11.12.2018

2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | GIFTS FOR HIM

Men are seriously difficult to buy for aren't they? My husband sure is, he never wants anything, but I can't let there be nothing for him under the tree, so I've scoured the Internets for the past few months, selecting just the perfect gifts that I know he'll love and I can't wait to give them to him! These are the perfect gifts for any guy, so this year when your significant other tells you not to get them anything, you can be prepared and here's a list of some of our favorite items where you're sure to find the perfect gift!


Savannah Bee Co. Honey Gifts
Last year while on vacation in Myrtle Beach, we came across the cutest little shop called Savannah Bee Co., and of course us being as honey and honeybee obsessed as we are, we had to go inside... we even ended up going again a few days later, we love that little store that much. The honey was divine, the stuff of honeybee dreams, so as soon as we got back home, I looked them up and was elated they they offered all of their products online! Perfect slathered on homemade bread or naan flatbread, stirred into hot tea, blended into smoothies and even just eaten by the spoonful we love honey, especially honey from the Savannah Bee Co.. This Savannah honey is our absolute favorite, and I'm super excited for Frank to find it under the tree on Christmas morning as well as this whipped original honey, this Charleston honey, his favorite "tupelo honey" lip balm and even an old fashioned wooden honey dipper perfect for getting all the honey out of the jars!


A hot cup of coffee is the way Frank starts off every single morning, so I always try and find him a fun new coffee to try every Christmas. This year, he'll be finding Driftaway Coffee under the tree! The cutest little shop based in Brooklyn, New York, that offers a coffee subscription box, or you can purchase individual bags if you prefer, and it smells so heavenly! This box comes with 4 different kinds of coffee (you can personalize it after the first box to only receive the roast you love most, if you want) and I already can't wait to find out which roast will become his new favorite morning brew and wake up call. That hard to buy for person that you still have to buy for? This is the perfect gift!


2 years ago for Christmas, I gifted Frank a Field Shave Soap Canister and a Vegan Travel Shave Brush from Imperial Barber Products. And would you believe that he is STILL using that same container of shave soap? Yep, it has lasted him that long. We are just as shocked (in the best way possible) as you. It has saved us so much money from not having to purchase traditional shaving cream every month, not to mention that by using the shave soap from Imperial Barber Products, we bypass all the icky and toxic ingredients found in most traditional shaving creams sold at the store. He loves it, and says it shaves better than anything else he's ever used, and I think he looks mighty adorable and old fashioned when he's brushing on the shave soap before he shaves.


I fell in love with all of the pretty items over at Betsy Farmer Designs a few years back and just love the simple and minimal designs she offers. I own a necklace with all of our initials on it (though I need to grab an extra initial disk for it with another B, since new baby's name starts with a B) and it's one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. So when I found out that Betsy also offers products for men, I knew I had to get something for Frank. I LOVE this personalized dog tag style key chain and it's absolutely perfect for him. Frank is notoriously difficult to buy for, and is man of simple tastes who usually tells me not to get him anything (but if you know me, you know I can't not get him anything), so when I spied this personalized hand stamped dog tag keychain, I knew it would be the perfect gift for him. Not only because it's something simple that doesn't take up a lot of room since he's become a minimalist these past few years, but also because it's hand stamped and personalized with the names of the 5 people he loves and cares for most (myself and his 4 children). So if you're looking for the perfect gift for that one hard to buy for person, you've found it.


Tee shirts are one of my go-to gifts for Frank for every occasion, I feel like he's always in need of a new tee shirt or two since that's what he wears most be it at work or at home, and when I recently found this "explorer of the wild" tee from Larissa Kay Designs, I immediately knew he would love it. While he's a homebody like me, we also love exploring and adventuring, even if that means something simple like going for a drive in the countryside and discovering fun new places, or going for a nature walk, so this shirt couldn't be more perfect. It's super soft, the perfect color, and I can't wait to give it to him on Christmas morning!

11.11.2018

2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | GIFTS FOR HER

Happy Holiday Season Friends! It's that time of year, the time of year when Christmas shopping is upon us, and there are so many choices for gifts, not only for ourselves but for everyone else, that it's sometimes difficult to sort through all of the things and find "that perfect gift". So I've compiled a list of some of my personal favorite items to make it a little bit easier, also, now when your husband wants to know what you want for Christmas, you can just make it easy for him, and send him the link to this post!


One thing I was never really into growing up, was jewelry, but a few years ago, I started loving jewelry, maybe it has something to do with getting older, who knows haha. I tend to keep it minimal and not wear a lot when I wear it, but I do love having a few pretty and sparkly pieces. So when I found Everly Rings on Instagram a couple years back, I fell in love with their pieces, not only are they beautiful, but also super affordable (and they run sales constantly that make them even more affordable). I love vintage style, and all these pretty stacking rings they let me choose, are so vintage-inspired, and so timeless. I feel like they'll go with everything, and if I'm wanting a dressed up look, I can wear two or three of them as stackables, or if I'm wanting to keep it simple, I can throw just one on and wear it all day! The 3 stackable rings for $150 is such a good deal, and you can't beat the price of $99 for an engagement style ring. Everly Rings are perfect for pretty stackables, or as gifts, as a promise ring, a travel/vacation ring, an anniversary ring or even a pregnancy ring! My hands tend to swell when I'm expecting, and with my first pregnancy, I had to wear my wedding ring on a necklace around my neck for the last couple of months of my pregnancy. So this time I was going to be prepared and chose this amazing ring from Everly to get me through the last half of my pregnancy and my swelled hands, so I don't have to without a ring or wear it around my neck. These make the perfect stocking stuffers, or the best tiny under the tree gift that will make her eyes and her hands sparkle as soon as she opens them!


One reason I love art prints is because it makes it so easy to switch out art in your home during the holidays or if you're craving a fresh new look. Lily & Val is one of my favorite (and local to me, based in Pittsburgh, PA) shops to find all of the prettiest prints, we have their "Collect Beautiful Moments" print from last year framed in our living room, and it's still one of my absolute favorite pieces, I smile every single time I walk past it, reminding me that it's the moments and the people, not the things that make life good. I was wanting to find a nice holiday print to add to our home this year during the Christmas season, so this "Silent Night" print immediately caught my eye, partly because of how stunning and beautiful it is, and partly because Silent Night is both mine and Bella's most favorite Christmas song. I've sang it to her as she's fallen asleep every single night since the night she was born (almost 5 years ago), and even sang it to her while she was still growing in my belly. I have a feeling baby boy is going to love the song just as much as she and I.


I've been carrying a Fawn Design bag for almost 3 years now, and will never go back to carrying any other diaper bag. It's just that good, plus I love, love, love the sleek, minimal and classy look of their bags. I've had black, bloom (a limited edition from last year that will forever be my favorite), a brown mini (which works perfectly as a camera bag btw), and now this newly updated version of the original Fawn in Gray! I'm so excited to start wearing this bag and carrying all of my two babies things in it. One of the other reasons I love the Fawn Design bag is because of how functional it is! It holds so much, has never ending room for all of the things I always need as a mama, and I always still have extra room for my own things like my wallet, feminine and personal care items, essential oils, keys and of course my favorite natural lipstick! The new updated design has so may features that I always wanted and needed in my previous bags, a large pocket in back, removable backpack straps that can be tucked down inside, a convenient carry handle and so much more. Just. The. Most. Perfect. Bag. Ever!


One of the biggest reasons I love shopping small, is because I feel I can support causes in a bigger way that are near and dear to my heart. SUDARA products are made by women in India, women who otherwise wouldn't have an education or the resources to provide for their families and are at high risk of becoming sex slaves, and also women who have escaped and are survivors of  sex slavery, SUDARA provides them with skill training and safe jobs to put their talents to use and keep them from harms way. Because of SUDARA and all of the purchases made over the past 10 years, hundreds of women have found hope, a new life, new useful skills and freedom through living-wage employment. Many women have even graduated from the training that SUDARA has provides, and went on to start and own their own businesses! I just love these cozy SUNA grey over the heel long leggings (so perfect for cold winter days (you can use them for working out, or like me and use them for just being comfy haha). This SARU cut-out back long sleeve tee is also just the cutest, I LOVE the open slit back detail, I've never had a shirt with a fun back detail like this so I just love it.


If there's one word that resonates deeply with me, it's the word "Gather". Family and friends are so important to me, and I love gathering them around me, gathering them in my home for memory making and dinners filled with laughter. Another reason I love that word so much, is because Jesus said "if two or three gather in my name, there will I be in their midst", such an important scripture. I've wanted an art cutout of the word gather for a couple of years, and I just love this one from Twisselman Trading Co.. It's made from hand cut steel, handmade in the United States, can be any color or finish you like and is so unique! The perfect statement piece to add to your home. Twisselman Trading Co. has the cutest items for everyone, every style and every occasion, this adorable ornament  (I especially love the "joy" design option) would be perfect on any tree don't you think?

11.10.2018

2018 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE | GIFTS FOR CHILDREN

Christmas has always been my most favorite holiday, and now as a mama, it's become even more special to me. Partly because I love seeing little faces light up, partly because I love being a part of helping create memories that will last a lifestyle for my girl, partly because Bella is my Christmas baby, and our other baby will be here any day as well to share in the excitement of the season, and partly because I'm pretty sure I may be a Christmas elf. I love gifting, especially at Christmas time, seeing all of the presents under the tree and Bella run in early on Christmas morning and squeal at the sight that she's presented with. So you can get in on the gifting fun, I'm sharing some of my top picks for little ones below!


Maileg Mouse Toys
Maileg mice are our favorite, just as much my favorite as Bella's if I'm being completely honest. I just LOVE the sweet little mice. They're such old fashioned toys with an heirloom quality and a nostalgic feel, and are perfect for hours upon hours of imaginative play. We first started Bella's little mouse collection last Christmas, and she has played with them SO MUCH. She constantly has little tea parties for them, plays with them in her wooden dollhouse (they work perfectly as dolls for dollhouses since they are the perfect size), and even uses them as room decor when she's not playing with them. These new little carry cots, which remind me of moses baskets (found here and here) and these sweet sleepy wakey mouse babies (here and here) that just released are going to be the absolute perfect addition to her mouse collection this year (though I'm sure a few more little mice will be found under the tree before the holiday shopping season is over with). If you have a little girl who loves dolls, and tiny animals, these are the most perfect gift for her that she will adore for years to come!


I may be slightly obsessed with these beautiful alphabet botanical flashcards from Coley Created, not only are the illustrations hand painted prints but just look at how sweet they are! With Bella heading off to school next year, I'm working hard to keep all the educational things as fresh as I can in her sweet head so school will be a breeze for her. I feel like these flashcards are the perfect way to do it since she loves flashcards so much. A lot of times I'll hand her a stack of flashcards while I'm prepping or cooking dinner, and have her tell me what letter/number/word is written on each one and also the sound it makes/etc. It's the perfect little refresher that we can do even while we're super busy and she loves it!


It's a given that all little girls love jewelry and sparkly things, so I wanted to add a few pieces to Bella's little jewelry collection this Christmas. I felt it was the perfect time, she will be 5 in early December, so she's getting old enough that she is learning how to take care of things, and also loves having jewelry like mommy and is constantly asking to borrow my jewelry, so she will LOVE these beautiful bracelets from Poppy Lane & Co. While these make the perfect stocking stuffer, they would also be perfect in a jewelry box under the tree! I chose this lovely metallic gold bracelet for her (I may have to give this one to her early to war all during the holiday season), as well as this unique black lava rock bracelet and this mother of pearl bracelet. Poppy & Lane Co. even sells adult sizes and I'm thinking I may need to scoop up the mama sized gold bracelet so we can do some mama + mini twinning for the holidays.


I'm always on the lookout for fun new items that will capture Bella's attention and will get played with a ton, and since you know how much I love wooden toys, it might come as no small surprise how much I loved these when I found them! Especially since I had already had my eye on these new magnetic building tiles I'd been hearing about everywhere, but was hesitant to buy since I felt they all looked so flimsy since all the ones I had previously found were made from plastic. I just love how sturdy and high quality these are Earth Tiles Wooden Magnetic Tiles from Big Future Toys are, and since we have such long winters here in Pennsylvania (and we also will have a newborn soon) I have a feeling these will get played with a ton! She's going to have so much fun building with these earth tiles and using her big imagination to create fun things with them!


Every kid loves play dough, and one of our favorite brands is ZDough! I just love that not only is it so much fun to play with, but it also smells amazing, AND doesn't contain who knows what like most play dough. Every batch of play dough is made from common household ingredients like flour, water, salt, cream of tartar, food coloring, essential oils, baking flavors and spices! Let me tell you, they smell good enough to eat (though obviously not meant for eating), but the amazing smells make crafting with it that much more fun! These fun tins full of dough are the perfect stocking stuffer, addition to a gift basket or as a gift all on their very own, and it's a gift that every child (and the child at heart) will love!