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Holiday Gift Guides 2022 + A Giveaway!

Holiday Gift Guides 2022 + A Giveaway!

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I have wanted to start the tradition of posting Holiday Gift Guides for my readers every November. I am so proud that I finally got around to it and could post this blog for all of you sweet readers.

Holiday shopping can be a hassle when you don’t know what to buy or when to buy it. The items I have carefully picked out are affordable and will definitely be loved by that special person in your life. It will also be a huge stress reliever for you to know that your holiday shopping is almost done!

Our holiday season is getting busier, so I used inspiration from trends and recent gift purchases to curate these gift guides. I hope you find them helpful in purchasing gifts for the upcoming holidays!


Gift Guide For Her

This is the gift guide that I love doing the most! It helps me figure out what to buy for the women in my life and also pick up on the latest trends. If you were to ask me what my favorite item from this list would be, hands down it would be the UGG Slippers. Every woman likes something cozy so that’s why I included some top items along with fashion and beauty trends.


Gift Guide For Him

Oftentimes, I struggle with buying for men around the holidays. Over the years, I think I have gotten better at it, but I still struggle. This gift guide not only helps my readers but also helps me! These items are definitely hubby approved! Especially these Galaxy Earbuds.



Gift Guide For Baby

Shopping for the little ones can either be a task or easy peasy. For me, it was easy since my little guy likes certain kinds of toys and books. Every parent wants to spoil their little one with as many gifts as they can muster. It takes a lot of self-restraint to be able to resist the urge to buy more! Want to know my favorite on this list? The Noah’s Ark from Pottery Barn!


Christmas Blessings Giveaway!


Another year, another beautiful Christmas! The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and some of the best things about this time of year is that it’s a time of gratitude, togetherness, and celebration. I’m so excited!

I have teamed up with a group of bloggers for the 9th annual Christmas Blessings Giveaway to bless FIVE families this year. In the past, we have had two winners for this giveaway, but this year we wanted to give to even more families – we are giving away $200 gift cards to 5 families! Each winner will get a $200 gift card to wherever they choose – a restaurant, clothing store, grocery store, online retailer – any place that offers gift cards!

There are lots of entry options in the Rafflecopter form below – the more you enter, the better your chance of winning!  I know it can seem tedious and time-consuming to go through all the entries, but isn’t a chance at $200 worth it? I think it is!  Plus, all of these amazing bloggers donated their own money towards the prizes so this giveaway wouldn’t be possible without them.  I hope you’ll take the time to check out each one. Who knows, maybe you will find some new blogs to follow.

The giveaway will run from Monday, November 14th through Wednesday, November 23rd (ends at 11:59 pm EST). The winner will be notified by email shortly after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond to claim the prize or another winner will be drawn. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers.  Please be sure to read the Rafflecopter terms and conditions upon entering. Happy entering! 


Thank you so much for stopping by, I appreciate every single reader! Holiday shopping can be stressful so I hope these Gift Guides helped ease your holiday shopping experience. While Christmas is only a few weeks away, I hope some of you are able to grab these as they go on sale. (Some of these items are discounted majorly!)

I hope each of you joins in on this amazing giveaway – We are so blessed to be able to share this with all of you!

See something you like? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my latest post, How I’m Getting Ready For The Cold & Flu Season!


How I’m Getting Ready For The Cold & Flu Season

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Hello friends! It’s almost that time of year… you know, the time when everyone gets sick! I’ve decided to kick the cold and flu season this year by boosting mine and my family’s immunity. A great product to help boost your immunity is these immunity boosting gummies from Mary Ruth’s Organics.

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Thank you all for taking the time to read my post, I appreciate every single one of you! Be sure to check out my latest post, Nashville Voyager Interview!

Have a blessed day!



Nashville Voyager Interview – Sugar Sunshine Life

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Syx.

Hi Madison, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I came from a Christian background and grew up with a rough childhood. I was verbally abused for many years, and God pulled me through, especially during those hard times. Blogging and writing had a huge part in helping me steer from all my negative feelings. I now use that passion for my blog, Sugar Sunshine Life. On my blog, I share my lifestyle, faith, and fashion! I love sharing brands that have values that align with mine. After all, I want to give the best content I can! Growing up, I was always told I was worthless and would never amount to anything. Now that I’m pursuing my dreams, I believe I can do anything I put my mind to. No matter what anyone says. I hope others can find my story encouraging while also pursuing their dreams.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I have dealt with financial stumbles when purchasing items to share and assets for my website. Another challenge is finding time between being a wife and mom to find time to work on my blog and write. It is a work in progress and something I get to whenever possible! I have also had a hard time getting viewers, but I am constantly working on bringing new readers to my site! I would love to hit 1,000 viewers a month………

Read more here. → Nashville Voyager Interview.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Thanks for stopping by. Have an amazing and blessed day!


Little Miss…

As you know, the current trend is Little Miss ~ Not to be like everyone else but….. Here are a few that I made with some spare time!

If you see any that you like, feel free to let me know in the comments and share away!





*Credit to the Little Miss books for the characters.  I do not own these characters.*

On My Heart Today

2 Corinthians 6:16-18

“What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

This verse has spoken to me today so I wanted to share it. Lately, I have been listening to a sermon a day and it has really been helping my mental health. I realize that God’s word is the best remedy to help me in hard times. God is always here for us no matter the circumstance and that is such a blessing.
The sermon I watched today was by John McArthur and he spoke about separating from unbelievers. It was definitely something that I personally needed to listen to and I’m happy that I did. It has spoken volumes to me and shown me that I need to stand my ground in my beliefs and not let others shake me.

God is my rock. If something doesn’t glorify God, then I need to get it out of my life. Whether it’s a relationship, object, or feeling, it needs to be gone.

Here is the sermon I watched today:
I hope you enjoyed this short devotion, have a blessed Sunday!

20 Years– Thoughts, Feelings, Things

I can now say that I have been alive for two decades. Wow! I’m no longer a teenager. That feeling is pretty crazy. Soooo what does this mean?


Honestly, it doesn’t feel any different than how I felt a day ago. A lot of people think that when you hit your twenties you all of the sudden become an adult because you’re not a teenager anymore.


That is not the case for me. I got hit with adulthood pretty hard. I got married at 18 and had a child at 19. While I wasn’t treated like an adult for the first few months of being 18, by the time I got married, I had matured faster than most people would think possible. I was ready to be an adult and to be married.


I guess you could say I stepped into adulthood like a pro.


I didn’t want to go to college and party. (Not saying everyone does that.) I wanted to become a wife, a mom, and a homemaker. It was what God wanted for me and He lined everything up perfectly so that it happened just as He had planned.


A few facts about turning 20:


-Did you know the average married age is now 32? I’m 14 years ahead of most people and It’s crazy to think that 32 is now the new age to get married. 


-If I live to the age of 80, I’m already a quarter done with my life. Scary.


-I’m halfway to my forties, a.k.a hitting an almost midlife crisis.




Twenty. Two decades. Veinte. VICENNIAL! 


For my tenth birthday, I got a Nintendo 3DS in my favorite color teal and had a birthday party with my family and friends. I had a sleepover with my best friend too. We painted our nails and had a “spa day.” Basically what every ten-year-old wants to do.


At the age of 10 I was pretty dorky, awkward, shy, and learning how to be a big sister. Now at the big two oh, I’m still dorky, not as awkward, and a big sister to two little girls as well as a new mom. I’m definitely not as shy as I used to be but I have my moments. xD


What a difference a decade can make. 


I do think that my self-confidence has gotten a lot better in all of those years. I have grown so much as a person. God got me out of a tough situation in 2020 and protected me through all of it. 


I would say in the past few years I have matured a lot. A good amount of maturity comes with getting a job, getting married, and having a baby. It doesn’t happen overnight but over time. 


I think our brains just start to realize stuff, you know? Like, we realize that you shouldn’t do certain things or be friends with certain people.


With that being said, I can say that I no longer care what people think, in a good way. I no longer live my life trying to please others but to please God. Pleasing God and trying to be like Christ is my motive in life. 


This year alone I have lost friends and gained God given ones. This almost brings tears to my eyes because a few months ago I thought I was losing true friends but really, I was just gaining the real God sent friends. 


I have had income change, relationships change, and my living situation change. So much has changed!


In 20 years, not only have I matured physically and emotionally, but also spiritually. When I was in my teens, I struggled with a lot of emotional abuse and I deal with the trauma now. I leaned on God in my darkest times but my faith was weak. 


Now that I have grown in my faith in the past few years, I not only lean on God, but I know more about Him and His word. In the past two years alone I have learned so much more and grown my faith. 


Nonetheless, I am excited about what this new decade will hold. I’m not sure exactly where I will be when I hit thirty, but I have a pretty good idea. 


Where will I be? I hope my husband and I will be raising our family in our dream home.


What will my job be? I hope I will be making money from my blog as I keep working on it. Entrepreneurship has my heart. 


Any more kids? God willing, I hope to have a houseful by the time I’m thirty.


Any goals I want to reach? While I hope to have a few more kids and live in my dream house, I really am ambitious to make money from my blog by the time I hit thirty. I also hope that my husband has reached his career goal by the time we are that age. (We’re only 4 months apart.)


With all of that being said, I can’t wait to see what my twenties hold. Will this decade be exciting? Sure. Will it be full of family and friends? I hope!


In general, I hope to be a better person than I am now. I hope to have grown even more in my faith and be the best mom and wife that I can be. 


So here’s to this decade of life. I don’t know what it holds but I’m excited to see what God has planned for me. Who knows, I might come back to this post ten years from now and laugh at myself for writing the way I do! (I sure hope not!)


5 Things turning 20 this year:

Kim Possible – One of my favorite shows to watch when I was little.

A Walk To Remember – A super sad but amazingly good romance that I personally love. It’s wholesome and sweet with a touch of sorrow.

Lilo & Stitch, Harry Potter, Spiderman – 20 years since these movies came out!!

Kelly Clarkson Winning American Idol – It has been 20 years since she won the very first season of American Idol.

Rachel gave birth to Emma on Friends – While I have never watched the show myself, I know all of you die hard Friends loving people are going to love this one.

20 Things That I love:


  1. Yoga leggings!!! Yes, they are my go-to when I just need to throw something on. I absolutely love them! Here is my favorite pair!


  1. Cultivate What Matters– Write The Word Journal. I have been using this journal since 2020 y’all! I love going back and reading what I was going through over the years and what God has done in my life.


  1. What better way to celebrate your birthday with something to capture all of those special memories, a Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera. Ever since I’ve had this camera I have been taking pictures of all of my favorite moments. 


  1. A good ‘ole henley. You got that right. This girl lovessss her henley’s. They are super nursing friendly and just overall cute! 


  1. My favorite sneakers so far: Nike Air Force 1! I love these so much. They can be dressed up or down. I wear these to Wednesday night church and Sunday church. 


  1. Since having a baby, I have enjoyed having something to keep an eye on his oxygen levels and his heartrate. That product is the Owlet Dream Sock. It gives my husband and I peace of mind at night knowing that he is okay when we are sleeping,


  1. Aloe Vera Socks!!! Since I was about 12, I have loved aloe vera socks. When I was 12 I got my first pair of pointe shoes and my feet were always blistered and bleeding. Putting my feet in these socks after a long day of ballet was truly a treasure.


  1. Half Baked Harvest and her amazing recipes! I love cooking and I’ve been following her for a while. She has a cookbook that I’ve been eyeing for so long. She has a brand new cookbook coming out on March 29, 2022, that I am totally eyeing!


  1. BIRKENSTOCKS! Okay, I know. Almost everyone who was a teen in the 90s is currently cringing. But, y’all. I loved my Birkenstocks when I had them. I wore them everywhere. Parties, the pool, to the beach, at the grocery store, etc. 


  1. Pacifica Glow Baby Set! I got this set for Christmas this year and absolutely love it. It has definitely helped me “glow” while having a newborn which says a lot. I specifically love the Glow Baby VitaGlow Moisturizer which has been a lifesaver to my dry face.


  1. A cute pair of hoop earrings. I got this pair for my birthday one year and I love them! I’m not a huge fan of dangling earrings but I will say that these are light enough that I hardly even know that I have them on!


  1. Over the years I have been on the search for a good mascara. In the past 2 years, I have been using Tarte Maneater Mascara and it’s the best mascara I have ever tried!


  1. Pacifica Island Vanilla is my absolute favorite lotion that I have ever used! I don’t like using flower scented lotions or really anything super perfumey. My husband loves this lotion and it’s not too strong that I can smell it strongly. Definitely one of my best finds!


  1. One of my all-time favorite drinks is Sparkling Ice. It is full of vitamins and affordable! It is definitely one of my favorite drinks during summer and after a workout.


  1. Since I have curly hair, I have to use lots of products to define my curls and keep the frizz down. This past year I stumbled upon a product that has done miracles for my hair. That product is Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Hair Masque. An absolute hair saver for all the curly heads out there!


  1. I love myself some nail polish, especially this Essie color! Essie is one of my favorite non-toxic nail polish brands and it’s also affordable.


  1. Ever since I was allowed to wear makeup I have been looking to find the perfect powder or foundation. For almost two years now I have been wearing CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation. Wow, that was long. It’s my favorite foundation, no doubt. 


  1. A few Christmases ago I was gifted with Patcha Whipped Sugar Scrub. I love it and I have used it every year since I was gifted it but unfortunately, last year I completely forgot to buy it during the holiday season.


  1. One brand that I love and have been supporting since I started my blogging / Influencer journey is Elevated Faith. The first product I bought from them was the “Choose Joy” hoodie. I love supporting brands that share the love of Christ so this hoodie holds a place in my favorites.


  1. Last but not least, I have to share with you my favorite Young Living Essential Oils. Essential oils have helped me so much with anxiety that I can’t not share it. This is one of my favorites, the Lavender Essential Oil. 


So, now you know twenty of my favorite things. I will admit, it took me a while to think of 20 things that I love. I’m just not a materialistic kind of girl.


In conclusion, I can’t wait to see what my 20’s hold. They will be full of excitement, love, joy, entertainment, and so much more! 


Bring it on 20,  I’m ready!


Before you go, check out my latest blog post: Self Improvement – The Biblical Way.