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What started as a digital diary to document a newfound journey as a stay at home mom / wife has quickly evolved into my own little corner on the internet where I share all that life brings my way -- the good, the bad, and those "aha!" moments. All with a hint of sarcasm, a dash of truth and bold European wit. Thanks for following along!

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12.03.2019

25 Days of Gift Guides | For The VSCO Girl | Day 8


It's time to gift our VSCO girls. For those of you who don't know what a VSCO girl is -- she's a girl who's stuck in the 90s or rather someone who takes aesthetically pleasing pictures with allllll the props. This babe likes to mix vintage with the new trends and probably edits her pictures in the app... you guessed it VSCO.


T H E G I F T S 


No. 1 :: Denim Jacket


No. 2 :: Sparkly Lip Gloss


No. 3 :: Instamax Camera


No. 4 :: Birkenstock


No. 5 :: Scrunchies


No. 6 :: Hyrdo Flask


No. 7 :: Classic Backpack


No. 8 :: Checkered Vans


No. 9 :: Gellen Gel Nail Kit


No. 10 :: Stickers


No. 11 :: Silicone Straw


This gift guide gives me all the Lizzie McGuire vibes. BRB, going to turn on Disney+ ... turn in tomorrow to see who we're gifting next! 


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12.02.2019

25 Days of Gift Guides | Essential Oil Enthusiast | Day 7


Today's gift guide is for the essential oil enthusiast. I started oils about a year ago. Mostly because I wanted to make my house smell amazing without the chemicals and I'm gonna be honest, I've grown to love the oily life.

I didn't join a "team" because I wasn't wanting to participate in the FB courses people host and I wasn't trying to do anything except learn about the oils at my own pace. If you're wanting to join YL without the pressure of sharing the starter kit and constant talking about sales and growing your business, join me HERE. 

Joining Young Living is super simple and fairly easy. There is no pressure to order oils, unless you join the Rewards program they have on the site. The rewards program requires that you have a monthly order that is $50+ worth of merchandise. Again, that's not required, but it's a nice little perk because points do add up and that means free oils!

Another fun perk of Young Living is that the more you buy (they have home, kids, skincare / beauty lines) each month, the more freebies they send with your order. It's always super fun to know that you have some free stuff coming too!

I'm gonna be straight up and say, yes -- if you sign up under someone they make a small commission. This is one of the many ways I support my family. I never push this on anyone because I don't want you to think that I am just trying to make a buck. I genuinely love this brand and the oily life.

If you're wanting to start a mini side hustle, then I'm here to support you. If you're wanting to just learn, have fun and have someone to talk to when you need help or have questions that works too! Whatever you need, I'm here for ya.

I've also started up an Instagram for all things health-related -- essential oils, physical health, mental health, and spiritual health because all are equally important. If you're interested in that journey, you're welcome to follow along HERE. 

Soooooooooo, let's get to the gift guide!

T H E G I F T S 




No. 1 :: Ember Spray Bottles


No. 2 :: Aroma Breeze Champagne Diffuser


No. 3 :: Rollers


No. 4 :: Oil Shelf


No. 5 :: Aroma Roam Car Diffuser


No. 6 :: Coconut Carrier Oil


No. 7 :: Essential Oil Refernce Book


No. 8 :: Wool Dryer Balls


No. 9 :: PureGlow Himalayan Diffuser


No. 10  :: French Aromatherapy


I'd like to also share some pretty diffusers with you that range from $20 to $110 in price. While I love Young Living, I feel like their diffusers are not the best quality and the really gorgeous ones are too expensive! Here are some diffusers that won't make you feel like you're breaking the bank.



No. 1 :: Teo Diffuser


No. 2 :: Jasmine Aroma


No. 3 :: Aroma Peak


No. 4 :: Aroma Gem


No. 5 :: Hathaspace Marble (in white)


No. 6 :: Ease


No. 7 :: Homedics Artisian


No. 8 :: Hathaspace Marble (in black)


No. 9 :: Ona


No. 10 :: Sofia Diffuser


No. 11 :: Rise Up Crystalize


No. 12 ::  Zoe


No. 13 :: Pink Diamond


& there you have it -- some of the prettiest diffusers on the market that any essential oil enthusiasts will love! Tune in tomorrow to see what will be our next gift guide!

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11.27.2019

25 Days of Gift Guides | For The Ultimate Hostess | Day 6


We're on day six of our gift guides and today we're tackling gifts for the people who love to host parties, dinners, and larger gatherings. We are so thankful for their constant gifts of hospitality and their constant want to have us over, so here are some cute curated items you can give them this holiday season.

T H E G I F T S 


No. 1 :: Vagabond House Honeybee Hardwood Bar


No. 2 :: Seagrass Beverage Tub Basket


No. 3 ::  Marble Bark Salt & Pepper Shakers


No. 4 :: Three Tier Bamboo Serving Rack


No. 5 :: Dottie Honey Pot


No. 6 :: Leaf Carved Wooden Cheese / Sauce Serving Tray


No. 7 :: Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank


No. 8 :: Marble Pastry Board


No. 9 :: Oven To Table Two-Part Dish Set


No. 10 :: Schmidt Brother's Stainless Steel Steak Knives


No 11. :: Recycled Glass Pitcher


No. 12 :: Recycled Wine Bottle Platter


No. 13 :: HOST Cookbook


No. 14 :: Marble Tiered Stand


&&&&& that's a wrap! I feel like I want all of these in my personal collection becuase they are all so beautiful! Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I won't be posting a gift guide. I'll be enjoying the holiday with my family. I'll be back next week with more gift guides to ring in the holiday season!

H A V E A W O N D E R F U L T H A N K S G I V I N G! 


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11.26.2019

25 Days of Gift Guides | Walmart :: Black Friday Specials + Gifts


It's day five of our gift guides and I'm so excited to partner up with Walmart for this one! Typically, I am alllll about the online shopper life, but Walmart makes it so easy to grab everything you need in-store, so every holiday season I make it a MUST to stop by the holiday shop and toy section when I'm in for some groceries!



Upon entering the store they have a table with all the "hot"  +  "new" stuff for this holiday season from all departments. I spy an InstaPot, a TV and some cool new toys. I always love peeking at what other consumers are getting this time of year. The fear of missing out no longer exists because the Walmart staff keeps us in the know with this table.


Another cool feature they have this year is a package pick-up station. My local Walmart had this pick up tower in front of the store and you guys, I got to see this used first hand! It was so cool! Let's say you shop online for something you didn't see in stores. During your next trip in-store, you can go back in, pick up your package without any help -- just scan a barcode on the Walmart app and BOOM. You've got your package without having to find someone to go track don your order.

OK... now brace yourself. I'm about to give you a mini-tour of the aisles of the Walmart toy section. Walmart has the biggest toy selection for the holiday season. I have yet to see a bigger selection of toys in a local store. Don't take my word for it though, see for yourself.


I have boys, so I was waltzing up and down the aisles that catered to toys for my little guys most of the time, but don't fret girl moms, Walmart has a ton of Barbies and dolls for your princesses! & speaking of princesses, Frozen II is coming to theaters which only means that there are several shelves dedicates to Anna, Elsa and Olaf!


I also really love that Walmart has its own toy line called Kid's Connection that has all kinds of gender-neutral toys that are all great prices and lower than the other brands in stores. It's a great alternative for families who are shopping on a tight budget. I love shopping this line for birthdays too because I don't feel like I am breaking the bank.


Okay, so you get the idea... Walmart has alllllll the toys you need this holiday season. They also have quite a few gift set aisles too! Here is a little sneak peek of those aisles.

Y'alllllll, okay. I think you get it -- Walmart has something for everyone! I just love how versatile their selection is. & good news, they have a ton of Pre-Black Friday sales / deals going on right now. Here  is a mini gift guide of my picks from their current listings


P R E - B L A C K F R I D A Y G I F T S

No. 1 :: Anna + Elsa Doll Set


No. 2 :: Classic Lego Bricks


No. 3 :: Interactive Robot


No. 4 :: Laugh & Learn Controller


No. 5 :: Doll House Mansion


No. 6 :: Woody Plush


No. 7 :: Ride On Stroller


No. 8 :: Barbie Baby Doctor 


No. 9 :: Tool Bench


No.  10 :: Cubby the Bear


No. 11 :: Talking + Singing Elmo


M Y W A L M A R T H A U L 

While I was in the store, I could resist shopping + picking up some Christmas gifts myself. Here's what I got for the boys and my little brothers. I'll link the products below and let you know if it's currently on sale. 


⇒ Rummikub (on sale)

Kids Connection Tool Set (on sale)

⇒ Minecraft Lego Kits

Zombie Cave (on sale) ● Blaze Bridge (on sale) ● End Battle ● Steve (on sale) ● Alex (on sale) ]

⇒ Paw Patrol Toddler Watch

Marshall ● Chase ]

... that's all I got -- for now. I'm eyeing some things on Walmart online and have them added to my cart! I'm going to do some more browsing on Wednesday and then get the rest of my Christmas gifts because I am loving all the rollback + pre black friday sales! 

Thanks so much to Walmart staff in Tigard, OR who gave me all the inside info and rundown of all their holiday deals! I always have the best time chatting with their super friendly staff. I'd also like to issue a very BIG and formal thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post! 

Okay, friends! That's all I have today for today's gift guide. See you tomorrow! 


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11.25.2019

25 Days of Gift Guides | For The Space Explorer | Day 4


This gift guide is for those of you who know people that are obsessed with outer space, planets, and NASA. I tried to incorporate gifts for all ages in this one as well as stay away from your typical NASA tee and sweatshirts that have recently popped up everywhere. I hope you find some of these gifts as neat as I did.

T H E G I F T S


& that's a wrap for our space explorer gift guide. Tomorrow is day five and I feel like these are flying by already. Tune in tomorrow for our gift guide for -- oop! I'm not gonna slip up, so you just gotta stop by tomorrow and see what kind of person we're talking about next. 


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11.22.2019

25 Days of Gift Guides | Farmhouse Frenzy | Day 3


Today's gift guide is for all the rustic / farm loving people out there. We're channeling all the rustic vibes with this one! I have always had a soft spot for rustic decor and the farmhouse life -- it's my dream to live on a farm one day, so this guide holds all things I would love in my future farmy home.

T H E G I F T S 



No. 1 :: Letterboard


No. 2 :: Metal Watering Can


No. 3 :: Produce Bags


No. 4 :: Shelf / Coat Rack


No. 5 :: Holiday Accent Pillow


No. 6 :: Birch Logs


No. 7 :: Market Backpack


No. 8 :: Wooden Gather Sign


No. 9 :: Feast Cutting Board


No. 10 :: Long Mango Wood Candle


No. 11 :: Pine Wreath


No. 12 :: Plant Styling Book


No. 13 :: Decorative Ladder


& that's our farmhouse frenzy round up! I am really loving how homey and rustic all of these items are. Come back to the blog on Monday to see the next gift guide.


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