stocking stuffers under $10

Happy Monday guys! It’s only a week until Christmas! Have you finished your shopping yet? Of course I haven’t but that’s not a surprise, I’m usually late to the party anyway. I’ve still gotta hit up the mall and make a few last minute orders from Amazon Prime. However, I have wrapped all the gifts I’ve bought so far! Winning!

So I don’t about you but stocking stuffers are some of my favorite gifts! My mom, I mean Santa, always used to put a new tooth brush, fuzzy socks, British candy, and other fun little things in my stocking when I was growing up. It was the best! Since I’m an adult(ish) now and living away from home, my boyfriend and I really didn’t do stockings. However, if you need to give your man a few ideas of what to put in yours, then send him my way! These  items are all under $10 and guaranteed to be a hit!

It always cracks me up how some stocking stuffer gift guides I’ve come across have items that are small enough to fit into a stocking but have a price tag large enough to be it’s own gift. Heck no is anyone getting $50 headphones and calling it a stinking stocking stuffer. I just can’t even with that. So like I said, everything on this list is under $10 and won’t break the bank! You can thank me later.

*items above all contain affiliate links, this helps me pay for my blog!


Happy Friday you guys! I’m so excited to share this post with you! As many of you know, I’m a Style Collective member and every few months every city that has Style Collective girls in it does a meetup, Last weekend, I met up with the Dallas/Fort Worth SC girls at The Theodore in North Park mall and we had a blast!

We ordered our brunches, shared a few style tips, and chatted about Christmas plans and that sort of thing. Just gal talk! It was so nice! After we finished eating, we all exchanged blogging tips and suggestions for coming up with a “side hustle.” Every blogger has one and I’m no exception. I write freelance on the side for small businesses that need content for their websites. A topic that came up during our conversation, is how do you know what your side hustle is? And that’s what I want to chat about today.

Finding Your Side Hustle

It’s so hard to know what you’re good at. We all have jobs, careers, and things we enjoy doing but what of those things can be turned into a side hustle? We all talked through our side businesses and I noticed a few things we had in common:

  • it was an extension of what we did as bloggers
  • it used our creative mindset

For example, Jessica of My Curly Adventures blog is also a photographer (and happened to take the pictures shown above!) In addition to her regular job, she blogs and does photography on the side.

Other bloggers I know sell product lines like Rodan & Fields or essential oils. Quite a few them do really well with it too! Their side hustles are an extension of what they love to do and value in their own lives. But how do you know what your side hustle is? Here are a few of my tips:

  • Would you do it if you weren’t paid? My dad always told to do what I loved and the money would come later. I’m still waiting on that great paycheck but for now, I’m writing, which is what I love.
  • Is it something you do for your blog anyway? Photography, SEO, social media, graphic design, and content creation are all part of what a blogger does to create a  blog post and promote it. Selling these talents as a freelance service is a great way to start a small business.
  • Is there a subject you blog about more than others? For example, if you find yourself blogging about how you’ve decorated and then redecorated your apartment a million times then sell your design services! Or if you’re a fashion blogger that comes across great deals on clothes, start an eBay account and sell the items you find!

There are so many smart ways to make a little extra cash on the side, sometimes you just have to be creative. Share your ideas and tips below!

 


Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well! I just looked at my calendar and realized it’s less than two weeks until Christmas! Time goes by so quickly. I don’t particularly like it, I want to enjoy my Christmas season! I haven’t had time to do much Christmas shopping let alone baking or anything of that sort. I went to the mall the other day for a brunch (post to come on that fun event!) and I spent an hour trying to get parking, even valet was full! Everyone and their cousin was there. Anyway, I’ve decided shopping for David is probably the hardest person on my list! Men are just difficult to buy for, so to help you out I put together a gift guide.

Amazon Prime Gift Guide

So everything listed with the exception of two items is available on Amazon Prime! I’m a loyal Prime member and loveeee it. My mom, David, and I share an account and I swear one of us orders something everyday. Hopefully, you find something for the guy in your life here!

Amazon Echo

Vinyl Record Player

MiniPresso

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Messenger Bag

Under Armor Pullover

Sperry Top-Sider

Whiskey Decanter

Xbox One

Ring Video Doorbell

Leatherworks Cable Crepe

Homemade Hot Sauce Kit 

A lot of these items are on sale too! As much as I love buying other people gifts, I love saving money on them even more. Does anyone else get that rush when they see a red clearance sticker on something or is that just me? Leave a comment with your gift ideas for men!

*affiliate links are used for Amazon items


Happy Friday ya’ll! It’s been a super long week for me so I’m thrilled that its finally the weekend. Tonight David’s taking me to the Dallas Arboretum to see Christmas lights and I couldn’t be more excited! Normally, I have to drag him to those sorts of things but this time he surprised me with tickets! We’re going to get bundled up and sip cocoa to stay warm though- it’s cold in Dallas! But weather changes quickly in Texas, so I haven’t put away this purple party dress yet!

I got this dress on clearance at the Woven Boutique in San Antonio for a steal- $15! I’m still impressed that I got that good of a deal on it because it’s truly one of my favorite dresses! I wore it to a wedding in October and then to brunch a few weeks ago with the Dallas Girl Gang (join our group on Facebook!) With all the Christmas parties coming up and New Year’s Eve gatherings, it’s the perfect dress to wear.

3 Reasons to do Your Holiday Shopping at Small Businesses

As I’ve said in previous posts, small businesses are so important to me! David and I have good friends that run small businesses (check out Anderson Road Co. for AH-MAZING deals right now!) and supporting them is really important to us. Here are 3 reasons why you should shop for Christmas gifts at small businesses!

Support Your Local Economy

I’ve taken an economics class or two and read tons of books on economic theory for different internships I’ve done and reinvesting money into your own community’s economy is important. When my great grandad shut down his service station years ago it was because big, chain gas stations moved into town and people took their business there because prices were cheaper. That’s just what happens sometimes and my great grandad understood that (and he was ready to retire.)

However, being able to invest my money into small businesses with unique items and fantastic customer service is good for them and the people they employ!

Find Unique Gifts

I can walk into Bath & Body Works, Old Navy, and Kate Spade and know exactly what I’m going to find. But in a boutique, it’s always a surprise and that’s part of the fun! Lord knows I’ve bought enough B&B Works candles and body lotion to gift for the next 20 years of my life, so something a little different is always nice to give.

Develop Relationships

As a fashion blogger, networking is a huge part of success. The more people you know, the better off you are. I’ve reached out to big brands before and obviously gotten no response. On the flip side though, small business are far more likely to respond or at least acknowledge you. I love working with them specifically because their customer service is better and I can have a relationship with the owner.

Leave a link to your small business’ website or to one of your favorites! Happy shopping!

 


Hey everyone! I’m really excited to share this post with those of you who live in the Dallas area (or who like to visit!) I’ve lived in this city long enough to have explored some of the fun places to go out at night on a date or even with your besties. There are definitely a few spots David and I keep coming back to just because we love the atmosphere! But since its’s finally chilly here in Dallas, everyone wants to snuggle up to their love by a crackling fire. So I’ve rounded up a few of the best spots in Dallas to eat and warm up fireside!

Casual Date Night in Dallas

If you’re looking for somewhere to go that’s a bit more casual (and lower in price) then I definitely have a few recommendations!

  • Uptown Pub- We are here at least once a week we love it so much!
  • Truck Yard- Fun place to go for food trucks and music!
  • Ross & Hall- Just opened up and has amazing food!
  • Pie Tap- Literally the best pizza you’ll ever eat!
  • Black Friar Pub- Really fun atmosphere at night but for a little peace and quiet, get there earlier in the evening!
  • The Standard Pour- You’ll find the Reward Style wall here and a really masculine vibe I like.

Let’s Be Fancy

Ok if you want to get fancy, I don’t have quite as many favorites but you should check these locations out for a special occasion date night!

  • HG Supply Co.- Amazing rooftop with views of the city that can’t be beat!
  • Happiest Hour- Once again, get there early. It’s a fun place but gets crazy crowded!
  • Savor- Ok I’ve never actually been here I admit, but the photos and food always look so beautiful!
  • Fogo de Chao- Food is amazing and there’s a fireplace inside as well as heat lamps on the patio.

Please leave a comment with any other great places in Dallas that have fire pits or fireplaces! Happy date night!

 


pink holiday gift guide

Hey guys! Happy Monday! My weekend was a little crazy with working and trying to put together a blog for you guys. I feel like I’ve been a bit more absent from Witty n Pretty than I normally am but that’s changing soon! I have some exciting, scary changes happening in the near future that I’m excited to share with you guys!

Anyways, today I wanted share with you a *pink* gift guide for the gals in your life! Everything is in a variety of price ranges and mostly under $100! I have the hardest time finding gifts for people especially since I’m a bargain hunter. I don’t even like to spend money on my own clothes or makeup let alone someone else’s. Yeah, I just admitted that. Kinda selfish I know, ha! So I like to suggest items that will fit pretty much any budget, including my own!

Everything is linked below (they’re affiliate links, that’s how I pay for my blog!) Check out a few of these cute little items and share with friends or family! Thanks!