The Best Father’s Day Gifts Under $100

Father’s Day is just a few weeks away! Don’t settle on a gift card or last minute gift for dad – we’ve compiled a list of some unique ideas that are all under $100! There’s sure to be something every dad would love.  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Ultimate Ears Wireless Waterproof Speaker. These speakers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all have a few things in common. They are waterproof, shockproof, and wireless! Perfect for dad to take to the garage while working on a project or for a day out on the boat. BUY HERE!  2. Popular Science Print Magazine Subscription. Although information is so easily accessible over the internet, there’s just something special about receiving some fun mail. Give dad a magazine subscription that will keep giving all year long! BUY HERE!  3. Tile Mate Key Finder. Dad will never lose his keys, wallet, phone, or any other small item with these handy tiles! BUY HERE!  4. Splumzer Custom Playing Cards. Dads will always love pictures of their family. These personalized playing cards are a great way to give him pictures that will be used for fun as well! BUY HERE!  5. BBQ Set 5-Piece Bamboo Set. Grilling equipment is a pretty common Father’s Day gift. However, if your dad is a grillmaster, he deserves his own tool set! You can even customized the carrying case with his name or a fun phrase. BUY HERE!  6. Amber & Ash Travel Laptop Backpack. For…
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10 Easter Gifts Perfect for the Women in Your Life

Most of the time, Easter gifts are given to children. But who says they can’t be for the grownups too? Here are some of the top gifts this year for the women in your life – sisters, friends, moms, there’s something for everyone. (You might even have to get a few of them for yourself or send this to your hubby as a not so subtle hint, we won’t judge.) This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! 1. Godiva Assorted Truffles. Who doesn’t like chocolate? This cute Easter egg box adds a festive touch. BUY HERE! 2. Tea Forte Pyramid Tea Box. The colors of this beautiful packaging just remind me of springtime. This tea would be lovely served hot or cold, perfect for the changing seasons. BUY HERE! 3. Felt Letter Board. Letter boards are a very big trend right now in home decor.  Most women wouldn’t buy this for themselves, but I’m confident most would be thrilled to have it gifted to them! BUY HERE! 5. USB Essential Oil Diffuser. This handy gadget is perfect for transforming your vehicle into an oasis. It can also be used in your home as an easily portable alternative to your larger diffuser. BUY HERE! 6. Amazon Gift Card. I’ll be the first to admit that gift cards aren’t the most personal gifts. However, I couldn’t resist this adorable Easter egg packaging. BUY HERE! 7. Ceramic Hanging Planters. Easter and springtime are synonymous with new life.  I love how simple these succulent planters are,…
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15 Christmas DIY Gift Wrap Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love wrapping gifts. Maybe it’s my creative side. I enjoy making the packages look pretty under the tree. Here are a few DIY gift wrap ideas to make your wrapping this year a breeze.  This might be the easiest idea in this article! Grab a paper sack, a few stamps, and fresh eucalyptus and you’ll be all set. (Most grocery stores carry fresh eucalyptus in their floral departments.) The Beauty Dojo shares how to make these simple gift bags, perfect for oddly shaped presents. A few years ago, I was attempting to be as thrifty as possible over Christmas. I created these cute reusable bags as a way to wrap gifts! You won’t want to miss this super easy  over on Designers Sweet Spot. Bonus: you can use these bags again next year! If you have kids that want to get involved in the wrapping, this could be a fun project! My Sweet Things decided on a Christmas tree design, but the possibilities for this are really endless. Boxwood Avenue shares an excellent tutorial on how to make this cute Christmas light strand to dress up your packages. This is another great use for Washi tape. I love this idea from Almost Makes Perfect because it doesn’t require you to purchase anything specifically for your Christmas wrapping, but still looks festive! Check out this DIY over on 2 Bees in a Pod to see how thrifted shirts are used to create gift wrap.   Here’s another thrift store DIY. Sadie Seasongoods used what others might consider trash (and some consider treasure) to wrap…
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Top 30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

Looking for a great gift? Try one of these fabulous ideas for women over 50! I am in the 50 club now, so I can write this post!  Top 30 Fab Gifts for Women Over 50 I recently became a member of the over 50 club. Let me tell you girls, it’s very freeing. Suddenly you have a new outlook on life. These gifts are selected from the viewpoint of a woman who has a new lease on life. Suddenly, I am concerned about wrinkles, aging, beauty marks and greying roots. I am pricing compression hose, anticipating hot flashes and wearing colors that I never have before. It’s a whole new world! If you know someone who fits this description, these gifts are for her! Or for you, because suddenly it’s okay to take better care of ourselves! Here we go! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Gifts for Midlife Women Cute compression socks. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was pricing these out. Did you know they make compression socks in adorable prints??? That way the rest of the world will never know what they really are, or how fabulous they make your legs feel. Check out this fabulous selection here. Fine home decor diffuser set. Face it, women love things that smell good. We also love things for our home. This combination is perfect with both a diffuser and candle in a fabulous Birchwood Pine Scent. What…
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Sew Yourself a Stunning Japanese Knot Bag

This Japanese Knot Bag is all the rage right now, make one in less than an hour and wear it out for the evening or take it shopping tomorrow!   Simple Japanese Knot Bag The Japanese have a way with beautiful design. This fabric handbag is no exception! It is simple and sleek in construction. It would be beautiful in any array of colors or fabrics. Wear it to the grocery store, take it to school, bring it to the theater or even the symphony. You will have compliments every where you go, I promise! I have joined a number of sewing groups on Facebook. Since I have been sewing for so long it’s easy for me to put projects together without really thinking a lot about it. Being in a group of people who are learning to sew has been good for me. It’s helped me see things in a different light. Most people like simple projects and want simple patterns and simple directions to go with them. This bag is no exception. Simple and beautiful. The floral fabric in this project is 100 percent cotton. It is none other than the Hoffman Challenge Print of the year. If you aren’t familiar with the Hoffman Challenge, it’s a sewing and design contest put on each year by Hoffman Fabrics of California. I have always dreamed of submitting a design for this challenge in quilting, apparel design or home decor creations. I missed the deadline yet again this year, but I still purchased the fabric as you can see. Maybe…
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Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas Under $40

Wedding season is here! Here are some great affordable wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank.    Wedding Season is here! Wedding season is here! There are a number of people we know who are getting married this year. It seems like the season sneaks up on my each year and I am never quite prepared for gift giving. It’s hard to think back to being a new bride, things have changed since we got married nearly 27 years ago! Things seem simpler now with the internet. It’s so easy to order a pretty gift and have it delivered to the recipients door.  I recently discovered a new website for meaningful gifts, Dayspring. They have the most beautiful inspirational items, all at great prices! There are gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Graduations and so many other important family events, you will have a hard time choosing which ones to order first. The first thing I picked out was this darling wooden sign. I loved it’s compact size, perfect for putting on a shelf or in a cubby with a wedding photo. The sign retails for just $12.99. Adorable! You can order one here. The cards were my next find. Rarely do I make it into a store to shop for a pretty card. Just too much to do and not enough time for little things like that. I prefer to buy my cards in large quantities, it is cheaper and then I always have spare cards on hand. Dayspring has boxes of cards with several classic wedding designs. So hard…
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Why You Need to Learn to Sew

You may have noticed that I love to sew. I have dozens of sewing projects in my blog repertoire, sewing is one of my favorite things to do. Here’s why:   Believe it or not, I can sew just about anything cheaper than I can buy it. The only exception is with specialty items like winter coats or sequined evening gowns. Most of us already own a coat and few of us actually wear evening gowns. I suspect most people today would like to learn to sew to save a few bucks here and there, alter the clothes they already own or just for their own knowledge. At any rate, learning to sew will save you MONEY. 2.  I can sew faster than I can order things online and have them sent through the mail. You would be amazed at how quickly you can make things at home that cost a considerable amount of money to buy in a retail store. I often go shopping and come home with nothing except photos in my phone of things I want to make, or ideas for those I can make cheaper than I can actually buy them. 3.  I can whip up gifts at a moments notice. This is a huge benefit of sewing. Once you have a stash of fabric and supplies built up, there is no stress in putting together a last minute gift that is unique and special because you made it just for them. 4. I can sew my own clothes or make clothes for others. Let’s face…
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Burlap Party Favors

It’s been quite a week around here. We have had parties, a funeral, and a birthday. I have been working steadily on several projects, still haven’t finished any of them. My phone died, our car died, and our son needed a tow. Life seems to have gone crazy in just a few days. I crave calm and simplicity. I also crave chocolate when I am under stress. I love these simple Burlap Party Favors, filled with chocolates and candies. The flowers, although they look pretty real, are faux Daisies from the Dollar Store. I beheaded them for the cause. It made me feel better. These were very easy to put together. It only took a few minutes while I was watching TV. I used 6″ squares of burlap. I pre-washed the burlap so it’s not quite so stiff and messy. The squares were filled with chocolates and candies also from the Dollar Store. Then I tied them up with twine, and inserted a pretty flower into the holes in the burlap above the bow. I left the flowers a 2″ stem to insert into the fabric, it was just short enough to disappear in the folds of the burlap. These Burlap Party Favors were part of some dinner decorations I made, you can see the Budget Fall Centerpieces that went with them here. Simplicity is beautiful!    

Charmed Collections

  I thought I would build you up today. Somedays we all need some encouragement. You know the encouragement I mean, the kind that takes you by surprise when you least expect it, and fills you up so you can pick your pathetic self up, off the floor and do great things against all odds. Who doesn’t need something like that? Trouble is, it’s hard to find.   These beautiful jewelry items from Charmed Collections are just the ticket. They are meant to build you up, no matter what stage of life you are in. These pieces were a gift from the SNAP Conference that I attended recently. It’s amazing how much I have worn them. They fit very comfortably, which is rather unusual. Most costume jewelry that I find runs very small and is usually too tight around the neck in the necklaces, and too small around the bracelet to even get it on my arm. These pieces though, are different, they fit. I am even allergic to most costume jewelry (it turns my skin green), but these don’t bother me at all. It must be a SIGN.   In my mind I am afraid of so many things. Put on this necklace and suddenly…………….. I am fearless. I can do anything. I can take on the world and be successful even though I have no idea what I am doing. Sometimes I feel like I drag my feet all day long. I trudge through life, shuffling one foot at a time because I am in a time warp…
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NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream

This is a sponsored post that I was compensated to write. Any opinions stated are my own. I have a confession to make. I have a baby gut belly. This may not be that unusual, after all I am a Mom. Most Moms have baby gut. However, it is irritating to me. It’s irritating because, despite all my efforts, it won’t go away. My kids are nearly grown up and I still look like I just gave birth yesterday. Who wants to look like that? Not me. I have tried cleanses, colon water therapy, vitamins, herbs, exercises, diets, you name it. There is one thing I haven’t tried, that is using a body firming cream. So, what do I have to loose? Nothing but wrinkles and fat. Sounds like a plan to me. So, what does this magic cream do? NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream will “improve the appearance of cellulite and dimpling and help smooth, tighten and firm the appearance of loose skin”. You can use it on your abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms and buttocks. The recommended application is twice per day, until you achieve the results you are looking for. Then you can reduce it to one application per day. What have you got to loose? This is an all natural product that has been developed with more than 5 years of research. Celebrity David Kirsh is a believer, check out his video testimony: Are you ready to try it? You can order this amazing product here.     I have used the Nerium Products with great results…
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