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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts Under $30

May 4, 2016

Mother’s Day is this weekend and if you’re still looking for a gift for your mom (or need ideas for dropping hints to your husband) you better get moving! Target has some great collaborations going on right now so a gift from Target isn’t just a blah big-box store choice. I’ve rounded up a few items all under $30 that are in-store items (check online or with the Target app for local availability) that you can run in to grab and even pick-up some wrapping and a card while you’re there. If you have a higher price point you can add or combine items for a more curated gift. The tote would be perfect with a SWELL water bottle and a bunch of flowers inside. Grab a basket and fill with the cute Oh Joy plates and Common Good luxurious dish soap. The possibilities are endless and there is something for everyone! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas of the world!

Target Mothers Day

Stripe Tote | SWELL Water Bottle | WhoWhatWear Bateau Tee | Swim Cover-Up | Common Good Dish Soap & Linen Spray | Oh Joy Plates 

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Three Easter Basket Ideas for Younger Toddlers

March 13, 2016

Two weeks until Easter, my friends. It’s a busy year for us and keeping things simple this year sounds pretty good. Joey is 19 months today and falls right in the “young toddler” range. We have a couple of the “All Aboard” books and read them on constant rotation. I am so excited to see a few new titles were released this month. I hope to collect the entire set. Books are always a great gift, stocking stuffer and Easter basket filler. No cheap plastic thrills, just growing little minds.

I’ve put together three easy Easter basket themes using a book and a toy. All but one item can be found on Amazon (yay for last minutes two day shipping!). Although the camera is probably more than I would spend on an Easter basket item, I nabbed this one on sale earlier this year for around $20 and have held on to it. It is beyond cute.

I will also add some treats. If you are super into a theme, you could even find treats to add to the theme from a specialty candy shop or international section of the grocery store in the case of London.  Some Walker shortbread would be prefect. I plan to use organic treats from Annie’s, YumEarth, Justin’s, and Surf Sweet. All these can be found at Target (it’s kind of hit or miss with online and in store stocking by location).


Easter Basket Toddler

Parks Book | Stacking Tree | London Book | Blocks | DC Book | Camera

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Nautical Easter Looks for the Boys

March 7, 2016

It’s crazy that I’m already getting plans together for the boys’ spring/summer wardrobes. Easter is only a few weeks away! What? This year we’ll be spending Easter in warmer lands, Georgia, so breezy nautical looks (twist my arm) are in order. Basically it’s another good excuse to add more anchor motif items to the boys’ closets. .

Easter Outfits

Sweater | Linen Pants | Anchor Polo | Shorts | Sandals

Joey will be wearing linen roll-up pants that are actually hand-me-downs from Sam, however Gap is carrying them for the fourth season. These are a terrific purchase. Sam wore them in a longer length one year and like longer shorts the next year. The waist is also adjustable. They look dressy but without being stiff khaki pants for developing walkers. The anchor sweater is on sale for $8 and is great quality. It arrived a few days ago and I can’t wait to see Joey wearing it.

Sam’s wearing chambray shorts and this great printed polo shirt. He will get plenty of miles out of this outfit throughout the summer.

Last year I sprang for good sandals for the boys from See Kai Run. I’ve done the same this year after the boys wore them non-stop and as they wear they can be polished up with old fashioned shoe polish. Yes, when you buy real leather you can extend the life by polishing your shoes. I know, so 1940s. Somethings never go out of style. See Kai Run makes a couple basic leather styles and are available from Amazon/, Nordstrom and Zappos.


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Preschool Classroom Valentine Ideas

January 28, 2016

Monday is February . . . a month much expected by my Sam. Valentine’s Day and his birthday in one month about more excitement than his little heart can handle. We looked at valentines on Etsy together over the weekend and he loved these rocket themed cards. We’re going to put rocket crackers in cellophane treat bags and print the valentines on sticker paper to secure the bag. Hopefully these two ideas give you an easy start on preschool treats. Both these cards are Etsy downloads that can be printed at home – perfect in case this turns into a last minute project. Which these things often do for me! I’ve added a coordinating clothing item because that’s what preschool is all about – holiday themed cute outfits. Happy Thursday!

Rocket Valentine

Shirt | Crackers (available at Trader Joes) | Valentines Download

Bunny Valentine

Flats | Fruit Snacks | Valentine Download

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Guys

January 22, 2016

VDAY Guy Gifts

Cord Tacos | Book | Cocktail Kit | Thermos | Field Guide | Massage Oil |Shaving Kit

As women we are actually easy to make happy on Valentine’s Day. Pretty much just as long as our sweet man remembers then we’re okay. I love finding little things to give Justin for holidays, birthdays, our anniversary and special days for our relationship. He is not big on gifts (love languages, anyone?) but when I find the perfect thing, even the smallest item or something he mentioned he liked and probably forgot that he ever said it, then I get that amazing look every wife dies to achieve. That same look when I surprise him with his mom’s eggplant parmesan recipe for dinner. I’ve gathered a few masculine gift ideas, all under $35, ranging from useful to fun. Wildsam Field Guides come in various city editions and if you have special memories or meaning in one of the cities it makes a special personalized gift. This massage oil should of course come with a back massage but if you have an athletic man this is perfect for post workout aches too.

Nothing too “frufru” or full of hearts, so you’re winning already with these ideas! #valentinesdaygoesmanly

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