Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gift Guide For Her

Alright ladies, I've been working on this for a while! A gift guide for her. These are all items that I love. So get ready because here are 20 items you need to ask for yourself or give to someone you love for Christmas!! Click the title to get the link.

Pottery Barn Blanket - I raved about a similar version of this blanket last year. This one is a little different but equally as comfy. My entire family is obsessed. My dogs lay on it every night while they sleep and my kids have taken it over during the day. I rarely get to cuddle up with it myself but when I do, it's like I'm wrapped up in a warm cloud. A must have.

Stud Earring Set - Tell your husband you need these earrings! They are a perfect little stocking stuffer. All of the stones are a pretty color and they're just fun to have. You can never have too many dazzling stud earrings!

Tory Burch Robinson Tote - If you want an all around great handbag, go with Tory's Robinson Tote. I have a few and I never get tired of them. They're just a big open tote and can carry everything you need and more. The size is perfect and the pockets on the inside are well thought out. You'll have this bag for years and years and years.

MAC Lip Gloss - I love MAC lip gloss and this nude, mini kit is perfect. You can try out several shades and anything mini is always fun. Another great stocking stuffer!

Williams Sonoma Kitchen Essentials Kit - This is a great gift for so many! Teacher, secret Santa, co-worker, etc. I got one for my Grammy for Christmas. She always insists on not getting her anything but I enjoy getting her a small little something every year. I absolutely love the Williams Sonoma dish and hand soap. It smells wonderful and this little gift set is perfect! The price point is good and I know anyone who receives it will love it. I linked the Winter Berry scent because it's my personal favorite but they have other scents as well.

Gap Supersoft Pajamas - The only pajamas I wear. They feel like butter on your skin. I am obsessed and Scott knows he can always count on getting me a new pair of these if he needs a gift idea because I can never have too many!! They are a mixture of silky and soft. They are lightweight so I don't get hot in them. The pants have a band around the ankles so they don't ride up and get twisted on my legs throughout the night. The perfect pajamas and so many different colors and patterns. I linked the tops and you can click HERE for the link to the pants. I wear a Medium for size reference. These are a must have ladies. Trust me. I know there are a lot of people out there who don't like to sleep in pants. I get it, I used to be one of them. Until I found these.

Monat Hair Care - Even if I didn't sell it I would still say this. Monat shampoos and products are the best I've ever used. I've been in the hair business for 13 years. I know hair products and these are the best! The products last about 4 months and you will love the results you get from simply switching your shampoo to Monat.

Z Zoned Dough Pillow - This pillow puts all the other pillows out there to shame. We got talked into this pillow when we bought a new mattress for our new house and oh my stars is it comfy. The moment Scott and I laid our heads on it we were in awe. It says it's lavender infused but I have never smelled lavender. I think you have to use the spray it comes with to make it smell like lavender which I've never done. Give someone the beautiful gift of sleep with the worlds most comfortable pillow.

Lou & Grey Plush Sweatpants - I've talked about how much I love these sweatpants several times on here. I am seriously so obsessed and have them in every color. They're more tailored so I don't feel like I look sloppy when I wear them. I can pair them with a sweater or a soft tee and scarf and feel pulled together and cute. They are incredibly comfortable and an absolute must have. They run big so size down.

Kate Spade Lunch Kit - If you know someone who has to take their lunch to work, gift them with this adorable lunch kit! There are also thermoses and tumblers to match.

Lifestyle New Balance's - If you don't own any Lifestyle New Balance shoes you need to. I consider them a wardrobe staple. The lifestyle shoes are a sleeker more tailored design instead of a your typical chunky sneaker. They look great with skinny jeans, leggings, sweaters, scarfs, button downs and cardigans. These shoes can and should be dressed up! Think J.Crew when you go to pull your wardrobe together with your lifestyles. I have a lot of different colors and wear them all throughout the fall and winter. There are so many to choose from. Have fun with your color choice!

Freshly Picked Backpack - This backpack is amazing and Nordstrom calls it their best seller. This gift is perfect for a young mom but not just for a young mom. It's great for anyone! I've been telling my mom she needs one for herself, especially for when she travels. I love having a nice backpack and being hands free. The design is stylish and sleek and the bag allows for enough room to hold all the things.

Floral Food Storage Containers - I love these food storage containers from The Pioneer Woman. It's so fun to have pretty Tupperware and you can't beat this price!

C.C. Beanies Touch Gloves - I gave these gloves as gifts for several people last year. They're 5 finger tech touch so you don't have to take the gloves off to use your phone. I have some myself and they are wonderful and also really cute too!

Laura Mercier Eye Palette - I love a good eye palette and this is one I've repeatedly gotten for myself for several years now. The colors are beautiful featuring warm and cool colors and also deep and light shades. No matter your skin tone, this works for everyone.

Advanced Relief Healing Lotion - Okay I feel kind of funny putting this on my gift list but people ask me about this lotion all the time. I posted on my Instagram stories a while ago about how this is the only lotion I have found that heals my dry, cracked hands in the winter. I used to suffer horribly from cracked hands. They would bleed they were so bad. I tried everything in the world and almost went to a dermatologist. But I took to Dr. Google first to try to figure out exactly what ingredient I needed to really help heal my hands and found that this was one lotion on the market that had that specific ingredient in it. So I bought it and have never had trouble with my hands since. I just put it on every night before bed. If you know someone who suffers from dry, cracked hands in the winter (or who has a job where they have to wash their hands a lot) get this for them! They will hug you for the results it gives them.

Plaid Fringe Wrap - Give me all the wraps and ponchos this season! Maybe it's the bump or maybe it's because they're just cute. Whatever it is, I can't get enough of them. Anyone can wear these and since they're one size fits all, you don't have to worry about getting the right size for someone. Skip the obvious gift--the scarf--and get them a wrap instead!

The North Face Fur Hat - I got this for my MIL for her birthday and I love it so much I really want one for myself. It's not your typical knit beanie. It's furry and soft and looks soooo warm. I tried it on and loved the look of it. It can be casual or dressy and well, basically I want this for Christmas myself.

Euna Mae's Cookbook - I love this cookbook. The recipes are easy and delicious and the writer lives right here in Northwest Arkansas. If yummy Southern comfort food is your thing, this cookbook is for you.

Southern Living Highball Glasses - Is it strange to love drinkware as much as I love these specific glasses? When we were getting our house ready for the Parade of Homes, our decorator went to Dillards and bought tabletop décor to stage our breakfast table. She got these glasses and I really liked the looks of them so I decided to keep them. I wasn't prepared to enjoy drinking out of them as much as I do. I know that sounds so odd but I love drinking out of these glasses. Pretty glasses, nice to drink out of? Check!

So there you have it. Twenty of some of my favorite things. I hope this helps some of you who need ideas for yourself or others! Merry Christmas!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

30 Weeks

Thirty weeks. Say what? How can it be? I'm in the home stretch now and this baby will be here in the blink of an eye. I am feeling every bit of 30 weeks pregnant. My pregnancy app today said "baby 3 might be lowering himself down toward the birth canal, getting ready to be born." That would be very much a yes. I can tell he is in the beginning stages of dropping lower and lower. I'm just beginning to feel the pressure of his head which is a feeling I had forgotten about until it started happening just in the last 24 hours or so.
Size of Baby: Around 3.5 pounds and close to 17 inches. I can tell this baby boy is packing on some weight. He's starting to feel heavy in there and I know before too long he's going to start to feel too big in there too!!

How I'm Feeling: I feel pretty good overall. My back really hurts. It's fine in the morning but as the day goes on it gets worse and by the time I'm getting the boys ready for bed I can't take it anymore. I also had a moment yesterday where I thought to myself I'm just not sure if I can get out of the house with the boys anymore. It's just so hard to manage them with this big belly attached to me. Everything is harder when you're pregnant!
Cravings/Appetite: I crave water and I feel like I drink a lot of it. It just makes me feel better.

Clothes: It can be a struggle to get dressed every morning and feel cute. I have two pairs of leggings that are really comfy but everything else just isn't as comfortable to wear. My tops and sweaters are getting more and more limited mostly because of the length of them.

Movement: This little guy is moving pretty consistently and sometimes he wakes me up in the middle of the night because of it.
Changes in Me: The third trimester exhaustion is starting to kick in. I've taken a few naps this last week and I haven't felt like I needed a nap since the very beginning of my second trimester. I'm just slowly wearing out. I'm also getting the most painful round ligament pains in the middle of the night. I guess I toss too hard in my sleep and then immediately get woken from a sharp, horrible pain that takes at least a minute to go away. Longest minute ever.

Baby Purchases: I actually purchased a few things from Baby Boden just now. Last week I ordered some new baby hangers and they came in the mail today. I haven't washed any clothes yet but I have started to get everything out and hung in the closet. It's made me realize that I really don't have anything for him to wear for the first 2 months since it will be cold. Campbell and Bennett are spring babies so their newborn clothes won't work for a winter baby. Once it gets warm we're all set but I do need to get some cuddly little newborn outfits since he only has about 4 things currently.
Favorite Moment This Week: Getting out all of the baby stuff I've had stored in tubs and sifting through it. I remember when I put it up after Bennett had grown out of it all and thinking to myself I'd probably never get it back out again. It's kind of neat that all three of my babies will wear the same outfits. Newborn clothes are so tiny and sweet.

Looking Forward To: This weekend! We are going to Little Rock for my niece's birthday party. I'm looking forward to a little getaway for a few days. Scott and I want to go to the Restoration Hardware outlet and look for some stuff for the baby's room. I'm hoping we find some things while we're there like a rug and maybe a cool light.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Campbell Meets Santa

We got to see Santa yesterday! He came to our neighborhood clubhouse and it has been our best Santa experience to date. We didn't have to wait in any lines and were able to spend as much time with him as we wanted. The best part for me? I was able to bring my camera and take my own photos! 
Unfortunately Bennett wanted no part of Santa. He cried when he saw him. He didn't even want to watch Campbell talk to Santa---he made Scott hold him outside of the clubhouse. We asked Bennett several times if he wanted to talk to Santa and he kept saying "umm no I'm fine." Campbell loved it though. He was a little shy at first but warmed up quickly and then as he was leaving, Santa told Campbell to write him a letter of everything he wanted and send it to him. So we said bye and went home and Campbell took that very literally. He wrote Santa a letter and insisted on going back to the clubhouse to give it to him. So we did. Campbell walked right up to Santa and handed him his letter that he wrote all by himself. The letter said he wanted a dinosaur and a dump truck for Bennett.
{This photo right here will officially be one of my very favorite photos ever!! I absolutely love everything about it and feel like I need to put it in a frame and set it out every single Christmas from now until forever.}
Santa kept Campbell's letter and gave him another candy cane then we said our final goodbyes. For real this time. Campbell acted like he was on cloud 9 for the rest of the day. Meeting and talking to Santa thrilled my little boy to pieces. Christmas is so magical for children and watching that magic through Campbell's eyes made my heart so full of happiness. I've heard from a very reliable source that Santa already has Campbell's dinosaur but the dump truck came out of nowhere so it looks like Santa's elves need to work on getting one of those ready for Bennett.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Decor

I wanted to share my house at Christmas time with you guys today! We decided to get new Christmas décor this year for our new house. We needed a bigger tree and decided to just go with an all new "theme" while we were at it. It may seem silly but I've been thinking since last year how I wanted to decorate my new house for Christmas. I have always loved the woodland, outdoorsy, buffalo plaid look so that's what I decided to do. I feel like it's especially good for a house full of boys. Campbell and Bennett prefer their colorful, fun tree in the playroom right now but as they get older I think they'll like the look of what we have going on downstairs. I'll share the playroom tree later but for now, here is our house at Christmas.
All of my home furniture is from Bassett. The tree and everything I got for the tree is from Hobby Lobby. The stockings are from Pottery Barn. I'm planning to monogram them next year once we have all of our stockings and our family is complete! The pillows are also from Pottery Barn. I put real garland on my mantel and I absolutely love it. I've never done real garland before and I'll never, not do it again! I went to my local nursery to pick some up and it was only $2 a foot! I couldn't believe how cheap it was and it looks so beautiful. Next year I'll find places to put more of it around because that's how much I love it. I found the fun plaid house (it lights up too!) at a local store and I love it. Just a fun little extra something. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wordless Wednesday