Holiday Gift Guide: Day 4

As Cyber Monday kicks off, I hope everyone was able to knock out some holiday shopping, but also spend time with the family. I got most of our indoor holiday decorations up. Next weekend: outdoor decor.

Today’s the last gift guide installment. We’ll start with the ladies, as always — enjoy!

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For the chef

Bonus idea!: I’ve posted about this product before: the sprializer. This is the same model that I have and it’s awesome in the kitchen!

Splurge!: When I was looking at splurge items, I tried to remember what the most important items were in my kitchen and a good knife cannot be underestimated. This one has great reviews.

To accessorize:  Comfy shoes are must in the kitchen and these Toms shoes also give back!

For the mind: I’ve read amazing reviews on this book – it’s on my list, too!

To wear: Etsy had some great aprons, but this denim apron is such a classic and would hold up so well.

Steal!: This lemon squeezer is a great stocking stuffer!

To relax: After a long day in the kitchen, your feet are exhausted. This foot soak would be a huge help in unwinding.

To feel pretty: Around the holidays, when you’re cooking a lot and constantly washing your hands, they get so dry. This lotion had great reviews as an intense hand therapy.

For the home: DYING over this dessert and baking salts set – so much fun for experimenting for the chef in your life!

To stay fit: Under Armour shirts are so great for layering and keep you cool and warm depending on the weather. This would be a great shirt for the kitchen, too!


For the hostess

For the home: These were just too pretty not to include. A gorgeous accessory for the hostess with the mostest!

To wear: When you’re running around with a house full of people, you want to be comfortable but look chic. This dress fits the bill for both – and, if you spill, you’re wearing black!

Splurge!: This bowl is SO cool – it chills multiple bottles of wine or champagne and is gorgeous!

To stay fit: This jacket is perfect to hit the gym… and then run errands for your next party.

Bonus idea!: Cheese boards are so much fun and this one is adorable! Uncommon Goods makes a $1 donation to a variety of charities with every purchase so this gift gives back!

To feel pretty: Whenever I host a party, I’m ALWAYS scrambling to get ready before people arrive. This gift set has everything you need for a quick makeup application before the doorbell rings.

To relax: After you’re done hosting a party, you’re a little wired. Bath and Body Works’ lavender vanilla/Sleep line is a great way to unwind.

To accessorize: This apron needs no explanation – it’s cheeky and fun!

For the mind: This Kate Spade book gives you all the best tips about being a great host – and it looks pretty!

Steal!: If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift for your favorite hostess, wine stoppers like this one are great!

Now it’s the guys’ turn…

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For the BBQ Pitmaster

To wear: This personalized apron is awesome for BBQing – it comes with a bottle opener [a beer is a necessity when grilling] and has tons of great pockets.

Bonus idea!: This grill light and fan would be great on a hot summer night.

For the home:  This Uncommon Goods’ Himalayan Salt BBQ plank would be a cool addition to a BBQ master’s collection.

To accessorize: Every pitmaster needs a great glove and Weber products are amazing!

Splurge!: Last year, I bought my SO a Big Green Egg and he LOVES it. They are definitely expensive, but worth the money. Talking to everyone that has one, they’ve had them for decades and they work as well now as they did the first time they used them.

To feel handsome: Burt’s Bees bug spray. A must in the summer!

For the mind: Aaron Franklin is known as one of the best BBQ pitmasters in the country. This book would give some great insight to a budding pitmaster.

Steal!: These flexible kabab wires are awesome!


Hope the gift guides were helpful as you prep for the holidays!

Have a great day!


Holiday Gift Guide: Day 3

Happy Friday!

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! Today’s gift guide will include gifts for the workout warrior, the adventurist and outdoorsman and the sports buff. Let’s start with the ladies!

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For the Workout Warrior

Splurge!: This LuluLemon bag has everything you could want in a gym bag – even a place for a yoga mat!

Bonus idea: It’s tough to buy shoes for people –especially devoted workoutees—but these Nikes are not only functional, but they’re fashionable.

To relax: Burt’s Bees makes great products and these bath crystals are great when your muscles are little sore and need a refresh.

To wear: Target has great workout clothes and this jacket is no exception. This piece would be great during the colder months to run and in out of the gym – or to run errands!

To accessorize: Whoever created this water bottle is a genus. It has a place for your key and credit card. Makes it so much easier to run to the gym when you only have one thing to carry.

For the home: Kettle bell workouts are awesome. Gift your workout-loving gal pal with a set for home so she doesn’t have to make it to the gym to sneak in a great workout.

To stay fit: Help motivate your girlfriend with this great Nike shirt – Don’t Stop, Don’t Yield!

Steal!: Forever 21 also has some cute and functional workout pieces. This pretty top would be great for yoga or pilates!

For the mind: This book is about the highly-publicized May 1996 Mount Everest expeditions. The author, Jon Krakauer, gives his account of the expedition.

To feel pretty: When you’re running outside and sweating a lot, it’s important to take care of your skin. This Supergoop! set has a few different products that are essential to keep in your gym bag.

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The Adventurist

For the mind: This was a book I read last summer about a marine biologist and her path to starting her own non-profit ocean conservation organization. Her adventures are so interesting!

For the home: For someone who likes to travel and be outdoors, it’s a safe bet they have some amazing photos. Give them the chance to make a fleece blanket with their favorite images to display in their home with a gift card to

Bonus idea!: Camping tents are a necessity for someone who likes to hike and camp – this one got great reviews, has easy set up and is super light for hiking.

To stay fit: For hiking, this CamelBak reservoir would be perfect – it’s on sale, too!

To relax: This foaming bath is amazing and is great for sore muscles – and it’s a steal!

To wear: Comfortable, breathable material is essential when dressing for hikes and camps. This long-sleeved Patagonia shirt is great for layering.

To feel pretty: When I was searching for a beauty product, I wanted to find one that had great sun protection and got high nods from a review-standpoint. This COOLA lip balm looks amazing!

Splurge!: If your friend is looking to upgrade her camping or hiking bag, this one is amazing! It’s a little pricey, but it’s definitely an investment!

To accessorize: These gloves would be a great addition to anyone’s collection and are tech-friendly.

Steal!: Banded2gether makes great products and this headband would be a great gift for any active girlfriend!

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For the Sports Fan

To wear: Instead of a jersey, get your favorite sports man a jersey t-shirt of his favorite player – or get him a personalized one!

Splurge!: If the sports buff in your life has a favorite team, look for cool memorabilia like a chair from the old stadium that was knocked down. This Yankees chair is such a cook gift for a fan!

For the mind: Bill Parcells is a legend in the football world. His book tells so many stories that give insight into his career and its effect on his life.

To feel handsome: Help your sports fan out with this chapstick for those cold, outdoor games.

To accessorize: Love this G-Shock watch for the sports fan. Simple and sporty.

Steal!: As far as basketball goes, Michael Jordan is the GOAT. These socks are a steal – and give your sports fan a chance to rock the Jumpman.

For the home: Memorabilia is always a great gift. Steiner Sports has some really cool items, including this Mark Messier Facsimile Story on stretched canvas. The website has items for every athlete and team!

Bonus idea!: Does your favorite sports fan have a special ball that’s signed or from his childhood? Check out these cases at Michael’s. They have them for every sport and often have a buy one, get one 50% off sale – you can always download the app for a coupon, too (40-50% off one item!).

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For the Outdoorsman

For the mind: Help the outdoorsman in your life choose some of his future trips with this Guide to National Parks by National Geographic – bonus that part of the profits go to the National Geographic Society!

To wear: The purchase of this shirt provides 10 meals for schoolchildren around the world. FEED is known for engaging people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Each product includes a number stamp that signifies the amount of meals provided with its purchase.

Steal!: This thermal headband is perfect for cold-morning hikes.

To feel handsome: Or…maybe just to feel clean. Camp Suds in a Nalgene bottle are the perfect stocking stuffer for the camper in your life.

To accessorize: For night hikes, this headlamp is a great purchase!

Splurge!: This gift is a two-parter. First, the two-burner stove that’s great for car camping and the REI camp kitchen to keep everything together when you’re cooking at a campsite.

For the home: The Outdoorsman is certain to have special places he’s visited and photos from those trips. With a gift card to CanvasPop, give him the chance to display some of his favorite memories around the house.

Bonus!: This travel journal would be a great gift for a hiker or camper. When you’ve been so many places and seen many different beautiful views, it’s hard to keep them all straight. This journal is light and easy to travel with.

One more day of gift guides remaning next week — happy shopping!

Have a great day!


Holiday Gift Guide: Day 2

We’re kicking off today’s gift guides with family and wrapping up with a list of ideas for a girl’s most fashionable friend.

Happy list-making!

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For the home: If you’re looking for a fun gift for your brother, this crate of goodies would definitely be a hit. Mancrates carries gifts featuring TONS of different teams’ logos and different themes.

To feel handsome: I’ve mentioned Kiehl’s before on the blog, but I had to throw this set in there as a great gift for a brother. It has the basics of skincare for men and, when I was looking for gifts before, I smelled a few of these products and they are amazing.

To accessorize: TOMS is going to make multiple appearances in the gift guides. Not only are these shoes awesome, but they’re a part of the TOMS Animal Initiative AND, because of your purchase, a child in need will receive a pair of shoes. TOMS is joining forces with National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative to raise awareness and funds in an effort to reverse the declining numbers of big cats around the world through several projects in Africa, Asia and North and South America. The lining of the shoes even features Nat Geo photos of lions!

Steal!: When I was trying to think of a fun gift that, I felt like, you could only get a sibling to provide a good laugh, Soap-on-a-Rope immediately came to mind. I mean, who else would appreciate a frog Soap-on-a-Rope more than a sibling?!

Splurge!: If you’re really looking to spoil your brother, a great set of headphones is the way to go. This pair of earbuds from Bose is pricey, but there’s no better brand out there!

Bonus idea: One of my co-workers was telling me about this phone case created by J. Crew and Jimmy Fallon. Such a cool idea – an attachable pocket square for a phone case to jazz up your jacket?! Genius, Jimmy Fallon, genius.

To wear: Crazy socks are always a fun gift and these are no exception—however, there is an added bonus, profits benefit the Human Rights Campaign!

For the mind: Lastly, to keep your brother inspired, check out this book by Buzz Aldrin, No Dream Is Too High. This gift gives back, too, as profits benefit the National Geographic Society.

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To stay fit: Inspire your sister or bestie during this workout with this great Nike tank.

Splurge!: Everyone remembers the various friendship bracelets passed around in middle school, but this gorgeous bracelet puts those to shame. Give your best gal something to remind them of how much they mean to you.

For the home: This Kate Spade mug is too cute. Such a great gift idea!

To feel pretty: A few months ago, I ordered the sample pack for I Smell Great to see which scents I liked. Wild Honey – amazing! Love this mist!

To accessorize: What girl doesn’t love Tiffany’s? These earrings are timeless and classic…and go with anything!

Splurge…again!: I had to add a second ‘splurge’ item when I saw this necklace. It’s made from horn and is one of The Akola Project’s gorgeous pieces. Charitable gift alert! The Akola Project (named by the women working for the projects because “akola” means “she works”), has impacted 2,750 people in the last seven years. The Akola Project empowers women by giving them an opportunity to work, learn life skills and provide for their family.

To relax: Kiehl’s strikes again. This amazing lavender foaming bath will help anyone relax.

Steal!Steal!: How cute are these earrings? Less than $10?! What a great stocking stuffer!

Bonus idea!: You can create your own message on a bracelet on Ryan Porter’s website. This bracelet shows the love!

To wear: Jillian Harris has impeccable style and her line for Privilege Clothing is no exception. These PJs are too cute and would be such a great gift!

For the mind: Give your sis or bestie guaranteed giggles with Mindy Kaling’s first book.



Steal!: Love the idea of this shoe-cleaning kit as a steal of a gift at $16 – something that’s very useful!

For the mind: This gift will touch your man’s mind…and heart! This book from Uncommon Goods (charitable contribution alert!) gives you the chance to be the author and tell your guy how much you love him.

For the home:  These drink rocks from the Museum of Modern Art are so fun! I’ve seen whiskey stones before, but these were a whole new level. Icing on the cake – the support the museum!

To accessorize: A few years ago, I bought my SO a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones and, though they were a splurge, they have paid for themselves 10 times over. The great thing about the pair pictured here is that the colors are customizeable!

Splurge!: These cufflinks…y’all. I couldn’t pick just one pair as a splurge because the concept of both was tugging on my heartstrings. First off,  our dogs’ faces on cufflinks… amazing. Second, having the chance to customize a pair with your initials, anniversary and coordinates of where you met/were married…such a thoughtful and sweet gift!

To wear: Tommy Bahama makes these amazing t-shirts that are so soft. My SO loves them – they’re pricey, but they last for a LONG time and they have a ton of color options!

Bonus idea: Cornhole has become a backyard barbeque staple and having custom boards made for your guy are such a great gift idea. You can choose from ANY team or any color combo – Etsy has a ton of great sellers!

To feel handsome: Tommy Bahama strikes again – this scent smells so great! If you know what he likes, cologne is a great way to spoil your guy at the holidays!

We’ll wrap today’s post up with a gift guide for your most stylish gal pal…the fashionista!



To feel pretty: Fashionistas are ALWAYS the most stylish. This great Sephora palette has some gorgeous colors for everyone’s complexion.

To relax: Lush cosmetics’ Snow Fairy scent is perfect for the holidays – and the pink…perfect for a girly friend!

Splurge!: Olivia Palermo x Bauble Bar is such a great collection and this statement necklace is beautiful.

For the mind: For any fashionista, Rachel Zoe is the holy grail. You may even get an, “I DIE” out of your friend with this book as a gift.

To accessorize: Back to TOMS and its collaboration with National Geographic. These sunglasses are so cute – leopard prints are definitely a neutral—and, with purchase, funds and awareness are generated to save Big Cats!

To stay fit: Help inspire your gal pal to be active with these leggings that won’t break the bank – less than $25!

For the home: This Tom Ford quote is awesome – and I’m sure your fashionista friend doesn’t disagree. The print is less than $6—find a great frame and you’ve found a beautiful gift for your friend’s home!

Steal!: Fashionistas have style from head to toe – this phone case from H&M is a steal at $13.

To wear: Love this ILY Couture shirt – most girls are shoe addicts, right? Check out their site – some fun options for all of your friends and family!

Bonus idea: For the friend who has every article of clothing and every accessory you could imagine, give them a gift card for Stitch Fix. It’s so easy: take a style/personality test, receive pieces to try on, keep what you like and send back what you don’t and then decide if you want to keep having your ‘stylist’ pull looks for you.

That “wraps up” today’s gift guides…see what I did there?! Ha ha! Looking forward to sharing a few more the rest of the week.

Have a great day!




Holiday Gift Guide: Day 1

Happy Monday!

With the start of the holiday season (in OCTOBER it seems!), I put together a few (a lot) of gift guides. The more I brainstormed, the more different ‘people’ I ended up browsing for.

Today, we’ll start with Mom and Dad and I’ll post at least two per day. I actually saw the below graphic on Facebook and really liked it. There is so much emphasis put on gifts on Christmas in our society –my house included–I wish everyone would scale back a little and focus more on being with family and friends.


Graphic from Money Saving Sisters.

Like I mentioned, today’s post will start with gift ideas for Mom and Dad. I focused on 7-9 ideas for each post you’ll see this week and tried to find a variety of items for each person on your list. I also tried to be budget-friendly and most items are below $50 (except for splurge items, of course). Additionally, the items that have red font have a charitable component included. I REALLY tried to find companies and items that gave back, even if it’s just $1 per purchase.

Without further ado, let’s get Gift Guide Week started!


For the mind: I wanted to choose a fun book for mom and I have heard amazing things about this one…I mean, let’s be honest, Tina Fey is hilarious!

To relax: Lush products are very popular in my house — they’re all natural, the company fights animal testing and gives back through its annual Charity Pot (which you’ll see later in this list). I loved this combination – it’s a bath bomb and “bubble” that both have floral scents AND it comes wrapped! Lush products smell amazing!

To accessorize: Scarves are a great accessory for everyone — you can tie them a million different ways and they can add a pop of color to an outfit. The scarf I’ve included comes in a bunch of different colors and–best of all–it supports FASHIONABLE. FASHIONABLE works with “women, both locally and globally, who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity.”

For the Home: These glasses stuck out to me because: 1. they are beautiful and 2. a portion of the profits made from them goes towards coastal restoration in the Gulf South. Mignon Faget is a very popular jeweler in New Orleans and the store carries beautiful gifts, as well. Don’t worry, they ship everywhere!

To wear: Last week, I professed my love for ponchos and this one would be a beautiful gift. Even in New Orleans, where we have very mild weather, having one or two ponchos in the wardrobe is great when the weather cools off.

To stay fit: As our parents get older, it’s important they stay active. FitBit has great products to help them do so. The Zip is the most simple of the models and would be great for a mom to keep track of her activity.

To feel pretty: The Charity Pot is a great gift that also gives back — smells amazing and leaves skin feeling so soft!

Splurge!: I chose this timeless tote as a splurge gift for mom. This is another piece that supports a great organization — Sseko Designs. Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty.  To date, Sseko Designs has enabled 60 Ugandans to continue on to University. Sseko provides employment (along with access to a comprehensive social impact program) to its team of 50 women in Uganda.

Steal!: How fun is this mug! Mom can have coffee and a treat– couldn’t resist this adorable gift!

Bonus idea!: I couldn’t resist this 31Bits necklace and bracelet combination as a great gift for mom. It’s from 31Bits’ Refined collection. So beautiful!

Now it’s Dad’s turn!


For the mind:  In the coming days, you’ll see that I did some shopping in National Geographic’s store and The Generals was one of the books I found. It takes an in-depth look at the intertwined stories of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur and George Marshall through WWI and the start of WWII. The great thing is — a portion of profits from the NG Store benefit the National Geographic Society which has given more than 11,000 grants supporting exploration, conservation, cultural preservation and education since its inception in 1888.

To feel handsome: This shaving set is something Dad probably won’t buy for himself, but it’s full of great products for the perfect shave!

To accessorize: Love this visor from the Human Rights Campaign website — another organization that makes some awesome gear and the profits go to a great cause!

For the Home: I couldn’t make a decision on this one! For my dad, I always end up grabbing items with his favorite teams. I love the Pelicans Tervis water bottle – it’d be great for work, the beach…everything! Tervis has EVERY team you could ever imagine. Such a great gift! And then, there is the Golfer’s BBQ set. Seriously, could this be any more awesome?  Uncommon Goods has great gifts and they donate$1 from every purchase to the charity of your choice (they have four to choose from).

To wear: It may be impossible to send your dad to a sporting event or a concert that he dreams of attending, but you can get him the gear! This Masters polo is so nice and it’s a tournament my dad enjoys watching every year as a huge golf fan. Polo shirts with the logo of your dad’s favorite sports team would make a great option, too.

Splurge!: My SO is a big fan of giving experiences as gift and this splurge is no exception. Pinehurst is a coveted course for any golfer to play and the package allows you to make it a little more all-inclusive than just paying for a round of golf. Check out the area your family lives in or where your dad resides–you might be able to make a dream come true!

Steal!: This cracked me up–soap with caffeine?! Amazing! This would be a great stocking stuffer!

Bonus idea!: For a wine-drinking dad, find a cool gadget like this opener to make opening his favorite bottle a little easier.

That’s it for Day 1! Hope this was helpful and gave you a great idea or at least got your wheels turning on some great gift ideas for Mom or Dad.

Have a great day!


Wist List Wednesday: Thank you, Veterans!

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Today’s post started out with a red, white and blue theme since it’s Veteran’s Day, but, as I continued to search online, I was SO excited to find so many companies donating part of their profits to a variety of organizations providing support to military members and their families.

Our appreciation should extend beyond Veteran’s Day — so, to any military members or veterans reading today… THANK YOU. And thank you not just today, but everyday. And thank you to your families — the sacrifices you make are incredible and, without you, we wouldn’t have all of the freedoms we enjoy today.

Please take the time to check out some of the items in today’s post — the ones with red numbers next to them indicate that a portion of the profits from the products support our military members.

Some of my favorite items with a charitable component are the purse (10; made by Sword & Plough from repurposed military materials) and the USA shirt (11) which is made by Sevenly.

Sword and Plough works with several non-profits supporting military members withs special focus on veteran employment. Sevenly donates 7% of sales from their Taps + Sevenly collection to TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. TAPS provides care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. Sevenly also has a collection of shirts supporting Southeastern Guide Dogs, an organization that matches veterans suffering from PTSD with services dogs.

Hope you enjoy the post and are inspired to thank a veteran or military member today – and everyday!


P.S. Pelicans got their first win last night! Looking forward to many more ahead!