Tuesday, December 12, 2017

10 Must Have Stocking Stuffers

Dry Bar 'Hold Me' Hair Clips - I use these clips all the time! When I initially ordered them, I wasn't sure if they were worth the money, but then I realized what a difference they make when I'm straightening or curling my hair! Definitely a gift that will be used often! 

Dry Bar 'Lil Lemon Drop Detangling Brush - My daughters & I both use this brush every day. It is the perfect detangling brush - which is important when you have wild curly hair like Ella & I do. This mini version is perfect for stockings & travel! 

Fuzzy Socks - You just can't go wrong with fuzzy socks!

Packing Cubes - These packing cubes are life changing! We are constantly on the go for long weekends with our family & I love how these keep us organized! I first heard about them from Cassie & now I'm totally obsessed. 

Orange Sweet Vanilla Conditioning Detangler - I bought this for my girls, but use it for myself now! It smells SO good & it smooths out our snarls perfectly! 

Pom Pom Hat - I love a good winter hat. Practical & fashionable. This faux fur pom pom version has my heart!  

Flair Pens - As a teacher, I can't live without my Flair Pens. But, I will tell you that EVERYONE who ever borrows a pen from me wants their own. Perfect stocking stuffer! 

Lightening Cord - I'm adding this out of practicality. You can never have enough iPhone chargers. Never. These come in a variety of lengths too, which I love because I prefer extra long cords next to my bed & at my desk. 

Phone Case - I love the pink tones in this marble phone case! 

B.P. Stud Earrings - I wear studs just about every day & these are some of my favorites. B.P. makes a ton of affordable options, so you change it up without breaking the bank. 
Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Friends! Today I'm linking up with Andrea to share my Friday Favorites! It's a pretty random assortment this week, but I hope you enjoy! 

First up is my new lifesaver - Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. I love having my nails painted, but between #momlife, #teacherlife & coaching, they never hold up that long. Take into account the fact that I rarely have 15 minutes to sit down, paint my nails & let them dry - a lot of times I skip it. But now I've found this little miracle in a jar! This Insta-Dri is really dry in less than a minute & it takes no more than one coat. I'll be honest, it's thicker, almost like a paint when it goes on, but it holds up well & is nice & smooth. I have it in the Slick Slate color and throw it on all the time because the dark gray goes well with everything! I plan to get Ablazing as well so I can quickly throw it on for holiday parties too! 

Next favorite of the week is a totally random find from Wal-Mart, but I'm loving it! How festive & fun is this Sherpa sweatshirt! They're sold out online :( But I have friends who have bought them in store this week, so I know they're still out there! 

Another favorite at our house this week is Christmas movies! We've watched one every night & the girls just love it. The Grinch (animated version) is Ella's favorite this year & my favorite is The Santa Clause. I also watched a new one on Netflix called The Christmas Prince that was very cheesy, but totally cute and heartwarming. 

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Wednesday night was Visitor's Night at Ella's dance studio & I got to get a sneak peak of what she's been working on! 

Olivia was totally fascinated & danced along at my side most of the time. She cannot wait to start dance next year! 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend friends! We'll be celebrating one of our favorite people turning one! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Gift that Gives Back with Cool Effect

If you're anything like me, you have a few people on your gift list that are impossible to buy for. I've spent hours racking my brain for those hard to buy for friends & family members. It's frustrating for me & probably disappointing for them when they open their gift & find that it's a gift card to a department store because I either flat out gave up or I ran out of time. 

That won't be the case this year though, because this year I'm giving a gift that gives back with Cool EffectCool Effect is a non-profit crowdfunding site that lets people like you & me support carbon emissions reductions through a variety of projects around the world. All of these projects fight climate change & support the goal of cleaner air.  90% of each contribution to Cool Effect goes directly towards the projects. For the holidays, Cool Effect has put together a variety of gift bundles for you & your loved ones to choose from! 

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Meet my Brother-in-Law... aka Mr. Impossible to Buy For
When I started doing some research on Cool Effect, I discovered that it would make the PERFECT gift for my brother - in - law, Derek. He is incredibly passionate about protecting the environment & I know that he'll appreciate a gift that supports a worthy cause. 

As I went through the various options, I chose the Snowman Gift Pack. The Snowman Gift Pack helps prevent climate change by reducing carbon emissions around the world. This pack supports every single one of the projects that Cool Effect has & I loved that I was making a difference in so many places by purchasing just one gift! 

A few of the projects that the Snowman Gift Pack supports are...

Cookstoves for Kids - a project that provides schools and orphanages in Malawi with clean cookstoves, which leads to healthier students. 

Renewable Energy Wind Turbines in Los Santos, Costa Rise - building wind turbines to supply clean energy to families living there. 

Protection of the Alto Mayo Forest  in Peru- which saves 450,000 acres of rainforest from destruction... as well as saving coffee beans - and we all love coffee. 

Community Biogas Program in India - which as gross as it sounds, takes cow manure & turns it into clean energy! 

I truly encourage you to read more & support these programs because not only is it important work, the science behind all of it is fascinating! It amazes me the doors that technology opens in our world today! There are more gift packs to choose from as well, so if you have a specific cause in mind, you can contribute directly to that one! 

As for wrapping this gift, Cool Effect makes that easy too! Each gift comes with a personalized certificate, instructions and paper to make your own origami snowman (so fun!) and a personalized message from the sender. I can't wait to give mine to Derek this holiday season! 

Who would you gift Cool Effect too? 
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