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December is quickly flying by, did you get a lot of shopping done this past weekend?  We made a pretty good dent in our lists but still need to finish up some odds and ends.  One thing that always takes a bit of extra effort is finishing up stocking stuffers.  We do stockings for everyone on both sides of our extended families, so it's always a challenge but ends up being fun seeing what things we can come up with.  I like to buy practical stocking stuffers, items that everyone needs day to day but aren't really fun to spend money on when you're buying them yourself.  And, a few of these suggestions are even better because they're practical AND cute!

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Keychains get used and abused, how fun is it to get a new one?  Especially if it's clear, monogrammed, and has a tassel on it! (Still time to custom order if you hurry!)

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Essential for wintertime dry, cracked hands.

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A favorite for the teen girls in our family (and their Moms if they ever have time for a relaxing bath!).

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Back to the dry, wintertime hands... I'd like to add a small bottle of lotion by my kitchen sink but definitely don't want a plain old lotion bottle sitting out.  How cute is this refillable striped dispenser to add a bit of happy to the kitchen? 

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I received a pair of these at a Favorite Things party last year, and since then I've bought about 10 pairs.  I love them in the winter!  They are super soft, and cozy but not thick.  I especially love wearing them with my Uggs and other boots.

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I got one of these several years ago, it's a storage game changer!  The scarf-wearer in your life will love it!  

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These reusable bags are such a novel idea.  I think they're great especially for kids or teens to pop an after school snack in the toaster and have a quick, easy toasted sandwich.  

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Teenage boys?  In our family food is always on their list, and generally they specifically request beef jerky!

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This is one of my most used kitchen utensils!  It makes crumbling beef a breeze when you're browning it, I don't know how I lived without it!  ;)

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On my husband's list for washing cars and chores around the house, it's always nice to have a fresh round of microfiber cloths. 

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Another favorite to tuck in the guys' stockings!

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I've shared a similar brand recently when I told you My Five Favorite Beauty Products, but I've also heard great things about this one and am looking forward to trying it out too.  I always love to try new things like this when they're slipped in my stocking.

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A necessity!

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My favorite colored pens for calendaring, writing notes, etc.  My girl loves them too and needs her own set!

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A few people in my family requested these for their stocking, and I thought it was brilliant!  We generally use these on ski trips, but they're so nice to have on hand for cold outdoor activities too...  sledding, walking through outdoor light displays, building a snowman...  I might have even used them inside the house in the past on extra cold days!  ;)

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Another great idea for the guys- something you might not realize you need until you NEED them!  :)

What are your favorite practical stocking stuffers to give and receive? 

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Hello everyone, welcome to Part 2 of my Christmas home tour today!  I'm so happy to be sharing my Entry and Dining Room with you as a part of the Simply Christmas Home tour, hosted by the lovely Randi of Randi Garrett Design and Jennifer of Decor Gold Designs.  If you've found your way here via Life on Virginia Street, nice to meet you!  Sarah is such a sweet heart and I always enjoy her beautiful tours. I'm loving her pops of Emerald Green in today's tour, and every time I see her "O Holy Night" canvas I'm determined to find a spot to add one of my own!

I've had so much fun injecting bursts of Christmas color into every nook and cranny... come on in and take a peek!  If you're new here today, my style is fairly traditional, but I love to use bold colors and mix and match patterns.  I have no idea what to label my "style," if I like something I add it in!

I also enjoy keeping an eye out for second hand pieces that might work in my home.  I appreciate the quality that older pieces bring, the collected feel of different pieces, and generally the bargain price that comes along with them!  My Entry houses an old dresser that I painted and a large mirror scored from Craigslist.  This space usually changes season by season and it's a fun spot to change things up.

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I love adding these paper fans and 3D stars into my Christmas decor.  The cords of the stars drape over the top of the mirror and hang down the back, and the fans are attached with rolled pieces of masking tape.  They're light so it doesn't take much to secure them.  After the season I carefully remove the tape, fold the fans back up, and they're easy to store!

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 Stars- Ikea  ||  Paper Fans- Hobby Lobby, Target, and Party Galaxy (Online versions here, here, here, here)

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 Santa Hat- Hobby Lobby  || Tinsel Trees- At Home  ||  Similar Boy/Girl Bust Pairs  ||  Similar Apollo Bust  ||  Similar Diana Bust

Our Dining Room is directly off of the Entry.  It too is made up of a mix of new and second hand pieces.  I can't believe it's been almost 5 years since I added the green china cabinet, it has been one of my most beloved makeovers!

Christmas Tree Plates  ||  Similar Tufted Chairs  ||  Wall Mirrors  ||  Striped Candles- Homegoods (but Hobby Lobby now carries a few!)  ||  Clear Goblets  ||  Blue and White Pots- At Home

Honestly, I had planned to just do the tray with ornaments as a centerpiece in this room, but before I knew it I was putting together a full blown tablescape to go with it.  As always, I got creative and used what I already had, with the exception of the pretty pink poinsettias that I picked up at Walmart.

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I tend to use strips of fabric as table runners, but didn't have anything on hand in the color that I was wanting to use for this table, so I rolled out some strips of wrapping paper.  Perfect!  The variety of options is endless and it provides easy clean up after the meal.

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Gingham Wrapping Paper- Hobby Lobby  ||  Pink Paper- Tuesday Morning   ||  Abstract Salad Plates 

Similar to the centerpiece I used in my Breakfast Nook last Christmas, I loaded up all of my extra ornaments on a large brass tray.  Most of them are inexpensive shatterproof ornaments, but there are a few vintage ones mixed in that I've picked up at yard sales.

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I gathered some free tree clippings from Home Depot and wired them together to make the swags on the mirrors.  And obviously, anything sitting still gets a bow tied on it at Christmas.  ;)

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This chandelier was another Craigslist purchase that came from a home that was being gutted.  I added many of chunky crystals and love it's unique style.

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We are excited to fill this space with lots of family and friends in the weeks ahead as we prepare to celebrate our Savior's birth!

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Green Pillow Cover  ||  Drapery Fabric  ||  Gold Urns- At Home  ||  Blue and White Pieces- Ross & Homegoods

If you'd enjoyed today's tour, make sure to take a peek of Part 1 of my Christmas tour too where I shared my front porch and living room.

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If this is your first stop on the tour loop today, next go to Randi Garret Design.  Every time I look at Randi's home I feel like it's straight out of the pages of a fancy magazine.  But actually, she's one crazy talented designer and Mom- five children and her husband live here with her!

Make sure to visit these other blogs today as well, I promise you'll find load of festive photos and more inspiration than you can wrap your mind around! 

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  I've been busy decking the halls and am so thrilled to share my Porch and Living Room for Part 1 of my Christmas Home Tour with you today.

I want to start off by thanking Marty of A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this week's tour.  These tours are always a good opportunity to find new bloggers to follow and glean many new seasonal ideas.  For those of you visiting from Life Love Larson, welcome!  I'm so glad you're here!  Andrea's classic, chic style is a joy to take in and I know you enjoyed her Christmas tour.

If you're a new reader, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I'm a wife and mom of two teens- a boy and a girl- living in Edmond, Oklahoma (I'm a proud born and raised Okie!). My husband is a Southern Baptist Minister, and although I have a degree in Education and taught 3rd grade in the early years of our marriage, since having children I have stayed home to care for them. Although I have no training and consider it just a hobby, I've always had a love for decorating and started blogging about our home over 6 years ago. You'll quickly see that I love color, mixing patterns, and making over unusual pieces, many of which are second hand. It's also readily apparent that I show no restraint in my Christmas decorating... after all, we're celebrating the biggest birthday of them all!  

So, curl up in a comfy chair with a warm drink and enjoy our virtual home tour today.  Let's start at the front porch!

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The real boss around here... he has a twin brother that's not as inclined to sit still for the camera.  He agreed to strike a pretty pose after hearing my son's bribe of a piece of ham for a snack...  ;)

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Every year I take one or both of the kids and head out to a wooded area behind our house.  The cedar is abundant and I cut a wheelbarrow full to cart back to the house and use here and there.  This year I also picked up some free fresh tree clippings from Lowe's and Home Depot to mix in with the cedar, our car smelled heavenly while we were transporting the fresh greenery!  To make the swag, I gathered several stems of cedar and pine and wrapped them tightly together with a pipe cleaner.  I strung some mirrored balls and a bell together and looped those in the pipe cleaner too, then tied it all with a pretty bow and hung with this hook.

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I hang these oversized ornaments on the porch every year, but this year added a star pendant.  The glow is so pretty at night and I love the shape and texture it adds.  I bought four more to go across the back of our patio too, can't wait to get those up!  The Merry Christmas sign is from Hobby Lobby, see it here styled over my mantel.  My husband wasn't thrilled to drill into the brick to hang it so I tied a ribbon to the back and looped it over the porch light. 

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Black Urns (hand embellished with this paint)  ||  Lanterns- discontinued but similar here or here  ||  Moravian Star Illuminated Pendant here or here  ||  Red Pants  ||  Similar Blouse  ||  Leopard Boots (Almost identical bargain version here!)  ||  Green Earrings  ||  Gold Watch

Next, come on inside!  We have an open floor plan so the front door opens right into the Entry, Dining Room, and Living Room.   There are a lot of photos, so I'm just going to keep quiet and let you scroll.

I'm really loving my DIY flocked tree especially with all of the colored ornaments, so glad I went for it!

We have several special nativity sets that have been given to us or that we've collected from around the world.  The tiny set displayed on the pedestal is from Mexico, and the olive wood set was given to us by my husband's parents when they visited Bethlehem and the Holy Land.

They also gave us this gorgeous set from Myanmar.  I set it up on a thrifted cake pedestal and surrounded the pieces with some fresh greens.  It wasn't showing up with with the dark backs of the bookshelves, so I found a piece of my daughter's artwork from school, popped it in a frame, and propped it behind the nativity.  Now it's so much prettier against the light background.

I love sprinkling chalkboards around for the holidays- this one has the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs.  I added some paper fans and tiny ornaments scattered around the board.  Remember... I said I show no restraint at Christmas!  (Would you believe that I rescued that gorgeous vintage chest from the trash???)

Want more Christmas decorating inspiration?  Check out my home tours from last year!  

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Next on the tour, visit Cristina at Remodelando La Casa.  She loves a pop of color as much as I do, I'm excited to get some good ideas from her tour.  Be sure to check out the rest of these tours this week, too.

Monday – Dec 4th
A Stroll Thru Life - Marty 
Nesting With Grace - Brooke  
Cuckoo4Design - Julia  

Tuesday – Dec 5th
ZDesign At Home - Bree 
 Life Love Larson - Andrea  
Remodelando La Casa - Cristina 
Inspiration For Moms - Laura  

Wednesday – Dec 6th
The Chronicles of Home - Jennifer 
Our Southern Home - Christy 
Decor To Adore - Laura 
11 Magnolia Lane -Christy 
Rain On A Tin Roof - Jenna  

Thursday – Dec 7th
Setting For 4 - Heather 
Southern Hospitality - Rhoda  
Hymns & Verses - Doreen 
Simple Stylings - Summer  

Fri – Dec 8th
Haneens Haven - Haneen 
Far Above Rubies - Anita  
House By Hoff - April 
Duke Manor Farms - Laura  
Common Ground - Debra 

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Welcome to My Five...errr... Fifteen Favorites today! Pam from Simple Details, Lisa from Shine Your Light, Kris from Driven by Decor and I are all so excited to share our holiday gift guides with you today. We had so many good things we couldn't stop at just 5!  And actually, I couldn't stop at 15!  #oops  Besides a few stocking stuffer ideas that I'll share next week, this is the only gift guide I'm doing so I packed it full!

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Our guest host today is Cassie from Hi Sugarplum.  You know, the one that made us all drop our jaws to the floor with her living room reveal two years ago.  I mean, is this room just fabulous or what??  We cruised together a few years ago, so I can vouch that Cassie is a sweetheart who is super talented not only in home design, but she can mix and match a mean outfit in a flash!  She always finds the neatest things and I'm looking forward to seeing her gift guide today, too. 

On to the gift ideas!  I'm sharing 4 categories- Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him, Gifts for Kids, and Gifts for the Home.  And, I won't judge if you just might want to keep a few things for yourself, too.  ;)

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ONE  ||  Pom Pom Beanie Hat- This is on my personal list, I've wanted one for two years.  It comes in 25 colors, but I thought the hot pink was irresistible!
TWO  ||  Charles River Monogrammed Jacket- great value for these personalized jackets, monogram included.  My daughter has had one from this shop for a few months and absolutely loves it!
THREE  ||  Leopard Mules- I have just about every style of leopard shoes imaginable...booties, wedges, flats, pumps, sandals, sneakers, flip flops... so would I add these mules to my collection?  In a second!  I've always been happy with this brand and love the buckle detail across the top too.
FOUR  ||  Quilted Turtleneck Sweatshirt- Last year I bought 3 of these, and they are fantastic!  They're perfect for chilly, even cold days.  They are so warm and thick, long enough to cover everything, and the pockets are a bonus.  There is a LOT of fabric on the neck to work with, but that makes it extra cozy.  It comes in several different colors and I bought my regular size for a relaxed fit.  If you want a slimmer fit like shown on the model, size down one. 
FIVE  ||  Personalized Barrington Bags-  I recommend these bags a lot, and for good reason!  The quality is unbelievable and the options available are seemingly endless.  The way I've used and abused my St. Anne Tote, I can't believe it's not long gone, but nope...still looks as good as new!  I'd love to try the slightly smaller Savannah Zippered Tote, and if a full size bag is out of your gift budget, there are some nice smaller accessories too like the Monogram Eyeglass Case or the Laptop Case.  

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ONE  ||  Leatherman Multitool- always comes in handy!  A winner for any age from older boys to Grandad.
TWO  ||  Portable Record Player with Blue Tooth Speakers- My husband just got one of these for his birthday.  We've only had it for a few days and need to round up some records, but he's excited about digging through all of the oldies at his parents' house and bringing a few home to try.  The blue tooth speakers are a nice added feature, and it's compact and easy to transport or store.
THREE  ||  Sherpa Pullover Jacket- my (adult sized) kids are crazy about these jackets, but I'm sure any guy would love one too. Available in 4 colors.
FOUR  ||  ThermoElectric Plug-In Cooler- We take quite a few day trips, and this plug in cooler would be great to have in the car!  No wet melted ice messes... it has a large capacity and can be used as shown or standing upright like a refrigerator.  This would be great for families who are away from home all day at sports events, too!
FIVE  ||  Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder-  Another birthday gift that my husband just picked out for himself.  It stores any extra ground coffee with an airtight seal.  He's not only enjoying it at home, but with it's smaller size is looking forward to using it on a camping trip one of these days!

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ONE  ||  Getty Kids Hymnal CD- In Christ Alone or For The Cause  We were privileged to hear Keith and Kristyn Getty lead worship this Summer at a conference we were attending.  I bought these children's CDs and have enjoyed listening to them even though we don't have little ones.  They are a great way to impart God's Word in the hearts of children and are calming and soothing, great for the car, home, or baby gifts!
TWO  ||  Spinner Web Swing- The vacation rental that we visited for Fall Break had one of these, and my daughter spent a great deal of her time on it.  Lots of fun! 
THREE  ||  Spikeball- A popular outdoor game anytime our teens gather.  
FOUR  ||  Bungee Chair- Both of my kids have one of these chairs, and they love them.  They're surprisingly comfortable and fold flat for storage.  Along with using them around the house and patio, we cart them when we need to bring our own chairs for various events too. 
FIVE  ||  Yahtzee Standard Version- Always a winner at our house, we play it all the time.  The Rustic Version is a nice spin off of the standard, and this retro version is fun too! 

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ONE  ||  Custom Address Stamp- These are always nice to give or receive!
TWO  ||  Love Welcome Serve Cookbook- My friend Amy has a brand new cookbook, and it's incredible!  She's a pastor's wife living in NW Arkansas and owns the cutest kitchen store called Euna Mae's, named after her Grandmother.  Her mission is to love, welcome, and serve people in her home, and she shows her love by feeding people!  I'm so excited to have some new meal ideas to make and serve when we're entertaining, she puts several menus together for feeding company that are helpful.  I've already made two recipes from her book and they were both winners, can't wait to try another one!  The cook in your family will love this one.  (Follow her on Instagram too, her stories are informative and hilarious!)
THREE  ||  Tabletopics- Another item on my personal wish list, I'd love to have these Conversation Starter Cards for meal time and when the kids have friends over.  
FOUR  ||  Programmable Slow Cooker with Stove-Top Browning Crock-  Yet again, this is on my list!!  YOU CAN BROWN MEAT IN THE CROCK right on the stovetop, then slip it in the cooker for the rest of it's cooking time.  No dirtying extra pans for browning first!  It also switches the setting to "warm" when the cooking time is over, so your dinner is ready and waiting for you.
FIVE  ||  Blue and White Double Gourd Lamp- I just added a pair of these to my home, and am so pleased with them!  I have too many places I want to use them...

What's at the top of your wish list this year? Be sure to head over to check out these great holiday gift picks, too!

Missed any previous My 5 Favorites posts? Catch up here!

My 5 Favorite Paint Colors
My 5 Favorite Home Decor Accessories
My 5 Favorite Pillows
My 5 Favorite Fabrics
My 5 Favorite DIY Projects
My 5 Favorite DIY Artwork Projects
My 5 Favorite Tabletop Accessories
My 15 Favorite- Holiday Wish List
My 5 Favorite Organizing Tools
My 5 Favorite Thrifted Finds
My 5 Favorite Ikea Products
My 5 Favorite Paint Projects
My 5 Favorite Home Gadgets
My 5 Favorite Summer Accessories

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