Shopping in January {A Gift Guide}

I know. You’re about done with shopping lists, wrapping paper, and gift-giving in general. Why could we possibly need a gift guide in January?

Because some people are born in January. Like my sister.

Having an early January birthday must be terribly challenging. Everyone is tired of celebrating, maxed out on parties, and committed to resolutions that likely impact their fun quotient (negatively). Poor January babies.

And what is left to buy? They’ve likely gotten everything they could possibly need for Christmas or purchased whatever they wanted with gift cards or gifted money.

So, huh. What do you get a January baby? Specifically, what do you get your 27 year-old little sister who’s a stylish mom, vegetarian, and hard-working food broker with limited time and a lot goals?

I’m thinking a few things that might help her with potential new year resolutions.

A tee that might serve as a reminder to be punctual.

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Dieting, anyone? How about wine for dinner? OR maybe a stockpile of tags to remember to always bring a hostess gift.

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A lovely sampling of beauty products delivered once a month that can help her take a few minutes to pamper herself each night. It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through …

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And last, a gift that helps someone else.

w-pewter-metallic-woven-h-f11_1I need to finalize her gift and get it shipped cross-country ASAP.

If you’re shopping for a friend or family member who was born in January, are you always at a loss for ideas? Shopping at the last minute? Or do you just tell ’em the Christmas gift was a combo??

Here’s to the Spouse!

Today is a very special Monday….it’s my spouse’s birthday!

We celebrated his birthday this weekend with a few close friends at our house for a Winter BBQ. Even though it was his party, the spouse got up early and spent all day smokin’ meats, cooking side dishes, and whippin’ up homemade BBQ sauce. In a word: Delicious. He and the guys ended the night with a poker game…they had a pretty good time. ;)

I typically ramble on and on about my loved ones on their birthdays but the spouse isn’t one for big, embarrassing, public displays of affection (even though only, like, eight people read this blog). I have to say a few words, but we’ll keep this short and sweet.

I am so thankful for my spouse, today and everyday, for all he does for our tiny family. He works incredibly hard (as a structural engineer) and comes home every night to cook a wonderful dinner. As a BBQ competitor, home-brewer, fisherman, and football enthusiast, his hobbies keep us both busy….and full!

As we prepare to be parents, I have been amazed at how calm, cool, and collected he’s been throughout the last nine months. His excitement about being a dad and relaxed energy towards the new projects and tasks that come along with being a parent have eased my ever-growing anxiety about this new adventure.

I couldn’t be more proud of the man I call the spouse and all he’s accomplished. I can’t wait for him to meet his little boy, can’t wait to see what the next stage of life will bring us, and am blessed beyond words to get to take this journey with him.

Happy Birthday, spouse!! I think this will be the best year yet!

Here’s to the Spouse!

Today is a very special Monday….it’s my spouse’s birthday!

We celebrated his birthday this weekend with a few close friends at our house for a Winter BBQ. Even though it was his party, the spouse got up early and spent all day smokin’ meats, cooking side dishes, and whippin’ up homemade BBQ sauce. In a word: Delicious. He and the guys ended the night with a poker game…they had a pretty good time. ;)

I typically ramble on and on about my loved ones on their birthdays but the spouse isn’t one for big, embarrassing, public displays of affection (even though only, like, eight people read this blog). I have to say a few words, but we’ll keep this short and sweet.

I am so thankful for my spouse, today and everyday, for all he does for our tiny family. He works incredibly hard (as a structural engineer) and comes home every night to cook a wonderful dinner. As a BBQ competitor, home-brewer, fisherman, and football enthusiast, his hobbies keep us both busy….and full!

As we prepare to be parents, I have been amazed at how calm, cool, and collected he’s been throughout the last nine months. His excitement about being a dad and relaxed energy towards the new projects and tasks that come along with being a parent have eased my ever-growing anxiety about this new adventure.

I couldn’t be more proud of the man I call the spouse and all he’s accomplished. I can’t wait for him to meet his little boy, can’t wait to see what the next stage of life will bring us, and am blessed beyond words to get to take this journey with him.

Happy Birthday, spouse!! I think this will be the best year yet!

There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters

‘All kinds of weather, we stick together
The same in the rain and sun
Two different faces, but in tight places
We think and we act as one
Those who’ve seen us
Know that not a thing could come between us….’

Today is my sister, Kate’s, birthday!!! Happy Birthday, sista!

I’ve written about Kate before as someone who inspires me, but only gave you glimpse at truly marvelous person she is. Today, on her birthday, I wanted to tell you why my sister is one of the Modern Day Superhero’s I look up to.

The last year was a big one for my middle sister. She welcomed her baby boy, Paxton, into the world and started the adventure of motherhood. From my view, she’s stepped into the position of ‘Mom’ with grace, confidence, and fortitude. Her unconditional love and the amazing bond she and her little man share move me to tears.

In addition to welcoming Pax in July, Kate and her boyfriend, Clay, busily prepared for their bundle of joy for the first half of the year. Kate’s style and love for our mom’s photography has created a serene and comfortable dwelling for this new little family to call home. Becoming a home-maker and mother all at once, she welcomed her new life with love and devotion.

But these new roles haven’t changed who my sister is at her core. Making time for loved ones above all else, she balances friendship, working, and motherhood while somehow making it all seem effortless. In most of her non-existent free time, you’ll find Kate planning parties for friends, creating surprises for loved ones, and cooking up special treats for coworkers to brighten their day and ensure they know they’re a top priority in her life.

In addition, Kate works as a Natural & Organics food broker. It’s a very demanding job but it fits nicely with her healthy lifestyle of pesca-vegetarianism. She is strong-willed and rooted in her values; always ready to fight for what she believes in while remaining respectful of other opinions.

And you can’t talk about my sister without mentioning her unique style. Inspired daily by fashion icons, MK and Ashley, her look combined with a gorgeous smile, big blue eyes, and great hair rises envy in even the most fashionable of women.

My sister is the true definition of ‘beautiful inside and out’. Her big heart, loving spirit, and strong beliefs are matched by her sparkling eyes, perfect skin, and radiant presence. I truly admire my sister and all she’s accomplished in the last year and every year before that.

I wish you a wonderful birthday, Kate! Thank you for being such a beautiful person, inspiring mother, and dear friend. I love you! 

Lyrics above via Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.