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Holiday Gift Guide | For Your Bestie

I have a handful of girlfriends that I exchange gifts with - less about the actual gift itself, but more so the thought that I saw this and it reminded me of you, so I had to get it! We don't spend a ton on these gifts and I am going under the assumption that you also have a similar exchange with your good friends. Here's a little gift guide for your bestie with all gifts under $40! 

  • These cozy BP slippers come in 5 different colors and I'm pretty sure are the best things to wear in the winter! I'll be getting myself and some friends matching pairs!
  • The most delicate initial necklace! I love that it's dainty enough that you can wear it every day and you can get their initial or even the initial of their child! 
  • How's this for a great personalized gift - a slim custom hair clip! I'm 100% going to be getting one for myself too!
  • Coffee lovers unite for this adorable phone cover. This is for the newest iPhone, perfect for that tech bestie that you have!
  • Most of my girlfriends love Sugarfina and champagne as much as I do. This little cocktail kit with a bottle of champagne is the perfect holiday gift!
  • Candles are just something I never buy for myself so I'm grateful to friends that gift this to me and I love gifting them to friends too - especially seasonal nest candles!
  • Lipsticks are the ultimate gift, but it's hard to really know what your friend will reach for - a lipstick set is the best because there is a color for every occasion! 
  • I love the idea of giving a really practical gift and one that will be used all year. This collapsible travel mug is just that and I really love the hot pink color! 
  • Journals and notebooks always make me happy - I think gifting one to a friend at this time of year gives them a fresh start for any ideas they may have. 
  • One of the best ways to make a gift standout is by adding an ornament to it! I love the special ones that Anthropologie has, especially this little champagne ornament.
  • In Boston if you shop and need a bag you pay 5-10 cents for it unless you bring your own bag. I think this reusable set of bags (comes with three) would be so great to gift to a friend who loves to shop - she could keep one at her desk at work, in her car and one at home! 

What are your favorite gifts to exchange with friends?

Weekending | Getting Colder

Happy Monday, friends! It was a pretty laid back and chilly weekend here, but still pleasant to be outside, so we had a little bit of indoor / outdoor fun here!
 This is the blanket that we have for our stroller in the Winter. 
Saturday was the chilliest day and I had just learned that the Boston Public Library has a great children's play area on the second floor. We spent a solid hour exploring everything with Sophia and it was such a great way for her to use up that energy. Before the BPL, we checked out CAVA for lunch - it was my first time at this Mediterranean fast casual restaurant, but so delicious! The library did the trick because for the first time ever, we had a successful hands to crib transfer - she was so tried! 

A little Sunday Target run followed by lunch at Time Out Market! With live music on Sunday's it kept Sophia occupied while we ate! Time Out Market has 16 different places to choose from for food, dessert and drinks and in the winter they are adding an outdoor ice skating rink - it's going to be even more amazing! 
 Sophia's Patagonia jacket was the nicest hand-me-down from a friend, but you can find it here
 We picked sandwiches from Bisq. 
Sophia turned 15 months old on Saturday and while every stage has had it's ups and downs - this is such a fun time! She is picking things up left and right with the newest one being "uh-oh!" It's The cutest thing and she uses it in the right context too! Gearing up for what I hope is a great week, because I'm headed to New York on Friday for a little girls weekend with some of my best friends and I can't wait!

Holiday Gift Guide | Ideas for Toddlers

You've probably started to see some holiday gift guides popping up here and there in "blogland" but the truth is Thanksgiving is super late this year and we've already starting making our lists for what we're going to be shopping for with the upcoming holiday season. I really am not one of those people that likes the rush of finding a gift two days before the holiday. I'd rather have everything wrapped and ready to go with time to spare and time to actually enjoy the holiday season. I'll be doing a few gift guides throughout the month and I'm starting with one for the kids - toddlers to be more specific. 
  • The Wonderful Things You Will Be  || Talk about a book that just makes me cry every single time! I love reading this to Sophia and I think it does the best job of teaching our kids that we want the very best for them!
  • LeapFrog 100 Word Book || We are huge fans of LeapFrog games and toys. One of Sophia's favorite toys is the LeapFrog musical rhymes book. I really love that this is in both English and Spanish. She gets a lot of Russian at home and Gary tries to speak to her in Spanish as much as he can, so this will just be another way to get that Spanish in! I put this on her "wish list" for the grandparents!
  • VTech Smart Shots || My cousins' son just got this as a gift for his birthday and not only was the set up super easy, but it's two games in one. You can teach them how to "play" basketball and soccer! Work on that hand-eye coordination at the same time! 
  • Owleez Interactive Pet || This feels like a super high end Tamagachi - do you guys remember those?! This little owl responds to touch, movements and love like any pet would! It's a really great gift to teach kids how to nurture things! 
  • Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair || This was one of the gifts we got Sophia last year and we absolutely love it! Now that she understands she needs to sit in it, it's become more part of her everyday! We got the slightly bigger one that she could grow into. 
  • Food Truck || If you're not big into the toddler kitchens, I think this food truck is the next best thing, if not better. Our friends have this and Sophia loved playing with it. If we had the space, I'd totally get this for her since she already has a little play kitchen.
  • Magnetic Tiles || Sophia played with these tiles at our neighbor's house and got such a kick out of it. Their almost 4 year old plays with them and of course Sophia loved them. Something about how the magnets go together is so interesting to them. 
  • Radio Flyer Scooter || This is such a great introductory "bike" and scooter. Sophia got it as a gift last year and just started using it more. This is great to ride around the neighborhood or take to the park because it has a little under seat storage for toys. We also have a super long hallway that she gets to "drive" down! 
  • Drill and Learn Toolbox || I think every little kid likes to play with dad or mom when they are fixing something in the house. This little toolbox comes with a working toy drill, wrench, screws and more. It also makes sounds when they drill or screw something in all while teaching them numbers and colors. 
  • Doodle Board || Different colors, stamps and endless possibilities. We haven't quite mastered "Art" yet, but this would be a fun way to get anyone interested in it and it's very portable so you can take it on the road for car trips or overnights.  
  • Play-Doh Kitchen Creations || I can't wait for Sophia to be old enough to play with this. She's still in the "put everything in your mouth" phase, so it'll wait a little while longer. This is one of those gifts that will keep us all occupied with the upcoming winter! Truth - I'm more excited to play with this than I think she will be!

What are some of your go to gifts for toddlers?

Wedding Weekend

Happy Monday, friends! We had such a fun weekend celebrating the wedding of my good friend Tess and some pretty epic Jack Ryan binge watching! 

After dropping Sophia off at my parents house, we made the short drive to Providence to have some wedding fun. Tess and Greg first met at GPub, so the fact they were able to have their wedding in the beautiful event space there was pretty special! The band was absolutely incredible - we barely left the dance floor and we sang all night long! 
My dress was a last minute purchase from TJ Maxx and perfect for Fall / Winter events! It's unlike anything in my closet and so comfortable! 

I've been to my fair share of weddings both as a guest and obviously as a planner, but there was SO much love in the room for the couple and it was honestly one of the best wedding's I have ever been to - so much fun! They also had a friend sing the song for their first dance - holy wow, her voice + their dance moves = chills!
It's very rare for us to have a morning at home without Sophia, but I was pretty pumped it happened to fall during day light savings time! We were so productive with the few hours we had before picking Sophia up - including baking some banana bread, cleaning out lots of closets and binging on Jack Ryan! Rounded out the weekend with a little park fun - if she looks bundled up now, just wait - we're supposed to get snow on Friday! Hope it's a great week ahead for everyone!

Sephora Mini's to Try

When checking out at Sephora I'm always letting others get in front of me because I spend way too much time perusing the aisle of the mini products! In fact, most of my makeup right now is mini sized and I don't mind it one bit. I'm able to try out new products and less of it goes to waste because I end up using all of it. I'm also able to get more higher end products without the guilt of spending a fortune on them! Here are some of my tried and true favorite Sephora Mini's as well as some others I can't wait to try!
  • Summer Friday's Jetset Mask || This moisturizer / mask is a holy grail item for me! It's pricey at $25 for the small tube, but so worth the price. It works wonder at keeping your skin hydrated and I have one in my makeup arsenal at all time!
  • Fenty Beauty Instant Retouch Primer || This primer from Fenty Beauty is the first thing I've tried from the makeup brand but it wont be my last. It goes on silky smooth, doesn't have any weird smells and my makeup goes on flawlessly after! Definitely going to be a repurchase for me!
  • Better Than Sex Mascara || I love mascara and often have three or four tubes that I'm using at a time. The one that I always make sure to have is Too Faced Better Than Sex. The smaller tube doesn't dry out and is used up in a few short months versus having to throw a half used tube out after 3 months, which is the desired shelf life of mascara.
  • Cover FX setting powder || It took me a solid 3 years to get through my last setting powder so wanting to try something new, I went for the Cover FX setting powder which does a really great job especially with setting concealer - no cakiness over her! 
  • Urban Decay Heat Petite Palette || This is one of my most used mini palettes! Super easy to travel with and perfect for fall / winter looks. One I'd really like to try next is the HUDA Beauty palette in Mauve. 
  • Kiehls Avocado Eye Cream || One of the best eye creams out there! A little goes a long way, so even though it's pricey, you'll have this for a good long while! It doesn't have a weird smell and you can absolutely see a difference with fine lines after repeated use!
  • Watermelon Moisturizer || My friend got me the larger one as a birthday gift and once it ran out, I bought the smaller one to have. It's so lightweight and perfect to slather on for your nighttime routine before bed. 
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks || These are my favorite eye shadow sticks and are very long wearing as well as pigmented. This is a new mini collection that includes 3 of my go to colors! Definitely an add to cart item for me! 
  • Bite Beauty Mini Lipstick Set || I'm lipstick obsessed and pretty sure I get a new one every two weeks and then never get to fully use them. When I can, I opt for mini sets and Bite Beauty always has my favorite colors. This is one of my favorite gifts to get!
  • Too Faced Concealer || I have the full size version of this concealer and if I could, I'd go back and get the mini, only because I know it'll take me forever to get through it all. It can be used as foundation as well, but because it's super thick, I like it as a concealer. If you're a fan of shape tape by Tarte, this is a nice alternative. I also really like the doe foot applicator. 

Would you rather a full size or mini size product? Any favorite from Sephora right now?