Choosing the perfect gift for someone special can be difficult, to say the least. I’m always looking for new and different ideas, especially for the women in my life. So if you want a little inspiration for the holidays 2020, here are some of my favorite things!
*Note: This post is not sponsored in any way. Everything you see here is something I either bought myself or was gifted by my mom/best friend. Some of the links are affiliate links.
UGG Ansley Slippers $99 Every morning and evening when I slip my feet into these comfy, supportive, shearling-lined moccasins, I sigh with relief and thank my mother (silently) for gifting them to me three Christmases ago.
Silk pillowcase $45 Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is said to be better for your hair and your skin (I know people who travel with theirs). But it’s one of those things I always hesitate to buy for myself—which is one of the criteria I use to determine if it’s a good gift for someone I love.
Turbie Twist microfiber hair towel $7.99 Last year my mom gave me a Turbie Twist, just…out of the blue. I didn’t expect much, in fact, I laughed when I saw it—but it has quickly become an everyday essential. It dries my hair in no time and dries itself even faster (no damp towels here).
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray $40 I’m not overstating things to say that this is a holy grail product for every person who wants full hair with unbelievable body and volume. It’s just a bonus that it happens to smell amazing, too.
Olive and June The Mani System $50 All the tools you need for perfect nails at home, plus a polish of your choice and their super glossy top coat. Olive and June’s long-lasting polish is also 7 free: formulated without Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, Ethyl tosylamide, Xylene.
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic $166 Years ago I went to the dermatologist for a skin check (always watching out for skin cancer) and after I got the all-clear I asked her, “What is the one product you’d recommend for anti-aging?” Without hesitation, she said, “Skinceuticals CE Ferulic.” I thanked her, wrote down the name, went home, and looked it up online. Turns out there are countless other dermatologists, estheticians, and skincare-obsessed folks who swear by it, too. It’s pricey but with that kind of cult following, it might be worth it.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush $42 Every person that blow dries their hair with some regularity has cursed the process a time or two and wished—prayed—for an easier way. Well this might be the way. When I saw there were just shy of 99,000 (99,000 I said!) reviews and 4.5 stars on Amazon, I added two to my cart immediately (one for my mom, one for me).
Untamed $17 I adore Glennon Doyle and was blown away by her newest memoir, Untamed. It was funny, raw, utterly compelling, and full of moments of self reflection for me. I’d recommend it to anyone, but especially the women in your life.
Johanna Howard ‘100% That Girl’ candle $24 “You took a DNA test and it said you were strong, smart, caring and fearless.” This hand-poured candle is scented with lavender, sage, and rosemary, and according to the website, it’s made from a proprietary blend of coconut and soy wax, with a cotton core wick and phthalate-free fragrance oils to create an environmentally friendly, long-burning, wonderful smelling candle.
Cavo ‘After A Good Cry’ candle $24 This 100% organic soy wax candle from Cavo is said to smell like a hug (Rainwater + Lavender + Vanilla Bean + Bourbon) and comes with its very own playlist.
This is basically a tasty warm spinach artichoke dip with hen baked right into it. It’s your favored application became supper—and also it’s very easy! Simply dice boneless skinless poultry bust, organize it in a baking meal, as well as leading it with an abundant and also velvety blend of softened lotion cheese, garlic, Parmesan cheese, a glob of mayo, spinach, and also artichoke hearts. Bake at 350 for 35 mins as well as voila! Supper is offered. The hen cooks up tender while the spinach and also lotion cheese mix merges an abundant lotion sauce that would certainly be scrumptious over rice(or cauliflower rice to maintain it reduced carbohydrate), pasta, or potatoes(or mashed cauliflower). Tips for Spinach Artichoke Baked Chicken As soon as baked, the sauce bordering the poultry will certainly be a little slim.
Do not fret! It will certainly enlarge as the meal cools down, and also no matter, it tastes excellent! The hen and also various other components will normally launch a little bit of fluid as they prepare, however the most effective means to stop the sauce from being as well watery is to eliminate as much fluid as feasible from the high-moisture web content components: the thawed out spinach as well as the canned artichokes. To do this, make use of a cooking area towel or pile a couple of paper towels in addition to each other, cover them
securely around the spinach, as well as wring it out, disposing of any kind of excess fluid. Do the exact same point for the artichoke hearts. Make Ahead Baked Chicken This is among those baked poultry dishes that’s optimal for a stressful weeknight since you can make it beforehand! To prep it ahead of time
and also cook it later on, simply adhere to the dish guidelines for setting up the meal and also as opposed to baking immediately, cover as well as cool for as much as a day prior to food preparation.
Spinach Artichoke Baked Chicken This is basically a tasty warmspinach artichoke dip with poultry baked right into it. It’s your favored application developed into supper—as well as it’s very easy! Simply dice boneless skinless poultry bust, prepare it in a baking recipe, as well as leading it with an abundant and also luscious mix of softened lotion cheese, garlic, Parmesan cheese, a blob of mayo, spinach, and also artichoke hearts. Bake at 350 for 35 mins and also voila! Supper is offered. Prep Time 10 minutesCook Time35 minutes< period course=”wprm-recipe-details-label wprm-block-text-faded wprm-recipe-time-label wprm-recipe-total-time-label”>
Total Time 45 minutes Course: Dinner, Main Course Keyword: baked poultry dish, poultry dishes, warm spinach artichoke dip, keto poultry dish, reduced carbohydrate hen dishServings: 6 Calories: 662
kcal 2 pound boneless skinless hen bust cut right into 1 inch items 10 ounce plan icy spinach defrosted 8 oz lotion cheese softened 1/4 mug mayo 1/3 mug grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp newly ground black pepper 14.5 ounce can artichoke hearts in water drained pipes Preheat the stove to 350 ˚F.Squeeze as much dampness out of the thawed out spinach as well as artichokes as you can. Make use of a kitchen area towel or pile a couple of paper towels in addition to each other, cover them snugly around
thespinach, and also wring it out, throwing out any type of excess fluid. Do the very same point for the artichoke hearts. When drained pipes, approximately cut the artichokes.In a tool dish, blend the lotion cheese, mayo, parmesan, garlic powder, and also black pepper up until incorporated. Mix in the spinach and also artichokes.Arrange the reduced up poultry bust
in all-time low of a baking meal as well as spread out the lotion cheese combination over the chicken.Bake for 35-40 mins or up until poultry is prepared
via. Allow cool for 5-10 mins prior to offering over potatoes, rice, or pasta(
or cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower to maintain it reduced carbohydrate!). Calories: 662 kcal| Carbohydrates: 45 g |< period course =” wprm-nutrition-label-text-nutrition-label wprm-block-text-normal”> Protein: 58 g | Fat: 28 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g| Cholesterol: 147 mg | Sodium: 2933 mg |
Potassium: 2262 mg| Fiber: 23 g | Sugar: 9 g | Vitamin A: 56104 IU | Vitamin C: 28 mg | Calcium:
There are tons of benefits that come from playing with blocks and puzzles. They promote imaginative play, creative expression, experimentation, problem solving, building an awareness of space and shapes, improving fine motor skills, etc. All this to say, a good puzzle or set of Legos is as worthwhile a purchase as it gets when it comes to kids’ play.
Fisher-Price Food Truck $75 James sees me cooking all the time so naturally he loves having a kitchen of his own. He got this for Christmas last year and has enjoyed it so much that I sent it to my best friend’s daughter on her birthday.
Musical Instruments Set $35 We as parents may regret getting these when we’re on hour ten of tambourine jangling, but the kiddos will be so happy it’ll be worth it.
Little Tikes Basketball Hoop $31.99 We have a basketball hoop in our driveway that Daniel and James use all the time, but this mini version is perfect for indoor play (especially during the long months of winter).
Little Tikes Trampoline $56 So many fellow parents recommended this mini trampoline to us—and it has proved to be a fantastic buy. James jumps on it (and gets a little of his neverending energy out) every day.
There are about a million great children’s books that I could recommend, but this year I’m focused on books with stories that center BIPOC and women.
I Am Every Good Thing The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He’s got big plans, and no doubt he’ll see them through—as he’s creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he’s afraid, because he’s so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you—and shows you—who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!
The Girl and the Wolf While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself—she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story Kanzi’s family has moved from Egypt to America, and on her first day in a new school, what she wants more than anything is to fit in. Maybe that’s why she forgets to take the kofta sandwich her mother has made for her lunch, but that backfires when Mama shows up at school with the sandwich. Mama wears a hijab and calls her daughter Habibti (dear one). When she leaves, the teasing starts. That night, Kanzi wraps herself in the beautiful Arabic quilt her teita (grandma) in Cairo gave her and writes a poem in Arabic about the quilt. Next day her teacher sees the poem and gets the entire class excited about creating a “quilt” (a paper collage) of student names in Arabic. In the end, Kanzi’s most treasured reminder of her old home provides a pathway for acceptance in her new one.
Rockabye Plush Rocking Horses $100+ My bff Sabrina gave this unique rocking horse to James on his first birthday and he loves it. It’s soft, cute, and even plays music.
Kids Fire Tablet $139 This 8-inch tablet with a built-in parental controls and a kid-proof case can provide your kiddo a mix of entertainment and education, with access to thousands of books, games, shows, apps, and more.
We won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving with all of our extended family and friends this year, but I’m still looking forward to it. We have so much to be thankful for, even in all of the madness of 2020. Daniel and I celebrated a few Thanksgivings with just the two of us when we lived on the other side of the country and those are some of my favorite holiday memories. We’ll be spending this Thanksgiving day with our parents and that’ll be enough 🙂