Wednesday, April 30, 2014

10 Mother's Day Gift Ideas on Etsy

Did you know you can give an Etsy gift card?!  

I want one.

Today/tonight I'm sharing a few things I found last night when I couldn't sleep.  Insomnia has been a real problem with me lately.  I ended up watching The Little Couple while browsing Etsy until 2 am.  Little Zoe is ADORABLE.  I just love her.  So between TLC and Etsy browsing, I was perfectly content.  Unfortunately though, I overslept and was late for my 10:00 shift today.  I'm just not meant for daytime.

I'm not exactly sure if these things can all be ordered in time for Mother's Day, but maybe it will at least give you some ideas :).

This scarf from escherpe
(buy 2 get 1 free!!)

These wine bottle planters are self watering!  Love the chalkboard labels too. 
 From glassartsd.

This wool felt cell phone or gadget holder is both cute and perfect for spring.  It comes as a kit (so it's not assembled).  It's up to you if you want to make it for her, or if it's something she would enjoy doing.  Find this and other felt kits at Felt on the Fly.

I love these phone cases from Case Cavern.  
I personally really want this one.
(make sure you know which model phone she has!)

Oh, Little Rabbit has a lot of very cool screen printed tea towels.  Depending on what type of gift you're giving, you could also use this as the "gift wrap."  I really like that they are printed on organic cotton too.  Make sure to check them out to see all of their designs!

This is my new favorite jewelry shop on Etsy.  Great for trendy moms.   Shop Luca isn't taking anymore orders for Mother's Day, but this is a good shop to keep in mind for next time!

Kari Machal designs is advertising this print as a gift idea this year, and I love it!
(order by May 1st!)

I agree.  This mug from The Printed Surface says it all.

Can't go wrong with jewelry right?  Especially with this sweet little necklace from Untie.
Choose her own initials, or those of the kiddos.

This cutting board could be an amazing gift.  Send the people from Personalized Just for You a favorite handwritten recipe from Mom's mother or grandmother, and they will engrave it onto the cutting board.  What a great way of preserving a memory!

'Tis all for tonight my friends.  I need to force myself to get some sleep tonight.
I think I'm getting a little loopy.
Wish me luck :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is coming soon!  It falls on May 11th this year, so if you haven't come up with an idea yet, you better get crackin.  My Mom's birthday is on the 7th, so I need to double up, and fast!  Here are just a few things I found on

I like this one, and you can't go wrong here either. 
Ok, one more...
 This one would be especially great for small keepsakes.  For those who kept a lock of hair in a plastic baggy, this would be a much nicer place for it.  You could also make this a "First Tooth, First Curl" box with the picture of the child on it.  OR fill it with a bunch of little "Reasons I love you" notes from the kids.

I liked these color combos.  Plus, it's nice to have her name on something so that no one else can steal it ;).  Pair this with some new flip flops, magazine, sunscreen, or other beach accessories (like towel clips) if Mom is looking forward to summer!  Here's a tote bag, and here's another.  Don't forget the liquor store has pina coladas (or do these!).

This is more my style ;)
Put any name you'd like on there!

"Stay Cool Mom"
You know, for snacks ;)
*Remember this could double as your gift bag

And if you're REALLY a sucker for a theme (like me) when putting together a gift... skip the traditional card and go with this!

I liked this idea to display important dates for the family.  Can be birthdays, weddings, big moves, etc.  It's definitely unique!

This would be cute coming from the little ones.

My Mom requested one of these for Christmas, so I thought I'd include this in the list.  She obviously doesn't do Pinterest ;).

This is one of my faves.

This is good for grandparents and wedding anniversaries!

Great for her desk!

This is always a good "go to" gift.  I've ordered it.  It looks just as nice in person!

And last but not least, these are always a big hit!

That's all for this post, but has 21 pages of gifts for Mom, so make sure to check that out!  I just picked out my favorites, but they have everything from mugs and picture frames, to bath robes.

I'm browsing Etsy for some more ideas.  I'll share those next :).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Egg-n-Spoon Races

My brother Matt and I are quite a bit older than our cousins.  I was 13 when the first one showed up, and there were 6 more after that.  After a few years, holidays got a bit rowdy.  Unfortunately I didn't discover ear plugs until college, because they would've been a life saver before then.  Some holidays were so bad, that I would go upstairs and lock myself in one of the bedrooms to get away from it all.  At least when it was nice out, we could throw them all outside (and we did).  

Thankfully, things are much better now that they're older.  Although, the youngest still can't have a normal conversation without doing 25 cartwheels while she's speaking to you.

My point is that sometimes kids just need an activity, and one that requires concentration is a bonus!

So I found these...
(And they have AWESOME reviews!)

Easter appropriate, and mess free :)
So you could totally do this inside.......if you want

You know this game right?  It goes a little something like this:

OR, you could buy a couple of these bad boys, and use your own spoons. When you drop or throw them, they "splat" and look like a real broken egg.   I've seen them at Michaels, and apparently some dollar stores have them too.  If not, you can order them on Amazon.  They don't have the best reviews, but if you only need them for a day, they'll be fine.
Someone said if you rinse them with hot water, they'll last longer.

Cool, right?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Favor Bunny Napkins from Party City

These are just too cute...

*image via Party City

Not that certain grown ups wouldn't enjoy these (uhh, ME), but can't you just see these at the kids table on Easter?  I think they would make for cute favors at a girl's April birthday party, too.

All supplies are likely available at Party City.  Except for maybe the ribbon.  You may need to visit the craft store for that one.  If you don't want to fill them with candy, Party City has a TON of small and inexpensive favors that would fit into the plastic eggs.  I think they make a great place to find stocking stuffers for kids too, so keep that in mind when December comes around again. What? Too soon? ;)

Go here for the simple 8 step directions on how to assemble these bunny favors!

Easter Piñata!

But first... A true story

*image from Pinterest

  I remember my first birthday.  It's true.  At least part of it.  My mom bought one of those 3-D bear cakes.  He was a Panda, and I loved him.  In fact, I loved him so much, that when she stuck the candle through the top of his head, and lit him on fire...I had my first KER-AZY nervous breakdown.  I remember thinking she had just killed my friend....right in front of my face.  

Many years later, as we were going through old photos, the one of me having a meltdown in my high chair next to my dead panda popped up.  At that time, Mom was still clueless as to what had suddenly gotten into me.  Fortunately for her, that memory is burnt into my brain, and I was finally able to answer that burning question for her.

On that note, lets beat stuff up.

 Ahhh!  I couldn't do it, he's too cute.  But thats just me.  

(Yes, I'm 30. Shush)

Anyway, I read this idea somewhere else, and I thought I'd share it with you guys because I liked it. 

 It goes like this:

Easter + Kids + Easter Piñata + Plastic Easter eggs filled with...whatever

However, I don't recommend this idea for crazy sensitive, animal loving, "everything has feelings, including inanimate objects" type of children.  I'm curious, do many of them exist?  Or did my parents just get lucky. 

State Charm Necklaces on Living Social!

You guys!  
Living Social is having an awesome deal with Cents of Style right now!  You've seen these state charm necklaces right?  I'm obsessed with them.  Especially now that I live in a cool looking state ;).

These cutesy necklaces usually go for about $25, but through Living Social, you can get them for $10 shipped!  Grab one or five now.  They make perfect and trendy gifts!

The way it works
 -Pay for the voucher on living social first (use promo code "EXTRA10" to make sure it's only $10).  
-THEN, go to Cents of Style and choose your necklace (add it to your cart).  
-When you check out, you will apply your voucher code to the discount box, and you're order will go from $24.95 to $0.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter Baskets + Moments of the Week

How was Easter at the end of March the past few years, and at the end of April this year?  I don't get how that works.  I looked at the calendar the other day and literally panicked for a second, thinking I somehow missed it.  Anyway, the good news is, if you are still looking for an Easter basket idea, you still have time to order one of these cutesy things from Personalization Mall.

Wouldn't these be cute for egg hunt baskets too?

I like this basket idea.  If you are looking for a way to thank or welcome a new family to the neighborhood, you could give them a personalized basket like this.  I like this spring/gardening idea, but you could put anything in there.  Breakfast goodies are nice too!  This would be perfect for a realtor to give as a thank you/housewarming gift.

Moments of the week....