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Bring your popsicles on the go!

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Giving dinner & dishes to an overworked teacher is one of my go-to gifts! There’s nothing like not having to cook during the hectic holiday season. Pick up a gift card from a local restaurant and a pack of festive plates. Use this free gift card envelope to tie it all together! Download the free […]

Dinner & Dishes On Us Printable Envelope

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My middle daughter (age 6) loves these funny little pranks from Five Below. Earlier this year I jotted down this gift idea on my phone and I’m so glad I did because now I have the perfect gift for her! I bought all of the pranks at Five Below and packed them into this little […]

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DIY Playdough Kit Gift

My kids LOVE to use play dough, if you’ve been following me for a while I’m sure you’ve seen my seasonal play dough kits I put together. This year I’m making an evergreen play dough kit for my niece who is 2 and thought I’d share everything with you here! I love giving practical gifts […]

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Wine Gift Idea

If you have wine drinkers in your life I have the perfect little gift! Ideal for hosts, friends or teachers. Here’s what I used: Jingle Bell Wine Cork (comes in a 4 pack)Pairs Well With Wine Printable – freebie just download hereSanta Printable – from ThreadMama Curate your own box of wine from Avaline– my […]

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Gift Guide For Parents & In-Laws

I crowd sourced for this year’s gift guide and you all did not disappoint! There are so many great gift ideas here. I’m ready to finish up my shopping! Chappy Wrap Blanket– I’ve heard rave reviews about this small business for years! Ideal for the person who has everything. Glass Coffee Table Photo Box – […]

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Advent Calendar Fillers

Looking for last minute items to fill up an advent calendar ? Here’s what I just put in the advent calendar I made for my kids! I used this pouch from Amazon and made it my own with paint and a hot glue gun! Mini Tins of Aaron’s Thinking Putty Candy Filled Candy Canes Pocket […]

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Target Gift Guide For Kids!

This post is sponsored by Target. All opinions are my own! I’ve spent hours pouring through Target’s extensive toy selection this year and I’m excited to be sharing my top picks with you today. If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know my kids have been testing out holiday toys for a while now! […]

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Top Toy Ideas For 2023

I have a friend who has a hidden talent of always figuring out what the top toys are going to be every holiday season. I don’t know where she does her research but she’s always spot on. A few months ago she mentioned this Cookeez Makery and had my mind spinning. Sure enough a few […]

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2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to my 2023 gift guide! Keep SCROLLING for all of my 2023 gift guides in one place! Gifts For Toddlers Gifts For Pre-SchoolersGifts For School-Aged Kids Big Ticket Gift Ideas Gifts For TweensGifts For Her Amazon Stocking Stuffers – head here! Gift Ideas For Babies Gift ideas for babies, from top left:Cuddle & Kind […]

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Soccer Mom Style

Soccer season is in full swing over here and I’m loving every second. From the friendships I’ve made with the other moms on the team to the joy I feel when I watch my girls play – this is my favorite time of year! I’ve fully embraced the athleisure look when on the field. Here […]

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Amazon Fall Fashion Finds

Here are a few of my favorite Amazon finds for fall that my girls have. Some of these we’ve had for years and others were new purchases made over the last few months. I love all of the fall colors and floral prints! Everything is linked HERE.

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Halloween Ribbon Favorites

Here are some of my favorite Halloween ribbons for crafting & gifting! Here are my ribbon ‘rules’. Links below to my faves! 🎃 I ONLY buy ribbon on sale. Most frequently 40% off at a hobby lobby. They have the best affordable ribbon colors & variations.🎃 I always check other aisles like the wedding & […]

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