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Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

December 6, 2017

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Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

It is the season for parties and get-togethers. I hate to come to a party empty-handed. I know how much work goes into having guests over and entertaining. Bringing a little gift is always a nice gesture. I often like to make a homemade gift, but lately I feel like there just isn’t time in the day. In this busy time of year, it’s nice to find some short cuts.

One trip to Pier 1 Impors, and I have four delightful gifts that I think any host or hostess would love to receive. If you haven’t been to Pier 1 Imports lately, you need to go, (or visit their website). It’s so packed with Christmas and Holiday treasures. And not only did I find pretty gifts, but I also found wrapping paper, glittery gift bags + boxes, ribbon, bells, and bows.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

These JOY mercury glass votives were the first thing to catch my eye. Paired with Snowy Birch scented tea light candles, these really can go with anyone’s decor, that’s the beauty of the white and metallics. I wrapped both of these packages in Pier 1 Import’s gorgeous birch bark wrapping paper and then added a couple jingle bells to the top of the package. I have a feeling most of my gifts will be wrapped in this pretty paper this year.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday PartiesAffordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

This is the easiest, grab and go gift ever. These Holiday Forest jar candles smell of freshly cut fir trees.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

Already festive with their green glass, I simply added a white and gold looped bow and this gift was ready to go. These would also be fantastic gifts for teachers, mail delivers, or maybe your favorite barista.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

If you are headed to a house party, chances are the host or hostess likes to throw a party. So, this pretty Christmas platter paired with a set of marble handled cheese knives will definitely be put to use.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday PartiesAffordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

I wrapped the cheese knives with metallic silver tissue paper and then tied a ribbon around both the platter and the box and topped the gift with a sprig of Pier 1 Import’s faux greenery. I love these pretty branches, they are very life-like and I divided them up and added them to vases around my house and saved smaller pieces to tying to the top of gifts.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

I’m sure you a sensing a them here, but candles really are such a great gift. I really don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them. This Snowy Birch 3-wick candle is the most pleasant, light scent, that I think everyone will enjoy. It’s a nice generous candle with three wicks. It’s shiny iridescent white glass container shines without even lighting the candle.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

For the easiest wrapping job ever, I simply topped this candle with a pretty platinum boxwood leaf napkin ring.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties

I hope this is helpful. I am all stocked up. I have pretty candles, votives and platters all ready to be gifted. And these gifts didn’t break the bank, but I really feel like I have something special to give.

Affordable Last Minute Hostess Gifts for Upcoming Holiday Parties


The Week’s End

August 11, 2017

Well, this week definitely felt like the end of Summer. After being on the road the last couple of weeks, I hit the ground running and worked a jam packed week. It feels good to get stuff done and put out some new content. Today we are going to try REALLY hard to finally finish the painting in the hallway and stairway. We started the week with a good 2 1/2 days of wallpaper scraping. But, I’m so happy to see the yellow stripes GONE. You can follow along on Instagram stories for all the riveting wallpaper removal and painting posts.

This is our last weekend of the Summer. So, we feel like we need to get ALL THE PROJECTS done! I’m kind of mourning the end of Summer, I don’t think I’m ready for all the hustle and bustle of getting three kids off to school. But, maybe a little routine will feel good.

Wildflowers in Glacier National Park

Here’s a few things I think you should check out:

Happy Friday, hope you all have a great weekend. Soak in all the Summer you can friends.

Design / Find

15 Gorgeous Rattan Chairs All Under $300

July 6, 2017

I hate to rub it in, but yes, I’m still in Maui. But, I’m taking a break from the sand and sea to put together a post for you today. But, I’m taking inspiration from the islands.

A staple in Maui design and style is always a rattan, whicker or cane piece of furniture. If you are looking to add a little tropical, vacation or relaxed vibe to the look of your home, I think a rattan chair is the perfect addition.

I’ve searched the internet and found 15 pretty fabulous rattan chairs and all of them are less then $300 (and actually most are only about $100). There’s some winners in this bunch. #1 and #3 are two of my favorites for sure. I’m thinking I need a couple of these in my home. I already have the five of #12 in our sunroom, and they are the perfect in that room. The add texture and warmth to a space without being big and bulky. Rattan is always easy, breezy.

1 // 2 // 3

4 // 5 // 6

7 // 8 // 9

10  // 11 // 12

13 // 14 // 15

How do you feel about rattan? Do you want to have a little more boho style in your life? I’m definitely digging it these days. Oh and rattan painted a glossy black or bright white – ya I LOVE that too.


24 Must-Have Beach Towels

June 7, 2017

I think we just made the best decision for our Summer plans. We just signed up to for a pool membership! Yep, there is hope we will survive these 100 F plus days. We are only 3 days into Summer vacation, and my kids need a way to get exercise and burn some energy. Summer here is equivalent to a harsh winter elsewhere.  Keeping kids looked up indoors all day is a recipe for sibling conflict and endless messes.

So, now that we will be swimming daily, beach towels were on my mind. The couple of beach towels that we own currently are over 10 years old and have definitely seen better days. So, I’m definitely in the market. I put together a little round up of some of my favorite finds. With so many good choices, I’m not sure which ones I’ll pick.

  1. Gold Palm Leaves
  2. Yellow and Pink Stripes
  3. Black Marble
  4. Black + White Stripe
  5. Black Tribal
  6. Green + White Stripe
  7. Pink with Tropical Leaves
  8. Pineapples
  9. Hot Tub
  10. Wide Black + White Stripe
  11. Good Vibes
  12. Round Tropical Leaves
  13. Green Leaves
  14. Peach Turkish Towel
  15. Pink with Black Leaves
  16. Round Tribal
  17. Pink Stripes
  18. Orange + Blue
  19. Orange Smiley Faces
  20. Round Black
  21. Moroccan Black + White
  22. Geometric Black + White
  23. Garden Rose
  24. Round Geometric

Did one catch your eye? I think my oldest would love the number 23, the Garden Rose. I love the big round towels, not only for the beach but also for a trip to the park or just for hanging out in the back yard. Number 5 is probably is my favorite, I’m always a sucker for Pendleton patterns.

Find / Food & Drink

How to Make French Press Coffee

May 17, 2017

There is a lot of debate on how the perfect cup of coffee is made. But, in my opinion french press might be the most accessible “good” cup of coffee out there. A french press is one of the least expensive coffee makers out there and I’m not sure if I’ve ever had a bad cup of coffee poured from one. So, here’s my “how to make french press coffee” guide.

There are a lot of instructions out there of how to use a french press properly. A lot of those guides require a timer and a scale. My process is a lot less technical and and a little more approachable. Like with any cooking or baking I do, a little experimenting is always apart of the process.

I’ve put together a little guide of all the things that you might need to make a great cup of coffee with a french press. Now, you definitely don’t NEED all of these items, but a lot of them are very helpful. The only item on guide that you have to, have to have is a french press. We can find substitutes for al the other items.

  1. Start by grinding your coffee. I always start with whole beans. I feel like the flavor of coffee immediately starts to change once the beans are ground. You coffee will taste so much better if you grind your beans right before you brew them. A coffee grinder is one of the first appliances I bought. I think I was in college and they usually cost around or less then $20 for a great basic grinder.
  2. Measure your coffee. This really comes down to personal preference. But, 1 tbsp. of fresh ground coffee to each cup of water is a good starting place. I LOVE strong coffee so I tend to add a couple more tablespoons of coffee to my french press.
  3. Put water on to boil. You definitely don’t need a fancy electric kettle, but they do make the job a little more hands off. Water can be boiled in a simple pot. Experts say that the water should be a very specific temperature for brewing coffee. My simple trick to knowing when the water is ready is to watch the water and just before it hits a rolling boil, that’s when you use the water. If it does hit a rolling boil, just let it sit a few minutes before adding it to the coffee.
  4. Add the water. Pour about 1 cup of water over the ground coffee. Allow it to sit for about 30 seconds and then stir it. Then add the remaining water. The brew time can vary. But 4 mins. is perfect brewing time as far as I’m concerned. Then press the plunger down.
  5. Serve the coffee immediately. If you leave it in the french press, the coffee will continue to brew. So either pour it in cups right away or store it in an insulated thermos till you are ready for a second cup.
  6. And if you want to take it to the next level. Sweeten your cup with a little simple syrup and top with warm frothed milk.

  1. Coffee Grinder – Once you have a french press, a coffee grinder should be next on your list. You’ll never want to buy ground coffee again.
  2. Whole Coffee Beans – Counter Culture is one of my favorite roasters. They source beans from small scale farms around the world.
  3. Simple Syrup Bottle – I make all my own syrups and don’t worry and simple syrup 101 is coming soon as well.
  4. Bodum French Press – this is the best of the best. I still use a Bodum that was my mom’s and she used it back in the 80’s. The best part of Bodum is that all the pars are replaceable, even the glass.
  5. Coffee Scoop + Bag Clip – these are so handy for both keeping your beans fresh in their bag and also for measuring out the coffee.
  6. Electric Kettle – I actually haven’t owned an electric kettle in years. But, they really are so handy. Maybe I’ll add this cute mint one to my Christmas list.
  7. Insulated Coffee Mugs – if your cup of joe isn’t piping hot, what’s the point? I also love that you can see your coffee through this mug. So much of drinking coffee is a ritual and experience, the right mug can make all the difference.
  8. Milk Frother – this is for taking your coffee enjoyment to the next level. When we lived in both Papua New Guinea and Yemen, I had one of these hand frothers and it worked so well.



Summer Swim + Sun Skin Savers

May 3, 2017

Summer Swim + Sun Skin SaversCactus Pool Float

Well, Summer is here in California. Yesterday we hit 95 F and today is supposed to be triple digits. So, shorts and sandals are definitely out and the thought of putting on a swim suit in public has been giving me hives. I was I’ve kind of been in an exercise rut. To change things up a bit, I’ve been swimming laps at our local community pool. The gym definitely wasn’t fun and running was really bothering my joints. I love swimming and kind of forgot that I did. Now, I look forward to my workouts. Imagine that!  Lonnie has even been getting up with me a few mornings a week and we’ve been swimming at 5:30 am together. I’m about 3 weeks in and I feel like I’m getting a great workout and my joints aren’t complaining at all.

The only downside is the sun and water draining all the moisture out of my hair and skin. So, I’ve had to up my skin and hair routine. I’ve found a few things that are really helping, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites for Summer Swim + Sun Skin Savers.  I’m definitely not a beauty blogger, just a real person with fair, sensitive, and kind of old-ladyish skin. And in true O+P style, these products are all very easy on the budget and almost all of them can be found at Target (because you know that’s the only place I go).

Summer Swim and Sun Skin Savers

  1. Conditioning Hair Mask – Not only is the packaging pretty, this hair mask smells so good. I use it at least once a week to help with the pool hair situation.
  2. Body Scrub – If you want to feel as soft as a baby’s bottom, definitely use this all over your body.
  3. Facial Oil – Summer of the Girls with Glasses introduced me to this. I don’t ever use lotion now. I LOVE this oil so much.
  4. Foot Mask – My sister in law gave me one of these for Christmas and oh my do they work well. I live in my Birkenstocks and flip-flops – so dry heals happen. You won’t believe how great your feet look and feel after using this mask.
  5. SPF Lip Balm – Definitely a winner and so many great flavors.
  6. Body Brush – Exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate!!!! It’s the name of the game when you are dealing with dry skin. I use a soft brush like this in the shower almost daily to help get rid of dead skin.
  7. Body Oil – I just started using this last week and I love it! I have very dry skin and I spray this all over my body when I get out of the shower. It smells sweet and soft and doesn’t compete with my perfume. And it moisturizes so much better then just lotion.
  8. Oil Free Sunscreen – This is my go-to! As a redhead, I’ve tried all the suncreens, believe me. Hawaiian Tropics is oil free and doesn’t feel plastered on and sticky. I even wear this on my face and my very sensitive skin loves it. It also smells the way Summer should smell – a hint of coconut.

Do you have any go-to skin and hair products that I should be trying? I love a good “real person” recommendation.

This post contains affiliate links, but these really are all great products that I 100% use and recommend. 


Design / Find

39 Must-Have Decorative Trays

March 31, 2017

A couple weeks ago I shared some fun bathroom art and some tips for keeping your bathroom stylish and organized. I shared an image of a bunch of my favorite trays. Ya, I love a good tray and I might have a slight addiction. So, I decided you might like some tray sources. I’ve done a little online shopping for you and I’ve found more then just a few cool trays – I’ve rounded up 39! You there is a tray for everyone!

I use trays in almost every room in my house. They are the perfect landing spot for a group of small objects. Trays also can add a little pattern, color or sheen to space. Candles, plants, toiletries, kitchen objects, nick nacks, jewelry, and art supplies all find homes on a cute tray.

  1. Elephants
  2. Sage Green
  3. Black Speckle
  4. Round Copper
  5. Oatmeal Octagon
  6. Woven Basket
  7. Hammered Brass
  8. Green Plaid
  9. Black and White Typography
  10. Grey Triangle
  11. Brass Long Oval
  12. Straight Sides Brass
  13. Black Flowers
  14. Black Sketch
  15. Light Wood
  16. Round Gold
  17. Rectangular Hammered Brass
  18. Peach Octagon
  19. Colorful Triangles
  20. Narrow Wooden
  21. White and Copper
  22. Small Pink Rectangle
  23. Shiny Gold
  24. Diamond Pattern
  25. Evergreen Geometric
  26. Geometric Pattern
  27. Round Acacia
  28. Grey Dots
  29. Matte Black
  30. Small Brass Rectangle
  31. Gilded
  32. Bright Yellow
  33. Half Moon Pattern
  34. Black Dip
  35. White Oval
  36. Light Purple
  37. Black Lines
  38. Brass With Stone Detail
  39. Camel Platter

So, have I convinced you that you need a tray or two in your life? Which ones caught your eye? I think I need number 8.  Have a great weekend friends!


14 of the Best 2017 Calendars

December 8, 2016

I hate to say it, but the year is almost over. And, to be honest, I’m ready to start planning for a new year. A fresh start sounds really good. I think the first place to start is with a new calendar. I’ve done a little online hunting and I’ve rounded up 14 calendars that I think I pretty darn great.


  1. Black with Flowers
  2. Paint Palette
  3. Good Words
  4. Terrarium Tea Towel
  5. Pink Marble
  6. Mustard and Pink
  7. Brass Stand
  8. Large Scale Pink
  9. Lemons
  10. Charley Harper
  11. Marble and Stand
  12. Book Shelf
  13. National Parks
  14. Giant Black and White

Also there’s a couple more I need to mention. This coloring book version by the fabulous Rad & Happy and this free printable one The Crafted Life created with Sarah Hearts should both definitely be considered. I’m using the Rad & Happy one for my “big ideas” calendar, it’s perfect for drawing all over and adding all your important dates. The Crafted Life’s printable one is going over my desk for a daily positivity reminder and for a quick glance at the whole year.

Design / Find

Stylish Outdoor Dishes

May 18, 2016

I’ve been sharing a lot of outdoor dining ideas and recipes lately. So, I thought it might be helpful to round up a bunch of stylish outdoor dishes. These are all acrylic, melamine and metal, so you can serve outdoors with ease. Or maybe if you just have kids, and don’t want to deal with broken dishes, these are great options for all year long.

If you know me and Oleander + Palm, you know I love natural tones and colors and tend to lean towards neutrals quite a bit. But, if you are more of a color-lover, all of the these plates and cups could easily be brightened up with a fun napkins or a tablecloth. I feel like investing in neutrals for more expensive pieces is always a good idea.  Flowers, linens and even the food can add color and pattern to a table top, then you not locked into only one color palette.

stylish outdoor dishes

Plates – 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9

Cups – 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 // 16 // 17 // 18

Beverage Dispensers – 19 // 20 // 21 // 22 // 23 // 24

Cutlery – 25 // 26 // 27 // 28 // 29 // 30

Is there a combination of plate-cup-silverware that you love?

etc. / Find

Thrifting Thursday – Sea Painting

May 9, 2014

Last week, on a random Thursday morning, I stumbled upon a garage/estate sale in my neighborhood.  I picked up a couple little treasures there, but this was my best find.  I got this gorgeous painting of waves crashing on rocks for just $5.  Seriously, I would have paid a lot more for this.

I inquired about it’s history and I was told that the owner had a few paintings by the same artist and the others were all dated in the 1920’s.  It’s fun to know a little about the piece, but even if it’s worth nothing at all, I LOVE it!  The colors are beautiful, it has lovely movement, and it takes me away from my hectic life every time I look it.

I have it leaning on my new/old dresser in my bedroom.  This is the dresser that used to be in my entryway, but got replaced by my amazing thrift store credenza.

Oh, and yes, I do know it’s Friday.  I’m just running a little behind this week.  Thanks goodness it’s Friday!!!!  How about you, have you found anything great this week while thrifting?  I often get asked how I find all of these great things.  The honest truth is, I thrift OFTEN.  It doesn’t take me long to whip around a store and decide whether there’s anything worth looking at or not.  But, the more often you go, the more likely you’ll happen upon something amazing.