We've all been there - the holidays have snuck up on us and we still need to grab a few last minute gifts before the big day! Well, we are just a few weeks away and I've got you covered. Here are five gift ideas that will be a big hit and won't break the bank. Plus, I've included some specials for you as well! There's also a big giveaway to receive a FREE item at the end of this post!
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5. Mugs from Sassy Pearls of Wisdom
Amy Kate, owner of Sassy Pearls of Wisdom is just a sweetheart and is as talented as can be. I ordered custom mugs from her when I asked my girlfriends to be my bridesmaids. They were perfect! She even included a special tag that read, "Will you be my bridesmaid?." They were each unique and custom made to fit their personalities and the girls loved them.
She doesn't just design mugs though. She also creates t-shirts, home decor, bags, name plates, and the list goes on. She has fun, loving, family friendly items, as well as some hilarious, adult approved items...I'll let you poke around her Instagram for those. Ha! She has some ready to go - browse here - or you can request a custom order with you choice of saying or name.
Currently, she is holding a last call for custom mugs and shirts, so if you would like to order something special, get in touch with her as soon as possible so you can have your gifts in time for Christmas! You won't regret it.
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4. Easy Wine Opener
For all my fellow wine lovers out there, I have found the hands down, absolute best and easiest wine opener out there. We received it as a wedding gift and let me tell you, it is a game changer. Plus, it's only $29.99! It was one of our favorite gifts and now we are giving it to our friends and family for weddings, birthday, the holidays, etc.
It's the Brookstone Connoisseurs Compact Wine Opener from Bed Bath & Beyond. No tugging, no struggle, and no hoping and praying the cork doesn't crumble. It makes opening a bottle of wine effortless and smooth and only takes a matter of seconds.
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3. The Glam Room
Show photo below for $20 off your first service of $50 or more!
Grab a gift card from The Glam Room and I promise it won't disappoint! Who doesn't want to be treated at a relaxing spa and beauty bar? This place has it all too. From hair cuts to waxing, to massages and facials, plus lash lifts and extensions. It has all your beauty needs. Click here for a full list of services offered. I am at The Glam Room on a regular basis and get everything done here. I highly recommend their services. My favorites are The Glam Facial and the 80 minute Swedish Massage with hot stones - fantastic!
This would be a wonderful gift for a girlfriend, co-worker, or invite mom to make it a mother/daughter spa day and try a few services! Or surprise the hubby with a romantic evening for two and book a couples massage.
Because I am at The Glam Room so often, I asked the owner if I could treat our readers to a special this holiday season. They graciously offered to take $20 off your first service of $50 or more if you show them the photo below when booking your appointment! If you are making an appointment over the phone, just let them know you have this.
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Located at 308 Delaware Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Mention this post to receive $5 your order!
Earlier this week, I posted about my experience with Lipsense. Overall, it has been phenomenal. I truly love this stuff. It is so easy, it lasts through the day, and I never have to reapply or worry if my lipstick still looks fresh. I was skeptical, but after trying it for myself, I'm onboard 100%.
You can read my full post here--> Lipsense - Does it really work?
This would be a great stocking stuffer or the perfect gift for a gal pal. I ordered my colors and gloss fromTara's Style lounge. I asked Tara if I could feature her page here on the blog and offer a discount to our readers! She agreed, so be sure to mention this post and you'll get $5 off of your order.
There are hundreds of colors to chose from, I am loving Roseberry and Pink Champagne!
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1. Smart Devices
The Google Home Mini or the Amazon Echo Dot - both are hot commodities right now. We have an Amazon Echo Dot and it is incredible. You say, "Alexa," and then ask her to stream music, create a running list of needed grocery items, or just ask about the forecast for the day or use it as a timer. Its really convenient.
Since I don't have the Google Home Mini, here's an excerpt on how it works - "Just start with “Ok Google” to get answers from Google, tackle your day, enjoy your entertainment, and control your smart home. And when you ask for help, it can tell your voice from others for a more personalized experience."
To me, they seem about the same, plus they are each available for $30. Do some research and figure out which one you like best, but either way, you can't go wrong. This really is a perfect gift for anyone on your list!
Take a look at my Instagram page to win a FREE Amazon Echo Dot!
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Hope this gives you some great ideas for your holiday shopping this year!
Let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions!
My best friend recently invited me to a wreath making class. She told me I HAD to go and that I would love it. I'm constantly surrounded by incredibly creative people and there is a wide gap between their ability and mine, so I was hesitant to go and even more hesitant that I would enjoy it. I expected it might be very frustrating for this non-creative human and maybe even a lot of work, however, I was wrong on all levels!
Hosted by the Perfect Little Store, this wreath making class took place on a Friday night in Germantown. Abbey, the owner of the Perfect Little Store, did a wonderful job making everyone feel like they were capable of making something really beautiful. She had a table full of yummy treats, like cheese plates and macarons, along with wine and other beverages. Needless to say, I needed a little bit of liquid courage to take on the task of making a wreath.
After I got settled with my treats and wine, it was time to conquer the task of creating a beautiful wreath for the holiday season. Abbey provide a variety of different greenery with notes on how much to take at a time. She then guided us through the necessary steps to get started. And, once I got started, it was actually much easier than I thought it would be.
We came and we conquered! Not only did we make some pretty cute wreaths, but I felt like Super Woman after I overcame my lack of confidence in possessing the necessary creativity to make a wreath I’d actually be proud to hang at my home! Yay, me!
Afterwards, we strolled through her adorable little shop. She has the best shop for gifts. Everything in her store was aesthetically pleasing to the senses. From the layout to the tiny details, this girl knows what she is doing. She is incredibly creative and uses her gifts to bring life to others. I love it when people are so intentional about using their gifts.
All in all, it was a beautiful night full of women encouraging women, creativity and a little shopping. All of my favorite things in one place. What could be better?
If you haven’t heard, there is a lip color craze that is an absolute “must try” - Lipsense. What makes it a standout product, is it's long-lasting capability. Lipsense is said to be "waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off." I've been intrigued by this product and skeptical about it's true longevity. So, recently I gave it a try. Here's a look at my pros and cons, or just skip to the bottom for my overview.
I'm on air for 4 ½ hours every morning and with breaking news or developing stories, there’s too much going on to stop and touch up my lipstick. My products need to go on once and last, not only through several hours of talking, but also through the quick breaks when I get a chance to grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. And, bonus, it doesn’t leave a lipstick mark on my coffee cup.
When I get ready in the very, very, very early morning, the last thing I do when applying my makeup, is use Lipsense. That one application will last ALL DAY. It's incredible!
Once I apply the color in the morning, the only thing I need throughout the day is the gloss. I use it every couple of hours and it keeps my lip color shimmering and looking fresh. The gloss also works as a moisturizer. It has shea butter and vitamin E to nourish, condition and soothe lips. Also, I typically opt to carry a small clutch so just having to have the gloss and no extra lipstick works perfect for me.
There are so many different colors to choose from, you’ll want to have more than one. For on air, I mix colors - a layer of Roseberry, basically a light red, and two layers of Pink Champagne (below). For everyday use, I like to just use the Pink Champagne. It's a great subtle and neutral color with a hint of pink. Right now, I only have those two colors and the gloss, but I'll definitely be trying out some different shades soon.
And, if worn every day, one tube last 4 - 6 months!
I am a Chapstick girl. I carry it around everywhere I go and use it constantly. However, when using Lipsense, Chapstick is a no-no.
Lipsense works to remove wax build up on your lips, meaning you will go through an exfoliation phase. Your lips will feel like they are dry at first, instead of using Chapstick or other lipsticks, you need to stick with the Lipsense gloss. Otherwise, you will continue to create build up, while the Lipsense is trying to remove it. This one was hard for me, but the exfoliation phase only last about two weeks. Once that's over, your lips will feel softer and the Lipsense will wear even better.
Also, because it doesn't rub off on anything, which is a pro, the con is removing it. You can purchase the Lipsense remover, which makes it easy to wipe off, or use a Neutrogena makeup remover wipe.
When applying Lipsense, you may feel a cool tingle. This is the cosmetic grade SD alcohol evaporating off the lip and depositing the color behind.
I'm hooked! I use it every single morning and I love it! And, no, I am not getting paid to say this. HA! I truly love this stuff. It is so easy, it lasts through the day, and I never have to reapply or worry if my lipstick is still on. Like I said, I was skeptical of this product, but after trying it for myself, I'm on board.
I bought my Lipsense from Tara's Style Lounge. She's running a special right now - free shipping if you order two colors and a gloss. Plus, she's treating our readers extra special, if you mention this post, you'll also receive $5 off of your order!
Looking for a unique gift for a hostess, a teacher, or your Secret Santa? Here’s your answer! Give it a try and let me know what color or color combinations you like the most.
Let me know what you think!
Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend indulging in some of your favorite things! Since getting back from Europe, my husband and I have been on a pasta kick. However, it’s not easy finding authentic Italian food that tastes just like it was prepared in Italy. We have had to search and search and a few weeks ago we came somewhat close! For this pasta lover, I'll take close!
Pastaria recently opened its doors and has been packed every night since. They do not take reservations, so if you don't want to wait, make sure you get there by at least 5:30 to beat the crowd.
We arrived for dinner between 5:30 and 6:00 on a Sunday night. We always like to order a glass of wine or a cocktail with our dinner, and bonus, they have a great happy hour! We ordered a carafe of wine (about 4 glasses) for $13. In Nashville, TN that’s a steal!
We decided it was a must to try the crispy risotto balls and they were incredible! They come with a marinara sauce and herb aioli. I surprisingly preferred the aioli with mine.
After our appetizer, the hubs ordered the classic Spaghetti Bolognese and I ordered the Pistachio Ravioli. They were both absolutely delicious! Blake is a major Bolognese fan and I typically go with creamier pasta, so I was really excited to try something different. The Pistachio Ravioli has a brown butter sauce that is melt in your mouth good. It has a hint of lemon which adds a nice zest. My leftovers were even better the next day!
They also have a carving station for bread that is fresh out of the oven. I could have been happy just indulging in the bread and olive oil. The smell filled the air and I was drooling from the moment we walked in the door.
Did I mention that the restaurant is also aesthetically pleasing? They have a beautiful open kitchen where you can watch the staff prepare the breads, pizzas and pastas. The lighting is just right and decor is unique. I would be happy to just sit in their dining room munching on bread and sipping on wine while reading a good book.
So with that being said, if you find yourself in the mood for some pasta and a great happy hour, check out Pastaria! I think your tastebuds will be pleasantly surprised!
Happy Friday everyone! We just spent the past week together and it was THE best! It's so fun to have a sister that you enjoy spending time with. It's also a perk when you can wear each other's clothes ;) You will see for this week's Fashion Friday we both stole a few items from each other's closet to change things up! Below were our picks for a night out this past Saturday!
Hope everyone had a great holiday! This past weekend my husband and I hosted the entire Santschi family right here in Kansas City for Thanksgiving and it was a blast! We gave them the full tour of the city; attending a Chiefs game, seeing the Plaza lights and taking a ride on the streetcar to a jazz lounge.
The favorite stop for everyone though was Chicken N Pickle, located just north of River Market, where we played a few rounds of pickleball. If you haven't tried pickleball yet, you need to schedule a court today!
At first I wasn’t sure my family would be thrilled about getting up early to break a sweat the day after our big Thanksgiving feast, but turned out that we had so much fun the first hour, we decided to stay and play for another hour!
I would describe pickleball as similar to tennis, ping-pong and badminton. Everybody quickly picked it up after just a couple of practice rounds. The rules are unique, but not complicated. Here are the rules directly from Chicken N Pickle's website.
They also host beginner clinics to teach the basics of the game and starting in 2018, they will be held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9-10 a.m. Private lessons, semi-private or group lessons, and 3 or 4 and a pro play lessons are also available.
Chicken N Pickle has both indoor and outdoor courts for year round play. Of course, at the end of November, we expected it to be too cold to play on the outdoor courts, but we were pleasantly surprised when Mother Nature provided a gorgeous day for us to do both!
In addition to pickleball, Chicken N Pickle also has a beer garden and plenty of backyard games to choose from. They have giant Jenga, giant Battleship, hula hoops, corn hole, and much more. It's the perfect place to spend the day for all ages. Plus, it's also canine friendly, so feel free to bring your pup along too.
You’ll also find plenty of TV's around, making it a great spot to catch a game. There's also a rooftop bar for grabbing a drink or hosting a private event.
Oh and did I mention the food?! YUM!
The restaurant serves up fresh, made-to-order specialties - sandwiches, wood-fired rotisserie chicken and sides, including the typical tots and fries, and some healthy options too – salads, brussels sprouts and beets. The variety is spectacular and it all tastes fantastic.
Below, on the right, is the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich with pickles, hot sauce and spicy slaw with a side of tots. Delicious!
All to say, with plenty of food, drinks and games, it is always a fun time at Chicken N Pickle. My family loved the experience and my brother said it was his favorite part of the trip!
It was a great workout, a fun time and fit for all ages and skill levels. I highly recommend stopping in to check this place out the next time you’re entertaining friends or family or just looking for something to do.
One of my all-time favorite desserts is my mom's famous Pudding Cake. It is so delicious that it's addicting. It never lasts very long in our house, because it's everybody's first choice for dessert. It's super easy to make, even your kiddos can lend a hand in the kitchen.
You only need five ingredients and it takes about ten minutes to whip together.
- 1 tub of Cool Whip (8oz)
- 4 cups milk
- 2 boxes white chocolate instant pudding
- 1 box chocolate graham crackers
- 1 can chocolate frosting
In a large bowl, stir together the Cool Whip, milk and pudding. Set aside.
Line the bottom of a 9"x13" pan with graham crackers and then pour half of the pudding mixture on top.
Place another row of graham crackers and then pour the rest of the pudding mixture on top.
Place the final layer of graham crackers across the top.
Heat the frosting in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Stir thoroughly, then pour the frosting on top. Smooth the frosting from side to side with a knife or spatula to make sure all the graham crackers are covered.
Cover and refrigerate for 8 - 48 hours.
If chocolate isn't your thing - don't write this off just yet. My husband doesn't like chocolate, but the Cool Whip and the pudding make the graham crackers just melt in your mouth. It is a family favorite!
Let me know if you try it! You won't regret it.
Happy Black Friday! We hope that you have found some incredible deals while working off all of those Thanksgiving calories. Here are our favorite picks for this week's Fashion Friday! Since it is the biggest shopping day of the year, most all of these items are deeply discounted!
Sweater: Goodwill (Will do a post on my Goodwill finds soon!)
Boots: Old Navy (similar style here)
The holiday season is upon us, so let's talk fitness tips before we chow down on our Thanksgiving Day feast. Did you know the average American consumes about 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day?! The best way for me to enjoy all the yummy goodies without the guilt, is to have a plan for how I'm going to burn off those extra calories this week.
Grace shared her quick jump rope workout earlier this week, and I'm going to show you some exercises you can do using that frozen turkey - yep, you read that right!
I met up with Kri Chay, owner of Kri Chay's Urban HIIT FITT, to get some exercise ideas that you can do at home.
What you need
- Workout band - similar to this
- Frozen turkey
Going through all the exercises will take about 30 minutes. In the video above, Kri and I go through four different exercises. In the video below, we go into more detail and show the full workout.
To make things even easier, click here for a break down of every exercise. We go over each move from easy, moderate to challenging. Check it out!