Coffee Lover’s Gift Box + Free Printable

Coffee Lover’s Gift Box + Free Printable The holidays have always been my favorite time of year because I absolutely love gift giving. And I mean LOVE. Most of the time I have to buy double gifts because I get too excited and have to give a gift ahead of actual Christmas. It gets expensive. 

This year I’ve teamed up with Kenmore to put together a fun giftable option for the coffee lover in your life, including a fun piece of pop art that you can print from home for free. And boy is it a good one! So good, you should probably print one for yourself too.

You can view the full post, and grab your download, over on Kenmore’s recently redesigned blog. While you’re there, be sure to check out the additional how-to’s recipes, home hacks and more!

Coffee Lover’s Gift Box + Free Printable

Printable Artwork by Megan Roy

OMG I wrote a book!

Hello Color by Rachel Mae SmithAfter months and months from keeping this secret from you, today is the day where I can finally tell you the news. Guys… I WROTE A FREAKIN’ BOOK! Seriously, what a surreal statement. Little did I know that when I started this blog as a hobby years ago that eventually it would lead to me being a published author. I 100000% could not have gotten to this point without you and I’m beyond thankful that you’ve continued reading my blog over the years. But enough of the sentiments, here’s the inside scoop about the book!  Continue reading…

Friday Links

Friday LinksHappy Friday friends! And happy December! If you don’t mind, I’m going to go full force into Christmas now. I’ve waited as long as I possibly could but I need egg nog and lights and all the holiday cheer ASAP. This weekend, though, I’ll be celebrating my birthday with my friends with a pretty sweet bowling party. Give me all the beer and mozzarella sticks please, I’m an adult now. I hope you have a wonderful few days off and if you’re looking for some fun projects, here are some links you won’t want to miss!

– This colorful Christmas village is just bonkers. So, so GOOD.

– Still pretty obsessed with this floral tree.

– How to add the perfect gold accent for your decor.

– The cutest winter place cards ever.

– Easy ornaments in 10 minutes

– These paper poinsettias are next level crafting.

xo
Rachel

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Turning 30: Reflections + Goals

Turning 30: Reflections, Thoughts + GoalsWell friends, today I am officially 30 years old. And I have to be honest, I’m not entirely sure how to feel about it yet. By this age I always saw myself in a different place, down a different path. But I suppose that’s the fun of life– you never really know where it’ll take you or where you’ll end up despite all the plans you make. So now, in my wise old age, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned along the way as well as my goals for the next year of my life. I also thought I’d share some behind the scenes snippets of how I got the photo above since it involved Ryan and I moving balloons through the NYC subway system to get to the perfect mural.

Reflections

I spent my 20’s taking chances, moving around, and really going full force into my career. I experienced highs and lows, love and loss, and I don’t regret one bit of it. Here’s a little of what I learned:

1. Family is key. Whether it’s your birth given family, or the family you’ve chosen, having people that love and support you makes all the difference in the world. Hold them close and let them know what they mean to you often. Seriously, go text your parents or BFF right now.

2. Don’t be afraid to fail. Everybody experiences failure and sometimes things don’t turn out according to plan. Whatever. It’s really not the end of the world. Don’t let the hypothetical scare you away from your dreams.

3. Be kind. Life is hard enough, there’s no reason to tear one another down. A fun tip– it helps to imagine that everyone who is a jerk in traffic just realllllllyyyy has to go to the bathroom.

4. Be cautious of who you give your time to. Your time is the most value thing in the world and shouldn’t be given just because it’s convenient. If you’re finding that the people in your life are negative or not supporting you, consider a change. It’s amazing what a difference positivity and encouragement makes.

5. Don’t be afraid to be silly. Make an ass out of yourself every now and then. Dance, sing, karaoke, have fun. Strangers care about you less than you think.  Continue reading…