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My Minted Holiday Favorites + Win $125 at Minted!

Hey friends! I think it’s officially the time of year when I can wish you happy holidays! Though Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, I’m an early planner, so I’ve been shopping for my gifts and Christmas cards for the last few weeks. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorites from Minted’s holiday line, and giving two of you the chance to win $125 at Minted!

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Ordinary Time: My Six-Month Reflections

The last six months have been some of the most incredible and surprising of my life. Since May, I’ve traveled to cities around the country, met my role models, become an American citizen, bought an apartment with my boyfriend in Europe, and written two books. Today, I’m sharing this slice of my life and lessons with you!

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Gift Ideas for Guys: What to Get Your Boyfriend for Christmas

Hey friends! The holidays are just around the corner, and that means that many of us are looking for gifts to get our friends, family, and significant others. I know that I always try to get the perfect gift, and especially when it comes to shopping for guys, I have a hard time coming up with things that are fun, thoughtful, and useful. That’s why today, I’m partnering up with my boyfriend Ken to bring you this list of gift ideas for guys!

Ken and I went through some of his favorite gifts I’ve given him, and added a few gift ideas for guys that we think will go over well! We hope you love these suggestions! Let me know in the comments what you’re getting your boyfriend for Christmas!

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Best Friend Goals: 19 Ways to Make Your Friends Feel Special

People talk about best friend goals all the time, but I really feel like I hit the jackpot. There are few things that I love more in life than my friends. Through the best and worst of times they have always been at my side, whether traveling across the world to see me, writing me cards and letters on tough days, or just being there for a cup of tea and a hug. In turn, I do my best to be a good friend to them by making them feel special and loved. Today, I’m sharing a list of ways you can make your friends feel special! Be sure to read below, and leave a comment letting me know what you do to help your friends feel appreciated.

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A History of My Unusual Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween, friends! I’ve had a super fun and utterly bizarre Halloweekend, which started with a conference center by the harbor full of 5,000 pumpkins, and ended with an 17th century organ concert in the dark (and maybe after that we went swimming in the lake at midnight. Who knows). Since this is my last Halloween for the foreseeable future, I decided to really go for it; Halloween is not popular in the Netherlands, so once I move in January I won’t have many more chances to dress up for a cold October night!

In honor of my last Halloween for a while, I thought it would be fun to share some of my past costumes and the funny stories behind them!

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