My Cup Runneth Over…with puns.

I feel like time is slipping away faster and faster these days.   No matter what I do, I cannot get it too slow down. For example, I am working with a client to create promotional material for a conference in 2017.  2017 people!  That is just not right!  I feel old.

You might also be experiencing feelings of time-slipping-away-ness if you know someone who is graduating this year.  Taking the big step from childhood to adulthood.  Leaving the nest.  Moving on into the big wide world.

Well today I have a cute, little gift idea that you can give to that graduate in your life.  If you look, you can find graduation themed cups pretty much everywhere.  Mugs, water bottles, tumblers, etc.  They are lining the shelves in stores!  I found a really cute cup at the Dollar Tree which is perfect if you want to put together several small gifts since it is only $1!  I filled my cup up with just candy but this can easily be personalized depending on the recipient and your budget.  You could easily add in a gift card, some cash, a small box of jewelry, etc. into the cup along with the candy.

"Cup-letely" Awesome Graduation Gift Tag.  Free Printable!And yes.  That tag does say “Grad, You are Cup-letely Awesome.”  I totally went all out cheesy pun on this one!  What can I say?  It is just how I roll.  Don’t you love it?  Well, don’t worry if cheesy puns aren’t exactly your thing.  I went ahead and made another tag that is more generic and can be used for any gift.  “The Tassle was Worth the Hassle!”

Worth the Hassle Graduation Gift Tag.  Free Printable!You can download the PDF for both tags and use whichever one you’d like, or both!  And give a small gift to that special Grad in your life letting them know you are thinking of them and all they have achieved!


Loads of Love (and Laundry)

I recently went to a baby shower for one of my friends who was expecting her first baby.  He has since made his debut and is the cutest little thing.  I have never seen that much dark, thick hair on a new baby head before.  He is adorable and I’m so thrilled for her!

Her shower was really fun and I wanted to share the gift I took because I am so happy with how it turned out.  It got a great reaction from everyone at the shower and yet it was so easy to put together!  In anticipation of the laundry increase she and her husband are about to experience I put together a new baby laundry basket, complete with a little decorative wash line!

Laundry Gift IdeaThe laundry basket came from the Dollar Tree and was the perfect size to hold some laundry necessities.  Here are some items you could include if you make your own baby shower gift:

  • Baby Laundry Detergent
  • Hangers
  • Clothespins
  • Blanket
  • Clothes (I put in a cute Pajama set)
  • Socks
  • Towel or Washcloths

But what really pulls it all together is the miniature clothes line.  It was so easy too!  I used small wooden dowels and tied them to the side of the basket using ribbon.  Then I tied some baker’s twine between the dowels and hung up some socks with mini clothespins.

Mini Clothesline for baby shower gift_DSC0862Aren’t little baby socks the cutest thing?  I sometimes forgot how cute they are when I am searching for one of those missing socks in the couch cushions, but they really are adorable.  :)

_DSC0857I made the tag and then created three different colors to share with you so you can use the tag for a boy, girl, or when it is a surprise!

Download the PDF

Baby Shower Gift Idea with Printable Tag in 3 Different ColorsThe PDF download has all 3 colors included- blue, pink, and yellow.  If you put together a similar gift and use the tags please send me a picture!  I love to see your own creativity at work!


GCH Giveaway Winner!

Giveaway WinnerThank you to everyone who entered the giveaway from GCH and congratulations to Ree!  I will be in touch with you soon!

I am happy that so many of you fell in love with the products on GCH’s website, just like I did.  And I loved reading your Christmas traditions, you’ve definitely given me some ideas for new ones to start with my little family.  Have a great day everyone!

Catching Fireflies Giveaway

It has been quite awhile since we’ve had a giveaway so I’m really excited to share with you this giveaway sponsored by Catching Fireflies!

Catching-Fireflies-LogoI met the creative minds behind Catching Fireflies when they asked if they could feature some of my lunch box notes in one of their back to school posts.  I of course said yes, and soon we were also working on putting together a great giveaway for you!

Catching Fireflies has a great story of how they turned inspiration from a favorite painting into a thriving business that features local artists, whimsical gifts, decor, and quirky items you won’t find anywhere else!

I’ve picked a few different items to show you, but just know that these hardly scratch the surface.  They have a large inventory with something for everyone!

Catching Fireflies 21. Owl Wall Clock    2. Cupcake Wall Clock

3. Cuckoo Bird Wall Clock    4. Pretty Peacock Wall Clock

Catching Fireflies 31. Destiny Watch Pendant Necklace    2. Botanical Blossom Necklace

3. Bird Branch Necklace    4. Pretty Petal Necklace

Catching Fireflies 41. Little Picasso Brag Board    2. Cupcake Go-Go Purse

3. Oh Sew Adorable Sticky Bellies (Boy’s available too)

4. Mustache Bandages

Catching Fireflies is giving away a gift certificate to their shop for $43!  “we like to offer up odd gift certificate amounts because it’s fun & quirky – just like us.”  You can choose whichever item(s) you want, the best kind of prize!

There are three ways to enter the giveaway:

-Leave a comment saying one thing you like on Catching Fireflies

-Follow Catching Fireflies on Pinterest

-Follow Catching Fireflies on Facebook

PLEASE LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY.  You don’t have to do all three but the more you do the better your chances of winning.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday the 2nd.  There are lots of fun items just waiting for someone to win so enter now and good luck!

My Favorite Summertime… New Series!

First off I have to say that I am so overwhelmed with all of the kind emails and comments I have received over the last few days.  I’ve had tears in my eyes while reading your sweet words and I wish I could give you all a big hug and personally tell you thank you.  You really mean so much to me!

This new phase in our lives is sure to be a crazy, joyful, wonderful, scary, and amazing time and in order to fully focus on it I’ve decided to take some time off of blogging and just enjoy my new little family.  But don’t worry, it isn’t forever and I won’t leave this little blog abandoned!  Nope, for the next few weeks I have some great guest posters lined up to bring you a new series!

My Favorite Summertime Series

Several different bloggers are going to be sharing some of their favorite crafts, recipes, or activities to get you ready for the summer!  Everything from bridal showers (there are always a ton over the summer!) to fun crafts with the kids (you have to entertain them somehow!) I really think there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

I’ll still be around on Facebook, checking my email (so say hi!), and perhaps popping in from time to time but hopefully you all understand the need to take a few weeks off.    There are already things planned for when I get back and ideas I hope to accomplish during the break.  And I’m sure that there will be many more cuddly, chubby baby pictures making their way onto the blog in the future as well!

See ya soon!


Tips to Bring Spring Into Your Home

The other day while I was sitting in the waiting room at the eye doctors and flipping through a couple of their magazines I came across an article about how to bring spring into your home.  And according to this article here are three ways to accomplish this:

1.  Change up your wall color- adding a fresh coat of paint in a new color is a great way to brighten up a room.

2. Update your area rug- change out your area rug for a brighter, more colorful piece to infuse life and light into your space.

3. Replace your furniture- switching out your couches for pieces lighter in color and changing your wooden coffee table for one made of glass instantly lightens the look of your room.

Um, I have a few things to say about these three “tips.”

1. I’m renting so changing my wall color is not an option.  And even if I did own my home, who in their right mind is going to repaint their whole room just for every season?  Ain’t nobody got time for that!

2 & 3: Who has the space to store an entire extra set of furniture that is just for spring?  Or the budget?  Honestly…

These tips just are not realistic for me and I’m guessing they aren’t for many of you as well.  So instead I’d like to offer 5 simple and budget friendly ways you can bring spring into your space.

5 simple and budget friendly ways to update your home for spring

Tip #1- Throw Pillows

The pillows on your couch are going to be one of the easiest and quickest ways to change your look.  Pillows can be fairly inexpensive if you keep your eye out for sales, or if you are handy with your sewing machine you can make your own for pennies.  Another way to change your throw pillows is to use pillow covers.  It doesn’t get any easier than that and you don’t have to worry about storing extra pillows.  You just simply use the covers to update the ones you already have.  One place I love for pillow covers is Etsy, especially from Modernality.  I love any of these blue, gray, and yellow covers that simply slip right over your existing pillow.  (No this isn’t a sponsored post.  I’ve just really been impressed with the covers I bought from this shop and I like passing along good deals!)

Blue and Green Pillow Covers

Tip #2- Change Your Art Work

Do you have some pictures or artwork that is full of dark colors hanging on your walls?  You can easily change that out for some lighter, brighter pieces.  Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or fabric is one easy and cheap way to fill large frames or cover a canvas.  Greeting cards and old calendars have beautiful images that look great framed and you can find some in just about every color. I absolutely love this fabric art that Kim made out of a shower curtain she found on sale.  Yes a shower curtain!  See how she did it here.


Tip #3- Bring the Outdoors In

The reason so many people love spring (besides the warm weather) is everything suddenly comes to life and flowers and plants are blooming everywhere.  Bring that inside.  Bring in those colors and the lovely smell of fresh flowers.  Bring something inside that is reminiscent of the new life growing outside.

mld103061_0208_branch_xl Updating your home for spring

Source: Martha Stewart

Tip #4- Accessorize

Simply switching out a few of your accessories, like candles or lampshades, is another quick fix.  Don’t have a large budget? It is amazing what you can do with a trip to the thrift store and a can of spray paint.  Or recycle some of your items and give them a new use. Colored water in old salsa jars may not sound glamorous but see how pretty it looks on my coffee table?  Also don’t be afraid to shop your own house.  Some of your items from other rooms could look great in your newly designed spring living room.

Bringing Spring Into Your Home

Tip #5- Scents

If your weather is warm enough to throw open the windows then open them up and let that fresh air in!  Pull up the shades and stream in that sunshine!  Candles, incense, or oils can also fill the air with fresh scents that uplift and relax.  Some of my favorite spring scents are lavender, lemon, magnolia, and pomegranate.  I love Yankee Candle Factory, but there are a lot of great companies out there with wonderful products.

All these simple and small changes really will make an impact when you bring them together.  To show an example  I designed this living room using Olioboard (addicting website!) inspired by the cozy, dark colors of fall and winter.

Fall & Winter RoomNotice in the next picture all the main pieces are the same.  We’ve kept the same couches, tables, large art work, and the lamp bases.  Lampshades, pillows, and a few of the accessories and art is all that changed.  But what a difference!

Spring Room BlueAre you as excited for spring as I am?  How do you plan on bringing the new season into your home? An entire new set of furniture?  Or some cute throw pillows?  :)