Hand Stamped Jewelry & Christmas Ornaments + Small Business Saturday

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Today is Small Business Saturday!  Across the country people are supporting small business by shopping small!  I’m happy to call myself a small business owner; apart from my blog and content services, I also have an Etsy shop.  It feels good to be able to do something creative and use my talents to make money for my family, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity that I have a to a work from home mom! [Read more…]

Teacher Easter Basket Tutorial with Printable Tags

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Teacher Easter Basket Tutorial

March is here, and Easter is just around the corner! (It’s March 27 this year!)  It’s time to gather up your favorite Easter goodies and create some fun Easter Baskets!  Of course, the Easter Bunny has the kids covered, but what about the adults?  Are there any special adults in your life that would get a little joy out of an Easter basket this year?  Perhaps a neighbor, a grandmother, or a teacher?

As someone who always “loved school” and “loved learning” I’ve always had a huge appreciation for teachers.  In fact, when I was kid I either wanted to be a writer or a teacher, and if I wasn’t working from home, I’d likely be teaching English or history.  That being said, I generally love the profession, and I appreciate everything that the teachers in our local schools do.

Generally the kids give gifts to the teachers at Christmas and at the end of the school year, but I personally love giving gift baskets, and what better time to give one than at Easter?  If you happen to be the head room mother, this is something great that you can give as a class gift to your teacher!  If you have an adult child or other relative who’s a teacher, it could be a great project to put together for them as well.  Today I’m going to show you how I put together a fun Teacher Easter Basket using MARS & Wrigley’s products and other items.  Plus, I’ve got some free printable tags that you can add to your baskets! [Read more…]

Mother Teapot & Cup Combo Review + Giveaway

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Today I’m featuring the second prize included in this week’s Friday Favorites giveaway.  The giveaway opened Thursday night and will close this Thursday at midnight.

The prize pack includes this fun Mother Teapot & Cup Combo.  It is one of many high quality products available at Pavilion, a gift shop featuring a variety of home decor, knick knacks, collectibles, coffee mugs, and even jewelry & fashion accessories! [Read more…]

15 Holiday Gifts for Coffee Drinkers

15 Gifts for Coffee Drinkers

Are you done with your holiday shopping?  I just love holiday gift giving, and I love it even better when you can give a gift that you KNOW someone will love.

Do you ever find yourself just buying gifts that require no thought at all?  Things like gift cards or general audience gifts that could be for anyone (or the “token gift” as I like to call it).  If so, then you should really reconsider your gift giving.  Whether you’re spending $5 or $50, it is the THOUGHT that counts.

Before buying another gift card or scented candle, think about what your gift recipient really loves.  What are their hobbies? What are they passionate about?  And if don’t know the answers to these questions, then find the answer by asking another family member or friend, or even by checking out the person’s Facebook or other social media profiles. [Read more…]

Football Snacking with Gourmet Gifter

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Cinnamon Popcorn and Peanuts

No football Saturday is complete without a great assortment of snacks!  You can take your snacking to the next level with Gourmet Gifter.  Their delicious kettle corn comes in a variety of flavors, including salty sweet addiction, caramel corn, and Cinnamon Sugar Sensation. [Read more…]

Delicious Fall Gifts and Free Kettle Corn

When it comes to gifts, the only thing I can think of that’s better than money or a gift card is food!  I’m proud to partner with Gourmet Gifts.  It is a great go-to place to shop for your favorite foodie, whether they love the savory or the sweet!

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I recently got to try their Chili Cheese Puffs. These are so delicious! They are cheese puffs with a nice spicy kick, which I love! I could honestly eat an entire bag in one sitting!

Gourmet Gifts also has a selection of healthy living products like protein bars, antioxidant bars, nutrition bars, and meal replacement bars.  I had a chance to try the Pineapple Meal Replacement Bar.  I LOVE pineapple, and this bar had great flavors and a nice texture! [Read more…]

Back to School Gifts with Sadie Robertson Live Original + A Positive Note from Me

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Sadie Robertson Live Original

Every day I’m troubled by a lot of the things I see and hear on movies, television, music, and other media.  The decline in faith and family values, and the lack of positive messages and role models often leads me wondering and worried about where we’re headed.

We try to do our part to lead positive lives and encourage the young people in our family to do the same.  One thing I  especially wish for the young ladies in our family is that they maintain self respect and a positive image.  I want for them to be proud of who they are and not define themselves based on what others think, or feel they have to change to fit someone else’s ideal.

I, for one, wish I could have figured that out a long time ago! I am in my 30s and I still occasionally struggle with self esteem issues.  I’ve always had severe anxiety, and because of that, I really missed out on a lot of opportunities.  As a student, my grades were nearly perfect, and yet I never really felt completely confident in a classroom.  My anxieties also left me very distrusting of a lot of people, and as a result I found it very hard to open up and get to know most people.

Whether you’re a student in high school or college, you’re out in the work force, or if you’re a stay-at-home mom, maintaining a positive attitude is essential.  You can be smart, talented, and attractive, but if you don’t have self-confidence and aren’t able to be comfortable just being yourself, then you are lost! None of that other stuff matters. [Read more…]

Gifting Sweet & Savory Popcorn this Valentine’s Day

Valentine Basket

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? If you haven’t yet decided on a gift for your significant other, a gift basket is always a good way to go.  GourmetGiftBaskets.com has a great selection of gift baskets for all occasions, and they includes all kinds of delicious treats like chocolate, cookies, candies, nuts, and all sorts of other treats.

But if you’re looking to go beyond the usual Valentine’s Day gift of chocolates and sweets this year, I suggest checking out their popcorn baskets!  Available on GourmetGiftBaskets.com and KingofPop.com, you’ll find a great selection of popcorn tins, baskets, and boxes.

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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…]

5 Groomsmen Gift Ideas #CuberoLuxery #Pmedia #ad

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Since I recently got married I’ve had a lot of wedding ideas in mind.  Most of the time when it comes to weddings, we focus on the cake, the dress, the flowers, and the decorations, and then there are gifts for the bride and groom, and the bridesmaids, but what about the men in the wedding party?  Today I am taking a look at gift ideas for groomsmen, fathers, father-in-laws, and the groom himself.

First of all, it is important to remember to take in to account the type of person you are buying for.  While it may be suitable to buy bridesmaids matching necklaces or other accessories, men’s gifts and their tastes vary so much that you may have to get a little creative in order to find something for everybody.  (And if all else fails, you don’t have to get everyone the same gift.)  Here are just a few gift suggestions for you to consider.

Cigar Gifts for Groomsmen

1.  Cigars & Tobacco Items – If you have cigar smokers in your wedding party, a nice box of cigars might be a great gift option.  You can buy a box for each member of the wedding party, or the groomsmen can even share a box just before the wedding. I recently shopped for Cubero Cigars at Walmart.  Cubero is a leading brand of tobacco products.  They create a high quality brand of cigars that includes Cubero, Captain Black Cigarillos, and Captain Black Mini Tips, and the Cubero Cigars come in three unique flavor blends.  Cigars are also a great gift, as it may be a treat that the men might not otherwise buy for themselves, and yet it is an affordable gift.  And for smoking enthusiasts look for supplies, such as a personalized humidor.

 

Watches and Wallets for Groomsmen

2. Watches and Wallets – If you want to give your groomsmen a gift that can serve as a keepsake but also be of some use in the future, consider buying them new watches.  This would obviously be a more expensive gift option, but if you have the money to spend, a nice watch is something your groomsman can always pull out for special occasions or where in everyday life.   It is a nice gift, that is worthy of the occasion, but it is still a very practical gift choice and is something your groomsmen may actually need.  Or if a watch is a little out of your price range, consider buying all of your groomsmen a nice, new wallet.  It’s another practical and useful choice.

Drinking Gifts for Groomsmen

3.  Drinking and Alcohol Related Items – Just about every man loves to drink, and if a guy is in your wedding party, chances are you know what he likes to drink.  Purchase each of your groomsman, a bottle of their favorite liquor, or buy everyone a bottle of the same kind.  As an extra added nice touch, you can also find gift sets for most liquors, which include one or two glasses.

You may also consider buying your groomsmen some drinking accessories.  You can get each of them a nice flask, perhaps even a flask that is personally engraved, or look for other bar items such as a cocktail shaker, glass set, or bartending set.  And if all else fails, just buy your groomsmen their favorite beer.

Sporting and Hobby Gifts for Groomsmen

4.  Sports and Hobby Items – There are so many gifts to consider in the wide world of sports!  If your groomsmen love to golf, you can find them a nice golf-themed gift, perhaps golfing supplies or items for the home that are golf themed.  You can also find similar gift items for fishermen. Or if you’re groomsmen love other sports,  look for memorabilia that they will like.  Find a drinking set or beer mug featuring the logo of your favorite NFL team.  Or find other memorabilia and clothing items to match your favorite team.  In my Etsy shop, I offer hand stamped necklaces and keychains for any college or pro team you like!  And if the guys all have a favor sports team in common, consider getting everyone tickets to the same game.  In lieu of  a gift you can wrap, everyone can go to the game together and share a fun guys night out!

Personalized Gifts for Groomsmen

5.  Anything Personalized – You can get just about anything you like personalized with a name or monogram. Examples include: cuff links, a watch or pocket watch, a nice ink pen, coaster set, barbecue sets, shaving set, wallet or money clip, jewelry, home decor, pocket knives, and the list goes on and on!

When it comes to buying gifts for men, I think the best advice I can give is to not over think things.  Most guys are more interested in getting something they like and can use rather than a formal keepsake, although a combination of these two things is probably the best gift you can find.

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