Gift Guide 2018: Fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws, uncles and any other jolly gents!

Christmas is just around the corner! Today, I’d like to conclude my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the final installment. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at various price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

National parks pass to encourage visits to beautiful places (over 2,000 federal recreation sites to choose from!). (National Park Service, $80)

A one year subscription to a magazine you know he’ll love. (Amazon, $24)

Everyone’s favorite classic gaming system so he can challenge family members to beat his high scores. (Nintendo, $60)

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Because he loves winding down with a good novel and a fine glass of port. (Amazon, $12)

A box filled with all the fixins a true grill master needs to whip up deliciously grilled meats, fish and veggies. (Taste Trunk, $49)

Eliminate the travel “head-bob” once and for all! (GOSLEEP, $40)

Designer fragrances shipped straight to his door (bonus: he gets to choose the scents!). (Scentbox, $45 for 3 mos.)

A glimpse back in time, this functional art would make the perfect addition to his cozy study. (Modern Artisans, $110)

Because he has a bowl of popcorn nearly every night. (Amazon, $27)

A classic pair of jammies. (L.L.Bean, $70)

He thinks music still sounds best on vinyl. (Amazon, $25)

P.S. More gift guides for jolly gents (2016 and 2017) and here’s the whole 2018 gift guide shebang! 

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mid-week round-up

What are you up to this week, loves? Chet and I did our Christmas shopping early on Saturday, when stores were less crowded, and celebrated our success with lunch at a favorite Mexican restaurant. Do you still have gifts to gather? Here are my gift guides so far, if you need some ideas! Have a wonderful Wednesday, and here are some links…

Four ways to create healthy habits for 2019.

Getting Hygge with it gifts.

How brothers and sisters shape who we are.

The comfiest slipper. (That bow!)

We love the 90s gift guide.

Living on foot.

Some new Trader Joe’s items to add to your holiday pantry.

A t-shirt celebration of female voices in film. Which would you choose? This is my pick.

A brief encounter that changed the lives of two young refugees.

30 most disappointing under 30. LOL!

Toning down Asian stereotypes in Balanchine’s Nutcracker.

[Related: Ballet nerds like me (I’ve danced Chinese Tea before!), might find this information re: choreography interesting.]

There’s only one good way to email your boss! (Freelancers: Totally works for clients, too!)

P.S. Here’s the link to my 2018 GIFT GUIDES one more time, just in case you wanna keep browsing.

Gift Guide 2018: Brothers, boyfriends, best dudes, husbands and any other groovy guys!

‘Tis the season of giving! Today, I’d like to continue my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the third of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at a variety of price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

A fun print, because he needs to spruce up the walls of his office and this will conjure fond memories of a recent vacation. (Hello!Lucky, $20 + cost of frame)

A night out at a local axe throwing club…wait, did I say AXE THROWING? I did.

Everything he needs for the perfect sh*t, shower, and shave. (Dollar Shave Club, $5 starter kit and $33.75/quarterly if you want to keep him stocked by way of subscription)

This incredible sleep mask that won’t put pressure on his peepers and encourages restful REM sleep. (Manta Sleep, $30)

Stock the bar cart with a bottle of his favorite bourbon so he can mix up boulevardiers all winter long. (Total Wine, $35)

Christmas-themed slime for ooey-gooey stress relief. (And because he’s still a kid at heart.) (Amazon, $13)

With notes of white cedar, juniper and fig, this candle will cast a soothing outdoorsy scent in his home. (Mersea, $55)

Everything he needs to make juicy, delicious truffle burgers. (Amazon, $62)

A book that will chill him to the core. (Amazon, $10) (This one looks fascinating, too…if he’s not up for something so scary right before bed time!)

A gorgeous overcoat to keep him warm on business trips, plus a pair of super soft gloves tucked in the pockets. (ASOS, $119)

A visual tribute to some of the greatest hip hop songs of all-time, using the periodic table as the framework. Cool and nerdy, just like him. (Etsy, $79)

Because if watching 30+ seasons of Survivor has taught him nothing else, it’s that nothing is more versatile and necessary than a good buff. (And this one is super warm for all those non-island outdoor adventures.) (Etsy, $15)

P.S. Last year’s gift ideas for the guys in your life!

Gift Guide 2018: Mothers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws, aunts and any other sophisticated gals!

‘Tis the season of giving! Today, I’d like to continue my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the second of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at a variety of price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

Print physical copies of her most-loved Instagram snaps (think: grandkids, her pups, and recent family vacations).

New walking shoes because she believes in the power of a daily stroll around the neighborhood. (Amazon, $73)

As Isak Dinesen says, “The cure of anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea,” and this scent will remind her of being by the ocean. (Mersea, $32)

Maybe a bit of an unconventional gift, but nothing says “I love you” like turning someone on to a natural deodorant that actually works, amirite? (Native, $24)

A bucket of Maltesers, which makes any movie watching experience more enjoyable…even if you need a rather LARGE purse to sneak them into a theater. (Amazon, $25) Pair with a DVD or tickets to see a new film, just the two of you!

This  journal has so many sweet prompts to help build an attitude of gratitude! (Erin Condren, $12)

A scarf for all her future travels that comes with a neck pillow hidden inside. Genius! (Sleeper Scarf, $35)

Her door would look so whimsical decked with this cheeky wreath. (Target, $25)

You both agree with the Washington Post, “There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature.” (Amazon, $19)

A food photography class, so she can slay the social media game and showcase the spoils of her culinary prowess. (Creative Live, $74)

Finally, a cozy long-sleeve tee with a powerful message to always be considerate of others and try to make the world a better place — something she embodies entirely. (Cents of Style, $30)

P.S. Last year’s gift ideas for the moms in your life!

Gift Guide 2018: Sisters, girlfriends, best friends, wives and any other lady loves!

‘Tis the season of giving! Today, I’d like to kick-off my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide with the first of four installments. I tried to find items that would suit lots of different folk at varying price points. Each gift is something I love or would love giving! I hope you find some inspiration. Happy Holidays!

Schedule a wine tasting or take her for a flight of beers at your favorite brewery and give her the gift of not having to make a decision.

2018 has been a *LONG* year — but you know what’s kept her going. (Cents of Style, $40)

She finally has a backyard and is already daydreaming about fire-pits and fireflies. (Wayfair, $59)

A collection of sheet masks for luxurious self-care weekends or to tuck in her roller bag for some pampering at the end of a long day on the road. (100% Pure, from $6)

Nail polish in 6 seasonal shades that will glow, shimmer, and shine! (butter London, $36)

A unique bracelet that is equal parts effortless and statement piece. (Moorea Seal, $54)

Champagne chocolate truffles…need I say more?! (Taste Trunk, $6)

For pinning on her winter coat as a (not so) gentle reminder to passersby that her third eye is WIDE open, y’all. (Hello!Lucky, $12 – 100% of the proceeds go to the ACLU!)

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel that reads like pure poetry. (Amazon, $14)

A non-electric portable slow cooker (what?!) to make her planet loving heart soar! Oh, and works wonders for tailgating, too. (Amazon, $35)

Because who doesn’t love a dress with POCKETS? And this one is especially sweet and comfy. (Jane, $25)

P.S. Looking for even MORE inspiration? Full gift guides from 2016 and 2017. Enjoy!

mid-week round-up

Hello! I hope everyone in the States had some nice time off for Thanksgiving. We went to Kentucky for most of the week and spent time with my mom as well as our friends. We ate, shopped, and laughed! I am so grateful that we live closer to family and friends then we did down in South Florida. Bring on Christmas travels!! Now, I’m back into the swing of things with regular life and today I have plans to get a flu shot (BOO!) and start putting up some Christmas decor (YAY!) What are you up to?

Made me laugh.

“The enterprise of writing a book has to feel like walking into a cathedral.” – Barbara Kingsolver’s 5 writing tips.

[Related: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver is out now…and on my Christmas list, lol]

Reusable coffee cups? Tote bags? Here’s the truth about what you can do to be more climate-friendly.

Are people still having sex at work? An investigation.

Here’s how long it would take you to poop a lego.

What Christmas looked like 100 years ago.

The world’s most nutritious foods.

Upgrades that make your kitchen a more comfortable place to hang out.

[Related: Tips and Tricks for Surviving a Tiny Kitchen]

Amanda, please.

[Related: Amanda’s sticky fingered past.]

Monica Lewinsky explains why she participated in a new docuseries on the Clinton affair.

How to hygge.

Thinking of ordering this to start in January, thoughts?

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Healthy Grocery Haul and 18 Movies to Watch When You’re Hibernating.

2018 Holiday Gift Guides: COMING SOON!

The Finding Delight gift guides for 2018 are right around the corner! The first guide, for Sisters, girlfriends, best friends, wives and any other lady loves! will go up this Thursday. I’ll update this post with links as each gets posted, but until then, I wanted to give you a run down of when to expect each guide. I hope you’re as excited as I am!

Gift guide for lady loves! (Coming: Thursday, Nov 29)
Gift guide for sophisticated gals! (Coming: Friday, Nov 30)
Gift guide for groovy guys! (Coming: Tuesday, Dec 4)
Gift guide for jolly gents! (Coming: Tuesday, Dec 11)

+ this year I’m going to do a round-up of some of my favorite life-changing products that I think would make FANTASTIC gifts (just in case you’re still looking). This will drop after the others!

And in case you’d like to get a head start — here are my gift guides from 2016 and 2017!
Eeps!!! It is my favorite time of year. *3 cheers for gift guides*

mid-week round-up

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday, I’ve rounded up some Thanksgiving content…

A Thanksgiving capsule wardrobe.

Wines to enjoy at Thanksgiving.

A Thanksgiving menu for under $50.

Dollar Tree DIY table centerpiece.

Movies for the whole family.

Gratitude journal.

Recipe for cheesy cauliflower.

Getting your car road-trip ready.

And a few other links you might enjoy…

Obsessed with Roxane Gay’s Goodreads account.

The untold stories of the housing crisis.

The future of aging just might be in Margaritaville.

Actually really looking forward to this movie.

Made me laugh!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and see you next week!! xoxo

Thanksgiving Capsule

We’re hitting the road tomorrow for a few days of Thanksgiving festivities! So, I thought it might be fun, in case you’re in the same boat, to share a quick Thanksgiving Capsule! A run-down of everything you’ll need to pack (clothes-wise) if you’re going out of town for Turkey Day. Of course, you know I love a one-bag approach–so I put on my minimalist packer thinking cap and came up with the 3 outfits I thought would be most useful…

Travel Outfit:

casual top
extra layer
comfy pants
casual shoes
leather jacket
sunglasses

Fall Outfit:

long-sleeved shirt
light coat
jeans
beanie
belt
boots

Fab Outfit:

dress
handbag
dressy shoes

These 3 outfits take care of your main Turkey Day vacay occurrences — traveling to and fro your destination, the actual meal, and something for the in between (like helping your Mom with pies the day before or hitting up the Black Friday sales).

But they can also be mixed and matched! Need to get out of the house and grab some drinks with your hometown pals?

  • long-sleeved shirt + jeans + leather jacket + dressy shoes

Heading to church with the fam or grabbing a weekend brunch?

  • dress + boots + extra layer + belt

Putting on a movie marathon while you trim the tree?

  • comfy pants + long-sleeved shirt

Or maybe you’re feeling cooped up so you wanna go on a hike?

  • casual top + coat + jeans + casual shoes + sunglasses

Happy packing and HAPPY TRAVELS!

Are you going out of town for Thanksgiving? Or will you be hosting? Leave me a comment below and let me know your plans!! xoxo

P.S. In case you’re flying – 7 Things That Totally Changed My Air Travel Game

Staying Busy to Keep the Winter Blues at Bay!

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With the nights drawing in and the temperature dropping, we’re starting to become limited with our options for things to do outside. At this time of year, there are no warm ‘golden hour’  walks at 8 pm, dinner in the backyard after work, or sunny picnics at the weekend. It’s all about heading indoors, keeping cozy and finding things to do indoors instead.

I’m all about that winter hibernation, hygge lifestyle…BUT! One thing I’m NOT about? Being bored. I’ve gotta remind myself at this time of year to stay busy. That (and daily doses of Vitamin D) are tantamount to keeping the winter blues at bay.

Here are some ideas for those looooong winter nights (and snowy weekends, too)!

Have a movie/ tv day

When the weather is bad and you just want to relax, a movie or tv day (or evening) is a perfectly acceptable choice. (Don’t let the haters tell you otherwise! LOL) With all the streaming services out there, chances are you have more options than you could ever work your way through. Plus, if you have a niche interest you want to explore, a snow day is a fine time to scratch that itch. Go down the rabbit hole of beauty tutorials on YouTube. Fan of anime? Binge watch as much as you want on this website. Even if you don’t normally indulge in too much tv (can’t relate), a bit of escapism when the weather outside is frightful never hurt anyone. I’m sure I’ll be queuing up Survivor to escape to tropical islands all winter long! 

Related:
18 Movies to Watch When You’re Hibernating
TV Recommendation: Westworld
The 7 TV Shows I Can’t Wait to Watch
6 True Crime Documentaries For Your Inner Detective

Discover a new hobby

Hobbies are important for people of all ages. They help you to build your skills, stay productive when you have free time, and can give your life purpose too. So many of us fall into the ‘work, eat, sleep, repeat’ cycle, especially in the wintertime when heading home from work in the dark. But hobbies can give you something to look forward to on that cold and dark commute home. They also allow you to connect with other people, and maybe even get you out of the house once in awhile. 😉  You could start a new craft from home, write a blog, or attend classes at a local library or community center. Even if your new hobby will be done from home, you can still find ways to connect with others online. Starting a podcast with my friend Katie has been such a fun hobby to pursue. There’s always something to do and lots of sweet peeps online who are just starting out, too! 

Related:
3 Things to Remember When Your Blog Becomes a Side Hustle
In Search Of: More Delight!
How to Make Time for Books
A Spring-Themed Pocket Letter

Work out

During the colder months, it’s easy for a healthy lifestyle to fall by the wayside. With less time spent outdoors we’re naturally less active, and warming comfort foods are a far cry from the light, fresh salads we enjoyed over the summer. However, you can still live healthily without depriving yourself, and there’s no need to go running in the rain every morning before work! Gyms tend to be quieter at this time of year, and if you head down to your local gym or fitness center you might even have the place to yourself depending on the time of day! You can work out and enjoy a steamy sauna afterwards which will make you feel great. Not down for the gym? You can always workout at home. There are plenty of workouts (FO’ FREE) online. If you have a Wii fit, ballet barre, weights, or any sort of exercise equipment–throw it in the mix!

Related:
How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge
The “All You Need is a Clock” Workout
Found! The Greatest Exercise Video Ever
My 10-Day Ballet Challenge

Do you guys have a plan for staying busy this winter?