Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gift Guide: For the Home

DETAILScandle (under $20, 8 scents! Favorites: vanilla cinnamon, pumpkin, oatmeal cooie) / coasters (lots of colors!) / gold bar cart (on sale now!) / hello lovely marble cutting board / DIY skin care book / hello it's me doormat / holiday dish towels / 2017 wall calendar (under $30!)/ choose joy pillow /

Next up in our gift guide series are gifts for the home! If you know someone who just moved into a new place, is a newlywed, have a friend who LOVES home decor (like me!) or are gifting to your sister or mom, here are some of my favorite ideas for you. Each year I ask for a planner and / or a wall calendar. The one above is so cute, with different illustrations for every month. I also love the idea of giving sweet pillow cases (like Choose Joy, or I love this one, too!) Candles are a great gift for anybody! I've never met someone who doesn't like a good candle ;) They make an especially great gift for in laws or a hostess.

Want to pretty up your gifts?! Attach the intial of the person you're gifting to the ribbon on the package. These are so cute and can then be used as ornmaments after!

Don't forget the dudes! Here are some gifts for the home that guys will love. My husband is obsessed with coffee (like the pour over and french press style. We don't even own a coffee maker because he is a snob ;)) so that coffee book or this Chemex would make a great gift for those who love coffee.

A few more gifts for the home, including the softest blankets on the planet!

Past Gift Guides:
Bundle Up
For the Hostess
Monogram Gifts
For Her 

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Our Christmas Tree

It's offically Christme time around here and we're loving it! We got our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and I'm honestly shocked we found this perfect of a tree for the small space we have to work with! We had a strict "no bigger than 40 inches in diameter" shopping rule and we nailed it ;) I'm happy with the size, too. But most of all, the smell is so refreshing. I don't think we'll ever get rid of it, ha!

We kept it simple this year by using neutral ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. It has the cutest woodland metallic design on it. Then we did all metallic and a few red ball ornaments, mixed with some gold snowflakes. I have a huge collection of personal ornaments that are my parent's house, so when I go next week I'll be bringing a few of those back to further personalize it :) Our tree topper was borrowed from my mother-in-law, so I'm not sure where it's from. My sweet mom bought us our first tree skirt from Pottery Barn as an early Christmas gift! We're cheesy and did a timelapse of us decorating our first tree:


Here she is:

Neutral paper with trees, get it here! I used another wrapping paper to create gift tags tapped on by washi tape.

My bird clip-on ornaments are on sale + free shipping right now! These are the best for patches of the tree that are large, but dont fit an ornament very well.

It's magical at night!

Wood artwork / Thankful Pillow / PoufCouch /

Cheers to many fun memories around our trees, friends!

Did you catch yesterday's Gift Guide? It's a goodie!



Monday, December 5, 2016

Gift Guide: For Her

DETAILS | pj pants / reversable scarf (under $25!) / stripe clutch / kate spade stripe bag / floral phone case / wood carved picture frame (for the home or picture lover!) / pecan pie candle (rum and wine also available!) / lipstick (200+ colors available! I have "speed dial" and "plumful"/ Hunter boots / 2017 planner (this is the brand I get each year and love it!) /

Today I'm sharing a guide to some fun gifts for the ladies in your life. Whether that's a sister, best friend, mom, daughter, or you want to give a little hint to someone else about a gift YOU want, I've gotcha covered!

There are certain gifts that are great for everyone. A candle (especially one that smells like pie...I mean, really!), PJ pants (I tried these on and promptly added them to my Christmas list! SO SOFT), and scarves (these are all around $25!). If you're buying for someone who lives in rainy or cold weather, Hunter Boots are the best. I got them two years ago and wear them all the time in the snow with these inserts. Wearing really thick, tall socks like these (on sale!) is a necessary added layer! 

About every other year I ask for a new perfume, since I'm about out. This year I dont' need one, because my husband got me this Daisy scent for our wedding (so fun!) I LOVE this one especially, though I've always been a big fan of Marc Jacobs, I've never had this one. It's so fresh, simple and sweet. Another great idea is getting these

Need to get gifts for your bridesmaids, sisters, or girlfriends? I adore the Love Ophelia robes I got for myself and my bridesmaids for our wedding!

Finally, here are a bunch more gift ideas for her, a lot of which are under $30!

Past Gift Guides:
Bundle Up
For the Hostess
Monogram Gifts

Have a wonderful Monday! What's on your Christmas list?


Friday, December 2, 2016

December Goals & Friday Sale Finds

Happy DECEMBER! Once again, the year is flying by and I'm trying my best to savor each new season. Like I mentioned in the beginning of November, I'm here sharing my goals for the month with you to help motivate me and keep me on track. Here's a look back at November's goals:

November Goals:

- Make a yummy new soup/stew in the crockpot.  I made this stew this week and it was great!
- Go to Chicago together to shop and see some new sights. 
- Wake up early (I struggle with this!) to have tea + breakfast with McCann before he leaves for work. Oops! Still need to do this ;)
- Order prints from our wedding for our family.
- Order wedding prints & get frames for our gallery wall. We've been so busy this month, I haven't had time to get to this. Moving this task to January, after the holiday shuffle!
- Make at least one DIY decoration for our apartment for Thanksgiving.
- Spend a Saturday morning at a coffee shop together, like we did often while dating. We sort of did this, just on a Sunday, not Saturday!
- Have a wine & Skype night with my parents.
- Start finalizing dates & cities for The Bloom Workshop's 2017 schedule.

- Finish my new website up and get ready to launch it! Almost done!
- Take some progress photos of a few client's homes to share on the blog. Also need to schedule photographing a finished home!
- Bake something delicious to share for Thanksgiving. I made the mashed potatoes and green bean caserole! 
- Get our Christmas cards chosen & ordered!

Now for the new month ahead!

December Goals:

 - Get our tree up and decorate our little home. I can't wait to show you a peek!
- Take our trip to California to spend time with my parent's for Christmas! I can't wait to see my family and do a few fun things with them. We'll probably take my husband to "Christmas in the Park" in San Jose one day, since he's never been there. Always a fun memory!
- See the new Will Smith movie "Collateral Beauty"
- Get through all of my design consultations before Christmas + check in on my client's progress.
- Bake my grandma's sugar cookie recipe and use my Christmas cookie cutters.
- Order our stockings. I'm thinking of these that are on sale!
- Get all the final details together for The Bloom Workshop's 2017 schedule launch. We're almost there!!
- Make the egg caserole on Christmas morning that my mom always made for us. It's delicious! I'll try to share the recipe here.
- Get a wedding album made.
- Attend the Christmas Eve service at church.
- Continue through the She Reads Truth advent bible study.
- Really try to take a pause and remember what Christmas is truly about. Giving thanks for our Savior's birth.

What are YOUR December goals? Let's keep each other accountable :)

A few noteworthy sales for your weekend and gift shopping!

1. J.Crew: 30% off your purchase + FREE shipping with code SHOPGIFTS

Check out their gift guide here-- it's full of the best things!

2. J.Crew Factory: 50-60% off everything! No code needed. This scarf is SO cute!

3. Nordstrom Sale: Lots of great finds for winter. Be sure to check out their stocking stuffer gift guide-- so many fun little goodies! (Stockings are my favorite!)



4. LOFT: all these sweaters are on sale for $30 or under!

5. Anthropologie: EXTRA 40% off sale items! I love this white top. I tried it on in the store a few weeks ago, but now that it's on sale, I might pull the trigger!
If you haven't gotten holiday cards yet, these are really sweet and 40% off $15! Now that's a good deal :)

6. West Elm: 20% off all in stock items.

7. Mac Makeup: 25% off. This is the only place I buy lipstick. I just love their colors and the taste of the lipstick, too ;) Weird, I know. This is one of my favorites!

Happy weekend!!

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