I'm not doing a big gift guide this year, although I do have a specific one for RVers coming up. Instead, you can check out truly fantastic guides from my friends Kristin Luna on Camels & Chocolate or from Jenn & Ed on Coleman's Concierge. Of course, if you are looking to buy something for a Francophile in your life, I've got a great guide I created last year that works all year round!
I just wanted to share a few things that I have been adoring lately in the last J'adore for 2018 – whew, 80 of these babies in 10 years!
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Think Tank BackLight 18L Backpack
Good camera bags, like purses, are so hard to find! I do love my ONA when I am traveling in urban environments, like Paris. But we do a lot of outdoor, backroads traveling and I had yet to find something that works for my frame. I am 5'0″ and so many backpacks for cameras are large and heavy.
Finally this year I tried out the ThinkTank Backlight (the 18L size) and it is absolutely wonderful! Mr. Misadventures is a ThinkTank/MindShiftGear diehard but he is 6'0″ and can carry much more weight than I can! This Backlight fits a lot of gear yet remains compact and light.
Celebrate Your Tribe
Now that I am an Arizona resident I live in t-shirts nearly all year round. I've gone from someone who had 5 t-shirts to more than 50! Over the last year, I have enjoyed picking up Arizona and desert-related shirts and supporting local crafters. I stumbled onto Celebrate Your Tribe in an Arizona bloggers group and found her shirts to be adorable.
And the owner, Karli, was really awesome about personalizing the shirts. I don't like V-necks so she made this Sweet Home Arizona shirt for me with a round neck and she made an adult-sized version of one of her kids' shirts (you can see it in this Insta) just for me! You can find more of my favorites in my J'adore – Arizona Gifts edition.
Crispin Finn Calendar
For many, many years I've been using the Crispin Finn wall calendar. Ask anyone who worked with me since, oh about 2008! I love the retro look and red and blue accents. Even though I work from home now, I still have one wall dedicated to the calendar. And 2019 will be no different, I have already ordered mine and have plenty to throw on it once it arrives!
I am kind of a calendar lover, I have a tiny desk version that fits right under my monitor, a Paris in Color notebook calendar (I need a 2019 replacement as The Paris Print Shop is not doing one this year!) plus my Google Calendar which I am addicted to. However, you might be amused to know that despite having at least 5 calendars (I have 1 for my job as well) I am TERRIBLE at remembering birthdays and anniversaries!
Choc Zero Maple Syrup
In the low-carb lifestyle section of my world, I currently cannot get enough of ChocZero's Maple Syrup! It is the best sugar-free syrup I have tried so far, and I've tried a lot. I love waffles and pancakes and I got to have my syrup with them!
We are currently working on perfecting our low-carb pancake mix so we have been doing lots of “testing” lately – see the bottle is almost gone! I've also ChocZero's Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt and Hazelnut flavored Keto Bark, both are yummy. I am very interested in trying their chocolate syrup for my sugar-free vanilla ice cream (mentioned in J'adore #78)!
How about you? Have you got any cool products to share? Are you interested in any of mine? Do tell!
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