5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥ / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


5 Things I'm Loving Right Now ♥

Hello there! I hope your December is going wonderfully so far! We're well on our way to the new year. Can you believe it? Isn't that crazy? Pretty soon we'll jotting down our resolutions, hoping not to break them in the first weeks of year. We'll accidentally write "2016" on our papers for who knows how long until we finally catch on. But until then let's enjoy the holidays. Here's what I'm loving right now!


Bowling is fun particularly if you don't play it very often. I went to a young professional networking event & the theme was an ugly sweater party at the bowling alley. I actually got brand-new bowling shoes which was a pretty cool experience. Never been worn bowling shoes!! Do you like my Santa socks?

Secret Santa

It's rare to find a Secret Santa that gives a good gift, one perfectly tailored to you. My Secret Santa gave me limited release beers & I couldn't be happier. Just like an expensive bottle of wine, I'll have to save these for a special occasion.

Beach Days

It's practically winter & all but California doesn't know the difference, Southern California that is. You'll see your fair share of surfers this time of year, but not as many beachgoers. I love being by the coast, so I take pictures whenever I pass by.

Christmas Parties

I adore Christmas parties & the general festivities associated with this time of year. The parties are merry & bright. Fred & I joined my parents at the Christmas party at their home association clubhouse. It was filled with tasty bites & drinks.

Catching Up with Old Friends

In the past weeks I've gotten together with three of my closest friends, one of whom I hadn't seen in almost a year. It truly gives me joy when I see them & we can catch up over dinner or tea or a hike. Friends are the best!

What are you loving right now? :]


  1. im catching up with friends too, and bowling is always a good option for cheesy fun :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. I love Christmas parties too!
    Wonderful post, I'm waiting for more :)
    - Marta

  3. I looove everything about christmas! Great post!! xx

    Beatriz// www.beatrizcarvajal.com

  4. Ah, your Secret Santa certainly got you! From what you've shared of yourself, that is ;) We have been getting a lot of snow lately. It sucks when you have to get to work, but I love it the rest of the time. Today was particularly stormy, we got out of work early and it was really cozy at home, so it was a nice time :)

    Erin | Explore, Refresh

  5. I totally love all these things. They make my days feel so much more Christmas-y! I'm a big fan of secret santa, and holiday parties. :D
    Lovely post.
    Julia || juliainbluhm.blogspot.com

  6. LOVE your santa socks! Haha :)

    xo Beca Jade | www.becajade.com

  7. Bowling is such a good option this time of year! I also love going to the movies, and all the Christmas parties. Only a week away now! Woot. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

  8. I miss southern california winters! I moved out to Chicago for school and decided to stay. It was quite the adjustment =o)


  9. Awww this post made me smile! I used to be really obsessed with bowling & still get excited every time I get to go one! Love your santa socks, they're matching your bowling shoes!

    Kaylee 🎅ㅣJK's Dawn

  10. Catching up with friends is def on my list too, but I would also add Christmas LUSH baths, fairy lights everywhere and hot cocoa! Thanks for sharing.


  11. Having Christmas parties is definitely at the top of my list! I've been to so many this year and it's quite exhausting but I love having the excuse to eat lots of yummy food.

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

  12. I love a lot of the things you listed in this post!


  13. I love a good beer hehe. I can't even image how it feels like to function daily in the snow. :]

  14. Me too. So much good food, fun, & laughter. :]

  15. It was nice & toasty in the bowling alley, so it's a great winter option. :]

  16. That must've been quite a change. How are the winters now? :]

  17. Yeah right! I didn't even notice they matched. :]

  18. Do you have a particular Christmas LUSH bath bomb that you like? :]

  19. Christmas & holidays are definitely exhausting because you're pulled here, there, & everywhere. :]


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