Friday, December 20, 2019

Friday Favorites: The Christmas Edition

Like a gust of whirling wind, time is swiftly whipping through my fingers. We've had parties, shows, events, shopping, cleaning and family blessedly filling the Christmas of 2019 season.  However in the midst of it all, I attempt to savor the moments, while reflecting on why we celebrate at all. In addition, I recognize how difficult this season is for those grieving loved ones, etc. And last few words before moving on, I have a senior in high school. For some reason, this reality is, well, more real.

That my friends could fill a few blog posts, so I'll spare you the emotional mutterings at this time and instead share glimpses of the last couple of weeks starting with WIW! :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Outfits of Christmas Past & The Style Six Link Up

Hello! Today's post is inspired by Fonda from Savvy Southern Chic. She recently shared a fabulous Christmas style round up and I made a mental note to do the same. What better way to close out our last Style Six of 2019?   Hopefully, it will inspire you to dig through your closet and create a new look perfect for whatever event you may have coming up!

Now before we go back a few years, let's make the short jump back to last week's Christmas dinner. I wore a top from Amazon Prime and then shopped my closet for the rest! I wanted the Emerald Green color but it was sold out at the time. However, the black turned out to be a fun choice with the red shoes.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Styling A Dress From Fall To Winter

Hello my cyber friends! If you follow me on Insta (and I hope you do!) then you've had sneak peeks from this photo shoot. Once again we're visiting the Ponce City Market in Downtown Atlanta. Kim is behind the camera and I'm flitting around in my final piece of the season from Caite & Kyla. (Click Here and Here for other pieces from them!)

 Without planning it, this embroidered flowy dress became the perfect transition item to style from fall to winter! Aside from the boots, dress and scarf, the rest of the items are all closet shopped! I hope you enjoy today's style and join us for today's Style Six Link up!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Guys & For The Fun


This may be the last post in my Gift Guides for the Holiday Season of 2019! It's been so fun to compile favorites from over the years and today is no different with goodies for the guys and games for everyone!

1. iOttie Phone Holder For Car - This is a one hand pop in and out device. It sticks beautifully to the dash, rotates around, up and down and is so easy to use!

2. Key Chain Flash Light - just a little something fun for those car lovers.

3. Cotten Jersey Robe - I'm excited about this robe. Not all guys desire "ultra cozy" so I think this lightweight tee shirt material robe is perfect, especially if you live in warmer climates!

4. FitFort 360 Phone Grip - I've had a loop style grip, a pop socket and now this Fit Fort! Of course each one has their pros and cons, but so far the FitFort checks all the boxes for me...comfortable (enough), functional and versatile. It holds up my iPhone 8+ vertically and horizontally! Mine is rose gold and I love it! 

5. Car Seat Gap Filler - This cool looking contraption is supposed to keep items from falling in betweent the seats of your car. Perhaps from being lost forever - ha! It's been in my cart forever.

6. Nike Pullover Hoodie - All the boys in my life love a good hoodie, whether it be Nike, Champion etc.

7. Sudio Tolv Earbuds - I've mentioned these a few times on the blog. I have a gifted pair from Tolv and another on the way for a special someone. What I love about these earbuds is they look amazing, function with one ear bud (why my teen loves it as well) and they fit well in my ears! Use Code: Sudio136 for %15 off! Bonus: They come in several color choices!

8. Spiderman Sneaker  - I'm throwing in these Spiderman sneakers because they are well loved here. Also, we often receive compliments when we're out. The seller offers a lot of varieties!

9. TheraBreath - Ok, maybe this one is a tad rude. However, with sick season upon us it could be more of a need. This stuff works! I discovered it while shopping the clearance section in the grocery store. As I picked up a bottle to investigate more, the woman beside me started raving about it. She made me laugh with her remarks about her hubby's morning breath. Anyway, I took her word for it and my hubby loved it.  Thank you sweet lady in the grocery store. ;)

Random, but useful:
10. Over the Door Shoe Organizer - If your guys wears a size 12 -15 size shoe and uses an over the door organizer, this puppy is amazing! My 17 year old needed this 3 years ago and he still uses it!

For the Fun - Games & Toys
I'm linking some of our favorite family/friend games as well as my two favorite interactive, educational toys from this year! Most of these games were introduced by my board game collecting brother or friends that play together often. Enjoy!


1. Carcassonne - This game takes me back to medieval times. I grab a cup of tea and enjoy. There's strategy involved but it's not too brain heavy. However, it's challenging enough to engage all ages!

2. Zooloretto - This game is part luck, part strategy, and engaging. Everyone has their own zoo board to build. You choose which animals from the "carts" as you play. Only trouble is, those precious gorillas may not be on the cart when you need it! That's when it's time to get creative...

3. Farkle - The dice game that keeps us laughing. This is an easy, engaging game that is great for the short attention spans in my house. When I can't convince them to sit down to a board game, I reach for Farkle. It's handy to have the Farkle Score Sheet as well!

4. The Great Dalmuti Card Game - a glorified card game of "rich man, poor man", this game is packed full of laughs with a group!

5. Plugo Link - An interactive, augmented reality game that even my 10 year olds will play with. It works with an app on an ipad or iPhone but you rarely even touch the screen. This is all about using the blocks or links to build as instructed. This is great for the rising engineer. ;)

6. Exploding Kittens - Oh man, this card game is ridiculous and high energy. The boys in my house love it and I must admit that it gives me a good laugh as well.

7. Wits & Wagers - This family trivia game has a fun spin on trivia because each player guesses/makes a wager on what they think is the right answer. Whoever picks the right multiple choice answer gets the points, etc.

8. Ticket To Ride - Another strategy game with lots of train pieces! In this game you're building a train from routes you draw at the beginning of the game. It gets tricky if others move in on your route!

9. Shifu Globe - another Augmented reality winner! You receive a globe that interacts with a downloaded app to the Ipad or iphone. The app shares facts about geography, animals, historical facts and more. I was impressed with all the features. Go HERE to see a full review. My boys use this to supplement their history or to break things up around here!

Alright, I hope this helps your hunt for those "guys or for the fun". Need more tips? Check out my Holiday Gift Guides for the GYM & Home or Beauty Favorites & The Planner

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Seamless Print Styling: Camo, Snakeskin, Stripes & Leopard

Ponce City Market

Hello! While on an Alaskan adventure of a lifetime with my sister, I had the opportunity to meet Nicole at High Latitude Style! After meeting the unassuming, stylish and sweet Nicole, I've continued to follow along with her blog, appreciating her insightful tips in fashion. I wish we could meet in Alaska again, but for today I'll content myself with the privilege to cohost her weekly link up, Top of the World Style!

Nicole does not fit in a fashion box, boldly mixing prints and colors even before it became trendy to do so! For that reason, I thought I'd feature as many print mixes in my outfit as possible! I hope you will join us in linking up! :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Cotton Embroidery Dress, Styled Two Ways

Hello! Did you score some amazing deals on Friday through Monday? I grabbed as much as I could for the boys and kept myself in check on clothes, etc. This week I also shared another Gift Guide round up to help you fill those stockings for the ladies. There's one more round up coming next week, so be on the look out for "Guys & Games"! As for today I'm sharing this embroidery dress, styled two ways for the Style Six Link Up! 

Another masterpiece, crafted by Caite & Kyla, features a stretchy cotton that feels soft on my skin, I wear this baby all day long. I lay on my couch in it. I run errands it, dress it up for a date in it, etc! This dress is all versatile with many ways to style, but let's start with two different but subtle looks, geared toward boho casual! 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty For The Stockings & Gifts For The Planner

Hello! Wouldn't you know my entire post was lost into cyber space. Each painstaking word swiped away with the click of the refresh! Has this ever happened to you? I've had parts disappear but never a whole post. Well, perhaps an abbreviated version is better anyway, right?? So with less flourish, but just as much goodies, I give you inspiration for stocking stuffers or basket fillers as well as favorites for the organizer!

Let's start with My favorite Beauty Items!

1. Dearly Detangled Conditioner - gifted to me but just as loved, I use this leave-in conditioner when my hair is especially dry. I love it for getting out those tangles!
2. Wild Rose Vit C Serum - also gifted to me, this might be my favorite serum ever!! It smells wonderful, but more than that, I've already noticed brightening and diminishing! Korres is selling this in gift sets at $56, which is the perfect time to try it!

3. Wet Brush - The last two salons I visited used these brushes and all my mom of girls friends swear by them. My boys have the small size. I think it's time for momma to have one. Why not ones with bears in cozy sweaters?
4. Native Deodorant - Ironically I was introduced to this deodorant in my Christmas stocking one year. It's a natural deodorant that smells wonderful and actually works!

5. Ahava Lotions - a friend brought this back from Israel and I love the way my hands feel when I use it. These are now a purse staple.

6. Burt's Bees Lipstick - continuing with our more natural vibes, this lipstick is free of yucky chemicals, pleasant smelling and moisturizing. It's worth having to reapply in my opinion. ;)

7. The Caripro Toothbrush - I reviewed this back in June and still use this it. In fact, yesterday my middle child requested one for Christmas. Today is the day, right?? This brush 5 settings, a two minute timer with 30 second increment pauses to remind you to move to another area and long battery life. I don't bring the charger with me on trips!
8.Tinkle Razor - these have been around the blogger block but in case you need reminding, these are an easy way to get rid of unsightly hairs. However, don't get a knock off brand. They just aren't the same!

9. Whitening Systems or REFILLS!: We can't leave out the whitening system my husband reviewed over the summer. I still notice the difference in his teeth! For that reason I'm using the gifted whitening gels for his stocking. ;)
For The Planner - Cultivate What Matters Shop is having their biggest sale of the year! 20% off everything, but the goal planners. HOWEVER, you can grab a bundle with a planner included for the 20% off! Here's a list of my favorites, as well as a couple extra goodies to compliment a more organized life!

1. Legacy Journals - linen, lovely and perfect for note taking or journaling daily thoughts!

2. Tending Tape - I love this for taping in important notes, worksheets or just making my calendar pretty.
3. Power Sheets Starter Bundle - That fab planner, stickers, pouch and goal card display set
4. Magnetic Page Markers - I mean, why not?? How handy are these?
5. Cultivate Power Sheets - just the fab planner!

6. Goal Sticker Book - my handwriting is so sloppy, but these stickers make me feel better about myself. Ha - but seriously, it also helps me remember as well as anticipate upcoming dates.
7. Sudio Tolv Earbuds - Man, these are pretty and they work fantastically. My eldest keeps borrowing mine so I may get him a green pair while they are 25% off!

8. Accessory Pouch - I store all my pens, tending tape, highlighters etc in this pouch!
9. Lands End Canvas Tote - I store ALL these goodies in this fabulous tote! A sweet friend gifted this bag over a year ago and I run all over town and country with this bag. It also fits my computer. LOVE IT!

Alright, did you catch my Gift Guide for the Gym Rat and Miscellaneous Items for Around the Kitchen? Happy Shopping my friends!
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