If you haven't already looked, I posted my gift guides all on a separate page, but I wanted to also create a blog post as well! I love giving gifts and have been finding so many deals already, but I also wanted to highlight other shops - smaller and local - and figured a post would be a great way to do it! I love personalized gifts and think they can be so meaningful. Here are some other gift ideas along with the links for all the others on myHoliday Gift Guide Page.
I love shopping local and small companies to support them during this time of year so unless I have a code or ltkit link for you these are all just recommendations and I don't make a commission - just sharing what I genuinely love and by myself!
I love finding quality items and Jord watches are just that! I have one already and actually got one for Nick for Christmas last year. I just got a new one recently and it's the Frankie II 38mm Dark Sandalwood and it is so nice! I love the minimalist style and how well the gold fits with the wood. To make them even more special as gifts you can add on an engravement on the watch for $35 or get a custom watch box engraving for $45. I have my watch box custom engraved and I love it so much. It is a beautiful piece plus I know it keeps my watch safe! Also, I have two of their leather apple watch bands so if you are shopping for someone who never takes off their apple watch that is another great option, I have the black and camel and love them both - they are leather so it will take some time for them to bend the way you want but it's so worth it for the quality. They also have eyewear and handbags too, so many goodies in one place! You can use my code for a disount too: mrsmatkkgcqd
Okay so let’s talk about some local companies in AZ!
Southwest Legging Company - Amy the owner is amazing! She works with local artists and has them help design the leggings! They work with a family owned factory so they know that their leggings are being produced in a safe environment as well which is something I have been trying to be better about (knowing where my clothes are made!). Their holiday collections have come out and they are great! Gifting a nice pair of cozy leggings or joggers would be a great gift for this time of year. You can also use my code ALEXIS15 for a small discount.
Confetti confidential - they do custom orders of Jean jackets and apparel through their Instagram. They do amazing work! I have a denim jacket from them and afterwards one of my besties got one for herself too! DM them to get yours made, such a great gift idea!
Local Nomad Shop www.localnomadshop.com/ - This is the cutest little shop out here in Phoenix that focuses on handcrafted goods from makers, artists, and independent designers from all over! They sell clothing, accessories, jewelry, home decor, soaps, and candles.
MollyMade - Molly custom makes the cutest tumblers! She is a mama who is so creative and made the best designs! She made Nick's Office Coffee cup and my Gilmore Girls tumbler and they are seriously the best gift ideas! Follow/DM her for your order & tell her I sent you!
Caitlynminimalist is an etsy seller I have bought multiple items from. She has the cutest custom name jewelry. I have a personalized necklace for my daughter, made one with the three grandbaby names for my mom, and also have a custom "mama" necklace as well.
Retro Babe is an etsy seller that has the cutest stuff! I have a few of these on my wish list!
All the items from my holiday guide page are linked here for easy shopping!
All the sales are happening and if you're like me you like to get your holiday shopping done early. If you didn't know Target is doing their deal days right now (great price matching to Prime day!) The sale ends tomorrow though so hurry for these online only specials! P.S if you useRakuten you can also activate 1% cash back on certain products!
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Right now they havefurniture deals up to 50% off! I am loving all these pieces and want to add a few to our home (even though I need a little more space....) I have been dying for a fireplace and this one is so cute! My sister has a giant bean bag in their living room that my little one loves and this one is such a great deal! Plus all the modern style furniture is so clean it makes me want to redo my whole house!
There are SO many kitchen sales going on right now some are too good to pass up! This indoor grill is so cool I definitely want to snag one of these. Quite a few of my friends have air fryers and this one is $40 off. If you don't have a kitchen aid already you are missing out and this one has a glass bowl and is beautiful! We still have our standard Keurig (we use a reusable filter not pods) and they are great for quick coffee or hot water for tea. I don't know about you but we are slowly converting all our food storage to glass and I love these containers!
I know tons of bloggers are putting out their prime day favorites but I wanted to join the party! I'm not actually looking for a lot for Prime Day but I wanted to share some of my favorites I already have and just some killer deals that you might be looking for!
There are so many tech deals right now but here are a few of my faves!
I love kitchen gadgets and here are some of my faves some I have and others are on my wish list!
Here are some of my other random favorites - these hangers are the best and 100% ordering more!
All my finds linked below *I make a small commission at no extra cost to you if you shop my links, TY!*
I haven't talked about skincare in a while (or ever?) and that's one thing I've really been focusing on during this whole Covid stuck-at-home-thing. When I was younger I got hormonal cystic acne and it was just horrible. I was left with scarring, still have some deep pores, and will occasionally get cystic acne still. I've been trying to find a skincare routine that is more natural while still being effective and in comes Derma E. I have been using some of their products already (Vitamin E oil & Anti-wrinkle treatment oil) and was really excited to try out their Vitamin C skincare line. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties so the idea of brighter and smoother skin sounded great to me! I got 5 items from their line so I'm going to tell you how I felt about them!
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Being stuck in the house all day with a toddler has made me start looking for even more ideas for ways to keep her busy without just turning on cartoons. She has been getting really into coloring so I decided to try out a paint project! This was so easy and mess free and the final product turned out great!
Apparently I'm on a cooking kick over here and wanted to share my zucchini enchilada recipe with you all! I saw someone make a version of these so decided to try it myself! The first time I made it with chicken, and then Nick requested beef so I made them again and tweaked the recipe a little. I like these better than the traditional style because although I love tortillas, I'm not a fan of the amount of them in enchiladas.
Hey everyone hope all is well! Being at home for the past month I've been testing out and modifying recipes to get more creative at home. We have a bag of frozen tilapia in the freezer so I figured why not make something with it! We like it hot and spicy over here so I decided on blackened tilapia with roasted veggies. Here is the simple recipe below!
Hey guys, hope you're all surviving thorough this whole COVID social distancing thing! We have always cooked at home, but now because we really aren't eating out at all, I figured why not share some of my favorite recipes with you?
To be perfectly honest I hate when you find a recipe you might want to try, but then it takes forever to scroll through the elaborately written post - props to you all for your writing abilities though! I just want to see if I have the ingredients and if I can make it easily, so here is my simple recipe for you all that I adapted to make more our style.
Bright Cellars is a personalized wine subscription company that matches you to wines based on your tastes. You take a 30 second quiz and their algorithm matches you to wines you'll like. You can go with their suggestions or choose your own. I went with my suggestions and they were so good!
How to throw the best birthday party ever.
Okay let’s be real, The Office is one of our all time favorite shows, and since the 1st birthday party is realllly about the parents surviving the first year, naturally we made it about ourselves.
I’m not lying when I say we are ridiculously huge fans, if you ask any of our friends it’s generally on as background noise when they come over and we cycle through the series constantly. When I was on maternity leave Stevie learned to recognize the theme song and would turn and smile when she heard it. I know, we have a problem.
Here is my list of the must haves for your office party - and don’t be like us and forget the jello!