The Perfect Hostess Gift

The holiday season brings with it many holiday parties…and Oprah’s Favorite Things! I look forward to this every year because there’s literally something for everyone and it makes Christmas shopping so easy. I’ve browsed the list already for you and have picked out a few gifts that are perfect for you to give to the hostess of your next holiday party, bridal or baby shower!

Modern Sprout Garden in a Jar

Garden in a Jar

Fresh Bath & Shower Gel

Help the hostess unwind with these bath and shower gels.

Help the hostess unwind with these bath and shower gels.

Teavana Oprah Chai Steep Good Thoughts Set

Teavanna oprah chai Steep Good Thoughts Set

Haute Papier Letterpressed Boxed Coasters

These boxed coasters come in sets of 100 for just $25! So many options to choose from and so affordable.

These boxed coasters come in sets of 100 for just $25! So many options to choose from and so affordable.

Lustrous Lip Gloss Set by Anastasia Beverly Hills

The perfect gift for a make up loving hostess.

The perfect gift for a make up loving hostess.

Words with Boards Cutting Boards

Such a thoughtful gift for your favorite host/hostess.

Such a thoughtful gift for your favorite host/hostess.

CorkCicle Canteen

These great canteens keep drinks cold for up to 25 hours or hot for up to 12 without sweating! Tons of colors to choose from. They would even make great bridesmaid gifts.

These great canteens keep drinks cold for up to 25 hours or hot for up to 12 without sweating! Tons of colors to choose from. They would even make great bridesmaid gifts.

Use the code OPRAH on some of these gifts for additional savings. Happy shopping!

A Baby Shower Proposal

This past weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower with one of my best friends. We might as well call her my sister. Our brother Marvin is expecting his first child in February and the moment we found out, Shanise and I began planning the soccer-themed shower. We hit the Pinterest boards hard for inspiration and I am so pleased with how it all turned out. I’m trying to hunt down better pictures (how I managed to not taking any is beyond me), but here’s one of the food set-up:

The yummy spread!

Guests were well-fed with pimento cheese and chicken salad sandwiches, home made egg rolls, buffalo chicken wraps, popcorn, rice krispies, and cupcakes.

The soccer ball rice krispie treats were a hit, as were the delicious cupcakes made by Erica Swafford.

The soccer ball rice krispie treats were a hit, as were the delicious cupcakes made by Erica Swafford.

For this shower, Amazon was our friend. It’s my go-to for plates and napkins, but I also found tiny plastic babies for the popular “My water broke!” game and this great vinyl table cloth that looks like a grass field. I was also slightly obsessed with the favors: chocolate covered Oreos decorated like soccer balls. These details take time, but make such a difference!

This baby shower had an unexpected ending, though. Just a few days before, I received a call letting me know that Marvin would be proposing!!! He had an idea of how he wanted to do it; he just needed a little help tying it all together and making sure it stayed a surprise. When Marvin and Mylita had finished opening all their presents, Shanise and I wrapped up a couple games. Everyone was preoccupied which gave Marvin the perfect opportunity to sneak away and grab the ring. When we finished, Shanise just so happened to find one last gift that had been misplaced. When Mylita realized the unsigned card was from Marvin, he got down on one knee and made it official!

We are so excited for this sweet family, and ask for your prayers while Marvin is deployed. That’s right, folks. This soon-to-be dad and husband just began a year long deployment. We will be keeping ourselves busy planning a wedding!

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

This May, I have the privilege of standing next to one of my best friends as she marries her perfect match. I’ve anxiously been waiting for word on our bridesmaid dresses and we got the email about a week ago.
We are using Azazie to achieve the bride’s vision of blue hues. The site is very unique in that each dress is custom made! You hear “custom” and immediately think “expensive” but the average price is about $120!! Yes, you read that right. Most of the dresses range in price between $99 and $139, and there are so many styles and colors to choose from.

I will be keeping you updated on the ordering process and the dress! All reviews I’ve read are great so I’m hoping for a positive experience. I work with so many budget conscience brides who don’t want their bridesmaids to spend an arm and a leg and this might just be a perfect solution.

Here are a few of the dresses I’m trying to decide between:

Azazie Alexandra

Azazie Alexandra


Azazie Chaya

Azazie Chaya


Azazie Ingrid

Azazie Ingrid


Azazie Kierra

Azazie Kierra


Azazie Lailah

Azazie Lailah


Azazie Mila

Azazie Mila