Stocking Stuffer Ideas!

10 days until Christmas....Who's getting excited?! This girl is right here! I am frantically trying to finish the last of our shopping and tie up loose ends, which include...gathering stocking stuffers for my guy. I LOVE digging through my stocking every year - it's so fun! I'm here to provide some ideas for stockings...most are unisex, some are not - and I think you'll be able to figure those out! 
1. Gift cards - $10 Starbucks or iTunes gift cards are always a good idea!
2. Nail polish - They have the cute mini ones you can buy and throw in
3. Bobby-pins/Hair Ties - Let's be honest, we all need them! They'll be gone in less than a month's time because they always mysteriously disappear, but it's a good thought just the same
4. Magazines - I love a good US Weekly or Shape! mag. For Chris, I usually get him the Men's Fitness or Men's Health and he loves it
5. Candles - Anyone can use these...
6. Deoderant - Sometimes the practical stuffers are the best stuffers. I love getting this in my stocking because it means one less thing I have to remember to buy at the store
7. Body lotion- Again, always a great practical stuffer! You can get the cute mini lotion to keep in the purse, or go big with the normal size lotion for home - either way, it's a good look.
8. Candy - Since I'm married to Willy Wonka, this is a MUST for stockings in our house. Any candy will do...just have to have lots of it :) 
9. Chapstick - Perfect time of year for a new tube, isn't it? It's dry, cold and the lips are usually in need of some TLC right about now
10. Coffee mug - Chris has mentioned a few times that he needs a travel mug for his coffee...soooo, I figured this would be a great stuffer (I hope he doesn't read this!)



Weekends Are For Baking!

It was a blueberry muffin kind of morning! I had the Christmas tree lights on, music playing, candles lit - and just awaiting the arrival of my parents and sister. My sweet mother forgot her GPS at home, so they are using map quest... Lord help them!
I decided to have some homemade muffins set for when they got here - blueberry muffins are my Dad's fave! Here is the recipe we have been using for years...straight from Betty Crocker herself :)

3/4 c milk

1 large egg

1/4 c vegetable oil

2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

Directions: Preheat over to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, and egg. Add the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder all together and stir. Add blueberries. Bake for 20-25 minutes (I set for 18, and check them then! They were perfect with 20). Serve warm with butter and enjoy!

*Note: batter will be lumpy :) 



Give Thanks...

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers!

I hope that you are able to spend this day with those dearest to you, and remember how incredible each of you are! I am so thankful that I get to celebrate another year and another Thanksgiving! This will be my first "turkey day" as a 'Mrs' and I am very excited to share it with my husband and his family in Rhode Island. As always, this is a day of reflection and a time to give thanks for all that we are blessed with, and my list is bountiful! 
Have a blessed day!

DIY Holiday Body Scrub!

With the holidays fast approaching, I've been researching some DIY projects I can create and give as gifts to my loved ones. Of course, Pinterest is my favorite website to find ideas...there are THOUSANDS! I came across this festive gingerbread body scrub and thought I would give it a try at home before giving as a gift. I was really happy with how it came out, the consistency was perfect and the smell - DIVINE! Who doesn't love gingerbread? All you'll need is a mason jar, red ribbon to tie around the lid, and a label (which you can create right on the computer!) You will probably have a lot of the ingredients needed for this scrub, already in your kitchen! This recipe makes about 2.5 cups of sugar scrub - so probably good for just about 3 jars!

1 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup almond oil

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp all spice

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Directions: In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients together except the oils. Gradually add the oils until scrub reaches desired consistency. Scoop gingerbread scrub into a mason jar and add a bow and label!