How to Help Your Husband Stay Stylish featuring JORD Wood Watches

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How to Help Your Husband Stay Stylish

featuring JORD Wood Watches

This post is sponsored by JORD but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

There are two types of men when it comes to style. The ones that must buy everything name brand and on trend with their shoes always looking brand new and perfectly groomed faces. And then there are those like my husband who would be happiest if they never had to step foot into a mall ever again in their lifetime whom happily wear 10 year old t-shirts and dad jeans. Either type of man can have some style and here is How to Help Your Husband Stay Stylish featuring JORD Wood Watches. These tips and tricks will also work for boyfriends or even sons.

There is a  JORD Wood Watch giveaway! Check out details towards the bottom of this post.


Make a date night to shop for your husband. We do this once or twice a year where we spend hours at the mall just to focus on clothes for my husband. I look at nothing for myself – it is all about him! This is when he is able to stock up on all new jeans, t-shirts, socks, and underwear. Plus, we find a pair of shoes or two, sunglasses, hats and whatever else we stumble upon like a leather jacket, sweaters, or button ups.  I have found by making a special night based just around him and items he needs, the whole shopping attitude is uplifted.


Make friendly suggestions on what you think your husband would look good in. Grab a color you think would match his skin tone or a trendy print to try on.


Away from our yearly shopping date night, you won’t find my husband out shopping. He doesn’t like to go shopping and he could really care less if his clothes are old and beat up. So, it is up to me to purchase clothes throughout the year to keep him dressed stylish. When purchasing clothes for your husband, stick to brands you know fit him well and styles you know he likes to wear.


Basics are everything. Invest in that basic wardrobe so he has everything he needs to dress appropriately for any occasion. Basics should also be in neutral shades and not overly trendy so they can last years.

Wardrobe Essentials

  • Dark wash jeans
  • Chinos
  • Blazer
  • Boots
  • White dress shirt
  • Oxford button down shirt
  • Black suit
  • Variety of polos
  • White sneakers
  • Leather jacket
  • Peacoat
  • V neck sweater
  • Dress shoes
  • Plain t-shirts


Fit is essential! Those basic pieces should all be tailored to fit perfectly. Your husband can wear jeans and a t-shirt with a blazer over top and look super stylish just because that blazer fits like a glove.


Men don’t need a whole lot of accessories to complete an outfit. Men can get away with wearing one timeless piece everyday of the week. That one piece for my husband is a watch and he is in love with his new JORD Wood Watch!

About JORD Wood watches

JORD Watches are hand-crafted wood timepieces made of raw materials with refined design. Designs available for both men and women in various woods starting at affordable prices.

Dover Series 

The watch shown is from the Dover Series in Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood. This watch is absolutely stunning with the two toned woods and the details in overall design are exquisite. The gears on this Dover Series watch is what really makes this watch stand out and these photos don’t do it justice – you have to see it up close in person to fully appreciate the craftmanship.

That Special Touch

This watch is a perfect gifting idea (pssst… Christmas is approaching fast) for the man in your life or for yourself because you deserve pretty things. You can get these watches customized to size and engraved. You can even engrave the beautiful wooden box the watch comes in. Since my husband is a military man, I chose to engrave the back of the watch with something meaningful to us,

” It doesn’t matter where you go in life. It’s who you have bedside you.”


When you are helping your husband stay stylish, you have to be able to let go a little bit. You may want to see him try out new trends or wear certain brands or particular colors but that may not be what your husband is comfortable in. You don’t like to leave the house in in an outfit that you don’t feel yourself in so don’t pressure your husband to do so. My husband is that typical jeans, t-shirt, ballcap and running shoes type of guy. This is what makes him comfortable and so we try and play with his style based on that.


We can’t dress our husband every morning (okay, maybe we could but don’t do that) so share these basic styling tips so he can have the confidence to create outfits on his own and find his style.

Layering. Layering adds instant style by creating visual interest and contrast.

Stay wrinkle free. My husband irons his clothes far more than I do mine. By simply ironing and creating perfect creases in pants or tops, your man will look instantly put together.

Socks should match trousers. This rule still goes over my husbands head still… 12 year in. Tan pants should be worn with tan socks… black pants with black socks… grey on grey… you get the point.

Color and pattern. Mix it up a little with some color and/or pattern. Even a patterned pocket square on a basic suit can add a lot of style to a basic look. Encourage him to try something out of the ordinary every once in awhile.

Stay well groomed. A fresh hair cut, well groomed eyebrows, trimmed nails and freshly shaven facial hair are necessary in men’s style. If your husband has facial hair (the beard is in), make sure he has the right tools to keep it well maintained.

JORD Wood Watch Giveaway

A lucky winner will receive $100 to shop the collection!

Click HERE to enter.

The contest will close November 25, 2108. All entrants will be emailed a 10% off code to shop.

Which JORD Wood Watch style is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below and share any tips you have to help your husband stay stylish!

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Easy Rosie the Riveter Costume

Easy Rosie the Riveter Costume


Easy Rosie the Riveter Costume is a cute and meaningful costume for any age that you can put together with items you probably already have in your closet! Rosie the Riveter is a well recognized image from a 1940’s poster that was meant to inspire women to enter the workforce during the war.


Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon from the 1940’s, who represented all the women working in the industrial field while the men fought in World War  II. This began a huge shift for the acceptance of women in the workforce and the realization for many that women can work in male dominated fields. Women proved they can work in factories, weld, build airplanes, and so much more away from being a housewife or work a clerical job. Today, the image of Rosie the Riveter symbolizes feminism and women’s empowerment.

What You Need for a Rosie the Riveter Costume





How can you use this Rosie the Riveter costume to teach her about history and feminism this Halloween? A costume can be fun, cute, simple, education and even a bit inspiring!


Kids Lumberjack Halloween Costume

Kids Lumberjack Halloween Costume


We are well into October now and it is time to grab your kids Halloween costumes. I put together this Kids Lumberjack Halloween Costume for my own son using items he already had in closet and a fake axe.

Every Lumberjack needs a cozy buffalo plaid button up that is not just great for this costume but can be worn all fall and winter long.

Brown work boots are another Lumberjack must-have. Grab boots that are comfortable and waterproof to last your child through the winter season because these will go with most outfits in your kids closet.

Get the entire look: 

Buffalo Plaid Shirt

Relaxed Fit Jeans

Brown Boots


Carhartt Beanie

Lumberjack Toy Axe

The Fall Athleisure Must Haves

The Fall Athleisure Must Haves


The mom uniform is athleisure -year round- but especially during the fall season. There are so much to get done this time of year and we are on the go non stop so athleisure is perfect! Not to mention the fact that athleisure is still majorly in style so you can look stylish while being comfortable. I am sharing The Fall Athleisure Must Haves today to cover everything head to toe.

Sneakers | Compression Leggings | Vest | Sweater | Hat


Black athletic leggings are a must own… actually owning a few is a must. Look for little details to add more style- pockets, mesh panels, cut outs, moto, ties…


Have a sports bra or two that can be worn all day with comfort. I recommend a bra sized sports bra for the perfect fit.


Leggings, running shoes and a slouchy sweater is all it takes to toss on in the morning and run out the door.


A good vest is a must when it starts to get chilly outside. Warm, comfortable and a nice fitted vest can go with any casual athleisure look.


A utility jacket, leather jacket or rain coat are all good options for a lightweight fall jacket.


Can you ever have too many hoodies? I mean, really? I love layering my hoodies with a vest over for extra comfort.


Your dry shampoo is tired…. a baseball cap is an easy solution to a bad hair day and totally stylish!


I love black and white sneakers because they go with anything and I have a lot of black in my closet but go with any sneakers you love.


A good bag for athleisure is casual and easy to wear. Consider a crossbody bag or a backpack.

How to Prepare Your Skin for Colder Weather

How to Prepare Your Skin for Colder Weather

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Cold weather is approaching! Cincinnati is in that fluctuating temperature stage where one day it feels like summer and the next day is rainy and cold. This weather wreaks havoc on skin and this transition time is when you should prepare your skin for colder weather and spend some extra time pampering yourself. From the outside to within, I am sharing How to Prepare Your Skin for Colder Weather so your skin is beautiful all season long beginning with help from NIVEA® Body Lotion. My skin has always been very sensitive to changes in weather and only gets worse with age. From head to toe, I get dry, itchy skin and dandruff and chapped lips. This means I have to work hard to keep my body balanced. I have found some tricks and tips along the years that may also help you! There are 10 habits and changes you can make that all work together to help your skin look and feel amazing!

#1 Tip to Prepare Your Skin for Colder Weather

Moisturize with NIVEA

The right lotion can be your secret weapon for fighting dry skin and preparing for colder weather. Lotion helps skin by moisturizing and to appear smoother and softer. Lotion can alleviate pain of dry, cracked skin and make it appear healthy. Plus, lotion just makes you feel refreshed and beautiful. Long lasting, effective lotion is exactly what I need so I turn to NIVEA Body Lotion with 48 hour moisturizing formulations. NIVEA presents their three core lotions with an enhanced 48 hour deep moisture serum for deeply-nourished skin that lasts. Try all three varieties :

  • NIVEA Essentially Enriched Lotion for dry to very dry skin with almond oil for nourished and beautiful skin.
  • NIVEA Shea Daily Moisture Lotion for dry skin enriched with shea butter for smoother skin.
  • New NIVEA Aloe Vera Lotion for normal to dry skin in a light-weight, fast absorbing formula.

When to use NIVEA

Apply NIVEA all over the body after a shower or bath to trap in some of that water to hold moisture throughout the day for soft skin. I also like to apply NIVEA Body Lotion before bed. Bedtime is a good time to apply lotion so it can nourish the skin overnight. For itchy spots, I like to apply the NIVEA Aloe Vera Lotion in problem areas for the soothing effect of the aloe vera to calm that irritated skin quickly. Nighttime is also when I like to pamper myself a bit while drinking a cup of hot chamomile tea as I file my nails and prepare for bed. Take care of yourself inside and out by just taking a few extra minutes at night or anytime during the day to focus on YOU. Good skin comes from a balance within and out so achieving that balance includes your mental health! Great Ways to Pamper Yourself:

  • Enjoy a hot drink. Adding in some local honey to tea may also help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
  • Meditate or do some yoga to relax your mind and body.
  • Take a walk through a nature path to take care of your mind.
  • Buy yourself something nice. Fresh flowers, a cashmere scarf or the hottest fall nail polish color are just a few ideas.
  • Put on your favorite music.
  • Watch a romantic comedy.
  • Get a manicure and pedicure.
  • Read a book.
  • Treat yourself to something at your favorite bakery.
  • Apply lotion all over your body to make yours skin feel soft.

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More Ways to Prepare Your Skin for Colder Weather


Help to hydrate the air in your home with a humidifier. When we heat our homes, that heat pulls out the moisture causing a low humidity area. Low humidity can cause dry skin, nose bleeds, and other issues like respiratory distress. A humidifier puts the moisture back into the air helping to keep your body balanced and skin happy. A humidifier can also help with sinus congestion and static in the air. Our home has a furnace mounted humidifier for the entire home but looks at humidifier options available to pick the best one for you and your family.


Sunscreen is meant to be used year round. Outside may be chilly but UV rays are still present so don’t skip the sunscreen. I use a facial moisturizer with SPF and SPF makeup to layer on the extra protection on the face. Consider your entire body and what could be exposed to sun to apply a SPF. Hands, lips, ears are areas that also need sunscreen.

Protect the Lips

Use a lip balm frequently to protect the lips from drying out too much from the cold weather. Make sure applying a lip balm before bed is part of your nighttime routine and never lick your lips, or peel off dried areas. If your lips begin to crack, treat with ointment immediately to begin the healing process.

Luke Warm Showers

Hot showers feel amazing, right? So relaxing and soothing after a long, cold day. The steamier the better. Well, your skin may be suffering! Steer away from the hot showers because they can cause dry, itchy skin. Lukewarm or even cold showers are best to put moisture back into your skin. If your skin appears red after a shower, the temperature is too hot and should be reduced. Long, hot baths should also be avoided and be aware of handwashing during the day. Washing hands during the day frequently with hot water can dry the skin and cause redness. On the topic of shower time, consider what shampoo you are using. Should you switch to an anti-dandruff shampoo during the colder months? If your scalp is itchy or flaking, switching shampoos can help eliminate the scalp irritation.

Dress Properly

Protect your skin from the harsh cold, brutal winds, sun and rain by dressing properly for the weather outside. Thick socks, gloves, scarves, waterproof boots, hats are all essential wardrobe pieces during the colder months. Dressing in layers can help protect your skin during the early Fall when the mornings are cold but the afternoons warm up a bit. Pay attention to the weather report and dress accordingly. Go ahead and treat yourself to those new boots you want or gorgeous leather gloves! You can be stylish and dress properly for the weather. Remember, when you look great, you feel great!


Hydrate from within. Drink water all day, everyday, year round. During the colder months as the air gets drier, the need for water consumption is vital. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. You don’t have to drink just ice cold water either. A warm cup of herbal tea can replace a glass of water. Try green tea or chamomile which can help your skin in more ways than just hydration. Caffeinated drinks may dehydrate you so stick non-caffeinated tea and other beverages. Need your morning cup of coffee? Go for it but consume an extra glass of water with that coffee to counteract the dehydrating results.

Balanced Diet

Your diet has a huge affect on your skin. You are what you eat, right? So stick to foods that help hydrate your skin. Salmon, nuts, avocado, olive oil, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, broccoli, and grapefruit are all foods that help moisturize the skin and are all-around healthy foods to consume on a regular basis. Stay away from too much dairy, sugar (think about carbohydrates with high sugar such as bagels), salty foods, processed foods (typically anything canned or boxed) and caffeine.


A multivitamin can be beneficial in conjunction with a balanced diet. Look for a vitamin with high Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids for the colder months.

Stay Active

Everyone knows that physical activity helps with the health of lungs, muscles and heart. Exercise also helps your skin by decreasing your stress level and increasing blood flow. Your blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients throughout every cell in the body, including the skin. Find an exercise routine through the fall season that works for you and stick to it for overall wellness and gorgeous skin. When exercising outside, make sure to wear sunscreen and protect your body from the elements. Always use a gentle facial cleanser after a workout to unclog pores. Prepare your skin for colder weather, not just with a balanced diet or daily sunscreen application, but all 10 of these skincare tips mentioned above. Great skin comes from all these habits working together to give you glowing, hydrated skin throughout the year. Visit Rite Aid to pick up a 48 hour moisturizing NIVEA Body Lotion to get you through the colder months and to find amazing products for self care to pamper yourself and take care of YOU as a WHOLE. Do you have some great tips to prepare your skin for colder weather? Share in the comments below and also tell me how you pamper yourself during this time of year.

The Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Floor Care

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The Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Floor Care

This post is sponsored by Bona® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Hardwood floors bring such a warm, inviting feel to your home with all the earthy tones. These floors are both beautiful and durable and require just a little maintenance. Here is The Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Floor Care to keep your floors looking their best and last a lifetime with help from Bona® Hardwood Floor Cleaner.


You need the right tools to get the job done! There are various types of mops on the market from string mops to steam mops and choosing which is best can be confusing! I clean with Bona Microfiber Mop for Hard-Surface Floors to ensure my floors look amazing. The Bona mops are easy to handle, lightweight and the flat mop design gets into all those tight spaces making dusting, mopping and polishing the floors super easy.


I want products that are tried and true! Bona has been providing homeowners with quality flooring products for nearly 100 years. Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is an unique formulation created to be effective and provide a complete clean by gently but effectively removing dirt and grime. The fan favorite cleaning solution has a GREENGUARD GOLD certification so you know it is safe for the family and pets. You will find the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner dries quickly without leaving any residue.

Click HERE to get more information on the Bona Hardwood Cleaner.


Between thorough cleanings, spot clean to remove dirt and grime. This dirt can cause scratches to the floor. Sweep as often as possible and if you see something on the floor- clean it up right away.


The Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Floor Care wouldn’t be complete without a list of ways to protect your floor. A good hardwood cleaner is essential for protecting your beautiful investment but here are some ways to extend the life of your floors even longer with everyday habits or small changes in your home.


The hardwood floors should always be protected with a barrier between the floor and anything else. All furniture should have felt pads attached to the bottoms and rugs are perfect for high traffic areas like hallways or under the dining room table where chairs are being moved daily. Rugs should have pads underneath to both prolong the life of the rug and protect the hardwood. Look for a waffle design on the pad with cushioning and great grip that are breathable and won’t trap moisture.


Sunlight coming through the windows can do some major damage to hardwood floors causing sun fading. All windows should have blinds and also a window film with UV protection. Your windows may even have built in UV protection.


During the colder months, moisture in the air reduces greatly. The dryness can cause cracks or gapping in hardwood flooring. A humidifier can help put moisture into the air of your home to reduce these issues.


We love our pets but they can do major damage all around the house, including those beautiful hardwood floors. Potty accidents and nails need to be taken care of. Clean any pet accidents up immediately and keep nails well maintained and short.


Don’t wear shoes on the hardwood. Shoes can leave scuffs and scratches. Have a designated area to place shoes for family members and guests that is convenient and won’t harm the hardwood.


Clean the outside of the house to reduce the amount of dirt that comes inside. Sweep the porch, place a welcome mat and maintain overall cleanliness around all the doors. The less dirt tracked in- the less dirt there is to clean.

Keep Floors Dry

Water can damage floors very quickly. A leaky dishwasher, a glass of spilled water or even just a wet pair of kids boots placed on the hardwood floors can turn into an “UH-OH”. Don’t let your floors get wet and if they do- dry them immediately. Ignoring water on floors can leave to the wood warping, buckling and even mold forming.


Polish your hardwood floors every 2-4 months. Polish adds shine, fills in scratches and adds a protective layer of finish to the hardwood floor. Try Bona Hardwood Floor Polish for a quick, easy, fast drying polish that is GREENGUARD Certified.

Remove Dirt Before Mopping

Get up all the dirt before mopping by sweeping or vacuuming. Mopping before doing so can damage the floor from debris leaving scratches. Also, mopping will be a much easier task.

Have a Cleaning Schedule

Maintenance of your hardwood floors is key to protecting their beauty. Stick to a cleaning schedule! This schedule is easy and since Bona supplies us with the right tools and cleaners, accomplishing this is easy-peasy.


Dust and sweep visible dirt and grime.


Vacuum the hardwood to remove excess dirt that sweeping may have left behind and mop with Bona.


A few times a year, polish the hardwood floors. Every few years, sand and refinish the floors by removing the outer protective layer and replacing it to get rid of deep scratches leaving you with a gorgeous floor.

The Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Floor Care

My house is a zoo! Two rambunctious kids, two adults, two cats, a dog and ferret tear through this house daily and my easy cleaning schedule for the floors keeps me on track. These 50 year old hardwood floors in my home, take just a little care and attention with a helping hand from Bona.

Do you have any tips to keep your hardwood floors immaculate? Let me know in the comments below.

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti

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Easy Weeknight Spaghetti

Easy Weeknight Spaghetti is a go-to recipe for my family for busy nights that is really affordable, simple to make and fills tummies made with ground turkey, tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic, tomatoes, seasoning and additions you have on hand such as onion or bell pepper.

spaghetti, weeknight recipe, quick meal, family-friendly recipe, I think all of us moms have some sort of spaghetti with marinara sauce recipe that is really quick and super affordable and this is mine! Sometimes, I have fresh herbs in the garden, leftover onion or a spare bell pepper to also toss in so feel free to use whatever you have on hand to put extra flavors into this sauce.

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Easy Weeknight Spaghetti

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Easy Weeknight Spaghetti is a go-to recipe for my family for busy nights that is really affordable, simple to make and fills tummies.
Recipe type: dinner
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 pound ground turkey, lean
  • 24 ounce can tomato sauce ( we like to buy the Hunts Traditional Pasta Sauce)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ½ tablespoon Italian medley seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti, thin
  • bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • ½ onion, chopped (optional)
  • parsley (optional)
  1. Fill a pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. As the water is coming to a boil, add ground turkey to a separate pan and cook until browned. You can also add in some chopped bell pepper or onion at this point. Add salt and pepper to taste and the Italian medley seasoning.
  3. As the water is coming to a boil and the ground turkey is cooking, mince the garlic cloves and open the cans.
  4. Move the ground turkey to one side, drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil in other side of pan and add the minced garlic. Cook until fragrant (about 1 minute) and mix it in with the meat. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato pasta and tomato sauce. Bring to a simmer and cover while the pasta finishes cooking.
  5. Once the pot of water is at a boil, add the pasta noodles and cook according to packaged directions. Drain.
  6. Serve spaghetti with a heaping pile of pasta, a scoop of sauce and top with parsley or cheese if you would like.

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Kid Style : Combat Boots and Tutus

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Combat Boots and Tutus


We are starting a new style section just for kids to share what’s in style and great finds. Today, Caitlin is looking like a punk rock superstar with this Combat Boots and Tutus style.

A black dress with tutu, some knee high socks, denim vest and black combat boots work perfectly together for a kid with some edge. A crossbody purse and sunglasses complete the look.

Combat Boots and Tutus

Black Dress

The black dress with tutu is so much fun! What little girl doesn’t love to wear a tutu? I know mine could wear one everyday and be happy and this one can be used dressed up, dressed down, or to play in. The exact dress Caitlin is wearing can be found on Amazon HERE and is super affordable! Win. I do recommend going one size down.

Denim Vest

The denim vest is a closet staple. This vest goes with nearly everything! We added some angel wings on the back with this iron on Angel Wings Applique to personalize the vest and make it special.

Combat Boots

Combat Boots are perfect for fall and spring weather! Dress them with leggings, skinny denim jeans and any top for an edgier look that is still comfy.

Crossbody Purse

We love Target for kids purses! They are so stylish and fun. Check out these ones below!

Knee High Socks

Knee High Socks are another closet necessity for kids. These Knee High Socks come in a variety pack with all different colors so there is something for any look you are going for.


Whatever your budget, sunglasses can be found for any look at any price point. Kids just look darn cute in sunglasses and help protect their eyes in style.


Why I Start Planning Christmas by September

Why I Start Planning Christmas by September

There is a lot to plan for Christmas every year. From gifting everyone on your list, baking treats, hosting dinner, crafts to decorations. If you wait until after Thanksgiving- it is just a mad dash to the finish line! I want a stress free holiday season so that is Why I Start Planning Christmas by September and here is how I do it.


Our family is spread out from the West Coast to East Coast so by September, we need plans on where we will be spending Christmas. If you travel during the holiday season, you know what a huge headache it is! Travel arrangements need to made early with a back-up plan. We have spent our Christmas one more than one occasion stuck in an airport! We have done it all from spending Christmas in our own home to traveling 2,500 miles by plane, 4 hour road trips, or meeting family in the mountains. Whatever the situation, there is planning to be done.

Here is the location to-do list (some may not apply):

  • Where
  • With who
  • Dates
  • Request time off from work.
  • Hotel
  • Flight/car arrangements
  • Meal planning- are you cooking, bringing food? If you are the host, meal planning should start now. Also, consider what items can be baked or cooked beforehand to freeze!
  • If you are hosting, help guests by having dates and times set early so they can begin planning travel.


I admit- I actually start Christmas shopping before September. I make a Christmas list usually in July or August writing down all the names of people (and pets) we are buying for. From there, start brainstorming ideas and have a list complete by September of every item you are purchasing. September and October should be your main shopping months and finish on Black Friday for those last minute deals. We are into mid- September now and I have over 50% of my shopping complete. Thanksgiving weekend, I spend purchasing those last few gifts, putting the tree up and wrapping gifts.

I love doing my shopping early because the stress is so much lower going into December. December is a busy month of activities and family get-togethers and work parties and this or that. Shopping for the 30 people on your list (maybe you have more, maybe you have less) doesn’t have to be one of those December activities. Plus, it is nice not having to spend all that money all at once! December is an all around expensive month so give yourself some room to breath.

The above lists are printable when clicked. Give a Christmas Wish List to your children to get ideas and create a Shopping List for yourself to stay organized today.

Christmas Wish List

Christmas Shopping List – place a name in each box

One of my favorite gifts are in the form of gift baskets for people on my list. Come up with a theme and grab items weekly to fill those baskets. I have done all sorts of themes like movie night, coffee lover, wine, baking… this year I am putting together some tea baskets with antique cups, a variety of tea bags and some other fun things I come across while out shopping or running errands.


If you like to do crafts, Christmas crafting needs to start by early fall or there just won’t be time. My interest in crafting fluctuates constantly… sometimes I all about homemade everything… and sometimes not so much. When I am doing crafts for other people as part of gifts- it has to start as early as possible to complete. Don’t procrastinate this one because it can end up being a huge scramble to the end. A couple years ago, I made a doll house for a niece that I had to start in the summer to complete before December so take into account the type of crafts you want to finish and overestimate how long it will take to complete.


Christmas decorations are out at places like Hobby Lobby by August and sales already start. Guess what? People are BUYING the Christmas stuff now so shop early on sale days to get first pick and great prices. Plus, shopping early for decorations gives you the opportunity to make a solid décor plan so your house looks amazing by December and you have time to enjoy it all inside your home.

When do you start planning Christmas? If you plan early like me, leave some tips to share with us all in the comments below.

**photography from Unsplash 


Everyday Mom Style for Fall

Everyday Mom Style for Fall


Fall is coming!  I will miss summer but there are things about fall that I just plain love, starting with the style. Today, I have my Everyday Mom Style for Fall that is comfortable, affordable and completely do-able for anyone.

Weekends call for something comfortable to run around town in! The type of clothes than you can toss on quickly without much effort or thought… and of course, clothing items that can be combined in many outfits to some fall basics you will wear again and again.

Everyday Mom Style for Fall

Start with a basic white shirt and a pair of painted jeans. I love these Painted Floral Jeans from Loft with just the right amount of detail to make these a basic but still special. Cover with a Cardigan. Throw on some great animal print ballet flats to chase the kids around in and basic jewelry.






What’s mini wearing?