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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas to all!! I hope everyone is spending quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. I’ll be at home spending the day with family, opening some presents and certainly over-eating — all things I am looking forward to! Hope everyone gets what they wished for!

Have an absolutely amazing holiday!

xx, MEB


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Last Minute Items

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Nordstrom: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color- Happy Birthday & Supermodel

JCrew: Printed case for iPhone 4 | Printed backup battery for iPhone

Anthropologie: Split-A-Wish Jewelry HolderTwig Monogram Collector’s Charm | Tea Time Measuring Cups | Voluspa Japonica Mini Candle

If you’re anything like me then you have seriously procrastinated your holiday shopping this year. I think it has something to do with the fact that October, November and now December, have flown by. It is insane. When did it even become December? Anywhooo, shopping must be done. I have provided you with some last minute stocking stuffers that can be found at three easy locations. So go on… go do your duty. Heck, go crazy & save the economy.

If you love the Voluspa candles from Anthropologie as much as I do then you definitely need to go grab some of these babies for gifting. They’re cheap and smell beyondddd amazing! I light mine in my apartment just about every day. It’s almost an addiction. Hey, it could be worse! On another note, the measuring cups! If you have a friend/loved one who is always in the kitchen, be a good person and provide them with these lovely items. They’re adorable and not to mention, they’re practical. What more do you need?!

This year I am gifting some of the Deborah Lippmann nail polishes, as well. I may or may not have picked out the “Happy Birthday” color for myself. Oops. To be fair, it will definitely come in handy during the holiday season. Nothing goes better with sparkles than… oh I don’t know… anything in my closet!! How convenient!

As far as JCrew is concerned. Everything is phenomenal. JCrew is one of those places that if you don’t know what to get me, buy something from JCrew and it’ll be a sure fit. I love it. The iPhone cases have always been something I’ve kept my eye on. There is something about the material they use… it feels great, it’s easy to clean, and it is easy to remove — unlike the one that you need a screw driver to get off your phone. If you have a daughter, best friend, mother or even a male in your life (they have plain colors, too!) that needs a new case, I highly suggest checking these out!

Hope this helps all of you procrastinators! Happy shopping!

Have a great Monday!

xx, MEB


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A Gal with a Gift

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If I’ve ever known a gal with a gift, it is a particular sorority sister of mine. May I introduce to you, Miss Darcie Nicholson. Darcie is a student at Texas Christian University (go frogs!) and is one of those people you know will make an impact on the world. We all have those people in our lives. You know who I am talking about. They’re the ones that step outside the boundaries, define who they are by the person they are and not the people around them, they are the leaders —not the followers. People want to be them. It’s a serious skill and Darcie continues to share this skill by shedding light on issues happening all around the world with her humble missions. Right now she is on a mission to make a difference and serve in various countries over the course of 11 months.

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Darcie just recently started a project called Go Rings. These rings are awesome, but really… and I am not just saying this. They are beautiful and they help support a wonderful cause! See I  told you… she’s skilled. On Darcie’s Etsy site (where you can buy the rings for $15!! Yep, you read that correctly.. only $15!!) she explains her story in detail. The rings have 11 loops representing the 11 countries that will be reached. Each ring is bound 7 times, representing the 7 team members Darcie will be serving and traveling with.

When talking with Darcie about her mission I had one question for her: Why do you want to do this? What’s the point?
Her  reply: “Ok so — when I got around to thinking about what I’d like to do after college, I knew that I didn’t want to go into the workforce right away… I’ve got the rest of my life to do that. I wanted to continue learning, but not in a classroom.

I studied abroad last semester in Seville, Spain and definitely caught a case of wanderlust. I saw so many different cultures and ways of life, and realized there are parts of the world that I would just probably never see. I developed a passion for culture and knew I had to pursue it somehow.

I have a passion for ministry, too. Whether it’s been through Young Life, working at camp or serving through my church – my faith is an unshakable part of my daily life.

When I stumbled across the World Race’s website last year, I thought it sounded incredible. It combines my passion for culture and for ministry into a journey that benefits others as well as myself. How perfect! I applied on a whim about two months ago, and am excited to embark on this adventure.

When it comes down to it, the point is Jesus. That’s the whole point of the trip. Spreading the Gospel to places that may have never heard it. I intend to share the love of Christ for the rest of my life, but this concentrated period of 11 months is a short time that I can focus on that mission without distraction and “the American dream” getting in the way.”

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A blurb from Darcie’s website about her work with the Christian Mission,  The World Race:

“The World Race is an 11-month journey to 11 countries. Racers go with a mission-minded spirit to serve “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40). I leave in July to work and serve in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, The Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

The inspiration for Go Rings is Matthew 28:19 which says: “…therefore GO and make disciples of all nations.” So that’s what I intend to do!

To go on this journey, I have to raise $15,500. That’s 1,000 rings! I’m asking your help to send me out. My prayer is that you can share my mission with others through this ring. Help spread the word so that I can help spread The Word!”

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With this opportunity Darcie truly has the ability to make a difference in the world, one that we all know she was intended for. Please help her reach her goal of 1,000 rings by purchasing one here. If you don’t need/want a ring but want to feel the love then you can always donate! Feel free to visit Darcie’s blog and follow her as she embarks on this journey. The World Race is a wonderful mission and Darcie deserves the chance to share her kindness and contagious smile with the world. I’m serious when I say that she is one of the people you’ll hear about one day. She will be the one who makes a difference. Good luck Darcie!! I wish you nothing but the best on your future endeavors!

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Have a great Thursday! Go buy a ring (FYI great stocking stuffer!!!!)

xx, MEB


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A Tasteful Holiday Gift Guide: For the Men in Our Lives

| Orvis Gift Card- $Limitless! | Z Gallerie Stuff Every Man Should Know Book- $9.95| J.Crew Candy Canes Boxers- $18.50 (2 for $30 right now!) | Vineyard Vines Marlin Wreath Pocket T-Shirt- $38.00 | TCU Horned Frogs 16 OZ Tumbler BY Tervis Tumbler- $15.98 | L.L. Bean Scotch Plaid Flannel Shirt- $39.95 | L.L. Bean Sunwashed Canvas Shirt- $44.95 | L.L. Bean Men’s Handsewn Slippers, Fleece-Lined- $39.95 |

Now that we’ve done the shopping for ourselves and the other leading ladies in our life, we shouldn’t forget about the handsome men either! If you’re not looking to spend a bundle but still want good quality then a lot of the items on this Tasteful Holiday Gift Guide are for you! If all else fails, go for the gift cards to their favorite store. I promise, it’s always a winner. Also, there is a great deal at J.Crew on the boxers right now: 2 boxers for $30. Better jump on that soon! Happy shopping!

P.S. If you’re looking for a gift for someone in particular and need help please don’t hesitate to email me @ tastefulnessblog@gmail.com :)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

xx, MEB


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A Tasteful Holiday Gift Guide: For The Tasteful Ladies

| Williams-Sonoma Cooking from the Farmers’ Market Cookbook- $34.95 | Z Gallerie Votive Cups – Set of 12- $19.95| J. Crew Printed Makeup Pouch- $25.00 | Kate Spade Holiday Mini Nail Polish Set- $28.00 | Pinch Provisions Minimergency® Kit for Her- $13.00 | Anthropologie Monogrammed Mug- $8.00 | Ork Posters! City Neighborhood Poster- $22.00 | Diptyque Feu de Bois / Wood Fire Candle- (mini) $28.00 |

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, it is time for the holiday shopping! Did anyone make it out on Black Friday?? I prefer to stay in the comfort of my home on Black Friday with Ipad in hand to do some holiday shopping. For the most part, I’ve found the online sales are just as good– and I can stay in comfy clothes while at home! I’ve never been out shopping on that awful Friday and I don’t intend on that changing anytime soon! Must be like the saying “like mother, like daughter” because I believe my mom has only made that trip once in her life and she swears she will never do it again.

I decided with all the sales going on and all the great gifts I have been seeing it would be crazy not to share them with all of you! This year I’ve been all about the classy and practical. All of these gifts (for her) listed above are under $50 which I think is definitely a reasonable price for the ladies in your life. Whether that be a hostess, friends, mother or anyone else– these will for sure be a hit! Happy shopping!!

PS. the minimergency kit for her is amazing! Great stocking stuffer! I have one and it is in my purse at all times. It literally has anything for your last minute fixes or emergency go-to’s!

Have a great Monday!

xx, MEB