winter slumberland

Connor and I absolutely love the Christmas season, and celebrating with our friends is one of our favorite parts about this time of year. To officially kick off the holiday season and the countdown to Christmas, we hosted our second annual Winter Slumberland event!

Winter Slumberland is a brunch idea that we came up with where everyone invited shows up in their best Christmas jammies and we eat, drink and be merry! From brunch, mimosas and holiday-inspired desserts to Christmas movies and spending quality time with each other, Winter Slumberland is definitely one of our favorite parties we have ever hosted! Read on below to see how we prepared for this fun holiday brunch!

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To get ready for Winter Slumberland and the holiday season, we decked out the apartment with Christmas decorations. This year, we decided on a blue and silver Christmas tree. With some neutral decorations and pops of red, we worked to transform our apartment into a winter wonderland!

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Once the apartment was decorated, it was time to focus on the menu for Winter Slumberland. From French Toast Casserole and bagels, to quiche, monkey bread and Oreo truffles, there were plenty of options and sweet treats! We also made some holiday treats that were almost too cute to eat! Read on below for some of these fun holiday recipes!

Christmas Tree Brownies

This recipe was so much fun and simple to construct. Start by making your favorite type of brownies and let them cool (for approximately 15 people, we made two boxes). Once cooled, cut the brownies into triangle shapes and add in a small piece of candy cane at the bottom for the tree trunk. Then, we used food coloring to dye vanilla frosting green. With a piping bag, we created a zigzag pattern on the brownies, and we topped them with some crystal and pearl sprinkles for ornaments! Last, but not least, star sprinkles for the tops of each tree!

Santa Hat Pancakes

Another easy holiday recipe! Stack several mini pancakes on large toothpicks (we used six to eight pancakes per stack). Cut the tops of strawberries off to remove the stems and create an even base. Slide a strawberry on top of the pancake stack, and top it with a mini marshmallow! Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the pancake stacks before serving!

Snowman Donut Kebabs

These snowman donut kebabs only require 4 ingredients to make! Stack three mini powdered donuts on a kebab stick. Use a piece of fruit rollup to tie a “scarf” on top of the second donut. Then, add an orange gumdrop nose in the first donut and two green gumdrop buttons in the other two. Finally, add in eyes made out of coal by using black food coloring!

With tons of food to eat, mimosas, coffee, and hot chocolate flowing, and a room full of friends, we spent the day lounging, laughing and celebrating the true meaning of holiday spirit: togetherness.

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holiday gift guide: under the tree

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.”

Now that you have found the perfect stocking stuffers for all of the guys and girls on your list, let’s move onto the gifts that will be under the tree this year!

For the Jetsetter

The Carry-On
This suitcase, sold by Away, is great for anyone who has the travel bug. This suitcase features two compartments and a durable outer shell, as well as an ejectable battery that can charge phones up to 5x. The Carry-On also comes with a TSA-approved lock built into it.

Beats Solo3 Wireless
Help the travelers in your life settle into relaxation mode with these Beats headphones. With excellent sound quality, these wireless headphones will help them tune out the sounds of planes, trains and buses and focus on music or audiobooks until they reach their next destination.

Catalina Canvas Weekender
The Catalina by Lo & Sons is the perfect bag to use for long weekend trips. Available in four colors, this bag is equipped with a separate bottom storage compartment, which is perfect for packing shoes, toiletries or other items you may want to keep away from clothing. The Catalina Collection is comprised of three different weekender bags, and the other available options can be found here.

For the New Homeowner

Keurig Coffee Makers
Coffee, coffee, coffee! Keep your loved ones caffeinated with Keurig’s Special Edition Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker. Don’t forget to throw in some pods as well! Keurig’s website is running a special offer of two free boxes of pods with the purchase of this coffee maker by using the code: FREEPODS4ME. If you are looking for a more classic coffee maker, check out other Keurig models here.

11-Bottle Graphite Wine Rack
This hexagon-shaped wine rack fits 11 wine bottles, and is a great gift for anyone who has recently moved into a new home or apartment. Add in a bottle or two of wine to get the collection started!

Eclectic Mercury Votive Holders
Transform the vibe of any room with these white and silver candle holders. This set of 6 votive holders will provide any homeowner with a festive candlelit display.  Add in a set of 6 LED White Votive Candles by Ashland to complete the gift.

For the Homebody

Homebody by Joanna Gaines
With the help of Joanna Gaines’ book, every homebody on your list will feel inspired to create spaces that they will never want to leave. This book pairs well when read with a comfy blanket and a hot cup of coffee in this #Shiplap coffee mug.

Cozy Pom Pom Throw
You can never go wrong with gifting a nice cozy blanket for the holidays. These Pom Pom Throws from Pottery Barn come in three neutral colors that will accent any home space!

Red Cast Iron Fondu Set
Give the gift of a fun night in with this fondu set from Crate&Barrel. Whether your family and friends are cheese lovers or chocolate lovers, this gift is sure to put a smile on everyones’ faces!

For the Hostess

Monette Monogram Cheese Board
Add a personal touch to any kitchen with this monogrammed cheese board from Anthropologie. It is sure to be a hit with the recipients and their guests!

Celine Wine Glasses
This set of four wine glasses are a beautiful addition to any entertainer’s home. Add in a nice bottle of wine and a festive wine tote to the gift, like this one found
here.

Home Cocktail Bar Set by BARMIXXO
This bar set includes everything needed for a night of entertaining at home. From a cocktail shaker to a strainer and bottle opener, this 10-piece set has it all. It even comes with a recipe book of more than 150 drink concoctions.

For the Chef

Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
If you are a Fixer Upper fan, you will love Joanna’s recipes just as much as you love her decorating style! This cookbook contains everything, from breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes, to appetizers, soups, salads and desserts. This is a great book for anyone who is looking to be a little more adventurous in the kitchen!

Artisan Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer
This mini KitchenAid Stand Mixer is the perfect addition to any kitchen! It is 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the full-sized mixers, and they come in 18 different colors. These mixers are currently on sale through the KitchenAid website.

Atlas 150 Aluminum Pasta Maker
Give the gift of homemade pasta with this pasta maker from Crate&Barrel. From spaghetti to linguine and lasagna, the options are endless for pasta lovers.

For the Fitness Fanatics

Apple Watch
Apple Watch released its Series 4 model, which has been redesigned with a  new look, improved health apps and data, and more connectivity options for users (did someone say Walkie Talkies?!). Grab one with a sports band for the gym-lover in your life.

Fitbit
This year, Fitbit released the Charge 3, the newest addition to the slew of trackers available for fitness lovers. Charge 3 is an advanced fitness tracker with goal-based exercise modes and 24/7 heart rate monitoring. Fitbit also offers the Versa, Alta HD and Iconic models, and each one has distinct features that will have anyone excited to be working out! If you are looking to help the kiddos get fit this holiday season, Fitbit also offers the Ace model for kids 8+.

Himalayan Salt Massage Stone
Gift this to the workout fiend who needs a bit of muscle relaxation and tension released from his or her body. The stone can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer, depending on the type of massage desired. This is a great on-the-go solution for relieving tension knots!

For the Sports-Obsessed

FanChest
For the NFL, NHL or College sports fans in your life, FanChest sells boxes filled with apparel, fan gear, licensed merchandise and more. Choose a team and the type of box you want to send out and watch the recipient rock their favorite teams’ gear all season long! Keep an eye on FanChest, because it looks like NBA and MLB boxes will be added to the site soon!

Game Tickets
There is nothing like a live sporting event! You can never go wrong with gifting tickets to a game for the holidays. Whether the game is the following weekend or months away, the anticipation of seeing your favorite team play is always exciting.

Sports Fan Blankets and Throws
Give the gift of a cozy blanket representing the recipients’ sports teams of choice! They will love curling up with one of these blankets while watching their team play on the big screen!

For the Artists

Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Art Markers
This set of 72-count fine and brush tip markers from Prismacolor will kickstart the artistic inspiration in anyone. Add in this set of two sketchbooks and watch the masterpieces unfold.

Walls Notebook
Bring out the creative side in the artist you know with this unique gift. The Walls Notebook is filled with textured urban walls so the artist can draw in his or her own graffiti-style drawings and other doodles. 

Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book
For the drawing-challenged, this adult coloring book is the perfect alternative. Plus, coloring has proven to be a great stress reliever! Pair this gift with a set of colored pencils!

For the Gamers

A40 TR Headset & MixAmp Pro TR
Help the gamers in your life feel like the pros with this headset that is compatible with PC, Mac and PS4. With Dolby® surround sound processing and voice chat capabilities, this headset also offers comfort and durability for any gamer.

Logitech G903 Wireless Gaming Mouse
This wireless gaming mouse utilizes LIGHTSPEED wireless technology to deliver high-performance capabilities for gamers. This lightweight mouse has up to 11 buttons, has great responsiveness and provides accuracy time after time. 

HyperX Alloy Elite Keyboard
Round off your gifts to the gamer in your life with this keyboard. The HyperX Alloy Elite includes features such as dedicated media buttons, dynamic lighting effects and a detachable wrist rest.

For the Card Players

Phase 10
This Rummy-style card game from the makers of Uno requires players to pass through 10 different phases or levels of play. The person who passes phase 10 first, wins! This game will have groups of friends or family playing for hours!

What Do You Meme?
G
ift the opportunity of out meme-ing friends and family with this picture-style card game. There are several add-on packs available for purchase as well!

Cards Against Humanity
It does not matter how many times this game is played — it never gets old! If everyone on your list already has the original Cards Against Humanity game, consider gifting some of the expansion packs to add onto the fun!

For your Coworkers

I Am Very Busy Coffee Mug
The mug says it all — gift this to the coworker who always seems to be working on something in the office!

Live Assorted Succulents
Spruce up any desk space with this set of four live succulents from Urban Outfitters. Succulents thrive in indoor and outdoor environments and do not require extensive care, so they are perfect for any office space!

Life Hacks Desk Calendar
Give the gift of 365 days of fun facts and life hacks with this desk calendar. Your coworkers will love learning all of the tips this calendar has to offer!

For the Pets

BarkBox
Give the dog(s) in your life the gift of a dog-party all month long! BarkBox sends out boxes that include toys, treats and a chew that match a particular theme each month. Snag the Grinch-themed box for the holidays before it runs out!

KitNipBox
KitNipBox is a subscription service that sends out boxes for cats that include toys and treats! Gift one box or a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription to your favorite kitties!

Bon Appetit Pet Mat
Help the pets in your life eat in style! This is a black and white rubber mat that will help pets keep the floors nice and clean while they chow down or grab a quick drink!

holiday gift guide: stocking stuffers

It truly is the most wonderful time of year, and with our Christmas tree up and decorated, I am in full Christmas mode. While four weeks may seem like a lot of time to go shopping for everyone on your list, time always seems to go by so quickly at this time of year. If you are anything like me — a holiday-shopping procrastinator who goes crazy looking for the right gifts for all of her family and friends — then perhaps you need a bit of guidance in finding the perfect gift for your loved ones.

To help you get the present ideas flowing, I will be posting gift guides to give you some ideas for the holiday season! This week is all about stocking stuffers for all of the girls and guys on your list!

Stocking Stuffers for Her

Tinsy Hoop and Stud Earring Set
Every year, Free People comes out with new earring sets that are the perfect stocking stuffers. This set comes with hoops and studs that are versatile enough for everyday wear. These earrings come in five different colors, so you can easily match any girl’s jewelry style!

Emily Jeffords Monogram Trinket Dish
This monogrammed dish is a beautifully hand-painted item that can be used to display jewelry. It can even be gifted as an add-on to the Free People earring set that is listed above!

Stella & Grace Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Masks
These eye masks are great to use after a late night out or when wanting to look revitalized and rejuvenated (because let’s be honest, who is really getting 8 hours of sleep every night?). These eye masks are sold in 12 and 24 packs.

Dark Magic Eyeshadow Palette
Morphe eyeshadow palettes always include beautiful colors, and the quality is always amazing. With 10 different shadow colors, this Dark Magic palette is just what a girl needs for the holiday season!

Women’s Ribbed Beanie with Faux-Fur Pom-Pom
This hat will keep any girl warm this winter, whether she is skiing down the slopes or braving a winter storm at home. The best part about it is that it comes in a variety of colors so you can pick her favorite!

Texting Gloves in Everyday Cashmere
The best part about gloves made for touchscreen use is that your hands can stay warm while you use your phone, watch, tablet or other devices! These gloves come in a variety of colors and are great for commuters or girls who are always on the go!

Monogram Candle
Candles are always a great gift, no matter what time of year! This monogram candle from Anthropolgie has a Sparkling Grapefruit scent, and it is a stylish addition to any home, apartment or dorm decor!

Snowman Bomb Bomb
Lush’s bath bombs are the stocking stuffers you need if the girl in your life needs some R&R. If you are looking for a cute holiday-themed stocking stuffer, gift her this Snowman Bomb Bomb bath bomb, which comes with two bath bombs that can be used separately or together! For more bath bombs scents, click here.

Suite One Studio Mimira Mug
For the girl who loves to kickstart her day with a cup of coffee, these Suite One Studio mugs are just what she needs. Help her stay caffeinated all winter long with these hand-painted mugs!

Stocking Stuffers for Him

BirchBoxMan’s Limited Edition Set: One For All
Let BirchBox do the work for you by choosing one of their carefully-curated boxes to fill up any guy’s stocking! From face and body care to shaving and beard care, BirchBox offers a ton of options to choose from. Once the box arrives, instead of wrapping the box for him to open under the tree, fill up his stocking with the products for a great surprise! Check out some of their other collections here!

Men’s Society Stow Away Travel Kit
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or the guy who loves a weekend getaway, this travel kit filled with face wash and cream, a mini toothbrush and toothpaste and disposable face towels is perfect. This is a great stocking stuffer for the guy who always likes to be prepared for anything!

Cashmere Seedstitch Beanie and Navy Windowpane Alpaca Scarf
Keep him warm this winter with this hat and scarf combo! Who doesn’t like to be cozy and warm during these chilly winter months?!

Leather Gloves
Sticking with the “keeping him warm” theme, gloves are a great stocking stuffer! These leather gloves from Nordstrom are even touchscreen compatible!

Not Lost Canvas Passport Holder and Luggage Tag
A passport holder and luggage tag set is the perfect gift for the traveler in your life. Send him off on his next trip in style!

Native Union: Lightning Cable Collection
This Lightning Cable Collection will help keep all of his technology charged, whether he is at home or on the go. This collection comes with a keychain charger, a 4-ft charger and a 10-ft charger and is compatible with Apple-Lightning. There are additional options that can be found here.

The Art of Shaving: Beard Maintenance Kit
For the guy with a bit of scruff, this beard maintenance kit from The Art of Shaving includes beard wash, beard conditioner and beard oil to keep his beard clean and smooth all of the time!

Case-Mate Apple Watch Bands
If your guy wears an Apple Watch, chances are that he is using it for his workouts at the gym. Help him polish up his look from fitness fanatic to date-night ready by adding in a leather watch band in his stocking!

Swell Bottle with Personalization
Keep your man hydrated in style with a personalized Swell bottle! Other color and design options can be found here.

JCrew: Fabric Magic Wallet
This fabric wallet, available through JCrew Factory, is a great stocking stuffer for the guy who does not want to worry about the bulk of a wallet. Don’t forget to slip a dollar in for luck!


I hope these stocking stuffer ideas help you this holiday season! Happy Shopping!