Thursday, November 29, 2018

Five Friday Faves: Holiday Edition

Hello Everyone and TGIF!

I've been jotting down my favorites over the last few weeks and only the best of the best are making the cut for this special holiday edition of my Five Friday Faves. Enjoy!

Ho Ho Ho! Let's go shopping!

1. Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

You need sugar and caffeine to get started on that shopping list, right? Who doesn't? A Pumpkin Spice Latte this is not. The Gingerbread Latte preceded the PSL, I believe, and it doesn't get nearly the love and attention it deserves.

It is my ultimate fave when it comes to treating myself to a ridiculously expensive coffee. Please note: I like a little sweetness but not too much, so I ask for 1-2 pumps of the syrup, and definitely keep the whip & add a dash of nutmeg. Perfection!

2. Lands End Boots.

In Minnesota, boots aren't just for fun. We NEED them. And if you're like me, you need lots of them. They have to be warm, waterproof, and easy to get on and off. I also like it when they look cute of course! You could say I'm pretty much a boot expert.

Loving these warm, high-quality, affordable Lands End boots!

I found this warm, cozy, cute pair on (who, I must say, has revamped its ladies styles and Mama Likey!). These run true to size if you are wearing thick socks, and unlike some brands, they don't feel like you're wearing two ten pound weights tied around your ankles. They zip on and off and are snug on the calf. I wear them almost daily.

3. Horse Diaries books from Random House.

If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, you most certainly should!), you might have seen my post about this great little chapter book series for the young animal lover in your life. High-quality plot and dialogue for independent reading (mid-to-late elementary set), or fun for reading aloud to younger kids and/or struggling/non-readers.

Great book series for young readers or for reading aloud!

The coolest part is that each book is written from the perspective of a horse, and each one is set in a different era and location (think 1800's Iceland, or early 1900's Virginia). Educational, engaging, and animal-friendly. Love!

4. Woodfire Scented Candle by Illume.

I can go months without remembering to light a single scented candle in our kitchen, and then, poof! I remember to light one which reminds me just how much I enjoy the simple pleasure of a wonderful-smelling candle flickering in the house... It's even better on dark, cold evenings.

This one by Illume (manufactured in Minnesota) smells like Christmas with a hint of vanilla, and it comes in a beautiful gold container. I'll be getting a couple extra to prolong the feeling into the dark months of January and February. Thymes Fraiser Fir Tree smells like the real deal too.

(Side note: I feel like candles get a bad rap for gift-giving, but I love giving and receiving them!)

5. Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies.

Here's a free idea for a little festive holiday entertainment. Turn the channel to Hallmark and enjoy one of their delicious, predictable, happily-ever-after Christmas movies!

I'm a sucker for some romance and a happy ending-- and I love Candace Cameron and Lori Loughlin (of Full House fame), and they're in just about every other one. Plus, the hubby will watch these with me once the kids are tucked in for the night (visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads)! So fun.

What are you loving and giving this holiday season? Do tell!

~Julia @ Frantic Mama

P.S. As always, none of my faves are paid advertisements or brand sponsored. They're all the real deal! Be sure to follow along with my misadventures in Motherhood on Facebook.

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