My Christmas Wish List

The holidays are in full swing all around me.  Many of my friends have decorated for Christmas early to bring a bit of cheer to this crazy year.  My youngest is begging to put up our tree, but she hasn’t convinced her father yet.  Stores are already doing Black Friday type sales since no one is sure how the actual Black Friday will go this year.   Be sure to keep checking your favorite stores for some great deals.  My life has already gotten busy with plans throughout the season.  I feel like my weekends are filling up quickly, and I am beginning to feel the yearly holiday stress.  I am also trying to figure out what I am going to buy for my children for Christmas, and they are totally no help in deciding what they want.   If you missed my holiday gift guides from last week, be sure to check them out for all your gift giving needs. 

Today I wanted to share with you some of the things that are on my personal wish list.  I typically only ask for clothes and shoes each year since those are my favorite things. This year is no different.  These are some things that have been sitting in my virtual shopping cart for weeks, and I just can’t seem to pull the trigger.  I figured I would add them to my Christmas list for anyone who is buying for me this year.  They are all so cute and super hard for me to resist!

Chevron Pullover Sweater/Balloon Sleeve Bodysuit/Colorblock Cable Knit Sweater/Popcorn Rust Cardigan

Jacquard Puff Sleeve Top/High Rise Skinny Jeans/Balloon Sleeve Sweater Dress/Plaid Long Sleeve Check Jacket

Hiking Ankle Boots/Fashion Boots/Heeled Scrunch Fashion Boots/Ankle Bootie

Malala Skirt/Audrey Top

Turtleneck Batwing Sleeve Sweater Tunic/Mom Mode Crewneck Sweatshirt/Oversized Chunky Pullover Sweater/Oversized Leopard Print Sweater/Mid-Weight Puffer Vest

We Rise Sweatshirt/World Changer Tee

Happy shopping!


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2020 Anchored Gift Guides

November is here and the holiday season has officially begun.  Whether you are gearing up for a great Thanksgiving or putting up your Christmas decorations, it is time to start thinking about gifts.  I always try to get all of my holiday shopping done in November so that I can enjoy all that December brings and not have to worry about facing the crowds.  This year I have compiled several different gift guides to help you with all your holiday shopping.  I tried to find items that are unique and thoughtful and that may not necessarily be on someone’s wish list.  There are pieces that are from small businesses, fair trade companies, companies that give back, as well as some things from your typical big box stores.  I don’t know about you, but I like options.  I will say that, although I tried to compile gift guides for the males in your life too, I am much better with gifts for females.  I think I get an A for effort at least.  I also did not separate the younger ages by gender because I thought that many gifts work work for either. I really put a lot of thought into these lists and truly hope that you find them useful. My goal was to hopefully make your holiday shopping a little easier. I do plan to share my personal Christmas wish list with you next week, which will feature many more articles of clothing and shoes that are not included in these lists. Stay tuned for that! Here you go! Happy shopping!

Anchored in the Giving Spirit,

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Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Well, I had this post all ready for you yesterday but didn’t get it posted. There were some major technical issues that prevented me from posting it. I believe they have all been resolved now and all the links should be working.

It is that time of year when you are beginning the struggle to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. It can be a daunting task, but I am going to make that a little easier for you. I have to admit, though, that I am not good at shopping for males. I grew up with just a sister, I only have daughters, and, of course, I am a girl myself. Girls are just more fun to shop for than boys, right?  I am much better with shopping for girls, so today I am sharing gift ideas for all the females in your life from big to small.  (Sorry guys!) These gifts are sure to please any of them.   I promise you can find something on these lists for all the girls in your life. Some of these things are only on sale for a limited time so hurry and get your shop on!

Backpack Purse/Embrace Throw/Snake Print Boots/Tarte Tartlette 2 In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette/Portable Apple Watch Charger Keychain/Elegantees Audrey Top/Leopard Print Scarf/Essie Holiday Collection/Buffalo Check Sherpa Pullover/Purse Organizer/Weekender Duffle Bag

Lange Le Rêve Flat Iron/Merit Wallet/Cowl Neck Sweater Dress/Radiant Necklace/Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug/Maya Wallet (each one is different)/ZonLi Weighted Blanket/Elegantees Ruby Cardigan/Fossil Kinley Crossbody Purse

Rabia Bag/aera Smart Diffuser/Textured Funnel Neck Coat (currently 40% off)/Merit Tote (40% until 11/24)

Hydro Flask/CC Animal Print Beanie/Sugarfix by Bauble Bar Mixed Media Earring Set/AE Tie-Dye Hoodie/Portable Desktop Phone Stand/Metallic Tech Card Case/Love, Light, and Peace Bath Set/AE Pointelle Oversized Sweater/Adventure Begins Journal/Mosaic Clutch (each one is different)/Dearfoams Sydney Slippers/Crossbody Purse

Happy Christmas Bath Set/Inflatable Sofa Hammock/Sherpa Pullover/Scrunchies/Color Changing Fairy Lights/Earring Set/Pom Pom Cozy Boots/Animalz Face Masks/Wide Mouth Bottle Handle/Hydro Flask

Cat & Jack Sequin Pullover/Unicorn Scarf/Personalized Unicorn Sequin Pillow/Bath Bombs/Craft City DIY M\ini Slime Kit by Karina Garcia/Stuffed Llama/Llama Flip Sequin Slippers/Earring Set/Piggy Paint Scented Nail Polish

Safari Friends/Cat & Jack Unicorn Mittens/Turtle Backpack/Sherpa Pullover/Fairy Tent/Redess Beanie

Happy Shopping!!!


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Father’s Day Shopping

If you live under a rock like I do, you may not have realized yet that Father’s Day is coming up this weekend. That day tends to always sneak up on me.  I guess a lot of things are usually going on around this time of year, particularly the end of the school year and start of summer vacation, that I just loose track of the date.  When I was teaching, you better believe I always knew what day of the week it was and what the date was all the time.  The moment summer vacation began, though, it all went out the window and I had no clue what day it was.  Now that I am not teaching, this blog actually helps me to keep up with the date. Otherwise, I would be totally lost. Anyway, if Father’s Day has snuck up on you, I am here to help.  I have some last minute gifts for that dad in your life that just might put a smile on his face this year.  Many of these items are available on Amazon Prime, so you still have time to get them here in time for the big day with 2-day shipping.  The others may require you to pay extra for faster shipping or and IOU note. 

1. Wireless Ear Buds

I am not sure that there are many men out there that wouldn’t enjoy these, especially if he is someone that likes to work out or listen to music while working. Most people would go for the Apple AirPods (Best Buy), but my husband really loves his Bose Sound Sport Wireless Headphones (Amazon). There are many less expensive options as well on Amazon. 

2. Grilling Tools

We all know that it is usually the men in our lives that do the grilling, right? Well, what man wouldn’t think it was cool to be able to brand his steaks when he is out cooking on the grill? Check out this branding iron (Amazon) that allows him to change it up to say whatever he wants! If you have a dad that loves to grill and also loves to golf, this stainless steel grilling set (Amazon) with a golfing twist is just the thing for him.

3. Messenger Bag

The Alden Messenger Bag from Trades of Hope is perfect for the guy that goes to the office everyday to carry all of his important papers.  He can look stylish while also supporting women in India who are rising up out of poverty.  It pairs perfectly with the Leather Travel Wallet that is also handcrafted by women in India. 

4. Smart Gadgets

My husband is obsessed with smart gadgets that he can control with his phone.  Things like these ecobee4 Smart Thermostats (Amazon) and this Kwikset Smart Lock (Amazon) are among his favorites. 

5. Outdoor Games

For that dad that loves to hang out and play games outside with his kids or friends, these yard games are a great option. Cornhole is a great outdoor game. Choose his favorite NFL team (Amazon), his favorite College Team (Amazon), or this less expensive portable version (Amazon). This Giant Jenga Game (Amazon), this Bocce Ball Set (Amazon), and this Ropoda Yard Pong Set (Amazon) are also great options.

6. Under Armor T-Shirt

These Under Armour shirts (Amazon) are great for the dad that likes to work out or for lounging around the house.  

7. Watch

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a nice watch as a gift.  This one by Michael Kors (Amazon) is very sleek and modern.  For a sportier, water resistant option, check out this Casio G-Shock Watch (Amazon). 

8. Drone

Let’s think about it. Is there any man on this planet that wouldn’t think a drone was a cool gift? Boys and their toys! This Snaptain Wifi Drone (Amazon) is said to be great for beginners. 

9. Neck Massage Pillow

I don’t think this really needs much explanation.  Maybe that special dad in your life would even let you use this Massage Pillow (Amazon) every now and then! <wink, wink>

10. Gift Card

If you are still struggling with the perfect gift, you can never go wrong with a gift card to his favorite store. These are really great stuffed inside a handmade card.

I hope you can find that perfect gift for that special dad in your life. Happy shopping!


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Mother’s Day Shopping

I hope that everyone had an amazing Easter yesterday and got to spend some great quality time with the ones you love.  My day wasn’t all that great, unfortunately. My family and I did make it to church but much of the rest of the day involved me lounging in the recliner while my family continued to unpack boxes.   I felt horrible.  I am heading in to see my doctor in a little bit because I am pretty certain that I have a sinus infection.  Yay for me! Needless to say, I wasn’t the most pleasant person to be around yesterday because I felt horrible. This week I decided to find some great options for Mother’s Day gifts for you all.  Whether you are shopping for your mom, your mother-in-law, another special mom in your life or yourself, I think you will find the perfect gift here. Mother’s Day is only 3 weeks away, but that is plenty of time to get any of these items ordered and have them arrive in time for the big day.  Who knows, you may see something on here that you want for yourself! Feel free to share it with your hubby or kids! <wink, wink>

The Original Family Tree Necklace(Lisa Leonard Designs)

Now, this piece is the most expensive of all of the items on this list, but you can get 25% off plus a free necklace with any purchase this week only.  This necklace is from one of my favorite personalized jewelry designers, Lisa Leonard. I actually own this necklace myself. It is one of my favorite pieces, and I always get comments on it whenever I wear it.  I highly encourage you to look around her site for other beautiful pieces that you may also like while the sale is going on. 

Mother’s Day Set(Trades of Hope)

This set is unique and helps women across the globe. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. It includes the following 3 pieces.

Kindhearted Mug-This ceramic, glazed mug is formed, etched, and painted by hand. This cheerful petite mug holds 8 ounces of your favorite morning beverages. A whimsical pink swirl design on the interior is an added fun touch! Created by artisans in Vietnam.

Momento Frame-Frame mom’s favorite 4″ x 6″ photo memories in this hand-carved picture frame with a whitewash finish. Created by artisans in India.

Mayan Blend Coffee-Harvesting the highest quality coffee from across Guatemala’s richest coffee regions, Mayan artisans utilize methods developed over the past 130 years. Full of rich history and flavors reminiscent of their culture and land, these artisans seek more than merely passing down these traditions. This group partners with various universities across the U.S. to help educate and provide medical assistance to their families. Each bag of coffee you purchase goes towards providing a healthy and prosperous future for Guatemalans for generations to come.

Wooden Sign(Amazon)

I think this sweet sign describes just about any mom that I know! Moms are the glue that holds most families together for sure!

Farmhouse Home Sign(Amazon)

I love this sign because you can change out the wreath to match the season or décor in your home.

The Lovely Tote Fashion Crocodile Circle Crossbody(Amazon)

This style of bag is super popular right now.  This mustard color is amazing, but there are other colors available. There is even a smaller version of this purse available as well. 

Soft Notch Collar Pajama Set(Target)

How can you go wrong with a comfy pair of pajamas that are perfect for the warmer weather?  The yellow stripes add just a touch of sunshine to them as well. 

Burnes 4-Opening Collage Family Frame(Target)

I thought this was cute and could be even better if given with family pictures already in it.  

Large Round Basket  (Target) with Embrace Throw(Trades of Hope)

I love a great basket that can hold pillows or throws.  I think they look great by the fireplace.  This throw is AMAZING! I own one myself.  What is so unique about it is that it is handmade by women in India escaping poverty.  It is gorgeous and so soft! 

Hearth and Hand with Magnolia Bamboo Bathroom Tray(Target)

I am not a bath taker myself, but I know a lot of moms love to relax in a warm bath.  This is perfect for those moms that love to read or relax with a glass of wine in the tub. You could throw in a good book or some bath salts with it.

Rae Dunn Mother’s Day Cookie Jar(Amazon)

Rae Dunn pottery is very popular right now.  Most Rae Dunn pieces have a word on them, but I love the flowers on this cookie jar. If you love this, hurry and grab it because quantities are limited! If you miss this one, this is also a great option.

Don’t let the day sneak up on you! It will be here before you know it. I know I would love any of these gifts from my kids or husband this Mother’s Day! I bet one or more of this would fit your style or the the style of a mom you love. Happy shopping!


Last Minute Gift Guide

How many of you are completely done with all of your holiday shopping? If you are, good for you. That’s awesome!  If you aren’t, join the club.  I would bet that most of you still have that one or two things left on your list. Christmas is a week away! There isn’t much time left to do your shopping. Do you know what the best thing in the world is for all of us procrastinators? Amazon Prime! If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you should be.  It is completely worth it.  Free, two day shipping is hard to come by anywhere else.  If you order something from another site right now, you are going to have to pay a fortune in shipping costs to get it here in time for Christmas day. This is where Amazon and I come to your rescue.  I have found a few cute last minute items that you can grab and have delivered to your door within 2 days! Do you want to know what is even better? Every single one of these items is less than $30 AND you don’t have to leave your house and fight with all of the other crazy procrastinators that are running around the stores looking like chickens with their heads cut off. I have done all of the work for you, and Amazon will get it to you on time! Do you want to be known as the best gift giver ever, all without spending a fortune? Check these out!

1. Harper Crossbody

2. C.C. Beanie

3. Dearcase T-Shirt Dress

4. Nine West Tassel Necklace

5. C.C. Infinity Scarf

6. Kate Spade Rose Gold Earrings

7. ArcEnCiel Tote Bag

8. Borlai Fleece Pullover

9. Kuzima Slippers

10. Alex and Ani Wrap Bracelet

11. Fayebox Cable Knit Boot Cuffs

12. Blanket Scarf

13. Feryshe Dress with Pockets

14. Gashen Convertible Mini Backpack

16. Vegan Bath Bombs

17. Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Blanket

18. Lecxci Wristlet

All of these items would make great gifts for any female in your life…a coworker, a friend, a sister, a mom. I know that I would love to have any of them for myself. Happy shopping! Get it done!

Anchored and Procrastinating,