Ding Dong! Holiday Hostess Gifts Under $25

Sara Langley Designs

Hi All! The Holiday Season is in full swing (our Elf arrived this morning, see above) and I am trying to remind myself to breathe because it is not yet December (ok, so it’s in two days, but I am sooooo proud of myself for getting started in November). And because it is a marathon of celebrations, I have found some Hostess Gifts for all the Holiday gatherings you will be attending, each under $25.00.

Happy Shopping!

Celebrate Tray, Nordstrom, $19 (here)

Celebration Tray

Kiehl’s Dry Relief Duo (in such cute packaging), $16 (here)

Kiehl's Lotion

Four Piece Candle Set, H & M, $17.99 (here)

Candle Set

Rosemary Tree, Lowes, $12.98 (here)

Rosemary Tree

Hot Chocolate on a Stick, 5 Pack (Yum!), Neiman Marcus, $25 (here)

Hot Cocoa Spoons

Serving Tray, Target, $17.99 (here)

Cheese Tray

Mini Lotion and Scrub Sparkle and Shine Set, Nordstrom, $19 (here)

Lotion Gift Set

Personalized Ornament, Mark & Graham, $19 (here)

Personalized Oranment

Cute Wine Bottle Stopper, H&M, $4.99 (here) and one of my fav blends under $20, Apothic Red, $11.99

Wine Stopper

Apothic Red Wine

Hope you enjoy your holiday gatherings all- ‘Tis the Season!




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BreakRoom Update

Hi All! Hope your week is going well. Today I am tackling some items on the “must get done before the weather changes” list. I have been distracted from said list because I have been focused on the punch list for the long overdue breakroom refresh. Structurally we could not make the room bigger, so I had to work within the existing footprint.  This was a “lipstick on a pig” project in which paint saved the day. To recap- three coats of ceiling paint, 4 coats of paint and primer on the walls, and several trim “touchups.”  Needless to say, I still have work to do on the cabinet area, but the room needed to be put to use pronto so I will be circling back to that when outdoor projects are complete.

Thankfully the custom counter was built and installed quickly, and I stained it using Special Walnut from Minwax and added poly…many coats of poly.

Here are the cringeworthy befores and the ah what paint can accomplish afters:

BEFORE- counter was worn and way.too.small.


AFTER- Beautiful custom countertop with new stools to double the size of the eating area


BEFORE- overhead cabinets made the room feel even more narrow
BEFORE- overhead cabinets made the room feel even more narrow


AFTER- Neutral walls, warm countertop and colorful art


BEFORE- Plenty of storage space, things just had to be reoriented.
BEFORE- Plenty of storage space, things just had to be reoriented.


AFTER- Custom shelves with a space for each person.
AFTER- Custom shelves with a space for each person.

So, the punch list continues as I still need to paint and trim out the new cabinets. I am also looking for a better light fixture to replace the florescent throw-back.  Lastly, I would like to add a designated phone charging area and better functionality to the Keurig coffee station.  Until then, everyone has their own storage, the coat and boot storage has been relocated, and the seating area has doubled. Mission accomplished.

Next up? Outside projects including: finally finishing the last coat of paint on the garage trim, reglazing storm windows for the office building (so nervous as this is not currently in my DIY repertoire), and winterizing the office (more window projects). Not real “eye candy” type projects, but they need to get done.  Annnnnd stay tuned because I am guest participating in the One Room Challenge again and cannot wait to share with you the room I am taking on!!!

Hope you are having a great week!


P.S. Sources: Levelor shade is from Lowes, metal counter stools and baskets are from Target, art is Fall Leaves photograph by Justin Marriott at Magnolia SoCo.

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