Who else doesn’t have all of their shopping done for the holidays? I hope I’m not the only one! Don’t despair! Last minute gifts aren’t that hard to come by.
Moms do a lot right? I think they deserve the best when it comes to Christmas presents. Let’s give the moms (and other important gals) in our lives the greatest Christmas ever with these awesome gifts under $50. I’m not going to lie, I would want any (or all!) of these! Word on the street is that most of our staff would, also. Kids- are you paying attention.
1. How fab are these gloves from Anthropologie? Gotta keep those fingers nice and warm! ($48)
2. Every house needs a beautiful calendar for 2015! I love this one from Rifle Paper Co. ($26)
3. Get cozy in these polka dot printed pj’s from Gap! ($44.99)
4. This 3-wick candle from Bath and Body Works will fill your home with the most divinely cozy smells! ($22.50)
5. Isn’t this scarf beautiful? Looks super comfy too! Get it at Loft! ($34.50)
6. Everyone needs a classic pair of stud earrings! THESE from Kate Spade! ($48)
7. I think any mom would love to … >> find out more...
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Isn’t it the greatest? The warm feeling of friends and family everywhere, plans of spending time in front of the fire with my favorite books or a 5,000 piece puzzle and even a cup or two of ridiculously rich eggnog. And I didn’t even get to the presents. Not that they count, or anything materialistic like that.
Not to be cliché, but it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
I’m lucky to live in a state where, more often than not, Christmas is a snowy wonderland. I might grumble about it for the rest of the Winter season, but around the holidays there just isn’t anything better than a snowy front yard on Christmas morning.
Like all good holidays, the smells are what trigger memories of Christmases past for me. The Christmases of my childhood and even the smells of new traditions created with my own little family. They all blend in a happy place in my mind, delicious smells and warm thoughts mixed simmering together. In fact, I have a handful of my favorite smells during the Christmas season, ones I count on as part of … >> find out more...
Here is the point in our relationship where I confess to my closet love for the one and only Miss Taylor Swift. Or T. Swift, if you live at my house. Or if you are cool.
I finally gave into my urgings a few days ago and downloaded her new, 1989, album and it’s been looping on repeat since. Taylor Swift 1989. IT’S THAT GOOD, ear worm type stuff. So what, I’m a 30-something wife and mother with decidedly more mature tastes than that of an early (and I do mean early) 20’s country-to-pop-crossover star. But I love her, I do.
Taylor Swift, I couldn’t quit you if I tried.
Don’t judge me, it just feels right.
I’m guessing if you haven’t admitted it already, you probably love her too and that’s okay. This is a safe space. A safe, Taylor Swift friendly place.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Olay. Photo credit: family selfie taken by me on a frozen lake in Spokane, Washington
Did you know that Photobucket isn’t just a resource for finding stock images anymore? It’s true, Photobucket is also a super easy hub for making any and all things photo product related. You want gorgeous holiday cards? They got holiday cards. You want a slideshow? Photobucket has super easy to build slideshows. Remember how I shared some tips for how to get beautiful for holiday photos? I used some of the photos from that post and easily pulled together a super rad slideshow featuring some of my favorite photos from 2014. Turns out, even though our year was less than amazing, there were still some pretty good moments. It took me less than 5 minutes to upload the photos and toss them all together in a slideshow to help me remember those good moments, and then with their handy sharing tools, I shared that slideshow on Facebook in a snap! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Such a fun feature, especially if you’re looking for a low-key alternative to traditional holiday cards or even if you just … >> find out more...
It’s another beautiful day, friends. The scent of Autumn is in the air. The snow is starting to fall, one trickling snowflake at a time. It’s cold enough for hot drinks and cozy fires, a good novel on the couch. Time to tuck in with your favorite TV shows and hunker down for the Winter.
What are you watching, what are you reading? I’m reading romance novels, one after the other. Ones with totally implausible plot-lines and modern day, swashbuckling heroes. There’s always a firefighter or some other tough guy, with plenty of money and six-pack abs. And a damsel slightly in distress. It takes feminism back a solid half-century at least, but it’s mind numbing, and sometimes that’s what counts when it’s always dark outside.
I’m behind on life. I have an inbox jam-packed full of emails I need to return, and laundry that needs to be folded. Doctors to call, appointments to make, groceries to buy, posts to write, stairs that need vacuuming. But right now I’m spending a lot of time with my kids. They need me, I need them, and the house can wait. Hopefully the email and you guys and everything in-between can hang tight … >> find out more...
If you are looking for awesome DIY Halloween costumes for kids, stick around. Because Halloween is coming, friends. And you’re going to need some costumes. And you’re going to need them easy and you’re going to want them cheap. Maybe these 3 quick and painless ideas will inspire you. All of these costumes were pulled together using things we found already laying around in our closets & craft bin, with the exception of a few minor accessories to add a little zing here and there. No sewing required on any of them, and they are suitable for boys and girls both. Aiming for perfection here isn’t the key, aiming for fun and easy is. Best part of these DIY Halloween costumes is that my dashing little subjects were over-the-moon happy with each of these costumes.
Why it’s cool: The rodeo clowns are the real heroes of the rodeo. They dress funny, but they are just as brave as the cowboys riding the bulls. Maybe even a little tougher. And I love bandanas.
What we already had: denim cutoffs a few sizes too big, plaid shirt, long johns (optional–if you live in a warm climate, you can skip these) … >> find out more...
Do you have a very favorite smell? Like, you go into a bookstore and breathe in a huge, yoga type breath, and you’re transported by the smell of new books and coffee to a happy place? I have a few of those smells in my life. Apple scented candles transport me instantly to back-to-school time; something about apples being ripe and being canned in my mother’s kitchen when I was a child, right around the time I started school every Fall. Bookstores, coffee, libraries, they all evoke strong memories of happy times in my life.
But the best smell of all for me, of all time, is the ocean.
When I was little my family made a pilgrimage, almost annually, across the deserts of Utah, Nevada and California (and a couple times up the coast to Oregon, Washington and Canada) to reach the Pacific Ocean. My mother’s family is all from the San Francisco area, and there’s a love for the ocean in our family DNA that runs long and deep.
The first memory I have of the ocean is from the time my family spent two weeks in Monterey for Christmas vacation when I was 7. I remember … >> find out more...
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I’ve talked a bit about the very difficult year we’ve had at the Czarnecki household, and the profound effect it has had on our family. Our baby girl (she’s nearly 15) has been ill since last winter, and since then we’ve gone through every possible test, procedure, blood work, doctor and hospital available. In fact, recently Sofie and I made promises to each other in light of all we’ve been through together this year.
This sweet (and extra spicy) girl of mine has had to face some serious challenges, and overnight it seems, has grown in the face of darkness and heartbreak.
I wouldn’t wish that kind of education on anyone, anywhere. Ever. But it’s one of the first major life challenge for this girl of mine, who has never failed at anything in her life. Sofie has, quite literally, never failed at anything. Until this year, when she couldn’t make herself better no matter how hard she tried.
We’ve all hit a wall at … >> find out more...
This post is sponsored by Target. More Turtles, More Bold and Daring Fun: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Target.
Art is a part of my daily life. It just is. Remember how I told you my son’s life passions all lead back to art? Art, art projects, new ideas, and collections of a random assortment of feathers and rocks and random paraphernalia for new collaborations make their way into my house every single day. So I thought it would be fun to throw an art party for some kids, friends of my son, to celebrate some of his favorite artists. We held our party mid-summer, but this turned out so fun it would also be great for a birthday or end-of-summer bash.
We looked to the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the artists they represent, for inspiration for our art party. Also, they lend some serious street cred to the event. Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael, all artists of the Renaissance period in Europe.
I set up four different art stations so the kids could rotate through each one and try different techniques while learning a bit … >> find out more...