Gifts for the one who has Everything

We all know those type, the type that is impossible to shop for because they have everything they could ever want.  They never wait for holidays to get the things they like, they just buy them and you are stuck with absolutely no ideas besides getting them the same gift card you got them last year!  I have a hard time shopping for my husband and my mom. Over the years, I have found some great ideas that are pretty fool-proof for these impossible gift-receivers.  Do you any ideas?

1. Personalized Pet gifts.  Yes we have all seen the photo gifts such as snow globes, calendars, canvases, you name it!  However, what is one being that can do no wrong?  A person’s pet.  One of the best gifts I received was a picture of my cat and dog (below!) on an adorable Easel from Treat.around $20, you can customize an adorable gift for just about anyone!

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2. Tickets to an event!  What better gift than one you can benefit from?  Tickets to your honey’s favorite baseball game, weekend get-away, or the perfect theatre show for your mother-in-law?  You cannot beat spending time together and these gifts are the gifts that keep on giving.  There is something to look forward to and you can get creative with the packaging. For example, if you want to plan a girl’s weekend for your BFF’s birthday, you can pack her an adorable personalized canvas and fill it up with goodies and the itinerary of what you plan on doing.  Canvas from  Personalization Mall.  On  budget?  There are so many event-inspired gifts on Groupon and Living Social such as Paint Nights, Weekend Get-Aways, and even extreme things such as Sky-diving! tote

3. Blast from the Past gifts. This is perfect for people you have grown up with. Maybe they loved a certain type of retro-candy or have a thing for 90’s music. They will love the thought you put into a customized retro-gift basket! Personally, I would be thrilled if I opened a Super Nintendo on Christmas Day! Check out Ebay for some really awesome gifts that will be totally unexpected and awesome!

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Boho {Mint} Chic

Mint is not just a summer color. Mint can be a subtle pop of color for fall. I am in love with layering pastels with more neutral colors. What are your favorite fall colors?

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{Skirt: Forever 21| Denim jacket: Macy’s| Accessories: Halcyon}

Plaid Accents

I am a huge fan of the show, Pretty Little Liars and love the fashion in the show. Each character has her own style and I was excited to find these adorable plaid leggings on sales from the Pretty Little Liars line at Aeropostale. Since it has been very warm lately (until today!) I wore it with wedge sandals and an over-sized thin cardigan.

Do you watch Pretty Little Liars? Who is your favorite fashion icon from the show?

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Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

These were amazing. I got the recipe from mywholefoodlife.com. I shared the whip topping recipe as well but I cheated and used store-bought frosting and sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on top. You can have your cupcake AND eat them too with these healthier-version treats!

For the cupcakes:
1 can pumpkin or 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp sea salt
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For the whip topping:
1 can full fat coconut milk
2 T maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla beans

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350.
Combine all the cupcake ingredients and blend until smooth. Spoon the mixture into lined muffin pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cupcakes cool before removing from the muffin liners. Since they are soft like pumpkin pie, put them in the fridge to store.

To make the whip topping, open up your can of coconut milk that has been in the fridge overnight. Scoop the fatty white part off and place in a mixing bowl with the vanilla and maple syrup. Use the whipping attachment and whip the coconut into a cream. Scoop a little on top of each muffin. Enjoy!

October Love

October is one of my favorite months and here is why:

1. Pumpkin decorating! My family and I had a fun fall-themed dinner with great food & a pumpkin painting party.

2. Jingles, my black cat. I swears she knows it’s her month. Lately she’s been meowing at all hours of the night.

3. Halloween, especially for dogs. Look at Zoey’s cute Halloween costume- she’s a cheerleader

4. Baking. Any and everything chocolate apple and cinnamon!

5. Burgundy clothing, especially these American Eagle pants.

6. Boots! ‘Nuff said. :)

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