Valentines Day Gift Guide for Her, Him, and Couples!

Let’s be real—we all know the traditional standby of flowers and chocolates for all romantic occasions.  Don’t get me wrong, they are cliches for a reason—because they are a little bit of luxury that make a girl feel special.  But if you want to go beyond the traditional and get your significant other something that they will remember for years to come, these are some items that will probably get you those brownie points.

5 Gift Ideas for Her

Bath Bombs 

For the girl you haven’t been dating for very long, or the woman who loves her bath time more than you could ever understand.  Bath bombs come in all shapes, all sizes, and all scents.  Benefits can include moisturizing shea and coco butter.  Their fizzing and aromas are often calming and add to the bath experience.  This is not a gift like soap that your loved one might take the wrong way.  This a luxurious item that encourages your girl to take some time for herself.

Throw Blanket 

What girl doesn’t love a super soft throw blanket to cozy up under?  I remember being eleven or twelve when I asked for my first throw blanket for Christmas.  This is a great gift for any woman in your life.  New girlfriend, daughter, friend, or wife.  Every woman deserves a fresh new cozy item in her life.

Instant Film Camera 

This Fujimax Instax Mini is ideal for the millennial women in your life.  Give them the gift of instant gratification, artistic expression, and another creative method to document the moment.  This is a gift that keeps on giving, and they will love it.

Kate Spade Wristlet Clutch 

Here’s the thing about purses.  Every woman deserves to be unexpectedly gifted with a really nice handbag or clutch at least once in her life.  This cute wristlet clutch will be perfect for nice nights out, to restaurants, plays, or even concerts.  You might need some advice from the sales people or one of her best friends if the idea of this one scares you a little.  Kate Spade, Coach, and Michael Kors are all great options for quality products.

Michael Kors Rose Gold Smart Watch 

For those of you looking to spend a little more money to bring your significant other’s fashion into the twenty-first century.  Even if she already has a smart watch, this is a serious upgrade, and one she will be very surprised and excited about.  

5 Gift Ideas for Him

Wireless Charger 

This is a seriously excellent gift for your guy, and is especially good for new relationships.  It won’t break the bank, doesn’t send a weird subliminal message, and is just a fun and useful gadget they will be really excited about.  Make their life a little easier this Valentines Day and give them the gift of cordless charging.

Pour Over Coffee Station 

For your guy who loves to be a little more sophisticated than Mr. Coffee.  If your man ogles french presses in his free time or has previously discussed different methods of roasting coffee beans with you, this might be the perfect gift for him!  

White Noise Sound Machine 

Does your man need to have a fan on while he sleeps, or play brown noises from Spotify to your Echo Dot all night (like mine does)?  Give him the gift of restful sleep this Valentines Day with a white noise sound machine.  The one linked above doesn’t break the bank, has fan sounds, white and brown noises, and boasts a sleep timer.  I’d call this one a win in my book.  

Man Crate 

Have you heard of these?  They. Are. So. Cool.  For virtually any price range, and virtually any guy, you can give him one of the most manly gifts he has ever received in his life.  From exotic meats and bacon, to Sriratcha and whiskey, you can take your pick and have it delivered in a literal crate that he will need to use a hammer and crowbar to open.  Need I say more?

MVMT Watch 

A classy gift for a classy guy.  MVMT watches are affordable, stylish, and something your man will brag about for years to come.  Make this Valentines Day one to remember by getting him this minimalist modern analog piece to step up any outfit.  Bonus: it is durable and water resistant.

4 Gifts for Both of You

ENO DoubleNest Two-Person Hammock

For the adventurers in your life, this gift will not disappoint.  Great for the camping, backpacking, mountain climbing lovers, this two-person hammock will be an exciting gift for both of you that will encourage more outdoor exploring and cuddling.

500+ Thread Count Sheets 

Luxury is sleeping on nice sheets every night.  Give yourselves the gift of comfort and a great night of sleep this Valentines Day by splurging on a new set of sheets.  Can you remember the last time your bed set got a refresh?  I’d say it’s probably about that time.

Monthly Wine Subscription

Let’s be real, there are all kinds of wine of the month clubs.  If you and your significant other are wine aficionados, this might just be a splurge you should take this year.  Here is a list by “My Subscription Addiction” for their recommended and favorite wine subscription boxes of 2018.

Couples Massage

Treat yourself!  Professional massages are not a thing that we all get regularly, even though we probably should.  Give yourselves the gift of relaxation this Valentines Day and book a couples massage somewhere in town.  Be prepared to be oily and relaxed, so you may not want to schedule a fancy dinner right afterwards.

More than anything this Valentines Day, we hope that you get to spend time with the ones that you love.  From us to you, we hope that you feel loved and cherished this day.

Do you have any gift ideas we didn’t mention?  Leave them in the comments below!  If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like and don’t forget to join the family and subscribe if you haven’t already.

Until next time,
Jamie out

Christmas With the Shugarts

2018 was the year of the tabletop Christmas tree due to our tiny puppy.
The breakfast master.
We opened stockings at home, had a giant breakfast, and then went to my parents’ house for family time.
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It is hard to be a little pup when there is no time to nap and so many people to take care of.
Dinner.
Nephew.
Finally able to rest with Auntie Kasey.

Until next time,
Jamie out.

I am thankful for…

At my job, every day we start the morning by sharing our good news.  Sometimes it is a struggle to think of something, but I can appreciate it all the more because it forces me to chase the good and positive.  

Even if I have been dog sitting another puppy all weekend and I feel like I cleaned up more messes than when we were in the thick of potty training our pup Blue.  Even if I am struggling to adjust back to North Carolina busy life.  I know that my good news this morning is that I got to spend some much needed quality time with my husband this weekend and that we actually weren’t that busy the past two days.

So here is my challenge to you—life is hard, and busy.  There is always something responsible to get done, like laundry and the dishes.  There is always something that will throw off your routine, or be frustrating.  The good news is that you are in control of yourself and how you react to things.  My challenge for you is to chase the good.  Do it with me—every morning think of what your good news is.  

Did you just get a cute new pair of shoes?  Did you successfully try a new recipe?  Did your kid accomplish something awesome, like good grades?  Did you have a great date night?  

Be thankful.  Have an attitude of gratitude.  If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.  

It isn’t going to do your life much good if you are only thankful on Thanksgiving.  It is time to create a habit of gratitude.


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Until next time,
Jamie out

a Christmas Bucket List

Christmas Bucket List

  1. Go to a Christmas choir production
  2. Go to a work party
  3. Participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange
  4. Host a movie night
  5. Take festive family photos
  6. Go to a town holiday event
  7. Shop at a local store
  8. Have hot cocoa by a roaring fire

Christmas Movies

  1. The Santa Clause
  2. Home Alone
  3. Elf
  4. The Holiday
  5. A Christmas Carol
  6. The Grinch

Until next time,
Jamie out

everything is new

Adventures come in all shapes and sizes.  Sometimes it is camping, hiking and exploring the great state of Arizona every weekend.  Usually it is more of an everyday moment that turns into a great story.  For us, our November was exciting and eventful, sad and overwhelming, and definitely a period of growth.  

We closed on our house, refurnished almost our entire house due to our storage unit flood, replaced my totaled car, and got a puppy.  We also sprinkled in some babysitting of my nephew, my getting back on the worship team at our church, and starting new jobs.

November 2018

Home Life

We closed on our new house at the beginning of the month and were super grateful to get the keys the same day.  (You can read all about buying our first house here)  The very next day, our family and friends came out to help us move items from our storage unit to our house.  Unfortunately our unit flooded in Hurricane Florence and we lost almost all of our furniture due to water damage and mold.  We are still working through the insurance claims process.  That blog post is linked here.

November 2018

Within a couple days of moving in, the microwave handle broke off, which was not surprising since it had been glued back together.  Despite all of the stress from no furniture, chaos in boxes strewn throughout the house, starting back at work, and replacing everything that had been irreparably damaged, we were still very grateful to be in our own home with a roof over our heads.  The first few nights felt like a dream.  An air mattress padded dream.

November 2018

New Stuff

A few days after we closed on the house we bought a new (to us) car.  If you haven’t read about my car being totaled on our move out to North Carolina, that is linked here.

If you didn’t know, you canNOT finance a car while you are under contract for a house because it will seriously mess up your mortgage process and you could lose the whole thing.  Thankfully we were scheduled to close very shortly after returning home so we only had to wait about a week before we could replace my car.  

My dream car is a 1996 4Runner, and while financially that is attainable for us, I wasn’t excited for the upkeep of an older vehicle with a lot of miles.  While I may be drooling over the new 4Runners, we decided to be more financially responsible and get an all wheel drive RAV4 four our adventuring.  I am super pumped!  I love all of the bells and whistles that my little Mazda2 was lacking.  Cruise control, bluetooth, and a sunroof?  This girl is a happy camper.

November 2018

While we had to replace a lot of things that were damaged, we also got to indulge a little on things we didn’t have before.  We have a bonus room over our garage and our intent is to turn it into a cozy and fun movie room with a game corner and space for me to work out.  We got this super beautiful sectional from Ashley Furniture and we are in love.  It is so nice to unwind at the end of a long work day by watching some Brooklyn Nine-Nine in our nice little get away.

We ALSO got a washer and dryer and I am over the moon, even though I am doing laundry almost every day.  I have never had my own washer and dryer and having them in my house feels like such a luxury.  What do you mean, I can do laundry whenever I want?!

November 2018

#everydaymoments

Our new dish set survived the #GreatFlood of 2018.  We love them!  We got them as wedding gifts and they are from the Ellen collection.  I personally think that pizza looks very good on them, but I suppose all of the other healthy meals we have been having look just as good.  

I also began reading Eragon (not for the first time, don’t worry) but it has been hard to find time to read while we are SO very busy.

November 2018

My family lives in Fayetteville and every Sunday we all get together for dinner and quality family time.  My nine month old nephew has grown six teeth since we saw him in June and is basically walking.  He also ADORES music and he plays the piano with just one finger and gets frustrated when he can’t play as well as me or my mom.  

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November 2018

Being back at church is amazing.  We love all of our friends, the culture, and the events that Manna has.  We arrived back in Fayetteville just in time for their yearly missions event called The ROC.  Last year I played with the band through the event, which ended up being a huge time commitment but I had a blast.  It was nice to just be an attender this year and not commit to serving.  I did hop back on the worship band the Sunday before Thanksgiving, though, and I sure have missed it.

November 2018

Holidays

We celebrated both Halloween and Thanksgiving since my last monthly round up.  We had just arrived in North Carolina when Halloween rolled around so we were very “chill” with our costumes and dressed up as “Netflix and Chill.”  You have my permission to steal this costume idea, because we sure did.  

My nephew was an adorable lumberjack and at this point he was still pretty unsure about us.  A couple weeks later he was giving me hugs and sloppy kisses though, so I’d say he has warmed up to us.

November 2018

I got to eat three glorious Thanksgiving meals this year.  Everyone brought their A game.  Our Friendsgiving was probably the best ever, with our traditional southern fried turkey, sweet potato casserole, and my huge bowl of mashed potatoes.  The spread at my mom’s was just as delicious and I made two dishes I have never made before.  They both turned out great!  I am so glad that we live here so that I don’t have to brave making my own turkey yet.

November 2018

Adventures

Fayetteville had a fantastic Harry Potter themed event downtown the weekend before Thanksgiving.  There was a horcrux scavenger hunt that involved riddles and we explored all of downtown while freezing our buns off.  We stopped in at The Coffee Cup for some delicious Harry Potter inspired drinks (mine was a golden snitch coffee).  

What would have qualified as an adventure in Arizona came in short number this month, but we have a LOT going on!  Hopefully in the new year we will be able to get out of town a little and explore more of the east coast.  For now we are content to work on the house and play with our puppy.

Yep, we got a puppy.  Also on the weekend before Thanksgiving we drove up to Virginia to pick up our girl Blue (read her blog post here).

November 2018

Blue’s November

We brought her home when she was 8 weeks old and weighing in at a little over 10 pounds.  She was unsure and timid the first couple days but we worked hard to help her feel safe and loved with her new forever family.  She is a Golden Retriever (my favorite dog breed in the world) and is super sassy, but also super snuggly.

November 2018

Her first night here was the one and only night that she could fit under this couch.  She almost immediately grew too big and if she tries to jam herself under there now, she just gets stuck.  It’s super adorable.  

We are making sure to have her meet a lot of people, men, kids, and other dogs while she is this age to get her nicely socialized.  My nephew loved her when they first met and my sister’s dog  got super excited!  We were careful about those two meeting.  Our friend also just got a puppy who is a month older than her and they had a great play date.  

November 2018

These were taken on her first few days with us.  She is already so much bigger!  I can’t wait to compare photos of her side by side.  We think she is super adorable, a LOT of work, and are excited to help her become a good girl with great manners who loves hiking and exploring with us!  

November 2018

I hope you enjoyed this monthly round up!  My goal is to do this on the last Friday of every month, so stay tuned for some glorious iPhone photos from December in a few weeks.

Hoping you all had an amazing month.  Share your top three favorite things from your November in the comments below!  If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like and don’t forget to subscribe and join our family if you haven’t already.  

Until next time,
Jamie out

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Festive Fall Bucket List

This year we are living in a hotel in the desert, so carving pumpkins and buying all of the decorations is not in the cards for us.  This is our slightly revised but still autumnal bucket list for #theSuiteLifeofWillandJamie.

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Festive Fall Bucket List

  1. Watch a football game and dress to the nines
  2. Get some pumpkin seeds to snack on
  3. Go star gazing in the country (with hot tea & flannels)
  4. Get a pumpkin spice latte or hot apple cider
  5. Take a drive to see the leaves turn
  6. Make some hot homemade stew
  7. Host a scary movie night
  8. Get your own halloween candy because #adultlife
  9. Go on a hike to see the leaves
  10. Make a cute/witty Halloween costume with bae 

What to Watch

  • Hocus Pocus
  • Harry Potter
  • Halloweentown 
  • Casper
  • Scream
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Supernatural

Until next time,
Jamie out