Monday, November 22, 2021

2021 Gift Guides - things we own and love

Today I'm sharing my favorite gift guide to put together each year; things we own and love! These are all items that I (or my husband) personally own and highly recommend. I always think it's nice to give something that you've personally used and know if a good quality product. 

Bombas Socks / Slim Can Sleeves 

Dinner Bowls / Fire Tablet 

Vice Golf Balls / Yeti Rambler / Whipped Honey 

A couple of notes 

1. If you do get the Yeti I highly suggest also getting the straw cap; adding the straw has significantly helped me increase my daily water intake. 

2. I do not golf, but my husband highly recommends those golf balls. He says they are almost as good as the really expensive ones, but you're not as devastated if you lose one. 

3. We picked that whipped honey when we were in Savannah earlier this year for wedding and have loved finding new ways to use it. Savannah Bee Company has gift collections or you could just order the whipped honey and make your own foodie basket with items from other makers. 

What things do you own and love that would make a great gift? Need more ideas? Check out my 2020 favorites gift guide here

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

5 Holiday Recipes that Travel Well

We're planning on doing Thanksgiving with my husband's extended family this year. As I was thinking about what to bring I had the realization that the perfect pot luck dish is one that you don't need to cook onsite. There are plenty of casseroles that I love, but I don't love the idea of being the person who shows up and hogs the oven. So today I decided to share some of the yummy dishes I found on Pinterest that are all served cold and will travel well so we can all be the low maintenance holiday get-together guest. 

Cold Spinach Dip - My mom has made this dip for years and it is always a crowd pleaser! For a healthier twist sub out the mayo or sour cream (or both) for plain greek yogurt. I like to dip baby carrots or pretzel chips. 

Cranberry Bacon Broccoli Salad - Is broccoli salad only a thing in the South? The addition of cranberries here is a fun holiday twist! 

Winter Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables - The addition of shrimp really elevates this above your simple picnic pasta salad. 

Winter Pomegranate Orange Quinoa Salad - I dare you to try and find a more festive looking salad! In a season full of casseroles and stuffings I love the idea of a bright healthy salad. 

Pumpkin Fluff Dip - I obviously had to finish this list with a dessert and this is the perfect one! I made this randomly last fall one weekend and have been thinking about it since. So easy to make; honestly the only easier dessert would be picking one up from the store. I like dipping sliced apples and graham crackers. 

What are your go to pot luck holiday dishes? 

Monday, November 15, 2021

2021 Gift Guides - Stocking Stuffers

The next edition of my 2021 gift guide features my favorite type of holiday gift; the stocking stuffer! My rules for stocking stuffers are pretty simple; the item must be able to fit in a stocking and must be $25 or under. Stockings are not the place for the most expensive gift! 

Socks  / Makeup Brushes  / Nail Polish / Burts Bees 

Under Eye Patches   / Weighted Eye Mask / Pearl Bow Earrings 

Magnetic Wristband / Spaghetti Measure / WallflowersHot Chocolate Mix / Mini Vacuum 

A couple of highlights 

1. I think chapstick is the ultimate stocking stuffer and burts bees makes my favorite! I think I've included some form of this in every stocking stuffer gift guide I've ever put together 

2. Those socks are UGG and less than $20. I've never tried them but UGG is known for great quality so they are probably fabulous and will feel a little more lux than anything else

3. That mini vacuum is truly mini. I think the real name is the smallest vacuum or something like that. It is adorable and I think would be perfect for someone to use at their desk. 

What are your favorite stocking stuffers? At what price do you think something goes from being a stocking stuffer to a "real" gift? 

Friday, November 12, 2021

2021 Gift Guides - My Wishlist

Today's gift guide comes highly requested; my wishlist! Now in all honesty I do not thing a single thing. I'm very lucky to have the freedom to buy myself things throughout the year as I need/want them. But it's still fun to put together a wishlist! 

Tennis Shoes - My husband has already said he's going to buy me these so I know I will find a wrapped pair under the Christmas tree this year. It is way past time for me to upgrade my old pair! I'm leaning towards some On Clouds, but am really open to whatever is best for wearing on the elliptical. 

Headband - I'm still really into headbands! I love this one in black and this one in rainbow. I also really like this set to replace the animal print one I lost on a trip. 

Pink Girly Slippers - Do I own two pairs of slippers? Yes. But my pink fluffy pair are showing serious signs of wear and need to be replaced. I'd love this pair or this pair to replace mine. 

Self Care Gift Certificate - I am a big "treat yourself" girl, but it's even better when that self care comes gifted from someone else! I'd love a pedicure from my favorite nail salon! 

Joggers - My job is staying permanently work from home which means comfy clothes is my new work wear. My husband bought me some leggings from this Amazon brand last year that I love, so I think I'd really like these joggers. 

Meat Chopper - This is probably the most random thing on my list, but I saw someone use this on TikTok months ago and have been thinking about it since. 

Ruggable Rug - The rug in our living room has seen MUCH better days. I'm very intrigued by the idea of a nonslip rug you can throw in the washing machine. 

Strawberry Balsamic - This is one that probably only my mom will understand, but I would love a full size bottle of the strawberry balsamic from the fancy olive oil place. She bought me a sample pack the last time I visited and the strawberry was by far my favorite one and the perfect salad topping. Mom, if you're reading this I'd also like a couple jars of chicken sausage gumbo. 

Peppermint Bark - If you know me you know I LOVE peppermint bark! I think Williams Sonoma makes the best, but really it's all good! 

And as always, if you're shopping for me please coordinate with all my other loved ones to make sure you don't all buy me the same thing. 

Monday, November 8, 2021

2021 Gift Guides - The Dog Parent

 Kicking off the 2021 gift guides today by sharing ideas for the dog parent! Show the "crazy dog mom" in your life that you really get her by gifting something for her best friend. I say this as a crazy dog mom myself. 

Treats / Light Up Collar / Collar 

Dog Rain Jacket / Duck Toy / Giraffe Toy / Travel Food Bowl 

A couple of highlights: 

1. My pup (lab terrier mix) has that giraffe toy and he LOVES it! The neck is soft and small enough for him to easily carry around everywhere. 

2. The Bocce Bakery soft and chewy treats really are soft! I randomly picked up the apple pie flavored treats and he loves them as much as a piece of string cheese, which is great because I feel better giving him one of these than a piece of string cheese. 

Are you shopping for any dog parents this year?