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22 Nov

SoFortWorthIt’s Holiday Gift Guide

holiday gift guide

Welcome to my FIRST annual Holiday Gift Guide, a curated collection with something for EVERYONE on your list. In the spirit of full disclosure, this list began with me shopping for you, but it quickly turned into me shopping for me! I literally have, want or I’m about to buy each one of these amazing items on this list.

Gifts for Her

From me time to bee time, these gifts are sure to delight any lady in your life.

 

I am a huge fan of the three beauty brands on this list: Origins, Kiehl’s and Tata Harper. These travel-sized kits are a perfect way to test out a new skincare routine without going all-in just yet.

 

I recently purchased The Mexican Home Kitchen and Holy Cocina, y’all! It’s the best! Start off with the salsas – you’ll never open another jar again. Also, I can’t get enough of The Defined Dish. My family goes gaga for the healthy Whole 30 recipes.

 

Staying healthy isn’t just about what you eat, it’s also about your environment. I’ve been mindful about this for years, and this holiday season, I am hoping Santa brings me a set of clean and green ceramic pots and pans from GreenLife. (Did you get that, Santa Jason?)

 

If you love your fancy with a dash of awkward – and really, who doesn’t? — then Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle is for you. And yes, I already own this and trust me, it’s a real conversation-starter!

 

There’s been a lot of buzz about this gift; a… wait for it … a personal beehive kit! I have dreamed of raising bees and harvesting my very own organic honey, but the process and responsibility seemed daunting. Enter the FlowHive, a genius kit that simplifies the entire process, making it easy and fun to host a hive.

Gifts for Him

It can be a challenge to find perfect gifts for guys. I kept my husband in mind when I compiled this list of must-haves for the man in your life. 

 

The Otto Wilde Griller will make your man embrace his inner carnivore. A game-changer for grillers, it makes grocery store steaks taste like they came from a big-bucks steak house in five minutes flat.

 

Who doesn’t need an electronic docking station? We keep ours in the kitchen, and it holds all of our devices, keeping them organized as they charge. Remember to buy an extra pack of cords to go with it — trust me, you’ll need them!

 

These On Cloud shoes were the #1 seller on my Father’s Day Gift Guide, which didn’t surprise me. Our whole family has become obsessed with them ever since my brother Scott gifted them to all the guys for Christmas last year.

 

And speaking of obsession, this Mark & Graham waterproof roll-top backpack has been on my mind ever since our good friend Warren brought one to our lake house. Fill it with ice and beverages and you’re good to go for the entire day!

MIZZEN + MAIN is officially my husband’s very favorite shirt brand in his entire closet. They don’t wrinkle, and you can wash and wear without ironing. The website does a great job of walking you through their sizing chart, too.

Gifts for Tweens and Teens

Your teen or tween may not say thank you IRL, but they’ll definitely share their appreciation with their Instagram and followers. These post-worthy presents are sure to please even the pickiest Gen Z-er.

 

The Apple Airpods Pro doesn’t suck. Enough said!

 

Growing up with Mrs. Pac-Man in my childhood game room, I have an affection for arcade machines. This tabletop version has all the feels of the arcade version, without the crazy price tag – or the coin slot.

 

You won’t have to worry about too much screen time with these Razor rides. They’re the ultimate in grab-and-go outdoor fun! (Accessorize with a helmet and pads so you don’t end up swapping screen time for scream time.)

AND FOR THE HYPEBEAST … 

My kids have gone BAPE for Stockx, an online marketplace for streetwear like sneakers and hoodies. From standard gear to the most exclusive collabs, it’s the SUPREME site to pick up anything that’s dropped.

But wait there is more…

These are the gifts that you never knew you needed! I hope they bring you as much joy as they brought me.

Just remember, when in doubts: gift cards for subscription services, food, and clothes will please anyone on your list.

 

I know it’s super easy and convenient to buy everything over the internet, but if you can shop local as much as possible, I know our Fort Worth retail business sure could use your support for this holiday season.

 

Also, in case you missed it, I just published my Ultimate and Best Christmas Events and Activities in DFW AND the best dang Advent Calendar List you have ever seen.

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Enjoy shopping for you and your loved ones! xoxox

16 Nov

Advent Calendars Aren’t Just For Kids

Advent calendars

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you know what that means … time to bust out the Advent Calendars! 

I’ve had a long-standing obsession with advent calendars since I was a little girl. I always loved the combination of anticipation and reward – not only did each day bring me closer to the Big Day, but each day brought its own little treat, a tiny surprise hidden behind a tiny door. And the person buying the baubles that brightened each December day was none other than my mom. She poured her heart into giving us the most creative and fun-filled Advent Calendars in all of Ridglea. Back then, I knew Advent Calendars were magical, and I still feel the same way.

Now that I’m an adult, I often think about how amazing it would be to level up and indulge in the Grand Kahuna of Advent Calendars: Like this one made by Tiffany & Co. in 2019. This colossal calendar stands four feet tall and contains 24 individual Tiffany blue boxes, each filled with a luxe treat and tied with white satin ribbon. What kinds of luxe treats are in those boxes? That depends on the depth of your wallet — the advent calendar price begins at $112,000. A girl can always dream, right?

But Advent Calendars don’t have to break the bank to capture your heart. I think the best ones are the most thoughtful, with themes that speak to something that interests you (or the person you’re gifting). That’s why I’ve come up with this curated collection of the best, most interesting– and yes, even affordable—themed advent calendars.

I’ve got boozy calendars, candy calendars and calendars for your precious little furballs. There are beauty calendars, candle calendars and even a jewelry calendar (hint, hint Jason!). But my very favorite calendars on this list are the classic wooden ones that you fill with your own goodies. Y’all have been asking me about them for years on IG, and I’ve finally sourced them just for you!

Enjoy shopping and spreading joy during this holiday season – one day at a time. xoxox

63 of the Best Advent Calendars for Purchase!

Ideas to Help You Stuff Those Calendars!

With all of the excitement of opening Advent Calendar surprises, I wanted to share some ideas and sources I utilize for filling our own children’s calendars. I’ve posted many links below to give you a head start, but here are my suggestions for sourcing all the fun for your little ones.

  • I always have the best luck at Dollar Tree, World Market, Oriental Trading and Froggies 5 & 10 in Dallas.
  • Party supply stores have a great selection in their party favor section.
  • Get some $2 bills, S. B. Anthony $1 coins, and other bills. A hundy is always fun to open.
  • Of course, you can’t go wrong with lottery scratch off tickets.
  • Candy from your local neighborhood convenience store.
  • Toys in 25cent vending machines at Walmart and grocery stores.
26 Dec

A Thanksmasgiving Tablescape

Holy moly! Life knows how to throw curve balls, huh! Although I intended to publish this post over two weeks ago, sometimes God has other plans in store. Between helping to care for my mother-in-law who has Alzheimer’s, tending to sick kids and getting sick myself, and trying to wrap up Christmas shopping before Santa arrived, my plate was just a little fuller than usual. 

With that said, I hope you had a Merry Thanksgiving and Happy Christmas! Speaking of, have you ever celebrated Christmas at Thanksgiving? Well, that’s exactly what my mom planned. In our family, members who live out of town fly in every other holiday. This year was Thanksgiving and next year will be Christmas, you get the idea. Anyway, lots of extended families were coming, including both of my brother’s mother-in-laws. This was the year that tradition was flipped. I hope you enjoy the images below from our Thanksmasgiving.

This holiday table was designed around an elf theme using whimsical characters, lots of ornaments, and several red and gold Christmas cone tree decorations, all on top of a custom made-to-measure tablecloth.

Three ornament-filled containers placed on glass risers have a total of 20 white Hydrangea. The larger arrangement in the center of the table has two playful elves hanging on each side

In between the floral arrangements are red, and gold cone trees, several of Santa’s helpers and piles of colorful ornaments are strewn down the table. Intertwining through the ornaments are spools of holly leaf and candy cane striped ribbon, red felt flowers and battery-operated strings of micro Christmas lights.

Silver starburst chargers are the foundation of the place setting, with holly ribbon china on top. Tying the gold table décor and the silver chargers together are filigreed crystal wine glasses and antique sterling silver goblets. Sterling silver flatware and hemstitched linen dinner napkins with embroidered alpine skiers top off the place setting.

For the kid’s table, a lime green tablecloth sets the foundation where all of the fun will unfold. A more simplified version of the adult table, only one floral arrangement with ornaments is the focal point, along with playful elves sitting on candy dishes at each end.

Disposable paper placemats were a perfect fit, along with durable, reusable plastic chargers and dinner plates. Plastic cups with screw on lids were ready for the inevitable drink spill. Because the plates had festive images, hanging the plaid napkin off the side of the table was the best way to showcase the plates. By each place setting was a holiday party cracker, a fun toy with a name tag tied to it, and a gift bag of surprises.

Thanksmasgiving RECAP!

I hope you enjoyed these tablescapes. I have to say; although we’ve never celebrated Thanksmasgiving before, boy am I glad we did. Sometimes the stress and pressure of getting everything ready for jolly old Saint Nick interferes with the beauty of being able to stop and enjoy the moment. And because this celebration took place in November, all of the crazy that unfolds from Black Friday on, wasn’t there. It was like celebrating Christmas without all the crazy. All though we didn’t do a gift exchange, mom did have a bag of fun little gifts at each seat.

Custom tablecloth Fabrictopia

Whimsical elf figures Katherine’s Collection

Multiple sized ornaments for table and containers Target

Tabletop Christmas cone trees Williams-Sonoma

Glass cylinder containers Williams-Sonoma

Spools of specialty ribbon and red felt flowers Katherine’s Collection

Battery operated Christmas lights Williams-Sonoma

Silver starburst chargers Neiman Marcus

Royal Worcester Holly Ribbons fine china Replacements

Wine goblets McKenzie-Childs

Sterling Silver flatware Neiman Marcus

Linen dinner napkins Wisteria

Candy dishes on kids table Williams-Sonoma

Paper placemats Needle in a Haystack

Kids plastic chargers, dinner plates, cups, and plaid napkins Target

A special thank you to Jim Irwin Floral and talented photographer Maria Kithas Ciszek.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful and STRESS-FREE holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year and everything in between.

Oh, and one more thing! Still looking to view Christmas lights while on school break, The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Lights Display in DFW is the most comprehensive list of light displays in the metroplex.

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