December 28, 2016

Best Small Space Organization Hacks

My house was built in the 1970s, which apparently was before the advent of the walk-in closet or open floor plans. There are actually quite a few closets throughout the house, the problem is they are all insanely tiny. My three and a half bathrooms are also on the smaller side. Because of these small space issues, I started researching and collecting organizational ideas and tips for making the most out of a small space about a year ago. Below are (in my opinion) the BEST small space organizational hacks.

Top Small Space Organizational Hacks
Small Bedrooms

Design blogger MinYang Lu of Haive shows us the incredible power of paint in a small space through her compilation of small bedroom makeovers. She also illustrates the optical illusion certain patterns can have. Check out the difference wall-length curtains do to expand the room below. I’d think it would make it smaller but it’s the opposite!

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I also like this “closet to changing room” idea for a small nursery from Charlie & Chooka, and the corner desk and floating shelves from Shanty to Chic that turns a tiny teen room into a multi-functional and fun space!

Small Bathrooms

This over-the-toilet shelf idea below from Rachel, a contributor for the online DIY mecca Hometalk, is just one of many brilliant ideas in her small bathroom makeover.

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If you have a towel rack over your toilet like I do in my kids’ bathroom and powder room, consider moving it to the back of the bathroom door, as blogger Lilly from Listotic has done below. (Lilly is so amazing she’s got two ideas in this post!)

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Small Kitchens

Not a lot people can afford to renovate their kitchen, and for some people with loadbearing walls lining their kitchen, it’s structurally impossible to make a kitchen bigger. The latter was the case in our kitchen, so I had to find ways to make the most out of the space we already had. Luckily I found some creative ways to make our smallish kitchen much more organized and functional! Below are my favorite solutions for a small kitchen.

I love this under cabinet shelf below from DIY blogger Jen Caputo. While under cabinet shelves are not a new idea, the fact that these shelves match the cabinets in material and color makes the overal design much more seamless and chic!

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When I am frustrated with a small space I tend to fall back on hanging things inside of cabinet doors with 3M peelable hooks. But when I saw this idea from Listotic for hanging sandwich bag boxes with simple thumbtacks I was almost embarrassed I hadn’t thought of it on my own! I also love the pretty simplicity of this baking rack storage idea from Amanda at IamBaker. My favorite kitchen space saver, however, is this outer cabinet shelf idea from Ashley at MyPerfectNest. When she ran out of space in her kitchen she simply created more space with floating shelves and baskets…genius!

Small Closets

Built-in closet organizers can be a godsend for those of us with small closets. Take a look at the impressive transformation of this small closet before and after from Abby at JustAGirlAndHerBlog. It really highlights the point that sometimes the best space saver (or finder) is proper organization, pure and simple.

Another favorite source of home design and decor inspiration comes from Lela at InTheNewHouse. Her linen closet makeover is an example of how sometimes organizing does not always lead to more space, but it can make a normally cluttered or sloppy space look much more streamlined and clean. As you can see from Lela’s after shot below, you can even have some wasted space, but still make a space look better. I don’t know about you gals, but my linen closet can look very pretty lined with my neatly folded towels and sheets, but it all becomes a flaming hot mess once one the kids rummages for a washcloth or pillowcase. The basket solution is perfect- everything looks so pretty and sorted, I don’t care how messy the inside of the baskets are!

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While it’s true you can’t put lipstick on a pig (although seriously, who would want to?), you can transform a small space from cluttered and unsightly to smart and orderly by using just a few of the amazing organizational hacks above.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and organized 2017!

xoxo

Missy

 

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December 26, 2016

Get out of debt in 2017! Top 5 budgeting blogs

Are you one of the millions of American’s who put at least 50% of their Christmas expenses on credit cards? Or perhaps your debt has been slowly adding up the past year(s)- to the point of being overwhelming, all-consuming, and just plain SCARY? If you said yes (or simply nodded) then this post is or you!  The following 5 budgeting blogs helped me crawl out of debt and learn how to be smarter with money and personal finance in general.  I know they can do the same for you!

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Proof that debt ages you…this was me six years ago, before I learned to budget.

Top 5  Budgeting Blogs
  1. Living Well Spending Less: blog founder Ruth Soukup is a self-proclaimed former shopaholic. She started her site as a way of maintaining accountability with her new, smarter money habits, and as a resource to others who are also looking to clean up their financial act. She is also the founder the Elite Blogging Academy (EBA), an absolute must for any blogger looking to grow their blog from a hobby to a business.
  2. The Busy Budgeter This is one of my favorite blogs overall. Blogger Rosemarie Groner’s paradigm on money and how it should be spent changed my life. She is also big on staying organized in order to save money, and her organizational ideas and tricks are killer. She also has a blogging series with articles and online courses for starting, growing and earning an income with a blog. Visit her website and sign up for the 90-day budgeting challenge – it’s free!
  3. The Budget Mama: Need a budgeting planner for 2017? Check out blogger Jessi Fearon’s 2017 Real Life on a Budget Planner for only $20! In addition to a 2017 calendar, this comprehensive planner has monthly budget pages, monthly expense tracking pages, goal tracking, monthly check-ins, debt repayment tracking, savings tracking, bill pay tracking, holiday budget planning and more. Be sure to check out the rest of her blog- she’s so savvy and sincere it almost makes budgeting less “blech”!
  4. Barefoot Budgeting: Blogger Kim Elizabeth posts all kinds of tips, tricks, and tools for both saving and making money. Her “Daily Deals” series is a GREAT resource for online and in-store discounts and freebies. Barefoot Budgeting also has a Facebook group where even more helpful resources are shared!
  5. Thrifty & Chic: This is a great site if you are into home renovation and decor DIY projects. Blog founder Alicia’s favorite places to shop are Target & Home Depot, and her projects are always both super chic and super easy!

It is NEVER too late to start a budget, learn how to save and/or make more money, and get off the “my debt makes my chest tight” train. If I can do it, anyone can!

xoxo

Missy

December 19, 2016

Beautiful and affordable gift wrap options

 

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Gift wrap seems to be one product (among many) that is increasing in price and decreasing in quality. A $2 roll of gift wrap doesn’t seem that costly, until it splits and tears as you are wrapping the gift, making you need to roll out twice as much as you need. Below are some beautiful and affordable alternatives to traditional gift wrap. Instead of my normal M.O. of featuring items that are under $50 ( which is kind of silly for gift wrap unless you are using chinchilla fur),  I looked for options that would be less expensive per gift than the average $4 roll of wrapping paper (which wraps about 6 gifts on average).

Kraft Paper Gift Wrap Ideas

Kraft paper comes in much larger rolls than most gift wrap, and it is normally made of much stronger paper as well. Its plain brown appearance can be quite deceiving. You can dress it up in as many ways as your imagination (or someone else’s imagination via Pinterest) will allow!

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How adorable is this gift wrap idea from The Shady Acre! The only supplies you’ll need are a hot glue gun and a couple skeins of yarn. As you can see from the simple designs displayed, you don’t need an art degree to successfully pull this project off. I think some of the easiest options, like the initials and yarn tree, are the prettiest!

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I love the chic simplicity of this polka dot wrap idea from Stylecaster! My one caveat to this craft is the size of the dots.  If I used something as small as a pencil, I’d run out of patience about halfway through the third first package, so maybe grab a larger circular foam stamper or use something around the house with a larger lid/top to do the stamping.

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This idea from On Sutton Place is of my favorites! Just take some red and white twine and/or ribbon, along with some greenery and small holiday themed accessories from the dollar store…et voila- the most charmingly festive wrapping paper ever!

Other gift wrap ideas

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I’ve heard of people using old newspaper for gift wrap before, but I never saw the appeal until I came across these sweet examples from Indulgy. It shows how simple, pretty accessories in a specific color scheme can turn non-holiday gift wrap into a gorgeously themed gift assortment.

Even More Ideas!

Other ideas include old roadmaps, paper lunch bags, and mason jars, but only if you already have them lying around. None of these items, with paper bags being the exception, are cheaper than wrapping paper- and you are limited to wrapping small gifts in the latter two.

If you have a creative, non-traditional way of wrapping gifts that is cheaper than traditional store-bought gift wrap please share it in the comments below – I would love to hear about it!

xoxo

Missy

December 15, 2016

Gift guide for those “hard to buy for” people in your life!

I consider myself an excellent “present giver”.  I try to make sure that every gift guide I create contains unique, useful and fun items for a wide variety of recipients. But sometimes figuring out the perfect gift, or ANY gift, is made almost impossible by the following two types of people:

  1. People that seem to have no hobbies or interests. They aren’t a foodie, a sports fan, a gardener, a crafter, an avid reader, a Comi-Con enthusiast, etc…
  2. The people who make more money than God. What the heck do you get these people that they cannot get themselves?

I’ve run into these issues enough times to develop a tried-and-true gift guide that includes items that almost anyone (except dead people, duh)  can appreciate.  Are all these items in this list under $50 like my other gift guides for ladies, guys, and teens? Heck ya they are! Creative, unique gifts for under fiddy bucks? You can thank me by signing up for my Faking Fancy newsletter. Your checkbook will thank you after signing up, so you’ll just be paying it forward…

Gift ideas for “hard to buy for” recipients

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Personalized popcorn bowl, $27. EVERYONE likes popcorn, and this personalized bowl makes eating it even more special! The only exception to this rule would be your low-carbing buddies. That’s okay because ALL of the other gift ideas have zero carbs! To “jazz up” this gift I would add some popped corn as filler and nestle a few flavored popcorn salts in the bowl before tying in up in a clear cellophane bag.

Nordstrom Rack Plush Throw $25. You can never have too many super soft, luxurious throws lying around your house. Especially since the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting this winter to be the coldest in a decade. Add a lovely tin of hot cocoa to boost the “cuddle factor” of this already cozy gift.

F in Exams book $10. This hilarious book is filled with actual answers from students who’s incorrect answers on tests were so hilarious it almost made up for the fact that they were wrong. Don’t worry if your picky recipient does not have a sense of humor or eat carbs – you still have many more options to choose from in this list!

Amore Beaute Customized Pillow Case $39.50. This is advertised as a great gift for newlyweds, but you can use other important dates, like a graduation date, prison release date (I’m sure ex-cons like pillows, don’t judge) or even birth dates to make it a great gift for anyone.

Hot Cocoa & Cream Candle $11. I know candles can be a tricky gift because what smells “good” to some people can smell like a dead hamster to others. But, if you know someone who does not like the delicious and homey smell of hot cocoa you should be worried…because that is not normal. Those people don’t really deserve a gift because they also probably don’t like kittens, macaroni & cheese, or chocolate cake. Weirdos.

Other gift ideas for “hard to buy for” recipients

Other great gifts for the person who has everything- name a star after them, or adopt a unique animal like a manatee in their name! The star thing is kind of a scam as about 10,000 other people also have that same star, but I still think they are kind of cool. The recipient gets a print-out of where their star’s constellation is with the star highlighted, so they can look into the night sky and see your gift on any clear sky night -forever!

I hope the ideas in this gift guide help you in your search for the perfect present for everyone on your list this holiday season!

xoxo,

Missy

 

December 12, 2016

Sequin skirts that will make you shine!

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Figuring out an outfit for holiday parties and events can be tricky when you are trying to be frugal. While you want to wear something that is extra festive during the holidays,  you also want to be able to wear it on more than one occasion. Otherwise, it isn’t a very frugal purchase no matter how cheap it is! The answer to this fashion dilemma is a sequin skirt! While you are pretty much stuck with a “fancy” outfit theme when you purchase a sparkly or sequined dress for the holidays. Sequin skirts can be dressed down enough to wear on date night, drinks with the girls and even to work.

Below are four of the prettiest and sparkliest skirts under $50, as well as some outfit inspiration for both holiday and casual looks using sequin skirts.

Affordable sparkles!

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From left: Misguided Sequin & Pearl Mini Skirt $36, Sheinside Gold Sequin Mini Skirt $13, Sheinside Gold Scallop Sequin Skirt $13, Charlotte Russe Sequin Pencil Skirt $20.

Outfit inspiration with sequin skirts

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I was thrilled when I saw this outfit post on Pinterest from extrapetite.com, it’s the perfect illustration of how you can take a sequin skirt and dress it up or down. Both outfits are equally stylish and appropriate. If you are under 5’5″ tall I encourage you to check out all of Jean’s outfit pairings on extrapetite.com- her style is flawless!

More party looks

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Outfit courtesy of hercampus.com

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Outfit courtesy of fashforfashion.com

Everyday sequin looks

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Outfit courtesy of glamradar.com

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Outfit courtesy of lifetimeofrain.com

I hope that this post encourages those of you who think sequins are only for Vegas clubs and holiday parties to expand your horizons. As hard-working women, we deserve to shine for more than just one or two days a year!

Here’s to hoping your holidays are merry and bright!

xoxo,

Missy

December 7, 2016

Affordable holiday decor- decorate your entire home for around $25!

affordable holiday decorI am going to start this post on affordable holiday decor by saying that it DOES NOT include the Christmas tree, stockings or gifts. When I say you can decorate your entire home for around $25, I mean it is possible to decorate your walls, tables, windows, light fixtures, counter tops, and pretty much every area of your home aside from the tree…all for around $25, which in my frugal living book is still amazing!

To help out on the tree & stocking front I’ve included links to some very lovely and affordable trees (artificial) and stockings.  If you are looking for cool & budget-friendly gift ideas check out my holiday gift guides for men, women, and tweens/teens.

So how it is possible to decorate almost every area of your home with festive Christmas splendor for around $25? My first stop is always the dollar store! My local dollar store is called The Dollar Tree, but there are several dollar stores nationwide including the Dollar General, Family Dollar, and the 99 cents only stores.

Top Dollar Store Holiday Items

The following items offer the most bang for your buck (literally).

  1. Pine tree garland: Nothing says Holiday like pine tree garland! My Dollar Store had 15ft of pine garland for $1. The cheapest I have seen garland anywhere else was $3 for 9ft at Michaels. I bought eight pieces  and wrapped it around my front door frame, balcony, fireplace mantel, living room mirror and window, and stair railing. Cost: $8 (Note: I could not find this product online, but it is located in the Holiday section of the store.)
  2. Holiday ribbon: By “holiday” I mean anything in the colors that match your particular holiday decor color scheme. Gold and silver, red and green, blue and silver… It doesn’t have to be labeled “Holiday” to be festive! I wrapped the 2 yards of ribbon I bought through the garland on my fireplace mantel and balcony to brighten it up. Cost: $2
  3. Holiday bows and assorted decorI picked up some metallic leaf and berry picks during my latest Dollar Store visit and stuck them in the garland on my staircase railing. It really glams up my staircase, which isn’t easy to do as it is covered in a hideous, short gray, speckled berber carpet. Cost: $5affordable holiday decor
  4. Signs and banners: I bought this “Merry Christmas” paper banner below a couple of years ago at a dollar store. I wasn’t sure if it would look cheap (it was $1!) once it was hung up, but it looks so pretty with the garland! Cost: $1affordable holiday decor
  5. Candy canes: While you can often find boxes of candy canes for around a dollar, I figure I’d pick some up while I was there. I tied them to the garland framing my living room window. I’ve also seen people hang them around window frames, like Christina at The Frugal Homemaker did. So pretty! Cost: $1

Paint it baby!

I am constantly amazed at the sort of crappy interesting items people spray paint into something Fancy! From plastic, dollar store storage buckets to tacky, thrift shop porcelain figurines. Check out these incredible decor transformations using cheap trinkets and spray paint!

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These beauties from astangelife.blogspot.com are just normal, everyday pine cones covered in Krylon Glass Paint!

 

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Katie at Bower Power Blog took some Dollar Store nutcrackers and completely transformed them with some cheap acrylic paint. The pastel versions look so expensive!

 

Re-purpose with pride

affordable holiday decor

I found some pretty gold place mats at Goodwill the other day, but I wanted decor I could keep out all season long (and not just one meal where they would be stained by teens with sloppy table habits).  The solution? I draped the place mats over my dining table chairs and tied some metallic gold tulle around them… et voila, glitzy chair covers! Cost $4

Because of the fantastic after-Christmas sales every year, I always end up with WAY more ornaments than I can possibly fit on our one tree. Instead of stuffing them back into the storage box to languish for another year, I thought why not use them for decorating things other than the tree?

affordable holiday wreath

Last year I made an Easter wreath with pastel-colored peeps. While it was adorable last Spring, the peeps are now chipped and faded, so I pulled those little chickies right out of their toothpick perches in the foam wreath and, along with some of the gold and silver leftover ornaments, created the beautiful door wreath above. I had to buy some more glue sticks for this project which made the total cost of the wreath $2.00, but I have seen similar wreaths like this one and this one for waaaay more (sometimes $100 more) than what I spent. Cost: $2

Hang Em High

affordable holiday decor

I took the rest of the ornaments, some leftover metallic ribbon and a couple of strands of tinsel garland to create this gorgeous and festive lighting display on my dining room chandelier. Cost: free.

Being Felt Up

affordable holiday decor

I created this vintage-looking Christmas tree art from a picture frame I wasn’t using and some leftover felt from a puppet craft we did earlier this year. I put the frame glass behind the felt to keep the vintage feel and let the texture of the felt come through. Cost: free.

Mad for Plaid

affordable holiday decor

I also had some plaid Christmas wrapping paper and art canvas leftover from crafts last year, along with some black construction paper. I had seen some cute plaid wall art on Etsy and tried my best to recreate it using the canvas and wrapping paper (and lots of tape). They turned out extremely homemade looking up close, but my husband says that only adds to their charm. Cost: free.

Speaking of wrapping paper- I have seen other people wrap their current wall art and hanging photos with Christmas wrapping paper and it seemed like a super easy way to update my wall decor for the holidays, so I tried it. It IS pretty much the easiest and (if you have extra holiday gift wrap) the cheapest way to create holiday-themed wall decor. Just wrap it in the front of the frame and slap a bow on. Cost: free.

affordable holiday decor

I’m thinking of purchasing cheap wrapping paper with other holiday themes (like Valentines and Easter) so I can transform my wall art into easy holiday decor year-round!

My grand total was about $25, but even if you don’t have any leftover felt, unused picture frames or spare wrapping paper like I did, you can purchase those items for about $5, which means you can still decorate your entire home for less than what most people spend on one holiday wreath!

Want more detailed “how to’s” on any of these affordable holiday decor projects? I would love to share the exact steps for each project and answer any other questions related to this post! Simply comment below and I will respond within 48 hours.

xoxo,

Missy

Side note: This post will be featured in the Reviews, Chews and How-tos blog on December 17. If you are interested in more tips and resources for living a great life on a budget- check out this fantastic site!

December 5, 2016

Holiday gift guides for teens and tweens

While it is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, holiday shopping can be super stressful. Trying not to go postal in the crowded stores, trying to find the perfect gifts, trying to afford it all….it can be enough to make some people drink a quart of spiked eggnog (minus the eggnog). When your family includes one or more tweens or teens that stress can be multiplied by a thousand. Per kid. That’s why I created these holiday gift guides for teens and tweens. Using these guides will reduce your stress levels AND keep more money in your bank account. But feel free to hit the spiked eggnog anyway…

Jam-packed with fun, useful and most importantly, affordable ideas, these holiday gift guides (for guys and girls) are perfect if you have a kid between the ages of 11-19 to shop for. These days (God I sound old when I say that) teens are notorious for wanting things that are name brand, expensive, or both. Never fear my fellow Faking Fancy mamas! The items listed in these holiday gift guides are not only are they trendy and fun, they are ALL under $50.

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Clockwise from top right: Novelty Dream Pillowcase Set $20,  Playa Comforter Set $35, Guess Pom Keychain $11, Chanel No. 5 Print $6, Kate Spade Eat Cake Mug $20, Pajama Drama Romper $14, Sephora Glitter Bold Clutch $26, Coffee Professional Brush Set $39,  Stila Nude Liquid Lip Set $20, Philosophy Christmas Cookie 3 in 1 Gel $18, Juicy Couture Triple Threat Gift Set $25.

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Clockwise top right: Hollister So Cal Cologne $50, Vans Drop V Snapback Hat $26, Breda Men’s Steve Watch $29, Double Pockets Denim Dress Shirt $34, London Fog Chukka Street Boot $45, Jaywalker Men’s Plaid Shirt $36, Paul Frank Legacy Shirt $10, Burberry London Cologne $29, Vans Medero Black Sneakers $29, Hot Topic T-Rex Multiplayer Same Screen T-shirt $13, BKE Pennison Park Coat $34, Hugo Boss Baldessarini Del Mar Cologne $49, New Era 9fifty Flawless Yankees Cap $31, Large Retro Matte Black Sunglasses $14, Chilling Black Rx Glasses $15.

Is your teen or tween into technology? These virtual reality goggles or flying drone with camera should make them smile come Christmas morning. And I would be absolutely remiss if I did not list at least two board games. Some of our best memories as a family involve board games. (We still laugh over what 11 year-old Avery drew as her image for the clue of “Peeping Tom” during Pictionary four years ago. Good times.)

Boards that fight Boredom!

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A board game where teens are not only allowed to use their phones but use it to win the game? This is going to be a HUGE hit at my house fo sho.

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My kids love verbally playing “Would you rather” all the time. This version of the game is specifically geared towards ages 13+, making it a great choice for teens.

xoxo

Missy

November 28, 2016

Holiday gift lists for the men in your life

Men are notoriously hard to shop for, especially the men whose only hobbies include watching TV and…well that’s about it. Never fear ladies! I have compiled a fantastic set of holiday gift lists for men with themes that center on a variety of interests and hobbies (or lack of).

What these lists do NOT include is the sadly traditional goofy tie, goofy coffee mug or anything imprinted with “World’s Best Dad”.  I don’t care if he is the most amazing dad to you or your kids, “world’s best” is kind of overstating it given you only know about twenty other dads in the world, give or take. And like the goofy tie and mug, they are ugly tacky not the stylish gift any great dad truly deserves.

And as always, all of the gift ideas listed below are under $50.

For Dads: Nordstrom Plaid Pajamas $45, Monogrammed Coffee Travel Mug $25, Gold Arrow Tie Bar $14, Light-up Spinning Rack $30, Panasonic key detector $30. Sports Fan: New Era Knit cap $14, NFL Fleece Sweatpants $30, NFL Fan Mats $38, For Bare Feet Sports Socks $11. Metro Man: Timberland Men’s Aviators $20, Partiss Men’s Hooded Parka $40, Michael Kors Speckled Henley $31, Alpine Foot Pumice Travel $16, Irish Lambswool Scarf $40.

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For the Foodie: Personalized Popcorn Bowl $27, Six Pack Cooler Tote $28, Grilled Cheese Cookbook $10, Remote Wireless Meat Thermometer $30, Cast Iron Oyster Grill Pan $30, Smart Plant Bacon Master $30, King of the Grill Apron $27. Booze Connosior: Liquor Bottle Puzzle Game $20, Personalized Liquor Decanter $39, Mini Whiskey Barrel Decanter $15, Food and Beer Cookbook $32, Soft Pretzel & Beer Cheese Kit $30, Engraved Beer Pint Glasses $30, Stainless Steel Ice Cubes $25.

Other cool gift ideas

We have a popcorn store in our local area that sells bags of flavored popcorn in a variety of sizes. The jumbo bag with about 50 cups would be an amazing gift for any couch potato, especially in a manly flavor like Loaded Baked Potato, Bacon Cheddar, and Spicy Buffalo. If you don’t have a popcorn store in your area you can order it online- just be sure to order by December 17 to avoid the holiday postal delays.

My hubby is a huge hockey fan so when I saw this grill tool set made out of recycled hockey sticks I had to get it. You can’t pick a particular team, the sticks in each set are from different teams’, picked randomly by the maker’s current selection. Right now at Requip’d you can get a three-piece set for $44.99. They also have some great holiday specials going on as well!

For even more ideas, click here for an “Under $25 gift list for men” that I compiled last Christmas.

I hope these holiday gift lists help you when shopping for the man or men in your life this Christmas. Need ideas for your mom, sister or female bestie? Check out my gift guide or women here, and be sure to look for my gift guide for teens and tweens on Wednesday!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

November 25, 2016

The BEST turkey recipes- great for leftovers!

I used to go to this deli back in California that served a turkey sandwich using common Thanksgiving leftovers, but they had it on the menu all year long. It was the best damn freaking sandwich that I ever had, and the muse for my own leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. There is a reason these sandwiches are soooo much better than your everyday turkey sandwich. When else do you have cranberry sauce, stuffing, and candied yams laying around?

We bought a HUGE turkey this year so I can not only make my amazing leftover sandwiches for days, but we can also get a few more family meals out of the turkey when the price per pound is at its cheapest. Not wanting to get sick of turkey before we use all the leftovers, I scoured the internet for the most amazing turkey recipes. Below is the *recipe for “The Pilgrim”, my addictive leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, along with a few other mouth-watering turkey recipes guaranteed to keep you and your family enjoying your T-Day leftovers for several days!

*Side note: Can you call it a “recipe” if it’s for a sandwich? Or it that just instructions? I think it’s like when tortilla chip bags have recipes for nachos on the back. I mean, really?

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“The Pilgrim” Sandwich

2 slices of bread (sometimes I used herbed bread, skip the stuffing and add more yams)

1 TB cranberry sauce (jellied, the other stuff runs off the sandwich)

1 TB mashed candied yams or sweet potatoes

2-4 slices of turkey

2 TB of stuffing (I normally make sausage & apple stuffing)

Spread the cranberry on one bread slice and the *yams on the other. Layer on the turkey and spoon on the stuffing. *Note: Sweet potatoes work fine in place of yams.

More amazing recipes!

Turkey Pot Pie

turkey recipeWho doesn’t love pot pie? This Turkey Pot Pie recipe simply adds turkey instead of chicken to an all-American classic then tops it off with buttery cheddar biscuits. I can’t wait to try it!

Just a Taste blogger and recipe creator Kelly Senyei points out that the biscuit filling and topping can be made ahead, and then combined and reheated later. I bet you could make the filling ahead and freeze it as well, making it super convenient and a recipe you can enjoy months after the holiday!

 

The Best Leftover Turkey Recipe
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www.temeculablogs.com

While the name of this dish from A Typical Mom  is not super creative, the resulting dish definitely is! At first, I thought blog author Justine was just being a goofball with the name, The Best Leftover Turkey Recipe.  But once you read the recipe you’ll agree that she really couldn’t label it anything else. It’s THAT good.

I mean, I loooove anything made with crescents, don’t you?

 

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza
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www.baked-by-rachel.com

Turkey pizza? How have I never thought of this?? Rachel Currier, the genius behind this innovative-yet-simple recipe, came up with it because the day after Thanksgiving is a Friday, and Friday is pizza night at her house. Friday is also pizza night at my house so I am excited to try this “sounds crazy but you KNOW it’s good” recipe!

I normally buy premade pizza dough in the refrigerated section of our grocery store, but Rachel makes it seem so easy I might just try my hand at making the dough. My kids are creatures of habit and normally make (or order) their pizzas two ways- either sausage and pepperoni or BBQ chicken. However, if this pizza tastes as good as the photo looks, I’m sure my stubbornly unexperimental creature-of-habit kids will be tempted to expand their pizza-making horizons!

I hope you try out some of these delicious recipes with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey. If you have a tried-and-true leftover turkey recipe that is beyond the usual turkey soup or tetrazzini, please comment below. I’d love to share it!

xoxo,

Missy

November 22, 2016

Warms hands, warm heart…mittens to love!

Forget the dexterity, functionality and gripping power of gloves…phooey. I am a mittens girl through and through. I like the fact that my fingers can keep each other company in mittens. And because they are ensconced in one pocket versus five, my hands are always much warmer than they are in gloves. To me, gloves are not just the lesser accessory performance-wise, they are also kind of funny looking. Have you ever seen those socks with the individual toes? They just don’t look normal.  I think that goes for separating our digits in gloves as well. Plus, there’s the whole kitten poem that makes mittens even cuter than they already are!

My Mitten Cause

Do I roll my eyes whenever I see an Isotoner commercial? Do I smirk in disdain every time I see someone unwisely choosing to wear gloves over mittens? Heck yes. Of course not. But if I can promote the cause for mittens through this blog post so that just one more person’s hands are a little bit cozier, then I can sleep soundly at night. 5mg of Melatonin chased with a smidge of red wine also helps…er, I digress…

Below is an assembly of the sweetest mittens out there. All of the items below are under $50, with the average price being under $20.

mittens

Clockwise from midnight: Muk Luks Romance Plush Potholder  $29, Sonoma Bird’s Eye Flip Top $10, Forever21 Sleepy Face $10, Miss Pom Pom Spotty  $17, Ignvor Merino Wool $37, Chivnova Pom  $11, Knitted Belle Angora Flip Top  $30, Old Navy Sweater Knit  $15, Totes Blue Spruce Popcorn Knit  $25, Uniqlo Lambswool Knit $16.

xoxo

Missy

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