Gift Guide: My Wish List!

I am going to wrap my gift guide up with my personal wish list! Just in case Dave ever decides to read my blog…and he wins the Lottery…it is here for him! 
Ok…here is my list, don't forget to enter to win our giveaway HERE- until 12/20/13! 

1. I am excited about a bright handbag for the spring (this way I can wear all black and not feel goth!) This one is Rebecca Minkoff.
2. I love Jo Malone, the hardest part is picking which scent. If price was no issue, I would request Creed Spring Flower- the best!
3. I am obsessed with my Baldwin wax coated jeans- I want the black "L" wax coated for Christmas (I may or may not have already purchased them for Christmas morning!)
4. I love good Pj's! JCrew has great ones like the ones above, Target has good Pj's too! I just don't want them to have a frumpy fit! (and the shirt has to be thick enough not to show the "no bra mode")
5. AHHH the iPad Air- dying for one!
6. I love makeup for my stocking- Laura Mercier Caviar sticks are my favorite- I may or may not be receiving the "jungle" stick in my stocking this year!
7. I am in serious need of new shades. I am a "price per wear" person- I buy quality items that I LOVE and I wear them for years. My last pair of sunglasses are fabulous however, they are 6 years old and I need an update! These are Oliver Peoples I would need to try on thousands before deciding on "the one"
8. Ok..you don't need to know this about me, but Hanky Panky undies are amazing- I can always use more in my stocking! Pretty, comfy, no lines- the best!


GIVEAWAY: Stella & Dot

As promised, we are going to do a giveaway with Stella and Dot and my friend Christina! You can check out our favorites HERE and her website HERE.

Today, we are going to giveaway One Jewelry Roll (pattern of your choice) and a $25 Gift Card toward your Stella and Dot purchase to a lucky winner!

Here are a few of my favorite Jewelry Rolls- they are awesome! More Options HERE.

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Gift Guide: Jewels!

This fall, I hosted my first Stella and Dot trunk show for my friend Christina and I found so many new favorites! I love their price points and the quality is great! They have fun holiday deals, so I asked Christina to share some of her favorites with you and of course, I will have to add a few of my favorites too! {In case you just want to browse- HERE IS HER LINK}

1. Shop for gifts now..then shop for yourself after the holidays! For every $50 you spend you will receive $25 back in "Dot Dollars" that are redeemable for one week in January. 
2. Stock up and Save - buy 2 of the items labeled "Stock up and Save"...get the 3rd 1/2 off. {The Pouf's are adorable gifts and the bracelets are perfect for teachers,etc.}
3. They have several fun items on sale: I love THIS layering necklace, Aileen Turquoise Necklace, Little Dottie Bracelet (darling for little girls!), I love this Wrap Bracelet to stack, The Lucia Bracelet is gorgeous (shown at right), Raina Earrings- so many fun things on sale! 

OK…now for some of our favorites! 

{I purchased the Sutton Necklace and I LOVE it- I can wear it dressy or casual- I love it with a T-shirt!  You can wear it 5 different ways- long, short, with or without the diamond chain- it is gorgeous!}
{The Rebel Pendant is so fabulous- I love the gold, but both are cool!}
{Renegade Cluster Bracelet- I have this one also and I get so many complements on this bracelet}
{The Zora Necklace is gorgeous!}

{Izzy and Ellie loved the little girl line: HERE is a link- the Color Crush is Ellie's favorite and Sparkle and Shine is Izzy's}

3. Mae Nacklace (this is great with the Somervell seen above)
6. Love the Pouf- such a good gift idea! The Zebra Pouf is my favorite!
7. The Jewelry Roll is awesome!

Make sure to take a look- tomorrow we are giving one of these fabulous items away! Do you have a favorite?


Gift Guide: Boy Toys!

While I do have 7 nephews under the age of 10- I am not an expert on boy gifts! I do have 10 years of boy toy shopping experience, so I will add my thoughts in-but I asked some of my favorite boy moms for ideas- HERE YOU GO! (In case you missed my Girls Guide or Ladies Guide- check them out!)

{ LEGO (By far the most popular response- holy cow there are so many options!) I personally LOVE these modern Legos and this LEGO alarm clock for boys! My nephew wants the LEGO Advent Calendar, LEGO watches: Soccer, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Racers }

{We just received one of these Dino's that hatch- you soak the egg in water and watch it slowly hatch- it was all consuming for 2 days!}

{Land of Nod Tents: Rocket Ship, TeePee}

{Sleeping Bag: These animal sleeping bags are fun because the pillow is built in, Sherpa head, Batman,  Star Wars, Alligator, Camo, Spider Man}

{Snap Circuits: From My SIL: "Snap Circuits are fabulous- plus you're helping to build their reasoning and building skills, while preparing them for a future as an engineer or handy husband. ;) Once the master the Snap Circuits Jr there are a number of other kits that advance in difficulty"}

{Discovery Toys Motor Works-Again from my SIL: "The Motorworks Build and Take Apart Car, Plane and Motorcycle. This set of build and take apart toys really kept the boys attention for a number of years.  This started as a toy played together with a parent and then they learned to do it on their own. Very cool toy and very well made."} 

{MindWare : From SIL: "The Q-Ba-Maze will be joining our closet this winter. It's a fun building toy, but with the addition of a marble run. It's been played with at friends homes and the kids love it"}

{This is awesome- wish it came a few years earlier for my girls! PEWI Ride On}

3. Sports Jersey
4. Sports balls, sports goals, sports tickets, clothes/shoes…all things sports. My very "in the know" nephew wants the Nike KD PB&J shoes and all Nike clothing :)
7. Nerf : Rapidstrike, Bow, Disc Gun
8. Games: Rush Hour, Spot it, Sequence for Kids, Battleship- SO MANY! 
10. Viking Little Chubbies (for littles)
11. Sensory Balls (for littles)
12. Garbage Trucks: Bruder, Melissa & Doug, Trash Pack
15. Daily Devotional for Boys: Veggie Tales, Ultimate Boys Book of Devotions
*Of course, Electronics and Video games are extremely popular…but I am guessing you know that! 


Gift Guide: Little Girls

Gift Guide DAY TWO: I am clearly more effective giving advice for girl gifts- but stay tuned, I have some of my favorite "boy moms" sending in ideas for boys up next!! The idea of sharing all of my favorite gifts for little girls is overwhelming! Clothes, jewelry, shoes, toys, crafts...sheesh! SO, I am just going to share some of our favorite gifts/items for this year and from years past! Also, make sure to follow along on Pinterest I have a "gift" board that I will link more favorites to! {Click HERE for favorite books}

**Words of Wisdom: If your child is 0-3, purchase all of the learning toys for gifts. Opening the gift is more exciting than the actual gift at this point. You will buy learning resources anyway, so you might as well use them as gifts (flash cardsmagnetic letters, Preschool Prep videos and books, Bob Books, Scrabble Jr., Memory, Lace and Trace, etc..)

{When Ellie was 2, my parents got her the Rose Petal Cottage. Apparently that is no longer available (at an affordable cost) but this tent is pretty cool Pacific Play Tents Cottage House Tent - all three of my girls STILL love the cottage!}

{The girls so want the Seat Pets- this is a good one for boys or girls- it goes on the seat belt and the kids can nap on the pillow head, stick goodies in the pockets, etc.. They are nuts over these}

{Of course, the Rainbow Loom is the hit! My 8 year old nephew even likes to "loom" There are so many fun band options to buy- great stocking stuffers. Glitter, camo, glow in the dark, tie dye, gold, etc.. The Storage kit is awesome too! Why didn't I create this, shucks!}
{If you have a baby/toddler girl- prepare yourself- American Girl sucks you in young and then you grow with them...literally and financially! :) My girls LOVE their Bitty Babies and Bitty Twins- Milly carries "baby" everywhere! Now Ellie and Izzy want the historical dolls- I do love them because they have the outfits and the books, etc..!}
{Razor Scooters are big on their list}

{My girls LOVE their Plasma Car}

{All things Melissa and Doug I love their wood food, see and spell, puzzles, stamps, ice cream, lace and trace, make a face, jewelry and nail pads..so many options!}
{Of course, Disney! The movies, the gear! The girls SO want the Sophia the First Necklace- (it glows just like Sophia's), they LOVE the fancy nightgowns (also double as a costume, so that is good!), the costumes are all AMAZING, we love the shoes (Izzy wears them as daily shoes), of course the dolls, and the girls all have their own rolling luggage that they LOVE}

{My grandma just got all of the kids THESE Pottery Barn monogram blankets- they are amazing for kids or adults. Milly LOVES sleeping with her blanker as much as the other girls! I LOVE mine too! Other options are THESE or THESE- they are seriously amazing!}

{The Land of Nod is just Delightful! Just go look on their site and shop around- fun stuff! I cant even list all of my favorite things!}

{I also love AllModern- I could list many things from this site as well!}
{Ellie is REALLY wanting Headphones- not sure what she will use them with since she doesn't have any electronics, but she things they are fabulous!}

{If you have a little one, the Cozy Coupe is a great investment- if you have the room!}

{All three of my girls are obsessed with Dream Lights. These are great for babies on up! They have different animals, College Universitypillow pets..they automatically turn off, so that is fabulous!}

{What list would be complete without Lego Friends! Always a hit!}

{Ellie is really wanting Roller Skates- sounds a little scary to me, but whatever!}

Other Favorite Ideas: 
1. Anything Lalaloopsy
2. Barbie has a new movie out: Barbie and Her Sisters in a Pony Tale (we love all the Barbie movies: Fairy Secret, Princess and the PopStar, A Perfect Christmas, The Pink Shoes, Fashion Fairytale- we love them all!)
3. Calico Critters: there are SO many options with these- you can add on for years! 
4. Of course, Little People! Again, so many options
5. My girls LOVE this Art Kit- and it is a great price! I got THIS ART KIT for Ellie this year on a lightening deal- it just came and is AMAZING!
6. My girlfriend Amy introduced me to Shrinky Dinks- it is SO cool, Ellie loves turning her art work into jewelry! 
7. My mom got Big Hugs Elmo for Milly and it is such a cool toy- he really hugs! Izzy likes him more than Milly :)
8. To encourage reading the girls are getting these Reading Headlamps this year in their stockings- they can read in the dark, apparently that is exciting! 
9. If you have a little one and do not have a play kitchen yet- go ahead and get one now! My girls have been playing with our play kitchen for 6+years- it is a favorite of all of the kids. So many size and feature options available!
10. A Microphone is always fun! 


Gift Guide: Friends/Hostess/Ladies

I am starting a series of gift guides based on my go-to gifts. I am almost done with my Christmas shopping, I start scoping out the gifts early and usually pull the trigger when I find a good deal. Milly's birthday is Nov. 30, then Christmas, then Izzy January 15, our anniversary is February 7, Valentine's day February 14 and Ellie's birthday is February 16. So we have 2.5 months of gift overload! One of my favorite things is doing a "my favorite things" party- where you bring an item (usually $10 or less) and do a "white elephant style" swap of favorite items. I have a few of these this year and so here are some go-to items for the girlfriends! (in case you missed my Amazon post- I get most of my gifts on Amazon or at least price check them there- I am obsessed with lightening deals right now- I just got Ellie an art set for 85% off on a lightening deal!) ok...moving on!

{One of my friends brought this hot number the "OPEN IT" to a "favorite things" party last year- it is AMAZING. It saves me at every Birthday party and especially on Christmas morning. It cuts those annoying plastic toy containers, there is a screwdriver for those tiny battery screws, a little knife for the dvd packages, tape, etc, a bottle opener- seriously, love it!}

{Coffee cups are so fun to give (because I LOVE a delightful coffee cup and you can never have too many of them) put a little $5 Starbucks gift card or a pound of coffee (depending on how much you want to spend) in them and wrap it up! Anthropologie has the best coffee cups (below are 3 of my favorites)!} 

{I love these Hair Ties- they are fun to stick in with any gift and everyone loves them! They do not crease your hair, they look cute and you can wear them on your wrist if you are not ready to throw it on yet! Plain Ties, Pattern Ties (These are great because they are in bulk and you can throw a few in here or there), Animal print, Sparkles- so many options}

{Nail polish is always fun- if you have a little more to spend a mani/pedi gift card is a delightful addition! So many options- Butter London, Essie, Dior, Marc Jacobs}
{My absolute go-to all year long is a candle! I LOVE candles- they make the whole house happy! I especially love Voluspa candles- I am a little sad at them right now because they stopped making my two FAVORITE winter candles (I even "tweeted" them about it, which I have never done!) but my new go-to winter candle is Branch Vermeil and my absolute FAVORITE spring/summer candle is Elysian Garden. I also love these Jacinta Holiday Candles!}

{Everyone loves yummy soap/lotion/bath gel- I have a few favorites: 1) Molton Brown Black Pepper Body Wash, Thai Vert Lotion and Thai Vert hand soap 2) Barr-Co Lotion, Barr-Co Soap, Barr-Co Bath Salts, 3) Pure and Good Hand Duo 

{A journal is always a lovely gift- whether they actually "journal" or not doesn't matter- who doesn't need to write things down?! 1) These are darling Notebooks and they come in a set of 3 2) Make a custom journal at May Books 3) This Jonathan Adler notebook is great. You can find these anywhere: Target, Staples, etc..}

{A lovely hand towel is a great gift! Again, you can find pretty towels at a lot of places- 1)Anthropologie has a lot of options 2) Williams Sonoma 3) Etsy has SO many (I love THESE below) 4)Crate and Barrel }

{You know I love notecards- to use and to give! 1) I like these from Etsy 2) Custom MayBooks cards 3) These vintage looking cards are pretty 4)

{I Love Joseph Joseph- so many fun options to give}
{My girlfriends gave me these Utensils last year and I use them DAILY!}

{The "nesting" line is awesome- you can choose from 5-9 pieces}
{Finally, you know I love Norwex! The Travel Pack of EnviroCloths is awesome because their are 4 cloths- you can stick them in stockings, etc.. I put them with coffee cups for an upcoming Favorite Things party! The Dryer Balls are also fun as a stocking stuffer, and lots of fun Collections that are fun gifts!}

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