2018 Gift Guide // Home Goods

As a gal who just bought a new house, if you guessed my Christmas list was 95% home goods, you’d be correct. I’m coveting all kinds of updated pretty things to sprinkle into my assortment.

Home Goods Gift Guide
  1. Marble Chain - this accessory would take any surface to the next level

  2. Wood Candlesticks - love these minimal handmade candlesticks as fresh mantel decor

  3. Handmade napkins - moving toward zero waste will be easier with these sweet hand-printed napkins

  4. Mid-century planter - every plant needs a pretty home

  5. dish rack - starting over in a new house makes me want to have well-designed everything, even the dish rack

  6. Get It Together! - Do you follow Orlando Soria? He is hilarious! I cannot wait to dive into his undoubtedly funny book

  7. desk lamp - because my desk needs an upgrade

  8. fancy slippers - since I’m upping my game everywhere else, how about sequined fuzzy slippers too!?

  9. pottery class - I’ve been dying to take a pottery class, think it would be a great night out with a girl friend or even a solo mom’s night off

2018 Gift Guide // Clean Beauty

I just love that clean beauty is becoming so main stream. One of my biggest complaints in making the switch was that when I ran out of something it would take a while for me to refill and replace. Now so many shops, both online and brick and mortar carry my favorite products and I don’t have to resort to a quick, “dirty” drugstore replacement. A few weeks back I ordered the starter kit from Credo Beauty, it was a great way for me to try a bunch of products and find new staples. From that kit as well as my standard clean-beauty go-tos, I put together this clean beauty gift guide.

Clean Beauty Holiday Gift Guide


Conversations With Ollie: Holiday Edition

Back by popular demand, another edition of "Conversations with Ollie." This time we are talking Christmas movies and Christmas presents. In case you don't remember what happens in "Home Alone," Ollie gives a solid recap along with commentary on Mr. and Mrs. McAllister's parenting skills.   

Gift Guide // Kids Gifts Under $50

My little is at that magic age where there is nothing specific on his list, but he is excited about everything! Lately he loses it (in the best way) when I bring him home cool socks, it’s going to make stuffing his stocking and filling under the tree easy and fun! I also have a young niece and nephew to buy for who are a little more challenging. I want to find special gifts that are unique, creative or educational and also fun, but don’t break the bank. As our families keep growing, so does our gifting list!  Here are my picks for kids toys under $50 that will check off mine and the kiddo’s lists.

Gift Guide: kids gifts under $50

1.“Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” -  I was on a positive-message book kick last year and picked a few for my son. This sweet book is our favorite and conveys a message about being a good person that even a two-year-old can grasp.

2. World Traveler Pretend Play - We are a family that loves to travel. We have made it a priority in our lives and have taken our son to Greece, Iceland and around the U.S. but, it’s not always possible to go on big trips, so in between trips this pretend travel set is the perfect gift to keep them as excited as we are for our next adventure!

3. Melissa and Doug Pantry Play Food - One of my son’s favorite toys is his play kitchen, we only stocked it with a few items when we bought it for him, so it’s fun to add new grocery items and watch his menu expand.

4. Tool set - when your mama is a DIY blogger (or your dad is a handy man) you’ve been around your share of power tools, it’s only fitting to have a set of your own. I love how these come with nuts and bolts and objects to work the fine motor skills.

5. Knit unicorn stuffed animal - as a kid, my holiday wishlist wasn’t complete without a stuffed animal on it, it’s only fitting that I add the cutest, most magical unicorn to this gift guide.

6. Lucky Bums Sled - unless you live in California, every kid needs a sled! Since my son is still a little guy, I picked a sled that can fit mom and babe and has a pull rope because it’s had for a little to walk in snow pants and boots!

7. Design your own superhero cape - this gift might be my favorite yet. It’s creative in two ways, first you have to dream up what superhero you want to be, then you have to create it, then you get to pretend you’re the superhero! Plus this gift would be perfect under the tree of my niece, my nephew or my son.

8. Kids Apron Set - at our house we love baking! It’s a weekly activity. I know how excited my little is to help out and also to play dress up, I can’t wait to see him “play chef” with this set!

9. Little Archives Subscription Box - Each month they send you everything you need, (including detailed instructions and links to video tutorials) for one person to create a cool art and design project that you’ll be proud to display in your home once you’ve completed it. Yes, this gift is a little deceiving to put on the under $50 list, because it is an automatic renewing subscription, but at $22.95/month for under $50 you could get a couple special deliveries.

Gift Guide // My Wish List

My favorite post of the year, my holiday wish list! This year I'm looking forward to unwrapping a few little luxuries. From comfy and cute sneakers to beautiful cookware, I have all I need but these fabulous goodies would be icing on the cake.

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1. Santa, I am obsessed with this mirror

2. Still loving these earrings from J.Crew.

3. This cozy jacket by Sezane belongs in my closet!

4. I designed this tote bag and I'm obsessed! It is the perfect large leather tote, great for a travel or overnight bag. 

5. Cook Beautiful, the prettiest cook book, written and styled by my girl crush, Athena Caldrone.

6. It's been a while since I splurged on cute, personalized stationery. Minted has so many great designs!

7. I've seriously never seen cookware so pretty!

8. Heard so many great things about Away carryon bags. Think it's time for an upgrade. 

9. New Balance fashion sneakers. Because comfort is king these days.