Friday Reading: Part 14 (And Some Gift Ideas)

It's been such a crazy week, but I wanted to publish a couple of posts so you guys wouldn't think I'd fallen off the face of the earth.  Today I'm sharing my usual interesting links as well as some gift ideas.  I'm going to preface this by saying that this is less of a "gift guide" and more just a list of things that I want and things I wish I had time to bake.  

This list is sadly lacking in man-gifts, but who knows what dudes want, anyway?  Beer of the Month Club membership?  Tickets to some sort of sports game?  Who the heck knows?  We're having a pretty simple holiday, so Corey's mostly getting things like thermal socks.

I also forgot to share this sweet (albeit, blurry) picture that I took the morning of Corey's birthday.  Barkley sometimes greets us by jumping up and sort of expecting us to catch his front paws for a hug.  I was lucky to have my camera ready for this unexpected shot.  Isn't this the best birthday morning greeting?

collection of "feel good" stories.

Ways to brighten someone's day.

This is important to remember on those days when we feel less than gorgeous.

This video had me in stitches!


I love this diy gift and here's why I think it's particularly thoughtful:  Personally, I love baking but seldom have time.  Something like this would be such a great gift because most of the time-consuming work would be done for me!

These look so yummy... and easy!

I'm not usually a fan of sugar cookies, but I'd make an exception for these.

Corey and I love natural wood toys for children.  They're so simple and beautiful and such a nice departure from everything high-tech.  Here's a great list of sources.  Our personal favourite source is Plan Toys, and here's one of their biggest hits with toddlers.

While we're on the topic of gifts for children, I love these kits, which provide the materials for a child to make their own toy.

This mask does wonders for your skin.  Corey and I both love it.

I love this simple shoulder bag.  This company also makes reusable bags, that are so chic, I might actually remember to keep them in my purse.  One of these would make a great stocking stuffer... ahem, Corey.

These diy embellished gloves are so pretty!

I'm totally making these over the weekend.

I enjoyed this list of clever gifts.

... And this list of money saving gifts.

... But I will end with a list of easy and inexpensive ways to give to charity.

Have a wonderful weekend.  I'm working both days but we have some holiday parties to look forward to in the evenings.  We are hoping that Corey feels well enough next week to resume work on the bathroom.

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