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100 Gift Ideas For Those You Love

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Tis’ the season for gift giving and gift guides! Rounding up 100 gifts ideas for those you love in four different categories: for her, for him, for your stocking, and for the the parents of both kiddos and pups! Keep scrolling, click to shop, and keep in mind that all cosmetic beauty/personal items listed are toxin-free! xo

 

FOR HER

1. The Clean Sweep: my 90 day guide to clean living

2. Pour Over Set: a beautiful gift for coffee lovers

3. Branch Basics: the starter kit is the perfect gift for clean cleaning all year

4. Sustainable Carry-on Suitcase:  travel well while helping the environment

5. Primally Pure Spa Kit: there is nothing better than spa night at home

6. Hobo Backpack Purse: the leather bag she’ll always reach for

7. Cuyana Jewelry Case: the perfect way to keep jewelry organized

8. Coyuchi Quilt: give the gift of cozy with this beautiful blanket

9. Everlane Scarf: chic and warm for the cold months

10. Janessa Leone Hat: for the hat-loving women out there

11. Cowboy Boots: something for the fashion-forward woman on your list

12. House Plant: the perfect lively addition to a home in a cute pot

13. Almond Cow: the best way to make nut milk at home

14. Anine Bing Sweatshirt: casual-cool with jeans and sneaks

15. Vitruvi Diffuser: for those who love essential oils

16. Portal for FaceTiming: the best way to FaceTime with loved ones

17. She Reads Truth Bible: a beautiful Bible for all women in your life

18. Revive Essential Oils: my favorite oils right now

19. Larq Water Bottle: the best way to get clean water on-the-go

20. Happily Grey Teapot: a gorgeous teapot for your home

21. Bamboo Cutting Board: looks great and works great, too

22. Grounding Mat: for sleeping or standing

23. Oura Ring: a ring that is good for your health

24. Monogrammed Catchall: a great way to organize the little things

25. Toxin-Free Skillet: for the one on your list who loves to cook

FOR HIM

1. Dopp Kit: a way to keep his personal items organized at home or away

2. Mugs: for the coffee or tea drinking guy

3. Belt: something he will wear every day

4. Travel Pouch: for small items when traveling or at home

5. Sweatpants: the best clothing item for lounging

6. Noise-Cancelling Headphones: made for those long plane rides

7. Air Pods Case: make that little white case a little cooler

8. Organic Weighted Blanket: a great gift for deep sleep

9. Sweatshirt: something to keep him cozy and comfortable

10. Leather Coasters: a very cool addition to the home for entertaining

11. Coffee Table Book: something interesting to keep on the table

12. Backpack: a good gift for guys on the go

13. Nike Sneakers: comfortable and cool sneaks he will always want to wear

14. Yoga Mat: for the yogi guys

15. Cozy Tee: a wardrobe basic he’ll wear on repeat

16. Staple White Tee: simply a must-have

17. Leather Journal: makes the best prayer journal

18. Laptop Case: a great way to keep his laptop protected

19. Weekend Bag: for travelers who need a go-to weekender

20. Grill Pan: the best gift for grill-master guys

21. House Plant: bring a little green into his office or favorite room in the house

22. Sunglasses: a must-have accessory for him

23. Golf Club: for the golf-loving guys

24. Golf Shoes: great pair of shoes to wear on the green

25. An Experience He’ll Love: whether it’s two tickets to a concert, a basketball game, a football game, a day of golfing with his friends… the list goes on!

FOR THE STOCKING

1. Rebekah Lyons Book: a must-read book to learn how to be truly refreshed and renewed

2. Dr. Cole’s Book: all about anti-inflammatory foods that will be good for your gut

3. Puracy Toiletry Travel Set: a must-have for travel

4. Follain Soap: my favorite soap

5. Essentiel Lotion: give the gift of moisturized skin

6. Stranded Dry Shampoo: my dry shampoo powder for all hair colors

7. Mosquito Repellent: so important and love this brand

8. Frother: hello, best lattes at home

9. Pique Matcha Tea: ceremonial grade matcha that I just love

10. New Morning Mercies Devotional: a must-read for daily doses of faith

11. Napkin Rings: the perfect gift for the host and hostess

12. Phone Case: a must-have for daily living

13. Painted Notebook: to keep all of your dreams and ideas

14. Bottle Opener: the perfect tool for a bar cart

15. Library of Herbs: a great gift for at-home chefs and gardeners

16. East by West Cookbook: written for those who love to be in the kitchen

17. Ceramic Sponge Holder: a useful and

18. Cozy Socks: because everyone loves a new pair of favorite socks

19. Henua Moisturizer: a product your skin will be so thankful for

20. Cutest Ornament: for the Christmas decor lovers

21. Linen Bowl Covers: my absolute favorite for storing leftovers

22. Luggage Tag: for the travelers and wanderlust seekers

23. Ilia Lipstick: my favorite lipstick right now

24. Silk Sleep Mask: for the best sleep of your life

25. Christmas Puzzle: a fun and festive game for the fam

FOR KIDDOS & PUPS

(& their parents)

 

1. Farmer’s Market Tote: the cutest play set for kids

2. Collar & Leash: calling all furry friends!

3. Elephant Dog Toy: an elephant toy your fur babe will love

4. Travel Dog Bowl: for the dogs on the go

5. Baby Hair Kit: perfect little set for new parents

6. Stroller Set: keep the stroller cozy this winter

7. Organic Crib Sheet: because organic sheets are so important

8. Cozy Robe for Mom: stay cozy mornings and night, mom…

9. Cozy Robe for Dad: …and you too, dad!

10. Organic Baby Blanket: for the sweet snuggle times

11. Organic Baby Snuggle Sack: keep your sweet babe cozy at night

12. Organic Cotton Burp Cloths: perfect cloths to use post-feeding

13. Organic Changing Pad: changing on an organic surface is a must

14. Organic Changing Pad Cover: a cover makes the messes no biggie

15. Organic Crib Mattress: help your baby’s sleep be sweet, safe, and sound

16. Primally Pure Baby Kit: a few of the essentials

17. Travel Magnet Set: a perfect toy to take in the car, on a flight, or out to eat

18. Alphabet Set: help your babe learn A-Z

19. Sleepy Moon Pillow: perfection addition to the crib

20. Organic Baby Jumpsuit: because babies in jumpsuits are the cutest

21. Kid Shopping Cart: a fun way for he or she to grocery shop

22. Feelings Book: a sweet book for the heart

23. Organic Dress: a cute choice for your little girl

24. Top Knots: the coolest type of headband around

25. Organic Teething Bib: for that teething stage

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And that’s a wrap! Happy shopping, friends. xo.

Tips For Traveling Light

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For travel plans and just everyday life, tips for traveling light are always greatly appreciated. All it takes is overpacking one time or lugging too much in your tote to understand the value of traveling with less. Eliminate the extra stuff, stick to necessities, and your load will be lighter. The less you are carrying allows you freedom to be more present, explore more easily, and go with the flow of the day more fluidly.

Jase and I travel often, especially now with a place in Idaho! When it comes to packing light for those trips, here is what I stick to…

Work out clothes: bike shorts, tanks, cropped tees, leggings, and sweatshirts

Casual vibe: denim, sneaks, boots, tees, and sweatshirts

Comfy clothes: this is a must for all vacations. I have to be comfortable in order to truly relax, so athleisure is the name of the game

Layers that mix & match: the more that you can wear together, the less you have to take!

Hats of all kinds and sunnies: for all outdoor activities and let’s be honest, the hats hide the hair that won’t be washed too often on vacay.

Sticking to these necessities have made packing for Idaho a simple strategy that I return to each time we make the trip. Not only does packing simply keep my physical load light, but it keeps my mental load light too and that is KEY for joyful travel and a rejuvenating time spent away.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

jacket | top (c/o) | pants | sunnies | shoes ( c/o | similar)

 

The Process Of Moving In

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Hi friends!

Just wanted to chime in with a quick update on our process of moving in! If you follow Jase and I on Instagram you will have seen that it has been a lot of work with a lot of stuff (especially pillows…!), patience, time, help, energy, understanding, and LOVE. We are so thankful for this new home and cannot wait to see the chapters of life that unfold within these walls.

The main words I keep thinking about during this move are patience, grace, and gratefulness. My acupuncturist a few weeks ago talked to me about the act of “reframing,” which is taking a situation and turning it into a positive perspective rather than a negative. I keep saying that I am so grateful that I get to unpack and create a space for my family.

For instance, the dust has been a nightmare for me, and it’s somewhat helpless to avoid it at the beginning of the move and after a renovation (no matter how much you clean). The stores and dusty boxes bring in more dust, the items in the box that have collected dust do the same, and the foot traffic brings in all the things too! We just keep cleaning and continue being grateful for the progress!

I am the type that diligently finishes every project I start. And y’all probably know, my home reflects the Marie Condo theme that everything has a place. Organization, creating a home, cleaning, and feeling settled is in the heart of who I am so this process can be mentally tough. I keep reminding myself that this is a process and I am so grateful for this space now and what it will develop into. It’s such a parallel for life. We often want something to be complete, but the time of work and waiting is often times a struggle.

My parents came in to help and it was a game changer. My dad literally did over 30 hours of laundry (he is a pro!), and my mom is the best organizer of coordinating the rooms. She also set boundaries for us to stop when we were tired and to rest when we needed it so we didn’t fully exhaust ourselves every day. I could not be more thankful on how well we work together and how much they sacrifice for us, even though they just view it as a gift to help!

Our method in unpacking was to unpack everything first, and then organize it into categories in the appropriate room. We also first vacuumed and cleaned every cabinet thoroughly. And P.S. we are only using Branch Basics in our clean up! Then we organized drawers and cabinets + write a list of organizers we needed to order to make it fully complete.

It’s so nuts to me because we purged so much before the move, and so you think you are good to go with purging when you move, but this was not the case for us! We are continuing to purge items, which is the best feeling in the world.

Other keys to a successful move-in: blasting music throughout the house, laughing, making sure you get enough food and water, rest when you need to, and HAVE FUN!!

Also, last but certainly not least, I have been praying over our house as we unpack – such a special and powerful thing to do, inviting Jesus into the process.

Thanks for reading and share this post with anyone who is preparing for and praying over an upcoming move themselves!

xo, Lo.

How To Experience Real Rest

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Just last week, one of our favorite authors and speakers, Rebekah Lyons, came out with a new book. Her book, You Are Free, is one we have recommended here on the blog before and her new book, Rhythms of Renewal, is once again a must-read.

We are so excited to soon be asking Rebekah a few questions, so of course the Q&A will be posted here on the blog, but until then we had to share an excerpt from her book that we keep re-reading. Focused on four rhythms: rest, restore, connect, and create, this new book from RL encourages readers to incorporate these four ways of being in their lives in order to truly rest, experience restoration, deeply connect, and beautifully create.

Just from the dedication page, it is clear this book is one that your soul is going to soak up. She shares this psalm in the opening page:

“Show me the right path, O LORD;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.”
Psalm 25:4-5

Then on page 21, just in the introduction, Rebekah writes this:

“Through study and experience, I’ve come to understand four rhythms that help us replace stress and anxiety with life-giving peace and purpose. They help us nurture and sustain lasting emotional health. These rhythms aren’t complicated- Rest, Restore, Connect, and Create…however, these rhythms do take practice. Practical acts like fasting from media (Rest), exercising (Restore), sharing a laugh (Connect), or recovering an old talent (Create) can help us break the anxiety-inducing cycles of the world around us and bring balance to our otherwise hectic lives. They can help us cultivate the spiritual and mental space needed to allow God to bring us through complacency and fear and into freedom.” -Rebekah Lyons 

Here’s to breaking “the anxiety-inducing cycles of the world around us” that are so easy to slip into. Instead, root yourself in these rhythms and find yourself flourishing and truly living from a place of peace, rest, and strength! Thanks, Rebekah, for writing such a faith-filled and much-needed book.

With love,
Team LSK.

Take Good Care Of Yourself

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The other day someone in passing said to me when saying goodbye, “take good care of yourself”! Their words made me think: what does “take good care of yourself” actually mean? How does one do that well?

TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF…

…means different things for different people at different times. But man oh man, is it important. Our loving Lord of course is our great caretaker; He takes care of us in multiple ways from His throne. I believe though that He equips us to take care of ourself AND in His great provision, surrounds us with people who will also care for us. It’s our responsibility, though, to care for ourselves to the best of our human ability. This includes caring for our physical bodies, emotional selves, spiritual souls, and our God-focused minds.

I PRAY…

…for all of us to fight off the guilt that the enemy uses when we do focus on and care for ourselves. Don’t be surprised when the devil tries to tell you you are selfish or you should be doing something else for someone else. It’s simply NOT TRUE. Taking good care of yourself by rest, relaxation, taking time to do your favorite hobby, investing in yourself, doing something that makes you smile…all of those things fill up your energy tank in order to take care of others in your life well! You have to be filled up in order to fill others up.

xo

MY OUTFIT

*gifted by the brand!

sunnies*| hat* | bag* | top* | jeans | shoes* sold out, but love these & these

Five Questions With Bianca Olthoff

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Friends! We are so excited to bring to you an amazing Q&A we had the honor of participating in with author and speaker Bianca Olthoff. While we have not met Bianca in person, we feel as though we know her from interview her, reading her new book, and following her on Instagram and that is because she is real and honest in everything she writes and says and THAT, my friends, is a gift and a treasure. Her new book, How To Have Your Life Not Suck: Becoming Today Who You Want To Be Tomorrow, is one of those books that you think about constantly once you start it and one that you tell all your girlfriends about. Bianca is encouraging, inspiring, and convicting; she writes in such a way that makes you want to hit your knees, praying and crying out to God, praising Him for all he has done, and trusting Him for all that He will do. Her words makes you want to stand firm in your faith, obey with endurance, and step out in courage. Keep reading to meet Bianca Olthoff and be inspired to read her incredible book.

TAKE A READ…

Let’s talk about your Instagram. We are loyal followers and your posts always do things: 1) make us LOL so hard and 2) inspire us beyond words, motivating us to fight the good fight and love the Lord with all our hearts. What do you love sharing and interacting with others on your Instagram platform and what has inspired your approach to your IG posts?

First of all, I don’t have followers—I have FRIENDS! I love that we are cyber friends. Secondly, the fact that you laugh at my posts SOLIDIFIED us as forever friends.

But the reason I love social media is that it has really leveled the playing field of communication within social class, nationality, and popularity. Within seconds you can commenting and engaging with a superstar in Brazil by leaving Instagram love, Snapchatting your roommate in the bunk bed next to you, or inspiring someone you’ve never met via Facebook live. Social media has many pitfalls, but there’s a lot of amazing ways to connect, inspire, and be encouraged by new friends we wouldn’t have otherwise met if it wasn’t for the good ol’ world wide web.

For me personally, I  know my online friends don’t really go to church. And if they do, it’s not very consistent. So I  bring church to them! Yes, I post silly things that I love, but I also posts clips of me teaching the Word of God, sharing inspiring quotes, or sharing stories of life transformation. Why? Because we have this awesome tool called the internet and we can make a really big world feel really small if we take time to engage with people.

Tell us about the title of your new book, How To Have Your Life Not Suck: Becoming Today Who You Want To Be Tomorrow. Did it come to you right away or as you started to write? It is an extremely powerful title and fits so well with the content. Did you always intend for it to a guidebook to living one’s best life? Because that is definitely what is was for us when reading!

First of all, can I put y’all in my pocket and pull you out anytime I need encouragement?! All this flattery will get you EVERYWHERE. Just kidding! (Well, half kidding.)

The very first bible study I taught was on the book of Ruth over 15 years ago. I discovered that the Bible was FULL of practical wisdom, truth, and humor that could have me not just survive my quarter-life crisis, but THRIVE in a difficult season. So I guess you can say it was a 15-year process to write this book! But I set out to write a playbook that I wish I had when I was in a really sucky season of life. Being single, moving back home, not working my dream job—those were all very normal struggles, but no one talked to me or mentored me in a way that impacted me.

This is my playbook for women who want to get their life together and a primer for those who want to understand and connect with the next generation.

As we started to read, we couldn’t put the book down! Your vulnerability and willingness to share your story, as well as your strong faith and passion for God’s Word, are so evident in these pages. I am sure there are many, but if there is one thing that you want readers to take away from your book, what would it be?

YES! Without a doubt, I  want people to understand the power of legacy. This isn’t fully obvious in the book of Ruth, but in the New Testament we see that this pagan, barren, widowed Moabite (basically she was HOT MESS EXPRESS) ends up in the lineage of Jesus Christ?! The decisions she made in her everyday effected her tomorrow—she wasn’t living for a good weekend, she was building a good legacy.

If people read one chapter of my book, I would suggest reading the very last chapter. Go ahead! I give you permission. My hope is that people understand that all decisions, all disillusionment, and despair can be redeemed. Because if you are not dead, then God is not done.

Your writing style is the perfect balance of straightforward, tell it like it is, preach it type of wisdom, with a side dose of humor that makes what you say incredibly moving and memorable. Your relationship advice in particular is always spot-on! What is it about single women and the dating world that inspires you to speak into their lives with such Truth and passion? It is such a gift!

Hand to heaven, I  told Jesus that when I would preach, teach, write, or create, I will NEVER ostracize my single sisters. I love the Church, but it felt like I was less-than, unwanted, or diseased during my single years (I didn’t get married until 30 and instantly inherited two step kids). The enemy will have a field day with our mind if we believe that narrative. So I’m always intentional to include as many voices to the conversation as possible. And dating SUCKS, man. Let’s share wisdom and stories with humility and candor so we can learn how to date well!

Did the story of Ruth always hold a special place in your heart? You weave Ruth and her story so well into your personal stories throughout the book. When did you first realize that God had placed on your heart to write this book and how did Ruth become a central role in it?

I’m a first generation American with a family that wasn’t religious. My parents came to this country with nothing, but chose God to be their God, the United States to be their land, and God’s people to be their people. That was Ruth’s story. Scrappy, hard-working, and not like those in her community, she showed up. Her chutzpa inspired me and I hope everyone who reads this book finds a piece of their story in her story. Redemption isn’t just for the perfect, polished, and pretty. Redemption is for all of us.

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