Gift Guide for the Book Lover

gift guide for the book lover!
This gift guide was easy to put together.  I thought of all of the cool book-related things that I would love – check out below!

KINDLE: I have a Kindle and love it.  It took a bit of getting used to reading something that I didn’t have to physically turn the pages but I got used to it super fast.  I have the Kindle Fire so I can also access my email, the internet and other apps but there are a few different versions so you can taylor the kindle to the recipient’s needs!

BOOKLIGHT CLOTHESPIN: So cute and useful!  I go back and forth reading on my Kindle (or via my Kindle app) and reading traditional printed books. This book light would be perfect for those traditional ones!

booklight clothespin
 GIFT CARDS: Gift cards to your local bookstore (or major chain bookstore) or online retailer (like Amazon) would be perfect for an avid reader.  They can then purchase a book of their choosing!  Wrap the gift card with a bookmark or a set of book plates to keep the theme going!

BANNED BOOK LITERARY TOTE BAGCute design and very useful…a perfect bag to carry all of their books (or Kindle)!  They also offer an Out of Print Banned Book Pouch, and Banned Book Mug

“LIBRARY STAMP”T-SHIRT: Do you remember when you’d take books out from the library and the librarian would take the card out of the book and stamp it with the due date?  (Am I TOTALLY dating myself???)  My kids looked at me like I had a few heads when I told them about this antiquated way.  This t-shirt will bring back memories to the people that do remember!

Library Stamp T shirt
READING JOURNALA great way to document all of the books read and their reviews.  Love it!


 THE BOOK LOVER’S COMPANION: WHAT TO READ NEXT: I never seem to have a problem trying to figure out what to read next because there are so many awesome books out there – fiction and non-fiction alike. I have so many books in queue on my Kindle, on my shelves AND on my Amazon wishlist – I could read for a year straight and still not make a dent.  This book is great for book clubs too!

 I could go on and on and on with cool gift ideas for the book lover.  What are you getting the book lover on your list?


Five for Friday – December 12

five for friday

What a week!  I have been looking forward to this Five for Friday for like, 7 days.  Kidding.  This week was extremely busy, but with all great things!  I started time blocking my days and that has really helped me get stuff done.  It’s a work in progress, as I am typing this blog intro on Friday at almost 10 am…have a great weekend!

My kids are addicted to Minecraft as are all of their buddies…do you know what its doing to our children?  Found this article very interesting!


I love heels.  Well, I actually love all styles of shoes (it’s genetic) but I love the way that heels make our legs look longer (and sexier – oo la la).  They look awesome with jeans, dresses, basically anything.  Anyway, the reason I went on this rampage is because I read an article about some “shoe hacks” to help make your shoes more comfortable.  Heels immediately came to mind for me as being one of the more comfort-challenged of the styles.


 I love to read.  There’s something about reading a book, be it fiction or nonfiction, that takes me away for a bit like a mini vacay.  At the beginning of the year I posted my Reading List and I didn’t get to the bucket list wish of 50 books, but I think I did darn well considering full time work, two kids, sports, husband, etc.!  Stay tuned for my 2015 Reading List.  Have any recommendations?


 I am big into color but you’d never know by my closet.  Speaking of color, what are your thoughts on Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala?  I’m loving it!


 Last but definitely not least, I want to wish my super awesome parents a VERY HAPPY 44TH ANNIVERSARY!!!!

Please tell me what you like to see in the weekly Five for Friday!

Look Spectacular on NYE with Rent the Runway

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If you’re like me, you’ve already spent loads of cash on holiday presents and parties and there’s little leftover for New Year’s Eve. What’s a girl to do? You can always look amazing on New Year’s Eve, no matter your budget with the help of Rent The Runway. They have hundreds of designer dresses to rent. No one will ever know it’s a rental, they’ll just be commenting on how amazing you look! You don’t even have to worry about accessories because Rent The Runway has those, too.

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Elizabeth and James Rent the Runway

Elizabeth and James – Such a Tease Dress

Badgley Mischka Rent the Runway

Badgley Mischka -Midnight Glamour

Allison Parris Rent the Runway

Allison Parris – Stardust Dress

I’d love to hear which dress you’d pick to wear!  Happy shopping!

Stitch Fix, Oh Stitch Fix

my latest stitch fix
The fact that the minute I see the box on my doorstep, it makes me so happy and nervous at the same time should be telling me something, right? I’m talking about my Stitch Fix box...something I look forward to receiving, but once I get it I sit there with the unopened box and wonder, “What’s inside?  Am I going to be happy?  Did they do it yet again?  Is R going to be like, ‘Um, Babe…seriously???’ ”

I can definitely answer the last question with, YES.

So here I was this afternoon, freshly back from a family vacation to Disneyworld, where we celebrated the holiday season with Mickey and his pals.  I wanted to open the box right there and then but I still had so much to do…making sure N’s science fair project was complete, 3 loads of laundry, picking up Sadie from the doggie hotel…OY!

Finally, after everything was tended to, I retired to my office and opened my fix.  (Now I really know why they call it a “fix” – thanks…).

They did well.  Sorry, they did very well.  So annoying, right?  Annoying in a good way – you know what I mean!  And this time it was a different stylist – my usual was on vacay so Patrice took over for her and did a great job.

First off, I love the personal note enclosed.  The outfit idea cards are a great touch as well.  By looking through them, I can pair the pieces with items already in my wardrobe – I am a very visual person.

41Hawthorn Ivy Grid Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse: I don’t think I can have enough of these light weight, comfy blouses (considering I received two in this fix, I think Stitch Fix feels the same way).  Black and white is a big trend this season, and thankfully, from what I’ve seen of the Spring 2015 trends, this shirt will take me into May!  I’d pair this with a pair of black skinnies and flats – not necessarily black flats (shocked?) but a pop of color would look super cool – RED!

41Hawthorn Stitch Fix Blouse
Tart Henderson Mixed Stripe Knit Shirt: At first the fact that the stripes did not “meet” in the front bugged me.  Once I tried it on, I forgave that fact and once again appreciated Tart’s style…Tart is a go-to brand for me.  Their fabrics are super soft and they fit nicely.

Just Black Dean Ankle Zip Skinny Jean: At first I was like, “Not another pair of black skinnies”.  I also looked at the size sent and was like, “Patrice is too kind in thinking I could fit into these”.  Well, I did fit into them and I am tossing around keeping them.  Of the black skinnies I own, none of them are ankle length with zippers (well, maybe one pair but they are from Banana and are not denim…).  Should I keep these?

Just Black Jeans and Tart Shirt Stitch Fix
Papermoon Wynn Ikat Print Front Pocket Blouse: Color!  And a nice one at that…it reminds me of the new color for 2015 – Marsala.  The ikat design is simple, which I like.  It fits nicely – it’s the other blouse I spoke about in the 41Hawthorn description.

stitch fix 5
Market and Spruce Denver Cable Knit Elbow Patch Cardigan: The elbow patches caught my eye…R loves them too.  I like how Patrice noted that I can toss this over the 41Hawthorn blouse and the Just Black skinnies when it gets a bit cooler here.  The sweater is cozy; kind of reminds me of a grandpa’s sweater.  Does that make me want to keep it…hmmmmm.  Maybe.

Sweater Stitch Fix
So out of all of the pieces I recited, which ones do you think I should keep?

Want to check out Stitch Fix for yourself?  It’s worth a try…click HERE to start!

Check out my other “fixes” too!

Stitch Fix 1

Stitch Fix 2

Stitch Fix 3

Stitch Fix 4

My Beauty Wish List – Just in Time for the Holidays!


My Beauty Wish List
As I find new beauty products in the myriad of magazines that I collect over time, I rip out the pages they are on and put them aside.  Eventually I go through them and discern the ones I really want to try from the ones that look cool but may be a) not really what I need at the time or b) too expensive for a trial.  Since it is the holiday season, I found it fitting to list my beauty favorites in hopes that you may find some you like, some you may pass hints along as gifts for yourself, some you may just click on and buy right here and now.  (If the latter is the case, you are just like me…sometimes I just can’t wait!)  Here’s my beauty wish list!!

beauty wishlist

1. Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm Perfect as a stocking stuffer and comes in great flavors.
2. SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 – 10ml/0.3oz I love that this eye lotion also doubles as an eye-makeup base!
3. Avene High Protection Mineral Cream, SPF 50 I have sensitive skin and this water resistant lotion protects my face with minerals and antioxidants in lieu of chemicals.
4. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment  Put a small amount onto damp hair.  It is a conditioner that repairs damaged hair and gives it volume.  Love.
5. Lumene Vitamin C+ Radiant Beauty Drops  I have been reading so much about the benefits of vitamin C for your skin.  I alway worry if I am using enough or too little of my products to ensure it will work properly.  What’s great about this product is that it is pre-measured into daily-use capsules.
6. Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum I deal with discoloration and large pores (sorry if TMI), and Exuviance’s serum seems to be helping me out!  The alphahydroxy acid is the key – but I was told to start slowly since I have sensitive skin.  I use it at night as it also may cause sensitivity to the sun.
7. essie Nail Color, Trophy Wife Guess what’s going on my toes at my next pedicure?  I love this color…its a blueish green with a bit of sparkle.  So pretty.
8. Lip Glace Peach Hope Ovarian Cancer Fund The plumping peptide, Maxilips, along with grapes oil keep my lips pouty and moisturized perfectly.
9. Violife Slim Sonic Destination Toothbrush I had to show you the Paris print of this super cute and compact electric toothbrush.  It also comes in many other super cute prints.  Great for a stocking stuffer…

So what do you think of my latest favorites?  Are you going to try any of them out?  I’d love to know!

Don’t forget to check out my other gift guides…I found some pretty cool stuff!!