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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Him

Men. Why are they the hardest people on this planet to shop for? If you ask my husband or my father they will say “it’s not difficult, I don’t want anything”. But you are being difficult dad. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas for the guys that they are sure to love.

Here are some practical, techy, and fun gifts that are sure to beat socks or another jar of nuts.

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1.) Mytagalongs charger case

This was one of Oprah’s favorite things this year. This case keeps all of his chargers, earbuds and cables all in one place without getting tangled.

2.) Ugg’s slippers

Because who doesn’t want a cozy, warm pair of slippers that will last forever?

3.) Yeti Roadie cooler

As Amazon puts it, “Yeti coolers are the stuff of legends”.  Therefore, he needs this. He can BYOB on any terrain.

4.) Breakfast sandwich maker

I feel like making a mean breakfast should be a requirement when picking out your husband. Now he can make you the best breakfast sandwich and serve it to you in bed any time you want for $18.99. You’re welcome.

5.) Garmin Striker

For the guy who likes fishing.

6.) Bottle opener flip flops

Flip flops that have a bottle opener installed on them so he can crack a cold one wherever he is. You are sure to be wife or daughter of the year.

7.) Travel french press

Now he can brew his coffee and drink it on the go.

8.) Oculus Go

Now he can have a front seat to the best concerts and games with this Virtual Reality device.

 

 

So there you have it. You can also check out my Christmas gift guide for kids or my gift guide for her.

Happy Holidays!

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

christmas gift guide for kids

Today I’m sharing my top Christmas gift ideas for kids. In our house I love toys that encourage imagination and learning so most of these gifts do just that! Plus a pair of Christmas pajamas because what’s Christmas morning without matching jammies for the whole family?

Here is my Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Kids:

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christmas gift guide for kids

1.) Scruff a luv

scruff a luv

You “find them scruffy and make them fluffy.” These toys come as a matted ball of fur but after washing and brushing, reveal a furry dog, cat or bunny.

2.) Toy kitchen

play kitchen

This kitchen set lets kids cook and clean, inspiring their imagination and encourages teamwork when playing with others. Plus it’s got granite countertops and a sleek design to fit into anyone’s home decor.

 

3.) Little Tykes Stem Wonder lab

Play science lab

We bought this for our little guy for his birthday and he plays with it for hours. It provides up to 20 experiments that encourages STEM concepts.

4.) Melissa & Doug 4 in 1 game rug

game rug

Kids can play Tic Tac Toe, Solitaire, Checkers and Nine Men’s Morris. And the set includes all the game pieces needed.

5.) Osmo Genius kit for Ipad

Osmo genius for Ipad

Great for kids ages 5-12. Includes 5 interactive games that encourages problem solving. Compatible with most Ipads.

6.) Amazon Fire (kids edition)

Amazon fire kids

Kids can access audiobooks, music, learning apps and games where parents can set the security settings and a timer for use. It also comes with a kids-proof case and a 2 year warranty that will cover pretty much anything.

7.) Amazon Echo Dot (kids edition)

Amazon echo dot kids edition

My parents are getting this for dude man this year.  It plays music, tells jokes and has over 1,000 audible stories and when he gets older he can control the lights in his own room. You can also set parental controls, and it’s compatible with other Alexa devices in the house.

8.) Letter and number wooden tracing board

 

letter tracing board

A great way to encourage your littles to learn their ABC’s and 123’s and how to draw them.

9.) Counting & Sorting Bear set

counting sorting bear set

Encourages kids to sort their colors, and help learn counting.

10.) Matching Christmas pajamas

Christmas pajamas

We’ve started the tradition where every Christmas Eve we get matching Christmas pajamas to wear Christmas morning. I love these buffalo plaid union suits for the whole family.

 

If you missed my Christmas Gift Guide for Her you can check it out here and stay tuned for my guide for Him coming next!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Her

christmas gift guide for her

Christmas is around the corner and you’re probably thinking, “what should I give to the ladies in my life?” Ask any woman and she will probably tell you she wants a housekeeper, private chef and a little private getaway just for one.  If gifting them an all expenses paid solo trip to a winter spa resort isn’t in the budget, here are some things to make them feel spoiled and pampered. This one’s for all the mamas, grandmas, sisters, basically any lady in your life.

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Here is my Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Her:

 

1. Rose quartz crystal facial roller

rose quartz facial roller

Improves blood flow and skin tone, increases lymphatic drainage, relieves sinus congestion, reduces puffiness and helps improve overall appearance of your skin.

2. Bamboo bath caddy

bamboo bath caddy

This caddy will hold her tablet, cellphone, book, AND her wine so she can truly wind down.

3. Bathrobe

Ugg bathrobe

The most luxurious robe to make her feel like she’s at the spa.

4. Kate spade earrings

kate spade earrings

For the woman who leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.

 

5. Joggers

joggers

I don’t mean exercise attire. These comfy knit joggers are perfect for lounging in style.

6. Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

She can order takeout, check the weather, stream music, adjust the thermostats, lock the doors and hook it up to her Roomba.

7. Roomba

Roomba

She can sync it with Alexa and have it clean while she’s at work so it feels like you got her a housekeeper.

And if all else fails, she won’t fault you for an Amazon or Target gift card. Trust me.

 

Be sure to check out my Gift Guide for Him and my Gift Guide for Kids!

 

 

 

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Whitewashed brick fireplace update

diy whitewashed brick fireplace update

This past weekend we set out on a new project around the house. This time it was whitewashing our brick fireplace.  I shared some of the pics in my instagram stories (if you don’t follow me on instagram follow me here) and most people said they would love a tutorial. So here it is, my whitewashed brick fireplace update.

When we first looked at our current house, my husband fell in love with the downstairs and was determined to make it his man cave. But I wasn’t too fond of the warm knotty pine and the orangey brick. So we made a compromise – he could keep his knotty pine and we would whitewash the fireplace to make it a little brighter and update the space a bit. It was super easy to do and really gives the room a new look.

diy whitewashed brick fireplace update

 

Here’s my step by step tutorial:

1.) First start off by wiping off the brick with a cloth to get rid of any dust. We also covered our mantle as we did not want to paint that and wanted to leave it as is.

2.) Mix up your paint in a 50-50 paint, water mixture. We used Sherwin Williams Emerald Satin paint in Extra White. The consistency should be pretty watery.

sherwin williams paint

3.) Using a paint brush, paint each brick. The paint will dry lighter and depending on how much of the original brick you want to show through underneath, you can apply a second coat.

diy whitewashed brick fireplace

4.) The door surrounding the hearth (I think that’s what it’s called) was the traditional gold. To give it more of a farmhouse look we took the door off and sanded it then painted it with a high heat flat black spray paint.

5.) Let the door dry completely before putting back on.

diy whitewash brick fireplace

This was definitely an easy, reasonably priced update. And I love the way it came out!

So are you team whitewash or team original brick?

If you want to see some of my other DIY projects check out this DIY Distressed Bedroom Furniture tutorial.

 

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