Oct 3 2017

9 Pregnancy Must-Haves (To Give or Gift Yourself)

Now that Miles is 4 months old, I have had a little bit of time to really reflect on my pregnancy. For the most part, I felt pretty good during my pregnancy. I carried on with my normal routine until about 15 weeks when I started getting terrible daily headaches after a busy month of work travel. I felt like my body was literally telling me to take it easy, slow things down. So I did. I embraced early nights in, no travel, less hustle, and relaxing days decorating Miles’ nursery and reading every baby book I could get my hands on. I started following all the big mommy bloggers and really dove into preparing for motherhood.

Below are some things that helped me enjoy those 9 (well, really 10) long months.

1. Barefoot Dreams Cardigans – I received one of these Barefoot Dreams Cardigans as a gift and wore throughout my entire pregnancy. Once Miles was born, I bought 2 more with pockets (for my phone + paci + burp cloth) and pretty much live in them. It’s basically like wearing a cozy blanket all day.

2. Leggings – Pretty much all I wore for those 9+ months. For a non-maternity option try the Align Leggings (in a size or two up) or my absolutely favorite maternity option, Blanqi Leggings, which have great built in belly support.

3. Sprocket Printer – I loved scrapbooking and documenting my preggo journey. My brother bought me the Sprocket Photo Printer that easily prints small (perfect scrapbook sized) photos from your phone, so I used that to create a special “Expecting You” journal for Miles.

4. So.Many.Vests– I didn’t mind showing off my bump, but my tush and hips had a mind of their own those 9 months, so I lived in long vests with a fitted maternity top and obviously, leggings.

5. Weekly Blow Outs – I forgo my bi-annual keratin treatments while pregnant, so not only was my hair extra frizzy and curly but it nearly doubled in thickness. For some, that’s a blessing, but definitely not anyone in my family. So I treated myself to a weekly blow dry bar appointment.

6. Snapchat Bump Pics – I was diligent about documenting my growing bump and found this to be the easiest way. I took a photo each week using the snapchat app and wrote how many weeks I was right on the image. I didn’t usually send them out, just saved them to my camera roll so I had an easy way of remembering how far along each pic was.

7. Acupuncture – I started going to acupuncture for the first time when I was pregnant to try and cure those horrible headaches. I now swear by it. Pretty sure it also put me into labor. I went to acupuncture at 2:30 pm and went into labor at 5:30 pm, a week early. Can’t hurt to try it in those last long weeks. I went to Alex Herman at Citizen Yoga in Royal Oak, Michigan. If you are local, I highly recommend her.

8. Pregnancy Pillow – I bought the huge pregnancy pillow that takes up half the bed, but ended up loving the Boppy Wedge much more. I am a big pillow gal, so I didn’t like that I couldn’t use my regular head pillows with the large ones.

9. Funny Pregnancy Books – Sure, get all the regular ones too but I loved reading the ones that get a little more real, like The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy and Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs.

My overall tips, just relax, enjoy it and soak it all up. I swear you forget the tough parts. You are growing a tiny human in your belly and the best is yet to come.

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Jul 12 2017

Welcoming Miles Parker Schey

Our adorable little dude entered the world on 5/26/17 at 7:47 am, 6 lb 10 oz and 19 inches long. I’ve been a bit quiet the past few weeks, talking lots of time for as many snuggles and cuddles with my little man as I can possibly get. But I figured it was about time we shared our happiness with all of our Gift Insider friends. Here are a few shots from our newborn photo shoot, captured by Lindsay Jaye Photography.

If you are looking for more shots of the nursery and where we found everything, check out this post here. We’re excited to bring you a lot more baby + kid gift ideas and inspiration now that we are starting out on this new incredible chapter of our lives.

 

We’d love to know what kind of baby and kid related gifting inspo you need help with or any advice for new mamas. Tell us in the comments below! 

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May 8 2017

DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas We Love From Pinterest

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and a big part of this occasion is finding the perfect gift. Showing your mom or the other important women in your life you love them doesn’t necessarily have to cost you a fortune though. DIY gifts are a perfect way to to truly show your appreciation with something that’s made with love. Here are some of our DIY gift ideas we love from Pinterest!

 

These DIY typography Mother’s Day cards are anything but basic.

You deserve an award as big as your heart! We love these oversized Mother’s Day awards

Get some much needed TLC with this DIY body scrub.

Keep the relaxation going with these DIY bath bombs.

Two things we love, combined in one! We love this DIY chocolate Mother’s Day bouquet. 

Basically a mom in a basket! So simple and cute.

We’d love to hear any fun things you plan on making, or have made previously for Mother’s Day! Tell us in the comments below.

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Feb 23 2017

Creative + Thoughtful Gifts We Love

We love working with small businesses, handmade companies and start up concepts. It’s so exciting for us to see the unique products these folks have created. We rounded up a few unique ideas that we love and we thought you would too.

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1. I See Me Personalized Children’s Books

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2. Birds View Art Custom Ariel View Photos on Canvas // TGI “GIFTINSIDER10” for 10% off

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3. Photo to Text Custom Artwork

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4. Actual Film Votives

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5. Along Came a Box TGI Deal // use GIFTINSIDER10 for $10 off

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6. Bees Gift Ideas TGI Deal // Use Code GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off

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7. Custom Kooziez.com TGI Deal // Use GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off

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8. Undone Watches (totally customizable!)

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9. Artwood Suncatchers

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Jan 30 2017

TGI Parties: Hosting a Mama-to-be-Tea

I decided to host a little get together for some pregnant girls in our area and thought a “mama-to-be tea” party would be the perfect way to do it. I had all the girls come over on a Sunday afternoon to relax and chat about all things baby and all things pregnancy. Think we may make it a monthly tradition!

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I stocked up on 4 different types of Tazo teas, both caffeine-free and regular, a Pregnancy Tea I found on Amazon and some lemon, stevia and sugar cubes. I had my favorite bottles of mini Pelligrinos on hand and finally found an excuse to use the pretty bud vases I got as a wedding shower gift.

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I used formal china for the tea cups but kept everything else pretty casual. The Anthropologie pitcher is no longer available, but I use every time I entertain and it’s one of my absolute favorite wedding gifts.

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Our living room in our new home is finally complete so I loved being able to comfortably relax and fit 8 girls casually in this space. I scored these blooms from Trader Joes.

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Now for the food!

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I made caprese skewers and fruit skewers so everything was easy to eat as finger food. I made life easy on my preggo self and bought macaroons and desert bites from the frozen section of Trader Joes.

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The sandwiches were the only time consuming part but definitely a key component of any tea party. I made three different pregnant-friendly (no deli meat) sandwiches: 1. cucumber + cream cheese 2. chicken salad + apple 3. cucumber + cream cheese + dill

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Jessie, Julie and Alex grabbing some treats.

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All of the moms-to-be!

We’d love to hear any fun things you did with your pregnant friends! Tell us in the comments below.

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Dec 16 2016

Gift Guide: Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are almost here and we have some unique and last-minute gift ideas for every type of person on your list.

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1. Hourly Gifts Holiday Box

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A Christmas where you get presents all day long! Along Came a Box created a special Pretty in Pink Holiday Box. You get a gift every hour, all day long. Includes 8 pretty pink gifts, all including artist cards, all handmade by small businesses. Gifts are to be opened starting at 9am & 7 more hours after. All gifts in sweet drawstring bags. From a ring dish to a candle. Sweet, pink & an idea that will melt her, all day long. $120

TGI Deal // Use code GIFTINSIDER to take $20 off any full day box

2. AllPosters.com Canvas Photo Gifts

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If you don’t know about AllPosters.com yet, then you just found the place, for posters & art prints & now they can take your photos & turn them into personalized canvases. Use their MyPhotos feature, a super user-friendly tool on their site which allows you to turn your favorite photos into personalized wall decor. From $39.99, depending on size & framing.

3. Ghostdrone 2.0

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Drones are HUGE this year. No experience needed to fly the GHOSTDRONE 2.0. All you need is your smart phone & the Ehang app and you can capture amazing photos & video footage. Ready to fly right out of the box with 3 easy flight modes. Only drone that lets you see what the Drone sees with its cool FPV goggles. Black or White. On sale for $699, originally $899.

4. Tickle Me Plant

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It’s fun & it’s real, perfect for the kiddies. The Zombie Plant “Plays Dead” when you Touch it. Minutes later it comes back to life. The plant grows inside the Zombie Plant Grow Kit. Kit includes 6 soil pellets & a full packet of Zombie Plant Seeds & 10 fun ideas to do with your Zombie Plant. Great Holiday or Nature Gift for anyone that likes Plants & or Zombies. $15.95

5. ShopRunner Make Up Kits

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Shoprunner is perfect for all your last-minute gifts, members enjoy free 2-day shipping, free return shipping and member-only deals from over 140 of their favorite stores. They have a great selection of stores and brands, which makes this the perfect way to shop for last minute holiday gifts. A few examples of the items available on Shoprunner are these make up kits, Dior Holiday All-In-One Couture Palette Face-Eyes-Lips Limited Edition ($89) and NARS Thousand Worlds Lip & Nail Set ($49). But the options are endless!

6. Reverie Cool Down Pillow

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Reverie is a Detroit-based company that offers scientifically developed products designed to provide optimum sleep. Their Cool Down Pillow is the perfect gift for any sleeper, or especially great for couples who have different sleep temperature preferences. It’s made with high-quality down and feather pillows wrapped in memory foam that perfectly cradles your head. And what we really love is it has Rev-Cool TM fabric on one side that’s cool to the touch, and one side featuring ambient temperatures for those who get cold easily.

7. Gigi New York Leather Purses and Accessories

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We love the style, the leathers and most importantly that you can personalize all of Gigi New York’s pieces. The perfect splurge gift for the lady you love most. Their bucket bag or saddle bags are trending this year, and their leather accessories are the perfect stocking stuff. $350 or Jen Bucket Bag, $345 for saddle bag , $34 for bucket bag charm

8. Apollo Box 

 

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Apollo Box is the platform to discover, collect and purchase amazing products from the world. Every product on Apollo Box is hand-picked by editors. We’re loving this Goat Horn Coffee Cup. It’s Leak proof, ergonomic design lets you get the last sip of coffee and comes with two straps so you can attach it to a bag or wear it over your shoulder. Flip the sleeve over and it converts into a cup holder. A great gift for coffee and goat lovers

TGI Deal // Use code GIFTINSIDER15 to save 15% off  (Valid until 12/31/16)

We’d love to hear what you are giving and getting the season. Tell us in the comments below! 

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Dec 5 2016

Gift Guide: Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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1. Love With Food Monthly Boxes ($10/month)  2. Avalon Virtual Reality Headset ($59, GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off) 3. Tile Bluetooth Tracker ($130 for pack of 8) 4. Ghostrdrone 2.0 (on sale for $699) 5. GiftCrates (start at $50, GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off) 6. SewPlainJane Superhero Capes ($15, GIFT10 for 10% off) 7. Boxed.com Wine Collection (Start at $50) 8. Pom Keychain ($49) 
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Nov 30 2016

Our Exciting News!

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We’re excited to share the wonderful news with our friends and followers! Jon and I are having a little baby boy, he’s expected to arrive June 2017.

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Nov 28 2016

Welcome our New Gift Insider Intern, Natalie!

Natalie Hoag is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and originally from Los Angeles. She is a true Californian at heart, but is finding her way in the midwest one semester at a time. She is majoring in marketing and hopes to someday work for a public relations firm! She is excited to work with The Gift Insider and take on the world of social media.

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Nov 12 2016

2016 Gift Guide: Gift Ideas to Plan Ahead For (Deals + Discounts!)

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It’s time to plan ahead and start getting your gift list in order. Below are some deals and ideas to get you going on the right foot this holiday. Tune in to ABC Detroit on 11/13 and Fox Chicago on 11/17 to see some of our picks live.

1. Blue Sky Personalized Notebooks (30% off!)

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The best part about planning ahead for the Holidays is you can get so many things personalized. Creating something just for them makes it even more special and thoughtful. The popular line of Blue Sky personalized planners and notebooks just launched the ability to completely customize their notebooks with initials, names and really cute pattern options. Perfect to give teachers, friends, coworkers, etc. Create a design unique to them!

Use Code GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off

2. AVALON Virtual Reality Headset (20% off!) 

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AVALON is a brand new affordable virtual reality headset. VR or Virtual Reality is super popular but, most current VR options aren’t accessible to the masses and require an expensive computer or specific game console. What’s great about AVALON is that it’s universal for all smartphones & has loads of user friendly comfort. Perfect for your favorite gamer! $59

Use code GIFTINSIDER20 for 20% off

3.Ghoftdrone 2.0 (10% off)

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No experience needed to fly the coolest Drone on the market, GHOSTDRONE 2.0. All you need is your smart phone & the Ehang app and you can capture amazing photos & video footage. Ready to fly right out of the box with 3 easy flight modes. Only drone that lets you see what the Drone sees with its cool FPV goggles. Black or White. $899. $200 off 11/20 – 12/31

Use Code GIFTINSIDER10 for 10% off

4. Tile Tracker (20% off!) 

 

 

 

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Tile is the perfect gift for the person who tends to forget all their latest gadgets and gizmos. (guilty!) Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that finds everyday items like your phone, keys, purse, glasses in seconds. Easily attach it to the things you need most. perfect stocking stuffer! The Tile combo 4 pack includes 2 Tile Slims and 2 Tile Mates.  Normally $110, now $90

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5. Gift Crates (30% off!) 

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Perfectly giftable Gift Crates arrive at your door in a wooden crate & are to be opened with enclosed crowbar. They come in all different themes for all types of recipients. This is their Old School Gift Crate, the gift of favorite memories! Includes Old School toys … Slinky, Rubick’s Cube, Yomega Yo Yo, Pez Dispenser & of course Old School Cand. Tons of cool stuff from your past! $74.99
Use GIFTINSIDER30 for 30% off till 11/26/2016

7. Fin Fun Mermaid Tales

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These gorgeous Fin Fun Mermaid Tails are a magical gift whether it’s for swimming or a costume. Swimmable & fun, they also have a flipper/monofin to go under tail. $99 for kids & $109 for adults, which includes a removable Fin Fun monofin, so that you can really swim like a mermaid. Fantasy accomplished.

8. David’s Teas

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Cozy and beautifully packaged David’s Tea gift sets are perfect for anyone on your list, clients, coworkers, secret saints. Start a new tradition with their book-inspired tea collections, gift a color changing tea mug, or their warm and cozy tea set. $28

9. Habitree

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Help them stay true to their eco values, even with their Christmas tree. Habitree is a new kind of holiday tree created for people whose values such as sustainability are as important as the joy they take in decorating for the holidays. Made from premium, sustainably farmed wood. Love these for apartment dwellers & businesses too. Made of Kebony Wood, available in Clear & Character wood types. 37″, 50″ or 70″ tall. $315 to $581.

Check out our clip on Fox Chicago News chatting about a few of these unique gifts.

We also chatted about this picks on ABC Detroit!

 

We’d love to hear what you are gifting for the Holidays. Check out our Hanukkah/Christmas gift section for more inspo.

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