November 26, 2014

Great Gifts for Guys: Husband, Boyfriend, Son, Son-in-Law, Co-Worker

80% of the gifts that I'm buying this year for Christmas are for guys. To me, men are the most difficult people in the world to shop for. Women are SO much easier! I always think that, with most women, you really can't go wrong with the gift of a nice robe, a new makeup bag with some goodies tucked inside, a salon spa gift card, a pretty scarf...

With guys it's different. They would never admit it, but most of the guys that I know are really PICKY! Ask them and they'd say that they don't care what they get. Anything is fine. And THAT is precisely what makes them impossible to shop for!

I've searched high and low to find the best, most unique, items to share with you. Hopefully it'll help you come up with some ideas of your own for the men in your life! All of the stores listed have awesome deals for the holiday season - the prices listed are all regular prices, so be sure to check out the discounts!

November 25, 2014

Pretty Party Ready Pixies! Pixie Hair Accessories with Sparkle

When you have super short hair, it's easy to feel like there aren't any ways to make your hair look special for a party. I fall into a rut and my hair ALWAYS looks the same!

This year for the holidays, I want to change it up and add a bit of sparkle. I've looked all around the web to find some pretty party looks that you can pull off - even with super short pixie hair!

It's all about adding  a pretty headband, hair clip, or barrette to make your look special. Here are some of my favorite looks!

November 24, 2014

Keeping Warm This Fall & Winter: Layer It On with ModCloth!

The best way to stay comfortable when the weather is changing is to dress in LAYERS. When you're out running errands you want to be able to add layers and take them off again as needed.

There's a trick to layering your clothes and not looking like a bag lady! They key is to choose pieces that are lightweight, not bulky, and pile them on! Start with a tee or tank as a base layer, add a long sleeve tee or turtleneck, then top it off with a jacket or sweater (check out the wonderful selection of sweaters from ModCloth here!) and all of your cold weather accessories.

ModCloth has an awesome selection of all kinds of layers. (and they have great sales, too!)  Here are a few suggested outfits you could try!

November 20, 2014

Old Purse into New Wall Pockets: Craft Inspo for DIY Wall Pockets


I am forever losing things. I swear my mom was right - I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached.

This time of year the LAST thing that I want to lose is those awesome discount offers that come in the mail! $10 off here, 20% off there, it all adds up in a big way!

I remembered that I saw a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Justina Blakeney, for these adorable little wall pockets that she made, so I thought I'd give them a go myself and see what I could do.

One of my big, slouchy handbags had seen better days and I purposely set it aside for the day when I would cut it up for a project just like this one. I'm pretty happy with the way these little guys came together!

They're not as good as the one's that inspired them, of course... I should have pulled up that pic BEFORE I started - not after! Anyhow, here's the wall pockets that SHE made, and how I made mine!

November 18, 2014

High - Low Gifts: Accessories from Sundance Catalog & World Market

One of my favorite things to do when I'm shopping for gifts is to find the best stuff for the least possible amount of money, and I'm pretty good at it. Not to brag, but if scouting out the best bargains was a sport, you might say that I'm an all-star!

World Market is one of my go-to stores for great imported items at the best prices. Sundance Catalog has the most drool-worthy handmade goods ever and I LOVE everything they offer! As I was shopping, I couldn't help but compare some of their products because they appear quite similar! The main difference is the price!


November 14, 2014

Never Say "I Have Nothing to Wear!" Again


If you're like me, you have a closet full of clothes, (too many clothes!) and you have nothing to wear.
If you're like me, when you get something new you wear it like crazy for a few weeks, then it goes into the depths of your closet... never to be seen again.

If you're like me, you get overwhelmed when you shop for clothes and end up not finding anything.
If you're like me, fit is always an issue but you hate trying clothes on in the store. If you're like me, you are super frugal when it comes to shopping and don't like to pay a lot for your clothes.

If you're like me, you are going to love LE TOTE. It's unlimited clothing rentals - UNLIMITED - for one monthly fee. It's like Netflix, but for clothes! You can try it right now - FREE - and you get a $10 credit to buy anything you'd like!

How does it work? I'm glad you asked!

November 13, 2014

Gifts for Co-Workers, Colleagues, Office Mates with IDEAS UNDER $25

Co-workers can be very difficult to shop for. You want to give a small gift, but it's always a slippery slope and difficult to know if it's acceptable to give a gift for your boss, your assistant, etc. 

Some companies frown on gifts for the boss. If you're new to the company, or just not sure what to do, it's always best to ask someone what others have done in the past.  

Regardless, always keep gifts for the boss priced appropriately for your salary, and make sure that your gift isn't too personal or too lavish. You don't want to appear as though you're trying to buy your way into good graces! 

November 11, 2014

Great Gifts for Pets! (and for pet lovers, too!)

Our pets aren't REALLY spoiled rotten... but they know that they are loved! Okay. They're spoiled rotten. Especially the "puppy" that's now 1 year old and over 50 pounds, but still thinks she's a lap dog.

She's HILARIOUS! When she gets a new toy she gets so excited that she can barely stand it! She hops around and makes it squeak and runs around like crazy. Adorable!

Needless to say, all 4 of our pets are on my Christmas list this year! Here are some of the most awesome awesome ideas that I've found.

If you have a pet (or a pet lover) in your life, I know they'll love these great gifts for the holidays!

November 8, 2014

5 Ways to Feel Beautiful Instead of Frazzled This Christmas Season! {Self-Care Saturday}

from CBS this morning interview 11/7/14
I saw this interview on CBS yesterday morning with Carlos Santana and was blown away by so many things he said, but I actually stopped and wrote down the quote, "Once in a while it's important, it's ok, to look in the mirror and say, man, I'm delicious. I'm fine." It made me think... when was the last time I looked in the mirror and thought that I looked great?

During the holidays, it's especially important to take great care of yourself. It can be SO easy to let the season get the best of you.

Yet the more you have to do, the more likely you are to let taking care of yourself slide to the bottom of your list.

When you're running around, would you rather be looking a wreck and feeling frazzled - OR - looking pulled together, and feeling beautiful?

November 7, 2014

5 Tips to Make Designing Your Holiday Photo Cards Easier

I love receiving all of the photo cards from friends and family every year at Christmas.

I save all of the cards that we get in the mail. I pack them up every year with all of the rest of the holiday decorations and don't even think about them again until I dig everything out to start decorating. It always amazes me how much the kids change as the years go by!

Preparing to send those holiday cards, I know, can be incredibly stressful! Shopping for clothes, finding just the right location to have the pics taken, getting the family dressed up and ready for a photo session, then selecting the photos where everyone looks good, selecting the design that works best with the photos you have - WHEW!

Here are 5 things that you can do to make designing your holiday photo cards easier on yourself this year, plus a money saving offer from tinyprints.com!

November 6, 2014

A Greek Holiday Feast! Baklava Recipe :: It's All Greek to Me Cookbook GIVEAWAY!


I've hosted many Christmas Eve dinners, and for several years, I prepared a Greek themed feast for my guests. I'd prepare mezze, followed by kebabs, shrimp saganaki, spanikopita, lots of salad, lots of wine, and of course - baklava for dessert. You can read more about hosting a Greek themed dinner in my book "Creating A Beautiful Little Christmas!"

When I was given an opportunity by BenBella Books to review a cookbook called "It's All Greek to Me," I jumped at the chance! "It's All Greek to Me" has an amazing baklava recipe that I'm sharing with you here. Did I say AMAZING? Because the phyllo is rolled instead of laid out flat in a pan it's incredibly flaky and light!

November 4, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like... CHRISTMAS!

It's NOVEMBER! Everywhere I look I see Christmas! Is it just me, or is it happening earlier and earlier all the time?
I have to say, there is a FIRE lit under me to get things done to finalize revisions on my book, "Creating A Beautiful Little Christmas." Although I still have a ton to do, I'm crossing more and more off the list every day.

Soon, it's going to be ALL CHRISTMAS - ALL THE TIME around here! I have awesome posts planned for the holiday season, including unique and handmade gift ideas, gluten-free and paleo recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas, updating your winter style, awesome giveaways and SO much more!