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entertainment

Last Minute Christmas Gifts For All

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Surprise – CHRISTMAS IS IN 10 DAYS. This short timeframe means many retailers have already passed the “guaranteed by Christmas” shipping deadlines, and do you really want to go to the mall this time of year? (Answer: NEVER) Luckily, Amazon still offers two day shipping, which means you can procrastinate  decide between gifts through Friday, Dec. 22.

Now the question becomes, what do you need to add to your cart, why, and who it fits best. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered.

Taylor Swift, Reputation

I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because she’s making more amazing music. This album lives up to the hype, with jams like End Game featuring Future and Ed Sheeren, and classics, like the acoustic New Years’ Day. 

WHO DO I GIVE IT TO: Your sister, your best girlfriends, yourself. Every female on your list under the age of 40 should be a Swiftie.  

Emily Ley, A Simplified Life

This book is not only a beautiful coffee table read, but a practical guide for clearing the clutter out of your life, both physically and mentally. Emily Ley, creator of the Simplified Planner, is a god-fearing business woman who tells it like it is, and makes it EASY, which is key heading into the holiday season. Real talk – I’ve bought three of these, including a Kindle version for myself!

“Never, ever feel guilty about taking care of yourself. Whoever told you that self-care was not okay, or that you should prioritize yourself last, lied.” – Emily Ley

WHO DO I GIVE IT TO: Your mom, your grandma, your aunts, your church group.

National Lampoon’s Vacation Box Set on BluRay

There are two guarantees at Christmas: someone will fall asleep after dinner, and we will watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s not only a classic – it’s a part of a larger collection of classics, including National Lampoon’s Vacation (who didn’t want to visit Wally World as a kid?), National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation, and National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Just ignore the fact that Rusty and Audrey change in every single movie.

WHO DO I GIVE IT TO: Your dad, your best guy friend, your older brother

Amazon Echo

Can we admit that voice-activated technology is just the newest version of the clapper? Regardless, it’s pretty damn cool to be able to turn on your Christmas lights, play a Spotify playlist and order another pack of tape just by speaking out loud.

WHO DO I GIVE IT TO: Your husband, your younger brother, anyone who has ever answered a technology question for you

Zippy Paws 

Anyone else have a dog who destroys every toy that touches his mouth? My 20 & 25-pound dachshund mixes absolutely LOVE the Zippy Paws hide and seek collection. The carrier provides an option for interactive play (it’s hilarious to see them stick their snouts in the tree!), the characters are small enough to carry around all day, and have just enough stuffing to keep them happy for the long-run.

WHO DO I GIVE IT TO: Your dog, duh.

Wine Socks

The perfect compliment to an evening of Netflix and Malbec.

WHO DO I GIVE IT TO: Your secret santa, your drinking buddy

What’s on your Christmas list this year? Let me know! 

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Parks Picks

Parks Picks: Cozy Candles, Christmas Tunes + More

The minute the temperature drops, I’m all about comfort. To be honest, I’m all about comfort year round (hi yoga pants!), but once it gets cold, it’s much easier to sink into your favorite chair with a big mug of hot cocoa and binge-watch Gilmore Girls.

Luckily for me, I’ve found a few fantastic comfort items for the end of fall. Try them out and let me know what you think!

Bath and Body Works Mahogany Teakwood:


As a cinnamon pumpkin candle connoisseur, I was disappointed to find out that the adorable mason jar candle I was waiting to purchase with my free item coupon had sold out. Since three-wick candles were on sale, and my Winter candle had all but burnt out downstairs, I went to smelling. While mason jar options were limited, the Mahogany Teakwood caught my eye (and my nostrils!) The best way I can describe it is a sexy but comforting masculine scent – picture the oversized hoodie you stole from your high school boyfriend that was doused in Hollister Co. cologne. I ended up buying the mason jar, the three-wick candle and a car freshener.

Brett Eldredge’s Christmas Album, Glow:


I am the first person to jump down your throat about Christmas music playing on November 1. Hell, I visited the Opryland hotel in Nashville on October 31 and saw nothing but trees, nutcrackers and stockings! That being said, I took a chance and turned on Brett Eldredge’s Christmas album, Glow, the other night, and realized what a fantastic choice it was. I love Brett Eldredge – he helped my client AT&T surprise fans at CMA Fest in 2015, and I was able to sit down with him for a quick chat and photo. He may be a Cubs fan, but the man has a voice that echos Frank Sinatra, with just enough twang to remain in the realm of Country Music. I will be buying this for EVERYONE this Christmas (so you better be nice!)

Third Love 24/7™ Classic Full Coverage:


You know those ads all over Pinterest? Third Love asks you a few questions about your breast shape, current bra issues and current bra size, then recommends a bra for your fit. The best part? You can try it for 30 days risk-free. Being someone with a very full cup, they sent me the 24/7™ Classic Full Coverage, and holy cow, it is SO comfortable. I worked for Victoria’s Secret for 8 years – I know bras. I know bra sizing. And I’ll be damned if Third Love didn’t shove everything I thought about bras I knew in my face!  I’ve got 28 days left on my “trial,” and I can promise this will be topping my Christmas list (from my mom, because no one else should ever buy you bras and panties.)

What are your favorite comfort items? Leave a comment! 

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Life, Love and Puppy Licks

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Still struggling for the Christmas season? These items ship out before Christmas Eve!

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1:  KEEP Collective Be Kind Bracelet, $62 2: Women’s Sperry® for J.Crew Shearwater Buckle Boots in Colorblock, $180 3: Kate Spade Thermal Mug, $22.50 4:  BaubleBar Love Your Selfie Polka Extendable and Wired Stick, $19.99 5: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker (Mint), $99 6: Old Navy Flannel Joggers, $8

Disclaimer: I am a KEEP independent designer.

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Parks Picks

Parks Picks: Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Still struggling for the Christmas season? These items ship out before Christmas Eve!

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1:  KEEP Collective Be Kind Bracelet, $62 2: Women’s Sperry® for J.Crew Shearwater Buckle Boots in Colorblock, $180 3: Kate Spade Thermal Mug, $22.50 4:  BaubleBar Love Your Selfie Polka Extendable and Wired Stick, $19.99 5: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker (Mint), $99 6: Old Navy Flannel Joggers, $8

Disclaimer: I am a KEEP independent designer.