Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide {What’s On My List}



I’ve sent my list to the Big Guy, and here are some of the items I’m hoping he is stuffing in my Christmas stocking! ¬†Here are the links to what you see above and some of the other items I’m LUVing… Go ahead and forward this to “your” Santa. ūüėČ


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COMFY & COZY Gift Guide


The holidays give me all kinds of cozy feels. As soon as my tree(s) are up, I just want to throw on some comfy jammies and slippers, light a candle and sit by the tree. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday jammies/robe/slippers, etc… here are some of my favs…

Now go pour yourself a cup of Joe and snuggle up. Give yourself permission to just enjoy life for a moment. After all, it IS the most wonderful time of the year.


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Holiday Home Tour

Welcome to my holiday home tour!¬†If you’re¬†joining me from Ashley’s blog House of Five, I’m so honored you’ve taken the time to make a stop here as well! If you like what you see, I hope you’ll hit “subscribe” and stay with me a little longer. ūüôā This is my first official holiday home tour, and I’m so excited to show you what I’ve been working on for this holiday season!

My home style is fairly simple and minimal, but I sure enjoyed adding soft touches of Christmas. Of course, anything I can do to make my home feel more cozy, is always considered a win in my book. So, welcome in… Kick off your shoes, and stay a while…


Flowers: Paul & Nate Flowers

First, I’ll take you in my front sitting room… As I said, my home style is fairly simple. However, this room is usually the exception to my style rules when it comes to decor. It’s my “girly” space, where you’ll usually find pops of pink and gold and soft, furry pillows. So, my inspiration¬†in this room this year was a true reflection of this style.


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Flocked Tree: King of Christmas

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Now let’s turn around, and I’ll take you right into the dining room…


… just around the corner…

I LUV the simplicity of this space. I created this tablescape with some scrappings I picked up from my local tree farm. (Yes, you can do that. If you don’t have a real tree but want some natural pieces in your home, just go to a Christmas tree farm and ask if they mind if you take some of the scrap pieces. I’m sure they’re happy to oblige.) I threw my white¬†dishes on some basic wood charges I found in the $3 section at Target and used some candles I had at the house. I threw a blanket scarf I had in my closet on a chair for a cozy, Christmas feel. I’ll be sharing more on this super affordable, and possibly even free, Christmas tablescape soon on the blog, so come on back, ya hear?! ūüėČ




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Now onto our family room… This is where we spend the majority of our time, and it’s very important to me that this space feels simple, clean and uncluttered. So this year, I decided to go with a decor theme that just made total sense in this space… simple, black and white, with wooden accents. If you’ve been with me a while, this should be NO surprise to you! ūüėČ


I removed most of the natural greenery I usually have in this space to keep greenery consistent to just the tree, wreaths and natural clippings. But I did plant bulbs of paper whites that I cannot wait to see grow!




The tree in this room is also¬†King of Christmas, and let me tell you…!!! It is so amazing! Yes, a flocked tree is gorgeous. And yes, they are the “it” tree right now. But THIS¬†girl, she has my heart. This tree is completely authentic looking, comes in only 2 pieces, so it’s super simple to assemble AND comes with a free storage bag. Yes, I LUV her. This tree is a winner. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. OK, rant over.

Crazy as it sounds, I actually put FOUR trees up in our home (5, if you include the little one in my son’s room).

Count em… 1- Family Room, 2- Sitting Room, 3- Play Room, 4- My Daughter’s Room, 5(ish)- My Son’s Room

In years’ past, I’ve been very particular with the decorating of the family room tree, just as I have the trees in the other rooms. BUT, it occurred to me that it had gotten to a point where I didn’t have even one tree in this house that I gave the kids free reign over. After all, Christmas is about traditions and family and the actual enjoyment of the process. As a kid, decorating the Christmas tree was one of my favorite things to do. So it pained me when I realized I was robbing them of this activity and this joy of something that we should be doing TOGETHER. So… this year, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought several packs of unbreakable black and white bulbs and some wooden string garland. Simple.

I actually made a cup of coffee, put on my favorite Christmas music and sat back and let the kids place it all on the tree in whatever fashion they found appropriate. Yes, I eventually adjusted the items around (my daughter actually looked at the tree when completed and suggested I do so, lol). But it’s simple and family-friendly, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. And more importantly, I’m happy we were able to do it together instead of me waiting until they fell asleep to meticulously place every ornament without worrying they’d ask to help!¬†I suggest you have at least one tree (if you do multiple) in the house that you let your kids put their stamp on. The joy of the process has given me much greater joy than that of just looking at a pretty tree. But then again, that’s why I put up 4 others.

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Now on to the kitchen…




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I have new lighting (you’re getting a sneak peek here) and new chairs, but my dining table hasn’t arrived yet, so I’m trying not to share the entire space until it’s complete. Stay tuned to the blog for more details on this space in the very near future…

Lastly, I wanted to share a few photos from some of the other rooms in our house, so you get to see those 5 trees I keep talking about… ūüėČ

The kids’ playroom (tree #3)…



My daughter Emerson’s room (tree #4)…

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And finally, my son Corbin’s tree #5 (or 4 1/2, if you’d like to call it)…


Friends, old & new, thanks again for stopping by! The next stop on this blog tour is at Mollie’s of¬†Design Loves Detail. Mollie is literally one of the most talented people I know and I guarantee her home holiday tour is nothing short of amazing! So head over there now and see what she’s sharing! And if you had fun, don’t forget to hit “subscribe” before you go! Muah!

I’m honored to be sharing this tour with some amazingly talented ladies! After you check out Mollie’s page, make sure to visit each of the participants’ blogs to see their holiday home tour as well!

House of Five

Paint the World White

Remington Avenue

Design Dining and Diapers

Beautiful Treasures Blog



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Gift Guide for Her & Cyber Monday Sales You DON’T Want to Miss!

It’s CYBER MONDAY! The biggest online shopping day of the year! Whether you’re shopping for yourself (don’t feel bad, I’m guilty too!) OR shopping for someone else, here are some of my favs for that lady in your life!

My favorite sale of the day… 30% OFF sitewide at¬†Ray Ban¬†and 50% OFF select items (this is for the fellas too)! You can even use the REMIX tool and personalize/engrave your shades! Here are several of the items I own and LUV…

The jewelry you always want but have a hard time reasoning buying it for yourself… all at¬†Kendra Scott (but maybe, this can be the exception since there are such good deals!). The entire site is 20% OFF until midnight with code SALE20! Here are some of my favs…

Express is on point with its holiday dresses this year! And right now, their entire website is 50% OFF, but it’s online only, today only! So hurry over! I bought a dress for a holiday party I have this weekend and linked that as well as some other amazing dresses, shoes and accessories!

It’s probably an unusual occasion that I don’t ask for a new handbag for Christmas, so my gift guide wouldn’t be complete without sharing the Tory Burch sale! Save 30% OFF sitewide with code THANKS! THIS is the time to ask the hubby for your favorite new handbag. My favorite… the new monogrammed bags. Here are those and some of my other favs…

These are just a few of my favorite things. My advice… just copy and paste the link to this blog post and send it over to your hubby or whoever is asking what you want for Christmas. Or go on girl with your bad self and treat yo’self today! ūüėČ Happy Shopping!


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Sparkle in Sequins {The Perfect Holiday Ensemble}

LUV a little sparkle and stumped on what to wear to that formal holiday event you have coming up? This sequin romper is perfect for that special holiday occasion! You’re sure to stand out, AND it’s super cozy! See below for all outfit details…



And some other similar options:


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Here are a few of the sales on furniture and home decor that I don’t think you should miss!


World Market¬†has 25% off ALL FURNITURE! As you know, I have several pieces from World Market in my home. I LUV their affordable prices, and I always shop when they do their 25% off because then the prices are even MORE spectacular, obviously. Here are some of the items in my home, items I’ve purchased for clients and some of my favorites all around…

Serena & Lily¬†is one of my favorite stores for furniture and home decor. Though the majority of their items are more of a splurge than some of the other places I typically share, I believe a splurge piece here and again can be majorly impactful to a space. For instance, you could pair an IKEA slipcover sofa, with the most amazing splurge coffee table, and instantly your room is a new level of chic. OR pair a gorgeous, high-quality sofa with a more affordable coffee table, same result. I don’t think every item has to be a splurge. I’m all about saving a few dollars. But I do think Serena & Lily has some wonderfully impactful items that you should definitely check out. Here are a few of my favorites…

Minted¬†has 20% off holiday, gift card and art orders of $150 or more and 15% off sitewide. I LUV Minted art, because it’s an easy way to add instant style to any room, with little thought, really. Here are some of my favorite Minted art prints…

Use code BF2016 through 11:59 p.m. on Friday 11/25.

LexMod ¬†is also a go-to furniture stop for me. Some of my dining chairs are from there. And as you’ve all heard me say a million times, my favorite¬†mattress¬†is from there (that I now have in 2 rooms!) Save 20% off storewide this weekend only! Hint: Perfect time to get that mattress! ūüôā Here are some of the items in my home and some of my favorites pieces they carry…

Pottery Barn has 25% off all bedding, plus free shipping! They also have some Black Friday deals, with sales up to 50% off! So check them out!

Wayfair¬†also has a ton of Black Friday deals, as does¬†Overstock, and you can’t ever forget¬†Target! If you want to see some of the items I have in my own home from these sites, you can follow a lot of links through the photos in my¬†Instagram! Or click the “Shop the Feed” links on the side of the blog.

I know there are tons of deals out there, but hopefully this helps narrow it down for you. Happy Shopping!



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Black Friday is full of amazing deals, but it can be hard to know where to start! Here I’m sharing the ones I’m excited about, so take a look, and hopefully this will help you narrow it down…


American Eagle¬†is my go-to for jeans. Since I wear jeans on the daily, I tend to think of myself as¬†the jean connoisseur. AE is 40% off everything right now PLUS free shipping! They have the coziest sweaters and dresses for the fall/winter months, and their boot selection is one of my favs as well. Here are a few of my favorite things from AE…

Banana Republic¬†is having 50% off 5 regular priced items. (NO EXCLUSIONS!) Here are some of the items I LUV…


Bauble Bar is 30% off through 11/27! I literally LUV everything! Just do yourself a favor and head there to shop! They have great jewelry to complete your holiday outfits, great items to add to your holiday wish-list and great gift ideas for others!

Nordstrom¬†has an extra 20% off selected sale items and a 40% off designer sale. Nordstrom has so many awesome deals right now, but it can be a little intimidating to sift through. So I’ve done the hard work for you and found all of the deals, and these are some of my favorites…

Revolve has up to 65% off!

Shopbop¬†has some great deals right now…

Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off through 11/28! Use code: GOBIG16

Tory Burch has 30% off purchases of $250 or more with code THANKS through 11/28!

And my favorite, Urban Outfitters has Buy one, Get one 50% off all apparel through today!

Hope this helps you narrow down where you want to spend your Black Friday! Skip the lines and all the headaches and shop cyber! I know I am!



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A Calm, Eclectic Guest Bedroom

While I was gone in Minneapolis for the Cambria Quartz Blogger’s Summit, I was so thankful to have our “Grandma entourage” help take care of the kids and hold down the fort. Since all of our family lives locally, it’s not often we put our guest bedroom to good use. But when we need it, we have a space that is kind of eclectic, calming and¬†definitely comfortable for our guests.

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I thought I’d share with you guys some of the items in our guest bedroom. I found the canvas art that is over the bed on Clearance for under $30 at Homegoods! I love to go to Homegoods when looking for wall decor and art, as you can usually find it for a fraction of the price of other stores. The navy pillows are also Homegoods, but here are some of the other items in this room:

I also made the most of this space by adding a desk and creating a little office space for myself, so the room serves as both a guest space AND an office space. This desk is my absolute favorite. It’s a substantial size, neutral (so I can always move it to a different space if I need to) and I LUV how the sides extend, if I need a little extra work space. The brass table lamp is also Homegoods, but I’ve linked similar options. Finally, the art was custom-made for me by my good friend Aedriel, but you can purchase some of her amazing work with the links I’ve posted below.

If you have any other questions about any of the items in this space, let me know! Thanks for stopping by!


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Pumpkin Patchin’

Today we went pumpkin picking and painted/carved our pumpkins. I can’t believe I’ve been picking pumpkins with my handsome hubs for 15 years!? Even though he and I end up usually doing most of the carving, sharing these traditions with our kids is so important to me. I thought I’d share a look inside a special day for us…


We started at a pumpkin patch close to our house but couldn’t seem to find just the right ones. Though the hunt is half the fun, right?


So we headed to the second patch, where we found just the right ones…


This patch had some “spookies” (as we call them) and my oldest was less than stoked. Last year, my little guy was also petrified of anything spooky. But a couple weeks ago, I took him on a long walk to check out the decorations in my neighborhood during the day. Apparently seeing them in the light (and touching them and lifting their drapes to see they were made of plastic and batteries) really helped him conquer his fears. Emerson wanted nothing to do with them still, but Corbin hopped right up and said, “See Sissy! They’re just pretend!”


First Corbin hunted for his perfect pumpkin…


He said, “You like the white ones, Mommy.” Yup. ūüėČ


He found his pretty quickly…


Em, on the other hand, likes to really take her time.




She thought she’d decided on a white one…


But then she changed her mind.


Here we are with the winners…




Links to me and Em’s matching outfits (FYI: You can get both of our dresses for around $30 total!)…

Thanks for following along with us! I rarely share our personal stories on here, but I’m trying to make a point to¬†change that every once in a while. Hope you enjoyed… ūüôā


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Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale… Up to 75% OFF!

LUV a good handbag??? I’m letting you in on one of my little secrets…


Rebecca Minkoff is one of my favorite designers. I LUV how her designs are funky, yet sophisticated. Classic, yet edgy. They tend to be a combination of styles, which pretty much sums me up. Soooo… Rebecca designs some of my go-to bags. I typically wait for this sale to stock up on my bags for the season. You can literally save up to 75% off your favorite styles! I’m linking some of the ones I have, some of the ones in my cart for this season’s sale and some of my favorites. But I’ll tell you this, at these prices, they sell out QUICK! So don’t wait too long if you have your eye on something.

Happy Shopping, y’all!


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