the best baby shower gift is my fave

May 14, 2015

I’ve added another non-marketable thing to my resume, gift formula creator. My dad would be super proud.

Today’s formula? What to bring to a baby shower:

something cute + something practical + something for the mom

baby shower gift ideas

I painstakingly (read: it was the best hour of my week) browsed the baby section at Target to demonstrate this formula and help those of you who may be gift challenged.

A cute item like this romper, chambray buttondown, or Sophie the Giraffe needs to be included because it’s the most fun to pick out and tiny clothes get big reactions.

New moms are curious about what experienced moms recommend. Include something practical like onesies, your favorite diapers, swaddle blankets (in Orla Kiely patterns!), an aspirator, or baby wash. Not flashy, but essentials they’ll be grateful for.

And lastly, don’t forget the mom and how hard pregnancy can be. Treat her with a stylish diaper bag (Orla for the win!), a magazine, a treat, and the post partum trifecta – Covergirl Trublend Fix Stick, dry shampoo, and some lipstick – so she can feel pretty.

What are your favorite items to gift at a baby shower?

Now through Saturday, Target is having a big baby sale so you’re probably going to want to stock up on essentials and collect your gift cards like a boss. My shopping spree was sponsored by Target but I’ve declared my love for the store enough that you know that my enthusiasm for these products is genuine. 

tv shows in a box are my fave

May 7, 2015

Thanks to my frequent references to 30 Rock and Parks and Rec, you may have picked up on the fact that I love TV. And I’m not ashamed. Since many of my beloved shows are now departed (though you can stream entire seasons of many, many shows if you’re a Hulu subscriber), I’ve been catching up on other series on Hulu and finding new favorites.

Since finale season is upon us, I put together some TV shows in a box, maybe to send to a fellow TV lover?

tv shows in a box

The Blacklist
– Fedora to resemble Reddington
– Notebook to write down the case facts or your own blacklist
– FBI badge to make things official
– The most used item on the show
– Guide to Washington DC, so you know where you’re going during a car chase

SNL party box

Saturday Night Live
– More cowbell
– Chattering teeth so something is laughing at your jokes
– Candles to celebrate the show’s 40th year
– A rubber chicken for your skit
– An official book about the show for all the insider details

The Voice in a box

The Voice
– Rock star glasses
– Microphone so you can amplify your own renditions of each song
– Tambourine and kazoo, instruments you can play without much skill
– An official button, everyone needs one of those
– Team stickers so you can show your allegiance

Which show would you love to see packaged up?

This post is brought to you by Hulu. Don’t be left out of the conversation! Be sure to catch up on the latest episodes of The Blacklist, Saturday Night Live, and The Voice on Hulu before the season finales air on May 14th, May 16th, and May 19th.

the best basic tee is my fave

May 6, 2015

best t shirt
I tried on twenty t-shirts so you don’t have to.

Here are the qualities I was looking for: longer length, not too form fitting, scoop or v-neck, not too sheer, no cap sleeves, reasonably priced. Here are the results. (more…)

sunday treat tradition is my fave

April 30, 2015

cast iron skillet brownies

In an effort to actually try things I pin and because it always seems like I’m ravenous after church, I decided to start a little family tradition of making a treat every Sunday. I call it Sunday treat tradition and document it on Instagram (I figure it will be good documentation of all the calories I’ve consumed).

baking with kids

baking with kids

Beck is especially enthusiastic about the newly implemented tradition. He loves assisting and has actually gotten quite good at measuring and identifying all the ingredients. And he might have a future career in spoon licking, not to brag or anything.

brownies baked in cast iron skillet

After watching one too many episodes of Barefoot Contessa, I cleaned out my kitchen of tools that have seen better days (think hand-me-downs from my mom that are older than me) and a cast iron skillet was one of the first things I purchased. To test it out, we made this skillet brownie recipe from My Baking Addiction. And now I may never go back to box brownies again.

cast iron skillet brownies

cast iron skillet brownies

Doesn’t baking something in a skillet just seem more fancy? I feel like you could just plop it down in the middle of the table and guests would be wowed.

Join in the tradition and share by using the hashtag #sundaytreattradition so I can see what you’re baking. And if you have a recipe I must try, dish in the comment section please.

Sources: cast iron skillet, flower tablecloth, flour sack towel, boy’s stripe tee

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s but I would shop there even if it wasn’t.

mother’s day in a box is my fave (giveaway!)

April 28, 2015

mother's day gifts

The formula for the best Mother’s Day gift (if a trip to Tulum isn’t in the cards):

A good read she can curl up in bed with (I recommend this book of inspiring interiors)
Photo prints of her favorite people (I love the look and quality of these prints from Artifact Uprising plus the modern way to display them)
Something to make her feel pretty (her favorite lipstick or tinted lip balm)
Something fresh (a pretty bouquet or a potted plant)
Something sweet (Fruute cookies have the best packaging)
Something to make her laugh (like this mini pennant)

gift ideas for mother's day
diy mother's day gift

Good news! The folks at Artifact Uprising want to help you succeed in the gift department this Mother’s Day so they’re offering a $50 gift card so you can have your own moments printed. Enter below then take a peek at this gift guide to figure out how you’re going to spend your winnings.

artifact uprising prints

Giveaway ends May 5th. The winner will be notified via email. Good luck!

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