stocking stuffers for him

stocking stuffers for him

Stockings hung on the fireplace (with care) have always been one of my very favorite Christmas traditions. Even more than hanging the stockings, I love to stuff them with little goodies for the ones I love.

I usually find myself scrambling to think of what to fill stockings with mid-December. This year, I paid attention to the things I saw catching his eye and I’ve compiled a list of A1 stocking stuffers for any man in your life. Here’s a few…

S’well bottles

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NO shortage of designs to choose from to fit his style. Plus totally a practical gift that he’ll use everyday.  Shop this bottle here.

Sugarfina 

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Sugarfina, hands down, has got to be the CUTEST stocking stuffer out there. You get to choose from a variety of fun flavors plus they come in the most adorable packages. While the man in your life might not appreciate its “cute” factor, he’ll for sure appreciate the delicious candies. Shop sugarfina (pale ale pints) here.

Gear Ties

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If your man is anything like mine, he’s a little tech savvy, already has a few of these, and could definitely use some more. Shop these here.

Whiskey Tasting Set

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This set in particular has Scott’s favorite whiskey plus a few he’s mentioned wanting to try. If none of these interest your sweetie, this site has tons of sets to choose from. To shop this set, click here. Or, if splurging interests you, click here for a set that includes a tasting glass.

Leather iPhone case

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This is the perfect stocking stuffer for any iPhone user, really. It’s my favorite phone case I’ve ever had. Simple and classic. Or, as Scott would say, “check out that fresh case.” Shop it here.

quip

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A subscription to quip is so practical AND fun. The picture above is the quip starter kit, then every three months, you’ll receive a new brush head and toothpaste (or only a brush head, depending on what option you choose). Shop quip here.

Socks

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Cause let’s be real, no stocking is complete without a fun pair of socks. Shop these dress socks here.

Collar stays

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Keep him looking sharrrrp and remind him how handsome you think he is. <3 <3 <3 Shop these adorable collar stays here.

Zippo lighter

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Every man needs a zippo. Shop this one here.

After shave

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Perfect 1oz tube for him to try this aftershave. Smells so ahhmazing, you’ll love it as much as he does. Shop Art of Shaving here.

Shoelaces

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The Tie Bar has every color shoelace you can think of. Another fun/practical stocking stuffer! Yay for no more frayed shoelaces! Shop here.

Bar soap

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All natural ingredients, smells great, and adds a touch of homemade to his stocking. Shop/check out Long Rifle Soap Co. here.

Cologne

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Shopping for a scent for someone other than yourself can be tricky, so if you’re not ultra confident about his taste in cologne, starting with samples is the best option. Go to the mall, gather a few samples, stick them in his stocking and take note of what he favors. Maybe a bottle of his favorite cologne would make the perfect Valentine’s gift.

Magnetic wristband

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If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times… “Where did I put that nail?!” Problem solved!! Shop this awesome gadget here.

 

Hope this list of stocking stuffers has helped and given you some ideas.

Happy shopping!!

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lily pad trail

lily pad trail

This morning we started on the Buffalo Mountain Trail in Silverthorne, CO. It was a 7.1 mile trek through woods, waist deep snow, and loose rocks.. and it was beautiful!

Beautiful, but maybe not the best first day hike (the altitude change hit some of my fam hard), sooo we didn’t quite make it to the top.

Right next to Buffalo Mountain is the Lily Pad Lake Trail. This trail was totally different. And super kid-friendly, if you’ve got a little one!

The incline was not challenging, and the trail was easy for the most part. A few fallen trees to fanagle over, nothing crazy. And the streams have bridges making this hike even more of a breeze!

 

Lily Pad Lake unfortunately had very few lily pads, but if you visit nearing the end of summer, a majority of the lake may be covered.

As a little girl, I was absolutely in love with Claude Monet’s lily pond paintings so much so that when I saw one of his Water Lilies for the first time, I cried. Seriously though, so pretty.

The lake lacking lilies was slightly disappointing, BUT the pond right by the lake was nearly covered!

 

10/10 would hike again.

Hair in my face while hiking is a huge pet peeve!! So I took the two front sections, from behind the ear to my face, braided each and tied them together in the back and did a simple braid with the rest of my hair. Works like a charm!

Shop my hiking shoes HERE!

Shop backpack HERE!

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finding home

Right now I’m sitting on my couch by my husband, window cracked so we can listen to the storm. I’m thankful for moments like this. It’s overwhelming to look back on all the circumstances this life has thrown at me. I’ve had some very low lows that I knew were impossible to crawl out of on my own. The Lord always picked me up and carried me through them. Always.

I want to share this piece of my story, but I know the only way I can is if I’m barefaced and transparent. And that scares the craaaap out of me.

Today I became a member of the church I’ve called home for the past 3 years. Here’s why that’s a pretty big deal…

I was a young woman. Coming out of childhood and figuring out just who I was and where my life was headed. I was zealous, motivated, happy.. and naive.
One Sunday morning, I was pulled out of my class and told I needed to start counseling that week. I didn’t understand. But confused and trusting, I said “okay.”

Manipulation quickly turned to abuse and a bright eyed girl quickly turned to a disheartened mess.

It took months for me to tell my parents. I felt ashamed. I was embarrassed. I knew it wasn’t my fault, but would anyone else? Slowly, I began to uncover details, secrets, and expose my broken heart to my family.

Their hearts broke with mine.

Though tonight I’m crying out
Let this cup pass from me now
You’re still all that I need
You’re enough for me

My dad likes to fix things, he always has. It’s one of the most endearing and frustrating things about him. Look at his hands, and you’ll see he’s a man that doesn’t leave broken things unfixed. Often times you’ll hear me telling him to “just relax, that can be taken care of later!” Nevertheless, he sees a need, and he won’t quit until it’s taken care of.

His immediate response was fix this.

The following few months felt like a whirlwind. The other pastors and elders of that church visited our house to talk over exactly what happened. Those conversations were painful. What I was told during some of those meetings was like rubbing salt in an open wound. “Justice is a desire of the flesh,” I was told, while honestly sharing my heart with these people. They were wrong.

A few weeks later, I sat in that church, with nearly 200 other people, while from the pulpit, the congregation was told why this man would no longer be in leadership and why he was not welcome anymore.
In a room full of people making excuses for him and wanting to “show him grace” and forgiveness, I was shaking. It took everything in me to not scream at the top of my lungs. But then again, I felt empty, maybe I’d be capable of a yelp. Of those nearly 200, only one stood up and asked if the victim was okay.

I wasn’t okay.

I abode by their request that I stay silent about the details, and that I not reveal myself as the one that was hurt, but we left the church after that meeting, never to return, and it didn’t take a genius to figure out that it was me.
I received hurtful letters that crushed me, my parents were accused of making it up. “If the ‘victim’ were being truthful…” guys, I’m not kidding…The QUOTE victim UNQUOTE.

This is when I realized that people can just really suck sometimes. Humans are capable of so dramatically hurting other people, perhaps without them even realizing it.

My faith was hardcore shaken. It was a daily battle to not allow these people and the man who wronged me to taint my view of who Jesus is. It would have been so easy to walk away, it probably would have felt pretty good to just be mad at God for a while. But through all of this, He showered me with His love and so gently put my broken pieces back together.

When I fear my faith will fail
Christ will hold me fast
When the tempter would prevail
He will hold me fast
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path
For my love is often cold
He must hold me fast

I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to look back on that time of my life and not cry or feel a slight surge of anger, but I do know that God has delivered me from all of it. Everyday I heal a little more.

After all of this happened, a local, biblically sound church took my family in and showed us so much love.

I feel safe there.

Trusting again is scary. Church membership terrified me. It’s not something I wanted to just dive into with my heart in the wrong place. I was skeptical. I usually jolted out the door the second service was over. Many Sundays, I only made it to the church parking lot, where Scotty graciously sat with in the car me and let me cry it out. 3 years and LOTS of prayer later, here I am! Joining this body of Christ.

I sat back for so long and watched these people. I watched how they care for each other, humbly admit when they’re wrong, and lovingly point each other to the Lord. I watched, and trust was built. I know these people will fail, but I also know that here, I am cared for. This is home.
People will let you down. I promise you that. They will hurt you, too. People aren’t capable of being perfect examples of Jesus, so don’t expect that of them. Know who He is by His word.

To the people that sat silent, I forgive you. To the ones that sent crushing letters, I believe that it wasn’t your intention to crush me, but even if it was, I forgive you.

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