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{teen | gift guide}

SHOP: Bay’s Sherpa (30% off) | My Sherpa (30% off)| Sunglasses

You guys – I’ve been working on this post for what seems like a fucking lifetime. Ha! Teens are straight up hard to buy for. And I wanted to compile a good list. Of good shit. With ALL THE THINGS I know any teenage girl would LOVE.

Everything was handpicked and has a stamp of approval from my very own (very picky or particular) teenager.

And since we’re both wearing sherpas. And they’re both one sale today. We did a little sherpa round up for you at the end of the blog post. Because, there is NO such thing as too many sherpa. Am I right?

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{gift guide for her | 2019}

SHOP: Merry Tee ($8)| Faux Leather Jacket (similar) | Denim | Sunglasses

If I had to name this look, I’d call it Merry AF!

And since I’m feeling Merry AF, why not share my first Gift Guide for the Holiday season?

It’s officially that time of year of year again and I’m so excited about it!  In previous years, I’ve thought the Christmas music was playing a little too early or Thanksgiving felt like it was being overlooked, but this year – I’m here for it.  

Let’s kick it off with a Gift Guide for her. All the things I truly believe any woman in your life would love and enjoy! I mean hell, I own or want everything on this damn list…HA!

This list took me a long time to put together. I wanted it to be well rounded. With items that are in all price ranges. I found Staub baking dishes for under $50! A white claw coozie. And you know I had to throw in pajamas + slippers.

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{gift guide: father’s day}

Father’s Day is right around the corner. I’m talking 10 days ladies. I swear, Father’s Day sneaks up on me every year. And I think we can all agree…..Men are either the easiest to buy for or the very hardest? Am I right? Like, there is NO in between. So, we better hop to it!

Sometimes we overthink things. Don’t stress. It’s not all about the fancy gifts. Sometimes it’s just the thought of planning some quality time. A little extra effort. Especially when it comes from the kiddos. I’m sharing some ideas on how to make Father’s Day extra special.

Plan one of his favorite activities //

Whether you go out to his fave brunch or dinner spot. Maybe the golf course or Top Golf to hit some golf balls. The lake for a day on the water. The local brewery for some beers. Does he like going to the movies? Grab all his top candy + snacks and head to the show. Or the store he loves to shop at. Whatever it is – makes reservations and arrangements ahead of time. That way you can just go and have fun!

Plan a BBQ or brunch //

Pick his number one meal. Breakfast. Brunch. BBQ. Whatever it is….grocery shop and have it all prepped. Have the kids set the table. How cute are they necktie napkins? Super easy to do. I’ll share the DIY below. These menus are the perfect touch. They are customizable do you can add anything you’d like.

Square Dish Set (on sale) | Gold Flatware | Linen Napkins | Table Runner (only $7) | Stainless Steel Vase: Serendipity

Click here: Necktie Napkin Fold DIY // Free Printable Menu

A fun gift //

Big or small. Something he’d never buy for himself. Or maybe something you know he could use. Have the kids wrap it up with the Sunday newspaper. Make handmade cards. I promise whatever is in the box will put a smile on his face.

I rounded up a bunch of tried + true great items that I think any dad would LOVE.

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{gift guide: mother’s day}

When you cant give them the world, opt for a pretty gift instead.  Here’s a gift guide for all the cool moms out there.

Guarantee you’ll be able to find a little something for all the Mama’s in your life…including the ones who swear they don’t need a thing.  Other than quality time and a long brunch (with wine included, obvi) together, you know what the second best way to thank her……

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{easter basket ideas}

I LOVE Easter time. Well, I love all Holidays. We have so many fun Easter traditions, which makes this Holiday so fun. I always fill Bay’s basket with all the things summer time. New swimsuit. Beach towel. Goggles. Cute floatie. I pretty much follow what my parents did when I was a kid. Always a swimsuit and saltwater sandals. Oh and lots of candy. You can’t forget the candy! It’s like a Christmas stocking, but with summer stuff. All the fun little goodies.

I used to be able to post all my goodies here, but now I have a tween that likes to read my blog and look at all my photos. And since I want her to be somewhat surprised, I’m going to save her exact basket for Easter morning. I’m sharing all kinds of ideas. Some are in her basket this year. Some I’ve used in previous years. I even got extra and did a boy basket too!

I try to think of things she’s going to need as summer approaches and Spring break rolls around.

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{stocking stuffers}

Anyone else leave stocking stuffers for last?  Every.Single.Time!  Then run around like a chicken with its head chopped off looking for all the things….in all the picked over + over crowded stores?

Me too!!!

And we get zero credit for all the damn hustle.  You’re welcome, Santa!

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news…..you’ve officially got 6 days to make shit happen.  Runnn!

Step #1: stick a bottle of chardonnay in the fridge.

Step #2: order everything possible thing you can on Target.com for an in-store pick-up #lifesaver

Step #3: when all else fails….buy lots + lots of candy.  I’ve never heard a kid complain about sweets.

Step #4: drink that chardonnay and give yourself a pat on the back!

 

I’ve got you’re back boo!  Keep scrolling….I’ve rounded up some fun goodies to help a sister out.  Some items are re-runs from the {tween gift guide} but are totally perfect for a stocking stuffer too!

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Knit Stocking // F Bomb // Sheet Mask // String Lights // Glitter Polish // Lash Primer // Mascara // No-Show Socks // Velvet Pencil Case // Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed

 

Crafting the perfect stocking doesn’t have to be crazy expensive.  There is a science behind putting together a good one though.  The perfect amount of sweets!  #chocolate  Unique small trinkets.  Something to wear.  And an item off the kiddo’s wish list.

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{tween gift guide}

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Caboodle // Beats headphones // Chromebook // Letter Board // Instax Camera // Hydro Flask // Lighted Makeup Mirror

 

Scratching your head for ideas on what the hell to get your tween?  If somehow the teenager in your life made their way to the top of the “nice list” and deserve some good stuff Christmas morning, I got you!  With the help of my very own 12 year old, we’ve rounded up some tween approved gift ideas that they will enjoy unwrapping.  Just as much as you will enjoy gifting them.  And let’s be real…the older they get, the trickier gift giving gets.

Here’s to happy smiles Christmas morning.  And gifts they’ll actually keep…Ha!

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 Santa Lettering Gift Wrap  // Gold Scissors // String lights

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{mug gift ideas}

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I’m all about the mug life.  It’s the perfect incognito beverage vessel.  Is it wine?  Or is it coffee?  You’ll never really know what I’m sippin on.

And these pretty initial mugs from Anthro are perfect for your instagram game too…Ha!

I’m sharing 3 fun + easy + inexpensive ways to gift a mug to your homegirl + kids teachers + hostess + hairdresser or anyone really.

If you keep scrolling, I’ve also added some of my top mug picks too.  Mugs are so damn cute these days, it was hard to just pick a couple so I shared a shit-ton.

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{weekend notes}

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Happy Cyber Monday friends.  This is a sale I can get behind!  It doesn’t require going anywhere.  No lines.  A shit-ton of good deals.  All from the comfort of your own home….of office, in my case.  Believe it or not, I didn’t make a single purchase on Black Friday.  I probably would have, had we not been headed to Tahoe for the weekend.  Maybe it was a blessing in disguise?  Ha!

Is anyone else insanely happy that we still have 1 more week till December?!?!  Just a little more time till the festivities really hit!  I’m going to embrace this week to the fullest.  We are going to get all the rest of our Christmas decor up tonight.  Hoping to get it all on the blog next week.

Intentions for the Week:

  • Get in 15,000 steps per day…No matter what – I lost my fitbit 🙁 
  • Pick up Trader Joe’s garland.  How much garland is too much?  Asking for a friend! – Gimme all the garland.  I’ve gone the extra mile to take all the steps to care for it too
  • Hydrate (god knows I drank wayyy too much wine over the weekend) – Kinda sorta did a good job….till Thursday.
  • Find all the best Cyber Monday deals – Did anyone score an awesome deal?  Tell me all about it.  
  • Work on all the outdoor lights + garland – They’re up.  Now to get our front porch tree lit up!
  • Dinner + drinks to celebrate Robin – Always a good time!!!
  • Get my pearly whites polished up – Bay + I are cavity free still
  • Share Bay’s Christmas bedroom decor – Thanks for all the love on Bay’s room ♥
  • Transfer dates to 2019 calendar – Didn’t even crack open the 2019!!
  • Dickens in the Valley Home Tour – Gorgeous homes….crazy inspired!!!  
  • Make turkey noodle soup with our Thanksgiving carcass (I hate that word FYI) – It’s happening TONIGHT!  

 

 

Let’s chat Cyber Monday first!  These are a few of my favorite things….and a couple are on my list:

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Click on any of the images below to shop…..

Couple other items that caught my eye today on Amazon…..

Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Echo Dot combo // AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing Ethnicity

 

 

Highlights from the weekend…..

Thanksgiving!!

“kid wine” cheers at the kids table!

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Quick photo shoot with Gram + Papa ♥

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The olive lover #olivejuice

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Real men wear women’s aprons to carve the turkey!

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I re-set my table…AGAIN!  After the rotten pumpkin fiasco.

My mom collected the most beautiful leaves while we were camping at Casini Ranch the other weekend.  These clipping lying across the table are the ones we stole off the side of the road.  Festive AF! And free!

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This is what our plates looked like.   Although, we’re all eating turkey.  I feel like everyone’s plate I saw on the ‘gram looked totally different.  And I LOVED hearing about the weird menu item each family serves.  Our’s is pretzel jello salad…yummm.

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Friday morning we hit the road for Tahoe.  With a pit stop in Placerville to pick up tree permits.

We picked up our permit at the Forest Supervisor’s Office: 3034 Briw Road.  Placerville, CA 95667.  Phone number: (530) 622-5061.

I called to confirm today and they do still have tree permits available.  They are first come first serve. $10 cash each.  2 Tree permits per family.

Once you purchase your permit you’ll get the orange permits that you attach to the tree(s).  And a map showing you all the spot for tree cutting.

Here’s more info on tree permits: Eldorado National Forest Christmas Tree Permits

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Pit stop at Strawberry Lodge.  It was raining + snowing.

My girl all bundled up…in my jacket…lol!  The struggle is real!!!

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Just a little snow….

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Dressing the cabin up for the Holidays ♥

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Avocado toast is my weekend jam  #basic

I used the leftover Thanksgiving ham.  Bomb.com

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We hit the Fallen Leaf Lake trail from the campground.  Such a pretty trail.  Great for kids too!

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Just give me all the snowy trails.

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Then you get to this.  I mean, could it have been a more beautiful day?  The sky.  The mountains.  The lake.  I can’t pick which one I like the most.

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My people ♥

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{black friday // best sales}

I’ve rounded up all the top sales + promo codes to get you the best bang for your buck! You know I’m a sucker for a good deal!

And I want to thank you all who purchase items from my blog + links I provide. I make a very small commission which keeps me on the hunt for ALL THE THINGS to share with you ❤️ happy shopping!

Abercrombie: 50% off entire store for “club members” Kids 40% off.  FREE SHIPPING on all orders!  Become a club member and get $10 off!

American Eagle: 40% off + FREE SHIPPING.  Flannels are $25 too!

Anthropologie: 30% off!!

Express: 50% off everything + FREE SHIPPING!

Free People: 50% off select items + FREE SHIPPING!

GAP: 50% off everything!  Use code: BLKFRIDAY

J.Crew: 40% off!  Use code: TOGETHER

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