Archive for the ‘gifts’ Category

Mrs Meyers Peony Soap + Lotion

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Mrs Meyers has done it again with this pretty duo…

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Mrs Meyers Peony Hand Soap + Lotion

Perfectly pretty enough to gift, and smells like floral heaven.

$3.99 each and look out for $1.50 off two products coupons that are often attached to products!

Available at Target.

The Dollar Tree Gift Wrap

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Most of the time we keep our gift wrapping really simple, but sometimes we like to go all out. Either way, our first stop for supplies is The Dollar Tree.

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This gift wrap all came from The Dollar Tree: a roll of craft paper, black grosgrain ribbon (usually 5 yrds/dollar), and silk blooms. $3 total and oodles to spare for the next time I want to go cray-cray with summery florals.

The Dollar tree is a great place for basics such as colored paper, ribbon and gift bags, but does run out of things occasionally. We try to make a visit at least once a month to stock up on a few basics and see what’s new for the season. We try to look at items individually rather than an aisle full of not so great stuff. There are diamonds in the rough, and finding them is part of the fun.

Gift wrap is so much fun when you’re not spending a fortune on it!

 

DIY Baby Headbands

Monday, July 28th, 2014

We love babies with a big ole’ bow, but have found them to be quite uncomfortable for little heads. They are usually also so expensive, especially when buying multiple!

We’ve been playing around with making our own simple bows that are soft and pretty for baby.

.Here’s what we came up with. Cute right?!

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(Left: Elizabeth | Right: Hannah)

Here’s How to Make Your Own:

1. We measured the babies heads and cut our piece of tights to be 4″ smaller. This will be different depending on each pair of tights and how readily they stretch. (You can make multiple headbands from just a pair of tights).

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2. Fold in half and pin ends in place, ready to sew.

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3. Use needle and thread to sew two ends together (or use sewing machine).

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4. Trim excess fabric after sewing.

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

5. It should look something like this:

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

6. Flip headband inside out, it should look like this on the finished side.

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

7. Now for the tricky part! You want to create an “M” shape with your fingers and glue the two peaks of the “M” with a hot glue gun together. You just need a tiny dab of glue.

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8. Next turn the headband inside out again and glue the two edges into the center.

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9. This is what it will look like:

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

  For the Bow:

1. Layer your tulle accordion style, you can use as much as you like.

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2. Gather tulle in center to create a bow look.

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3. Pinch center together and tie with string to secure bow.

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

4. Hot glue bow onto headband.

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5. Secure with a small piece of ribbon which is glued underneath the headband.

boxwood clippings_DIY baby headband

This process is actually a lot easier and faster than it looks. It only takes about 10 minutes to make one, and then you’re a pro.

We are working on all different colors to match all the outfits, and have been thinking of them as gift options too. Wouldn’t it be great to gift several of these for a baby shower?! We are loving them!

Let us know if you encounter any problems or have questions, we know it’s hard to understand in a step-by-step like this. We promise, once you start playing with it, you’ll see it’s a piece of cake!

Here’s to happy babies with comfy headbands, and happy mommas saving $$$!!!

Holler Dollar: Ribbon at Target

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

This cute ribbon is in the dollar spot section at Target right now.

You only get a total of 2 yards, but it’s perfect for wrapping a tiny gift. We just used a sheet of regular white paper, and added a little ribbon.

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Black and white always makes for a clean, classy look.

Not bad for a buck!

Unusual Gifts From Uncommon Goods

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This is post is brought to you in part by Uncommon Goods.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% ours.

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We are thrilled to share one of our favorite sites with you today. As you know, we are all about a good gift and this site is packed with unique ideas, perfect for those who are hard to buy for. We also love their large selection of handmade gifts (click HERE), which are always our favorite presents to give.

To give you an idea of their amazing collections we pulled a few baby/kid items we are dying over…boxwood clippings_uncommon goods gifts1. We can think of several little kiddos that would love looking at these nightlights falling to sleep every night.

2. This is the best idea ever to document all those funny things your little one says.

3. This personalized baby crest would make the most adorable present for baby! (see other personalized gifts HERE)

4. This woodsy art piece would be lovely in a nursery or kid’s room.

5. Fortune cookie baby booties?!!! Adorbs!

6.  These are perfect for the little scientist and a good reminder for mommy’s brain!

No longer are we stumped searching for the perfect gift! Make sure to check out all of Uncommon Goods HERE.

Summer Tea Towels

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Summer is here and it’s time to pull out all those bright and colorful accessories. One thing I always enjoy is mixing up my tea towels. Isn’t it funny how a little tea towel can brighten your day? I also love giving fun towels as gifts. It’s something everyone always always needs and you don’t have to worry about matching personal taste too much, because it’s just a towel! Here’s a few I think are fun for this time of year:

Loving this vibrant juicing dish towel.

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This red classic stripe is perfect for a patriotic summer!

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I want this conversion dishtowel framed in my kitchen.

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Loving this red and orange combo in these orange slice towels:

boxwoodclippings_orange slice tea towelsDon’t forget to ask for complimentary gift wrap if you’re buying for a gift at crate and barrel, their wrapping is my favorite!

What items are you switching in your home for the summer?

 

Great Gift Wrap at Target

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

We spied this lovely gift wrap at Target a few weeks ago, but what we loved most was the price tag! Each of these items cost $1.25, except for the bags, which came as a two-pack for $1.25!

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Sure, we’d love to spend lost on exquisite papers and ribbons, but we’d much prefer to spend our dollars on the actual gift and keep our eyes out for great and affordable basic wrap like this.

Make sure to check out the collection on your next trip to Target.

Muchas gracias, Target!

Five $5 Gifts for Mom

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! You don’t have to spend a lot to give the lady you love a lovely treat. It’s all about a little luxury to make her every day a little better. Here are a few ideas for under $5.

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1. It takes us forever to get through a bottle of perfume. THESE body sprays are the perfect size and price! $3 each when you buy three, with coupon code SPRINGTREAT at checkout.

2. Nothing beats having a new color on your toes, it seriously can make you feel like a new woman, right?! Treat Mom to a new shade. We love NYC’s quick dry nail polish, available at Target for under $2.

3. Have you given Eos lipbalm a try yet? Details HERE, $2.99 at Target.

4. Spruce her every day needs with your favorite brand. Fun gum or even a new toothbrush…

5. A five dollar gift card for her favorite treat is always a great idea. Our pick would be for Red Mango, healthy and delicious!

A special bow and a sentimental note will help these small treats extra special!

Happy Mother’s Day/Week to all you wonderful women out there!!!

Gold Wrapping

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Over the weekend we had a Tea Party for Em’s baby shower. Yup it’s that time already! Gold being her favorite color had to be present, even if it was just in the gift wrap!

These papers were left over from several Christmases past, but I just wanted to show you that adding a white bow made things look light enough for spring.

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Using up all my leftovers always makes me feel good. Thrifty and green all in one!

Do you have any tips for using up your loot? Do tell!

Holler Dollar: Baby Cards

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with Walmart. One thing I love is their extensive card selection. I was thrilled to find these cute Hallmark baby cards for just $.47 each!!!

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They read “Congratulations…on your sweet little dream come true.”

Can it get any cuter? For 47 cents, definitely not!!! If you have lots of babies in your life, these may save you a small fortune. Also, be sure to check out their $.47 and $.97 birthday card selection…pretty amazing!

Gift Idea: Handmade Recipe Box

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

There is nothing I love more than an old and worn recipe card. A card that has been used dozens of times with a dusting of flour or a few grease marks on it.

I remember seeing Brad’s Grandma’s recipe cards for the first time. I never knew her and instantly fell in love with her eloquent handwriting and funny instructions. What an heirloom!

In our world of technology, our computers have now replaced the standard  5″ x 7″ recipe card. Photographs and Pinterest are way too easy than plain, old handwritten instructions. I still love though, the idea of all of my favorite recipes being contained in one little box.

Brad surprised me at Christmas with such a box…with a little help from a Christmas elf named Sarah!

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This little box is something I will treasure for years. I absolutely love it, and the idea of filling it to the brim with tried and tested family favorites has me truly excited!

I think it would make a lovely present for any special lady…Mother’s Day and wedding season will be here before too long. How wonderful would this be as a gift for the bride-to-be?

If you don’t own your own recipe box, maybe it’s time for a treat! Made in the USA, its workmanship is exquisite, and price tag is reasonable for such a lovely handmade product. I know you will treasure it as much as I do!

You can find out more about these sweet little recipe boxes HERE.

Gift Idea: Family Tree

Monday, April 28th, 2014

I’ve mentioned before that we have A LOT of people to cover when it comes to gift-giving. Being one of 8 children, we’re always going back and forth as to whether we should still get everyone gift. As Christmas is only once a year, we all say let the madness continue, and we’ll least cover Christmas!

I’ve started the tradition of making my gifts, and this last year I decided to keep it in the family and make these family trees. They were a HUGE success (yesssssss!) what’ s not to love with something so simple and personal?

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boxwood clippings_family tree printable

These were actually really simple and even cheap to make (giving out all my secrets here!) about $5 each!

I bought the frames at Target on sale at 70% off. There is ALWAYS frames for sale there, so always good to stock up on for a later date. If you need frames immediately go to Ikea for the bargains.

Next I simply printed out the tree from Martha Stewart (found HERE).

Then because I didn’t like the way she did the names I simply typed and printed them out and cut as little flags (see above), and ta dah you’re done.

Tip: When I need something printed ‘nicely’ I go to Staples or Office Depot with my own card stock. They only charge about 10 cents a sheet, and it looks lovely!

Pretty good for just $5 and about an hour of work, huh?!

 

Dressing up a Plant Pot

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Today I’m over at Lil Luna,

this time sharing a cute and easy project that is perfect for Mother’s Day!

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Do pop over!

Gift Idea: Bud Vase

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Don’t you just love the smell of fresh flowers? I’ve been totally addicted to them ever since my hospital stay, and have continued to be spoiled since I’ve been home. Em bought over some amazing ones the other day and said “you really do NEED these in your house, they drown out the dirty nappy smell”!

Anyhow, we all know a huge bouquet is pretty hard to beat, but sometimes the simplicity of a few stems can compete. Aunty Kimberly bought each twin their very own arrangement when they were just a day old, how cute is that?!

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This bud vase is from Ikea, but you can find similar anywhere for well under $5. Add a couple of bucks on flowers you have a pretty cost friendly gift that any woman would be happy to receive.

Heck, that’s cheap enough for us to treat ourselves…I’m adding flowers to my weekly grocery list!

Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Treat

Monday, March 10th, 2014

We’ll take any excuse to make every holiday a little extra special, especially during these cold winter months! How cute is this little pot of gold for a St. Paddy’s treat for family and friends?

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We found the little jar at The Dollar Tree, filled it with gold Rolo’s and finished it off with a green sparkly ribbon. We love inexpensive treats to make someone’s day a little special.

Do you do anything special for smaller holidays in your family? We’d love to hear your ideas!

White Gift Wrap

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

When you have the time it’s fun to go cray-cray with gift wrapping.

When you don’t, it’s just as great to go simple.

It couldn’t get simpler than this…

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Having a nice stock of white tissue paper (always get mine in the fall at costco $5.99), and white paper bags (I get mine from Hobby Lobby, 12 for $5.99 and then use their 40% off coupon) it’s not only a beautiful but a very cost effective way of doing things.

Add a silk ribbon and card, and you’re done.

I love it when life is this simple, don’t you?!

Packing for Hospital: Little Treats for the Nurses

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I’d read somewhere it’s always nice to show you’re appreciation to the nurses during a hospital stay by bringing them little treats. I thought it was such a cute idea, and so I made up these little treat bags to leave at the nurses station.

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boxwood clippings_packing for hospital: little treats for staff

boxwood clippings_packing for hospital: little treats for staff

I actually impressed myself by thinking ahead. Knowing I was having Valentine Babies, I shopped the Christmas clearance for treats and the colours worked excellently! It doesn’t have to cost a lot be be thoughtful, you just have to be one step ahead, and always remember you can repackage things!

Love this post, it’s always a good reminder of how to save in slightly unusual ways!

Talking of Love, we LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Thanks so much for reading, and HAPPY VALENTINE’S!

DIY Potato Stamp Valentine Wrapping

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Today we’re sharing our wrapping for Valentine’s this year. As always, we try to keep it really easy so we brought out our kiddy selves again with the potato stamp and then a little hint of red.

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For step-by-step stamping instructions see our post here.

boxwood clippings_diy valentine's potato stamp wrapping

Are you doing any fun crafting for Valentine’s?

A Little Get Well Soon Gift

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I saw this idea on Pinterest and fell in love instantly. Often when someone is sick, I feel helpless. What a better way to cheer up their day than finding this little gift on the doorstep?

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First stop was The Dollar Tree where I picked up the glass mug, cough drops and tissues. Next I added tea sachets, hand sanitizer and lip balm that I had extras of at home. The possibilities of this gift are endless. You could add any of your favorite things that make you feel better when you are sick.

How cute would a little basket with soup and crackers be?

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

We are in a hurry around here to get lots of things done before Sarah’s babies get here! Sarah had the most brilliant idea for the fastest and most original Valentine’s cards.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

 We simply lay card stock onto scrap paper and started swirling around craft paint.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

With no paint brushes required, we had a blast making a mess with pink and metallic paints.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

We let them dry overnight and then folded them in half for a simple card.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

We love how these turned out, all that texture and sheen!

Best of all these were so inexpensive and only took only 2 minutes!!! We think kids would absolutely love this project, easy enough for a two year old, fun enough for a 14-year old!