valentine’s day gifts: procrastinator’s edition

0abd7fcd-af06-41ae-81a1-e9e309abad30.jpgValentine’s Day is just three days away, love is in the air and chocolate is everywhere you go. If you have procrastinated getting your significant other a gift, or are just looking for something small to add onto what you have already purchased, you can thank Amazon Prime for getting you out of a pinch. Check out the gifts below that are guaranteed to arrive by Valentine’s Day and put a smile on your S.O.’s face — it’s a win-win!

For Him:

Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit for Men Care: This six-piece kit contains a brush, comb, oil, conditioner, wax and scissors — everything a man needs to maintain a soft, well-kept, full beard!

Mahogany Row Italian Tie Collection: This collection of five ties and two tie clips are the perfect gift for any guy who needs an assortment of ties for work. The high-quality design coupled with a neutral color pattern is extremely versatile no matter what the occasion!

Travel Duffel Bag: Whether your man travels for work or for pleasure, this canvas duffel bag with leather trim can be used as a carry-on or a weekender bag!

For Her:

Michael Kors Jet Set Large Crossbody Bag: I own this bag in Gold, and it is my go-to choice whenever I am running out to the store, going out for the night or jumping on a plane. There is plenty of room inside, and with so many color options, it is sure to match any girl’s style!

Bath Bomb Gift Set: This gift set by LifeAround2Angels contains 12 bath bombs with therapeutic and moisturizing effects. Plus it has a five-star rating with thousands of reviews!

Tarteist PRO Palette (PRODUCT) RED: This matte eyeshadow palette includes 16 long-lasting shades that are perfect for transitioning from the winter months into the spring.

For Both of You:

Cravings: For your next date night, take a page out of Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook! Whether you want to try making hearty dinners or delicious breakfasts together, the recipes in Cravings can certainly help you get there!

Red Wine Glass Set: This set of red wine glasses is a perfect pairing with the cookbook mentioned above! Who doesn’t love a night in of being wined and dined? Don’t forget a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or your favorite red wine to pair with this gift!

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera: Any time you and your significant other take a trip or have a date-night-in, snap a photo with this mini instant camera. The pictures will be fun to look at in years to come!

If you are like Connor and I, gifts may not be something you do for Valentine’s Day. Instead of giving each other gifts, we typically choose an activity or a trip for the day or weekend. This year, we will be taking a cooking class over the weekend, where we will be learning how to make macaroons! More on that next week, but for more ideas of what you can do for Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day for the BFFs out there!), check out my post, love is in the air.

 

love is in the air

Love is in the air, as Galentine’s Day (thank you, Leslie Knope) and Valentine’s Day are fast approaching. Whether you are spending these holidays with your best friends or your significant other, there are plenty of ways to celebrate! Instead of going out for a night of dinner and drinks, consider these options to help you celebrate love, friendship or togetherness this month!

  • Take a class: Do something that is outside of your comfort zone by trying something new with your partner or friends. Whether there is a dish you have always wanted to learn to make or a SoulCycle class you have been dying to try, take the leap and sign up! Look up local classes in your area for some ideas.
  • Cook a three-course meal: Getting wined and dined at a restaurant is great, but it can be even better at home. Plan out a menu to cook together that includes an appetizer, main course and dessert. Pour the wine and get to cooking!
  • Travel somewhere new: Sometimes last-minute trips are the best trips. Hit the open road and plan a quick weekend trip to somewhere you have never been before. Exploring a new city, whether it is in your home state or a neighboring state, is bound to bring you a weekend of adventures!
  • Host a party: Who doesn’t love a good excuse for a themed party?! Have your guests come dressed in red or pink, throw on some classic love songs, serve some festive drinks and let everyone mix and mingle! Spread the love by asking guests to bring red or pink sweets for all to enjoy!
  • Simply Local recommendation: Bury the Hatchet: If celebrating Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly your thing, try a different take on the day. Grab your friends and head to Bury the Hatchet for some good, old-fashioned axe throwing. Bury the Hatchet has locations in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Kansas.

No matter what you choose to do or who you spend the day with, I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day filled with love, laughter and fun memories!

sweet dreams

On an absolutely frigid day like today, the last thing I want to do is leave my bed. Those who know me personally know that I rarely make time to stay home and relax, but when the temperature falls to single digits, I tend to bend that rule a bit.

When I do stay home, I feel like I truly get to enjoy the space that Connor and I have created here, and I love that. While I love our apartment, our bedroom has always been my favorite room. When I set out to decorate this room, I channeled my best Joanna Gaines vibes to create a space that would exude coziness, comfort and relaxation.

I chose a light, neutral color palette for the décor in the room to match our light gray walls. I wanted the room to always feel light and airy; I wanted it to be a place we can retreat to after a long day and instantly feel relaxed.

My favorite design element in our bedroom is the gallery wall behind our bed. I had started purchasing signs here and there, from stores like Hobby Lobby, Home Goods and Michaels. At first, I was not sure what I would do with the signs, but after searching for the perfect piece to put up behind our bed and not having any luck, I realized that I could create something unique for us.

To create the gallery wall, I laid out all of the signs on the floor. After rearranging everything several times, taking a few measurements and getting some additional input, the final version of the gallery wall was created. In my opinion, it is definitely the best part of our room!

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We also found these great white shelves from Ikea for the walls and this white shelved corner piece from Macy’s to go underneath the television that is mounted on the wall. We utilize these shelves for décor items such as photos, signs, flowers and books; the pieces on the shelves tend to be reflections of us. I always try to move pieces around to change it up now and then, but most of the decorations on the shelves are year-round staples.

In addition to the décor items, I also wanted to make sure we had useful pieces of furniture in our bedroom. Aside from a mirrored dresser and two bedside tables, we also found this bench at Home Goods and mirror at Kirklands. These two items were the perfect pieces to fill space in the room that was otherwise empty. The bench has plenty of storage inside, and it is also a great option for extra seating when we have company!

Looking at the finished product, it is hard to believe that there was a point in time where we only had a mattress and blanket on the floor for several days until our furniture arrived. It is fun to think about how far this space as come from the empty room we moved into, now into a space where I would happily stay home to relax!