Fail Proof Christmas Guide

Always and forever struggling to come up with Christmas gifts, figuring out what to splurge on, how to budget, small things to add, and of course how to make it feel thoughtful and tailored to the person you are giving to. Here is a fail proof guide that will help you find something for your mom, wife, partner, sister, cousin, husband, baby daddy, or the kid in your life.

A few things I also like to add in is, a gift card to a local coffee shop, a bag of coffee (use code hilldots to get 50% off your first bag at www.tradecoffeeco.com aka no. 9 on the list, and y’all their shipping is only like $2!), soap from a local store or Anthropologie, and LOTION. Ya girl loves lotion, who doesn’t? The key is to shop local or look for places with free shipping because on top of gift buying, shipping adds up quick! Last tip, buy gift sets and separate them between people, like the peach jam or East Fork box listed below, a candle set, or a set of soaps!

 

  1. for the hard worker/ tired mama // 2. for anyone with hands // 3. for a mama // 4. for the kiddo // 5. for the coffee lover // 6. for the pottery lover // 7. for the lover of good packaging // 8. for the kiddo // 9. for the coffee lover pt. two // 10. for the bearded guy // 11. for the skin care lover // 12. for the foodie // 13. for the motorcycle guy // 14. for the kiddo // 15. for a special lady // 16. for the sentimental person // 17. for the gal who works out or wears work out pants to get groceries, either is cool // 18. for the new baby // 19. for the cool kid / adult // 20. for anyone with a nose

Tips on keeping your kids gifts minimal for the holidays:

Your family is always going to ask what to buy for your kiddos, be prepared! We ask for small things, something for outside, books, and something he really needs! We typically only buy Grey one or two things because we know the grandparents like to spoil him! This year we bought him a stacking toy and a play mat! Things we asked for: Willaby Blanket, riding toy for outside, felt fruit and vegetables, and books!

In The Kitchen With Chelsea Harrison

Meet Chelsea Harrison, she runs food blog The Naked Fig on her blog you will be inspired to cook delicious vegetarian friendly meals, get to browse through her lovely photos, learn how to start a food blog, and get some holiday gift ideas. She is married to her husband Sam, has an adorable son Luc River and they reside in Roswell, Georgia in their dreamy light filled home. 

 You are so creative in the kitchen, what’s some of your go to meals? Has having a little one changed the way you cook?  I get into habits of making the same meals over and over.  But shopping for seasonal produce helps keep me changing up the way we eat. In the summer we do slow roasted tomatoes all the time. We eat them with ricotta cheese, olive oil, and crusty bread. Or throw them into pasta with veggies and lots of garlic. We eat pasta all the time. Now that it’s fall, we’ve been doing a lot of ramen, throwing in whatever veggies we have on hand. 101 Cookbooks has a killer vegan ramen recipe that I use. Luc had definitely made me start cooking more simple foods. We use frozen and canned ingredients more. I’ve had to start planning for meals early in the day. If i plan ahead, I use any down time I find during the day to prep my ingredients so that cooking doesn’t take so long in the evening. 

You are so creative in the kitchen, what’s some of your go to meals? Has having a little one changed the way you cook?

I get into habits of making the same meals over and over.  But shopping for seasonal produce helps keep me changing up the way we eat. In the summer we do slow roasted tomatoes all the time. We eat them with ricotta cheese, olive oil, and crusty bread. Or throw them into pasta with veggies and lots of garlic. We eat pasta all the time. Now that it’s fall, we’ve been doing a lot of ramen, throwing in whatever veggies we have on hand. 101 Cookbooks has a killer vegan ramen recipe that I use. Luc had definitely made me start cooking more simple foods. We use frozen and canned ingredients more. I’ve had to start planning for meals early in the day. If i plan ahead, I use any down time I find during the day to prep my ingredients so that cooking doesn’t take so long in the evening. 

 When designing your kitchen, what inspired you?   I’m very inspired by Scandinavian design. I love the bright white and natural wood aesthetic. It makes such a clean background that it looks great with everything. We try to live pretty minimally, so we wanted open shelving. Having no where to hide stuff helps me to not acquire unnecessary junk. We also wanted to be able to photograph my recipes in natural light, so we put a huge wall of windows in and used solid white counters for a simple backdrop.   

When designing your kitchen, what inspired you? 

I’m very inspired by Scandinavian design. I love the bright white and natural wood aesthetic. It makes such a clean background that it looks great with everything. We try to live pretty minimally, so we wanted open shelving. Having no where to hide stuff helps me to not acquire unnecessary junk. We also wanted to be able to photograph my recipes in natural light, so we put a huge wall of windows in and used solid white counters for a simple backdrop. 
 

 What are some kitchen must haves for food blogging/ meal prep?  I keep thing pretty simple, so I don’t feel like there’s much you need. The biggest thing to me is having a good looking dish to plate your food in and a clean backdrop for photography. And that doesn’t have to be expensive either! A simple plate allows the food to shine, so just avoid anything ornate. And I’ve used all kinds of things for cheap backdrops. My favorite is just to buy a large flooring tile from Home Depot to use as a faux countertop. Then you can shoot where ever you have good light. 

What are some kitchen must haves for food blogging/ meal prep?

I keep thing pretty simple, so I don’t feel like there’s much you need. The biggest thing to me is having a good looking dish to plate your food in and a clean backdrop for photography. And that doesn’t have to be expensive either! A simple plate allows the food to shine, so just avoid anything ornate. And I’ve used all kinds of things for cheap backdrops. My favorite is just to buy a large flooring tile from Home Depot to use as a faux countertop. Then you can shoot where ever you have good light. 

 Are you currently working on any projects?   Right now I’ve been focusing mostly on Luc. And since he rarely naps outside of the car, I have very little time to work. So I’m just focusing on creating more content for my blog right now. I’m hoping to collaborate on a meal this spring with some very cool brands, though, so stay tuned!

Are you currently working on any projects? 

Right now I’ve been focusing mostly on Luc. And since he rarely naps outside of the car, I have very little time to work. So I’m just focusing on creating more content for my blog right now. I’m hoping to collaborate on a meal this spring with some very cool brands, though, so stay tuned!

 What are some of your favorite restaurants/coffee shops in Atlanta?  Oh wow. I have a LOT of favorite coffee shops. I love 8 Arm, Chrome Yellow, Brash. I just tried Muchacho and it was awesome. Whiskey Bird in Morningside is a great new restaurant. Try the portobello sliders. They come on a bao bun and are one of the best things I’ve had in a long time. And they have great cocktails too. 

What are some of your favorite restaurants/coffee shops in Atlanta?

Oh wow. I have a LOT of favorite coffee shops. I love 8 Arm, Chrome Yellow, Brash. I just tried Muchacho and it was awesome. Whiskey Bird in Morningside is a great new restaurant. Try the portobello sliders. They come on a bao bun and are one of the best things I’ve had in a long time. And they have great cocktails too. 

Recipe for these delicious sweet potatoes, the perfect snack on a fall afternoon!

2 sweet potatoes
Olive oil
2 tbsp butter (can sub coconut oil, for a vegan option)
2 cloves garlic
1 cup cooked lentils
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/8 tsp ground mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Zest of one lemon
Pomegranate seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush sweet potatoes with oil, sprinkle with salt, and individually wrap in aluminum foil. Bake for about 30 minutes (depending on size) or until tender. 
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add garlic and herbs and cook two minutes. Add mustard, lemon zest, and lentils and stir. Cook on medium low heat until warm. 
Slice sweet potatoes and fill with lentil mixture. Top with pomegranate seeds and serve. 

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Mama Talk With Pamela Bearden

 Meet Pamela Bearden ( & pictured Micah Bearden), she is a gymnastics coach, photographer, and total bad ass considering she has been doing both of these things on top of being pregnant! She is the first of my friends to have a girl, so I am obviously jealous of all the cute clothes she has found for her little one! They currently reside in Decatur where they live in a beautiful, light filled home with a bamboo forest in their backyard (which I am also jealous of, since we live in a loft with no backyard) ! She is here to tell us about pregnancy, travel, and designing a nursery!

Meet Pamela Bearden ( & pictured Micah Bearden), she is a gymnastics coach, photographer, and total bad ass considering she has been doing both of these things on top of being pregnant! She is the first of my friends to have a girl, so I am obviously jealous of all the cute clothes she has found for her little one! They currently reside in Decatur where they live in a beautiful, light filled home with a bamboo forest in their backyard (which I am also jealous of, since we live in a loft with no backyard) ! She is here to tell us about pregnancy, travel, and designing a nursery!

 When are you expecting (is this your first)?:  *We are expecting our first little girl November 13th (holy crap)! Just right around the corner and we cannot be more excited!

When are you expecting (is this your first)?:

*We are expecting our first little girl November 13th (holy crap)! Just right around the corner and we cannot be more excited!

 How you came up with the name Willow James:  *The name James came up in my mind a couple time while we were searching for names for a boy or a girl. I love the idea of girls having "boy names" because I've never been the most feminine myself. While I would've loved having James be her first name, I figured we could soften it up by adding Willow onto the front and making James the middle name. When I hear the name Willow James, the words "peace and loyalty" ring in our hearts and I couldn't imagine a better statement for our little girl to grow up embracing.

How you came up with the name Willow James:

*The name James came up in my mind a couple time while we were searching for names for a boy or a girl. I love the idea of girls having "boy names" because I've never been the most feminine myself. While I would've loved having James be her first name, I figured we could soften it up by adding Willow onto the front and making James the middle name. When I hear the name Willow James, the words "peace and loyalty" ring in our hearts and I couldn't imagine a better statement for our little girl to grow up embracing.

 Tell us about your pregnancy:  *Whew... pregnancy has been no easy ride for me. Firstly, I'm a competitive cheerleading coach as well as a wedding photographer. Both include being active and on your feet for long periods of time (as well as pretending to have a lot of energy and enthusiasm even when you really don't). So the first trimester and half of the second was consumed by chronic nausea and throwing up. I ended up loosing weight instead of gaining because of the condition. Luckily, my doctors prescribed me the miracle drug, Diclegis, to assist with the throwing up and I started feeling like I could function again! Now that I'm nearing the end, my sickness has passed and I've just been able to enjoy my sweet belly and finish strong!   Although I wanted to have the most perfect pregnancy ever (haha yeah right), I've definitely done my fair share of "not-supposed-to's". Because I was so sick in my first trimester, taking a prenatal vitamin was a no-go for me. I also couldn't keep down water, salads or "bland" foods, so hickory fries, coke and chips were about all I could keep down regularly. Also, I rode roller coasters at 14 weeks in Disney World, got a finger tattoo, demonstrated way too many gymnastics skills at work... the list definitely goes on but I'll stop there. The best thing I've learned is to give yourself grace in pregnancy and allow yourself a coke every now and then!

Tell us about your pregnancy:

*Whew... pregnancy has been no easy ride for me. Firstly, I'm a competitive cheerleading coach as well as a wedding photographer. Both include being active and on your feet for long periods of time (as well as pretending to have a lot of energy and enthusiasm even when you really don't). So the first trimester and half of the second was consumed by chronic nausea and throwing up. I ended up loosing weight instead of gaining because of the condition. Luckily, my doctors prescribed me the miracle drug, Diclegis, to assist with the throwing up and I started feeling like I could function again! Now that I'm nearing the end, my sickness has passed and I've just been able to enjoy my sweet belly and finish strong! 

Although I wanted to have the most perfect pregnancy ever (haha yeah right), I've definitely done my fair share of "not-supposed-to's". Because I was so sick in my first trimester, taking a prenatal vitamin was a no-go for me. I also couldn't keep down water, salads or "bland" foods, so hickory fries, coke and chips were about all I could keep down regularly. Also, I rode roller coasters at 14 weeks in Disney World, got a finger tattoo, demonstrated way too many gymnastics skills at work... the list definitely goes on but I'll stop there. The best thing I've learned is to give yourself grace in pregnancy and allow yourself a coke every now and then!

 What inspired you when designing her nursery?:   *Her nursery kind of came together over time. I love neutrals!! Like... too much. My mom couldn't believe when she looked at my registry and didn't see any color. But overtime, I incorporated a few colors here and there giving it a bit of a desert/bohemian theme. I wanted to collect small treasures throughout the pregnancy that I felt summed up our style as parents as well as speak into who we want to teach Willow to be. Especially the banner that hangs above her crib.

What inspired you when designing her nursery?: 

*Her nursery kind of came together over time. I love neutrals!! Like... too much. My mom couldn't believe when she looked at my registry and didn't see any color. But overtime, I incorporated a few colors here and there giving it a bit of a desert/bohemian theme. I wanted to collect small treasures throughout the pregnancy that I felt summed up our style as parents as well as speak into who we want to teach Willow to be. Especially the banner that hangs above her crib.

 Do you have any advice on traveling while pregnant?:  *I travelled to Disney in my first trimester and Vegas around the end of my second. Both had their own challenges. Obviously, make sure to pack realistic. You won’t wear heels and want to look cute every day! You’re growing a human so give yourself some grace. Throw your favorite pair of joggers in there and wear em proudly! At the airport, I opted out of the security scanner (because of the radiation) and chose to get a “pat down”. Humiliating and a little more time consuming but you gotta protect that baby. When you’re out with your friends or whomever you’re traveling with, know your limits. When I was in Disney, I packed a fanny pack full of slim jims to keep me full while we walked the parks. And in Vegas, when my friends would go out, I wouldn’t feel pressure to “keep up” with them. When I was tired, I went back to the hotel. Traveling while pregnant is totally doable and fun, just take your time and take care of yourself! And make sure to visit as many cute baby shops as you can! :)

Do you have any advice on traveling while pregnant?:

*I travelled to Disney in my first trimester and Vegas around the end of my second. Both had their own challenges. Obviously, make sure to pack realistic. You won’t wear heels and want to look cute every day! You’re growing a human so give yourself some grace. Throw your favorite pair of joggers in there and wear em proudly! At the airport, I opted out of the security scanner (because of the radiation) and chose to get a “pat down”. Humiliating and a little more time consuming but you gotta protect that baby. When you’re out with your friends or whomever you’re traveling with, know your limits. When I was in Disney, I packed a fanny pack full of slim jims to keep me full while we walked the parks. And in Vegas, when my friends would go out, I wouldn’t feel pressure to “keep up” with them. When I was tired, I went back to the hotel. Traveling while pregnant is totally doable and fun, just take your time and take care of yourself! And make sure to visit as many cute baby shops as you can! :)

 What is on your baby wish list/ favorite thing you have gotten thus far?  *I was so blessed at my showers and pretty much got all my favorites on my wish list! So far, I've been so excited about my Wildbird Sling and my Dock-A-Tot!

What is on your baby wish list/ favorite thing you have gotten thus far?

*I was so blessed at my showers and pretty much got all my favorites on my wish list! So far, I've been so excited about my Wildbird Sling and my Dock-A-Tot!

 Photos by: Haley Sheffield

Photos by: Haley Sheffield

At Home With Hillary Davis

Hi, I am Hillary, I'm new to motherhood, and have a sweet boy named Grey! We currently reside with my husband Dylan in Marietta, Ga. I am the founder of this blog and I hope it inspires you to create a unique home, open up, try new recipes, and encourage one another! Come on in, for a little peek of our place! I plan to share Grey's tiny room later!

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 I love a home that is unique to the people living inside of it. Every big piece of furniture we have, we've bought secondhand, including this West Elm table that we found on Craigslist. This is one of my favorite pieces but lately I have had an itch to switch it out for a rectangular table to better accommodate four people!

I love a home that is unique to the people living inside of it. Every big piece of furniture we have, we've bought secondhand, including this West Elm table that we found on Craigslist. This is one of my favorite pieces but lately I have had an itch to switch it out for a rectangular table to better accommodate four people!

 Living in a tiny loft, we have to be creative in adding storage to empty wall space. My husband made this for us and now we aren't dumping everything on our kitchen table anymore.

Living in a tiny loft, we have to be creative in adding storage to empty wall space. My husband made this for us and now we aren't dumping everything on our kitchen table anymore.

 Becoming a mother is such a beautiful transition. It's tiring, wonderful, and emotional. Watching this boy grow is the best gift. Can't wait to talk motherhood more with you all in the future.

Becoming a mother is such a beautiful transition. It's tiring, wonderful, and emotional. Watching this boy grow is the best gift. Can't wait to talk motherhood more with you all in the future.

 Here is our little space, we have a habit of eating in bed. Hoping Grey helps us with this when he starts eating baby food!

Here is our little space, we have a habit of eating in bed. Hoping Grey helps us with this when he starts eating baby food!

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 This chair has become our favorite thing we own, our son loves it. Functionality is what inspires us when shopping for our space. We usually ask ourselves: How long will we be able to use this piece? Is it trendy or timeless? Does it match what we currently have?

This chair has become our favorite thing we own, our son loves it. Functionality is what inspires us when shopping for our space. We usually ask ourselves: How long will we be able to use this piece? Is it trendy or timeless? Does it match what we currently have?

 Thank you for stopping by to our first post! Hope to see you again!

Thank you for stopping by to our first post! Hope to see you again!