Happy Thursday! I hope everyone had a gorgeous Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends, and delicious food. I am 38 weeks pregnant and each morning I wake up wondering when I’ll go into labor. It’s a beautiful and terrifying feeling, but I’m eager to meet the little angel I’ve felt move, kick, and grow for nine months. I feel as though I found out I was pregnant five minutes ago. I didn’t do any Black Friday shopping this year, but we’ve been so focused on home renovations and baby prep that I for once, didn’t care about splurging on Black Friday sales. I did finish my Christmas shopping for my parents, Andrew, & Greyson though. I’m as prepared as I can be! As the weather continues to get colder, I am cozying up with my winter favorites (including cuddling up with my fiance).
This week I want to focus on a very special and important type of love…self-love. If you’ve endured a painful breakup, heartache, or change in lifestyle, you may be finding it hard to truly love and accept yourself. In our current society, beauty and status are everything. Women deal with insecurities that arise from social media, television/film, and unfortunately, comments and judgment from insecure people. I surround myself with positive, amazing people who uplift me on my bad days, but I’ve had insecure, jealous people try to hurt me in the past. Ladies, ignore the negativity on the internet and the nastiness that envelopes certain people. Also, money and status aren’t everything. Passion, drive, and love will get you through the rough times. Money won’t keep you warm or safe at night. Remember, there will always be someone who doesn’t like you, understand you, or love the way you do. I’m always stunned by how harsh and cruel people can be, but sadly, all I can do is be the complete opposite (positive, happy, and kind). You weren’t born to please or satisfy anyone, but yourself.*
It’s incredibly important to do what makes you feel happy and good about yourself. This Holiday season, I want all of the strong, special women of the world to focus on waking up feeling grateful and comfortable in their own skin. If you want to work out more, eat healthier, or change your routine…do it! But, while doing something positive to feel better, don’t be negative about yourself or your life. Negativity causes nothing but stress and unwanted pressure.
Moms…you still need to live for you, pamper yourself, and spoil yourself, regardless of the fact that you’re a mom! Your children want you to be happy, feel fulfilled and secure. If you feel insecure and unhappy you’re not beaming healthy, positive energy, which actually does affect your parenting and your children. We ALL endure moments of pain, stress, and weakness, but it’s imperative to make it through the trying times and become stronger. Take a moment to do something fun, have a “me” day, and indulge in a little sparkle. Significant others…take a moment to spoil and appreciate your loved one, especially if they’re feeling stressed, insecure, or down.
In order to love others and the life you live you must first learn to love yourself! Life is scary, complicated, and messy and there’s no way to live a perfect life, but you can create your own version of perfect. You never need to explain yourself, your life, or your ideas to anyone. Always live for you and wake up with a positive mind and achievable goals. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Baby steps, my darlings. If you want a better life or better results, it is up to you and only you to make that happen! We write our own stories and we then become the author, the editor, the publisher, and the fan club. I’m always here for positive vibes, motivation, and advice, but I want YOU to make the changes you feel you need to make. I want YOU to be happy and to feel beautiful and secure. I believe in you…Xo
Of course, I’ve been asked about my favorite Christmas/Hanukkah gift ideas for 2018, and naturally, I’ve made a list for you. Again, I already bought Andrew, my parents, and Greyson their Christmas gifts. I bought Greyson two, gorgeous outfits and a giant, stuffed white bear (pictured above) which is a part of the crib bedding set. A few more presents are on the way for my loves! I didn’t focus on Hanukkah gifts this year since it falls early in December and Greyson’s due date is coming up! Christmas will be incredibly special though this year…
Some of my favorite gift ideas this year…
This adorable, pretty Jellycat plush Reindeer named Robin is a great gift for a mama to be or for a young child. I bought Robin for Greyson’s nursery the other day because the beautiful plush goes with the Woodland Theme and she’s a pretty, simplistic decor touch. She can also be a deer (not a reindeer) if that works better for you! A plush animal is a perfect, easy gift and this time of year Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Hanna Andersson, and other stores come out with their special, Holiday gift plush animals (they’re always beautiful). Robin the Reindeer is insanely popular (she was even briefly featured on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and keeps selling out everywhere), but she can be purchased from Paper Source (link below)…
Rainboots are a perfect purchase for any woman in your life and yes, they can be incredibly stylish. They’re also a MUST as we near the rainy, snowy, and icy days. I’m posting a few options below…if you’re unsure of what color to buy for the woman you’re shopping for, I’d say go with black (it’s the most stylish option and will go with anything)! But, there are countless options for any type of personality. You can also add a pair of pretty, boot socks (or knee-high socks) to go with the rainboots.
Andrew bought me this Michael Kors purse and a black, Michael Kors jacket for my birthday (he did very, very well lol) and I thought I’d share this purse with my readers for some gifting inspiration! A handbag is a wonderful gift for a woman in your life who enjoys designer goodies, but it’s also a gift you know she’ll use. Women don’t view a handbag as a utility item, although we pack our lives into them each day, we view handbags as a piece of iconography and a showoff accessory. I am not posting any links to designer handbags, because there are too many options to pick from. Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and Marshalls have unlimited options (and price ranges). Have fun shopping! I’d suggest tan, navy, black, or burgundy this time of year when buying a handbag, but it depends on the personality type you’re shopping for.
Watches are a thoughtful and desirable gift for a special someone in your life. Last year, I bought Andrew an engraved, Fossil watch (that he loves). Fossil, Michael Kors, and Versace make gorgeous watches, with multiple options and price ranges. You can even shop designer watches on Amazon.com!
Are you shopping for a mama to be or a new mom? If you want to buy a thoughtful gift for a mama in your life, buy something sweet and essential for the nursery! Pottery Barn Kids, Wayfair.com, Target, Buy Buy Baby, and Marshalls have wonderful, unlimited options.
Small, thoughtful stocking stuffers and gifts are always a fun idea. You can always go with a bottle of cologne for any man in your life, perfume for the ladies you love, makeup (gift sets, lipsticks, palettes), candles, etc. Below are some options for simple gifting and stocking stuffers…
Alex and Ani bracelets:
Designer socks for men (or women) and a pack of designer underwear/boxers (Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, etc.) for your man are great, simple stocking stuffers. For kids, Barbies, toy cars, books, and small, plush animals (Jellycat makes the best plush animals for the playful, whimsical child) make easy, fun stocking stuffers.
I hope I was able to provide a little inspiration for those struggling with Holiday gifts! I could go on for hours with sparkly gifts and shopping ideas, but that would become a bit excessive. Have fun shopping, gifting, and creating. I will chat with everyone soon…XoXo