Gift Ideas for Guys

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Has anyone ever wondered why guys are so ridiculously hard to shop for? Well I think I figured it out:

1. Men value luxury over comfort

They don’t like fuzzy socks or cute festive scarves. They would rather have an Remote Start Kitfor their car or some external Heated Seat Cushion to keep their buns warm.

2. They relax differently than we do

While women relax and unwind with a glass of wine in a bubble bath, men relax by playing horribly violent and loud video games

3. They like useful things

Whereas women value sentiment, men value utility. They want power tools, kevlar gloves, and technology to be mad at.

4. They care more about people they don’t know than people they do

No, lol, I don’t mean they are charitable. I mean that they are more concerned with their college football team than with the fact that your coworker was so mean to you the other day

5. Their sense of pride is damaged by superficial triggers

While women are concerned about hair color, body weight, and having hip and trendy clothes, men are more concerned with having the tallest truck in the land or the flashiest power tools.

After struggling and brainstorming Christmas gift ideas for my wonderful boyfriend, my amazing dad, and my outstanding uncle, I finally have the perfect list of gift ideas for men, the sixth article in our gift guides series.

Gift Ideas for the most important guys in your life!! Perfect for dads, boyfriends, husbands, uncles, grandfathers, or anyone else! Apparel, technology, utility, and stocking stuffer ideas!! 















Stocking Stuffers

Gift Ideas for the most important guys in your life!! Perfect for dads, brothers, boyfriends, husbands, uncles, grandfathers, or anyone else! Apparel, technology, utility, and stocking stuffer ideas!!

Since my boyfriend is amazing and awesome and reads my blog sometimes, I can’t disclose which, if any, of the items on this list I have/plan to buy him. I’ll be sure to post an update after Christmas.

What are you getting for the special men in your life? Please comment and let me know!! Be sure to share if you think anyone would find this article helpful! Thank you so much!!

Check out our other Gift Guides!
Gift Ideas for New Homeowners!
Gifts for Everyone on Your List!
Gifts for the Moody Teenage Girl on Your List!
Gift Ideas for Cat Lovers!
Gift Ideas for Christmas Lovers!


CYBER MONDAY DEAL!! $25 Gift Cards for $2.

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$25 gift cards on sale for $2 CYBER MONDAY 2016

All you have to do is:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your zip code or the zip code of the person you are buying the gift card for.
  3. Add gift cards to your cart
  4. Enter coupon code CYBER to receive discounted prices.
  5. Make the purchase how you normally would
  6. Print the certificate and dine out as soon as you want!

Let me know what you snag!! I got 4 gift cards for the honey and me, 2 for my sister, and 2 for my parents. Spent $16 for $200 worth of FOOD!!


Gift Ideas for Christmas Lovers

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We all know that one person that gets WAY too into Christmas. And if we’re all being honest here, I am one of those people.

As the fifth post in our gift guides series, here are some perfect gift ideas for Christmas Lovers. Amazon has started their Cyber Monday sales and EVERYTHING is on sale. Don’t forget to buy through Ebates to receive cash back!!

You can sign up here and get $10 just for signing up!!!

If you missed the first 4 gift guides we’ve posted them, you can check them out here:

  1. 84 Gift Ideas for New Homeowners
  2. The #1 Place to get Personal and Thoughtful Gifts for Everyone On Your List
  3. Gift Ideas for the Moody Teenage Girl on Your List
  4. Gift Ideas for Cat Lovers

So now, without further ado:

Gift Ideas for Christmas Lovers!!

Gift Ideas for Christmas Lovers


Chair Covers

Gift Ideas for Christmas Lovers!! Gift Ideas for Christmas Lovers!! Gift Ideas For Christmas Lovers!!!

Table Decor


Flatware Holders

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For the Wine

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Toilet Seat Covers

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Misc. Indoor

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Misc. Outdoor

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Who on your list is way too into Christmas? Are you going to get them something like this?

Gift Ideas for Christmas Lovers!!

Happy shopping, ya’ll!! And be sure to look out for our next few gift guides, coming soon!!


Gift Ideas for Cat Lovers

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I can’t believe Thanksgiving is over and it’s OFFICIALLY Christmas season!! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday with your family as much as I enjoyed mine. It was filled with delicious food, witty comments, and some pretty serious family bonding!

Now that it’s finally the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, the man has finally let me start listening Christmas music in his truck!!

Now it’s time to kick your gift buying into gear, you guys. Did you shop the Black Friday deals this weekend? I’m more of an online shopper myself and thanks to Ebates, I was able to receive cash back on ALL of my purchases.

If you haven’t signed up for Ebates, you need to do that NOW. I have only had it for a couple weeks and have already earned $95!!!

I promise, it’s the easiest money you’ll ever make. All you do is sign up, make online purchases like you normally would, and then you’ll receive cash back. They will mail a Big Fat Check to your house 4 times a year, the next being February 15th (which is my birthday)!!

You will receive $10 just for signing up through my link!! Seriously, go sign up NOW! I’ll wait.

Now listen up, you guys because here is part 4 of our gift guide series:

Crazy Cat Ladies rejoice!! Gift Ideas for Kitty Lovers!!

Gift Ideas for Cat Lovers

Office Supplies

For The Home




The Best Gift Ideas for Cat Lovers!! Crazy Cat Ladies rejoice!!

Do you know a crazy cat lady? What are you going to get her?


Gift Ideas for the Moody Teenage Girl on Your List

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Here we go, you guys!! Part 3 of our Gift Guides Series!! If you missed the first or second, be sure to check them out from out Gift Guide Archive!

Today’s gift guide is for the Moody Teenage Girl on your List.

An actual, real-life, moody teenage girl helped me write this, but DOESN’T READ MY BLOG so she’ll never see this. #passiveagressive #aggressiveaggressive #badsister

Beauty, Technology, Comfort and more gift ideas for teenage girls who seem to have everything!!

Let’s be real, there are only a couple of things that matter to moody teenage girls, and those are beauty, technology, and being different from everyone else. Luckily, there are items that fit into all of those categories, and also added one for comfort, because high school is hard for a developing teen and she needs some time to just chill out, you know, self care and all that?





Beauty, Technology, Comfort and more gift ideas for teenage girls who seem to have everything!!

Are you guys buying for teens? What are you gonna get?

Let’s talk about it below!!


The #1 Place to get Personal and Thoughtful Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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Alright, you guys, as you know, we here, at Blonde Roast by the Coast, are trying to ensure that everyone on your list gets a killer gift this year. That’s why we have created our Gift Guide Series.

I’m not gonna lie, you guys, this one, here, is a total winner.

Not only does this ONE site allow you to find a beautiful, reasonably priced gift for everyone on your list, it also provides the customization and personal touch that has been lost recently with the high quantity, low cost, mass production system.

So without further ado:

Get personal and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list from this handmade shop creating beautiful ornaments! Excellent quality, amazing prices, and flawless customer service!! ORDER SOON!!

The #1 Place to Get Personal and Thoughtful Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Ornaments in the Green is an Etsy Shop based out of Rhode Island that creates beautiful, hand-lettered ornaments. I have ordered SO many ornaments from this shop and rave about them to literally everyone I know!

Take a look at these beautiful ornaments!!

Get personal and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list from this handmade shop creating beautiful ornaments! Excellent quality, amazing prices, and flawless customer service!! ORDER SOON!!


What better way is there to remember what your child wanted for Christmas in any given year than having it immortalized on this adorable ornament? Imaging having one of these for every year! It would be such a fun family experience to go back and look at the yearly ornaments and think back!!


Know anyone buying a new home this holiday season? Ornaments in the Green has a huge assortment of adorable and classy ornaments for new homeowners in their House, Home, and Holiday Category!!

Get personal and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list from this handmade shop creating beautiful ornaments! Excellent quality, amazing prices, and flawless customer service!! ORDER SOON!!


Get personal and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list from this handmade shop creating beautiful ornaments! Excellent quality, amazing prices, and flawless customer service!! ORDER SOON!!

We all have that moody teenage girl in out lives that only cares about their appearance and whether or not their eyebrows are “on fleek” whatever that means. Why not get her an ornament that she will actually relate to? She will love it this year and then it will remind her how shallow she was in years to come!!

This shop has so many ornament for life events such as college graduation, expecting a baby (even twins!), engagements and marriages, and getting a drivers license, but it also has every day hobby types of ornaments such as a personalized drum kit, construction tools, motorcycles, and every sport you can think of!!

You can also pick out an family ornament with any number of family members all labeled with names!

Get personal and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list from this handmade shop creating beautiful ornaments! Excellent quality, amazing prices, and flawless customer service!! ORDER SOON!!

And the best part is that a small cat or dog charm can be added to ANY ORNAMENT!!

In conclusion, not only does this shop provide beautiful ornaments at VERY reasonable prices, they also offer a bulk order discount! So, there is every reason to get one of the beautiful ornaments for everyone on your list!! I ordered about 10 last year and plan to order even more this year.

Don’t see anything that relates to you or your loved ones above? That’s fine, because there are OVER 600 different and unique listings at Ornaments in the Green, but they are all meticulously categorized so it is extremely easy to find the type of ornament you’re looking for.

ALSO! Don’t forget that if you sign up with eBates you can earn 1% back from Etsy purchases!!

Any questions?
Reach out to me and I’ll get you in touch with Erin, the mastermind behind these beautiful ornaments.

Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone!! I truly hope you enjoy this week with your family and that your meals are DELICIOUS!!


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December 2016


84 Christmas Gift Ideas for New Home Owners

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Oh, right! It’s not! It’s Prepping for Christmas Time Time!! And you know what that means: gifts

If you’ve been keeping up with us here at Blonde Roast by the Coast, then you know that the man and I are buying a house and are about to be first time homeowners!! So exciting – and also, expensive.

Aside from the cost of the actual house (which is outrageous), there are also taxes, insurance, inspections, and the costs of actually making the house livable, yaknow, like beds and couches, and tables, and stuff.

That’s why, for the first of my gift guides series, I’m starting with:

Gift Ideas for New Homeowners

84 Christmas Gift Ideas for New Home Owners

Kitchen: Cooking

Kitchen: Eating

Kitchen: Linen

Home Linens

Things They Will Forget to Buy



If you like my list, please be sure to share it with your friends!!

Is there anything I’m missing? What did you need in your first home? Let’s talk about it below!


How to Grow Your Blog and Your Career Simultaneously

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How did you guys spend your extra hour this weekend? I spent it in the most productive way possible – catching up on my blog emails (blemails as my man calls it) and preparing for the launch of MY NEW ETSY SHOP, coming soon.

I won’t give too much away, but they are crafts (obvi), mostly made with my new Cricut Explore (duh), and mostly (you guessed it) coffee themed!!

I’ll let you guys know when my shop is up and running and I will also be sending a special PROMO CODE to all my subscribers so they can receive a discount at my shop. 

The extra hour this weekend was a LIFE SAVER for me! I have been exhausted for weeks and I was able to sleep in today until 7:30, which felt like 8:30 and still have a whole lot of day left to get stuff done!!

I’m not going to do any research or actually site this fun fact, but I remember learning in my high school AP Psychology class that if humans are held somewhere with completely artificial light and no external concept of time, their body actually stays up one hour later every night.

This means that the human body is actually built for a 25 hour day, which is probably why all of us Type-A do-it-all-ers always feel that the days are too short.

But I digress.

Tomorrow, we go back to our 24 hour days *sobs* and for us career women by day, bloggers by night, that means we have a long day ahead of us.

I have a system that works pretty well for me that I would LOVE to share with all of you, so hold on to your seats everyone, here we go:

4:45 AM

My days start bright and early. The man works early and far from home. His alarm goes off at around 4:45 and its time for coffee. Always Dunkin Donuts and usually made by my handsome man.

5:00 AM

Between 5 and 5:30, I work on snuggling our perfect kitty while he’s getting ready for work.

5:30 AM

At 5:30 he kisses me goodbye and sets my computer on my lap. Then it’s go time. I spend from 5:30 to 6:45 on my computer doing various activities to grow my blog. Last week, I spent all my mornings working on e-courses. I completed:

  1. Blog By Number, an e-course by Suzi from Start a Mom Blog
    Not that I’m famous or anything, but I am featured on her Blog by Number Landing Page, no biggie by number
  2. The 7 Day Blogging Bootcamp Email Course from Dana at I Can Build a Blog which was incredibly helpful and added a TON  of productive to-dos to my list.
  3. The 7 Day Build Your Blog Course from Tiffany from Beautiful Dawn Designs which gave me some really good insight about driving more traffic to my blog.
  4. The Traffic Surge Email Course from Chantal at Busy Blogging Mom who is incredibly knowledgeable about growing on social media.

6:45 AM

Seems like a lot right? Yeah, it sure feels that way, then I remember, it’s only 6:45 AM. At which point I get out of bed and start getting ready for work. You don’t really need to know the details, but it usually goes:
6:45-7: shower
7-7:15: outfit and makeup
7:15-7:30: breakfast
7:30-7:45: blow-dry hair
and by 7:50 I’m leaving for work, coffee in my decalled yeti in hand (coming soon to my Etsy shop).

8:00 AM

My commute is super short so I always get to work by 8. I get settled in at my desk. Look through my calendar and see what I have going on for the day.

Once I know when my set-in-stone meetings are, I look at my to-do list and block of time on my calendar to get each task done. My calendar is color coded, because that’s just the kind of person I am – blue is a meeting, purple is personal, and green a task time block. Thanks to my amazing Apple Watch I get a 15 minute warning in the form of a strange vibration on my wrist for each of my meetings/events.

I work my butt off while I’m at work. I take a 5-minute stretch my legs, drink some water, go to the bathroom break about once an hour during which time I will glance at my blemail, pinterest, or maybe even post something on my blinstagram (you guessed it, blog-instagram).

12:00 PM

Some days I head home for lunch, since I live so close and my dad is partially-retired, I know he’ll be there. During my lunch break, I’ll work on stocking my Etsy shop, working on my editorial calendar, moving laundry loads, loading/unloading the dishwasher or getting everything ready to make dinner.

Some days, I don’t get a lunch break. As a manufacturing engineer, production of materials is my #1 priority and if there is something wrong on the production line, it’s all hands on deck to get it back up and running.

1:00 PM

You guys, millennials have a really bad rep in the workplace. My boss recently told me when I was promoted to his team that he was really worried I wouldn’t care enough about the work to get anything done. He laughs about it now because I have gone “above and beyond” his expectations.

That’s the thing about working, you don’t have to be good at your job – if you are that’s a plus, but if you CARE, and TRY, and WORK HARD, the skill will come later – and all of your coworkers will like you better.

Around 4:45 or 5 I head home. Production’s shift is 7-3:30, so there are no more fires after that and everyone can breathe easy.

5:00 PM

Once I get home, the man and I will craft together for a little bit, using some pretty serious engineering skills (soldering, wiring, powertools, the whole nine). Currently, we’re working on a combination snowglobe/shadow box for our AMAZING and WONDERFUL real estate agent to thank her for finding us the most PERFECT house on the planet.

6:30 PM

Once dinner is ready, we all eat together

7:00 PM

After cleanup, the man and I retire to the playroom where he will play some (horribly violent and loud) video games and I will hop back on my computer to read some eBooks.

This week I read:

  1. 14 Days to a Better Blog by Helene from Helene In Between
  2. Blogging Breakthrough by Holly at A Branch of Holly

9:00 PM

Once he’s tired of his game and my eyes are too tired to read, we snuggle up and watch a show. Recently, we’ve been watching How I Met Your Mother from start to finish, but we just finished it up today and now it feels that our lives have no meaning.

I guess we’re gonna have to find a new show for this coming week. I’d love some suggestions if anyone has any.

10:00 PM

After a couple episodes, we head to bed, light our Cinnamon Apple Candle (which he accidentally stole from his roommate, sorry Connor) and talk about our days. If we’re lucky, we’re asleep from 10:30 to 4:45 when it starts all over again.

I’m not gonna lie. It’s exhausting.

It’s hard to get up early and work on a website that has earned me $0.01 on Google Adsense, an Etsy page that isn’t even live yet which could be a total flop, and go to work day in and day out to handle last minute fires of production or missing R&D parts.

But what would I be doing otherwise? Laying around? Watching TV? That’s not my style. I’m a do-er and I’m gonna keep on do-ing.

Do any of you blog by day and work by night? Lets talk about it below!!

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Oh my gosh, you guys. The past few weeks have been so busy! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks! My editorial calendar is weeping right now.

It started with a promotion at work. I got moved to a different department that needed a lot of help, so I’ve been putting in a bunch of extra hours and bringing work home trying to get that department back in order.

I also recently bought a Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, which is an amazing piece of technology and so now I’m pretty much the craftiest gal on the block. I’ve literally tried to decal everything. Even my cat.

Then I went on my first ever paid vacation. I got to spend a couple days in Memphis, TN with the love of my life. We had such a nice time visiting family and enjoying the warm air!

We got back and life immediately spun out of control.

If you read my (horrible, embarrasing, soon to be revamped) about me page then you saw that the man and I just put an offer on a house. The house is a short sale which means that the bank owns it but the current resident still lives there because it’s like a pre-foreclosure.

Although the house is adorable, it’s been nothing but trouble to get this sale to go through. We put this offer on the house in August and now it’s nearly November and the bank still hasn’t approved our offer!! Crazy right??

They actually even told us that they wanted $140K more than we offered which is $75K more than the house was listed for online, which is just Ludicrous.

Yesterday, we took the final straw and walked away from that house (or run screaming away from it as my coworker, Megan, put it).

So I’ve been spending the entirety of my lunch breaks and evenings either touring houses with our amazing real estate agent, or searching for houses on my own and performing Cost-Benefit Analyses in Excel to really decide what’s the best deal.

We found the PERFECT house. It’s only been on the market for two days so we put our offer down today and I can’t wait to see how it all shakes out!!

I’ll talk more about all that in the next few weeks, but for now, without further ado… the real reason you’re here: My BadAss Blogger Roundup

Badass Blogger Roundup

1. Kristen from Believe in a Budget 

Kristen is a blogger who blogs about blogging which seems redundant but is actually super helpful to newbie bloggers like me. Believe in a Budget is actually one of the first few blogs I actually started reading because I kept feeling the need to pin her articles to my *secret* Pinterest board called Help Me I’m Poor – anyway, Kristen has a bunch of really helpful resources and is so sweet. I’ve actually had a personal conversation with her about a blogging issue I was having and she gave me some excellent advice. Highly recommend everyone make their way over right now.

2. Krista from Blog Beautifully

Krista is a literal sweetheart. She is another blogger who blogs to help others with their websites which is just so noble in my opinion. She runs a ton of pinterest boards and facebook pages and is always more than happy to add you to them. I definitely 1000% subscribing for for her emails because they are always so cute and funny!!

3. Paige from Eyeliner Wings and Pretty Things

Paige. Is. Perf. Paige is a college student who loves fashion and travel. I relate to Paige because, while a lot of bloggers are moms (and I love that) Paige is a college student as I was just a few short months ago. I really wish I had started my blog in college like Paige did. She is such an inspiration and her instagram is LIT.

4. Regina from By Regina

Regina has so many online e-courses and email courses that are AMAZINGLY HELPFUL and FREE. She posts such animated videos explaining everything you need to know and she puts together workbooks for every lesson. It is truly remarkable. Her curriculum is more put together than that of most of my college classes.

5. Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog

I only found Abby’s blog recently, but I am literally in love with it. She’s a complete organization freak just like me. I’m receiving emails for her blogging and organizational email courses right now and they are phenomenal. I’m learning so much from all of these ladies!

6. Katie from Sugar Spice and Sparkle

Katie is for real a role model of mine. I relate to her in a way I don’t relate to most bloggers. Katie is an engineer who blogs at night for a creative outlet which is exactly what I do. I love that Katie shatters the mold of what an engineer is supposed to look like by being a total babe. This girl is the bomb and you definitely need to get your sparkle on and head over.

7. Neely from It Starts with Coffee

Aside from being a fellow lover of the magical substance (coffee), Neely is also an excellent blogging instructor with very small blogging courses in which she actually interacts with you via Google Hangouts. So instead of just sending emails with instructions, she gives you advice in real time and allows you to ask questions.

8. Jackie from Jade and Oak

Okay, so Jackie is one of the first bloggers I became obsessed with because, like Katie, Jackie has a full-time, successful career and is just blogging for funsies. Along with blogging advice, she actually offers advice about the legality of your website: disclosure statements, copyright laws, and things like that. I would highly highly suggest looking through her material and ensuring that you’re blogging properly.

9. Sami from The Classic Brunette

Sami is another college blogger sharing her college experiences, fashion and beauty advice, along with other general lifestyle topics. All of her posts are always so upbeat and energetic.

10. Helene from Helene in Between

What’s really interesting about Helene’s blog is that she doesn’t believe in niches. She blogs what she feels and that is just so cool to me. She has completely changed up the blogging game. Helene is so supportive to other bloggers and it’s remarkably refreshing.

You guys need to check out these blogging ladies ASAP because they are for real the bees knees!!

Which bloggers can you not get enough of? Let’s talk about it, below!