A Father’s Day Package

I don’t know about your dad, but my dad is a LEEEEETTLE difficult to buy gifts for. He has everything he needs, and when he needs something else, he goes and buys it. And like most dads, he doesn’t want me spending my money on him. But I still want to find something fun and thoughtful to send to him in WI!

And so, here is what I came up with this year…a fun box of little doodads that I know are right up his alley.
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I made him cookies, and bought him beer socks, a very handy utensil, and a squirt gun. I also bought a plain white mug which I decorated with sharpie and then baked (twice) so he can wash it. There’s a message on the back just for him 🙂

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Do you and your dad have any fun traditions or things you like to buy each other? Dad has always sent me socks…through college and since. It’s his “thing” because he knows “you always need socks.” It used to be tube socks, but then I redirected him towards athletic ankle socks…and now I really do use them whenever he sends me some! I felt like sending him socks of his own was appropriate.

We also used to have squirt gun fights, which were usually initiated by him getting on the roof of the house and squirting at us from above. This little squirt gun may not have that kind of power, but it’s still a nice reminder.

And the tool? My dad is a fan of handy gadgets. I just thought he would like it!

Happy Father’s Day to all you papas out there…and especially to my own!!

"Mwahhaha I ATE ALL THE CHEEZEBURGERS, DAD!!!"

“Mwahhaha I ATE ALL THE CHEEZEBURGERS, DAD!!!”

Marshmallows!

I’ve only made mallows a few times, but they are always such a hit! Not to mention that they go so well with hot chocolate…or dipped in chocolate…or whatever other creative way you can think to use them!

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This year, I made a fresh batch for my new coworkers, and then paired them with homemade hot chocolate mix and a candy cane, as you can see above.. Maybe one of these days I’ll share my mom’s homemade cocoa recipe…but for now, use your favorite cocoa to copy these sweet gifts!

I use Ina Garten’s very simple marshmallow recipe. Make sure you have a candy thermometer! If you’ve go that, then it’s a piece of cake…or marshmallow… Enjoy!

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Childhood Photo Redo

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Okay, so I’m an only child which means that my childhood photos are pretty much just me. Solo. But my parents love me a lot – like, a lot – so a photo of just me is totally cool with them.

So for a gift this Christmas, to each of my parents, I recreated one of my more adorable childhood photos. I found this hat on ebay, and the glasses on amazon. And viola! Probably their favorite gift – a double frame with the old phot0 and the new, side by side…

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Do it. Your parents will love you even more. You’re welcome.

Christmas Wish List

Tis the seeeeeaaaaason!!

Okay so I hope it goes without saying that there is SO MUCH MORE to Christmas than presents. But I really like presents. I like finding the right presents for my loved ones – things they never thought of or that they forgot that they mentioned back in March. I like being creative in choosing something that I believe they will enjoy as much as I would.

Best gift advice I ever got? When in doubt, buy something you love for someone else. They are likely to love it, too!!

And just in case any of my family need a few ideas of fun things I’ve been eyeing, I add a few items to my Amazon Wish List throughout the year, here and there (hint hint, wink wink). Currently, in addition to some makeup, trivets, and a new laptop charger, I have a few fun favorites chilling on my list. Allow me to share…

Puzzles. I’ve always loved them. I recently saw these in a Dr. Oz magazine and just had to add them.

This wallet. I mean, a girl can dream, right?

I have gloves already, yes, including some great fingerless ones my friend Julia made me. But I can’t help but love these sweet little loving ones from BCBG…

And like I said earlier, the practical side of me is lingering, so I have some makeup and fun little knee socks on the list too. What are your must-haves this season? Please share!

Vanilla Hostess Gifts

I have so many wonderful people in my life, and lately they’ve been loving on me extra hard by throwing showers and help plan a wedding! So as a little, tiny thank you, I’ve come up with a hostess gift inspired by Penzy’s Vanilla Extract. Who doesn’t love some extract from my home state, along with some freshly baked vanilla scones? (Recipe from Pioneer Woman)

People give all sorts of things for hostess gifts…flowers, kitchen items, all sorts of things we girls love to get. But I hope these little bottles of vanilla will find their way into some delicious homemade goods!

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Honeymoon “In Case You Forget” Kit {gifts for brides}

Last weekend, I had the honor of being a bridesmaid for one of my childhood friends. I wanted to give her a little gift on her wedding day – just something simple and useful (what can I say, I love a good practical gift). So I came up with a little “in case you forget” kit for her honeymoon…

Simple! I picked up a cute little cosmetic bag, and a whole bunch of little carry-on friendly items to simply toss in your honeymoon bag. Some ideas? Sunglasses, lip balm, moisturizer, sun screen, gum, nail file, hair ties, bandaids, Advil, deodorant… You can really get a lot more creative than I did, I’m sure.

Hope you all had a great weekend! I know I had a great time celebrating this little lady’s big next step…

#12 — Homemade Christmas Gifts

2008: This Christmas, I made a few homemade gifts. For one, I covered a few jar lids with fabric and tied a ribbon around, then filled them with my mom’s homemade cocoa. These were truly appreciated! My second gift was homemade aprons for my mom and step mom, as modeled below by my beautiful mother. And lastly, I made my lucky boyfriend a scarf. Success with crafts!

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