Gifts for Her at James Avery

Oklahoma City blogger Amanda Martin wearing a James Avery twisted wire necklace

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it is full speed ahead to Christmas! What are you asking Santa for this year? Honestly, the older I get the less I know what I want for Christmas.... I am at the [very blessed] stage in life where I have everything I need and if I want something, I can just buy it myself. It makes creating a wish list really tough...and not buying anything off that list after I create it even tougher!

One thing that is always on my wish list year after year, though, is jewelry from James Avery! I remember receiving special pieces from James Avery ever since I was a little girl. From birthdays and Christmases to big accomplishments and milestones, James Avery was a household name and a brand frequently used to celebrate the things that mean the most (i.e. family, faith, love and friendship). I've bought countless pieces from their collections to gift the special ladies in my life, as well. Personally, I think heirloom-quality jewels make the best kind of gifts, regardless of the occasion, because they hold special memories for years to come.

Thanksgiving Outfit Inspo

blogger Amanda Martin shares thanksgiving outfit inspo
Free People Sweater | Jeans | Similar Boots

Ya'll. I feel like I blinked and the holiday season was halfway over. I don't know how October and November went by in such a flash but they did and it's officially Thanksgiving week. And that means Christmas will be here and gone before I know it and it will be 2020 and I'll be 30...WHAT!

All that to say, I still have absolutely no idea what I'm going to wear to Thanksgiving..... I've been in a major blogger/social media/outfit rut lately. I've been leaning away from the fashion/beauty blogger stuff and focusing more on lifestyle and travel content (both near and far) because that is what really inspires me, what I enjoy creating and what my end goal of blogging has always been. Of course what I'm wearing still matters to me and I'll always love a good outfit, so I try to include fun clothes in my wanderlust-y posts. BUT, since my posts as of late haven't been solely focused on clothes, I feel like I haven't been on top of my outfit game as much as I was this time last year!

5 Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Oklahoma blogger Amanda Martin shares 5 Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

There is no denying it, the holidays are here and are in full swing! How did that happen?!! Truth be told, I'm not quite ready to go all in on Christmas just yet....but I'm happily soaking up the last little bit of foliage, fall decor and all the Thanksgiving food coming this week! Cranberries, stuffing and pies, oh my! Pour me a glass of sparkling water (preferably Cascade Ice) and I'm a happy girl!

Along with the holidays come holiday treats and I have little to no self control. I can only get peppermint and pumpkin flavored things for a few weeks out of the year so you've got to take advantage of it while it lasts, am I right?! You only live once! But at the same time, I always want to look my best in a sparkly party dress come New Years, so I try to maintain balance and stay healthy during the holidays as best I can. I'm sharing five tips below that really help me keep myself in check.

A Weekend in Manchester, England

Travel blogger Amanda Martin's guide to Manchester, UK

Hi, hello! I recently visited the UK on a ten day road trip....though the majority of the trip was spent in Scotland (see posts herehere and here), I flew in and out of Manchester, England and spent a whole weekend there exploring the surprisingly fun little city. My great grandmother was actually born and raised in Manchester, so it held a special place in my heart!

Manchester is a very industrial city filled with thick accents, history and its fair share of old British pubs. Mostly known for its soccer (I mean football) team, Manchester United, the city has so much more to it than just sports! It is definitely considered by many to be "up and coming," but boy is it coming! The restaurants, bars, pubs and shops are filled with trendy foods and hip, young people. If I lived in England, Manchester is a city I could see myself hanging out in for weekend trips with hopping and just enjoying life. That being said, I don't think Manchester itself is worth an international trip alone.....but it is definitely worth a stop if you're traveling around England / Great Britain.

Road Tripping in Scotland

Travel blogger Amanda Martin shares her experience road tripping in Scotland

Hi friends! I'm wrapping up my Scotland post series today with some road trip destinations! I shared tips on what to pack in this post and did a full guide to Edinburgh here. I'm certainly no expert on the best places in Scotland to road trip to as our ten day vacation was entirely too short to experience all that Scotland has to offer....BUT, the places we made it to were pretty spectacular and definitely worth a visit. Most of them were within easy driving distance to either Glasgow or Edinburgh and could easily be fit into a day trip from either city.

Scotland in and of itself was amazing. Everywhere we went was fantastic, but our favorite and most memorable experiences came from our days spent in the car road tripping around the beautiful countryside! We called it "car hiking" - lol - as we spent a lot of time purposefully getting lost on tiny, hilly backroads. We only barely dipped our toes in the water that is "adventuring in Scotland"....there is SO MUCH we didn't have time for like the Isle of Skye (and the other isles), Loch Ness (and the other lochs), the northern Highlands, Culloden, Inverness, Glen Coe, etc. but I'm sharing what we DID do below.
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