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Gifts for Him

Why are guys so hard to shop for?! I’m rounding up some gifts that I think would be perfect for all kinds of men. But at the end of the day, you really have to have the guy in mind and put yourself in his shoes. What does he want? What does he love? And what does he need?

I will share a few things that have been HITS with my dad. He’s probably the hardest guy in the world to shop for. Very picky (haha) and very particular. Last year I hit it out of the freaking ballpark with him.


Casual Holiday Look

I know a lot of emphasis is put on finding the perfect dresses for holiday parties. I’m totally guilty of picking out a few dresses and skirts and not having enough events to wear them too. Frankly, my family does pretty casual holidays. We might put on something for dinner (particularly Thanksgiving), but most of the day is spent in comfortable clothes. And on Christmas, we spend a lot of time in pajamas and loungewear!


Black Bow Top

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Holiday Gift Wrap

One thing that I’m trying to get a head start on is my holiday gift wrapping situation. I don’t think I’m spending Christmas at home for the first time in my entire life (completely mixed feelings on this) and so I have to be on top of my gift giving! In year’s past, I’ve had all gifts shipped to my parent’s house and then when I get there I spend an afternoon wrapping everything. I think I’m going to have to get my mom in on my wrapping this year. (And hopefully, wrangle my sister into wrapping my mom’s.)

Picking out paper and ribbon and spending the time to wrap the gifts is so much fun. Sometimes I go to Target or Paper Source, but I think I’m going to buy everything online this year. I got some wrapping paper sheets from Minted last year and loved the quality and cuteness. Seriously stood out– so much better than a cheap roll!


On My Radar

Wow… I can’t believe we’re less than a week out from Thanksgiving. I’m flying down to Tampa on Tuesday. I’m pretty excited to be down there, mostly to see my family but also for the sunshine! These early nights are killing me already. Doesn’t bode well for the winter. The day before Thanksgiving I’m doing…


Carly the Prepster

Have you guys noticed the new changes around here? I recently underwent a mini rebrand. I didn’t want to make a big deal about it because, in a lot of ways, it’s not a big deal. My goal for the rebrand was to make it feel very seamless because nothing was really changing except for the…

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Gift Guide: For You

It’s the first gift guide of the season. And I’m starting with you. Who better to kick off the gift guide than with gifts for yourself. Surprisingly, this is my most requested post year after year. You can use it to put together your own wishlist or send along to a significant other/aunt/mom/whomever. Or spoil yourself!