Friday, November 13, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

I actually feel more prepared with gift ideas for my seven year old daughter this year than I ever have before. Yes, she's more vocal about all the things she wants, so that helps. To compile this list, I also asked my followers on instagram for their feedback on gifts for girls ages 6-10. So get ready for a fun gift guide with some ideas on what to buy for an elementary
aged girl.


Gift Guide for Girls

All of the gifts that are included in this guide are either items/toys that my daughter already has and loves or are items that are on her Christmas list.

1.) Butterfly Wall Hooks - This gift actually surprised me, but when I asked my daughter what are some items that she has and loves, she told me that she loves the pretty hooks in her closet. :) She uses the hooks to hang her pajamas, her purses and her camera bag.

2.) Star Shelf - I figured if we were going to have hooks, we might as well have a pretty shelf. This star shelf is pretty enough by itself, but would look awesome in a little girl's room with some fun pictures in frames. 

3.) Light Up Tracing Pad - I am REALLY excited about this gift because I know my daughter will love it. For any little girl that loves to draw, this is the perfect gift. It comes with ten different tracing sheets, colored pencils, paper and more.

4.) Spirit Riding Free Playset - My daughter loves horses and really enjoyed the Spirit Riding Free series on Netflix. She currently owns this playset and loves playing with it. The set was easy to build and comes with plenty of accessories for playtime.

5.) Realistic Stegosaurus - This is the exact dinosaur that started my daughter's huge love of dinosaurs. While she has recently moved on to preferring dragons instead, I wanted to include this in case there are any other girl dino lovers out there (I know there are lots!). The dinosaur is extremely realistic looking; I greatly appreciate their attention to detail.

6.) Walking Dragon - For the dragon lover, this is a must. My daughter has this toy in black and the quality is great, especially for the price.

7.) Untamed Raptor by Fingerlings - Here is another dinosaur that helped fuel my daughter's love for dinos. These fingerlings are responsive to touch, they will move their heads and make noises. This is something my daughter regularly plays with.

8.) Hoverboard - I must admit, this is a gift that I want for myself. HA! My daughter uses hers often and it is quite impressive to watch her ride around on. I've let my daughter ride the hoverboard inside the house and it has not scratched up my floors at all.

9.) Fuse Beads Craft Kit - I think it might be a rite of passage for all girls to play with these. The large set comes with 5500 beads and a pattern booklet to create all sorts of designs. I can't wait to work on this with my daughter.

10.) Karaoke Microphone - If you have a singer in your family, this would be such a fun gift. The microphone has bluetooth capabilities and can be used as a speaker, player or recorder. And I'm sure the kids will love the flashing colored lights.

11.) Tablet Case - If your child has a Fire HD Tablet, this case is perfect for them. It has two handles on the side, which makes for easy holding. There is also a stand in the back that can prop the tablet up for hands free viewing. And finally, it has a carrying strap. We like to place the strap over the front seat of the car, so my kids can watch hands free while we take long trips.

12.) Frozen 2 Walk and Glow Salamander - Frozen 2 was an exceptional movie, so I am all about buying the toys that go with it. You can tell from the name that this toy walks and lights up.

13.) Caboodles Make Up Case - I cannot believe these things are back, but I am so excited! I loved my Caboodles as a kid and I'm happy to share the excitement with my daughter. But do me a favor, if you buy this for your daughter, please don't buy her play makeup to go with it. Get her the real stuff, you don't have to buy expensive stuff, just get something better quality.

14.) Fire HD 8 Tablet - You don't need to spend a ton of money on a tablet for your kids, the Fire HD is the perfect tablet for them. They are inexpensive and do everything you kids want: movies, YouTube, books and games. Pro Tip: Amazon puts these on sale A LOT, so keep your eyes peeled for a good deal.

15.) Blinger Styling Tool - Girls can have fun adding bling to their hair, their clothes, their purses and more.

16.) 3D Pen - Let your child bring their drawings to life with this 3D Pen. The pen is safe for kids to use and can be touched with no burn risks.

17.) Snow Dragon - My daughter loves the FurReal pets because they are so interactive. We've bought a couple FurReal pets over the years and they all still work, so I am confident in the quality. The snow dragon has over 50 sounds and reactions.

18.) Instax Camera - A friend of ours brought her camera to Christmas last year and let my daughter take pictures from her point of view. She loved every second of it and wanted one for herself. The camera is very easy to use and is also easy to load/unload the film.

19.) Jewelry Box - This was another item that my daughter said she absolutely loved. If the little girl in your life is anything like mine, she has collected a lot of jewelry over the years. This jewelry box has lots of different compartments making it easy to organize everything.

20.) Walkie Talkie - I feel like these are another rite of passage for children. I'm sure we all remember how much fun we had pretending to be spies while playing with our walkie talkies. These are perfect if you have a child that likes to camp in the backyard.

21.) Instax Film - If you buy the Instax Camera, you need the film to go with it. Trust me, buy the largest pack available because your child will go through a lot of film. :)

22.) Twister - Games are a must for just about anyone! My daughter loves to challenge me in Twister; she highly recommended that I add this to list because she loves it so much.

23.) Scrabble Junior - This is such a great game to work on spelling! One side has an empty board where you can play regular Scrabble. The other side has words already created and you have to match up the letters to make a word. If you have a Scrabble lover in your family, tell them to buy this for a young girl.

24.) The Game of Life - We bought this game at the beginning of quarantine and have loved playing it as a family. While it is very fun, it helps children practice counting money and also helps them see that having a good paying job is important.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide for Her 2020

 Holiday shopping is upon us and this year I'm going to help you with your shopping! I will be rounding up some of the best Christmas gifts for the people on your list and sharing my gift guides all month long. Be sure to check back regularly as I scour the internet and stores for you to share what I think would make terrific presents. 

Gift Guide for Her



Today I'm starting with Gift Ideas for Her. The gifts included in this list are for the woman who likes pretty, girly things and who enjoys spending a little extra time on herself. Some of the items included are also on my Christmas wish list and several of them I already own and LOVE so I know the lady in your life will love them too.

1.) Be Kind coffee mug - My friend Kim started the cutest shop full of coffee mugs, t shirts and other fun items all designed to make you have a Happy Day. Check out her shop! And while you are there definitely grab that black Be Kind coffee mug.

2.) Phone Tripod with Blue Tooth Remote - For the girl who loves to take pictures wherever she goes! I just purchased this tripod and have already put it to good use taking photos of our family. The bluetooth remote is so handy too.

3.) Faux Rabbit Fur Pillow - Trust me on this one, this pillow is the softest thing you will ever touch. The pillow comes in several colors and is the perfect addition to a bed or couch.

4.) Tumbler - Dare I say this is the best tumbler I've ever tried. I've shared this before because I love it so much. A couple reasons it is so wonderful: comes in lots of different colors and sizes, comes with a straw lid and a coffee lid and keeps your ice for at least 6 hours.

5.) Handbag - Every girl needs a cute new bag that is big enough to hold all of her essentials. 

6.) Tablet and Phone holder - This stand has an adjustable height and is compatible with lots of different brands of tablets and phones. It is perfect for when you want to go hands free or need to prop your tablet up higher than a case allows.

7.) Keyring - I'm definitely adding this to my wish list as I am ALWAYS juggling my purse and phone and keys and bags and kids and everything else when I walk in the house. At least this will help get one thing out of my hands! You can put the keyring on your wrist and wear it as a bracelet.

8.) Makeup Brushes - I've never seen so many makeup brushes in a set at such a great price! This set is available in a couple different colors. A girl always likes a new set of makeup brushes.

9.) Frother - For the girl who likes her coffee extra frothy! This also comes with a travel case so you never have to settle for boring, plain coffee again.

10.) Refillable Bottles for Hand Soap, Shampoo, Etc - These bottles are perfect for anyone who likes a sleek and uniform look to the products they use. The bottles are perfect to use in the shower, at the bathroom vanity, by the kitchen sink and more.


11.) Pom Beanie - The pom on top of this hat makes it so cheery and festive. The beanie is available in several different colors.


12.) Dyson Hair Dryer - While this gift is definitely a splurge, I've heard so many amazing things about this hair dryer. This is a practical gift that will get used almost daily.


13.) Weekend Bag - A fun bag is necessary for traveling over the weekend. The canvas tote is available with other fun sayings, perfect to give your girlfriends for a girl's trip!


14.) Monogram Agate Coaster - Such a pretty addition to your kitchen or living room! I guarantee this is a gift that a girl in your life has eyed, but she doesn't want to buy it for herself.

15.) Bubbly Coffee Mug - I'm a sucker for a cute coffee mug and I bet the lovely lady in your life is too.


16.) Silk Pillowcases - Such an amazing price for a set of 2! Silk pillowcases are wonderful for your skin and hair and they just feel so luxurious.


17.) Cheese Board - The perfect addition to a dinner party or girl's night in! This cheese board also has a slicer, making it easy to use and display everything.


18.) Leopard Slippers - These are also on my Christmas list! I love moccasin slippers to wear around the house and when I saw they came in a leopard print, I knew I needed them. She wants them too!


19.) Crystal Popsocket - I absolutely love my popsocket and hardly ever pick up my phone without using it. The crystal gives your phone such a pretty, chic look.


20.) Bath Tray - For the girl who needs a little time to relax in the tub with all of her favorite things.


21.) Marble Wine Cooler - Another great item to have for a fun girl's night in. The perfect thing to keep your rosé chilled.

22.) Travel Jewelry Case - This case keeps your jewelry neat and tidy and organized while traveling. I love that there is a place to secure your necklaces so they don't get all tangled up.

23.) Travel Cosmetic Pouch - I just purchased this and love it! The pouch is huge and can hold full size bottles. There is a zipper portion in the middle, giving this three different compartments.

24.) Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat - If a girl likes makeup, she needs to have something to help clean her makeup brushes. This cleaning mat is hands down one of my favorite things ever. It makes cleaning so easy and helps to get ALL of the makeup out of the brushes.

25.) Lighted Makeup Mirror - Such a great price - definitely snatch this up! The mirror has magnified portions and can be easily adjusted to the perfect angle.

26.) Quilted Purse - Another addition to my Christmas list! This purse is so on trend at such a great price. It comes in multiple colors.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Favorite Podcasts

Pursuit of Pink Favorite Podcasts

I'm a huge fan of podcasts and have listened to them for several years. When driving in the car by myself, listening to podcasts is a favorite way to help pass the time. A couple of years ago, I shared a blog post with my favorite podcasts at the time...you can read that post here. Since I wrote that post, I've obviously listened to quite a lot more and I wanted to give you an updated list of my current favorite podcasts.


This list does include some podcasts from my previous post, but they are so good that they are worth mentioning again.


Favorite Podcasts

True Crime


Cold - Possibly the best podcast I've ever listened to as the storytelling is phenomenal. It dives into the story of Susan Powell and is extremely captivating. I binged this podcast while I did chores around the house. I remember this story being covered in the news, but the podcast goes deeper. There are some creepy moments, so tread lightly. 

Dirty John - What a crazy story this one is! John Meehan is quite the con artist and I'm shocked that people have fallen for his lies over the years. This was also made into a tv mini series.

Dr. Death - Another crazy podcast, I can't believe that people get away the stuff that they do! Note: don't listen to this if you or a loved one are getting ready to have any kind of surgery.

Up & Vanished - There are two seasons of Up & Vanished. I personally enjoyed Season 1 more than Season 2, but I do still think that Season 2 is worth a listen. Up & Vanished is hosted by a filmmaker and he does an excellent job investigating and creating a story that holds your attention.

True Crime Obsessed - A different take on true crime, hosts Patrick and Gillian watch tons of documentaries and then recap everything for us. Their recaps are HILARIOUS and sometimes a bit snarky and that makes this podcast one of my favorites. Even though their episodes cover the full documentaries that they watch, I often want to check out the documentary because they described it so well.

Who the Hell is Hamish
- Another "how did they get away with it" podcast. Hamish is a true con artist who fooled many.


The Bachelor


Bachelor Happy Hour - Hosted by former Bachelorettes Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin, this is usually my first stop for all things Bachelor related. They have tons of guests including many Bachelor alumni.

Mouthing Off - This podcast isn't strictly devoted to Bachelor content, but those are usually the episodes that I listen to. It is hosted by Olivia Caridi (from Ben Higgins' season) and she is such an engaging host. I hate that she was displayed as a villain on her season because this podcast made me absolutely fall in love with her. She does talk about her time on the Bachelor and how being a villain shaped her life.

Off The Vine - Another fun Bachelor podcast that also features other content as well. Hosted by Kaitlyn Bristowe, it is fun to hear her take on all things Bachelor and pop culture.  

Reality Steve - If you want spoilers on the Bachelor and other popular reality tv shows, this is for you. Reality Steve has a popular website where he has inside information into what goes down on the Bachelor and he has spoiled the ending for virtually ever season. He interviews past Bachelor alumni and also covers other shows including Big Brother.

The Betchelor - Maybe this is my second favorite Bachelor podcast (after Bachelor Happy Hour) as they often have the inside scoop of what is happening each season without spoiling anything. You can find recaps of episodes as they air on tv and they frequently have fun guests on to chat all things Bachelor related.



Boss Babes


On Purpose - The instagram story queen herself, Alex Beadon, has created a podcast designed to help fellow entrepreneurs navigate the social media world. Her episodes are chockfull of really good tips and tricks.  

Thrive Blogger Podcast - I cannot get enough of this podcast. Hosted by a blogger FOR bloggers, Thrive features SO MANY tips and in depth chats about all things blogging and social media.


Entertainment


Absolutely Not - I discovered Heather McMahan on instagram and she is a RIOT. She is a comedian by trade and her podcast is very funny and features tons of fun guests, including celebrities.

Swiping Up - Consider this the ENews for all things influencers. The three hosts are huge influencer fans and also love calling influencers out when they are being extra basic (Basic Insta Bloggers). This podcast sometimes is perceived as the hosts being mean, but they really are three fun girls who also accept that they are just as basic as the next girl.

The Morning Toast
- Another ENews type of podcast, but they cover ALL pop culture. Every episode includes the top five pop culture items happening at the moment.

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Pink (Amazon) Post

With Amazon Prime Day coming up, I want to arm you with lots of good products that I personally use and love. Today's post is full of items that I use almost daily and they just happen to all be pink. Pretty fitting! You can order all of these straight from Amazon

Amazon Pink Items

While I have a pretty good idea of most of the products that will be on sale during Amazon Prime Day, I imagine there will also be plenty of surprises thrown in. So fingers crossed some of these items are part of the sale. However they are all extremely affordable, so even if they aren't part of the sale you won't break the bank when purchasing.

1.) Silicone Body Scrubber - This thing is incredible. Earlier in the year, I stopped using loofahs because they carry so much bacteria. This silicone body scrubber is incredibly easy to clean and is way more hygienic than loofahs. It lathers up really well and feels amazing on your skin. I purchased one for my best friend because I love it so much and she has mentioned on more than one occasion how much she loves it.

2.) Stylus - I started using Procreate to make my own instragram story stickers and backgrounds and I needed a stylus to make it easier to draw on the ipad. This stylus is awesome! It comes with multiple tips, has a gripper to make it easy to hold and is available in multiple colors.

3.) Fire Tablet Case - I've actually owned this case for over two years and it has held up really well, even with my kids using the tablet. I love the metallic look of the case and I'm impressed that it hasn't taken on any scratches since I've owned it. It allows you to prop up your tablet at multiple angles and easily allows you to rotate the orientation of your device.

4.) Mouse Pad - I love having pretty desk and office accessories, they make sitting at a computer easier because I have nice things to look at. This mouse pad comes in multiple designs and is EXTREMELY affordable.

5.) Tumbler - I have talked about this tumbler a lot, but it is so good! I've got plenty of reasons why I love it:
-available in multiple sizes (I have the 24 oz myself and the 16 oz for my kids)
-the 24 oz size comes with both a coffee lid and a straw lid
-all cups come with two straws
-the kids straws are super flexible so you don't have to worry about them hurting their mouth
-all lids fit all cups, so you don't have to remember which lid belongs on your kid's cup and which belongs on yours
-keeps ice for at least 6 hours
-the cup doesn't sweat and make a mess
-it is a fraction of the price of a yeti
-it keeps your water or beverage ice cold all day

6.) Eyelash Comb - I love this comb because it is curved just like an eyelash curler, making it very easy to come your eyelashes after applying mascara. It also comes with a cap to cover it when you aren't using it. Plus it is such a low price point.

7.) Handheld Fan - Even though the colder months are upon us, this is still one of my smartest purchases ever. I tend to run hot most of the time and I hate to sweat, so this fan has saved me multiple times. The fan is about the size of your phone and is very light. It has two speeds and it cools you off really well. You just charge it with a USB cord. I like to keep the fan in my purse to cool me off whenever I need it.

Amazon Items Pink

Friday, October 9, 2020

Amazon Home Items

In case you haven't heard, a small little sale called AMAZON PRIME DAY is coming up next week. Because it is so popular, they are actually giving us two days to shop: October 13 and 14. To help get us ready for Prime Day, I rounded up some of my favorite Amazon Home Items. Everything pictured I either already own or have it on my wish list to purchase soon. 

Amazon Home Items

Wood Bead Garland - These are so cute to decorate with. You can drape them over a tiered tray, place them on a mantle, hang them from a basket and more. The options for decorating with them are endless.


Clear Drawer Tray Dividers - As an organization junkie, I'm all about the drawer tray dividers. And bonus points if they are clear because that creates clean lines and keeps everything neat and tidy. These are a terrific price for quite a lot of trays.

Faux Eucalyptus Spray - Eucalyptus is very popular to decorate with and these have good reviews. You get three sprays for a great price. I plan to buy several of these to use on my entryway table.

Leopard Print Pillow Cover - This pillow case was 100% made for me. Besides the fact that leopard is my favorite print, I cannot get over the quality. The fabric is thick and extremely durable. Plus it is only $10, quite the steal in my opinion. I already think I need to buy another one.

Marble Tray - Pretty trays keep items organized and make everything look even prettier. These trays are good for entertaining or containing your items. I like to display my perfumes on trays or you could also use this for keeping all of your remotes handy (in our house we have a lot).

Black Sliding Barn Door Handle - If you have a sliding door and need a handle, I highly recommend this. I wanted something sleek, black and durable and this handle fits the bill. I'm very impressed with the weight of it for the price.

K Cup Carousel - When I created my coffee bar earlier this year, I needed somewhere to keep our K cups. This carousel is very easy to spin, it holds quite a lot of K cups and it looks fabulous out on display.


Hanging Wall Planter - First, make sure you read the description and you will find out that faux plants do not come with the planter...that was my mistake (and why I included a picture without them)! However, I love these planters and cannot wait to fill them with some plants and get them hung. They are terrific quality for such a low price point.

White Lantern - I use lanterns often in my decor, both inside and outside. I appreciate that this one comes with its own light.

Folding Step Stool - For all of my short girls, get this step stool! I keep it in our pantry to reach things up on the top shelf. It gets a lot of daily use.

Acrylic Calendar - I'm considering buying one of these acrylic calendars for my office. Sometimes these custom calendars can be $200-$300. This one is custom printed so it will last forever and is only $100.

Pink Faux Succulents - I'm a huge succulent fan (remember my DIY succulent wall?) and when I saw these pink succulents I knew I needed them for my office. You get four for $20.

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