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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.


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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?

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Traditional Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts

November 4, 2016
Traditional second wedding anniversary gifts

When A and I got married, we decided to stick to traditional gifts for each wedding anniversary. Ok. If I’m being honest, A had nothing to do with the decision. It was all my idea, but he got on board pretty quickly. So with our anniversary coming up, it’s time to start looking for traditional second wedding anniversary gifts!

The traditional second anniversary gift is cotton which sounds a little dull on the surface, but when I started brainstorming, I found that there were a lot of great options out there! That’s the great part of traditional wedding gifts: you can get really creative with your interpretation of the theme.

Traditional Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts


When you think cotton, you don’t necessarily think art, but if you have something done on canvas, it totally counts! You could do a wedding photo or your first dance lyrics and places like Shutterfly do them for fairly reasonable prices.

Another fun option is this custom cross stitch piece from Etsy. It’s so stinking cute and would be a great family heirloom!


You may think that bedding sounds a little too practical to be a good anniversary gift, but then you’ve never slept on these Vera Wang sheets. They’re a little on the pricey side, but are amazingly soft and last a really long time. I heart mine.

If you want to go with something a little less expensive (and more DIY), these scripted pillowcases could be super cute! If the DIY route isn’t for you, this one would be perfect. Most use your first dance song lyrics, but you could also do your wedding vows! I’m definitely leaning towards this option for A’s gift.

Clothing and accessories

Another great way to give traditional second wedding anniversary gifts is clothing and accessories! I love this funny cotton apron for when A’s in the kitchen; now if only I could convince him to wear it. If your guy is a little more conservative, these anniversary socks or cuff links are nice options too.  Last, but not least, can someone buy me these warming slippers? Don’t they look cozy?!

How would you give cotton as an anniversary present?

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10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

May 6, 2016

Let’s talk Mother’s Day for a second. Specifically what happens when, despite all of your best intentions, you don’t actually get your act together and find yourself scrambling for a last-minute gift.  Don’t worry, you aren’t alone in this and it does not make you a bad kid. But since you still don’t want to show up empty-handed, I’ve rounded up a few fantastic last-minute gift ideas for mom.

  1. Something handmade: Pinterest is filled with tons of cute DIY projects, and if she loved your crafts from pre-school, she’ll love something that you make once you’ve mastered those fine motor skills.  I really like this picture letter and it would work for moms and grandmothers!
  2. A day off: Find me someone who works harder than a mom! Between 9-5’s and taking care of every.single.thing their children need, moms run non-stop. So wouldn’t it be nice for her to take a day off? Make it happen on Mother’s Day by taking care of any cleaning, cooking and random needs during the day.
  3. A new family photo: My mom loves photos of my little family and has them up all over her house. So maybe the perfect gift for your mom is a photo of everyone in the family or a photo of all the generations in the family (those are always so sweet).
  4. Flowers: Call me cliche, but I love flowers. Always have. Always will. So while a nice bouquet of fresh flowers seems kind of standard, I still think it’s a totally viable option. But if you’re looking to take it the extra step, you can arrange them yourself, deliver them in person or even make them out of paper!
  5. Cook a meal for (or with!) her: I think breakfast in bed is kind of a Mother’s Day staple, but making a big fancy dinner could be a nice way to mix things up. A great idea for little kids would be to cook a meal with mom or maybe even adults cooking a meal with grandma.  The key here is to make it as simple as possible so mom doesn’t have to do too much, while still bonding in the kitchen.
  6. Plan her favorite activity for the day: Think about what your mom loves to do in her spare time. Is she a museum buff? A sports fanatic? Or maybe she just likes to read quietly in a bubblebath? Whatever it is, plan ample time for her to enjoy it that day.  The bonus here is if you find a way to do it with her, but sometimes alone time is just what a person needs.
  7. Re-create a childhood photo: Oh the possibilities with this one are endless and it’s the perfect gift if you’re looking for something a little more lighthearted. You could then frame it and give it to her on Sunday.
  8. Write her a song or a poem: Full confession here, I don’t have the talent to do either of these, but I know so many people who do and it would be so beautiful!
  9. Help her cross an item off her bucket list: Granted, this may take a little bit of planning, but I’m sure there’s something she’s always wanted to do, but hasn’t had the time yet. Make it happen! Buy her a dance lesson, plan a trip, take her bungee jumping if that’s her jam. She spent your entire life making your dreams happen and now it’s time to return the favor!
  10. Saying “thank you”: Having someone tell me how much they appreciate everything I do is one the fastest ways to make me feel loved. Do the same thing for mom on Mother’s Day! Bonus points if you give her a nice long, handwritten letter telling her how much she’s done for you throughout your life.  I guarantee you that she’ll keep that forever and reading it will always be a bright spot in her day.

Do you have any big plans for celebrating your mom this weekend?