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2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Him!

We’ve been rolling out gift guides this week on the blog! I hope you’ve found them helpful! We’re also at the end of the first week with the new site design and I’m so happy that ya’ll have found things easier to find. Like I said, it was redesigned to better serve you and how you use the site, so it’s very satisfying to know you can find what you’re looking for!

I shared on Tuesday that we’ve adopted the “taco Tuesday” routine in our weekly meal plans. For some reason beyond my understanding, I only started feeding my kids tacos a few months ago. I don’t really know why, perhaps I thought they were going to be too spicy? Anyway, the boys love them along with Justin and myself! Emily is not that big of a fan, which is understandable, so I simply make her a quesadilla instead!

If I have avocados, I’ll make homemade guacamole. My sisters’ recipe is the very best, you can find it by clicking here. I also shared that we love the fresh tortillas from Costco (or Walmart!). My friend Caroline introduced these to me and they are *SO GOOD*!

Do you have a weekly dinner plan that you follow, even if it’s just deciding on a certain cuisine to have each night of the week? I shared a meal planning trick that helped make that task easier to tackle on this post.

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed: 

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

Sephora Collection Brushes

Laura Mercier Under Eye Setting Powder – a MUST have with setting my concealer!

Laneige Lip Mask

Virtue De-Brassing Shampoo

Smashbox Oil and Shine Control

Lancome Teint Idol Foundation

YSL Slim Sheer Matte in 106

Cream sweatshirt

Nancy’s Pizzeria – best Chicago-style pizza I’ve found in my area! This is a chain that started in Chicago.

Spanx Jacket

Womb Bikes


Vita Vite Wine Bar

T3 AireBrush – Really nice blow dry brush option with lots of heat settings.

BFB Hair Extensions

Nylon Socks from Amazon

Stripe Sweater from Amazon

T3 Micro Curling Iron

Oatmeal Henley Shirt – I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of this already!

Inside Out Sweater from Amazon

The Lazy Genius Way Book

Plaid Dress from Madewell – this dress just screams fall!

This week’s discount codes (#partnerships): 

Corkcicle: KATEBRYAN25 for 25% off

Rifle Paper Co + Summersalt – Code KATE20 for 20% off and $10 toward your next order of $95+ at Both codes are active until Dec. 31, 2021, and can not be combined with other offers.

Aera: KATE20 for 20% OFF Diffusers

amika: Use code SMALLTHINGS10 for 10% off your purchase

One-Third Clothing: Kate15 will give you 15% off

Bagging Rights: KATE10 gives you 10% off any items at

Miranda Frye: “Smallthings10” will get you 10% off and free shipping!

Spanx: Use code “KateXSpanx” for 10% off plus free shipping!

Beddy’s: Code “SmallThings” saves you 20%!


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Sarah R says · 11.12.21

Kate, do you know where I could find the pleasing wrapping paper pictured in this post?

Thank-you for all that you do! I love keeping up with your blog!!