12 Months of Happiness: November 2015

November 30, 2015

12 Months of Happiness NovemberHappy Monday and welcome to the 11th (say what?!) installment of my 12 Months of Happiness series! I can’t believe tomorrow is December?! It seems like only yesterday that I was at Disney World ringing in the New Year and now here we are with a little over a month left until 2016. I know I say this every month but I really do LOVE this series of mine. It never fails to make me smile when I’m jotting down all the things that made me happy that particular month. A few readers have asked if I’ll be continuing this monthly series next year and the answer is: OF COURSE! My 12 Months of Happiness series is very near and dear to my heart not just because it’s fun listing out some of the things that make me happy but because it encourages YOU, my readers, to reflect on the wonderful things in your life as well. Each month it warms my heart reading some of your comments saying that this series has helped you to realize the importance of appreciating all the moments of joy in your life (no matter how small!) Here are some of the things that made me happy in November: (Don’t forget to comment down below how your November went and what things made you smile this month! I LOVE hearing from you guys about what makes you happy!)  Continue reading

Oh, The Weather Outside is Frightful [The Joys of NBC TVEverywhere]

November 25, 2015

*Special thanks to NBC for sponsoring today’s post! As always, all opinions are my own*Cute Christmas Office Decor
If you read Monday’s post or follow me on snapchat (simplysinova, shameless plug), you might already know about the terrible cold I caught last weekend. We had a huge snowfall last weekend in Chicago (our worst November snowfall in over 120 years!?!) and of course I got sick. See, I’m one of those people who doesn’t get sick often but when I do get sick, I get SICK! Seriously, I could barley even leave my bed on Sunday. It was awful! Although, being the sunny positive person that I am, I decided to see the silver lining. Instead of moping around and letting my newfound cold ruin my weekend, I decided to do the next best thing about binge watch some of my favorite TV shows (which, let’s face it, was pretty much what I had planed for the weekend anyway!) I’m a HUGE TV watcher but ever since I graduated college back in 2014 and starting working, I’ve found that I don’t watch TV on the TV (try saying that three times fast) as much as I used to. I used to be that girl who watched everything live/the night of so I could avoid spoilers. Now that my work schedule is so hectic and I’m traveling more than ever, I just don’t have the time to watch shows live anymore.

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Easy Ways To Make Your Guests Feel Special This Holiday Season

November 24, 2015

*Special thanks to Target for sponsoring today’s post! As always, all opinions are my own*Easy Ways To Make Your Guests Feel Special This Holiday Season
With Thanksgiving just days away, the holiday season is OFFICIALLY upon us! Last week, Chicago kicked off the holiday season and transformed into a holiday wonderland thanks to the annual tree-lighting ceremony, the gorgeous decorations downtown and The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (which just so happens to the nation’s largest evening holiday event!). Although I love all the beautiful lights and decorations that come along with this season, my favorite thing about the holidays is getting to spend time with my family. My mom, sister and I are VERY close (we’re like the three musketeers) and ever since my sister moved out last summer, we haven’t been spending as much time together as we used to (that, and the fact we all have such super hectic work schedules!) Since my house (my bedroom specifically) basically becomes the hotel Sinova during the holidays (since some of our out-of-town relatives come over), I always try to make sure to make my guests feel as welcome as possible. Since I spend Christmas Day and New Years Eve at Disney World each year (it’s our family tradition), I understand how easy it is to feel homesick during the holidays. That’s why I love to go the extra mile when guests stay over during the holidays.  Continue reading

Monday’s Music 21 [Favorite Movie Soundtracks Edition]

November 23, 2015

Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of Monday’s Music. Last weekend was one for the books. It started off pretty great since Saturday was the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (aka the nation’s largest evening holiday celebration) but then things went south. It snowed basically ALL Saturday and since I spent a majority of the day outside (I don’t regret it because the Mag Mile Lights Festival was awesome, as always) I got super sick. I spent all day Sunday in bed desperately trying to get over this cold (I still feel a little under the weather but yesterday was really bad!) I don’t know about you but whenever I’m sick, nothing makes me feel better than a movie marathon! And what’s a good movie without a good soundtrack? This week’s Monday’s Music is dedicated to none other than my FAVORITE movie soundtracks. A quick note: I decided NOT to included any movie musicals because that’s a topic for another week. I also didn’t include any Disney soundtracks since I’m already covering those in my Disney Playlists.Best Movie SoundtracksGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 // 500 Days Of Summer // Where the Wild Things Are: Motion Picture Soundtrack // The Royal Tenenbaums  // Rushmore // Garden State // Pulp Fiction // Lost in Translation // The Great Gatsby 

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Disney World Haul: Fall 2015

November 20, 2015

Disney World Haul
Happy Friday! I am SO happy it’s FINALLY the weekend. This week has been CRAZY busy for me. It’s just been deadline after deadline but thankfully, I’m all caught up on everything and I can finally just take a step back and breath. Since I just got back from Disney World this week (and I’m all finally caught up on work), I thought today would be the perfect time to share this month’s Disney Haul! It’s so weird because although I was only at Disney World for three days (which is basically no time since I’m used to spending at least seven or eight days in the parks)  I actually got way more than I expected (whoops!) Since I’m heading back to Disney World next month (to celebrate Christmas and New Years, which is a family tradition), I tried to hold off on getting too many souvenirs but I guess I couldn’t help myself (I tend to go a little overboard at Disney but I can’t help it!) Like I say in all my Disney Haul posts, a quick disclosure: since I am a Disney Premier Passport holder (aka someone who has an annual pass to both Disneyland AND Disney World), I get a pretty good discount on merchandise (20% off at Disneyland and 10% off at Disney World.) Here’s my Disney World fall 2015 Haul:  Continue reading