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My Christmas Gifts

Happy Sunday to you all ... I can't believe it is literally hours before the new year.  It is almost crazy how fast that happened.  Part of me feels like the year just started and another part of me feels like it was the longest year EVER.  I think I am more than ready this year to start a fresh new year and one that has nothing but possibilities.  Typically I do not like odd years, turning an odd number age, and anything odd really (I am a weirdo) but this year's even number didn't seem to be the best either so I am up for quite possibly anything. 🎊


After Christmas Sale-ing!!

Happy Thursday!!  I hope you are feeling just like me ... not sure what day of the week it is (I had to look it up), not sure if you should change from your full pajama outfit to a sweater + pj pants ... and if it is totally ok to binge watch movies for one more day.  This may be the best week of the year where we just coast, with no set plans (other than doctor appts 😡) and just enjoy each and every day.  My parents are here for one more day so that we can attend an event tonight as a family.  My dad shared his bucket list with me earlier in the month and I gave him tickets for all of us to attend one of the things he wanted to experience.  So tonight we head to a professional hockey game and I know it will be quite the adventure for our party of 7! He is very excited and I am a little nervous but I do love trying something new.


Merry Christmas!

I hope your Christmas was full of magic and you all had such a wonderful holiday.  We gathered as a family plus my parents, as it usually is, and had a fabulous and relaxing day.  I was recovering from a bad virus so my goal of staying in my darling Christmas pajamas was an easy goal to meet.  I had planned to be able to share two more posts with you ... our kitchen and front door ... but due to a high fever and losing a few days that was quickly put on hold.  Never fear, I will have them for you to peruse and pin from next week.  Since epiphany is still days away I have plenty of time to get it all to you.


One Year Later ...

I had this vision in my head that I would sit down at the computer this morning and some super smart post would appear, but as I sit here this morning I am blank.  It has been officially one year since our hard year began.  On this day last year we got two diagnoses and both of which were hard and difficult and required faith that we had never experienced before.  Then in May it hit again and I truly didn't think I would be able to ever relax, take a breath and just be. The world as we knew it was over and since you can't un-see the hard things or un-hear the hard words they imprint on your heart and mind and are there forever.  ❤


Boxed + Wrapped

I shared a week or so ago on Instagram that the first Christmas I was living in Atlanta I had a part time job at Lord & Taylor wrapping presents.  It was a gift wrap department with the numbered boxes on the wall and the customer would choose their number and we would deliver stunning wrapped presents.  For about six weeks I was a dutiful wrapper and even though I thought it was so stressful to look up and see the long line of people I really enjoyed the job.  During those weeks it was a lot like I was Lucille Ball trying so hard to wrap chocolate as they were coming down the line.  A whole lot of mayhem and a lot of crazy customers, but it was still pretty fabulous. For a number of years after it I wrapped a lot of gifts with bags and tissue when I they didn't prove themselves to be wrap worthy.  This year I decided I would buy a few, if no, bags and I would commit to boxes, gift wrap and a proper bow.


Last Minute Shopping

Happy Wednesday evening to you all ... I have my very last Christmas shopping post for you just in case you have some people on your list to buy for and need some help.  I have rounded up some amazing gifts from Amazon that will arrive to you in plenty of time and are all incredible choices for those still on your list.  My post is super late today, we had an early oncologist appointment and then my day got away from me. I wanted to make sure I found some fabulous options for any last minute shopping needs you have, so long story short ... the post is late. 


My Favorite Travel Purchases

I love to travel and maybe even just as much I love to pack for a trip.  I plan about a week ahead and start deciding what I want to pack for the different things we will be doing.  Since I love all kinds of adventure I get very excited and packing early really helps me make sure I have what I need for the things we will be doing and seeing.  For this most recent trip I happened to over pack which I have not done in a while, but I had no plans so I wanted to be ready for all options that could come up.  I had jeans + sweaters + way too many shoes + pajamas + walking clothes + more jeans and even quite a selection of earrings.  I was very prepared, over actually, but it worked out just fine.  👜


A Sale You Must See

Happy Saturday to you!  I am in central Florida for the weekend soaking up some friend time, relaxing and enjoying the quiet in the midst of the crazy.  It is pure heaven and I may kick and scream when I board my flight early Monday.  I kid ... but it is truly fabulous.  Being home for a few days is truly everything and just what the doctor ordered when he said it was time for some relaxation. 🌴❤


Stockings & Apple Watches & Tips ... Oh My

When I threw out the question asking if you needed shopping help you answered and in a big way.  As I mentioned before you asked for Mothers + Mothers in Law, Boys of all ages + more Stocking ideas.  I have already posted about the first two and today I am updating my Stocking suggestions.  For me stockings are the most fun, its like a little snippet of happy celebration in a small area.  I shared before that I fill our stockings with a mixture of sweet treats + some fun travel size things + a few wrapped happies at the top.  I also always add in a few scratch off lottery tickets.  We don't play the lottery on any regular basis so this is a fun little add in they always get excited about.


Shopping At Walmart

Have you shopped at Walmart recently? Not in the store, but online?  If you haven't I am about to blow your mind.  Walmart has upped their game in a major way with the customer winning all day long.  They have so much amazing inventory and at prices that are hard to beat.  I have rounded up my favorite things I saw on the site today for either your family or any gift you may need.  It is a shopping day at Walmart today on the blog so get ready with your pen and list and let's see who we can cross off.


Those Hard To Buy For Males

Why, oh why are those cute boys in our life so hard to buy for?  I know mine make it a little tricky to find them unique gifts that I know they will love that doesn't include a gift card or another hoodie, which mine seem to love more than anything.  When I put the question out on stories Saturday asking if there was any help you needed with gift giving so many of you responded with either Teens, Boys or Teenage Boys.  I have some helpful hints for you today for boys of most ages, the teens and up that is, and I hope you will find a few great gifts in this mix to help you out.  I answered one of the most other asked for groups in yesterday's post and I hope you scored some great gifts for the Mothers + Mothers in Law in your life.  I really loved the suggestions I made, and even snagged one more small gift for my mother out of the mix.


Gift Guides ... Shopping For Your Mom + MIL

my inlaws on their honeymoon in The Bahamas

Happy Sunday!  I threw out some questions yesterday on Stories and learned a lot of you are still in need of some shopping ideas.  I asked what you needed and so many of you responded in one of three categories ... Mother In Laws, boys of all ages, + stocking stuffers.  I am happy to accommodate you guys in all three areas.  I am working on the male category ... really trying hard to gather up a lot of ideas for you with the help of my cute sidekick since this was the area that people asked for the most assistance.  I will have that for you tomorrow ... I am working this morning from home with Hallmark playing in the background.  Anna Grace had some great ideas and I am gathering all I can find.

Ask and you shall receive!! 🎁


The Most Amazing Wreaths

As we all know I love a wreath.  Whether its a simple boxwood wreath tied with a satin bow or an elaborate detailed version (these are my favorite), there is just something about that perfect circle of goodness that makes me very happy.  Imagine my sheer excitement when one of my dearest friends began to create the most stunning wreaths I have ever seen. Layered and colorful, with touches of new and lots and lots of shiny pieces of old, these wreaths are truly one of a kind.


It's A Colorful Life ... Our Den At Christmas

Happy Thursday!!  I have such a treat for you today ... a second home tour I have joined that I know you will love, it is all about color, Christmas and all things twinkle lights.  What could be more fun? 

Since a lot of you are coming from Pencil Shaving Studio (isn't her blue + red sooo good!) you may be new readers for me.  I hope you stay a while, or forever, I love gathering new readers.  A little about me ... I love color and patterns and mixing old and new to create a home for my family.  I love my home the most this time of year!  After reading this post you must check out the others in the tour.  Each of them loves color as much as I do and have really gone all out decorating their beautiful homes for Christmas!  You will really enjoy it all so pour a cup of cocoa and enjoy!


More Gifting Ideas + Current Sales

The goodness just keeps coming in the way of sales.  Wow, if I wasn't done I think I would have no trouble at all choosing gifts pretty quickly with the good stuff that just keeps popping up in my inbox.  I have added some fun things to each category of Gift Guides and I have all the additions to share with you today.  I also have been checking out some daily sales (I can't keep stop myself) just in case something inspires me to snag just one more thing for a gift that always seems to be forgotten.  Monday I snagged two of these party buckets for teachers.  How oh how could I forget my children's teachers??  😁 I will be sharing how I am filling them when then arrive this week.  I already picked up some cocoa, marshmallows and some other treats to spoil those who take care of my kids all week.


Cultivating Meaniningful Gatherings

I found so much inspiration on line and most definitely with those I follow on Instagram.  I take care to follow those I adore and who provide inspiration to me at all times.  I have carefully cultivated a list of people I really enjoy and who teach me and share so many wonderful things.  One of those would be my friend Alison of Cattlebaron In Cashmere.  If you are not following Alison you must immediately.  She has been sharing such incredible things lately and her great gift ideas + appetizer recipes are incredible.  (Her post yesterday for the "World's Best Brownies" sound like complete heaven!!)  I can't tell you how many I have written down for later use.  She is spot on every single time and you should be following her for all the goodness she shares!


Introducing Mille Minear

Happy Monday to you all.  I have been keeping a little secret, but it was a good one so I know you will forgive me.  Remember last Monday when I set off on a secret mission to Columbus, Georgia?  Well ... I took my girl and we set out to see if the darling pup on the internet was in fact what we were supposed to adopt.  And turns out ... she was!  I remember the first thing she did when we met was rub her head repeatedly on my leg and I just knew we had found the dog we were meant to adopt.

So we did!!


12 Days of Gifting

Happy Sunday to you all.  I hope your day is spent snuggling with your loved ones and for some much needed quality time for you.  I love Sundays, they provide me with such restoration and relaxation for the week ahead. ❤

I started a fun series yesterday ... the 12 Days of Gifting where I will showcase one small business every single day for 12 days.  These are just any small business, but those I adore and support.  I love small businesses and the amazing people who run them.  Yesterday I showcased Ginny's Orchids and her amazing ship-able holiday greenery and today I am back with another great business.


Stuffing Those Stockings ...

I am so close to my December 1 deadline for being done with my shopping and I can see the deadline, I will have it all done by the end of the day.  I am so glad I made the decision to make this goal for the year because it is really helping me feel organized and since Lawyer has another scan in a few weeks I need to be prepped for whatever comes our way.  One of my favorite things to shop for is stockings, anyone else love these little sock shaped bags filled with little goodies?


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