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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Trendy Mom's 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Families to Share

Gifts for Families to Share
We have spent the past three months working on our Holiday Gift Guide! Throughout the week, we will share our favorite gift ideas. Today's post focuses on Holiday Gifts for Families to Share!

Visit the Gaylord Texan ICE!: One of the best things about where we live is that the Christmas Capital of Texas is practically in our backyard of Grapevine, TX.  The town is packed with holiday activities, including our favorite - ICE! at the Gaylord Texan!  This trendy event features approximately 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, 25-foot tall toy soldiers, a 54-foot tall Christmas tree, miniature train sets, and so much more.  The theme for ICE! changes each year. This year's theme is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It's sure to create happy childhood memories. In addition to ICE!, we also look forward to tubing down the snow hills, enjoying breakfast with Rudolph, sipping on hot chocolate, and more.  The gift of a Winter Staycation is sure to create happy childhood memories. Read our post here that contains more details about the trendy activities at the Gaylord Texan and get a 40% discount that is exclusively for our readers! Visit the Gaylord Texan's website here.

Enjoy Cheese, Crackers, & More: Some of my family's favorite holiday memories include staying home on a cold evening and sitting next to the fireplace to chat and snack together. Of course, good food is an important part of the equation for these happy memories. We recommend Murray's Cheese for an evening of fabulous cheese, crackers, and more.  For instance, we love Effie's Biscuit and Cheese - Cheesemonger Favorites!  Here is a quick overview:
With our delectable collection of Effie's sweet and savory biscuits, this is an introductory course in one of our favorite accompaniments. Four different Effie's flavors featured - their oatcakes, corncakes, nutcakes, and ryecakes - you can fully sample each of Effie's family recipe. The gently sweet, flaky and buttery cakes pair with a wide range of cheeses - from piquant blues to crumbly aged cheddar to whipped triple cremes, they all make the best topping for Effie's homemade cakes. With a drizzle of linden honey, or a few dried cherries, you'll taste the delicious inspiration that comes with each nibble of Effie's Biscuits.
Effie's Biscuit and Cheese - Cheesemonger Favorites comes in a Murray's Signature Gift Crate and includes:

In addition to this trendy gift set, we also love that Murray's Cheese also offers monthly subscriptions that you can give as a gift.  If you order now, you'll even score Free Shipping on your subscriptions!  Click here to learn more about their trendy gifts.

Embrace your similar genes: As a Boy Mom, people sometimes ask if it's easier to have girls or boys. I honestly am not sure because I have never had girls! However, one thing that I have to say is easy so far for us is that we generally all use the same facial products.  I guess that our children inherited our genes, so we all prefer similar products. (Score one for boys just wanting simple products that work without going through dozens of lotions and potions like I did when I was younger!)  We all use CeraVe products.  We all use the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser.  We love that it's gentle and keeps our skin healthy.  We vary slightly in moisturizers, but all love the CeraVe brand. My husband and I are both at an age where we suffer from fine lines and mild acne at the same time. We use the CeraVe Renewing Line for our mature skin. (Yes, I just called our 40-something year old skin "mature". Perhaps there is a better word!)  We use their Skin Renewing Day Cream and Skin Renewing Night Cream. These products have helped to improve our skin tone and texture. They have worked so well that we are loyal to these products. It's also important to note that the day cream provides SPF 30 protection. Our son uses the AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. Not only does it work well for his skin, but it also provides SPF 30 protection which is critical since we all know that it's important to protect our skin from the strong Texas sun.  CeraVe is available at CVS and many other drugstores nationwide. Visit CeraVe here.

Thirty-One Gifts: Thirty-One Gifts is one of my favorite companies because they were founded with the simple mission to empower and support women.  They help women to run their own successful businesses which is something that I think many of our trendy mom readers want to support. Of course, they also have fantastic products, especially their organizational supplies!  This year, our top picks include supplies that double as a way to organize your family's gifts on Christmas morning and then to store items throughout the year. I used two Your Way Cubes in Cozy Plaid with Your Way Cube Lids to organize their gifts for Christmas morning. The Your Way Cubes are embroidered with the Snowflake Rounded pattern and my children's initials. I also paired each one with a whimsical Littles Carry-All Caddy - one in Holly Dot and one in Elf Suit.  I love this combination of items for a playful touch! I'm excited for them to be in our Christmas morning photos and video.  I'm sure that we will use them for many years to come! Visit Thirty-One Gifts here.  

The Loveless Cafe offers fabulous breakfast gifts that are perfect to enjoy with your family on cold winter mornings. This iconic cafe is famous for their southern staples such as biscuits, bacon, and ham.  Give the gift of a southern breakfast with their Smokehouse Special that contains Applewood Smoked Country Bacon, 14oz Center-Cut Country Ham (2 slices, approx. 7 oz. each), 8oz Country Ham Biscuit Pieces. Your family will love waking up to the smell of these breakfast items that you prepare in your skillet!  Visit The Loveless Cafe here.

Pre Brands offers curated boxes of beef that are perfect for special holiday meals as well as gifts for any meat lover or health guru on your list. Their meat is top of the line as their cattle are grass fed and finished, sourced from nutrient-rich pastures and raised with care, with no added antibiotics and no added hormones. This brand is a staple here in Texas where we have high standards for beef. Even better, Pre is donating a portion of proceeds from every box purchased during November and December to Common Threads, a nonprofit spreading wellness to underserved communities through nutrition and cooking education. Visit Pre at to order high quality beef for your family to incorporate into holiday recipes, or to send a box or subscription as a gift. Check out their curated boxes here and browse their family-friendly recipes here.

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