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january hits

January 9, 2015

pjsCan I still say Happy New Year? We are all getting back into a routine these days! Thought I would share new favorites and some of the biggest “hits” from the holidays.

My hairstylist Paul Chet carries Mason Pearson hair brushes and I am forever changed! It is so much gentler on my hair and I can see why it has high ratings everywhere from pros! I chose the Junior size and I hear the detangler is a game changer as well.

Our local store Rain sells PJ Salvage flannels pj’s and they are so comfy!  I just bought the pants and am living in them. They wash great and miraculously don’t shrink.

Holiday favorites-

My 7 year old and my husband loved this gift! The Snap Circuit 300 is COOL. They spent so much time doing the experiments together over the break.  It seemed like all ages loved it whenever they were around. Great gift for kids!

Don’t laugh. Don’t be scared. But Mindfreak is delighting my boys and their friends! The box is absolutely a turn off but don’t let that sway you!! Just place the top on it’s side so you don’t see it!! Ha. All the trinkets are a kids dream! Plus. the tricks are easy enough for kids to grasp and pretty quality.

Puzzles were a hit this year. My daughter got a cute one of 35 pieces while my family was given a 500 piece puzzle. It has been great on these snowy weekends to have one going on our dining room table.

One of the gifts that my daughter is playing with all the time is Melissa and Dougs Fold N Go Horse Stable- well made and great to tote around.

Other favorites for my boys were football gloves, art supplies and anything Under Armour.

On another note, I am back in meal planning mode and just made Morning Glory muffins- a great go to for an afternoon snack or breakfast (if they last that long).  Other recents are Migas, Comfort pasta, and Kates Egg and Sausage casserole.

 

 

ebates

January 6, 2015
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EbatesSo, for years I have seen ebates advertised but didn’t buy into how it could be legitimate. Well, similar to when I finally signed up for a Target debit card…. I was in the dark!!  My future sister-in-law told me to look into it as she shops through ebates and makes money back on her purchases. I am a MAJOR online shopper and have been just giving up free money I guess. In three days, my husband and I have gotten almost $100 back in ebate money which you can apply towards a gift card to your choice of some online retailers or have it deposited directly into your paypal account. I chose Target but there are other options. It takes about one minute to sign up and then you can stay logged in for future clicks. Hello!!?? Show me the $$$!

Here’s a review of Is ebates a scam?

last minute touches

December 21, 2014

pineconeIn the countdown! Maybe that’s why I am up at 5:42 am for no good reason?

Saw this awesome way to wrap a wine bottle and wanted to share. I love to wrap and hadn’t thought to do it this way! Could also work for olive oil, etc.

And here is an easy way to make a Rosemary wreath place card.  Or another favorite, a pine cone place card.

Two more last minute gift ideas from friends- Deluxe Roominate- cool way to build a house! And Labyrinth Balance Board- fun and a no joke ab workout I bet!

Happy holidays to all of you! Off to the store to start decorating my holiday table.

december things

December 14, 2014

beefpeppersWe still need to eat during the holidays, right? Here are some of my recent favorites.

Tonight my husband and I made PW’s Beef with Peppers. Holy cow!! This was so delicious!! Some side notes- my kids lapped this up- but we left out the red chili and the red pepper flakes. We cooked the steak as one whole piece on the grill, then sliced thin with the onions and peppers and noodles. IT WAS AWESOME. Definitely added to my cooking rotation.

I will be making this Cranberry Brie appetizer a lot in the next two weeks. It’s so easy and people gobble it up.

Last year at this time, I was totally into Clementine Cosmos! Here is the recipe.

Finally- after all this talk of gift buying, it’s time to refocus and talk about giving. Here is my post about random acts of kindness from last year. My kids are actively participating this month and we still have more to do!

holiday gift giving 2014 part 10

December 13, 2014

instacubePart 10???!!! I am a little surprised myself!

My friend Corey wowed me with her list of gifts- things I had never thought of for my boys but which they would LOVE!

Uncle Milton Moon in my Room and Celestron FirstScope Telescope

and this Vacationer Jewelry Case for her mom – love all the individual inserts!

My cousin Kristen sent me a link to something I WANT! Instacube. I love it!

My friend and decorator Susan from Restyle Design gave me this super cute candle from Anthro. It smells like we have a fresh tree- love that.

These Kate Spade ballpoint pens made Oprah’s list this year. I love the color combinations. And if you know me well, I always carry my own pen!

PS. Was just in World Market and they have a ton of fun stocking stuffers.

other stuff

December 11, 2014

jenisLike my very original title? I guess you could say I need a break from thinking of Christmas tonight!

Just heard about this book from a friend as I was telling her how tired I am of my three year old visiting me in the middle of the night - All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior – I will be picking it up soon

Our incredible local cheese shop, The Welsh Rabbit, made an amazing cheese platter the other night and I was totally wowed by the French Cheese Brillat Savarin with papaya. I don’t eat cheese that often, but I will be getting another order of this before Christmas!! Try it.

Speaking of local finds- do you know Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream from Nashville is being sold local??? Seriously friends- at WF and Super Target.  Granted it’s about $10 a pint, but… and another local company NOOSA (sold nationwide now) made a pumpkin yoghurt that is amazing! I would have never tried it but I was lucky to have a sweet friend insist and drop off a container.

Have a great weekend!

holiday gift giving 2014 part 9

December 10, 2014
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My friend Holly sent me her list- she said these all make great hostess gifts too-
Zum products are the best-smelling soaps/lotions/sprays evah!
This candle called Frosty Zum in minty pine flavor is my favorite.
Frankincense and myrrh hand lotion by Zum
Cocomels – coconut milk caramels
Other ideas from me-
Last year my husband gave my boys stock in their favorite company- Dr. Pepper! He created his own “certificate” to present to them at Christmas and a list and pictures of all the brands that fall under DPS stock. Our kids have watched their stock grow and recognize the companies products wherever we go. It’s been a great learning experience.
I got this beauty blender after a makeup artist recommended it to me. People are gaga over this! If you have a favorite things party- bring one! Can you believe there are over 2700 reviews on this product at Sephora???
And guys!! Get these for your wife this year- Sorel Joan of Arctic boots- they are like slippers!! I know they don’t look like it – but they are soooo comfortable. I could have sold them off my feet this week I have gotten to many inquiries!
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