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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

Guys can be very difficult to shop for. Some love video games. Others love to work out. And still some just want to live outdoors. Whatever hobby that special guy on your list has, this list will help narrow down your options.

Sports Wear

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If your guy loves sports, you’ve got to get him a gift that helps him rep his team. Now, I may be a little biased by this pullover because the first option is the Lakers, but my husband wears his constantly! They go with almost everything thing he wants to wear and are perfect for game nights. 

Camping Hammock

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Does your guy love these outdoors? Checkout this compact camping hammock. My friends actually had something similar on their wedding registry and they love it! It’s super easy to set up where ever you go and lightweight enough not to weight you down. This gift set comes with all the essentials you’ll need to take the party outdoors.

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My husband is such a hipster. He’d rather listen to most music on vinyl. He goes crazy every time we go into a store and they have a vinyl section. Does this describe that special guy on your list? Get him the perfect gift for Christmas by finding his favorite artists and albums on vinyl. Honestly, nothing compares to listening to you favorite song through the record machine.

Robes and Slippers

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The other day, my husband was just telling me how trashed his house slippers were. He constantly wears them, so it’s not a wonder they’re flat and ready to be thrown out. I also don’t believe he even has a robe. It get’s pretty chilly at our house during the winter time and I know he’d use these cozy items. A robe and slippers is such a classic gift for him and you can’t go wrong.

Fitness Gift Box

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It seems like there’s just about a delivery box for every niche nowadays. Meals, clothes, dogs, etc. How about a healthy box? This clever gift packs a TON of healthy snacks filled with high protein for the fitness fanatic on your list. You have the option of a one time purchase or a full subscription. Give the gift of health this year.

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Best out of the box Christmas gifts

As part of my 2018 Christmas Gift Guide, I decided to include a short list of out of the box Christmas gifts. There’s always someone on your list that either doesn’t know what they want or has everything they could ever want. If you’re shopping for someone like that, this Christmas gift guide is for you. Checkout a few of my favorites. 

Baby Nessie the Loch Ness Monster Tea Infuser 

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Everyone knows a tea drinker in their lives. This handy tea infuser lets even the snobbiest tea enthusiasts enjoy a warm cup of their favorite flavor. I actually have an owl one and fill it with fresh herbs from Teavanna. The steeping concept of this makes the flavor so much more powerful than your average tea bag. The best part is you can find infusers like these in a ton of different themes. 

Portable Espresso Machine

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Move over Starbucks. This personal espresso machine will be the coffee lover on your list’s new best friend. This nifty cup grinds your favorite roast with ease and assures the perfect flavor in every use. It makes a great travel companion for the fanciest drinkers. No longer do you have to listen to THAT friend complain about how basic coffee is trash. Gift them this and they’re be too busy enjoying a cup of Joe to complain about anything.

LED Marquee Bo

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Marquee signs have always been known to convey an idea or make an announcement. Bring the fun of capturing the moment home with this mini marquee box. Whether you want to be serious, festive, or just caption your daily life, this is the perfect gift for you and your friends.

Conversation Starters for Husbands & Wives

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Have a married couple of your list and have no idea what to get them? Don’t  pull your hair out trying to buy separate gifts, grab this fun ice breaker. These cards are filled with fun and entertaining questions to get husbands and wives in the mood to converse! One side has an interesting question and the back has an accompanied scripture.

Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes

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Here’s the perfect gift for your wine connoisseur’s. Put them to the test with this wine trivia. Test their knowledge and see if they really know what’s going on inside their glass. 

Mop Slippers 

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Wish you could clean the floors without doing any extra work? Well, there’s a slipper for that. These mop slippers are perfect for the clean freak in your life, aka my husband. We have wood floors in our house and they constantly reveal dog prints and dust bunnies attempting to hide. These cozy slippers can help keep those floors presentable and keep my feet comfy at the same time.

Animal Desk Fan

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Got an animal lover on your list? Get them something they can use everyday! Try this animal desk fan that comes in a dog and a cat version. I know my office thermostat is constantly changing and I keep my fan handy. How perfect would it be to have a cat or dog cooling my cube instead of a boring old basic fan?

Checkout my full list of gifts for pets and pet lovers.

Mini Pong

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Who says work can’t have some playtime? This mini pong gift set is perfect for playing the classic game on the go or at your desk. Fill the mini cups with your drink of choice – keep it non-alcoholic during work hours – and enjoy! 

What fun items have you found for Christmas?

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for Toddlers and Babies

My 2018 Christmas Gift Guide continues with this list of unique baby and toddler gifts for Christmas! This year, I am celebrating my son’s first Christmas and have been searching for babies first Christmas gift ideas. There are a tons of awesome Christmas gifts for babies under 1 year that I’m adding to my list. I’ve also made sure to add some options for older kids on in these gifts for toddlers and babies.

To be honest, this list could go on forever listing great baby and toddler Christmas gifts. If  you don’t see something you’re looking for on here, checkout the official toy guides from Target and Amazon.

Name Puzzle

Sometimes, the simplest gifts are the best gifts. This unique toddler gift will make a game out of your little tyke spelling their name. The pieces are all wooden and large enough that they cannot be swallowed. And the best part is, you can make the puzzle as custom as you want! Pick your child’s favorite colors and turn it into this sign. I suggest it as a stocking stuff or a cheap find for littlest family members.

Playskool Play Favorites Sit ‘n Spin Toy

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Apparently, this is a childhood classic. It’s been selling out online and in stores for years! This idea is so simple. The kids think they’re just having a great time spinning in circles, but they’re actually learning important motor skills. Teach your little one some coordination just by them laughing and playing. Depending on your child’s learning level, this item would be suitable for 12 months and older.

LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book, Green

Here’s another useful gift for toddlers. This learning book helps teach babies and big kids  words. If you look inside, there are many photos associated with each of the words to help kids learn easily. And like most gifts for toddlers and babiesLeapFrog toys, it focuses on reading and speaking. Your little sponge will be talking and reading in no time!

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Stride-to-Ride Puppy

I’ve been searching for this little puppy for a while now. My son is just about ready to take off crawling and sits up pretty easily now. This cool seat has shapes and buttons to keep your baby entertained while sitting on the floor. Once they’re ready for a ride, they can sit on top and scoot themselves all around the room. Many companies have toys just like these, but this particular dog is an Amazon exclusive.

Step2 Play Ball Fun Climber With Slide For Toddlers

Why not bring the playground home? My nephews have something similar at their house and they love it. It’s perfect for a playroom or even a small backyard. The slide and staircase are just the right height for toddlers that are comfortable walking and climbing. There’s also a ball game on the side. The entire thing is perfect for solo or group play.

Character Furniture

gifts for toddlers and babiesFor Christmas, I really want to get my son his own mini furniture. I’ve been looking all over for something that’s big enough to grow with him. I found a boy version of this convertible couch. Basically, this little number pulls out into a lounging bed. This company also has a ton of different cartoons to choose from too.

PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower

Every where I go, there are Paw Patrol toys, clothes, books, backpacks – you name it! I found this cool race tower that features all of the characters. Although this toy mostly targets boys, it could be a fun item to use on a playdate with boys and girls.

Art Easel

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Teaching my son to appreciate art is very important to me. He may not turn out to be a Michael Angelo, but he can at least develop the artistic side of his brain. This kid sized easel is perfect for toddlers, boys and girls, and can last for quite a long time. My oldest nephew is turning five in a few months and still plays with his.

Little Tikes Inflatable Jump ‘n Slide Bounce House

For Christmas, my motto is go big or go home. What kid wouldn’t want their very own inflatable bounce house? And just think about all awesome parties you could reuse this at! It’s obviously a little pricey, but would be perfect for a backyard playground.

What big gifts are you going to get your kids this year?

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts Under $20

Shopping on a budget? This list of the best Christmas gifts under $20 is just for you. Everything on this list, as well as my entire 2018 Christmas Gift Guide, can help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And with prices like these, you’ll want to treat yourself too! Here are some of my favorite finds.

Perfect Bake 2.0 Smart Scale

I don’t know about you, but I hate measuring. I’m always trying to hunt down the right bowl or spoon for the recipe. And then when I want to increase it proportionally, I’m forced to do all kinds of crazy math. I found this smart scale and luckily comes with a recipe conversion app. I literally just have to pour into the bowl on the scale and it tells me when I’m at the right amount. If I pour too much, the app recalculates the recipe. It’s a perfect gift for the beginning baker and the culinary mastermind on your list.

The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm: A Lexicon for Those of Us Who Are Better and Smarter Than the Rest of You

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You don’t actually have to like reading to appreciate this novel. As noted in the book, you just have to be of the rare breed who appreciates sarcasm. This hilarious dictionary redefines our most common words to help educate the sarcasm illiterate. My favorite example definitely resonates with my need to have a strong core. “ABS: A part of the human that can, apparently in only minutes a day as part of this exclusive TV offer, become rock hard.”

Adult Coloring Book

You’re never too old for a good ‘ol coloring session. I have this exact coloring book at home and I’ve barely made a dent in the pages. Each picture is really intricate so it takes a while to fill in. There are many of these adult coloring books to choose from. You could get a spiritual one, a gangsta rapper one, pet or literally whatever your gift receiver loves. And they’re all super inexpensive.

Coffee Mug

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Anyone that knows me, knows I don’t like foxes. BUT I saw this mug out shopping and I couldn’t stop laughing. I’m a sucker for a good coffee mug and that’s probably why I have more than I can use in a month! Coffee mugs are an easy gift for everyone. Get creative with a funny quote or image and you’re set. I bought my coworker the poop emoji cup and he about died he loved it so much.

Salt Lamp Diffuser

Essential oils are my favorite way to solve everyday issues like anxiety, pain and sleep. I currently have a diffuser just for my son to help him sleep. These salt diffusers are said to help purify the air and help you become more healthy overall. Add the option to diffuse with your favorite oil, and you’ve got a winning combination. I was actually really  surprised to find that this was just under $20. I thought for sure it would be $40 or more. A gift like this is can be used at home or at work so it’s virtually perfect for everyone!

Any other cheap, but awesome finds you’ve gifted?

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide: Best Christmas Gifts for pets and pet lovers

Let the shopping begin! As I mentioned in my previous post, I am doing a gift giving guide for 2018. Hopefully I’ll help you find something for everyone, and everything, on your list.

Whether you’re shopping for a pet owner or pet of your own, this pet gift guide is for you. Take a look at these unique pet gifts that are perfect for the furry friends on your list. Warning, some of these techy gifts are a little pricey no matter what brand you get.

Petnet SmartFeeder


This little gadget is perfect for gift for dog lovers and cat lovers. I’m sure you’ve seen at least one commercial for similar items. Basically, you can schedule your pet’s food to disperse right from your phone event when you’re not home. It’s a really simple way to make sure they’re fed and not have to rely on someone to stop by when you’re running late getting home.

Petcube Play Smart Pet Camera

Best Christmas Gifts for pets

Here’s another super cool pet Christmas gift to consider. Do you constantly think about your pets when you’re away from home? If you’re like me, the answer is yes! When I can’t bring my pups with me, I want to know exactly what they’re doing and talk to them. This little camera lets you virtually play with them using the attached laser and also see what they’re doing while you’re away.

Link AKC Smart Dog Collar

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Your pet’s safety is probably one of your main priorities. If my dogs ever got lost, I don’t know what I’d do. This new collar from the American Kennel Club works not only as a GPS to help track your dog, but it also records their daily activities right into your phone. It’s an awesome option for an active person on your list. It even has safety sensors built-in for night walks and to alert you when it’s too hot or cold outside for your pet.

*This collar does not replace the importance of a microchip. When pets go missing, collars and tags can fall off. If your pet is not microchipped, schedule your appointment with The Animal Foundation. It’s only $20*

Dog Bowtie Collar

Dress your pup to impress with a cute bow tie collar. This little collar comes in multiple prints including flamingo, dogs, anchors and geometric. It also comes in multiple sizes for all sized dogs. It’s on sale right now for $10 as part of Amazon‘s pre-Black Friday deals.

UPSKY Cat Toy Roller

Some cats cannot stop playing, especially when everyone is trying to sleep at night. (My cat lovers know what I’m talking about.) When my parents youngest cat was a kitten, we got him a ton of cat toys including a single level roller like this. He loved it! Toys like these help stimulate pet’s minds to keep them active mentally and physically. Playing is a great part of overall pet health and this toy is super affordable at under $10.

Nylabone Dog Chew Ring

Best Christmas Gifts for pets

Whatever you choose to buy your pet for Christmas, you can’t forget the treats! I’m grabbing one of these for my big chewer Smokey. He can shred every toy I’ve purchased and not even think twice about it. For a little dog, he has powerful teeth. This cool chew bone is not only affordable, it’s said to last a while even for the biggest chewers. I’ve had the green and white Nylabone for Fiona for years and she’s barely chewed down one side.

Pet Bed

Pet beds really are my favorite pet gifts for Christmas. For several years, I’ve taken Fiona to the pet store and let her pick out her own. One year she picked a pink and black polka dot one. Another year, she chose a red and white Christmas patterned one. (We literally just got rid of this one because Smokey finally chewed through it). Like slippers for people, dogs love cozy beds and blankets to cuddle up in. This one is actually under $20 so it won’t break your bank.

Have you started shopping yet? What items are on your list?

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2018 Christmas Gift Guide Preview

The holiday season has begun and so have the Black Friday previews! I’m subscribed to both Target and Amazon and my inbox has been blowing up! I even received the Christmas toy guide in the mail before Halloween! There are literally SO many gifts to choose from, even if you’re on a budget.

To make shopping easier for you, and me, I’m starting this 2018 gift giving guide to find the perfect item for everyone on your list. Here’s what you can look forward to:

My goal is to post at least one list a week to make sure we’re in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Keep an eye on my Instagram for limited time items and I share about at they come. I’m still kicking myself for not grabbing these wireless Beats headphones that were marked down over 50%.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Party

 

 

As I mentioned in my previous post on Christmas Traditions, The Grinch is my all-time favorite Christmas movie. Every year, I watch it, more than once, and repeat line after line. This year, my sister turned the Grinch love up a notch and threw a kid friendly party! Here’s how it’s done.

First you start with decorating ornaments. When kids are little, it’s easy to play with finger paints and handprints. Get as crafty as you want and try to keep it red and green. Don’t forget to have the kids sign their names and put the year.

Next, warm up with Grinch green hot chocolate. Melt white chocolate chips and green candy melts in a pot. Add some vanilla extract and a few drops of green food dye to the mix. Serve and top with whipped cream, M&M’s and red sprinkles.

Wonderful World of BreeGrab your drinks and cozy up on the couch to watch the Grinch. Feel free to sing and sip along. I suggest the shorter cartoon version if you’re hosting toddlers or younger.

You can even throw in a Grinch story time around the tree!

Enjoy!

My Favorite Christmas Traditions

Wonderful World of BreeI wait all year for the Christmas season. It’s not just everything that happens the day of, but it’s every special tradition leading up to it. Every year, my family has held tight to fun traditions and introduced new ones as more members joined the pack. Of all the fun things we do, these are my favorite.

Watching Classic Christmas Movies

The Grinch, Frosty, Rudolph and Santa Clause is Coming to Town are Christmas staples in my family. My mom even has the collectible characters and houses from the movies! Every year since I can remember, my mom and I have broken out those Christmas movies and binged on popcorn and hot chocolate. My sister and I event like to throw Elf in the mix (although my mom will object every time). It’s the memories of watching movies we may know every line to that make the Christmas season so special.

Breakfast on Christmas Morning

With so much family living in our city, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be busy. When I was little, my family and I would go to a big Puerto Rican party every Christmas Eve. Sometime, it would even be at our house. Now a days, my husband and I spend Christmas Eve with his family playing games, opening Secret Santa gifts and eating tamales. Christmas Day has always been reserved for my family. But my favorite tradition about Christmas Day was breakfast in the morning,

My siblings and I would wake up extra early and wait at the top of the staircase. We couldn’t go down stairs until Dad went first. My mom always had a delicious breakfast waiting for us on the counter when we finally made it. We’d sip orang juice and eat donuts as my dad set up his old school video camera. Then, someone was elected “Santa” and passed out the presents. All the unwrapped stuff was actually from Santa and we’d lose our minds waiting to open those gifts. But those few hours of bed head and pajamas are the biggest Christmas memories I have. That short time when my siblings and parents were celebrating with just each other will always be my favorite.

Now that we’re all grown and have our own little ones, each of us does a Christmas morning at our own houses. But, we always meet at Mom and Dad’s at night to celebrate as one big family.

Jesus’ Birthday Cake

Now this tradition has only been around my family for a few years. In honor of the real meaning of Christmas, Jesus Christ’s birth, my sister has begun making a Jesus cake. Every Christmas, we all gather around a cake and sing happy birthday to Jesus. All the little kids love it because of the candles, but I really think one day they’ll understand how important it is.

Seeing Christmas Lights

Las Vegas has so many wonderful lighting displays around town. When I was younger, my family used to hop in the car and drive around the neighborhoods together. Although we do still admire individual workmanship, we’re moved on to the big displays. We’ve visited Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, Ethel and M’s Chocolate Factory and of course the Motor Speedway’s Glittering Lights. Visiting these places really makes Christmas come to life; especially with the oversized inflatable characters and hot chocolate.

Decorating the House

IMG_2502I can’t waiting until Thanksgiving night or the day after to start transforming my house into a winter wonderland. I’d start decorating sooner, but my husband wants to appreciate Thanksgiving first.

Every year, my parents broke out the big decor. We’d spend hours decorating the front yard with lights, putting candy canes on the walkway, setting Frosty up at the front door and trimming the house with icicles. Inside, snowmen were everywhere – on the stairs, fireplaces, kitchen and front door. The Staircase was even lined with lit garland. And of course, a huge tree (most of the time real) sat in the living waiting for use to decorate.

My mom always liked to pick themes for our tree. Some years it was blue and silver. Others, it was red and green. No matter what color, we always had an angel at the top.

In my own house, I also like to do themes each year. I started with Lakers, then went to Star Wars and now we have the Grinch. However, I am incorporating the tradition of adding a custom ornament each year. So far, I have ones for our new home, our pets and our wedding date. Next year, I’ll add one for our baby’s first Christmas.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

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Opportunity Village for the Holidays

Glittering lights, singing Santa and his elves, slides, trains and hot cocoa…What do all of these have in common? You can find all of these at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest.

Thanks to helping out with the Santa Run, I was able to bring my whole family for FREE. Here are my favorite highlights of the trip.

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Magical Forest

As we walked through the weaving candy cane forest, we saw dozens of trees decorated and sponsored by companies all across the city.

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Aloha Orthodontics was a cozy stop during our exploration.

Endless Photo Opps.

Every corner we turned, there was a spot to jump in and take a photo. Houses, castles, trains, etc.

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My Dad at the grand kids discovered the elves houses.

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Our favorite two-year-olds boarded the Coca-Cola train.

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The Jolly Jailhouse was a perfect photo opportunity for the kids.

Lights on Lights on Lights

It wouldn’t be the Magical Forest without lights around every corner. There was even a castle that lit up to the beat of the music.

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My parents captured the dazzling lights set to Frozen Music!

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A lighted archway guided our walk around the park.

Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest is open from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily November  – January 1.Tickets start at $10, but kids 3 and under can experience all of the rides for free. There is even an opportunity to see Santa.

There are a few days left of this holiday season and all proceeds earned at the event benefit Opportunity Village. So, grab your coats and gloves, pack the family in the car and get ready for a magical night.

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Reason for the Season

The holiday season is upon us and 2016 is wrapping up. With a tree filled with presents and a fridge filled with desserts, I’ve begun reflecting on what this time of my life really means.

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2016 has been filled with blessings and heart ache. God has been molding me into a wife and stronger disciple. But this season isn’t just about me. As the famous phrase goes, “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

Many many years ago, a child that would save the world was born to an average couple. God chose Mary and Joseph to help raise the Messiah that would one day be our king.

This season celebrates so much of what God has taught us through his son. We give more. We love more. We forgive quicker and we smile bigger.

God is teaching me patience and to follow the path He has chosen for me. I’m learning to let go of where I think I should be in my career. Instead, I’m allowing God to guide me, even if it’s to a future I’ve never dreamed of.

“When one door closes another one opens.” I am a firm believer that when God closes a door on what seems to be a perfect opportunity, He is opening one that is even great than I can imagine.

What is God teaching you that will shape you in the year to come?