Friday, December 2, 2016

Gifts for the Traveler

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1. Landmass Goods World Scratch Off Map. These maps are the ultimate gift for every traveler! They have different maps for different kinds of travel. With so many vibrant colors under the foil, and some awesome packaging, everyone should have one!
2. Travel Organizer. These are the only way I travel. Seriously, I'm kinda of an organizational freak, and having my suitcase or luggage organized is so important to me. And I love being able to use these to hold dirty laundry to keep clean and dirty clothes separate.
3. Mini Surge Plus travel outlet. If you're like me and travel with lots of gadgets, and are always running out of outlets, you need one of these! Between my cellphone, laptop camera, and battery pack charger I can take up three outlets alone. This is so crucial, especially when traveling with friends or family!
4. No traveler's Christmas tree is complete without an adorable luggage ornament. Amazon has so many great ones like this!
5. Traveler's Coloring Book. I love chilling out on plane (or train) rides, and with the huge spike in adult coloring books, I think these are the perfect gift for the traveler! This book has tons of different cities, for hours of coloring fun!
6. Fun Travel Fund holder. Thomas and I used to stick all of our travel cash in a random jar, and we'd never stick cash in there... It wasn't until we finally got a super cute box
7. Small Leather Jewelry holder. This little guy can totally be used for men or women It holds rings, watches, necklaces, earrings, cuff links and just about every other kind of jewelry or small accessory! Perfect for keeping all of your jewelry safe and organized.
8. Battery Pack. Seriously, if you don't have at least like four of these, how do you survive?
9. Landmass Goods USA Scratch off Map

The scratch off maps from Landmass Goods have a thoughtful and clean design with nice typography, which makes the perfect gift for any travel lover. Underneath the fabulous gold foil are tons of bright colors to represent each country

What are you must give gifts for the traveler in your life?
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas in Dallas

Now that Thanksgiving is over, its 100% Christmas, 100% of the time. Well, at least around these parts. I can't say I'm not loving it. We got our decorations up this weekend, Thomas and I made 37 trips to Target for all of the little things kept forgetting. Nonetheless, Christmas time has begun, and Dallas has got this Christmas stuff down!
There is so much to do in Dallas on any given day, all of the Christmas fun just adds to it! I have lived in Dallas my entire life, and if there's one thing I know this city knows how to do right (besides food) it's Christmas! There are activities every day of every week from the moment Thanksgiving ends until the very last present is delivered on Christmas (and sometimes even after)! Here are a few of this Dallasites favorite spots to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas!
Christmas Capital of Texas- Grapevine, Texas: This is the ultimate Christmas destination. It's not called the Christmas Capital of Texas for nothing. Grab dinner along Main St., enjoy the lights, take a stroll through the dancing lights. Do it all y'all. Grapevine is like no other when it comes to Christmas. There's a reason most of the top Christmas activities are in this little city!
North Pole Express: If you're hoping to channel your inner Tom Hanks and hop on a traditional North Pole Train, this is the spot for you! Get your ticket punched (just like in the movie), hop on the vintage train, and be prepared for the most festive ride of your life, straight to THE North Pole!
ICE! At The Gaylord Texan: If freezing your toosh off is on your agenda, this is the spot to do so! Throw on the fashionable blue parka and check out the gorgeous Ice! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan. Inside the hotel has been transformed to a Christmas Wonderland. With gingerbread decorating, story time with Mrs. Claus, complete with milk and cookies (duh)!
Trains at Northpark: Everyone knows Northpark is the best spot in Dallas to spend the day swiping your credit card, but so many people overlook the trains at Northpark. Tucked away on the second floor are the gorgeous displays of dozens of set ups, depicting all things Dallas with gorgeous trains running through. 
Christmas at The Anatole: An outdoor skating rink is enough to have anyone in Dallas hooked! The Anatole in Dallas has breakfast with Santa, ice skating rinks, a reindeer barn, and so much more!
Dallas Arboretum 12 Days of Christmas: We're used to hitting up the Dallas Arboretum for all of the spring blooms, but did you know they have an equally as big Christmas Display? The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum has reindeer, Christmas trees, and of course, life sized displays of the 12 days of Christmas. Grab lunch in one of the gardens and spend the day enjoying the sights!
Addison's Vitruvian Lights: If you've eaten a few too many cookies, taking a walk around Vitruvian Park to admire the millions of lights is probably a good idea! Find a parking spot, grab some hot chocolate, and take a walk over the pond!
Frisco's Christmas in the Square: Can one really pass up snow flurries every 15 minutes in a magical wonderland of lights? Okay, obviously some states have real snow flurries all day long, but Texas isn't that lucky. If a few snow flurries and a whole lot of fun is what you're looking for, head to Frisco's Christmas in the Square. Carriage rides, ice skating rink and a tree lot are just a few of the things you'll find at Christmas in the Square!

Six Flags Holiday in the Park: Easily, one of the best spots in the Metroplex to spend the day during the Christmas season. With everything from a giant snow hill, cookie decorating and meet and greet with some of your favorite reindeer, Six Flags knows how to make it really feel like Christmas in Texas. 
Texas Christkindl Market: Home to the most adorable little German market, right outside the gates of Globe Life Park in Arlington, the Texas Christkindl Market is perfect to snag some holiday treats, unique gifts, or just spend the afternoon with the family. It runs November 25th- December 23rd, Monday-Friday 12pm-8pm, Saturdays 10am-10pm, and Sundays 12pm-7pm.
Ice Skate at Galleria Dallas around the giant Christmas Tree (Lighting Nov 28) Home to the tallest indoor tree in the country, the Galleria Dallas' ice skating rink is brand spankin new and it's giant y'all. The entire mall is decked with holiday lights and of course, shopping!
Santa's Village Richardson: Santa's Village is the cutest little spot, (literally, little) for kiddos to hang out, see Santa and enjoy the holiday season! It runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday's from Dec 3-17!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Uncommon Sports Gifts for your Guy

I can not believe I am saying this, but Christmas will be here in a month! Last year, I really focused my gift giving on gifting experiences and not stuff, but we all know having a least one thing to unwrap under the tree on Christmas morning. Buying gifts for my sister, and mom and all the other girls in my life is fairly simple, but the guys is where it gets tricky. I've learned, if Thomas wants something, he'll usually just go and buy it himself, leaving me with absolutely nothing to get him for Christmas. Which always leaves me in a tizzy for the few weeks before Christmas, because I always tell myself I'll find something really good, and I never do. 
Or maybe I should say I never did! I started browsing through the Uncommon Goods website a few weeks ago, and I realized they pretty much had everything Thomas never knew he might want! Thomas, being the sports lover he is, is the inspiration for my gift ideas for the sports lover in your life. Regardless of what sport your special someone loves, there is a gift for them on Uncommon Goods. 
If you aren't familiar with Uncommon Goods, they are working to change the way business is done by making sustainability a part of every decision they make. Uncommon Goods focuses on making a positive impact on not only the workplace, but the world!
Some of my favorite Christmas Gifts form Uncommon Goods are:
1. Baseball Diamond Game $50- How fun is this? Even if it's not being played constantly, it is super cute and would look adorable as the center of a family game night or just on the center of the family table. 
2. Home plate Doormat $25- This earns a spot on my gift ideas for the sports lover, because who doesn't love an adorable Home plate marker? I created a home plate wreath a few years back, and it still hangs on my front door all during the season! This little doormat would definitely grace my doorway all year long!
3. Ski Resort Blueprints $75-$175- These are a little different than the average blueprint. Thomas and I are huge skiers, and this would definitely be the kind of gift that would make a statement. 
4. Baseball Stadium Art $199- Do you happen to be a cubs fan? What an awesome freaking way to commemorate your stadium! These come in every single stadium for all of the MLB teams, and would make the perfect addition to your guys man cave or ladies office gallery wall!
5. "Safe" Paperweight $42- Some days I think paperweights are so out, and then a gust of wind blows through my window, or a door shuts a little too fast, and all of my paper goes flying off my desk. And at that moment, I realize I seriously need a paperweight. This little paperweight is one of my favorites Christmas gifts for a man! This little guy would be the perfect, easy addition to any desk of a baseball lover. 
6. Mug with a Hoop $24- Hold the phone y'all. Who doesn't want a mug filled with hot chocolate while dunking mini marshmallows through the little hoop? This mug comes in every sport you can think of, and will totally keep you entertained while sipping a delicious beverage!
7. Tabletop Cornhole $45- Now, corn hole may not technically be a legit sport, but it sure is fun! Who wouldn't love to have this little tabletop corn hole game on their desk for the days you just can't handle anymore real work?

Have you checked out Uncommon Goods? They have so many awesome Christmas gifts for men and Christmas gifts for women
Do you have any favorite, unique items that you love to give the sports lover in your life?
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Guide to: Breckenridge on a Budget

Like every trip, you have to do your research. Research. Research! Last year, we skipped Christmas and headed for the mountains! You can read about our trip to Breckenridge, or my guide to the most delicious bites in Breck
Skiing is not normally something that you think of when you think of budget friendly vacations. That being said, We never travel without being budget conscious. I recently had someone say they thought Breckenridge was a really expensive spot. That didn't occur to me, because we always go in to vacations with a budget and the knowledge to stay within that budget. I always feel like, regardless of where you are traveling, you can always make almost any destination affordable. 
Sharing all about how we kept our trip to Breckenridge under budget & very affordable!

AirBnB. I turn to AirBnB for just about every single trip we go on, but seriously when an costs 1/4 of the price of a hotel, it just makes sense. We stayed in this downtown Breck condo on our trip to Breckenridge, and it was seriously the best. We were right in the middle of the gondola to go up to the mountain and Main Street for all the delicious food and activities. Not to mention, at the bottom of our condos was a ski rental shop! It was probably the most perfect location!
Rent gear early! We rented through Christy’s Sports (which I mentioned above was right below our condo), and received 20% off our total rental by booking ahead. They even hooked us up with upgraded gear since we were so early in the season. 
Take a shuttle from the airport. Renting a car is enticing, but 1) you don’t need a car in a little town like Breckenridge, and 2) it’s dangerous driving on snow if you are unfamiliar with it. Breckenridge has a great bus system, and if you stay near main street, walking will be no problem, because everything is super close. Really, the only time a major mode of transportation is needed, is getting to and from the airport. 
Make a few meals at your place. Going on for every meal anywhere can be super expensive, especially in a resort/tourist town. If you can, book and AirBnB or hotel with a kitchen or kitchenette, this will help you keep costs down by being able to reheat leftovers and pop in some oatmeal or scrambled eggs.
Make sure you have everything you need. Try all of your ski gear on, make sure everything looks and feels how you want it. Prices for buying new ski gear in a ski town are much higher than if you were to purchase things at home. 
Consider the off season. We went the second week of December, which was before most grade schools were out for winter break. You miss all of the inflated peak prices and people are much friendlier (or so we hear). 
Don’t try and ski every single day. That defeats the purpose of being there, right? WRONG! There are lots of other things to do in Breckenridge. We spent an entire day snowmobiling, hanging out at Georgia Pass, and sightseeing around Main Street, and that was far cheaper than a day on the slopes. 
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