Give the Gift of Cooking Classes with Groupon

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Give the Gift of Cooking Classes with Groupon

One thing I absolutely love to do is take cooking classes. Not only do I always learn something new, I also am able to enjoy the fruits of my labor with a friend or my husband.

When brainstorming gift ideas for family members I thought that the gift of cooking classes would be a great gift when paired with a few other fun items. Instead of simply gifting a paper Groupon, I put together a themed basket to go along with my Groupon for cooking classes.

This is the perfect way to personalize a gift and taylor it to the recipients likes and wants. Grab a few ideas off of their wish list and build something you know they’ll absolutely love.  [Read more…]

The Perfect Pampering Gift Set: How to Gift Groupon

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The Perfect Pampering Gift Set How to Gift Groupon

One thing I love to gift when possible is something that the receiver can use to relax and feel pampered. Most of the women in my life don’t take the time to pamper themselves so figuring out the perfect pampering gift set to give as a gift this holiday season is something I love to do.

Luckily with the help of Groupon, I was able to do just that for one amazing woman in my life. By putting together a few other products the receiver loves I was able to create this gift set that not only looks pretty, it includes some fabulous gifts.

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Finding The Perfect Gift For Someone Who Has Everything: The Gift of Groupon

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Finding The Perfect Gift For Someone Who Has Everything

My husband is one of the hardest people to shop for. Sure he likes a broad variety of things but he buys just about everything he needs! That means that I usually end up getting him either an electronic he’d probably purchase for himself anyway or a tool of some sort.

Luckily, with the help of Groupon I was able to score an awesome deal for one of his favorite local restaurants, Bice. $40 for $70 plus I had a coupon for 15% off a local deal since they were out of one of the deals I wanted to purchase. You can’t get better than that.

So what am I to do with a gift certificate to his favorite restaurant? Make it a full on date night gift! I paired the gift card with a pair of tickets to go see Wicked and arranged babysitting with my mother in law so he wouldn’t have to worry about anything. Kind of worked out for the both of us, don’t you think? [Read more…]

Creative Gift Ideas to Encourage Imagination

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Creative Gift Ideas to Encourage Imagination

Is there any better feeling than waking up Christmas morning to watch the joy on your child’s face as they open up a gift they’ve asked for all year long? I really don’t think there is. And for my little engineers, any gift that puts their mind to work and gets their hands involved is something they will have on their list.

I don’t know how it happened (ok, maybe I do) but both of my kids seem to have the drive to create and imagine up these crazy contraptions and inventions. So when I find gifts that will fill that need to work on something I snatch it up right away.

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Top 50 Target Black Friday Deals

Top 50 Target Black Friday Deals

There’s one shopping day each year that I look forward to. And yes, it’s totally Black Friday. Now with the craziness of the holiday upon us I take it as a challenge to get the rest of my holiday shopping done on the day after Thanksgiving so I can spend all of December enjoying my family. No last minute Christmas Eve shopping for this mama!

One shop I love to stop by first thing before heading to the mall is Target. And Target has lots of incredible Black Friday deals this year! My source? BFAds.net! Their sale begins at 6pm on Thursday, November 26th so after you’re completely stuffed you can get a little exercise in while roaming the aisles.

But make sure it’s worth it to head out into the crowd! Some of the Amazon prices (links below) are nearly as good or as low as Black Friday deals already. You should definitely check the links during Black Friday weekend before you head out since the prices will most likely get better online as the sale date gets closer. [Read more…]

Great Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

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Great Gift Ideas for the Whole Family - from pregnancy and newborns to kids and adults!
So one of my girlfriends reminded me the other day that there are only 6 more Fridays before Christmas. Whaaat?? That was totally a wake up call to get the ball rolling and start thinking of gift ideas for the whole family.

Good thing my kids never stop adding things to their “list” year round when we’re at stores and when they watch a show on one of “those” networks with all of the kid-geared commercials.

I’ve rounded up a few of our favorite gifts this season and have included something for each member of the family! Including me. Because you can’t forget the big pregnant lady, right?

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How to Be A Princess: 5 Tips to a Princess Makeover

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How to Be A Princess 5 Tips for Releasing Your Inner Princess

It’s official… the princess craze is in full force in our home and there’s no denying it. And with a second little girl on the way I foresee many years of pink tiaras, Princess costumes, and jewelry ahead of me.

In an effort to turn the princess perception into a teachable moment for my girls I’ve come up with 5 tips for releasing your inner princess. To help focus on the great things about princesses and what they bring to our society. [Read more…]

Star Wars Rebels Star Destroyer Inspired Paper Airplanes

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Star Wars Rebels Star Destroyer Inspired Paper Airplanes - a fun and easy way to let imagination reign and let kids be kids

Sometimes you have to just give into your inner kid, sit on the ground, and start making paper airplanes based off of your favorite movies and your son’s new favorite TV series.

That’s exactly what my husband did after we took home Star Wars Rebels on DVD last Friday. He even let my son pick out a Star Wars toy so that he’d stop playing with my husband’s Millennium Falcon and X-Wing fighters.

Luckily Walmart has a great selection of Hasbro Star Wars toys that piqued my son’s interest. He ended up deciding on a pretty sweet Star Wars Rebels Comand Star Destroyer Set. [Read more…]

Baby Shower Gifts with Diapers: A Tutorial on How to Make Diaper Cupcakes

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - a simple and easy tutorial for the perfect baby shower gift

Running a playgroup means that I know a lot of expecting mamas. Whether it’s their second, third, or fourth child, I always love to have a gift to give the expecting mama-to-be can use! Now usually I have a stock pile of handmade gifts ready to grab and go to include with something the mom has registered for to put a more personal touch on the gift.

With this pregnancy and the craziness of our lives lately I haven’t had a chance to make anything and my stockpile is dwindling. So I figured I’d do myself a favor and get started on an easy baby shower gift with diapers for one of my friends who’s expecting her third in November.

This diaper cupcake tutorial is not only easy but includes all of the essentials needed for a newborn… diapers, socks, and washcloths! Because once you get to the third child you need new socks and washcloths! 

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - what you needHow to Make Diaper Cupcakes

What You’ll Need: 

  • diapers (newborn size)
  • baby washcloths
  • baby socks (0-3 month size)
  • rubber bands
  • cupcake liners
  • optional: ribbon/decorative string
  • optional: cake box (I got one that fits 9 cupcakes)

What you do: 

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - start with socks, diaper, and washcloth

1. Grab a pair of socks, a diaper, and a washcloth.

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - roll sock

2. Roll the socks up from the toes to the heel.

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - fold diaper in half lengthwiseHow to Make Diaper Cupcakes - wrap folded diaper around sock

3. Flatten the diaper and fold in half lengthwise. Wrap diaper over socks tightly.

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - wrap with washcloth and cover with rubberband

4. Fold washcloth into thirds. Wrap washcloth over top of diaper and wrap with a rubber band on the bottom third of the cupcake.

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes - cupcakes in cake box

5. Place cupcake into a cupcake liner and put in cake box. Wrap cake box with festive ribbon and add a card for the recipient!

How to Make Diaper Cupcakes with Parent's Choice Diapers

Once you’re all done making these cute diaper cupcakes you can give the rest of the diapers to the expecting mama. I know how important it is to be well stocked on diapers when baby comes home!

What’s your favorite way to doctor up baby shower gifts?

Need a Gift for Dad? Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit on Blu-Ray/DVD Tuesday!

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Father’s Day is around the corner and I’m shopping around for ideas on what to get my husband. Luckily I’ve found the best gift for Dad this Father’s Day. And? It’s on sale this week! Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit will be on store shelves this Tuesday, June 10th.

This movie stars Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh. Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan” is a global action thriller set in the present day.

This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst.

This movie is perfect for my husband. And Walmart’s exclusive Blu-ray release of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be on sale for $12.96 and includes $15 off sports tickets at Ticketmaster (Offer good Tuesday, 6/10 – Saturday, 6/14 ONLY). It includes both Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit and The Italian Job.

2 great movies and $15 off sports tickets at one very low price? How could you go wrong!



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