New Driver Gift Basket Tutorial

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American Greetings Lilypad cards

Don’t you just LOVE birthdays?  As a wife, mom, and all around girly-girl, I love gift giving, and I believe great looking wrapping paper, packaging, and the perfect card are an essential part of the gifting process and the whole celebration!  American Greetings has some fabulous product offerings to help you celebrate everything from birthdays, to anniversaries, new babies and more!  Above I’ve shared a photo of a few American Greetings cards I have on hand!  Aren’t they adorable?  They are from the Lily Pad Press line of American Greetings.

Boy by Wall

We have a few summer birthdays in our family, but the one that definitely gets the most attention is our teenage son, Noah’s.  Noah will be 16 in just 2 weeks!  And you know what that means…it’s driver’s license time!  His car is being delivered to us on Saturday, but because I love shopping for gifts, I couldn’t wait…I had to get new some special new driver gifts to go with the car!  Today I’m going to show you everything that went in to making his New Driver Gift Baskets!

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Holiday Gift Giving with Fresh Market

Holiday Gift Giving with Fresh Market

We are just over a week away from the biggest gift giving day of the year:  Christmas!  If you are still shopping, I have some fun gift giving ideas from Fresh Market!  The grocery chain has a number items that are perfect gifts for everyone on your list from family members to friends and coworkers.

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Making A Men’s Essentials Stocking for Your Teen and Spouse

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Mens Essentials Stocking

Christmas is just around the corner!  Have you done all your holiday shopping yet?  Our son is 15, and believe it or not, we’ve not only bought almost all of his presents, but we’ve actually already given him most of his gifts.  I think it started back in October; our Etsy shop had a huge order, and we decided to splurge on a few things.

In that whole process, we decided to go ahead and buy him a computer desk that he’s been begging us for.  Then his computer chair needed replacing….next we took advantage of some Black Friday clothing sales and decided to let him go ahead and have those items so that he could wear them to school, and I guess you could say that it then spiraled out of control with a video game here and a video game there, etc.

But we’re still going to get him one or two “fun gifts” and some essentials so that he will have something to open for Christmas! [Read more…]

10 Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts

Are you ready for Mother’s Day?  This year I have a set of really cute bird plates for my mom.  But in the past I’ve given her some of my own handmade jewelry from my shop:

Simply Sweet Creations Jewelry

As an Etsy shop owner, I appreciate and am thrilled about every sale that I get, especially right now, which is a slow time for me.  I also know how hard it can be to get your name out their and get advertiser (especially when you’re on a budget).  For this reason, I like to give other Etsy shops and handmade businesses exposure on my blog though low-cost paid advertisements and free features whenever possible.

Today I’ve put together a nice Mother’s Day gift guide featuring some lovely things that I’d love to have and items I think any mom would love!

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Getting Spring Ready Skin with Softsoap Fresh & Glow

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Getting Spring Ready Skin

As I anticipate warmer weather coming my way, I can’t help but get excited about breaking out the capri pants, baby tees & tanks, and other spring clothing. Don’t get me wrong; I love sweater season!  But after a few months, I’m ready to show a little more skin, and I want my skin to look healthy, soft, and smooth.  I’ve never been the kind of girl who spends the day at the beauty shop or spa; it’s just not my thing!  For this reason, I look for high quality (yet affordable) products that I can use at home to help me get my beauty on!  Right now I’m using Softsoap Fresh & Glow to help my skin get spring ready! [Read more…]

Give Extra Thanks to Teachers + Gift Basket Idea

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Give Extra

November is all about giving thanks for all our blessings and to those who matter most.  Is there anyone you want to give extra thanks to?  I appreciate everyone in my life who makes every day special (like my husband, stepson, parents, and yes, the fur children) and I enjoy celebrating special moments with them, but lately I’ve found myself thinking of some of the people who I do not see but have still made an extra impact in my life.  Do you have anyone like this? [Read more…]