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Tuesday Talk: Easter Gift Ideas

Hello! It’s Tuesday Talk time with Ashley and Erika. With Easter right around the corner, I thought I’d share some Easter gift ideas for kids.

At our house, the Easter Bunny brings the candy for their baskets and hides the eggs that we dye the day before Easter.

I use Easter as a time to give practical gifts for the season like flip flops, pajamas, swimsuits, and a book or two. Some years I pick up odds and ends to put in Hayden and Hadley’s baskets with the candy like a tooth brush, body spray, deodorant, and chapstick.

Easter 2020

This year Target and Amazon had everything I needed to provide practical and cute gifts for Hayden and Hadley.

Hayden:

  • These slides will be just what Hayden needs for the pool and wearing to practice when he’s not wearing his cleats.
  • I’ve never purchased kids’ swimwear from Amazon, but these plaid trunks have high ratings and there are many cute patterns! They arrived yesterday and the quality is really good!
  • I’ve had this God Sized Dreams book saved on my Amazon list for the kids for quite some time. I always try to buy a book for them for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and back to school.
  • I guess Hayden’s officially “too old” to wear matching pj shorts and shirts, so I thought I’d give him these play shorts to wear as pajama bottoms that he’ll just wear to bed with whatever t-shirt he chooses.

Hadley:

  • I thought this two piece from Target was so cute. I think Hadley will love it!
  • Hadley loves to have a variety of sandals in the summer, so I picked these pink flip flops up for her at Target.
  • I purchased the girl version of the God Sized Dreams book for Hadley as well.
  • Hadley already has a pair of these pajamas from last year, but I bought her the next size to be able to wear this spring and summer. They are some of her faves!

Also, Hadley still loves her leather sandals that she got last summer, and thankfully they still fit! We both have a pair of these comfort slides from Amazon, and we both wear them often. They come in a variety of colors as well!

Both:

I still love my weighted blanket, and the kids have shown interest in wanting one. I’ve had this 5 lb one saved, and saw that the price dropped significantly, so I went ahead and got one for each of them.

Small Gift Ideas:

Here are a few other smaller items that I’ve purchased for them for their Easter baskets or other holidays:

  • Stretch Band for Dance (Hadley still uses this, and it was in her basket last Easter)
  • Cra-Z-Art Snow (Hayden thought this was so fun when he received it last Easter)
  • Led Sound Activated Party Lights with remote (Hadley LOVES this thing!)
  • Bananagrams (family fave!)
  • Wireless Computer Mouse (essential item to use with their chromebooks)
  • Blue Light Blocking Glasses (perfect for online learning)

How do you do Easter baskets at your house? It’s always fun to see the kids hunt for the hidden eggs, have chocolate for breakfast, and enjoy a few gifts before we head to church.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope your week is off to a great start!

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Excellent Etsy Ideas

Hello! I’m typing this post from what has now been deemed “The Kentucky Tundra.” In the past week, we’ve had two snow/ice storms and a third one that’s passing through today bringing 4+ more inches of snow. Our roads are icy and snow packed, people continue to lose power, and the temps are frigid with wind chills 0 or below! Next week, I see 40’s in the forecast, and while I do love winter and snow, I’m ready for this stuff to melt!

Anyway, today, I’m sharing some recent Etsy purchases. Y’all know I love Amazon, but I do try to shop small when I can and especially when I’m giving gifts. Again, Amazon has everything, but shopping small always ends up with me finding cute and personalized gifts!

Sweet Momma Blair

Hadley wore this Merry and Bright sweatshirt on repeat for the months of November and December. Of course, I know the holidays have passed, but her shop has so many seasonal sweatshirts as well as sweatshirts and t-shirts with fun and sweet sayings and….

sports teams apparel like my KC Chiefs sweatshirt. It kind of has a retro feel, and I love it.

RSShome:

My Gma requested this photo frame for a Christmas gift, and it was so pretty in person and amazing quality.

Garnett Jewelry:

I purchased this cuff bracelet for Hadley for Christmas, and she loves it. I wanted to give her something meaningful, and this bracelet should be a great keepsake for her. As I’ve mentioned before, Sis loves a monogram!

Moonwake Designs Co:

I’d had these bags saved as a teacher gift idea from MoonwakeDesignCo for quite some time. They ended up being the perfect teacher gift. I put sticky notes and PaperMate pens in each bag for my kids’ teachers. These bags would be perfect for travel or as a cosmetic bag as well!

Genius Leather:

I’d been wanting to get Homer a new collar and this one from Genius Leather has been perfect for him. Lots of people in Kentucky have these “name plate” belts (Travis included!) as a nod to horse halters. I knew Homer would look so cute in this cognac brown one. He almost looks distinguished and well-behaved 😉

Zoey Belle’s Creations:

Another find for Homer was this dog bowl. Simple, but personalized, and it arrived quickly!

I don’t see the bowl listed anymore on Zoey Belle’s Creations, but there are so many cute products in this shop from winter headbands to Easter gift ideas and much more!

Biscuits Bandana Co:

I’ve ordered Homer many bandanas from Biscuits Bandana Co, most recently this tartan one. They have so many options. I’ve ordered Homer a red, white and blue scarf as well as a scarf for fall from them. Again, I’m try to get him to “dress the part” of a well-behaved pup.

4th of July festive

Simple Amazing Designs:

For Christmas, I got my Gma and my mom these hand towels with their grandparent names on them from the kids. They are the perfect stocking stuffer, and this shop has tons of personalized options!

Mel and Mae:

I started following Mel and Mae a few months ago on Instagram after were were in a follow loop together. After finding them on Etsy, I saw so many items that I loved!

I’ve shared this XOXO sweatshirt from Mel and Mae that I got for Hadley. Much like the Merry and Bright sweatshirt, she has worn this new one on repeat.

These leather circle stud monogrammed earrings were a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Hadley. I don’t see these specific ones listed anymore, but, again, this shop has so many cute options and tons of jewelry.

Pillowcases:

I shared in my Valentine’s Day gift idea post, that the kids have had their personalized pillowcases for many years, so I decided to get them new ones for Valentine’s Day.

They turned out super cute, are great quality, and were the perfect update for their bedding.

Hadley pillowcase // Hayden’s pillowcase

I love the Etsy app because it’s easy to save ideas to favorite shops. Obviously these shops have more than what I’m sharing, so go check them out!

I should be back tomorrow for a Friday Favorites post. I know Andrea and Erika, who co-host the link up, have shared that they’ve been without power and haven’t posted this week. So many of the OG blogs I read are friends with each other and live in Texas. Prayers for all the people dealing with this unrelenting winter weather across the country!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stay safe and warm,

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Valentine’s Day Decorations & Gifts

Hello! Today, I’m sharing with you the Valentine’s Day decorations I put up over the weekend. To be honest, I use the same few things each year, so I guess this post probably isn’t too different than what I shared last year!

I’ve mentioned before that I typically buy the kids a few things for Valentine’s Day to make the day special, so I’m sharing those today too!

Decorations:

I love a garden flag, and change our front yard flag pretty often! I’ve had this cute heart flag for years. My favorite decoration of all is my heart door hanger that I purchased from Etsy years ago!

Inside, Hadley helped me hang this XOXO banner on the kitchen mantle. Last year, I found this wooden love “sign” at Home Goods or TJ Maxx, and it fits perfectly on the mantle between some of my favorite pictures.

I try to keep the little pink dish on our island tray filled with Hershey Kisses, but they don’t typically last too long! We seem to have the same problem with the conversation hearts in the other pink dish on the kitchen counter. The wooden heart sign was painted by one of my friends, and it’s the perfect touch for that corner of the kitchen.

I guess we all heart the Valentine’s Day candy at our house!

The white ceramic heart fits in perfectly on our front hall table…

and the XOXO on the coffee table rounds out my Valentine’s Day decor.

Gifts:

Gifts for both…

For gifts this year, both kids (and Travis!) will receive a box of chocolate hearts from me. I’m also getting cookies from a local baker/cookie decorator (@1smartcookieky on Instagram) that the kids can decorate on Valentine’s Day!

Also, I love to shop small when I can, and Etsy always has the cutest items! Years ago, I got the kids each a personalized pillowcase with their names. I honestly think I bought them eight(ish) years ago when they transitioned to their “big boy/girl” beds. They’ve used those pillowcases off and on ever since, so I figured it was the perfect time to purchased them news ones.

On Etsy, I found this one for Hadley and this one for Hayden.

I love the whimsy of the one I picked out for Hadley and the simplicity of the one I picked out for Hayden. There are many varieties and options for pillowcases in these shops, but I settled on the ones pictured below.

I always purchase a book for them. When they were younger, they were always Valentine’s Day/love themed books. As they have gotten older, I just choose one I think they will enjoy reading.

For Hayden, I know he’ll love The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling as he has been loving the Harry Potter series. Hadley just finished up the first book of The Vanderbeekers series, so I got her the second one in hopes that she will keep on reading!

I also always purchase a game to add to our collection, and I’ve heard that Bananagrams is fun. Hopefully, it will provide some family fun!

Gift for Hayden…

Hayden loves golf! He plays on the golf course. He plays in the yard. And…he plays in the house! I thought this automatic putting practice hole would be perfect for him. He will love that it returns the ball right back to you…once you make it in the hole! 😉

Gift for Hadley…

I’ve been following MelandMae on Instagram, and I’ve made a few purchases from their Etsy shop! I thought these leather circle stud earrings in blush would be perfect for Hadley because Sis loves a good monogram!

You may be wondering about Travis…😂. Well, I’ve mentioned before that we try to just go out to dinner at some point before or after Valentine’s Day. We always exchange cards as well which is all I need.

Also, Homer is a big fan of the holiday 😆 He will tolerate a scarf for a few minutes…and I bet he will get an extra treat or two on February 14th!

I shared a few more thoughts about Valentine’s Day in last week’s Monthly Musings link up. Check it out if you’d like!

We still have snow on the ground here! I hope everyone is staying safe and warm!

Take care,

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Gift Ideas

Travis had a birthday last week, and we bought him a few things that I thought I’d share in case you need some ideas for any upcoming occasions.

Keychain

Lewindy popped up as a Facebook advertisement, and I thought the personalized keychain would be a great Father’s Day gift for Travis. We were in Florida during that time, so I personalized it with a picture of the kids that I took on the first night of the trip.

The downside was that it did take over three weeks to come in, so it ended up being a birthday present instead of a Father’s Day gift. The quality is great and the product turned out perfectly. Also, it came in a cute bag that made for a nice presentation.

On the backside of the metal plate with the picture, I personalized it with a note from the kids.

That being said, I don’t see this product on their site right now. BUT…I did find a similar product on Etsy.

Etsy had a few shops with this type of product.

Coffee Mug

We don’t necessarily need another coffee mug in this house, but I noticed Travis taking his coffee to work using some of my random travel mugs that have mom or teacher sayings on them 😉 So, as always, Amazon saved the day.

I loved the look of the mahogany color and packaging of this Sipworks travel mug. And, of course, it arrived in two days! Win. Win!

Wallet:

If you’ve been following along for even a bit, you know nothing is safe at our house in regards to being #homered. Desserts and wallets seem to be his jam. Around Christmastime, Homer destroyed Trav’s wallet. Even though we don’t do Valentine’s Day gifts, I bought Travis a wallet. It lasted two days.

Since Valentine’s Day, Travis has used a rubber band to keep his cards and cash together. I thought I’d try one more time to purchase a wallet for him after seeing Christine talk about the Andar wallet in her Instagram Stories. I even used her code for a discount.

Besides the fact that he needed a new wallet, I also loved the feature she showed where you pull the tab and the card pops out…rather than when you have to dig, pinch, and pull to get your card out to pay.

There are a few wallet options, but I bought Travis “The Apollo.” Like the keychain, the packaging for the wallet was nice with a box and then a drawstring bag.

I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s already lasted longer than the Valentine’s Day wallet from Target.

Tab to pull to release card

Once he opened the gifts, I realized I clearly had a brown/tan/mahogany theme going on!

He appreciated all the gifts, of course…and the kids were excited for him to open them.

I hope you are having a great week!

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Etsy Flower Pots

Hello and Happy Wednesday! I shared an Etsy post recently about some of my favorite purchases, so I thought I’d share an update on the flower pots I ordered.

I ordered the 8 inch hand painted flower pot for end of the year teacher gifts. I had the pots personalized with each teacher’s name, and they turned out so cute. I knew I’d love them so much, that I also bought one for our back patio that was personalized with the word “home.”

We bought some flowers over the weekend and then gave the teachers their gifts on Monday.

Front side of my patio pot.

Back side of my patio pot. The detailed flowers are so cute and whimsy.

The kids with their gifts for their teachers.

and one outtake photo 😉

These are a super cute gift idea or would be a great addition to your outdoor space!

Take care,

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Etsy

Of course, I always try to support small shops and local businesses, but during these times, it’s more important than ever. I recently purchased end of the year teacher gifts which got me thinking about my favorite place to buy gifts…ETSY! So…I thought I’d share a few purchases from the past few months and these shops have other items to offer as well!

(Pictures are linked)

I purchased three of these 8 inch personalized flower pots for my kids’ teachers. Once they arrive, we’ll pick out some flower to plant and find a way to safely get them to their teachers. I knew I’d love these pots so much, that I ordered one for myself and the word “home” will be painted on it.

The shop owner, RiLee, returned all of my messages quickly and helped me with ideas on how to personalize each one. I can’t wait to see these in person!

I follow Amanda Nall on Instagram and read her That Inspired Chick blog which is how I learned about her Etsy shop. At the beginning of spring, I ordered one of these personalized skinny can coolers for myself.

My personalized skinny can cooler is perfect for the Whiteclaws I like to drink in the summer.

I also follow Michelle (@ellerydesigns) on Instagram. She’s shared about her presets that she has in collaboration with LouMarksPhoto. I use the presets a lot for blog photos to help streamline how the photos look, but it’s amazing how much the different presets enhance daily photos too. It’s probably the best $9 I’ve ever spent 🙂

Once we got Homer last summer, I started following @Goldendogco on Instagram after my friend told me about them. Then, it became very clear that Homer needed to have a variety of bandanas including one for football season. I’m sure the Chiefs won the Super Bowl because Homer represented the team each week with his bandana. 😉 Needless to say, they have a variety of options and sizes for dogs big and small. Homer’s bandana collection is next level!

Go Chiefs!

Last year, I needed a new key chain for my school keys. It’s no secret that I heart the Golden Girls, but I have no clue what made me search for “golden girls key chain” on Etsy….but…look at this gem that I found! It arrived very quickly, great quality, and serves its purpose well!

Lastly, this sweet set of books is a perfect home decoration or a perfect gift. I’ve ordered neutral (non-personalized) books from them as well as the sweet little set I have in the picture below. We’ve also ordered these with the grand-kids’ names as a gift for my mom.

Ya’ll, this is my favorite piece of home decor.

I hope you find a gift idea or something for yourself. I definitely think this is the time to show these small shops and businesses some love!

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites.

I hope you have a great day!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

**I shared this post earlier in the week, but all of the items are my favorites and perfect for this week’s Friday Favorites. I’m linking up with Andrea and Erika, so check out their posts too!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to go ahead and share some ideas. ❤️

I saw this meme on Sunday, and thought it would be fun to put together some gift ideas for mom. Also, these could be gift ideas for yourself (I do that sometimes…like every Friday after I’ve survived another week of home schooling 😉) or ideas for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

Of course, now you are down to about 10 days!

When I saw this meme, I really did get sad for a second. I love when the kids bring home cute crafts from school for me and there’s nothing better than a homemade card! For Father’s Day, I always print one of those fill in the blank sheets “All About Dad” with Dad’s favorites, etc. The kids’ responses are always so cute.

Per tradition, the kids and Travis know all I would like for Mother’s Day is a card, two hanging ferns for our front porch, no fighting…and maybe an hour of peace and quiet. The past couple of years we’ve gone out for brunch…and I will miss that this year. Since I do most of the cooking, I do take a break on Mother’s Day, and Travis usually grills out or we get carryout from a local restaurant.

To be honest, Travis is a great gift giver. Most years, on top of the traditional gifts, he (and the kids!) usually come up with something special like a framed sign with a saying, a gift card to somewhere I’d probably never go on my own, or a sweetly completed craft project.

Pinterest always has cute craft ideas for Mother’s Day. One year, Travis painted a wooden crate, and then the kids put their names and hand prints on it. Then, they filled it with flowers. It was a perfect addition to our back porch. A framed photo is always a sweet idea as well. I think all moms really want is to feel appreciated by maybe sleeping in a bit, not doing any household chores, or getting to stay out of the kitchen.

I posted some recent favorites of mine last week, but here are a few more ideas that are extra special!

 

9. I have this Amazon blanket in gray. It’s warm and cozy.

10. I have two pairs of these flip flops from Nordstrom. They are my faves and would be a perfect gift with some of mom’s favorite nail polish (I love OPI Bubble Bath and Funny Bunny!) or a nail salon gift card.

11. This “mom” ring dish (can be customized) is so pretty and perfect for mom’s dresser or jewelry drawer.

12. These vases from Rustic Roots would be a wonderful surprise for mom. Just fill them with flowers!

Y’all, mom doesn’t need anything fancy; she just wants to feel the love. Of course, I’m sure she wouldn’t be mad if she received something comfy, stylish, or sparkly to go with that sweetly signed Mother’s Day card.

 I hope you find an idea or two for mom, for yourself, or for someone special.

P.S. someone may need to forward this to Travis. Just in case. 😉 

Have a great weekend!