Valentine’s Day is upon us, lovelies. I’ve compiled a few gift ideas for the favorites in your life, or maybe a little something for your sweet self.
Here are a few things I’m la la loving for Valentine’s Day:
1 / Swirl Heart Secret Box / I love a good secret and this sweet little box could hold one. It’s made of cherry wood and has a sliding dovetail lid. Great for hiding a little love note, a tiny gift, a precious keepsake, or maybe a poem.
2 / Saddle Bag / A great looking bag is good gifting on any holiday, if you ask me. This classic saddle bag is edgy. Some years black is better then red or pink on Valentine’s.
3 / Olio E Osso No. 2 / Give your lips or cheeks a kiss with this dreamy colored balm.
5 / bkr glass water bottle / Sometimes practical gifts are the best. For a friend, for a sister, for yourself.
6 / Aloha Chocolate / Chocolate. Always chocolate on Valentine’s. But, have you tried superfood chocolate? I haven’t, but I’m hoping my honey gets this for me.
7 / Love + Peace Sparkling Pink Butter Bath / Love and peace. Couldn’t we all use a little more of that? This love and peace comes by way of a bath. I’m becoming a bit of a bath addict. Soaking in salts is my new night time ritual and this muscle soothing mix is divine.
8 / Measuring Spoons / These measuring spoons are anything but average. “A dash of humor,” “A heap of happiness,” “A pinch of kindness,” and so on.
9 / Engraved Bangle / The next best thing to tattooing yourself. I love jewelry that is not only gorgeous, but meaningful. I love these engraved bangles that can be inscribed with names, dates, roman numerals or any word that holds a special meaning or memory.
10 / Cherry Blossom Jewelry Box by Heartwood Creations/ How about a special designated place for keeping all of your gorgeous jewelry? This jewelry box is top notch. It’s designed with removable drawers and top inserts, and it can be arranged to fit your unique collection. I personally am a fan of having a place to put my very special pieces of jewelry.
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Merry Christmas, lovely ones! I was hoping to post more this week, but little ones are off of school and it just wasn’t mean to be.
I have most of my presents wrapped, which is a first, and today we are making cookies, which will be imperfectly delicious. I don’t say that to say “presents wrapped, check!” or to make anyone feel bad (I’m usually the up all Christmas Eve wrapping kind) but just to say I’m taking things slow and taking other things off my to do list. It’s a good feeling and one that makes me twinge sometimes like I’m forgetting something and everything. Like my body is used to the crazy rush and it takes some learning to be still. But, still I’m savoring a quieter Christmas.
Whether you are in a season of still or can’t sit still I wish you a Christmas full of peace and love. Christmas, after all, is the day that love came to live among us and in us. God with us. And, because of that not matter what is happening in my life I know that all is calm and all is bright.
The holidays were never hard until they were hard.
Christmas was the season where everything felt right. It was magic when I was little, consistent and comforting in my teens, it mean home when I lived far away, and maybe what it meant most was same. Same traditions, same foods, same movies, same family. No matter what was happening in life, Christmas could be ordered up similar and same. It was never perfect, always arguments about politics that my dad would catch on the camcorder and things never went according to plan. But, all this was to be expected right along with the Polish sausage and sauerkraut my grandma made and I never would taste.
Of course there is change. My grandparents are gone. We’ve grown. Have kids of our own. Monkey bread has morphed into chocolate croissants and camcorders to iPhones.
Change is inevitable. I struggle with it, but I accept it. Same is different (think about that one). There are things in your power you can choose to keep the same. My grandma is gone but the Polish sausage and sauerkraut continues Christmas upon Christmas.
10 days until Christmas! Stressed or super excited?
Or somewhere smack dab in the middle, like me? I still have some online shopping to wrap up and some old-school store shopping to do to. In the meantime, I made a little wish list. I’m on the other-side of life where it’s more fun to give then receive, but one of the most fun things about Christmas when I was a kid was looking through catalogs and making lists. So, I thought why not. My hubby and I usually don’t do gifts, anymore, so this was for pure fun, and maybe it will give you a few more ideas if you are stuck on what to give.
4 / Electric Kettle : I’ve always loved tea, but these days, while I’m off of coffee (might give it a try tomorrow and see what happens!) I’m drinking tons of it. I’ve never had an electric kettle, but all the Brits do so I don’t know what I’m waiting for. This is the cutest one around.
7 / Slippers : I’ve taken to wearing my birks around the house and I think winter rather requires slippers, don’t you?
8 / Chunky Knit Raglan : I don’t have anything from Everlane. As a blogger, I’m kind of embarrassed by that. Kidding. Kind of. I hear their t-shirts are the best. But, since it’s chilly out, I’m eyeing this sweater.
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