Jingle Bells: Christmas Gift Guide 2013

I’ve looked everywhere for gift ideas and then I narrowed my list down to a few that I think will make good gifts for people we love. Keep an eye out on their sites for deals since black Friday is coming up next week and let me know what you think of the picks!

Know someone changing their eating habits?

Steams flavorful, healthy dishes in under 15 minutes  Tupperware $29

Steams flavorful, healthy dishes in under 15 minutes. Also used for reheating.
Tupperware
$29

SEPHORA COLLECTION  Party Invite Clutch Brush Set $44

SEPHORA COLLECTION
Party Invite Clutch Brush Set
$44

For the artsy science geek… OMG, is that me?

The Elements Puzzle ModCloth $17.99

The Elements Puzzle
ModCloth
$17.99

Learn, Rinse, Repeat Shower Curtain ModCloth $32.99

Learn, Rinse, Repeat Shower Curtain
ModCloth
$32.99

and their kids… and maybe me hehehe

Complete set of The Magic School Bus on DVD Amazon $39.41

Complete set of The Magic School Bus on DVD
Amazon
$39.41

Every father could use these…

Mens Leather Scuff Peter Alexander $39.90

Mens Leather Scuff
Peter Alexander
$39.90

For the gardner or plant lover… like me

Plant Mister Terrain $12

Plant Mister
Terrain
$12

Emiel Box Garden Tools Flamant Home Interiors   $240.00

Emiel Box Garden Tools
Flamant Home Interiors
$240.00

This kitchen looks just like mommy and daddys!

KidKraft Uptown Kitchen Amazon $143.99

KidKraft Uptown Kitchen
Amazon
$143.99

Teach them all about cooking and the importance of nutrition & entrepreneurship while you’re spending quality time together…

Taste of Home Kid-Approved Cookbook: 300+ Family Tested Fun Foods $7.99

Taste of Home Kid-Approved Cookbook: 300+ Family Tested Fun Foods
$7.99

Perfect picnic addition…

Medley in the Meadow Speaker Blanket Modcloth $59.99

Medley in the Meadow Speaker Blanket
Modcloth
$59.99

Hallmark had these and they were pretty pricey when I was younger so I only have a few but if your looking for them now, check Ebay for deals. Start a collection for your little one or purchase for an older loved one. Share the stories…
Henry Flipper was the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Henry Flipper Figurine Miss Martha - All God's Children

Henry Flipper Figurine
Miss Martha – All God’s Children

Keep wine bottles closed & chill

The Chill - Wine Chiller, Pourer, Stopper Give Simple $20

The Chill – Wine Chiller, Pourer, Stopper
Give Simple
$20

Tired of listening to Sportscenter while you’re trying to sleep? Get your husband a pair of these… or Beats of course

2.4GHz Wireless TV Headphones Brookstone $99.99

2.4GHz Wireless TV Headphones
Brookstone
$99.99

Film Industrial Bookends $47.99

Film Industrial Bookends
$47.99

Control the flow of salad dressing with this…

For your salad dressing... Go With The Flow Oil Can 16fl oz  USD$74.99 Curtis Stone

For your salad dressing… Go With The Flow Oil Can 16fl oz
USD$74.99
Curtis Stone

I know plenty of people who could use these, do you?

The Wine Sippy Cup Give Simple $12.95

The Wine Sippy Cup
Give Simple
$12.95

I don’t find many picnic baskets when I’m thrifting so for all of you who want a nice, clean, new one…

Ellis White Picnic Basket Flamant Home Interiors   $137.00

Ellis White Picnic Basket
Flamant Home Interiors
$137.00

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Kid love to discover! Kids Discover has several titles on everything from Civil Rights to the Middle Ages and Wetlands.

That completes this year’s guide. You can still find things from my 2012  list so take a gander at that one if you have time. Happy shopping!

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DIY: Initial Studs

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I wanted to do this post a few months ago but I ended up losing the initial charms that I bought… still haven’t found them so I went and purchased new ones so I can finally check this project off of my list.

What You Need:

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  • Initial charms
  • Gold leaf paint or Gold spray paint (not pictured)
  • Head Pins
  • Earring backs
  • Industrial glue or jewelry glue
  • Wire Cutters (not pictured)
1. First thing you want to do is use the wire cutters to cut the little circle from the charm since you're not going to be connecting it to anything.

1. First thing you want to do is use the wire cutters to cut the little circle from the charm since you’re not going to be connecting it to anything.

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2. Paint your charms and allow them to dry.

3. Use the cutters to snip your head pins wherever you'd like them to end.

3. Use the cutters to snip your head pins wherever you’d like them to end.

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4. Glue one head pin to the center on the backside of each charm charm and allow them to dry.

4. Glue one head pin to the center on the backside of each charm and allow them to dry.

That’s it! When you wear them just remember to place an earring back behind them so they don’t fall out. My ‘M’ required a flat round earring back so that’s what I ended up using (not pictured).

Fall Photo Fun

I LOATHE the cold and I’m reminded every morning when I open the door to leave for work. It was all good a couple weeks ago when I took these pictures.

Dearest Fall,

Why did you abandon me? 

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Perfume Bottle Inspired Clutches

I’m a little behind on this one but these Charlotte Olympia clutches make me want to DIY my own. What do you think?

 Charlotte Olympia Perfume Bottle Clutch in Yellow $1,295


Charlotte Olympia
Perfume Bottle Clutch in Yellow
$1,295

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 Charlotte Olympia Perfume Bottle Clutch in Pink $1,295


Charlotte Olympia
Perfume Bottle Clutch in Pink
$1,295

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Alana, author of the blog Dreams, Create went ahead and made her own Chanel N.5 Clutch. Take a look at how her clutch DEFINES chic here.

Weekend Reads

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1. These containers have been an awesome addition to my tupperware collection. They preserve my fresh fruits and veggies longer than you’d normally be able to keep them! I’m always amazed to go back after having forgotten about strawberries or something and find that they are still fresh! They offer air circulation and advanced moisture protection with a venting system. I’ve put them in the dishwasher and they still work fine. Get your own set on the Tupperware site here.

2. Plaid is trending but it you are plus-sized and hesitant to wear stripes going in any direction at all then check out Alyssa’s (Stylish Curves) post on two ways to wear the look.

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3. To Flatten A Heroine: Artist Puts Disney Princess Filter On 10 Real Life Female Role Models link

4. How to Never Regret a Purchase Again. Link

5. The Miss Universe Pageant is this saturday. For the inside scoop on the beautiful contestants, click here.

weekend reads

6. Anna Sui’s Minnie Mouse Make-Up Collection. Link

Note: Don’t forget that it is Veterans Day is Monday so you’ll find some sales this weekend. Keep that in mind because Christmas is right around the corner! Have a great weekend.

Jewel Embellished Sweatshirt

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I bought this sweatshirt for $9.95 from H&M and it was way to plain for me so I had to jazz it up! This is one of the easiest projects that you can repeat on any plain top.

For this project you will need the following:

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  • Plain, sweater, sweatshirt, or tee
  • E- 6000 glue
  • Needle and thread (same color as your top)
  • Interfacing
  • Scissors

1. Lay your top down on a hard surface.

2. Play with placement to determine how you want your top to look if you don’t already have an idea.

3. Place a tiny drop of glue on the jewels and glue them in place. You don’t want them to move when you’re trying to sew them on.

4. Thread your needle and begin to sew each jewel securely to the top.

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5. Once all of your jewels are secure, turn the top inside out. Place the interfacing over where you’ve sewn down the jewels. Trace an outline of the area and then cut it out.

6. Take a towel or another fabric and put it over the interfacing. Iron it down to your top to help keep the threads from moving or popping should you wash the top in the machine. I sometimes add interfacing to store-bought tops that have sequins or any other embellishment if they aren’t structured fabrics.

7. Once you’ve sewn the interfacing on, if that’s what you’ve decided to do, you can wear your top with ease!

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