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10 Holiday Hairstyle Tutorials You Need To Watch

The holiday season is officially here and you probably have several parties and gatherings to attend.


When it comes to preparing for them I don’t have an issue deciding what wear or how to do my makeup, but I always struggle with my hair.

Thank God for YouTube because it holds a bevy of video tutorials for gorgeous and easy to do hairstyles that are just perfect for the holidays. Here are a few of my faves.

10 holiday hairstyle tutorials you need to watch | arelaxedgal.com
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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Bloggers

Once it's about a month out from Christmas the true countdown has begun. So you may be double, even triple checking to make sure you have everyone covered when it comes to gifts.


While you’re checking your lists did you notice whether they include gifts for the blogger or side hustler you know?

Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Bloggers and Side Hustlers | arelaxedgal.com

Now that I’ve been blogging for a while, most of what makes up my gift lists, including my Christmas list, is blogging related.

So I decided to turn my own list into a Christmas gift guide that you can use to add to your gift list or for gift ideas for the bloggers or side hustlers you know.

(Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links for which I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you should you make a purchase.)

LimoStudio Photography White Photo Umbrella Light Lighting Kit: Helps you achieve professional lighting at home for all of your videos and blog pictures.

A good camera: Right now to shoot my images and videos I’m using my phone like many other bloggers and vloggers do, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But eventually, I’d like to have a camera like the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera or Canon EOS M10 Mirrorless Camera to really amp up my photography game.


Stylish desk organizers: While most of the work side hustlers and bloggers do today is all digital not many office supplies are needed. Despite that, it’s still nice to have something to keep the few office supplies you have neat and organized. This beautiful desk organization set in rose gold is perfect for that.

6 awesome gifts for bloggers and side hustlers | arelaxedgal.com

Pretty notebooks: I’m a little old school and sometimes like to sketch out outlines for blog posts or infographics. Currently, I use scrap paper so all of these sketches aren’t in one place but instead are in a pile on my desk. A notebook dedicated to my blogging sketches would help keep them in one place

LimeStudio Ring Light: If your blogger or side hustler is making videos, they may be yearning for good lighting. I know I am. If I want decent lighting I can only shoot my videos on sunny days, within a certain time window, and in certain rooms of my house. If I had this light I could shoot videos whenever and whenever I wanted.


A warm blanket: Yes, you read right. Sometimes it can get chilly in the house so I like to wrap up in a warm blanket. It’s perfect when you’re working on blog posts after dark in the wintertime.

What else would you add to this list? Share in the comments below.




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The Best Makeup To Add Wow To Your Holiday Look

Once November first rolls around there are a lot of things I start to look forward to. Cooler weather (notice I said cooler, not colder weather), Thanksgiving, Christmas lights and decorations, NBA Christmas Day games, spending time with the fam. Oh, I can’t forget the many holiday parties.


I’m not really one for parties, but I’ll make an exception for ones during the holidays because they give me the opportunity to dress up and not feel out of place.

Bring the wow to your holiday makeup looks this year with these 15 products. | @arelaxedgal

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30 Budget-friendly Gift Ideas For The Whole Family

The countdown is on. Christmas is only weeks away. Black Friday is only days away. Thus we are in the middle of the Christmas shopping countdown.



For me, this isn’t an issue because we don’t do gifts anymore in my immediate family and I don’t buy gifts for extended family members mainly because there are so many people I couldn’t afford it. So I get that the more people you have on your list, the more stressful it can be. Not just for you, but also for your budget.

Your Christmas Shopping Solved: Budget-friendly Gift Guides | arelaxedgal.com

Well, I’m here to help! I’ve created three gift guides that you can use for your shopping. One gift guide for adults, one for teens, and one for kids. You buy most if not all of these gifts online and many of them for $50 or less.

So you don’t have to search for any of the gifts yourself I included links to all of them. Some of the links are affiliate links so if you actually buy one, or more of the gifts, I may make a small commission, but you won’t pay any extra.

As a bonus, not only are these gift guides perfect for Christmas gifts they can be used for gifts throughout the year.

Adult gift guide

1. Amazon Prime membership

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Who doesn’t want to free 2-day shipping, free e-books, and being able to stream movies, TV, and music? That’s what you’ll be gifting with a 3 month or 12 month Amazon Prime membership.

2. Amazon Alexa Echo Dot

http://amzn.to/2yzl2Oo
This is like the starter version of the Echo, but you can still do a lot with it. With the Echo Dot, you can play music, make calls, send and receive messages, control lights and more.

3. Portable charger

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Everyone has a handheld device and those devices run out of power every now and then. So you know that if you gift a portable charger it will be used.

4. iPhone Sport Water Bottle

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This is a great gift for athletes or those who like to spend a lot of time outdoors. This sport water bottle not only holds liquids, it can also hold your iPhone, money, keys, and other small items.

5. Wireless earbuds

http://amzn.to/2zAiNZX
If you haven’t heard, earbuds are now wireless (gasp!). They no longer have to be plugged into a device. Pretty much anyone who listens to music, streams, or does anything on their phone or tablet that requires audio will want wireless earbuds.

6. Meal delivery service

http://bit.ly/2hPtmzY
Back in the day, it used to be the fruit of the month club, now it’s meal delivery services. Meal delivery services like Blue Apron allow you to cook and try dishes you probably wouldn’t have on your own by bringing the recipes and ingredients right to your front door. This is the perfect gift for those who don’t like to cook or want to learn how to cook.

7. Stress relief doll

http://amzn.to/2zm7YcV
Cause who doesn’t have stress pop up every now and again? You can get them in fun colors including sports team colors.

8. Airbnb gift card

airbnb.com/gift/send
This is a great gift for family members that like to travel. Or as a subtle hint for the ones you’d prefer to stay “offsite” when they visit.

When you get an Airbnb gift card you can customize it by choosing your amount as well as selecting the background image.

9. Wall art

http://etsy.me/2yViWtS
This can brighten up or set the mood in a room. Plus your options are endless when giving this a gift. A great place to find unique and affordable wall art online is Etsy.

10. HomeGoods gift card

homegoods.com/giftcards
If I got this for Christmas I would probably freak. HomeGoods is one of my new favorite stores. And it’s pretty much all the rage right now because everyone is into upgrading some their furnishings and decor.


Teen gift guide

Despite what you may think, teenagers aren’t that hard to shop for. Basically, the best gift is anything (on trend of course) that’s related to them using their phone. A cool, hipster type camera is another great gift for teens.

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera

http://amzn.to/2xTHkae
This camera is so cute and has some good features such as a selfie mirror, a mode to take brighter portraits with a softer look, and a macro lens perfect for close-ups.

2. Shower speaker

http://amzn.to/2ywzxU6
Teens are always on their phones listening to music, watching videos, streaming movies. But they can’t do all those things when they’re in the shower without messing up their phone. A shower speaker can solve some of that.

3. Keychain phone charger

http://amzn.to/2zCYD1g
This is a great and handy twist on the portable charger. By having the charger on your keychain which you pretty much carry with you everyone you don’t have to dig through a bag or have to carry a separate device around with you.

4. Phone ring light

http://amzn.to/2zDxM5f
I’ve seen a few people using this when I’ve been out and about. It looks like it comes in handy if you don’t have great light and want to take a selfie.

5. Wireless earbuds

http://amzn.to/2zAiNZX
Yep. Wireless earbuds also made the teen gift list. Teens seem to always be listening to something on their phones and those wires can be a pain.

6. Over-ear headphones

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While wireless earbuds can be great in many situations, sometimes only over-ear headphones will do. 

7. Journal

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Everyone except me seems to be into this bullet journal thing, so the paper journal seems to be making a comeback.

8. Hipster water bottle

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I’m not even sure what makes a water bottle hipster, but it seems to be a thing so why not. Everyone needs to and should stay hydrated. Having a water bottle at the ready is the easiest way to do that.

9. Binge watching survival kit

https://www.papersource.com/item/Binge-Watching-Kit/
Ok, I know. Not only teens bing watch. I admit this would also be good for adults. Each kit comes with drink coasters, tissues, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer and more so there are very few reasons you need to leave your couch.

10. Holiday makeup kits

http://fxo.co/4hQG
The Christmas parties may be over, but New Year’s is right around the corner. Some great affordable makeup gifts sets can be found at Ulta. Or some specific products I’ve been gravitating towards are the ELF endless Eyes 100 Color Palette, the Elf Spotlight Ready Set, and Black Opal’s Color Splurge Color Stick for Lips.


Kid gift guide

1. Fun socks

http://amzn.to/2l2iYK2
Who doesn’t love a fun pair of socks! There are so many different kinds to choose from. There are food socks and so many different kinds of animal socks just to name a few.

2. Tickle Me Elmo

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Is it just me or does Tickle Me Elmo always make the gift guide list?

3. Legos

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A great set of Legos can keep kids occupied for hours.

4. Enchantamials 

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I hadn’t heard of these before, I started doing research. Apparently, they are pretty popular. Enchantamials are a collection of dolls that with animal friends that kids want to collect.

5. STEM toys

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Basically, any to that has to do with science, technology, engineering, or math.

6. View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer

http://amzn.to/2gUGlAY
I had a past generation of the View-Master when I was growing up. In fact, I think I still have it in my closet somewhere. But this View-Master Viewer is even better as this puts you in 360-degree environments and you can even plug into audio!

7. Kid-proof camera

http://amzn.to/2yCfgtM
At this price, you may think it’d be better to get a real camera, but kid-proof cameras like the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam let kids record videos and take pictures without having to worry about protecting the camera. This one is all-weather and water-resistant up to 6’ underwater so it’s meant to be used and can probably take a bit of a beating.

8. Portable charger

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Even the kids need portable chargers these days. Either for their phone, handheld gaming system, or tablet.

9. Games

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Games like Jenga or Connect Four are great because they can be used by the whole family. They can also give the kids something to do during their winter/Christmas break.

10. Radio Flyer wagon

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We had a red wagon when I was growing up. My siblings and I loved that thing. Kids can cart items around the yard and the house.

What gifts are you buying this year?






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10 Products To Keep Your Hair Healthy In The Winter

What’s your favorite season?

I like fall and spring because it’s not too hot or too cold. My hair likes fall and spring as well, it can tolerate the summer but it doesn’t like the winter.


Honestly, I’ve yet to have someone tell me their hair likes winter. This is probably because the cold, dry air can have a negative effect on your hair causing damage that will haunt you when spring rolls around.


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