Stash & Grab gifts.

If you don’t know what a ‘stash & grab gift’ is then I am about to rock your world! My mom taught my sister and I from an early age about doing this. You are busy right now- you are running around all over the place trying to get the perfect presents for everyone, bake the best cookies, and attend all the various programs and events that your kids and work have put on your calendar. So when the doorbell rings and it’s your neighbor Susie who has brought you a thoughtful gift you turn bright red and feel awful you forgot to grab her something—not any more!

Also have a bunch of ‘stash & grab’ gifts – wrapped, labeled with whats in them, and put in the closet or under the tree for those unexpected gift givers who pop up! You just go grab one, pull off the label and hand it over like you are the most on top of it woman on the block!

So…here are some of my picks for this years stash & grab gifts under $50, for adults:

Stance Socks | Best Smelling Candles | House Shoes | Beanies | Mugs with Hot Cocoa | Throw Blanket | Year Planners | Portable Keychain Phone Charger | Necklaces

JL gift guide: for the kids, lover, & YOU!

Tis the season!

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I’ve put together some of this year’s hottest gifts for your kids, lover, and you in one easy place! Just forward this to whom ever you want and say ‘pick something!’ Easy 🙂

1. xbox one: This is on my kiddos’ list this year. We’ve held off on getting one until they were a little older and now that we are in Utah and cooped up inside a little more- I think that this plus something like ‘Just Dance’ will be under the tree!

2. Bluetooth Wireless Speaker: I bought one of these for my husband last year and we fight over who gets to use it all the time! I take it down in the basement gym to work out, he takes it to church when he has to teach Sunday school lessons and wants to share something for people to listen to- etc!

3. PJ’s for the fam: This is just a given. You need matching pjs 🙂

4. Kano Computer kit: My husband is super in to the kids learning coding and all things technology. I don’t know who would love this more- him or the kids.

5. Fitness ball: There are so many uses for this and who doesn’t love a good workout from home! I will be posting my favorite exercises with it soon- so get one now so you can join along!

6. Max + Moose blanket: I know the owner of this company and she is as sweet as they come. She created this company/blanket and took time to perfect it and boy does it show. I LOVE it. Rem uses it daily.

7. Apple Watch: Thank you Apple for finally making the watch where you don’t have to have your phone with you to use the GPS function! My husband and I just got them and we are obsessed!

8. Orbit card: I can not tell you how many times I get blamed for losing my husband’s wallet *eyeroll*. So, consider this already in his stocking!

9. Jewelry: Enough said. Some of my favorites include: Made by Mary. Helen Ficolora. and of course our amazing Juniper Lemons necklaces.

10. Running Headphones: Whether they prefer wireless like these or just traditional ones that will always stay in your ears- headphones are always a win… especially how often most people lose them.

11. Rover 2.0 Spy Tank: My kids would have so much fun with this! A spy tank?! Seriously!?

12. Lingerie: Enough said 😉

13. Clothes: Have you seen the amazing sweaters, dresses, etc that we have right now!? Add it to your cart and have your love press BUY! You’ll know its great quality, fit, and price!

 

happy shopping!

xox

aj

back at square one

Well you guys- we are at day 1 of my new training program- and when I say ‘Day 1’, I not only mean the first day of the program, but also starting from basics when it comes to fitness and running.

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Running through most of my pregnancy (read about it here and here), definitely has helped me keep some sort of fitness level- I can tell a difference on the way my body has reacted after this pregnancy as well as from my short jogs/weights already- but I don’t care who you are and what you did during pregnancy- your body has gone through some major shizz the last several months and is just not the same- not only that, but I have csections so I’ve had to recover from major surgery which has left my core a MESS. BUT- all of that aside- I now have some work to do and as you know from this post- I’m excited to get back at it as I have some pretty big goals to tackle this coming up year. I won’t lie though- it is frustrating when you go out for what should be a super ‘easy’ run in your head (2-4 miles) only to find you can barely make it and WAY slower than your 26.2 mile pace once was!

Back to the present though- I have been jogging about 4x per week 2-4 miles for the last several weeks and think I am ready to attempt a little more scheduled training.

this is what I am thinking:

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I didn’t include any paces for the workouts- because I am going to go off effort for this training cycle vs a designated pace- because I really don’t know where my paces should fall right now. I will know better after this cycle for the next phase though!

I don’t have any races lined up officially as of right now- I want to see how this training goes first- then re-evaluate and go from there. I do have some dates in mind though…keep you posted!

 

happy running!

xox

aj

black friday!

Tis the season for…

!!!!!SALES!!!!!

We flew back home to Texas to visit family for the week- which makes me so happy. It also gets me excited because it means I won’t miss my annual late night with my sis-in-laws for Black Friday! We all load up in the car and divide and conquer the late night sales. It’s a tradition I love and I can’t wait for!

 

Target. This will be my first stop. TV’s, BOGO 1/2 off toys, Dyson’s $150-200 off, Kitchenaid mixers $70 off, and 30% off all apparel, accessories and shoes for the family- it better be your first stop as well! I know there are several things I will be stocking up on for Christmas for my kiddos- thinking it’s time for an xbox and Just Dance 🙂 Need something to occupy us during those snowy days up here in Utah!

West Elm.  They are having a buy more, save more sale again this year! 15% off $100. 20% off $500. 25% off $1,000. 30% off $3,000. It’s the time to buy the stuff you’ve been eyeing all year!

ASOS. ASOS has not released their official sale announcement yet, but I could not skip them- Last year they did 30% off everything. I bought so many dresses during their sale last year. They always have so many amazing dresses at such a reasonable price already- and then on a sale- YES!! Load up your cart now and come Friday, apply the code (rumor has it, it will be 20-30%) and you won’t have to think about finding a holiday outfit for the next several holidays!

Old Navy & Gap. Y’all know how much I shop here for the kiddos. They have the cutest kids clothes for the price- add Black Friday sale on top of it and you can stock up for all the kiddos!

AnthropologieNeed I say more? You know Anthro is a favorite of both Ashley and myself- and last year, they did not disappoint. Don’t know what their official discount will be this year- but last year everything was 30% off! Remember- typically you can find better steals and sizes in store for the one- of-a-kind items and specialty things. Online is great for their bulk carries- but in store is where you get the good stuff- IMO.

Jcrew Load up on your cashmere, winter coats, and classic sweaters! You can never go wrong with their classic style items.

And, of course, don’t miss the Juniper Lemons Black Friday sale!

30% off EVERYTHING!!

yes- even our new stuff!

happy shopping!

xox

aj

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Ash’s obsessions

leopard kitten heels.  I love me a leopard print heel, and these pointy-toe kitten heels are purrrfect for dressing up a pair of jeans and a sweater.  [you see what i did there;) ]

velvet dress.  The metallic gold polka dots up the glam factor on this cute little velvet dress.  Pair it with tights and boots for day, and strappy heels for night.

holiday lip polish.  I recently picked up this sexxxy thing at Sephora and I am super glad I did.  It has some tiny little glitters in it, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing it all day every day.  Wear it alone or over your favorite shade.  Also makes a GREAT little stocking stuffer 😉

 

Aj’s obsessions

Asos knitted dress. This dress checks alot of boxes in my book- Inexpensive: $51. Neutral color: Grey. Cute detailing: sleeves. Comfy: yup!

Faux Fur Coat. Oh my. A pelted faux fur coat for only $135- it’s too good to be true. Gorgeous.

Lace Pleated Midi Dress. This dress just screams holidays! Girly lace detailing, fun red color, and a pleated skirt. So pretty. Oh…and it’s only $100.