Holiday Gift Guide for Little Girls

Holiday gift guide

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This would be a great gift for that little girl who isn’t quite ready to ride her bike without training wheels. This bike allows them to learn how to balance with no training wheels.

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Who doesn’t love an easy bake oven!? These are so much fun! While it still requires supervision, this allows little girls (and boys) to easily bake some yummy goodies themselves!

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This is a great tablet for games and fun times for those younger kids. There are lots of parental controls you can add to limit screen time plus more.

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My daughters love to cook! I’m so glad about that, because I hate it and always have. My husband does the cooking in our house. He loves to teach our girls how to cook. This is one of the best cookbooks for kids we have tried. It has some delicious recipes which are fun for my girls to help cook!

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We won a Disney basket in a silent auction at my daughter’s school. This Disney princess necklace kit was in the basket. My youngest daughter absolutely loved it. She loved it so much that she told my niece all about it, so of course my niece also got one and loved it! This is a fun crafty gift that is sure to be loved!

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We bought this scooter for my youngest daughter this summer and it was a huge hit. She loves it. It is easy for her to ride due to the two wheels in the front providing extra support. I love giving gifts that encourage getting outside and staying active.

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If you know a little girl who loves Disney as much as we do, this would be an amazing gift. There are so many dolls included along with a lot of fun accessories. My youngest daughter got this for Christmas last year. She is still constantly playing with these dolls. These dolls are pricy individually. Buying this kit is a great deal.

Thanks for sticking around for my Holiday Gift Guide series this week!!  Come check out my video below to get further description of these products!

Holiday Gift Guide for Tween and Teen Girls

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These cameras are too cute. They come in several different colors. It is so much fun for girls to be hanging out with their friends taking pictures and automatically having the pictures printed out for display. I listed this in my gift guide for tech lovers also. In that post, I mentioned that there are so many picture frames and other fun ways to display these prints that are available to buy also.

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Where was dry shampoo when I was a teenager!? I remember my aunt teaching me how to use baby powder in a similar manner of dry shampoo, but that was always so messy and not worth the hassle. My hair was pretty oily as a teenager, so I had to wash it every morning. I can’t live without dry shampoo these days! I know teen girls would love this gift of dry shampoo, so they can sleep in a little extra some mornings!

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This is a great Bluetooth speaker for the price! We got one of these for our oldest daughter last year for Christmas and the sound quality is amazing. It also comes in several colors. It stays charged for a very long time.

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Learning how to start caring for our hair is one of the fun parts of growing up. Girls who are going from young girls who have had their mom caring for their hair into older girls who are ready to learn how to style their own hair will love having their own hair dryer.

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Who doesn’t love flair pens!? These are great for coloring and writing on just about anything. They come in so many cute colors and are sure to be a hit!

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What better gift to pair up with those flair pens but a great planner. I have used Erin Condren planners for the past couple years, and they have been great. Teenage girls are learning how to organize their busy lives and a planner could really help with that!

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This would be great to go along with the previously mentioned hair dryer. My daughter is ten and is just starting to slowly gain appreciation for how much smoother her hair looks after using a flat iron. This would be a great gift for those girls beginning to get into doing their own hair.

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This is a cute gift to encourage increasing a girl’s level of fitness in a fun way. There are a lot of ways to join step challenges with friends to have fun competitions and stay healthy! Besides, the steps don’t really count these days unless they’re being tracked. Am I right or am I right?

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Girls this age love having sleepovers and hanging out with friends. This would be a great gift to give her a cute bag to pack all of her things in for those overnight trips away from home.

What are some of your recommendations for tween and teen girls?  Check out my video below for further description of each product!

Preparing for the New Week – My Sunday Routine

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I love a good relaxing Sunday, but I hate that dread at the end of the day of starting a new work week.  That dread multiplies by about a hundred for me if I know I am not prepared for my upcoming week.  If I can look back on my weekend knowing that we had fun as a family and I did everything I could to get organized and prepared for Monday, I feel much better.

Every weekend I will do our meal planning.  After I have gone through my refrigerator and planned which groceries we need, I will sit down and do my online grocery shopping.  Lately I have even started getting grocery delivery.  Talk about a life changer!  Having the groceries ready to go and my weekly meals planned is so nice!  All I have to worry about each night is cooking our meals instead of needing to plan each day and run to the grocery store to get what we need.

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I rely heavily on my weekly planner.  I like to sit down each weekend and plan my week.  Even though I know which days we have our extracurricular activities and other pre-scheduled activities, I like to write them down to look ahead to see how I need to plan around them.  Of course, adding extra things such as doctor’s appointments, hair appointments, etc. is always important to make sure you don’t forget them!  I like to sit down each night to look at my day ahead of me to pre-plan.  There have been many days that I have done this and been so grateful that I reminded myself of something that was going to happen the next day.

My youngest daughter still relies on me to choose her outfits.  I’m sure she could choose her outfits, but who knows what she would end up wearing every day.  Laying out clothes the night before is very helpful, but in her case, I lay out her weekly outfits for school.  I will choose five outfits including her underwear and socks and place them in a cubby in her closet.  She wakes up each morning and gets the outfit on top.  Then, I don’t have to worry about doing one more thing in the morning while we are trying to get out the door on time!  I will also lay my outfit out for the next day.

Both of my girls are in dance classes.  My youngest daughter has specific clothes she has to wear to her dance class.  I like to make sure her clothes are clean and already packed in her dance bag.  This way when she has dance, I know her outfit is all ready to go.

We are blessed with a nice size playroom, but it gets messy!!  Through the week, we are so busy that most of the time it doesn’t get trashed with toys.  On the weekends, however, my girls usually have plenty of time to make a mess.  On Sundays, I will ask my girls to clean it up.  This way it usually stays nice and clean all week.  I will go around and straighten up the rest of the house while they are cleaning the playroom and their rooms.

Each night before school, including Sunday of course, I make their school lunches.  I pack their lunch at night to avoid rushing in the morning before school.  I would much rather sleep for a few extra minutes in the morning then get up early enough to make sure their lunches are packed!

Our trash guys come very early Monday morning.  Each Sunday, I go through the house and empty our small trash cans and my husband will take the trash can out to the street to get it ready to go.

Each of us have different busy schedules, so each person’s Sunday routine will look different.  I hope this inspired you to find what works best for you and your family to get organized and prepared for your upcoming week!  What do you all do to prepare for your upcoming week?

 

Fall Bucket List

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It’s almost officially fall!!  Am I the only one who is this excited about fall coming?  My family and I like to put together a seasonal bucket list each fall to help us remember all the fun things we want to accomplish before the Christmas season is upon us.  I’m listing our bucket list below.  My video goes into more detail about each item as well as showing you some cute pictures from the year we all dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters.  Let me know some fun thing you all do each year!!

  1. Buy a fun Halloween cereal
  2. Buy Halloween lunch snacks
  3. Halloween movie marathon
  4. Bake Halloween cookies
  5. Visit a corn maze or pumpkin patch
  6. Outdoor Halloween movie night with chili
  7. Carve pumpkins
  8. Toast pumpkin seeds
  9. Trick or Treating
  10. Put together family costumes- watch my video to hear about our idea for this year!
  11. Make Halloween music playlist
  12. Cozy dinners- stews, soups, chili
  13. Visit your local Farmer’s Market
  14. Visit the mountains to see the leaves change
  15. Host Thanksgiving dinner
  16. Harry Potter movie marathon
  17. Halloween party
  18. Burn fall candles
  19. Drink wine on the back porch and enjoy the cool air
  20. Decorate for fall

Happy fall y’all!!  🙂

 

Back To School Organization Hacks

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School has been back in session for over a month where we live.  I was happy to see school start back this year!  We had a busy summer with selling our home and moving.  We were ready to get back into the typical back to school routine!  While going back to school can be exciting, it can also be chaotic, busy, and stressful!  I’m sharing some tips that I use each day to help us stay organized and to decrease my stress.

When the girls come home, they immediately empty their backpacks and lay out their folders for me to sign.  If these aren’t on the kitchen counter for me to see, it is too easy to forget.  If I don’t sign these when they come home, I end up scrambling the next morning trying to remember all the things that need to be taken care of before we get out the door.

As long as we don’t have any extracurricular activities after school, the girls usually get about a thirty minute break before doing homework and all the evening things such as chores, showers, etc.  They enjoy coming home and unwinding after school.

One of the most helpful tips I can offer is to lay out your kid’s outfits for the entire week on Sunday night.  My oldest daughter picks out her clothes each night herself, but I lay out my youngest daughter’s weekly outfits each Sunday.  This allows me to do it once and not have to think about it all week long.  She wakes up every morning and already has her clothes picked out for her.

Another super helpful tip is to pack school lunches at night.  I try to pack lunches at night before bed to avoid taking the time to do it in the morning.  Mornings are so much more chaotic when I have to pack lunches before we head out the door.

I rely on my planner and my wall calendar to remind me of upcoming events such as picture day, etc.  I also keep up with which extracurricular activities are coming up.  There is so much to keep up with!  I could never keep up with it all without writing it down!

I have some other tips shown in the video below.  I hope this inspires you to get organized to help decrease stress as you’re getting your kiddos back to school!!

 

Weekend Coffee Chat

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I hope you all have had a great week so far!   My dad is coming to visit this weekend so we are all excited to see him!  It’s a perfect weekend for him to come visit as tomorrow is Grandparent’s Day!!  My girls are incredibly blessed with amazing grandparents!

There are so many exciting things around the corner for me.  I am working on learning as much as possible about becoming a Disney travel agent.  Disney World is my favorite place in the whole world!  I love planning every detail of our trips almost as much as I love actually going on vacation.  I can’t wait to start planning Disney trips for other families!  As soon as I’m ready to jump into planning, I will let you know!  I will be starting a new YouTube channel and blog associated with this one but it will be all about Disney.  I’ll have tons of Disney tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your next trip!

Both of my girls have been biting their nails recently, which drives me crazy.  That’s such a nasty habit and no matter how much I tell them how gross that is, they keep doing it!  They both have told me it’s a hard habit to break.  I told them I was going to buy this on Amazon to put on their nails.  My oldest daughter was so grossed out at the thought of having something yucky tasting on her nails, just the warning of applying it was enough to break her habit, but I did apply it to my youngest daughter’s nails.  I applied it about 5 days ago.  I can already see her nails starting to grow back.  So far this stuff has really worked!

I bought this new eyeshadow palette this week.  I used it for the first time this morning and so far I love it!!  Not only do you have a million different options of eye looks, but it is so cheap at just $20!

I had a few people asking me about the bean bags I showed in my home tour.  These bean bags come empty and you can put stuffed animals or dress up clothes or anything soft to fill them for storage and seating.  They are great for mutli-purposing!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Upcoming posts for next week:

Monday- on my YouTube channel- my 1 year WLS anniversary with my weight loss updates

Wednesday- 10 Netflix shows to binge watch (This one was really fun to make!)

Weekend Coffee Chat


What a fun week!!  I started this week out in pretty much the best way ever!  My nephew was born on Monday!!  Is there anything better than a sweet baby smell with sweet baby cuddles!?  Definitely not!  My sister blew me away with her strength during labor!  I was blessed to have the opportunity to be in the delivery room.  My brother-in-law was so supportive and loving to my sister during the whole delivery.  I live a little over two hours from my sister, and I can’t wait to get back to see my new nephew (and of course my two sweet nieces)!  Thanks for letting me share my excitement! 😉

I have a lot of fun things coming up for the blog and my YouTube channel.  It’s about time I get back into this!  We are finally settled into our new home.  I will be sharing a home tour soon!

I also have an upcoming weight loss update.  I celebrated my one year anniversary of my surgery this week.  I have a lot to report!

I bought this palette recently.  I love the colors and as always Anastasia eyeshadows never disappoint.  I must have some weird allergic reaction to specific eyeshadows.  In the past, I had the Tartlette in Bloom palette and my favorite shade irritated my eyelids so much I had to give it away.  Unfortunately, my favorite color from the Anastasia palette is irritating my eyes.  It’s so frustrating!  I’m just planning on avoiding that shade and hoping the rest don’t cause irritation because I love this palette!

Anyone else know fall is around the corner when Bath & Body Works starts putting out their fall scents?  I stocked up on some fall candles this week.  I got several of these candles because it is my favorite of all time, but I may move this new scent into the top favorite spot.  Anyone ever eat one of those caramel apple lollipops?  This candle smells so much like that lollipop tastes!  Creamy rich caramel with a tart apple scent.. Yummmm!

Speaking of fall, I bought this scent of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products as soon as they hit Target’s shelves a while ago.  I have been waiting to use them until I decorate for fall.  I’m planning on decorating for fall this weekend, so I’m excited to pull these cleaning products out to put in my kitchen!

Part of me wants summer to hang around forever, but I always look forward to fall.  It is definitely my favorite season.  Since I have lost so much weight, I must have lost my insulation because I stay freezing all the time.  I’m dreading the colder weather, but that’s what comfy socks and pullovers are for!  Also, I couldn’t survive without my space heater!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!  Keep an eye out for some upcoming fun blog and YouTube posts this coming Wednesday and Friday!

Weekend Coffee Chat

I’m back!  I have been pretty absent from both my blog and my YouTube channel lately.  A little over a month ago we sold our house and moved right outside of Nashville.  We have been so busy trying to sell our house and then with our move, so I decided to take a break and focus on getting this move all finished up.  We are getting settled into our new house and loving it so far!

Have you ever had something happen in your life where you just knew God was leading you to go in a certain direction?  That’s how this move felt for me.  We were originally waiting to move to Florida with my husband’s job, but it was taking a while.  We were patiently waiting, but then an opportunity came up with the Nashville area instead of Florida.  God just took care of every little thing with our move to make it work out perfectly!

We have already made new friends and the girls have started their new school.  We absolutely love this Nashville area!  I plan on doing a home tour soon to post on the blog and YouTube channel.

Recently I bought some new skincare products that I’m really liking so far! I have been using this Vitamin C serum every morning before my moisturizer.  It smells so fresh and sinks right into my skin.  I got this moisturizer to use in the morning before my makeup.  The watermelon smell is so delicious, but I’m not 100% sold on this being my all time favorite moisturizer.  I really like it, but I probably will not buy it again.  It is a gel moisturizer and feels slightly sticky on my face for a while.  It doesn’t leave my skin feeling quite as moisturized as I would like it to.

I use this mask once a week.  It is supposed to dramatically smooth the texture of your skin, minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, unclog pores, and boost overall clarity.  Honestly, I expected to be blown away by this mask.  I have used it twice.  The first time, I applied way too thin of a layer and found that I didn’t have many results at all.  The second time, I applied a better amount and still didn’t have the “blow me away” results I was hoping for.  It is very popular and most people love this mask, so I will definitely continue to use it and hope that over time, I will see those results I’m hoping to see.

This marula facial oil is wonderful!  I apply this at night after my eye cream.  It doesn’t just sit on top of my skin like some oils do.  I hate getting into bed at night and feeling like I’m going to wake up with a greasy pillow because my facial oil has gotten all over it.  This oil sinks in just enough and doesn’t leave me feeling like a big grease pit on my face.

I have some exciting things coming up!  I will have a new nephew either Monday or Tuesday of this coming week!!  I cannot wait to see his little face and get to cuddle him!!!  We are planning our next trip to Disney World early 2019.  Disney is absolutely my favorite place on earth!!  I’m even starting to dabble into being a Disney travel agent.  I’m starting the training now.  This will be something I do very part-time, but I look forward to helping others plan their Disney vacations!  I love planning our trips so much, so I thought it would be so much fun to help others!!

I hope you all have an amazing week and thanks for joining me today for these updates!!

Weekend Coffee Chat

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Welcome back to my Weekend Coffee Chat!  I hope you all are having a relaxing start to your Saturday.

I previously mentioned these in my Minivan and Car Organization Hacks post, but I wanted to give them a shout out because they saved me when my youngest daughter recently got a stomach virus.  Using these bags kept everything nice and clean and I didn’t have one mess to clean up!  That was the first stomach virus we have had where I wasn’t constantly cleaning up a mess.

Currently, I’m reading this book.  I just started it and haven’t had much time to jump into it, but I’m really enjoying what I have read!

My dad kept our girls last week for two nights!  My husband and I had fun spending time with each other shopping and going out with friends kids free!  I hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day!  My husband had to work so we plan on celebrating Father’s Day tomorrow when he will be home.

I am working on finding the perfect makeup that will give me great coverage but allow me to have a ten minute makeup routine in the mornings when I’m in a hurry.  I have been using this powder with this brush and so far, it’s working out really well!

We have a new week ahead of us and I hope you all enjoy it!

Elisabeth Ashlie Haul

I fairly recently discovered the Elisabeth Ashlie website to buy jewelry and other really cute things!  I love how a simple piece of jewelry can dress up your leggings and t-shirt!  Throwing on a pair of earrings can make you appear so much more put together than you actually are.

I have been really impressed with the products from this Elisabeth Ashlie website.  I wanted to share a haul of the products that I have bought.  I have a wish list a mile long of other things I want to order, but I’m restraining myself (for now).

I love to layer these two necklaces together.  They look great layered or separate!

I got my wedding date stamped onto this necklace, but there are so many other possibilities of things to get!  The website shows an example of a necklace that says, “I love tacos” and I just about chose that over my wedding anniversary.  Let’s be honest, tacos are greater than wedding anniversaries, right!?

While gold jewelry is my preference most of the time, there are definitely times where I want to wear silver jewelry.  This necklace is available in three different options, including gold, rose gold and silver.  I chose silver because I got the other necklaces in gold and I wanted to mix it up just a bit.  I got my daughters’ names on this necklace.  I love that you can add hearts.  There is also a small disc where I added our last name initial.

There are so many adorable coffee mugs available to order.  I chose this one to start with, and I definitely plan on ordering more!  I’m not sure if they are dishwasher safe, so I have been handwashing mine.

Last but not least, I ordered this candle.  The candles are available in two different sizes, 6oz. and 16oz.  In order to make sure the candle burned well, I ordered the smaller size.  I was definitely impressed with the burning power of this candle.  The sugared fruits scent is perfect for the spring and summer months.

My favorite candles are warmer scents, so I plan on trying the vanilla bourbon one next.  I will be ordering the larger size from now on!  I love how adorable the packaging is!

Not only were these products very high quality, but the shipping was very quick, and the packaging was very protective to avoid the products from being damaged.  This definitely isn’t a new website and I’m sure there are plenty of you that are well aware what a great place this is to order products from, but for those of you who didn’t know about Elisabeth Ashlie, I wanted to share my haul of these products to spread the word!!

Have you all ordered any products from Elisabeth Ashlie?