Christmas Gift Guide

Buying gifts at Christmas can be both fulfilling, and unfortunately draining. Sometimes it’s incredibly stressful to try to pick out just the right gift for just the right person. So I’ve put together a little gift guide that will hopefully help!

For the woman in your life:

Maybe you’re looking for your sister,Mom, girlfriend, wife, in-law? Here’s a few things I think she’ll be sure to love!

  • Smaller Inexpensive Gift

It’s no secret how I feel about Dalmatian spots, and you can’t go wrong with Kate Spade. This cute ring dish would look good on any girl’s bedside table. What’s great about this gift, it’s good for any age!

Kate Spade Flamingo Dot Ring Dish $30

  • The Middle Price Range Gift

If you’ve ever used any Origins skincare products, then you know just how awesome this gift is. This is the 12 Joys of Origins gift set. This is a $70 set that’s contents is worth $170, a truly great deal! I’ve never used an Origins product I didn’t absolutely love! They smell great, and always leave your skin feeling amazing! This set includes some of their best products, and a couple that are only seasonal, so it’s a steal.

Origins 12 Joys of Origins Gift Set $70

  • The More Expensive Gift

This luxurious robe is from Anthropologie. This pretty robe would make any gal feel special! It’s not only mega soft and cozy, it’s machine washable which is always a plus in my books.

Anthropologie’s Reversible Sherpa Robe $138

For the Man in your life:

Whether it be your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend, here are some ideas I think any man would like!

  • Smaller Inexpensive Gift

I don’t know a man in my life that doesn’t enjoy some good hot sauce. This make your own hot sauce from Uncommon Goods seems like the perfect gift for the adventurous man in your life (because what man isn’t?)

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Gift $34.95

  • The Middle Price Range Gift

My husband says every man needs a good clipper set, and this seems like a really great one. I found this Braun Men’s Set at Kohl’s, it has 7 different attachments (my husband also says the nose trimmer is a must!)

Braun Men’s 9-in-1 Multi Grooming Kit $69.99

  • The More Expensive Gift

This wool pullover from Stormy Kromer is a high quality, warm sweater. One Cute Cowboy swears by his, and has almost worn it ragged. It’s worth every penny, but does run on the smaller side when you’re looking for your man’s size!

Stormy Kromer’s The Wool Pullover for Him $139.99

For the Kid in your Life

It can be hard to buy for kids because it seems like their interests are constantly changing. I tried to find some good, common-ground gifts for any kid!

  • Smaller Inexpensive Gift

I’m a big advocate for board games and family time. Scattergories is hands-down my favorite board game! It makes you think quick on your feet and really use your brain. I think it’s good for kids to be challenged in a fun way, and these three games are perfect for that!

Scattergories $10.88Jenga $7.47Jumanji $19.99

  • The Middle Price Range Gift

When I was a kid, I loved getting mail! What better gift than something that gives all-year round, a kids magazine subscription! There’s something for just about any kid.

Highlight Magazine $39.96/1Year

Ranger Rick Magazine $19.99/1Year

Sport’s Illustrated Kids $19.99/1Year

  • The More Expensive Gift

This Teepee styled kids hammock/pod would have been a dream to me as a kid! What kid doesn’t love to have their own little space, plus being outside!?! Seems like an easy win/win to me.

Teardrop Tree Hammock $137.99

Here are also some specific ideas for…

The Naturalist

I can’t speak highly enough of Young Living Oils. I’ve been a customer of theirs for over 3 years and I can honestly say I use them daily. What greater gift then giving your loved one a membership to Young Living and starting them out right with one of our many starter kits. My favorite is the Dewdrop Diffuser Kit. It comes with their very own diffuse (right now this kit will actually come with the new, beautiful Dessert Diffuser pictured above) along with 10 of our most popular oils, along with samples. Once you get them their kit, they’d then be a Young Living Customer and get their oils at a lower retail price instead of buying at whole sale. I could go on and on, and would love to answer any questions any of you have about Young Living or oils in general! 🙂

Young Living Membership (Started Kit) $160

The Beauty Lover

It’s no secret Rodan + Fields is one of the most popular, advanced, and best skincare regimens you can buy and truly invest in your skin. I can’t imagine a beauty fanatic that doesn’t want this gift set of R+F’s Eyelash Boost & Eye Complex Gift Set, along with a dazzling eyelash curler! Impress your beauty product fanatic with the best!

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Set $198*

The High-Techy

I can’t imagine what tech-lover wouldn’t love this iPhone printer. Your phone pops right into it and prints whatever picture you choose instantly! How fun would that be?! I think this is a great gift!

Prynt Pocket $149.99

The Outdoorsman

This is the perfect multi-tool for your favorite outdoorsman. It has 9 different uses and can fit in your pocket!

PEYOND Camping Axe Hammer Multitool $14.99

The Potter Fan

When Pendleton and Harry Potter collaborate, there’s no way you can go wrong! This scarf is high quality wool (aka:warm), and beautifully made. Surprise your Potter-head with this amazing gift!

Pendleton’s Harry Potter House Muffler $79.50

The Fashionista

Every Fashionista has a signature pair of sunglasses and these Warby Parker’s are some of my favorites! They’re the perfect tortoise color and have polarized, no-scratch lenses. Warby Parker’s are known as durable, classic sunglasses.

Warby Parker Haskell Sunglasses $98

There’s some of my best gift ideas for this Christmas, I hope this little gift guide has been helpful!

*ASpottedHeart

Wednesday {Pregnancy} Favorites

Today I want to share what has become some of my go-to’s since I’ve become pregnant. {Keep in mind, these aren’t just pregnancy products, anyone can use them!}

I never realized how aware I’d become of not only what I put in my body but on my body. I’ve always heard all the things you can and can’t have to eat while pregnant, and trust me, the struggle is real! The interesting thing is that what you’re putting on your body can be just as detrimental because it can still penetrate into your bloodstream and through your body to the little bear you’re growing inside. I’ve always tried to use more natural products but I realized not everything is as “natural” as they appear. Being pregnant it’s not recommended to use any beauty products that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. There are some other ingredients that are also questionable, but these two are the main ones to try to stay away from using. I’m currently 24- weeks pregnant and these are some of my current natural skin care favorites I’ve used that, as far as I’ve found, do not contain either of those ingredients!

  1. Green + Lovely Better-than-Butter Belly Oil

Belly oil

Y’all, I’m pretty certain this stuff has been my saving grace from stretch marks starting! I started using this on my belly, chest, and thighs since around week 12 of pregnancy and haven’t seen a stretch mark yet. This oil has all kinds of goodness in it to help your skin with elasticity and to stay hydrated through the stages of pregnancy. It’s made with olive, coconut, and almond oils, along with essential oil and non GMO Vitamin E oil. I’ve used the Lavender scented and the one I’m currently using is tangerine orange, which I think I actually prefer over the Lavender. This stuff is pure gold in my books!

2. Whiskey River Soap Company Deodorant

I’ve been using this deodorant for over a year now and absolutely love it! My cousin and her friend actually make it, along with a few other healthy skincare products. It’s all natural ingredients and completely aluminum-free! I love the grapefruit, but they also make Lemon, Lavender, and Purification. It’s been such a great alternative to store bought deodorant and my underarms are smooth and don’t break out from shaving like they used to. It’s wonderful stuff!

3. U.S. Apothecary Witch Hazel Face & Body Tonic

I personally think one should always have witch hazel on hand. It’s great for itchy bites and healing scrapes and cuts. I bought this on a whim when we visited The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile last spring. It has an added rose water which makes it a great toner for your face after you’ve washed it at night or before you put on your makeup in the mornings. When I became pregnant my tummy (and belly button) started to feel itchy because of all the stretching my skin was starting to do. I found this tonic spray highly helpful! When I start to have an itchy spot on my tummy or side I just spritz this on and it soothes the itch and subsidies the urge to scratch. I love this stuff, though I found its not easy to find. The best part is, it’s only 3 ingredients!

4. Young Living Tee Tree Oil

When you’re pregnant you may have these really fun hormonal breakouts (sense the sarcasm.) The hard thing is to find something safe you can use to help prevent and rid these breakouts. I found that if I put one to two drops of Tee Tree oil on a q-tip and held it on the place a few seconds after washing my face, usually in the morning it was barely noticeable or almost completely gone. This has really been a life saver. It’s even helped cleanse the air in my house when I diffuse it in the evenings. Gives me a fresh, clean feeling. I can never say enough good things about my Young Living Oils! If ever you’re interested in Young Living, send me a message or email me, I’d love to help you out!

5. Korres Wild Rose Brightening 24-hour Moisturizer

I’d like to give a big shout-out to my Ipsy bag for sending me this little treasure! This is only a travel size but it started me off on the right foot when I first became pregnant and realized my usual moisturizer had salicylic acid in it. I was glad that I hadn’t used this up yet and grew to love the way it made my skin feel and look. I’m looking forward to getting a full sized jar of it. It’s so silky, it feels great!

There you have it, my current top 5 “pregnancy safe” products! Hope you’ve enjoyed, and keep in mind, these aren’t just pregnancy products, anyone can use them!

***Disclaimer***

I am not claiming that all pregnant women would be safe to use the products above, I’m only stating what has worked so far for me in my personal pregnancy. Every woman, and every woman’s body and pregnancy can be different. Always consult your doctor if you’re unsure or have questions about using a product. Never just “take someone’s advice,” do your own research to see what’s going to work best for you! 🙂

*ASpottedHeart

Daily Favorites

I thought I’d share with you today four of my favorite everyday-type products. These are products you’ll always be able to find tucked away in whatever bag I’m carrying at the moment. I hope you enjoy!


For starters, I have really dry hands. They crack and bleed and can be pretty painful at times. The best thing I’ve found that helps keep them moisturized, healed, and smooth is Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. It’s said that it was inspired by the many different balms the Norwegian fisherman would have to use since they faced some of the harshest and extreme weather conditions. They developed this powerful,  concentrated glycerine-rich recipe that helped protect and heal their intensely dry hands. (I acquired this information here.)  One of the awesome things about this stuff is a little bit goes a long way, so it lasts quite a long time. It usually comes in a box and can be found at most drugstores. I bought mine at a United Supermarket. 


Second is my Badger Headache Soother. This stuff is a-maz-ing! I don’t get headaches often, but once I feel one even start to come on I get out my little tin of Badger Soother and rub a little on my temples and viola! the headache is gone! It’s some seriously awesome stuff. It has an amazing smell to it as well with its lavender and peppermint scent. The Badger brand has many other products too, hand saulve, foot saulve, and lip balm that I’ve been wanting to try. It’s not as easily found as the Neutrogena, but I find my Badger products at Cracker Barrel. Plus how cute is that Badger?! I’m a sucker for good packaging.

I’ve always had trouble finding a good lipstick. I’ll find one I think I like, only to see a picture of myself with it on and realize it’s not exactly my best look. It’s a constant battle…or it WAS until I found this magical stuff! I subscribe to Ipsy Bag which is a fun little cosmetic bag I get once a month for $10. This “lipgloss” came in my bag a couple months ago and I’ve been using it daily ever since. It’s NYX Liquid Suede, this one is in the color Soft Spoken. This stuff goes on like a gloss (make sure you check your teeth after applying) and then it dries like a matte lipstick. It’s incredible stuff that actually lasts. I can apply it at the beginning of my day and reapply after lunch and be good for the rest of the day ( unless I have something I’m going to later in evening of course.)  This color is spot on with my skin tone, but I’m excited to try some of the different ones like Cherry Skies and Vintage. You can buy this anywhere they sale NYX Cosmetics, so places like Ulta, Sephora etc. should have it.


Lastly is my Young Living’s Tranquil roll-on oil. I’ve mentioned before my love of Lavender; this roll-on has lavender oil, cedarwood oil, coconut oil, and Roman Chamomile oil. This is my miracle worker on rough days at work. I use this when I feel tension in my neck, shoulders, or lower back. Lavender is a natural anti-inflammatory so it’s good for aches and pains. It’s also really great for headaches, hence why they use lavender in the Badger Balm. Also I use it as a calming oil for when I get frustrated or just need to relax. I roll some onto the back of my neck or my wrists and inhale deeply the aroma of sweet lavender and chamomile. This product is a little different to find, you have to buy it through a Young Living distributor, or be a Young Living member yourself. Just so happens yours truly just became a distributor! 🙂 But in all seriousness, I can’t speak highly enough on this stuff!
So there’s my four little favorite products of the moment. What are some of your favorite daily products? Or have you tried any of these products? I’d always love to hear from my readers! 

**I am not being paid or sponsored by any of the above products or companies to post this, these are just simply products I believe in and use on a day to day basis.