Chunky Chunky Love

I don't remember what day it was last week that I first laid eyes on my new obsession, but I can't get it out of my head. I'll admit it - I discovered it during a late night Pinterest binge. Let's not judge. We've all been there. Since I am the marketer's dream (this is literally a nickname of mine, coined by my loving better half who just so happens to be in that business), I am pretty sure the image was served up to me based on my previous likes and pins. I'm not naive enough to think I just discovered this glorious specimen all on my own. But I digress.

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Say Cheese.

It's that time, my broads. You know it well. When you realize you need to start figuring out holiday cards and the photos you'll share with your nearest and dearest (and even some people you've not communicated with since last year when you sent a card). Let's be real. These are pretty silly. It's tough to get a good shot of everyone even when squirmy children are not involved, and they're about as far away from "natural" as anything could be despite the fact that most are captured in the outdoors, with great lighting and natural colors.

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Best Gift Ever

Gift giving is not a competition. But, really, how good does it feel to give the best gift to someone? A gift you know the recipient will appreciate, actually use and possibly even replicate and give to someone else in the future is the best kind of all. In a time where I am realizing more and more we don't need as much "stuff", I am all about only keeping the most meaningful, important, useful items in my home. Below you'll see a small collection of my favorite go-to gifts for others, as well as some of my favorites that I have received myself. With the holidays less than 2 months away, it's time to plan and check some items off the list nice and early! Happy gifting, my broads!

Tie One On

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My trusty gift: The wine tag. I have gotten these adorable Lobird wine tags for countless friends.  I love including a card letting the giftee know that these are great to have on hand to tie on a bottle of wine for a hostess gift. It's a no-brainer. And since they get used and take up little space, they don't add to the clutter. There are several wine tag designs to choose from (but I don't know how you could choose something other than the drunken rooster) and you can even choose the ink color and ribbon pattern to your liking.

Keepsakes
I could very well have a problem when it comes to personalized paintings. My tiny home alone has a portrait of our wedding chapel, our home and our family. But these are pieces I will never get rid of, and that makes them some of the best gifts I've received.

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Does it get any sweeter than a family watercolor? Jennifer of Sophie and Lilli does the best work, you just need to send a high-res photo and she does her magic.

Correspondence

 By far, the cutest stationery I've had is from Melissa at   The Atelier  . There are so many cute options.

By far, the cutest stationery I've had is from Melissa at The Atelier. There are so many cute options.

 I personally love the   GiGi  .  Ohh La La! 

I personally love the GiGi.  Ohh La La! 

Lobird also has adorable, personalized stationery, too. It doesn't get much cuter than elephants and ostriches!

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Don't forget the little ones!

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Need a new baby gift that isn't clothes!? How about personalized notes to help parents with all of the thank you notes? These Semi Custom Brush Pen Note Cards are the bee's knees and their price is so right. Also adorable for older kids, because, the handwritten note should be instilled at a young age, IMHO.

Decorate your Home... with your Home

 Image via   Instagram  // Portrait by   Blue House Paperie

Image via Instagram// Portrait by Blue House Paperie

For the new homeowner, or a sentimental sap like myself, there is nothing sweeter than a portrait of your home. Blue House Paperie has painted two portraits for me and has nailed it each time. Every detail I've asked for, including our pooch, has been honored and included. I love art like this in an entry way, mudroom or on a gallery wall.

There you have it, my broads. Personalized, thoughtful gifts that support small businesses. Win. Win Win.

~TCB

A few of my favorite (little) things...

Thing 1: The Boxwood Wreath

Well, my broads, it's here. The season. Let the hall decking commence! I myself have been delayed this time around. Three out-of-town weekends in a row will do that to you...

I've decided that instead of sharing one long post about ways I've let the holiday spirit into my life this time around, I'll share several short posts about the little things that really make my heart smile this time of year. For today's installment, I bring you the Boxwood Wreath.



The Boxwood wreath is kind of like the perfect man (or woman). It's simple, not flashy. It's classy. It's not overbearing and won't steal the spotlight. It's familiar. It's not too delicate. It probably will stay with you for as long as you'd like. You feel better when it's around and miss it when it's gone. And it looks just as good dressed up as it does naked. There is only one very important trait that it possesses which sets it apart from something we seek in our mates. But it's such a good one...

CHEAP.

I am talking $9.99 at Trader Joe's. Yes, for $10 and some tax, you too can welcome this adornment into your home for the winter. I'm indulgent and bought three because, ever since I moved into our bungalow I have dreamed of three wreaths hung in our big front window.

I had the pleasure of dressing those windows up a few nights ago. It took all but 20 minutes and afterwards I just sat and looked at them a while. 20 minutes and $10. You can thank me later.


Don't feel like hunting down a live version each year? Some faux options are available as well. To each their own. 

Until next time, my broads...