NTTC Holiday Gift Guide 2014

December is upon us… and if you’re anything like me, you’re working on getting your holiday gifts purchased!  Every year around this time, I like to include a few of my favorite gifts for the holiday season… especially catered for those of you who are on a healthy living journey and including a few little things that I’d love to see under my tree too!

NTTC Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | No Thanks to Cake
FOR THE KITCHEN

Around the holidays, my favorite place to load up on new gadgets is the kitchen.  Over the years, my kitchen has grown as a result of this technique.  Here are a few things I’d recommend to make sure you’re well-stocked for 2015

Paderno Spiralizer

Let me introduce you to the King of Spiralizers:  The Paderno Spiralizer.  I love this thing.

Paderno Spiralizer | No Thanks to Cake

Not all spiralizers are created equal, and this one is perfectly designed.  I first heard about it from Gina over at Skinnytaste, and quickly realized I needed it when I realized all the cool things that I could make with it.  Thanks to the lovely Inspiralized.

Stocking Stuffers

There are all sorts of fun kitchen gadgets that can slip into a stocking.  How about extra sets of measuring spoons?  I always need these!  Or a jar of the Williams-Sonoma Pizza Seasoning I’m always talking about?

FOR YOUR WRIST

Every girl needs some cute accessories to adorn her wrist.  Here’s a few multipurpose bracelets that will help keep you on track!

Fitbit Trackers

Accountability tools can help keep you on track, I know mine does…  I’ve worn the Fitbit Flex for a few years now, and I’m a huge fan.

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Not only does the tracker do a great job at keeping up with my steps and activity, but it looks great on my wrist.  Fitbit has a ton of options for the wristband, colors and styles that will fit your wardrobe.  Fitbit also has several new models available for the holiday season.  Pick your favorite, and get moving!

Fierce Forward Intention Bracelets

For the past year and a half, I’ve been wearing Fierce Forward bracelets, and I adore them.  I love the fact that I can slide on Bliss or Passion, and have a visual reminder of what I’m trying to accomplish in my life.

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I’ve got my eyes on the olive green Energy bracelet above for this year, as it completely matches my intention for the new year…

FOR THE GYM

I always say, if you have to go to the gym, you might as well look fabulous!  Here’s a few ideas for how you can make sure you’re looking your best while you’re sweating away…

New Workout Clothes

My two favorite spots to pick up new workout clothes are through Fabletics (Kate Hudson’s online boutique)…

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And, I’m obsessed with the beautiful pieces that Athleta comes up with every season.  Gift cards to either store will assure you have cute gear to help get you through even the toughest workout!

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BIC Bands

These no-slip headbands are my absolute favorite.  And, you (or your elves) can save 10% on your order by using my promo code “KELLYBIC” at checkout!

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FOR YOUR BOOKSHELF

I’m a little bookish… I love books, cookbooks, and reading in general.  So, here’s a few books that are must-haves.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook

I’ve mentioned this cookbook before, but it is most certainly as MUST have!  I’ve purchased it for a few friends for Christmas… because it’s just plain awesome!

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It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell

This book officially releases on January 5th, but I think it’s worth adding to your list as a pre-order.  Andie Mitchell from Can You Stay for Dinner is sharing her memoirs about her life, her 130+ lb. weight loss, and how she’s working to overcome food addiction in this new book…

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I’ll be reviewing this book over the holidays and can’t wait to dive into this page turner…

FOR THE MAILBOX

I love the many, many options out there for subscriptions services.  There’s everything from makeup boxes to doggie boxes to fruit of the month club.  I love the idea of the gift that keeps on giving.  Here’s a few ideas that are my favorite.

PopSugar Must Have Box

I’ve received a few of these boxes this year through my affiliation with PopSugar and I adore what they do!  They combine fun gifts for the ladies in a beautiful subscription box monthly… all those things you MUST HAVE!  I highly recommend it!

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Self Magazine Subscription

This is my favorite magazine out there these days.  It has articles on beauty, health, wellness, fitness, and even some recipes.  I always learn something when I read it… and I highly recommend it!

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What’s on your gift list this year?

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Creating a Fabulously “Uncommon” Holiday Gift List

The holidays are  JUST around the corner.  Just FORTY days away!  Can you even believe it??

Aside from needing to decorate my house, finish my Christmas shopping, and ship presents… it’s also that time of year when I start digging around to find out what friends and family want for Christmas.  I’ve done better this year than in most, but I still have a few names on my gift list that I’m struggling to buy for.

I first heard about Uncommon Goods from my friend Jen years ago… when we were still roommates.  Jen used to get their catalogs, and we’d always talk about all the things we wanted.  Since their gifts are unique and often handmade, it was like nothing we had seen in stores… and always on our wish list!  When Uncommon Goods reached out to have me review their holiday wish book, I couldn’t resist previewing a few items… and giving you guys my picks for some of those hard-to-buy for friends and family members.

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The site truly has the cutest gifts… and something for everyone.  Not only do they have cute personalized items and gifts to hang by the chimney with care, but they also have the best ideas for under the tree!

Now, truth be told, I debated sharing presents I’d purchased for friends and family… but many of them read NTTC and it would spoil the surprise.   So, if you think these gifts are for you, friends, they’re not!  I’ve got other ideas for you… Just you wait! 

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For Your Favorite Knitter

As a yarn hoarder and wooly accessory creator, finding the perfect gift for a knitter was a lot of fun!  I choose this gorgeous yarn holder as the perfect pick!  Click here for all the details.

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No one likes when your yarn rolls around the room as it unravels, and this bowl makes sure that doesn’t happen!  With the hand crafted detail, the yarn feeds perfectly to create whatever you’re making!  LOVE THIS!

For Your Favorite Wine Connoisseur

How cute is this dish towel?  It’s full of fun facts about everyone’s favorite grape-based beverage.  Click here for all the details.

Wine Towel Uncommon Goods | No Thanks to Cake

Truth be told, I have a thing for cute tea towels, so this towel was not only fun to add to my collection, but also educational!  It even has a list of which wine glass you should use for which kind of wine!

For Your Earthy, Yoga Loving Friend

Just so you know, I’m this friend.  I love this gift as a pampering potion that had healing qualities!  Click here for the details.

Chakra Bath Salts Uncommon Goods | No Thanks to Cake

I just love the idea of using deliciously scented salts to heal my body and balance my chakras.  Next time I feel unbalanced, I know what I’m reaching for… and note that the inside has guidance on how to use them!  Scents like lavender, rosemary, and eucalyptus… all ready to heal you!

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For Your Friend Who Fancies Cheese

Remember that I mentioned that this site has unique gifts?  Well, check out this one

Cheese Keeper Uncommon Goods | No Thanks to Cake

How does this thing work?  Per the website, “Simply place the white, earthenware keeper along with any hard or soft cheese in an airtight container (including plastic wrap). The food-safe clay has been fired at low temperatures, which gives it the ability to regulate the moisture around it, keeping your Romano from drying out or your Cheddar from getting mushy.”  I can’t wait to try this out!

This box of goodies was so fun to review, and there are so many other fun gifts you should check out.  I may have also picked up a few gifts for friends to enjoy too… but they’ll have to wait for Christmas before I reveal what they’re getting.  

Who’s the hardest person to buy for on your holiday gift list?

Note:  Uncommon Goods provided me with products in exchange for this review.  However, thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.

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Currently: October

It’s that time of the month already!  Time for my monthly wrap up… I changed it up a little this month, sharing some new things I’ve never talked about in “currently.”  Enjoy!

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Current Netflix Binge:

I’ve broken down and joined Netflix.  Yes, the girl who barely watches any television has subscribed to Netflix, for one reason, two words:  GILMORE GIRLS.

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I never watched this show when it was on TV.  However, one extra wintry winter a few years back, I watched the entire series.  And, in watching it, I completely fell in love with Rory and Loralei.  My friend Erin said it well… If only we could be as witty as Loralei one day… 

Seriously, if you’ve never watched this series, it’s time… and the entire series is available on Netflix!  Let me know what you think of Stars Hollow, will ya?

Current Confession:

So, I haven’t really talked about it on social media… and I hate to talk about it with my friends because it’s a total downer, but my car accident last month kicked my arse.  I’ve been on the couch for a whole month… watching Gilmore Girls.  Rotating ice packs (aka bags of corn and edamame) with heat compresses… and planning to take over the world when this damn thing heals.

Now, I’m only sharing this with you now because I’m feeling SO MUCH BETTER four weeks later!  Finally!!!

yay | No Thanks to CakeI’m not 100% and I’m still afraid to carry much… but gosh, not being miserable when I wake up is heavenly!!!  For all of you who have chronic back pain, I am SO SORRY!  For all of those who have listened to me whine, THANK YOU!!!!  I owe you REAL wine!

Current Craft:

I’ve had my eye on a little capelet from Ravelry forever… And, during my fabulous couchtime and while watching Rory’s first days at Chilton… I made it!  I totally want to make another!  Maybe in a charcoal or mustard color.  What do you think??  I’m in love!

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This makes me excited to knit additional wooly fall/winter things!

Current Book:

This month, I’m not pointing out a work of fiction… instead, the most beautiful cookbook I’ve laid eyes on in YEARS!

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The Skinnytaste Cookbook was released in late September, and I was BEYOND excited to receive my copies.  Gina‘s cookbook is LOADED with calories that are “light on calories, big on flavor.”  I recently made her Skinny Chicken Parmesan and it was phenomenal…

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I am in LOVE with all of Gina’s recipes… both those on her blog and these new creations that are part of her cookbook.  Order yours here… it’s amazing, I promise!

Current Hairstyle:

I’m still pretty obsessed with how easy it is to curl my hair everyday for work… I mentioned it last month, but wow, it’s so easy!

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And, I have yet to burn myself… {Knocking on wood.}

Current Memorable Moment:

At the beginning of the month, I got to participate in my very first engagement!  My friends Alex and Tiffany made it official… and Alex wanted to have Tiff’s closest friends involved in the action.  I was honored to be a part of it, and had trouble keeping a dry eye during the actual proposal.

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And, of course, she said YES!!!  Congrats, Alex and Tiffany!

Current Outfit:

It’s not REALLY an outfit, but wow, it’s the cutest coat on the planet from New York and Company.  Half coat, half cape… yep, I BIG-PUFFY-HEART love it!

Cape New York and Company | No Thanks to Cake

Hooray for coupons!! For more detail, click here.

Current Flavor Inspiration:

As part of Tiffany’s engagement extravaganza, we had brunch at a little Denver restaurant called Jimmy’s Urban Bar & Grill.  I’m not huge on brunch,  but considering the special occasion, I decided to try something new that I had never had… and to just jump in.

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Hello, Chicken and Waffles.  I can’t wait to come up with a healthier version of this.  There has to be one.  I’ll create it, and I’ll share it… I’m still having dreams about this stuff.  It was that good… must recreate.

Current Crazy Thing I’ve Done:

I been Christmas shopping all year long.  When I was in California at the wineries with Crystal, I picked up a few things.  I pre-ordered one of my favorite bloggers’ new books, and I even picked up a few fun things in Savannah during Fitbloggin!  All these items have been hanging out in my guest room, but it was time to get them on the road.

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I’m far from done Christmas shopping… I still need things for my niece and nephew, my brother, and my stepdad, but this first box is progress.  I did feel pretty nuts wrapping packages in October though…

Current Location:

I’m here (in paradise).  And, it’s my sister-in-law Beth’s 40th birthday tomorrow… Have a fabulous weekend, y’all!

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Currently: August

Holy crap, it’s the end of August already.  Seriously, that makes me want to cry.  I absolutely LOVE LOVE summers in Colorado.  While I love Fall, it does mean that the nasty white powdery stuff is coming… {shudder}… I seriously am not even close to being ready for that.

Let’s talk about what’s going on Currently!

Current Book(s):

Sadly, I’m not reading a thing.  Not one thing.  I did start The Vacationers last month… and I’m hoping to dig back into it over the holiday weekend.  We shall see…

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Current Music:

I’m totally and completely in love with the new(ish) Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass.”  It’s catchy, and encourages women to love their curves.  Of course, it’s my ringback tone on my phone to incoming callers… and has been a huge hit for all.  If you haven’t yet to hear the song… you can watch it here.

Meghan and I have a lot in common… with “all the right junk, in all the right places.”  And, I’m pretty sure “I’m bringing booty back” too, girl…

Current Beauty Find:

When I was in California recently, I met some fabulous ladies and their navy men at the Train concert.  One of which sells the amazing Younique fiber lash products.  I have only recently tried them, and they’re SERIOUSLY amazing!  Check out the naked lashes v. the fiber-fabulous lashes!

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I’ve tried the glue-on style lashes, and have even considered doing the extensions.  I’ve hesitated due to price… but I feel like I get the same results by using this product!  And, I can spice things up when I want… for special occasions without a lot of time in the chair!

Click here to find out more about the product and to buy some of your own!  Tell Maggie No Thanks to Cake sent ya!

Current Nail Color:

I’m back to the Brazilian colors by OPI… rockin’ Taupeless Beach (middle) this week on my nails and I Sao Paulo Over There (far right) on my toes.

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Current Drink: 

I’m still stuck on good ol’ H20 this month… however, with the leftover mint from the grilled watermelon recipe I shared this week, I made some fruity water that’s been an extra special treat!

Current Guilty Pleasure:

I’ve been outfitting my tech tools… totally guilty.  I’ve bought 2 new cases for my iPhone 5s that I’m carrying right now, and a new hard case for my laptop.

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I am slightly obsessed with this new gold case… Don’t you love it??

Current Food:

I have a new snack that I can’t get enough of… Have you guys tried Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars?

I was skeptical before I tried them, not being a fan of Greek yogurt… but WOW, I am so glad to have tried these!

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These bars have become my new favorite night time snack… they are creamy, rich, flavorful… and they come in a Peanut Butter Cup flavor!!!  O-M-G!  To date, I’ve tried the Peanut Butter Cup (amazing!), the Salted Caramel (yum-o!), and the Mint Chocolate (delish!)

Yasso Giveaway | No Thanks to Cake

I’m also running an Instagram giveaway for one lucky follower/participant to win two coupons for a free box of Yasso bars!!  I wish I could win these!  So good!  Follow NTTC on Instagram to learn more about how to participate!

Current Outfit(s):

I’ve been working my way through my summer dresses.  Wearing all of them one more time before they have to be put away for the season.  Sniff… I can’t stand when the cool weather rolls in.  Thank goodness, I’ve got a few months left!

Current Kitchen Obsession:

I’ve done it.  I’ve become a SPIRALIZER!!!  With my winnings from the avocado contest from Fitbloggin, I invested in a Paderno spiralizer!

Paderno Spiralizer | No Thanks to Cake

Since then, I’ve made curly beets, potatoes, and some REALLY AMAZING cucumber salads.  Watch out for more of these recipes to be popping up on NTTC soon!  Like this one…

Spiralized Cucumbers | No Thanks to Cake Current Words of Inspiration:

It is so incredibly easy to be kind, and it costs nothing.  I love the idea of throwing it around a little extra moving into the next month…

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Current Mood:

Refreshed!  After an exhausting month full of projects, intensity, and tons of plans, I spent last weekend feeding my soul and resting.  I feel so human again and like I can face anything going into the weekend!

And… it’s a long weekend!  Yay!!!

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