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Christmas Wishlist for Baby: $30 and Under

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Hello, lovelies! The air is getting chillier and Christmas decor is starting to show up in all the storefronts here in town. I made me excited to start working on my first gift guide for the season. I no longer have a little baby in our house, but I do have two sweet babies in my life with the addition of my niece and my nephew. I had a blast putting this little wishlist together as I thought about them. I definitely am feeling all the holiday cheer and Christmas spirit! I am fighting the urge to put our tree. I know my husband would flip a gasket if I did it now. *insert laughter here* And to be honest, I am a little behind on my shopping this year. Yikes. How about you? I hope this wishlist will inspire you to shop. I personally love shopping for babies. They have all the cute stuff.

Oh, and bonus--I love that all the items on this wishlist are $30 and under! I am a fan of books. My daughter has a nice little collection of Baby Lit books. Her favorites are Peter Pan and The Nutcracker. We also just subscribed to The Story Box. If you use my code TAKESIX you get $6 off your first order. The Board Books box contains two new books a month, only $14.99, and would make a great gift for a baby or toddler.


Baby Keepsake Ornament 
$19 
Project Nursery

Noel Bandanna Gift Set
$20
Project Nursery

Pom Pom Rattle Socks
$20
Project Nursery

Musical Menagerie Wooden Animal Instruments 
$30
Project Nursery

Colorblock Classic Rattle (Blue, Pink, Gray)
$17
Project Nursery

Putty Sloth (Pink, Gray)
$15
Project Nursery

Security Blanket (Elephant, Bunny, Puppy, Lambie, Unicorn)
$16
Project Nursery

Minnetonka Crib Booties (Pink, Tan)
$24.50
Gymboree

Baby Lit Books
$8
Gymboree

Doodle & Co Pacifier (Pink, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, Lilac)
$10
Gymboree

The Story Box Subscription (Board Books Package, Picture Books Package, Family Books Package)
Starting at $14.99 and up
The Story Box

Footed Romper (Foxes, Bunny, Feathers, Florals in Bloom, Forest Friends,
$24.50
Tea Collection

Sweet Orange Baby Wash  *Smells Amazing BTW! Still use this on my kids.
$9.99
Earth Mama Organics

Happy shopping friends, XOXO.


A Splash Of Color Into Your Gray

How do you go gray?

Some people embrace their gray hair with style and elegance. Others can’t deal with the timeless silver shade and prefer to dye. Ultimately, depending on your genes and your lifestyle, your hair can go gray as early as in your 30s, although most women experience the change during their late 40s and early 50s. Thanks to the examples of famous women such as Dame Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis, or even Diane Keaton, embracing your grays have never been easier – that is, if you think it suits you.  However, whether you choose to let your hair go gray naturally or not, it doesn’t mean that your entire style should be gray. On the contrary, you need colors to spice up your outfit!


Pick one item that you can change
Colorful accents can be used anywhere. If you’re not comfortable with bringing vibrant shades to your outfit, you can use interchangeable accessories to create the impression of colors. Simple touches for the classy women can bring the playfulness you need – check this website casesalamode.com/, for instance, to make your smartphone the centerpiece of your outfit. A bright belt or a fun pair of glasses can transform a dull monochrome outfit into something lively and exciting. There’s one essential rule: These accessories can be changed at will!


Your smokey eyes don’t work anymore
If you want to continue to feel fabulous wearing makeup, you need to change your habits. Something that used to work when you were in your 20s or 30s might highlight your wrinkles more than you’d care to show. Dark smokey eyes, for instance, is one of these mistakes that you need to avoid. On the contrary, now is the best time to create a colorful and subtle smokey effect. Heather, a former model from 1980s, explains in this video youtube.com/ exactly how mature eyes should wear the smokey trend. The secret: Less is more for over 50s skin!


Colorful clothes don’t stop when you turn 40+
What is with the obsession of aging women to wear only gray and black outfits? Remember that getting older doesn’t mean you can’t show off in your favorite clothes. Take a look at these gorgeous over 50s beauties who know exactly what it means to bring colors into everyday fashion. Linda Fargo, senior vice president of the fashion office of Bergdorf Goodman, loves a good leopard print and a vibrant red lipstick, for instance. Actress Isabelle Huppert enjoys a deep burgundy and brown androgynous look that complements her red hair.


Bring a touch of fun with vibrant shoes
Finally, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing bold dresses, trousers or jackets, you might love the idea of spicing up your outfit with a pair of colorful shoes. The seasonal trends, this winter, focus on plain red, blue and yellow boots and low slippers. But you can also add an animal print to your beloved high heels for a touch of extraordinary style! Bright shoes can radically transform a mousy gray outfit into an effortless, iconic outfit that turns heads wherever you go.



In conclusion, going gray doesn’t mean everything has to embrace the monochromatic trend. On the contrary, you can be playful with small and interchangeable colorful accessories, subtle makeup, and vibrant shoes if you want to add a touch of boldness to a simple outfit. The most adventurous fashionistas will follow the confident lead of Isabelle Huppert. 

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I hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far. I know that lately, when it comes to fashion I have been sticking to basic hues like gray. I love adding a pop of color to my outfit of the day. I have been reaching for my navy booties a lot the past couple of weeks and am currently on the hunt for a cute pair of cranberry or wine booties. If you see a pair I might like, send me a DM on Instagram or email me. 

What are your plans for the weekend? I am doing chores around our home and am working on a gift guide in hopes to get it up on the blog by Wednesday. Leave a comment below. I love hearing from you. 


3 Places To Find Self-Improvement Inspiration

Many of us feel that were on a constant journey to self-fulfillment, and this is one of those journeys that doesn’t really have an end. There is always something more you can do to improve yourself, always another step to take, and for that reason too there is never such a thing as a perfect human being. However, you can easily find ways to improve your own self-improvement journey if you are at least aware of where you can find inspiration for it. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the best places you might want to turn if you are going to try and improve yourself through inspiration. As it turns out, having that inspiration can make all the difference, so it is something you really might want to consider.


Other People

Sometimes all you need to be able to improve yourself is the inspiration of others, and this is certainly one of the best places you can look for that purpose. If you start to look around, you might easily find examples of the kinds of people you can get inspiration from. Of course, it depends on what you are trying to achieve who you might look to for inspiration. It could be that you are looking for inspiration on how to treat others fairly and in the right manner, so you might find yourself looking to a reliable leader of people for that. Or you might be keen to learn how best to forge ahead in your career after a long period of uncertainty, in which case Frank DiTomasso might be where you would look. It all depends on where you stand, and what you take your priorities to be - but one thing is certain, other people are often the best inspiration you can find.


Yourself

What’s strange is that often you are the best inspiration for yourself, and this is worth remembering if you want to make sure that you carry on with your path as best as possible. If you are trying to fire up a certain quality in yourself that you feel you are lacking, you might wonder how you can do that by getting inspiration from yourself. However, if you look deeper, you might see that there were actually times in life when you did have that quality, and that you therefore have it within you to be able to improve in that manner. This can be especially powerful, so it’s worth remembering.


History


Finally, let’s remember that you can always learn a lot from the past, and oten the lessons of history are enough to help you improve yourself however you wish. By looking at noble and peaceful leaders like Gandhi, for instance, you might learn how to avoid violence and live a more peaceful life. It’s all about looking to the historical leaders who speak to you the most, and finding what inspiration you feel you need from that.

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Thanks for visiting the blog today. I hope you have a great weekend. 


Creating a Self-Care Box For Friends

The internet is awash with gorgeous subscription boxes, some for stationery, some for food, some for jewelry and some for self-care - but they aren’t all budget friendly. IF you have a friend, or any loved one that you know is having a lame time lately, perhaps something a little more homemade would go down a treat. When creating your box, there are a few things that just make sense. But first let’s talk about why self-care matters.

While some people think it is self-indulgent mumbo-jumbo, others know the difference some ‘me time’ can make. When you are taking care of kids, a home, a house, work and everything else in between you can forget to take care of yourself. They say you can’t pour from an empty cup, sadly with many women, they keep going and going until they burn out. Sound like you? Or someone you know? They might be in need of some self-care. The simple act of recognizing you, or others around matter.

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People often worry that self-care is selfish, but actually, taking care of yourself gives you more space to care of others. The art of self-care lies in what gives you life. Some people like to draw, some like to paint, others need a long hot bath. Some people don’t know what gives them that calming space to just ‘be.

This is where a well build ‘self-care box’ comes in to play.

When you are packing it, do think about the things that make you calm and happy and made add some of those things in there too. They make excellent birthday, Christmas and ‘just because’ gifts.

The Box

This one might be the one that takes the longest amount of time. You might think about a wicker basket, something that they can reuse. Perhaps you want to make a statement with the box, and you have something large an wooden. Practically speaking, think about the items that you want to put in there, how much room do you really need? Thrift stores and antique stores are all heaving with gorgeous retro options. If you want to save the spend on the content of the box rather than the outside - decorate a shoe box.

What is Inside?

Self-care boxes should be something that makes a person feel loved. It isn’t necessarily about cramming it full of expensive gifts and trinkets. More like, heartfelt items that are going to mean something to the person who is the intended recipient.

Think about the last good book you read, did it make you feel good? Was it enticing and interesting? Write a note in the front and pop it in the box. Reading is proven to relax people, and the intention of reading a book means people try to make time for the book (which is time for themselves)

A little bit of sparkle. While there will be plenty in the box to do, touch or think about, often wearing something as a reminder can give someone something to keep them grounded and remind them they are loved. A quick search for gifts for women will run up plenty of results.

Dried fruit snacks. Although this could be a trigger issues, no everyone deals with food in the same way, something small and nourishing is perfect. If you know there are no food issues then you might like to pop in a tasty chocolate bar or two. If you are dropping the box off and know it will be opened asap, you could bake some of your favourite cookies or muffins.

Something to light. Candles have the really great way of being beautiful to look at and give us something lovely to smell too. Try and find a candle with a soothing scent, rose, lavender and jasmine all work wonders. But, as always work with what you know your friend will like.

The excuse to pamper themselves. Often, people who are in need of self-care have given themselves very little time to pamper themselves. Pampering means something different to everybody. For this, put in a couple of your favorite nail polishes, a bath bomb, hand cream, some skincare, and a lip balm. Nothing has to be fancy and you could even make your own bath bomb if you wanted to.

An open invitation. Handwrite an invitation for the recipient to call on you for a coffee and a catch up any time. While you may think that they know they can always come to you, knowing and feeling like you have permission to do so is different. Put it out there - you are always there for them.

Positive Affirmations. Write a list of things about the person that you think are absolutely great. Then, scouring the internet and find a list that anyone can read and start their day off great. Try to think of general affirmations about who they are as a person, and then if you want to, as a confidence booster, add in a few about their appearance. After all, sometimes being told we have beautiful eyes can make the whole day seem a little bit brighter.

A notebook and a pen. Sometimes getting a notebook starts us on our journalling journey. Other times it gives us space to write how we are feeling and why. It is always a nice touch. You might even choose to get them a start journal kit.

Tea bags or great coffee. If you know they like a certain type of teabag, then buy them some. OR, branch out and get something a bit exotic for you both to share. If you do decide to get some lovely teabags, a nice mug is a great choice.


Spend some time creating a list of things in the local area that will be happening over the next few months and see if you can both put it in your diary. Having something to look forward to when the days are long or hard can make a true difference to someone you love. 

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Happy Thursday lovelies! With the holidays just around the corner, why not gift your friend's or loved ones with a self-care box? I know I love getting boxes or baskets filled with goodies with candies, candles, bath bombs, and new soaps. This post is filled with all sorts of great ideas. So why not grab yourself a cup of tea, hot coco, or coffee and start thinking about something special for the loved ones in your life this Christmas season? Comment below with some of your ideas and let's share them with each other. 

Until next time.