January 9, 2017

Gorgeous Tech Accessories & Office Supplies to Start the New Year Right

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Scale of 1-10, how painful was back to work this week? I’m having major “holiday hangover”, missing having the hubs home during the day and trying to get the kids’ sleep schedule back on track after a week of relaxed rules and way too much sugar. I’m in need of some major motivation and organization – especially since my home “office” is a desk two feet from our bed, and our room happens to be the most disorganized and cluttered room in the house! (Although I heard hygge is the new KonMari, I don’t think it applies here…) 2016 kind of kicked our collective butts, as Shana alluded to – but we are strong, resilient ladies and it’s time to get back to business. Nothing centers me like having a functional, organized clean-ish workspace and I want the things I see and use everyday to “spark joy”. I found some gorgeous tech accessories and stylish office supplies to help start the year on the right foot.

2017: let’s do this thing.

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December 28, 2016

The Best of Nordstrom’s Home Sale

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Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly home sale is so. flipping. huge. this year! What an awesome post-Christmas gift! I edited it down to just my absolute faves which took a while but was a blast. I’m seeing major discounts on the best indoor/outdoor Dash & Albert rugs, Dwell bedding, cozy Barefoot Dreams throws and pillows and all kinds of fun stuff to warm up your house this winter.

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December 19, 2016

Last-Minute Gifts for the Cook


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If you follow me on Instagram stories at all (@elletrain) you know I love to cook and bake. My grandmother was an amazing Southern food cook and baked the most delicious desserts. My stepmother is half Italian and has always cooked and baked fabulous holiday treats and special birthday meals. My youngest brother works in the food industry and is an avid fan and tester of all Alton Brown’s recipes. My mom is an incredible cook who has hosted international dinners in her home where she’s researched traditional foods from various countries to serve to complete strangers. (#brave) I think it’s in my blood.

I didn’t use to love to cook, but being surrounded by such wonderful foodies in my life, I had no choice but to take up interest. Once you spend a little time trying out recipes and building your repertoire of kitchen tools you learn the genuine satisfaction that comes with making a delicious meal or treat. I know many of you out there probably share my interest or know someone who does. For you or them, a great kitchen tool is really a priceless gift that will be used again and again.

Here, I’ve tried to gather useful, beautiful kitchen gifts that I would absolutely love to receive this Christmas. They’re also all available with Amazon Prime shipping, so you have time to get them ordered before next weekend. From mixers to cookbooks, there’s a little something here for every price point and every cook.

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December 12, 2016

Laura’s Gift Guide: For the (Semi) Social Introvert

 

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I like to call myself a social introvert. I love entertaining my friends, but am easily as happy curling up for some Netflix binging. I seriously need half and half in my life. My 60% extrovert 40% introvert self (thanks Meyers-Briggs) constantly battles back and forth between spending time with people or holing up by myself. Just ask my super-extroverted husband and daughter.  So for my gift wish list this year my split-personality came up with gifts for both.

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December 11, 2016

12 Gifts For Your Most Stressed Out Friends

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This year especially, we can all use a little more comfort and joy as we wrap up a tumultuous 2016. As a hardcore Type-A stress puppy, I feel pretty confident that any of these gifts can bring some moments of zen to your most frazzled friends.

I found the most gorgeously soft blanket, cozy microwaveable(!) slippers, a beefcake “activity book” and more to bring on the good kind of winter chill.

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December 4, 2016

Festive, Cozy Flannel Sheets for Kids + Adults

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The nights are dipping below freezing here so it’s finally starting to feel like flannel sheet season! Usually I wouldn’t advocate something that makes it that much harder to leave a warm bed in the morning, but jumping into this cozy nest at the end of the day is bliss.  A fun reindeer print also doesn’t hurt (these are hilarious). The kids don’t have flannel sheets yet and I’m looking forward to surprising them soon – their regular sheets just feel so freezing at bedtime (our old house is drafty, brr)! It’s also a sweet idea to have flannel sheets on guest beds during holiday stays. So welcoming and festive.

The good news is there are still really good options after the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, and most of these are still on sale! Check out my top picks for cool, cozy flannel sheets for kids and grown-ups.

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November 22, 2016

West Elm’s Holiday Sale: Up to 30% off everything

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Really good deals on west elm’s modern holiday decorations (30% off) and flatware, trays & glasses (25% off) for holiday entertaining happening now! I combed through the sale sections and picked my absolute faves from cozy throws, sleek barware, gorgeous ornaments and festive decor to get your home ready for holiday hosting.

Plus, there’s up to 30% off everything on the site with code SAVENOW – think gorgeous, timeless mid-century modern furniture, cool throw pillows and accessories, sofa, lighting and more! Need more chairs to accomodate holiday guests? We’ve got you covered.

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August 1, 2016

How to freshen up your gray color scheme

Gray. Oh, how I love thee. Rockport Gray to Revere Pewter to Gray Owl, picking a favorite paint color is like choosing a favorite child (changes daily). And I’m not the only one – a quick search on Pinterest, Houzz or any shelter blog brings up more articles on “how to pick the perfect gray” than I can count. It’s so popular because it’s virtually the only color (aside from white, technically not a color) that looks great in any room from the kitchen to nursery. But it’s been around for a minute, and chances are your gray sofa or bathroom could use some new accessories to update the same-old. Its chameleon-like ability to pair well with so many colors is another reason it’s so ubiquitous – but here’s an unexpected color to pair with gray that looks so modern and fresh.

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July 23, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Home Picks

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year again! I eagerly await the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every summer ostensibly to shop for deeply discounted luxe holiday gifts, but always pick up a few things because the sale is that good. This year it’s all about high-quality basics, like down comforters, hydrocotton towels and supersoft throws (baby blankets for adults are back!); amazing Dash & Albert indoor/outdoor rugs to use all over the house, and a few on-trend accessories to spice things up. It’s now open to the public instead of just Nordstrom cardholders, so of course mine arrived in the mail today – *facepalm*. Anyway, good thing I scouted the sale during the sneak peek, and happily all my picks are still available! For now…mama’s got a Nordy’s card to break in.

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