My Favorite Things….Christmas Gift Ideas

Hey friends!  Happy Hump Day!

Guess where I am right now?  

I am in a small apartment in downtown Riga, Latvia getting ready for our Orphan’s Court date to finalize the adoption of Sania Louise!  I am here with my 15 year old son, Luke.  We got here yesterday, and the airport lost our luggage.  :(  We are hoping to get it back today. 

But we are having a blast on this very short trip (we fly home tomorrow,) and I am showing Luke some of my favorite spots in Riga.  We are also getting to spend time with some wonderful friends of ours here, which we love!

Anywhoooo….I am participating in a blog hop today with some of my favorite blog friends, and we are sharing with you STUFF WE LOVE!


I am sharing with you some stuff I love, and then you can click on the links to the other bloggers to see stuff they love as well.  This is a great way to find some cool and unique items to help you in your Christmas shopping!

Let’s get started…

My favorite mascara of all time would make a great stocking stuffer.  I have used L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, (Carbon Black) for years, and I haven’t found anything I like better.  I have even paid more for “better” mascara, and it does not work as good as L’Oreal’s Voluminous.  If you haven’t tried it before, you should!  :)



My favorite new home products in my  Breakwater Bay Silview Floor Lamp.  I love it so much.  It is super cute and perfect for the side of my couch.  (Plus, it is reasonably priced!). This would make a great Christmas gift for a new home owner (or yourself!  ha!)



I mentioned this product before, but if you haven’t tried a Yeti Stainless Steel Rambler 30 Oz Tumbler yet, you have got to.  It is amazing how long it keeps your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot.  This is the perfect gift for a co-worker, your hubby, or even your teen (if they don’t already have one.). They are super popular right now!yeti_30oz_rambler_tumbler_yram30_2



If you need a good read, you should get my friend Edie’s, from Life in Grace, new boo, All the Pretty Things: The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went through Fire to Find Her Way HomeI read it in 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down!   





This next item is something I use almost every single day.  It’s the BLACK+DECKER Family Size Griddle.  This is great for cooking bacon, eggs, pancakes, etc.  But I also use it for cooking hamburgers, chicken, and more.  The best thing about it is that food never burns (and that is a miracle when I cook! ha!).  My mom got me mine for Christmas, and it has been one of the best gifts ever. 



I thought I would share with you my favorite perfume!   It’s Víva La Juícy by Juícy Couturé .  I know the name is a little funny, but it has been my go-to perfume for about 5 years now.  This is a great stocking stuffer!



Okay, so my chocolate obsession right now are these Ghirardelli Dark and Caramel Sea Salt Chocolate Squares.  Lord help me, y’all!  I can eat this whole bag.  And here is a little secret… they are even better cold!  (I put mine in the freezer.). Have you tried these?


Of course, I can’t talk about stuff I love without mentioning my oils.  I. Love. These. Things.  I use them every single day.  If you have not started using essential oils, I truly recommend you do.  You will be amazed!  And they are seriously the best gift you could ever gift to someone.  :)




Lastly, I love my Nikon D5100 16.2MP Digital SLR Camera & 18-55mm VR Lens.  I’ve had this camera for almost two years, and I have loved it.  I use it for blog pictures as well as family pictures. 



And my favorite lens for shooting very sharp pictures is the “nifty 50.”   (Nikon 50mm f/1.8D Lens with Auto Focus)

It is a “must have” lens for bloggers or anyone who loves photography.



 So, there ya have it!  Some of my favorite things! 

I would love to hear “stuff you love”  in the comments!

Now click on the links below to visit other great bloggers and hear about stuff they love as well!




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