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Small Business Saturday Favorites


I hope you're having a great holiday weekend, and knocking some items off your gift list in the process.  With it being Small Business Saturday, I thought I'd share some great gift finds from small shops.  I love what small businesses bring to the table - lots of unique, off-the-beaten path types of items that you just don't find everywhere.  And in order to keep them in business, we need to support them, right?

Check out these adorable stockings from Good Wishes Quilts?  I've never seen anything like these before - they would be perfect to hang on our mantel for our family of five.  Absolutely darling.


A chunky infinity scarf from Remembering Madeira - plus they're offering 20% off through Monday using the code BLACKFRIDAY15.  This scarf is $35, so the extra 20% off makes it an even better deal.
And look at all of the color options!

A sweet embroidered necklace with a custom initial from The Merriweather Council - again, you don't see these in regular stores.  That's what keeps me coming back to small businesses - whether they're online or a typical storefront.  

In a world of instant gratification, I have to share some artwork that is available via instant download.  I've purchased items like this and had them printed up at my local office supply store on heavy cardstock (or on the other end of the spectrum, I have done the large engineered prints as well), and they are a great way to inject some holiday fun to your home for a very low price.


If you're looking for something with a little more color, they offer this cute little number:

Whether I'm in a shop or at a festival, that's where you usually find the best pottery.  I'm loving these bright and charming pet bowls from j clay pottery- not that it would keep my dogs from eating each other's food or anything, but it's worth a try, right?

If you don't have a pet, rest assured, there are people-bowls like these available as well:

I might have to make another visit to Fleurish Home for Small Business Saturday - when they carry whimsical items like this salt and pepper shaker, how am I to resist?  Seriously, I could do my whole house in the car/tree motif this year I love it so much!

Do you have a favorite small business - online or storefront - that you're going to support this Saturday?


Stuff I Love 2015

Hello Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!  I hope you're gearing up to spending some quality time with family and friends, along with plenty of naps.  And shopping.  When Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick asked me to participate in her favorite things round up, I just couldn't say no.  Lucky for you, I have lots of them!

I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or what, but fighting the holiday shopping crowds just doesn't appeal to me - I've turned into a big time online shopper, so sit back, grab a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate, and browse away.  This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.

St. Tropez Self-Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse
If you are wanting a little color this holiday season, St. Tropez Self-Tanning Mousse is my go-to self-tanner.  I use this stuff quite a bit, regardless of the season, and the color it gives is second to none.  I actually had someone ask me where I went on Spring Break this year with the color I got from this stuff.  It's that good.

I also like that it's tinted, so you can see it as you apply it, and since it's "Express" self-tanner, you see the color develop quickly.  You'll also want to get an applicator mit to go with it - it makes application super easy, and saves you from having tan hands.

A Lazy Spoon
I have a spoon similar to this one that I bought at an arts festival, but this Lazy Spoon one is very similar.  I love that when I'm cooking, the slot allows me to rest it right on the pan that I'm using - so smart, and a nice mess-saver.  Makes for a great stocking stuffer!

Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks
A friend of mine who is an amazing cook, introduced me to Cook's Illustrated years ago, and their recipes inspire me to cook.  They test their recipes, to find the best way to make a dish, and then share the details with you.  You can even get a monthly subscription - I still have all of my Cook's Illustrated magazines that I've collected over the years, and reference them often.

Here is a great Cook's Illustrated family cookbook that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Their recipes are timeless.

Cute and Clever Napkins
I think I could use these napkins every. single. night.   What a fun hostess gift.

These napkins are a close second, and could also be used in my house daily.

Kendra Scott Tessa Earrings
One of my high school girlfriends shared these Kendra Scott earrings with me - so pretty and in so many colors, you're bound to find a style and color that you'll like.  I'm liking these:

Or these - what a gorgeous color!

Custom Handwriting Necklace
I love this idea and it reminds me of my grandmother's handwriting.  I could spot her handwriting out of a line up any day, and this necklace is a wonderful way to commemorate and save the handwriting of someone loved and lost.

Chalk Markers
We have a few chalkboard walls in our house, and I love to use chalk markers to embellish them.  They give a much cleaner look, and allow you to control the look much easier as well.  

You can see that I used chalkboard markers on one of our chalkboard spaces an instant gallery wall:

Or here, where I framed up our Christmas cards:

I got a little fancier with my outdoor fall chalkboard, using some color:

They're just a fun way to change things up a bit, and give you a really nice finished look.

Stanley FatMax Toolbox
I bought one of these Stanley toolboxes earlier this year in an effort to better organize my painting tools and supplies, and let me tell you - it. rocks.  It stores a ton of stuff (big and small), folds up and rolls around on wheels like a charm.  

It's great for storing all of my painting tools and products, and sets up great for me to grab stuff easily when I need it.  My only problem now, is that I think I need another one.

Garmin Vivoactive Watch
This one is on my husband's Christmas list, and I have to admit, I'm intrigued myself.  I've used a Garmin Forerunner in the past for running, but the Garmin Vivoactive is a multi-sport Garmin.  It has GPS enabled activity tracking for running, biking, swimming and golf.  I think the golf part sealed the deal for him.

Birchbox Man
Since we're on the subject of gifts for men, here's another one that my husband currently has  (and loves).  If you're unfamiliar with Birchbox, each month you get five sample products delivered to your door.  

Birchbox Man is similar to the Birchbox for Women program - you can customize your samples to your own tastes - I'm a little bit jealous of the products he gets every month (the men get four product samples + a "lifestyle item").  They really deliver with some cool stuff.  This month's Birchbox just arrived today, and it included a really cool knitted winter hat.  I never get that in my Birchbox.  Now my 17 year-old is asking for a Birchbox subscription.  True story. 

And it's only $20 a month.  You can give a subscription for three, six or twelve months, which makes it a great gift giving option.

English Laundry Riviera
I'm not one to tout a men's cologne type of product, but this one is too yummy not to share.  My husband got the English Laundry Riviera as a sample in his Birchbox, and liked it so much that he bought the full size.  It's fresh and clean smelling, just like you'd expect by the name.  It's my favorite men's scent, and if you like fresh, clean smells, you'll love this one.  

On a side note - we got the English Laundry Arrogant scent in today's Birchbox, and it's a delicious one too.  Still living up to its fresh and clean reputation, despite the name.

Sonicare Toothbrush
My Sonicare toothbrush is one of those items that I didn't realize how much I needed it until I had it.  My teeth feel like I just walked out of my six month dental check-up (minus my dental anxiety).  The real test was when I was traveling and forgot it and had to use a regular toothbrush.  It's like night and day.

One more thing that's on my Favorite Things List - Christmas Home Tours!  Don't forget to check back on December 1st, when things kick off for the Third Annual 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes! 

Don't miss all of the other great blogger picks that are being shared through Wednesday:




Have a beautiful day!