Christmas Card Outfit Inspo

Blogger Amanda's OK shares ideas and inspiration for Christmas Card outfits
C's Crew Neck | My Sweater Dress (on sale + comes in several colors) | Scarf, Similar Here
Similar Sock Booties | Lips, color is Fiery 

'Tis the season for Christmas Cards!! One member of the Martin family LIVES for taking family photos and the other three feel quite the opposite. I'll let you guess which is which, HA! Needless to say, I start planning our yearly family photo months in advance because it is one of the only times C will agree to getting a professional photo done with me! Luckily my dad is a professional photographer, so that makes it easy. We don't have kids yet so we always make sure to include the pups.

A quick Pinterest search will get you lots of Christmas card inspo for magical winter wonderland scenes, Christmas tree farm backdrops and matching holiday themed outfits complete with fur, velvet and sequins but sometimes those things just aren't feasible. It isn't always realistic to hike into the snowy winter woods in a sparkly dress with a happy family and a photographer in tow...although I wish it was!
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Cyber Monday + Gift Guide for Her

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With Thanksgiving behind us, it's officially time to get your head in the holiday game. Christmas is coming and I haven't bought a single gift yet! I'm normally super on top of Christmas shopping but this year I'm waaay behind.....I haven't even finished putting my own list together! Luckily Cyber Monday is the perfect time to order gifts for everyone on my list. I rounded up the best sales below. I only shopped for myself on Black Friday so I've gotta switch it up today, ha!

In addition, I put together a little gift guide for all the ladies in your life! Wives, friend, daughters, moms, sisters, girlfriends, etc. These are all items I either have and love or really want for myself......and I have pretty basic taste, so I think these gifts would work for almost anyone. I think ladies (at least this lady...) like to be gifted items they wouldn't buy for themselves / something they will use/wear regularly and think of you every time they do! Several of these items are on sale, so it's the perfect time to buy....for yourself or for someone else. I won't judge!
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Black Friday Sales

OKC blogger Amanda Martin shares her Black Friday sale picks
Sweater - c/o Pink Lily. It's a Black Friday DOORBUSTER! | Camo Pants, 50% off! | Fuzzy Wedge Sneakers, 20% off with code BIG20 | Lips, color is Velvet Teddy | Gucci Crossbody Purse | Chain Link Cable Bracelet | Oklahoma Earrings

Black Friday has arriiiiiivvveed! I've never been a huge Black Friday shopper....I value sleep more than saving my monies, but luckily Black Friday deals can be found from the comfort of your couch thanks to the world wide web (with a side of apple cider mimosa). I searched high and low and found some of the best sale items for you! My personal favorite stores and sales are listed below including the specific items I'll be shopping.

How was everyone's Turkey Day? I had the best time celebrating Thanksgiving with my parents, brother, aunt and uncle in NW Arkansas. I definitely ate my weight in apple pie! It is a bit gloomy today but it's all the more perfect for staying cozy and comfy.
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Feeling Thankful + GIVEAWAY

OKC blogger Amanda Martin wearing a Coffee graphic tee from Thread Tank
Knit Cardigan | Coffee Graphic Tee c/o Thread Tank | Jeans | Boots, on sale, highly recommend! | Similar Pom Knit Beanie, on sale! | Lips, color is Velvet Teddy 

'Tis the season to be thankful! I'm reminded every year around this time how thankful I am for my husband because we went on our first official date seven years ago on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving! I was driving home to Dallas from college and stopped in OKC to see him! We got sushi which I don't recommend for a first date - you can't very well eat sushi and look cute hahaha. Anyways, I will always remember meeting my best friend for dinner in Dallas a few days later and gushing all about it.....I told her I wasn't going to let myself fall for him which obviously didn't last! We became "Facebook official" on News Years Day and ever since this time of year is full of reflection for us. 

I love to look back on the memories we made.....we were such babies! In the years since, we've gone through a lot together.....good and bad and great and so-so. Through it all, I've become so thankful for a strong relationship that can't be easily shaken and a husband who encourages me to chase my dreams and helps me every step along the way. And also a man who cooks all of our meals - PRAISE HANDS. He puts up with my emotions and I put up with his clutter. We love each other unconditionally and I couldn't imagine life without him. Cheesy, but true. He was recently in Tokyo for a week and let me tell you, absence really does make the heart grow fonder - our house was so empty without him there! I'm feeling thankful that 1) he is home and 2) he is mine! 
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Gift Guide for the Home

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I've always had a secret dream of being an interior designer. I have loved decorating since I was a little kid. Back in the day (I'm talking in the 90s) when my parents were house hunting I would draw birds eye views of every house I liked and decide where the furniture would go haha. Needless to say, I still love it to this day! I was so relieved when our house renovation was over but I really miss the decorating part and often contemplate redecorating some of our extra rooms just for the fun of it. And I love receiving gifts for my own home, just saying.

I had so much fun picking out these gifts for the home. They'd be perfect for hostesses, newlyweds or the newly-engaged, college kids who are new to being on their own, new homeowners, the homebody or just your every day girl who loves decor and being cozy, like me!

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Best of OKC for the Holidays

View of Downtown Oklahoma City from the Midtown Pop Up Shops

Happy Friday, everyone! I can't believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away. That means it is officially time to start listening to Christmas music, buying presents, putting up Christmas decor and taking part in all the fun festivities. Certain activities have become tradition / things I look forward to year after year. I thought for this month's Best of OKC post I would list off my favorite things to do in OKC during the holidays.

For YEARS I've been all over the Downtown in December events. There is something magical about all the decor and Christmas cheer throughout the city! OKC really goes all out for the holidays and it is such a fun time to enjoy my little corner of the world. Below you will find the best holiday activities in town according to moi!

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Fall Outfit Roundup + Thanksgiving Inspo

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Hi, friends! I have been off my blogging game lately. Time has been getting away from me between work, teaching, gym and life and I have said 'yes' to way too many things so I haven't been getting as many posts up as normal. Luckily, I had a three day weekend all to myself (C has been in Tokyo - he comes home tonight) so I had plenty of time to relax and knock out some content. It was just what I needed after being at a work conference all last week. I'm feeling so refreshed and much more creative! Sometimes we all just need a few days off, ya know?! HOWEVER, I'm so ready for Cole to be home...I enjoyed my alone time but life is just better when he's around!

Anyways, since C has been gone I haven't been able to shoot much new content so I thought a fall outfit roundup was in order! I tried to pick outfits that would work for Thanksgiving...whether you lounge around or get dressed up, comfort is KEY - gotta wear something loose, flattering and stretchy, ya feel me!? Obviously the outfit above is a little too form fitting for Turkey Day hahaha but I wanted to post it because it is the epitome of fall outfits and I'm excited to see my cute hubs tonight! Everything below the fold is Thanksgiving food baby approved, don't you worry.

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Gift Guide for Your BFF

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Good morning, everyone! It's supposed to start SNOWING in OKC today and it is a bank holiday so I have the day off work! All the cozy Christmas vibes going on in my house. I normally try to hold off on Christmas music, movies and decor until after Thanksgiving but with the snow falling and the fire crackling.....I just can't help myself!

I'm a major believer in getting my Christmas shopping done as early as possible - that way the holidays have a better chance of being stress free and I can actually enjoy all the magic of the season. I do most of my shopping online in November, so I thought I'd start putting together some gift guides for you so that you can do the same. I'm planning on publishing one a week from now until Christmas! My ideas for topics include gifts for her, for the home, for him, for the traveler, for the animal lover, stocking stuffers......maybe even my personal wish list for Santa??
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What I Eat in a Day

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Ruffle Cowl Neck Sweater | Destroyed Denim (size down) | Quilted Sneakers, Dupes Here

I'm always so intrigued by the "What I Eat in a Day" videos on YouTube. Anyone else? I could watch them for hours! I'm not a YouTuber by any means (I can barely get my words out in an Instagram story, let's be real haha) but I thought it would be fun to share my own blog version with you.

I talked about it in stories a few weeks back, but I choose to follow a macro-tracking diet. In the past I've eaten Paleo, all natural + sugar free, etc., but the high amounts of fat in those diets really aggravated my gallblader (which I no longer have) and caused digestion in general to be really hard for me. A few years back I switched to "If It Fits Your Macros" and have since made it a part of my lifestyle. I work with Greg from MyoBrain; he is located in OKC but does nutrition coaching online for anyone.
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