Category Archives: At Home

DIY Personalized Stationary

We know it has been a while since you have heard from us, and boy have we all dropped the ball a bit! Truth be told, we have all had to take a little time away from the blog but have been busily engrossed in work, moves, travel to far away places…and a baby! Yes, the past three months have flown by for me personally since my daughter was born. I could write several blog posts on the past twelve weeks, but today’s has very little to do with my new status as a mommy.

Throughout my pregnancy and after I have been blessed to have amazing support from family and friends. Whether nearby or far away our home has been showered with beautiful gifts and cards of support. Somehow, despite the chaos of becoming a new mom, I managed to turn around Thank You cards within a week’s window.

What I never seemed to have time to do was go to the store to find new sets of Thank You stationary, so I needed to come up with another solution!

Enter the fabulous world of Etsy and Target!

On my numerous trips to Target to pick up Thank You cards I noticed a value pack box of blank note cards in fabulous colors! I loved the variety of colors and the fact that I could make one purchase and then not have to visit the aisle for a bit.

While the cards were so beautiful, they needed a little something to spice them up a bit and create a more personalized touch. I looked on Etsy and found a number of vendors that create personalized rubber stamps. Working with one such vendor, I had a stamp created with my name and a decorative “F” for my last name’s first initial and voila I had the perfect addition to my blank note cards.

To this day, I use this combination weekly. Whether for a last-minute Thank You card or a “I’m thinking of you” note to a friend, it is a handy way to create your own personalized stationary using just a few simple purchases.

Do you have a DIY you use for your Thank You notes? If so, we want to hear!

My Favorite 3…HomeGoods Finds

It’s no secret that HomeGoods is one of my favorite places for home décor and entertaining. Feeling in need of a small home pick-me-up, I treated myself to a quick trip to celebrate the end of my workweek!

These bright and colorful macaroon dishtowels add a fun pop to my kitchen!

How cute is the Kate Spade flamingo apron? It will definitely make cooking more fun!

With any excuse to celebrate my dog, I couldn’t pass up on these dog party napkins!

It’s hard to walk away from Home Goods empty handed, and with their great prices, you always feel you like scored!

Gift Ideas for Pregnant Friends

One of the many things that I have learned on my journey to becoming a first-time mom is…boy do today’s babies need a whole lot of stuff! As my husband and I prepare for the arrival of our little kiddo, our previously minimal home style has been taken over by large boxes of everything imaginable to keep a small human happy.

While I have fully engaged in the organization and planning of all things needed for our little kiddo, I have been blessed to have several family members and friends who have gone out of their way during my pregnancy to remember to ‘treat’ me as well.

Finding things for pregnant ladies is not the easiest thing. You’re going through so many different changes and transitions and I have been so touched at what these amazing people have thought to gift me.

Jewelry and Accessories

No matter what stage of pregnancy, it’s highly likely you’re not really comfortable in your clothes and not really feeling exactly like yourself. Accessories and jewelry are a great gift for pregnant women because it’s something they can add to their new wardrobe and can utilize during and after their kiddo arrives.

Snacks and Edibles

Anything edible is a good choice. Whether you’re in the “I’m starving every minute of the day” period of your pregnancy or you’re suffering through morning sickness and trying to experiment with different foods that might help, getting a gift bag with a variety of treats is always a welcome gift. Bonus Tips: Whole Foods and other stores have fabulous healthy and clean options for those moms that are particular about ingredients.

Relaxation Elements

Finding your zen time during the midst of this crazy life transition is always a challenge. A scented candle or a delicate lotion is a nice way to pamper your pregnant friend with a few relaxing elements that can put her into a state of relaxation.

Cooling Items

No matter what season it is, your friend is likely feeling warm! If you’re like me, I didn’t time things well and now I’m in my final stretch in the heart of summer. My mom and my good friend were so thoughtful to think of how overheated you can get and gifted me personal fans to help stay cool in these final weeks.

Beautification

Nothing is better than a few beauty products to make you feel just a smidge better. Whether it’s an exciting and bold lipstick color or simply a few fix-its (like my Glossier items shown below) – gifting a few makeup treats to your pregnant friend will always be a welcome treat.

The arrival of a new baby is an incredibly special tim, and it’s also a wonderful time to shower baby’s new mama with a few things to keep her feeling supported.