Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

Somehow it’s already Thanksgiving week, and my brain can’t quite register it! This year has flown by, y’all. And believe it or not, Christmas is coming. So that means it’s time for a gift guide!! This year I wanted to focus on smaller businesses rather than big corporations, so you won’t be finding any affiliate links here today. I love supporting small and local! All of these businesses are also run by women! That makes me even happier to support them, because nothing is better that a woman stepping into something she feels called to do. Check out my top picks, and then make sure you scroll to the bottom for a GIVEAWAY! One person will when an item from each of these shops!

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This shop has the most beautiful journals that would all make perfect gifts. The Motherhood Journal would be such a thoughtful gift for any new mamas in your life. It’s a three year journal, with prompts and lined pages for each week. The Me+You Journal is a correspondence journal that encourages hand written letter writing and story telling. There are so many ways to use this journal! The Heirloom Recipe Journal is another great gift, one that could be perfect for your mother, MIL, or grandmother! I think it would be a sweet newlywed gift as well. It’s a journal you use to compile your favorite recipes, along with any stories and history behind them. Be sure to check out the lunch box love letters as well! I can’t wait to use these in the boys’ lunches!

*Use the code THANKFUL from Friday at midnight through Monday 11/26 for 25% off your entire order.

Leisure Lane

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I’ve never seen such a practical but also stylish and classic apron until I found Leisure Lane. Their aprons are “made for the cook, the home keeper, the farmer, the fashionista, the artist and the little people in our lives.” The Crossback apron is so versatile and simple to put on, and it’s made with high quality and carefully sourced materials. I love the neutral colors and the linen fabric. It’s very easy to put on - no string attached! There are even aprons for your littles (junior and mini sized) - because we know they like to help us out in the kitchen! You could easily pair this with the Recipe Journal mentioned above to make an incredibly thoughtful gift.

*Be on the lookout for 15% off you order Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Dear Mushka

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I have been slightly obsessed with Dear Mushka’s jewelry for a while now. Gifts with meaning behind them are my favorite! Every piece is inspired by scripture and comes with a verse card. The Eclipsed locket would be such a sweet gift, especially if you include a special picture inside for the recipient. The verse that pairs with this necklace is Jeremiah 33:3 - “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Beautiful, right? There are endless gorgeous and meaningful options that would make such a precious gift.

*Black Friday deals will be announced to their newsletter subscribers on Thanksgiving day, so if you want to be the first to know, subscribe here!

Little Chick Love Letters

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My friend Sarah recently started her business Little Chick Love Letters, where she makes the CUTEST little personalized crayons. I have gotten each of my boys’ names made and they’ll go in their stockings this year. My kids are crayon-obsessed, so I know they’re going to be so excited to get these. They are thick and sturdy, which means they won’t snap in half within 30 seconds like most crayons do. You could get them personalized, get some fun shapes, or even the entire alphabet. These are also perfect for your nieces and nephews, grandkids, or for your kiddos to give their friends. You can contact her through her facebook page to order! She ships and also has local pick-up.

Love Life Soap Co.

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Skip the big chain store soaps full of who-knows-what and check out Love Life Soap Co. Their soaps are made with natural ingredients (always ethically and sustainably sourced, and locally sourced whenever possible - from local farmers, her own garden, and honey from a friend right down her street), no artificial fragrances or colors, and handmade in small batches. She’s got bar soaps (try the Pale Ale for hubby or dad - they’ll be excited about a soap made from beer), body butter bars, lip butters, and a soap and balm perfect for the babies - she nearly guaranteed me it has magical ingredients to help your kiddos go to sleep easier ;) ! The price point on all of these products makes it easy to stock up for teachers, friends, and hostess gifts. The gorgeous packaging doesn’t hurt either.

*free shipping and free body butter bar with every order on Black Friday, no code needed! 

So Yaya

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If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know my love for So Yaya products runs deep. I swear by their oil cleansers and serums! They also make the best all natural mani & pedi balms that would make a sweet and easy gift! I’m thinking stocking stuffers, teachers, neighbors, friend gift exchanges! You could easily pair it with some cozy socks or your favorite nail polish if you wanted. Get the mani/pedi set or buy them separately: mani balm, pedi balm.

*They’ll be offering free shipping through the holidays as well as some sampler gift sets!

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I can’t leave my own shop out of this list, can I?? Check out the Cold Coffee Shop for a lot of fun options to gift this Christmas! I’ve got notepads and mugs that would make great teacher or friend gifts, as well as art prints! Art is something everyone can appreciate, and it is one of my favorite things to gift. Be sure to check out original artwork I have available, or commission something special with me at Hannah L Fine Art!

*I’ll be offering 25% off in the Cold Coffee Shop from Black Friday through Cyber Monday with the code THANKFUL25. And be sure you’re following along with Hannah L Fine Art on Facebook and Instagram for some deals as well!

Need more ideas? Check out the 2017 Gift Guide here. And be sure to check back to this post for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals. I will update the post with info and discount codes accordingly.

And now for some fun…I’ve collaborated with all of these shops to bring you a GIVEAWAY! One person will win the following:

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Use this form to enter

The * denotes required for entry, others are optional for extra entries!

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Be on the lookout for my posts on Instagram and Facebook for even more ways to enter! Giveaway will run until November 27th. I will contact the winner and get their info on where to send the prizes! Happy shopping, friends!

Special thanks to each of these shops for sending items to me to able to give my honest review and recommendations, as well as items for the giveaway.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Could a blog for moms even be complete without a Mother's Day Gift Guide?! Guys, I'd love to say I'm one of those people that rolls my eyes at holidays like this, but I'm just not. Being a mom is the thing I'm the most proud of, and it just makes me feel good when there's a day set aside to celebrate that! I love that there's a day to intentionally tell my mom and all of the amazing moms that I know how awesome I think they are!  But real talk, am I the only one who wants to have zero of my normal "mom responsibilities" on Mother's Day??! Like, I'll hug and kiss my babies, but I'm gonna need someone else to change the diapers and fix the meals, ok?

Anyway, let me get back to why you're here: a gift guide. I wish gift giving was my love language, but I am a person that tends to get overwhelmed with choosing the perfect gift for someone. So I've made it my mission to help you (and me) out by narrowing it down to some pretty fantastic and unique gifts. These will work for your Mama, your Mother-in-Law, your mama friends, or if you want to just forward it on over to your husband, you go right ahead girl. Enjoy shopping! Let me know in the comments if any of these make their way to your cart, or if you'd add anything else to the list!

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1. Hand lettered print

 Art always makes a great gift, especially art that inspires. I have this print from Lindsay Letters hanging in the hall outside of the boys' rooms and I love it so much. I've also gifted the print to both my mom and my Mother-in-Law. It's such a sweet reminder of what a gift our children are. Lindsay Letters has so many beautiful prints to choose from - I have quite a few in my own home. A painting or framed photograph are also great gift ideas.

2. Gourmet Chocolate 

Does this even need an explanation, y'all? A fancy box of chocolate is always a win. I currently just keep a bag of dark chocolate chips in my pantry - the opposite of fancy. So a beautifully decorated box filled with gourmet treats would be so special to receive!

3. Motherhood Journal from J. Sperling Paperie 

This three year journal is absolutely beautiful, both in design and content. The layout is clean and simple, giving space to reflect on each week. It's a space where mamas can reflect on the highlights of their week, as well as their hopes and prayers. What a treasure it would be to look back on through the years or hand down to your children one day. I think this would make such a sweet and thoughtful gift! Be sure to check out their Me+You Correspondence journals as well. Jamie has graciously offered us a code for 15% off that will run until May 6th (the last day to place your order in time for Mother's Day). Use code CCHM15 at check out!

4. Bamboo handbag 

These cute bamboo clutches are so on trend right now. I think they are appropriate for any age, so if you're shopping for your friend, your mom, or yourself, one of these cute bags would be the perfect fit!

5. Earrings from Kathryn Chalas Designs 

How adorable are these earrings?! These are handmade by one of my dear friends. She's so talented and has great style. Check out her facebook page for lots of different designs - from leather to tassels to feathers!

6. Robe 

A beautiful comfy robe is a gift you can't go wrong with! There are a ton (over 500!) of rave reviews on this one from Barefoot Dreams. There are quite a few color options, which I love. I know it's a bit on the pricey side, but for something you would use every single day, I think a little bit of investment is worth it. I also found this more budget friendly one from Amazon that has great reviews as well!

7. Bath Soak 

I don't think I've met many women who don't appreciate a nice hot bath! Help a mama out and give her a treat to help make that bath even more relaxing and pampering. This bath soak from Indie Lee can be used to detoxify skin, improve circulation, relieve aching muscles and deliver softer, more supple skin (um, yes please!). The price point is great so you could easily pair this with a nice bath robe like I linked above, or some other pampering supplies like a good body butter!

8. Dear Mushka Essential necklace 

I have been drooling over the jewelry from Dear Mushka for so long now it's ridiculous. One of my favorite pieces is the Essential Necklace. All of their jewelry is inspired by scripture. This one points to Micah 6:8 - "And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" This simple necklace calls us back to these basic directions. I love giving a gift with meaning, and every single thing from Dear Mushka is packed with it! Here are a few that are more specifically designed for moms:  The "Called" necklace is one you can personalize with special initials or numbers. The "Quiver" necklace has an arrow to represent your children, and you can add multiple arrows if you want! Shopping for an adoptive mama? The "Together" necklace was designed especially for her.

9. Swig wine cup

Forgive me for jumping from a beautiful and meaningful gift to a wine cup. BUT who doesn't need a great cup for their wine?! These insulated cups won't break and keep your wine at the perfect temperature. I think that's a pretty darn thoughtful gift! Pair it with a bottle of her favorite wine!

10. Magnolia Cookbook

Any Chip & JoJo fans out there? All of you? That's what I thought. The new cookbook from Joanna Gaines would make a great gift for anyone. Pair it with a cute apron, a handmade serving board, or these cute cooking utensils from Target.

11. Beach tote bag

This straw tote from Vera Bradley is basically one of the cutest things I've ever seen! It can be used as a great spring & summer purse or as a beach tote. Gift it on its own or pack it with a few essentials like a cute water bottle, a beach towel, a magazine, and some sunscreen and you've got a great gift!

12. Soy Candle

A candle is always a great and easy gift! Everyone loves them! And this lemon and sea salt scent is perfect for spring and summer.

13. At home gel nail set

While a gift card to go get a mani & pedi makes for a great gift, if a mama in your life doesn't mind a little DIY, this at home gel nail set would make an awesome gift! I have a light and polish set that I use on the regular. It's so convenient and saves so much money! This is a starter set but you can purchase other colors almost anywhere that nail supplies are sold.

14. Bracelet from Covered.

I shared about Covered. on my Holiday Gift Guide. Her bracelets are just so beautiful that I had to link them again. The quality is top of the line, and the price point is great! She adds new designs all the time so I'm sure you'll be able to find something you love. She also carries some other great accessories, so go check her out!

Last but not least I have to mention one of my favorite shops, SFT. Each month they put together a subscription box called the Lagniappe Box, and this month they have created one just for Mamas! I always get questions when I rock my favorite "Mama Tried" sweatshirt. Since the weather is heating up, this short sleeved version, along with the super cute Mama hat, are a perfect pair. The Satsuma candle also smells amazing! This would be such a fun box to gift to someone, or to yourself!

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I hope this list was helpful and gave you some good ideas! Let me know if you decide to get any of the things I have shared, and if you have any other great gift ideas I'd love to hear them in the comments. I know the other readers would benefit from all the great suggestions I know y'all have as well! Cheers to you, mamas! Enjoy the day that's just for you!

Some, but not all, of the items linked here are affiliate links.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

We love stocking stuffers and we love keeping them simple. It's always hard to find ideas for fun things to add to everyone's stocking that don't cost too much. We like to keep stocking stuffers under $30 because otherwise, we feel like you're getting into the "gift" category. Growing up, stocking stuffers were always fun trinkets, chapstick, candy; basically nothing too extravagant. So, we tried to make our stocking stuffer guide intentional while also being fun and a little practical too.

Holiday Gift Guide + A Giveaway

I'm not quite sure how it's possible, but the time for Christmas shopping is already here! In the craziness of life, finding the perfect gift for everyone on our lists can feel a tad bit overwhelming. In an effort to help both ourselves and our friends (hey, that's you!), My girl Courtney and I have put together a 2017 Holiday Gift Guide! If that in itself wasn't exciting enough, my friend Blake is partnering with us and sharing another carefully curated gift guide over on her blog.

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Oh but wait, there's more. We've also put together an awesome giveaway (GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!) featuring a few of our favorite things! And we're all a little sad we can't win it ourselves! You could keep it all for yourself, or use it to scratch a few items off your list. All the giveaway details are at the bottom of this post!

But first, it's time to get shopping! We are excited to be ringing in the holiday season with y'all!

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1. covered. Bracelet stack We paired up with covered. for a small giveaway a few months ago, and we couldn't go without including one of these pretty bracelet stacks on our gift guide. Jewelry is always a great gift! Each of her pieces is unique and classy. Check out her site and you'll find lots of great gift options. 

2. Give me Jesus Journal from Well Watered Women This 90 day quiet time journal would make such a thoughtful gift for a friend, mom, mother-in-law, sister...you get the idea. Each day is divided into three pages that help guide you through scripture and prayer. 

3. The Emily & Merritt Ultimate Cosmetic Bag Every woman needs the perfect cosmetic bag! This one is not only pretty, but it packs well and it can be easily wiped down if anything spills. It fits a ton of stuff, thanks to the four pockets for organizing all of her favorite beauty products and toiletries. 

4. Pajamas These are, by far, some of the best pajamas! They're so incredibly soft and they hold up so well. These would make a great gift for any lady in your life who loves all things cozy!

5. Goosebumps Shop Adult Swaddle For the lady on your list who loves wrapping up in a soft blanket while reading a book or watching TV, the Goosebumps adult swaddle is the real MVP of blankets. It's so soft and cozy, everyone will want one of these for themselves! 

6. Monogrammed Coffee Mug What would a Cold Coffee, Hot Mess gift guide be without a cute coffee mug?! This one is so pretty and would make a great stocking stuffer for the coffee or tea lover in your life! 

7. Graphic Tee from Know Purpose Hannah came across this company at a local shopping event and fell in love. Their shirts are so cute and soft, but what we love most is how thoughtful each shirt is. The messages are meaningful and inspiring, and each tag has a hand written bit of encouragement from the shop owner. She's the real deal!

8. She Reads Truth Bible This Bible is absolutely beautiful! There is artwork for each book of the Bible, as well as a reading plan. There are also helpful charts, maps, and timelines to help as you read and study. There are hardcover, linen, faux leather and genuine leather cover options in gorgeous colors. 

9. Kiki Lu Bag If you have an expectant mom on your Christmas list this year, this bag is a winner! It's made of faux leather and is extremely durable. The bag holds everything a mama would need while out and about with her babe, and it's stylish to boot! Check out our maternity wardrobe post to see it styled. 

10. Nickel & Suede Earrings Everyone needs a good pair of statement earrings! What makes these so great is that they're made of leather so they are incredibly light weight. You can barely tell you're wearing earrings. And the quality is awesome, so no worrying about sensitive ears getting irritated.

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1. Jord watch A watch is a classic item that every man needs. We love Jord Watches because they are unique - made from all-natural, hand crafted wood. You can even get them custom engraved. If you click here you'll have access to a 25% off coupon code! 

2. Cocktail & Sons These all-natural and handcrafted syrups designed for classic cocktails would make a great gift! We also love that they are based in New Orleans (about an hour from us). The syrups are used to assist you in making all of your favorite drinks at home.

3. Keysmart This is something Hannah actually got for Jonathan last year. It's a practical gift, but it always impresses. It organizes and minimizes your man's bulky key ring. It's the perfect gift he didn't even know he needed! 

4. Cast Iron Dutch Oven For the man that likes to cook! These cast iron pots are so versatile - stews, gumbos, fried fish, jambalaya. He won't mind making dinner with one of these!

5. REI Gift Card If you have an outdoor loving man in your life an REI gift card would be perfect for him. They have everything he may need for an outdoor adventure, and if you've never shopped in an REI store, it's an experience in itself!

6. Monogrammed Steak Brand & Carving Board For the backyard chef in your life who takes pride in his grilling. With this set, he can sear his initials into his grill creations with an iron brand that’s hand forged by a Texas cattle rancher. The set includes a personalized iron brand and a personalized carving board.

7. Happy Socks Switch up your typical, boring sock stocking stuffer game and give him the gift of Happy Socks this Christmas! They're great quality and they come in so many fun prints to fit any personality! 

8. French Press A kitchen staple that every coffee lover needs! If you've never tasted french press coffee, stop what you're doing and get one of these!

9. Oak Bottle Both of our husbands think that this bottle is really cool. The oak bottle accelerates the oak aging process and allows anyone to infuse extravagant aromas and flavors of oak into their bought or homemade beer, cocktail, spirit or wine quickly from the comfort of their own home. Like it says on their website, take ordinary to extraordinary!

10. Dollar Shave Club Subscription High quality razors delivered to him at his convenience! No more texting him from Target to figure out what kind of razors he needs. DSC offers everything he could need for shaving. Gift him a trial set as a stocking stuffer or give him a membership so that he doesn't have to think about buying razors for a while.

11. He Reads Truth Letters From Paul Legacy Collection Four guided reading plans and studies through the books of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. You can buy the entire set, or purchase each study separately. 

12. Trunk Club Is clothes shopping not high on his list of priorities? A Trunk Club gift card would be the perfect gift for him. It's as easy as him filling out a style profile, working with a personal stylist to curate the specific items he needs, and having the trunk shipped directly to him where he tries on his stylist's picks, keeping what he loves and sending back the things that don't work out!

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1. Bows Bows make great stocking stuffers for the sweet little girls in your life. Some favorite mom-owned bow shops are All The Little Bows, Pip and Willow, and Beck and Belle

2. Cuddle and Kind Ethically produced, hand knit dolls that help feed children! 1 doll = 10 meals for children in need! Both of Courtney's boys have one and it's their favorite stuffed animal. They are all absolutely adorable.

3. Babylit books BabyLit primers have become the chic, smart way to introduce babies to the most beloved and readable literature of our time. Each book in the series retells a story from literary canon with easy-to-follow text and beautiful artwork. From Pride and Prejudice to A Little Princess, and Moby Dick to The Jungle Book, there's a BabyLit for all of the tots in your life! 

4. Rain Jacket This is a practical gift, but it's still one your kids will love! Rain jackets don't have to be boring, and this one at Target is no exception.

5. Osmo Game The Osmo makes you feel ok about your kid asking to play on the iPad (also known as the "I-pack" at Hannah's house and the "hi-pad" at Courtney's). All the games are run through the iPad, but your kids will be using their hands and their minds. Reading, math, even coding. Hannah's five year old loves it! 

6. Lost My Name book These books would make such a special gift for your kids, nieces, nephews, grandkids. Each book is written uniquely to your child's name. Their name gets "lost" at the beginning of the book, and the story is an adventure as you find each letter.

7. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Wooden Toy Tool Bench For the mini Chip or Joanna Gaines in your life, this toy tool bench is sure to spark their creativity and keep them busy for hours! We are also fans of the minimalistic style as it is sure to fit with the decor of most homes. 

8. KiwiCo Subscription Box Kids love getting mail! You can purchase just one box, or sign them up for a subscription to get something fun in the mail each month. Each box is filled with hands on learning fun. We love when toys and play also help our kids learn through science, technology, engineering, art, and math. There is a box for all age groups starting at 24 months up to teenage years. 

9. Junior Chef Bakeware Kit A real baking set for the little pastry chef in your life. The set is scientifically calibrated for accuracy (a must in baking favorite cookies and cupcakes), and made of top-quality materials and perfectly sized for smaller hands. 

10. The Mischievians A current favorite at Hannah's house! It is written as a series of questions and answers about everyday troubles - such as blisters from shoes (caused by the pesky "Mista Blista"), and boogers hanging from your nose (the work of Danglers). Your kids (and you) will crack up as you read. And the artwork is really impressive. The author, William Joyce, is from Louisiana. All of his books are so well written and beautifully illustrated. 

11. Know Purpose Shirt The same company that makes the super cute tees for women that we mentioned above also has a line of kids shirts and onesies. Remind your little ones that they are made perfect, and that they are chosen and loved.

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1. Classic Hot Chocolate Such a fun thing to gift during the holidays! This hot chocolate isn't your run of the mill hot chocolate mix. No, instead it's made from shavings of premium chocolate, so it yields a rich chocolate flavor with a smooth, velvety texture! There are several flavors sure to please any hot chocolate lover! 

2. Travel Jewelry Case These little travel bags would be so cute as part of a teacher gift. We personally think there's no such thing as too many cute bags, especially with a monogram on them! 

3. Mini Dipping Olive Oil Set A great gift for the host of any holiday party you're invited to this season. Each bottle combines extra-virgin olive oil with a custom blend of savory seasonings, sure to please any host or food lover (and really, who isn’t a food lover?!). 

4. Throw Blanket Winter time is the perfect time to give out cozy gifts. Pair this with a gift card or on its own for a thoughtful and unique gift. 

5. Target Giftcard Because everyone you know likes to shop at Target. Teachers can get something for themselves or something for their classrooms...because they work so dang hard and they are still spending their own money to make sure our kids have an amazing school year.

6. Amazon GiftCard We love Target, but Amazon is tied for first place. Your gift card recipient can order basically whatever they want from the comfort of their couch! No one will be sad to get one of these for Christmas.

7. Soy Candle You can never go wrong with a candle. These soy candles come in the cutest tins. All you have to do is tie a cute bow around it and you've got a great gift!

8. Potted succulents Small plants make a great gift that can last for years. Use these as part of a bigger gift, or give them out to neighbors instead of the usual tin of cookies! We love this set from Urban Outfitters because you can break it up into multiple gifts. 

9. Cookie mix or soup mix in a jar The baked goods are on overload at Christmas. We usually end up having to toss stuff out because it starts to get stale. But you can give someone all the ingredients they need to make a special treat when the cookie platters stop coming! And it makes such a pretty gift all tied up in a mason jar.

We hope that you got some great ideas from these guides. Many of them are things we have personally gifted in the past and plan to gift this year (spoiler alert to our friends and family!). Don't forget to head over to Blake's site to see all the gift ideas she's put together, too. We've already added a few of her suggestions to our shopping lists!

And last but not least...A GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Thanks to all who entered. We hope that y'all found some good gift ideas for your loved ones (and yourself ;))!

One winner will receive the following:

Mini set of facial oils from Beautycounter

Coffee mug from Well Watered Women

Two painted wine glasses from Laura Welch Taylor

Prayer Journal from Val Marie Paper

"Worth More Than Numbers" tee from Know Purpose

GIVEAWAY CLOSED Use the form below to enter! The giveaway will close at 11:59 PM on November 16. We will post the winner on our social media pages during that weekend. Good luck!!

Congrats to our giveaway winner Elise!

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