gift guide: for the men.

my husband is the best gift giver. without fail, he always amazes me by somehow remembering an item I mentioned once upon a time that I wanted or needed. it’s so thoughtful and a skill I never acquired. but I do try.

my best advice: stick with what he likes, but take it up a notch. and include some novelty items. for my husband and his newly acquired ring on his left hand ..he needs a safe place for it when it’s not on his finger pretty much while he’s asleep so it should obviously be kept on a gold stag head. or wood coasters for the man cave. bacon hot cocoa. or a desk game to keep him entertained for lulls at work.

gift guide: for the men c/o

• fun socks • collared sweater • plaid shirt • vest • gloves • cologne •

• dopp kit • jewelry stand • wood coasters • desktop skeeball • bacon hot cocoa •

happiest of tuesdays to you.

gift guide: for the host.

it’s nearly the time of year holiday parties begin to consume our nights + weekends. although, you will not hear me complaining about scrumptious cocktails, plentiful food, and amazing company. you do not want to show up empty handed. so for my first gift guide of the year, I’ve dedicated it to the host of the best party you’ll attend this holiday season. or better, to every single one of them because you don’t have a boring party on your calendar. 

gift guide: for the host c/o

• pack a metal beverage tub with your favorite holiday brews. don’t forget to include the skeleton key bottle opener.

• or a serving tray that states it’s “time to drink champagne and dance on the table” with gold stemless flutes.

• how about gifting a night of hot chocolate + gingerbread decorating?

• or make a holiday twist on the classic cheese + wine combo, with warm mulled wine in a festive mug.

happy tuesday.


the week in photos.

brief mention: [J] COMES HOME TODAY!!! it’s about dang time. I’m going to go out on a limb & say 8 is my maximum amount of days we I can be separated. if you’re going to be gone longer, you better pack me. sorry I’m not sorry. 

let’s jump right into ..

the week in photos.

[because I, also, have my 3 worst traits to share with you. oh joy].

the week in photos, may 24 //

new ‘love’ bracelet. from LC lauren conrad at kohl’s. {got it here}.

the week in photos, may 24 //

guilty pleasure ..caribou breakfast sandwich. a girl has to indulge, occasionally.

the week in photos, may 24 //

holler for an outdoor rug. I must be getting older, because these type of things excite me? I can’t wait for our balcony to be summer-ready. & shown off. {got it here}.

the week in photos, may 24 //

it’s that time of year ..bright colors & happy heels. [it’s also the “shave your legs & paint your toenails” time of year. just a friendly PSA].


now what you’ve all been waiting for.

{blog every day in may}.

“your top three worst traits”.

sadly, this topic didn’t require too much thought. I’m very in touch with the characteristics I need to improve upon. so here they are ..

#1) indecisive. which is annoying. I don’t like indecisive people. so I’m working hard at this one. folks, there is a fine line between easy going & indecisive. someone make a decision, I’m hungry! [I’ll shut up now, and take my own advice].

#2) vulgar. surprised? I keep it pretty PG on the blog, for the kids & grandparents. but I swear like a trucker, sailor, not a lady “in real life”. although I am happy to report I have a pretty accurate on & off switch. what I’m trying to say is ..I know when to be appropriate. but out drinking with friends, duck & cover. [sorry mom].

quick story: my friend was recapping life now that she’s married. & how her husband rubs off on her, positively. “I swear less,” she said. then I proceed to look directly at [J] and shake my head. that is not the case with us. but on our positive note, we do not swear at each other. that’s a no no. [but I’m not against saying “I effen love you”]. potty mouth.

#3) sarcastic. it’s a part of my charm humor. for the people who get it. I truly mean for it to be funny. not malicious. I do have a filter, and wouldn’t [intentionally] say something hurtful. but when people first meet me, I forget they aren’t familiar with this trait of mine ..and I get myself into some uncomfortable situations. “was that sarcasm?” yeah. awkward laugh & walk away, quickly.

it felt good to get that off my chest.

so now for all of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting me in person, you now know what to expect. an indecisive, swearing like a sailor, sarcastic b*word. who loves to have fun, smiles too much, and has great manners. [I never said I made sense].

have an amazing weekend.