Birthday T-Shirt Tradition

Every year I buy the boys a higher end t-shirt to wear to their party.  This year was @prefresh.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhile I love the super cool, well designed t-shirts that you can find online I can’t usually justify the $30-$40 price tag.  So what I started doing was adding that cost in to their birthday present budget.  Shhhhh, don’t tell them that.  I am sure they don’t really care about a special t-shirt and would much rather have a toy.  But it has become a fun tradition and I love when they wear their shirts through out the rest of the year.  It reminds me of their birthday and how much they are growing up.  My oldest is super particular about what he wears so I can no longer choose for him.  This year I gave him a few options and this is the one he chose.  Prefresh makes very cool stuff and I’m super glad it is part of his wardrobe.  A note on sizing:  buy the next size up.  This is a size 10 and he usually wears a size 7/8.

Every year I buy my son's a cool t-shirt for their birthday.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comFor my youngest, we went with this one from Tiny Whales (although it looks like it might be sold out). I mean, how can you not have this shirt!  I usually try to save them for them to wear to their party if they are having one.  This year, my oldest didn’t want to wait so I let him wear it to school a few days early.  It is a really great way to get some cool shirts in to their rotation without breaking the bank.  Do you have any special birthday traditions?

 

How to Buy Last Minute Gifts for Your Wife or Girlfriend

how to buy last minute gifts for your wife or girlfriend.  Ladies - forward this to every man you know. Ladies.  We are just 2 days away from Valentine’s Day.  It’s crunch time for the men in your life.  Forward this to any man you know who could use some tips for shopping for their significant others.  And feel free to add your own tips in the comment section.  Let’s help husbands and boyfriends give better gifts!  (Really this post is just suggesting they put some thought and a little effort).

Hello, men

Valentine’s Day is in two days.  Do you know how you will celebrate it with your wife or girlfriend?  P.S. bookmark this site for future occasions (Do you even know when your anniversary is?  Her birthday?  The first time you held hands?  HOT TIP:  you will get even more brownie points for doing any one of these things for no reason at all.

First off, use your noodle.  You need to think for a moment about how your woman is.  Would she scoff at, what some might consider to be, smaller gifts, then this post is not for you.  Grab your wallet and head to your nearest luxury department store.  Buy a $400 pair of sunglasses, have them wrap them up for you and you are set.  But if your gal likes you to put a little bit of thought in to the gift, read on.

champagne and leopard is always a winning combo.  Add one little extra touch to make a so so gift, great.My husband and I decided early on in our marriage that the only real gifts that we would buy for each other, each year, would be birthday and Christmas.  We will potentially enjoy a nice meal out for our anniversary but we feel we have a lot of nice things already and don’t need any more stuff.  Depending on how your significant other is, choose one or more of these items to gift her.

If your gal likes to have a cocktail, grab a bottle of bubbly, something that most people do not splurge on or buy for themselves.  The Veuve is a nice, recognizable bottle and crowd (in this case, your lady friend) pleaser.  In my opinion, it is far better to purchase gifts that fit in to your price range than just trying to impress someone (who knows how much you really make).  So if you can’t swing the $40 bottle, look for the La Marca.  It is an Italian prosecco, $12-$14, and tastes delicious.  But how much effort does grabbing a bottle of alcohol really take?  Consider adding on an auxiliary gift.  The auxiliary gift can be inexpensive but should be something that either goes with the drink you are giving or be something that the gal would love.  These leopard print coasters actually came from the Dollar Tree.  Remove all packaging and tie up with string.  Simple.

Stance socks are super fun and a great quick gift idea for your lady friendSocks?!  You say.  Yes, socks.  Browse the internet for a humorous saying to go on the gift tag or use the old stand by, “cold feet, warm heart” or say something about snuggling.  While socks are a practical item, there are some really fun, design forward pairs out there.  You can’t go wrong with Stance socks.  You can find these at most of your local skate or surf shops including the larger chains like Zumiez.  Look for pairs that remind you of her.  Pick a flower from the garden to give along with one -3 pairs of socks and get ready for a hug.

jazz up store bought flowers for your sweetieStore bought flowers are totally ok.  This particular bouquet came from Wal-Mart.  But she doesn’t have to know that.  Most women like their men to put in a little bit of effort to make them feel special.  This was seriously the tiniest bit of effort.  First, remove the store-bought wrapping.  Then cut part of  a paper grocery sack, wrap it around the stem and wind some pink nylon string (found at both Home Depot and Lowe’s) around it.  How easy is that?

fill her favorite candy in a cute box.  Show a little tiny bit of effort.Does your gal have a sweet tooth?  Chances are you know a few of her favorite candies.  This box was from the Target dollar bin. All you have to do is repackage things to make them look like you spent time on it, even if you really didn’t.  She likes something salty instead?  Take a moment to look around for a larger divided container (perhaps in the home decor or kitchen areas – even a divided dish would work) and fill with savory snacks.  Add a note that says something about her being sweet and you are totally getting lucky tonight.

A gal loves a pedicure, so give her some cash and send her to pamper herselfThis one is especially great for women with children.  Sometimes the best gift for a mom is getting some time by herself.  It might seem tacky to just hand her some cash but hear me out.  Most women love to get pedicures.  And there are little nail places all around town.  Chances are, she has a favorite.  She may have even mentioned it to you before.  But wait, was it Lucky Nail, Nail Lucky, Happy Nails…the chances of you getting that one wrong are high.  Tell her that you know how much she does for the family and that you want her to go pamper herself.  The fact that you be taking care of the kids and planned this out will show her that you care and she will be beyond excited.  And she will have the choice of where to go.  Nail places are not created equal.  Are you seeing some gifts or combos of gifts that might work for the lady in your life?

Have your significant other set up a 'wishlist' on pinterest for easy gift buyingThis last suggestion is not something for last-minute purchases but will surely help you on your gift giving journey.  Suggest that your gal pal make a “wish list” board on her pinterest.  You can look at this like a personal gift registry.  You can ask her to begin pinning things that she would like to get as gifts from you or even others.  Then whenever you need to, you can check out her list and potentially buy them straight from the link.  What is also cool about this is that it still leaves a little bit of the surprise factor for her when opening gifts.  Do you see that, up there?  I have 40 things on my wish list so I would never be able to guess what things I might get.  I’m sure she will happily show you how to navigate to that board (but you really should bookmark it or save it as your home page).

I hope this has helped you learn how to give gifts to your significant other.  All we really want is a little thought and effort to know that you care.

*Ladies, feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments section!

 

#UnwrapWonder Holiday Shopping Event at C. Wonder

*This post is sponsored by C. Wonder and Mom Trends.  I was part of a nationwide campaign to provide holiday cheer and gift ideas along with other great bloggers at my local C. Wonder store.  All opinions are my own.

c-wonder-store-fashion-islandLate last week I got the opportunity to host a really fun holiday shopping party at the C. Wonder store in Fashion Island.  C. Wonder is a small chain that combines outstanding quality with value in a super inspiring space.  It is a specialty retailer with a well curated collection of brightly colored and patterned clothes, housewares etc. with a preppy vibe and a bit of an edge.  The perfect combo in my opinion.  It is an amazing wonderland for people who love to shop.  It has clothes, shoes, jewelry, home goods, gifts, stuff for your dog, a monogram shop and more!  I had been in the store before so I knew that my friends and readers would really enjoy it too.

Bear-banks-at-c-wonderThey asked me to put together my list of favorite gift items and then during the party had a table displaying some of those items for shoppers to take inspiration from.  I died over those gold teddy bear banks!  So cute!  And those little pink boxes next to them were 3 pairs of stud earrings in fun shapes.  But as the party went on, and I had the chance to browse the store with my guests, I found SO many more things that I wanted to add to my table.

Christmas-Tree-at-C-WonderTo start, the stores are bright and cheerful and, right now, decorated for Christmas.  This store nails it with their mix of bold patterns and graphic elements.  It is inviting and cool all at the same time.

sweet-treatsThe C. Wonder staff set out sweet treats to keep the shopper’s energy up.  I think you know how I feel about sweets so this delighted me to no end.  The kids who came through were especially interested in these treats.

c-wonder-with-party-guestHow fun is my blouse?!  I was so excited when the store asked me to wear one of their silk blouses for the party.  And since I have never met an animal print I didn’t like, I had to go with this one.  My wardrobe has been lacking in the color department so this turquoise just had to come home with me.  It was a hard decision as all of the blouses were gorgeous in really fun patterns.  Some great friends came out to support me and explore the store and it was a super fun night.

bracelets-at-c-wonderThe jewelry!  You have to go in and check out their jewelry displays.  Amazing bracelets, chunky jeweled necklaces, great cocktail rings, initial cuff bracelets!  So many amazing pieces.  And there is a great range of price points so you can find things for yourself or many others on your gift list.  Check out what Dinah picked up for herself.

Christmas-decor-at-c-wonderAlong with all the great everyday lifestyle items the store carries, they also have seasonal decor right now.  Their ornament selection is glitzy and fun and would add a ton of pizzazz to any tree.  The holiday items would make great gifts.  They also had gift kits, like the hot chocolate kits I meant to pick up as teacher presents.  But in all the fun, I forgot!  Looks like I’ll be making another trip to C. Wonder.

ram-purse-from-c-wonderThe big winner of the night seemed to be this ram.  It could be found on these cross body bags or a smaller clutch (one went home with Lauren) and they were a favorite among most of the shoppers.  I have it on good authority that this is going to be under my Christmas tree…

kristin-taking-picture-of-jewelryKristin took it upon herself to make sure that my husband knew what my favorite things were.  Here she is taking a picture of a necklace that I liked so she could send it to him.  Now THAT is a good friend.

delovely-from-c-wonderAnd aside from doing a little holiday shopping, it was super fun to meet a few people in person that I hadn’t had the chance to meet yet like Raquel or Nicole (pictured here with me and Kristin, photo courtesy of Nicole).  I was so into mingling that I forgot to stop and take pictures of people enjoying the party!  You can see what happened at all the parties by searching the hashtag #unwrapwonder.

The best part of the event was that the store agreed to donate 10% of sales during my event to Operation Shower!  How cool is that!

If you haven’t been to the store, check here to see where the closest one is to you.  But you can also always shop online.

Here are links to my top gift picks from the store:  Sparkler Bling Necklace, Phrase Cheese Board, Animal Dessert Plate, Leather Studded Card Case, Cashmere Heart Gloves, Small Camo Printed Travel Case, Monogram Jewelry Box

C. Wonder Fashion Island

347 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA  92660

(949) 644-4376

A huge thank you goes out to Mom Trends and C. Wonder for a fantastic event and to all those who came out to share in a little holiday celebrating and shopping!

 

Pinterest Holiday Party with The Grommet

TheGrommet_PinPartyHi Everyone!  Join me tomorrow for a Pinterest Holiday Party with The Grommet and some other fab ladies!  We’ll be sharing gift ideas, recipes, crafts and everything else you might need to get through this holiday season like a pro!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 12 pm Pacific

Check out all the details here then head on over to the Holiday Help Pinterest Board for the party!

And in case you missed it, check out my previous post about my fave gift ideas from The Grommet.

2013 Gift Guide for Me!

Welcome to day 4 of my gift guides! I love to put these gift guides together and share the things I think are cool. None of these are sponsored and they are truly things that I would love to give or get!

Amazon is a great resource for gift shopping for the holidays and any time of the year.  Did you know that you can choose a charity to give back to while you shop?  I’ve chosen to link up my Amazon account with Operation Shower to help them raise money that they need to keep the organization going.  Simply head to Amazon Smile and search for Operation Shower (based in St. Louis, MO) and then shop as usual.
my-wish-list-2013-graphicmy-wish-list-20131:  Duck Cake Plate  2:  Moose Mug  3:  Gold Lame Skirt  4:  Geometric Cup  5.  Muse Tank 6:  Cast Iron Pan  7:  Kate Spade Mug  8:  Clothes for Alt Summit  9:  Horse Cake Plate

It was hard to put this list together this year.  I have been thinking about the gifts I want to buy for other people but when it came to what I wanted, I didn’t know!  Novella Royale does basics (#5) really well and I’m dying for this tank.  And Imm Living (#1 and #9) kill it in the cake plate department.  How cute are they!  Alt Summit will be here before I know it.  In Salt Lake City.  Where it is VERY cold.  And everyone dresses VERY cute.  I’ve got some shopping to do…

See my wishlist from last year.

What is on your wishlist this year?

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