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Black Friday

Gift Guide: Gifts Under $50 for HER

Christmas, Fave PicksAnneke McConnell

Happy Thanksgiving week! As I highlighted in my previous blog post, the Black Friday deals are already creeping up all over the Internet. It's fun and exciting to score such great deals, but it can also be super overwhelming! 

I've already seen Ray Bans and a Michael Kors watch for 85% off and about fell off my chair. As a heads up, if you're looking to snag some deals online this weekend, be sure to follow along on Facebook where I'll be sharing what I feel are great deals worth mentioning! 

On that note, this week I am doing my best to focus on BALANCE. When I began blogging so many years ago, I didn't even realize how out of balance I was (late nights, no plan, etc.), so it's a subject near and dear to me, and one I'm constantly growing in.

Balance IS possible!  This week I am so thankful for the opportunity that blogging allows me to maintain balance in my life. :-)

OK! So today's post is all about Gifts for Her under $50!

With prices fluctuating throughout the upcoming days and weeks, the prices of the items below will likely change, and hopefully decrease! 

As I'm already gearing up and planning for next year, one of the first items I spotted are these cute day planners below. I LOVE the fun and bright colors!

Below are several items I found across the Internet for under $50 that are sure to be a well loved gift for that special someone in your life, many items even under $25.

You can hover over the photo for the price and click the photo for details and any updated price and sizes (if applicable). Remember to have fun with it! :-) Happy shopping for all your friends and family (and a little on the side for yourself!). ;-)



Winter Boots 2015

Boots, Fashion, Fashion Blog PostsAnneke McConnell

We just got back from our Christmas tree farm adventure and, well........we never quite made it to the location! Sad right?! I'm so bummed that somehow our maps failed us.

We spent the morning getting bundled in sweaters, scarves, winter jackets, and of course our warm winter boots, and seemingly all for nothing! At least we were together. ;-)


With Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales in full swing (see the Gift Guide HERE), I've rounded up some great winter boot options. Unfortunately, I've searched and searched, but can't find my Ralph Lauren boots shown above (a few years old). 

I'm finding that when most sites get low on sizes, Amazon always seems to have more in stock. We live in Washington state, so that's my personal reference for the choices I picked, just so you know.

I love the Sorel and Tory Burch brand boots  for high quality and style, but there are some GREAT alternatives that are just as stylish and affordable. Hope this helps you find that perfect warm boot for this winter!





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Christmas Decorating Ideas + Christmas Gift Guides

ChristmasAnneke McConnell

Christmas is admittedly my favorite season to decorate for. I'm personally not much of a seasonal decorator, but I LOVE bringing in fresh greens this time of year in the form of trees, wreaths, garlands, front porch Christmas decor, and on and on.  

I do have a tree that I like to decorate with sparkly crystal ornaments, silver and gold and some ribbon.  It hasn't changed much over the past few years, because I love it so much! But then we bring out the Christmas ornaments and as a family reminisce about when we got each one and how special those moments are. 

If you have yet to decorate for the Holidays this year, here are a handful of Christmas decorating ideas to inspire you in your own home.  Remember, oftentimes you can't go wrong with simple decorations, but don't be afraid to layer in different elements here and there.

This is a perfect example of simplicity on this porch/entryway. You could even add red bows or similar on the plant containers for a pop of seasonal color.

I feel like this room was decorated really well using the color scheme that was already there with the orange. The pink, green, and gold colors for this Christmas living room look beautiful together!

I'm so inspired by Kim of Sand and Sisal to add some sea stars and sand dollars to my Christmas tree and decor.  I think the different color blues look beautiful together with the mercury glass ornaments!

This kitchen is the PERFECT example of how to add a touch of Christmas to a room instantly with a red berry wreath.  I'm loving how the subway tile backsplash and open shelving still shine as design elements, and the pop of red brings in a bit of the Christmas spirit.

I LOVE how this stone looks similar to our recent fireplace makeover. I can't WAIT to share all the details, because it was super easy!!

So aside from decorating our home fort he holidays this year, like many I'm preparing for Black Friday shopping, shop Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

I used to be willing to brave the crowds, but have stuck with online shopping since the kids were little.  It went from a stressful experience to something I really look forward to!  No long lines, a yummy drink in hand (rotating between hot cocoa, coffee, Spark, and wine!), saving money on deals and actually spending less because I'm a lot more focused on what I'm looking for. Lol

In preparation for this year's best deals, I have a few places I'm browsing around right now for great deals.  

Amazon (of course!) makes the cut since many of my favorite places to shop actually list their products on amazon's site.

They have some amazing Black Friday Deals already listing throughout this week, which I think is kind of nice.  It helps to avoid a massive rush of shopping for the lowest prices out there. I was surprised to see they even had a ceiling fan with palm leaf blades as an option today - go figure!

More of my go to shopping sites are listed below, but first.....

Is anybody else feel a bit crazy busy at the moment??? Maybe it's not feeling crazy busy as it is feeling the need to say NO to a lot more than I'd like to.

I have had every intention of putting together some gift guides, but I'm really focusing on the Blogging for Biz course for small business owners right now. I am making it the BEST I possibly can and am so excited!

There are still a few days left to join if you've been on the fence. Click HERE to check it out!

So, GIFT GUIDES!  I haven't put together my own for you at this time, BUT I would recommend checking out the following Gift Guides put together by some of the places I'll be shopping this holiday season.

It's only a bummer I can't link to local shops - be sure to support your local stores on Small Business Saturday!


I hope these help point you in the right direction! More details to come, but for now, Happy Christmas decorating!




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