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    Holiday Home Decor House Tour

    Hello everyone! Today, I’m happy to share with YOU a video that is often requested at this time of the year! I’m sharing with you a tour of my home and what it looks like during the Holiday Season! I’ve also linked some Christmas decor items for you!

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    Coffee Table Book Gift Guide

    Coffee Table Book Gift Guide

    When it comes to decorating, there are two items that I don’t think you can ever have too much of: candles and coffee table books. I have already shared my love for candles, and made some recommendations for Christmas Gift Giving, here.

    Now I want to share with you my coffee table book recommendations, and also give some ideas on who a gift, such as a coffee table book, may be suitable for. I currently own several of the books that I am recommending. Each year at Christmas, I generally ask for an addition to add to my collection. My daughters know exactly what I like, so it is always a nice surprise when I open my gift and see what coffee table book they had selected for me each year.

    There are many reasons I am so in love with all kinds of coffee table books … they usually offer some pretty incredible photography, fun facts, and provide some interesting reading material. But what I love most is how their beautiful covers look atop my coffee table, bookshelves, side tables and anywhere else I can tuck a stack of beauties.

    Coffee table books can be the perfect gift for your hard-to-buy-for person. Who really doesn’t like receiving a book? Novels make a lovely gift, as well. If you know of a specific type of novel that the person you are gifting likes to read, that is great option, and generally very affordable. However, coffee table books are a great alternative. You really can’t go wrong with purchasing a book like this. They are not your typical reading material. A coffee table book’s purpose is mainly for the visual interest they create, and therefore are designed to be just that: something to set out on a coffee table.

    Coffee table books can range from fashion and beauty, to decor and DIY’s. There are coffee table books pertaining to history, sports and everything in-between. It really has to do with what a person’s interest is. Cookbooks make a lovely coffee table book.

    All of the books listed, which have the ♥ symbol next to them, indicate the ones my family & I currently have. As you can see, my girls and I love coffee table books.

    Decor / DIY’s

    Elements of Style ♥ | The Year of Cozy  ♥ | Black & White ♥ | Styled ♥ | Domino | Domino (New Release) | Domino (Boxed Set – New Release) | Paper to Petal ♥ | Young House Love ♥ | The New Bohemians ♥ | Sage Living ♥ | Design Sponge at Home ♥ | Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home | The Coveteur: Private Spaces, Personal Style

    Fashion /  Beauty

     Chanel | Love Style Life ♥ | All In Good Taste | Tom Ford | Valentiono | The Fashion Book | The Little Dictionary of Fashion


    Vintage Cocktails ♥ | Christmas with Southern Living 2016 ♥ | The Forest Feast ♥ | The Forest Feast Gatherings | The Forest Feast Kids | The Art of Pie  ♥| Skinnytaste ♥ | Milk Bar Life ♥ | Cravings ♥♥ (meaning two daughters have this cookbook) | Mug Cakes ♥ (just ordered this book this morning … to put together a gift for Pips. I am going to do a themed gift, adding in some fun mugs

    Stories / Travel / Art

    Humans of New York Stories ♥ | Humans of New York | Beaches | Pop Art ♥ (just ordered this book this morning, for a gift)

    Sports / Investing

    The 500 Worlds Greatest Golf Holes | Planet Golf Modern Masterpieces | 100 Yards of Glory The Greatest Moments in NFL History | Stock Trader’s Almanac 2017 ♥ (My husband has been collecting these since 2003. He purchases one for his father every year for Christmas, as well) | Dave Ramsey ‘The Total Money Makeover’ + Workbook ♥ To hear more about this money game changer book, read this blog post, here

    Dog Lover

    The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs

    I hope you enjoy this gift guide, and find a coffee table book that one of your loved ones may enjoy. You never know, you may find a book for yourself that you can add to your wish list. Don’t forget to check out my Christmas Candle Gift Guide blog post, here. And please share … what are some of your favorite coffee table books?



    Christmas Candle Gift Guide

    Christmas Candle Gift Guide

    I LOVE candles. Every year, at Christmas time I purchase a couple for myself. I also love to give the gift of fragrance at Christmas. Fragrance can be very hard to select for someone else. Everyone has a different preference when it comes to scent. I don’t purchase fragrance in the form of perfume for anyone on my list, unless they have specifically requested a certain scent. If they do include their favorite fragrance on their ‘wish list’, then I try to pick up a ‘gift set’ that includes a couple additional bits: shower gel, body cream, etc. Holiday is the perfect time to take advantage of these juicy gift sets.

    This is where candles make a lovely gift. Many people love fragrance. It is one thing to wear a scent and another thing to set a scene, create a mood and infuse a home. Which is exactly what candles do.

    Candles make a perfect gift. Although, I think the majority of woman would love the gift of a candle. I included some ladies that you may have on your gift buying list that maybe you haven’t thought about.

    • Hostess Gifts – Candles are a great alternative to that typical bottle of wine.
    • Gift Exchanges – In our families, we have a couple parties where the woman brings a ‘Ladies Gift’, and the Man brings a ‘Gentleman’s Gift’. Both of these parties are set at a $15 price point. When you don’t know who the recipient of your gift will be; a nice juicy candle is perfect!
    • Secret Santa
    • Teachers, Instructors, Hair/Nail/Beauty Technicians, Mail Carriers, etc. – This would include anyone that is what I call a ‘filler’ person. Those extra people you want to give back to, for what they do to make your life a little easier. It can change year-after-year.
    • Girlfriends – Do you and your girlfriends get together for dinner & drinks, during the holiday season? Need to bring a gift? Candles can be your solution. If you are buying for all your friends, votives are perfect. Or purchase a set that includes 3 or 4 votives (like this one, here), and have your girlfriends each select one.
    • The obvious (mom, wife, sister, grandma, daughters)
    • YOURSELF!!! Give yourself some much needed LOVE!

    Something to consider when purchasing candles as a gift. Candles can vary, when it comes to price. I love my ‘Walnut 719’ brand from Walmart, that costs a mere $4.93. You probably have saw me share these many times for different holidays on Snapchat. I also think Bath & Body Works make some amazing scented candles, with beautiful packaging. Bath & Body Works also run their 2 for $22 deal all the time. Perfect for stocking up! But here is my thoughts, when I am considering a gift such as a candle; anyone can generally pick up their favorite ‘affordable’ candle from Walmart, Target bath & Body. But, how often will someone ‘splurge’ on what I consider a ‘high-end’ candle. Okay, I will .. lol!!! But, not many do. If the budget, and what I spend on that particular person allows, I will purchase a luxury candle vs. a more affordable one. I feel this is a ‘treat’. It’s something ‘extra’ and more special. You may have to go with a Votive by Nest instead of a Luxury ‘Diptyque’ or a Gift Set, but you are giving the unexpected. I personally like that.

    All the candles that I mention in my gift guide, I either currently have, or have had in the past. They are also the ones that I continue to give as gifts, year after year.


    Nest ‘Birchwood Pine’ This is my favorites scent of the Nest line. It also can be purchased at Nordstrom. I have both the Large one and the Votive

    Nest Candle Trio Set (also sold at Nordstrom) This trio set includes the “Birchwood Pine’. This set is on my own personal ‘Christmas Wish List’

    Diptyque (also in the Christmas Packaging) At Christmas time, I burn the ‘Feu de Bois’ scent. It is AMAZING!! If you like the smell of that ‘wood-fire’ scent, you will love this. Other Diptyque scents that I recommend are: Baies (this is their number one seller), and Roses. This Gift set, here is a dream. It includes a votive in all three of my favorite scents. Recycled Diptyque candle jars make the best makeup brush, eyeliner pencil or lipstick pencil holders. Go to Pinterest for ideas.

    Jo Malone Another ‘splurgy’ candle. I love many of the Jo Malone scents, actually all things Jo Malone, I love. My favorite and their ‘signature’ scent at this time of the year is Pomegranate Noir. I also love Lime, Basil & MandarinOrange Blossom and Wood Sage & Sea Salt (which I have in the fragrance, as well)

    Jo Malone Miniature Candle Collection Sticker shock, but boy is this a dream!

    Voluspa ‘Maison Holiday’ Votive Candles Set I gifted my four oldest daughters this set last year. I like to purchase a gift or two that is addressed to all the girls. They open it together and then each select one from the set. It’s a tradition. The girls loved this and kept the little mason jars to use as decor, after their candle had burned down. A perfect little trinket holder. The packaging on this set is divine. I highly suggest!

    Illume ‘Mini Mercury’ Scented Candles I love my Illume candles. This set is on my ‘Christmas Wish List’

    Rewined Soy Wax Wine Bottle Candle My niece gifted me this candle last year for Christmas, for hosting her and her boyfriend in our home, during Christmas. I LOVED it! A perfect ‘affordable’ hostess gift. I love the green jar and of course the Corkscrew on the packaging. This is a great candle if you prefer a soy wax option.

    Bath & Body Works I like them, but I am not a HUGE Bath & Body Works Candle lover. I know many are people are, however. My daughter Carly burns them like crazy. I could gift several  to her and probably will. It is a favorite gift for her to receive. I cannot say that I have any favorite scents, myself. I generally pick up a couple each year: one for decor in the coffee bar area, and maybe one for a bathroom. I generally pick out the best color & packaging to go with the decor in that room. Right now the 3-wicks are $10 off. I also know that that Bath & Body Works will run their 2 for $22 quite often between now and Christmas. They also have a great Black Friday special.

    Walmart 719 Walnut Avenue – At $4.93, this is your perfect ‘Secret Santa’ candle! This is my favorite brand of candle at Walmart. It is not sold in the candle section. It is sold in the grocery section, in the air-fresher section (cleaning product isle). Many of you know that I love the ‘Pumpkin Waffles’ candle. I have a particular candle during the Christmas season that I always pick up, as well. I cannot remember the name of the scent that I love. If they have it in stock next time I make a Walmart trip, I will be sure to update you.

    I hope you enjoyed this ‘Christmas Candle Gift Guide’. What is your favorite candle to give or receive? Please share in the comment section below! Still need to do your Sephora VIB/VIB Rouge Shopping .. check out this blog post, here for my gift giving suggestions from the ‘Big Beauty Hub’, itself!!!

    Set a scene. Create a mood. Infuse your home.

    On Snapchat today, I am sharing some ‘Night Before Christmas Pajamas’. Here are the ones that I am sharing:

    Ladies/Teen | Little Girl/Tween

    Other Christmas Gifts that I am talking about

    Faux Leather Weekend Bag | DayTimer Weekly Planner