Stocking Stuffers For The Kids

While I’m nearly done with my Christmas shopping, one thing I still need to get taken care of is stocking stuffers for the kids! I really try to make the goodies in their stockings more than an afterthought with some fun and creative gifts. There’s also always a few practical items for them (think warm socks, hats, gloves, chapstick) and I also always give them a treat or two (such as candy canes or hot cocoa mixes). And then I always try to fill the rest with things the kids love (like legos and small books) and then come up with some fun creative items to surprise them with. I also try to find some educational type things as well. Here’s a list of some things I’ve come across that I’m loving!


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One – My kids love any kind of STEM activity like this

Two – This hand controlled drone looks really cool

Three – This mini planetarium would be so neat for the science loving kid

Four – Every kid would love these invisible ink pens

Five – My little one has a harmonica and loves it

Six – This mini doodle kit is perfect for travel and on the go

Seven – My kids love bath bombs and these space themed ones that have a toy inside look so fun and are really affordable

Eight – Perfect for the young photographer, and really affordable

Nine – My kids were gifted walkie talkies last year and they were a hit

Ten – Instead of a basic flashlight, this moon torch looks really fun

Eleven –  Any little girl would love this sweet charm bracelet

Twelve – I love gifting my kids a practical hat & glove set

Thirteen – A fun take on the magic 8 ball

Fourteen – Would be a great into to Origami for the artistic kid

Fifteen – This highly reviewed math game is fun and educational

Sixteen – Perfect for the little explorer

Seventeen – We can never seem to find everything for the perfect snowman, so I think this would be a really great gift for my kids this year

Eighteen – Putting stars up in a bedroom are basically a right of passage

Nineteen – My kids love anything cozy this time of year, and fuzzy socks are always appreciated

Twenty – Karaoke would be such a fun family night

Twenty One – My older kiddo loves playing War, so this game would be a fun twist on it

I hope this helps you on your search for stocking stuffers! And if you missed it, here’s my 2019 Holiday Gift List post where I shared my picks for gifts for everyone on your list.


Decking The Halls For Christmas

Decking The Halls For Christmas

Boys Pajamas | Tree | Tree Skirt (West Elm, old – similar)

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Now that the dust has settled from the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s time to get focused on Christmas! And this year there’s such a short time between the two holidays so it really feels like we have a lot to do in the next few weeks to get ready.

We did get our tree put up just before Thanksgiving, but didn’t get around to decorating it until a few days ago. The boys love to put the ornaments on, so they did most of it this year! With them back in school I found a little time this week to put our other Christmas decorations out including a second tree in our entry way. It has been so dark and gloomy outside here the last few days, but I have to admit I’m kind of enjoying the cozy ambiance it gives. I’m looking forward to lots of evenings by the fire drinking hot cocoa cuddled in a furry throw watching Christmas movies.

In addition to sharing our home at Christmas, I also wanted to share a few other decor items I’m loving – and many of them would make great gifts as well!

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My Cyber Monday Picks

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and holiday weekend! We had such a nice holiday spent with family eating lots of delicious food, watching movies, and taking afternoon walks/runs. I didn’t have much of a chance to do Christmas shopping this past weekend, so I’m looking forward to hitting the Cyber Monday sales today. Here’s a few items and deals that have caught my eye, and I’m also sharing some of the best sales happening today.

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Target  – Up to 50% off Cyber Monday Deals

Amazon – Tons of Cyber Monday Deals with up to 56% off Amazon Devices

Nordstrom – Cyber Sale up to 50% off, plus get up to $100 reward for shopping cyber week

H&M – 30% off and free shipping

Old Navy – 50% off everything

Gap – 50% off everything with code GAPCYBER and an additional 10% off with code GOBIG

Banana Republic – 50% off everything

J Crew – 50% off with code MONDAY

& Other Stories – 30% off sale with code CYBER30

Shopbop – Up to 25% off full price items, up to 75% off sale items with code MORE19

Backcountry – Up to 50% off

Ann Taylor – 50% off everything with code CYBER

Abercrombie & Fitch – 40% off plus free shipping

Baublebar – 35% off everything

Dermstore – Save up to 30% with code DSGIFT

Loft – 50% off plus free shipping with code CYBER


Our Favorite Family Christmas Pajamas

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One of our favorite family Christmas traditions is matching family pajamas! Every Christmas Eve before we go to bed, we all gather under the tree to open one present – which of course we all know is our matching Christmas pajamas. We wear them to bed, and then we all match in the morning while we open presents. It is something our entire family looks forward to every year!

In addition to our special Christmas Eve set, I typically do a few more matching sets for the boys – one for photos with Santa, and another under the tree to open Christmas Day. Sometimes I can’t help myself and we even end up with one more set for the family to coordinate leading up to Christmas (what can I say…we love pjs!). That said – clearly we aren’t the only ones because I have found that family pajamas frequently start selling out in November, so I definitely recommend snagging them sooner rather than later. Here’s a peek at some of the pajamas we’ve worn over the years…as well as some others that I’m loving this season!

Plaid Pajamas

My Pajama Bottoms | My Pajama Top | Beanie | Slippers | Boys Pajama Bottoms | Boys Pajama Tops

Plaid Pajamas (Burts Bees – print no longer available. Here are Stripe or Fairisle options)

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Striped Pajamas

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And a few more this season that I’m loving…

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My 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Today’s post is a big one! I’m sharing all of my gift picks for everyone on your list this year. Many of these things are items I personally own and highly recommend, and others are on my own personal wish list or giving list as well. I hope this gives you some ideas as you begin your holiday shopping!

For the kids…

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For the teacher…

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For the hostess…

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For her…

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For him…

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For the grandparents…

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My Thanksgiving Tablescape

My Thanksgiving Tablescape

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is next week!!! As I’m getting prepared and pulling out all of my Thanksgiving dishes and serving ware, I thought it would be fun to share my tablescape. I love going super traditional for the holidays and sticking with classic Thanksgiving colors/decor. I’ve had my orange salad plates, napkins, and napkin rings for several years and this year I added new tumblers and some fun pumpkin serving ware. I used a faux eucalyptus garland for this setting, but will likely do real instead for our actual dinner.

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Advent Calendars For Everyone On Your List

I hate to feel that I’m skipping over Thanksgiving by starting to think ahead to Christmas, but this is one gift I always shop for early as the gift giving actually begins December 1st! Yes…it’s time to think about advent calendars – which just so happens to be one of my kids’ favorite holiday traditions. Not only do they love getting a special little treat each day leading up to Christmas, it’s also a really fun way to count down the days. And advents aren’t just for kids anymore! There are so many fun grown up options and I think they make a great gift for friends, family, teachers, neighbors, hostesses…really anyone on your list.

For the kids…

KidsAdventOne – Any little boy would love to have this fun hot wheels advent

Two – Instead of a traditional toy or treat, I love the idea of reading a story together each day.

Three – What kid isn’t obsessed with Paw Patrol?!

Four – You can never go wrong with classic candy

 Five – I love this sweet little wooden toy advent you can use year after year

Six – Kids who saw Toy Story 4 this year will sure love this advent

 Seven – This is the advent I grabbed my kids this year! Legos are always a hit

    Eight – Perfect for any little girl


For her…

HerAdventOne – This Charlotte Tilbury set is ultimate advent for the beauty and skin care lover

Two – Voluspa has such amazing scented candles and I love the packaging of this pretty little set

Three – This jam and honey set is perfect for the foodie in your life

Four – A fun mix of sparkling wines

Five – I was introduced to Sugarfina at a baby shower years ago…and their candies are incredible.

Six – Some classic beauty essentials at a great price

Seven – The perfect kit for getting glammed up for the holidays

Eight – A grown up candy advent

  Nine – A pretty tea sampler makes a lovely gift


For him…

MensAdventOne – A great mix of sweet, savory, and spicy snacks and sauces

Two – Great essential toiletry items

Three – The ultimate hot sauce set

 Four – A great array of hard liquors


For Fido…

PetAdvent.jpgOne – Meat treats for your best friend

Two – The ever popular Trader Joe’s advent calendar. And there’s one for cats this year too!

Three – Catnip treats will be a hit

Four – Christmas cookies for your pup