Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is a few weeks away and I’ve got my gift list ready!  Let’s hope my husband really reads this blog like he claims he does.  With gift ideas ranging from $15 to $500, this list has plenty of great options. Continue reading

Green Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly & Fun Gifts For Kids

This year’s Green Gift Guide features items for kids that are unique, eco-friendly and fun! Continue reading

3 Ways Your Child Can “Give” This Holiday Season

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We often ask children what they want for Christmas, but seldom ask them the question, “What are you giving?”  As they eagerly anticipate opening their Christmas gifts, it’s important to remind them that everyone isn’t lucky enough to have gifts under their trees—or even have a tree for that matter.  But with a bit of help, there is so much that our little ones can do to help those in need during the holiday season. Continue reading

Girlfriend Gift Guide: Makeup + More

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Last week I featured 10 fab accessories under $100.  This week it’s makeup, beauty products and more!

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Girlfriend Gift Guide: Accessories

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Every Christmas, I have to listen to my family friends go on and on about how hard I am to shop for and how they never know what to get me because I have everything.  While I certainly don’t have everything and I don’t really need anything, there are always a few cute little things that I wouldn’t mind receiving.  In case you are in the same boat, I put together this list of fab accessories and trinkets to serve as gift ideas for girlfriends, sisters, moms—and me!  And they are all under $100! Continue reading

inspIration: Cocktail Rings

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The folks over at Brilliant Earth asked me to participate in their Signature Piece Challenge.  The challenge was to create a fashion board around one of their fabulous vintage cocktail rings.  They are all so gorgeous, it was hard choosing just one.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is almost here!  In addition to the usual breakfast/lunch/dinner prepared by the hubby and the homemade gift from the kid, here are a few other things I wouldn’t mind receiving: Continue reading

inspIration: Spring Flowers

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This spring, the flowers are not just in the garden. I was out shopping this weekend and couldn’t help but notice that they are everywhere! Continue reading

Family Gift Guide: 8 Great Gifts To Bring Your Family Closer Together

As you finish up your holiday shopping, consider giving a gift that the family can enjoy.  Any gift that gives you the opportunity to connect with your loved ones in a meaningful way and create lasting memories is priceless.

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1. Kids Responsibility Board  $48

This is a great way to practice responsibility and money management.  This inventive responsibility station provides a practical way to establish positive life habits in your children.

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2. Mommy and Me Apron Set $49

If you spend a lot of time cooking with your little girl like my daughter and I do, these adorable mother and daughter apron sets are sure to inspire your next culinary creation.

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3. Headbanz Game $12.99

My daughter got this game as a birthday gift and it has become a family game night favorite.  It’s a fun, fast-paced, and simple question game that everyone aged 6 and up can enjoy.

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4. You Got Your Driver’s License Kit $25

Show support for the new driver in your family!  This kit includes a tire gauge, an emergency flashlight, a cloth cell phone pouch to prevent texting while driving, and a colorful fuzzy dice keychain.  Use the time in the car to really talk to your kid about what’s going on in their lives, their friends and their fears.

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5. Publish a Book

Put your child’s imagination on paper!  The next time your child starts to tell you an amazing story, write it down.  Have them draw pictures to illustrate the story.  Choose an online publishing site like lulu.com to print the book.  Then invite your friends and family over for a book signing party.  You could also sell the books and donate the money to a charity of your child’s choice.

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6. Start a Journal

It’s never too late or to early to start a journal for your child to capture all the priceless moments you experience as a parent.  I started journaling to my daughter when I was pregnant as a way to document the experience and never stopped.  I write about her development as a person, our ups and downs as a family and her personal milestones.  I just hope she can read my handwriting!

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7. Awkward Family Photos Game $24.99

Based on the ultra-popular website AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, this board game features hilarious photos of other families sure to bring you closer to your own.  Learn more about the people closest to you as they interpret the awkward moments of others!

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 8. Create Your Family Tree

What better way to bond as a family than by learning more about your ancestry! Involve the whole family in this project by assigning each family member a relative a to interview (give younger children questions to guide them).  Once you have gathered your family history and lots of pictures, go to familyecho.com to create a free family tree online.  Be sure to update your tree as you continue your research and discover more about your history and heritage.   This family project is sure to be both a revealing and rewarding experience.

Happy Holidays!

 

Girlfriend Gift Guide: 10 Fab Gifts For Your Best Friend

I’ve been told I’m hard to shop for because I seem to have everything–which of course is totally NOT true!  So I’ve compiled a list of ten simple but fab gifts that I would be happy to receive and I’m sure any of your girlfriends would too.

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Pop Phone for iPhone $48

Classic meets current with this oh so cute handheld receiver for your iPhone.  Comes in several different styles and colors.

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2. Kate Spade New York iPhone 4 Case $40.00

I love this iPhone case because it makes me think of candy.  Pair it with your bestie’s favorite sweet treat for a gift that she is sure to love!

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3. Kim Seybert Best in Show Cocktail Napkin $47.00

Colorful pups are illustrated on these beautiful linen napkins.  A must have for the dog lover in your life.

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4. “Mine” Luggage Tag & Passport Set $70.00

For the friend that stays on the go, these sturdy leather accessories will make sure she and her luggage get there in style.

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5. OXO Salad Chopper with Bowl $24.99

Save time by slicing and dicing the ingredients for a salad in this salad chopper and bowl.  The chopper has double stainless steel blades to efficiently slice greens, veggies and more!

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6. Vogue Covers Coffee Table Book $91.00

Your fashionista friend will go gaga over this coffee table book featuring nearly a century’s worth of covers from the holy grail of fashion.  Both illustrated and photographic, this stunning book celebrates the long, rich history of still cutting-edge Vogue magazine.

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7. Kate Spade New York Taxi Mittens $68.00

Best friend in a big city?  These super cute Taxi mittens may be just what she needs to hail a cab in cold.

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8. Ms. & Mrs. ‘Good Luck’ Mini Emergency Kit $15

This is a MUST have item for every woman!  This cute compact case has everything, I mean EVERYTHING you need to take care of any possible emergency including a mending kit, earring backs, double-sided tape, hair spray and even a stain-removing towelette.  It’s all neatly stored in a cute patent case small enough to fit in your purse!

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9. MAC Holiday Collection: Primped Out Lip Look Bag in Luxurious Pink $39.50

For your friend that likes to stand out in a crowd, this hot lip color  from MAC’s holiday collection is sure to garner some attention!  This style-packed, leopard print M∙A∙C Holiday bag includes Lipstick in Lickable, Cremesheen Glass in Call Me Gorgeous and Lip Pencil in Great Catch.

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10. Time

Spending quality time with your friends is priceless.  Sign up to take a fun class together like belly dancing, pottery or wine tasting.  Arrange to spend some girl time together to go catch a movie, have dinner or enjoy a spa day.  If your friends live out of town, plan a girls getaway for some much needed relaxation on a beach or wild weekend in Vegas.  Your weekend, your choice:)

Happy Holidays!!