2016 Gift Guide- For the Girls

It's everyone's favorite time of year! Gift Guide season!  How is everyone doing on their shopping? I'm getting close to finished, and hoping to get most of it done this weekend. Today I rounded up my favorites for the girls!  Whether it be your mom, sister, mother in law, best friend, or babysitter there is something here that everyone can enjoy.

candle// tray// iphone case// lipgloss// throw// hat// 
watch// water bottle// earrings// clutch// boots

1. Blue Capri Volcano-  this is hands down my favorite candle scent! I always gift this candle to people as a house warming gift.

2. Golden Eyes Tray- how adorable is this little tray?! Perfect to hold rings, earrings, or change.

3. Kate Spade iPhone Case- Stripes and blue.  I'm sold!

4. Lorac Lipgloss Set- this lipgloss set would be such a fun gift, I'm thinking I might slip one of these into my own stocking ;)

5. Pink Hampton Throw-  Throws are another go to gift of mine! I always find that I never buy them for myself but absolutely love receiving them as a gift. I love the pink stripes and for some reason it makes me think of the beach.

6. H&M Wool Knit Hat- love this inexpensive yet adorable wool hat.

7. Kate Spade Watch- Watches always make such great gifts and I love the pale pink and gold on this one.

8. S'well Gold Water Bottle- S'well water bottle in gold- sold, I mean who doesn't love anything in gold.

9. Baublebar Pinata Tassel Earrings- ever since I got these earrings I want to gift them to everyone!! The price for that style just cannot be beat!

10. Wild Cat Baguette Clutch- I get so many compliments on this clutch every time I use it!  It holds everything you need without being too big and the price tag isn't outrageous.

11. Hunter Boots-  I've wanted short Hunter boots for awhile now and I'm loving this pale pink color, something different than the usually bright or dark Hunter boots you see everywhere.  

Have you finished Christmas shopping? Can you believe it's only 2 weeks away!! 


Thoughts for Thursday: DIY Champagne Gift Basket and More!

I am so excited for today's post! It's that time of year when you may be scrambling for the perfect gift idea and want to give something fun and unique. I've teamed up with some wonderful bloggers to bring you DIY gift basket ideas! When Sara first reached out to us to do this, I jumped on the chance and decided to feature my favorite gift this time of year: Champagne! Who wouldn't love a basket dedicated to all things bubbly!

Head to the bottom of the post to see the rest! 

I really wanted to make this an easy, inexpensive basket so I didn't go crazy ordering stuff online. Everything you see below I purchased from Homegoods, Target, and my friendly local liquor store (because they still don't sell wine in grocery stores here in Maryland wahhh).

My inspiration for the basket started with the Cocktail Party book which I found at Homegoods but you can always pick up at Amazon, it's about the same price at both places.  As a former event planner I loved this book after flipping through just a couple pages.  It's a great how-to book for party throwing and broken down into chapters by holidays, game day, surprise party and so on.  The theme for each event being eat, drink, play, and recover with Mary offering great menu selections and fun ideas.

The adorable champagne flutes, cocktail napkins, snowflake drink charms, and Sip Sip Hooray sign all came from Homegoods too.

The gold glitter coasters are from the dollar spot at Target as well as the adorable polka dot straws and I also found the Capabunga there.  I just discovered this product and I'm so glad I did.  I love drinking champagne or prosecco but I hate that it can go flat if you don't drink it all in one day, here is where the Capabunga comes in handy! It will re-seal your champagne keeping all the bubbles in so you can drink it again the next day.   I can't find it on Target's site but the ever handy Amazon has it of course!

I anchored the basket with my favorite Korbel Brut Champagne and Brut Rose but you can use your favorite champagne or prosecco!  I haven't put a gift basket together in a long time and I forgot how fun it could be, this might be my new go-to gift for friends and family!

Have you ever made a DIY gift basket?  Do you think it's something your friends and family would enjoy?

For the rest of the great gift baskets check out the links below:

Hostess Gift Basket - I Love You More Than Carrots

Craft Beer Gift Basket - Ellie & Addie

Coffee Lovers Gift Basket - Chasin' Mason

DIY Money Tree - Seeing All Sides

Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Basket - Running From The Law 

Champagne Gift Basket - East Coast Chic

Spa Day Gift Basket - Secrets of a Stay At Home Mom

Kid Craft Gift Basket - The Adventure Starts Here

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Thanksgiving Weekend Recap

Hi Friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with their friends and family.  I can't believe we are only two days from December! I am so happy the Christmas season has officially started. We have some very excited boys in my house that cannot wait for Santa to pay a visit.  I haven't done much but I have started Christmas shopping. While it's nothing big, it felt good to get a few things checked off my list. Have any of you started yet?  Tell me I'm not the only last minuter!

We kicked off the long weekend on Wednesday night once Kyle got home from work.  We headed out to Coal Fire for pizza and to look at the big Christmas tree near our house.

There is nothing I love more than a thin crust brick oven pizza...

 I cannot get over how big my boys look here... time is going by too fast!

Ended the night with some chocolate covered pretzels

On Thanksgiving morning we drove up to PA to celebrate the holiday with Kyle's family.  It's a pretty easy two hour drive but we ran into a more traffic than we anticipated so it took closer to three. Thankfully the kids slept most of the way and were ready for their cousins when we arrived.

How adorable are these Turkey cupcakes Kyle's cousin made?!

Dessert was the only meal my kids were interested in

This was about the best we could get this year, it's not the most flattering of me and Kyle but I love the kids expressions :)

 Friday morning I started off the day with a cup of coffee and a big slice of pumpkin pie.  I don't usually love pumpkin but the one my in laws had this year was amazing!!

Friday we took the kids to the park, then out for lunch in West Chester and then we visited with some of Kyle's high school friends and their kids.  Our friends have this old swing set in their backyard with the steepest slide I've ever seen, of course my kids loved it.

We drove home Saturday which ended up being an easy drive and the kids napped the whole way!  We decided to take them to a local nursery to see the holiday train display and Santa (but they wanted nothing to do with Santa).

We then headed to dinner while we waited for the tree lighting at the town center near our house.  I enjoyed two very delicious margaritas.

The tree lighting was such a blast.  Our kids are at that great age where they find everything so amazing.  Miller just could not stop staring at the "huge gigantic Christmas tree from Santa"

Sunday was spent doing chores around the house and getting organized for the week, oh and browsing all the sales!

I did so well all weekend and then went on a shopping spree on Cyber Monday! I'm telling you, they suck you in with the threat of the sale ending!!

Here is what I picked up below:

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Did any of you shop Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales?   Pick up anything good!

**I think I'm finally in the swing of things and able to pick up my regularly scheduled blogging.  I've missed this space and reading everyone's blogs.  Life is so busy these days, I have no idea how some of you blog and do all the 100 other responsibilities you have have. Phew!  

Happy Christmas Season Friends! 
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