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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him

I think we can all agree on one thing: men are the hardest to shop for. To help make your Valentine’s Day shopping a bit easier, here are some fool-proof picks he’s sure to love: 

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1. Amazon Echo Dot 

2. J. Crew Bomber Jacket 

3. Allbirds Wool Runners 

4. Nike Sport Backpack 

5. Mick Rock:  The Rise Of David Bowie 

6. Tile App Tracker 

7. House Beer Snapback 

8. Paul Smith Striped Socks 

9. Shinola Leather Football 

10. FitBit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch 

11. Le Labo Santal 26 Classic Candle 

12. Tina Frey Designs Champagne Bucket 

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The Cutest Holiday Pajamas For Kids

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When I was little, my momma kept up the tradition of dressing my brother and I in matching pajamas on Christmas morning. We hated it. But, guess what? I’m torturing my own children with this very same tradition now. Before the presents are unwrapped, the photos are taken. The level of “stage-mom” determination to get both the kids either smiling or looking at the camera is nothing short of a Christmas miracle.

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Not surprisingly, I start shopping for festive pajamas pretty early in the season. If you’re a picture-crazy mom like me, you’ll be happy with this year’s selection. I may have gone a little crazy but I couldn’t help myself. I’m not sure which pair we will wear on Christmas morning but this ADORABLE matching set from Janie and Jack might be the final pick.

Whether you decide to go matching or not, here are some of my favorite sets for both boys and girls (+ some other Christmas photo shoot essentials!):

For Girls:

For Boys:

Essentials:

Happy Holidays!

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Gift Guide To Treat Yourself

We spend the month of December making sure we have the perfect gift for everyone on our list. As a mom, most of my effort goes into my Santa Claus duties. Why didn’t anyone tell me it would be this rough? A few days ago I spent almost an hour on the phone with my sister-in-law decoding all the different kinds of Legos this year. How can there be so many!? Looks like Santa is going to have a lot of things to build this Christmas day. Ugh.

Before you check off the last name on your list, don’t forget about yourself. Yep, you deserve it. In other words, TREAT YO SELF! A little self-love around the holidays goes a long way.

Here are my wish-list picks definitely worth treating yourself to:

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1. Extreme Neutrals Eye Palette | Laura Mercier 

2. Floating Diamond Lobe Cuff | Anita Ko

3. Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation | La Prairie 

4. Elite Smoke 5 Brush Set | Artis Brush

5. Acqua di Colonia | Santa Maria Novella 

6. Jen Black Leather Fanny Pack | Donatienne Handbags

7. Rose Moon Sea Salts | Shiva Rose

8. Deep V Bralette & Bikini Set | Lively

9. Suede Mules | Gianvito Rossi

10. Leonard Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses | Illesteva

11. Sheepskin Throw Blanket | Homelosophy

12. LuMee Duo iPhone Case

13. The Beauty Foods Collection | Sakara Life

14. Impearlious Baume De Rose | By Terry

15. Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow | Nurse Jamie

16. Blowout In A Box | Dry Bar

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A Classic Moscow Mule With A Holiday Twist

holiday moscow mule

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

A signature drink always ups the ante for any part. When I’m entertaining, I always make sure to at least have one–even if it’s just a casual get-together.

Scott loves a Moscow mule. The classic lime and ginger beer drink could literally satisfy him any time of the year. But since the holidays are upon us, I found a twist on the recipe that goes perfectly with the cozy feel of the season.

Even if you aren’t a drinker (or a pregnant momma like me!) you’ll still be obsessed. Just skip the alcohol and add a bit more juice or ginger beer to substitute.

Get the recipe below:

holiday moscow mule

holiday moscow mule

  • 1/2 oz. unsweetened cranberry or pomegranate juice
  • 2 oz. ginger beer
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin or vodka
  • Rosemary sprig, lime, and frozen cranberries (for garnish)

Combine simple syrup, juice, and vodka/gin. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. Serve garnished with rosemary, lime, and cranberries.

holiday moscow mule

holiday moscow mule

holiday moscow mule

holiday moscow mule

Looking for delicious holiday dishes to go with this mule? Check out these recipes:

Whole Grain Pear-Cranberry Buckle // Stovetop Cauliflower With Pomegranate Molasses

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Holiday Gift Guide For The Hostess

hostess gift guide

photo credit: Alexander Bauzon

Tis the season for entertaining and hosting! I’m literally about to pop–so I’ll be attending more than hosting this year.

Maybe it’s the Southern girl in me but I always, always, always bring a hostess gift. It’s just a nice gesture.

Instead of the standard bottle of wine this year, I plan on switching it up. Here are some unique gift ideas to show your gratitude this holiday season: 

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1. Dinner Diaries: Reviving The Art Of The Hostess | Daniel Capello 

2. Copper Chemistry Glass Set | Goop

3. THE Pantry Labels | The Home Edit

4. Herringbone Frame | The Little Market 

5. Fig & Olive Hand Wash & Lotion Duo

6. Gold Tea Towel | Heather Taylor Home

7. A Simple Gesture Gift Box | Simone LeBlanc 

8. Single Letter Cocktail Napkin Set | Draper James

9. Wood & Marble Hexagon Coaster Set | Leif

10. Black Collection Gourmet Set | ILA

11. Gold French Press | Crate & Barrel

12. Cards Against Humanity | Amazon

13. Paleo Vanilla Extract | Sweet Laurel Bakery 

14. Happy Holidays Soy Blend Candle | The Little Market

15. Himalayan Salt Mortar And Pestle | Williams-Sonoma

16. Brass Inlay Cheese Board | Anthropologie

Still have a few more people on your list? Check out some of my other gift guides below:

Holiday Gift Guide For Little Girls // Holiday Gift Guide For Little Boys // Holiday Gift Guide For Men

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Watch: DIY Winter Wonderland Tablescape

photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

I’m back today on my YouTube channel with my friend and DIY expert, Nicola Vruwink of Poni. Last week, she showed us how to make adorable snow globes. This week, it’s all about the tablescape. And, we all know I love a good tablescape!

winter tablescape

Watch the video below to make your own winter wonderland this holiday season:

Supplies:

winter tablescape

  • Wooden dowls
  • Card stock in various colors
  • Mini terracotta pots
  • Glitter
  • Hot glue/glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Double stick tape
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder (or dull butter knife)
  • Wooden stands
  • White spray paint
  • Paper straws (optional)

Multi-Tier Trees:

Molly Sims - Mixed Makeup - photographs by Erica Hampton

1. Start by spray painting the dowels and pots white. If doing a brown/green theme, leave them as they are. Set aside to dry.

2. For the folded trees, cut circles that measure 1.5″, 2″, 3″, 4″, 5″, and 6. Fold each circle in half three times.

3. Carefully snip the tip to create a hole in the center. When dowels have dried, thread the circles in order from biggest to smallest onto the dowel. Secure in place with hot glue.

4. Coat the tiny terra cotta pots with spray adhesive and coat with white glitter. Securely glue to the bottom of the dowel.

5. Finish by decorating with sequins, pom-poms, or whatever you desire.

Cone Trees:

winter tablescape

1. Using the cardstock paper, cut out the cone template (see below). Secure with double-stick tape.

2. Hot glue a paper straw or dowel to the tip of a terra cotta pot. Decorate as desired.

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Holiday Gift Guide For Him

Shopping for your husband, boyfriend, and son is tough. When I’m shopping for Scott, I have to ask myself: would he actually wear/use this or am I trying to push my taste on him? Yeah, we all do it.

Here are some of my no-fail gifts for the special men in your life this holiday season: 

 

1. Amazon Fire HD 10 

2. Graf + Lantz Personalized Macbook Air Case | Goop

3. Himalayan Salt Plate | Williams-Sonoma 

4. Perfect Everyday Socks | Pair Of Thieves

5. Framed Muhammad Ali Print | Sonic Editions 

6. Thurman Medium Decanter | Arteriors 

7. Daniel Denim And Leather Batgammon Set | Hector Saxe

8. iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case | Apple

9. Silver Charge Tee | Fourlaps 

10. Earth Charcoal Stick Diffuser | Tom Dixon

11. eTip Gloves | The North Face 

12. LEFF Amsterdam Brick Clock | Barneys New York 

13. Nintendo NES Classic Edition

14. Novel Duffle Bag | Herschel Supply Co. 

15. Satin-Trimmed Cotton-Twill Robe | Zimmerli

16. Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker | Converse

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Holiday Gift Guide For Little Boys

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the little boys in your life? Scroll below for my top picks!

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1.  All-In-One Wooden Easel | Hape

2. Downhill Speedway Fast Track Game | Land Of Nod

3. Cashmere Cardigan | Livly 

4. Wooden Mini Golf Set | Plan Toys

5. Little Boy Camo Jacket | Splendid 

6. Boy Signature Gift Basket | Poppy

7. Wind-Up Plane Book | Amazon

8. Khaki Snappy Crocodile Gloves | Fawn Shoppe

9. Kaleidoscope Camera | Land Of Nod

10. Balloon Dog Night Light | Uncommon Goods

11. To The Moon Playhouse Canopy | Land Of Nod

12. Imaginext DC Super Friends Transforming Batcave | Fisher-Price

13. Reversible Masked Hero Boy Costume 

14. Khaki Tiger Face Sweatshirt | Stella McCartney Kids

15. Bouncing Planet Maker | Copernicus

16. Reversible Superhero Beanie | J Crew

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Holiday Gift Guide For Little Girls

I’m not going to lie–I have WAY too much fun shopping for gifts. This year, I’m all about pink, make-believe, and lots and lots of glitter.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the little princesses in your life? Scroll below for my picks!

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 1. Wellie Wishers | American Girl

2. My Pet Unicorn Ride On | Land Of Nod

3. Sweatshirt Dress | Livly

4. Cable Cap | Misha And Puff

5. Baby Alpaca Rainbow Pillow | Oeuf NYC

6. Zipline Action Figure | GoldieBlox

7. Pegasus Necklace | Fawn Shoppe

8. Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color | Julia Denos

9. The Princess & The Chef | Props In A Box

10. Confetti The Unicorn | Poppy Store

11. Kitty Hair Clips | Hello Shisho

12. Wooden Dollhouse | Modern Mio 

13. Play Stickers Wall Decor| Oeuf NYC

14. Cinema Box | Fawn Shoppe

15. Wild Wings Dress Up Set | Land Of Nod

16. Metallic Star Round Leather Cross Body Bag | Stella McCartney

Stay tuned for more gift guides all month long!