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Quarto Crafting Kits – Unique Holiday Gift Idea

We received two crafting kits to facilitate this post. We were not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions are honest and are our own. 

Learning a new craft is great fun, but finding a place to start can be overwhelming – which designs to begin with and where to get all those supplies? Luckily, Quarto has the answer with their batch of all-in-one crafting kits. Whether you’re interested in macramé, felting, cross-stitch, or embroidery, these kits have everything you need to get started, including the supplies for two projects. These boxes are the perfect way to learn something new, or to give to loved ones who are interested in needlework but unsure where to start.

Here are the various kits available:

Modern Macramé by Justine Vasquez
10 Simple Projects to Enhance Your Home
Macramé is making a big comeback, and this kit provides exciting and attractive projects inspired by classic favorites, like an owl hanging, and a market shoulder bag. This is macramé for a new generation, though, and includes modern twists like coasters and a customizable hanging shelf. Includes 10 elegant designs, step-by-step instructions, an introduction on knot tying techniques, and all the supplies needed to create a mini plant hanger and a mini wall hanging.

Cross Stitch Creations: Star Wars by John Lohman and Rhys Turton
12 Out-of-This-World Patterns
Now Star Wars fans can show their love of a galaxy far, far away with 12 fabulous cross-stich projects. With patterns featuring the likes of R2-D2, BB-8, stormtroopers, and Darth Vader as well as logos of the Empire, the Rebellion and Star Wars franchise, this comprehensive kit will delight fans of every ability. An easy-to-follow, fully illustrated instruction booklet includes a range of projects, from novice to expert. The kit comes with a needle, embroidery floss, a hoop, and cloth to complete two projects.

Felt Friends: Woodland Critters by Aimee Ray
Create 20 Cute Forest Friends
This unique kit includes a fully-illustrated book of 20 cuddly, felted, animals and plants, plus all the tools and supplies needed to create ten sweet woodland creatures. Each project includes step-by-step instructions along with a photo of the finished product and how to customize each critter. Includes an embroidery needle, a fabric pen, die-cut templates, felt embroidery floss, and stuffing; everything you need to get started.

Embroidery Designs: Boho-Chic by Kelly Fletcher
Everything You Need to Stitch 12 Nature-Inspired Patterns
This beginner-friendly embroidery kit contains twelve boho-chic patterns for stitching trendy flair onto clothes and decor. In addition to 12 iron-on transfer patterns, this kit includes needles, an embroidery hoop, white fabric, and ten skeins of colorful floss. Craft and DIY enthusiasts can mix and match designs like feathers and folk birds to stylishly embellish everything from clothes and throw pillows to wall hangings and totes.

Embroidery Designs: Classic Creations by Kelly Fletcher
Everything You Need to Stitch 12 Decorative Patterns
Blending classic style, undeniable cuteness, and an elegant, modern sensibility, Embroidery Designs: Classic Creations comes with everything crafters need to get stitching. Featuring twelve patterns, two needles, three iron-on transfer sheets, two pieces of white fabric, ten skeins of colorful embroidery thread, and a six-inch embroidery hoop, this fully stocked kit has it all. With this kit to guide them stitchers will delight in adding sweetness and personality to everything from tea towels and tote bags to onesies, napkins, and pillowcases.

Embroidery Designs: Modern Monogram by Kelly Fletcher
Everything You Need to Stitch 12 Elegant Lettering Patterns
Simple, elegant monograms never go out of fashion. Blending classic designs with a chic, modern sensibility, the twelve appealing patterns here can be customized by crafters to easily add monograms and initials to everyday items and handmade gifts. This comprehensive kit makes it possible for stitchers of every level to get started right away. Along with twelve patterns and a selection of lettering styles (primary and secondary), the kit also includes two needles, three iron-on transfer sheets, two pieces of fabric, ten skeins of embroidery floss, and a six-inch bamboo embroidery hoop.

Share a Coke and a Song – and a Gift – With Coca-Cola!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone.  #SongsToShare  #CollectiveBias

With Father’s Day coming up soon, I’m already thinking about gift ideas. My husband is an amazing gift giver, and gifts are my love language, so I’m all about finding the perfect gift.

In that spirit, I thought it’d be fun to create a great gift basket that any music lover would love. Coca-Cola™ was my inspiration with their Share a Song bottles and cans, so I headed to Brookshire’s to pick up some bottles. Shopping at Brookshire’s is great because of their Thank You Card reward program. You can save on fuel or groceries just by shopping with a registered card – every dollar earns one yourpoint. You can save 10¢ per gallon on fuel for every 100 yourpoints or get 5% off on groceries for every 500 yourpoints. Gotta love that!

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There were a lot of different types to pick from, but I decided to go with the glass bottles with the lyric “A moment like this.” I think it’s a great snippet to remind us to celebrate the moment!  To continue the music theme I got some fun red headphones and some rock star-worthy shades.

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To complete the package I made some fun coasters with packaging from the Diet Coke®! I got some plain white tiles at the craft store, cut out shapes from the packaging (making sure to highlight the fun song quote!) and decoupaged the pieces on to the tiles. Didn’t they turn out great? I love the lyric “Celebrate the good times, come on!” and think it’s perfect for any celebration – be it Father’s Day, a birthday, or even just to celebrate someone for being the amazing person they are.

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Download the Shazam App, available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and other devices to get your Coca-Cola Share a Song. What song lyric would you want on your bottle of Coca-Cola or Diet Coke?

Free Teacher Christmas Gift Printables

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving has passed and now the Christmas season is here. You might be like one of my friends, who’s virtually done with her Christmas shopping before December even arrives. Or you might be like me, who has barely started thinking about it.

If you’re in the latter group, I’ve got something that’ll help you knock one recipient off your list – this printable is a great gift for teachers! Have your child color it and then put it in a frame. If you want to add more customization to it, you can get an unfinished wood frame at Michael’s and let your child decorate the frame, too.

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Click here to download the free printable!

If you’d like something to go along with the printable, a perfect companion gift would be a cute jar of “snow corn.” It’s SO easy to make, and I’ve even created a snow corn label for you to download and put on your container!

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Patriotic Gift Ideas for Everyone!

We received blankets & necklaces to facilitate photos for this round-up. Affiliate links are used in this post.

With July 4 right around the corner, patriotic gear is all over the place! If you’ve got stars & stripes on the brain, you’ll love these gift ideas – there’s something for everyone, even your furry family member!

For Infants:

Aden + Anais Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blankets, in Twinkle  These blankets were our absolute favorite with E, so I was thrilled to be able to give some to my sister-in-law, who’s pregnant with her first. The print is fun and neutral, perfect for boys or girls alike. The blankets are soft, thin, and stretchy, and are perfect for swaddling.

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Perfect Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Thanks to Groupon for this great partnered guest post! If you’re like me and will be on the hunt for last-minute Father’s Day gifts this weekend, you’ll love these suggestions:

Dads are so special and unique, and a man with amazing qualities deserves a special gift to highlight his Father’s Day. We want to honor the guy we think is so perfect, and who helped raise the perfect kids…but sometimes we’re not so perfect. If you slacked on getting a Father’s Day gift this year, don’t worry too much! Here are four great last-minute (and/or belated!) gifts available to let him know that you care (and won’t wait so late to shop again next year):

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#1 Kiehl’s Starter Kit is a nice, manly personal hygiene kit. It consists of Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, White Eagle Shave Cream, Facial Fuel Moisturizer and Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.

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Beautiful Bouquets at The Bouqs Company

Note: I received credit toward a bouquet to facilitate my review. All opinions are honest and are entirely my own. 

I love receiving flowers, and I love gifting them, too, so reviewing a bouquet from The Bouqs Company for my mom’s birthday was a no-brainer for me. I read up on the company before working with them and was impressed to learn they source from farms that practice responsible, sustainable farming.

I decided to go with the Hot Lava bouquet, because I loved the bright, cheery colors of the yellow and hot pink. I found that their pricing was really reasonable, so I ended up getting three dozen roses (it was my mom’s 60th birthday, after all – that’s a big deal!). I was really impressed with how well the flowers were packaged. They were secured to the box so they wouldn’t get jostled around, and this corrugated cardboard was protecting all the blooms. Each one arrived in perfect condition!

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