone else’s life a little easier. If these reasons aren’t enough then quit and find a new one. 

While it can be easy to become stuck in a rut of unhappiness and feel like nothing ever goes your way, one thing that can go your way is making these choices to become happier. It may not happen instantly, but with more time you will begin to become happy. 

Killing Christian Hipster

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unnamed (3)   Somewhere on the road of trying to find my identity in Christ I have been met with a dangerous temptation to find my identity in a new “Christian” stereotype. I’m a young adult, I live in Nashville, I sing, I’m a part of a church plant, and I think I have just enough Instagram followers to fit into this new trendy breed of believers (though I don’t have a Hebrew tattoo yet). As cliché as it may be, often my sweetest moments with Jesus are when I’m praying via Moleskin journal and hand-crafted coffee mug… all while Hillsong United and Elevation Worship blast from my iHome. Hear me out, followers of Jesus can drink good coffee and listen to good music and even have sick tattoos but if all of that was stripped away… would it change anything? I’m burdened to think that in many cases, it would. It…

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Apartment Wishlist

In just a little less than a month I’ll be moving into my very first apartment! While I do not feel old enough at all to living in an apartment, I’m excited not be living the dorm life again this year! I will be able to cook my own meals, not have to check in visitors, and best of all will have my own room. While I have no clue just exactly what I’ll need for my apartment, I do know one thing: a bigger bed = new bedding. Picking out bedding is one of my favorite things to do. This year I thought it’d be fun to let my bedding determine my color scheme instead of the other way around. After hours of internet perusing and a trip to Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I finally found a winner! Here is the bedding I have chosen for this upcoming school year and the inspiration for my apartment room color scheme.
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http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/studio-3b-trade-kayla-reversible-duvet-cover-and-sham-set/211732?Keyword=kayla

I’m so in love with the pop of color that the orange gives this navy blue and white bedding! I love the subtle hipster feeling of the medallion pattern mixed with the simplicity of the neutral navy blue and white colors. For my color scheme I’ll be using navy blue and white with hints of orange, light blue, and maybe even a mint green. 

Besides for bedding, other apartment necessities will obviously include various pots and pans and cooking supplies. I plan on cooking a lot of my own meals and am excited to start experimenting with different recipes! Another necessity will no doubt be a Kitchen Aid Mixer. I am obsessed with baking and so excited that I will be able to do as much baking as I want next year! For this very reason I will definitely be purchasing (read: begging my dad to buy me) my very own Kitchen Aid Mixer. 

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Luckily, I already begged my dad for a Keurig last year and was able to convince him to buy me one for my dorm room, so that is one less thing I will need to buy for my apartment! To go along with my coffee maker, I would love to have one of these signs that I found on Pinterest. Of course, there was no link to the wooden mug holder, but I did find some printables on Etsy and could easily do some crafting!

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Another great thing about having an apartment is that I can have as many candles as I want! Because of this my apartment may or may not look like the brochure cover for fire hazards. Just kidding, well kind of. I’ve already picked out some of the candles that I will be using from my favorite boutique: Francesca’s. I am slightly obsessed with that store (75% of my closet is from there) and if you’ve never been there, stop what you’re doing and go check it out right this second. While you’re at it, pick up these two candles: Capri Blue Volcano No. 6 and Harper Water Lily.

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And the last thing on my apartment wish list (for now at least) is a monogrammed pillow! I am a strong advocate for monogrammed anything. After all, if it’s not monogrammed, is it really yours? Right now I’m leaning towards a white pillow with either a gold or light blue monogram to go with my bedding scheme. Etsy has a plethora of choices for me though, so I’m sure finding the perfect monogrammed pillow won’t be too difficult of a task!

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If you have any suggestions as to first apartment necessities please leave a comment and let me know what else I will need! 

XOXO

Lindsey

sweet summertime

One thing I love about summertime is the ample adventure time. While I haven’t gone on near enough adventures this summer, I did get to add another one to my list last night! Yesterday I began what would be a week long journey to paradise. My family and I are about to set sail for a 7 day cruise on which we’ll make stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel; excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel!

We started the journey with a road trip to a town near Galveston to eliminate having to wake up at 6 this morning to drive to the cruise ship. After a day of laughter filled day of sing alongs and Bucee’s stops (because what’s a road trip without a stop at Bucee’s?) we freshened up at our hotel and ventured into the cute little town of Kemah. For the night I choose to wear a simple yellow sundress. It’s my sister’s dress, but one of my favorites to wear! Its simplicity makes it classic, yet it is still very flattering and extremely comfortable. I paired my dress with my favorite Kendra Scott’s (Turquoise Danielle Earrings) and my Tan Tory Burch Flats. This is the perfect summer outfit in my mind, especially when you have a nice tan to complement the yellow dress.

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In Kemah we enjoyed a fabulous sunset sea food dinner next to the marina full of shrimp, oysters, and my favorite: grilled salmon. And as perusal the waiter at dinner even asked if he should keep a pitcher of water on the table since my sister and I drink so much of it. Sharing a meal with people is one of my favorite things to do. I love getting to have great conversations while enjoying lots of laughter and delicious food.

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After dinner we strolled on the boardwalk and admired the beauty of the summer night. The rides were lit with their bright fluorescent colors and kids were playing carnival games in the attempt to win an adorable stuffed animal prize. There was live music playing which we broke out some of our dance moves to. We also got our faces painted while on the boardwalk! Getting a dolphin painted onto half of my face was probably the highlight of my night!

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Once everything started closing down, we headed back to the hotel so that we could get some much needed rest before the big day. In just a couple of hours we will be boarding the cruise ship with out family friends and setting out for what will be one very crazy experience! I’m so excited to spend some much need family time as well as relaxation time this week! My goal is to come back at least 3 shades darker so hopefully I achieve that.

XOXO or should I say Bon Voyage?
Lindsey