2018 Holiday Guide – Six Under $100

I’ve never done a Holiday Guide but I’ve seen a ton of them lately so decided to do my own.. These are a few things I’ve either bought or things I know I’d LOVE 😉 Still looking for last minute holiday buys under $100? I’ve got you covered with a few that are currently HOT!

  1. Cooks 2.5L Air Fryer ($59.99) – I’ve never had an air fryer but have ALWAYS wanted one. A healthy way to fry my food?! YES, PLEASE! I’ve had many friends with them that say they’re incredible. Crunchy sweet potato fries, crispy wings, yummy chicken nuggets for the kids – EFFORTLESSLY. No hot oven on, no unhealthy deep frying just a bit of oil and air doing the job ;). This is something I’d LOVE to add to our healthy kitchen!
  2. North Pole Trading Co Chenille Reverse to Sherpa Throw ($39.99) – Super comfortable sherpa blanket. What more is there to say? I’m a blanket FIEND. Seriously, I’ve got a problem and this one is just screaming my name.. Anyone else?!
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2 ($59.98) – Y’all know me.. I’m a huge gamer and one game that I am desperate to play is RDR2.. It’s REALLY popular right now and it looks hilariously fun.. It’s so hard during the holiday season not to buy stuff for yourself but you just hope and pray it’s one of the gifts under the tree for you 😉 Have a gamer in your life? GET THEM THIS GAME. You may not see them for weeks but they’ll love you for life 😉
  4. Pouchee Avi Crossbody Handbag/Organizer Purse ($47.99) – My favorite purse of ALL time. I’ve gotten so many compliments on mine over the years. It’s a crossbody with a built in wallet. Leaves tons of room for whatever else you need. Very practical, very fashionable and super affordable!
  5. Portable Blender Smoothie Juicer USB Rechargeable ($39.99) – A portable blender that’s USB rechargeable.. The possibilities! When traveling you can plug it in your car and have a healthy smoothie to go. At work? Charge it with your computer and make a healthy smoothie in the office! (Try not to annoy your co-workers 😉 )
  6. Vacuum Sealer By NutriChef ($59.99) – We love to get meat on sale. How much easier would it make freezing with a vacuum sealer?! Found this one on Amazon and it’s WAY more affordable than I thought it would be.. May have to add this to my push gift request 😉

Six amazing ideas and all for under $100. Let me know if any of y’all get any of these for your family/friends and what their reactions were! Happy Holidays, y’all! ❥ 

Reindeer Poop Recipe

I’ve been making a ton of holiday goodies for my Husband’s coworkers this year because I know I’d want some if I was in an office all day! One treat I made that got SO many compliments was my reindeer poop – So much so their was word around the office that I make Christmas Crack, hahaha! People asked for a recipe so decided to post it on here as well! It’s a Christmas tradition and I guess now an office tradition! Obviously this isn’t paleo but we make it for family and friends and they love it so why stop 😉Chia Seed Pudding

The cookie butter makes a HUGE difference! It’s usually made with peanut butter but it’s 1,000 times better with cookie butter! I was asked how I managed to squeeze even MORE sugar into the treat but it was really just using the cookie butter!!

Enjoy y’all!

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Sorry for the ugly photo.. Was in a rush to bag them up hahaha!

Penwizard Books

We just got our Penwizard Peppa Pig book and LOVE it! It was so tempting to give it to them early.. It has an adorable photo of their Daddy on the front (He looks super chunky like Daddy pig!) and it talks all about their adorable adventures with Daddy and how much they love him!

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These books are the best – It allows you to put your kid’s avatars into a Peppa story about Mommies, Daddies, Christmas parties, etc. They also have other stories for your kids such as Paw Patrol, Spongebob Squarepants and more!

This book is such a high quality hard cover book that’ll last them for years!

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Hudson isn’t at an age where he’ll know what a gift is yet so I let him take a peak 😉

This book is currently wrapped under the tree awaiting some excited little kiddos! Buy your little ones a book by mid December for it to be shipped in time for Christmas! 15% OFF ALL PERSONALIZED CHILDREN’S BOOKS using code HOLIDAY15 when checking out at https://www.penwizard.com/us/ !

(I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own!)

My JORD Watch

Just wanted to let y’all know how MUCH I love the JORD Wood Watch I got for my Husband! It came in last week and I haven’t put it away yet.. It’s too gorgeous to look at and I’ve tried it on myself and contemplated whether I want it for me instead hahaha!

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It came in a gorgeous real wood box and once opened it reveals the elegant yet professional (and manly if you’re giving it to your Hubby 😉 ) wooden watch. The details in the wood show how much love and care went into it’s creation. It even comes with oil to keep the wood from drying out!20171113_113816.jpg

 

Yes.. I will be giving it to my Husband for Christmas still because I’m not that selfish 😉 But it’s so beautifully made it definitely had me thinking for a bit.

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I highly recommend it to anyone whose loved one, friends, or family love watches. You can engrave it and make it special or leave it as is and cherish the work of art you (or they) get to walk around with everyday.

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I do believe I will be getting one for myself in the near future. I’m not a watch wearer but these have officially made me one 😉 Don’t forget about the simplykaraliz 25% off code for my readers! AND that I’m still hosting a giveaway for a chance to win $100 Store Credit – That’s almost the whole cost of a really great watch! Enter here!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!)

Penwizard Books

Hey y’all – Be prepared for a ton of gift idea posts because IT’S SO CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS I CAN SMELL IT! One gift I am so so so excited for is one for my Step-Daughter. I found out about Penwizard which is company that makes amazing personalized Children’s book that adds your kiddos INTO the action of which story you choose.

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They’ve got my step-daughter’s two favorite cartoons as options (Peppa and Paw Patrol) so I had a super hard time deciding but the Peppa book gives you the option of even creating a little avatar of them, sooo… Decision made — I am SO excited to see her reaction!

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It isn’t often you get to read a book with your little that’s all about them.

Each and every book Penwizard prints is unique, just like your child! Founded from a love of children and children’s books, Penwizard set up a company that took children’s publishing to the next level.

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For more than 10 years, they’ve used their skills and expertise to push the boundaries and create inspirational books where children actually appear in the illustrations. You can get 15% off* your entire order or personalized books at Penwizard, just in time for the holidays! Use code HOLIDAY15 at checkout. *Valid until 12/25/2017.

I CAN’T WAIT TO GET IT! Pictures to come once I do 😉 

JORD Wood Watches

Giveaway!! At the end of this post! $100 Store Credit! && A 25% coupon code!

Yes, y’all I know – I’m currently obsessed with Christmas. So much so I’m pretty much completely done with Christmas shopping because I’ve been going on shopping sprees like a crazy person hahaha..

One gift I am SUPER stoked about is the JORD Wood Watch I’m getting my Husband!! He’s never found a watch he likes but has the sexy hairy man arms to rock them SO I got him a GORGEOUS JORD Dark Sandalwood watch – It’s the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life as they’re professional yet stylish and you can engrave them with sweet words of love and appreciation ❥Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 9.05.49 AM.pngJORD Watches create hand-crafted wood timepieces with raw material and refined designs – JORD is run by artists, designers, marketers, and minders. They spend their days creating, considering, arguing, and hopefully agreeing 😉 Then they’ll scrap it all for the joy of starting new. They have fun which is their journey. They are focused on creating timepieces that are modeled after a modern lifestyle.

We value sustainability, efficiency, and experiential living. We make our watches for people who don’t just have somewhere to be, they have somewhere to go. The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.Screen Shot 2017-11-09 at 9.06.41 AM.pngThese high quality watches can be your perfect gift to your loved ones (or yourself 😉 ) at a great price with 25% off for my readers with the code simplykaraliz

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AND! I’m currently hosting a giveaway for a chance to win $100 Store Credit – That’s almost the whole cost of a really great watch! Enter here!

(I was compensated for this post with an amazing watch for my Hubby for Christmas and genuinely cannot WAIT. All opinions are my own)

 

Good Buy Gear

Ever have such an amazing experience with a company that you want to tell the world about them? That’s what this post is about. For parents living in Colorado, you’ve GOT TO TRY Good Buy Gear! They’ve got some AMAZING products with a unique twist. They’re an online infant/toddlers/children’s consignment shop that picks up the items and delivers!!

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I had things PILLING up in my garage from the kid’s past bedroom decor, to toys, books and more. I wasn’t having luck on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and honestly felt uncomfortable meeting people whenever doing a sell without my Husband home – So decided to try something new. I had heard of Good Buy Gear from another Mom and decided to check it out.

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They’ve got some AMAZING products at such incredible prices!! I was able to get quite a few gifts for the kids for Christmas but most importantly.. I was able to make some room in our garage! I scheduled a pick-up appointment time to come grab my items and they made it SO easy for me! They did the research for descriptions, they clean up the items if needed AND find a great price to sell it at that people would find appealing (They run the prices/posts by you first before posting them!)

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Their Huge Warehouse in Arvada!

This is exactly what adapting to the future looks like! Making a consignment store online with the convenience of delivery/pick up is SO perfect for people who would be using this website – Parents with Busy Schedules!

Try it out!! There’s SO many amazing gifts for your kids AND a $10 gift code (TRYGOODBUY)

I just spent $42 on some amazing gifts!!! 😀 Can’t wait! ❥

Holidays on a Budget

We’ve all been through it – Where our budget is a little tighter, especially with the holidays quickly approaching! During these times it’s important to be mindful of spending and try to be as smart with your purchases as possible!

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It’s easy to over spend when thinking of loved ones, Which is totally normal, by the way 😉 , but I’ve found some really easy ways to cut the costs without cutting the amazing gifts and decor!

  1. Buy gifts ahead of time (and hide them, of course) and have an excel sheet that keeps you organized! I start collecting gifts around June/July because we’ve got 3 November birthdays and Christmas quickly after!
  2. Get your decor and some gifts at the Dollar Store or at Target’s Dollar Section (I’m obsessed with this section…)
  3. Check on BSTF (Buy, Sell, Trade, Free) pages on Facebook! SO many people giving away their kids now unwanted toys at such discounted prices! (I’ve gotten most of my kids’ gifts from there!)
  4. Check Craigslist!! SO many people give away awesome free stuff and discounted toys/clothing for adults, kids, and pets!
  5. My newest found obsession… The Clearance area of Walmart! There are SO many brand new toys that can be up to 70% off!! Things my kids had seen on commercials that are no longer “hot toys” make for exciting gifts!
    • Also, check the clearance areas in kid’s clothing! There’s a ton of “out of season” clothes at extremely low prices! *Just make sure to buy a size or two up so they don’t out grow it by the next season! 😉 *

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If you cannot tell I’m already SO excited for the holidays and already planning but these are great tips for planning WAY ahead of time or right before!

Happy Holidays y’all!

Organizing Holiday Decorations

Hey y’all – I’ve got a 9 day cold going on and am miserable. So, the last thing I wanted to deal with was a ton of decorations thrown back into flimsy boxes and hoisted up into a random spot in the garage. So amid my illness I decided to try something new.

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I sat my butt on the couch and created an excel sheet that would assist me in labeling each box by number for each holiday (So that if I ever didn’t need a box I could reuse it for another holiday or for the kid’s Winter/Summer clothes!).

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I ran to Walmart and picked up 6 (For Now) clear large bins (For only $4 each!) and a thick Sharpie! I ran home and marked each bin with a 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. I was able to get ALL of my Halloween decorations to fit into 3 bins (With bulky stuff sitting to the side of course) Made it so much less stressful and looks way cleaner now!

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Now I cannot WAIT for Christmas – It’ll be SO much easier to get everything back into their respective boxes without the worry of missed boxes AND the flimsy cardboard boxes being so heavy that they empty through the bottom of the box when trying to bring them down or put them back up!

LOVE this idea and wish I would’ve thought of it earlier! Recommend it to anyone really but especially families because it makes it way easier to find decorations instead of making it an entire afternoon ordeal just trying to find each box when your kids are dying to put stuff up!

Bye Halloween! Helloooooo Thanksgiving and Christmas!