2019 Christmas Wishlist

It’s not unusual for there to be a list waiting for my husband of the special things I’d like for Christmas. This year was a bit different. He had to ask me a few times for one. I guess I just felt content. I don’t feel like anything is missing. We are very fortunate to have everything we need. Anything else is extra and I’m super thankful for that.

But after his persuasion and to make shopping a lot easier (lol), I created a wishlist. Mostly filled with vinyl records to add to my collection and one hot ticket item. Many of these items can be bought on Amazon. So if you’re searching for last minute gifts, this wishlist will be helpful.

iPad and Apple Pencil
I’ve been wanting an iPad for a while so I can work save time when creating new hand lettered work. Also, if I’m on the go, it would be so helpful to have a “mini laptop” with me.

Mama Necklace
For all the moms out there, this is the cutest and most thoughtful gift. I’ve got my eyes on these two necklaces. The handwritten one is from Stella & Dot and the Disk Necklace is from Made by Mary.

Letterboard
I think I’m pretty late to the game with this one but I’d still love to have one for styled picture sessions or future photo sessions with baby Phoenix 😉 These are so popular that you can get them for a great deal on Amazon or you can support a small business by shopping for them at Letterfolk.

Makeup Brush Set
If you’re into makeup (or if you’re like me and just hate cleaning your brushes and need extras) then getting makeup brush sets during the holidays is the way to go. There are such great deals during this time of year. You can get these on the Sephora website (Gold Set and Black Set) and/or the Ulta website (Silver and Black Set & Purple Set).

Adidas Casual Sneakers
I’m loving the snakeskin trend right now and these sneakers are both comfortable and fashion forward. I love the neutral colors in these! I’ve seen them at Macy’s and Finish Line. There are other color options in this same style if snakeskin isn’t your thing.

Vinyls, vinyls, and more vinyls
I’m a music lover. I’ve been singing and performing since I can remember. And I just love all types of music. The best present you can give someone who loves music is either a record player or records for their record player. Every Christmas I add new vinyl to my wishlist. Here are some of the ones I have my eye on: Queen Greatest Hits, Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder, The Diary Of Alicia Keys, The Bodyguard Soundtrack (this one I will have to scavenger on the internet or at local record store), Jesus Is King by Kanye West, The Greatest Hits Spice Girls, Elvis’ Christmas Album, and Ultimate Sinatra.

Leather Jacket
This is a staple piece in my closet. I use it to add some edginess to my outfits or to dress up a casual dress. There are so many stores you can get an affordable faux leather jacket. The one pictured is from Topshop and is currently on sale at Nordstrom.

Hope you liked my wishlist! What’s on your wishlist this year? Any good sales you can share with me? 😉

Merriest Christmas Desktop & Mobile Wallpapers

Wishing you the merriest and happiest Christmas ever by helping you celebrate this season with colorful, happy, hand-lettered wallpapers!

I’ve been listening non-stop to the new Idina Menzel Christmas album and these were definitely inspired by the cheerful and festive sound of the album.

Also included are wallpapers that remind us about the reason for the season: JESUS!

Every year I love love love creating these wallpapers. But this year is extra special being that I’m pregnant. It’s super magical to have my baby bump accompanying me on all my creating, photographing, and writing.

Here’s to the merriest, happiest, and friendliest Christmas season! I hope these wallpapers remind you to choose joy and seek the magic and wonder of this season.

To download the wallpapers, long press or right click on the images below.

These wallpapers are for personal use only and copyright Styld by Grace. Any redistribution, commercial use, and sale of these wallpapers is strictly prohibited.

Give Thanks With This 5 Days Of Thanksgiving Reflections Download

This Thanksgiving why don’t we take time to get back to the true purpose of Thanksgiving? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all the food and festivities. But it always feels right to focus on truly being thankful.

A genuine heart of worship and thanks can make all the difference during the next few days that will undoubtedly be busy and chaotic.

Give thanks with this 5 days of Thanksgiving Reflections Download that I created so we could pray, reflect, and kick-off this holiday season with a thankful heart.

There’s also a simple and beautiful Gratitude List that comes with the download. You can pass them out to guests at your Thanksgiving parties or fill it out with your family at the dinner table.

Download and printing instructions:

1. Download The 5 Days of Thanksgiving Reflections here

2. Print download on 8.5×11″ card stock paper

3. Once printed, cut each page in half

4. Each 8.5×11″ page should generate two separate 8.5×5.5” pages. One page should be a Day X page and the other page should be a Reflection & Prayer page (the last page ends with the Gratitude List).

5. Organize the download by placing the cover page on the front then ordering the rest of the pages from Day 1 to Day 5. Make sure there is a Reflection & Prayer page between each Day. The last page should be the Gratitude List.

Hope this download brings you closer to your family, friends, and Jesus. Happy Thanksgiving!

This freebie is for personal use only and copyright Styld by Grace. Any redistribution, commercial use, and sale of this freebie is strictly prohibited.

Fall Bucket List Ideas & Free Download

The smell of pumpkin and cinnamon is in the air! Ah, I love it! If you’re ready to have some fun or maybe wind down a bit, you should take advantage of this year’s Styld by Grace Fall Bucket List.

There’s three categories to fill in: home, self-care, and family.

Here are some ideas that you can add to each category on your Fall Bucket List:

H O M E
• Decorate porch for fall
• Bake a pie from scratch
• Make a DIY Halloween costume
• Cook homemade chili with cornbread

S E L F – C A R E
• Binge watch favorite Halloween movies
• Get a fall mani + pedi
• Make a DIY fall scented body cream
• Take a cooking class

F A M I L Y
• Go pumpkin picking
• Host a movie night
• Decorate homemade cookies
• Pumpkin carving

I’m curious… what are you going to add to your fall bucket list this year? Let me know in the comments!

This freebie is for personal use only and copyright Styld by Grace. Any redistribution, commercial use, and sale of this freebie is strictly prohibited.

To download the 2019 Styld by Grace Fall Bucket List, click here or on the button below.

I’m Anti-Gender Reveal Parties and I Still Had One – Here’s Why

This past weekend was pretty emotional! This was the first time real tears of excitement and joy were shed. Post IVF and a positive pregnancy test, you’d think that immediate joy would settle in but to my surprise, it didn’t.

I was still struggling with lots of fear and worry. I was trying to get through a very hard season while finding joy. I felt grateful yet sad. And guilt was really starting to settling in.

There were moments that I asked God why this ongoing feeling of sadness kept lingering. Different things would trigger it. And I found that I’m not the only IVF patient who’s felt the same way as I asked other women who had gone through it too. Up until this point I had to be cautiously optimistic. And it was hard to switch from that to joy in a matter of a day. It’s almost like I had to rewire your brain.

The biggest hurdle after getting a positive pregnancy result was continuing to take injections. I saw other mamas-to-be and inevitably compared my journey with theirs. I was heartbroken that I couldn’t just move on from the medicine and the physical pain.

I told my husband, “I’m so thankful but this is still hard for me to get through. I’m still experiencing the loss of what could’ve been”. That night I prayed and asked God to help my heart find joy. To help my heart and body heal. I knew that he could heal the hurt, the loss, and the physical toll my body had gone through.

In the morning, I woke up and said to myself, “We’re going to have a gender reveal party”. Now, I’ve never liked gender reveal parties. I’ve always thought they were corny and unnecessary. That’s what baby showers are for, right? Well something in me told me that I had to start celebrating even in the midst of feeling blue. I had to receive God’s joy by doing the sacred act of celebrating.

Advice: never say never. Life changes every minute. We change as people. And what one day we thought we’d never do, maybe that’s the very thing we need to do to move forward. In this case, it was a cheesy gender reveal party.

The best part was sharing this with our family. They have been just as invested in seeing this miracle happen as us. They have prayed, supported, and been there for the hardest days. In the end, we are so happy we did this party with them.

Plus, we got to eat some pretty delicious food and satisfy our sweet tooth with a mini candy bar. Everything was budget friendly yet fun and pretty. Shoutout to Five Below and the Dollar Store 😉

Five months have passed since we found out we were becoming parents. And even though there are still days that I struggle with this infertility journey, I’ve gotta say that God has truly turned my mourning into dancing (as you can see from the pictures). He has taken care of my heart and is healing it more and more each day.

We are ecstatic to be having a baby boy! My father-in-love is the only one of his brothers who had a son. And Edward, my hubby, is the only son who is having a son to carry the Palma name! God is faithful!

To my son, Phoenix Palma, we love you. You already fill our hearts with a joy that’s unexplainable. Your life is marked by godly legacy. And your name expresses exactly who you are: rising from the ashes, renewal of life, and uniquely remarkable. To us and to so many people, you are uniquely remarkable–our first miracle baby. Te amo, mi bebe!