Surviving Not Thriving is pretty much our life motto. We each have 2 kids, a husband, and work every waking hour of the day. 

Needless to say, we are on a daily obstacle course and barely dragging ourselves over the finish line. 

So we wanted to put together a gift guide that highlighted all the things we pack into our lives to get us through. 

CHAMPAGNE IS BASICALLY SPARKLING WATER GIFT GUIDE 


Well that sentence really stands alone, doesn't it? Champagne is key to daily survival and is pretty much the only thriving moment of the day. Yes, I've sipped on a glass while reading a bedtime story to my children. You haven't?



1. Champagne Bottle Serving Tray | Rosanna

2. Super Fun! Champagne Flute | Easy Tiger

3. Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV

4. Champagne Round Bar Cart | Pier 1

5. POP FIZZ CLINK! Temporary Tattoos | Love And Lion

6. Champagne & Bubbly Bears | Sugarfina

7. Pink Champagne Print | Mr. Kate

8. Champagne Champion Sweatshirt | Dream Scene

9. Champagne Diet Sweatshirt | Junk Food

10. No Champagne No Gain Sweatshirt | Brunette The Label

11. Finer Things Coin Purse | Kate Spade

12. Crisp Champagne Scented Candle | Volupsa

13. Champagne Bottle Keychain | Kate Spade

LOWBAR LIFESTYLE GIFT GUIDE


We strive to survive and not thrive, so we set the bar very low. Diet, exercise, parenting, sleep.... the bar is so low we barely need to step over it to receive a self-congratulatory pat on the back. 

PILATES UPDATE: I'm still going and still mostly hating it. 



1. Calm Soaking Salts | Herbivore Botanicals

2. KIND Bars Variety Pack | Amazon

3. Breville VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Maker | Nespresso

4. Electric Corkscrew | Rabbit

5. I Did My Best Gym Bag | Ban.Do

6. Faux Potted Trailing Succulent | West Elm

7. Insulated Travel Wine Cup | Swig

8. Living My Best Life Tee | Private Party

9. High Waist Moto Leggings | Alo Yoga

10. Bb Color Stick | Bumble And Bumble

11. Greens Dietary Supplement | 8G

12. Magic Fairy Dolls | The Land of Nod

13. World's Smallest Vacuum | Westminster

TRAVEL DAY GIFT GUIDE


WE ARE ALWAYS TRAVELING. Always. Sometimes we wake up and forget what city we are in. And one of the only ways we make it work, is to have our essentials on-hand. And priority boarding. And champagne. 



1. Tasseled iPhone USB Cord | Anthropologie

2. Available For Weekends Getaway Luggage Tag | Ban. Do

3. Gashu Cord Taco | Fashionable

4. Memory Foam Travel Pillow | HoodiePillow

5. 5-Piece Packing Cubes | CALPAK

6. 20-inch Rolling Spinner Carry On | CALPAK

7. Quiet Comfort Wireless Headphones | Bose

8. Baby Buttercup Travel Blowdryer | DryBar

9. The Champagne Carry Set | W&P Designs

10. TSA Travel Bottle & Jar Set | Target

11. Pill Box | Mark & Graham

12. Fleet Jacket | Madewell

13. Mamuye Leather Tote | Fashionable

ROYGBIV GIFT GUIDE


Rainbow everything, always, and often. It makes us happy and provides a little bit of zen during our crazy days. It's also one of our signature organizing styles, so we incorporate it whenever possible. 



1. Rainbow Smile Planter | Urban Outfitters

2. Rainbow Platform Smoking Slippers | Soludos

3. Andie Striped Sports Bra | The Upside

4. Braided Lightning Cord | Le Cord

5. Rainbow Neon Light | SunnyLife

6. Rainbow Climber Earrings | Anthropologie

7. Lazy Susan Art Caddy | The Land of Nod

8. Pantone Notebook Set | Urban Outfitters

9. Pastel Bamboo Nesting Bowls | Uncommon Goods

10. Drips Of Color Art Print | Minted

11. Rainbow iPhone Case | Ban.Do

12. Rainbow Faux Christmas Tree | Urban Outfitters

13. Rainbow Pitcher | MoMa Design Store

14. Turkish Towel | MAYDE

NOT A BEAUTY BLOGGER GIFT GUIDE


We ain't getting any younger, and clearly have little time to sleep and take care of ourselves. This results in a consistent Sephora spiral once a month to stock-up on under eye concealer so we don't look like The Walking Dead. 

HOWEVER, we always give the disclaimer that we are NOT beauty bloggers. This is just a list of what we use.



1. ExfoliKate Daily Foaming Wash | Kate Somerville

2. Lapis Balancing Facial Oil | Herbivore Botanicals

3. Auto Correct Contour Cream | Sunday Riley

4. One-Step Correct Primer | Stila

5. Orgasm Blush | NARS

6. Under Eye Corrector | Bobbi Brown

7. Mat Velvet Foundation | Make Up For Ever

8. Perversion Mascara | Urban Decay

9. Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Rouge Tatouage | YSL

10. Texturizing Hairspray | Ouai

11. Subversion Lash Primer | Urban Decay

12. Addict Glow Color Balm in Coral Glow | Dior

13. Cotton Sheet Mask | Dr. Jart

Happy Holidays! Xo Clea and Joanna 

Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

Suggested Products
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

Suggested Products
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

Suggested Products
THE Bin Organizers
THE Bin Organizers
THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

Suggested Products
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
THE  Clear Rolling Cart
THE Clear Rolling Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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