Gifts for your person

Whether your person is your sister or your BFF (or your sister and your BFF, as is mine), they are endlessly fun to shop for at Christmastime. There is no list of must haves, they like the same things you do, and so it’s really like shopping for yourself and then gifting it (and then unapologetically either buying the same thing for yourself, or finding out they already bought you the same thing).

My favorites include: leg warmers for your matching boots, tights because you both hate being cold during winter, a fabulously scented candle, and sparkly earrings with a monogram trinket dish.

Gifts for your person[Leg warmers][Earrings][Candle][Tights][Ring dish]

Or you could get…a starter kit to heal nails after a gel manicure, two rollerball sets of perfume because you are also indecisive, a new book for that movie that you said “hey I didn’t know that was a book first!”, a cute hair scarf, or tiara like tray for their nightstand:

Gifts for your person[Naked manicure][Rollerball][Scarf][Crown mirror][Book]

In addition you could buy one or two of the items and then put the rest on a stocking stuffer list for your husband who likes you to provide a specific list ever since the year of the stocking filled with 2 lbs of candy and a random Sonic the Hedgehog mug that wasn’t dishwasher safe. That’s a total hypothetical of course.

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Little trinkets…aka stocking stuffers

Stocking Stuffer IdeasAs you can tell there was quite a diverse choice of outfits for our trim the tree day.

The best stocking stuffers are ones that they are excited about, but don’t break the bank. These are some of my favorites for our boys.

Minecraft trinkets for A:

SS 2 SS 8Cute and cuddly animals for J:

SS 4 SS 7 SS 1Office supplies and bookmarks for A:

SS 9 SS 5And for both boys, winter hats, action figures, & books:

SS 10 SS 13 SS 3And if you need to fill the stocking quickly…a lightsaber is always a good plan:  SS

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A gift list for your family who believes strongly in the power of prayer, love, and football

family christmas gift listSince it’s Thursday, here’s a throwback Thursday from my cousin’s wedding in 2012. Now we have an additional three kiddos in our mix. Our family does a group gift exchange each year among all the adults, which leads to us each texting each other throughout holiday shopping as we find items. Here are some of my current go to ideas.

A cute make brush holder and corresponding set of brushes.

Make brush holder and setA good part of our family is divided Dallas Cowboy fans vs. San Francisco 49ers, so hands high shirts would be fun:

Family Christmas gift exchangeA solar power charger for those that camp, or travel:

family christmas gift listA fun matching hat and scarf:

family christmas gift listA waterproof cellphone holder:

family christmas gift listAnd finally a cute monogram option is always a good idea:

family christmas gift list


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A gift list for your boys who like to play the piano really, really loud

Christmas list for boysWith the boys being close in age (only about three years apart), at this point they have quite a few similar interests in toys and games. One of the things I really thought about was what they play with together. These are some of my favorites.

A pennant for their room and their weekend pillow forts and tents. Christmas list boysNew scooters because the only one they have is a radio flyer from when A was two.  Christmas list boys 2I really like the classic Lego city sets because they tend to have more functions and pieces for the price.  Christmas list boys 3 My aunt and uncle got A a marble gift set for Christmas when he was three and both boys still play with it. Christmas list boys 4 B got this game for his birthday and it honestly has no end of possibilities. They can make levels, play online uploaded levels, or play levels created by nintendo. Christmas list boys 5 The boys love playing pretend (one of their favorite game is playing school, or Bowser’s ship), so it’s always neat to have items that they can role play with.Christmas list boys 6And finally, a balancing toy game that requires few instructions and they can easily set it up together for those stuck in the house days that I know are coming with winter. Christmas list boys 7

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A gift list for your favorite dude who’s building his own computer but needs a few other things…

The Christmas CountdownThis guy. Is never too busy to get a check up from J, or play some Minecraft with A, or watch Project Runway and The Tonight Show with me. His main requests for Christmas are computer parts as he is attempting to build his own computer. However, I try to come up with a few surprises, so these are my ideas.

His favorite classic Nintendo character in amiibo form.

Christmas List B 3A kindle because he’s starting to complain about some of the thousand page books he’s reading.

Christmas List B 1Coffee from that little local shop he keeps talking about going to, but hasn’t been there yet.

Christmas List B Hilarious socks to wear on wacky sock Wednesday at his work (yes, he and his friends do that).

Christmas List BA renewal of the subscription to his favorite magazine, so he can tell me over breakfast the best dishwasher for our budget.

Christmas List B 4And finally, a scarf for when it snows in February and he’s working on a snow fort for the boys at midnight.

Christmas List B 2

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A gift list for the Mama who asked for a nap for Christmas

The Christmas CountdownSo this year I’m sharing a gift list of favorites for me, B, and the boys. Some of these are asked for items and others are ones we own and love. Hope you enjoy our holiday gift lists!

My skin gets really pale in the winter, so I love a lip color that gives a pop of color (when I actually remember to put on lipstick). This one is appropriately named Audrey (after my very favorite style inspiration).

christmas list N I’m horrible at wrapping and tying scarves, and I get annoyed at the fussiness of them, so having a simple one that does the work for me would be nice:Christmas list N 2With dressing up for work each days on the weekends I’m mainly jeans and a sweatshirt…and how could I not covet one that matches my favorite thermos? Christmas list N 3Over the past few years my Mom, sister, and I have been collecting different family recipes and have them in various places. An attractive book to keep them in all one spot would be wonderful. Christmas list N 4I’ve gone around and around for years about making the leap to invest in a pair of hunter boots…so when they came out with a slim model, I was sold.  Christmas list N 5When I was in graduate school my BFF took a nap every Sunday. I thought she was crazy! We had so much work to do! What I’ve realized after having two kids and working full time is there is always work to do. But there isn’t always time for a nap. So cherish that time. And have a good quiltChristmas list N 6I have the most gorgeous picture of the boys that we had taken last year. I keep meaning to have it created into a canvas and haven’t. I would love to have it up on our wall to capture the boys at 6 and 2.  Christmas List N 7 And finally a metal ampersand for the one blank spot I’m looking at in our hallway right now that I keep thinking…I should’ve got that ampersand when I was at Anthropologie. Christmas list N 8

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We interrupt this broadcast…

for a J and Buzz Lightyear Christmas announcement…

Ready, Buzz?

PSAJ and Buzz want to remind you to fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child (drop offs are this week! You can locate various locations around your area by going online).

PSAWe picked out items for a box for a boy and items for a box for a girl. My favorite part of picking the items with the boys was picking out Hello Kitty socks (“We’ve got to get those, you love Hello Kitty” A said) and also that the boys picked out a race car for both boxes (“What if they play together?” A asked…”won’t they both want to race a car?”). True story, A.

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Christmas pajamas…upping our game.

It’s November, friends. That means the holiday season is coming. Which means J is here:

Curious GeorgeWatching Curious George Halloween with both Curious Georges. And already singing the theme song to Curious George’s Christmas Special. This boy LOVES Curious George specials almost as much as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Almost.

I’m already holiday shopping and making lists because I hate the rushed feeling of getting to December and having to do all sorts of shopping. Not that it won’t happen anyway. HA!

With that in mind, I had already had on my list Christmas pjs for the boys (our Elf on the Shelf brings them), and I decided that B and I also needed some updated pajamas. A is super picky about pajamas, so I had to find ones that were pants and long sleeve shirt, but not tight fitting, and not fleecy material. I also wanted all of our pajamas to semi-coordinated because if I get my act together, I’m planning to take a picture for our Christmas card with us all in our pajamas. We’ll see if that actually happens. So here is what I came up with:

Family Christmas PajamasThe boys’ shirt is from Gap kids and the pants are from Target. The shirt is a lightweight cotton that I got one size larger for each boy so it won’t be too tight, and the pants are a polyester-cotton, very lightweight (and on-sale right now). B’s pants and shirt are from Gap, and my set is from Victoria’s Secret (this isn’t the exact set I’m getting, there are about 6 different choices). Check one thing off my list!

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With visions of gingerbread houses…

Excitement danced through Granna and Papa’s house…

IMG_7153As villages, cookies, and trains were placed all about…

IMG_7160And sugar was consumed (maybe a little too much):

IMG_7163And boys magically said “cheese” when promised cookies to munch:

IMG_7164And pictures were taken of both the workers…


And spectators…

IMG_7167As frosting and sweets were handed to the decorators…


That they carefully distributed to create their fine treats…

IMG_7172And they smiled at their creations that were all quite unique…

IMG_7173As they decorated sugar cookies they giggled a lot:

IMG_7176But with mustachioed sugar cookies how could they not?

IMG_7177And soon they were finished and ran outside to play, but not before placing Santa on top of their train. IMG_7183Merry Christmas!

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