Five On Friday: Happy December!

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

Yesterday I got to have an impromptu breakfast date with a girlfriend and her babe. I was on the way to drop Camille off at preschool when I got a call from her asking if I wanted to meet at a local pancake house. Well YES!

Char slept through most of it and then woke up towards the end. The guy at the table next to us was looking at her saying "aww" and then he said "You made up her face?" It took me a while to figure out that he thought I had makeup on her!!! I died! I said "Oh no, she just has naturally rosy cheeks!" - I was so caught off guard! That's one for the baby book!

I went to LOFT yesterday to scope out some wishlist items for my husband to get me. :)

Hey, hubs? One item I'd love for Christmas is this quilted sweatshirt
Sweatshirt = automatic coziness. But it also has gold embroidery on it for pizazz!
Also, I think 3/4 length sleeves are so flattering on petites.  
Above I'm wearing the petite XS (I find their sizing to be a bit generous). 
And they also have it online in winter white although my store didn't have it in stock. 

And this off-the-shoulder option is so pretty and forgiving in the midsection. I'm always down for tops that highlight my shoulders and not my tummy pooch :) I'm also wearing a petite XS in this one since it has a blousier fit. 

Camille is on a major Shimmer and Shine kick (she gets two 30-minute shows after nap) and I was so excited to see this coloring set on Amazon for right around $3.50. Stocking stuffer! It already arrived and is hidden :)

ThredUp for the win ... again! I just scored these two dresses for Camille recently and they are set to arrive today. I love the print on that Tea Collection dress, and the smocked holiday dress is still casual enough to wear to preschool for their Christmas program.

Never ordered from them? This referral link will give you $10 off of your first order.

I am excited about Columbia's Junior League Holiday Market going on now! My sister Laura has her booth there, so if any of you are in the area and looking for great gifts, find her there!

Fun things coming next week ... I'll show our Christmas cards Monday, and I also have a 3-part collaboration with some of my girlfriends who are bloggers as well on Tue/Wed/Thu. And then Five on Friday as usual!

TGIF y'all, and hope you will join in on Five on Friday this week! Cheers to the weekend!


Three Gift Guides, One Post.

December 1st! The time is here! Time for me to dish about some of my very favorite gift ideas for the toddlers, ladies, and men in your life. 

YUP, all three, squeezed into one post, because ain't nobody got time to hunt down post after post for ideas you may want to bookmark. You can just save this one blog post and refer to it for any ideas you may want to copy!

Some of these things we own. Some we will (hopefully) own in less than a month if Santa thinks we've been good girls and boys. All are fun ideas that won't break the bank!

Starting with the kiddos first:

christmas toddlers

For the toddlers:
1. Cupcake Shape Sorting Game: we have this and Camille plays with it EVERY day.
2. Disney Frozen Figurine Set
3. Melissa and Doug Ariel Dress Up Set
4. Fairy Tale Water Wow Book: if you don't have a Water Wow book, it's a must! Clean fun!
5. Organic robe (boy version and girl version): this is one of my favorite clothing brands.
6. PicassoTiles: MUCH less expensive than Magnatiles and you can't tell the difference.
7. Rabbit slippers: these adorable slippers were on Oprah's Favorite Things this year!

christmas ladies

For the ladies:
1. The Southerner's Handbook by Garden and Gun: I own this and it's awesome!
2. NARS Blush: in the cult classic color, of course.
3. Sugar Lip Charmers Collection: this WILL be the season I finally try this lip product!
4. Kendra Scott Stud Earrings
5. Pink A Boo Slippers
6. Monogrammed Chinoiserie Stationery: a blogger I follow makes these, so lovely.
7. Voluspa Candle

And because guys can be SO hard to shop for, I hope this is a help!

christmas men

1. Wireless Bluetooth Speaker: we own this exact one and it's so cheap for GREAT sound.
2. Carhartt Work Gloves
3. One Second After: this is the last book Ian bought.
4. Smoke and Spice: my dad considers this a must-have to anyone who owns a smoker
5. Weber Smoker: this is what I got Ian for his birthday in October, and I got the 14".
6. Age Defender Serum: I also got Ian this for his birthday, he asked for a nice facial serum.
7. Age Defender Moisturizer

So, there are a few of our favorites and must-haves. Happy shopping to you!





Christmas Preparations

November 30th. One last day of November and then it's DECEMBER DECEMBER DECEMBER!

We used this past Sunday to start some preliminary holiday decorating, but of course there's still more to do. 

Sunday evening we pulled our tree down from the attic (artificial ... no shame) along with all of the ornaments. I made a cup of hot cocoa and poured a few sips of it into a paper cup and let it cool down for Camille. Her very first hot chocolate. We told her she had a very special task to do; put the first ornament on the tree. I gave her a homemade ornament from when she was in daycare -- she was just around 6/7 months. 

(I had some questions about her jammies. They are Hartstrings and we
got them secondhand. But I found some on Amazon if you're looking
for similar ones ... girls plaid jammies HERE and HERE 
and a cute pair for toddler boys HERE)

After that she went to bed, Ian and I poured a glass of red wine and finished up the tree. My tree is unabashedly FABULOUS. Like, colored lights, feathers everywhere, frou-frou fabulous. It's not a stale, white-lights, all silver ball ornaments tree, oh no no no.  Poor Ian. 

I came downstairs last night with some feather garland that I found and he said dryly "OH YEAH I was just thinking our tree needed more stuff on it" ... haha! He secretly loves it. I know it. 

OOOH! Garland question for you. Does anyone use fresh garland on their staircase? Does it shed like crazy? Or not too bad? Let me know.

Very pretty fresh garland. Not sure I'd add the tulips due to their limited longevity but those magnolia and eucalyptus leaves are ideal! Also love the stair railing!:

Lastly, someone posted this image on a moms Facebook group I'm in and I took a screenshot of it, because I want to do this with the girls! It's from the blog Coffee Cups and Crayons

Here's my challenge to you ... because I know that sometimes committing to a full calendar of tasks can be somewhat difficult. Pick FOUR days/acts that you want to do (even if they are small and easy). Write them down on a sticky note like this:

2 - Pick up litter
6 - Make a hug coupon for someone
12 - Call a faraway friend or relative to say hello
24 - Do a secret act of kindness for someone

Put that sticky somewhere you'll see it like at your coffeemaker or on your car dashboard. AND I'm asking you to write down four that you can commit to in the comments section. I think it will be interesting to see everyones' committments, and it will hold us all accountable! 


I Spent $0.41 (What I Got From Old Navy)

Four dimes and a penny. That's what I spent at Old Navy today!

Okay, so I *did* have $50 in credit to spend that was set to expire soon (thanks to owning the BR credit card), but I originally had around $100+ worth of items in my cart, then got the 50% off for Cyber Monday, and then ended up with a grand total after discounts of $0.41. 

Not too shabby. Here's what I got:


Faux Snakeskin Lace-Up Flats
I typically wear a 7.5 but sized up to an 8 after reading the reviews.
Ended up getting these for around $13.50.
Various other colors, too!

Pink A Boo Slippers
Got these for just under $10!
My old slippers have bitten the dust.
Sized up 1/2 size to an 8 per the reviews.

Cozy Socks - FREE
Enter code COZY at checkout and they will send you a pair of fuzzy socks, YES even on top of all of the other discounts you got!



Less than $10.
I got a 3T so it will have room to grow.
And goes perfectly with....

ALSO got it for less than $10!
Snagged this one in 6-12 months size.
For $20, I have adorable matching dresses for the girls!

Can I get this in my size?
I mean, really.
This is so chic but cozy and casual enough for preschool.
Camille's going to go NUTS over the pockets.
Also got this one in 3T so it can be a little oversized this year and fit again next year.
$7.50 and it also comes in gray, blue and pink.

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Alright, that's what I scored!
And on top of that, I got free shipping and $40 in Super Cash that I can spend on my next purchase.
You have a few hours left to take advantage of their HUGE sale.

Once again, here are my purchases. Happy shopping!

Three Sales To Catch.

If you're taking advantage of sales today, then here are some sale notes! Don't leave a dollar on the table!

First of all, our shop The Tipsy Bunny is offering 20% off! Placed an order this past Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? You're not left out. The early bird gets the worm and you're getting an extra free bow in your shipment :) 

My Five on Friday partner in crime Natasha is running an amazing sale at Sugar Bit ... 

I mean, just look at the knee socks she has for $8! 

Knee Socks [Assorted Styles and Sizes]

And lastly, Old Navy is 50% off with no exclusions ... what! 

I have some rewards money to spend with them (I have the Banana Republic credit card that earns me credit to their stores) and today will be the day that I place my order so I can get twice as much. 

Just as an FYI, Camille has one of these fit and flare toddler dresses and it's the cutest thing. A two-pack is $25, so you'd get them for $12.50 ... a definite steal for two dresses. Pair with a cute toddler necklace and sandals for transitional weather, or with stretchy leggings and a denim jacket or adorable poncho for cooler weather. 

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I mean ... if you're going the cold weather route, did you even see these boots?!

Any other great sales I'm missing out on? Please share with me your finds in the comments section below!


At A Steal

Two luxuries: marble and gold.
Here is a fun gift guide I put together that feature these two splurges, but at a fraction of the price!

Everything is less than $50. Companies are slashing prices for Black Friday/Shop Small Saturday/Cyber Monday and we all may as well take advantage of it!

So here you go, the creme da la creme at a steal.
Marble and gold, yes please!

Marble and Gold

1 // Monogrammable Jewelry Roll, $14.50 here
2 // Marble and Copper Mortar and Pestle, $49.95 here
3 // Gold Drink Holder Swan Float, $20 here
4 // Personalized Toiletry Case, $17.50 here
5 // Girl Boss Faux Leather Pouch, $14.99 here
6 // S'well Marble Water Bottle. $25 here (I love mine!)
7 // Marble and Wood Cheese Boards, $29.95 here

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