May 22 2018

Miles’ 1st Birthday Cake Smash

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my little man was born. I’m still in awe that we created this sweet, silly and happy little human and we get to keep him forever. I have all the feels as I’ve been looking through photos and watching videos of our journey this past year. It’s been the hardest, most rewarding, most incredible year and I can’t believe how fast it flew.

We did a fun cake smash photoshoot a little before his actual birthday to celebrate this stage.  He got pretty into the cake smash part of it, and the photos turned out hilarious. Thanks to Stefanie Russo Photography for these priceless shots and Love and Buttercream for the delicious smash cake.

and now, for a few non-cake covered shots.

 

It was a special day, for a special boy. Check back in a few weeks for shots from Miles’ first birthday party, Camp Miles!

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May 2 2018

7 Personalized Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Will Make Her Melt

1. Personalized Travel + Jewerly Case

2. Custom Photo Notepad 

3. Handwriting Bracelet

4. Fingerprint Necklace

5. Custom Family Portrait

6. Handwritten Pouch

7. Photo Candle 

8. Custom Photo Hanger

9. Artwork Tray

 

What are your favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas? Tell us below!

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Mar 6 2018

Custom Travel Kits Designed for Kate Spade New York

We were super excited when Kate Spade New York corporate offices asked us to come up with something fun to give their attendees after a out-of-town retreat. There theme was black, white and gold.

We created these custom Travel Kits and included all of the necessary travel essentials. We custom designed, labeled and packaged each of the items to fit the theme and designed a minimalist drawstring travel kit pouch and cinched with a simple black ribbon.

We included:

– Headphones labeled “Tune it Out”

– Black & White spiral hair ties and gold bobby pins labeled “Tie It Up”

– Starbucks Via and Emergen-C labeled “Just Add Water”

– Sleepmask labeled “Do Nut Disturb”

– Gum labled “Chew Me”

– Chapstick labeled “moisturize”

– Hand Sanitizer labeled “sanitize”

– Sparkly Gold and Black mini nail files

– Custom drawstring pouch that can be thrown in a purse and used for traveling after the event

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Jan 18 2018

Dec 12 2017

Gift Guide: Gifts for the Home

For your favorite host to your favorite family, gifting something for the home is always a sweet sentiment around the holidays. We have 7 ideas.

1. Ring Doorbell 

We just installed our own Ring Video Doorbell and now can’t imagine how we survived without it. You get notified on your smartphone every time someone is at the door (or you get an amazon delivery) and are able to see and speak to whoever is here. The video recording is a great added security bonus as well.  Perfect gift for the smart home lover. $179.99

Available at JCPenney

 

2. Soundwave Art

 

Magical. Having a baby’s cooing or wedding vows or a special someone’s message carved on wood & then hearing it on an app is technology done right. Soundwaves produce a pattern & that pattern is turned into art by Soundwaveart, a super creative company. You can add media with their new easy app. Record online, upload your own audio or video file. Pictured is cut out of Birch Wood, then framed in Italian Wood Molding with Glass front. $319.99
Available at soundwaveart.com

3. Molekule Air Purifier

Molekule is a chic and modern new air purifier that completely destroys pollutants. Unlike other air purifiers that simply capture dust and mold before releasing those particles back into the air, Molekule completely destroys indoor air pollutants. Molekule was just named to TIME Magazine’s list of 25 Best Inventions of 2017, a list that honors the best inventions making the world better, simpler and even a little more fun. $799

4. GuruNanda Mini USB Tree Diffuser 

For the essential oil obsessed, the GuruNanda Mini USB Tree Diffuser is the perfect gift. The diffucer utilizes ultrasonic waves to diffuse essential oils for up to 4 hours. It comes with three therpature grade essential oils (lavendar, peppermint an frankincense) and is a great way to add some serious spa vibes to any home or office.  $24.99
Available at Walmart and GuruNanda

 

5. Away Luggage 

 

Away Luggage is changing the game in the luggage industry. It’s light, affordable, durable AND has some amazing collaborations with companies like Madwell, West Elm, Photographers like Gray Malin. It has a built in USB charger and you can monogram, permanently or with their line of stickers. $245 for carry on sized.
Available at AwayTravel.com

 

6. Pom Pom Throws 

Stock up on cozy pom throws for everyone on your list. These are affordable, under $15, throws are totally on trend and festive with their pom poms. Easy affordable and easily giftable, just wrap with a ribbon and give. Don’t forget to bring gently used coat to donate and save an additional 10% of your entire Burlington purchase. $15
Available at Burlington

 

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Nov 20 2017

Soundwave Art Video Blog

Today we’re chatting about the latest innovations from our friends at Soundwave Art. We’re pretty into it. Having a baby’s cooing or wedding vows or a special someone’s message carved on wood & then hearing it on an app is technology done right. Soundwaves produce a pattern & that pattern is turned into art by Soundwaveart, a super creative company. You can add media with their new easy app. Record online, upload your own audio or video file. Unique, sentimental. Pictured is cut out of Birch Wood, then framed in Italian Wood Molding with Glass front. $319.99 (lower priced options as well.)

Watch below or check them out at SoundwaveArt.com. 

Check out SoundwaveArt.com or their page on TheGiftInsider here.

 

 

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Nov 16 2017

Cyber Week Shopping Tips + Tricks

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Social Media – Don’t forget to follow your favorite companies on twitter, facebook and isntagram for exclusive deals

Search – CyberMonday.com or #cybermonday

Site-wide Deals – Cyber Monday is time when a lot of retailers have site-wide deals vs. product specific deals so take advantage of those

Pre-shop – find what you want from stores before the holiday so you can focus on those discounts.

Promo Codes – To find them, go to RetailMeNot.com, TheKrazyCouponLady or Google the name of the shopping site with the words ‘coupon code’ or ‘promo code.

Set price alerts – Use search engines like Shopstyle and Pricegrabber to compare prices for all over

Bottom Up – Make to shop from bottom up on sale sites

Autofill – Be sure to set up autofill for your credit card or sign up for accounts on your favorite sites

What to Focus On/Avoid:

Buy: big ticket items, clothes, travel deals, beauty sets, gadgets and holiday decor

Avoid: Resist the urge to shop for yourself and hold off on winter accessories – gloves, coats, etc often go on sale even further after CyberMonday

 Any tips you have for conquering the day?! 

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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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