Nov 24 2020

Holiday Gift Ideas for The Ladies In Your Life

Gifts for Her

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Nov 24 2020

Gift Ideas for Every Guy In Your Life

Gift Guide For Him

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Nov 17 2020

7 Shopping Tips for Black Friday + Cyber Monday 2020

I know this holiday shopping season is like no other, but the good news is the deals are better than ever and are starting earlier than ever! 🤩

Some Insider Tips for #2020 holiday shopping 🛍

— make a list and stick to it! Especially list out the big  ticket items that you want to find the best deals on. It’s easy to stray and buy things you don’t really need with all the crazy deals out right now. ✨

— use cash back sites like @rakuten, deal tracking extensions like @honey and amazon price tracking sites like camelcamelcamel to help save you time and money this year! ✨

— support small businesses whenever you can. So many small business owners are willing to help you in any way they can, many will happily act as your own “personal gift shopper.”  And they always have the best ideas! ✨

— take advantage of order online and curbside pickup options for larger items to save on shipping costs and make sure there are no shipping delays ✨

— use @Instacart or shopping services to order online and have them deliver to your door in a pinch ✨

— follow your favorite bloggers and influencers on @liketoknow.it they are constantly finding and blogging about the best deals and coolest finds out there, let them do the work for you ✨

— follow brands you love on social and sign up for their eblasts, many reward their loyal followers with exclusive discounts ✨

— give yourself some grace this year, we are all just doing the best we can.

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Nov 12 2020

Sponsored Guide: Black Friday Holiday Gift Ideas

 

1. Ecobee Smart Home System – For those looking for some smart home upgrades this year, gift ecobee Haven Home Security. It’s a smart home monitoring system designed to keep you connected whenever you need. One of my favorite things is that it is smart enough to know who’s at home, and who is away. I don’t have to worry about anyone accidentally setting off the alarm or forgetting to turn it on as they head out the door.  And if I want to check in on my home or on my kids, then the ecobee SmartCamera lets me see what’s happening live. From November 19 to December 1, ecobee Haven Home Security is on sale for $199. It includes a SmartCamera + 2x SmartSensors for doors and windsor + 2x SmartSensors for indoor motion detection. 

2.  Omaha Steaks Tasteful Gift Package – I love giving the gift of experiences. Whether you’re gathering in-person or celebrating virtually, Omaha Steaks is dedicated to delivering experiences that bring people together, and this year is no exception. They offer full meal packages and gifts that are delicious, easy to prepare and delivered right to your doorstep – or someone else’s! Their Tasteful Gift Package features their new Butcher’s Cut Top Sirloins. Visit OmahaSteaks.com or visit one of their 50+ retail stores across the country. 

3. Audio Technica ATH – CK3TW Wireless-In Ear Headphones  – Tech is always a hot gift for the holidays. These ATH-CK3TW truly wireless in-ear headphones have an ultra-compact design, and are ready to go whenever and wherever you are, empowering you to “explore and connect.” The really cool thing about these is that they automatically power on and off when they’re taken in and out of the charging case. Also, they can detect when you take them out of your ears and automatically pause the audio. When you put them back in your ears they start playing again – so you never miss a beat!

4. Facebook’s BuyBlack Friday Gift Guide I have found several unique gifts for this holiday season from Facebook’s BuyBlack Friday Gift Guide that are perfect for anyone on your list. If you have someone that loves skincare items, I suggest the Turmeric Botanical Bar available at Redoux NYC. It’s good for all skin types and contains vegan and all-natural ingredients. Or try a Love Jones Candle, a vegan, soy candle with notes of apples, sandalwood and amber available at Maryland based Freres Branchiaux. There’s also these gorgeous St. Margaret Tassel Earrings from The Tiny Tassel in South Carolina. What’s great, is that all of these shops are black-owned small businesses that are a part of Facebook’s BuyBlack Friday campaign to bring awareness and support to black-owned businesses. 

Let us know what you are shopping this Black Friday!

*This guide was made in partnership with Omaha Steaks, Audio Technica, Ecobee and Facebook. 

 

 

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Nov 11 2020

Holiday Gift Guide for the Babies

 

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Nov 11 2020

Holiday Gift Guide for Toddler Girls

 

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Nov 9 2020

2020 Gift Guide: Personalized Gift Ideas

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Nov 2 2020

Gift Guide for the Toddler Boys in Your Life

 

 

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Oct 26 2020

First Birthday Gift Ideas for Girls

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Sep 29 2020

Sloane’s Rainbow and Unicorn Themed 1st Birthday

I can’t believe my baby girl turned one. Even though we are still social distancing and living in our new normal, there was no way I was going to let this milestone go by and not make it as special as possible for my Sloaney.

It was unicorn and rainbow themed, with all the magical vibes. There was a lot of pastel, iridescent accents and girlyness all around! I DIY-ed a majority of the decorations and really tried to put my love and efforts into making the party as special as can be for my sweet girl. We had it in our backyard with immediate family and a couple close friends. It really turned out to be the most special day.

I linked and described everything below. All of the adorable photos were taken by Kim from Apple of Our Eye.

 

 

    

I DIY-ed a lot of these elements and purchased a ton on Amazon. I made a Party Supply Amazon List with a lot of the supplies too.

– Pastel Balloon Garland Backdrop– I made the balloon garland myself using a garland kit I found on Amazon. Warning, this DIY is not for the faint of heart.

– Tassle Highchair Banner – This is from an awesome balloon and tassle etsy shop, Gen Woo.

– DIY Balloon Rainbow Arch – This was a DIY idea from a photo I found on Pinterest. I ordered long pastel balloons and used a fringe iridescent garland for the tassels.

– Sweet Table – The gorgeous cakes are from Love and Butter Cream, an adorable shop in Birmingham, Michigan. I ordered a cheap iridescent tablecloth on Amazon, got the garland on sale at Hobby Lobby and the cake plates are from Target from a few years ago.

– Party Hat – Her rainbow party hat is from Etsy.

– Favors – The unicorn favor bags are by Meri Meri from Papersource and inside were Sugarfina “Your are Magical Candies.”

– Mantel Decor – I DIY-ed this fringe garland using tissue paper. I added on the ONE script ballon over the fringe and put balloons on either side.

– Sloane Turns 1 Sign – I wanted to do something a little different than the usual photo banner, so I created a photo board. I used a template from Harper and Wren Etsy Shop and then uploaded my favorite photos from each month. I taped onto a large board using watercolored washi tape. I used the cricut machine to cut out the rose gold letters on top.

– Flowers – I got these pastel bouquets for $8 each at Whole Foods! I got 6 and used some as centerpieces and some on the food tables.

– Tablescape – I used ombre rainbow plates and cups from Meri Meri and pastel napkins with polka dots from Meri Meri as well. I used gold plastic ware from amazon. I also put iridescent unicorn horns on the center of each table and a piñata unicorn in the center of each table.

– Photo Straws – This was a last minute idea and one of my favorite little details. Just printed off a photo of Sloane with a party hat and taped to all the straws.

– Balloons – Expert tip – have someone else blow up the balloons! I always try to do this myself and I always regret it. Here is a link to the iridescent star balloon, rainbow balloon, jumbo pastel balloons and the unicorn balloon. If you are blowing up yourself, make sure to get balloon clips and an air pump if doing a garland.

– Tabletop Signs – I had these acrylic signs from a baby shower I threw in the past, so I but reused and changed desisn using my Cricut machine and iridescent vinyl.

– Water Bottle Labels – This is just one of my favorite little ways to personalize a party and bring a theme in. Just print, wrap and tape.

– Sloanes Outfit – Lots of questions on her coat. I got it from Little Rascals in Birmingham, made by Sara Sara. Her tutu is by ILovePlum and her shoes are Freshly Picked.

– Dollhouse – This was a true labor or love for me. This was a dollhouse me and my Dad built when I was a little girl. I decided to rehab it, paint it and give it a little facelift and gift it to Sloane on her first birthday.

– Car – The hot pink Mercedes was a gift from Sloane’s grandparents.

– Swan – The adorable swan rocker was a gift from Sloane’s other grandparents. Will go so adorable in her room.

– Busy Board – made by a local Michigan artist, ArtworksbyAmy.

– Pink Foam Ball Pit – This ball pit is just so pretty.

– Photographer – She’s amazing and it was so nice not having to worry about snapping photos during the party. Kim Hoover from Apple of Our Eye.

It was such a special day for our sweet girl. Somehow during all of this, putting my love and time into things like this is what fills me up. I hope she looks back on this day and sees that even though it wasn’t a typical kid-filled first birthday party, it was special and she was surround by love.

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