Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Few of my Favorite Things: Stocking Stuffers

Today is another fun link up for sharing my favorite things! I love link-ups like these because as you will see below I truly need inspiration for the guys! My go to gift is baking treats for friends and coworkers. However, not everyone has a sweet tooth as big as mine so sometimes I get stuck! Today we are sharing our favorite stocking stuffers. Look forward to seeing everyone's ideas! 

April // Elise // Katie // Zelle

I just love stocking stuffers. It's the perfect excuse to purchase adorable mini sizes of your favorite products. Also, by purchasing the mini sizes you get to try luxury pieces without feeling bad about the price tag! Joe and I typically exchange stockings instead of giving multiple gifts. This has worked perfectly for us since we are the type that if we want something we budget for it and buy it. So when it comes to Christmas is is hard for us to come up with a lot of things we really need. The money we save goes toward trips, house items or into savings. 

Stocking Stuffers for the Sweet Tooth
I just love candy around the holidays something about sharing treats with friends makes it more sweeter. 

Stocking Stuffers for the Guys
Am I the only one that thinks guys are hard to buy for? Maybe it is just my guy. Well, my go to is Gift Cards. It is always the right size! Also socks because we seem to lose those constantly to the pup. I can't wait to check out others tips on what to buy for the guys. 

Stocking Stuffers for the Girls
I am pretty brand loyal when it comes to beauty products. My two favorites are Benefit and Philosophy. The sizes are perfect for when you want to try something new. I'd be thrilled to see these in my stocking this year! 

Stocking Stuffers for the Pup 
Nylabones are Charile's favorite toys. They are the only brand that he does not destroy within hours. Seriously these things are golden! 

What is the best thing you have received in your stocking?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekend Happenings

Morning loves! I woke up in a rush this morning because my body thought it was Wednesday! Since it is a super short week and we only have two days of work I have a lot to do! Let’s rewind a bit to this weekend.

Friday night after work, Joe and I headed on a date night to NOFO at the Pig in Raleigh. There was a NOFO in Wilmington which closed a few years ago so I was excited to visit a familiar restaurant in a new location. NOFO did not disappoint. The restaurant prides themselves in using farm to table ingredients and promoting local small businesses. The restaurant is located inside an old Piggly Wiggly hence the name NOFO at the Pig. The upstairs is an eclectic shop which features unique children toys, local crafts and even baked goods.

After exploring the adorable shop we headed down to dinner. Joe and I enjoyed several drinks with our appetizer. I had a seasonal drink created with local ingredients called hot wassail cider. It truly tasted like the holidays in a warm alcoholic drink! I had never had wassail before and it really took me by surprise how much I loved it. We split the blue cheese wontons for an appetizer. They included mango compote on the side which stole the show. After dinner we merrily headed home to watch Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Saturday was dedicated to gym time and errands. I still love Pure Barre classes and try and go once a weekend. I am hoping to improve my flexibility as I struggle to reach my toes most days. For dinner, Saturday night we enjoyed blackened Mahi Mahi on seasonal salads. I am loving Harris Teeter’s premixed salads which come with mixed greens, nuts and berries as toppers and a complementary dressing. I always lean toward the cranberry broccoli slaw and Joe loves the fiesta mix.

After church Sunday, we put up our Christmas decorations while watching football. I tend to keep décor minimal since there is very limited space in out apartment.  We have our Christmas tree and stockings. I am also hoping to figure out a space for our nativity scenes collected from our travels. I am already excited for next year hoping that I can go out decorating our new home!

We also took time to see Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Sunday afternoon. I enjoyed the movie especially since I love seeing what I read in the books being shown on the big screen. I hate that they split it into two parts since the ending leaves you hanging. I also feel that they have a lot of explaining to do before wrapping it up in the next movie. If you have seen the movie what do you think?

Another question for thought. How do y’all feel about putting up Christmas décor before Thanksgiving? Since we travel a lot on the weekends I want to enjoy Christmas for as much as we can. So I feel no guilt in putting it up a few days earlier.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Few of My Favorite Things: Christmas Wishlist

The countdown to Christmas has definitely begun and it is not even Thanksgiving yet! This is a magical time of year so I am okay with celebrating as long as possible. I have even talked Joe into putting up our Christmas tree this weekend. I'm already dreaming of putting up the tree and enjoying some spiked apple cider. Yum! 

April // Elise // Katie // Zelle

I am excited to be linking up for These Are a Few of My Favorite Things and share my ultimate Christmas wishlist. I always like to include in my lists things I would not typically buy for myself. Tht is why it is called a wishlist right? I love everything on this list and would be thrilled to find one of these pretties wrapped under the Christmas tree!

Christmas Wishlist

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