Christmas for Him

by Chris on December 17, 2014

Truth be told, I think I’m a pretty good gift-giver. Well…I think I am? Men, however, can be a tricky bunch to purchase for. You have your sports fans, your gym rats, your movie fans, your car fanatics…lots of categories, right? Luckily, I’ve gathered what I think are some pretty cool ideas for the man/men in your life. Hopefully, you’ll find some inspiration!

Gift ideas for guys

I’m not a huge brand name buyer, but I take my winter-wear very seriously. I see no point in spending less money only to be cold or find that my family’s gear doesn’t last longer than a year. This North Face coat is so nice, and it keeps my man toasty warm. North Face Jacket

Men’s North Face Jacket


If you have a beer drinker anywhere in a 50-mile vicinity, you need to buy this for him/her. It keeps beer ice cold. Ice…..cold.Beer Chiller

Beer Chiller

I LOVE my DeWalt tools. They can interchange the battery, so it makes it easy when you’re switching tools. I also love how bright they are so I can find them in my mess. I’m not necessarily the neatest DIY’er. Of course, it goes without saying that they’re just plain ol’ great tools!

Dewalt drill

DeWalt Drill

As I was typing this post, my husband saw this tool and said, “Oooh, I want that!” I think this is incredibly cool. And incredibly useful.Credit Card Tool

Credit Card Tool


I don’t know about your men, but my men love these movies/tv shows. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a favorite here. So funny, but you have to appreciate some dry humor!

Movies for guys

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Captain America

Can you go wrong with an ice cream maker? Who doesn’t like ice cream? Williams Sonoma is offering it for $39.95 right now! It’s normally $130, so I think that’s an impressive deal. **Looks like the price has gone up to $69.95. Still good–but not as great. :)

Ice cream maker

We played Cards Against Humanity at a friend’s house several months ago, and I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. While it’s funny, it is very adult and some might find it offensive. Unfortunately, I do well with offensive, so I fell in love with it.

Cards Against Humanity

**Assuming I did it right (doubt it), there are a few affiliate links throughout the post.



Favorite Things

by Chris on December 15, 2014

Some of my best girls and I were talking about how much we love “favorite things” posts, and of course that lead to, “Let’s do a favorite things post” in the convo. See how we work? We’re complex. Click around to see what everyone’s favorites are! Meanwhile, here are mine…

Favorite things

Infarrantly Creative | Not Just a Housewife | Thrifty Decor Chick | Home Stories A to Z 

All Things Thrifty | Southern Hospitality | DIY Showoff | Just a Girl

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Thanks a lot, world. How come no one ever told me how incredible this stuff is? It took me a while to get on the “buy makeup that’s supposed to be on adult faces” bandwagon, but this stuff? LOVE. I am not joking when I say I got compliments on my makeup the day I started wearing it. It just makes such a difference in how your shadow looks and stays for the day. Swear by it. (I found mine at Ulta.)

Urban Decay Primer

Urban Decay Primer

Speaking of Urban Decay…I’m not a fan of wearing a lot of makeup, so the glittered eye shadow just isn’t for me. When I saw their Naked Basics palette, I knew it was the start of a great relationship. I absolutely love it.

Urban decay naked basics

I live in Michigan. You know I’m a boots girl. I wear them from September to April (May and June if you include my Hunters), so I’m always on the lookout for my favorites. I may have found them. While I love the look of boots, they’re not always comfortable. These are the ones I choose to run errands in. Good stuff.Born alida boots

Born b.o.c. Alida Boots

Oh Mylanta. I’ve never wanted a series of books to keep going so badly. I am an extremely picky reader—nothing keeps my attention long enough—but this series was finished in a matter of days for me. Divergent has what Hunger Games lacked for me—romance. And a hot male lead. Sorry, Peeta lovers.

Divergent series

Divergent Series

So this isn’t technically something for me, but it’s one of my favorite purchases. Michigan, remember? Lots of hard winters here. I’ve been back and forth between Lands End and The North Face for my daughter’s coats, and this is such a favorite. It’s warm, thin, colorful, and the arms can be extended as she grows. It’s money so well spent. A bonus? Lands End customer service is top-notch. I’ve always been pleased with them. (They are out of this color in older girl sizes.)

Lands End SquallLands end squall

Lands End Squall Jacket

Two reasons I’m loving Old Navy right now. 1. These cowl neck sweaters. I love them so much, I bought them in both colors. I think they fit much better than on the models, and they keep me toasty warm at work where I’m generally cold. They pair well with pants and jeans. 2. They have a tall section that makes me giddy. It’s difficult to find sleeves that are long enough for me (let alone pants!), and they have extended size shirts. Score!

Old Navy Cowl Neck Sweater

Old Navy Cowl Neck Sweater

Let’s be honest here. 41 is a bit obnoxious to be wearing printed leggings, but they are so darn comfortable! I wear taller boots, a longer sweater, and I only wear them at night. No joke. I feel silly when I wear them, but I promise I get compliments every single time. What do I know? These are the two I have, and I found them at Sassy Steals.

Reindeer leggings

Reindeer Leggings

If you look at my favorite things from 2013, you’ll see items that I loved then and still love now. So what am I missing? Got a favorite thing you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for something new to fall in love with!

***Assuming I did this right (doubt it), there are some affiliate links in places throughout the post. Just sayin’.



Christmas Tour {Part 2}


Happy Friday! I am beyond thrilled to say those words ‘cause it’s been a loooong week. I’m super happy to be a part of Lindsay’s Christmas tour, and I’m glad I get to update you on some of the decorating around here. Of course, now that that’s done, I have to decorate for a cookie […]

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Holiday Home Tour


It’s an exciting day, folks! The 2nd Annual Holiday Home Tour is here, and I’m first in line. Eeks! I’m so thrilled that these talented ladies have decided to join me this year. You’ll leave this tour with a whole lot of inspiration, that’s for sure. I had a particularly busy week with kids’ activities, […]

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Fashion Pin Day {Plaid}


Am I the only one crushing on plaid right now? It’s been a long-time love for me, but plaid shirts in particular are high on my shopping list recently. I found some ridiculously cute outfits, and I thought I’d share! Have fun! Black and red plaid Red and navy casual plaid Orange plaid Red puffer […]

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Handmade Christmas Cards


The holidays are here and Christmas presents are on the brain! I made these oh-so-pretty cards last year, and I plan on making more. Perhaps this year I’ll actually give them away to someone. Orrr just keep them for myself again. Who knows. I’m a big fan of stationery. I think the written word is […]

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Thanksgiving Outfits


Happy Thanksgiving to you! I know this is a big travel time, so I found some outfits that are easy and can be mixed up throughout the weekend. Our family is quite casual at Thanksgiving—we eat, play games, and eat again. And then eat some more. These outfits aren’t your glitz and glam of Christmas, […]

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Fall Mantel


Thanksgiving is nearly here—hooray!—so I thought it was about time I specify some things about the mantel. I had some inquiries about things, and I’m just now getting around to answering them. Bad blogger.  The zebra mirror was a homemade deal. My husband and I made it ourselves, and I still love it.  Luckily, the […]

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Sharpie Mugs


I’m not decorating for Christmas yet (Hello? Thanksgiving, anyone?), but I sure am thinking about Christmas presents already. I made these mugs last year, and they were a hit. Let’s talk about easy directions first, shall we? Buy some mugs at the dollar store. Wipe the mugs down with rubbing alcohol (I don’t know why–just […]

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Fashion Pin Day


We are buried underneath a bunch of this stuff, so it’s only fitting that I choose some warm-weather-wear this week.  I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee, a fur blanket on my legs, and the fire roaring, so I included a bunch of outfits that said, “Hey! We’re warm” when I saw them. Hopefully, […]

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