Lots {and lots!} of Gifts for Under $20

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you had a great day yesterday with your friends and family!
Now that it’s officially after Thanksgiving, Christmas planning and festivities can proceed unhindered. I’m a bit of a traditionalist and I can’t believe it when people put up decorations the day after Halloween. But now, Christmas planning has my complete blessing! 😉
To help in any gift buying you may have in your future, I compiled a bunch of fun and cute gifts for under $20. Hope you enjoy my choices!

For the Journal Lover

journal gifts

1// Collected Quotations  2// Metallic Shadows 3// Global Girl 

For the Nail Polish Gal

nail polish gifts

1// e.l.f. Nail Cube 2// Nail Art Expressions 3// F21 Nail Polish 

For the Coffee {or Tea} Lover

mug gifts

1// Swirled Symmetry 2// Threshold Beaded (set of 4)  3// Dipped (set of 4)

For the Scarf Collector

Scarf gifts

1// Tile Infinity  2//Burgundy & Ivory Infinity 3// All Eyes on Me 

For the Tech Whiz

tech gifts

1//Fly Through Work Tablet Case 2// Portable Phone Charger 3// Cam I Call You? Case

For the Outdoorsy Type

outdoorsy gifts

1// Marled Watch Cap 2//Sweaty Bands Fitness Headwrap 3// Bamboo Glass Waterbottle

For the Blingy Girl

jewelry gifts

1// Geo on the Go 2// Rings of Radiance 3// Iridescent Midi Set

For the Pajama Lover

Pajama gifts

1// Fox Pajama Set 2// Sleep Chemise 3// Geo-Tribal Satin Pants





Friday Favorites- Happy Week Before Food

Well, Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and I’m getting quite excited for pumpkin pie. And stuffing. And all the food in general 😉 Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

And on a completely unrelated note, here’s a Friday Favorites post for your viewing pleasure.

Favorite New Etsy Shop– ComeJew


Delicate, pretty jewelry, and it’s inexpensive? Win-win.

Favorite Sweet – Sour Cream Pumpkin Muffins


Yum. Just yum.

Favorite Wanderlust- Glacier National Park



This makes me want to pack a backpack and leave home right now.

Favorite Outfit Inspiration



If this doesn’t look like Christmas to you then I don’t know what will.

Favorite Drool- 7-Ingredient Zuppa Toscana (Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Kale and Sausage)



This looks absolutely, amazingly delicious.

Favorite Words to Remember



Lysa TerKeurst’s devotions are great- well-written, funny and thought-provoking. Click here to read them or subscribe.

Favorite Funny



Oh my goodness. I have no idea what this is from, but it makes me laugh so hard.

Favorite New Song- Tee Shirt by Birdy




Friday Favorites- A Few Cute Things…

Happy Friday! I decided to do a Friday Favorites today instead of the normal Fashion Friday- hope you enjoy it!

Favorite Random Blog Post- Tell Yourself 20



Thought this was sweet.

Favorite Video- GoPro Puppies

I absolutely loved this. And then I found this video, which just completed the cuteness. And this (dramatic) video. Seriously you guys, just search YouTube for “puppies chasing GoPro”. You won’t be disappointed.

Favorite Recipe to Try- Homemade Fries + Ketchup



Yum yum yum. My mouth is watering just looking at this.

Favorite Outfit Post- The Clothes Horse

montpelier-41_zpsb14a9301It should come as no surprise that I love her hair color. But I also really love this outfit post- the pink jacket is so pretty!

Favorite Accessory- Critter Backpack

critter backpack


Cute and quirky!

Favorite New Song- Tenerife Sea

One of my recent music favorites.

Favorite Pinterest Board- Wandering Soul


Yes, I featured one of my own boards- feels kinda weird, but doing it anyway 😉

Favorite Drool- Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in the World



This post made me want to take a trip exclusively to find the best ice cream places. My stomach would be happy, but my clothes? Not so much.


Coffee & Coconut Oil Body Scrub

My Daughter and I- Coffee and Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Ahhhhh… coffee. I love everything about it: the taste, the heat and, of course, the smell. Using coffee grounds in a body scrub may seem a bit strange, but it exfoliates skin well, and the smell is to die for. Also, because the coffee is packed with antioxidants, it’s a great anti-inflammatory, and the caffeine also makes your skin feel softer and firmer.

I’ve made coffee body scrub before (here’s the original post), but I used olive oil in the recipe. We had a jar of coconut oil floating around in our pantry, so this time, I found a recipe that included coconut oil instead. The coconut oil is a lot more moisturizing then the olive oil, so you probably won’t need to put lotion on after you shower.

My Daughter and I- Coffee and Coconut Oil Body Scrub 2


Coffee & Coconut Oil Body Scrub

3/4 cup coffee grounds (Used or fresh. Coarser coffee grounds seem best, but anything works)

1/2 brown sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil (or olive oil)

1 tsp. cinnamon


Mix all ingredients well and store in airtight container.


Here’s the original recipe (I made quite a few modifications.)




Yes, I know that my hair is pink

I’ve been dying my hair for about a year now- mostly it’s been a dark red that eventually fades into a slightly more natural looking orange-ish brown. My  hair was also a more purple red at one point and then most recently, I dyed my hair a bright purple-y pink. It’s way brighter than anything I’d tried before and it’s been an interesting experience, that’s for sure. I expected surprise from my friends, and knew that there would be a few who weren’t a fan of the bright color.

What I wasn’t expecting were the constant (and not very positive) comments from people I didn’t even know. When the first words from a newly introduced stranger are, “Wow. You have very red hair”, it tends to throw me. If someone had really long legs, or had crooked teeth, you wouldn’t dream of commenting on it, especially when you don’t even know the person. But somehow, that doesn’t apply when the unusual feature is on purpose; like dyed hair, or tattoos, or piercings, or unusual clothing decisions. Those sort of choices become free game for discussion, and too often, judgement.

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^^^The hair dye I used- Manic Panic’s Hot Hot Pink. Keep an eye out for a post in the near future talking about what I thought of Manic Panic’s dye.

Don’t get me wrong- I’ve had a ton of positive feedback- the majority of the people actually do seem to like my hair. If nothing else, they think it’s fun for a short period of time. In fact, it’s started some interesting conversations with complete strangers who I would have never talked to otherwise. Like the gal at Costco who I talked to for 10 minutes just because she asked about my hair. It seems to be a good ice-breaker 😉 And I really do love to hear people’s thoughts about my hair color- it’s interesting to see the variety of opinions.

The comments and the strange looks I get have begun to open my eyes to how judgmental I myself can be. I see someone who looks a certain way, and I immediately make a snap judgement of their character and personality. I always knew that wasn’t a fair or accurate representation of anyone, but until I was in their shoes, I didn’t realize how annoying it can be. None of the comments I’ve received are downright rude, or mean, but they still hurt- knowing that the only thing someone knows me as is “the girl with the purple hair” is a strange experience.

The qualification of, “You can take her word for it. She’s actually a stand-up person, despite her hair”, was one of the more shocking things I heard in regards to my appearance. It made me realize that every time we do something to our bodies, or wear certain clothing, we are directly influencing how others perceive us.

All in all, I just want to be better about giving people the benefit of the doubt. I need to stop judging people by their appearance, or by their actions. I need to wait until I have more information about a person before I decide what I think of them.

Like I said, having a bright hair color has been interesting. Despite the sometimes negative responses, I’m so glad I did it, and hope that I’ll  to continue to have fun, unnatural hair colors. I wonder what people will think about rainbow hair? 😉