10 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him (under $50!!)

The idea of Valentine’s Day is strange. Besides the fact that it’s now a Valentine’s season, starting in the middle of January now. It’s one of those holidays that started out with a weird history and then turned into an retail extravaganza, throwing everyone into a frenzy after the one month break we had from December and the holidays that went with it.

But, we still shop for it because it goes to the people we love and that’s what’s important (and it’s a plus that you usually get something in return).

Upon searching under the keywords “Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys”, I came upon a plethora of typical guy gifts; i.e. metal money clip, a new collared t-shirt, socks. Then, if you do another search for “Valentine’s Day Gifts for Under $50” you end up with the all-too-famous gigantic bear or a flower bouquet (unless those are your guy’s kind of thing, no judgement here). 

So I decided to scour the web for ten gifts, all under $50, to, at the very least, help assist you in buying your gifts this Valentine’s season. So without further ado, here are 10  Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him (Under $50!!)

whiskey_decanter_vday10. Personalized Whiskey Decanter | Etsy, $44.99+

You can personalize your engraving to go either on the front or the back, and pick your number of glasses. Great for the gentleman in your life….and you for when you’re having one of those days.





beer_labels_vday9. Valentine’s Day Beer Labels | Etsy, $12.00+

This is one of those super easy gift ideas if you want to have the most hassle-free Valentine’s ever. You can DIY them, but having them shipped and ready to go is so much nicer, and everyone knows that. Just grab your SO’s favorite 6-pack and Voila! 

knives_personalized_vday8. Pocket Knife with Customized Wooden BoxEtsy, $25.00

You can pick your box and blade color with this genius Valentine’s Day gift. Great value for something they’ll use to clean their nails, whittle wood, cut their steak, etc.



amazon_watches_vday7. Personalized Wooden WatchAmazon, $34.99

Engrave what you want on the dial and on the back of the watch. Maybe initials on the dial and a bad pun on the back? Fate is now in your hands.




popcorn_vday6. Valentine’s Day Popcorn Gift BoxEtsy, $29.95+

So many flavors to choose from and hopefully you’ll get a piece (or bag) too! Flavor choices include Butter, Caramel, Kettle, Cheese, Red Strawberry or Green Candy Popcorn.




beer_bottle_opener_vday5. Personalized Beer Bottle Opener | Etsy, $33.99

An easy way for him to open his beer bottles while remember how amazing you are. That’s what Valentine’s Day is REALLY about anyway. You can choose the stain color and what you want it to say.





guys_socks_vday4. Men’s Novelty SocksEtsy, $11.50+

OKAY! I know I said no socks…but these don’t count. Select the color you want and what sassy phrase you want on them and watch him go wild (or roll his eyes) when he opens his gift.

bacon_bourbon_candle3. Bacon & Bourbon CandleEtsy, $11.20

Description of product is as follows: “Love Bacon? Know someone who does? Of course you do! This heavily scented candle is the perfect gift for bacon lovers everywhere. Maple glazed smoky Bacon, expertly blended with the warming aroma of a good Bourbon. The perfect husband gift, boyfriend gift, bacon lover gift, or gift for him!” 

You can also personalize the lid with a short message, name or date. Smells like romance.

personalized_bottle_opener_keychain2. Stainless Steel Bottle Opener Key ChainEtsy, $15.00

Stainless steel dog tag that you can personalize — so every time he opens that bottle, he’ll see through his slightly blurred vision how much you love him. Worth every penny.



beer_holder_shower1. Shower Cup HolderEtsy, $7.75+

Needs no explanation, get one for yourself while you’re at it.


Enjoy shopping for your special someone this Valentine’s season.



The Official Hannukah Wishlist

It’s that special time of year…the time where we get together with loved ones, drink alcoholic beverages we won’t have for another 365 days, light candles, put up lights, hang decorations, hit the very scary (and slightly overrated) shopping mall, all the while trying to make sure it’s the most perfect holiday season YET.


But whatever holiday you may celebrate, always remember to take a moment and relax this holiday season. Things may get busy (and sometimes complicated) with holiday plans, while you’re trying to make sure everyone feels warm and treated, take a breath and know it’s just the holidays.

That’s why I’m making the first ever Official Hannukah Wishlist (feel free to insert whatever holiday you may celebrate during this time of the year). These presents are just fun little gifts–all for under $50.

So now, in all it’s glory, here is The Official Hannukah Wishlist 2017. 

Links to purchase included below each photo.


“You Rock” Gold-Dipped Amethyst $15.00 on Etsy

Want to get the person something that you think totally rocks but don’t have more than $20? Here’s your answer. You can use it as a paperweight, or to house your airplants, or just hold it and admire it on your patio as you sip on a glass of wine. I don’t know what you’ll use it for, but you know someone in your life needs this rock.



Funny Dish Towels $11.95 on Etsy

Ahahaha…nothing like food humor. Amirite? Drink a glass of wine and it gets funnier.



Taco Belle T-Shirt $12.60 on Etsy

No explanation need on this one. And yes, it’s okay to order one for yourself too.



Unicorn Spa Box $39.95 on Etsy

Okay normally I wouldn’t be dropping $40.00 on a bath box but THIS IS NOT ANY BATH BOX. If you like Unicorns and the land of make-believe, dive right in to this box that will make you feel downright majestic. (Unicorn horn included and recommended for best results)



Unicorn Bath Bomb $7.20 on Etsy

Wanting to feel majestic but you’re still reeling from the price tag on the last post? DON’T FRET. You can still feel like a unicorn for less than $10.00. (This one does NOT come with the unicorn horn which is recommended for best results)


Mermaid Make-up Brushes $12.99 on Amazon

The perfect gift for the makeup guru in your life with an affinity for feeling whimsical.


TrackR pixel $21.19 (for a one-pack) on Amazon

Tired of losing your stuff? Use this funky little device and hook it to your keys, suitcase, carry-on, purse, WHATEVER and use the app on your phone to track down whatever you lost. Gives you peace of mind and better self-esteem.


For the GUY in your life,

Have that really special someone but don’t have the cash to spare?



Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit $49.97 on Amazon

If your guy’s got an award-winning beard on his face, he’ll thank you for this kit, and you’ll pat yourself on the back later.


Dash Non-stick Omelette Maker (Shown in Red) $26.15 on Amazon

Make it easier for him to make you breakfast in bed! This is the perfect way to give him that little…nudge he needs. Plus FREE SHIPPING NOW!


For the kiddo you have no idea what to get but you have to get them something because you don’t want to look like that friend that doesn’t understand kids….



Talkie by Toymail: Hank a Dino $40.02 on Amazon

Meet Hank a Dino, this voice chat smart toy lets kids stay connected to their parents. (Your friends that have kids will think this is genius…I guess that’s why it was on Shark Tank) For your friends with kids, they can use their phones to talk to their kids through this little guy, and if they kids want, they can reply. Or just throw Hank across the room…whichever.


Happy happy holidays! 

Happy Hannukah! (December 12th)  

Merry Christmas! (December 25th) 

Happy Kwanzaa! (December 26th) 




Weekend mornings mean breakfast. Without a decent breakfast (and coffee) I am an absolute zombie until about 1:00 pm. My favorite breakfasts (besides eggs benedict, which is a SPECIAL OCCASION THING, or at least, I tell myself that) consist of yogurt, seeds, berries, smoothies, and peanut butter (thrown in no matter what so I can get by until lunch).

Here’s one of my FAVORITE breakfasts, it’ll go perfect with any of your favorite fruits, nuts and seeds because of the wonderful base: acai.

acai bowlI know I go on and on about this stuff, but it’s like super easy to prepare and even easier to eat. Here’s what you’ll need to make this Power Breakfast Bowl.


  • 1 packet Acai (found at most natural grocery stores, they usually come in a box with multiple packets)
  • 1 c almond milk (you can also sub coconut milk, juice, etc.)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 c your favorite seeds, nuts and/or granola
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 c frozen berries
  • 1/2 c berries to top your bowl with


Run warm water over the Acai packet to melt the contents slightly, add to blender along with your almond milk, frozen berries, and peanut butter. Blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorites!



Going along with all the body-helping that your acai bowl will be doing for you, why not satisfy your skin too? These are great scrubs to help you get down to exfoliating and maintaining that smooth skin that we all obsess over.

DIY Lip Scrub

You’ll Need:

  • 1 tbsp Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
  • 1 tbsp Granulated White Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Water

Mix Ingredients together. To use, apply directly on lips when needed and rub in to exfoliate dry lips. Once exfoliated, rinse lips with warm water to wash excess off.

DIY Body Scrub

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Sunflower Oil (You can substitute with vegetable oil, but I prefer sunflower best)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil or extract, I used lavender essential oil by NOW

Combine ingredients and store in a sealed jar–I keep my scrubs in mason jars–keeps for longer. To use, rub a small amount into skin to exfoliate and rinse with warm water to get rid of the excess.


Find your soul {MATZO BALLS}

It’s always good to find your soul with a warm bowl of chicken soup this fall. My go to? A dish that’s been around for ages that is expected for any good Jewish woman to know–a good bowl of Matzo Ball Soup. It’s pretty simple to make, and making a large pot is recommended (for savory leftovers that can be frozen).

My recipe has been updated over time and will probably continue to change over the next few decades, but here, for now, is The Jewish Southern Belle’s Matzo Ball Soup.Matzo Ball Soup


  • 1 Box Matzo Ball Mix (you don’t need to buy the box that has the soup mix as well, just the Matzo Ball Mix And ingredients needed to make the matzo balls, they’re on the box, if you want leftovers, use both packets)
  • 1 package Chicken Drumsticks (I give at least two legs per person eating–I like to use the drumsticks because the bones really help the broth with it’s flavor, and after cooking the chicken just falls off the bone, it’s perfect really)
  • 3/4 c diced celery
  • 3/4 c diced onion
  • 3/4 c chopped carrot
  • 2 cubes chicken buillion
  • One large pot full of water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Put a pot of water on medium-high heat and let it heat up, add bouillon cubes and salt and pepper. Once nice and hot, add chicken drumsticks and veggies and let cook. Once chicken drumsticks are cooked thoroughly, add matzo balls and let sit for at least an hour, otherwise the matzo balls will just fall apart. Serve nice and hot!





Stir-fry Sundayz

I’m seriously broccoli’s number one fan. If the dish has it, I’m devouring it. I love pretty much anything that has teriyaki and soy sauce–so stir fry is something pretty simple for me to do for an easy dinner (that you can totally portion out later for make-ahead lunches too). Here is my go to recipe for broccoli and chicken stir-fry.

chicken broccoli stir fry


  • 2/3 c soy sauce
  • 1/4 c dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (or you can use a pinch of chili powder)
  • 2 tbsp H2O
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 3 c broccoli


Stir soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl to dissolve sugar into the liquid. Mix water and cornstarch together in a small bowl; stir until cornstarch dissolves. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Fry chicken, garlic, and onion in oil about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir broccoli with the chicken, garlic and onion; saute until the broccoli is hot, about 5 minutes. Push the chicken and vegetables mixture to the side of the skillet. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the empty part of the skillet. Stir the cornstarch and water into the soy sauce mixture until mixed. Move the chicken and vegetables back into the center to the pan; saute until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken and vegetables, about 5 minutes. Enjoy over steamed white rice, or brown rice!

This is a great dish to end the weekend with, along with the beer or wine of your choice. 


Taco Bell….we’ve all been there. It’s late…everyone is tired and grumpy…you’ve got that craving for all these beefy and cheesy goodness. But, why get stuff that makes you feel so absolutely nasty the next day (or next few hours). THEY ARE SO EASY TO MAKE.crunchwraps

So, without further ado, here is my version of the homemade crunchwrap supreme.

Dorito Crunchwrap Supremes

This recipe makes 6 Crunchwraps

6 burrito size flour tortillas

Nacho Cheese (of your choice, about 1 cup)

1/4 Bag of Doritos, smashed

1 c sour cream

2 c lettuce, chopped

2 tomatoes, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 an onion, diced

1/3 packet taco seasoning

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 bag shredded Mexican blend cheese


Saute onions and garlic in a pan until golden and then add ground turkey and brown. Add taco seasoning and other seasonings of choice (salt, pepper, etc.) Warm up tortillas and queso.

Lay first tortilla out, place meat mixture, then dollop of queso, sprinkle Doritos on top of queso, then lettuce, tomato, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of shredded cheese. In a skillet on medium-high heat coated in olive oil or butter, toast each side for 2 minutes (but keep an eye on it). 


Smoothies and Phone Backgrounds…I like it

Time to dump off some of my massive collection of wallpapers I’ve accumulated by obsessive scrolling through Pinterest after I get home from work. These are all of my favorite patterned wallpapers I have on my phone, the links to each one are below the photos.

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I’m sitting here posting these whilst listening to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” and sipping on my acai-berry smoothie (Did I seem fancy there or what?). I love acai, and I’m now totally obsessed with it because you can buy PACKS OF ACAI AT THE STORE AND JUST PUT IT IN THE BLENDER AND YOU HAVE A SMOOTHIE OR ACAI BOWL.  What a concept. They’re around $5 for four individual acai packets. If you don’t know what acai is, you can read about it here.

ACAI IS THE BEST!Essentially, the acai berry is a highly nutritious berry that grows on a tall thin palm in the Amazon– the majority of the berry is made up of seeds that are pounded and pulverized into the thick purple puree we put into smoothies and bowls. They’re filled with organic plant compounds, antioxidants, protein, omega fats, and essential amino acids. Acai eventually made its way over into Brazil in the 70’s, where it exploded in popularity with Brazilian surfers and fitness enthusiasts. Then finally, in the 2000’s organic pulp acai first came to the U.S. and found homes in Hawaii and Southern California. I had my first acai bowl in Hawaii and was in love at the first bite.

Want a fun, protein and anti-oxidant-packed acai bowl? Here’s how to make one:

Perfect Peanut Butter Acai Bowl


1 cup almond milk (or whatever you prefer, you can even use juice)

1 tbsp organic peanut butter

1 packet frozen acai

1 1/2 c berries of choice

1 tbsp of granola (or more if you’re feeling frisky)

any nuts or seeds you love to top it off



In a blender, blend peanut butter, acai packet, almond milk, and 1 cup of the berries in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour into your bowl and top with granola, seeds, nuts, berries and a drizzle of honey. 



Here is my source for all my information on acai 🙂

Taquito Time!

I’m always trying to find something quick and easy that I can make, pop in the oven, and then relax while it’s cooking for an easy weeknight dinner.


My husband LOVES anything Tex-Mex, so I’m always trying to find new dishes that fit both of our tastes, and our budget (which isn’t huge). I made these taquitos the other night and planned to have leftovers to feed us on lunches as well — they were a hit!

I cooked, shredded and seasoned the chicken on Sunday night to help with the process of getting these done quickly after work. That way, all I had to do was make the mixture to go in the taquitos, roll them up and stick them in the oven. 🙂 Served with oven roasted corn and refried beans, it was delish.

Here’s the recipe:

Creamy Green Chile & Chicken Taquitos

This serves 4 hungry people

2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, cooked, shredded and seasoned (I used taco seasoning and garlic salt, a pinch of each)

1 Cup Mexican Blend Cheese

1/2 Brick of Cream Cheese

1 4 oz can Green Chiles

12-15 Corn Tortillas

Olive Oil

1/2 Yellow Onion

1 Clove Garlic

1 Small Bunch Cilantro

1 Cup Sour Cream

Directions: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and get a pan ready to put your taquitos in–line it with foil and rub a little Olive Oil on the foil to ensure the taquitos don’t stick to the pan. In a skillet, pour a little Olive Oil in and dice up your Onion, mince your Garlic and saute until they’re golden and delicious. In a mixing bowl, combine your Chicken,  1/3 of the Cheese, Green Chiles, Onion, Garlic, & Cream Cheese. Mix these ingredients until they form a creamy mixture (there will be lumps, of course, don’t pulverize it!). Take your Corn Tortillas and begin forming your taquitos by placing a spoonful (2-inch in diameter scoop) of your mixture in the middle of your tortillas and rolling it up, set each one in the pan when done. Then take the remaining 2/3 of the Cheese and sprinkle it over the top of the taquitos. Put those lovely things in the oven for 30 Minutes. Top with Sour Cream and Chopped Cilantro. 




Also, I’m finally getting my patio together (Just in time for it to get REALLY hot here in Tejas) but I’m planning on doing a few more pots in my next post with more of my favorite Thrillers, Fillers, & Spillers. 



Crafting Inspiration!

With fall right around the corner and cool breezes now hitting East Texas, I’m feeling some serious craft-fever. Needing inspiration, I hit Pinterest and Tumblr for the different DIY projects I find myself doing inside on the floor next to Wiggles and my mug of hot chocolate.

Take a look and get inspired too! 🙂

Diy Crafts, diy and crafts DIY Crafts and Projects: Make a Candle Holders From Dry twigs do it yourself gallery.:

Vela en frasco de cristal, cilíndrico y alto, adornado con maíz de hacer…

$6 Decorating At The Dollar Tree

Peacock Fall or Christmas Wreath:

Peacock Holiday Wreath

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Peacock Star Wreath

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Sweet Treats (With a Surprise Twist!)


If you’re like me, you love a drinky drank on the weekends (like, every hour on the hour?) I also LOVE sweets! So, here is a compiled list of sweet treats you can make with a surprise weekend twist to them!

Brandy/Rum Balls

Total Time: 40 minutes



• 1 (5 ounce) can of evaporated milk

• 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

• ½ cup Brandy (or Rum)

• 1 (16 ounce) package vanilla wafers, crushed VERY fine

• 2 cups crushed walnuts

• 1 cup confectioners sugar for rolling


• In the microwave or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt evaporated milk and chocolate chips, stirring frequently until smooth.

• Remove from heat and stir in the crushed vanilla wafers and brandy until well blended.

• Roll the dough into small balls and roll the balls in chopped walnuts, then in confectioners’ sugar.

Store covered in the refrigerator.

Following this recipe gives you 5 dozen servings.

Pina Colada Cupcakes

This one takes a little bit of time to make…


Cupcake Ingredients:

• ¹/³ cup coconut rum (or any rum you have on hand)

• ¾ cup coconut milk

• ¼ cup pineapple juice

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• ¼ teaspoon salt

• ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature

• 1 cup + 3 tablespoons sugar

• 3 large eggs

• 1 cup shredded baker’s coconut (check out my post on how to make homemade baker’s coconut)

• 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting*:

• 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature

• ¼ cups unsalted butter, room temperature

• 2 cups powdered sugar

• 3 tbsp coconut cream

Cupcake Instructions:

• In a small bowl, combine rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla. Set aside.

• In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

• In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

• Add eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition.

• Alternately add the flour mixture and the rum mixture, beating well after each addition.

• Fold in the coconut and pineapple.

• Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.

• Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions:

• Mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.

• Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time.

• Mix in coconut cream.

• Pipe or spread on cupcakes.

*For the frosting, double the ingredients if you like frosting.

Following this recipe gives you 18 cupcakes.

Cookies & Cream Pudding Shots

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes



• 1 (4.2 oz) box cookies n’ cream flavor instant pudding

• ¾ cups Milk

• ¼ cups Vodka

• ½ cups White Chocolate Liqueur

• 1 cups whipped topping (Plus more for garnish, if desired)


• Pour pudding mix and milk into a bowl and stir until well blended.

• Stir in vodka and liqueur.

• Fold in whipped topping.

• Pour into individual serving containers.

• Chill for at least an hour.

• Immediately before serving, garnish with whipped topping and a mini cookie, if desired.

Following this recipe gives you 10 servings.

Bailey’s Fudge!

Total Time: 8 minutes



• 0.83 lb. Condensed Milk

• 3 ½ cups of Chocolate Chips

• ¹/³ cups of Baileys Irish Cream


• Line a 12×6 bar pan or slice pan with baking paper.

• Heat the condensed milk carefully.

• Melt the chocolate in a microwave 30 second bursts, stirring after each burst so it doesn’t burn. Add to the condensed milk and then mix in Baileys.

• Pour into your lined bar pan and set–leave to cool at room temp or if very warm were you live pop into the fridge to set.

Cut into pieces and watch it disappear!

Following this recipe gives you around 50 servings!

Enjoy these sweet treats and let me know how you like them, or if you’d do something different!