Gifts for Her – Holiday Gift List

Thinking about holiday gifts stresses me out. I would love to say I always know what to get everyone on my holiday gift list, but sometimes I have a little trouble. My husband says I am difficult to shop for. Mainly that’s because the things I want, you can’t buy. For instance, when he asks me what I want, I say something like, “for the kids to stop fighting with each other”. Obviously he can’t buy that! So…for all of you out there struggling on what to get that special female in your life, this “gifts for her” holiday gift list is for you!

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Great Gifts for Her

When I start thinking about those things that I have to have, they are usually appliance related. I know some women get upset if they were to get a vacuum or some other appliance as a gift, but for me, I would love it. On my appliance wish list, a few things I would be thrilled to get are:

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and WarmerInstant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer

I don’t know about you, but there are some nights that I really struggle with what to get on the table for dinner. It will be 5:30 pm and I will realize that I didn’t take meat out or even start anything. With the Instant Pot, you can have meals on the table, ready to go, so quickly. I’ve been told by people that have one, that you should go for the 8 qt right away.


Another little appliance that I would be dying to see under my tree this Christmas, is the Air Fryer. If you don’t have one, or don’t know what it is…keep reading! You will want one after this! My friend Lynsey has an Air Fryer and she has said many times over how amazing Brussels sprouts are in it. She even made a steak in it. I swear, between the Air Fryer below and the Instant Pot above…I’d be killing it in the New Year when it comes to meal time!

Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 QuartPower Air Fryer XL 5.3 Quart

Gifts for the Book Lovers

While I would love one of the two appliance above, I also would love anything book related. My Kindle Paperwhite goes everywhere with me. Since I am forever driving my kids to sports practices and waiting for them to get done, I spend that time reading. I like the portability of the Kindle Paperwhite. With it being backlit, it doesn’t matter if it is light out or not. I can always read!

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite - The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover with Auto Sleep/Wake for all-new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits all 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), black, EKD0021AD-USFintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite – The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover with Auto Sleep/Wake for all-new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits all 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), black, EKD0021AD-US

For some other really great book related ideas, check out the gift ideas at my book blog, A Real Page Turner! Not only do I have gift ideas for her, but also kids and toddler books ideas too!

Unique Gift Ideas

Sometimes you just need to find something utterly unique or different. I can tell you right now, if my husband got me a T-Rex costume for Christmas, I would be so excited! I love that T-Rex costume and all the fun videos I see people post while wearing that costume.

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While you are checking out the T-Rex costume, be sure to read the reviews. They are the best!! These next gifts are fun and unique. I can tell you right now, I would love to sit and watch TV with a mermaid tale. I’m just saying!

Fashion Bracelet Flask Creative Hidden Stainless Steel Wine Bangle with Funnel (Silver)Fashion Bracelet Flask Creative Hidden Stainless Steel Wine Bangle with Funnel (Silver)DDMY Mermaid Tail Blanket For Kids Teens Adult Handmade Wave Mermaid Blankets Crochet Knitting Blanket Seasons Warm Soft Living Room Sleeping Bag Best Birthday Christmas gift 74''x35'' Mint GreenDDMY Mermaid Tail Blanket For Kids Teens Adult Handmade Wave Mermaid Blankets Crochet Knitting Blanket Seasons Warm Soft Living Room Sleeping Bag Best Birthday Christmas gift 74”x35” Mint GreenClassy, Sassy and Smart-Assy Wine Glass in 12.5ozClassy, Sassy and Smart-Assy Wine Glass in 12.5ozPorn for WomenPorn for Women

For the Cat Lovers

You’re either a cat person or you’re not. You cat people out there, these next set of gifts are perfect! Every time I see the sweatshirt with the pouch for the cat…I just have to have it. I have visions of walking around my house with Roxie in the pouch!

AnVei-Nao Womens Girls Cartoon Cute Cat Pattern Cotton Soft Crew Socks 4 Pairs LongAnVei-Nao Womens Girls Cartoon Cute Cat Pattern Cotton Soft Crew Socks 4 Pairs LongSorry I cant..I Have Plans With My Cat Mens & Ladies Unisex Fit Slogan T-Shirt XX-LargeSorry I cant..I Have Plans With My Cat Mens & Ladies Unisex Fit Slogan T-Shirt XX-LargePrimitives by Kathy Wood Box Sign, Cat a Better Life, 5-Inch by 5-InchPrimitives by Kathy Wood Box Sign, Cat a Better Life, 5-Inch by 5-InchVOGRYE Womens Hoodies Pet Holder Cat Dog Kangaroo Pouch Carriers Pullover Sweatshirts hoodies (Medium )VOGRYE Womens Hoodies Pet Holder Cat Dog Kangaroo Pouch Carriers Pullover Sweatshirts hoodies (Medium )

Gifts for Board Game Lovers!

My husband and I love to play board games. In fact, our old tradition used to be that we played Trivial Pursuit EVERY SINGLE New Years Eve. We were so highly competitive with each other and that game. Some years he would win and then others years I would force him to pay the 90’s version and I’d wipe the floor with him! So as you can imagine, board games are definitely high on my “gifts for her” list. These are some of my favorite board games:

Trivial Pursuit Game: Classic EditionTrivial Pursuit Game: Classic EditionExploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes GoatsExploding Kittens: A Card Game About Kittens and Explosions and Sometimes GoatsClue GameClue GameSequence GameSequence GamePhase 10 Card Game Styles May VaryPhase 10 Card Game Styles May Vary

Gift giving is supposed to be fun! Think about all the different people on your gift list. Are there any gifts for her here that you think someone on your list would like? What gifts for her would you add to this list?

“Show my Photos” on your Amazon Fire TV

What if I told you that you can use your Amazon Fire TV for so much more than just watching your favorite Netflix show (side note, I’m currently watching Friends From College, a Netflix original show and it is hilarious)? When you have friends and family over, unless you’re there to watch a sports game, your TV typically just sits there. Why not use the biggest screen in the house to showcase your beautiful photos? With Prime Photos and your Amazon Fire TV, you can do just that!

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First of all, if you are not familiar with Prime Photos, then you need to be! Your Prime membership not only gives you that super fast 2-day shipping, but you also get free unlimited photo storage with Prime Photos. In the US, all Amazon.com customers receive 5 GB of FREE digital storage for your photos, videos, and files. This is huge you guys! If you are a Prime member and you are not taking advantage of this amazing deal, then you need to hop on it!

Now, with the Alexa Voice Remote that has launched just in the United States right now and the Prime Photos app, you can view and search for your favorite photos and albums on your Amazon Fire TV! With simple phrases like, “show my photos from last summer” you can share your summer vacation pictures quickly and easily!

So not only does Prime Photos give you a place to store your memories and keep them safe, but it works hand in hand with your Amazon Fire TV to help display those pictures too! I just received my Amazon Fire Stick and I have to tell you, I really like this thing! Not only can I watch my favorite shows, but I’m already thinking ahead to when my son and daughter graduate. Using Prime Photos, I can set up different albums to play a slide show at their graduation party! Now I can stop stressing about those scrapbooks that seem to be stuck on age 4 (they are 11 and 13)!

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Soccer Goalkeeper Essentials

During my daughters last season of rec soccer, she started volunteering to be the goalie. You know how that goes…the coach says “who wants to be goalie?” and then kids either volunteer and they rotate in and out, or the coach picks someone. Bella made that easy for him and volunteered every time. In the beginning, we joked that she did it because she didn’t want to run. Maybe that was true then, but now, as she goes into her third season as the teams goalkeeper exclusively, we can honestly say that she loves being a goalie. Soccer goalkeeper is definitely in her blood!

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One of the most important things you can get your goalkeeper is a mouth guard. The very first game Bella wore her mouth guard, she got kicked in the face. She now wears it every single time she sets foot on the field in goal. She is partial to the mouth guards with fangs. Her dad and I joked with her that she should run out and growl at people to scare them!

TapouT Youth Special Edition Fang Mouth Guard, Red/WhiteTapouT Youth Special Edition Fang Mouth Guard, Red/White

Over the course of the last few seasons, we’ve had to purchase a few pairs of goalkeeper gloves. We’ve gone to several stores, trying on all the gloves the store has and each time, Bella walks out with a pair of gloves from the same brand. The one thing you want to look for is that the gloves have finger saves in them. Protect those fingers at all costs!

Vizari Avio F.R.F Glove, Blue/Green, Size 7Vizari Avio F.R.F Glove, Blue/Green, Size 7

Some goalkeepers where the opposite jersey from their team. Others pick up a goalie jersey. We always got a goalie jersey with padding in the arms for her. This year we are looking at the Bodyshield Storelli shirts. With all the diving and hitting the ground that a goalkeeper does, this shirt is the perfect protection for their ribs, shoulders, etc. Also, with this Bodyshield Storelli shirt, Bella can wear any shirt over top of it. It’s cooler in the warm months and she can layer a little more during the colder months. Definitely take a look at it. They also offer some other items you may want to check out:

 

Youth BodyShield Leg GuardYouth BodyShield Leg GuardStorelli Sports BodyShield Ultimate Protection GK Shorts, MediumStorelli Sports BodyShield Ultimate Protection GK Shorts, MediumExoShield Head GuardExoShield Head Guard

I’m glad that she loves being a goalkeeper so much. I will say, as a goalie mom, it is SOOOOOOO stressful! Every single time the ball is on her end of the field, I have a pit in my stomach and I am a bundle of nerves until that ball is back on the other end! Thankfully, she is cool as a cucumber. It doesn’t matter if they are up by a lot or losing, she gives it her all 100% of the time. That is a trait that she definitely gets from her father! There is no way I could be a goalie and have all that pressure.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about us soccer moms! We need to represent too!


The Shack Movie Review

If you haven’t seen The Shack yet, you need to stop what you are doing and watch it. I’m not even kidding. The book (found here on Amazonthe shack) is one of my favorite books. I literally could not put it down. It was beautifully written and left you really thinking. When I heard the book was being made into a movie, I knew I had to see it.

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About The Shack

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, written for the screen by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and Andrew Lanham (The Glass Castle) & Destin Cretton (The Glass Castle), and directed by Stuart Hazeldine (Exam), The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith and questions God’s existence and life’s purpose. Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Spencer). Mack’s journey will transform audiences of all ages, in this movie that you will want to watch over and over.

Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Stuart Hazeldine
  • “Touched  by God: A Writer’s Journey” Featurette
  • “God’s Heart for Humanity” Featurette
  • “”Heaven Knows”: The Power of Song with Hillsong United” Featurette
  • “Something Bigger than Ourselves: The Making of The Shack” Featurette
  • “Premier Night: A Blessed Evening” Featurette
  • Deleted Scene

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed the movie. Even though I knew what was going to happen, since I read the book, the movie was beautifully executed and drew me in immediately. I personally believe that Octavia Spencer was the PERFECT person to play Papa.

The Shack is available for purchase right now! So don’t wait, pick up your copy today!

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15 Binge Worthy Netflix Shows

We have a little over 4 weeks left of school. I can hardly believe it. I know I say it every year, but this school year literally flew by. Pretty soon I will have a 5th grader and an 8th grader. Crazy! It’s not just the school year ending, however. This time of year also means the end of my favorite TV shows (like Grey’s Anatomy…really looking forward to the finale tomorrow night). So that means I need to find some Netflix shows to binge watch in the evenings.

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We’ve been loyal Netflix customers ever since they started. Back then we used to get three DVD’s in the mail at a time. I don’t even know if you can still get DVD’s in the mail from them! Now we stream what we are watching through our cable box, the Xbox or a Rokunetflix shows <–that is a really really good price for the Roku 4…you may want to snatch that up before the price goes back up!

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15 Binge Worthy Netflix Shows

  • Orange is the New Black
  • Hart of Dixie
  • Gilmore Girls
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • House of Cards
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Parenthood
  • Making a Murderer
  • Dexter
  • American Crime
  • The West Wing
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Walking Dead
  • The Wonder Years

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I’ve seen some of these shows and others have been recommended by many people for me to watch. If you are looking for something very lighthearted, but funny, then you need to check out Hart of Dixie. I absolutely loved that show and was sad when it was over! The same with Santa Clarita Diet. There is really only one gross scene, the rest is pure comedy! I have always been a huge fan of Drew Barrymore and this show makes me love her even more!

What are your binge worth Netflix shows?