The Complete CLJ 2016 Gift Guide: 149 Items for Everyone on Your List

Over the last couple weeks, we have compiled and shared 7 different gift guides, including a total of 149 gift ideas. With just 11 days until Christmas (!!), we put them all together right here so you can finish your shopping once and for all–isn’t that the best feeling? Gifts for Him Gifts for Her Gifts for Kids Gifts for the Home Lover Gifts for the Home Cook 31 Affordable Stocking Stuffers for Everyone Gifts For the Empty Nesters   Ps. Big guest room update tomorrow!  

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Christmas Around the House

We’re excited to share with you a little peek into Christmas around our house. It’s not a part of any official tour, nor was I asked to decorate my house–it’s just what we like to do to make this time of year especially magical for our girls. We have 2.5 trees (in the playroom we put a little white metal led tree–does that count as a half?) and splashes of the season sprinkled throughout the rest of the house. You can find the everyday sources for everything in our home right here. The Reading Room We kept the tree in here minimal. It’s pre-lit, tall and skinny and from Lowe’s. It’s the kind where you can plug in the three sections together and it also plugs in the lights–pure magic for me and Chris. There is a little log reindeer next to it, you can barely see, but the girls love…

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Casual Friday

A couple weeks ago, we got to make Christmas cookies with the girls and yesterday we shared our favorite recipe and a few photos over on Crate and Barrel’s blog. Over the years we have learned it’s not about the way the cookies taste (they WILL have too much frosting), or how they look (really, way too much frosting–gobs on top of gobs), or the mess that will be made (flour. everywhere.)–it’s about the memories and traditions we’re able to make as a family–and there’s not a more heart-warming feeling or sight. So, we pump up the Christmas playlist, hang some garland across the range hood, don our aprons and take a few hours together in the kitchen. You can see the full  article along with links to everything we used and the recipe, right here. The girls’ favorite part was definitely stamping the cookies for Santa. If you don’t already…

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CLJ Gift Guides: Gifts for the Home Cook

Most of you know by now that Chris does all the cooking around here. It’s a real passion of his and his wish lists are always made up of almost exclusively cooking equipment that he’s been eyeing. So we worked on this gift guide together to bring you all the best things to get the people that love to cook or entertain and partnered with Gift Card Mall for Williams-Sonoma, too, since I always end up tucking a Williams-Sonoma gift card in Chris’s stocking so he can get himself a little something extra–it’s the easiest, most well-received gift every year. Besides that, we really recommend: 1. A Wellness Mat so their marathon cooking sessions are a little more comfortable. This therapeutic mat cradles your feet with an amazingly cushioned layer of support, suspending your body weight and reducing stress and fatigue–perfect for home cooks. $129 2. Marble Cheese slicer with board. We’ve had…

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