2023 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Whether you're shopping for your mom, dad, sister, aunt or a special friend, we've got lots of ideas for all the loved ones on your holiday wishlist.

Christmas Gift Guide For The Whole family



When it comes to gifts, we are all about experiences and investments. These are all products we love and use ourselves and I’ve included our very own personal description with each one.
I hope you enjoy reading about a few of our favorite things!

Gifts For Her

These gifts listed below are great for the special lady in your life. Wives, moms, daughters, sisters, aunts or girlfriends...there's something for everyone.

Gift Guide For Her
  1. CHRISTINA’S ORGANICS SKINCARE - If you are looking for organic chemical free skincare, Christina’s Organics Skincare is your solution. Several years back, I couldn’t find a skincare line I could trust to be safe, so I formulated my own. We hope you love them as much as we do!
  2. SHYANNE WOMEN'S FLORAL EMBROIDERED WESTERN BOOT - For our daughters' birthdays a few years back, we let them pick out cowgirl boots. They had been wanting some for quite some time and I think they picked out some of the prettiest ones. These here are what my oldest daughter, Chanler picked out. Every girl needs a good pair of cowgirl boots!
  3. SHYANNE WOMEN'S WESTERN BOOT - My youngest daughter, Cheyenne picked out these boots here. I think they are beautiful and even though the brand name is spelled a little differently, we do love that name!
  4. L’ANGE HAIR LE VITE HAIR STRAIGHTENING BRUSH - My youngest daughter asked for a straightening brush last year for Christmas. I researched high and low for a good quality straightener and I am so very happy with this one. It has been wonderful and it's so great not having to worry about her burning herself with a traditional straightening iron. I highly recommend this for young girls that are just at the beginning stages of doing their own hair. I mean, this is great for anyone actually. My daughter loves to straighten my hair with it as well. It really is a high quality straightener that gets the job done. This was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I wish I would have had it for my oldest daughter when she was younger. I promise, it will make your life so much easier, especially mommies with little girls.
  5. LANGE (Curling Wand) - I finally listened to my daughter and tried out her styling wand. I was blown away and so happy with the results. Since using the wand, I now have the look I want as well as saving myself so much time. I stumbled across my absolute favorite styling wand last year…and I must say, it’s the prettiest one I’ve ever seen!
  6. HAND LETTERING GOD'S WORD (by Jenny Highsmith) - My teenage daughter told me she would love to have this faith inspired hand lettering book. And of course, I certainly wanted her to have it. Not only is she learning calligraphy, but think of all the encouraging scripture that is poured into her while learning the art.  Each letter is accompanied by a Scripture verse and devotional for practicing your lettering and meditating on God’s Word.  For those who want to learn how to hand letter and can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a class, this book will teach you all the basic strokes, the letters of the alphabet, style/composition and so much more on your lettering journey.
  7. YETI RAMBLER (Hot/Cold) - The BEST way to keep your drink hot or cold.  Need I say more…ok, prettiest way to keep your drink hot or cold. They come in so many colors.  I LOVE this pink one.   I don’t have to worry about my coffee getting cold anymore. 
  8. 40 OZ STANLEY QUENCHER  TUMBLER  (CREAM) - My BERKEY WATER goes with me everywhere!
  9. SOREL WOMEN’S EXPLORER COZY BOOT - I love these winter boots!
  10. WOMENS CREW NECK PUFF SLEEVE SWEATER - I love a good cream/white sweater!
  11. COZY SUPER SOFT CHUNKY KNIT BLANKET 50”x60” - I love a good blanket!
  12. 10 PACK 4.4" LARGE HAIR CLIPS - Our favorite hair clips that really work and are pretty too!
  13. 38 PIECE SET VELCRO HAIR ROLLERS Curlers WITH LARGE COSMETIC BAG - I surprised my oldest with these velcro rollers and we have had so much fun doing each other’s hair. I had these when I was a teenager and they are back in style!
  14. L'ANGE HAIR LE VOLUME 2-IN-1 TITANIUM DRYER BRUSH - I purchased two of these this past Christmas, one for each of my girls. We love them!
  15. ROSE QUARTZ MASSAGER & FACE ROLLER - My daughter purchased one of these for my birthday and I love it! It is a great addition to my skincare routine.
  16. ORGANIC COTTEN KING SIZE BED SHEETS -  HYPOALLERGENIC GOTS CERTIFIED - I love a good set of organic white sheets.
  17. COYUCHI – ORGANIC COTTEN ROBE - I love a good robe!
  18. CERAMIC STONE OIL DIFFUSER - There's nothing like essential oils diffusing throughout my house!
  19. BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES - These are a must for me, especially for all the work I have to do on the computer. I take them on the road when I travel and work in the car.
  20. WOMENS WINTER WARM SLIPPERS - I work from home and wear my cozy slippers very often!

Gifts For Him

Here are a few unique gifts that I have given my husband that he is still enjoying today...and I've added a few items that he would love to have someday!

Gift Guide For Him
  1. MUCK BOOTS (Chore Classic Steel Toe Work Boots) - For the hard working man in your life, these are the perfect boots. Whether working outside or for the serious hunter, these are hard to beat.  I wanted to give my husband a special birthday gift this past year, and oh how he needed a pair of new boots. It’s safe to say, he was very happy and impressed with his gift.
  2. WEED KILLER PROPANE TORCH - My husband has thoroughly enjoyed this propane torch. Everything from destroying fire ant mounds to killing weeds, it’s a fun solution...not to mention most natural, especially when you have chickens walking around and food growing on your property.  
  3. DELONGHI ESPRESSO MAKER - Several years back my husband bought me a cappuccino/espresso maker.  Let me tell you, it has been a wonderful investment for sure. We have saved so much by making our own coffee. Recently, I blogged about our coffee bar we put together. I meet my husband there every morning. It’s our favorite time together.  This machine is our favorite addition to the coffee bar. Check out our COFFEE BAR post here.
  4. KEURIG MINI (Travel Coffee Maker) - When it comes to traveling, I’m sure not a fan of hotel coffee makers. I’m the wife/mom who thoroughly cleans the entire hotel room before my family can enter…and I sure don’t trust the coffee machine to be clean. That is where the travel size Keurig saves the day. It’s the perfect solution. We take it on all of our trips.
  5. LUGGAGE 3-PIECE SET - Recently my husband and I decided it was time for a luggage upgrade. It had been years since we purchased a good set of luggage and with all the traveling we do, it was definitely time. The challenging part was just finding the time to shop and research for a reasonable set. I thought for sure, we could go to some of the department stores around and find really nice luggage at a good price and hopefully on sale. Well, we shopped at several stores and the few that we found were $400-$600 dollars, and that was just for ONE suitcase. We couldn't believe how expensive luggage is now. I went home and began researching for days. When I make a purchase, no matter what it is, I research and research and research before I make my decision. So after much looking online, I found a luggage set that was exactly what we were looking for. Can you believe that the whole set cost a 1/4 of what the one department store suitcase cost? So, I took a chance and purchased this beautiful gray luggage set hoping it was high quality made. Well, it exceeded our expectations. It is perfect and we couldn't be happier with our decision. We have taken it on several of our ministry trips this year and our family vacation. It was exactly what we needed. I've seen this luggage set at many other stores, but over $100.00 more. This is the BEST deal for sure! We now have two sets, gray and silver color.
  6. WELLS LAMONT MENS WORK GLOVES, TAN, LARGE PACK OF 1 - These are a must for my husband...he's always working outside usually chopping firewood.
  7. STAINLESS STEEL MANICURE/PEDICURE MENS GROOMING KIT LUXERY BROWN TRAVEL CASE - I purchased my husband a really nice grooming kit when we first got married... he still has it to this day. He uses it often and has been one of the best gifts I have ever gotten him.
  8. EKLENTSON - THICK THERMAL WINTER FLEECE LINED LAPEL CARGO JACKETS - I love this jacket!
  9. ORGANIC COTTEN TERRY SHAWL MEN’S BATHROBE - This bathrobe reminds me of the one I purchased for my husband a few years back. These are so nice just to lounge around the house in.
  10. NORTIV MEN’S WATERPROOF WINTER SNOW BOOTS - Winter boots are so nice especially in the cold winter months.
  11. MEN’S SUEDE LEATHER HOUSE SLIPPERS MOCCASIN INDOOR/OUTDOOR FUZZY FURRY LOAFERS - House slippers are perfect for the man in your life. My husband wears his at all times at home.
  12. MEN’S QUARTER ZIP FRENCH RIB SWEATER - I love a good pullover sweater and I usually get my husband a couple of these every year.
  13. MEN’S GENUINE  BLACK LAMBSKIN LEATHER JACKET - My husband has a black and gray jacket similar to this one. I really like this one.
  14. REXBETI 219-PIECE PREMIUM TOOL SET WITH 16 INCH TOOL BAG - What man doesn't need a tool set...my husband is always using his!
  15. OAKLEY’S MEN’S POLARIZED SUNGLASSES  - The only sunglasses my husband can wear due to their distortion-free lenses. Plus, I think they are unique and different than the typical Oakleys.
  16. 23 PIECE MEN’S GROOMING KIT - Every man needs one of these. When I worked at a salon, this was one of my most used tools. These are so great to have at home in between hair cuts especially around the ears.
  17. 30PCS STAINLESS STEEL BBQ GRILL TOOL SET FOR MEN - A great gift for grilling!
  18. PADDY WAX CANDLE, WORN LEATHER & SMOKE - My husband's favorite candle. He found this company several years ago in our local Whole Foods Market. The company is based out of Nashville and we recently visited and purchased another candle for his music studio called "Tobacco & Pachouli." It was a neat experience to get to purchase one from the store, but they are less expensive online for sure.
  19. NKJV, PERSONAL REFERENCE BIBLE - My husband has several leather Bibles, I love this one.
  20. THURSDAY BOOT COMPANY CAPTAIN MEN’S LACE-UP BOOT - These are on my husband's wishlist! He just came across these recently. We like brands that are not mainstream. In other words, if everybody's doing it, we run the other way!
  21. ALL AMERICAN LEATHER BELT | MADE IN USA| MEN’S HEAVY DUTY WORK BELT - This is a great men's work belt!
  22. MENS LEATHER WATERPROOF MESSENGER BAG - These bags are great used as a briefcase or for carrying your computer. We actually purchased one several years back for my husband's music video. It was part of his look in the video.
  23. KENNETH COLE MEN’S JAPANESE QUARTZ STAINLESS STEEL WATCH - I like this men's watch that is very nice and not too expensive like most!
  24. HANGING LEATHER TOILETRY BAG FOR MEN & WOMEN - We carry our toiletry bags with us as we travel...this one looks very nice!

Gifts For The Kids

I've included a few favorites that our daughters have loved over the years, along with a few gift ideas for the boys too.

Gift Guide For The Kids
  1. KIDKRAFT MAJESTIC MANSION DOLLHOUSE - My youngest daughter decided she was going to build herself a Barbie house a few years back. Well, in the meantime, she stumbled across one almost identical to the one she envisioned and drew out on paper. It made sense financially and time wise to go with this one for her birthday. I’ve never seen a more perfect Barbie house, especially the size. I’m not a fan of the wimpy small expensive ones that you see the child growing out of after 4-5 years old. My daughter absolutely loved her Barbie house growing up. I’m so happy we got this when we did and created so many memories together!
  2. KIDKRAFT LARGE PLAY KITCHEN (w/ Lights & Sounds) - A couple of Christmas' ago, my youngest wanted a play kitchen to be able to play cook along with me.  Just like the Barbie House I mentioned above, I didn’t want a wimpy expensive one.  This play kitchen met all of our expectations.  It is so beautiful and we even left it in the kitchen for awhile for my daughter to cook along with mommy.  We have lots of memories together that I will never forget.
  3. LINCOLN LOGS Collector's Edition Village 327 Real-Wood Pieces - Every child needs to experience Lincoln Logs. These have been a fun activity for the whole family. Lots of memories made for sure.  Hours and hours of play!
  4. CANON CAMERAS US POINT AND SHOOT DIGITAL CAMERA - If your kids are a little older like mine, they may just be interested in a vlogging camera. My youngest daughter has been begging for a YOUTUBE CHANNEL for several years and saved up her own money to purchase this particular camera. All of her clips of the videos that are filmed with this camera. A good camera is a must!
  5. CANON POWERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERA [G7 X Mark II]  - My oldest daughter recently purchased this particular camera. This camera is what you see a lot of the YouTubers using these days. Both of these cameras are top notch professional, but this one is definitely at the top of the list.
  6. HAND LETTERING GOD'S WORD (by Jenny Highsmith) - My teenage daughter told me she would love to have this faith inspired hand lettering book. And of course, I certainly wanted her to have it. Not only is she learning calligraphy, but think of all the encouraging scripture that is poured into her while learning the art.  Each letter is accompanied by a Scripture verse and devotional for practicing your lettering and meditating on God’s word.  For those who want to learn how to hand letter and can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a class, this book will teach you all the basic strokes, the letters of the alphabet, style/composition and so much more on your lettering journey.
  7. L’ANGE HAIR LE VITE HAIR STRAIGHTENING BRUSH - My youngest daughter asked for a straightening brush for Christmas. I researched high and low for a good quality straightener and I am so very happy with this one. It has been wonderful and it's so great not having to worry about her burning herself with a traditional straightening iron. I highly recommend this for young girls that are just at the beginning stages of doing their own hair. I mean, this is great for anyone actually. My daughter loves to straighten my hair with it as well. It really is a high quality straightener that gets the job done. This was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I wish I would have had it for my oldest daughter when she was younger. I promise, it will make your life so much easier, especially mommies with little girls.
  8. SHYANNE WOMEN'S FLORAL EMBROIDERED WESTERN BOOT - For our daughter's birthdays last year, we let them pick out cowgirl boots. They had been wanting some for quite some time and I think they picked out some of the prettiest ones. These here are what my oldest daughter, Chanler picked out. Every girl needs a good pair of cowgirl boots!
  9. SHYANNE WOMEN'S WESTERN BOOT - My youngest daughter, Cheyenne picked out these boots here. I think they are beautiful and even though the brand name is spelled differently, we do love that name!
  10. LANGE (Curling Wand) - I finally listened to my daughter and tried out her styling wand. I was blown away and so happy with the results. Since using the wand, I now have the look I want as well as saving myself so much time. I stumbled across my absolute favorite styling wand last year…and I must say, it’s the prettiest one I’ve ever seen!
  11. DYNACRAFT MAGNA BOYS THROTTLE BOYS BIKE - Every kid needs a bike! Our whole family has bicycles and we have made the best memories together.
  12. 6 SPEED MOUNTAIN BIKE FOR GIRLS - I love this bike for girls!
  13. HEAVY DUTY STEEL TRAMPOLINE - A coupe of years ago I purchased a trampoline for my girls and we have had the best time and have the most wonderful memories. I had one when I was growing up and I wanted my girls to have the same experience.
  14. THE COMPLETE DVD SET OF LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE - One of the best things I've ever purchased is this DVD set when my girls were little. I have so many memories watching them watch these shows together. There's not too many shows like this one that is entertaining, wholesome & inspiring. In fact, my girls and I have started watching these again in the evenings before bedtime...priceless memories!
  15. FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 9 INSTANT CAMERA - My daughter’s love there instant camera!
  16. THE ILLUSTRATED DEVOTIONAL FOR GIRLS 366 DAYS OF CREATIVE COLORING & FAITH FILLED DEVOTIONS 8-12 - I have purchased devotionals for my girls throughout their life. This is one I enjoy reading to my youngest at bedtime.
  17. NKJV JOURNAL THE WORD LEATHER BIBLE - A few years back, my oldest asked for a journaling Bible. She has enjoyed this one.
  18. PRINCESS TENT FOR GIRLS - INCLUDES ULTRA SOFT RUG & LED LIGHTS - Our girls thought their princess tent was awesome when they were little. So many memories made!
  19. RUSTIC MAGNETIC CHALKBOARD - Every kid needs a chalkboard. I loved mine when I was a kid!
  20. MAGNETIC DRY ERASE WHITE BOARD - I loved my dry erase board too!
  21. KIDS FISHING POLE & TACKLE BOX - So many memories made fishing with our girls!
  22. KID’S WATERPROOF RAIN BOOTS  - Our girls have always had waterproof boots around our property.
  23. DRAWING SET - SKETCHING, GRAPHITE & CHARCOAL PENCILS. INCLUDES DRAWING PAD, KNEADED ERASER, BLENDING STUMP, & ART KIT - Our girls still love doing their artwork...this is great for all ages!
  24. MILITARY SIGHTING WATERPROOF COMPASS SURVIVAL WITH CARRYING BAG - My husband had one of these when he was a kid and enjoyed teaching our girls how to use one.
  25. 4 RECHARGEABLE WALKIE TALKIES FOR KIDS WITH 2 USB CHARGERS - What kid doesn't love to play with walkie talkies?
  26. ACRYLIC PAINT SET WITH 3 BRUSHES - My youngest has enjoyed her acrylic paint set we gave her a few years back.

Gifts For The Chef

I love being in the kitchen creating all of my favorite dishes. Here are a few of my top picks for the chef in your life.

Gift Guide For The Chef
  1. INSTANT POT - If you want to make your cooking experience quicker and easier, get you an Instant Pot. You can have dinner on the table in half the time. We actually have two and have given several out as gifts.  I use both of ours very often.
  2. KITCHENAID (Food Processor) - The ultimate multipurpose kitchen tool that is a must for every kitchen. From puréeing sauces and dips, to grinding nuts, making pizza dough and pie crusts, the possibilities are endless with a food processor. It’s been one of the most used appliances in my kitchen for sure.
  3. KITCHENAID (Mixer) - Last year for Christmas my husband surprised me with a Kitchenaid mixer. He knew I had been wanting one of these for months...a white one to be exact. I absolutely love it! It is a must for making perfect icing every time. My daughters and I enjoyed it so much last Christmas and beyond. It’s so beautiful as a decoration sitting on my kitchen counter, I leave it out all year long.
  4. STAINLESS STEEL MEASURING CUPS/SPOONS - If you like to cook, especially bake, these measuring tools are a must to have around.  I recently bought a couple of sets because mine were usually in the dishwasher when I needed them most.  
  5. LODGE CAST IRON - The best cookware in my opinion is cast iron. I can promise you this, you will have better tasting food for sure...and the best part, you don’t have to worry about chemical leaching from the pan like you do with nonstick skillets.  Lodge is the only brand of cast iron that I trust and allow into my home.  For one, it’s made in the USA and there is no competition when it comes to the craftsmanship.
  6. CUISINART (Ice Cream Maker) - One of my favorite desserts to make for my family is homemade ice cream. I whip up our favorite recipes in no time. I love it that I can control the ingredients and even make it dairy-free. An ice cream maker is definitely a fun activity to do with the kids.
  7. 8 PIECE GOLD MEASURING CUPS SET AND MEASURING SPOONS - I think these measuring cups and spoons are so pretty...my youngest daughter surprised me with these last year. It took my baking experience to a whole new level of enjoyment!
  8. 5.5-QUART ENAMELED CAST IRON DUTCH OVEN WITH LID - There's nothing like cooking a good soup in a dutch oven, especially this beautiful white one with a gold knob.
  9. RORENCE STEEL COLANDER SET OF 2 - WHITE - I use a colander almost every day and I love this white set.
  10. STOVETOP POUR-OVER COFFEE AND TEA KETTLE - My husband makes me coffee every morning and he uses the pour over method. This tea kettle is perfect for it and I love the white too!
  11. 14 PIECE SILICONE UTENSIL SET - I love this neutral utensil set.
  12. DRINKING GLASSES WITH BAMBOO LIDS & GLASS STRAWS 4 PIECE - My girls and I have enjoyed these glasses so much this year making lots of iced coffees and memories!
  13. BERKEY WATER SYSTEMS - Healthy water is very important when cooking. This is one of the BEST gifts you could ever give! It is my number one top pick that I think should be in EVERY home.
  14. YETI RAMBLER (Hot/Cold) - The BEST way to keep your drink hot or cold.  Need I say more…ok, prettiest way to keep your drink hot or cold. They come in so many colors.  I LOVE this pink one.   I don’t have to worry about my coffee getting cold anymore. 
  15. Glass Storage Containers With Wooden Lid - I love these storage containers for my storing my healthy flours. I've been replacing my mason jars the past few weeks with prettier containers. These are so beautiful.
  16. Glass Jar/Wooden Lid - I also love to store laundry products such as baking soda in beautiful canisters like this one. Something as simple as a storage container makes chores enjoyable and looks beautiful too.
  17. Farmhouse Pie Plate - I recently purchased my girls each their very own pie plate for making pies. We each make a different pie on Thanksgiving together. It's a tradition we started last year. The memories are priceless.

A Few Of Our Favorite Things For The Home

Here are some great additions for the home. We've been in organization and decorating mode this past year and these items are what we have added lately.

Gift Guide For The Home
  1. WILLIFORD WOOL AREA RUG - I love my new rug that I recently purchased for my living room. It tied everything together. There are so many great rugs to choose from...it was a really hard decision.
  2. NEARLY NATURAL 82” OLIVE TREE - My absolute favorite tree for my home is the olive tree. I saved up and finally purchased one for our home a couple of years ago and it looks absolutely beautiful. In fact, there was an issue with my order, so I was blessed with not only one, but two. Now I actually have three! One in each room. This tree adds so much to the rooms where I have them sitting.
  3. 5' FIDDLE LEAF TREE (Artificial) The Fiddle Leaf Tree is another one of my favorite trees for the home.  I love the way this looks sitting in our living room.  It gives any room a cozy feel and adds an extra special touch.  My girls and I actually purchased a real fiddle leaf tree before this one and what they say is really true, (it’s very hard to keep the leaves from browning).  Keep in mind, my girls are the ULTIMATE plant care takers, so I knew it was gonna be challenging taking on a real fiddle leaf tree.  The only solution was an artificial one. This fiddle leaf tree is just as beautiful and the best part, maintenance free.  I bought a natural woven basket to sit it in and it complements any corner of a room.
  4. ADJUSTABLE DROP PENDANT FLOOR LAMP - I love this lamp that I purchased a couple of years ago to go behind our couch, slightly hanging over the back. It matches our modern farmhouse look, but would be beautiful no matter what style you are going for. It is very classy and would look great in any home.
  5. 4-DRAWER WRITING DESK, RUSTIC OAK - A few years back, I finally found an office desk and I absolutely love it! I spend a lot of my time at this desk and it helps keep me organized. It is such a beautiful piece as well.
  6. HAVALANCE FARMHOUSE LIFT TOP COFFEE TABLE - My coffee table adds so much to our living room. I searched several years before I found the perfect one for our modern farmhouse look.
  7. DISTRESSED RUSTIC FARMHOUSE WOOD FRAME ACCENT MIRROR - My mirrors add so much to my rooms and make a room look bigger.
  8. NATURAL WOVEN HYACINTH STORAGE BASKETS - I am all about organization, especially in my home and office. It's so very important for being productive and successful.  This past few years I've been working on our whole house being organized. From closets, to the washroom and pantry, we set out to organize the entire house.  I wanted the containers we chose to be beautiful, so I went with natural woven baskets.  I can now say I LOVE opening up my closets even if it’s just to peek in there to see how beautiful they look.  Check out our LINEN CLOSET MAKEOVER.
  9. BISSELL PRO-HEAT 2X REVOLUTION CARPET CLEANER - This is on my wishlist!
  10. EUCALYPTUS ARTIFICIAL POTTED PLANTS - We LOVE these eucalyptus potted plants.  It’s amazing how much they add to a room or space.  I have them sitting in my kitchen, in my office and on our coffee bar station.
  11. ORGANIC PLANT THERAPY ESSENTIAL OIL SET - This is my favorite organic essential oil set for cleaning and making my house smell so fresh and clean. Just add a few drops to a cup of baking soda and sprinkle on your carpet, rugs and upholstery before vacuuming. You will thank me later.❤️ Make sure to check out my blog post about how I keep our clothes and linens smelling nice and clean using essential oils.
  12. CERAMIC STONE OIL DIFFUSER - I love essential oils diffusing throughout my house!
  13. AIR DOCTOR - The air inside of your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air. After months of researching air purification systems, I finally made the decision to go with Air Doctor Pro. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. It is remarkable the difference it makes.  My house is smelling so fresh and clean, not to mention the peace of mind that it gives.  We enjoy a lot of inside cozy fires at our house, and I for sure do not want to be without one of these. I have two of these and my goal is to put one in each of our bedrooms as well.

Our Favorite Health Investment Gifts

  1. BERKEY WATER SYSTEMS - When people ask me what's the most important thing to start with to have a healthy home...I say water, water, water!! And not just any water, but water that has been filtered using a high quality filtration unit. My absolute favorite is the Berkey Filters line of water filters. We actually have two now, Big Berkey and Royal Berkey. You especially need to filter your water if you drink city/county tap water that has been chemically treated. With all the uncertainty lately, I sure wouldn’t want to be without one of these. This is one of the BEST gifts you could ever give! It is my number one top pick that I think should be in EVERY home.
  2. AIR DOCTOR - The air inside of your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air. After months of researching air purification systems, I finally made the decision to go with Air Doctor Pro. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. It is remarkable the difference it makes.  My house is smelling so fresh and clean, not to mention the peace of mind that it gives.  We enjoy a lot of inside cozy fires at our house, and I for sure do not want to be without one of these. I have two of these and my goal is to put one in each of our bedrooms as well.

Another Favorite Health Investment

A Few Favorite Stocking Stuffers

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Best Gift For The Dog (Gift Of Health)

ZIGNATURE (Grain-Free Dog Food) - We believe the best gift we can give our furry friends is the gift of health and a longer life.  We spent hundreds of dollars at the vet on health/skin issues for our Westie until we discovered Zignature Salmon Dog Food.  Not only did it help his skin clear up, he is living a fuller life…not to mention adding a few extra years to his lifespan.  With all the terrible reports on most store-bought dog food lately, I wouldn’t trust any other brand.  And trust me, I’ve searched the world over and no other compares or is made with clean ingredients like Zignature. 

These gift guides are always fun to put together and we hope you enjoy reading about a few of our favorite things. Most of all, we hope you have the ULTIMATE gift of all...our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is The ONLY true gift that brings peace and joy to your life.


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Natural & Safe Cosmetics (Non-Toxic & Chemical-Free)

There are so many toxic, chemical-filled cosmetic products on the market.  Thankfully, there are healthier alternatives out there that really work!

Natural Cosmetics for skin

In my early twenties, I really started thinking about my skincare routine and the cosmetics that I was putting on my skin. I began researching ingredients and what I found was shocking.

According to U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cosmetic product ingredients, other than color additives, do not need FDA approval before they go on the market. The FDA also does not regulate products that advertise and claim to be “natural.” 

In an article published in The Guardian:

The US cosmetics and personal care industry is largely self-regulated. Since it first came under FDA purview in the 1930s, the industry has had only nine chemicals banned from use. More than 12,000 chemicals are approved for use today.

This makes me angry! Why would anyone allow toxic chemicals into products that go onto our skin, which ultimately enters through our bloodstream and can potentially cause harm. Through my research, I started learning all about the toxic chemicals to look out for.

What Ingredients/Chemicals To Avoid In Beauty Products?

Many of the chemicals we absorb into our skin as part of our daily skin routine are known carcinogens and have been directly linked to serious health complications, specifically hormonal-related diseases in women. I've included a few top ingredients to look out for below:

A Few Facts & Findings

Let's Talk About Makeup

In my high school days before I was aware, I started trying out a few makeup products such as Clinque eyeshadow and mascara. I really didn’t use foundation until I turned 20. My mom would always tell me, once you start, you can't stop...that the longer I could go, the better. She would also tell me that my skin was beautiful and I didn't need it right now anyway. That sounded good to me and I'm glad I listened.

I wouldn’t dare put any department store or big-name skin care/cosmetic company’s products near my skin these days.  If such things like nicotine patches, birth control patches and progesterone cream can be absorbed through the skin, so does those harmful ingredients in your skincare/cosmetic routine. 

Once I hit twenty, I started searching different cosmetic lines that were somewhat natural. I stumbled across a company called Bare Minerals. I trusted what they were saying, that all their products were all-natural. I used Bare Minerals for several years until I became pregnant and really started researching ingredients. Bare Minerals was better than most, but they still have a long way to go to meet my standards these days. I began searching in health food markets, trying out several natural brands and found a few options that I really liked and were non-toxic. I knew I did not want a liquid foundation...I can't stand the way that feels on my face. And it just doesn’t feel natural or look natural on me.

What's so bad, is there are not a lot of options out there that are free from these dangerous chemicals. I just kept searching and I was pretty excited to come across Gabriel and Zuzu Cosmetics in my local health food market. They had everything I needed, colors and all. I have been using this same collection here for about 15 years and it works for me. A few years back though, they stopped selling in stores, everything is online now and I'm so thankful. Here's a little information I've included below and why I chose to go with this brand.

Gabriel & Zuzu Luxe Cosmetics

Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation

Here's the powder foundation I use. It is Gabriel brand, and the color is (Bamboo – Light to Medium/Neutral). My teenage daughter uses this exact same brand and color. She's tried out different ones like me, but always comes back to this brand. There's not really another one out there that covers and looks as good in our opinion.

Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation

Zuzu Luxe Mineral Bronzer

This Zuzu Luxe Mineral Bronzer has always been a part of my makeup routine after I apply my foundation. I apply it to my face and then to my neck to match. I love to tan out in the sun, but I always cover my face and neck with a towel when tanning. This bronzer is perfect for me to match the rest of my body.

Zuzu Luxe Mineral Bronzer

Kabuki Brush

Have you heard of a Kabuki brush? I've been using one of these for years to apply bronzer to my face and neck. It's the only tool that works for this in my opinion. You don't want to apply it too heavy and this little brush applies the bronzer just perfectly.

Kabuki brush for applying bronzer

Zuzu Luxe Mineral Blush

My favorite blush, it's called (Fascination - Lightly Toasted Cinnamon/Warm Shimmer). Sometimes I use this and sometimes I like to just use the bronzer instead.

Zuzu Luxe Natural Mineral Blush

Zuzu Luxe Eyeshadow

When it comes to the eyes, I think it is very important to only apply natural products. This Zuzu Luxe Espresso is my absolute favorite eye shadow color. I love a dark smoky eye and that is what I have always done. I am not one to change out and try new colors. When I find something I like and looks good, I usually stick to the same thing.

Zuzu Luxe natural black eyeshadow

Zuzu Luxe Eyeshadow

This Zuzu eye shadow, called Platinum is what I like to use for the eye shadow base, right before I apply the espresso color. It really helps the espresso color to go on smoother and I like the way the platinum looks like underneath.

Zuzu Luxe natural eyeshadow

Zuzu Luxe Black Eyeliner

Eyeliner is a must in my opinion. I think it really brings out the eyes and eye color. A natural one is a definite, being that it is right next to the eye. This Zuzu Luxe Black Eyeliner is my favorite that I have been using for years.

Zuzu Luxe Black Eyeliner

Gabriel Cosmetics Mascara

This Gabriel Cosmetics Black Mascara is the best and does exactly what it is suppose to do...no fake eyelashes needed. I had to throw that in there. It seems like fake eyelashes are the thing these days. I've actually never worn them and probably never will. Mascara does it for me, and I'm not one to go to all that trouble.

Gabriel Cosmetics black natural mascara

Zuzu Luxe Lip Color

I'm pretty picky about lipstick color on my lips. I've been using this same color and brand for years. It's the only one I ever wear. The color is called Temptress, (Temptress - Grape/Warm Pearl).

Zuzu Luxe natural lipstick

Electric Face Massager/Roller

This isn't a cosmetic product, but I think it is a great tool to use a couple of times throughout the week. A few years back, my daughter gifted me one of these electric face rollers and I love it.

Features & Benefits:

Electric Face Massager/Roller

ECO Organic Invisible Tan

Something I found a few years back is this safe organic tanning cream. I don't use it much because I love laying out in the sun for a "real tan" and the benefits of Vitamin D. But, when I don't have time to lay out, this is my go to when I need a tan. Check out my blog post about "Renewing Our Wedding Vows" to read and see photos when I used this tanning cream. I didn’t have time to lay out in the sun for that trip and this worked perfectly. To get a really good tan like you see in those photos, I applied the cream the day of the event, and then applied again 30 minutes later.

ECO TAn Invisible Tan

Christina's Organics Skincare

One more thing I would like to mention, just like cosmetics, non-toxic skincare is hard to find. In fact, I couldn’t find a skincare line to meet my standards, so I set out to formulate my own. 

CHRISTINA’S ORGANIC SKINCARE is non-toxic, chemical-free & safe skincare products that are healing and beneficial to the skin…for ALL skin types! Make sure to check my skincare line out too, especially my Organic Facial Scrub.

Exfoliating Facial Scrub is my absolute favorite product as well as my very first product. I use it 3-4 times a week.  It’s what I call my “mini facial” in a jar. 

THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL - Exfoliating on a regular basis is the only way to successfully eliminate the multiple layers of dead skin, dirt and makeup. Regular exfoliation helps makeup go on smoother…giving you a more youthful glow.  No matter your skin type, exfoliation brings new life to your complexion. I LOVE to use my facial scrub before an outing or photo shoot.  It makes a HUGE difference when applying makeup. I then follow the scrub with my Hydrating Face and Body Cream a few minutes before applying makeup. A little goes a long way, it doesn’t take much.

Christina's Organics Skincare

Well, I think I have covered most everything. As you can see, I like to keep my routine simple, and I'm not one to change something when it's working for me. I get so many messages and questions about what cosmetics I use, so I decided to write this blog post. I hope it's been helpful and as always, I would love to hear if you give any of these products a try.

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide For The Whole Family

Christmas Gift Guide For The Whole family



When it comes to gifts, we are all about experiences and investments. These are all products we love and use ourselves and I’ve included our very own personal description with each one.
I hope you enjoy reading about a few of our favorite things!

Gifts For Her

These gifts listed below are great for the special lady in your life. Wives, moms, daughters, sisters, aunts or girlfriends...there's something for everyone.

Gift Guide For Her
  1. CHRISTINA’S ORGANICS SKINCARE - If you are looking for organic chemical free skincare, Christina’s Organics Skincare is your solution. Several years back, I couldn’t find a skincare line I could trust to be safe, so I formulated my own. We hope you love them as much as we do!
  2. SHYANNE WOMEN'S FLORAL EMBROIDERED WESTERN BOOT - For our daughters' birthdays a few years back, we let them pick out cowgirl boots. They had been wanting some for quite some time and I think they picked out some of the prettiest ones. These here are what my oldest daughter, Chanler picked out. Every girl needs a good pair of cowgirl boots!
  3. SHYANNE WOMEN'S WESTERN BOOT - My youngest daughter, Cheyenne picked out these boots here. I think they are beautiful and even though the brand name is spelled a little differently, we do love that name!
  4. L’ANGE HAIR LE VITE HAIR STRAIGHTENING BRUSH - My youngest daughter asked for a straightening brush last year for Christmas. I researched high and low for a good quality straightener and I am so very happy with this one. It has been wonderful and it's so great not having to worry about her burning herself with a traditional straightening iron. I highly recommend this for young girls that are just at the beginning stages of doing their own hair. I mean, this is great for anyone actually. My daughter loves to straighten my hair with it as well. It really is a high quality straightener that gets the job done. This was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I wish I would have had it for my oldest daughter when she was younger. I promise, it will make your life so much easier, especially mommies with little girls.
  5. LANGE (Curling Wand) - I finally listened to my daughter and tried out her styling wand. I was blown away and so happy with the results. Since using the wand, I now have the look I want as well as saving myself so much time. I stumbled across my absolute favorite styling wand last year…and I must say, it’s the prettiest one I’ve ever seen!
  6. HAND LETTERING GOD'S WORD (by Jenny Highsmith) - My teenage daughter told me she would love to have this faith inspired hand lettering book. And of course, I certainly wanted her to have it. Not only is she learning calligraphy, but think of all the encouraging scripture that is poured into her while learning the art.  Each letter is accompanied by a Scripture verse and devotional for practicing your lettering and meditating on God’s Word.  For those who want to learn how to hand letter and can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a class, this book will teach you all the basic strokes, the letters of the alphabet, style/composition and so much more on your lettering journey.
  7. YETI RAMBLER (Hot/Cold) - The BEST way to keep your drink hot or cold.  Need I say more…ok, prettiest way to keep your drink hot or cold. They come in so many colors.  I LOVE this pink one.   I don’t have to worry about my coffee getting cold anymore. 
  8. 40 OZ STANLEY QUENCHER  TUMBLER  (CREAM) - My BERKEY WATER goes with me everywhere!
  9. SOREL WOMEN’S EXPLORER COZY BOOT - I love these winter boots!
  10. WOMENS CREW NECK PUFF SLEEVE SWEATER - I love a good cream/white sweater!
  11. COZY SUPER SOFT CHUNKY KNIT BLANKET 50”x60” - I love a good blanket!
  12. 10 PACK 4.4" LARGE HAIR CLIPS - Our favorite hair clips that really work and are pretty too!
  13. 38 PIECE SET VELCRO HAIR ROLLERS Curlers WITH LARGE COSMETIC BAG - I just surprised my oldest with these velcro rollers and we have had so much fun doing each other’s hair. I had these when I was a teenager and they are back in style!
  14. L'ANGE HAIR LE VOLUME 2-IN-1 TITANIUM DRYER BRUSH - I just purchased two of these, one for each of my girls. We can't wait to try them out!
  15. ROSE QUARTZ MASSAGER & FACE ROLLER - My daughter purchased one of these for my birthday and I love it! It is a great addition to my skincare routine.
  16. ORGANIC COTTEN KING SIZE BED SHEETS -  HYPOALLERGENIC GOTS CERTIFIED - I love a good set of organic white sheets.
  17. COYUCHI – ORGANIC COTTEN ROBE - I love a good robe!
  18. CERAMIC STONE OIL DIFFUSER - There's nothing like essential oils diffusing throughout my house!
  19. BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES - These are a must for me, especially for all the work I have to do on the computer. I take them on the road when I travel and work in the car.
  20. WOMENS WINTER WARM SLIPPERS - I work from home and wear my cozy slippers very often!

Gifts For Him

Here are a few unique gifts that I have given my husband that he is still enjoying today...and I've added a few items that he would love to have someday!

Gift Guide For Him
  1. MUCK BOOTS (Chore Classic Steel Toe Work Boots) - For the hard working man in your life, these are the perfect boots. Whether working outside or for the serious hunter, these are hard to beat.  I wanted to give my husband a special birthday gift this past year, and oh how he needed a pair of new boots. It’s safe to say, he was very happy and impressed with his gift.
  2. WEED KILLER PROPANE TORCH - My husband has thoroughly enjoyed this propane torch. Everything from destroying fire ant mounds to killing weeds, it’s a fun solution...not to mention most natural, especially when you have chickens walking around and food growing on your property.  
  3. DELONGHI ESPRESSO MAKER - Several years back my husband bought me a cappuccino/espresso maker.  Let me tell you, it has been a wonderful investment for sure. We have saved so much by making our own coffee. Recently, I blogged about our coffee bar we put together. I meet my husband there every morning. It’s our favorite time together.  This machine is our favorite addition to the coffee bar. Check out our COFFEE BAR post here.
  4. KEURIG MINI (Travel Coffee Maker) - When it comes to traveling, I’m sure not a fan of hotel coffee makers. I’m the wife/mom who thoroughly cleans the entire hotel room before my family can enter…and I sure don’t trust the coffee machine to be clean. That is where the travel size Keurig saves the day. It’s the perfect solution. We take it on all of our trips.
  5. LUGGAGE 3-PIECE SET - Recently my husband and I decided it was time for a luggage upgrade. It had been years since we purchased a good set of luggage and with all the traveling we do, it was definitely time. The challenging part was just finding the time to shop and research for a reasonable set. I thought for sure, we could go to some of the department stores around and find really nice luggage at a good price and hopefully on sale. Well, we shopped at several stores and the few that we found were $400-$600 dollars, and that was just for ONE suitcase. We couldn't believe how expensive luggage is now. I went home and began researching for days. When I make a purchase, no matter what it is, I research and research and research before I make my decision. So after much looking online, I found a luggage set that was exactly what we were looking for. Can you believe that the whole set cost a 1/4 of what the one department store suitcase cost? So, I took a chance and purchased this beautiful gray luggage set hoping it was high quality made. Well, it exceeded our expectations. It is perfect and we couldn't be happier with our decision. We have taken it on several of our ministry trips this year and our family vacation. It was exactly what we needed. I've seen this luggage set at many other stores, but over $100.00 more. This is the BEST deal for sure!
  6. WELLS LAMONT MENS WORK GLOVES, TAN, LARGE PACK OF 1 - These are a must for my husband...he's always working outside usually chopping firewood.
  7. STAINLESS STEEL MANICURE/PEDICURE MENS GROOMING KIT LUXERY BROWN TRAVEL CASE - I purchased my husband a really nice grooming kit when we first got married... he still has it to this day. He uses it often and has been one of the best gifts I have ever gotten him.
  8. EKLENTSON - THICK THERMAL WINTER FLEECE LINED LAPEL CARGO JACKETS - I love this jacket!
  9. ORGANIC COTTEN TERRY SHAWL MEN’S BATHROBE - This bathrobe reminds me of the one I purchased for my husband a few years back. These are so nice just to lounge around the house in.
  10. NORTIV MEN’S WATERPROOF WINTER SNOW BOOTS - Winter boots are so nice especially in the cold winter months.
  11. MEN’S SUEDE LEATHER HOUSE SLIPPERS MOCCASIN INDOOR/OUTDOOR FUZZY FURRY LOAFERS - House slippers are perfect for the man in your life. My husband wears his at all times at home.
  12. MEN’S QUARTER ZIP FRENCH RIB SWEATER - I love a good pullover sweater and I usually get my husband a couple of these every year.
  13. MEN’S GENUINE  BLACK LAMBSKIN LEATHER JACKET - My husband has a black and gray jacket similar to this one. I really like this one.
  14. REXBETI 219-PIECE PREMIUM TOOL SET WITH 16 INCH TOOL BAG - What man doesn't need a tool set...my husband is always using his!
  15. OAKLEY’S MEN’S POLARIZED SUNGLASSES  - The only sunglasses my husband can wear due to their distortion-free lenses. Plus, I think they are unique and different than the typical Oakleys.
  16. 23 PIECE MEN’S GROOMING KIT - Every man needs one of these. When I worked at a salon, this was one of my most used tools. These are so great to have at home in between hair cuts especially around the ears.
  17. 30PCS STAINLESS STEEL BBQ GRILL TOOL SET FOR MEN - A great gift for grilling!
  18. PADDY WAX CANDLE, WORN LEATHER & SMOKE - My husband's favorite candle. He found this company several years ago in our local Whole Foods Market. The company is based out of Nashville and we recently visited and purchased another candle for his music studio called "Tobacco & Pachouli." It was a neat experience to get to purchase one from the store, but they are less expensive online for sure.
  19. NKJV, PERSONAL REFERENCE BIBLE - My husband has several leather Bibles, I love this one.
  20. THURSDAY BOOT COMPANY CAPTAIN MEN’S LACE-UP BOOT - These are on my husband's wishlist! He just came across these recently. We like brands that are not mainstream. In other words, if everybody's doing it, we run the other way!
  21. ALL AMERICAN LEATHER BELT | MADE IN USA| MEN’S HEAVY DUTY WORK BELT - This is a great men's work belt!
  22. MENS LEATHER WATERPROOF MESSENGER BAG - These bags are great used as a briefcase or for carrying your computer. We actually purchased one several years back for my husband's music video. It was part of his look in the video.
  23. KENNETH COLE MEN’S JAPANESE QUARTZ STAINLESS STEEL WATCH - I like this men's watch that is very nice and not too expensive like most!
  24. HANGING LEATHER TOILETRY BAG FOR MEN & WOMEN - We carry our toiletry bags with us as we travel...this one looks very nice!

Gifts For The Kids

I've included a few favorites that our daughters have loved over the years, along with a few gift ideas for the boys too.

Gift Guide For The Kids
  1. KIDKRAFT MAJESTIC MANSION DOLLHOUSE - My youngest daughter decided she was going to build herself a Barbie house a couple of years back. Well, in the meantime, she stumbled across one almost identical to the one she envisioned and drew out on paper. It made sense financially and time wise to go with this one for her birthday. I’ve never seen a more perfect Barbie house, especially the size. I’m not a fan of the wimpy small expensive ones that you see the child growing out of after 4-5 years old. My daughter absolutely loved her Barbie house growing up. I’m so happy we got this when we did and created so many memories together!
  2. KIDKRAFT LARGE PLAY KITCHEN (w/ Lights & Sounds) - A couple of Christmas' ago, my youngest wanted a play kitchen to be able to play cook along with me.  Just like the Barbie House I mentioned above, I didn’t want a wimpy expensive one.  This play kitchen met all of our expectations.  It is so beautiful and we even left it in the kitchen for awhile for my daughter to cook along with mommy.  We have lots of memories together that I will never forget.
  3. LINCOLN LOGS Collector's Edition Village 327 Real-Wood Pieces - Every child needs to experience Lincoln Logs. These have been a fun activity for the whole family. Lots of memories made for sure.  Hours and hours of play!
  4. CANON CAMERAS US POINT AND SHOOT DIGITAL CAMERA - If your kids are a little older like mine, they may just be interested in a vlogging camera. My youngest daughter has been begging for a YOUTUBE CHANNEL for several years and saved up her own money to purchase this particular camera. All of her clips of the videos that are filmed with this camera. A good camera is a must!
  5. CANON POWERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERA [G7 X Mark II]  - My oldest daughter recently purchased this particular camera. This camera is what you see a lot of the YouTubers using these days. Both of these cameras are top notch professional, but this one is definitely at the top of the list.
  6. HAND LETTERING GOD'S WORD (by Jenny Highsmith) - My teenage daughter told me she would love to have this faith inspired hand lettering book. And of course, I certainly wanted her to have it. Not only is she learning calligraphy, but think of all the encouraging scripture that is poured into her while learning the art.  Each letter is accompanied by a Scripture verse and devotional for practicing your lettering and meditating on God’s word.  For those who want to learn how to hand letter and can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars for a class, this book will teach you all the basic strokes, the letters of the alphabet, style/composition and so much more on your lettering journey.
  7. L’ANGE HAIR LE VITE HAIR STRAIGHTENING BRUSH - My youngest daughter asked for a straightening brush for Christmas. I researched high and low for a good quality straightener and I am so very happy with this one. It has been wonderful and it's so great not having to worry about her burning herself with a traditional straightening iron. I highly recommend this for young girls that are just at the beginning stages of doing their own hair. I mean, this is great for anyone actually. My daughter loves to straighten my hair with it as well. It really is a high quality straightener that gets the job done. This was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I wish I would have had it for my oldest daughter when she was younger. I promise, it will make your life so much easier, especially mommies with little girls.
  8. SHYANNE WOMEN'S FLORAL EMBROIDERED WESTERN BOOT - For our daughter's birthdays this year, we let them pick out cowgirl boots. They had been wanting some for quite some time and I think they picked out some of the prettiest ones. These here are what my oldest daughter, Chanler picked out. Every girl needs a good pair of cowgirl boots!
  9. SHYANNE WOMEN'S WESTERN BOOT - My youngest daughter, Cheyenne picked out these boots here. I think they are beautiful and even though the brand name is spelled differently, we do love that name!
  10. LANGE (Curling Wand) - I finally listened to my daughter and tried out her styling wand. I was blown away and so happy with the results. Since using the wand, I now have the look I want as well as saving myself so much time. I stumbled across my absolute favorite styling wand last year…and I must say, it’s the prettiest one I’ve ever seen!
  11. DYNACRAFT MAGNA BOYS THROTTLE BOYS BIKE - Every kid needs a bike! Our whole family has bicycles and we have made the best memories together.
  12. 6 SPEED MOUNTAIN BIKE FOR GIRLS - I love this bike for girls!
  13. HEAVY DUTY STEEL TRAMPOLINE - A coupe of years ago I purchased a trampoline for my girls and we have had the best time and have the most wonderful memories. I had one when I was growing up and I wanted my girls to have the same experience.
  14. THE COMPLETE DVD SET OF LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE - One of the best things I've ever purchased is this DVD set when my girls were little. I have so many memories watching them watch these shows together. There's not too many shows like this one that is entertaining, wholesome & inspiring. In fact, my girls and I have started watching these again in the evenings before bedtime...priceless memories!
  15. FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 9 INSTANT CAMERA - My daughter’s love there instant camera!
  16. THE ILLUSTRATED DEVOTIONAL FOR GIRLS 366 DAYS OF CREATIVE COLORING & FAITH FILLED DEVOTIONS 8-12 - I have purchased devotionals for my girls throughout their life. This is one I enjoy reading to my youngest at bedtime.
  17. NKJV JOURNAL THE WORD LEATHER BIBLE - A few years back, my oldest asked for a journaling Bible. She has enjoyed this one.
  18. PRINCESS TENT FOR GIRLS - INCLUDES ULTRA SOFT RUG & LED LIGHTS - Our girls thought their princess tent was awesome when they were little. So many memories made!
  19. RUSTIC MAGNETIC CHALKBOARD - Every kid needs a chalkboard. I loved mine when I was a kid!
  20. MAGNETIC DRY ERASE WHITE BOARD - I loved my dry erase board too!
  21. KIDS FISHING POLE & TACKLE BOX - So many memories made fishing with our girls!
  22. KID’S WATERPROOF RAIN BOOTS  - Our girls have always had waterproof boots around our property.
  23. DRAWING SET - SKETCHING, GRAPHITE & CHARCOAL PENCILS. INCLUDES DRAWING PAD, KNEADED ERASER, BLENDING STUMP, & ART KIT - Our girls still love doing their artwork...this is great for all ages!
  24. MILITARY SIGHTING WATERPROOF COMPASS SURVIVAL WITH CARRYING BAG - My husband had one of these when he was a kid and enjoyed teaching our girls how to use one.
  25. 4 RECHARGEABLE WALKIE TALKIES FOR KIDS WITH 2 USB CHARGERS - What kid doesn't love to play with walkie talkies?
  26. ACRYLIC PAINT SET WITH 3 BRUSHES - My youngest has enjoyed her acrylic paint set we gave her a few years back.

Gifts For The Chef

I love being in the kitchen creating all of my favorite dishes. Here are a few of my top picks for the chef in your life.

Gift Guide For The Chef
  1. INSTANT POT - If you want to make your cooking experience quicker and easier, get you an Instant Pot. You can have dinner on the table in half the time. We actually have two and have given several out as gifts.  I use both of ours very often.
  2. KITCHENAID (Food Processor) - The ultimate multipurpose kitchen tool that is a must for every kitchen. From puréeing sauces and dips, to grinding nuts, making pizza dough and pie crusts, the possibilities are endless with a food processor. It’s been one of the most used appliances in my kitchen for sure.
  3. KITCHENAID (Mixer) - Last year for Christmas my husband surprised me with a Kitchenaid mixer. He knew I had been wanting one of these for months...a white one to be exact. I absolutely love it! It is a must for making perfect icing every time. My daughters and I enjoyed it so much last Christmas and beyond. It’s so beautiful as a decoration sitting on my kitchen counter, I leave it out all year long.
  4. STAINLESS STEEL MEASURING CUPS/SPOONS - If you like to cook, especially bake, these measuring tools are a must to have around.  I recently bought a couple of sets because mine were usually in the dishwasher when I needed them most.  
  5. LODGE CAST IRON - The best cookware in my opinion is cast iron. I can promise you this, you will have better tasting food for sure...and the best part, you don’t have to worry about chemical leaching from the pan like you do with nonstick skillets.  Lodge is the only brand of cast iron that I trust and allow into my home.  For one, it’s made in the USA and there is no competition when it comes to the craftsmanship.
  6. CUISINART (Ice Cream Maker) - One of my favorite desserts to make for my family is homemade ice cream. I whip up our favorite recipes in no time. I love it that I can control the ingredients and even make it dairy-free. An ice cream maker is definitely a fun activity to do with the kids.
  7. 8 PIECE GOLD MEASURING CUPS SET AND MEASURING SPOONS - I think these measuring cups and spoons are so pretty...they are on my Christmas wishlist this year.
  8. 5.5-QUART ENAMELED CAST IRON DUTCH OVEN WITH LID - There's nothing like cooking a good soup in a dutch oven, especially this beautiful white one with a gold knob.
  9. RORENCE STEEL COLANDER SET OF 2 - WHITE - I use a colander almost every day and I love this white set.
  10. STOVETOP POUR-OVER COFFEE AND TEA KETTLE - My husband makes me coffee every morning and he uses the pour over method. This tea kettle is perfect for it and I love the white too!
  11. 14 PIECE SILICONE UTENSIL SET - I love this neutral utensil set.
  12. DRINKING GLASSES WITH BAMBOO LIDS & GLASS STRAWS 4 PIECE - My girls and I have enjoyed these glasses so much this year making lots of iced coffees and memories!
  13. BERKEY WATER SYSTEMS - Healthy water is very important when cooking. This is one of the BEST gifts you could ever give! It is my number one top pick that I think should be in EVERY home.
  14. YETI RAMBLER (Hot/Cold) - The BEST way to keep your drink hot or cold.  Need I say more…ok, prettiest way to keep your drink hot or cold. They come in so many colors.  I LOVE this pink one.   I don’t have to worry about my coffee getting cold anymore. 

A Few Of Our Favorite Things For The Home

Here are some great additions for the home. We've been in organization and decorating mode this past year and these items are what we have added lately.

Gift Guide For The Home
  1. WILLIFORD WOOL AREA RUG - I love my new rug that I recently purchased for my living room. It tied everything together. There are so many great rugs to choose from...it was a really hard decision.
  2. NEARLY NATURAL 82” OLIVE TREE - My absolute favorite tree for my home is the olive tree. I saved up and finally purchased one for our home a couple of years ago and it looks absolutely beautiful. In fact, there was an issue with my order, so I was blessed with not only one, but two. Now I actually have three! One in each room. This tree adds so much to the rooms where I have them sitting.
  3. 5' FIDDLE LEAF TREE (Artificial) The Fiddle Leaf Tree is another one of my favorite trees for the home.  I love the way this looks sitting in our living room.  It gives any room a cozy feel and adds an extra special touch.  My girls and I actually purchased a real fiddle leaf tree before this one and what they say is really true, (it’s very hard to keep the leaves from browning).  Keep in mind, my girls are the ULTIMATE plant care takers, so I knew it was gonna be challenging taking on a real fiddle leaf tree.  The only solution was an artificial one. This fiddle leaf tree is just as beautiful and the best part, maintenance free.  I bought a natural woven basket to sit it in and it complements any corner of a room.
  4. ADJUSTABLE DROP PENDANT FLOOR LAMP - I love this lamp that I purchased a couple of years ago to go behind our couch, slightly hanging over the back. It matches our modern farmhouse look, but would be beautiful no matter what style you are going for. It is very classy and would look great in any home.
  5. 4-DRAWER WRITING DESK, RUSTIC OAK - A few years back, I finally found an office desk and I absolutely love it! I spend a lot of my time at this desk and it helps keep me organized. It is such a beautiful piece as well.
  6. HAVALANCE FARMHOUSE LIFT TOP COFFEE TABLE - My coffee table adds so much to our living room. I searched several years before I found the perfect one for our modern farmhouse look.
  7. DISTRESSED RUSTIC FARMHOUSE WOOD FRAME ACCENT MIRROR - My mirrors add so much to my rooms and make a room look bigger.
  8. NATURAL WOVEN HYACINTH STORAGE BASKETS - I am all about organization, especially in my home and office. It's so very important for being productive and successful.  This past few years I've been working on our whole house being organized. From closets, to the washroom and pantry, we set out to organize the entire house.  I wanted the containers we chose to be beautiful, so I went with natural woven baskets.  I can now say I LOVE opening up my closets even if it’s just to peek in there to see how beautiful they look.  Check out our LINEN CLOSET MAKEOVER.
  9. BISSELL PRO-HEAT 2X REVOLUTION CARPET CLEANER - This is on my wishlist!
  10. EUCALYPTUS ARTIFICIAL POTTED PLANTS - We LOVE these eucalyptus potted plants.  It’s amazing how much they add to a room or space.  I have them sitting in my kitchen, in my office and on our coffee bar station.
  11. ORGANIC PLANT THERAPY ESSENTIAL OIL SET - This is my favorite organic essential oil set for cleaning and making my house smell so fresh and clean. Just add a few drops to a cup of baking soda and sprinkle on your carpet, rugs and upholstery before vacuuming. You will thank me later.❤️ Make sure to check out my blog post about how I keep our clothes and linens smelling nice and clean using essential oils.
  12. CERAMIC STONE OIL DIFFUSER - I love essential oils diffusing throughout my house!
  13. AIR DOCTOR - The air inside of your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air. After months of researching air purification systems, I finally made the decision to go with Air Doctor Pro. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. It is remarkable the difference it makes.  My house is smelling so fresh and clean, not to mention the peace of mind that it gives.  We enjoy a lot of inside cozy fires at our house, and I for sure do not want to be without one of these. I have two of these and my goal is to put one in each of our bedrooms as well.

Our Favorite Health Investment Gifts

  1. BERKEY WATER SYSTEMS - When people ask me what's the most important thing to start with to have a healthy home...I say water, water, water!! And not just any water, but water that has been filtered using a high quality filtration unit. My absolute favorite is the Berkey Filters line of water filters. We actually have two now, Big Berkey and Royal Berkey. You especially need to filter your water if you drink city/county tap water that has been chemically treated. With all the uncertainty lately, I sure wouldn’t want to be without one of these. This is one of the BEST gifts you could ever give! It is my number one top pick that I think should be in EVERY home.
  2. AIR DOCTOR - The air inside of your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air. After months of researching air purification systems, I finally made the decision to go with Air Doctor Pro. I couldn’t be happier with my decision. It is remarkable the difference it makes.  My house is smelling so fresh and clean, not to mention the peace of mind that it gives.  We enjoy a lot of inside cozy fires at our house, and I for sure do not want to be without one of these. I have two of these and my goal is to put one in each of our bedrooms as well.

A Few Favorite Stocking Stuffers

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Best Gift For The Dog (Gift Of Health)

ZIGNATURE (Grain-Free Dog Food) - We believe the best gift we can give our furry friends is the gift of health and a longer life.  We spent hundreds of dollars at the vet on health/skin issues for our Westie until we discovered Zignature Salmon Dog Food.  Not only did it help his skin clear up, he is living a fuller life…not to mention adding a few extra years to his lifespan.  With all the terrible reports on most store-bought dog food lately, I wouldn’t trust any other brand.  And trust me, I’ve searched the world over and no other compares or is made with clean ingredients like Zignature. 

These gift guides are always fun to put together and we hope you enjoy reading about a few of our favorite things. Most of all, we hope you have the ULTIMATE gift of all...our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is The ONLY true gift that brings peace and joy to your life.


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Reasons Couples Renew Their Vows (A Look Into Our Special Day)

Renewing your vows is a great way to make new promises and commitments to one another.

In 2014 my husband and I set out on a journey to focus on our relationship and concentrate on each other. Between my husband's music career, kids, and all the responsibilities of life, we were needing to pause a moment and get things back in line.

We were kind of slowly drifting apart, not meaning too...we were just busy with everyday life. We started making "us" a priority. We began doing everything together. I mean EVERYTHING! Grocery shopping, working out, traveling, and my husband has even taken me and the girls to every concert gig, to date. He said he wants us always to be on the road with him whenever possible. We were a pretty close family to begin with, but we have really bonded and have become even closer now.

For a whole year, we took some time off and totally focused on our relationship. We went on countless dates, it's like we went backwards into our dating years and it was absolutely wonderful! My husband even purchased hunting gear just for me...my own stylish camo clothes and archery gear. We started hunting together and he taught me how to shoot a gun and a bow.

Well shortly into this journey, my husband told me he wanted us to renew our vows and asked me to marry him all over again. Of course, I said yes!

Reasons To Renew Your Wedding Vows

We had our vacation planned at the beach just a few weeks later, so we thought this would be the perfect place to have the ceremony. This means I had to hurry and find a dress, flowers, shoes, jewelry, etc. I was just hoping I could pull this all together before our trip. My girls were extremely excited. They said they wanted to pick everything out. And my oldest daughter has always wished she could have been at our first wedding, (that it looked so much fun)! 🙂 They were beyond thrilled to be my flower girls.

We had the best time shopping for the dress and accessories. At the very first store to find my dress, our youngest daughter, 5 years old at the time, came running! Dress in hand, she said, "Mommy, Mommy I found it!" I mean, how could I resist? She was so excited and it was the perfect dress for the beach. We all loved it and knew it was the one. My oldest daughter, 11 at the time, picked out all of my jewelry and accessories. Everything was just perfect.

How To Renew Your Wedding Vows

There are absolutely no official rules here, anything goes. Most importantly, a vow renewal is all about you, your spouse and the journey you have been on and will continue the rest of your lives. Together, you can make it special and meaningful with whichever way you choose. Here are a few tips to consider...

The final piece to complete everything was a flower bouquet. I searched everywhere for a simple bouquet and finally found the perfect one at my last stop, Walmart! I would have never thought I would find one so beautiful or one at all, especially there. Everything came into place so easily. It was such a special time.

We arrived to our vacation destination the night before our big day. We got plenty of rest and woke up the next morning and began to get ready. We decided we would go down to the beach around 5:00 p.m. when the sun would be going down a bit.

My girls and I got ready together. We listened to music and painted our nails all the same color to match our dresses.

We made sure to have plenty of time to talk, reflect, and pray together.

My sweet girls.

I love these photos. My daughters are really special in that they love & care so deeply. When my youngest was little like this, she would look at you in such a loving way...a way that you knew she had a really special heart and loved intensely.

I love this moment here of my girls with their daddy. He is the best daddy and has always taken the time with our girls. He was showing them the ring that he had purchased...and had it specially engraved. It read, "All Things New" to represent our new journey and promises to each other.

Tips To Make Renewing Vows Extra Special

As I started to walk down the beach to my husband, I hear this roaring sound. People were watching and cheering from the balconies. It was great and so unexpected! It was like we had our own congregation of people there at our ceremony. It was pretty awesome and our girls loved it.

I thought this photo of my husband was gorgeous. I love his dark hair against the white outfit. The water was beautiful, the temperature perfect, everything went so smoothly just as we had prayed for. The Lord really blessed our special day. It was so amazing the fact that He "moved" the people out of the way. We don't remember anyone walking by while we were saying our vows or even while we were taking our photos. God was all in it for sure!

Here we are as we see each other for the first time. Of course, we were very emotional.

Our two beautiful flower girls. They scooped out sand along the way as they walked down the beach.

Cheyenne had the best time playing in the sand. It really kept her occupied.

Our oldest daughter filmed and took a few photos.

We each wrote out our own vows and promises to one another...both pretty much writing a book. 😊

Standing there, as we were holding each other's hand, tears pouring down our cheeks, we made new commitments, after 15 years of marriage. It was such an emotional experience and much more meaningful than when we said our marriage vows in 1999. We were so young back then and didn't have a clue as to what we were doing or even saying for that matter. Today, years later, we have had the experiences, the hardships, and the best part, the victories. He knew all of me and I knew all of him. We have been through some "stuff" and still choose each other. We now know what it truly means to sacrificially and unconditionally love one another...to forgive often. I can't even put into words, the joy and peace we felt on our day.

The past seven years, our relationship/marriage has been taken to a deeper level.

A Symbol Of God's Sacred Union In Marriage

Ecclesiastes 4:12 says "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

We wanted this ceremony to be very sacred, holy and meaningful and this is why we chose to incorporate, A Cord Of Three Strands, which is called God's Knot.

What Is A Cord Of Three Strands?

A Cord Of Three Strands is a symbol of a sacred union between a husband and wife with Jesus being the center of marriage. The Bible teaches us that God performs a miracle in our marriage, uniting us together in a covenant relationship with Him as one. By keeping Him at the center, His love will continue to bind us together as one throughout our marriage.

  1. The bride and groom braid the Cord of Three Strands together.
  2. The groom holds a small metal ring with three attached strands.
  3. The bride then braids the strands together, symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife.

My husband prayed the sweetest prayer over the two of us.

And...we did it!

It was one of the most memorable and BEST days of our lives!

We then hung around on the beach, enjoyed the moment and took LOTS of photos!

I love this photo with our girls in the background.

It was truly the sweetest day.

Our girls were so patient and didn't complain one bit. We were there for several hours.

I love LOTS of photos, so we were here quite awhile.

They looked so beautiful.

Holding hands.

My precious girls and me.

Beautiful, precious Chanler.

Beautiful and precious Cheyenne.

I love these photos of my husband and girls.

So sweet!

Precious!

My family!

The water was absolutely gorgeous.

You probably thought we hired a professional photographer...my father-n-law is actually who took most of the photos. He's the best! He so graciously took the time to take lots of pictures that day.

We must of taken a thousand photos!

Photos are your memories and all you have to look back on!

More photos...

Throwing the bouquet.

Getting everyone in place.

They are ready.

Here we go!

My father-n-law even got in on the action.

He cracks me up and is so much fun.

Heading off to celebrate together.

Oh yeah, I must mention this great tip when you don't have time to lay out in the sun. I actually get asked this question from time to time...what self-tanner I recommend. I for sure didn't have time to lay out for this trip. That's when ECO TAN invisible tanning cream saves the day! ECO TAN is an organic, natural self tanner with NO artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. I put this cream on 4-5 hours before an event. I usually apply twice, the second application 30 minutes after the first. It's so great and saves me so much time!

A few more photos!

Leaving to go celebrate together! I hope we've inspired you with our journey. This was truly one of the BEST days of our lives and we were so happy to share our day with you. Whether you renew your vows or not, we challenge you to step it up in your marriage. Take time for each other, communicate and go on lots of dates together. Most importantly, always keep Jesus first priority in your marriage. This is how we have made it this far! He's the secret to a successful and happy marriage.

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5 Healthy Flour Alternatives (For Bagels, Biscuits, Muffins & More!)

Healthy alternative flours to make any and every recipe delicious and nutritious. Enjoy all your favorite treats with these gluten/grain-free flour swaps!

Close up of five different sample healthy flours in small mini containers

These days, there are so many flour choices when strolling through the baking isle that it can be quite overwhelming. Today, I am sharing my healthy flours that I always keep on hand in my pantry. These are my favorite alternatives to make any and every recipe delicious and nutritious.

What's So Bad About Traditional Flours?

A lot of people today use white flour, which has no healthy benefits whatsoever. Most flours are bleached, contain gluten which contains proteins that are hard to digest...leading to inflammation, leaky gut, diabetes, fatty liver and allergies, (just to name a few).  Regular consumption of these flours can also cause high cholesterol in your bloodstream resulting in several health issues such as high blood pressure, weight gain, mood swings and obesity.  These flours are also considered high glycemic foods which can lead to Type 2 Diabetes.

Diabetes is prevalent in my family so I knew I had to definitely keep these flours out of my house and use healthy alternatives. I will say though, even if your family doesn't have history with diabetes, it doesn't exclude the possibility of developing this disease. Eating foods made with traditional flours on a regular basis can lead anyone to this possible diagnosis.

My Favorite Healthy Flour Alternatives

But stay with me, I have good news. There are many healthy flour alternatives that you can substitute and make all of your favorite recipes, including baked goods such as cookies, muffins, biscuits, brownies and more.  Here are some of my favorite paleo healthy flours that I keep on hand for all of my baking needs.  

ALMOND FLOUR is made from blanched almonds that are ground and sifted into a fine flour.  It’s gluten-free, high protein, low carb, has a low glycemic index and is rich with nutrients such as vitamin E and magnesium. Almond flour is a heart-healthy option that is suitable for grain-free, low-carb, paleo and keto diets. This is my all time favorite flour to use in my recipes such as my "Chick-Fil-A" Chicken Nugget Recipe and Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. You can get the same great taste using healthy alternative flours. My girls even say my nuggets taste better than Chick-Fil-A. Do make sure you use almond flour, not almond "meal". Almond meal has more of a coarse texture than almond flour because the skins are left on the almonds before they are ground into flour.

Close up of chicken nuggets made with almond flour

My Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Video

More Almond Flour Recipes To Try

COCONUT FLOUR is a grain/gluten-free flour made by grinding dried coconut meat into a soft, fine powder. It is high in fiber, protein and healthy fats and low in sugar, carbohydrates and calories...unlike common flours, such as wheat and corn that are higher in carbs.  It’s a much better choice for people looking to maintain a healthy blood sugar. Coconut flour is another great option for grain-free, paleo and keto diets. It’s also a great alternative to almond flour for those with nut allergies. I love to use almond and coconut flour together in recipes like my Paleo Buttermilk Drop Biscuits. The flours compliment each other by creating the perfect biscuit texture. It is the best substitute when combined with other gluten-free flours for baking cookies, muffins, brownies, biscuits and even pizza crust.

Close up of biscuits with honey being drizzled on top

My Paleo Buttermilk Drop Biscuit Video

CASSAVA FLOUR, native to South America and also known as yuca, cassava is a root vegetable, making it similar to parsnips.  Cassava flour is very mild and neutral in flavor. It’s texture is soft and powder-like unlike almond flour which is more gritty in texture.  It is great in baked goods such as cookies, brownies, pancakes as well as a thickener for sauces and gravies.

TAPIOCA FLOUR is a starch extracted from cassava root, a tuber native to South America. It is naturally gluten-free. Tapioca flour can be used in baking and is great combined with other gluten-free flours.  It can also be used as a "thickener" for soups, sauces and gravies...great in baking recipes like my Maple Cinnamon -Sugar Bagels.

Close up of bagels on white plate

ARROWROOT FLOUR is derived from the arrowroot plant and great substitute for cornstarch in baked goods and to thicken soups.  It is very much like tapioca flour. Arrowroot and tapioca are interchangeable in recipes like my Creamy "No Potato" Soup and French Onion Soup. These two flours are what I like to use to thicken my sauces and soups.

Close up of soup in white bowl

So there you go, my Top 5 favorite flours that I use pretty much every single day in my recipes.

***I do have one more bonus flour that I'd love to mention...I've been experimenting with it for the past couple of years that I am loving. It works really well in my banana pudding recipe with lots of healthy benefits. I can't wait to share some recipes with you using tiger nut flour. Here's a little info about this flour below.

***TIGER NUT FLOUR is naturally gluten free and Paleo. Tiger nuts are small super-root a root vegetable that grows in Northern Africa and the Mediterranean. It is a great alternative for those allergic to nuts and wanting to add protein when baking and cooking. Tiger nuts contain lots of fiber as well as resistant starch, that has prebiotic properties which promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Tiger Nut Flour is ideal for Paleo and Ketogenic diets, it is also gluten and grain free. I will be sharing some recipes very soon using Tiger Nut Flour!

I hope this post has been helpful and has given you inspiration to make a few swaps to live a more healthier lifestyle. Substituting flours is a great place to start. Let me know if you experiment with these flours I've shared with you today. I would love to hear how it goes!

Shop My Favorite Healthy Flours

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