Last Minute Toddler Girl Stocking Stuffer ideas

If you are anything like me, I put off everything to the last minute. And that includes shopping for Christmas presents. This year I actually went out early, and by early I mean two weeks before Christmas, and got my daughter gifts. For me stocking stuffers are the hardest because I don’t like cheap little toys she will play with once and I also do not like a TON of candy. So I try to stick with educational and arts and craft type items. If you need any ideas here is a good place to start!

Like I said I like to add a couple educational type items. This year I went with some workbooks because Elliott Grace is working on using a writing utensil, shapes, colors, and tracing. The Pen Control book is from the book sections at Target, and the Colors and Shapes is from the Dollar Section. The crayons book is off Amazon, but I am sure you could find something similar at the store with the coloring books.

I also grabbed her some Play-Doh because I know from working with an Occupational Therapist at work , this is a great way to support a child’s gross motor skills and hand strengths. There are also a ton of activities with letters you can use play-doh for.

And then I also threw in some stickers, T. O. T. S of course, we don’t let Elliott put them on her clothes though, she uses them for her artwork.

Stickers weren’t the only arts and craft items I included in this years stocking. I also wanted to update Elliotts crayons, marker, colored pencil and chalk supply. She has gotten very into drawing and coloring so I wanted to support that interest of hers! Also adding more color to her selection will help her with her color identification and discrimination (can you tell I’m a teacher?). I had to throw in a glue bottle because at school she has been working with proper glue use, so I wanted to support that skill at home as well.

Of course I also grabbed some random, fun items for her that I know she is going to go crazy over! Elliott has taken a sudden interest in band-aids so I grabbed her her own box to play with. She also is obsessed with chapstick, well eating chapstick, so I tossed in a few of her own. Frozen slippers because well Frozen duh. Every time I get my nails done Elliott forces my husband or I to paint her nails, and when I saw these glittery polishes I could NOT pass them up. Which means Corys toes are going to eventually be glittery purple, sorry babe. And finally chocolate, because every time we have gone to Target the last few times Elliott Grace has asked for “her chocolate” and it’s just too precious.

A lot of these items you can get for a boy as well, these are not exclusively “girl” items! Really the possibilities are endless!

Happy Stocking Stuffing!

9 Lingerie Pieces That Are Sure to Spice Up Your Valentines Day

Whether you are spending Valentines Day with that special someone or you are spending it alone, NOTHING can spice up your night like some red lace! If you are anything like me, spending an arm and a leg on some cheap outfit is not something I like to do. Last year I discovered the brand Mentionables while perusing Instagram. Not only are their pieces super cute ( and come in plus sizes), their mission is pretty dang awesome!

Emily Kelly, owner and co-founder of Mentionables, was standing in the mall outside of a lingerie store when she realized the need for affordable, quality, size inclusive lingerie. Thus, in 2017 Mentionables was launched.

Recently they launched a new Valentine’s Day line that is just SO perfect! So I gathered my favorite pieces for you that are sure to leave you feeling sexy, empowered and confident!

Keyhole Babydoll

The details in this babydoll are so sweet and romantic!

Lacy Velvet Bralette and Panty
Velvet and Mesh Teddy

This black teddy is so versatile, you could wear it alone OR pair it with a black bralette and some jeans for a night out look!

Lacy Strappy Bralette and Panty
Eyelash Lace and Mesh Bell Sleeve Teddy

I LOVE this piece! I thinks its a fun twist on a classic. The bell sleeves give me life!

Satin Ruffle Romper
Lacy Eyelash Lace Teddy
Make Sure to check out the rest of Mentionables Collection

May your Valentines Day be filled with all thing sugar, spice, and everything nice! 😉

Drugstore makeup for babes on a budget

Beauty On A Budget

Lets be candid, I am a babe on a budget! I am living on a teachers salary, and there is NO WAY I can afford some of those high end beauty products. Contrary to others opinions, you can find quality drug store make up! You just need to do your research. Lucky for you, I have done the research for you! Its only because I love you so much :p

I scoured the internet, YouTube, blogs and Instagram for recommendations. I took my list and headed to Ulta. Now you can find most of these products at other retailers that sell drug store makeup, but Ulta is the only brick and mortar store that sells Colourpop products.

Here is what I found!

Frozen 2 Anna Palatte– $15
Lippie Stix – $6
Lite Stix – $8
L’Oreal Infallible Concealer– $13.49
NYX Powder (used as contour)
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara – $10.99
Pretty Fresh Primer – $12
A Flutter Palatte- Sold out but here is a similar one
Lippie Pencil – $6
Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation – $7.99
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder– $7.99
Revlon Blush– $11.99
L’Oreal Lash Paradise Eyeliner – $9.99
Pretty Fresh Setting Spray – $12

Check out my YouTube video HERE to see my initial thoughts on the products!

So if you are like me, and balling on a budget, these products will have you looking BOSS, at a fraction of the cost!

HAPPY BALLING ON A BUDGET!