Thursday, November 30, 2017

TBB Asks: Christmas Edition

Time for another TBB Asks post (a little early). 

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1. Real or Fake Tree?  Fake!  I don't think that will ever change, although I love seeing all the pictures of people going out to get their real tree.  Looks fun!

2. Favorite Christmas Cookie?  Snowball Surprise Cookies!  My aunt makes THE BEST Christmas cookies, and that recipe has to be one of my favorites.  

3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel?  Home.  We always open up presents, have breakfast (monkey bread), and then get ready to head to my grandma's.  

4. Clear or Colored Lights?  Definitely white lights.  

5. Send Christmas Cards?  Yes!  I am actually hoping to get them sent out tomorrow.

6. Favorite Christmas Present Received?  Gosh, that is so hard.  I have received a ton of great gifts over the years.  I just cannot choose.  If you ask my mom, though, she will say the year I got my American Girl doll (Samantha).
7. Favorite Christmas Present Given?  Another hard one - nothing is standing out!

8. Stockings or no stockings?  Yes!  We had the best stockings growing up.  Although one year (maybe more than one), I got a lump of coal in my stocking!

9. Christmas PJ's?  I actually have bought a few festive pairs of pj's in the last few years, but it's not a big tradition with my family.

10. Favorite Christmas carol?  Silent Night.  

11. Favorite Holiday Tradition?  There are too many to choose!  One may be watching all the Christmas carol movies.  We have a ton and always try to make our way through them when we are all together.  As silly as it may be, The Muppet's Christmas Carol is my favorite!

12. Early Shopper or Last Minute?  Early!  I only have 3 more presents left to buy.  Somehow, though, the last few things always seem to take me awhile, and therefore seem more last minute.  
13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?  Miracle on 34th Street (the old version).

14. Favorite Holiday Beverage?  Hot chocolate!  With marshmellows, of course.

15. Cookies and Milk for Santa?  We did this growing up, and I am sure it will become something that is done again since Jack is around.  

I am a little early with this post, but on Monday I will be linking up with The Blended Blog ladies!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: Guys

I always feel like guys are the hardest people to buy for.  They are usually the ones that want for little, and when they do, they just go out and buy it for themselves.  So for me, presents usually boil down to more practical things, which I think are always appreciated!


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1.  Socks.  Athletic socks, casual socks, dress socks - all great presents!

2.  Fitbit.  I think the Fitbit Blaze is really nice, because it has the look of a watch, more so than the other fitness trackers.  You can change out the band, too, to really give it a 'watch' look.  Also, it is considered a smart watch, so it has a lot of additional capabilities.

3.  Workout Shirt.  Great time to stock up on basics! 

4.  Workout Shorts.  A great mid-length pair of workout shorts.  My brother actually specifically put on his list that he wanted some shorts that are shorter than basketball shorts, but not super short running shorts.  I think these are the perfect compromise!

5.  Zip Up Sweatshirt.  Perfect for throwing on over workout gear when heading to the gym.

6.  Belt.  With guys, belts usually get worn everyday, therefore they get worn and need replacing.  I like the reversible belts because then they can go with anything and everything!

7.  Wallet.  My dad ALWAYS gets a new wallet for Christmas.  ALWAYS.  

8.  Yeti Cup.  My dad is obsessed with his.  Him having one makes me want one, too!

9.  Extended Battery Phone Case.  How handy would this be?

10.  O'Keefe's Hand Cream.  Perfect for this time of year, especially for a guy that works with his hands!

Linking up with Emily, Owen, Brittany, Jenn and Jessi.
  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Show & Tell Tuesday: Want, Need, Wear, Read

Today's Show & Tell Tuesday topic is Want, Need, Wear and Read.  Until reading it on Andrea's blog a few years ago, I had never heard of giving presents in this way.  Thinking about it now, my parents do this, just not specifically with the 4 gifts, but there is always a mix of things that we want, need, wear and especially for me, read.


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Want:  Tan winter coat.  I have been lusting over this coat for a few years now!  I don't necessarily NEED a new winter coat, which is why this falls under the 'want' category.  The style is classic and so is the color.

Need:  A new lunch box/bag.  This didn't make it on my actual list, but I realized how badly I needed one this morning!  Currently, I have a Thirty One lunch bag, which is great, but sometimes my containers are too big and it's hard to close...which is probably why I have a big hole at the zipper.  If anyone has a good lunch box/bag recommendation, please send it my way!  

Wear:  Work dress.  I actually purchased this one for myself on Black Friday.  I feel like I have been repeating myself with this, but more and more I love wearing dresses to work, so the more I can add to my closet the better!  I really love the cut and color of the one I purchased.  It's a timeless silhouette, and I love how the light blue is a bit unexpected.  Plus it will work well for almost all seasons.

Read:  Standing Strong by Teresa Guidice.  I really enjoyed Turning the Tables, and am excited to read her new one.  It went on my Christmas list, so here's to hoping I find it under the tree come December 25th!

While this is a little sneak peek, I will be sharing my full wishlist (with different items) on Monday, December 4th in conjunction with Sarah & Victoria's link up (where I am the guest host this day!).  It's so fun to see what others are wishing for, I hope you will link up!


...and 2016 Show & Tell Tuesday posts below.


Linking up with AndreaLindsay and Whitney.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving Recap

My Thanksgiving 'break' started on Tuesday after work.  For some reason, Monday and Tuesday were both kind of crazy at work, so I was tuckered out come Tuesday evening.  I am pretty sure I snoozed on the couch on and off throughout the night.

Since I slacked off the night before, Wednesday morning was full of packing to go home for the holiday.  I swear, everytime I go home it seems like I am moving in - just so much stuff!  And I somehow always bring back even more with me!  I got in town, ran up to Charmed to try on a sweater (which unfortunately did not look as cute on me as it did the model in the picture!) before enjoying a late lunch with my parents.  I helped my mom cook for the next day and spent the evening working a little bit on Christmas lists.  

On Thanksgiving we headed up north to my grandma's.  We usually are the first people there, but somehow were the last to arrive this time.  It was great to see everyone, although we missed my cousin and her fiance and my uncle the first part of the day.  My grandma has these little decorative eggs that my nephew just loved.  We used to play with them growing up and it was so fun to see how much enjoyment Jack was getting out of them.  No need for fancy toys, just some eggs and a basket to keep him occupied!  We visited and visited some more before enjoying a delicious meal.  My grandma had set out the below picture of my grandpa recently - how handsome is he?!  One of my favorite things to do when we are at my grandma's is look at the old pictures.  I have seen them too many times to count, but always enjoy looking at them each visit.  My uncle had to work, so he missed the meal, but came right at the end and was able to get in on some late dessert.  I took a quick walk around the block with my brother, sister in law and nephew to burn off some of the food we ate, and to allow Jack to burn off some of his sugar high.  We sat around talking before we all dispersed for the evening.  Once we got home, my dad and I braved the crowds and headed out to Wal Mart.  We had a very few small things to pick up, and honestly I was just curious to see what it was like, shopping there on Thanksgiving evening.  I am happy to say that we were probably in and out in about 15 minutes and it wasn't nearly as much of a madhouse as we were expecting.  My mom and I prepared for our Black Friday shopping and then it was time for bed!




We didn't get as early of a start on Black Friday as some other years, but we were at Target shortly after 6:00.  Along with Christmas gifts for others, we also did a little 'Christmas' shopping for ourselves.  We were done at the mall early for us, so headed to Portillo's for lunch to reenergize before making some other stops.  I don't know what it was, but we were seriously dragging after that.  It was one long day, albeit a successful one!  Last year, my dad and I checked out the light parade in my hometown, but instead of having our 'Hallmark moment' as we referred to it, we just enjoyed a Hallmark movie together after my mom and I got home.  Along with some of my favorite pizza - Mario's!  Both my mom and I did some additional online shopping to round out our Black Friday.


Small Business Saturday is another favorite of mine.  Obviously, I really like shopping.  Our first stop was Charmed - it's a local boutique that has the cutest things.  I picked up a super comfy and cozy green sweater, and one of my favorite holiday / winter candles - Frasier Fir.  The downtown area also has a Hallmark, where I found the cutest snowflake wrapping paper.  I love to use theirs since it is such good quality.  And it's usually on sale!  My mom and I came back home to grab my dad and then we headed on to our next stop - The Spotted Owl.  From there, I got these really neat bracelet.  It's a beaded bracelet with two charms.  One is a cross and one is a little pendant that has scripture engraved on it.  I went with 'Love never fails'.  Lunch was Meatheads, a burger place which is super good.  We actually went there last time we were shopping together and it was even better than I remembered.  We shopped some more, then headed to a local brewery, Destihl, for a drink.  If you are local to that area and have not been, you need to go, now.  It's such a neat place, with a really great atmosphere.  The beer is really good, too!  We grabbed drinks and shared a pretzel, which had yummy white cheddar beer cheese to go with it.  My mom and I spent some time crafting when we got home - DIY ornament to come! 



My mom and I got a quick walk in before breakfast on Sunday.  It was COLD!  As warm as the days were, the morning sure was not.  I think it was below freezing when we actually went out.  Brr!  I loaded up my car and headed on back to St. Louis.  Luckily, it was a pretty uneventful drive.  I got home, unloaded and spent the rest of the day trying to catch up from being gone and prepare for the week ahead.  

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs since I was a bit MIA last week.

Linking up with Biana

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: November 2017




I am linking up with my usual Wednesday girls - Jessi and Jenn for What's Hap-pinning Wednesday and Shay for What's Up Wednesday. 

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What I'm eating this week...no meal planning this week.  With it being a short week due to the holiday, it's just a bit of a wash for me.  


What I'm reminiscing about...last year's Thanksgiving / Black Friday / Small Saturday shopping.  I am super excited to do it all again this week!

What I'm loving...having all my Christmas decorations up!  I know some people are strict with only decorating after Thanksgiving, but I think doing it ahead of time so as soon as it because the Christmas 'season' you are all set, is the way to go!

What I've been up to...my memory is seriously fading, because I cannot tell you what I did this month off the top of my head, other than last week, which I recapped on Monday.  It is hard to believe we are already to the day before Thanksgiving.  
   
What I'm dreading...same as last month - how quickly the next month / holiday season is going to go!

What I'm working on...my Christmas list and my Christmas shopping list.  You can see my gift ideas for kids here, and ladies here!  Also, I am guest hosting The Most Wonderful Time of Year link up with Sarah and Victoria on Monday, December 4th, where I will be sharing my own Christmas wish list.   

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What I'm excited about...seeing my family for Thanksgiving!


What I'm watching...Fixer Upper started last night!  And of course, all the Hallmark movies.  My DVR space is filling up FAST.  


What I'm reading...Merry & Bright.

What I'm listening to...Christmas music!  I also picked up the new 98 Degrees Christmas CD to listen to while my mom and I do some shopping this weekend.


What I'm wearing...I mentioned my Hunter boots last month, but I feel like they were worth mentioning again, since they were life savers this past weekend.  Saturday was so gross and wet and windy and cold while running out and about with my mom.  We both had our Hunters on (I have the tall, packable ones, and my mom has the short, shiny ones), and while our hair may have been a mess, our feet were nice and dry!  Also, I shared two Thanksgiving outfit options in this post.  I am going with the sweater / plaid / jeans combo, rather than the sweater dress.  Figure it will be much better for getting on the floor and playing with my little nephew!




What I'm doing this weekend...SHOPPING!  Black Friday & Small Business Saturday.  I am ready!

What I'm looking forward to next month...all the Christmas things!  I also have a fun trip planned to Chicago.  It is my very favorite city and it's been awhile since I last was there, so I am pretty excited to be going back.  Even more so to enjoy the holiday cheer there!  


Elf on the Shelf ideas...growing up, we never did Elf on the Shelf.  I am sure my mom would have done some really super cool things with it, though, because she is so creative.  My brother and sister in law picked one up for my nephew, so I am curious to see how it goes with them!

This is it for me this week - I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I'll be back on Monday recapping the holiday!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Stylish Organizational Supplies for Paperwork & Two Organizing Tips

One of my goals for the past few months (I say few, because it literally took me three months to get it together) was organizing all my paperwork.  Bills, banking information, car paperwork, misc...the list goes on.  I originally had one of those plastic accordion filing containers, but it was just not cutting it anymore.  I had too much paper for it, and it wasn't exactly cute.  Since my space is limited, I wanted something that could be a little more decorative.  That way I could put it on a bookcase, or leave it out somewhere, if I so chose.   I headed to Target and found two super cute products!


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1.  Marbleized Hanging Folders.  I honestly was just going to go with the regular green hanging folders, but Target did not have any in the size I needed.  I found the marbleized folders and decided that even though they were the less 'practical' choice, they were too cute to pass up.

2.  Wooden Filing Box.  I was looking for something more decorative and smaller than a filing cabinet, and this fit the bill.  It looks more like a crate that you would keep blankets in, rather than something for files!  I grabbed it up, and headed home.

With having just organized my papers, I had a few tips that might make your organizing go a bit easier.

Shred folder.  As I was organizing my papers into piles, I had a folder set off to the side for things that I wasn't keeping and needed to be shredded.  Using the folder keeps it from getting mixed in with the other piles, and helps you to remember, oh yea, I did look at that already, and it's not needed.

Categorize.  Instead of having one hanging folder for every single pile, I used plain manila folders, then put the like folders in one hanging folders.  For example, all my utilities are separated into individual manila folders - electric, cable / internet, water / sewer / garbage - but they all are in the same hanging folder labeled 'Utilities'.  It cuts down on the amount of hanging folders you need and keeps things together categorically.

Linking up with Lindsay and Whitney.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekend Recap: Days Off + Decorating

Happy Monday!  I say that with real excitment because it's Thanksgiving week!  Only a few days of work then it's family time...and shopping.

I started my weekend off early, because I took off both Thursday and Friday.  Wednesday night we headed to the movies to see Thor.  It was really good and actually quite funny.  

Thursday seems to far away as I try to write this on Sunday evening, haha!  We decided to try out a new to us restaurant, Mission Taco in the Central West End area.  It's such a neat neighborhood, with lots of restaurants, shops and just some really awesome houses.  Lunch was amazing - my very favorite things weren't actually the tacos, but the apps we got - queso con chrizo and corn fritters.  So good!  The margaritas were awesome, too!  After lunch we perused the book store across the street.  It was neat to be inside an old school bookstore.  I could have browsed in there for so long - especially the cookbook section.  We ended the afternoon with ice cream at Jeni's.  I had never been there before, but heard good things, and opted for the Darkest Chocolate.  I really, really liked it.  The rest of the day was spent relaxing.



My mom and I started decorating for Christmas on Friday!  Last we had quite the fiasco with the lights on the tree, but I am happy to say that it went a whole heck of a lot smoother this time!  We got the majority of things up that evening, and had our list of things we were going to look for the following day.  

Originally, we had plans to check out a table top tour that was going on Saturday at local shops.  We ended up scratching the idea, and just headed out to some other places.  Our first stop was The White Rabbit.  It's a shop I had been following on instagram for awhile, but never made it to.  It just so happened that they were having their holiday open house, so it worked out perfectly!  I am so glad we went, because I picked up some super cute items...and since it was their open house, I was one of the lucky customers to get a gift, which included a super cute ornament and gift certificate!  We had to go to Pottery Barn, because sadly, I had to return my plaid plates I was so excited about.  I totally got it wrong, and realized that my Santa plates were dinner size, not salad plates.  So, I couldn't layer them liked I had planned in my head, because they were the same size!  Of course, I didn't realize this until I was getting my decorations out on Friday.  Whoops!  We would have gone anyways, honestly, because both my mom and I love that store.  They were having a really good sale - 20% off your purchase, and then my mom had a really good coupon.  I picked up this faux fur pillow case, which is soooo soft and my mom grabbed some mercury glass votives.  Then it was on to World Market, Michael's and Target.  Michael's had some amazing sales.  I decided to add some red berries to my decor this year, and they had picks on sale 70% off!  Meaning, the $1.99 picks I got ended up being only $0.59 each!  It was really nasty outside - rainy, windy and super cold, so we were glad to get home.  Last time my mom was here, we got Pi Pizza for dinner, and ended up doing the same this night.  Our favorite is the Central West End pizza.

Sunday we braved the cold for a short walk, then it was breakfast and time for church.  Afterwards, I made a quite trip to the grocery store, where I just tried to wing it with no list.  I am so not that kind of shopper - I need a list!  The rest of the day was spent doing laundry, meal prepping a bit and just enjoying all the decorations! 


I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Linking up with Biana.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites: Taylor Swift, Tea, PJs, Decorating & Link Up Fun!

Happy Friday!  We are less than one week away from Thanksgiving...and a week away from Black Friday shopping.  I cannot wait!

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1.  Taylor Swift & Channel 4.  I put on Channel 4 News when I get up and then I have it on in the background for basically 2.5 hours in the morning before work.  Last Friday, the traffic reporter, Laura Hettiger, incorporated Taylor Swift songs in her report, as an ode to her new album coming out.  I am sad to say that I totally missed this, even though I had it on.  Anyways, I guess Taylor Swift has family in the area and sent her the story.  Taylor Swift retweeted the traffic anchor, and the story was picked up by difference new sources, one being People!  I just thought it was so neat!  If you are a Taylor Swift fan, I would definitely recommend checking out the video - Laura was just so clever with the song names!
2.  Hot Cinnamon Sunset Tea.  Lately I have been craving coffee almost everyday.  And by coffee, I mean a PSL, Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato, or Peppermint Mocha.  I try to limit those drinks to just the weekend, and thought tea would be a great alternative.  I remember Shay from Mix & Match Mama mentioning a cinnamon tea, so I looked it up and found that she recommended Hot Cinnamon Spice tea.  So I head over to Target last weekend to look for it.  Instead they had Hot Cinnamon Sunset tea, which after googling, sounds like the same exact thing.  I cannot tell you how good it is.  It's just a cup of goodness.  The tea is a bit heavier, if that makes sense, so it is a bit more filling and seems more indulgent, and has the most wonderful smell from the cinnamon.  
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3.  Festive PJs.  Something I again saw on Shay's blog - these super cute pjs (top / pants) from Old Navy.  I headed there yesterday evening in hopes of getting a vest, and ended up with these pjs instead.  It's fun how you can pretty much mix and match all the different patterns.  Shay said she sized up on these, which I would suggest doing as well, that way they are a bit looser and more comfortable.  You could probably even go two sizes on the pants for them to be a little looser throughout the thighs.  

4.  Decorating for Christmas.  My mom is coming this weekend and we are doing some Christmas decorating.  I cannot wait!  I have been ready for awhile.  Last year was my absolute favorite so far, and I am excited to see what we come up with this year.  

5.  Sarah and Victoria hosted a Christmas link up last year, and they are doing the same this year with the addition of having guest hosts!  I am super happy to be kicking things off with them on Dec 4th with the first link up topic - sharing our wish lists.  Below are the dates and topics and the guest hosts if you are interested!


December 4th- Christmas Wish List with A Little Bit of Emily
December 5th- Holiday Entertaining Tips with Classic Catherine
December 6th- Christmas Day in the Life with Nicole Cole
December 7th- Christmas Gift Guide with Whimsical September
December 11th- Christmas Cards with Taz and Belly
December 12th- Holiday Home Tour with Michaela Noelle Designs
December 13th- Favorite Holiday Party Recipe with The Queen in Between
December 14th- Favorite Meaningful Holiday Memories

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Linking up with AndreaErikaApril, and Katie.   

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

I feel like Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that I usually shop my closet for.  And whether it's a bit nicer, or a bit more casual, just depends on my mood.  Below are two outfit options that I think are the top contenders for my favorite holiday next week!



Option 1:

I picked up this dress a week or two ago, because it was on sale, super cute and would be perfect for work.  It's sweater material, so really soft and the fit and flare style is super flattering, not to mention it will help to hide allll the food that will be consumed on Thanksgiving.  I am torn if I would want to wear this with booties, or tall boots (both options I have are old, so I linked alternatives) - either would be super cute!  

Option 2:  

I picked up this circle sweater during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and it's one of those items I wish I had gotten in another color, too.  Under the cardigan, I am thinking plaid.  The top I have in mind is really old from The Limited (which, did you know they have reopened?!), but the one pictured / linked is very similar.  Excluding the plaid, pretty much this whole outfit comes from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - the cardigan, the high waisted jeans that I cannot get enough of, and the Vince Camuto booties.  I have talked about these NYDJ jeans for awhile now, and I really like the fact that they are high waisted.  They are so comfortable!  While the booties are heeled, they are also really comfortable.  I do suggest wearing no show socks under them, though, because the first time I did not and they definitely started to rub after awhile.  With the socks, though, I haven't had any problems!

Now I have to ask, which outfit do you prefer?    

Linking up with Annie.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide: Ladies

It's the second edition of Emily, Owen and Brittany's Ultimate Gift Guide.  Last week was Kids, and this week is for the ladies!  I have rounded up ten gifts that I think would be really great presents.




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1.  J. Crew Coat.  This is a big purchase at $350, but I personally have been lusting after this coat for a year or two.  It's such a classic style, I think it would be used for many years.  I personally like the sandstone and hthr dusk, but it comes in six other colors, too!

2.  UGG Slippers ($120).  I got these slippers last year for Christmas and I LOVE them.  I wear them all the time and at almost a year later, they still look like new.  I prefer the slip on, because it makes them easier to put on and just slip off when I want to tuck my feet up on the couch.  I also really like the hard bottom - that was something I wasn't too sure about honestly when I put them on my list, but it's super nice to have that extra support and sturdiness to the slipper.  I cannot recommend them enough!  And who doesn't love a pair of slippers?

3.  Bare Foot Dreams Cardigan.  I feel like this cardigan is loved by everyone.  While it is pricier ($92), you cannot beat the softness and quality.  I have one and my mom has one...she fell in love with it when I wore mine home at Christmas, so my dad surprised her with her own after the holidays!  I have had mine for 1.5 years now, and it's still great after being wore and washed a ton.  It's nice and long, which makes it so cozy to curl up under, almost like a blanket.  I really think it would make a great gift for anyone!

4.  Kendra Scott Jewelry.  I am a huge Kendra Scott fan and I think anything of hers would make a great gift.  I feel like the Dani / Elle / Danielle earrings are classics, and they come in so many different colors, you can really find a look that suits any style.  I am also really liking the Alex earrings, too for a fun, different shape.  

5.  Mascara Gift Set.  My mom has gotten me this I think 2 years in a row for Christmas, and it's such a great gift set.  You get the Lancome primer, mascara and eye make up remover all in one set.  The primer is one of my favorites, as is the mascara.  All together, the value is $70, but the gift set is only $39, giving you a good bang for your buck!  I have linked to Nordstrom, but in years past I have also seen this at Macy's, although I could not find it online.

6.  Face Mask Gift Set ($49).  I feel like face masks are just so popular nowadays and having a set where you can try out multiple is a wonderful gift.  Something like this could also be split up and used as stocking stuffers or gifts for girlfriends.  Pair with a nice wash cloth, and you have made your own little gift set! 

7.  Cookbooks.  You all know I love a good cookbook.  I have a minor obsession, but they are so fun to look through and really make a great gift.  I personally would recommend any of The Pioneer Woman cookbooks or Barefoot Contessa cookbooks.  One of my best friends raves about Jessica Seinfeld's cookbooks, too.  On my list this year I have the first Skinnytaste cookbook, Simmers, and the newest cookbook from The Pioneer Woman...just to name a few.  I think adding in a fun holiday kitchen towel and utensil, like a wooden spoon would be a great way to elevate your gift giving, too!

8.  Ornaments.  I think ornaments are great presents, because there are so many, you can really tailor your choice to the person you are buying for, whether it be something they are interested in, a trip you took together, or just something that relates to an inside joke, you can always find something!  Like this taco - how fun is this?  Perfect for any Mexican food lover!  Homemade ornaments are really great, too.

9.  One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book ($16).  I saw this a few years ago online and I thought it was just such a neat present.  There is a spot to write something about each day of the year, for five years.  I think it would be so interesting to look back and see how things have changed!  

10.  A Candle.  Who doesn't love candles?  It's a great gift for any lady in your life.  Whether it be someone at work, a friend, or a family member.  Candles add such warmth to a home and I feel like you cannot have too many of them.  There are such great options out durings the holidays, too!  My personal favorites include The Smell of Christmas, Mistletoe Kisses, and Frasier Fir.  I haven't ever burned a wood wick candle for Christmas, but I think they are such fun candles.  I have one right now for fall, and it honestly sounds like there is a fire crackling - how warm and cozy is that?!  Not to mention it's a candle, so not only does it give you the feeling of a fire going in the fireplace, you also get a lovely scent.

Linking up with the ladies above, Jenn and Jessi.