A Few Things I Own That Make Great Gifts

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The holidays are right around the corner and if your'e anything like me, you're already doing your Christmas shopping. Early gift buying is one of my life passions, haha!! Ideally I like to have everything wrapped to go under the tree pretty soon after it goes up. And on that note, last Thanksgiving weekend I was in a wedding, so I decorated early. It was SO nice to not spend that holiday weekend putting things up. It made it so much more restful to put everything up mid November. So that's going to be how we roll moving forward. I love Thanksgiving and want it to have it's moment, but watching a new Hallmark movie with twinkle lights on on the night of Thanksgiving.. doesn't that sound amazing? I digress.

In my first Dudley Stephens fleece! :)

I was putting a face mask on and I was thinking what a great gift it would make, and this post came to be. Enjoy! It's a great one to reference for your own wishlist, or anytime you need a great gift. :) This time of year people are making wish lists to share with parents, in laws, whoever.. so hopefully this helps you with that! :)

Note: As always, I choose retailers based on best price, and where you can get free shipping!

Origins Charcoal and Honey Mask- Face masks are one of the most restful things ever to me. This one is amazing because the honey smell is really lovely. It just makes the whole experience feel extra luxurious because the entire time you smell the honey. It also really clears up the skin, the main purpose, haha! I really love it. Check out the great reviews for people who can describe better than I can, haha!

Monogrammed Weezie Towels- In my humble opinion, anything personalized is an excellent gift because it shows the thought that went into it. Weezie towels are at a higher price point, but especially for someone who loves little luxuries or interior design, these are a great gift. If someone gifted me a set of hand towels I would about loose it. I personally have my eye on the robe!

Rothy's- Rothy's are super talked about right now, but for good reason. I own three pairs and they're so comfy. These are a great one to put on your own holiday wish list. I recently got the slip on sneakers in "salt honeycomb" and I wear them almost daily now that sandal weather is over. In case you're interested, the other two pairs I own are the Meghan Markle flat (size up), and this pair in leopard.

Dudley Stephens fleece- I originally wrote off this brand. I was like, oh fleece would make me feel hot and yucky and I wouldn't like it. Then I fell down the rabbit hole of how incredibly chic everything on their instagram is. So I thought I would try something in their lighter "terry fleece", and fell in love. I would own everything they make if I could. The quality is amazing and their stuff is so comfortable and makes you look so much more put together. For the record, I did end up branching out from the lighter terry fleece to their regular fleece, and cannot wait to wear a few styles this fall and winter. They feel incredible. I size up in everything with them. They are a splurge but the amount of wear that I've already gotten and it hasn't really even been cold yet.. it's amazing! Trust me on this.

For $25 off your first purchase of $150, shop from this link! :)

IVL Collective leggings- Okay, so everyone always goes on and on about their favorite leggings. I've tried them all. Lululemon aligns, the amazon knockoffs, etc. I have followed Emily Jackson (the IVL creator) for years, and her sister Rachel Parcell might be my favorite person to follow of all time. I love her!! Haha. Anyways, you never know with blogger brands if it's all just hype or not, but these leggings are truly the best I have ever had. They are thick and nice but feel light. They're so comfortable, don't get piling on them (my aligns are nasty with piling!!) and the high waist sucks you in and stays up. Like TRULY stays up. If you read the reviews they're all about that. Incredible!! I splurged on a pair and then was like okay I need a second pair.. and to try the bra. They're that good. This time of year I live in leggings so I'm hoping Santa magically gives me like 5 pairs. Probably not realistic.. haha!! For sizing.. I got my usual jean size in the leggings (4) even though I expected to size up because I usually would with some luluemon styles and I just imagined it being comparable. I got a 10 in the bra and I'm a 34DDD. Can't believe I put that information on the internet but here we are. Thought it would be helpful for anyone buying. Of all the things on this list these and the Dudley Stephens fleece are really close to tied for first!

Little Seed Farm Deodorant- Great stocking stuffer for your gal who wants a natural deodorant but hasn't found one that actually works. I have tried a zillion, and I react badly to the baking soda in most natural deodorants. I few without it that I've tried just plain don't work for me. Like, REALLY BAD don't work for me. My sweet friend Mycah recommended this and I'll never look back. I got the lavender and I honestly will probably order another one of these to have with me in my purse. Don't let the fact that you wipe it on with your fingers deter you. I almost let it and it's not weird at all. Just rub it on, wash your hands.. done!

Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler- Amazingly encouraging, perspective shifting read. Perfect for any mom friend. I'd love to gift it to a friend wrapped up with her favorite type of chocolate or tea for a birthday gift, surprise happy, hostess gift, Christmas present... anything!

On that note.. here are a few other books I've enjoyed that would make gifts in the same way.
Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin- easy to read (or listen to!) book about bible study
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey- I loved this fiction series so much this summer and quickly read all three books!
American Royals by Katharine McGee- For someone who loves a good fiction read and the royal family
Educated by Tara Westover - Very talked about and interesting
Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockton - For someone who likes a creepy mystery

Happy gifting! :)

Friday No. 85

Friday, August 2, 2019

Probably two months ago I ran into Sephora to get a few mask samples to try out. I had in mind kind of what I wanted to try but the skincare specialist insisted on this mask. Sure, whatever. By far my favorite mask I've used. The honey in it just feels so luxurious when it goes on because of the texture and also just the smell is heavenly. It really tightens and brightens my skin. And compared to some other options, the $34 price tag isn't the worst that you could ever come across. Masks are my mama self care, big time. Yesterday afternoon Beau had two back to back therapy sessions and I wasn't feeling good so Sophie and I were just trying to survive the wait and get home. When we did, I plopped the kids in front of the tv, put this mask on, and hung out with my babies letting us all relax until daddy got home! I actually have a photo of this that I sent a friend, haha!!!

Jessica's Charleston collection is absolutely GORGEOUS. I loved looking at it and if you had a spot for art in your home one of these pieces would be a great choice!

Not the most amazing photo of your life but Ben built me this coffee table! PRAISE HANDS! I kept coming across this style and loving it but every option was just not what I was wanting to spend. We didn't get amazing wood or anything but this ended up being less than $100. 

I kind of think that I want to white wash it (vs staining).. does anyone have experience with this? Any tips?

We leave for London on Monday! Yippee! I'm not as prepared as I would have liked to be with Sophie being sick last week and me this week. Thankfully the boys in our household have killer immune systems. I shouldnt jinx it but Beau has done SO well with not getting sick the last maybe year or so. Anyway.. we're so excited to see family and also to see England through the eyes of our children. On our last international trip Beau was barely crawling and now I have two toddlers who RUN so it's going to be so fun. Someone posted a video of the changing of the guards at Buckingham palace and I realized that I hadn't even considered something like that because it's not something that in the past Ben and I would have wanted to do.. but Beau and Sophie (Beau especially) would be absolutely in awe... added it to our list! It was such a fun realization to realize that now our children are at the stage where we can do some activities catered to them. The thing I'm most excited about (outside of seeing family) is our day trip to the Cotswolds!

On Wednesday we celebrated Charlotte's Joy with homemade cookies for friends. It was a bright spot in my week to do something in support of the precious Robson family! 

Happy Weekend! You can read other Friday posts, here

Ten Things I loved in July

Monday, July 29, 2019

1. Beau's Room Refresh: One random night I had enough with the problems in Beau's room and just started purging and ordering to solve the problem. Good thing I had some fun money saved, haha! His previous bed was metal and the bars were so wide that several times he would wiggle between them and get stuck and one day I was just like, NO MORE! I ordered him a new bed that has been a much better fit in several ways (it's a bit lower to the ground, giving me a little bit more peace of mind if he were to fall out, haha!) and ordering the bed just inspired me to get rid of a lot of lingering "nursery" details and give him a full big boy room. I need to style the top of his dresser but everything else is done and it's so much happier of a space. I've loved it being redone for him! I know he probably doesn't care too much but it makes me happy. More photos coming soon!

2. My New favorite Dress: Y'all may have noticed that I have a thing for dresses. This one is one of my favorite ones ever. Can't wait to take it on our upcoming trip!

3. Pina Coladas (lol): This is actually from the end of June, but we went out to dinner with some friends for a birthday and everyone ordered margaritas. I don't drink and on a whim I ordered a virgin pina colada and it was SO good. Like a yummy pineapple smoothie milkshake. I had another one last week for a girls night. It even had toasted coconut on top! Yum!!

4. Amazon White T-Shirts: I talked about these before but a white t shirt that you can wear without an undershirt, and has great length... AMAZING!!! I want 100 of these!

5. Elisabeth and Butter Banana Muffins: I'm always loving healthier baked goods for my kids since they wolf them down. This recipe was easy and delicious. Beau and Sophie approved! :)

6. Megan Molten on Instagram: I love finding new designers to follow on instagram, and her stories are particularly entertaining. She explains her installs and I've gotten a ton of inspiration from her spaces!

7. My kindle: CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC, haha! I gave up "real" books several years ago. Although I agree the experience of reading one is lovely, I don't like clutter, but I love reading. I also love rereading books. So the whole not wanting to hold onto books yet wanting to still have them thing only had one solution, e-books. I've exclusively read the kindle app on my phone or iPad for years but it had been hurting my eyes and I didn't love that I would still get texts which would distract my experience. I guess I could have put my phone on airplane mode but instead I got a kindle on Amazon Prime day and I'm so happy with it!! I ordered the one that Shay Shull recommended!

8. The Beaufort Bonnet Company's new fall arrivals: Shopping for my children is my #1 hobby, haha! Fall arrivals are so sweet and since I know it will be a bit cooler when we're in England this month, I quickly ordered a few things. Below I'll put a quick little slider of my favorite pieces from this first fall launch! :) I also jumped to order Soph a Christmas dress that is just DARLING!

9. Family Staycation + House stalking: Last week we had a sweet little staycation of family time and we ended up going to an estate sale on a gorgeous street. This beautiful home stopped me in my tracks and I loved looking at it, haha!

10. My Patriotic Babies! July 4th will always have a different meaning for our little family. In 2014 on July 4th we lost our first little angel in a miscarriage. It may seem silly to some, but putting my two in a special July 4th outfit and taking their photo brings me comfort and hope to a loss that will always sting. The photo this year was crazy to me because with Beau & Sophie sitting side by side I could almost imagine another baby or two seated beside them. It makes me excited for the ways the Lord will grow our family in the years ahead!

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