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


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, 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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