Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

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Happy 2018 everyone! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season and a very happy New Year. January is officially upon us and as cliché as it is, it is the perfect opportunity to set new goals and habits for the upcoming year.

Before we get into that I want to quickly reflect on 2017 and all of the memories that were made. 2017 was a crazy year that was filled with so many exciting life events that I got to share in with my family and friends.

One of my best friends Doug got married in Orlando Florida. All of us live so far from each other so it was amazing to have the gang back together again. While down there, my boyfriend and I also spent a couple days in Disney and it was so fun being able to experience some of my favorite rides with him.

Another one of my favorite people in the world Krista got married this summer as well and had the most beautiful backyard wedding you could ever imagine. Every element of the day was so perfectly her and I am so happy I got to be a part of it.

Another one of my best friends Nicole got engaged this year and it was so much fun planning her bachelorette party and all of the festivities that went along with it. I was so honored to be able to be with her the morning of her wedding and get ready for the amazing day ahead. Definitely one of my favorite memories of the year.

My cousin Victoria had the most beautiful twins, and we are all so excited! They already have so much personality. Towards the end of the year we also found out that my cousin Ali is pregnant with a baby boy. I am so happy to have them here in Rhode Island and I cannot wait to meet him this spring!

My sister graduated from high school and moved up to Rhode Island to attend school. I am so excited to have her up here for the next four years!

As for me, I really re hauled my diet (for the majority of the year!) and got back into working out and lost a total of 18lbs. I also won Manager of the Quarter at work this year which was definitely exciting. I also starting working on some really cool projects which you will learn more about in the coming months.

2017 was definitely a whirlwind of a year. I am definitely looking forward to 2018 and focusing more on myself. With that, I have come up with a couple of goals for the New Year.

The main goal or theme of 2018 for me is Balance. And so many of my goals reflect this theme.

Personal Goals

Physical – Commit to working out five days a week, whether that be at the gym or at home.

Mental Health – Meditate Daily & Breathing Exercises. Set intentions for the day.

Nutrition – Increase water consumption. Eat out less and cook healthy meals at home more.

Financial – Consolidate loans and start building a substantial savings account

Business Goals

My Nine Lives – In 2018 I plan on doing a complete overhaul of this blog. I am dedicated to creating thoughtful content that you will want to keep coming back to read. With that being said, I will be taking a two month break from blogging to really plan out the posts for the upcoming year. I do not want to be stuck in a rut where I just post something just to post it. I want to create amazing content for my readers and have a clear vision of what My Nine Lives is all about. So I will be coming back in March bigger and better than ever with some really exciting content that I know you are going to love!
My Business – For the past couple of months I have been writing out a Business Plan for something really exciting coming in spring of 2018. I will share more details about it in March. I am extremely excited to share this new venture with you!

I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be a great year, but it is also important to not put pressure on yourself to have the “best year ever”. Things will happen. You might not achieve all your goals. And that is okay. There is no #newyearnewme. Always strive to do better and be better, but also remember to sit back and be proud of who and where you are now. Then you will truly have a happy New Year.

Even though I won’t be blogging for the next two months be sure to follow me on Instagram and on the My Nine Lives Facebook page to keep updated on my life and the exciting things coming your way!

I will see you all soon!

Xx Casey

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Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

Good Morning and happy Friday friends! I hope you are all having an amazing holiday season. Whatever you celebrate I hope it was filled with family, friends, laughter, and good food & drink. I also hope you keep the celebrations going throughout the weekend no matter how you are spending New Years Eve.

Me? I am planning on picking up all of my favorites – onion dip and lays chips, chips and salsa, mini hot dogs – and staying in. Oh yeah we are getting fancy. You don’t have to go out and spend your night at a bar or a club to make New Years special. And a relaxing night is exactly how I want to ring in 2018.

I hope you all have a very happy New Year, and I will see you all next Friday with some exciting announcements.

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xx Casey

Holiday Favorites

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Good Morning and Happy Monday friends! We have finally made it to the week where everyone is running around getting last minute shopping done, hitting the grocery store and liquor store for holiday weekend prep, and cramming in as much holiday goodness as you can. As the holiday stress mounts, (“what am I going to wear to the Christmas party?” “I hope they like their gift!”) take a couple moments to sit back and think about all the things you love most about the season. Because it really does go by way too fast and January will be here before we know it.

Favorite Starbucks Holiday Drinks.

This is a really difficult one for me because I really do love them all. My all-time favorite would have to be the classic Gingerbread Latte, but the Eggnog Latte, Chestnut Praline, and Peppermint Mocha are close runners up.

Favorite Holiday Movies.

This one is also hard because I have so many in so many different categories. So let’s break them up shall we? Favorite ABC Family Movie: The Snowglobe. Favorite Classic Movie: The Year Without A Santa Clause. The Movie I can Watch a Million Times: Christmas with The Kranks. Favorite Hallmark Movie: Let it Snow (who doesn’t love Candace Cameron Bure). The Movie You Have to Watch Every Year: Tied Between Elf & The Grinch.

Favorite Holiday Tradition.

Christmas Eve is big in my family, and every year we do the Feast of the 7 Fishes on Christmas Eve.

Favorite Christmas Song.

This actually isn’t a Christmas song but more like a New Year’s song, however “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” is one of my favorites.

Favorite Holiday TV Show Episode.

The Office Christmas Episode in Season 2 is the best! “Well happy birthday Jesus, sorry your party’s so lame”

Favorite Holiday Treat. 

Gingerbread all the way.

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions? I would love to hear them. I hope you all have an amazing and festive week!

xx Casey

Holiday Entertaining with Trader Joes

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If I haven’t driven this fact home yet, the holidays are definitely my favorite time of year. It consists of an entire month full of eating and drinking with the ones you hold most dear. What could be better? And with all that togetherness comes holiday parties

It is easy to get a little overwhelmed when hosting a holiday get together, especially when trying to plan a menu. That is why today I am sharing with you some of my no fail go-to appetizers courtesy of my favorite place in the world besides Target… Trader Joes. They have a TON of incredible appetizers, dips, treats, and desserts (and I have tried a lot of them). These are just a few of my favorites.

01 Mini Brie en Croute. Brie is my favorite cheese, especially around the holidays. There is nothing better than some brie cheese wrapped in a puff pastry. These little guys provide all of the deliciousness with absolutely none of the work.

02 Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I am obsessed with spinach and artichoke dip, and Trader Joes version is amazing. Your guests will never know it was frozen. Just top it with some parmesan cheese and pop it in the oven for a couple minutes and you have an amazing and quick dip.

03 Pita Chips with Sea Salt. These guys are on here because they go perfectly with the spinach dip and any of the other dips you can buy at Trader Joes.

04 Olive Tapenade. OH MY GOD. This stuff is addicting. You just need to go try it ASAP.

05 Fig & Olive Crisps. These are perfect, and go incredibly well paired with the Olive Tapenade or a cheese board.

What are your favorite Trader Joes apps? I would LOVE to hear them.

xx Casey

Holiday Gift Guide For Him

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Here we have it friends, part two of my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Series. Today we are talking about things for the guy in your life.

01 Nintendo Switch. Perfect for the gamer in your life, or for the big kid. This nostalgic gaming system is the perfect gift to unwrap on Christmas morning!

02 Wicked Good Moccasins. He will never want to take these off, I promise! The best part is L.L. Bean provides a lifetime guarantee on these so he really never has to.

03 Teti 30oz Tumbler. Perfect for the guy on the go. Keeps your morning coffee hot and your beach cocktails cold. What could be better?

04 Amazon Echo Dot. A tiny little personal asistsant, Alexa will turn the lights off, put on an episode of The Office, and order you Dominos all in a couple minutes.

05 Carry On Cocktail Kit.  Whether he is a traveler or not, this little kit is super convenient and perfect for those “I need a drink” moments. It comes in a couple different varieties, but I recommend the Old Fashioned.

xx Casey

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

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It’s that time of year again friends! It is time for a month full of festive blog posts, and I definitely have some fun things in store. So let’s kick off the official start to the holiday season with a Holiday Gift Guide for the lady in your life.

01 Marble Cheese Slicer. This is for the entertainer in your life. Or the girl who just really likes to come home after a long day of work and have a dinner of cheese and wine in style.

02 Gilded Rim Wine Glasses. Perfectly paired with the Marble Cheese Slicer, these gorgeous Pink Gold Rimmed wine glasses are sure to impress.

03 Faux Shearling Vest. The perfect winter wardrobe staple. There are a ton of gorgeous ones out there like this one from Nordstrom

04 Rose Face Mask. This hydrating and toning gel mask infused with real rose petals, soothing rosewater, and a “smart” algae has definitely become a cult favorite. This is definitely a gift of pure relaxation.

05 Rosé all day Bears. These delicious little bears by Sugarfina are infused with real Rosé and are the perfect treat for the Rosé lover in your life

Stay tuned for part two this Friday!

xx Casey

Boozy Hot Chocolate

Good Morning friends! I hope that you all had an amazing holiday weekend. Monday may have come a little too quickly. Although I am prepping for the week ahead and getting back into the swing of things, I can not help dreaming about Christmas trees, good food, holiday movies, and the most delicious boozy hot chocolate. So today I am going to share with you an incredibly easy recipe that will keep you in the holiday spirit all week long.

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All you need is Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, Milk (or Almond Milk), a bottle of Baileys, some candy canes, marshmallows, and cinnamon. In a saucepan simmer the milk until it is warm. Then in a glass mix in the milk, hot chocolate mix, and a shot of Baileys. Top the glass with marshmallows, cinnamon, and a candy cane. The candy cane will melt and create the most delicious peppermint flavor that compliments the chocolate and the creaminess of the Baileys. The cinnamon takes the whole thing to a new level.

It doesn’t get more festive than this folks. This is the perfect drink to bring us into the new month.

I hope this Monday isn’t too crazy for you all, and you have some time to sneak in a little Cyber Monday shopping.

xx Casey