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Top 9 Gift Ideas for Your Husband this Christmas

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One of the hardest people to shop for is my husband. It’s not that he doesn’t have a ton of hobbies, its that his hobbies are so expensive. So today I wanted to go over husband gifts that satisfy every price range and are sure to bring a smile to his face! These are gifts that from my experience seem to work great and are easy to find via the links below each picture. I hope you are able to find the perfect gift for your husband this holiday season! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

You’d think that as long as Yeti tumblers have been around that this wouldn’t be a good gift anymore. I would beg to differ, I swear my husband can’t get enough of these and is always looking at the newest colors that come out! Easy to find and an inexpensive and practice gift. Prices range from $20-$40 depending on size. Amazon – CLICK HERE

These headphones are the perfect gift for any husband! These have great sound and are useful for any activity or sport that your husband enjoys! Target – CLICK HERE

Small, compact, quick heating and perfect for heating coffee, food and more! This easy to use and carry cooking system is perfect for campers, hikers, sportsman and more! Check it out here!

So my husband and his co-residents go really into paintball this year and its amazing how much fun they had. You don’t have to be experienced to enjoy this fun activity and it’s the perfect getaway for any spouse! I even had fun! Check out these sets that will get you everything you need to go have fun! Amazon – CLICK HERE

Fishing is an easy and practice hobby for anyone, especially the man in your life! Get him this nice rod & reel combo and you will get some time alone while hes out fishing! It’s guaranteed to be a hit! Bass Pro Shops- CLICK HERE

Smokers are great for anyone who wants to get their spouse out cooking so you don’t have too! You are (mostly) guaranteed an amazing meal with this smoker and it will keep you from cooking dinner a few nights! If you have any good smoker recipes, let everyone know in the comments below. Cabelas –

Pocket knives always come in handy and I don’t think you can ever have too many. These knives are extremely useful and are very budget friendly. There’s a ton of styles and choices so head over to Bass Pro and pick the one that’s best for your man! Bass Pro Shops- CLICK HERE

Am I the only one who gets sick of the disposable hand warmers? Seriously, they don’t last long and are a pain to use. These deluxe hand warmer heaters look like the perfect solution to that problem, they are definitely on my Christmas list this year!

Finally, the catch all, can’t go wrong gift. These Yeti coolers are easily one of the best gifts you can get. Anyone can use these for a multitude of activities and they work beautifully. Plus Yeti has come out with a ton of colors for you to choose from! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Remember that no matter what you decide to get, whats most important is the thought behind it. Husband gifts don’t have to be intimidating, put some love into it and you are guaranteed to have a hit on your hands!

How to Make Pistachio Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

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I can’t not bring something unique and different to a Friends-giving, it makes me crazy if I don’t! But I wanted something easier to make because I don’t have a lot of time with my daughter needing all my attention. So I found this quick but festive cheese log that fit the bill perfectly!

This pistachio and cranberry goat cheese log was such a unique take on the classic cheese ball. It does look more like a Christmas treat so it would be a perfect for a Christmas appetizer! It’s got thyme, rosemary, ginger, cinnamon and pepper in the goat and cream cheese filling along with the pistachio and cranberry blend. These flavors blend so well together and combined with the coating outside there’s lots of crunch to go with the creaminess of the cheese. I would highly recommend making this for a larger group as a little goes a long way. You will also need a real rigid cracker with this cheese log. My favorite crackers are the Ritz soft crackers but they all apart trying to cut through this log. Some good stuff crackers are what you are after. Be sure to get plenty as this cheese log is rich and will take a good chunk of crackers to eat!

Sometimes the best things to eat are the easiest things to make. This cheese log only takes about 10-15 minutes to actively make. Now, it does require a food processor or something similar to chop the pistachios and cranberries to the right consistency.

Original Recipe: Carlsbad Cravings

For more food reviews: Recipe Reviews

Pistachio Cranberry Goat Cheese Log

From Carlsbad Cravings
Total Time 15 mins

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

Pistachio Cranberry Coating

  • 1 1/4 cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 1 cup Shelled Roasted, Salted Pistachios

Cheese Log

  • 7-8 oz Goat Cheese Log
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry Pistachio Coating (see above directions)

Instructions
 

Pistachio Cranberry Coating

  • Pulse the pistachio and cranberries. It's recommended to not make them too small but this is up to your discretion on how chunky you want your pieces to be.
  • Take 1/2 cup of the coating and set in a bowl to be used in the cheese log.

Cheese Log

  • Add 1/2 cup of pistachio coating that we set aside. Add goat cheese, cream cheese, honey, and spices in a bowl and combine well.
  • Take your cheese log mixture and place on a sheet of plastic wrap. Use this to help shape the cheese mixture into a log shape. I made mine around 10 inches or so in length.
  • Place your wrapped log in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  • On a large sheet of parchment paper spread the rest of your pistachio cranberry coating in a single layer. Place your cheese log on the coating and gently press and roll to get the coating evenly distributed.
  • Once the coating is on, you can place your cheese log in the fridge until you are ready to eat later that day or the next day! Trust me when I say it is well worth the calories!
  • Once you decide to serve the cheese log, drizzle te top generously with honey. This sweetness really brings everything together.

9 Gift Ideas for the Coffee Lover in Your Life

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It’s that time of year again! Time to find gifts for all the loved ones in your life. For me, its a constant struggle to find something they will like that is also in my price range. I wanted to do a gift guide that was specific to the coffee lover in your life. Your coffee lovers, coffee aficionados, and coffee addicts. Those things that will bring joy to those with the love of coffee!

9 Coffee Lover Gifts & Their Amazon Links

This ember mug is perfect for anyone who works at an office or desk all day! It keeps your mug at the perfect temperature via an app on your phone. This way your coffee or tea never gets cold! Amazon: CLICK HERE

One of my favorite purchases this year was the electric milk frother! I got this when I got my Nespresso machine and fell in LOVE. It works beautifully to froth and foam the milk without taking a lot of space on your counter. Plus the price is PERFECT. Amazon: CLICK HERE

Personally, a gift I’d be head over heels for is this Starbucks Syrup Variety Pack. A perfect accessory or stocking stuffer so that there is always flavor in your coffee lovers cup! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Now that I am not pregnant and cold brew is an option again, I am eyeing this cold brew maker. Perfect for individual cold brews at your home and won’t take up a lot of space! Plus who wouldn’t want this for only $25?! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Are you still reaching for a normal spoon to stir your coffee? Well not anymore, these adorable Mickey Donut coffee stirrers are the perfect coffee accessory! They will bring fun and cuteness to your cup of joe in the morning! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Okay, I get that gnomes aren’t for everyone. But come on! These little coffee gnomes are absolutely adorable and would look wonderful on any coffee cart! You know your coffee lover needs these gnomes in their life. Amazon: CLICK HERE

Your kitchen needs these adorable chic canisters! To hold your favorite coffee grounds, favorite sugar mix and your evening teas! Trust me these will complete your kitchen counter aesthetic. Amazon: CLICK HERE

These double wall insulated glasses are perfect for showcasing your favorite latte! Especially on Instagram or TikTok where you want to show off your coffee! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Finally, for your coffee lover that is on the go, this ember travel mug is perfect. Charge it the night before and your coffee will stay the perfect temperature all day long! You know this is the perfect coffee gift! Amazon: CLICK HERE

Whatever you decide to get for the coffee lover in your life, I know they will love it. What are your favorite coffee lover gifts? Let me know in the comments below!

5 Ways to Deal with Job Changes

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Change is one of the most difficult things we face. Change can come in many forms; job loss, moving states, career changes, kids, death, the list goes on and on. Today I am just going to focus on job changes. Why is change so hard to deal with? For me, its the fact that I get comfortable where I am. I am one of those people that is loyal to a fault and will stay where I am longer than I should. Getting comfortable is the enemy of progress. It is SO easy to just say I know what to do and how to do it so I will stay even if I don’t love it. Even if its time to move on. Even if the job no longer fits your lifestyle. If you are like me, having an unexpected job change can feel like a truck just hit you. It’s overwhelming and cause intense anxiety. As I’m going through this process as we speak, I hope these tips will help you change jobs with success and as little stress as possible.

1.) Take time to deal with your feelings.

If you are laid off, fired, quit, etc; take time to deal with the emotions that come. Before I was let go, I had worked at my job for over 6 years and had formed many friendships with coworkers. It was hard to hear that I would no longer have my job and would be leaving the company in the coming months. Even though I had a feeling they wanted to move the job to the office out west and I knew the job no longer fit the lifestyle that we had, its hard to hear that news. So I called my mom and cried. And once my husband got home from work I took time to talk through it. You need to take a few days to work through how you are feeling. Remember that no matter how you are feeling, that your worth has not changed. You are still worthy of all the good things in this life!

2.) If you can, don’t rush to find your next job

If you have the capability, don’t freak out and take the first job that comes your way. My knee jerk reaction was that I needed to find something immediately or I would be a failure. Yes, there was the money side but a lot of it was the idea that I would be seen as less than by those around me. That people would look at me with pity if I didn’t have a new job lined up. I actually didn’t tell anyone besides my parents, sister and husband for almost a month, I just couldn’t bring myself to talk about it. I mean who wants to admit that to someone? It takes a lot of humbling of your pride to say I am not going to take the first opportunity and wait and make sure what I do next is best for me and my family. Remember, you may be at this next job for just as long, make sure its one you want to be at!

3.) The Work From Home – Go to the Office Debate

Am I the only one who had the serious debate of what would be best for my family, go back to an office or find a way to work from home? Going back to an office job would probably bring in the most money right away. I would be able to find something comparable to what I do now and bring in the same income. However, there are the downsides of taking my daughter to daycare, daycare costs, commuting costs and the emotional side of not seeing my daughter most of the day. Plus my husband has a high stress, crazy hour schedule that makes it hard to tag team an office job if things come up. So for me, finding a work from home option was really our best solution. You can use job changes to adjust how you work so it fits whats best for you and your family. Evaluate where you are in life, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and demand the option that’s best for you!

4.) Make a Career Field Change

Maybe this is the time to make a change in what field you are in. Were you feeling burnt out at your last job or feeling depressed every Monday you had to head into work? Maybe that’s a sign that this move might be the best thing because you can change career fields and find something that invigorates you once again! I’ve read endless articles over the years about people who are laid off from their jobs and end up finding their true passions not long after! It’s because being laid off and having that immediate job changes forces you to reevaluate things and make decisions that you have been putting off. If you have a dream that you want to fulfill, don’t wait, go ahead and use this time to start!

5.) Find the Excitement

Now this feeling comes every now and again for me but its getting stronger by the day. I’m actually excited for the next chapter. If you are anything like me its easy to get comfortable in a job. When you get comfortable in a job it can be almost impossible to move on on your own. This job change I am currently going through is something I don’t think I’d be able to do on my own. I needed this to push myself out of my comfort zone and into something new. Who knows, maybe I will find the thing I’m really meant to do. Finding excitement in the next chapter of my career was the final step to dealing with my sudden job loss. I hope that wherever you are in your career, that you end the reading of this post with excitement.

Job changes are inevitable. Whether you quit or are laid off, it will happen. Don’t forget to take time to deal with your emotions, choose options that are best for you and find what makes you excited for the next chapter. I believe in you and know that the next stage in your life will be the best yet!

What’s your best advice for those facing a job change? Let me know in the comments below!

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How to Make Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

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I swear these post pregnancy hormones have been throwing off my baking like crazy! But here we go again getting back in the swing of things. Now that it is fall and Mia is a bit older, I’m working on baking all the yummy fall treats! This recipe is from —- magazine, and these whoopie pies looked phenomenal.

Let’s talk about where I went wrong, I went wrong in several places it seems! First, my pumpkin tops and bottoms are so thick! They looked to be more cookiesque in the photos in the magazine. My only thought is I added too much of my rising agents which made my cookies too big. However big they might have been, they still tasted amazing! Additionally, my cream didn’t seem thick enough, it seemed slightly runnier than what I saw in the photos. For the cream, I think I should have spent longer whipping it and the texture might have gotten better. But HOLY CRAP was the flavor good. I really think its the addition of the syrup that knocks the filling out of the park.

Personally, I think even if you are a bit off on something in this recipe, the flavors are so good they will still taste great! Because the thing is, even though I obviously made some mistakes these pumpkin whoopie pies were so soft and full of flavor. If I were to do it again and adjust the issues I mentioned earlier I’m sure these would be event better and look more appetizing to a group.

If you do end up trying these pumpkin whoopie pies let me know how it goes! Did yours turn out more like a cookie? What do you think of that frosting flavor? Let me know in the comments below.

Be sure to check out the rest of our recipe reviews here: Recipe Reviews.

xoxo – Kayla

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

From Jennifer Switzer at Beyond the Butter & Taste of Home
Cook Time 38 mins
Servings 7 Cookies

Ingredients
  

Whoopie Pie

  • 2 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Vegetable Shortening Room Temperature
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Frosting

  • 4 oz Cream cheese Room Temperature
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter Room Temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 1/2 cups Confectioners' Sugar Sifted

Instructions
 

Whoopie Pie

  • Place rack just above center and preheat to 350 degrees
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside
  • Using a hand mixer, beat shortening and sugar on medium high until light and fluffy. Add egg and pumpkin puree. Mix completed and scrape down sides as needed. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Using a cookie scoop place cookie dough 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  • Bake 15-18 minutes until edges are golden brown
  • Remove and cool on baking sheet for 5-10 minutes. Must completely cool before frosting.

Frosting

  • Using hand mixer beat cream cheese and unsalted butter on medium high until smooth and blended
  • Add vanilla extract and maple syrup
  • Reduce speed to low and gradually add powdered sugar.
  • Spread frosting on half the cakes and top with remaining cakes. Refrigerate leftovers

How to Take a Baby to the Apple Orchard and Pumpkin Patch

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Taking a baby to an apple orchard or pumpkin patch can be challenging! If they choose not to sleep or are feeling grumpy they can be difficult to deal with. So here are my tips to making your babies apple orchard and pumpkin picking experience amazing.

1.) Prepare in Advance

I’m sure this is stating the obvious, but make sure your pack all the things your baby might need! The biggest hurdles you will face that the orchard and patch is lack of supplies. Most of these areas are out at farms and are a good distance from most convenience stores. So make sure to bring all the essentials that you and your baby will need! I also would make sure to bring anything you might need, babies are messy so be sure to bring a change of clothes for you in case you get spit up everywhere!

My essential bag items were:

  • 6-8 diapers – my daughter plows through diapers because she hates having a dirty butt!
  • Wipes
  • 2-3 extra sets of clothes – In case of blowouts, general dirtiness or random surprises
  • Burp cloth
  • Toys – Ball and Teething Ring
  • Extra shirt for mom

2.) Change Diapers and Feed Baby

I’m bad about remembering this because by the time I get where we wanted to go, I want to get going! However, almost every single time my daughter needs to eat some and get her diaper changed to be in a good mood. Something about those car rides really gets her so we need to take a minute to reset before going out to do anything else. I’ve started taking 10-15 minutes once we arrive somewhere to change her diaper and feed her, especially if the car ride was longer than 40 minutes. It makes all the difference and is worth the few minute delay!

3.) Bring Support – If at all possible

This one is hard for me. With my husband in residency and us living a few states away, I don’t have family around us at this time. It’s really difficult to not have your mom around when you are trying to raise your baby girl. As hard as that is some days, if you are lucky enough to be near family or trusted friends coordinate having someone come with you. Luckily my parents were in town and were able to come with us and it was a huge blessing. They could hold my daughter and love on her so I had time to do fun things and they were able to capture memories that I wouldn’t have had.

4.) Go with the Flow

I know you want those Instagram perfect photos. But I think it’s the funny faces, the outtakes, that make photos the best. If you look below at some of our photos, my daughter is making all kinds of faces. Ranging from being content to being mad! But they are so fun to look back on and are great memories I will always treasure. I think going with the flow is pretty essential to all areas of being a parent, but especially with babies at new places. I had initially brought out our stroller to make getting her around the patch easier, but let me tell you that FAILED. So instead we grabbed my husbands carrier and just held her as we walked around. The carrier only lasted for a few minutes at a time but we just made it work! These babies have a mind of their own so try to be flexible!

Most of all just remember that it’s okay if everything isn’t perfect. Life with your new little is completely different. Embrace the change as best you can and just remember how amazing you are! You are everything your little needs right now. So soak it in and try to make the most of your babies apple orchard and pumpkin picking experience. xoxo-Kayla