Holiday Shopping Made Easy With Zazzle

In the past few years I have started doing the bulk of my shopping online. Honestly, I would love to do it all at local small businesses, and I do a chunk of it. But online is so easy. I went to the mall last weekend and wanted to stab my eyes out. Combine that with commercials for “Black Saturday” (as in the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving) and I just can’t take it. Shopping from my home in my pajamas is where it is at.

And nothing is better than an online destination that has all my gift needs covered. Zazzle is that destination.

Zazzle allows you to create amazing gifts from phone cases to t-shirts to mugs. Or they have many products that are easily customizable for everyone on your list. The best part is there are gifts in every price range so you really can tackle all your shopping in one shot.

Here are a few of my favorites:


Bacon Periodic Table. All sizes, all styles, all colors. 


“Totes Books” Get it??? It cracks me up. Tones of other fun tote bags as well. 


Nordic Throw Pillow. Tons of styles and obviously you can monogram it for your friends and family. 


Geeky Math Watch (how much do I love this??!!). You can customize the band and color. 


I love this Monogrammed Fleece Blanket. Again, you can customize fully. They have tons of fun blankets to choose from. 


Photo iPhone Case. How fun would this be for Dad or a grandparent??


I personally detest cats, but this Girly Whimsical Cats Pouf might win my over. Perfect for the teen/tween set. 


Who wants a giant stretched canvas of ME?? Everyone of course. The perfect gift for everyone on your list. 

Zazzle truly does have something for everyone on your list. And what I can’t get over is that if I can dream it, they can do it. Truly the easiest Christmas shopping I have ever done.

Shipping can be a little bit pricey depending on where your orders end up coming from. It was pretty easy to find coupon codes to help with that though. Or you can try Zazzle Black where you can pay a yearly fee and get free shipping all year long. You can try it 30 days for free.

Check out Zazzle for all your gift needs. You won’t be disappointed.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Zazzle.

Christmas Cards With Pear Tree Greetings

One of the saddest trends in the past few years is how many people no longer send Christmas cards. I get it. With Facebook and other social media, people feel as though everyone is already updated on their lives, so why spend the money on cards. But going out to the mailbox and seeing cards from the people I love instead of the usual stack of bills is truly one of my favorite things about the holidays. So I emphatically implore you, KEEP SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS!!

It has become a tradition around here for me to involve my readers in our Christmas card selection. I’ve had so much fun over the years compiling my favorites and seeing which ones you love too. This year I’m really excited that we are getting our holiday photo cards from Pear Tree Greetings. They have the most beautiful selection of Christmas cards you can easily customize for your family. From modern to classic. Embellished with foil and ribbon. Tri-fold or postcard (even ornaments, mini photo books and banners). They even have a selection of cards without pictures that are stunning. If you can dream it up, they probably have it. Cards are printed on heavy premium paper with a variety of envelope colors and styles to choose from. It is Christmas card heaven.

I thought I would highlight a few styles and you can vote for your favorite in the comments:


I am not the biggest fan of the whole green and red thing. I love that this card usually totally nontraditional colors. Plus how fun is the back??


I love how many pictures you can highlight on this card. And the BACK. I’m OBSESSED with the back!!



I know this one is on the plainer side, but I love it for its simplicity. With the right picture it would be stunning.


The bright colors, the polka dots, the baby!! Okay so obviously I couldn’t use the baby, but this card is so cheery and fun.

snowflakeThis card will definitely be remembered. Shaped like a snowflake with a wood grain background. Love.

sprinkled with gold

I just love the black, white and gold combo. Plus everyone looks amazing in black and white.

love and joy

The spots, three kids. Plus a little spot on the back for Ryan and I. Or maybe the dog…….

pop up

A card with pop up photos? Plus a spot for a little update? It is the card of my dreams.


Peekaboo. I love this freaking card. #thatisall

snapshots of a year



This one feels like Instagram in Christmas card form with a vintage feel on the side. Love it.

I am absolutely enamored with Pear Tree Greetings. With most people ordering from the same old places, I feel like these cards are a breath of fresh air.

Which one do you love?

Disclosure: I was provided with Christmas cards for my participation in this post. But love and obsession with Christmas cards? That’s all me. 





What I’m Reading

A must read for all Christians::: #Blessed

Such an important reminder::: You Have What it Takes to Be Your Kids’ Mom

This::: How to Simplify the Holidays Without Feeling Like a Scrooge

Along the same lines, but different, this article had a lot of great tips::: Your Kids, Too? Practical Advice When Kids Have Too Much Stuff

Perhaps this is the solution?::: 10 Ways to Incorporate Gratitude in Our Kids’ Every Day Lives

Three Days of Holiday Outfits

I know when we talk holidays we often talk presents and food, but we have neglected a very important element. FASHION!! There are some important events coming up and you don’t want to be left rummaging through the closet in a panic wondering what to wear. I have put together a few of my favorite looks for Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday shopping, and your holidays parties (swanky vintage inspired looks that make you feel like a million bucks.

Thanksgiving Day: The key here is layers and stretchy pants to maximize food consumption without showing off your food baby. I think these velvet leggings are perfect because they add a touch of dressiness to an otherwise casual outfit. Plus how adorable is this cardigan??!!!

Thanksgiving Day


Black Friday Shopping: Up at the crack of dawn (Brrrr) and in and out of hot cars to cold air to warm stores. Plus you never know if you will be waiting in line. The key here is lots of layers but also something really casual because comfort is key when you are on a mission.

Black Friday Shopping


Holiday Parties: I like to go all out for holiday parties. It seems to be one time where it is okay if you are a little overdressed. This look is totally vintage and, I’m not going to lie, totally planned around this gorgeous coat.

Vintage Holiday


Disclosure: Modcloth challenged me to put together a few outfits for the season using their fashion. Check out their great selection of cardigans. I was not compensated in any way, but thought it was a fun challenge.

20 Titles Streaming on Netflix Celebrating Frienship

So although I am very thankful I’m not in Buffalo (YOWZA!!), we are still getting rather pummeled with snow here in Michigan. We have had two snow days already this week and I am not very hopeful about tomorrow. It is a hot mess out there.

In HERE, we are going a bit stir crazy. I try to send the kids out, but it is cold and they can only last so long before they are begging to come back in. We have done crafts. We have played board games. We have read books. Today the kids even wrote and performed a play. But let’s be honest moms, at some point we just need let the kids have some screen time. Amiright?

Thankfully our Netflix subscription always delivers. This month, with Thanksgiving, there are lots of movies and shows celebrating the blessing of friendship. So many of our favorites are represented. Whether you are stuck inside on a snow day or just want something fun to entertain your kids on family movie night, check out these great titles. Then spend some time talking about why you are thankful for the friendships in your lives.

Veggie Tales in the house
Sesame Street Elmo   Friends
Bo on the Go
Justin Time
The Fox and The Hound 2

For the little kids: 

1. Bob and Larry: VeggieTales in the House (a Netflix original- I will love Veggie Tales forever)
2. Bert and Ernie: Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends (Bert there’s a banana in my ear!!!)
3. Bo and Dezzy: Bo on the Go!
4. Justin and Olive: Justin Time
5. Tod and Copper: The Fox and the Hound 2
6. Clifford and Elizabeth: Clifford

Phineas and Ferb
Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated
Wild Kratts
Adventure Time
Mario Bros Super Show
Charlotte s Web

For the big kids:

1. Phineas and Ferb (a family fave)
2. Shaggy and Scooby: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
3. Vada and Thomas: My Girl (oh my WORD get the tissues)
4. Martin and Chris: Wild Kratts (my 5 yo’s absolute favorite show)
5. Finn and Jake: Adventure Time
6. Mario and Luigi: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
7. Charlotte and Wilbur: Charlotte’s Web (read the book THEN watch the movie)

Gilmore Girls
New Girl
how i met your mother
30 Rock
Breaking Bad
The X Files
Wayne s World
For the REALLY big kids:
1. Rory and Lorelai: Gilmore Girls (on the top of my list to watch)
2. Schmidt and Nick: New Girl (can’t get enough of these two)
3. Ted and Barney: How I Met Your Mother  (SLAP BET!!)
4. Liz and Jack: 30 Rock (one of the funniest shows ever to be on TV)
5. Walter and Jesse: Breaking Bad (the dark side of friendship……)
6. Mulder and Scully: The X-Files (my hubby’s fave)
7. Wayne and Garth: Wayne’s World (SCHWING!!)
The hubby and I are currently bingeing on White Collar which also celebrates a fun partnership between Peter and Neil. And, everyone’s favorite, Friends is coming Jan. 1st (squee!!!). Next up I would love to see them stream Moonlighting, one of the most delightful partnerships of all time. Please Netflix, please!!
What are you streaming on Netflix these days?
Disclosure: I am a part of Netflix’s Stream Team and was compensated with a year-long membership. But I was a Netflix lover long before that. All thoughts are strictly mine.