Spring Gift Giving Part Two

Do we think I could have possibly thought of a less creative name for this blog post? Truth is, there’s just SO much to share regarding all the events coming up that trying to fit it all into one post would be impossible! So here we are in part two.

This post is going to be more geared toward graduation gifts, baby shower must haves, and a few more idea sprinkled in that would work for just about any occasion!

I’ve recently fallen completely in love with this plush blanket and the price point is so affordable! It really would be perfect for a newly married couple, a mommy with a new baby, or a graduating senior heading off to college. It comes in six different colors so there’s something for everyone.

This mug is also a sweet and personal gift that easily complement another larger gift.

 

I’ve obviously got baby on the brain right now so here are a few of my top picks for what to give at a baby shower!

The Jellycat plush stuffed animals are a must in our book, as are the Little Giraffe blankets. Reese and Rowen each have their own bunny and my mom got them a lovie and baby blanket from Little Giraffe. They are THE softest and the quality is long-lasting.

 

My favorite shower gift we received when we got married was a little gift basket for a “Date Night In”. It had a few DVD’s, a candle, candy, pop corn, and a cozy blanket. It was so fun to come back from our honeymoon and have a little something already planned out for us. I think little thoughtful gift combos like this are so practical but also fun!

The candles I’m including are without a doubt THE most beautifully packaged and the best smelling. They are the perfect addition to any gift. I especially love using them in a hostess gift. They came in a variety of different scents and sizes. My favorites is the Panjore Lychee. SO dreamy! Throw in fresh flowers and a pretty new apron and you’ve got a thoughtful and pretty gift any host would love!

 

Now it’s been a hot minute since I was heading off to college myself but I still remember some of the gifts I got that I really enjoyed. I know I needed to bring some creature comforts from home and anything that made me feel like I wasn’t living in a place with hundreds of other people was also nice!

Here are a few ideas for girls:

And for the guys:

Bonus Material!

So many of you were interested in hearing the feedback regarding teacher’s gifts. For those of you that don’t know, I polled my audience of current and former teachers on Instagram and got an incredible amount of information to share with y’all. To break it down to it’s simplest form, I found that teachers really appreciate any thoughtful gift from their students and their families… but when specifically asked, they reported that they love the balance of a heart felt note and some kind of gift card. Target, Starbucks, Spa, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Hobby Lobby are the main suggestions.

For Teacher Appreciation, the teachers really appreciated gestures made by parents to shake up a normal school day. Some teachers said that parents would bring in lunch for the teachers and let them go eat it alone while they sat with the kids. Some parents brought in breakfast and the teacher’s favorite coffee. All such fun ideas to show our teachers how much we love and appreciate them!

This was my first time as a room mom and I also got some tips on how to make this job easier and more effective. At the beginning of the year, have each teacher fill out a form answering questions about all their favorite foods, candies, places to shop, eating out spots, etc. This will give you a much better idea throughout the year of how to make them feel truly special. Then I would suggest creating a facebook group including every parent in the class so it’s easier to stay in contact. Let the parents know about parties and gifts coming up as far in advance as you can because everyone is busy and needs the notice! I’ve also enjoyed collecting money from parents and doing joint class gifts for our teachers. I feel like this cuts down on the number of people that just forget or end up having to throw something together last minute.

A few of the things teachers prefer NOT to get are homemade gifts (they love them but end up with too many over the years), mugs, candles, home baked goods, specific clothing items.

The better you get to know your child’s teacher, the more you’ll be able to understand what they really love, and the better prepared you’ll be to make them feel appreciated and valued throughout the school year. So the main moral of this story is GET TO KNOW YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER!

We entrust our babies to learn from these sweet educators but let’s also remember that the care of the teacher’s is not in the hands of the school. It’s up to us to love on them throughout the year and let them know just how MUCH we appreciate all they do to mold the minds of our littles!

Thanks again for stopping by and reading some of my gift ideas, y’all! I hope you find some really good ideas! Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.

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Spring Gift Giving with Nordstrom

Hey Y’all!

I’ve been so excited to share this post for weeks now because if there’s one thing that I absolutely L O V E, it’s giving gifts!

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas typically has the reputation is being the gift giving season but if you think about it, Spring time is really when gift giving goes into high gear. We have baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, graduation parties, birthday parties, and mother’s day all within a few months. I think it may be time to dethrone Christmas as the ultimate gift giving holiday and start giving Spring the credit it’s due!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting some really fun gift ideas with Nordstrom that will be perfect for all the events you have coming up. The thing I love about shopping for gifts at Nordstrom is that it’s a one stop shop. I can find the perfect gift for any occasion in one place. The free shipping and free returns makes it even more easily accessible during this busy time of our lives.

Not to mention, Nordstrom has the most incredible return policy in the long run. So you can rest assured the gift you give will last the test of time.

Today’s post is dedicated to weddings and bridal showers. I know that there are your typical wedding registry items, but I wanted to share a few fun things.

I remember when Matt and I got married and we walked aisles with our little scanner just as lost as a sock in the dryer! We had no idea what we needed! It took me three years to get a pretty apron because it wasn’t something I thought to register for. Most couples will get a great deal of what they NEED, so here are a few things they will need and want.

This apron from the new Anthropologie line at Nordstrom is so happy! It’s very affordable so it would be perfect to coordinate with a favorite cookbook and some sweet and fancy measuring spoons.

Here are a few other favorites for the new cook in the kitchen!

 

 

 

One more thing I love is to give a cook book and include a few of your families go-to recipes!

Here are a few fresh and fun cook books I’m loving, along with a few more kitchen additions most couples won’t think to register for.

 

 

The only thing better than giving a gift someone asked for, is giving them a gift they didn’t even know they needed. When looking through some of these gift ideas, also remember that many of these would be perfect for Mother’s Day as well. If your momma is like mine, most of her kitchen goodies have seen better days. I think my mom would be so thrilled to have a beautiful new apron and a yummy smelling candle to spruce up her time in the kitchen.

Thank y’all so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you found some helpful ideas.

Also thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions shared are always my own but it’s such an honor to work with such an amazing and reputable brand!

Love y’all!

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30 Under 30

Hey, friends!

For today’s 30 Under 30 post, you’ll notice that quite a few of the items I’ve found are from Shein. I have ordered a lot from Shein myself (not just having them send me stuff!) and I’ve gone thru the order and return process and it’s been really easy. They do offer free shipping and free returns and now that they have a US Distribution Center, your items will come to you faster. You can also pay a little bit for expedited shipping if you need your items faster. I’ve been really happy with the quality of everything I’ve gotten from there, too.

If you watched my stories yesterday, you know that I am always going to be super up front about my experience with retailers. I can’t always make any guarantees obviously because there will always be times that I miss things. That’s just the nature of the business. But if I experience something negative or positive, I’ll be sure to let y’all know.

Here’s this weeks lineup!

To see the price, just hover over the picture. To shop an item, just click the picture to be redirected to the site.

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Mom Life Monday

Hey, hey!

Happy Monday to you! So excited to have another Mom Life Monday post to share with you.

First of all, I’m pumped to share this cute little tee shirt dress with y’all. I loved this stone washed grey color but it also comes in a pretty blush pink. The ruffle on the sleeve and around the hem gives it a bit of a feminine edge, which I love.

I’m not sure how much I’ve shared about how much I adore a converse sneaker, but I just DO. Right before I went off to college, my mom told me that she wore a pair of white converse almost every day of her freshmen year. She bought me my own pair and I thought of her every day when I wore them.

My mom had a really tough first year of college. Half way thru her freshmen year, her dad committed suicide. She grew up in an abusive home and my brave grandmother took my mom and her siblings and decided to escape all of it for their protection. My Mimi had no college degree and very little work experience and still ended up being a super successful realtor in the Atlanta area.

I imagine my sweet mom walking around her college campus in those white converse trying to hold herself together when so many things were falling apart and it just makes my admiration grow even more for her.

She went thru some really hard times during that year but she also met a cute boy who was so well respected on campus and he taught her what it meant to walk with God and helped her learn to love God’s word. That cute boy is my dad!

My mom is one of my best friends in all the world and I respect her so much. She makes me want to be brave and she teaches me every day what it means to be a mom and a wife.

I still think of her whenever I put my converse on. Maybe that’s part of the reason I love them so much. I also feel like they add some youth and whimsy to any outfit. So that helps too!

I may go thru a lot of clothes every month as a part of my job but there are a few pieces in my closet that I know I will keep forever and ever. These converse hold the number one spot.

I have my momma to thank for that!

Happy Monday, sweet friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Shoe Roundup

I don’t think I ever have a greater appreciation for the beauty and versatility of shoes than when I’m pregnant. The rest of me may be growing by leaps and bounds but my faithful feet stay their same old size. I love how I can take an otherwise basic look and spruce it up with a really fun pair of wedges or sandals.

I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite sandals and wedges for Spring and decided to share the post with you now because a lot of these options are currently on SALE.

You’ll see that I have a variety of price points and most of the selections are under $100. I have already ordered quite a few of these and will report back quickly regarding the most important aspect of a shoe… comfort.

To see the price and brand, just hover over the picture. To go directly to the link just click on the picture!

Happy shoe shopping, friends!

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