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Stocking Stuffers

December 21, 2016

Ok, y’all, have you seen the Hallmark Channel’s all-day Christmas rom coms? I know almost every movie is the same plot with slightly different characters, but they’re so dang addicting! I could easily spend an entire day doing nothing but watching one after the other and eating cookies.

Luckily, most of my shopping is done, but I still need to pick up a few stocking stuffers. While working on ideas, I pulled some of my favorites to share with you. This way you can get everyone checked off your list and enjoy as many Hallmark movies as possible

The Hydro Flask water bottle is hands down the best water bottle I’ve ever owned. It keeps water cold (and ice frozen) for well over 24 hours and doesn’t sweat. I have it in two sizes and use it when I’m camping or outside all day for work events.

The nail polish I’ve linked is my favorite brand and that shade is so pretty. I prefer lighter shades because they don’t show chips as easily and this color (Sheer Ecstasy) is gorgeous.  A has multiple pairs of those Cole Haan socks and loves them. They’re super soft and really affordable.

Other options include gift cards, chapstick, mini packs of tissues and small bottles of lotion or booze!

What are your favorite stocking stuffers?

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Dog Gift Guide

December 16, 2016
Dog gift guide

Since putting gift guides together is almost as exhausting as Christmas shopping, I’ve turned the blog over to B and Ruger today. They put together their (very extensive) Christmas wishlist and hope it helps you shop for your four-legged family members.  

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s B and Ruger here and boy are we excited for Christmas! We love everything about this holiday: sniffing the tree, knocking ornaments off the lower branches, drinking the tree water and rustling all the presents Rachel has carefully wrapped.

But most of all, we love all the fun new things we get! That must be why they call it the most wonderful time of year.  Rachel says that if we aren’t good, Santa won’t bring us anything so we’ve worked really hard to be good dogs. Ruger has (almost) stopped peeing in the house and B tries really hard to not bark at every little noise. Sometimes we mess up, but we should really be on the nice list.

Odds are so should your dog! And they would love Santa to bring any of these fun new toys and treats.

Rachel will tell you that we love toys, especially ones we can chew and destroy. Because we do that in record time, we’re only allowed to have inexpensive toys or antlers. But there are so many good options out there that we don’t even mind too much! We have chewed on (and chewed up) antlers, tennis balls, the rope toy, the green stick and the frisbee shown here. So this year we asked Santa for something new and the all-natural rope chew sounds awesome! Plus Rachel likes that it’s easily digested which will be easy on our tummies and her sleep schedule.

The only thing we love more than toys are treats and the Blue Buffalo blueberry and yogurt are our favorite! They’re yummy and we guilt everyone into giving us as many as possible. And then we snuggle up with our favorite fleece blankets for a nice long nap.

And since we like looking stylish, a new collar and dog tag would be great stocking stuffers.

We can’t wait to see what’s under the tree for us! Happy howl-idays, everyone!

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Military Spouse Gift Guide

December 9, 2016
Military Spouse Gift Guide

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but we’re only three Fridays away from Christmas, two if you don’t count today. AHHHHHHHHHH! I am significantly alarmed! *deep breaths* If you’re anything like me, you probably have a few people still to shop for. Some of them may be parents or siblings or spouses or co-workers or military spouses. Or maybe some of them are literally all of the people on your list. While I can’t necessarily help with all of those, I can help with the military spouses on your list thanks to my military spouse gift guide!

Some of these are suggestions from fellow military spouses while others are items that I’ve loved for many years.

Military spouses juggle a lot of things every single day, especially when their spouse is away from home. For me, a planner is necessary when A’s at home and a freaking lifeline when he’s gone. I need to write down everything or somewhere in between work, the housework, the dogs, getting his car serviced, mailing a care package and dinner, I will forget to swap the laundry over. A planner is a must for a military spouse. I have a Day Designer from Target and would probably lose my mind if I ever lost it.

On the flip side of that same equation is the truth that military spouses can easily forget to right down the good stuff because they’re too busy writing down the to-dos.  The “One Line A Day” journal is a sweet way to help them do that. It lasts for five years and you can start it whenever you want. It’s a perfect way for military spouses to keep track of the sweet everyday moments.

The pillow and charm bracelet (and picture frame) are all from military spouse-owned companies, which is reason enough to shop there.  Military families move so much that sometimes it’s hard to remember where home actually is; this pillow would be a great way to keep track.  You could pair it with one of the super cool Homesick Candles for a great gift.

I really like the wine box for a couple’s gift to help a military couple celebrate their time together. But for when they’re on their own, merlot-infused coffee sounds like it has real potential! And the relaxing lavender shampoo is something everyone needs because if you show me a military spouse without stress, I will show you a unicorn that sneezes confetti.

Other great ideas are a day at the spa, a few hours of babysitting so he or she can get stuff done or even a date night with their spouse. For more options, check out 10 ways to support a military spouse.

What would you add to my military spouse gift guide?

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Gift Guide: Gifts Under $20

December 2, 2016
Gifts Under $20

One of the keys to successful Christmas shopping is setting and sticking to a budget, but that can be really hard if you have a long list of people to shop for. That’s where my gifts under $20 gift guide comes in handy! You can probably find a little something for everyone on this list and stick to your budget.

I’m in the middle of a bit of a gold polka dot obsession right now, so that explains the pot holders and the mugs, but aren’t they cute? They would be great to give together to a girly girl who loves her kitchen, as would the marble coasters.

I also really love that Kate Spade initial notebook. Each letter comes with a different color bottom and I adore that the R is orange! Plus at only $14, you could get one for just about every person in your life.

And, because everyone and their brother is a fan, I included a Magnolia Market find. I’m sure Chip and Joanna drink their coffee out of the exact mug every single morning and now I have to have one too.

For the guys in your life, the toiletry bag, custom key chain and beer cap map would all be great gifts! As an added bonus, the custom key chain and beer map are both small businesses and it’s always a good feeling to support local businesses at this time of year.

What’s your favorite spot to find gifts under $20? Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Gift Guide: Dachshund Lover

November 25, 2016

And, cue the Christmas preparation! I hold out every year until after Thanksgiving to really get going on Christmas, but now that the turkey has been eaten (and eaten and eaten), I’m ready to start thinking mistletoe and tinsel. And I am ready to celebrate the beejesus out of this holiday! So much so that I’m going to share a gift guide every Friday for the next few weeks. Sit back, enjoy and knock out some shopping!

Up first is a bit of a quirky guide, but I am sure I am not the only one who loves all things dachshund! Dog people are crazy about everything related to their favorite breed and dachshund people may be some of the craziest! Break out the eggnog, get your Christmas list printable handy and shop my round up of all things wiener dog that any doxie fan would love to have under their tree.


Measuring spoonsMugArtShirtMugCoastersPaperclipsTowelShirt

Ok first, let’s talk about how cute those measuring spoons are! And for only $12, they would be the perfect gift for anyone on your list, including this girl. I may have to buy them for myself. You know what else needs to be in my kitchen? That best dog mug. I love the watercolor style of the dachshund!

Not all dachshund fans are women so that doxie dad shirt will let guys proclaim their love. Imagine how cute a photo would be with owners wearing their respective shirts and a little wiener dog standing all proud in the middle? #nextyearsChristmascard

My other favorite is definitely the wiener dog paperclip. It truly combines my two greatest collectible loves: dachshunds and office supplies. Being stuck at a desk all day would be easier if I had those little guys to organize my papers.

Are you a pet owner who’s crazy about your furry friend’s breed? Where’s the best place to get gifts for that obsession?