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    January 4, 2016
    Wedding Gifts You Will Actually Use

    If you’re getting married soon and about to expand your shak, then this post is for you. My best friend is getting married in October, and I’m her maid of honor, so I’ve been helping her plan everything for the past year or so. One thing that we’ve been working on is her wedding registry. There are tons of lists out there that tell you things you “absolutely must have”. But let’s get real- when was the last time anyone in this century used plate chargers, a gravy boat, or a pasta maker? Aim for quality pieces that you know you’ll use more than once a year. Check out this post by Christine Lu at Apartment Therapy for items that she actually uses five years later. Bonus- you can also use this for ideas if you are shopping for a friends registry:

    -A knife block- one of the most easily accessible and most used things in the kitchen

    -A heavy duty garbage can

    -Nice linens

    -Oven-to-table bakeware

    -Storage bins

    -Cordless drill and other tools

    Photo Credit: Neeta Lind 


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    December 15, 2015
    Things Your Teacher Doesn’t Want

    The holidays are approaching, and some parents like to get gifts for their kids’ teachers. This is amazing and lovely, and I know that all teachers really appreciate it- especially if it’s a nice handwritten note, a card, a gift certificate, or something else that is sentimental or useful. However, some parents are kind of clueless when it comes to what to get them. Most teachers are incredibly grateful for any gift they receive, just not:

    -Giant stuffed teddy bears- They are adults, after all. Would you get a coworker a giant teddy bear? It’s kind of cute if your kid picked it out, but still not very age appropriate.

    -Any sort of political/religious items- Even if you are friends with the teacher outside of school, and know their personal beliefs, this is still not an appropriate school gift.

    -Speaking of inappropriate for school, don’t send your child to school with alcohol to give their teacher. Do they need it? Probably. But please, think through this decision.

    -Anything apple themed- Again, if the kid picked it out and is excited to give it, great. But most teachers have a million apple knick knacks and don’t know what to do with them.

    So, what are some GOOD teacher gifts? Here are some ideas:

    -Anything heartfelt that your child made- a card, a note, or a drawing.

    -Gift cards

    -Water bottle/coffee thermos, lunch box, or tote

    -A copy of your child’s favorite book to donate to the classroom

    -Candy, popcorn, or other food- most teachers would love to get actual apples- a fruit basket would be a wonderful gift!

    -School supplies or craft items

    -Donation to a charity in their name

     

    Again, if a child chooses a gift for their teacher, chances are that they will love it and accept it graciously. This post is merely directed at parents who are searching for gift ideas but aren’t sure what to get! 

    Photo Credit: Matthew 


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    June 18, 2015
    Father’s Day Ideas

    This Sunday is Father’s Day! It kind of snuck up on me this year, even though it’s usually on the same day as my dad’s birthday. Since I’m an adult, I try to do something nice for him- take him out to lunch, or maybe a movie. Get him a card, or a gift card. I wish I could make him something like I used to do when I was little, but I don’t think he’d appreciate a crochet purse or homemade soaps. Oh well. I think he just enjoys spending time together as a family and a good meal. Anyway, if you’re looking for some last minute, yet still heartfelt gift ideas, look no further than this post by My Frugal Adventures. Bonus- not all of them are too kiddie, so teenagers could make them as well:

    Father’s Day Gift Basket Idea with Free Printable

     DIY Beer Coasters

     DIY Hamburger Seasoning

    Dad Rocks Paperweight Craft

    Photo Idea Card

    Photo Credit: Easa Shamih 


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    May 5, 2015
    DIY Gifts For Mom

    Alright dads (and aunts, and grandparents, and everyone else), get Mom out of the room! Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Have your kids gotten/made anything yet? You still have time! Moms will love anything that their kids put thought into, so homemade gifts are a fantastic idea. If you’re running low on inspiration, all you need to do is check out this post by Jackie Cravener at I Heart Arts and Crafts for ideas:

    Hand-Shaped Ring Dish – From Mama Papa Bubba

    Mother’s Day Handprint Charm – From Plucking Daisies 

    Kid-Made Picture Frame Vase – From I Heart Arts n Crafts

    Photo Credit: Erika G. 


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    April 30, 2015
    Best Baby Shower Books

    Lately, I’ve been seeing the coolest idea on Pinterest for baby showers. Instead of a card, guests bring a book and sign the inside of the cover for the new baby. I think it’s a lovely idea to start the child’s library early. It’s never too early to enjoy a good book! Check out this post by Carrie at CarrieElle.com for the best books to bring to a baby shower:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

     Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch 

    Photo Credit: Toshimasa Ishibashi 


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    December 22, 2014
    Toys For ALL Kids

    Pink is for girls. All other colors are for boys. Girls get dolls and princesses and makeup, boys get science, nature, cars, superheroes, building tools, sports, technology, action figures- basically anything on the planet that has NOT been deemed as feminine. Then, we wonder why more girls aren’t interested in science, and why boys who grow up to be fathers are so absent in their children’s lives. To me, this is absolutely ridiculous. The very fact that “boy” toys and “girl” toys exist and are separate things proves that we still live in a very sexist, gender divided society. Some boys will grow up to be fathers and chefs and designers- they should play with baby dolls and cooking sets as well. Some girls will grow up to be scientists and athletes and engineers- and they need to play with microscopes and tools and sports equipment. So, if you’re looking for awesome, empowering gifts for ALL CHILDREN this holiday season, check out this post by Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures:

    -Trucks and cars- always help with problem solving abilities

    -Work bench and tools-Work benches are great for fine motor development, problem solving, creative thinking, language development, and even pre-writing skills.

    -Science kits

    -Legos

    -Baby dolls

    -Cooking sets / play kitchens

    -Dress up clothes- dramatic play develops social intelligence in kids of all genders. Princess or pirate, doctor or ninja, cowboy/girl, — let your kids pick out their own clothes and go crazy!

    -Art supplies, coloring books, and anything that encourages creativity

    Photo Credit: Weird Nut Daily 


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    December 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Fun Gift Wrapping Inspiration
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2czg0k

    I love this! I’m absolutely miserable at wrapping presents. Maybe this will help me look like I know what I’m doing!


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    December 16, 2014
    DIY Gift Idea From Kids- Sharpie Mugs

    When you have very young kids, getting gifts for them is easy. You can give them a bunch of crap from the dollar store and they’re happy. Heck, you can give them toilet paper rolls, trash, and socks to play with, and they will– happily. My nephew prefers napkins and cardboard over his expensive baby toys anyway. What’s difficult is getting them to give gifts to their parents. Sure, you could just buy your spouse a nice, store bought item, write “From Baby” on it, and be done with it– but I think that having the kids make something is much more meaningful, and the parents will love it. Check out this idea from Lynette at Cleverly Simple for an adorable “From Kid” gift– a DIY Sharpie mug:

    You need:

    Mugs
    Sharpies (Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pens )
    An Oven

    -Let the kids go wild!

    -Let them dry overnight.  The next day I placed them in a COLD oven and turned the heat on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  I let it “cook” for 30 minutes and then turned the heat off.  IMPORTANT:::  Let the oven cool before you pull out the coffee mugs.

    Photo Credit: Emily May 


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    December 8, 2014
    Sentimental Gifts For Kids

    The best gift I’ve ever gotten from my Mom was a few Christmases ago. Every day for a year, she wrote in a journal about things she loved about me, and included photos. Somehow, she kept it hidden from me all year and gave it to me on Christmas. I cried like a baby, and it has become one of my most prized possessions since. That journal beat out expensive gifts like phones, cameras, and other gadgets as “best present ever”. It really just goes to show that sentimental gifts from the heart mean so much more. With the holidays fast approaching, you may be looking for unique gift ideas of your own. If so, check out this guide by Alison at Pint Sized Treasures. Some are objects that your children will treasure forever, others create memories that last a lifetime:

    Parent/Child Journal

    Hope Chest.

    Personalized Trinket Boxes 

    -Craft book with tons of supplies- crafting together is a great way to build memories

    -Classic board games for the family to play together

    -Bikes for all- for the family to ride together

    Photo Credit: Steven Depolo 


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    October 1, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Cute DIY Keepsake

     

    Photo from Sunshine Homestead


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