Holiday Gift Ideas Under $20

Here I am still filling in the blogmas gaps, welcome to day 18. Also, special happy 18th birthday to my little sister (if she ever reads this). Today’s post is a fun one, a holiday gift guide filled with ideas under $20. For the kiddos, parents, loved ones, partner, etc., I’ve got you covered! Plus, I have a great gift idea for those that want to give back to their community. Ready, set, shop!

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It’s the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR …. and it’s officially BLOGMAS! That’s right, every single day leading up to Christmas there will be a new post here on Chaotic Critic. Expect a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Who’s ready because I sure as hell am! Let’s kick off December with some holiday themed questions shall we. Ready, set, BLOGMAS!

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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas …. Happy Hanukkah … Happy Kwanza… HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

It’s dubbed the most wonderful time of the year and it’s by far my favorite (aside from my birthday). While some people focus on gift giving, gift receiving, I’m thankful to have a family to spend it with.

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Last Minute Holiday Party Planning Tips

Happy Holidays everyone and to all my Christmas lovers —


Today I wanted to share a quick post of my TOP 5 LAST MINUTE party planning tips. As I get older, I realize that I really want to get more into entertaining. Last year I hosted my first holiday party, Ugly Christmas Sweater theme. This year I’ll be celebrating my friends 30th birthday and everyone has such hectic schedules so we’ll hang out then. Still in all — let’s get to the tips!

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Plan With Me | Santa’s Day Off

Welcome to another post here on the blog and HAPPY DECEMBER! Let the Christmas overload really begin. Throughout the month of December I’m going to be sharing Christmas planner spreads, DIY, home decor, gift ideas, and more! I’ll be posting basically everyday so get ready.

I’m also hosting my first giveaway on my Instagram, @ChaoticCritic. It’s U.S. only, but the rules are super simple — Make sure you’re a follower, like the pic, comment, & tag a friend. The giveaway will be going all the way up until Christmas. Thanks to everyone who has followed and entered thus far.

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Motivational Monday | Getting Through the Holidays

The holiday season is officially here and aside from my birthday, it’s my favorite time of year. I love Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. It’s beyond the gifts. Everyone just seems to be nicer and more courteous. Unfortunately, this time of year can be bittersweet.

For me, not having my mom around has been rough. It’s been 8 years without her and I find myself lately bringing up how I feel. This time of year just always gets to me. Thankfully I have an amazing support system, but it doesn’t fill the hole inside. Is that the case for everyone?

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Hello 2016

New year, new start. New year, new goals. New year, new perspective. What makes January 1st different than every other single day of the year? Maybe because it’s more of a definitive start. Or, maybe it’s because people live their lives by 365 day increments.

Personally, I’ve always tried to make this timeline of when I wanted to accomplish things and when my goals wouldn’t happen when I wanted them to, I’d easily be deterred. So, what makes 2016 different? I’ll be different as far as my goal setting. I’m just writing down everything I want to accomplish and nothing more. To break it down from 366 days, since it’s a leap year, to 6 months to 3 months, to monthly is a bit much. Of course there’s things that I’d want to do monthly, but to break down and nit pick at every little thing is me not growing as a person. I have to learn to roll with the punches and realize that life will not always go as planned.

I’ve made my list and throughout the month of January here on the blog it will be all about getting focused. Whether it’s for a marathon you want to run, a room in your house that you avoid cleaning, or that class reunion you have coming up that’s making you anxious. So what’s to come here on the blog?

Motivational Monday? I definitely want to get back into my motivational monday series which will kick off with my vision board for 2016. Not setting a specific date, but Motivational Monday will be starting back this month. My main goal for 2016 is to cleanse my mind, body, and soul. I’ll be sharing my vision board, which I’ll be making for the first time in a long time. That post will go further in depth of my goals for 2016. Again just a general list, nothing more.

Planning? Of course I’ll continue my planner obsession here on the blog. Planning is very therapeutic for me and instead of just showing layouts I plan to take it a step further and provide planner tips, deals, etc. Everyone plans different and I’d like to further explore those possibilities.

Fashion and beauty? I plan to continue to create both types of posts especially with my declutter series. Throughout this month I am purging, purging, purging, and I wanted to share my tips and tricks with different categories in my home. Categories, not rooms. Big difference.

Health? I’ve had this lingering section on my blog that I’ve ignored simply because I’ve been lazy. I’ve made several attempts at really focusing, but the health will focus on more than just eating and working out. I’m taking it a step further and I can’t wait to share.

Sound Off? This is a series where I will be able to stay in touch with my pop culture side from a different perspective. I’m not sure how frequent these posts will be, but there’s some topics that I just have to speak on.   ‘Sound Off’ is here to stay in 2016 for sure.

Music? My blog started off centered around music, but I won’t be doing any reviews. My thought process is elsewhere, but I still plan to share my top 5 of the month as far as favorite songs and what not.

Cheers to 2016 and cheers to Chaotic Critic. Thanks for all those that have been on this journey and hello to all those that will join.