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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!

 

 

 

0 In DIY/ home decor

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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1 In Christmas/ DIY/ food

Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

homemade irish cream

This homemade Irish cream is a favorite among family and friends! It tastes really yummy, makes you feel all warm and toasty inside and makes great homemade gifts.

I make this homemade Irish cream every year.  It’s something I look forward to every holiday season and my family and friends do too! In just under 5 minutes you can have your own homemade Irish cream to drink on its own or add a splash to your coffee. Plus, add a cute ribbon and you have your own homemade hostess gift

homemade irish cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups of whiskey
  • 14 oz of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional – you can also use coconut extract instead, either way both are delish!)

Directions:

  • Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  • Using an immersion blender, mix together all ingredients for about 30 seconds. (You can also blend together in a blender). Just be careful not to overmix so as not to whip the cream.
  • Pour into a glass bottle or mason jar. Keep refrigerated.

homemade irish cream

 

2 In Christmas/ decor/ farmhouse decor/ holidays

16 Items from The Hearth & Hand Holiday Line at Target you’re going to want this holiday season

heart and hand decor at target
Discaimer – This post contains affiliate links meaning I make a small commission. 

It’s officially November. Halloween is over and I am ready to start prepping for Christmas and the holiday season. As you all know, I love all things farmhouse decor, Chip & Jo and Target. In case you’ve been living under a rock, yesterday Target released their new Hearth & Hand Holiday Line and your girl is over here like “take all my money!”

Classic jammies for the whole family, holiday greenery, and a cute play kitchen complete with subway tile are a few of my favorite things.

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Here are some of the items from Chip & Jo’s holiday line that you 
HAVE TO HAVE  this holiday season. 

 

simple and classic
hearth and hand holiday line

 

Deck your railings, mantle, shelves, or use to add some greenery to your table runner

 

Because I’m obsessed with all things plaid
Hearth & Hand at Target
Only $35!
Hearth & Hand at Target
Adds a nice natural element to your Christmas greens
Hearth & Hand
Set of 8 for $12.99!
Chip & Jo holiday line
I love the cute star embroidery and the classic black and white scheme
Hearth & Hand Target
I have been looking for one of these!
Hearth & Hand at Target
 Countdown the days til the big guy comes
Hearth & Hand at Target
Because hot cocoa, cider, coffee, or tea would taste better out of these festive mugs
hearth & Hand at Target

 

Serve your hors d’oeuvres in style
Hearth & Hand Magnolia at Target
Ordering these!
Hearth & Hand at Target
It’s tradition in our house we get matching PJ’s every year and these are only $13.99 each!
flannel plaid Christmas pajamas
To match your littles and for the perfect Christmas morning photo opp
family Christmas pajamas
Can we talk about that subway tile?
Chip & Jo toy kitchen
Because this is just too cute
Chip & Jo holiday
 
And this year, from November 1st-December 22nd, Target will be offering free two day shipping with no minimum purchase! (Have I told you how much I love this place?)

What are some of your favorite pieces?