Friday, April 18, 2014

Lemon's Easter Basket



Easter came so fast this year and I spent last night at Target gathering items for Lemon's Easter basket (working full time means doing things last minute!).  What do you put in an almost 2 year old's Easter basket?  Well, here's what I put in hers (and she will be 22 months on May 2nd):

From right to left (and all from Target unless otherwise noted):
  • A bunny ears headband (leftover from last year from a mystery place that I forgot)
  • Some jegging type jean shorts (daisy dukes for sure!)
  • A Disney princess battery operated toothbrush (this girl loves to chew on toothbrushes, best teething remedy!)
  • A plain wooden bird house with paints
  • Heart sunglasses
  • Peeps
  • Cute little eggs filled with Starburst Jelly Beans (the best!) - chick, bunny, fox, blue thing (?!)
  • Play dough knockoffs that she will probably eat
  • A ribbon wand (thanks Auntie Jenny!)
  • Crayola color bath drops
  • Feather and Filly bunny moccs (a gift made just for us!)
  • Glow bracelets
  • A Cadbury cream egg
  • Cinderella on DVD
  • A light up candy filled egg
  • Hello Kitty tattoos 
Want to know what I put in Lemon's Easter basket last year (when she was 9 months)?  Go here!

What did you put in your babe's Easter basket this year?  I can't wait to give Lemon hers!  I hope you enjoy your weekend, ours will be filled with family and fun - Happy Easter!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Mom's Birthday - Gift Ideas {Semi-Sponsored Post}

My mom's birthday is this weekend and I have no idea what to get her.  What do you get the woman who, when she wants something, she just buys it?  In the past I've relied on something having to do with Lemon, of course, and she has always liked gifts that feature her granddaughters, but do I do something different this year?

Last year I got her a necklace with a portrait of her and Lemon on it and she LOVED it.  Sonia of Dandelyne makes the cutest little embroidered portraits and pictures, you have to check these out!  And, she even sells kits for you to do one yourself if you are crafty!  I ordered a cute little Lemon for me and got my mom a portrait of the two of them and she loved it!



One year, to show my appreciation for helping to plan (and help pay for) my baby shower, I ordered my mom a custom "Nani" (Italian for "grandma") frame from Angie Austin Art on Etsy.  Angie hand paints each frame and I absolutely love them.  I actually bought one for all the girls who helped with my baby shower, one for my dad for Father's day, my mom, my husband and I even gave one away last year on my blog!  They are so cute and such a great idea as a gift for a family member, with a special picture inside.


This year, a sponsored post popped up on my blog for these custom charm bracelets from Planet Jill.  What a cute idea, putting pictures of your loved ones on your jewelry, like an old-school locket, but a more modern and sophisticated version!  You can choose one that they have in the shop, or design your own; and I'm kind of loving the design your own option!  (I may need one of these for Mother's Day for myself!)

Image from planetjill.com.

I also love this simple, sterling silver photo necklace ($116), it makes me want to take a recent picture of me, my mom and Lemon so that I can make her one for Mother's Day!


You mean that I could have a sterling silver ring ($95) with a picture of Lemon on it?  What?!  I love it!

All images are from planetjill.com.

Some more information about this stay-at-home mom's business (you know I love that a mom started this company!):

"Founded by stay-at-home mom, Jill Schiff, Planet Jill specializes in designing one-of-a-kind sterling silver elegant treasures with the faces of loved ones inside their handcrafted charms. Choose from a beautiful line of designs, or use Planet Jill's Charm Builder to design your own unique necklace or bracelet. Planet Jill is the perfect Mother's Day gift, something that Mom will truly cherish for a lifetime.

Use the code PJMAMA at checkout to get $10 Off your first order! And follow PlanetJill on Facebook for a chance to win weekly giveaways all month long!"


They have a build it page on their website that allows you to choose pictures you want to use in your piece of selected jewelry, resize them and then you receive your gift in the mail without having to add them later - the pictures are already there!  How cool is that?!  (I hate having to cut, fit, squish pictures into tiny spaces.)

So, whether you are looking for a gift for a loved one for their birthday, Mother's Day or even Father's Day (Planet Jill has keychains, pins, magnets, etc.) these would be my pick for something both sentimental, modern and stylish.  Order now and receive $10 off (see coupon code above)!

If you guys know of any other small, family run businesses that have products that would be great for a birthday gift or for Mother's Day, leave them in the comments below.  I could always use some more ideas!  Now, go shop and support this mama!


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