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Gift Guide: Lovely Ladies + GIVEAWAY!

header collage The woman in your life deserves to have that feeling she used to get when she was a kid on Christmas morning.  Most of us moms think about what we want for Christmas last, if at all.  Before that is EVERYONE else.    SO here’s a glimpse into what women really want.

Apparently all the cool, fit moms are WILD for Orange Theory, so a membership and pre-paid child care would make many moms the happiest ever.  If you paired that with some fab Lululemon workout wear, you may just win the hubby of the year award!

I would still love that Moon and Lola necklace and the stackable eternity bands for each child from my 2013 gift guide for her. In addition to that, I always ask for anything monogrammed, a membership to J.Crew’s jewelry of the month club, a maid that comes weekly, and pre-paid monthly facials.  Realistically, I actually need snow gear: Boots, pants, accessories.  I’m really hoping this winter brings lots of snow!  That’s not too much to ask for, right?  LOL!  Here are a few other items to make every lady in your life swoon.

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Gift Guide: Your Main Man

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I have the hardest time shopping for my hubby.  I always second guess every idea I come up with.  Last year he emailed me a list, (loved that) and this past Father’s Day he thanked me in advance for a gift he just bought himself that was supposed to be from me.  Yeah, maybe you should just stop reading this gift guide because maybe this is NOT something I am good at… But since I went to all the trouble to hyperlink some stuff, read on.  Maybe this year is finally MY YEAR!

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Gift Guide: Locavore

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I’m super duper excited about the Snowflake Festival at Empire Oaks Elementary School PTA this Saturday December 13th from 8am-11am.
There will be a pancake breakfast, a performance by the school chorus (about 55 angelic voices!), a visit from Santa, crafts for the kids, Santa’s workshop, cookie decorating kits for just $1, and a book fair.

Tickets are only $5 and can purchased on-line or by turning in the flyer to your child’s teacher. Tickets are also available at the door.

One of the most exciting parts, for me anyway, is the awesome vendor fair!  There will be over 20 awesome vendors to shop!  So so so fun!  They are mainly all local and have handmade, very loved items for sale.

I encourage all my family, friends, neighbors, Empire Oaks family, prospective Empire Oaks families, and anyone looking to shop for something unique to come on down to 1830 Bonhill Dr. in Folsom on Saturday!

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Gift Guide: Smart, Courageous Little Ladies + A GIVEAWAY

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Thanks heaven for little girls!  They’re so smart, sweet, and lovable.  I’m having the BEST time ever watching my little girl grow right before my very eyes.  She’s definitely a girly girl that loves her perfume, gloss, and jewels.  But she’s also has a scientific mind with a ton of artistic talent.  I want to foster each little characteristic that she embodies.  So this girly gift guide is very “Lyla Minded”.  I hope you enjoy.

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Gift Guide: Little Dudes

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Gotta love little boys.  I feel like they are all about having fun, exploring, figuring out how things work, and being active.  They also like getting dirty and being loud.  All in all it’s pretty awesome to be a little boy.  Here are my top picks for coolest dudes you know!

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Gift Guide: Tricky Teens and a GIVEAWAY

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There’s something about shopping for a teenager.  It’s fun, exciting, and dicey.  Very, very dicey.  But there are so many choices!  But, will they really like anything?  Are their hormones on a high note or a low note?  Is 1D still cool?  Is cool still cool?  I know fetch is, like, totally not fetch.  Wait, am I still cool?  It’s a real gamble, isn’t it?

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Gift Guide: White Elephant Under $25

Header CollageWho doesn’t LOVE a White Elephant Gift Exchange?  It’s always a super fun time, but there are a few things to take into consideration before the party:

  • If you’re the hostess, be sure to plainly announce the cap dollar amount the gifts need to be.  At the party, right before the exchange, fully explain the rules.  This game has changed over the years and some people choose to do things differently than others and that’s OK, just make sure you tell your guests how YOU play.  Throughout the game the host/hostess needs to police the game to make sure things are being played by the rules announced.
  • If you are the guest, do NOT bring something that is more than the name dollar amount.  Conversely, don’t bring something too low either.  And take the group into context when selecting your gift.  If it’s a work function, don’t buy something too crude or inappropriate.  Finally, before the fun commences, ask the host what the rules are and play by them.

A few that always get stolen are: lottery tickets, bottles of cheap wine, cash, gift cards, and obnoxiously tacky holiday themed throw pillows.  Other than that, here are a few to consider.

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