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Shelby’s Favorite Things

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Hey everyone! I wanted to create a post that talked about all of my favorite items from the past month or so. Some of these items are new and some old but they are all things I found myself using/wearing time and time again recently.

A lot of these items are from Amazon and everything is so affordable. Links to shop everything are below. I bet you will find a few of your soon-to-be favorite things as well!

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1. Black/White Checkered Vans

I am on a mega Vans kick lately. I have several pairs but I don’t love any like I do these. They go with any outfit and make you look super cool. Also, they are affordable and only get better with time. Great for back to school! I get my normal size in these, but if you are between sizes, I’d go up half a size.

2. No Show Socks

I can’t talk about sneakers and not immediately follow that up with no show socks. I have tried a lot of different brands and style in no show socks but these are recent favorites for the past few months. I used to be loyal to Stance no show’s, and while I still love them, they are kind of pricey. These are great, don’t fall down and hold up after being washed. Grab some asap.

3. Travel Jewelry Organizer

I have recently started buying a lot of dainty jewelry that I don’t wear all the time but I want to have it with me wherever I am. After misplacing the same necklace like 9 times, I decided to invest in this $20 jewelry bag. It’s honestly so great and I haven’t lost a single piece of jewelry since getting it.

4. The Best Shorts EVER

I bought these in late June of this summer and I am not exaggerating when I say I have not worn a different pair of athletic shorts since buying them. I’ll put my Nike shorts on and immediately wish I had pockets like these have. They are sooo great and worth a million dollars. I went a size up from what I get in their leggings and some people even size up twice. I have the black but I will likely get another color soon!

5. Teeth Whitening Strips

For the longest time, I had the teeth whitening trays that I used (which I’m sure most of you are familiar with and used as well). When I lost those, I was hesitant of how I’d whiten my teeth because historically, strips made my teeth SO sensitive. Well, push came to shove and I needed Ross Geller white teeth and gave the strips a try. This was about 3 years ago and I haven’t gone back. I don’t think you need to use them often because they work so well! So if you are looking for a way to brighten up your smile, I can honestly say that these work and they don’t hurt you!

6. $30 Sheets from Amazon

I have seen so many people rave about this and go on and on so when I needed a new set of sheets, I decided to give them a try and so far so good! For $30, these are absolutely amazing! I don’t get sweaty at night and the white has stayed so bright. Really good for guest bedrooms as well!

7. Favorite Basic Tee

My uniform is essentially a basic tee, jeans and sneakers. I wear that exact combo to work every day. That being said, I have tried a LOT of basic tees. Like a lot of them. But none have been as great as this one. Which is why I am a proud owner of said tee in 3 colors and I will likely be ordering at least one more white one. White tee and jeans for life. It really is the perfect tee for only $16. I have the black, tan and white right now!

8. Slim Can Insulated Coozie

This has been on my favorite list for longer than just this past month but I feel like it’s even better in July. I literally use this every day between Truly’s and White Claw and the slim can La Croix. You don’t have to screw off the lid to take the cans in/out but they don’t feel loose. It’s legit perfect. I can open a La Croix at 9 am at work and it’s still cold at lunch. This is the best gift idea, too because they have regular shaped cans as well and I’ll link those below!

9. Hardshell Carry On Suitcase

I looked for a WHILE when I decided I wanted a new carry on size suitcase. I really wanted the Away one or even the new BEIS brand but ultimately they were a little pricey. After looking for a while I found this one on Amazon and ordered it. Same look and feel as the pricier ones but a little bit cheaper. And you guys, this thing is the easiest rolling suitcase I have ever touched in my life. Worth every penny. If you need a new carry on, I HIGHLY recommend this one!

10. Tinted face sunscreen

PSA: Not all sunscreen is created equal! This brand is the freaking bomb diggity and it’s for people prone to acne/sensitive skin. I use it every day and have for several months now. Whether that be under my makeup or without anything else when I’m at the pool or the lake. This brand has clear and tinted but I really like the tinted one to help even out your skin tone on those no-makeup days!

Below are all of the products mentioned above that I got from Amazon as well as a few other favorite finds from Amazon! Hope you enjoyed this!

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Extra! Master the natural no heat curls!

I have been working on not being so attached to my curling iron and being able to wear my hair natural this summer. After several different products and methods, I think I have it down (for me at least).

Step 1: Wash your hair as you normally would. Try not to use harsh shampoo or conditioner that will strip your hair of its natural oil.

Step 2: Brush it out and let it air dry for a bit.

Step 3: I do two french braids down the back of my hair. I split my hair down the middle and start at my forehead with tiny pieces and braid to the bottom. Be sure to braid as far down as you possibly can then use a small elastic to tie it off (not too tight!). Then loosen the braid a little bit just so it’s not too terribly tight. But this is up to you!

Step 4: I have been going to sleep like this and letting it fully dry while I sleep. When I wake up it’s usually like 90% dry and that is cool with me!

Step 5: BEFORE you take the braids out, I spray down both braids top to bottom with this texturizing spray. Smells and works so great!

Step 6: Take the braids out and kind of just toss your hair. Then I use at least a quarter-size amount of this hair oil and run it through all my hair. This stuff is the bomb! They sell it at Sephora for like $25 but you can get it way cheaper on Amazon. It smells amazing and it’s the only hair oil I use. Can’t recommend enough.

Step 7: Walk out the door like a boss and get ready for all the compliments! 🙂

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Ultimate Father’s Day Gift Guide

I’m back! I have been working on this for a while and have gotten ideas from a ton of different people! Most of these are affiliate links, meaning I’ll get a tiny commission if you purchase from my link, but not all of them because I truly wanted to bring you ALL the ideas! I have broken it up into different categories and you can shop by photos at the bottom of this post. Hope you like it!

Brought to you by Bill

These are the specific items that Bill Free (my dad) wanted to be included on this list. Thanks for the help, pops!

  1. Hari Mari flip flops 
  2. Allbirds – the most comfortable sneakers ever! I have two pairs and wear them all the time!
  3. Froggy motor tours in Eureka Springs – Dad has been eyeing this since winter and I am hoping we get to go do it when they are up here in a few weeks!
  4. Golf locker
  5. Keen footwear
  6. Bald head blues clothing  – it appears they have a little bit of everything including polos, t shirts, swimsuits, etc. I like this polo, this swimsuit and this super lightweight long sleeve tee.
  7. Fish Hippie clothing – This seems like a cool brand! Here are a few of my faves >> trucker hat, pocket crew neck tee, stripe golf shirt.
  8. Olukai sneakers and flip flops
  9. Walker Brothers gift card – this is for all of you NWA familiar people. Walker Brothers has everything you could want for any man in your life.
  10. Wright’s BBQ gift card – Bill is legit Wright’s #1 fan
  11. Leatherman tools – this is the highest rated item on Amazon and it seems pretty cool. But I’m sure there are other tools from this brand that are great!
  12.  Clothing brand with cool swim trunks and bright colored shirts. Looks like a good brand if you are taking a beach vacay!
  13. Brumate Insulated Slim Can Holder – for all you slim can drinkers of Michelob and Truly’s or White Claw, you NEED this!!! I used Dad’s one time I was home and instantly bought myself one.
  14. Bertucci Field Watch

The Handy Man

I know (basically) nothing about all things tools and stuff but I had some awesome guy friends send me things they like and they are all linked here!

Big Sports Guy

  1. ProV1 Golf Balls
  2. Golf lessons – I would call up the pro shop where he plays golf most often and see if they offer them and go from there!
  3. New golf bag
  4. Golf Towel – I don’t know the importance of these but apparently, this one is the
  5. Golf Range Finder
  6. Soft-sided portable cooler for golf, pool, cookouts, etc.
  7. Dart Board

Shoe Game Strong

  1. Keens
  2. Teva
  3. Allbirds
  4. Birkenstocks
  5. Old Skool Vans
  6. White Leather Sneakers – a must!

Closet Update

  1. New swimsuit(s)
  2. New underwear – I’m not men’s undies expert so you should just use your best judgment here.
  3. Dad to the Bone hat
  4. Best everyday shorts
  5. Money clip
  6. New wallet
  7. Tommy John Undershirt – I just saw where one of my fave insta accounts husband really likes this and it has good reviews.

Experiences & Long Term Value

  1. Tickets to an event (concert, baseball/basketball/football/sports event)
  2. Unlimited car washes – Zipps car wash has this for $15/mo
  3. Quarterly car detailing – If you’re in NWA, checkout Splash!
  4. Go hiking or camping together. Tell him you want to spend quality time with him doing whatever it is he loves!
  5. A trip somewhere he has always wanted to go.

Thoughtful Gestures

  1. A handwritten note telling him thank you and all the reasons he is the best dad
  2. Photos of you and your siblings/kids
  3. Painting of his favorite dog/animal


  1. Apple watch
  2. Garmin watch
  3. Fitbit
  4. Portable charger
  5. New TV
  6. Apple TV
  7. Roku Stick
  8. iPad
  9. Bluetooth Speaker – this portable bluetooth speaker is awesome! It’s my favorite and it holds up so well.
  10. Airpods
  11. Bose Headphones
  12. Amazon Echo, Show, Dot or any Alexa speaker!
  13. Roomba vacuum
  14. Reusable Notebook that also converts your notes into PDFs

Master Chef in the Making

  1. Bluetooth meat thermometer
  2. New Grill
  3. Airfryer
  4. Instant Pot
  5. Vitamix Blender

The Busy Dad

  1. Airpods
  2. Bose Headphones
  3. New work bag
  4. New luggage
  5. Good Toiletry Bag

Everything Else

  1. A fancy bottle of their favorite liquor
    • You can order custom Crown Royal labels on their website for free then stick it to the bottle!
  2. Small blood pressure reader
  3. Two Doves Bird belt
  4. Craft beer and a cool bottle opener
  5. All the Razorback and NWA gear from B-Unlimited
  6. Steamer! A steamer really changes the game and these small ones are the perfect gift for literally anyone that doesn’t want wrinkles. And it’s small enough so he can travel with it.
  7. Electric Razor – such a good price and great reviews!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I’m here to help you find a few good gifts for all of the mothers in your life. This is a LOOOONG post that took quite a while to put together so I hope it helps! These won’t all be links to something specific but should help you get the gears turning.

Also this will be a good post to reference when you need to buy any woman in your life a gift!

  1. Massage – Big ole DUH on this one. But in case you were born yesterday, this is always a great option.
  2. Facial – Same goes for this. Depending on what your mom’s skin type is, she may like different kinds of facials so a gift certificate would be best (and maybe even scheduling one for her that she can cancel if she can’t make it, but the thought that counts).
  3. Mani/Pedi – Mani/Pedi gift card is something no one is ever upset about!
  4. Year Supply of Nail Appointments – I get my nails done every two weeks and this would be the BEST GIFT OMG
  5. Spa Day WITH Your Mom – If you have the time and you live near your mom (or MIL or whoever), actually going with them and spending that time together is something they will appreciate.
  6. Gift card for Botox – Probably only go this route if you know your mom has been wanting it or gets it regularly. Don’t want to offend anyone haha
  7. Birthstone jewelry with the birthstones of her children/family on it
  8. Personalized Jewelry with the initials or names of her children
  9. Framed Family Photos – Whether you all have gotten family photos taken and never taken the time to frame them or you can surprise your mom with updated pics of you and your siblings or you and your children and frame those. And if you’re in the area, I have a nice camera and would charge you like $20 to take some cute pics!
  10. Fresh Flowers – This is a big obvious, too! If you live near the person, I recommend going to a grocery store and getting a bouquet and vase there to save a few bucks. It would also be nice to give her a monthly subscription for flowers and have them delivered every month! If you do need to send her flowers, how freaking cute are these Farmgirl Flowers?! Absolute must.
  11. New Makeup/Beauty Bag
  12. Fill her new bag with affordable beauty products
  13. Gardening Tools and Gift Card to a Nursery (for plants and trees, not children)
  14. Hanging Flower Pot – These are super trendy!
  15. Car Detailing – If you live near a Splash car wash, they have the quickest, most affordable and best car detailing ever! Highly recommend! And what mom doesn’t need her car cleaned?
  16. Unlimited Car Wash Subscription – a lot of car washes offer these for a monthly fee!
  17. Tickets to a Play, Show or Concert – This guarantees that you will hang out with her and she will likely love that! Or you can give her 2 tix and let her take whoever she wants!
  18. Handwritten Note on How Much You Love Her – I wrote 10 things my mom taught me/why I love her on a piece of paper for Christmas one year and she still has it! Plus she told me that was all she wanted and I was really poor so it was a win win win.
  19. Cutting Board – Get a cute cutting board that she will display in her kitchen! Pair with some new high-quality knives and you have a happy momma!
  20. Instant Pot and Cookbook!
  21. Air Fryer and Cookbook – I don’t have an Air Fryer (yet) but I have heard great things and I really want one!
  22. New Coffee Maker
  23. Vitamix Blender – I don’t have one of these but if your mom makes smoothies on a regular basis (or wants to) she definitely needs this!
  24. KitchenAid Mixer – I don’t have one of these, either but they are apparently a game changer! Also free 2-day shipping from Walmart
  25. New Luggage!
  26. New Cute Sandals or Sneakers
  27. Sign up for a cooking class you can take together!
  28. Lash Boost from Rodan and Fields – this stuff actually works and is legit!
  29. Insulated Coffee Mug $15
  30. Hydroflask Waer Bottle
  31. House Cleaners!
  32. Professional Carpet Cleaning
  33. Professional Furniture Cleaning
  34. Handheld Steamer – an iron and ironing board is sooooo 5 years ago. Get your mom and everyone in your life a handheld steamer. I legit use mine every single day.
  35. Flight Voucher
  36. DNA/Ancestry Kit – I still haven’t done one because everyone else in the family has and I feel like it would be an overkill haha
  37. Lululemon Leggings – she will freaking love these leggings because they are made of angel hair
  38. Lululemon Joggers – I have the pant version of these and the joggers are at the VERY top of my wishlist right now (Junie, I’m talking to you!) These are everything.
  39. Athleta Ankle Pant – I saw the Spoiled Home rave about these the other day and thought it would be a great addition to the list! Perfect for every woman in your life!
  40. Airpods – If I lost my Airpods I would replace them the same day. I specifically love wearing them when I’m doing things around the house or running errands and I’ll listen to podcasts and books!
    1. Airpods case if she already has Airpods
  41. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones Best of the freaking best. I wear mine every day and they are worth the investment for travel and if you work in a shared space
  42. Audible Subscription – Always a good idea and if she already has it, you can schedule a free month to be delivered on a specific day! Also, buy her Becoming by Michelle Obama!
  43. Roomba – talk about the gift that keeps on giving!
  44. Ring Doorbell – I don’t have one of these but I really want one! We got one for my Grandmother for Christmas and she loves it because she can check to see who is at the door before she gets up haha
  45. Clarisonic – I have had my Clarisonic for 4 years and I still use it 3+ times a week. It is another gift that keeps on giving!
  46. Unbreakable Outdoor Wine Glasses – add a few bottles of wine to this and that’s a great gift!
  47. Series 3 Apple Watch – I am obsessed with my apple watch. This is series 3 with no cellular but there are a lot of options!
  48. Silk Pillowcase – these are FREAKING game changers and I’m not kidding. Get her as many as you can! They help prevent wrinkles, you don’t wake up with cowlicks and your moisturizers and serums stay on your skin! I linked a few different price point ones below.
  49. Headbands to hold your hair back while washing your face! – These are $10 for SIX and would be perfect to give your mommy friends with a face mask!
  50. Cute and Practical Raincoat
  51. Portable Phone Charger this is a good gift for literally anyone
  52. Charging iPhone Case
  53. Gift Card to her favorite restaurant
  54. A gift card to her favorite store – Some of my faves would be Amazon, Walmart, Target, Everlane, Madewell, Nordstrom
  55. Self tanner – because skin cancer and wrinkles aren’t cool. This is my fave one but St. Tropez and Tan Luxe are my other fave brands
  56. Cool Sneakers for the Cool Mom
  57. Veja Sneakers because Megan Markle wears them
  58. The perfect Mama Tee
  59. Mama Hat – These are the absolute BEST hats
  60. Phone Stands – These are great for so many things. One of my favorites is being able to stand your phone up, have your Airpods in and watch a show or insta stories. Also good to have it set up watching the baby monitor while you’re doing chores!
  61. Ember Coffee Mug with Temperature Control
  62. $26 Indoor Camera – Great for monitoring your home, your children’s rooms, checking on your dog, etc. I have one and love it!
  63. Best and softest bathrobe – this brand is amazing and so soft but here is another affordable option from Amazon!
  64. Ugg Slippers – seriously find me someone that wouldn’t want these. And if they are too pricey, these are great, too! I will be ordering my Grandmother some slippers because she is amazing. May get her these, though, because she likes a little more support (I got these for my Mom for Christmas and she LOVES them!). And I usually throw in a Walmart gift card or gift card to her fave place to eat!

Okay, I will try to add more in the coming days but for now that is a great start and you should definitely buy your mom, grandmother, aunt, wife, friend, etc all the Mother’s Day gifts! Shop everything below!

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Stocking Stuffers for Everyone

I have gotten a lot of requests for stocking stuffers and cheaper gifts so here you go! This post honestly took HOURS so I hope you like. Click on the photos in the image below or there are carousels at the bottom of this post with more ideas!

To shop all of the items on one page, go here! Let me know if you like it and hope this helps you out. That is, if you’re like me and still not done Christmas shopping. Whoops.  

Quick note that was brought to my attention as well…be careful saying “stocking stuffers” around little ears because they still believe that Santa is stuffing those stockings and we don’t want to kill the magic any earlier than we may have to! 🙂 Okay, back to shopping!

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For Moms

For Dad

For Kids

For College Kids

For all the parents of college kids who have no idea what to get them, especially in their stockings, I suggest gift cards, phone chargers of all kinds, coffee/caffeine and other little necessities. Also, if you can get your hands on the All Birds Wool Runners, any kid (boy or girl, I have two pairs) will be obsessed!

For the Young Adult

For the High School Kids

Maybe your son or daughter is in a serious relationship and you need help finding their boy/girlfriend a gift? I love the mini mirror they can put in their purse and the makeup brush cleaner! I’m a huge fan of the hair towel as well as the face mask options. A good night of pampering is good for anyone. A soft blanket or new earrings are always an easy win as well. For the boys? I would go for the speakers, cool socks, gift cards, dart board or a cool jersey/shirt from a favorite team.

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Holiday Gifts Under $25

It’s December!! Gift giving season is literally upon us. I was asked to put a post of gifts under $25 together last week and I worked hard to find a ton of options for those of you looking for cute, easy and affordable gifts for everyone in your life. Hope this helps you out! Honestly, I think I rounded up all the options on the internet. Good luck.

The graphic above is all clickable! I focused on home and beauty gifts for this one. And everything is under $25! I would personally love getting any of this stuff from a friend, colleague or in my stocking.
Below, I have broken down the gift ideas into categories. Everything is still under $25, though! Lots of fun Amazon and Etsy finds!

Office Supplies/Co-Workers

  • Stabilo Pens – I use these for journaling and highlighting in all my books.  I am seriously obsessed with them and whoever you buy them for will love them, promise!
  • Felt tip pens – Seriously, who doesn’t love these pens? We fight over them when we get a new pack at the office haha
  • Funny coffee mugs for work – option 1 (LOL), option 2, option 3, option 4
  • Wall calendar – This is the cutest wall calendar ever! Talk about brightening up your workspace.
  • Mini Office heater – We all have that one coworker who is constantly freezing cold. Go ahead and give them this tiny heater and make their hearts nice and warm haha.
  • Shoeshine sponge – For that guy (or girl) who rocks those shiny shoes at the office every day and doesn’t want a smudge
  • Jeopardy Calendar – A guy at work asked for this from his secret Santa and I thought it was a good reco!
  • Water bottle – Most offices have Culligan water machines so people just refill bottles all day. Better to have a fun one to do that with! Option 2, option 3

Small Gifts for Guys

More options for anyone on your holiday list (under $25)

Hope this helps and I’m sorry it was so long! If you like these type of posts to help you shop for gifts for others, please let me know in a comment! Thanks and Happy December!

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Gift Guide for the Hostess

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‘Tis the season for parties, dinners, and gatherings! I always have the hardest time thinking of a small gift for a hostess and usually end up just taking wine (I know I’m not alone here). I mean, I know they are thankful and it’s really the thought that matters, but still, it’s fun to get a little more creative and thoughtful!

So I rounded up some ideas (for myself) and all of you as we embark on this busy season. May the odds be ever in your favor.

What To Take as a Hostess Gift

All items clickable in the graphic

1. Dog Gift

You. Guys. I saw someone else mention this idea and I’m obsessed. Let it be known, as soon as I’m adult enough to host anything, I will give a golden egg to anyone who brings a gift for Junie. Really though, during a party, most people put their pups outside or in their crates and some may feel bad, (lol me) so what could be better than showing up with a toy, cute dog bowls or a jar of treats?! I would be only half as ecstatic as Junie and then she’d be your new bestie!

Dog Bowl // Toy // Treat Jar

2. The gift of a great scent

This is an easy go-to for a hostess gift. Personally, I would go for a seasonal scent or something not too crazy. And tbh, I’d probably get it from bath and body works because that is where ALL of my candles are from.

Oil Diffuser // Voluspa Candle Set // Volcano Candle

3. Coffee Mug

Everyone loves a cute coffee mug! And if you can splurge to add in a Starbucks (or local favorite shop) gift card, I know I would be so excited about that. And by splurge, I mean like $10!

Monogram Coffee Mug

4. Cute Wine Glasses

It would probably be proper to show up with a bottle of wine if you bring glasses, but maybe not? I wouldn’t be upset if someone showed up with just glasses, especially ones that are this cute! Think how cute they would look on a festive bar cart #goals.

Stemless Confetti Wine Glasses

5. Cheeseboard

I am a sucker for a fun cheeseboard or cutting board and these are super affordable, semi-personalized and I don’t think a cuter one exists. Honestly, anyone would be pumped to receive this, amiright?!

Marbled Monogram Cheeseboard // Classic Cheeseboard

6. Kitchen Dish Towels

Personally, I call these oven towels… Why, do you ask? Because where do they hang? On the oven. Strictly for looks. Don’t dare clean with them or wipe your hands on them unless you want to be smacked by the hostess (or your mom). All that aside, I love a fun seasonal towel oven towel to spruce things up!

Fa La Llama Dish Towel // Pink Christmas Tree Towel

7. DIY Spa Night

Not that I have hosted anything at my own house ever before, but I imagine if I did, it would be really stressful. And after all the guests go home, you’d want to chill out and pamper yourself. I think a cute little gift basket with DIY spa night accessories would be such a cute and thoughtful idea. Especially if you know that the hostess loves a good bubble bath!

Lavami Bath Soak // Snow Angel Bubble Bath & Shampoo

8. Coasters

These need no introduction. They are adorable and I need 40 of them. So does you, your mom, your Aunt Shirley and your friend Carol who always wants to host dinner parties. *My make-believe friends and family are obvious mid 40s*

Agate Coasters

9. Heated Throw

If there is one thing I recommend over and over again to everyone, it is getting a heated throw blanket. This one is trendy, SO WARM and only $30. Nothing is better than waking up, drinking your coffee, doing some reading while sitting snuggled under a warm blanket. Spoiler, if you’re on my Christmas list, this may be your gift lol.

Leopard Heated Throw

10. Fun Party Game

I have actually played this game before and it’s super fun! Would be great for a game night with friends or family. I love trivia and card games so this is RIGHT up my alley!

Ridley’s Game Room Card Game

11. Oven Mit and Potholder Set

What a practical, cute and affordable gift?! I went ahead and ordered these because I realized I only have an old ugly potholder and I had to take a dish somewhere recently and I was so embarrassed. NOT AGAIN, FELICIA. Well, in 3-5 business days, not again.

Pott Holder & Oven Mitt

So, cheers to you this holiday season in all your hostess and party attending endeavors. I hope you go ahead and stock up on a few of these cute ideas so you will stay prepared. Or you can be like me, wait until the last minute and get a bottle of wine every time. Can’t win em all.