Last minute Gifts

Are you guys still Christmas shopping? I’m still looking for some gifts but mostly am waiting for all my packages to arrive 🤣

Here are some of what I’m using as stocking stuffers; should be available to buy with time for Christmas!

From Top Left:

  • 1. A fun necklace for my sweet girls
  • 2. This chic pen for a coworker; found at Target but can’t find online.
  • 3. Little Feminists matching game
  • 4. Unicorn bath bombs! 🦄
  • 5. The cutest little “latte” for our furry friends
  • 6. A killer makeup bag for all the mamas!
  • 7. The ultimate lip mask
  • 8. For those that have everything… (this would be my parents)… I make a donation to their favorite charity.
  • 9. For my husband… Nintendo socks!
  • 10. Running gear.
  • So I’m pretty much set on presents. Now I have to find the time to wrap! 🤯
  • Dressing for the Holidays

    I wear workout attire most days, all day, everyday. So now I embrace the Christmas season as time to glam it up!  It is fun to mix up everyday pieces with lots of sequins, velvet, fur, and lace!

    Here is some of what I’ll be wearing this season.


    Holiday shoes and clothes ideas
    Holiday sparkle fashion
    1. This top hides problem areas but is still sexy. 
    2. I have these Kate Spade earrings, less than $20!
    3. How fun is this faux fur scarf?  Also less than $20!
    4. I never thought any leggings would be worth $98, but I have to say, I’m a convert. If you try them, you will be too. 
    5. This dress is only $25 (plus 20% off this weekend!) and has great reviews!  Love the color. 
    6. I love to wear sparkly costume jewelry for the holidays… This is definitely on my list. 
    7. I have some similar flats and I receive so many compliments on them! 
    8. Is there such thing as too much polka dot?  I think not
    9. Faux Fur trim for the win! I wore a piece like this for years and people still talk about it. 

    As always, my style is evolving.  Right now it’s a lot more girly and “fancy” probably because I spend a lot of time at home in sweats.  What about you? 

    Trader Joe’s Holiday Finds

    Like every other working mom, I love me some TJ’s.  I sadly now live over an hour from the nearest one 🙁 , but I make a trip about once a month.  There are so many staples there, as well as great finds for gifts, home, and beauty items…


    But seriously guys, get theeee to a Trader Joe’s.  They have olive wood cheeseboards for $11.99 and bowls for $5.99! These are normally over twice the price.  These would be amazing hostess gifts.  I also picked up the paperwhites, they were $9.99.  I love these as a living centerpiece. They had other bulbs that were a bit cheaper, which would also be a thoughtful gift.

    They had lots of holiday greenery, including Rosemary trees for $9.99, “grinch” trees, and boxwood wreaths.


    I was so excited to see the bath and body gifts.  I LOVE the triple hand cream set (this is equal or better to any more expensive brand, for $7.99! Usually I get a sugar scrub set, which I didn’t find this year, but I did find the bath bombs set.  I am going to save these for my girl’s stockings… and the chocolate I will use for my coworkers.


    Do you have a Trader Joe’s addiction as well?  What are your favorites?


    Thanksgiving Ideas

    Hard to believe we are just one week away from Thanksgiving!  I have always loved Thanksgiving because I love to cook and we make it one big party.  While traditionally Thanksgiving may get overshadowed by Christmas, I make an effort to keep Thanksgiving fun.

    When we lived in California, we always had a friendsgiving which was also wonderful.  This year, I’m happy to be celebrating at my parents house.  However you celebrate, here are some ideas to make it special.

    1. Signature Cocktail – We always make a cocktail for the adults, even if it’s just champagne and cranberry juice. It feels so festive! Below is one we made and added a sprig of rosemary for garnish; so easy!img_6107
    2. Decorating – Keep it simple.  I like to bring natural elements inside, of course, such as pumpkins and fall flowers.  Here is our dining room’s current state:


    I had made this wreath with a friend at a mom’s night out; I added a “gather” sign from Target’s dollar spot and voila!  My house was done.  Or, as done as it was going to get…

    Gather fall thanksgiving door

    3. Keep the kids busy. I always try to get some kind of simple craft for my girls to complete while I’m in the kitchen. I really love the crafts from PaperSource – they are elegant and still easy enough for young kids.  Here is their turkey centerpiece kit which I have ordered for our celebration.turkey craft

    4.  As for the food, again, I believe in keeping it simple.  Last year, I admit that I bought most of the food from Costco and things turned out just fine, nobody noticed or cared!  As long as we are together…

    Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving planning is going strong!