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Hard to believe Christmas will be here so soon! I’ve put together some Christmas gift ideas 2014 for you today! Mostly my favorite things that would make great gifts for the women in your life. A couple of these things are great for the guys too!

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

Loooove the new Poloroid Cameras.  I keep saying I am going to get one and just haven’t yet.  Urban Outfitters has this one and some others available.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

My favorite slow cooker makes a great gift! Love this one from KitchenAid.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

PJ Salvage Hot Chocolate Pants

I also am loving these Home Lounge Pants and this Eat More Cake Mug from PJ Salvage.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

Obsessed with these Red UGG Slippers

These Butter Slipper Socks are a great gift as well.  LOVE these Polka Dot Tights.  Who doesn’t love fun tights?

One of my favorite scents this year is Georgio Armani Si.  Light and so pretty.  Check it out, makes a great gift.  Some of my other favorite scents are Vanille from Antropologie, La Vie Est Belle from Lancome and Nectarine Honey Blossom from Jo Malone.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

These Anthropologie Scalloped Cake Stands!  Beautiful!

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

The boys and I are so excited to try out this Chocolatebar Maker kit.  Check out their fun website HERE for more information.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

I can’t say enough about the Madsen Cycles!  I’ve had my bike since the spring and the boys and I love it.  Can’t wait to go look at neighborhood Christmas lights in the bucket soon!

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

One of our favorite healthy protein bars is Quest Bars.   I love having one of these in the morning and or snack time.  They are packed with protein and oh my gosh they taste great!  Trust me, this would be a great stocking stuffer!  Some of my favorite flavors at Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, and Peanut Butter Jelly.  The new S’mores flavor is awesome too.  Tastes like Cookie Dough to me.  Quest Nutrition also started selling healthier chips.  We’ve tried them and really liked them.

 Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

My Tiek obsession continues with these amazing Leopard Print ones!  Can’t even tell you how much I love these ballet flats.  I wear them every single day.  I love dressing them up or wearing with my lounge clothes and they are my favorite travel shoes.  Comfortable and so cute.  They would make the perfect gift if you ask me!

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Love these fun Hello Apparel Hoodies.  I need to add these to my wish list :)

 Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

Love this pretty Albion Fit Pullover.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

Kate Spade never lets me down.  I mean, how adorable are these favor bags?!

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….and this fun Kate Spade Mug.  This saying never gets old, lol!

Have a wonderful weekend!  See you Monday with a new recipe! 


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Happy Friday to you! Another Chit Chat Edition today :)

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Flour was flying in the kitchen earlier this week with all of the cookies I was making!  Had a fun cookie exchange with some of the ladies in my church Tuesday night.

I made dozens of my Perfect M and M Cookies and Brown Butter Soft Batch Style Gingersnaps.  2 of my absolute favorite cookies.  I highly recommend them for your upcoming parties or cookie exchanges.

I used my friend Amanda’s fun decorating ideas from her post HERE.

I know Thanksgiving is coming up sooooo soon.  I’ve got to remind you, my all-time favorite Stuffing recipe is HERE.  I will be make a double batch for my family.  It is AMAZING :)  Definitely going to try to get as much cooking and baking that I can on Wednesday night.  I could use a good workout Thursday morning before all of the eating festivities begin, lol!  We literally have a Thanksgiving lunch with my family then dinner with my husband’s family.  Hope I can pace myself!

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So, I’ve had my tree up for over a week now!  It was a little early, but for some reason I couldn’t wait to have it up this year.  I went with a red and white candy-ish theme.  Glad we get to enjoy it a few extra weeks :)

Don’t know what’s overcome me…I’ve even started my Christmas shopping.   I am usually queen of procrastination.  It’s kind of a nice change.

Speaking of shopping, I’ve added these Leopard Print Tieks to my list.  If Santa had no budget, these would be on my list too.

How fun are these PJ’s?  Obsessed with polka dots.  PJ Salvage has some really cute prints in their Flannel Pajamas.  The milk and cookies and cake party ones are sooooo fun.

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Trying to explain to my 2 year old Pax that the chocolate chip cookie ornament is NOT to eat is obviously not working.  He tries to eat it daily.

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How fun are these foodie gifts from Minted?  Personalized wrapping paper, sweet framed art and customized kitchen tags.  You can literally include one of your favorite recipes on the wrapping paper.  Looooove these!

I’ve been using Minted for my Christmas Cards for years.  Some of my favorite Christmas Card designs this year:  This one, this one, this one, this one, and this one :)  It all kind of depends on what picture you use right?

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Here’s an outtake of our family photos for Christmas cards this year.  I didn’t end up choosing this one…not sure why I left my pointer finger out while holding my husband’s hand.  Charlie’s Angels?  Brady wasn’t smiling that great either.

Pax would not have smiled if his life depended on it….for the entire photo shoot, looked kind of like a little deer in headlights in all of our pictures, stinker!

I’ll share the photo I ended up using in an upcoming chit chat post.

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Have a great weekend!  See you Monday with a new recipe!


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Chit Chat Thirty Ninth Edition

Nov 14, 2014 | Tags:

Happy Friday to you! A little chit chat today :)

So happy to be back from my crazy travel schedule last week.  I went from Nashville for the Pillsbury Bake-Off to New York City for a Fisher Nuts event with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli back to back.  Both were great, but was I ever glad to get home to my boys!

There really is just something about NYC this is so exciting.  As crazy as Time Square is, I LOVE walking through the streets.  It’s nuts, but amazing.
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The Pillsbury Bake-Off

Chit Chat Thirty Eighth Edition The Pillsbury Bake Off

Nov 7, 2014 | Tags:

So excited to share my trip to The Pillsbury Bake-Off in Nashville!

Insert live honkey tonk country music blaring in the background for these adorable contestants….Nashville is awesome!  People were dancing and cheering this group on as they took their “Grand March” before starting the competition.
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Chit Chat Thirty Eighth Edition

Oct 24, 2014 | Tags:

Happy Friday to you! A little chit chat today!

Halloween is coming, yay!  Lots of chili and dressing up next weekend.  Can NOT wait :)  Need a GOOD chili recipe for your parties?  Try THIS ONETHIS ONE, THIS ONE and THIS ONE.  Some of my favorites :)

Anyone watching new shows on TV this season?!  While I edit my photos and write my … Continue Reading »

Newport Beach Vacation

Chit Chat Thirty Seventh Edition Newport Beach Vacation

Oct 17, 2014 | Tags: ,

Happy Friday to you!  Sharing my Newport Beach Vacation with you today, beach, sunshine, donuts, boardwalk bike rides and Disneyland :)

Lots to catch up on this week!  I’m missing the beach already!


Talk about feeling so lucky last week.  I got to spend time in one of my favorite places with my family for Fall Break…Newport Beach, CA and of course Disneyland.  We just moved less than a year ago from this beautiful place.  Hard to believe it’s been almost a year!

We found this cottage like beach house on VRBO.com with the most perfect location.  We were right on the sand with views of the ocean all around us. I would wake up early with Pax and walk out to the sand to watch the early morning surfers.  Doesn’t get better than that.
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Chit Chat Thirty Sixth Edition

Oct 3, 2014 | Tags:

Happy Friday to you!  Let’s chit chat, so much has been going on the last couple weeks!
 

First off it’s Fall Break here in AZ.  The boys get a whole week off of school and that can only mean one thing…..we’re headed back to the beach.  I’ve been looking forward to this vacation for months.  Can’t wait for the salty air and sandy toes this week.  We’re hitting up Disneyland too.  We’ve had withdrawals since moving to AZ late last year, lol!
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Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ

Sep 26, 2014 | Tags: ,

So grateful for my sister retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ last weekend. Sunshine, good food and total relaxation.

Last weekend my sister and I had a stay cation at the beautiful Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ.   When I want to get away, there is no other place I’d rather be.  So many fun … Continue Reading »

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