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Wednesday Wisdom: Christmas Starts in July!

For many many years I got away with a last minute approach to Christmas. Although I love to be prepared and stuff, I was the girl who would do most of her Christmas shopping December 23rd-24th and come up with fabulous gifts!! (at least no one told me otherwise).

But now that I’m an adult (I do forget that sometimes…) being a procrastinator during the holidays makes doing adult things like sending Christmas cards, getting gifts for others, you know–being thoughtful, a source of stress.

So last year, we barely made the requested dress code for my daughter’s holiday play (I didn’t read the cover letter sent home) and I forgot to give the teachers cards with their gifts. Gifts weren’t wrapped until Christmas Eve, and…sigh you get it! Part of me says, just let it go Ms. Perfectionist, but there is another part of me that knows it’s about better planning.

We are stressed from back to school (which is August in Georgia–yuck!) through Halloween and through the New Year–but since we always manage to get through it. But do we do anything different the next year to make it easier?

My solution and my resolution for this year is to start thinking about and planning for Christmas in July. Yes July!

I’ve always had the mindset that Christmas shopping should be done year round, so I have a gift drawer but it’s kind random–I need to step it up a bit. There are always last minute things creep up in the holiday season (unexpected house guests, needing last minute gifts for people you just met, or parties you’ve been invited to).

So the solution to an easier holiday season is to do what you can do early. No one will know if you write your holiday cards in July (just don’t send them!!). No one would know if you took Christmas pics in July ( I’m more diligent about exercise in the summer, no holiday weight yet…hmmm that may be a great idea!!) just don’t send them. I can see my family traveling to some photography studio in Christmas sweaters in this heat to have our pictures taken? (well maybe we change into the Christmas garb at the studio…)

Christmas in July


Admittedly, July is almost over, but writing this has reminded me that the second half of the year goes quickly, so I am going to start planning. We are hosting Christmas this year so I can start working on and testing the menu. I can schedule for our pictures to be taken and start writing the list for gifts.  What can you start doing now?

I’m starting to wonder if this is where the term Christmas in July came from…


Well safe travels to everyone traveling. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.


A. G.

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Pretty Cool Gifts: Gifts for Him (under $50)

I’m really into putting people’s names on things this year… so there are several gifts that allow for monogramming.

I think the gifts I selected for him are quite nice!

Pretty Cool Gifts: Gifts for Him (under $50)

1. Hess helicopter($27)

My dad is an avid collector of Hess trucks. I was excited to see that there is now a chrome detailed helicopter with working lights. There’s also a, a 6-door SUV style rescue vehicle with real working lights, retractable emergency roof lights, and chrome detailing. Nice!

2.NFL Glassware ($18.00 – $24.00)

Football fans will love the chance to declare their loyalty with this customizable NFL glassware. Available with the insignia from each of the National Football League’s 32 teams. And you can personalize the glassware with your loved one’s name for free.

3.Saddle Leather Business Card Holder ($10.50)

It feels to be organized when you’re on the go (or at least something to fuss with the man in  your life that he should use to be organized). The business card holder  is stylish but compact enough to keep business cards neatly stored in a bag or pocket.

4. SwipeTie ($39.95)

The Sky SwipeTie is  made from quality handcrafted woven silk with an integrated inner tip made from a premium specialized fabric designed to remove fingerprints and smudges from delicate surfaces such as eyeglass lenses, iPhone and Android smartphones, iPads and other portable entertainment devices. A multitasking tie, I love it!

5.Canon Camera Lens Mugs ($30)

This lens mug  is super cute for a camera lover. I just think this is so cute and if I were to buy one for my hubby, I’d probably be the one to use it.  I gift for him for me:)

6.Saddle Leather Earphone Case ($15.50)

This case will keep earphones neatly stored in a bag or pocket. I know I am always “reminding” my hubby where he put his earphones…

7.Hanes Striped Pajama Set ($30)

Pajamas are always a safe gift for him.

Tomorrow, gifts for kids.

Stay inspired and enjoy the journey,

A. Genise

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Gifts for Her

In honor of Black Friday–the official start of the holiday shopping season,  I’ve decided to spend this week (now that I’m back!) helping you find gifts for those you love (or like)…

Day 1: gifts for her.  This could be mom, sister, wife, grandmother, teacher, or co-worker.

Gifts for Her (2012)

1.   Crystal Vivian Necklace ($42)

Faceted Cut Black Diamond Crystal set in a Victorian Crystal encrusted Pendant, suspended from layered Leather.

2. Chevron Note Cards ($48)

These boldly colored notecards are sure to get the attention – and win the admiration – of their recipients. Each boxed set includes 50 notecards with colored trim and chevron printed backs along with envelopes boasting chevron printed interiors.

3. Wallets ($26,$49)

These super cute wallets will make anyone feel better during the dreary winter.

4. Philosophy’s  Home for the Holiday Set ($38).

The eight-piece collection of festively scented formulas is great for hair, skin, and lips.  It may be hard to part with this, so perhaps you should get two so you can keep one.

5.Graphics Metallic Votives ($8).

These delightful glass votives add lustrous shimmer to any household surface — whether they’re illuminated or not. Mix and match them on an empty mantle, on a table for a dinner party or place them near the tub before you hop in for a long, luxurious soak.

6. Pave Initial Letter Cuff ($48)

This dazzling bracelet is a cute personalized pieces with a glittering pave-encrusted initial. Just right for layering with chunky cuffs and delicate bangles alike, you’ll love the way this letter-perfect piece catches the light.

7.Pave and Pearl Drop Earrings ($38)

The updated pearl earring exudes sophisticated style. It was smart to add a touch of glittering pave stones for a dose of modern glamour. I love love these!

Pajamas for the holidays. ($25 and $30)

At home, it’s ok to have ratty tatty pjs. But when you go home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holiday’s it’s good to have “presentable” pjs when you are around family. Here’s a few nice ones for  you to choose from, I’m sure the women in your life will be appreciative.

Gifts for Her (2012)
For tomorrow, host/hostess gifts for the home (all under $20!!!)
Stay inspired, enjoy the journey!
A. Genise XO