December 15, 2015

Wish List, Gift Guide for Girls, Wish List Gift Guide, Christmas Wish List

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.

More ideas for girls here, guys here and littles here.

1 / Let’s Stay Home Banner : I’ve always been a bit of a homebody, and these days I almost feel a bit recluse….so why not declare my love for home with a banner?

2 / Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment :  I’ve heard this stuff is good.  Real good.  I’ve been wanting to try anything Tata Harper for awhile now.  I’m looking for ways to deal with stress immediately and this sounds right up my alley.  There is also an Irritability Treatment and a Bedtime Treatment.  I’d love to try the entire trio.

3 / Yoga Block : I can’t get enough yoga these days.  Since I’m practicing I’m finding I need a few accessories, a block being one.  Here are a few other yoga things I could use – psychedelic yoga pants, a pretty mat, and an eye pillow.

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.

5 / Thick Frame Sunglasses : I lost my cool sunglasses and really would love to replace them.  I’m la la loving this pair.

6 /  Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up : The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing : I’m getting better at decluttering but I still could use some serious help.  Everyone says this book worked for them.  Books are my favorite, so I’m always happy to get books.  Erin even has me convinced I need a an e-reader.  I’ll add this one to my list.  And, for a Christmas break fiction, read, I’m planning on The Lake House (Kate Morton is one of my fave authors).  More good reads here.

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.

9 / Slow Cooker : Years ago, I would have probably cried if someone gave me this, but these days I’d rejoice.  My old crock pot is about to croak and with a family of six, I need this super duper sized one and it’s 50% off today!!!!!!

What’s on your wish list this year?

PS-  I should admit that I usually buy a little something for myself.  Do you do this too? Nothing big.  Maybe a book, maybe some pajamas.  Maybe I’ll pick something from my own wish list this year.


December 10, 2015

Gift Guide, Gifts for Guys

Let’s be honest the hardest ones to buy for at Christmas are guys.  At least they are for me.  I hope the Mister Gift Guide will help you out if you are feeling stumped.  It gave me some good ideas for my own guy as I was searching high and low for man things.  Whether you are hunting for husband, boyfriend, father, brother, friend….these items are perfect for any mister in your life.

1 / Camping Survival Tool :  If an outdoors type is on your list.  My husband doesn’t camp, but he hunts and is out in the woods and I think this would be a great gadget for him to have on hand.

2/ Breakfast Sandwich Maker :  I usually am not for gadgets, but we make egg sandwiches a lot in our house.  As in almost everyday.  And, guess who eats them?  The boys.

3 / Alarm Clock :  If you are trying to get your guy to not take his phone to bed, then a good old alarm clock might just do the trick.  Love the design of this one.

4 / Leather Catchall :  I’m certain my grandpa and dad had one of these.  I think all men should.  And, this particular one helps give sustainable work to women in Africa.

5 / Travel Kit : Such cool design.  And, who knows maybe this will get your guy thinking about taking you on a trip.

6 / Zippo Hand Warmer :   The perfect stocking stuffer for guys.  Whether the mister on your list likes to go to outdoor sports games, hunt, camp this hand warmer will keep him warm as it stays warm for 12 hours.  I want one.

7 / Marine Layer Bixby Socks :  Because when else is he going to buy cool socks for himself?

8 / Ion Pro Sound USB Vinyl Record Player : Seems like record players are all the rage.  This model does some pretty cool things.  Some other cool models here.

9 / Sorel Boots :  What guy wouldn’t love these?

10 / Bacon Spread :  Because bacon.  I can just hear the man cheers as this gift is being opened.

Do you find it hard to shop for guys?  What are you getting the guys in your life this year?  

P.S.  My fave places to shop for men are here, here, here, here, and here.


December 9, 2015

Miss + Mrs. Gift Guide 2015 | La La Lovely

It’s the 2015 Miss + Mrs. Gift Guide.  There are some gems in here to give you some great ideas for your sister, best friend, mom or maybe a little something for yourself…because I’m sure you’ve been very good this year.  A few items I have and LOVE, others are on my wish list, and some are just so great well, someone should buy them.  Happy shopping for the special women in your life!

1 / Rivsalt Pink Himalayan Sea Salt : For the foodie in your life.  I love using Pink Himalayan salt to cook with.

2 / Blue Cactus Art :  I just keep coming back to this print.  It’s so pretty and would be perfect for the girl who loves art and decor.  I’m loving everything all the art at Minted right now.  This piece, in my home, is still a fave.

3 / Soma Sustainable Pitcher and Plant-Based Water Filter : I’m working on upping my water game so this gorgeous pitcher is really appealing.  And, I’m certain it will be appealing to anyone in your life that health conccious (and loves good design).

4 / The 52 List Project A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration : I pretty much love everything from Moorea Seal (so many great gift ideas,  like this splash bag) but this journal is the coolest.  I love mine and have already made sure my mom and sister have one too.

5 / Yoga Mat : For your favorite yogi.  Here are more pretty choices!  And, or, how about some yoga clothes?  These two are on my wish list.  Dear Santa . . .

6/ Brass Stamp Holder / I never new I needed one of these, but I’m certain I do.   What a pretty gift to give.

7 / Tadesse Bucket Bag by FashionABLE :  So pretty.  One of my favorite places to shop because not only do they make gorgeous products, they make opportunities for women who have come out of difficult situations.

8 / Zoe Chicco Ring : If you are going to splurge.  I love this dainty ring.  It packs a punch on it’s own and would also looked good stacked and layered with other rings.

9 / Oversized Cozy Throw :  I don’t think I’ve ever linked to Sam’s Club.  But, here you go. I have this blanket and I’m obsessed with it.  It’s huge and the warmest throw I’ve ever had.  And, at only $14 you can’t beat that.  One for everyone!

10 / Auda[CITY] Paris Eyeshadow Palatte : Because always something beauty ish at Christmas.  I la la love all the color choices in one palette.

Some Other Faves : This striped sweater  / A new phone case / Hexagon Trays / Magic Cream / Melissa Joy Manning Jewelry / Sugar Paper line at Target /  Books

What’s on your Christmas wish list?


December 8, 2015

Littles Gift Guide 2015 | La La Lovely

I know you don’t need me to announce that Christmas is coming, but…. Christmas is coming.  I haven’t started my shopping yet (nothing new), and if you are a little last minute like me, I thought I’d share a few ideas to get you started.  Are you ready for the La La Lovely Gift Guide for Littles?   I should note that a few of my littles aren’t so little anymore.  So I’ve included a few gifts for a few different age groups.  Mine are currently between ages 4 to 12.  Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for littles this year:

1 /  Livly Backpack : I know it’s not back to school.  But this backpack is so darling.  Great for toting around your American Girl doll clothes or Shopkins.

2 / Beats :  You probably already know these are awesome.  But I’m thinking they would be an awesome big item for pre-teens and teens.

3 / Gold Initial Stud Earrings : I love these and I think my almost teenage girl would love them too.  I mean, any aged girl would these!

4 /  Osmo  : This new device is so cool.  It turns the iPad into hands on play.  I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of my kids zoning out on Apps all the time..

5 / Bear Booties : For the baby in your life.  Rawwwr.

6 /  Longboard :  Both my boys and girl want these.  I’m thinking Christmas is the right time to get them on.

7 /  Piggy Bank :  The coolest piggy bank around.  Maybe your New Year’s goal includes incorporating chores and allowances (like ours did last year)….this bank would work out swell.

8 / Foodie Play Kitchen Sink : I’ll never forget my first kitchen set.  If it was a cool as this then I’m sure we would have kept it through the years.  I just love the yellow and the mid-century legs.

9 / Teeter Totter by The Palmoa :  Mine are a little too old for this, but if they weren’t….I’d be all over this.  The design is fabulous and it would give us hours of indoor play during long winter days.

10 / Toy Mail :  Have you seen this?  It’s a voice message device for your little ones.  You can send them a message via your iOS device and they can send messages back through this little critter.  I’m not for little ones having phones, but this is sweet.

What are your getting your kid’s this year?  And, what are you kid’s asking for?  One of mine is asking for a human size hamster ball?!

For giving to others, we are la la loving Comfy Critters (if you purchase in December and use code: BUY1GIVE1 then a Comfy Critter will also be donated to a room at the Atlanta Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital).




December 4, 2015


Last year, I had a picture perfect family photo that never made it to the crisp white card-stock of a Christmas card.  I wondered if friends or family thought I might have cut them from my list.  I only cut myself loose from some of the holiday “have tos.”  And, a pretty picture on paper seemed to be one of the first things to go.  I like writing cards, sending letters.  The paper and pen process is a tradition for me.  I really didn’t want to let go of a ritual that helped to hold my holidays in place.  “There is always next year,” I told myself.

I am in next year and my inner chatter is gummy with guilt, muttering “Not again, this year.”  This year, I don’t have . . . .

Read More