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Friday, December 15, 2017

My Christmas Wish List

Hello, dear friends.  It's great to be back.  I spent the past few days in my old home state, Texas.  Sista and I used our time in Austin to plan the shindig of the century... my Dad's 100th birthday extravaganza in April.  We got a lot accomplished while enjoying a few chuckles along the way.

Here are some pics I took.

The Westin is raffling off dinner in this darling gingerbread house for charity.

The Four Seasons lobby was decked out in all its glory.

Party Planner Dream Team
specializing in Centenarian Celebrations.

My return trip did not go as smoothly as I had hoped.  I ended up spending 3 hours on the plane waiting for a special de-icing machine to arrive so that we could take off.  Meanwhile, my Sista's plane which was in another terminal was de-iced and took off on time. 

That was the bad news.  The good news was that I had two empty seats next to me and plenty of time to work on my Christmas Wish List for the Mister.  I already got my big present - a new computer which I am typing on.  But the Mister wanted some ideas for gifts that he could give me to open on Christmas Eve.
He asked... I delivered.

I found a lot of ideas on Oprah's Favorite Things list.
If they're good enough for Oprah, they're good enough for me.

I made the Mister a relatively small list (49+ items) of a few things that are on my wishlist over at The Enchanted Home Shop.  If you want to treat yourself or someone else, stop over and take a gander.

This little fruit infuser water bottle is going to be the kickstart of my weight loss/healthy eating journey for the new year.  It probably won't begin in 2018 or 2019, but I have high hopes for 2020.
In the meantime, I want one of these to carry around so I can impress my neighbors.

I like my chardonnay brain-freeze cold.
This little number may be the answer to my prayers.

I love these trays with handles.
Great colors, too.

Spanx PLUS leggings?
Yes, please.

A makeup mirror in a phone case?
I need to be selfie-ready at all times.

I could use a new set of makeup brushes, and these look interesting to me.

You know you're getting old when your daughter has wrinkle-reducing serums and lash enhancers on her Christmas list.  There's no way I'm going to let my kid have longer lashes than moi.

My Clarisonic is on its last pulse beat.
I could use a new one. 

My make up mirror is about a hundred years old.  
I'll take this one, provided the reflection is included.

I met a woman in a store line a couple of weeks ago.  We chatted and I couldn't help but notice her gorgeous skin.  I commented on it and she told me that she uses a facial steamer/humidifier once a week.

I'll have what she's having.

OMG... do these look like preppy empty nester boots, or what?

My car mats were a mess last winter from snow and salt.  I need some rubber ones to trade out during those sloppy months.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I hate cold weather.  
This cute little robe looks like a warm one.

I can always use a new pair of warm jammies.  When I am out of the house, I dream of being at home snuggling with my rascals and wearing my nice warm jams.

Speaking of jammies, did you know that they have people/doggie matching jammies?
Sounds like a must-have to me.  

My #2 gave me these Ugg slippers about 8 years ago, and I wear them constantly.  They have begun to take on a life of their own.  I think it may be time for a new pair.

It won't be a happy new year until I have my new Lilly planner.

I start to stall around mid-afternoon.  A cappuccino/espresso machine may be just the ticket to give me that boost to take me over the hump until cocktail hour.

I love these chunky bangles.  I'm going to order the gold/silver one if I don't find one under the tree.  Oprah and I will be twins if we go to the same holiday party.

I've had my share of accidents in the kitchen.  
These cutting gloves would come in very handy.

As I age gracefully, I find I have lost strength in my hands.  The Mister is tired of getting frantic texts from me telling him he has to come home early to open a jar for me.

I put this Echo contraption down on my list because I have no one to talk to and boss around during the day except my two assistants.  And they just roll their eyes and ignore me.

The best part of this charger is that it is a car locator.  I'm the sad sack you see walking around aimlessly trying to find her car. 

I've even given serious thought to reporting my car stolen so I wouldn't have to look for it anymore.

Don't tell me you never considered that.

This GoBone gift idea looks like it's for the hooligans but it's actually for me.  Anything that helps to wear out my two crazies is a present for me.

This is another gift that is not only for me but also for someone else.  This little contraption stops snoring.  

Mister - let me introduce you to your new best friend.

As far as clothes are concerned, the only thing I really need is a towel bra.


When facing tense moments in 2018
goodbye deep breaths...
helloo to my new hobby
cursing while coloring.  

Until next time...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cool Stuff for Guys According To The Mister

Hello, dear friends.  The countdown has begun.  If you haven't heard, Christmas is two weeks from tomorrow.  I'm pretty much done with the shopping.  It's fairly easy, but not quite as much fun when your kids only want money.

The Mister had a 6AM flight to Florida this morning.   He just called me to say that the de-ice truck ran into the plane.  Poor Mister. It's going be a long day.  

A week ago, I asked the Mister to send me a list of some things that men would like to see under the tree this year.  I also did some research on my own.  I'm pretty sure that you will be able to guess which links are the Mister's and which ones are mine. 

The DNA kit is the perfect gift for the guy who wants to start the conversation at next year's family reunion with a bang. 

According to the Mister, this is a must-have if you use your phone as a GPS. 

The Mister drives about three hours a day.  Usually, one of the hours is spent sitting in traffic.  Several months ago, I talked him into listening to books in the car.  It's amazing the difference in his mood when he walks in the door after listening to a good book as opposed to listening to Howard Stern.

No offense, Howard.

Have I ever told you that the Mister hoards chargers?  Yup, the guy loves chargers.  Anyway, this one is one of his favorites.  

The Mister finally broke down and got himself an Apple watch a few weeks ago.  He loves that darn thing more than me.  Of course, he wouldn't let me give it to him for Christmas.  When he wants something, he wants it NOW.

He also ordered this leather band to make his watch look even cooler if that's possible.

On the occasional cold day when the Mister takes the train, he wears these Bluetooth ear warmers on the way to the station.  

Along with chargers, the Mister has an affinity for pockets.  He put this little 9-pocket vest number on his Christmas list.  He said that it would be a great accessory for travel.

As long as his hands are free to carry my slew of luggage, I don't care if he wears a life preserver.

For the guy who wants to take his preppy wardrobe up a notch, the Barbour jacket is a sure bet. The Mister has the one where the lining can be removed for warmer days. 

For the guy you think may be getting cold feet, the Mister highly recommends these boots. 


For the guy who has cold hands but a warm heart, what about a rechargeable hand warmer?

The Mister does not have one of these waterproof speakers in his shower, so maybe he's dropping a hint because he sent me the link.


The Mister drinks lemon water out of one of these all day long.
Fun fact:  he knows every rest stop within a 60-mile radius.

I think that I talked about these Airpods before.  
The Mister uses them to work out and really likes them.


This telephoto lens for the iPhone is for the guy who is channeling his inner James Bond.  
Or the president of the Neighborhood Watch Committee.  
Whichever comes first.


This book would be a nice gift for the son who is leaving the nest and moving into his own pad.  

Or for the husband who needs to start pulling his weight.


I love the description on the cover... clean food for people who like to eat dirty.  

It feels dirty just typing it.


This manly cookbook would be an ingenious gift for the hubby that uses every pot and pan in the house.

Maybe he'll get the hint.
Then again, maybe not.


This is the perfect stocking stuffer for the guy who is the party animal of the family.


For the guy who enjoys cooking and has the scars to prove it, I'm sure that these oven gloves would be appreciated.


This nifty grill brush is for the guy like mine, whose grill is cleaner than my closet. 


This microwavable popcorn popper is for the single guy who has no interest in cooking but likes to entertain in style.

For the traveling man...


For the guy who is carrying his wife's bags, a backpack with a charger and loads of compartments including a sleeve for his computer.

Yup, you guessed it. 
This is the Mister's link. 


Is his Dopp kit falling apart?
Is it smeared with toothpaste and shave cream?
How about a pretty new leather one?


This keychain is ideal for the guy who never has cash for tips. You can fill it with ones and drop it into his stocking.

It would also be a clever idea for the woman who frequents the Chippendales shows.


For the guy who calls twice a month from an out-of-town meeting to have you Fed Ex his glasses/contacts, he can keep this nifty kit in his travel bag.


For the man who collects stamps on his passport like you collect points at Sephora.

For the handyman...


This is a 7-in-1 survival tool for the guy who would rather spend the night in a tent than a Four Seasons


If a gallery wall is on your bucket list for 2018, your man may need this.  


When your man finishes his project, do you find more nails on your floor than in your wall?


This is another one of the Mister's links.
I have no idea what this is or what it does. 
I don't really care, either.


This is a gift for the young man who needs some inspiration.  


And just in case he needs the perfect outfit to pop the question...


In the event that Harvey Weinstein or Matt Lauer's names pop up on your shopping list, a little something to fill their newfound spare time.

Until next time...

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