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Holiday Gift Ideas!

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There are only 22 shopping days remaining before Christmas. Do you believe it?!? I’m going to be REAL honest.. I haven’t even started. The bug hasn’t bitten quite yet. So feel free to add some of your ideas in the comments. I need them!

Cooking Gadgets

You know how much I like to cook! Here are a few things I use regularly that can be great gifts for the kitchen lover in your life. :) P.S. I know it’s expensive but that Scanpan is PHENOMINAL!

Workout Fun

If you don’t have a Wii yet it’s such a great family gift. Last year I bought one for my friend’s family and my Mom. It’s a great way to get up and get moving in the living room. Our favorite family game at the moment is Just Dance (Little Man picks the songs) and I LOVE Punch Out. I loved the original when I was a kid and now I get to play it as an adult while burning a ton of calories! Note: There is Just Dance 2
out but I haven’t played it yet so I can’t recommend, although the song list at glance seems cool!

Running Gear

I will forever recommend this running system. For the seasoned or wannabe runner the combination of these three items is killer. I’m not exaggerating when I say I owe a lot of my running success to the Nike+. It gave me loads of motivation to get me started and keep me running that first year.

Stocking Stuffers

More repeats from last year but I’m STILL using this same pair of headphones (they’ve been going strong from almost 2 years now!) Great headphones for the price. Little Man and I still much on the fruit leather regularly and you can bet when this baby comes I’ll be enjoying a margarita!

Feeling Charitable?

If you are feeling generous this holiday season please support Grace’s Gift. Two years ago we met Grace and her mission to adopt a cottage of kids for the holiday season. Well she’s at it again for a third year and needs our help! Click here to see her donation page.

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    December 2, 2010

    My biggest fan is buying me a Kinect for the Xbox 360 this year!!! (And my biggest fan is myself…. and he’s a really handsome dude!)


    December 3, 2010

    I am pushing for the Nike+ system for my Christmas gift! Very excited about it!


    December 3, 2010

    I have those Sony headphones and LOVE them! As someone who can’t wear any of the earbuds that are shaped like the ones that come with iPods (they just fall out, regardless of what I do), I always seem to be stuck with uncomfortable ones that I have to shove in my ear. The Sony ones are great- so comfy, love the colors, and I love that they came with the ability to be adjustable in length- so handy for running! (I didn’t realize just how much of a love affair I have with these headphones!)

    My idea for gifts for those who like to cook (especially bake) with a kitchen aid would be this little gem:

    New Metro Design Beater Blade for 5-Quart KitchenAid Tilt-Head Mixers, White

    I haven’t gotten one for myself yet, but everyone I know that has one loves it! Kitchen aid comes out with their own in January, but this one works well too. Speeds up the mixing process bunches!


    December 3, 2010

    I treated myself to the Garmin Forerunner 205 watch last week as my xmas present to myself… big/bulky/heavy… but I freaking LOVE it! Gives me second to second real accurate distance and pace…. my favorite feature – if you run the same route you can run against yourself at a previous run… you can see the “old” you on the screen and run to catch up or beat it!


    December 3, 2010

    I have the Wii Active set and I love it! It helps in all areas. For baking, I love the stuff from They are completely non stick like silicone but rigid so the can hold runny cake/bread mixes. My banana bread always comes right out (even when I make it with white beans instead of oil!)


    December 3, 2010

    That’s so weird, Roni, I was just thinking today that I wanted to mention Stretch Island fruit to you. I love those things! You can’t beat a tasty, natural sugar, 45 calorie snack.


    December 3, 2010

    The ScanPan is totally worth it. If you get one, do NOT use spray oil/PAM since it will void the warantee. The good news is that this pan works so well that you hardly need to put any oil or butter in the pan when cooking. I love it!!!