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How is it already December? Happy holiday shopping my friends.

With less than a month from the big day, I found the best gifts at Ridgedale Center.  Here is a highlight of my top gifts for Coworkers, Hostess, kids and for him.

Follow along on my instagram to see more of my holiday picks from some of my favorite retailers. 

Holiday Gift Guide

For Coworkers

  • They have the best variety of holiday mugs and glass at Pottery Barn and most of them are under $8. 
  • Who doesn’t need another pair of socks? I am loving all the fun prints Johnson & Murphy has in stock this season, including these adorable fox socks….and it’s the perfect stocking stuffer. 
  • One of my go to spots for holiday decorations and decor is Pottery Barn and this year they have the sweetest bottlebrush ornaments for the tree.
  • These sweet ornaments also make great gifts and are perfect for holiday gift exchanges at work or for coworkers

For Hostess

  • I love a gift that gives back. This  gift set found at William Sonoma benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and it makes the perfect hostess gift. 
  • – My girls are obsessed with William Sonomas Hot Chocolate and it is one of my favorite holiday gifts for hostess or to gift to families. They use Guittard premium semisweet chocolate, shaved into delicate flakes. Then they add shavings of white chocolate, a splash of creamy vanilla and plenty of mini marshmallows. 
  • -One of my go to products  for the holidays is the Winter Forest line at William Sonoma.  It is the perfect way to bring the deep, woodsy aroma of an evergreen forest into your home, and it makes a great gift for anyone. 

For Kids-

  • Ava and Viv have been obsessed with cooking toys and playing pretend restaurant. Legacy Toys has the best selection of play toys, including this ice cream play-set that I know the girls will love. 
  • Every season I gift the girls a new plush to add to their collection in their playroom. I found the most adorable and softest fox at Legacy Toys.
  • Viv has been really into dress up and dress up accessories lately.   Disney Store has the best dress up clothes and accessories. 
  • We are preparing for our trip to Disney Land (eek!) and to get the girls excited I picked up the cutest pair of Mickey ears found at Disney Store. 
  • Disney Store also has a great selection of travel bags and these adorable luggage tags that will make the best stocking stuffer. 

For Men

  • They have a great select of gifts for him at Johnson & Murphy. I picked up this navy skull scarf up for Chris. 
  • – We always do matching family pajamas Christmas Eve night.  Disney Store has a wide variety of styles of buffalo plaid. I picked up a set for the whole family. 
  • Johnson & Murphy also has great readers and all of them are under $100

Happy Holidays Friends…

As many of you know, Ava has always been my very picky eater and we have struggled getting her to eat new foods. Our pediatrician recommended that we visit the food clinic at Children’s Hospitals Minnesota and I was so glad we went.  The staff at the clinic gave us some practical ways and strategies to introduce new food into her diet. 

One of the biggest things we learned is how to adjust our mindset when it comes to getting Ava to try a new food.  We often would get stressed out about it or discouraged when she wouldn’t actually put the food in her mouth.  Through the classes at Children’s, we learned that exposure to food is just is as important to actually eating the food.   We now make more of an effort to have Ava actually help cook with us, even if it is aa food that she doesn’t like. We also play with our food and talk a lot about how it smells and taste.  I have noticed that over the months, as we have incorporated food preparation and food conversation into our daily routine, Ava has slowly become more comfortable with foods that she was opposed to. 

Ava helps me make her lunch every night and we talk about what she wants to eat at school. Today I am sharing my Top Six Healthy Kids Snack items that are perfect for school lunches and for families on the go.

  1. Crystal Farms Little Nibblers. These pouches are great to grab and go. Ava loves adding the diced cheese to her spaghetti or chicken.
  2. Tangerines have always been a good go to for us because they provide a good amount of vitamin C and they are easy for Ava to peel.
  3. Ava finally has been eating apples and I always have these on hand because they are easy to grab. 
  4. Ava loves guacamole and avocado. So lately I have been chopping and freezing avocado pieces. They are easy to grab and throw in her lunch box, and by the time it’s lunch time they are ready to eat.
  5. Frozen pees have been one of our go to vegetables for Ava.  We often throw a handful in a container and by lunch time they are ready to eat.
  6. Crystal Farms Nibblers are another cheese favorite of Ava’s. These are great because they come in cubed form and Ava loves stacking and playing with them.

To see more healthy snack ideas and recipes for picky eaters, check out my pinterest page here.


Happy almost Halloween friends!

How does this holiday always seem to sneak up on me?! This year the girls have a strong opinion about their halloween costumes and both have become princess obsessed. (I have managed to say good-bye to the days when I could pick out their costumes).  I decided to take the girls to Ridgedale Center to look for some Halloween looks for upcoming parties we have next week. 

We had the best day at the mall and the girls had such a fun time. Clearly my daughter’s are not the only children who love Disney princesses because we found so many cute outfits and accessories.

We visited H&M, Box Lunch and Disney.  I even found some cute T-shirts and accessories for myself!

Check out our halloween picks below. 

It’s finally starting to feel like fall around here and I spent the morning revamping my fall wardrobe at Ridgedale Center. I am loving all the London inspired looks I found at at H&M in preparation for their London High Tea Fashion show this weekend (more details Here).

They have the best fall sweaters (many of them are under $20) and the chicest black overcoat which looks like it came right from Oxford Street.

Not only did I pick up this black overcoat, I found the most comfortable boots and the perfect shoulder bag for only 18.99!

Here are are some more of my London inspired fashion picks for fall, all available now at H&M at Ridgedale Center.


I am giving away two front row tickets to this Saturday’s London High Tea fashion show at Ridgedale Center. Head to my instagram and comment on my last post. Winner will be announced Friday.

Where has summer gone? It’s officially the last days of summer and  yesterday I finally found  some much needed  “me” time to pick up a few end of season pieces for myself at Ridgedale Center. I am also launching a very exciting end of season giveaway (see end of blog post for details).

I first stopped by the Eyebobs store located on the 2nd level right next to the Nordstrom wing and found my first pair of Blue Light specs. I have always wanted to check out this store because it is a local Minnesota company. I always drive by the Eyebobs corporate headquarters on Glenwood every-morning my way to work. The staff was so friendly and they helped me pick out the perfect pair of specs.

My next stop was Tommy Bahama to get ready for our upcoming trip to Naples at the end of September. I found the most amazing zip up and the cutest Banana Leaf luggage. They also were having an amazing swimsuit sale where everything is 40% off. One of the sales representatives also shared with me a fun fact that the inventor of Tommy Bahama is actually from Minnesota and lives in Orono!

Eyebobs Giveaway|

I am so excited to partner with Ridgedale Center on a Giveaway for all my followers to win a free pair of Eyebobs!

Entering is Simple-

1 Make sure you are following Ridgedale Center and me on instagram

2) Tag a friend in the comments below of my last post …its that simple!

Winner will be announced August 31st.