Weekly Reads and Finds and a Last Minute Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide gifts from $5 to $20 #giftguide #holiday2017 #holidaygiftguide #christmasgiftguide #christmas2017

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Weekly Reads and Finds Plus an Under $20 Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide gifts for under $20 #giftguide #holiday2017 #holidaygiftguide #christmasgiftguide #christmas2017

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I am going to have a holiday give away for my Canadian readers this weekend. I don’t know yet if it will be tomorrow or Sunday so keep an eye on your inbox if you subscribe to my blog post emails because it will be in there.

Do you know what I hate? When you are shopping on Amazon and are thinking of buying from a 3rd party seller but it doesn’t list where they ship from. How am I supposed to know if I want standard or expedited shipping if I don’t even know where it is coming from. Does this but anyone else?

I put together a gift guide for some cute, last-minute under $20 gift ideas from Amazon (because of variety, and the ability to order really late and have it still arrive on time). I hope you enjoy my selections :)

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • This is truly one of the best articles I have read on women and self-care. Like it says, “True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.”
  • Did you see who Time’s Person of the Year is? This movement is making me proud and giving me hope.
  • Have you been following this guys Twitter feed? I have it open in a tab just so I make sure not to miss something. There is so much information that it’s easy to get lost but it’s been worth the read.
  • You have only got until Monday to try the new Starbucks holiday Frappe. After the Unicorn frappe debacle I will remain skeptical but reviews sound promising.
  • Diphtheria is back. Why is it back, and what is it. And to go along with that article this post gives you a real perspective of what an outbreak is like. Disclaimer: it’s a sad read.

Weekly Finds:

Make sure to check back this weekend if you are a Canadian reader to enter the giveaway!



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Weekly Reads and Finds and a 30 for Under $30 Gift Guide

 

Holiday Gift Guide 30 gifts for under $30 #giftguide #holiday2017 #holidaygiftguide #christmasgiftguide #christmas2017

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Since it’s December 1st (can you believe it?) we are rapidly running out of time for Christmas shopping. I decided to put together a 30 for under $30 gift guide for those of us that are on a budget or just have a lot of people on your list that you need to buy a small gift for. I looked for some cute/fun/creative gift ideas that should appeal to a variety of tastes. We have Both the cat bank (#11) and the Sorting hat (#25) for the girls and they love them (the Sorting Hat makes a fun room decoration too). I’m pretty sure the Nesting Dolls are my favourite from the list though because they would be a fun piece to keep on a book shelf (they also had The Goonies characters). Everything was selected from Amazon because they are the best retailer if you need to have something shipped quickly which many of us are looking for at this time of year. I’m talking to you, you last minute shoppers ;)

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • If you need to get in to the Christmas spirit then check out how the amazing holiday windows by Bergdorf Goodman are made. I would love to see these in person.
  • This video on how cosmetics were made in Ancient China is fascinating. I don’t think I would have the patience to do that.
  • This is one of the best Christmas cards I have ever seen.
  • Thank you sugar industry, for potentially damaging an entire generation of people :/
  • I have done 26 out of 28 of these things on this list which is terrifying, and it would have been 27 but I haven’t dated during the era of Tinder.   

Weekly Finds:

  • Hello big LOFT sale. You can get up to an extra 60% off. Still need some sweaters? This embroidered one is so pretty,  and I love this one. It looks like my oversized striped sweater but so much more fuzzy and soft.
  • If you are still in need of a party dress for this season then Urban Outfitters has 30% off dresses and rompers. Okay, I know I said holiday, but how about an awesome dress for spring? Back to party dresses. How about this pretty bronze one? Metallic green works for the holidays, or if you prefer jumpsuits then this one is perfect for New Years.
  • Baublebar is offering 25% off with the code GIFT25. I kind of really love this necklace, and this one with a loved ones name on it.  I’m not going to lie, while I don’t wear much jewellery I really do love a statement ring. And by statement I don’t mean a big, expensive diamond. I mean a giant cocktail ring or animal head ring.
  • Pottery Barn is 20% off for a limited time and free shipping with the code CHEER. Are you looking for some monogrammed stockings? And if you love the Grinch as much as I do, you can pop over to Pottery Barn Kids and find How the Grinch Stole Christmas on a Duvet. I want this soooo badly and would keep it on the bed all year-long. It’s flannel too which is amazing to sleep under.
  • And finally we have Express which is up to 50% off select. I love this colour coat in both the short and longer version. Women’s sweaters and jeans are both 40% off, and you can find some bargains for men too with jeans being buy one get one $19.90, and sweaters are 40% off.

I’m hitting publish before bed right now so have a great weekend!


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What I Wore This Week

Black Sweatshirt, faux leather leggings, Adidas, beanie

Striped everyone shirt, cropped jeans, leather jacket, and sock boots

Kimono shirt, trench, boyfriend jeans, and zara flats

Harry Potter Hagrid Birthday Cake Philosopher's Stone #harrypotterbirthdaycake

Outfit 1 – Oversized sweatshirt (I went up a size for a large fit) • Faux leather leggings (you need to up the size in these for a regular fit) | Knit Beanie | Adidas |
Outfit 2 – Striped Shirt | Cropped Jeans (on sale for $18) | Leather Jacket | Sock Boots | Purse |
Outfit 3 – Kimono Shirt (similar) | Trench (similar) | Shoes (less expensive version here and here) | Purse vintage (similar)


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On Friday my oldest became a teenager. It’s so crazy how fast time flies. It always sounds like a cliché when people say but it’s true and it makes me sad. I really need to start forcing her to take more pictures. That sound bad, but my heart breaks at the huge gaps I have in between photographs of her. She hates taking them but I need them. It’s important to me and I think one day she will like being able to look back on the times in her life. She didn’t ask for much or want to do much for her birthday but did ask for me to try to make the cake that Hagrid made Harry in The Philosopher’s Stone. I think I did okay with my reproduction of it since it’s supposed to look like a slightly botched job ;)

I missed my Weekly Reads and Finds post from Saturday because we were out celebrating her birthday and I took a small social media break this weekend, (and I already flooded you with posts through the week so I figure you would appreciate not hearing from me ;) So this is a sort of combination of the two posts.

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • If you are spastic cook like me and are always second guessing yourself with measurements when reducing a recipe size then I have a site for you. If you copy and paste your ingredients for a recipe into the box on this page and then pick what size you want to reduce to it will give you the measurements kind of like Google Translate works within the box beside. I totally have this bookmarked because I always changing recipe sizes, but it also will multiply recipes and give you alternative instructions when you have a different pan size.
  • I really love any video that puts in to perspective the timeline of the earth and how in the grand scheme were are just a tiny blip on the radar (although we have done tremendous damage in our short time). It’s so interesting to see how the Ancient Egyptians are closer to the time of the Tyrannosaurus Rex than T-Rex is to the earth’s beginning. Mind boggling. It also makes me shake my head when I see the flat earth movement becoming more prevalent like this guy. The best comments about the flat earth video, “If the earth really was flat, cats would have pushed everything off the edge a long time ago.”, and “I don’t believe in science”….says the man launching himself skyward using a boatload of science…..” sometimes the comment section makes me lose faith in humanity and then sometimes it is filled with gems like this that restore it.
  • When you see it broken down like this you really do realize how The Neverending Story was Bleak AF. I still think about Atreyu and Artax dying with the immense sadness I felt at around 6 years old.
  • A Canadian PHD student makes groundbreaking cancer discovering. I love reading stories like this. I gives hope when it seems that everyone around you is affected by cancer.
  • When Lego building meets real life. I would honestly loves these for the girls’ room. Such a smart and creative idea.

Weekly Finds for Cyber Monday:

  • I don’t know if you were aware but Ebay offers Cyber Monday deals like up to 90% off all categories plus free shipping.
  • Target has an additional 15% discount built in to pricing and will also be applied to anything that is currently on sale. They are offering the Sony Playstation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle for $300. A free $20 Target Gift Card with the purchase of BeatsX earphones, or Beats EP Headphones. The Kitcheaid 4.5qt Classic Plus Stand Mixer for $199, and the Keurig K200 Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker for $89.99 (plus a free $20 Target GiftCard). Also a huge selection of Toys are up to 50% off. Every Christmas list can be checked off before December 1st.
  • Amazon will once again be having deals all day that change-up every few hours so if there is something you are looking for in particular you need to pay attention. You can find great deals on technology, cookware, and even magazine subscriptions.
  • Topshop is still running an up to 50% off plus free shipping to round off the sale weekend. These sock boots are like the ones I bought from Topshop last year (but have a slightly larger heel) and are on sale. A pretty fab peplum blazer for a great deal (limited sizes left), a sweatshirt with a fun accent, and the classic trench.
  • J.Crew is still 40% off but with an additional 10% off until noon Monday with the code SHOPFAST. Also with free shipping so get on it and shop fast because there are some pretty great things on sale. My friend has been debating this coat since the sale started. I’m in the market for winter boots and these look cute and hardy.
  • Urban Outfitters is $50 off purchases $150 or more, and $15 off of $75 or more. I always find things I love here in both home and clothing. It’s one of my favourite stores to wander around and it totally reminds me of how I used to dress in 1994/95. Maybe that’s why I like it ;) This cardigan looks like my oversized cardigan that I have (and love) from Zara that is sold out. An embroidered sweater that’s beautiful (and also looks like a Zara one that I have), some fun stocking stuffers, and an ornament that Merle would love and would use all year-long.
  • And I just got this email two seconds before I hit publish so I thought I would squeeze it in her. H&M is 30% off everything with free shipping using code 5038.

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Have you ever played or do you have the Nintendo Switch? My girls have talked about if for a while but last night at the mall they had a huge demo going on to showcase the new Mario game; Super Mario Odyssey (I love Mario games), so they got to try it out and loved it. It was so much fun, except the part where Merle was getting her picture taken in front of a Mario graphic and they offered her the communal Mario hat for the picture. She took it before I could hiss the word lice :|

Tom’s birthday is tomorrow and I had no idea to what to get him. My original idea fell through so I one with the trusty old Kiss stuff. He is a collector and while he once had a huge collection (and by huge I mean we actually had a large jewellery store glass display case in our living room) he sold most of it over the years when we were super broke. I think he would like to build up his collection again although I put my foot down to the huge display case ;) I went with an Esty made T-shirt that has the Gene Simmons style from his favourite era, as well as several records. Now on to Roo’s birthday which is Friday. She was kind of hoping that the new Fantastic Beasts movie would be out this year, but it’s set for next year at this time, so I’m not too sure what she will want to do. Gifts are bought though and she wants me to reproduce the cake that Hagrid made Harry in The Philosopher’s Stone. It’s so awkwardly perfect that I hope I can do it.

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • If you like Cards Against Humanity you will really love this. They have totally upped their game and bought land blocking his border wall. So awesome and I am loving that they have raised so much money for this.
  • Remember That One Time “Friends” Replaced Rachel With A Random Person And No One Noticed? Nope, but I’m going to have to rewatch to see if I can catch it. Like I need and excuse to watch Friends again anyway ;)
  • My kids want this. I just laughed and thought about how he would probably try to rip their faces off if they attempted. He’d let me but that’s about it.
  • Some crafting for you. Next year’s Halloween costume? Not bloody likely but he’s really good at it. You should see his other videos.  How about one of those huge knit merino wool blankets we see everywhere? This is pretty awesome.
  • I’m not going to lie, I really want to subscribe to this. Not just for me but the kids too, because it looks like it would be so much fun. There are so many subscription boxes out there but this one comes with a mystery to solve which is right up my alley.  

Weekly Finds:

  • Are you ready to up your holiday party game this year? Aside from an ugly Christmas sweater party because I’ve got the whole family covered with the sweater selections above. H&M has a Black Friday seek peek which is offering daily sales. Today is 30% off pants (taken off at checkout). There are so many good pants, and you could easily pick up one key item and work it to wear in different ways throughout the holidays like these tuxedo style pants or leather pants. You could easily pair them with just a plain t-shirt (this one is $4.99) and a blazer, or a sweater, or even just stripes with some jewellery and heeled boots. Side note: my leather leggings I always wear are included in this sale so they would be 30% off $24.99 (you need to size up in these though).
  • I love Anine Bing although I usually can’t afford her, but I can  when she has an up to 70% off sale…..sort of.  The Charlie boot I want is on sale (but I still can’t afford them). A really awesome classic, yet modern trench, solid black hi tops, or a fuzzy black sweater with a sexy open back.
  • Anthropologie has up to 20% off no code on sweaters and shirts (price reflected at check out). The Hygge cardigan is beautiful,and while I like the black and the grey (surprise, surprise) I really like it in gold. This one looks like a sweater my nana would have made which makes me happy.
  • At LOFT you can get and extra $25 off of dresses, skirts, and cardigans. Like this closet staple cardigan, a knee-length sweater skirt, or a fall dress (I like both colours but am partial to the blue).
  • Are you still looking for holiday cards? Minted has 15% off with the code BEMERRY until November 21st. The have their #GIVEHOPE holiday card collection for UNICEF which are beautiful, vintage, traditional,  and even non photo cards.
  • And if you just feel like buying something for you not just for a gift, then ASOS has a pre Black Friday sale of up to 60% off. I found a good jean jacket that has that slightly oversized fit in a washed denim. A pretty lace blouse from their Plus Size collection which would be perfect for a holiday look. And two things that I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection would be some mom jeans, and a tiered skirt.
  • If you are partial to chic, classic pieces then Club Monaco has an additional 30% off sale. This hat would fit in my collection well, as well as a shirt that has a twist to the classic striped shirt.

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