Monday, December 15, 2014

My "Mr. Claus" Wish List





1. Oakley King's Camo Sunglasses ~ Oakley.com ~ $155-$280 ~ Free 2-Day Shipping and Returns

2. 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball ~ 94Fifty.com ~ $174.95 ~ Price includes $75 OFF Sale

3. Portable Folding Hammock ~ SportsmansGuide.com ~ $49.99 ~ Free Shipping Code: SH1803

4. Apple TV ~ Walmart.com ~ $89 ~ Free Shipping

5. Ruger 10/22 Takedown with Backpack ~ Bass Pro Shops ~$349 ~Free Shipping

6. Craft A Brew At Home Beer Brewing Kit ~ CraftABrew.Com ~ $75

7. Screw Driver Key Chain Set ~ CountyComm ~ $5.95

8. ReadyCase Multi-function IPhone Case ~ Ready Case ~ $44.95 ~ 20% OFF Code READY20


1. My hubby loved these new King's Camo collection glasses from Oakley. He says that the color of the lens combined with the polarization makes the perfect combo to see anything! He couldn't wait for Christmas and had to get a pair about a month ago and hasn't stopped raving about them. He was recently checking out one of our ponds with a group of guys and as he pointed out a fish to the other guys, he quickly realized that he was the only one that could see the fish and it was all thanks to his sunglasses. He passed his specs around to the boys (mostly to prove he wasn't halucinating) and one by one they oooh'd and ahhh'd over the visibility these babies offered.

2. For the man that can't stay off the court and loves calling the guys over for a few games of B-Ball, this is a really cool gift. Named on Time Magazines "Top 25 Inventions of the Year" this bad boy is like a fit-bit, for your ball. The "smart sensor" in the ball tracks shot accuracy, arc, spin, etc. All the info is synced to your Apple or Android phone and the app even provides workouts and score tracking for up to 5 players. If the man (or boy) in your life is always wanting to get better at the sport he loves, this is a fantastic gift for him!

3. Being outside in the woods camping, RV'ing, hunting, fishing or napping is where my husbands "happy place" is. This portable, foldable hammock by Guide Gear is perfect for his little get-aways. It folds into a bag that he can carry on his shoulder, similar to that of a folding campers chair. This bad boy holds up to 225 lbs and is 8 ft long. Now he'll be out lounging in the woods more than ever. Let's take a minute to thank the good Lord that Oklahoma doesn't have trouble with lions and tigers and bears (oh my!)

4. Let me just say that Apple TV is one of my favorite things ever. This is one of those gifts that pulls double-duty as a gift for yourself. Hook it up to your TV with an HDMI cable, log in to your home's wifi and you're ready to rock. You can play your ITunes music through it, buy and rent movies on Itunes, use Netflix or Hulu Plus, run a slide show of your pictures on the TV and a multitude of other things. All of this is great but my favorite feature is that you can get the "Remote" app on your Iphone or Ipad and run it from those devices. For me and my hubby, this is a lifesaver as our remotes like to play hide and seek more often than I'd like to admit!

5. This is most certainly a "splurge" item but when my hubby first saw this little rifle, he was so excited to try it out. It is a little quick assembly .22 rifle that breaks down and fits into a back pack (that is included in the purchase). It is perfect for when he is roaming our family hunting ranch and comes across a squirrel (aka lunch) or just wants to play around shooting targets and cans. Most of the men I know started out shooting a .22 rifle and still love to fire them off for recreation from time to time.

6. My husband is a bit of a beer connoisseur, in fact, most of the men I know are. I know that mine would be tickled pink, ok maybe not pink but at the very least tickled blue, to get a kit like this "Craft-A-Brew" kit that would give him all he needs to brew his own beer. Once he got the hang of it with the kit he could buy the ingredients to try different recipes for small batch creations. There is a local store that sells all the ingredients and offers classes that would be a great extra with this gift too!

7. This seemed like a great little inexpensive gadget that would be perfect as a stocking stuffer! My husband is always looking for a screwdriver when he is in "Mr. Fix It" mode and can never seem to find the one he needs. When he needs a phillips-head all he can find is a flat-head and vice versa. This little keychain puts both a phillips and a flat-head right on his key ring so that it's there whenever he needs it! Now we just gotta make sure that he can keep track of his keys...

8. I got really excited about this multi-function phone case. It is like a Swiss Army Knife on the back of your phone. It comes with a USB stick that doubles as a kickstand in portrait or landscape position, 3 camera lenses, the fish-eye, macro and wide shot, a multi-tool that can be used as a flat-head screwdriver, serrated or standard knife and a bottle opener, and finally, it has a built in clip for your headphones so that you can wrap them around the phone when they aren't in use and they'll stay put. This case comes in at just 3mm and is a bargain for the asking price. I was also pumped that this was an idea that was crowd-funded on IndieGoGo.com because the idea of crowd-funding is quickly becoming a favorite passtime of mine. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My 2014 Christmas Wish List



1.  Dogeared Necklaces ~ Dogeared.com ~ $26-$78

2. Canvas Totes ~ Etsy Store Ex Libris Journals ~ $15-$20 ~ 20% OFF Coupon Code: HOLIDAY20

3. Benefit's They're Real Mascara ~ Ulta.com ~ $23 ~ $3.50 OFF Coupon Code: 206710

4. Fit Bit Zip or Fit Bit Flex Wristband Activity Trackers ~ Best Buy ~ $54 & $94

5. Naked 2 Basics Shadow Palette ~ Ulta.com ~ $29 ~ $3.50 OFF Coupon Code: 206710

6. Mighty Purse ~ Handbag Butler ~ $99-$159

7. Define Bottle Lite ~ DefineBottle.com ~ $17 ~ 10% OFF Coupon Code: myhealthydish

8. Knot + Bow Designs Jewelry ~ KnotAndBowDesigns.com ~ $20-$120


1. I love these Dogeared necklaces! They are the perfect gift to express an emotion, a personality trait or a dream with their "I Am Strong", "Bestfriend", and  "One In A Million". They also capture life's best little moment's with their "Bride" and "100 Good Wishes" Collections.

2. You can never have too many canvas totes! These cute little expression totes are perfect for a trip to the grocery store or the farmers market, a picnic in the park or a day at the beach. These are cute, inexpensive gifts that every girl loves to get and will be used over and over again for all sorts of little trips and adventures.

3. Forget Visa, I never leave home without this mascara! I literally have one in my purse, one in my car, 2 or 3 in my bathroom vanity. I have never recommended a product more highly than I recommend this mascara! It doesn't clump, it's thin enough that it goes on and lengthens for a natural look but builds into long, thick, red carpet lashes.

4.  The most festive time of the year is always followed by renewed faith in the good things that are to come in the new year. For many women, that faith includes a resolution to hit the gym more, be more active, or eat right. The fit bit is an excellent way to be accountable. You can invite and join other friends to keep each other on track. You can challenge a spouse, friend or family member to see who has the most activity by the end of each week and see the progress each of you are making. A husband could join in on the fun by springing for the 2-pack they offer so that he can track his own progress. Think, winner gets to pick the date-night movie or receives a healthy breakfast in bed.

5. As a licensed Cosmetologist, I'm picky when it comes to my hair and make-up products. This is the perfect eye-shadow palette for almost all women day to night and coming from me, that says a lot. It has a good spectrum of neutrals and is petite in size so it is easy to throw in a purse and doesn't take up much space when packing for a short trip. I even use it for highlighting and contouring when I'm in a pinch. All of Urban Decay's Naked palettes are pretty amazing and I highly recommend them all but this if I could only choose one, I'd take this one because of it's size and versatility.

6. I was browsing through one of my favorite Nashville boutiques when I came across these precious little wristlet purses. When I found out that they also pull double-duty as a phone charger I almost did a back-flip (but I didn't....mostly because I haven't been able to do or attempted a back flip since I was 8). I am forever charging my phone. Like most of us, I can't live without my smart phone because it is my portable office and has all of my photos, emails and for all I know, inner-most thoughts on it. I have been through at least 10 battery phone cases. Each one used until I inevitably drop and shatter it. I also rarely carry a large purse for quick errands, I opt for a small wallet or wristlet and this one is perfect. My phone can charge while it is sitting in my purse, as I run around living life!

7. For the healthy water-drinker in your life, what better gift than a water bottle that encourages fruit infusion, and filters out the bits of pulp for you? I was super excited when I saw the Define Bottles. They come in all different styles and sizes but my favorite is the Lite. It is perfect sized and has a filter screen built right into the cap.

8. I stumbled across Knot + Bow a few months ago when I was shopping for a few necklaces and fell in love with their stuff. I couldn't stop adding pieces to my cart and before I knew it....I was justifying the need for all of the extra bracelets, earrings and rings I threw in. Each of their collections offered on the site right now are perfectly on trend. I am seeing arrowheads and crystals left and right in all my favorite stores. I love the earthy, hippie feel of some of their pieces but the versatility to wear them with anything. They are also super affordable for the quality of pieces you're getting.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Homemade Green Bean Casserole - A GAC Exclusive



We all know that Green Bean Casserole is a classic dish for a Thanksgiving feast. Our mothers and grandmothers have been making it from the back of a Campbell’s Soup can for years and years. It is one of the dishes I most look forward to because it brings back so many sweet memories.

Being someone who loves to cook, I hate pouring things out of cans that I can just as easily make myself, so I like to take those old-school favorites and put a little homemade spin on them. In this recipe, I make my own cream of chicken instead of using the canned version. Everything is better homemade, and you can taste the difference.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we all take a minute to make a mental note of all that we are thankful for this year. Enjoy!

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