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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Women's Christmas Gift Guide

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When I created this gift guide, I looked to things that I would like. Things that could be used now and not when our world goes back to normal. If that ever happens. Plus a few things that I will wear or use no matter what.

Enjoy!Women's Christmas Gift Guide

ONE.

Free People Leggings

I have wanted these leggings ever since I saw them in a local store.

TWO.

Zella Cozy Jacket

I bought a similar jacket at Nordstrom Rack and had to return it as it had a hole in it. I don't know how I didn't notice it when I purchased it, but it did. And now I want this one. Same brand, but slightly different.

THREE.

Lululemon Beyond the Studio Jogger

I have these pants in the straight leg version. I have had them for 7 years and they are still amazing. BUT now I want the jogger version of them.

FOUR.

Bala Bangles

Biana posted about these in her gift guide and I had to check them out. They are amazing. These would be perfect for when I do the stair stepper or walks at the gym!

FIVE.

North Face Women's Etip Gloves

Last year, I bought Rory these but in the men's version. He wears them to walk Walter at night and says they worked great and are very warm.

SIX.

Ugg PomPom Cozy Slipper Socks

I got these for my sister last year (I believe) and I wanted a pair then, but never bought them. So this year they are on my Christmas list because they are the definition of cozy!

SEVEN.

Ugg Olive Sneakers

I have been wanting these sneakers for over a year now. They are harder to find and never go on sale. So I am asking for them for Christmas. How cozy do these look?

EIGHT.

Slip Pure Silk Skinny Hair Ties

Now that I have extensions, I have to put my hair in a bun or in a low ponytail when I sleep. I use the girls silk scrunchie and I should probably get my own. These get good reviews and won't pull on your hair.

NINE.

Tory Burch Miller Stud Earrings

I wanted these during the Nordstrom sale (or similar ones) and I still want them. 

TEN.

Nespresso Vertuo Next

I have a confession to make...ever since Rory started his new job, I buy coffee every morning (weekdays). And this is getting to be an expensive habit. So I want a Nespresso with the frother, so I can make my own lattes every morning. Sure it is an investment up front, but then I will save so much money!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Men's Christmas Gift Guide

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Why are men so hard to shop for? Especially this year. I seriously racked my brain for this. And I even asked Rory for some help and he was stumped too. He gave me like two things that he wants for Christmas and they are clothes. Ugh. But hopefully this helps. Some are tried and true and some are new.

Enjoy!

Men's Christmas Gift Guide

Men's Ugg Baldvin Boot

If you know my husband, than you know he loves shoes. He is always buying new shoes. But these boots would be perfect for winter, for the work place and an evening out.

Huckberry Beanie

This isn't an affiliate link. These beanies just get really good reviews and seem really cozy. Plus I like the minimal design on them.

Ugg Ascot Leather Slipper

This is a tried and true purchase. My dad loves them, Rory loves them and pretty much every man I know loves them. They last for years and are so comfy.

Lush Lords of Misrule Body Wash

Rory loves this body wash/shower gel. It smells amazing and doesn't have a bunch of junk in it.

CocoKind MyMatcha

Rory got me this a year ago and I use it daily. It can be used by anyone. You can use it on your lips, face, hands, or where ever. 
LL Bean Men's Waterproof Shoe

Rory bought himself these a month or two ago and he loves them. You can wear them outside to go on walks, take out the trash or bring in some firewood. They are waterproof, so you can wear them in the rain or snow too. He says they are super comfy.

Bombas Men's Athletic Socks

Rory has large feet, so it is very difficult for him to find socks. Especially athletic socks. When Biana talked about these, I went to see if they made xl socks and they do! The reviews seem to back up how great they are.

Callaway Golf Chipping Net

Who doesn't need chipping practice? Well I guess you don't if you don't golf. But it is one of the hardest things to get good at. This promises to help. I could even use this.


Yeti Coffee Mug

This is another item that all the guys in my life have and love. 

Blackstone 28 inch Grill Griddle

Rory is always complaining that we don't have a griddle in our life. He wants one for making smash burgers, pancakes, grilled veggies, etc. I found this one and it gets amazing reviews!

What's on your guy's Christmas list?
Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday all! Can you believe we are less than a week out from Thanksgiving? I can't. And soon it will be Christmas. In 5 weeks! I have some more gift guides coming on Monday and Wednesday next week (men and women ones). We have a relaxing weekend planned with not much going on!

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. I thought I would share what our elf, Giuseppe is getting the girls this year. We are bringing him out a bit early as December 1st is a Tuesday this year. So he is coming to our house on Sunday November 29th! Do you bring the elf back each year? If so, what do you have planned for his welcoming?

A Christmas book for each girl.

Olivia Helps With Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Christmas PJs

Santa and Reindeer PJs

Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

And a Christmas Craft. I can't find the exact one, but it is similar to this.

Michaels Christmas Craft

I had some cute sparkly snowflake headbands for them, but my mom took them to Michaels (where I got them) and they picked them out with her. So I guess I will wear one and give one to my sister or mom.

TWO. This week we were in the mood for some sugar cookies. And I kept seeing a blogger that I follow making them. She lives in the same city as me, so she knows how our altitude can change a recipe. Anyways, she made these last week again and I wanted to try them out. And she was sooo right. These are the fluffiest and softest cookies. It reminds me of my great grandma's sugar cookies that we got every Christmas season. I did not make the icing as I like mine plain.

Sugar Cookies

THREE. In case you missed it, I posted some gift ideas for kids on Wednesday.

Kids Christmas Gift Ideas

FOUR. Weekly funnies.

But really. I wouldn't mind if there was a bottle of scotch under the tree for me.
Haha. Isn't this the truth?
Sorry for the language, but some days have been feeling like this.

That is crazy they make that much. I know it varies, but wow.

Haha. Yep!

I saw this one and thought of a few of my friends.

Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Kids Christmas Gift Ideas

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So I am a little late getting my Christmas gift guides out, but I have been raking my brain on most of these. For kids, it wasn't that hard as my girls went crazy circling items in the Amazon and Target catalogs. But for women and men, it was more difficult since we are living in different times. Things that I normally would want, are not being used right now, so it is a little more difficult shopping for men and women this year.

BUT I did get my kids Christmas gift guide ready. Some of these items my girls already have and others are on their wish list. The items that they don't have have been purchased and are hiding away.

Kids Christmas Gift Ideas

ONE.

Fort Builder Kit

Fort Builder Kit

My kids love to build forts, but we often don't have enough chairs or things to build with. So this kit solves the problem. They only have to add blankets over it. I got the kit with 120 pieces.

TWO.

Adidas Superstar Kids Sneakers

I used to love the old school Adidas sneakers when I was growing up. And of course the girls feet are always growing, so we got them each a pair of these old school sneakers!

THREE. 

Kinetic Sand Bake Shoppe

My girls love playing with Kinetic Sand. We just have bags of it, but after visiting their cousins, they wanted a kit. This one seems really cute and they love helping me bake recently.

FOUR.

Melissa and Doug Art Easel

This art easel is still very popular in our house. I got it for the girls in 2016 and they still regularly use it.

FIVE.

American Girl Doll

I said I wouldn't give into the American Girl doll craze and here we are. I am ordering the girls each a doll this year. They got ahold of a catalog sent to us in the mail and they are obsessed. Fun fact...when I was picking out their dolls, I was browsing the accessories. They have an old school VW Van Wagon for $650 on there. Ugh. That is insane.

SIX.

Monopology Junior

I loved playing Monopoly as a kid. When Nadine posted that she was getting Zoe an unicorn version of this game, I went looking at options for the girls. I ended up going with the classic junior version.

SEVEN.

Melissa and Doug Floor Solar System Puzzle

This is another gift the girls received in 2018. A floor puzzle with the solar system. The girls learned all their planets this way and when it came time to re-learn them in school, they were already ahead. This puzzle is 48 pieces and fun to put together.

EIGHT.

Frozen Sequins Jacket

My girls are still obsessed with Frozen. They saw a similar jacket in Target, so I knew this one would be a hit. I got it on sale from the Disney store. And it is still on sale for $25.

NINE. 

Crate and Barrel Teepee

My girls have this teepee in another design (not available) and they love it. They play in it almost daily. They love watching movies in there together on their Amazon Kids Fires too. We have the pillow pad for inside too.

TEN.

Pottery Barn Lounge Pillow

I did not get the girls this exact lounge pillow, but I got one very similar. The girls are always saying how they want a pillow to lay against in the living room. This is perfect for the living room, their beds, their floor, etc.

ELEVEN.

Princess Tea Set

The girls have had tin tea sets before, but they have been asking for a real set that they can use water in it. I am getting them a real porcelain set and one that they can just play with whenever. 

What is on your kids Christmas lists?

Monday, November 16, 2020

Kids Christmas Pajamas

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In our house, we do Elf on the Shelf. It is a labor of love. That is for sure. But my girls love it! As part of their gift from their Elf, Giuseppe, the girls get Christmas pajamas. So when I was browsing for Christmas pjs, I thought I would share the ones that I was looking at. Most of these are gender neutral, so they work for all kids. Do you do Elf on the Shelf? Do you buy your kids Christmas pjs each year?

Kids Christmas Pajamas
Top: One | Two | Three | Four

Bottom: One | Two | Three | Four | Five

Friday, November 13, 2020

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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Happy Friday all! It has been a week. It was mostly good, but I am just thankful to be into the weekend. 

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. Last week I was influenced by Lindsay and I bought an artificial tree. We always go out and cut down our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and we still plan to do that this year. BUT we also bought an artificial pencil tree to put up in our dining room. This makes three trees in our house. One in the living room (real), one in the dining room and one mini tree (2 feet) in the girls room. 

After my grandma passed away last week, Rory told me that I should put something Christmas up each week. And to start it off, do something big. He said if decorating early brings me joy, then I should do it. We could all use a little more joy this year. And so I put up our new artificial tree. 

On Wednesday I headed to Hobby Lobby to buy some decorations for it as I leave all of our keepsake ornaments for our real tree. I still need a tree skirt and a tree topper, but I think it looks great so far!


And this tree is still on sale and an even better deal than I got it for. Right now you can get it for $39.99 and save $70. Totally worth it!

TWO. Last weekend we headed over to my SIL's house for an early Thanksgiving with Rory's moms side of the family. We finally got to see their new house and spend some time with family. And while we were there, Sutton lost her second top front tooth. She had lost her other one just the week before.



We took the kids to the park and on a walk before heading home.

THREE. A month or two ago, I told you all about a deal at Target on Living Proof Dry Shampoo. Well it is still going and I ordered another two bottles of my favorite dry shampoo. Even though I didn't need them yet, I wanted to stock up before the price goes up again. Normally you get the 4 oz. for $25, but you can get the 4 oz. at Target for $14.39 plus an additional 5% off if you are a Target Circle (or Red Card) member. So worth it. I now have 4 bottles stocked up at home.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

FOUR. Last week several of my blogging friends posted Schitt's Creek inspired gifts and purchases. Well some of those caught my eye and I bought myself an ugly Christmas sweater featuring Schitt's Creek. This is the one I chose.

Schitt's Creek Ugly Christmas Sweater

FIVE. Weekly funnies.

This is funny because I live in Nevada and I know what people can be like here.


This was me on Wednesday. But I did do stuff...only it involved shopping and not what else I really needed to get done.

I got one one up already!
This week has been a lot.
This is funny to me since I am not a mayo person at all.

Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything.