Happy April!Continue reading “What I’m Lovin’ in April”
Here we go – MARCHin’ on through 2021! Anyone else lost all track of time? I don’t even know what day it is anymore. But I do know that it’s time for a monthly list of what I’m lovin’ so read on!
I hope your new year is off to a fabulous start! I am kicking 2021 off a month late so clearly “no more procrastinating” is not one of my resolutions this year 😉
Since I missed the January deadline, I’m combining it with February so consider this a BONUS – two whole months of all the things I’ve been lovin’ lately!
It’s my favorite time of the year: the holidays! I know they may look very different this year, but I’m wishing you all a very joyous season filled with warm memories & sweet treats 😉
Who else is swinging wildly between celebrating and mourning this holiday season?
What a wild ride 2020 has been! We’re not going to be seeing family as much as we’d like/at all this season. Instead, we’ll be spending quite a bit of time at home.
My favorite activities with Andy include watching her ride fearlessly through our neighborhood on her bike…and COLORING! During the latter I spend most of the time yelling “Stop eating your crayons!” while feeling deep shame for ever judging any company for printing “non-toxic” on their packaging (On behalf of all toddler parents, WE THANK YOU for your invaluable foresight).
For those of you looking for indoor activities for little ones, this one’s for you! I’ve thrown together this coloring sheet (hope you like cats) as a FREE download for the holidays. Print it, color it, and mail it to your loved ones!
But don’t count on it getting there by Christmas…
But who cares! Happy mail is always fun to receive even if it’s after the holiday you intended it for.
Wishing you all a happy, joyful, weird holiday season!
A few years ago our family moved to doing a White Elephant style gift exchange rather than buying individual gifts for everyone. It’s been such a fun event each year! Not to mention it’s quite practical as our family has grown (never underestimate the mental load of finding gifts for a long list of people!).
We have had some practice at seeing the types of gifts that are popular and which are a flop.
TIPS FOR PICKING THE PERFECT GIFT
1. Avoid gifts meant for specific people.
Example: Don’t buy “hubby” and “wifey” mugs. Everyone may not be hetero married.
2. Unless your exchange is run by children, don’t buy kid gifts.
Even if everyone in your group has children, I assure you they do not want a gift meant for someone else – especially their kids who most certainly are receiving a ton of gifts anyway.
3. Pick a gender-neutral gift.
If your crew is mixed gender, pick a gift that’s not specifically “for men” or “for women.”
4. Consider the group as a whole.
Are there any common interests among the group?
It can be challenging to pick a gift that could suit anyone. I thoroughly enjoy researching and finding ideas to fit the bill so I’m sharing a few with you today!
Being that getting a massage wouldn’t allow for social distancing, this may be your best chance at a deep tissue massage right now!
This is one of those fabulous-to-have but boring-to-buy gifts. The extra thick foam gives superior support and comfort. Perfect for the kitchen (cooking, food prep, washing dishes, etc.) or office (under a standing desk!).
This alarm clock simulates the sunrise for a more natural wake up. With 10 brightness settings, it can be used as a light therapy lamp or as a bedside reading lamp as well.
These Bluetooth wireless over-ear headphones effectively reduce distracting low frequency background noises. They also have a built-in microphone which is perfect for the zoom-filled world we’re living in right now!
If you prefer in-ear headphones, these ear buds have great reviews! With a single charge, they can last for more than 4 hours of playtime.
I’ve tried several different brands, but if you want your coffee to stay hot, you need a YETI. Well worth the investment with tons of colors available. You can even personalize it with a vinyl monogram or fun [waterproof] sticker.
This Bluetooth speaker’s long-life battery technology lasts for up to 24 hours. Perfect for blasting holiday tunes year-round.
We got a fire stick recently and have been enjoying it! Honestly, my favorite part is that it shows my pictures as a screensaver (you can sync to Amazon Photos).
In our effort to continue to stay home in this pandemic, we have started grilling out in the driveway so we can wave at all the neighbors while eating s’mores. So, this 14-inch charcoal grill from Cuisinart would surely be a great gift this year. If we’re ever able to have cookouts again, you’ll appreciate the latches to keep the lid from rolling off en route.
Just the thought of soaking my feet in a warm bubbling tub already has me feeling relaxed.
11. Diffuser and Essential Oils
I love diffusing essential oils – they’re great for people who can never remember to blow the candle out before leaving the house (guilty!).
This diffuser* has over 51K reviews and 4.5 star rating and it’s only $14.99!
You can pair the diffuser with a variety set of essential oils for your gift recipient to see which scent(s) they like best!
I got one of these for the Hubs last year and he loves it! It’s lightweight and has a built-in timer with 30-second pulses to encourage you to switch quadrants for a more even [2 minute] cleaning.
Be honest: Your phone is always beside your bed, right? Let your alarm clock help ensure it’s charged!
This shredder cross-cuts sheets for security and turns it into confetti-like pieces. You can shred up to 8 sheets of paper at a time (bad news for junk mail!) without having to remove staples or small paper clips. It can also handle credit cards which [in my opinion] makes it the perfect at-home shredder.
15. First Aid Kit*
Everybody needs one but nobody wants to buy one (because that’s no fun!). This 100-piece kit is perfect to toss in the trunk just in case!
An umbrella is another of those gifts that are often not purchased but always in need! This double-layered umbrella inverts when folding up to prevent excess dripping.
This heating pad wraps around the neck and shoulders with a magnetic clasp to help it stay in place. It sounds so luxurious!
18. Fireproof Lock Box*
Every home needs one of these!
A coworker got us these portable phone battery chargers for Christmas when I was pregnant and I used mine in the hospital after I had Andy. Having a battery nearby to charge my phone without having to get up was a blessing! These would be handy for camping and traveling or keeping charged during hurricane season just in case the power goes out 😉
Do you have any gift ideas to add? I’d love to hear them!
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It’s been a while… I know I’m not the only one struggling through this pandemic so I won’t bother making excuses 😉
This post has morphed into a compilation of things I’ve been lovin’ starting back in August… through September… and here we are in October – so I’m calling it my list of Fall lovin’!
Social distancing is creating quite a conundrum for traditional trick-or-treating. But have no fear: the internet is full of great work-arounds for fun and SAFE celebrating amidst COVID-19 fears.Continue reading “Free Halloween Printable for Contactless Trick-or-Treating”
This pandemic has caused me to lose all sense of time so my apologies for this being so late (hello August!), but I couldn’t resist sharing what I’ve been lovin’ lately with you anyway.