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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

So, in honor of the disaster that is the live version of the Sound of Music that’s on while I write this…Carrie Underwood really?…in lieu of a regular gift guide, I thought I’d share 10 of my favorite things in case you’re looking to give a little gift, or looking for things to add to your own list for Santa!


1. I’m obsessed with this liquid blush called O-Glow by Smashbox–so soft and the perfect pretty hue of pink.

2. Zoya is my favorite nail polish. I put on this fun blue/purple hue called Neve  last time I got a manicure and it was the perfect winter color…plus it lasted for two weeks! The perfect stocking stuffer.

3. Ok, so it’s freezing out, but that’s no reason why you can’t have beachy waves! I love this Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray.


4. This is my favorite purse right now–the Rebecca Minkoff Mac. It’s the perfect size for just enough crap during the day and looks just dressy enough to transition to night (at least my nights!)

5. As the mother of a baby, these chewbeads are the perfect blend of looking decent, showing a little accessorizing effort and being totally practical because I can just hand over a bracelet for Will to chew on when we’re out!

6. We all love our yoga pants and i LOVE these ones. Yeah, they’re a splurge since they’re Lululemon, but I promise you’ll feel good and they just kind of pull it all in so you feel tighter.

7. These AG Stevie Jeans might be the only jean I buy moving forward. I’ve searched high and low for a jean that’s comfortable, but looks great–they look great on everyone, come in ankle and full length, petite, cords, lots of colors–so many great choices!



8. This Nespresso Espresso Makermight be the most-used appliance in our house. Amy has one too and loves it. Makes great coffee and the with a separate milk frother, you have less parts to worry about breaking.

9. These glass hurricanes are perfect for all-year use. I sit them on the dining room table with a white candle as shown, use them as vases for flowers (gladiolas are great in the larger one) and fill them up with things like pinecones at Christmas.

10. Finally, my mother-in-law got me this Krups Silver Art Electric Kettlefor my birthday this year, and I don’t know what I did before I had an electric kettle in my life (well, actually I do, I went upstairs and forgot about the kettle on the stove and they came running downstairs 30 minutes later hoping my kitchen still existed!) This one is so pretty too with a gorgeous walnut trim.

Any of your favorite things to share?

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Every year, I struggle to get my husband a great father’s day gift…maybe because I’m scrambling at the last minute! This year, I’ve got some great ideas and still have a couple of weeks to actually get it shipped!

Father's Day Gift Guide 2013

1. The Gardner–for the outdoorsy side, I’ve picked a hammock from One King’s Lane (no longer available, but World Market and IKEA both have good affordable choices) which would be perfect for relaxing and enjoying the efforts achieved using these gorgeous gardening tools. And how cool is this little bird call to attract some “wildlife” to the backyard while swinging in the new hammock.

2. The Hipster–do you have more of an urban explorer than a backyard one? This cocktail shaker has such a good shape and these double old fashioned glasses are perfect for that edgy dad. Fun up their bar ware with this fun mustache wine opener by Jonathan Adler.

3. The Techie–my husband definitely falls into this category. But, sometimes techie things can be well, too techie looking. This live edge iPad stand is beautiful. Would look perfect sitting on a desk or even a bedside table for movie watching. Speaking of iPad watching, the volume is rarely enough for my hard-of-hearing (yes, selective, but also for real…) husband so he normally  just cups his hand behind the speaker so it pushes the noise toward him, but this little accessory called the Amplifiear does it for you–genius! The last one is kind of cheating because we already have it–it’s the Nest home thermostat…AMAZING piece of technology. Yes, it’s a little like the dad equivalent of getting a vacuum on mother’s day, but believe me, he’ll love it and so will you. I’ve been meaning to get my husband to write a guest post on the Nest for a while…so maybe I can convince him before father’s day!

4. The Proud Dad–Etsy is a great resource for pieces of art for the dad who wants to show off what he’s all about. Whether it’s showing the pride of being a great dad like this print, or cheering on his alma mater (or in this case mine!) like these great prints that spell out universities with pictures of well-known monuments and locations at that school. These would be good picks for his private area like an office.

I’m also giving my husband a day of not complaining–free, but sometimes the more difficult gift to find and give, but makes everyone so happy!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide Under $50

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so here are a few gift ideas that you might want to pass on to your husband and kids.  Even better, every gift is under $50.00!
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1.  These gardening gloves were highlighted by HGTV magazine for a reason!
2.  Some of you might think initial charms are old news but I still love the look of a classic charm necklace.  I love these chains because of the way they are attached will ensure the charm does not flip over.
3.  So clever–an extra battery charger for your iphone and even better it comes in super chic designs.
4.  A vase is always a great gift and would look even better if it comes filled with flowers.
5.  This Jonathan Adler stash box adds the perfect pop of color in any room.
6.  I’m loving these new Stella & Dot earrings.  I recently bought them at a home show and have been wearing them with everything in my closet.
7.  These days we have to carry so many different cards in our wallets whether it be membership cards, gift cards, or frequent customer cards so a nice way to stay organized is to keep these cards separate in a cute card holder.  This one from Etsy is so adorable and only $6.00!
8.  I don’t know of any mom who wouldn’t like chocolate croissants delivered to her door.  Also, a great gift to give to a hostess.
9.  Both Tessa and I have included this wishbone in our previous gift guides.  Tessa was able to score one for her birthday last year.  However, I am still waiting for mine (hint, hint if my family is reading).
10.  These adorable monogrammed coasters are not only practical but add style to any room.
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