Happy Friday friends!
We are hosting our first Christmas gathering here tomorrow night, so I am running around like a maniac trying to get this house cleaned up. There’s “clean”, and then there is “company’s coming clean”, and we are not at that point yet.
Growing up in my hometown, there was a sweet little older couple (June & Cecil) that lived across the street from us that were basically my brother and my surrogate grandparents. Every year we would go over to their house and have a Christmas dinner. My brother and I were super picky eaters, so they would make us breakfast for dinner as they knew that is what we liked. We would have huge platters of bacon, eggs, toast and pancakes (as well as wine for the adults), and we weren’t allowed to leave the table until all of it was gone. We are talking pounds and pounds of bacon people.
A few years ago we lost Cecil, and it became too difficult for June to handle on her own. Rather than lose our tradition we decided on Topher and I hosting the gathering every year and one of my other family members brings June to where we live now. Through the years our gathering has grown by adding new grandbabies, and it is something we look forward to every year.
Last year we made 9 lbs of bacon, 5 cartons of eggs, and several loaves of toast … and ate every bit of it. We end up physically ill and incredibly swollen the next day, but we look forward to that night all year.
We are hosting that tomorrow night, so if you see me on Insta stories this weekend looking like a blowfish you know why.
How on earth is it only 12 days until Christmas? I kicked my shopping into high gear this week and only have 2 more gifts left to buy.
I know a lot of us do secret Santa gift exchanges at work, gift exchanges with girlfriends, or do a dirty Santa or white elephant gift exchange with extended families. Usually these exchanges have a smaller budget, so this gift guide is for you!
All of the items in this guide are $25 or under, some as low as $10.
It can get a bit tricky giving something of quality at a smaller price point, so I rounded up all of my favorites!
Best Sales of the Weekend
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NORDSTROM – Tons of great deals!
OLD NAVY – Up to 60% off
POTTERY BARN – 20% off everything Code: Gift
TARGET – $10 off when you spend $50 on toys, or $25 off when you spend $100 on Toys
ULTA – Free shipping on a purchase over $35