Shopping for the kids in our lives has always been a favorite past time of mine and it's become even more so since I've become a mother. It's an opportunity for us as adults to have a little fun, revert back to more carefree days and spoil those little kiddos. My favorite things to gift are books (this for the little girls in our life is a fave and this for either gender is a great one); unique items that might be a bit frivolous; and things that are slyly educational, but fun.
Happy first Sunday in December folks! I hope that you've had a great weekend thus far. We've been busy with movies, birthday parties, and playing, but it had been a while since I had a chance to do a sunday scroll for you folks and thought I'd bring it back. So without further ado, here's a brief run-down of what I'm loving on the interwebs this week.
+ Lin-Manuel Miranda released the Hamilton MixTape, which everyone who follows this play has been anxiously awaiting. I don't think it disappoints. Its up for grabs here but if you want a preview, check out this weeks #Ham4Ham. Also, if you want a good laugh, check out Lin's Drunk History Lesson.
+ Many people greatly dislike the task of wrapping gifts. I actually love it, but I find this tutorial fascinating.
+ It's basically the end of the year and I don't know about you, but professionally (and personally) I've felt a little burned out for sure. This is a tremendously interesting article about how to beat burn out.
+ It's finally starting to stay consistently cold and with that comes heaters and dryer air inside. I love this run down of the best hydrating lip balms.
Rabbit, Rabbit folks! Can you believe that it's the first day of the last month of the year already?! Where did the time go?! In that vein, I thought a little catch-up as to what we've been up to was in order.
[ a trip to the renaissance festival was in order, along with dragon face painting and bungee fun]
As an aside, if you have kids and you haven't checked out Target's Cat & Jack line yet, it's worth a look. The llama sweatshirt he's wearing is a favorite.
[If you follow me on instragram, you've probably noticed that we are a little Star Wars obsessed. Liam helped me bake brownies for a fundraiser the other day, but his storm troopers were, not surprisingly, within arm's reach]
[Scott & I try to grab lunch frequently when we are both in town. Typically, it includes us running around uptown, me being a bit cranky about it, and Scott making this face]
[We had time to sneak in some family pictures with Ariana. We are so thrilled with how they turned out (you might remember she did our anniversary pics too) // dress / earrings / kicks]
[On thanksgiving we went to uptown and watched the parade. About halfway through Liam had decided that he had enough and curled up in Scott's lap with Boo]
[We are members at Discovery Place, which if you are local to Charlotte, is totally worth it]
[Over thanksgiving I even got in some quality time with my sister helping to style some holiday promos for her brand]
[Christmas tree shopping // for those who asked, Liam's sweatshit is ILY couture]
[Christmas, our Christmas tree. Named by Liam and decorated in record time with minimal ornament breakage]
Hopefully I'll be a bit more back on the bandwagon in December. It's our favorite month of the year, filled with lots of holiday traditions & general merriment. I'll be sharing some of those with you over the next few weeks and would love to hear what you guys have planned for the most wonderful time of the year. In the meantime, thank you for being patient with my sporadic (at best) posting schedule.
Truthfully, I've been a bit in denial over the whole Christmas is approaching thing. I am well aware that in spite of my lack of acknowledgement of the impending holiday and the end of the year, it's coming none-the-less. I'm also well aware that my denial does not help with being prepared for the holiday so in order to help us all out, I'll be starting my gift guides. I'm sure you are already starting to see tons if you happen to follow other blogs; I promise I'll try to diversify a little, but also keep them simple, straight forward and practical (as well as hopefully budget-conscience).
With that, this week we'll be tackling gifting for your friend and/or family member who seems to always be on a plane. Having clocked some serious airtime this year, I have an intimate knowledge of things which will make my life a little easier. I particularly am eyeing this, these, and TSA-approved beauty items are always awesome.
Happy Monday all! I hope that you had a great long weekend & holiday. If you are anything like me, I forego the crazy Black Friday madness at the mall (all of the stores that I shop at do online for Black Friday anyway) But great news if you missed them due to a turkey coma or are having buyers remorse because cyber Monday is here and don't worry - even your boss is clocking in some online shopping today.
Anthropologie is offering 20% off full-priced items with code: STACKS.
Ann Taylor is offering 50% off everything with code: CYBER50
ASOS is offering 30% off of everything with code: THANKFUL30. Their site is chock full of goodness including their dresses (with plenty of sparkle for the holiday season).
Banana Republic is offering 50% off of everything no code required. I love this LBD, this pom-pom sweater, and this military-inspired coat.
JCrew has extended their 40% off of everything with free shipping with code: MONDAY
Nordstrom has all sorts of goodies on sale today, no code needed. I love a good Nordie Sale, particularly when Manolos are 40% off.
Express is offering 50% off everything plus free shipping with no code needed.
Furbish Studio, my all time favorite go-to for gifting is offering 20% off with code: HOLIDAY20.
Shopbop is still having their big sale, Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off, code: GOBIG16
May the shopping odds be ever in your favor today!