Christmas Shopping - Part 3

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

OK, it’s the first week of December, how many of you are still Christmas shopping?

Do you have all of it left to do? Do you just have those hard to buy for people left on the list? Just a few little things left to pick up?

As I try to buy for all the people in my life, I have been putting together some gift guides to try to help you all out! It can be stressful trying to make those lists, find the time to shop, wrap and deliver. A few weeks ago I talked about tween girls and you can find that one here. Last week I talked about 6-8 year old boys, here.

Today I put together a few lists of some gifts that would be great for a girlfriend, sister, teachers, grandparents and the men in your life!

First let's talk about those ladies....



First, I love this guide for a few reasons! One, I would love to receive everything in it and two, if you purchase everything in the guide, it makes a really nice big gift for someone, and it all has a theme. Think cozy, night in, pamper yourself! But for a smaller gift, you can choose just one or two items and it is still the same theme, but just in a smaller budget! Let's get looking...

1. Ballerina Slippers - I am bare feet a lot in the house, but when it starts to get chilly, I love some cozy slippers on my feet! These are adorable and look like they would be super comfortable for a chilly night in the house! 

2. Simplified Life by Emily Ley - I think everyone needs to read this book. Who isn't looking to simplify their life these days? I really don't think I talk to anyone that doesn't feel overworked, overwhelmed, stressed and too busy. I think it is time for a change and this book will help! I am currently working through the book and I have a few people on my list that are going to get it from me! The gift certainly doesn't need this specific book, but I think a meaningful book is always a great gift!

3. 12 Pack of Paper Facial Masks - We love to do face masks in this house! We have some go to's, but I also love to experiment. I  have bought a few of these paper masks and they are quick, easy and less mess! Who wouldn't love to relax with a face mask, and you wouldn't always spend the money to get yourself a big pack like this to try! 

4. Gift  Candles - OK, I love me some candles! I love to have my house smelling nice, but there is just something about settling down for the night, turning off all the lights and watching TV with just a candle or two burning. I think that is why I love Christmas twinkle lights so hmuch, I just love dim lighting at night! You could also enjoy a couple of candles in the bathroom while you take a bath! This candle that I found was just so pretty and you could reuse the tin after you finish the candle, it's like two presents in one! 

5. Aromatherapy Collection Muscle Soak Bubble Bath - Do you know someone who loves to take a bath? If you do, they can never have enough bubble bath! Since we have installed our new soaking tub, I am going to through bubble bath quite quickly! This muscle soak bath sounds amazing! 

6. Genteele Super Soft Luxurious Sherpa Throw Blanket - The name says it all. Super soft, luxurious...need I say more? I just personally don't feel that you can ever have enough soft blankets in your home. I am all about being cozy, so I need blankets in the living room, my bedroom, basically anywhere this is somewhere to sit! I need large blankets for snuggling and smaller personal size blankets for when I want to cozy up alone! I need extra warm blanket and lighter but still cozy blankets. You know what I mean?? This one looks great to me! 

Like I said before you could buy the whole board, but you could also put together some smaller packages...

Grab the blanket and add the slippers for someone who is always cold on your list, or add the book instead for someone you know could use some time to cuddle up and read a book or just the blanket and the candle

For your child's teacher, they work so hard with our kids, how about the Candle, bubble bath and Face masks. A relaxing night in provided by you! 

You could mix and match all day and check off all the ladies on your list! 

Next up, those hard to buy for men....





1. Under Armour tech long sleeve t-shirts - It's that time of year where we are going from short sleeve to long sleeve shirts and these Under Armour shirts are my hubbies favorites, so I had to add them to the list! 

2. Beard Care Kit by Mountaineer - There are a lot of beards out there! I'm not going to lie, I am a beard girl. I love Mike with a beard! He really has never done anything special with his beard, so I think this would be a fun surprise. 

3. Breakfast Sandwich Maker - Ha! Every guy wants a small appliance, right? Well, if you have a guy that loves a breakfast sandwich, he just might think this is awesome! There is actually a cookbook that goes along with it, here. I haven't made up my mind on this yet, because I do feel like Mike will first say, "seriously, another small appliance?" but the reviews on this have me a bit sucked in! I feel like this would help us out in the morning! He often skips breakfast because he just drinks coffee and doesn't have the time to make something...this could solve this problem for him! 

4. Wool Socks - Mike gets cold pretty easily so he loves him some wool socks! If you have a guy that gets cold, or that is outside a lot in the winter, a new set of wool socks is always a great gift! 

5. Fitbit Alta HR - Mike started using this a few months ago and it has seriously motivated him! If you have a guy that may need a little motivation in the moving department, this would be the perfect gift. Mike sits at a desk all day and this has made him take all his conference calls walking around. He hits 10,000 steps so easily now! 

I have a few more gift idea to share as well...

A few years ago, I gave this book to one set of the grandparents. Memories for My Grandchildren. It is a book for the grandparents to document about their lives and it will be gifted back to our children someday! Someday they will get to learn so much more about their grandmother and grandfather by reading these books! 

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And, I gave them each the book with a super soft blanket so they could get cozy and write in the book! See, I have been giving soft blankets for a long time!! 

I also found a few alcohol related gifts that would be perfect for a yankee swap gift! The first is a wine "glass" that I gave at a swap with a bottle of wine a couple of years ago! Mine said something a little different, but same idea! If you click here, they have a few different sayings available! 



Then for the beer lovers, there are these cool 6 packs that you add your own beer to, but the outside is decorated and includes a card right on it! Love these


Last thing, if you are local and you have someone that is hard to buy for, I am offering some gift certificate specials over at Beautifully Organized! Know someone who could use some organizing or a redesign of a room? Come check out my Facebook to see what I am offering! 

OK, I think that covers my gift ideas for this year! Hope these have inspired you a little for the people on your list! Next week, I am going to show you my Christmas decor! Till next time ❤❤

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Christmas Shopping - Part 2

Sunday, November 26, 2017

You guys love the gift guides! I got such a good response from my tween gift guide last week! So, today just in time for cyber Monday, I have a boys gift guide ages 6-8! 

I think this age in boys is hard, only because in my experience, they want everything! Everything he sees, he needs, he can't live without and I feel like I have been saying, "put it on your Christmas list" constantly for months! The list is long, so how do we choose??!!

Here are some ideas of items that were hits last year, made this list this year or sound like fun! 





1. Nerf Guns - I don't know about any of the boys in your life, but my son is obsessed with Nerf guns. Even if he doesn't have bullets he loves playing with his friends and running around playing games with these. This particular gun, the Nerf Stryfe is on his list this year.

2. Nerf bullets - these are always needed! They are always lost outside and now our puppy is chewing on them constantly. I find Amazon has the best deals on bulk bullets! They are not Nerf brand, but they are compatible and we have had no issues! 

3. Pokemon binder - We have a lover of Pokemon cards in this house. Although I don't even think he really knows how to play the game, he loves to collect the cards, go through them, and play his own version of the game. Since he has started collecting them he has collected a whole bunch so now we need a good way to store them! This binder was on his list, don't forget the 9 pocket inserts to go in it! 

4. Epic Lego Adventures - we have so many Legos in this house! I am not complaining, because he can lose himself in Lego creativity forever sometimes. But the actual sets we purchase only get made once, so their are tons of Legos. I thought a book like this would be a perfect way to be creative with the Legos we already own, rather than buying a whole bunch of new Lego sets! 

5. Nature Bound Camo Netting Kids Fort - this looks like a lot of fun to build a fort with in the backyard! Especially when they are playing their Nerf war games. Also fun to bring to the woods and spend some time out there! I think this will be a hit even if it only gets used inside until spring, we will be making igloos by Christmas I am sure! 

6. Garmin Vivofit Jr. - I saw this come up and I feel like this would be a huge hit in our house. Mike has something that he tracks steps on, and my little man wore his old tracker that no longer worked all the time just because dad had one. I think he would love to use one that actually works and what a great way to continue to stay active in the winter, which can be difficult in the snow and cold. Plus it benefits me by assigning chores and keeping track of allowance! Win win! I think we would get the Digi Camo color because it looks like Minecraft to me! 

7/8. Magformers - Owen received a few sets of Magformers for Christmas last year and they still get pulled out and played with. Usually he is building and using the wheels from the #8 set so I was debating the #7 set because I feel like that would still interest him! Last year he also go a package with just a whole bunch of the magnets so he had more to be creative with, such as this set. 

9. Meccano -  I saw these pop up and think if your child likes to build things, they seems super cool! I love that they come with real tools. I think my little guy would love this! There seems to be a pretty good variety for each age range. I was thinking of trying just one small pack to see what he thinks! This stunt plane is only $10 for ages 8+! If he does like it there are so many more to choose from going forward and for that price, what a great gift to bring to a birthday party too! 

10. Snap Circuits - these are another thing I have seen around and I think this would be a great gift to keep him busy and interest him! Isn't that the goal? There are tons of different kits, different ages and different price ranges, so I went with this starter set to see how he likes it! 

11. SWAT team mini figures - these were seen at a friends house and immediately went on the list! These are perfect stocking stuffers because each guy comes packaged individually! Mini figures are a favorite in our house! 

12. Star Wars Lego Kits - I can literally not get through a Christmas where there is not a request for Star Wars Legos! This kit made the list this year! 

13. Sky Viper Nano Drone - there was a drone obsession in our house last year! This was the nano that he got for his birthday and he loves it! I love it because it isn't as big as the other drone he has for using in the house! It was the perfect size to bring for show and tell at school too! 

14. Drone with camera - this was at the top of the list last year and it was under the tree Christmas morning! It was flown in the garage until he had a handle on the controller and now he can fly it outside. A year later and he still loves this! Totally worth it!  

I hope you get some ideas for Christmas from this list. I am still making decisions on a few things! I love trying to find some new interesting toys that are unexpected because honestly even though the list is long, you can only have so many Nerf guns, Pokemon cards and Star Wars Lego sets, am I right??

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I will see you soon with just a random assortment of some good gifts, in my opinion! Till next time!! 😍

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Christmas Shopping - Part 1

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Have you started yet?? Christmas Shopping??

I am super late starting this year. I like to start thinking about my lists in September, then actively shopping in October. My goal during this season is to be finished with my shopping by Thanksgiving. It makes December relaxing and fun. I don't have to worry about going to the stores unless I want to. I can decorate, bake, wrap and enjoy the days leading up until Christmas! 

This year though, I didn't start thinking about it until November. I am still really hoping to finish by December 1st! Think it will happen?? 

I thought over the next few weeks I would share what I think would be great gifts for kids in my kids age range! I know that it gets more difficult as they get older and I always love to hear other ideas! 

Today I am going to highlight girls between 10-12. 

I hope you get some ideas for those sometimes hard to buy for tweens!


1. The Plum Band Stretch Band - This band is perfect if you have a dancer in your life! Olivia uses this all the time to help her stretch and she has been able to perfect a full split! 

2. TurnBoard - the turnboard is used all the time in my house to help with balance and to work on turns. It is small and takes up hardly any space, but has a big impact on her practice! 

3. Chef'n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker - this popped up in my ads one day and I thought what a perfect gift for an ice cream lover! I don't know if there is a girl out there that doesn't love her some ice cream! I love the idea of this because it isn't another small appliance, it works with the cold stone. It makes a nice personal size amount of ice cream and you can add things to it to make it a little more fun! 

4. Natural Essence Bath Bombs - Who doesn't love fun bath stuff? I know I do and my 11 year old loves to take a warm bath at night! I liked this set because it offered a free bath pillow! 

5. Covet Dance H tutu O water bottle - again with the dance presents! This water bottle would be a perfect small present for someone filled with something small like candy/gum! 

6. Mad Libs Sleepover Party - do you remember Mad Libs? Tweens love a good sleepover and what is more fun at a sleepover than making up super funny stories and giggling into the night?? 

7. Vokai 79 Piece Makeup Kit Gift Set - A lot of tween girls are starting to experiment with makeup. This is the perfect way to give them everything they need to try! 

8. Wet Brush - we love a wet brush in our house and you can never have enough! Bathrooms, bedrooms, dance bags, lockers, etc. and who doesn't love a fun pattern on a brush?? 

9. Luxwig Mannequin Head - How cool would this be for a girl experimenting and learning how to do hair? I know my girl needs a lot of help in the learning to do her own hair department so this would be a perfect present for her. It is real hair so you can use heat on it, they can style with a straightener and curling iron, wash it and cut it! Don't forget to get the clamp to make it stay in place! Click here for the mannequin and here for the clamp. 

10. Conair Self Grip Rollers - These are fun for the mannequin or on themselves. No heat needed for these! 

11. Singing Machine - this was under our tree last year and it still gets used! Love a gift that lasts! It can work as just a bluetooth speaker or you can plug in the microphones and sing along! The multi flashing lights make it look really cool as well! It comes with only one microphone, but you can get another one here. We often like to "sing" together so we have liked having two! 

12. Invisi Bobble - Mint to be - these are a new kind of hair tie. They are the perfect size for a stocking stuffer! Or inside the water bottle :)

13. HerStyler Curling Iron - this is perfect for experimenting with the mannequin or themselves! 

14. HerStyler Ceramic Straightener - again perfect for playing with the mannequin or trying on themselves! I know my girl loves when her hair is straightened and smooth! 

15. Books - in our house books are always a great gift. Wolf Hollow is a book that Olivia could not put down recently! It is now on my table because she said I would love it too! 

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and is able to spend time with friends and family! I am so incredibly excited to be hosting at my home this year with some extra special family! But as soon as Friday arrives it is Christmas season in my house! We are already listening to Christmas music, but on Saturday we go cut down our tree and decorate the house! Then I have one week left to shop to reach my goal! We shall see! 

Have fun everyone! 

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Welcome to the family

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lincoln



We brought our new baby home a few weeks ago and I am just now getting around to telling you about it!



Why? Because I forget how much work it is to have a puppy!


I underestimated how much I would love this dog!



He is so good!



He is incredibly cuddly!





He just loves to be near you...



We all love him so much!





Welcome to the family, Lincoln! ❤

Friday Favorites

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Friday everyone!! I love Friday’s, but I especially love the Friday twice a year that I go scrapbooking for the weekend! This time I only get to go for tonight and tomorrow because we have a party to go to tomorrow night, but I still get a full 24 hours to scrapbook and then a date night with my hubby so I really can’t complain about this weekend at all!

To celebrate the beginning of a fun weekend, I am going to do one of my favorite posts, Friday Favorites. Linking up with Andrea and Erika today to share some of my favorite things!


#1  Fall Decor...

It is no surprise to anyone that I LOVE to decorate! Fall and Christmas are my favorite holiday seasons to decorate for and this year is no exception! Check out how I put little bits of fall in each room!










#2 Simplified Planner and Emily Ley

 I switched planners and now, not only is my new planner a favorite but the person behind the planner is also my favorite. I bought the Simplified planner by Emily Ley at the end of the summer. I switched to planning my day hourly last year and it works great for me. I also love to make a list and need lots of space for notes, so this planner is perfect! I ordered it up and have loved it since day one! It would be very hard to find a planner to top this one! 


Not only is it so beautiful and great quality.
 It meets my needs exactly.


There is a page for each day...A whole page for each day! An hourly section, a list section, meals section and notes section. Perfection!


After I ordered the planner, I became familiar with the woman behind the company, Emily Ley. I started getting some e-mails and then followed her on social media. I realized that she wrote a book, Grace not Perfection and has a new book coming out, A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living, (which I have already preordered) it sounds like it will be another favorite of mine! 


She has been doing Facebook Lives on how to simplify your life and she is just truly down to earth and inspiring. I have loved listening to her and learning from her! Even if you don’t need a planner, you should follow her!!

#3 Sharpie Pens

Lame for a favorite? Maybe to you, but to me, this is huge! I bought these new pens to write in my planner with! I had a black sharpie pen from forever ago that I had written a few things in the planner with and I loved it. The tip is super fine so I can easily fit lots of writing in the spaces (I write pretty large) and it didn’t bleed through the paper. If you still work with a paper planner, you know you always worry about the bleed through! Well, I am a little crazy anal, when it comes to my planner and just writing in black wasn’t working for me. I don’t color code in the way where, everyone or everything has it’s own color, but I do love to open a page and have it be a bunch of different colors. It makes me happy! So I went on Amazon and ordered up this pack of the Sharpie pens and it is perfect. All the colors I would need and the price was amazing compared to going to the store and buying it! These are my new favorite pens! I highly recommended them!


#4 Pallet Painting for Gifts

 I went to a pallet painting party this week. I decided that I love doing these pallets, but at this point, I really don’t need any more in my house. I don’t know if you remember, but I made this one at a party for my dining room.


So when I was invited this time, I figured I would make a gift! I am working on redoing my nieces bedroom for her, and I decided I would make her a Christmas present that matched her new room. Check it out....


I found out that you could also add some glitter for a little sparkle that is perfect for a girls bedroom! I am thinking of going back and making a few more Christmas presents because how great would these small signs be for presents??!! Plus I can personalize each one with a little note on the back from me! This might just be my favorite gift idea for this season! 

Speaking of kids and presents, if you missed last weeks blog post about this fabulous gift idea for kids that holds super special memories, but decreases the clutter you can find it here. It is both one of my favorites as well as Olivia's, it for sure, deserves a spot in Friday Favorites. Can you tell what it is from the picture below? Check out the post here.


OK, that is going to do it for today! I hope everyone has a great weekend! Till next time!

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Cut the Clutter - Baby/Kid clothes

Friday, October 13, 2017

I am going to do a series on cutting clutter. Specifically in relation to "special" items. I have a few tips that I feel work really well for us, that I want to fill you in on because lets be honest, we all have some clutter to cut! Especially when we have kids, right? I am so big on having the memories to look back on, but I don't want it taking up tons of room in my house. I think because I started in such a small house, I became very practical and creative on how to do both!


This week I want to share one thing I did/do for my kids that helped me to cut clutter when it came to saving their stuff. Specifically clothes, blankets, etc.

What do you do with the clothes that your kids grow out of? Or special things like blankets that the kids had but, no longer use?

My system has been to go through the clothes and separate into piles. Donate/consign, trash and special. I have friends that have younger kiddos than I do, so most clothes get passed on to them. Occasionally, I will bring some stuff to the local consignment store. Some clothes, are so stained from play that I throw them away...kids, right?? Special items get placed in a bin that I store for each child in the basement.


What goes in special for me? Well, holiday outfits, special t-shirts from events or that say something I want to remember, special event outfits such as first day of school, parties, or just stuff that I thought was so cute and couldn't get rid of. In this bin are also some baby shoes, blankets and a few cute things from childhood.


I realized last year that I hadn't really been saving any of Olivia's clothes anymore. She had outgrown the stage where things were cutesy, and I had stopped making a big deal out of brand new outfits for holidays. A lot of what I would buy for holidays were outfits that could be worn again, so they held less significance.

I knew since she was young that these special items were going to end up in a quilt someday, and I decided that last year it was time. Her bin was full and I brought everything out and went through it. The only thing I kept was her coming home from the hospital outfit in the bin, but I brought all the other clothes and blankets to a quilter who made me the most wonderful blanket filled with so many memories.


Isn't it amazing? I am all about giving my kids stuff from their childhood someday, but do they really need a bin of cute clothes?? No, but was it hard for me to part with some of these things, yes. So this was a perfect solution and you know what?? Olivia LOVED it. LOVED it. I knew she would like it, but I thought she wouldn't really grow to appreciate it until she was older, but I was so wrong. She was so sweet about it and you could tell how much she loved it. She leaves it on her bed and uses it every night!


So much cuteness and wonderful memories put into something that is useful as well as beautiful.


I picked out a really pretty, really soft material for the back of the quilt that made it not only cute, but super cozy as well!!


Then with the scraps she made a throw pillow for me, so now I have a piece of the memories as well! I keep it right on my chaise and just love it!


And with more scraps and one of Olivia's blankets she made me a stuffed animal that someday I could give to my grandkids (not that I want to think about that quite yet) to have their special stuffy made with Olivia's memories! This was made with one of her favorite blankets and buttons and bow from her first communion dress. The ears and paws are made from some other special dresses!
 How special is this bear??


I have the same bin for Owen and I will do the same for him at the end of 5th grade! I hope he loves it just as much as Olivia! Speaking of Olivia, I snuck in last night to take a picture with her sleeping with her blanket! The memories continue ❤

So this is tip #1 for all of you who are like me and want to save the cute stuff, but are looking to cut the clutter! Make a blanket! And a pillow!! Have a great a weekend all! Till next time ;)


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