Dose of Charm BannerRemember in this post we chatted about our calendar of events for Dose of Charm Holiday?  Why don’t you go ahead over there and enter that mega cash giveaway, while you’re at it.

Anyways, today is part two of two in which Paige will be sharing a DIY gift guide and I will be sharing a shopping guide for unique holiday gift ideas under $50.

The links are clickable, so feel free to click on the product and go shopping!  However, below we will detail the companies and what discounts you can get from this gift guide!

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Homespun HappinessShop

Purchase this hoop art here for $38.00.

Homespun Happiness is my outlet for the things I love to make and a chance to give back a bit too! 25% of everything sold through Homespun Happiness goes to help a ministry in Romania that rescues women from human trafficking. 

DISCOUNT CODE: DoseOfCharm2014 for 25% off your order

Shutterfly – Shop

Purchase a 12×12 personalized wall calendar for yourself or for gifts here for $29.99.  Shutterfly often offers discounts and incentives of 40-50% and buy one, get one options, including free shipping.  So be on the lookout and don’t pay full price!

Kate Spade – Shop

Purchase this jewelry box here for $40.00.

Early August – Shop

Purchase this necklace here for $30.00.

Early August is a North Carolina based online boutique that focuses on providing the “everyday girl” with affordable daily essentials ranging from accessories to small home decor items.

DISCOUNT CODE: CHARMED for 15% off through December 26th

World Market – Shop

Purchase this photo frame here for $49.99.

Nordstrom – Shop

Purchase this monogram marquee here for $34.00.  Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns all the time.

Danie Styles – Shop

Purchase this fabulous aztec print cardigan here for $42.00.

Chic & sassy online women’s clothing boutique at fabulous prices for fabulous ladies!
DISCOUNT CODE: CHARMING10 for 10% off your purchase
(plus free shipping is always available for U.S. orders)

 

Happy Shopping!

If you’re more of a crafter, then head on over to A Dose of Paige as she shares some great DIY gift ideas!

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Embrace the Appetizer

It’s always good idea to have a few appetizers on hand. These small bites will keep spirits hight until the food is ready and at the table. To make your day easier, assign a few guests to contribute by bringing their favorite snacks–things like a vegetable platter, a cheese plate or a dozen deviled eggs.

Make the Setting Fun

Ditch the fancy tablecloth and wrap your table in brown kraft paper. Who says coloring is just for the kids? Mix a few colored crayons into the tablescape decor, and you’re squared away with the night’s entertainment.

Label the Dishes

If you’re serving food buffet style, use place cards to label each dish, special ingredients used or notes for those with allergies. This is also a great way to point out vegetarian-friendly or gluten free options. You’ll quickly notice that it makes serving easier and the line move faster.

Share Your Favorite Recipes

While prepping for the big day, print out a few extra copies of the recipes you plan to make. If you’re feeling extra crafty, transfer the recipes onto festive cards. This bit of forethought is a nice take-home and makes post-meal followup that much easier.

Have Boxes for Leftovers

Leftovers are the best part of a Thanksgiving meal–make sure to send your guests home with their own to-go boxes. Plastic tupperware from the supermarket are the most functional option while paper boxes from the craft store are most fashionable. Either way, these containers help to get the job done.

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Gender Disappointment-1

Let’s be honest for a moment.  For the longest time, all I wanted was to be a boy mom.  In fact, my husband was a little very worried that I would be devastated if we got a girl and wouldn’t love her.  Well, I definitely was a little disappointed when we found out we were having a girl, but to be honest I wasn’t surprised.  I knew we were having a girl.  I could just feel it.  But, I wasn’t sure if I was thinking we were having a girl because I was so against having a girl or if it really was just that maternal instinct.  Three ultrasounds later, I’m fairly certain it’s okay that we have a more feminine nursery than a masculine one.

Why I Wanted to Be a Boy Mom

So here’s the thing, I definitely wanted to be a boy mom.  Something about little boys sounds like so much fun: trains, planes, legos, super heroes, sports.  Something about girls sounds absolutely terrifying: barbies, pink, playing dress up, mood swings, emotions, drama, cattiness in high school.  When I really think about it, I get on some tangent imagining the next 18 years and all that comes with having a girl.  I mean, I was there once.  The last thing I want is me.  My poor parents went through so much, I don’t know if I want to go through it myself.  Plus, I think it might be a little harder to raise a girl in today’s world with all the different image portrayals of women.

Birth Order

Not only did I prefer a boy, but I was especially insistent in having a boy first.  In my experience, boys that have older sisters tend to be a little… spoiled?  I hate to say less of a man, because, hey, my husband has an older sister.  But my ex-boyfriend also had an older sister, and I know a few other guys with older sisters.  There are just certain, shall we say, quirks that come with boys who have older sisters — especially those who don’t have any brothers.  I mean not only does their mom spoil their baby boys, but then their sister follows in right behind and does more themselves.  I didn’t want my boy to be so spoiled that he doesn’t know how to do laundry and cook a basic meal when he moves out of the house.  I want him to be the protector, that big brother to my daughters that fills in when maybe a dad can’t (because children aren’t going to share everything with their parents), the one who would want to defend his sister if someone hurt her.  I had all these visions of how I wanted my family to be, mostly based on having a boy first.  And I was so convinced that God knew my heart so He knew just how much I wanted a boy and just how stubborn that I am that He would give me a boy first.

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Oh, well.

Enough venting and complaining, right?

Our Baby Girl

Well, here’s the thing now: I can’t imagine not having my daughter right now.  I genuinely think that I would be very disappointed if by some very major mistake if all three ultrasound techs were incorrect and a boy pops out of me.  My heart is expecting a girl.  My entire being is waiting for my little girl.  My husband?  Well, he always wanted a girl (not necessarily first, but he definitely wanted one).  So he was excited from day one regardless of the gender, but he even recently said he’s glad we’re having a girl first.  I dream and think all about our little daughter.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still petrified about raising a daughter and all the drama and emotions that come with it, but I am increasingly excited about raising a daughter, too.  You see, I may not have ever been into barbies so the thought of playing dolls with my daughter sounds a little scary, but it occurred to me one day that just because she is a girl doesn’t mean we have to do just girly things.  We can still take her camping, see if she’s interested in sports, and take her to air shows.  Maybe she’ll bring along her Barbie or maybe she won’t.

Moving Forward

Things are a little less scary now.  And my daughter is going to be so well dressed it’s going to be wonderful.  I definitely have a lot of adorable outfits for her.  I mean, she is my daughter after all, so I have quite a few dresses for her.

My husband is going to spoil her and she’s totally going to have him wrapped around her finger.  But I think one day her and I will be best friends just like my mom and I, just like my sister-in-law is with my mother-in-law, and many of my girlfriends are with their moms.  I had a heck of a hard time growing up myself, so maybe there might be some amount of wisdom I could impart on her.  All I know now, is it’s in God’s hands and she’s going to be loved beyond belief by her parents, her grandparents, her uncles and aunt, and her adoptive second family (you know our friends that are practically family).

Older Sisters

And you know what?  There just happens to be a few advantages to boys having older sisters: my husband is definitely a little more sensitive to some things.  He may be analytical, dry, and a left-brained man (and I definitely live with a boy who never quite learned how to do laundry, cook, or clean up after himself too well), but his dreams and hopes for our family, the conversations that we share in private, how often he says he loves me and wants to hug and hold me, how he tries hard to at least understand what I’m going through, and how he shows his love is definitely reflective of having grown up with a strong and loving mother and older sister — and now with a strong and loving mother-in-law, wife, and daughter my husband probably never has to ever learn those things anyways, lucky him.

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Now, we just need our sweet girl to arrive.  We are beyond excited and we have so many hopes, dreams, and plans all starting with praying she’s just happy and healthy.  That’s perfect enough for us because our hearts all already officially both weakened and strengthen by having her in our lives.

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Dose of Charm BannerRemember in this post we chatted about our calendar of events for Dose of Charm Holiday?  Why don’t you go ahead over there and enter that mega cash giveaway, while you’re at it.

Anyways, today is another event!  Part one of two in which Paige will be sharing a DIY gift guide and I will be sharing a shopping guide for unique holiday gift ideas under $25.

The links are clickable, so feel free to click on the product and go shopping!  However, below we will detail the companies and what discounts you can get from this gift guide!

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Minted – Shop

Purchase this day planner/notebook here for $16.00.  Be on the lookout for holiday discounts and deals!

The Container Store – Shop

Purchase this 4 USB port smart hub here for $12.99.

World Market – Shop

Purchase this elephant mug here for $7.99.

Target – Shop

Purchase this candle holder here for $19.99.

Early August – Shop

Purchase this bracelet here for $20.00.

Early August is a North Carolina based online boutique that focuses on providing the “everyday girl” with affordable daily essentials ranging from accessories to small home decor items.

DISCOUNT CODE: CHARMED for 15% off through December 26th

Red Letter Paper Co. – Shop

Purchase this greeting care here for $4.00 for a single card, $16.00 for a set of five.

Red Letter Paper Company offers simply stated greeting cards paired with clean and modern design. While sometimes it’s easy to just sign your name to a card, we believe in encouraging handwritten notes where YOU write what’s on your mind — we just help get you started with a few words or a succinct image. It’s simple design that says a lot. The rest is up to you. We offer cards for all occasions, including Christmas, as well as stationery sets and art prints that make great gifts.

DISCOUNT CODE: doseofcharm15 will get 15% off any order at redletterpaperco.com through Dec. 15.

The B Bar – Shop

Purchase the Ultimate Resources Guide for blogging here for $10.00.

Nordstrom – Shop

Purchase these slate coasters here for $8.00.  Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns all the time.

Homespun HappinessShop

Purchase this hot beverage cozie here for $12.00.

Homespun Happiness is my outlet for the things I love to make and a chance to give back a bit too! 25% of everything sold through Homespun Happiness goes to help a ministry in Romania that rescues women from human trafficking.

DISCOUNT CODE: DoseOfCharm2014 for 25% off your order

Happy Shopping!

If you’re more of a crafter, then head on over to A Dose of Paige as she shares some great DIY gift ideas!

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10FoodsDaily
There’s a million lists hanging around online, and in magazines that tell you what new super food you should be eating all the time. Super foods are expensive and hard to find, but what about the everyday super foods that are easy to find, and cheap?
These are so many foods that are easily accessible that you can make sure you are eating every single day without trying too hard to keep a healthy and balanced diet.
  1. Berries – Loaded with vitamin c and antioxidants.
  2. Broccoli – Packs vitamin C, A, and k as well as folate.
  3. Green tea – studies show that drinking tea reduces the risks of Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cancer. Not to mention it’s good for the soul.
  4. Dark chocolate – Besides being delicious in small quantities it can be good for your heart, and brain, as well as packed with cancer fighting antioxidants.
  5. Dark leafy greens (such as spinach & kale) – Aside from adding some freshness to your life leafy greens are great for adding fiber, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, folate, as well as adding vitamins A, C, K, E, and some B’s.
  6. Turmeric – Revered as a healing spice for centuries it is an anti-inflammatory. It also boosts brain function, and lowers the risk of brain diseases.
  7. Sprouts – The quality of protein, fiber and vitamins in beans, nuts, and seeds improves with sprouting.
  8. Low fat plain yogurt – Yogurt is good for maintaining gut health. It is also high in calcium, and other minerals.
  9. Eggs – A clean source of protein, eggs are good for eye health and they contain lutein to help with skin damage from the sun.
  10. Lemon  – A fruit that is packed with vitamin C, and antioxidants.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to power packing natural foods.
If you are interested in more easy tips to stay healthy check out 10 Super Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Now Without Trying too Hard

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