Holiday Gift Guide | Gift Ideas for Parents and In-laws

Shopping for your parents and in-laws can sometimes be a tedious task. Personally, shopping for my parents is pretty easy. But when it comes to my in-laws, that’s where I get stuck. While hubby and I have decided not to gift our parents large gifts this year, I still wanted to provide a few gift ideas for parents and in-laws. Check them out below!

Gift Ideas for Parents and Inlaws

1. Keurig. This single cup serving special edition Keurig is the best thing since sliced bread! Most of us love a good cup of coffee or tea to start the day. Gifting your parents or in-laws this will definitely have them smiling from ear to ear. Check out Amazon or Target for prices and options.

2. Wine Glass Set.  Your parents or in-laws will more than likely have guests over from time to time. If that’s the case, wine glasses are a must! Fancy wine glass sets can be easily be found at stores like Pier 1, Marshall’s or Target.

3. Luggage Set. Are your parents or in-laws travelers? A nice luggage set is the perfect idea for those parents and in-laws who are on the go. Check places like the Samsonite Outlet or Zappos for unique and  durable pieces.

4. Musical Snow Globe. My mother collects snow globes, and she has her collection showcased beautifully on a shelf in the house. A gift like this is something that has meaning, especially if you get it engraved.

5. Plane Tickets. If you have it in your budget to send your parents or in-laws away, that’s always a great idea. It doesn’t have to be somewhere exotic or expensive. A weekend stay at a quaint bed and breakfast will do just fine. Talk it over with your spouse and see if you can make it happen.

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So tell me, what do you think about my gift ideas for parents and in-laws? Any ideas spark your interest? Let me know! 

This guide is the last of my holiday gift guides. You can see the other one’s here and there. I hope they’ve all helped you with your last minute holiday shopping. Until next time, stay blessed and be safe…XO!

Giveaway | Holiday Cards from Minted

Is the art of giving or sending holiday cards a thing of the past? I think not. I love getting cards in the mail; especially cards with things inside (i.e. money, checks, gift cards, etc). More importantly, I enjoy giving cards. Doesn’t matter the occasion, I’ll find a card for it! This holiday season is no different. Hubby and I have decided to send out holiday cards! The holiday’s came so quickly that we didn’t have a chance to do so last year. So when I was contacted about the holiday cards from Minted a few weeks back,  I knew I should take them up on their offer.

We ended up ordering the cutest holiday/new year cards to send to our family. It was hard to narrow down a design, but we eventually agreed on the one below. Instead of the traditional folded card, we opted for the postcard style. This style is my favorite because you can easily frame the card and use it as a picture or stick it on your fridge. People still stick things to their fridge, right?? 

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On the back of the card there’s a brief new year’s message. We also ordered the envelopes, with our name and address engraved on the envelope seal, as well. Fancy, huh? I felt so grown up after I order from Minted. I used to see my mother order our family holiday cards year after year and I loved helping her pick out designs, colors and fonts. Now that I’m married, I get to do the same and I must say it was fun!

I want you to join in on the fun too! Thanks to Minted, I’m giving away a $50 credit to their site. This giveaway is right on time for the holiday season! There are so many options to pick from, and adding your  favorite family photo makes the cards that much more special. You can also order holiday menus, place cards, invites and MUCH more! So be sure to enter for your chance to win and share this giveaway with your fiends and family too! Giveaway ends next Sunday at midnight, so be sure to enter ASAP. Have a great weekend, stay blessed and be safe…xo!
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Thrifty Thursday | Holiday Thrifting

Happy Thrifty Thursday, friends! Today’s post is all about holiday thrifting! I’m always excited  when it comes to thrifting, but I especially enjoy holiday thrifting. Not only can you thrift some amazing gifts, but you can also decorate your house with some thrifted holiday finds. The holidays are also a good time to go thrifting for yourself. A lot of people donate their items this time of year and you can score some pretty amazing deals!

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It may take a while to convince you that holiday thrifting is the thing to do, so here’s a video for you. I had the pleasure of chatting with my Thrift Sisters (Ayana, Keren & Wendy) about holiday thrifting the other night. We all shared our thoughts on the topics mentioned above, as well as showed off our recent thrift finds. While some of the thrift sisters didn’t agree with me on thrifting Christmas gifts, lol, we all agreed that this time of year is a thrift shoppers dream! Take a look at the holiday thrifting video for more!


So tell me, are you into holiday thrifting? Would you thrift a gift for someone? Let me know! 

If you want some more tips on what kind of Christmas gifts to thrift, check out my recent post on The Curvy Fashionista. You can also shoot me an email if you have any questions about holiday thrifting, or just thrifting in general. I’d love to help you make the most out of your thrifting trip(s)! Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe!

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Holiday Gift Guide | 5 Gift Ideas for Tween and Teen Girls

When it comes to Christmas shopping, I always have the most fun shopping for my 12-year-old sister. It’s so exciting to go into the store and look for cutesy items that I wouldn’t normally shop for. I pretty much know what she likes and what her style is. Anything girly, glamorous, and crystal embroidered she loves! So I thought it’d be fun to do a quick holiday gift guide for tween and teen girls. Some of you may have tween/teen siblings, nieces or godchildren; I hope this gift guide helps. These gift ideas may also work for a girly girlfriend on your list. Take a look below!

Gift Ideas for Teen Girls

 

1. Cute iPhone Covers. What girl doesn’t love a cute iPhone case?? I mean, the more bling the better! Stores like Forever 21 have cute ones, but you can also shop these online as well. Amazon, Etsy and even eBay have plenty girly, frilly and glam options!

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2. Fancy & Fun Beanies. I’m seeing a lot of these character and animated-like beanies lately, so I think it’s safe to say that it’s a tween/teen girl trend. I guess if you’re going to dress for the cold winter, you might as well look cute and be trendy while doing it. ;-) Urban Outfitters, Asos, and  Zumiez are great places to shop for these cute toppers.

Beanies for Teen Girls

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3. Anything Beauty. Being the pageant queen that she is, my little sis loves just about anything that has to do with beauty. Lip gloss, eye shadow, nail polish…you name it, she loves it! Gifting a cute makeupbag to store all those goodies is a perfect idea.

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4. Blank Journals. When I was a teen, I really enjoyed wiritng in my journal/diary. I’ve started my little sis with this same practice by gifting her a gratitude journal. I think journaling is a great way for tweens/teens to write down their feelings and thoughts. I encourage my sister to get it all out by writing or talking. Anything you can do to get tweens/teens to positively express themselves is a plus. Check out Barnes & Nobels, Marshall’s and Target for some great journals to gift!

Teen Journal

Barnes & Nobel (Purchase Here)

5. Headbands. This is yet another trend that has swept the tween/teen nation; cat ear headbands. I for one don’t get it, but I think it’s cute. It’s yet another form of expression I guess. Forever 21, Claire’s and eBay are the best places to go for these trendy items.

Cat Eats Headband

Nylon (Purchase Here)


So tell me, what do you think about my gift ideas for tween and teen girls? Anything catch your eye? Let me know! 

I’ll be doing a few more gift guides in the coming weeks, as well as posting some holiday shopping tips and DIY projects. Feel free to let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see me cover. Just shoot me an email! Until tomorrow, stay blessed and be safe…XO!

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WNJ Holiday | Celebrate the Holiday’s with Minted.com

I’m a sucker for a good greeting card so with the holiday season approaching, the joy of picking out that perfect holiday card for my family and friends excites me! While I usually purchase my cards from store locations, I’ve recently seen a few cards I like on Minted.com. This online site specializes in stationery and is powered by a global community of independent designers. A few of my favorite features on the site are (1) being able to add your own photos to any card and (2) choosing your own shape and color of the card. Check out a few of my favorite Minted designs below.

Minted Holiday Cards

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These card designs are perfect for families and newly weds. I can already imagine hubby and I using one of our wedding photos for a holiday greeting card. If you have children and you take holiday photos of them every year, use one of the photos as a holiday greeting. I’m sure the family would be so tickled to receive the card in the mail; especially those family members out of town!


So tell me, have you ever ordered from Minted? Which of one of the options above is your favorite? Let me know! 

I hope this gave you some ideas and gets you in the mood for the holiday season! It will be here before you know it, so don’t wait until the last minute to order and send out those holiday getting cards. Until Monday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Holiday Foodie

Hello lovely people! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and if you’re off until the New Year, I hope you’re enjoying your long vacation ;-)

This Christmas was special for me because I had the job of cooking and preparing a few meals. My mother, little sister and I were in the kitchen cookin’ up a storm! First, I helped my mother prepare her famous French Toast. She makes it every Christmas and I swear it tastes even better every year!

To prepare, I coated the pan with Pam, and then cut up one loaf of (day old) a French baguette.  I let it sit over night, and then on Christmas morning, my mom added the rest of the ingredients. Below is a pic of the DELICIOUS finished product.

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Salad & French Toast Prep

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French toast, fresh out the oven!

The next breakfast item I prepared and made myself. I saw this recepie on Pintrest (HERE) and I couldn’t wait to try it out. I figured Christmas was the perfect time! I (1) sprayed the muffin pan with Pam, (2) cracked enough eggs to fill each section, (3) added turkey bacon bits, shredded cheese, a dash of salt and pepper and then (4) placed it in the oven to bake for 15-20 minutes (on 300 degrees).

food2They came out PERFECTLY! The taste was great, and they slid right out of the pan, leaving no mess! This meal is a perfect meal if you’re having guests because you can  customize each egg if you want. Also, it’s great for kids because its quick to make, and small enough for them to enjoy with their hands ;-)

food3The next thing I prepared was easy. I used about 6 boiled eggs and diced them into little tiny pieces. I also cooked about 6-7 turkey bacon strips. I then crumbled them up and stored them in a container (see the 1st picture above). Once we were ready to eat dinner, I cut up a lettuce head into different sections, and then added the bacon and egg over top of it. Last, the blue cheese dressing was drizzled on top. Here’s a pic of the finished wedge below (minus the dressing).

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Lovely salad wedge!

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The last thing I want to share is my little sisters Christmas Mice. She prepared them after being inspired by one of my Dad’s co-workers chocolate mice. To make them, she used Oreo cookies (for the base), cherries (for the body/tail), Hershey’s kisses (for the face), almond slivers (for the ears) and food coloring for the eyes and the (green) mistletoe.

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Christmas Mice

So as you can see, I’ve been a busy kitchen helper this week. I also cooked for Thanksgiving; I’m on a roll ;-) Now I’m not one for the kitchen but I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed cooking and preparing this holiday season with my family. When I become a Mrs. I’ll be more than ready to serve up some delicious meals to the hubby ;-)

Until next time, take care and be blessed!

~Whitney

Friday Feature: Amberly from A Slice of Glam

Hey everyone, I’m Amberly from A Slice of Glam (www.asliceofglam.com)! I was so happy when Nic (Whitney) reached out to me to do a guest post and to do a holiday themed DIY post. This little project requires a few inexpensive items, and takes about 30 minutes! Hope you all enjoy!

D.I.Y. Wreath for the Holidays

What You’ll Need:

1.Plain note cards
2. Glitter alphabet stickers
3. Clear string (optional if you don’t want to use ribbon)
4. Red ribbon
5. Jingle bells
6. Mini lights (I used a box of 50)
7. Garland
8.Scissors & hole puncher

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Directions

1. Trim the note cards to desired shape and size, and punch a hole in each card to tie the ribbon through

2. Wrap the strand of mini lights around the garland

3. Then tie each letter and jingle bell to the garland

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4. Set atop your mantel (or cabinets in my case, since I don’t have a mantel), plug in the lights and voila! Now you’ve got a bit of holiday sparkle and cheer to your place.

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I hope you all enjoyed this DIY as much as I did making it! Don’t be shy, and stop by and say hello on A Slice of Glam! J I’d love to hear from you! Happy Holidays!

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‘Tis the Season

Happy Monday!!! It’s officially the holiday season; let the parties and festivities begin!! I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was super busy but super fun. Anytime I can spend a full weekend with my family and my babe, all is right in my little world ;-)

I started the weekend of attending a fashion show in Silver Spring, MD. I opted for an all black ensemble, with touches of gold. Both pieces are thrifted and the sweater is one of my favorite thrifted pieces, ever. I love the vintage feel and the shape of the sweater. It’s perfect because sometimes I don’t like to wear heavy coats in the winter, although I should. So I often times go for a chunky sweater and a scarf. This vintage sweater is heavy enough to keep me warm and fabulous enough for me to wear as a coat/cover up.

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Sweater: Thrifted
Dress: Thrifted
Purse: Gifted
Flats: Enzo Angiolini

Saturday, I attended my mother’s Christmas party. The event was held at the Candlelight Inn in Catonsville, MD and the food was AWESOME!! The company was even better. Because my mother runs our family business, I was very familiar with all of the attendees so it felt like one big happy family! That night, I wore all black yet again. The dress is a recent find and it was $5.00. Now of course like most women, I have SO MANY black dresses hanging in my closet. But I feel like a lady can never have too many LBD’s ;-)

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Jacket: Simply Be
Dress: Thrifted, $5.00

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Shoes: Sam & Libby
Clutch: F21
Jewelry: Macy’s (Monet) & Charming Charlie

To wrap up the weekend, the family and I headed to Baltimore for the Mayor’s 40th Annual Christmas Parade. My little sister and her fellow Sister-Queens were apart of the parade. They rode on the back of the pick up truck we decorated and waved to the crowd as the parade went all the way down Falls Road. It was really a good time and it was so nice seeing the community join together to watch the parade. The street was packed with people of all ages. Below are some pics I was able to snap before the parade began.

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All in all, my weekend was superb. Had the Ravens won it would’ve been even better but hey, we can’t always get everything we want ;-) Have a great day and until next time, be blessed!

~Whitney

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