the most wonderful time of the week

09 December 2016

1. So ho ho ho yesterday I thought I'd be ambitious and drive out to the new Hanna Andersson outlet because the kids need Christmas pajamas for a school thing and they were having a 40% off their already on sale pj's and yes, "ambitious" is a stretch BUT my life is wild. I put the outlet into my map app and was off to the races but when we were nearing the outlet and the location was looking strangely similar to an industrial park and nothing like a mall outlet I realized that I had been taken to an Anderson outlet STREET in the exact opposite direction of the outlets. What are the odds? Good, apparently. So, the quick jaunt turned into an Iron Woman and if I post a photo of the kids in their pajamas every day until 2k17 - I hope you'll understand because of the tears and toil they cost me. Minus the tears, promise.

photo one of one million to come. Don't think I'm kidding. I don't know why Phoebe eternally insists on holding Bosco but - it's her life.

2. & 3. books! So I finished The Hating Game and despite alllll of positive reviews I didn't love it. The ending sort of redeemed the book but I'd say skip it if it's on your list. I also finished Falling and it wasn't her best work but I think I was expecting to be disappointed and was actually pleasantly surprised - funny how that works. I'm working on Winter Stroll and Girls in White Dresses this week - they both seem promising but I've said that before so we shall SEE.

4. I'm compiling a list of gift ideas for under $20 (mostly because every year Simon springs a list of co-workers he needs to buy for and we're I'm always scrambling around last last minute) and would be so grateful if you shared any ideas (especially if you'd like to see them in an upcoming Christmas giveaway). I know there are some expert gift givers out there - show thyselves.

5. And the Amazon sales rage on with their 12 Days of Deals. I snagged this awesome wooden truck set for B yesterday (it was one of the deals of the day) because Sebastian had something similar back in the day and loved it. I hope Bosco likes it because it makes up approximately 50% of his presents.

6. Kate does it again! I think all of my hair products are plucked directly from her blog because girlfriend knows a good volumizing product. She used the Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast in her a recent tutorial and it is 100% worth the hype. And it smells great which is always a bonus.

7. Have you taken a gander at Nick's ladies? Some of the bios were priceless and my money is on Raven, Whitney, Corinne, and Lauren. It was fun watching Jennifer Aniston's picks on Jimmy Kimmel too.

And that's all she wrote. Have a fun weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Costco is my favorite for under $20 coworker gifts - big bags of Lindt chocolates, chocolate covered crepes, etc. Delicious things that you wouldn't buy for yourself but love to receive!

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  2. Omg obsessed with the Living Proof Volume Spray! Lives up to the hype and then some. Good luck with your holiday shopping, I'll be keeping an eye on the comments for those under $20 ideas!

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  3. GemSprouts on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/GemSprouts?ref=l2-shopheader-name) is my new favorite inexpensive / Sure To Win Accolades go-to gift source. OH, and I'm getting my teenage daughter some "designer" clothes from ThredUp, but please don't tell her that they're secondhand!

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  4. I'm enjoying The Lake House by Kristin Hannah right now.

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  5. Because I'm this kind of nerd, I've been collecting cool gifts under $20 over on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/everydayreading/gifts-for-20-or-less/

    Would it be weird to send the whole thing to my parents and my husband? Of course not.

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  6. Hanna pjs are the best... I'm kinda really mad at them because up until last year they had green and red striped pjs and I got ones for each kid to wear Christmas morning like I have size 50-100. Then last year they went and added red green and white and my oldest wasn't matching the other 3 and my OCDness was so mad but my checkbook was like it's okay chill out

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  7. Try a Trader Joe's mini Christmas tree (some have a little glitter on them!) inside of an Anthro monogrammed mug, or any Christmas mug. Or, if the person likes to bake, get the mini tree and hang mini cookie cutters as ornaments.

    Also, a bottle of wine or couple of wine glasses and this pocket corkscrew would be nice https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod4640216

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  8. That Living Proof stuff is in my sephora cart right this second and I am JAZZED about it. Should I be this excited for hair products?? Who knows!

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  9. I love this site! http://www.uncommongoods.com/gifts/by-price/gifts-under-25

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  10. Some gift ideas from a nurse:
    1. Nivea Kiss of Care & Color - the Sheer Berry and Sheer Crimson look good on pretty much everyone and any healthcare person will tell you the value of pocket-sized face fixes \m/

    2. Physiobebé by Mustela (available at Target or Prime my personal fave) - it's a no-rinse cleanser that has saved me on the longest of days. Bonus - it smells so good but isn't overpowering, and the name sounds fancy and luxe.

    3. Speaking of luxe, the best hand cream period = NUXE Rêve de Miel. Talk about hand gold! I work NICU and scrub within an inch of my life from fingertip to elbow with surgical scrub - do I have dishpan hands? No ma'am! (Sidebar: the fragrance is real with this beauty so I recommend applying if folks have to get to a presentation or meal with non-hospital humans and want to smell like something other than hospital fresh.)

    Hope this helps!!!

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  11. And WINE!!!! OMG HOW DID I FORGET WINE???

    Personal faves $20 or less are Stump Jump GSM and Meiomi Pinot Noir.

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  12. I love when you post about books because we often read the same ones. I'm glad you went in with low expectations on Falling (I was one of those people saying I didn't love it). I haven't loved loved any of her recent books. I did enjoy Winter Stroll but maybe not my favorite of the series? The format was a little different which threw me a little. But I did like it.

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  13. Hey Grace! I always buy the monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie for men or women. The floral ones of course for the women and the larger, black and white ones for men. And then they also have lots of cute trinket dishes this year too. In the gift bag is their mug, box of tea or hot chocolate, and a goodie like homemade(or store bought) cookies or bread.

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  14. Yay for the Bachelor! I could only get it down to 6 I like initially. However, who I like may not be who Nick likes. I picked both Danielle's, Michelle, Rachel, Sarah, and Whitney. Whitney looks like his type!

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  15. I bought these "little bird letter holders" this year and the quality is excellent-quite heavy, a little rustic and really nice. It's a great price also! http://shop.pallensmith.com/highly-reviewed/little-bird-letter-organizer/

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  16. So excited for the Bachelor! Raven and Vanessa are my picks, but I'm leading more towards Vanessa due to her age.

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