holiday best 2017

We have our 2nd annual Utah Symphony concert for kids (we went for the first time last year and immediately aborsbed it into our traditions for each year, it was magic!) and I love getting everyone dressed up all festive-like so here’s our get-ups!! Don’t worry I am shopping for everyone below if you need more ideas!Holiday Best IdeasCal’s Suit c/o // Shirt // Wellies ($40) //// My Dress (old but simliar here// Booties ($50!) // Lip is Diva by Mac ($8 right now!) //// Raleigh’s Rag // Boots //// Hayes’ suit // Shirt // Boots c/o // Hat

Holiday Best Ideas Holiday Best Ideas Holiday Best Ideas I would never leave out the girls. Too much good stuff! holiday best: girls

Striped Faux Fur + Flutter Sleeve Lace Velvet dress  // Plaid Coat + Faux Fur Pocket Dress // Star Jacket on a Plaid Mini or a basic knit red dress // Casually festive with this plaid shirt dress + jean jacket. // A classic red coat with on-trend sleeves + an emerald polka dot dress

ADD ON: I love a girl in a dress with tights and boots. These boots are perfect! More budget friendly here. // Glitter Tights for extra festivity // A tulle headband for a party. // A beret to be warm and the coolest little chica.


A few more options for the dudes. will have everyone talking! // You know how I feel about Appaman. We have this Velvet suit and its to die for! Comes in a few colors! // As they get older and start fighting you on what you want them to wear its always a win to see a Star Wars fair isle sweater suitable for church. Compromise! // This rolled sweater is so nice, who needs a suit and tie! // Chukka boots /// Obsessed with these velvet loafers! // Plaid shirt + bowtie combo, so cheap too! // Needing cheap options for festive button-downs?  Love this green and blue buffalo, too!


seven year old christmas list

Sponsored by Amazon.

For the first year ever I am nearly stumped on what to get my seven year old, Hayes! Each year their Christmas lists are pretty straight-forward and it’s been easy to deliver the Christmas they are hoping for. What to Get a 7 Year Old Boy THIS year, all the sudden, Hayes’ list is so grown up. He asked for his own Fire HD 8 Kids Edition – we have one and of course he is over sharing. Happy to accommodate that as we have had a great experience with our first one! The rest of his list is simliar – more technology, a phone, and seriously on his list he wrote “$999,999,999 dollres” just like that. Santa has a tall order this year!

But what I noticed is not even one toy! Sort of broke my heart! How fast he grew up and how quickly his interests have matured.

With the tablet I would love to have it fully loaded for him so when he turns it on he sees all his favorites and some new games that have great ratings in Amazon’s app store. Here’s what I am thinking:

Backbreaker Football // Math Games by Grade level // Flow Free – a fun puzzle game for all ages // Crossy Road – a fun and simple problem solving game // Fruit Ninja – speed and hand eye coordination // Slice Fractions – a concept Hayes could use some more practice at // Cut the Rope – a game all about problem solving and thinking ahead // Monopoly – he has been loving playing this board game! // Tetris // Draw Board – perfect to doodle and be creative // Bejeweled 2 – I love this game so I am sure he will too! // Toca Boca – Amazon app store has all your regular favorites, too! // Plants vs Zombies 2 – my boys are obsessed with this game! // A game to teach about mechanics and physics! // Ansel + Clair – Create your own environment and learn how to best protect it. 

I’ve talked about this before but our screen time is limited to one hour each day and it’s never before school, only after. It’s also after they’ve done a list of things and proves to be our best motivator! I take time away, add it for special behavior, they can lose it all together and it’s something my boys – who are different as night and day – bond over. It brings them closer together and is something they talk about and strategize long after they’ve stopped playing the game.What to Get a 7 Year Old BoyThe Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service acts as my eyes and ears for the tablet and I can set the timer, shut it down when the time is up, make sure they’re only downloading things I approve of, monitor their usage on the Parent Dashboard and more. It’s included for a year when you purchase the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet. As their interests expand and their knowledge of technology increases they are always wanting to, as Hayes says “search it out” and safe browsing is my #1 concern for them. I have filters on all our devices but love that Amazon’s is built right in with the FreeTime Unlimited service so I don’t even have to worry if my systems are working, they have one already! FreeTime UnlimitedToo bad for ol’ Hayesie but the rest since the rest of his list is a hard pass for me so I am hoping to fill the gaps with fun experiences, or things that he didn’t even know he’d be excited about – any ideas?


minted christmas

One of my favorite things to gift is art! Especially framed art – because handing over a print with no frame is like assigning them to an automatic minimum 4 hours of effort before they can enjoy it on the wall. Working with Minted today to share some of my favorite framed art that always comes ready to hang! I paired them all with thin gold frames but each selection has loads of other options from wood to metal to textured to colored. They also have pre-selected art pairs here so you can find things that look great together!

Minted Christmas

Love the texture on this abstract floral piece – Ivy. // This moody drizzly photo is so calming to me. // This photo does the opposite effect – I get butterflies looking at it because it reminds me of being on a ski lift climbing up to enjoy the snow at full-speed! – Winter Upon Us // Back to calming with this beautiful horse photo – Dominant Spirit  // Line drawings make such great pieces if you like a more minimal feeling. Interesting to the eye but not too noisy. – Standing Figure // I love being able to find the color palette you need for a gallery wall or to fit a room/ Love the pastels on this! – 66.

And a few other ideas for gifts while you’re shopping! minted christmas

Tents! So many good patterns // Journals, Calendars, Notebooks galore. I love all their designs on these too. Mind over Matter & App for That // Gold Foil cities, states, and counties! I have Paris and love it. // Love these personalized bar hung calendars. // This artist is so good at bright and fun, find Jordan Sondler’s offerings here!

Also, I am on the hunt for a new way to hang my Christmas cards. (This one I made a few years ago got “broken” but really Russ through it out in the move. Sad!) Loving this system Minted has!

Deals this week! :: 20% off holiday card orders $150+, 15% off $100+ with code: BRIGHT17, exp Mon 12/11 and and a new customer offer of: 20% off holiday cards with code: JOYNEW, exp Thu 12/7!

gift guides 2017: woman

Gift Guides are back today and gotta kick it off with my by myself.Gift Guide for Her

  1. Make-up gift sets are my favorite thing to get for Christmas. My mom always gifted these to us girls and its so fun to try out new things on someone else’s dime. Stila makes one of my favorite stay-all-day formulas and this pack is full of beautiful shades to try out!
  2. Vogue is on a daily deal over at Amazon for $10 for the whole year. Gift that keeps on giving and is such a great value to for the giver!
  3. A great coffee table book is a great gift because its something they’ll keep out all year and they can say “Oh Emily gave me that.” Ha. Jk. Sort of. Gray Malin photos books are always a win.
  4. This Sphynx travel razor is freaking sweet. I will show it in action on my Insta Stories because I can’t really do it justice here. But it rotates around to give you a spray bottle, soap and a razor to touch up missed spots on the go or to take with you on a flight.
  5. Sorry the numbering is so crazy but I ain’t going back now! Oprah’s Soul Sunday conversations are always so good and I love being able to gift all the best highlights in a book form!
  6. Kristin Ess is making some of my favorite hair products as of late, especially the texture spray. Her travel sets would all make excellent gifts but this set specifically also comes with a french pin which is beautiful for a day out but comfortable enough to sleep in – and no breakage! Genisu little contraption!
  7. I hear amazing things about these Mahabis slippers. I love their nordic feel – somehow less frumpy feeling – and that they have a rubber bottom in case you need to split quick to carpool.
  8. My favorite watch of all time. Its so beautiful!
  9. I swear by week at a glance pads and have shuffled through several. This one is ideal – full boxes for each day (none of this “weekend” slot for Saturday and Sunday) And a big note section. Its the best I’ve found
  10. Christmas Pajamas are best done when you can rewear them! Whether its a legging for work outs, or this incredible fluffy sherpa turtleneck that is 40% off.
  11. Sometimes you can’t be worried wearability and you just gotta go with festiveness. Flannel PJ bottoms always win.
  12. A version of this jacket has been seen on all my favorite fashionistas on line and its on super sale right now!
  13. This is freaking cool. Amazon Prime members can now sign up for sample boxes of all types of beauty products for $20. THEN you get a credit for $20 to buy a full size of something you like from the shipment. So basically all those samples are free. Cool right?