Gift Guide for Her

For today's Thoughts for Thursday I decided to round up some gift ideas for the women in your life whether it's your sister, mom, mother in law, best friend, or yourself ;). There is a little something for everyone.  

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One. Luggage- I've been using Kyle's old luggage for traveling the last few years and I think it's time for an upgrade.  I love this set from Mark & Graham and while I love the white I think the navy blue would be more practical for getting thrown around an airport.  

Two. Beautycounter Winter Jewels Palette- how gorgeous is this limited edition palette from Beautycounter?!  I think this would make a great gift for any of the women in your life. 

Three. Canon Rebel T6i camera- Santa is bringing me this exact camera this year!! I've been wanting a DSLR for awhile but have been nervous about getting one. I finally decided that I really do want to be able to take better pictures of my family and friends so I'm giving it a try. I was able to snag this one sale at Target! 

Four. Cotton Dreamy Pajama Pants-  I bought a pair on Cyber Monday sale and they're amazing! I now want them in every color. I think they would be a great gift for a new mom who wants to be comfy but also look cute around the house.  

Five. LL Bean Wicked Good Moccasins- These are the best slippers ever! I had these on the men's gift guide yesterday because they're that good!  I got these for Kyle and I a few years ago and we pretty much wear them every single day when we're home.  

Six. Kiehls Original Musk Body Lotion- This is my most favorite body lotion and makes such a great gift! It smells so good but without being overpowering. If I wear this I usually forgo using any other perfumes because the scent is so good.  

Seven. Bareminerals Buttercream Lipgloss in Snarky-  I just got this lipgloss on the suggestion of a friend and I'm obsessed! It's the perfect day time color and looks good with different skin tones and hair colors.  

Eight.  Instant Pot- for any of the women in your life that love cooking I've heard this is a game changer! I have this one on my wish list and think it would help make my cooking a lot easier and faster- which is the goal with two small kids. 

Nine. Longchamp Large Tote- these are the best totes ever and I think everyone should have at least one of these, if not more.  

Ten. Tassel Earrings- How could you pass up these adorable blush pink tassel earrings? Such a fun piece to dress up any outfit 

Eleven. Ugg Mini Bailey Button Boots- I've talked about these a few times this fall but I really need a new short pair of Uggs.  I have a tall pair but they look so sloppy now that I thought these would be good to wear with leggings around town.  

Twelve. Nest Bamboo Candle- A go to gift of mine! These candles smell so good and the Bamboo is one I love all year

What's on your wishlist this year?  

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Gift Guide for Him

I feel like everyone says this but do you agree that the men in your life are so hard to shop for?!  I do! I swear they're always the last ones left on my list.  I've been trying to be better this year with coming up with good creative practical gifts.

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One.  Patagonia Vest- My husband loves vests so I thought investing in a Patagonia this year would be a great Christmas gift. The are warm and will last forever.  

Two. Yeti Ramber Colster-  Keeps beer cans or bottles cold for up to 12 hours! I'm pretty sure every man (or woman) needs one of these 

Three. Leatherman Wave Tool- You can't ever go wrong with a Leatherman tool for a guy. I mean   this one pretty much does everything you could want it to.  This version with a few less gadgets and a more affordable price tag might be a good stocking stuffer too.  

Four. Nixon Leather Watch- If you're looking for a nice look affordable watch I love Nixon watches! They have a great price tag but look much more expensive.  

Five. North Face Tech Gloves- I just purchased these for Kyle and I'm so exited about them.  He rides the train to DC everyday and has to wait outside so I thought these would be perfect so that he could stay warm but still look at his phone while he waits.   

Six. Cashmere Scarf- You can't ever go wrong with a warm cashmere scarf! 

Seven.  Argyle Socks- I love the fun colors of these socks! Kyle always needs new socks for work and I love get bright colored ones to just add something fun to his rather boring work attire ;) This website I just found Ties.com has so many fun socks and ties for the men in your life! 

Eight. Charger Organizer- Since my husband travels a lot I thought this would be helpful in keeping all of his cords organized for his phone, iPad and Kindle.  

Nine. Grill Tools- It's always nice to get a new set of grill tools every few years and these are affordable but have great reviews.  

Ten. LL Bean Wicked Good Moccasins- the BEST slippers ever!! Seriously get a pair for your man and yourself.  

Eleven. Yeti Cooler-  This is such a great cooler. My brother in law has one which we use every summer to transport all our soda, beer, and cold food to the beach with and everything stays cold even in direct sunlight! The cooler doesn't leak at all either. 

Twelve. Bose Bluetooth Speaker- I love the sleek look of this bluetooth speaker.  We use ours to play music from Alexa or our cell phones and we can easily move it all over the house.  

Anyone agree with me?  Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  What about your husband, boyfriend, Dad or Father in law?  

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Thoughts for Thursday: Life Lately

Hi Friends! Just wanted to pop in here and share what we've been up to lately.

We decided to get two real trees this year.  One for our family room and one for our sunroom.  The one in the family room is dedicated to all of our family and kid friendly ornaments that have meaning to us. The one in the sunroom is a 9ft tall tree which I'm going to decorate in red, white, and silver ornaments.  I'm still waiting for a ribbon to arrive from Amazon so I can start decorating it.  

And since I'm officially Christmas crazy this year I have a third tree. Yes a third tree. We have a faux tree that we've had since 2008 that I wanted to put up in our living room. When I pulled it out it was a little sad looking and half the lights were burnt out. So that tree went to the trash and my crazy self drove to Walmart for a new tree.  I ended up getting this one below:

It's not the greatest looking faux tree but it does the job for now! I'm decorating this one in mercury glass, clear, and gold ornaments.  I'm loving the way it's turning out, I'm not done yet and still need to tweak a few things. I'm hoping to put together a holiday home tour post once all my decorations are up.  

The boys are so excited for Christmas this year. This is the first year I think they both really understand the holiday so it's been fun reading them books, picking out our Christmas tree, helping to get the decorations up around the house, and of course carrying all the packages inside every day. I'm pretty sure Miller thinks the UPS guy is Santa Claus ;)   

We prefer dino jammies over Christmas jammies 

Our elf "Elfie" is out for the season.  Miller absolutely hates him and wants him to just go home and get out of our house.  I think he's a little creeped out that a "stranger" is living with us, ha! He does enjoy looking for him every morning.  I'm definitely from the camp of lazy elf and this picture about is about as creative as I get!  

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season with your family and friends!  

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