$25 and under gift picks

Over the weekend I hosted a little Christmas cookie party and gift exchange with some close friends. In the past we gave each other gifts that were around the $50 range, but we decided to do something different this year since we have so many babies :) to buy for too. So we decided to keep our gifts around $20 and it was really fun to see what everyone came up with. I got some great things: dry shampoo, a super cute ring dish (below), a mini candle, nail polish, a mini manicure set (below), and a Rifle Paper Co. to do list. Here are a few more great gifts under $25 for friends + kids (with free shipping!):
for the home: mini capri blue candle (my all-time favorite scent!) / ceramic skyline ring dish / candlefish candle tin + matches (made in Charleston)
for the beauty queen: mini manicure matchbook / velvet bow pony holders / french girl rose lip polish (I love the simple packaging)
for your bookworm toddler: abc yoga / all aboard! / technicolor treasure hunt



five things

Happy Friday! This is my third post this week (!!) -- it feels really good to be back to my old schedule. I'm linking up with ChristinaApril, and Natasha to share a few things that have been on my mind lately:
ONE: It's Crohn's and Colitis Awareness week! For the most part my Crohn's symptoms are under control (thanks to a variety of medications and a restricted diet). I have good days and bad days, but I am very thankful not to be in the hospital like last December. If you have a question about Crohn's or just want to someone to talk to email me! It helps a lot to someone who understand what you are going through.
TWO: Let's talk about Gilmore Girls... I watched all four episodes of the revival over Thanksgiving weekend (if you haven't skip over this section). I was really happy with everything and by Spring (the second episode) it felt like the same old show-- it's amazing how most of the cast members didn't age and fell right back into their old characters. I LOVED Emily Gilmore's sassy one-liners (booty buddy!!), but I wish Jess, Sookie, and Lane had more scenes. I think they dealt with Edward Herrmann's (Richard Gilmore/Lorelai's dad) passing really well and the show paid a nice tribute to him. Some of the guest appearances were distracting -- Rachael Ray and some of the other celebrity chefs seemed unnecessary -- but I loved seeing all of the cameos from Parenthood and Bunheads. Rory had her issues and (for me) wasn't particularly likeable throughout the revival -- which is ok, characters with flaws make them more believable and the show more interesting. As for the last four words, I think they were perfect. The creator Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted the show to end with those words from the beginning, so how can you argue with that? I just hope they decide to do more episodes :)

pink + blue owl hand rattles (while Vi might be too old for rattles, she loves to shake things -- these can be used as little maracas!) / jolly mr. santa / ralphy the reindeer / poppy the penguin / moxie + scout the dachshunds

THREE: I started wrapping presents yesterday and I have almost everything together for Violet's stocking. I'm a big fan of Zubels stuffed animals, so she'll be getting this little guy in her stocking. The dolls are 100% cotton and are made with eco-friendly dyes! Use the coupon SM20 for 20% off your order.

FOUR: Sooo it turns out we are not buying that fixer upper house after all. Our final home inspection revealed that it needs a new roof, windows, AC unit, and furnace. The house quickly turned into a total money pit, and we're not ready to tackle that kind of project. Side note: I really love young Tom Hanks movies.
FIVE: My mom is coming over this weekend and we're making Christmas cookies! We are going to make our family favorites: my mom's sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms with Hershey kisses, and nerds. I'd love to try a new recipe if we have time!

Have a great weekend!
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