Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Christmas Gift guy-de


{need more ideas? last years gift guy-de // year before }

::Some ideas for the men in your life::

dive watch:  JB got this watch for his birthday earlier this year.  If your guy is a diver - this might be theee gift.

golfing and fishing vineyard vines tie:  I just wish there was a spearfish in this little design (: !  if your guy is into these things and has a desk job, this could be the tie for him.  I love vineyard vines ties - nice quality and not too expensive.  This one is on sale!

a nice seiko watch:  did you know most millionaire's wear a seiko watch?  This list is fascinating.

The uncommon life by Tony Dungy:  This book is awesome for anyone but especially for men.  365 devo's reside in this awesome book - so perfect to start the year with.

a nice plaid shirt:  this one is the most handsome one i've seen.

cocktail mixer:  this one is perfect for my older brother.  literally (;

cuff links:  i love these hammered silver "secret message" cuff links.

art:  i think both JB and I could agree on this fish one.

a manly holder for your coffee:  stanley of course - free shipping with code WARMTH

Compression socks:  JB had a blood clot last spring (it's gone now! PTL!) - which forced him to try a few different pairs of compression socks, and he cannot stop singing the praises of VIM & VIGR.  They are perfect for someone with a desk job or someone who runs a lot for recovery - they prevent swelling, aid in recovery, and energize legs.  But they also don't fall down and they don't change wash after wash - which is huge as far as JB's concerned.  His second favorite are these over the calf socks from brooks brothers.

Gramaphone:  I know the rage right now is all on the turntables right now but JB and I are not cool enough to own a single record.  I think you are so cool if you do!  The gramaphone wouldn't collect dust around here since we do have apple products + love music.

Go pro:  for the adventurer // underwater diver.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Giving the gift of #stanleyness


I actually had Stanley drinkware on last years gift guy-de.  It's the perfect, rugged, little container to keep drinks hot or cold.  My handsome grandpa had one and I always remember him packing it away with him for duck hunts.  And then Stanley sent us a few different ones and I got waaaaay to excited to have one.  It's funny to think of a canister maybe becoming a family heirloom but these things last for.everrrr. and I'm kinda hopeful it will.  JB has been taking his to work every morning - but I know he'll take it on his fishing trips too.  Or like yesterday, when he was painting one of our last rooms to be painted (yay!) he used it to keep his afternoon jolt hot.  
Here are three ways you could give the gift of Stanleyness (; to one of the men in your life.
{with a bag of his favorite coffee// or maybe his favorite fishing lures if he's into fishing}
{With his favorite whiskey.  Side note:  this is literally the only bottle of alcohol I have in our house.  And it's the girliest.  Replace with his favorite instead of st. germain (; unless he's into that! }
{I've been using this glass to keep my iced green tea or water super cold!  but it comes with a handy little bottle opener - so maybe give with his favorite six pack.  I know you can make your own six pack at Total Wine - which has been a hit with JB past birthday/christmases.  }
Big thanks to Stanley for sponsoring this post and thank you for reading!



Sunday, November 23, 2014

BEST THING EVER: Vasanti BrightenUp!



One of the products I've used and loved for at least two years now is, Vasanti's BrightenUp!
It's great for skin that is oily like mine and needs some extra exfoliation.  It also leaves your skin feeling sooooo soft.  It helps with fine lines, acne, large pores, and scarring, to name a few.  While it's only 99% natural, it is paraben free.  I use it once or twice a week.  It lasts for ages because you only need a dime sized.  BIG favorite - and one I wouldn't mind seeing in my stocking : psssst: jb (; 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Getting cozy for the holidays

What's better than getting cozy with your family?!  My favorite.  Especially when it cools down... that's when hot cocoa comes out, fire comes on, new Christmas cozies are worn, and flannel sheets go down.  This year has me so very excited, even more than usual, I guess a toddler + a baby in your belly does that to you!! We've been reading Song of Stars every night which is a beautiful book but I'd love to hear what you do to share that joy of Christmas with your family.  What books do you read?  Do you do an advent calendar (I just got ours!)?  Don't you love the candelight service at church?  Do you bake Christmas cookies?  I want to hear your traditions.  Plus get some ideas to add to our holiday family tradition (:    




What's better than getting cozy with your family?!  My favorite.  Especially when it cools down... that's when hot cocoa comes out, fire comes on, new Christmas cozies are worn, and flannel sheets go down.  This year has me so very excited, even more than usual, I guess a toddler + a baby in your belly does that to you!! We've been reading Song of Stars every night which is a beautiful book but I'd love to hear what you do to share that joy of Christmas with your family.  What books do you read?  Do you do an advent calendar (I just got ours!)?  Don't you love the candelight service at church?  Do you bake Christmas cookies?  I want to hear your traditions.  Plus get some ideas to add to our holiday family tradition (:    

Friday, November 14, 2014

Second time Mama & Baby Wish List

While I definitely plan on reusing a ton of our things.  ++  I also think my mama and grandma thrived with their babies with nothing but their boobs + a swaddling cloth.  (; I couldn't help but have my eyes on a few things for baby number two.  So here's what I've been pining for.. for me, and Wesley James.


1.  Mamaroo:  We have the snugabunny which was great but it is huge and certainly not portable!  I would love to have something that I could take from room to room with us.  I also hear nothing but amazing things about this little cozy, safe, bouncer.

2.  Ergobaby 360:  I probably won't purchase this until he's two months or so - depending on what he's like.  If he's anything like Tuck he wants to face out - all. of. the. time.  I bought an infantino on a desperate whim at target for $15.  But it's not super safe like this ergo 360.  Of course we still have the regular ergo  and we used that until probably around 16 months regularly.

3.  Halo Baby Bassinet:  So this isn't a necessity but love that my baby can be right next to me on the bed with no fear of squishing him.  This would have been a game changer for Tuck and I.  He did like the rock n play, and if he did have reflux issues this is likely the way to go - but lazy-new-mama-me didn't love how I had to get out of bed every time he needed to be fed.  It also comes with a couple lullabies, a nursing timer, it vibrates, soothing sounds, and a nightlight!

4.  Kiinde breastfeeding set:  As soon as I heard about this breastfeeding kit I knew this had to be a purchase.  It's actually already hanging out in my kitchen cabinet.  So excited, I couldn't wait.  As any mama who has cried over spilled {pumped} milk knows.  So what's so great about it?  Well it works with any breast pump, puts it in these little baggies.  Then just store them in the fridge and/or freezer.  Pop them in the little warmer that thaws it to the perfect temp.  No pouring, just pop on a nipple (different flow speeds too!).  Voila!  No worry about reflux due to bottles.  No air bubbles.  No waste.  I've never been so excited to meet with my pump again.

5.  Another dohm:  We have one in Tucks room and it's worked so great we have no need to switch.  I just think these little guys are amazing.  I want one in our room!

6.  Duo Diaper bag:  This one is just so cute!

7.  A soft cup nursing bra:  This one is a splurge but looks super cozy, has soft cups (perfect for that first month when your boobs are figuring out how big they want to be) and it's cosabella - they can do no wrong.

8.  joovy caboose stand on:  this is only $124!  I think I'll get it and take it with us to Rome to test it out.    Unless y'all have another idea!  It has a part you can stand on, and a part you can sit on.  I'm not totally sold on getting another nicer stroller as Tuck has never been crazy about sitting in his stroller.  I know everyone loves the uppa baby but spending that much money on a stroller physically hurts me. ha.  

9.  motorola Baby monitor:  We'll need another one and I wasn't totally crazy about Tucks - this one has great reviews both online and via friends.  Any other recs out there?

10.  monogrammed goodies:   So I have a ton of clothes Wesley James is getting as hand me downs.  But can't resist a few special items from my favorite stop for monogrammed gifts for others and for my boys - Beaufort Bonnet company - Diaper covers, bow swaddlesbowties

Have any experience with any of these?  Warnings?  Thumbs up?

xxs