Decor & More, Lifestyle

Creative Gift-Wrapping Ideas that You will Love for this Holiday Season.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is creating a “homey”, and special feeling in the home. I love to decorate for Christmas, and I am always looking for new ideas that can help our home feel extra special for Christmas.

I have had my eye on the many different ways that people wrap their Christmas presents.

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Below I have a variety of different images spotlighting different gift-wrapping ideas. I found all of these ideas on Pinterest. How did we get creative before pinterest?

Some of the gift wrapping examples are simple, and some are a bit more complicated.

I have put together a list of what is trending right now in gift-wrapping:

1-A theme, whether it be colors, or tags, or ribbons, or words. Each present seems to have some sort of theme.

2-It is quite popular right now to add actual greenery to the presents, whether it be real or faux.

3. Many people are going for a more basic gift wrapping paper whether it be brown, white etc. 

4. Ribbon and tags or ornaments are the main focal point, keeping the rest of the gift simple.


*Some of my personal favorites: 

-The M&M’s bow

-The bright colored lights

-The hand written lettering

-Candy canes mixed with greenery

-The simple colored gift wraps with bells.

(*Hint if you are looking for some cute and unique gift tags, I have enjoyed everything I have seen at

What are YOUR favorite gift wrapping ideas?

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After seeing all of these adorable gift wrapping ideas is there one idea that you are going to use this year? 

Or, is there another idea you have that hasn’t been featured? 

Let me know!

I am constantly amazed by people’s creative ways to make something simple such as gift-wrapping, more festive and fun.

Enjoy your Black Friday Weekend!

Until next time,



Christy Lee


Stocking Stuffer ideas that cost $10 or less…for the children in your lives.

Day 3:

Hopefully you have benefitted from some of the stocking stuffer ideas I have posted. Since I now have three children, my mind goes to thinking of what to get for my cute little ones that won’t break the bank.

Here are some ideas that I hope can help you…for kids of all ages.

(Please remember to use my affiliate link. I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you and it will help with my Christmas list)

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#1- Dollar Store, Dollar Store, Dollar Store

It’s amazing what you can find at the dollar store! The best part, most the time, your kids won’t know the difference in prices and it can save you sooo much money. Some ideas or moreso, categories to look for at the dollar store:


-Paper products (coloring books, markers etc)

-Hair products for girls

-Seasonal trinkets (Christmas toys)

And the list goes on….


#2 Snowman Pencils

During a time where kids get plenty of toys, sometime getting kids something that is useful or school-related is nice. 

Screen Shot 2019-11-25 at 1.24.29 PMThese snowman pencils will fit perfectly in a stocking, and will be fun for kids to take back to school.

You can find a 12-pack of them at Wal-Mart for $7.95

And who knows, it may just make the kids that much more excited to go back to school after the holidays:)

Click here to purchase.


#3 A 4-Pack of Classic Card Games

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Games can be a fun Christmas gift so that the entire family can play games together.

To purchase this, click here.

*I have to add if you live by a Target, check out the Target dollar spot to find some great stocking stuffer ideas as well.




#4 Personalized Kids Water Bottle

These cute water bottles are fun because they are personalized! These bottles are also helpful and handy for kids to tote around. Screen Shot 2019-11-25 at 1.48.16 PM

Plus, at just $9.99 for a 10 oz water bottle, you can’t beat that price!

To purchase this click here.

But hurry quick before the sale passes by!



#5 Squishy Pens

These cute squishy pens come in a variety of looks and are currently only $7.99 on

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To purchase, click here.





You will notice I didn’t put any treats on the list. For our little family, I am trying to avoid treats this year as my kids get sooo many. But many stores have a variety of cute treats for stocking stuffers at a decent price.

Hopefully you enjoy the process of finding goodies for stockings. Even more, I hope you enjoy the fun of “giving” and it doesn’t because a stressful event. I think of the quote from the Grinch:

“Maybe Christmas he thought, doesn’t come from a store….Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.”


Until next time,


Christy Lee







Lifestyle, Miscellaneous

Stocking stuffers for the men in your life for under $10…Day 2

Here are some stocking stuffer ideas for the men in your life.

Some of these items are more practical and some are just a great necessity for men.

Hopefully a few of these items can help you!

*(Please remember to use my affiliate link. I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you and it will help with my Christmas list).

1-Screwdriver Multitool 7 in 1 bit

This is a very handy tool to have around the house. And currently you can order it on Amazon for $8.99

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To purchase this mini tool, click here.






2- Phone Cable

If you are like me, you are in need of charging your phone everywhere you go. This phone cable can be a useful gift for anyone. Screen Shot 2019-11-21 at 9.01.26 AM.png

Right now you can buy this phone cable at Target for $9.99

Click here, to purchase.




3-Blender Bottle

Screen Shot 2019-11-21 at 9.04.45 AMA blender bottle can be another great gift to receive for men of all ages. Right now Target has this black blender bottle for $9.99 which is a good deal! 

Click here, to purchase





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I love this stocking stuffer idea—think how handy a finger flashlight could be! And even better, the price for the finger flashlight is only $4.99,

To purchase this item click here.




If you have any other ideas that the men in your life would like to see in their stocking let me know I’d love to hear them!

More stocking stuffer ideas coming soon!



Christy Lee

Clothing & Accessories, Lifestyle

Stocking stuffers for under $10.00… Day 1

For the next 5 days I will be posting stocking stuffer ideas that are under $10.00.

Stocking gifts are normally small and shouldn’t cost a fortune, however I think sometimes it’s easy to get carried away and BAM… the stocking gifts blew the Christmas budget!

I’m here to help you avoid breaking the bank on stocking gifts, so I hope some of these ideas can help you out>

For Day 1 I am focusing on gifts for women. Age ranging from teenage girls on up:

(Please remember to use my affiliate link. I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you and it will support my own Christmas budget:) 


#1- Chapstick

Get 5 chapsticks for $4.99


I purchased these at Target

Great for any age and they have fun holiday flavor varieties!

Click here to purchase.



#2 Gap Thermal long sleeve crew neck shirt

As you can see these shirts are on a great sale for $9.99 from

You could easily roll this shirt up to stick in the stocking.

Great for winter time.

Wonderful gift for female teenagers — women of all ages.

It comes in a variety of colors.

Click here to purchase.


#3 Pretty Pen Set

Screen Shot 2019-11-19 at 9.12.53 PMI found this adorable pen sets on for only $8.99 

These pens are stylish and cute, and they would fit perfectly in a stocking.

If you are like me, you can never have too many pens.

To purchase, click here.



#4 Spa Shower Steamers

Screen Shot 2019-11-19 at 8.56.09 PMIf you like the idea of bath bombs but showers are more your thing, these shower steamers are perfect!

These steamers would fit perfectly in a stocking, and they are only $3.49 each!

Click here to purchase



#5 Text Friendly Sweater-knit Gloves for Women

Screen Shot 2019-11-19 at 9.04.34 PMThese gloves make a great stocking stuffer for women of all ages!

Its nice that you don’t need to take these gloves off to text.

When it’s cold outside having some new gloves are always nice!

I found these gloves at Old Navy for $10.00

They come in a variety of colors

Click here to purchase



More to come..keep following!




Christy Lee

Beauty & Skincare, Clothing & Accessories, Lifestyle

Stay tuned for next weeks stocking stuffer ideas for under $10.00 …

With the holidays approaching in full force, I wanted to help give you ideas for stocking gifts that won’t break the bank.

Next week I will have multiple ideas for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffer ideas ALL for under $10.00!

There’s no need to lose your savings around the holidays when there are plenty of ways to get a good deal on some fun items.

And as always… if you have any great ideas. Please share them with me:)

I’ll be back next week so until next time,


Christy Lee

Clothing & Accessories, Lifestyle

Groupon Deals, Save some money and check out these great deals!

If you don’t have the Groupon app I highly recommend that you get it!


It’s simple…great deals at great prices.


I had a friend recommend the Groupon app a few years ago and it has saved me a lot of money!

With Christmas approaching saving some money is always nice.

Here are a few Groupon deals you may want to snatch up before they are gone:

This beautiful kimono cardigan! Buy it for under $10. It comes in a variety of colors.

This juicy couture perfume. One of my favorite perfumes out there and only $12.99

I love this beautiful head band that’s perfect for winter. It comes in a 2-pack with a variety of colors. Even better.. it’s only $12.99

If you’ve bought eyelash serum before you know it can be expensive. This eyelash growth serum has been $58.00 and is currently on the Groupon for $10.99… what a great deal!

This Clinique Happy perfume is a classic that ladies of all ages love. You can get a decent size of this perfume for $29.99

Hopefully you act quick and enjoy one of these great Groupons!

If I’m missing a good Groupon comment below and let me know!

Until next time,


Christy Lee

Good Reads, Lifestyle

A Fun Reading Challenge That You and Your Family Will Love and Enjoy…

I have mentioned before in the past that I taught school for seven years before I had my children.

I taught middle school history and I loved my experience teaching.

Something that surprised me when I started teaching school was how many children struggled with reading. Even by seventh grade, there were still many students that did not enjoy reading, because it was hard for them.

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My heart when out to these students that struggled with reading. Of course there were many factors involved with why many students struggled. Some kids dealt with learning disabilities which affected their ability to be a success in reading.

However, I did observe that there were many students that just never “practiced” their reading skills. 

Everyday at our school we had something called “DEAR” time which meant





DEAR time was a great way for students to get some reading time in.

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Sooo–I have decided to adopt DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time into my families everyday life.

The plan:

-Choose a time everyday, set a timer and drop what everyone in the family is doing and READ for 15-20 minutes.

-Parents will read, children will read…the entire household will be reading!

-My goal is to get the entire family excited about reading more in their life.


Reading is the key to success not only in school, but life in general.

I will try DEAR time for a week and let you know how my family does. 

I am excited to have an excuse to curl up with a book everyday for at least 15 minutes.

Hopefully I can get some more books read!

I hope you join me in this challenge.

Let me know your tips and tricks for getting your family to read more….


Until next time,


Christy Lee



A Favorite Baby App

My friend introduced me to the baby app called “Baby Story” and I have loved it.

This app came with a free trial, and then it becomes $4.99 a month.

I have felt that the price is totally worth it for all that you get! All through pregnancy it has filters and cute lettering of how far along you are. As the baby comes, this app has adorable lettering and milestone stickers to use as the baby grows.

This app has been so fun to use and I feel like it helped me document my pregnancy and baby milestones better than with my other kids because it is so fun to use!

Here are some pictures of me using the app to give you an idea what it features:

What can I say I have “baby” on my mind lately. Share away with all your baby mom friends:)

Until next time,


Christy Lee

Family, Lifestyle

The Top 10 Favorite Books Your Toddler Will Love! Loo

If you are like me, you appreciate taking your children away from screen time, and reading them a good book. 

In our family we definitely have those books that we tend to gravitate to more. My children ages four and two, absolutely love these books suggested.

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All these books are catchy, creative, and have a great story line. 

Hopefully one or more will stand out to you as you look through this list.

So here it is, in no particular order, my top 10 favorite books for toddlers:


#1 Guess How Much I Love You

By: Sam McBratney

$10.79 on Amazon, click here


#2 All Better!

By: Henning Lohlein and Bernd Penners

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$12. 99 through an Usbourne books consultant, click here.



#3 Little Blue Truck

By: Alice Schertle

$5.00 on Amazon, click here



#4 Just a Little Critter Collection

By: Mercer Mayer

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$8.49 on Amazon, click here



#5 I Know A Rhino

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$10.69 on Amazon (paperback), click here



 #6 Love You Forever

By:Robert Munsch

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$4.91 on Amazon (paperback), click here



#7 If You Take A Mouse to the Movies

By: Laura Numeroff

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$8.99 on Amazon, click here



#8 On the Night You Were Born

By: Nancy Tillman

On Amazon for $5.00, click here



#9 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By: Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault

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$10.99 on Amazon, click here


#10 Go Back To Sleep

By: Sylvie Jones

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$13.18 on Amazon, click here


And as always, I would love to hear from you! What are your favorite books to read to toddlers?

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Thanks for checking in!

Until next time,



Christy Lee