The calendar says Halloween, but my brain says Holiday season and 
decorating EVE!

That’s right, I know it may be too early for some of y’all but you know me! Currently, however, I am walking by the turquoise ocean waters with my mama in paradise. But here on the blog, it’s gift and home prepping inspiration time! I’m linking up with Tanya and her Amazon Prime link up this week for even more inspiration. Bringing you not one, not two, not three BUT…6 guides!!


I like getting a start on things early or at least making lists and lists about my lists, lol! So, I put together several Amazon gift guides to help you and me out, lol! And Maybe some decorating inspiration too. Tried to keep things affordable for the most part too!




These are huge sellers on Amazon, and I can attest to how good they are, I own three of these items. The Josie Moran Whipped Argan Oil is my all-time favorite body cream. And aren’t those wine glasses chic and gorgeous! You can’t go wrong with any of these as gifts, and any man with a beard like my Mr. Nine would love that Beard Kit. LOVE the cozy Poncho too!

// Stem Glasses // 

Sprucing up the home is always a good idea and how sweet to get someone a gift to do just that. I’m loving the shades of green, and that Blood Orange Bergamot Candle smells heavenly! That Faux Plant is just the perfect size. AND wow, Gorgeous Candlestick Holders!!

Beauty items make great gifts, and some are perfect for stocking stuffers! I love my NYX matte finish spray and it’s so cool. That Eye Gel Patch is so good! LOVE that Finishing Spray!


Whether you have a bar cart or not, these items are perfect for entertaining! Add that Little Tree to a tabletop or cart and all the glasses just scream festive. Put some candy or appetizers on the little Peppermint Dish. My Fav: The Holiday Spirits Napkins. ALL Great Hostess Gifts Too!

amazon 2022 holiday gift guides


It’s that time of year. Many people will be putting their Christmas decor up soon; cough cough, some of us may have already started. Lol. Here are some great ideas for holiday decor. Look how cute that Santa Santa Multi Plug-In is. And the pre-lit swag is just gorgeous.

Great Price on that Tree too.

// Snowman // Log Holder // Tree


I love getting new things for the kitchen. That set of Nine Mixing Bowls and Spoons and spoons is just ingenious and I think a lot of women with scream with the light if they got a Stand-Up Mixer! I love the colors on that gorgeous Skillet too.

Happy Shopping and
Happy New Week Lovelies 

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Extremely sad to say goodbye to October but super excited to celebrate my mama for a whole week. She turned 75 next Saturday and we’re heading out on a jet plane then a family dinner on her birthday. Some of you may know every 5 years we take a trip for her milestone birthdays. 


1. Headed to Paradise with Mama
Here we are 5 years ago in Naples.
Any guesses where this year?

2. What I Wore on Our Trip

Fall trip cuteness right here. I recapped our mine and Mr. Nine’s Fall getaway on Wednesday. Here are some of the outfits I wore.

Sweatshirt HERE // White Button Up HERE // Joggers HERE // Sneakers HERE// Purse HERE (CODE TBAndreaN30 for 30% 0ff)

Jacket HERE // Joggers HERE // Bag HERE

Sweatshirt HERE // Button Up HERE // Pants HERE// Boots HERE  // Purse HERE (CODE TBAndreaN30 for 30% 0ff)

Shacket HERE // Hat HERE // Jeans HERE // Boots HERE // Purse HERE (CODE TBAndreaN30 for 30% 0ff)

3. Aventura!

I intended to take this darling Paragon Sweater from Aventura along but it didn’t arrive in time. That didn’t stop my from putting on the cute softness asap when I got home. I love it! So pretty to dress up or down like I did here with the joggers and sneaks.

Just love that Aventura is a long loved family owned business and committed to sustainability.

Joggers HERE // Sneakers HERE

4. Gift Guide
Here they come…I’m actually later than last but I’ll slowly give you some affordable gifting options in different categories. Today it’s little things FOR HER under $10. I want them all, lol. Could totally use as stocking stuffers too.
Santa Bath Bomb // Single Toaster // Sharpener // Bubble Bath // Potholders // Snow Angel // Naughty & Nice Bath Bomb // EOS Hand & Lip // Shine Brush Set

5. Misc. Fun
Wednesday ~ Up North Fall trip

It’s soup weather my friends! Just love making soups in the fall and winter and here are three recipes I’ve shared they get made on the regular in our house!

Cheeseburger in Paradise Soup HERE

Vegetable Beef Soup HERE


Dinner with lovely friends and family tonight and then Tune in to Instagram stories for the trip fun and I’ll still have a couple blog posts next week starting Monday.


Have a great last weekend of October Loves.

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Fall and the color changing leaves in northern Michigan is something to behold! For some reason, everything just seems more vibrant in upper Michigan. This has been a good year for leaf peeping! Every year, Mr. Nine and I go up to our home away from home in northern Michigan to see the leaves but the majority of the time it is always super windy, super cold and very rainy. We got completely lucky this time and had beautiful sunshiny weather in the 60s. It was so perfect for everything “FALL” we wanted to do. Here’s a little Fall trip recap. Might be the most photos I've had in a post, lol.

The "Oranges" and Reds were amazing!!


I love when we take our sweet time getting to destinations and stopping off at fun little places. I really wanted a coffee that wasn’t Starbucks, lol we found the neatest little coffee shop in Holland Michigan and of course had to go in a couple of downtown stores. This town is very charming And we’re going to go up more often. 

We also have never been to a tiny little hole in the wall Tavern about 20 minutes south of our town in all these years. It’s called the Blue Slipper and who wouldn’t want to go to someplace with a title like that. Can I say that we were extremely impressed. The couple that bought it and took over this place rich in history (dating back to the 1880’s) are the sweetest and you can tell this place is the loved by locals and tourists alike. The drink I had was actually called the blue slipper.

Then it was just a simple dinner at the place we always go to our first night in town, strolling around seeing things like the giant pumpkin and then a gorgeous sunset for our first night.



We had such a fun day. It started out at another hole in the wall breakfast spot that was delicious, in fact I devoured it so fast, I forgot to get a picture of my pumpkin pancakes, lol. Mr. Nine and I are working with the fabulous clothing company flag and anthem so we found a great fall spot to make a video and get some pictures. Bless his heart!

The leaf viewing was incredible everyday.

Of course we have to get in lots of hikes when we are up there so we did a fun one that took us right to the shores of Lake Michigan. Now this day it was very windy on the shore but it didn’t even matter with that warmth.


Next up, was the outdoor in the woods brewery we found last year in Suttons Bay called Hop Lot! Oh my goodness we had so much fun sitting around the fire. This place is truly phenomenal and I even roasted marshmallow as they sell cute little s’mores kits.

Once again on the way back we decided to fly by the seat of our pants and ended up at a winery called Rove! I had the most delicious warm fall cider and the grounds with the trees and the vineyards was truly amazing up on the hill.


Then we decided to go to a little town at a restaurant we have been to before called the Lucky Dog and boy am I glad I did because I got what was called a Reese-Tini that tasted just like a Reese's peanut butter cup.


We went back and I went for a quick walk thru town to do a little walk and talk and then we curled up and watched the movie Lou on Netflix with Allison Janney if you have not seen it, it is so good!


This was the big adventure day. We planned on having breakfast at our favorite tavern in the town we were going to hike and called Jose friendly Tavern but it didn’t open till 11 so actually we were really glad we got our hike in first. The Empire Bluff Trail is one of our favorite up there because the views are spectacular.

Can I just say I had a cocktail at 11 AM and I’m not mad about it because it was one of the most delicious I’ve ever had! It was called a poison apple and it had a black sugar rim filled with apple cider, fireball and cranberry juice! Oh my was it ever delicious. and I got the Fall special which was butternut squash bisque and sharp white cheddar and honeycrisp apple grilled on oat bread.

Then it was kayaking down the Platte river and what a perfect day for him. There was hardly anybody else doing it the weather was spectacular and we marveled at God‘s beauty all the way down the two hour trek.

We stopped off at Frankz and had Michigan’s best french fries!! 

Then got ready for dinner and what we thought was the football game. 

Dinner was at a new restaurant in town called the old town grill and we split one of the best pulled pork sandwiches ever. Really cool aesthetic in there.


We had decided we were going to go to the football game in town because the team was so good, we had an acquaintance there whose son played, and it was the perfect football weather. However, maxpreps had stated that the game was on Saturday night which is not unusual for Michigan high school football but when we got there the only person who’s the guy in town who picks up cans, lol! I went back and looked at the website and it had been on Friday night even though we had double checked six times I think they had made a mistake and we were kind of bummed.

But another great sunset in the neighboring town made a smile and we went back and played some rummy and started watching the Dahmer series on Netflix. Gosh that’s disturbing but very interesting to watch.



The next morning, or last day Mr. Nine chilled with some coffee while I went on a brisk fall morning walk again marveling at all the beautiful leaves in town.


We stopped off at to farm market stands for apples and squash and then on the way back decided to stop in Holland again and eat at the new Holland brewing company and it was absolutely delicious!

It was kind of funny, when we returned home, we stated that the leaves in our area just seem to be more muted in color. I guess that’s one of the things that makes our trips up north more special, I was so in awe of the leaves and their changing beauty, Fall just makes me giddy! Bu then look athlete color we got back home the next morning.

Happy to get home and see our girl Miss Stella who had had a wonderful time with grandma. Already thinking about next Fall and hoping we get lucky with the weather again.

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