Happy Monday Everyone! There are fifteen days until Christmas so I’m guessing that MOST of you have at least STARTED your shopping? Lately I have been sharing lots of gift buying ideas and I have heard from many of you that they are ACTUALLY helping you with your shopping this year! I’m so excited!
I find myself jotting notes down all the time when I think of things I particularly love, or that others ask me about, so that my old lady brain remembers to write about them for you all! If you haven’t read my previous posts containing gift buying guides then I encourage you to do so if you are struggling with ideas!!
First and foremost, I have been dying to share this very special necklace with you all, as it is a HUGE part of the inspiration I received for starting my blog in the first place! I received it as a birthday gift from my friend, Kelly. Not only is Kelly an amazing gift giver, but she is THE person who encouraged me to start a blog!!! A year ago I didn’t really know what a blog was. Kelly got me hooked on following a couple of bloggers and I became very intrigued!
Not only has Kelly been my biggest cheerleader in this blogging adventure, but, as the summer progressed and I began writing and seriously thinking about putting myself out there into the blogging world, we brainstormed for ideas and, ultimately, for a name to identify me and my content. That’s where Kelly’s husband, Tim, came into play! One day he just casually threw ‘Pershing Road’ out there and I was sold. Alas, I received this beautiful necklace and I just love it so much!
You all know my love of monogramming by now, if you have been reading my blog or following me on Instagram or Facebook. I truly think that personalized gifts just have that extra special feel to them! My next gift idea is one I have shared with you before on Instagram. I bought it plain and then personalized it with my monogram. There are many sites that sell these bags. I bought mine right from the manufacturer because I have the ability to personalize myself, but if you would like to give one as a gift with someone’s name or initials I will also link some sites that do that!
The is the CB Station canvas weekender bag and I love it! It’s such a classic-looking, sturdy bag. I ordered mine from ebags.com, where they offer twelve different color combinations. Mine was $59 but some color choices are more.
You can also find them on amazon.com. They call them the ‘Sunshine Satchel.’
There are also some Etsy sites that offer them personalized. The personalization and shipping are extra on the site below but I think it’s worth it!
Now for another beauty product that I really feel the need to share with you! You may all remember the lash/brow enhancement serum that I shared in a recent post?
I mentioned that my esthetician asked if I got lash extensions and/or my brows tinted. Today I got my teeth cleaned and my hygienist went on and on about my long eyelashes, too! Even though both my lashes and eyebrows are growing like gangbusters, and my brows have gotten much thicker, I am finding that some brow hairs are turning grey! Aye, Yai Yai!!! Middle age stinks I tell ya’! These little grey fellas tend to ‘go rogue,’ if you know what I mean? They’ve got a direction all their own!!
I wanted to find something that didn’t make me look like many females I see with that ‘painted on’ brow look! I don’t wear much make-up as it is, so if I attempted that look it would have really stood out! (Think Faye Dunaway in Mommy Dearest!)
Enter my youngest, Grace, to the rescue! She introduced me to ‘Gimme Brow,’ a volumizing eyebrow gel that has a slight tint to it that grabs onto the hairs and tames them into place. It comes with a tiny little brush and I think it’s virtually mess and mistake proof! It’s water-resistant and very natural looking.
Above is the link to purchase from Ulta, where I purchased mine. It is also available at Sephora. Amazon.com also sells it, (https://amzn.to/2SzlmE2) but I encourage you to pop into either Ulta or Sephora and have them test it on you to choose the correct shade! I took my mom to Ulta and they did a great job! Trust me, you will love this product! It is very natural looking and so easy to apply!
Last, but certainly not least, I have a delightful item for the foodies on your list!!! Again, I was introduced to this little gem by my friend Kelly. She is always the hostess with the mostest and she serves this frequently at her gatherings and we all devour it like hounds!!!
This magical glaze is similar to pepper jelly and I read somewhere that the dip recipe that comes along with the bottle is a tailgate favorite in the south. I recently had a holiday get-together and this stuff was polished off and the dish was practically licked clean! The recipe involves cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayo and bacon…’nuff said!!! AED machine sold separately!!! It would also be fabulous as a glaze on ham or other meats and I’m planning on using a bit on my roasted Brussel sprouts!
So there you go, some more ideas to consider as your shopping progresses this holiday season! Hopefully the links I provided will work for you, because if you’re anything like me, you will be doing a lot of shopping from the comfort of home! I truly hope you are all enjoying the season and please let me know if my posts are helpful to you!