Pipsquigz

Five on Friday – I’m Back Edition!

My favorite posts to read all week long are weekly “favorite” posts.  Having been MIA for a little bit, I have a backlog of some favorites to share with you all!  This week, I’ll share a little bit of everything.  Let’s get this party started!

FiveonFriday.o.n.e.

PodcastHappierLogoWhen I drove to Tennessee in August, I knew I couldn’t make the solo trip depending on my short playlist of favorite singles.  I downloaded Serial and fell in love with podcasts.  Since then, I’ve added some other favorites including: Spawned, Note to Self, RadioLab, and HappierHappier and Spawned are my favorite to listen to during my commute to and from work and they’re the perfect length.

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amazon music
Amazon Music!  This is new to me and it’s amazing.  We purchased Amazon Prime a couple of months ago and I had no idea that I could create playlists and listen to their entire library of music!!  Gone are my days of buying songs on iTunes.  Greatest thing ever.

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door county
Fall weather.  Oh em gee.  It’s my favorite time of year.  September stayed SO hot in Wisconsin (uppers 80’s and 90!).  This week we hit a MAJOR cool down and temps are where they should be in the upper 50’s and 60’s.  It’s a dream.  Colors are just starting to change, the sun has been shining, and the temperature has been perfect!  Side note: While that isn’t my photo, Craig and I drove that road last week in Door County on our anniversary getaway.  So pretty.

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Instagram/Etsy shopping – I follow so many adorable shops on Instagram.  Part of the reason that I took my October challenge is because of all the wonderful things I keep finding (and buying).  Some of my most recent purchases include the adorable green Sophie hoodie from Evy’s Tree.  Pricey, yes – but I buy them on sale.  AND they wear and wash great and can be dressed up or dressed down.  One of my favorite bloggers, Bonnie, recently opened up a shop called Hey June.  I purchased a sapphire necklace to commemorate my wedding month.  And finally, I recently bought Eddie a pair of those buffalo plaid jeans from Dudley Denim.  I missed out twice before finally snagging a pair before sellout last weekend.  He will be such a little stud wearing those this fall.  Instagram: My new favorite way to shop.

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pip
These pipSquigz are amazing.  Small enough to tuck into any bag and entertaining enough to keep our 10 month old happy for an extended period of time.  They easily suction to high chairs and tables and Eddie loves to pull them off because of the noise they make (“pop”).  They rattle, too.  And he loves to suck on them and throw them on the ground (and promptly begin sucking on them again when I hand it back – gross).  These were on a wishlist for Eddie way back when, and GiGi delivered.  We love ’em.

Linking up with April and Christina!

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Stocking Stuffers

We’re back for week number two of the A Few of My Favorite Things linkup with April, EliseKatie, and Zelle!  This week I’m sharing what I think would be awesome stocking stuffers for the ladies, the gents, and the babes.

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Buckle up – today’s post is a long one!

 stocking stuffers for her - mwnone / two / three / four / five

..1.. Bath & Body Works: 3-Wick Candle
I’ve loved receiving these and I’ve loved gifting them.  I’m the first to admit that not all the scents are amazing, but 99% of them are.  If you can grab these on sale, they’re an awesome stocking stuffer!

..2.. Aveda: hand relief Moisturizing Creme
I can think of few things that are more relaxing to me than the scent of any Aveda product.  The scent of this lotion is heavenly.  Keep my eyes closed long enough and I’ll forget where I am – because I start hearing waterfalls and soft music playing.  Aveda = spa = relaxation.

..3.. Bananagrams
Unless you are my husband, you enjoy a good game.  I love Bananagrams!  LOVE IT.  And when I went to the website to track down an image, I learned the company has other games too.  All of them are super affordable and I can legitimately say it’s one of the best stocking stuffers I’ve received!

..4.. Philosophy: Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath
I got a holiday set from a girlfriend last year for Christmas.  I had never “splurged” on Philosophy products before.  It made me a loyal customer.  The Hot Buttered Rum was simply amazing, but they didn’t make it for this season.  I’m pretty sad about that.  However, there are some awesome alternatives.  While some people might argue that bath gels are cliche – when it comes to Philosophy products, I would beg to differ.

..5.. Nordstroms: Infinity Scarves
What woman doesn’t love a good scarf!?  Nordstrom’s has some really great choices!  And if you’re like me and love to do your holiday shopping online, to avoid the crazies at the stores, you’ll love that they offer free shipping.  #winning

stocking stuffers for him - mwnone / two / three / four / five

..1.. Uncommon Goods: Whiskey Stones
These are something I’ve always debated buying my husband.  He isn’t a huge drinker, but I think the idea of these is super neat.  For a period of time, we lived only a half hour from the only Jack Daniel’s distillery in the world – and it turned him on a bit to whiskey on the rocks.

..2.. Uncommon Goods: Cufflinks
Craig doesn’t have to wear cufflinks, like, ever – but if you’re married to a man or have a dad/granddad that needs them, Uncommon Goods has some really unique choices.  Some of them are pricey, but others (like these) are totally reasonable!  They have some pretty neat ones made from football helmets and stadium seats, too.

..3.. Dick’s Sporting Goods: Golf Balls
No matter how good of a golfer you are, you can always use a few extra golf balls.  Am I right?

..4.. Dunkin Donuts: K-Cups
I recently learned that Craig has a pretty significant preference when it comes to his coffee.  There are obviously a ton to choose from, I’m highlighting these, because they’re Craig’s favorite.  Buying K-cups can help the pocketbook by saving him a couple trips through the Starbucks line!

..5.. Apple: iTunes Gift Card
iTunes gift cards are another thing that I’ve received and totally loved.  I rarely buy music if I don’t have a gift card for it.  I love that iTunes allows you to pick and choose what songs you want, rather than having to purchase the entire album.  Better yet?  If you’re giving one, you can choose how much you want to spend!

stocking stuffers for baby - mwnone / two / three / four / five

Craig and I had decided that we want to buy a few things for the little man, even though he will maybe be a whole 3 weeks old when Christmas rolls around.  What in the heck do you buy an infant!?  I took to blogs and Instagram to track down some pretty awesome ideas.

..1.. Amazon: Books
You would’ve found some of these books on my baby registry.  I love the simplicity of them.  As a self-identified bookworm, I am more than excited to expose Bumpster to literature in a variety of ways – and learning his colors, shapes, creatures is just one of them!

..2.. Honest Company: Baby Teether
I love so many of this company’s products.  I just can’t justify spending a little bit more on diapers that are patterned (and adorable).  Okay, in all truthfulness, I had totally justified it, Craig had to work to un-justify it for me.  Ha.  This teether is BPA free and can be chilled or frozen.  My baby boy would totally rock this butterfly.

..3.. Amazon: PipSquigz
How neat are these!?  I saw these on a fellow mama’s blog and they totally intrigued me.  They seem really portable.  A great solution for little ones needing a bit of a distraction when mama needs a break from cooking dinner and takes the fam out for dinner!

..4.. Etsy/TagYoureItJewelry: Ornament
I’ve already ordered a different “First Christmas” ornament for Bumpster, but how awesome is this one?  I’m sure we will end up with multiple ornaments commemorating his first holiday season and that is totally okay!  I love, love, LOVE that his one has the birth stats on it.  It adds something a little extra special, doesn’t it? Honestly, if I’d seen this one before ordering what we have, I might’ve held off in order to purchase this.

..5.. Etsy/MAS Production Arts: Wooden Stacking Blocks
Another blog find!  I love the simplicity of these blocks!  You can do so much with them – color matching, counting, stacking…I can only imagine the “games” that could be created with these.  Love them!

What are some of your favorite stocking gifts?