Ho Ho Home Gift Ideas

Hi guys!

Can you believe that we’re just days away from Christmas?! I know that we say it every year, but this year really did go by quickly. Holiday shopping and holiday parties are in full effect! If you’re attending an event at someone’s home you may want to grab them a little hostess/host gift even if you’re not exchanging Christmas gifts. Or maybe you have a friend that is into home decor. Whatever the reason here are some fun home decor gift ideas.

 

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Candles are a classic go to idea for a hostess/host gift. One of my favorites is the Voluspa Prosecco Rose 

It contains notes of sparkling pink prosecco and rose petals. And will add a lovely fragrance to the home without being overwhelming.

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Even though it’s winter there are some (like me) that drink iced coffee year round. That’s why I’m so in love with my Cold Brew Coffee Maker
from Zulay Kitchen. I can prep the brewer when I get home from work and the next morning I have iced coffee. And because there’s no actual ice required I don’t have to worry about it getting watered down if things are hectic at work and I can’t drink it right away.

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For those that love espresso try the Sweese Porcelain Fluted Espresso Mugs Not only are they beautiful espresso mugs but I also like to use them to make dessert shots. A little ice cream or pudding topped with a cookie or fruit and you’re good to go.

Speaking of kitchen items Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines is an amazing gift for anyone into cooking. It’s available in hardcover as well as a Kindle version.

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Another lovely home gift idea is a cheese board. I just got the
Good Cook Bamboo Cutting Board and I love it. It’s sold as a cutting board but so far I’ve been using it to serve my charcuterie.

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If you want to give something a bit more personal then consider something handmade. Chunky hand knit blankets are a popular item that can be made in a few hours. You can grab some Super chunky yarn and knit away while you binge on Netflix. There’s not tools needed besides your hands and they’re really easy to make.

The other great thing about this list is that all of the items are available on Amazon. So you don’t even have to stand in a line or deal with crowds. So toss a few of these items in your cart and relax with some cocoa.

Dear Santa, I’ve Been Good

Hi guys!

I hope that you all had an amazing Thanksgiving!
I’ve had so much going on over the last couple of weeks that I haven’t had a chance to chat with all of you. I finally have a moment to sit down with some eggnog and catch up.

Speaking of a lot going on, this time of year most of us are busy doing a lot more running around. It’s important that we don’t forget to take a moment for ourselves. Whether that be a long relaxing bath, a cup of tea, a beauty routine, or shopping. I’ve decided to share with all of you a few of my favorite beauty items. These items will either make a perfect gift for someone on your list or a treat for yourself.

My Drybar Besties

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I’ve tried a lot of hot tools for my hair. A LOT! And hands down two of my favorites are the Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer and 3-Day Bender Curling Iron   from Drybar. Even when I use them at the highest temperatures (bad I know) my hair doesn’t get damaged. They come in the company’s signature Buttercup Yellow and have both leave my hair shiny and silky.

 

Best Tweezers Ever

Plucky Lady
So FYI, all tweezers are NOT created equal! I’ve had tweezers go dull. I’ve had tweezers stop working/lose their grip. And I’ve had tweezers go wonky after a drop or two…or five. Knock on wood my Tweezerman For Laura Mercier  tweezers are still going strong for the last seven (!) years that I’ve had them. Wow, I hadn’t realized that I’d had them that long! Now I love them even more!

 

100% Human 100% Fun

Hair She Goes
I’ve made it no secret over the years that I wear extensions. My biggest concern when wearing extensions is that they look realistic. For the last year my go to choice has been Indique Hair Extensions They’re 100% human hair and come in a variety of textures and lengths. The extensions can be colored by your stylist for an exact match. And they have some options that are already colored. The hair is available for microlinks, braidless sew-ins, and sew-ins. They also make clip-ins and v-tips. They have locations throughout the country and are available online as well.

The World of Atelier

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A few years ago I was introduced to Atelier Colognes and it’s been a magical ride since that moment. I actually do a custom blend of two of their fragrances Vanille Insensee and Orange Sanguine That combination reminds me of orange creamsicles which is one of my all time favorite smells. And with these fragrances a little goes a very long way, so only a touch of each is needed.

All of these items will make a nice gift this season. Especially if it’s a gift for yourself!

Fabulous Thanksgiving Table Decor Inspiration

We’re a week away from Thanksgiving. Which means that everyone is thinking about food, food, and more food. I wanted to take a moment to focus on where you’ll be enjoying that delicious meal.

Buffalo Check is huge right now. Those in the know in the home decor community are finding ways to incorporate it in their fall and holiday decor. Like Michelle (IG: @houseoftransformation). She shows us that a black & white tablescape will go lovely in any type of home. Whether your style is farmhouse, glam, or somewhere in the middle.

Another favorite of decor lovers is neutrals. Jenna (IG: @fabulous_farmhouse_designs) blends neutrals with a soft pop of color so that your table isn’t overwhelming, yet gets attention. The addition of a pastel or muted color is a great way to take your place settings to the next level.

Alicia (IG: @smalltownnest) selected a unique option for her centerpiece. The beautifully arranged wooden toolbox will make your table stand out for all of the right reasons. Not only is this a great option for a dining centerpiece, but this would also be lovely to add to your living room or bedroom.

Sometimes the holidays are spent away from your family. If you’re lucky you have a circle of friends that have become your family. And that is worth celebrating. This tablescape by Ashlee (IG: @sweetsouthernoaks) celebrates your Frimaly. The Friendsgiving decor and twinkling lights make everyone feel at home and welcome.

As mentioned earlier Buffalo Check is what all the cool decor kids are doing right now. Angela (IG: @thefrugalredhead) added her own touch to that with a deep teal tone. Incorporating it in her place settings and centerpiece. The jewel tones offer a nice warm feeling to your meal.

Thanksgiving is the unofficial end of Pumpkin Season. Amber (IG: @trendifarmgirl) gives pumpkins a beautiful send off. Using various tones gives you a palette that is a gorgeous ode to fall. It also prevents your tablescape from being to monotone. With an outside setting such as this one the pumpkins also help to keep things grounded if your Thanksgiving is a windy one.

Astra (IG: @redbrickfauxfarmhouse) also gave her table the unique spin of using a wood toolbox. She altered hers slightly by using vintage glass bottles for her florals. The pop of coral tones work beautifully with the splashes of coral along her table runner. Brightening up your dining experience.

Family, thankfulness, and food are what we usually focus on when it comes to Thanksgiving. A lovely backdrop for all of that can start with your dining room table.

One That You Should Checkout: Leyah Rose Home

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I recently came across this website that I feel was designed just for me. Leyah Rose Home https://leyahrosehome.com/ has some of the most beautiful and glamorous items. And everything is at such an affordable price that you won’t feel guilty about having a full cart at checkout.

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I love a beautiful tray and the brand makes it hard to decide on one because they’re all so lovely. There’s one in particular that stands out to me and keeps calling my name. The Full Circle Mirrored Tray https://leyahrosehome.com/collections/trays/products/full-circle-mirrored-tray?variant=30088554807331 It’s available in silver and gold so you don’t have to worry about it matching you accents.

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The ultimate must-have for anyone that likes to switch up their decor regularly is the Luxe Touch Throw Pillow Cover https://leyahrosehome.com/products/luxe-touch-throw-pillow-cover
They’re beautifully handmade using velvet. And available in a variety of colors.

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Speaking of throw pillows, I know that you’ve seen those cute little pillows on IG that look like knots. I was going through hashtag after hashtag hoping to find out where to buy one. Then I found them at Leyah Rose https://leyahrosehome.com/collections/throw-pillows/products/can-you-knot-throw-pillow
The only problem now is that I want them all!

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at Leyah Rose definitely do so! You’re sure to find some items that you’ll love for yourself, or to give as a gift this holiday season. And make sure to stop by their Instagram @leyahrosehome for some home decor inspiration.

Hey Pumpkin!

I’ve always been a sweet potato pie kind of girl. I used to (and still do) wait anxiously for the holidays because I knew that it meant SPP was coming. Then a few years ago a friend introduced me to pumpkin pie. And while SPP is still my number one holiday dessert, pumpkin pie has joined the list of my faves. Here’s a quick and easy recipe to try this holiday season.

INGREDIENTS
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup light brown sugar3 large eggs lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups evaporated milk
1 9-inch deep-dish pie shell
Whipped cream

Combine cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt,cloves,and sugar in a large bowl. In a small bowl beat eggs. Add eggs to the mixture. Add pumpkin, making sure to blend well. Slowly add milk. Once mixture is well blended carefully pour into pie shell.

Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven at 425 degrees. Lower temperature to 350 degrees and continue bake for 40 to 55 minutes, or until fork inserted in center comes out clean.

When the pie is removed from the oven allow it to cool for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours.

Serve room temperature or place in the refrigerator to chill.

When ready to serve top with whipped cream.

Baking Tips:

I prefer to bake mine on the lower oven rack. It will still cook fine on a top rack, but I find that I like the results a bit more personally.

If you find that the edges get too dark you can cover them with aluminum foil, or pie crust shields.

Staycation Rejuvenation

One of the beautiful fountains at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa

This time of year brings gatherings and beautiful decorations, but it can also bring stress. Trying to organize your holiday dinners. Finding the perfect gifts for loved ones. Or just trying to balance all of your obligations and events. It’s enough to make you want to lock yourself in a room with cocoa and pie…or so I’ve heard.

That’s why self-care is so important beyond the “Self-Care September” that many of us had a couple of months ago.

I personally have a couple of things that I turn to in order to allow myself some Me Time. Wandering around TJ Maxx for Rae Dunn pieces. A glass of white wine paired with some cheese and a cheesey movie. Or, when I’m in need of some serious Me Time, a staycation. If I had it my way I would be going on vacation all of the time. Work and other obligations prevent that from being a reality. So while I can’t take a week to go to Florida or England, I can take a day or two and relax locally.

The last two months have been full of activity. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Lots of it draining. So we decided that it was time to do a one day staycation at a local hotel.

We’ve stayed at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa numerous times over the last nine plus years. And it’s always been a great experience. The staff is wonderful and attentive. The decor is gorgeous. And the restaurant, The Park Bistro & Bar (when we first started going there it was known as The Duck Bar), is always delicious and hits the right spots.

It wasn’t the cruise to Mexico, or the week in Hawaii that I’m counting down the days until, but it gave me a quick “get away” fix. I think the thing that I enjoy most is that if you’re there on a weekday morning there’s no crowd at the fountain, and they’re usually not getting ready for an event. So this morning I was able to relax with my coffee out there. Just listening to the sound of the water.

Here are a couple of photos from the hotel. I’m thinking that I may want to go back next month when it’s decorated for Christmas. The lobby is so festive that time of year.

The gorgeous staircase in the lobby that is often the setting for bridal shots
One of the many seating areas on the main level
One of the entryways near the main fountain
I fell in love with this mirror the first time that I saw it
How gorgeous are the wood elevator floors?
There are beautiful furniture pieces everywhere that you turn
One of the hotel’s beautiful pieces waiting for you when you exit the elevator at your floor
The view from our room of one of the fountains
I love that they provide you with a special makeup remover

One That You Should Checkout: Pash

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I’m not sure how I stumbled across https://pashshop.com/ but I’m glad that I did! This site has some of the cutest things that I’ve seen in a while.

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One of my favorite items on this site is the Pash Pack https://pashshop.com/collections/pash-packs-boxed-gifts/products/fall-pash-packs-boxed-gift-sets?variant=30399843958841 . Ordering one is like getting a gift. It’s a selection of random items so you don’t know what will actually be inside. The Pash Pack is available in three price points. So they make a perfect gift for you, or someone else. And don’t worry if your random items include clothing. You submit your size when making the purchase in case there’s clothing involved.

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I also love the Laser Cut Tassel Faux Leather Crossbody Clutch Purse https://pashshop.com/collections/bags It’s been years since I’ve carried a crossbody but these are too gorgeous for me to pass up.

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I’m a sucker for a scarf or poncho (just ask the staff at TJ Maxx and Marshalls). So whenever I visit the site that’s the first thing that I look at https://pashshop.com/collections/scarves The scarves and ponchos that are available are cozy and perfect for the Bay Area fall weather.

With such a beautiful selection of items Pash will for sure be one of my go to sites for my Christmas shopping. Checkout their website and their Instgram @thepashshop.

Deco Inspo

It used to be that I turned to Pinterest for my inspiration. Now I turn to Instagram. Anything that you need a suggestion for you can find there.

I have to confess that I spend a lot of time on IG. A lot. So I see tons of accounts. Thankfully I have some go to accounts that I can always rely on. This week I came up with a list of IG accounts that I currently turn to for inspiration, and that I think you’ll enjoy as well.

@vintage.soul.designs

IG account @vintage.soul.designs

I love the soothing tone of Lynsey’s account. She’s an interior designer and a look at her IG will definitely inspire you to take an even closer look at her website https://www.vintagesouldesigns.com/

When asked why she enjoys home decor Lynsey replied “It is an expression of who we are. It helps us to create a space that is true to us and that makes us feel good”.

@the_local_fount

IG account @the_local_fount

Caiti also has an account that I love to turn to when I need inspo for finishing touches. Looking at her account you get a warm at-home feeling. She has stated that she’s “Passionate about helping people feel inspired to make their house a home”. And she definitely succeeds at that.

@homestead_city_dwelling

IG account @homestead_city_dwelling

Georgia peach April is all about the details and that’s one of the reasons that I love visiting her profile. One of the things that April and I have in common is that we both love supporting small businesses. April loves home decor because it allows her to be creative and release stress.

@blessed_casita

IG account @blessed_casita

Whenever I visit Angelica’s profile I feel like I’m looking at photos from a friend. A peek at her page and I want to sit on the couch with her & catch a movie. And when it comes to home decor accounts that’s one of the best feelings that you can get. She enjoys that home decor gives her freedom to express herself. And she has a great way of doing just that.

@theoppidancottage

IG account @theoppidancottage

I love that Vanessa’s account is a mixture of home decor and her family. It gives you a sense of how certain elements work in everyday life. Vanessa hopes that she has created and continues to create a cozy, warm, and inviting space where her friends and family feel comfortable and welcome.

There are many beautiful accounts in the decor family on Instagram. If you view the hashtags on the accounts listed above you’re bound to find inspiration. Be careful though. You might be tempted to redecorate or remodel after viewing these gorgeous profiles.

Yours, Mines, & Ours

Trying to agree on a place to have dinner can be hard, but have you ever tried to agree on throw pillows for your couch? Or find a headboard that you both like? Trying to find decor ideas for your home can be hard when you and your significant other have different likes and ideas. Here’s a few tips to help you come up with some solutions.

Mood Boards
Create mood boards that set the tone of what you’re each looking for. When you place the boards side by side you might be able to find some ideas that can bring certain points together.

Prioritize & Compromise
Do you really need silver walls with glitter? Does he really need that chair that looks like it belongs in a dump? Make a list to categorize how important certain aspects are to you. You may think that you can’t live without a pink coffee table, but if it means living without that hideous throw rug that he’s had since college you might find that you’re happy without it.

To Your Corners
If you’re sparkles and shine, but your significant other is old leather and oak, consider making a personal space for each of you. Give yourselves an area in your home that is all about you. It makes it much easier to agree on the common areas.

You might get a little bummed out because the final results aren’t what you originally planned, but living together means making your environment enjoyable for everyone.

Brunchalicious: Ladies Who Brunch

Bring the brunch to your home

Brunch. A magical word that can bring added happiness to your weekend.
Brunch doesn’t have to include a long wait at a restaurant or feeling rushed to let another party have your table. You can coordinate your own brunch at home with more ease than you think.


Food
For food make it as simple or as grand as you like. If you don’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen consider catering. Many restaurants offer catering menus for small and medium sized groups. If you prefer to do everything yourself then head over to Costco. They offer a variety of pastry and deli platters. You can also grab items like pancakes and quiche from the frozen food department. Fruit salad or a fruit platter is also a nice addition to a brunch menu.
Buffet style is always good for an at-home brunch as it will allow guests to eat at their own pace and make their own selections. It also keeps the host from having to spend all day serving everyone. Food warming stations are great for keeping hot foods hot throughout the day. And if you’re having a buffet style brunch a DIY waffle or pancake station is definitely something to consider.
Another way to cutback on your work is to have a potluck. Just make sure that you know what everyone is bringing to prevent duplicates and to make sure that nothing is missing.
Also, make sure that your menu has something for everyone. Check with your guests regarding food allergies. And consider special dietary needs for vegans, pregnant or nursing mothers, and anyone else that may have to avoid certain things.


Drinks
For the beverage portion of your menu there’s lots of room for variety. Mimosas can be made in a few different flavors. You can either make them in large batches or provide the ingredients so that guests can create their own flavors.
Coffee and tea can be offered hot and cold. When it comes to coffee consider ordering from someplace like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. They can provide you with milk options, sweeteners, stirrers, and cups. If you place your order in advance you can schedule a pickup time. Most locations will let you order at the time of pickup. Just expect a short wait. For tea I like to mix it up. Have on hand a few different flavors. Your classic black teas, white teas, green teas, and fruit flavors. Have a kettle available for hot tea. For iced teas many brands now offer cold brew bags. Or this is something else that you can pre-make in a container. If you’re hosting a brunch during colder months consider adding hot cocoa or hot apple cider. If you have a single serve system like a Keurig that can help prevent having too much on hand. Only what is desired will be made.
Juices and soft drinks can be added to your list also. As well as specialty drinks. Water is also a must-have so make sure to either grab a case or two or keep some ice water available. Infused water adds a nice touch.


Atmosphere
Decorating for brunch doesn’t have to be elaborate. You can pick up a few bouquets from your local supermarket or Trader Joe’s and make them into beautiful arrangements. A quick trip to Michael’s, Joanne’s, or Dollar Tree can dress up your flower selections. Grab a few vases, some ribbon, and anything that catches your eyes.
For music there’s the option of creating a playlist or letting a program like Pandora mix it up a bit. Just create or select a station based off of an artist or song that would make a nice soundtrack to your day.

If you’re ready to host your own brunch don’t worry. If planned properly it can be a piece of cake.

Check out my mimosa post for some fun drink recipes!https://mytiffytaffyworld.com/2019/11/02/welcome-to-my-blog/