Last Minute Gift Guide!

Holiday gift giving can always be a little stressful especially as Christmas gets closer. Whether you’re searching for a gift for a friend, coworker, in-law or secret Santa, this guide is sure to have something for everyone on your list! This guide also contains DIY projects that make excellent low cost gifts, personal gifts.

DIY Terrarium – This is an easy inexpensive project that makes for an impressive gift. Also, it’s a great gift even for someone who is worried about killing plants, you can place air plants or succulents which are super low maintenance & nearly impossible to kill. Just remind them to mist once a week & keep in indirect sunlight! Find the tutorial here!

Kate Spade Studs

Kate Spade small square studs $48  here. These square studs come in a variety of colors, my personal favorite are these blush pink ones. These make for a great girly gift. Who doesn’t like receiving one of those precious Kate Spade boxes?

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DIY Scented Candles – follow the tutorial here to make an easy handmade gift that’ll impress anyone on your list!

 

vase

Set of 3 Painted Wooden Vases here $46 . These vases are neutral enough to add a cute accent to any home or apartment.

patent prints

Patent Prints – This etsy shop has poster of patents for everything under the sun. I purchased a set of golf club patent prints for my brother.  You’re sure to find something for everyone at this shop, whether it’s kitchen decor, or a Lego patent for the play room. This shop offers unique gifts for someone who has everything.

 

 


 DIY String Art – This DIY tutorial is an easy gift that anyone will love. I first made the Texas state one for my husbands birthday when we first were dating & he LOVED it. I finally got around to making the California one, they hang side by side in our hallway & they’re constantly getting complimented! Here’s the tutorial for how to make this awesome decor piece for less than $25!


On the go Gulpy – This ingenious product is the perfect gadget for any dog owner on your Christmas list! We used to have to carry around a water bottle for the dog plus a little bowl. inevitably the bowl would get knocked over or the puppy would chew through it when we weren’t watching. We use this anytime we’re taking the dog out for hikes or even just on a road trip. This was a game changer, I guarantee any dog owner will love this gift!

Spiralizer – – This was an item that was on our wedding registry that I ached for! I use the spiralizer about once a week to make my “faux carb” pastas. It’s an easy way to create healthy low carb meals. This is the perfect gift for someone who loves kitchen gadgets. William Sonoma also offers the spiralizer with a companion cookbook, however if you don’t want to spring for that, a quick search on pinterest can land you hundreds of recipes. Find it here!

cutting board

Personalized cutting boards. Anything from family names, monograms to breaking bad boards! These make great gifts for the newlywed couple on your holiday list!

 

 

Weekend Recap

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This weekend was our 3rd Annual Family Golf Open; each year we pick a bay area golf course, my dad & brother travel from the Sacramento area and Chris & I triple bogey our way through 18 holes… It’s always a great time. This year we played Lincoln Park Golf Course in San Francisco, which is located along side the Land’s End Trail. The course is filled with glimpses of the Golden Gate, fairways that open out to the city skyline. The 17th hole has a picture perfect view of the Golden Gate right at the tee off. I’ll also add the the course has incredible customer service. I managed to drop my phone along the way & it was returned to the club house & then delivered to me via golf cart 3 holes later!! Amazing! We enjoyed a delicious dinner in Laurel Heights before my family headed home. That night Chris & I decided to break out the fancy bar set we received as a wedding present & make fancy cocktails. We served them in  beautiful TIffany&Co tumbler glasses, another wedding present. As for Sunday scones, football & italian panini were on the agenda. The recipe for these sandwiches is here!

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A Drive To Jenner CA – Nuptials Await

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How cool are these spider webs?! They hold on to the drops of morning dew – I couldn’t get enough!

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Talk about a view!

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Excuse our incredibly squinty eyes…

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Our last wedding of the year had us driving from San Francisco up the Pacific Coast Highway 1 to Jenner / Timber Cove for a spectacular wedding along the coast side. We woke up Saturday morning to a thick blanket of California fog that completely engulfed the coastline. We spent the morning before the ceremony hiking along the fog filled trails and getting some awesome photos. The two or so hours before the start of the ceremony the fog started burning off and made for an incredible backdrop to witness two incredible people becoming husband and wife! Sunday morning we drove back the same way taking our time, enjoying the California coast, stopping for BBQ oysters & fish n chips along the way. The last photo pictured is a view of Stinson Beach. If you ever get the opportunity to drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, take it! There’s nothing quite like it.

36 Hours in Charlottesville


A recap of the fun but whirlwind trip to Charlottesville Virginia this past August. We drove from Washington DC to Charlottesville late Friday evening & spent the night attending a rehearsal dinner & BBQ at a gorgeous country estate. The next day we got up early and did a walking tour of UVA. Below are some of the photos from that morning… The UVA campus was breathtaking, and not to mention fairly empty, there were a handful of students moving into “the lawn” and some groups holding new student orientation activities, but aside from that the campus was pretty quiet.

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The gorgeous outdoor ampitheater, & Chris taking advantage of all the stairs, I take pictures & he tries to work out…

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It’s columns & archways for as far as the eye can see.

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We toured the on campus chapel, it was the only air conditioned spot we found on campus!
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A lone leaf lines the brick pathway, a sign fall is coming ?

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We stumbled across multiple little “secret garden” areas.

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I have a good sport for a husband, he indulges me when I say “give me your best model behavior”…

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After our 3 mile self guided walking tour around UVA we got ready for the wedding that brought us to Virginia in the first place.

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A pretty phenomenal backdrop to say “I do”.

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For the wedding, given how hot & humid it was, I wanted to have a hairstyle that was out of my face and would stay all night. Lately I’ve been really into braids & have use Bare Foot Blonde tutorials for new hairstyles, this was probably my best BFB success yet! I used this tutorial for the pull through braid pictured here & I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. It stayed literally all night, even through 4 hours of dancing & 90% humidity. I will mention I did practice twice before the wedding because it’s a definitely one of the trickier hair styles.

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We had a great time in Charlottesville & were welcomed home with a spectacular west coast sunset…

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