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? 

    How I save money online: 1- price adjustments

    Anthropologie, Athleta, Target, Costco, Home Depot, Nordstrom and more will all do price adjustments for online purchases. That is, if the price drops within a certain time window after purchasing, you can contact them for a price adjustment.

    For example, my mom just bought me two stand up paddleboards from Costco for my birthday.

    I noticed they were running the same boards for $50 off on Black Friday. It takes a quick email and the price adjustment showed up on my credit card!

    I started doing this a few years with the paribus app, which accesses your email and automatically contacts the vendors for you. However I can’t get paribus to work for the past few months… if anyone else knows of another service that does this let me know!

    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…

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    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.

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

     

    This Weeks Steals and Deals

    Hope everyone had a great day off yesterday, thanks to our veterans. If you missed it on Insta, Check out my sweet daughter’s picture for all the veterans… Including my brother stationed in Japan.

    So… Among other things… I’m a shopaholic.  I am always shopping but there are some deals right now I can’t help but share!

    20% off Anthro Home Items.  This is a great time to pick up gifts and holiday items! Here are some of the items I’m getting.  Sale ends today!

     

     

    A trip to the Pottery Barn Outlet

    My husband and I recently bought a house on the Chesapeake Bay which pretty much has not been updated since it was built it in 1992.  The thing is, it already broke our budget, so although I am dying to do multiple upgrades, I am pretty broke right now.  So… I was thrilled to see that there was a Pottery Barn Outlet less than two hours drive from us in Fredricksburg, VA.

    There are some amazing pieces and deals here!  It’s my new go to.  But, don’t comes thinking it is like the Crate & Barrel outlet or similar, like I did.  It is not. Things are mostly in boxes and you have to search for what you want.

    On my first visit I came by myself and was able to find a number of great lighting and accent pieces for our home which I LOVE, such as this vertical succulent wall.

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    It seems to be mostly returned items.  If they have something new, it is at least 40% off the regular price.  Yay!  From there, they also have some clearance specials running 40 – 60% additionally off marked prices. So as you can see, the potential for savings is huge!

    The succulent wall was 50% off the regular price of $255.  It was new and in the box.

    I won’t post everything, but I also found some great lighting. I went there dying for this Mia Crystal Chandelier.  mia-faceted-crystal-chandelier-o

    I had my fingers crossed to find it as I couldn’t afford the regular price of $299 – $499.  I asked an employee if she could look it up in the computer and see if they had one.  She told me sadly no, but I kept going through boxes until I found one, mislabeled!  I believe it cost me around $60.  I was thrilled!!!

    Obviously It’s worth making a trip.

    There are a few tricks I wanted to share- Things I wish I had known!

    1. It is truly a warehouse.  There are items piled up and mostly still in boxes.  As you can see below, If you want a couch or dining table, this is the place.

    2.  There is no delivery or assembly help so you have to plan ahead… I have a mid sized SUV but sadly to get any kind of large piece I would have to hire movers.  I asked the employees and they recommended renting a truck.

    3. There isn’t much help.  Bring something to cut open boxes with and your smart phone to google names of items to find pictures on the website.  Things are separated into sections and in boxes that may or may not be opened.  I ended up giving my phone to my kids this past time and cutting open boxes with my keys.  Also, things are in the wrong boxes, etc sometimes.

    4. They don’t carry West Elm currently.  There is Pottery Barn Kids furniture and PB Teen items.

    5. There is a small kids section with a tv and some craft items.

    6.  There are no returns.

    So there you have it!  I’ll definitely be back as I make progress on this house.  Anyone else out there a design addict?  It’s worth going to a PB warehouse near you.