Best Morning Ever Mug

I thought I had a pair of these mugs when I was all set to take photos of them to share with you but it turns out we broke one!  So I just ordered another mug because I want to repeat last year's Valentine's Day morning surprise.

These are my sweetie pies last year on Valentine's Day.  Waking up to this breakfast on top of these mugs was a hit for them and a sweet way to start the lovely day! And we ended up using the mugs all year long for more hot chocolate and donuts! The mug (see photo at bottom of post) has 2 openings on the top, one big and one small and the shelf is there to warm up your donut or cookie or muffin... or hold your cookie when you're having milk and cookies!

We've been on a whip-cream kick so this year I'm planning on adding a tower of whip-cream to spill out of the top!  Yum!

I just ordered our replacement mug (click on pic above to shop or use this link: Best Morning Ever Mug) so we can have a set again and it's supposed to arrive by this Thursday, Feb. 8, plenty of time for Valentine's Day! Also, the donuts are from River Oaks Donuts on Westheimer in Houston.


Books Ship Quick

I just realized today marks one week till Christmas! Yikes!  Good thing books ship quickly!  I promised you a post with our book recommendations but I haven't had much time to put it together.  So today I lined up all of our "young reader" books in the hallway and asked Lilly and Beau to pick out their top 5 books/series which, of course, turned into their top 7 or 8.

But before I give you those lists, I have to tell you about the work of art my two are looking at in this picture.  It is the newly released pop-up book by Mathew Reinhart, Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration.   I became a fan of Reinhart's work when I discovered his genius Lego Pop-Up book last Christmas. So I was excited to find out this one would be released for this Holiday!  If your family is a fan of Pixar's endearing movies, this book is like taking a walk down memory lane.  I guess I can describe it as an artistic history book of your family's favorite movies and for us, it reminded us of the moments that came along each of those movies.  Each film has it's own creative pop-up and even the shorts are featured, my favorite pop-up of the 19 movies is Cars 3 (if you get the book, you'll know why).

Reinhart also has a YouTube channel where he offers tutorials on the art of the pop-up! And here are a few more of his amazing book creations, if you're still looking for something special and mesmerizing.

Now, let's talk about Lilly's List.  She's 10 and she started to enjoy reading in 2nd grade and it has become one of her favorite things to do.  She has read all of the books on her list and I have NOT read any of them.  So this is not a parent's list, this is her recommendation of her favorites in order:
  1. Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer
  2. Junie B. Jones, First Grader Series by Barbara Park
  3. Finley Flowers Series by Jessica Young
  4. Wonder and Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio
  5. Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
  6. Whatever After Series by Sarah Mlynowski
  7. Mr. Terrupt Series by Rob Buyea
Lilly's Book Guide Collage (click on the picture below)

And Beau's List, he's 7 and started enjoying reading on his own last spring.  He has read all of the books on his list and I have read some.  This is a completely kid created list and these are his favorites in order:
  1. Bunjitsu Bunny Series by John Himmelman
  2. Pixar: A Pop-Up Celebration and Lego Pop-Up by Mathew Reinhart
  3. Bird & Squirrel Series by James Burks
  4. Haggis & Tank by Jessica Young
  5. Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
  6. Ball Park Mysteries by David A. Kelly
  7. Diary of an 8 Bit Warrior by Cube Kid
  8. The Boys Book of Adventure by Michele LeCreux 
Beau's Book Guide Collage (click on the picture below)

Now before you go, here are a few books on My list.  I've bought for myself and/or for others and have loved them:

I started this post on Monday with a week till Christmas, now it's Tuesday with one less day. Ha! Books are the best and they ship quick and save our serenity. :)


"All The Rage" for the Girls

First, if you're looking for gift ideas in general, follow my #tityngift hashtag on Instagram and/or don't miss these previous posts:

Now, if you're looking for gift ideas for a girl, below is a list of things that are "all the rage" to my daughter right now.  These trends hit different ages and areas of the country at different times so some of these things may seem last year to you but they are so this year to her, like totally. ;)  She's 10 but I think a lot of these ideas would be great for a very broad age group. This list of 12 things is in no particular order and it's not all Rainbows and Unicorns, so keep scrolling! ;)

1. Magic Sequin Anything - My daughter has a pillow and a journal with the magical reversible sparkle, she loves it and I do, too!  I must love to fidget because I think that's the appeal with this.  We write on it, pass it back and forth with designs and sometimes just fidget.  Scroll through my picks and click on the picture below:

2. Unicorn or Rainbow Anything - If it has a unicorn or rainbow on it, my daughter has her eyes on it.

3. Squishy Anything - These I found below are scented, slow rising and above 4 star reviews on amazon.  The unicorn was just delivered to my house, I like it!

4. Slime Anything - Some parents might be over this trend, but we didn't do it much and I like that there are kits available now and you don't have to use a random recipe found on the Internet.

5. Emoji Anything - 

6. Chapter book Series Sets - These are series my daughter has read and loved!

7. Accessories 

8. Care Bear - I was in the store with my daughter, I showed her the purple care bear and asked her if she'd be excited if someone gave it to her and she started jumping up and down and wants it for Christmas.

9. Craft Kits - Some of the craft kits I've seen and liked are by Seedling and Art Camp LA. These below look fun, too!

10. American Girl - I say American Girl but I'm very impressed by Target's Our Generation line and my daughter doesn't care or know the difference between AG and OG.  She's particularly into the dogs, which I cannot find on the website but they are hopefully still in the store.  Here are some sets she's into:

11. Baking - During the summer my daughter picked up baking, so I'm thinking about getting her something to do with that, maybe even a class at Central Market!

12. Real Make-Up for Play - We gave this "real kit" to Lilly for her birthday a couple months ago and she was thrilled!

I hope this helps if your shopping for a girl!  My next post is going to be full of book recommendations because they ship quick and we're getting close.  Stay posted!


Candles That Smell Like Home

This gift idea is for someone you love who's missing home. Do you know anyone who is away from home for the first time or anyone who loves their new home but sometimes misses their birth state, too?  Homesick Candles have every state, a bunch of cities, some countries and even a few memories. I bought 2 candles, Texas and Friday Night Football.  I like the Texas candle (I LOVE the smell of leather) but the Football one was too strong for me.  Today is the last day every Homesick Candle is $5 off with the code JINGLE5, only a few hours left!

Here's just a few from the collection: (click on the picture)


20 Favorites for the Guys

This guy (my husband, Joseph) just gave me all of his favorites for a list of gift ideas!  I think this list of 20 is so good you could call it a secret weapon!  I also think each of these things deserves a blog on their own! But it's the holidays and we need it all at once so let's jump right in with the clothing first and we'll save the best (the fun stuff) for last!


1. Bonobos Golf Shorts- Joseph likes these because they're wrinkle-free and not too short, not too long.  And I like the way these look on his booty. ;)

2. Peter Millar Mountainside Polo - He likes this polo because it's super soft, can be worn tucked or untucked and "Best of all," he says, "it doesn't smell like the technology shirts."

3. Mizzen & Main shirts - These shirts are revolutionary, not your average dress shirt! He likes them because they don't require dry-cleaning, they hang dry quickly and they have some stretch!  And wow, they look good on him!

4. Onia Tee - He say's, "Great poolside shirt, super lightweight, it doesn't smell and ideal for the Houston climate."

5. Stance Socks - Joseph says, "Good quality socks.  I like the no-show golf socks the most but they also have a cool variety of long socks, something for everyone."  And I'll add that they are the official sock of the MLB!

6. Air Jordans - Joseph likes to collect these because he didn't have them growing up and he always wanted them.  It's like a dream come true for him!  He even wore them with a tux to a black tie gala!


7. Wade/Fly Fishing Fishpond Nomad Net - He says, "It's indistructable, it has a rubber net so hooks don't get stuck and it's excellent for keeping the fish alive. Hand held is the most versatile net but I use the mid size."

8. Fly Fishing Confluence Net Release - "Great addition to the net so you don't lose an expensive net."

9. Fishpond Summit Sling - This one is on his wish list, he says, "I like it because it's small enough not to be cumbersome but big enough to carry all of the tackle needs."

10. Simms Wade Fishing Socks and Boots - He says, "I like the socks because, when the water is cold, they allow me to enjoy wade fishing without having to put on a whole set of waders."  And the boots are on his wish list.

11. Rod and Reel set up - "This is the most reliable and versatile set a person could own." #TITYN


12. Ecco Biom Hybrid Golf Shoes - "A golf shoe that feels like a tennis shoe and has a more modern look for today's golfer."

13. Scotty Cameron Putter - "Can't go wrong with the best putters made!" 35" is preferred for anyone over 5'10".
14. Ping Driver G400 - Joseph says it's "a very forgiving driver."

15. Monument Stick It Range Finder Strap - He says it's a must have for the golfer and it speeds up play.


16. Hand muff with cellphone window - Perfect for cold hunts to help stay connected and communicate in the deer blind.


17. Fly Free Baboo Lightweight Long Sleeve Tee - The most comfortable fishing shirt on the market, also great for houston summer.  Can be worn everyday, too!  This is the softest shirt he's ever worn!

18. Buff Neckwear - Perfect to keep the sun off if you're fishing or playing golf.  He prefers wearing this to sunscreen.

My Two Ideas

19. Swell Traveler 3 sizes - I saw this in the golf store and asked Joseph if he'd like it.  He said yes.  Coffee or something warm to drink in the golf cart or deer blind and convenient because you can throw it in a bag.  A bigger mouth on this s'well makes it easier to pour into and more comfortable to drink from when you're sipping.

20. Like Mike Apparel - I'm singing, "Sometimes I dream that he is me, you've got to see that's how I dream to be... " These tees and hoodies are for anyone who know's what I'm talking about, for a 90s kid who wanted to "be like MIKE, if I could be like Mike!"

I have always had fun surprising Joseph with gear at Christmas.  He looks at me happy and confused like, "how'd you know about this?" My secret weapon is my Dad and the best sales people I can find at the store who will give me the scoop, the latest and greatest.  I hope this post does that for you, I hope it's your secret weapon!