Surviving the holidays without a loved one

surviving the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time. Everyone is supposed to smile and laugh. We’re supposed to go see light displays and watch Christmas movies. We’re supposed to spend time with our families and loved ones… but, not everyone gets that choice. I, myself, have hated the holidays since my mom passed away last year. It has been something I’ve dreaded so much that I volunteer to work on those days. I don’t want to come to terms with the fact that my best friend will not be there.

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Making it through these times can be hard when you don’t have that one person you always looked forward to spending it with, but it’s not impossible. I’m here to share some ways that I’ve tried to cope with celebrating the holidays without a loved one.

#1 It’s okay to take some time for yourself.

Everyone thinks that the best way to combat feeling lost without someone is to be around those who love you. Although I agree that this can help, it isn’t always what you need or want at the time. Remember that it’s okay to want to be alone every once in awhile. I wouldn’t say isolate yourself, but take the time you need to work past those lost feelings.

#2 Talk to someone you trust or write it out.

The best way for me to get my feelings out is to talk to someone. Alternatively, I also like writing about my feelings because it allows me to get it out without feeling as though I’m “burdening” someone with my problems (though, most of the time, those that truly care will never think this). Just let it all out. Whether it be through talking or writing, you need a way to escape those feelings.

#3 Surround yourself with positivity.

The last thing you want to do is allow yourself to be consumed by negativity. Your day-to-day life should always have a positive vibe, but it needs to be even more so prevalent during these hard times. I struggle everyday with creating the most positive vibe I can, but I strive to make it a priority during the holidays.

These tips may not seem like much, but they are what help me during these difficult times. You should never have to feel like you are alone. Whether it’s talking to an internet friend, writing in a diary, or taking some me-time, you always need create the best possible environment during “the most wonderful time of the year”. Remember, the loved one you are missing would never want you to feel this way. Push through, make it positive, and celebrate life. ❤️

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Blogmas Day 25 | MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Well, we made it, guys! It’s officially the last day of Blogmas on Life of Kimberly! I have never done this long of a streak with having a new post every single day. I am so proud that I made it through to the very end. Not only is it the last day of Blogmas, but it is also Christmas – one of my favorite holidays of the year.

Being the first Christmas without my mom, I’m really struggling with my emotions on this day. It’s been such a surreal last few months and I miss her more and more each day. I am so grateful for all of my supporters whether you just read my blog, comment every day, or even my friends and family who don’t even recognize that I do blog. Everyone has been there for me in ways that I can never show enough gratitude for.

This Christmas, I wanted to extend the biggest thank you to all of my amazing supporters. I hope that I’ll be able to hold a big giveaway or just do something specific for those most loyal to my blog this time next year but, as I get no income from blogging, I am living on limited means.

To plan for the next year, what would you like to see in a future giveaway? I definitely want to try and include makeup and beauty products, as those are definitely my weakness, but there are so many awesome brands and products around that I want to know specifics. Give me the deets in the comments below!

If you missed any of my Blogmas posts throughout this month, you can catch up through the links below:
Blogmas Day 1 | Happy Birthday, Mom.
Blogmas Day 2 | How To ROCK Finals Week
Blogmas Day 3 | Recent Pins: Dec. 3rd
Blogmas Day 4 | Holiday Bucket List
Blogmas Day 5 | Christmas Gift Ideas for Her
Blogmas Day 6 | Christmas Gift Ideas for Him
Blogmas Day 7 | Fall 2016 Semester Review
Blogmas Day 8 | HUGE ColourPop Haul
Blogmas Day 9 | 20 Holiday-Themed Journal Prompts
Blogmas Day 10 | First Impressions & Review: OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks
Blogmas Day 11 | Body Positive Quotes for “Those” Moments
Blogmas Day 12 | Favorite YouTubers of All Time
Blogmas Day 13 | Top 10 Most Played Songs on My Playlist
Blogmas Day 14 | DIY Christmas Gifts
Blogmas Day 15 | My Christmas Tree Reveal
Blogmas Day 16 | Current Beauty Wishlist
Blogmas Day 17 | Gift Ideas for the Harry Potter Nerds in Your Life
Blogmas Day 18 | Mini ColourPop Haul + Swatches
Blogmas Day 19 | Recent Pins: Dec. 19th
Blogmas Day 20 | Top 5 Favorite Stores for Plus Size Clothing
Blogmas Day 21 | 7 Ways to Be Creative at Home
Blogmas Day 22 | 10 Things I Don’t Regret
Blogmas Day 23 | Two-Ingredient Holiday Punch Recipe
Blogmas Day 24 | Winter Wonder Wants

I love you all. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I hope you all have the merriest of times!

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Blogmas Day 23 | Two-Ingredient Holiday Punch Recipe

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Having the perfect drink to go along with your feast is the best way to go during holiday dinners. One of my favorite punches is probably the easiest drink you will ever create and the tastiest as well! This punch only takes two ingredients and some time for it to mix together. You can also make different variations of it to fit your personal tastes.


1 gallon of lime sherbet
2 two-liters of Sprite

Optional: You may use any type of sherbet you would like as well as a different citrus soda depending on your personal preference.


  1. Place sherbet in the freezer and Sprite in the fridge for a couple of hours to allow it to be properly chilled.
  2. Take out sherbet about twenty minutes before preparing the punch.
  3. Pour both two-liters of Sprite into punch bowl.
  4. Once slightly softened, slowly scoop sherbet into the Sprite.
  5. Mixed the two together and allow to sit.
  6. Come back and stir every twenty minutes or so until the sherbet is mostly melted.
  7. Some chunks of sherbet can be left to keep the mixture cold for a longer time period.

Have you ever made this before?
What about a different version?
Are you going to try it?!
Let me know in the comments below!

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Blogmas Day 17 | Gift Ideas for the Harry Potter Nerds in Your Life

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As far as fandoms go, Harry Potter is by far my favorite of them all. I’ve been addicted to the series for as long as I can remember. My family has helped aid this addiction as well. I’ve gotten a hoodie with “I’m a Keeper” on it with the Quidditch hoops, I have my very own Time Turner necklace, and I have various other types of jewelry that I switch between wearing. That’s why I think it’s great to have an idea of what a fellow HP lower would want to be gifted for the holidays.

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Hermione’s Time Turner Necklace – $18.73 USD

House Crests Pint Glasses Set – $29.50 $20.65 USD

Hogwarts Castle Print Download – $3.22 USD

Hermione Granger 5″ Plush – $18.90 $14.17 USD

Goblet of Fire Egg Necklace – $12.50 $9.37 USD

Maurader’s Map Pillow – $26.50 $18.55 USD

It’s LeviOsa, Not LeviosA T-Shirt – $12.99+ USD

Deathly Hallows Necklace – $11.99 USD

Platform 9 3/4 Mug – $10.50 USD

I don’t know about you guys but I would love to receive any of these gifts! Some of them may require some more work to make into a physical gift. For example, the print of Hogwarts is only a download, so you would need to have it printed and possibly framed. All of these are awesome gifts for HP lovers like myself! Do some last minute shopping before Christmas gets here!

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Blogmas Day 15 | My Christmas Tree Reveal

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Christmas trees are one of the first things one thinks of when December hits (and sometimes before then for some others). In my family, we have always put up the Christmas tree on my mom’s birthday, December 1st. Although she passed away this year, I continued the tradition and I plan to always do so. Christmas has always made me think of family and it does even more so now that she is gone. I also like to decorate inside with lights as a way to bring more of the holiday spirit into my shabby little apartment.

One of the things I’m most excited for is moving into a house where I can decorate to the fullest extent for the holidays with all of the awesome outdoor decor that you can get nowadays. Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving… I love it all! In celebration of the holidays, I am showing you my own Christmas tree. Although it’s not much, it’s perfect for us and was generously provided by my brother. Thanks, Bubba!

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It’s a little unbalanced and all over the place but my nieces and nephews help me decorate and I had a little bit too much length for the lights… but I love it all the same! It’s adorable and perfect for a cute little apartment like mine.

Here are our stockings (held up by diamonds, representing ADPi)! There is one for myself and my boyfriend as well as our three animals. Chase and Lily, our cats, and Wilbur, my boyfriend’s bird (who is older than him!).

Here’s a view with our light-lined window and our door lined with lights as well.

And here is the overall view of our little Christmas-themed set-up. My tree is actually about my height (5’1″) which is quite perfect for my decorating purposes. I love Christmas and I was so happy to be able to celebrate a little more with my brother’s awesome contribution to my decorations.

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Blogmas Day 14 | DIY Christmas Gifts

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I know I’m a little later in the day with today’s Blogmas post but better late than never! Today I’m bringing you some great gifts ideas for Christmas that you can make all by yourself (or maybe with a little help ?). Being a college student with limited funds, fancy Christmas gifts aren’t always plausible so that’s why I’ve brought some easy, affordable DIYs that will make your friends and family just as delighted during the holidays.

#1 Hot Chocolate Kit

Hot chocolate is one of the best things to curl up with on the couch during the holidays. A great gift would be to create a hot chocolate kit. Get yourself a mason jar and fill it about halfway with hot cocoa mix then add some marshmallows and you’re done! You can also add some flavor touches like chocolate chips or peppermint and decorate it with a tag including directions.

#2 Custom-Scented Lotion

Lotions are very personal to individuals so making a scent for someone could be a great gift. Just purchase an unscented lotion and add in your favorite essential oils to scent it. Mix it up, put it in a glass jar, and decorate! This leaves the scents endless and the thoughtfulness plentiful. If you’re feeling froggy, you could even try making the lotion yourself.

#3 Personalized Coffee Mug

Probably one of the most simple gift but it provides so much room for creativity. You can decorate a coffee cup in many different ways and customize it to fit that one person that no one ever knows what to get. Just buy a coffee cup that can be put in the oven, add your creation, and heat them at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes to get the design to stay put through wear and tear!

#4 Homemade Ornament

Something that everyone needs for the holidays are Christmas ornaments! You can buy one, order one, or make them yourselves. I think that DIY ornaments are the most thoughtful and you can get super creative with them. All you need is some paint or sharpies and an undecorated Christmas ornaments. You can get colored ones or completely clear ones!

#5 365 Reasons Why I Love You Jar

A very personal gift idea is a jar full of 365 different pieces of paper (red, green, and white for holiday spirit!) that each tell a reason why you love that person. If can be adapted for a family member, your best friend, or even your significant other. They have a whole jar of papers to open each day of the year until next Christmas. This way they are reminded each day of your love for them!

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Blogmas Day 9 | 20 Holiday-Themed Journal Prompts

20 holiday themed journal prompts

Journaling is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress. Whether you do it once a month or once a day, journaling is a great hobby to show embrace your creativity. To help you fill your journal with the holiday spirit, I’ve got some prompts for you that are themed around the most wonderful time of the year!

  • Fondest holiday memory
  • Your favorite gift you’ve received
  • Your favorite gift you’ve given
  • Describe the perfect snow day
  • Share your goals for the new year
  • A letter to Santa
  • Recipes for your favorite holiday foods
  • Share your family traditions
  • Spending the day in Santa’s workshop
  • Your holiday wish(es)
  • Holiday traditions in other cultures
  • Poem about winter
  • Christmas short story
  • What it would be like to live in a Gingerbread house
  • Summary of the past year
  • What you want to get everyone for Christmas
  • A day with Frosty the Snowman
  • Describe your own holiday decorations
  • Write as if you were one of Santa’s elves
  • “This Christmas I hope…”

What are your ideas for holiday-themed journal prompts? Are you excited for the holidays? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Blogmas Day 6 | Christmas Gift Ideas for Him

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Having done a Christmas gift guide for the ladies, it is only appropriate that I do one for the boys! Men need some lovin’ too and that’s why I’m here to give you (with the assistance of my boyfriend) all the deets on what to get your dad, grandpa, brother, boyfriend, husband, or co-worker for the holiday season. This should cover a variety of men but even if you feel like your dude wouldn’t like any of these things, maybe something will spark your mind to get you shopping for another item (or twelve).

Don’t forget to shop the post below the photo to get all your shopping done early! ?

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All items are listed with their prices and descriptions below in order from top to bottom and left to right. Don’t forget to activate your Ebates* because all of these (excluding Rue 21) allow for cash back when shopping online.

Kenmore 4 Burner Gas Grill with Stainless Steel Lid – $279.99 $199.99 USD

Craftsman Evolv 24 pc. Homeowner Tool Set$39.99 $35.99 USD

Vans Sk8 Hi Skate Shoe in Olive/Black – $59.99 USD

rue21 Stars & Stripes Pom Cuffed Beanie – $12.99 USD (Buy One, Get One $1)

rue21 Skull Headdress Ripped Tee$16.99 $6.49 USD

rue21 Freedom Flex Paint Splatter Slim Straight Jean – $29.99 USD (Buy One, Get One 50% Off)

rue21 Charcoal Argyle Zip Mock Neck Sweater – $29.99 USD (Buy One, Get One 50% Off)

rue21 Marled Sleeve Mock Leather Bomber – $39.99 USD

f.y.e. War Dogs DVD$28.99 $19.99 USD (Member Price: $17.99)

NBA 2K17 for Xbox One – $59.99 $44.99 USD (other offers for pre-owned and downloads)

f.y.e. Metallica’s Hardwired: To Self-Destruct CD$13.99 $12.99 USD (Member Price: $11.69)

Fossil Q Crewmaster Hybrid Stainless Steel Smartwatch – $195.00 USD

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Blogmas Day 5 | Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

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We all know how frustrating it is to find gifts for people when you have no idea what they really want. Either they don’t let a thing slip about their needs or they have everything you think they want! It’s a never ending cycle that you really just want to smash with a hammer. Good thing for you, LOK has got you covered! I’ve gathered, as a girl myself, some awesome gifts that should be pretty interchangeable as gifts for many types of women. Of course, I focused more on the beauty and fashion of it all but there are many variations of these gifts that may just spark your thoughts on what to get for your specific loved ones. Make sure to shop the post below after you’ve finished looking at the items!

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Shopping list goes from top to bottom and left to right. The only thing that is sized is the cardigan and there are definitely fitting alternatives in the plus size section of Forever 21’s website.

Forever 21 Contemporary Longline Cardigan – $22.90 USD

Forever 21 Beaded Layered Choker – $5.90 USD

Forever 21 Fringed Oblong Scarf in Burgundy – $10.90 USD

Forever 21 Faux Fur Pom-Pom Beanie – $9.90 USD

Forever 21 Fitted Glitter Knit Beanie in Light Pink – $3.90 $2.00 USD

Forever 21 Cat Print Fingerless Gloves in Cream/Black – $6.90 USD

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette – $49.00 USD (COMING SOON)

Tarte PRO Amazonian Clay Palette – $53.00 USD

Tarte Limitless Lippies Deluxe Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint Set – $42.00 USD

Nyx Cosmetics Liquid Suede Lip Cream Vault Set – $49.99 USD

Too Faced Sexy Lashes: Rain or Shine – $23.00 USD

Michael Kors Sexy Blossom Eau de Parfum – $82.00 USD

Join Ebates* and help yourself get a little extra back! ‘Cause we all know we need it around this time of year. Both of these websites over Ebates cash back rewards for shopping online.

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Blogmas Day 4 | Holiday Bucket List

I’m makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice. Bucket lists are a great way to make goals for a certain time period whether it be a month, a season, or your lifetime. I love making lists of holiday-specific things that I can do to get myself in the spirit. Here’s a bucket list that we can all use to make for a terrific Christmas season!

  • Go look at the Christmas lights
  • Decorate your house for the holidays
  • Go ice skating
  • Make homemade ornaments
  • Volunteer
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Have a Christmas movie night
  • Buy a pair Christmas pajamas
  • Have a peppermint hot chocolate
  • Give gifts to your neighbors
  • Take a “Christmas card” picture
  • Buy an ugly Christmas sweater
  • Make Santa cookies
  • Donate to a local non-profit organization
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Make a holiday art craft
  • Participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange
  • Wrap presents for your friends and family
  • Learn about another culture’s holiday celebrations
  • Eat foods from other cultures’ Christmases
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Make fudge
  • Do a random good deed for someone
  • Spend time with your family

These are all things that I personally want to see myself do before 2017 and I hope you all can take a little bit away from this list as well! If you have any requests for Blogmas posts that you would like to see in my series, please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Holidays! ?

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