Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Favorites: Gifts for the Greatest Gal

Hello Friday friends! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Everything to you and your family! I'm joining Andrea, Erika, and Narci for Friday Favorites. Please say hello in the comments below, and if you're new here, follow along with me on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Bloglovin'.
I've been sharing gift guides every Friday for the past month. You can check out my previous guides:

Today, it's all about gifting the greatest gal in your life - YOU! You've spent time, energy, and money taking care of everyone else in your life lately. Now you get to do something for you! Here are my ideas:

Old Navy lace top I picked up some great deals from Old Navy the day after Christmas, and I'm hoping to add some more tops to my wardrobe this year.

Mossimo cardigan I need to replace a gray boyfriend sweater that I lost last year, and this cardigan looks fabulous. Target has been running some great deals on sweaters, so I plan to snag this up soon!

Merona leopard scarf I've never really been a scarf girl, but I think a simple leopard print scarf would be a nice addition to jazz up any jeans and t-shirt outfit. 

Old Navy bootcut jeans I need to replace some of my larger jeans since I've had a lot of success with the My Fitness Pal app. I pretty much only wear bootcut jeans from Old Navy, and I am hoping to score a new pair over Christmas.

Statement necklace If you've been reading my blog lately, then you've seen me share this necklace set A LOT! Still haven't gotten it, so hint, hint, hint! :)

Eye glasses I wear glasses (refuse to put contacts in my eyes!), and one of my students came in with a really cute pair a few years ago. She said she got them from Walmart, so of course I had to check out their eye center. I love my current pair but would love to add this pair to add to the rotation. 

Personalized necklace I have had this necklace for over a year with the kids' nicknames on it, and I always get lots of compliments on it. If you've been looking for something special for yourself, then I definitely recommend designing your own necklace. 

Merona chain crossbody bag I've had my eye on the hot pink version of this bag for a while now. I'm hoping to add it to my bag collection when Target has a sale or Cartwheel deals going on.

Pixi skincare set I absolutely love my Pixi Glow Tonic and Beauty Sleep Cream! This package of cleanser, tonic, and mask would make for a great regimen. 

Maybelline eye shadow palette I have the Maybelline Rock Nudes palette and love it for evenings and special occasions. This blushed set would make for great day looks, and it is much more affordable than the Urban Decay sets. 

C9 running hat Robert and I are planning on running our district's 5K fun run again in February. I've started training again and would love to add this hat from Target to my runs to help keep the sun and my hair out of my face while running. 

C9 braided headband I love these C9 headbands so much that I own three! They do a great job of keeping my hair in place, and I can usually pick one up on clearance for under $5. 

New Balance trainers I bought these trainers back in July and they have made all the difference in my workouts. I'm officially a New Balance loyalist, and you can always find a decent pair at a decent price on Amazon. 

Real Techniques brush set I've heard rave reviews of these brushes, and I already own their makeup sponge. Four brushes for under $10 is also a total steal!

The Wet Brush Trust me when I tell you that you need this hairbrush in your life. Ari and I both have a Wet Brush and can't imagine using anything else. It's great for any type of hair, and I don't have to worry about it getting snagged up in my tangles. 

BCG workout leggings The weather has turned very cold here lately, and shorts or capri workout bottoms just aren't going to cut it anymore. I've purchased exercise clothes from Old Navy before but have found my BCG pieces from Academy are much more comfortable and durable. 

Samsung Gear Fit 2 I have been toying with the idea of purchasing a fitness tracker for a few weeks now, and if I do purchase one, Robert is pushing me towards the Samsung Gear Fit 2 since it it waterproof and has a lot of cool features that a regular Fit Bit doesn't have. 

Timex watch I'm not totally sold on a fitness tracker though because I feel like if it tracks all of my steps and such, I'll figure those into my calorie count and lose sight of my goals. I like to borrow this Iron Man watch from Robert when I go for runs because I can track my run and times. If you're not ready to make a full commitment to a fitness tracker yet, try this watch instead. 

Threshold mirror I'm thinking this mirror would be great as part of a gallery wall or above a side table. I really appreciate that the Threshold brand of Target offers great quality at a competitive price. And with my Cartwheel coupons, I can usually save an extra percentage. Speaking of, have you used your Cartwheel perks? I've received 3 free items from using the app so far - I feel like Target is going to go under soon with how much I save or get for free!

Threshold sheet set I haven't been able to find the exact set that I saw in store last weekend, but this set appears to be the cousin of the chambray vintage wash that I have my eye on. We own two sets of Threshold performance sheet sets and couldn't be happier.

Charger Robert buys me things from Amazon that I always think are stupid and pointless at the time of receipt. HOWEVER, 9 times out of 10 I'll usually concede eventually that it's actually a helpful and appreciated gift! This super fast charger has been helpful to keep at my desk at work and has even come to the rescue of a few co-workers as well.

Ina Garten's latest I just can't get enough Ina in my life! Even though I'm a super picky eater, I'm convinced that Ina could cook up just about anything on the planet and somehow manage to get me to try it and probably like it!

Threshold dessert stand I'm coveting cake and dessert stands right now. I like that this one from Target doesn't have a pedestal, making it a little safer in my often chaotic kitchen.

KitchenAid immersion hand blender Okay, technically I only want this for one dish that I make - crockpot potato soup, but surely if I received it, I could find lots of ways to use it, right?

Pioneer Woman cake stand I don't shop at Walmart often, but I stopped in the other day to pick up some tumblers, and I put this in my cart. I then convinced myself that I don't need a cake stand and put it back. It sure is pretty though and would look fab in my kitchen! (Robert, if you're reading this - feel free to get it for me for Mother's Day!)

Magazine subscription Many of my subscriptions just ran out, so I need to hop on the holiday deals and renew some of my favorites: Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Woman's Day.

Papermate Flair Pens These are my favorite pens. I used them mostly at work, but I bought some to use at home and on my agenda. They're great because they don't bleed through, and if you have to copy something, they are very dark and legible.

Audible membership I mentioned in my What's Up Wednesday post that I currently spend 2 hours a day in the car traveling to and from work. I used Audible a few summers ago to listen to a 600 page book that I knew I wouldn't have enjoyed if I had physically read it. I'm considering buying myself a subscription for the next few months of driving.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend! Hope to see you soon!

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  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Christmas card! Your little ones are adorable!! Also, great ideas! That Threshold cake stand needs to be in my kitchen. Merry Christmas!!


    1. Thanks, Leslie! Have a great holiday in Georgia!

  2. Such great ideas! Too cute of a card as well! Have the best Christmas!

    1. Thanks, you too! Hoping Santa brings lots of fun stuff!

  3. Great roundup!!! Love the leopard print scarf and that statement necklace! Your holiday card is wonderful! Happy Holidays :)

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

    1. Thanks, Sarah! I need to just buy myself that darn necklace- it still hasn't shown up this year! :)

  4. LOVE the Christmas card! Could not agree more about Ina Garten from a fellow picky eater. I am a New Balance devotee too and the WetBrush is amazing! I had no idea I was missing this from my life until I bought one, and then bought three more! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! Looking forward to working together in the new year! -Sara

    1. Thanks, Sara! Sent you an email yesterday. Hope you guys have a fab Christmas!

  5. Target is killing me with their sweaters right now! I have two of those cardigans & they are SO warm! I also hope they have some major sales after Christmas. Merry Christmas!

    1. I'm scared that all of the sweaters are going to be gone! My Target is already stocking swimsuits (it is 85 degrees here though!) I did score a Mossimo tan and pale pink striped pullover for $8 the other day!

  6. I'm hardly ever in Walmart either, but we had to run in a couple of weeks ago and I saw the Pioneer Woman's cake stand too...I thought the same thing, it sure it cute, but I don't need another one (for now ;)

    1. Well, then my Homegoods store has some gorgeous hot pink cake/dessert stands that are just amazing, but I can't justify the $50 price tag. I'm going to need a second job to make some of my dreams come true! :)


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