Quirky Gift Ideas

I'm doing this weird thing this year. I'm starting my holiday shopping early.  I've never been one of those Christmas Eve procrastinators but I have never started before Thanksgiving.  I'm not going crazy or anything.  I'm just gathering ideas and watching for sales. It's like I don't know who I am anymore. It's almost like I'm becoming a responsible adult. Nah.

I'm always torn between purchasing gifts from wish lists versus coming up with gifts that are a little more thoughtful.  Thoughtful gifts are hard when you don't know where to look.  One of the places I always turn to when gift shopping is, Uncommon Goods. I appreciate that they work with artists and small manufacturers to provide an awesome assortment of socially and environmentally friendly products. (They also won't sell products that harm animals!)  Today I've rounded up some quirky gift finds that I'm either adding to my list or pondering for friends/family! (Hide your eyes if you're on my list!)

I'm loving these State Dish Towels and Custom Zip Code pillow for my decor loving friends. The towel would look adorable framed or even sewn into a pillow!  For the men in your life, this Beer Cap Holder provides a unique way to display those precious bottle caps. (I don't get the need to save bottle caps but clearly it's a thing.)  My brother actually received this last year.  The quality is fantastic!

I'm finding this Couch Guest Book beyond hilarious. A great way to store silly memories with friends!  Cinema Lightboxes are all of the rage these days.  I don't know a single lady on my list that wouldn't love it.  Change it out for the holidays and birthdays!  You might want to pick up this Better Stuff Doormat for the holidays to keep those pesky box thieves away!

These Gummy Bear Lights would be a perfect addition to any little one's room! Or my master bedroom.  (Keep it classy, Michelle.)  I'm a little sad I didn't see this Taco Mobile before planning Clark's nursery.  Because tacos.  I'm quickly learning that most baby stuff is actually for the parents. Like these Mr. Face plates. I could have so much fun with these. I mean, Clark. Clark could have so much fun with these.

The only problem with pondering gift ideas is resisting the urge to blare the Christmas music and deck the halls. I try hard to not start too early so I don't burn out. (I did that one year. Lesson learned.)  It's supposed to turn cold here so I'm digging out the holiday tubs today.  Bring on those jolly tunes!

When do you start holiday shopping? Are you one of those Christmas Eve procrastinators or are you done in July?  

***Today's post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods. No affiliate links included.***

Colors, Costumes and Cookies

Colors, Costumes and Cookies

Fall is just the worst, isn't it? I kid.

We've been enjoying the Fall colors and the Halloween celebrations! The lovely NewlyWoodwards hosted a family party on Saturday night. We tried to help out the ol' Chicago Cubs.  Clark went as Clark the Cub Bear, Nate was Harry Caray and I went as the cursed Billy Goat. Clark and Harry tried to make peace with the goat but it appears we need more than dorky costumes to reverse the curse! Maybe it would help if I put more than 10 minutes of effort into our costumes. I always have such good intentions and then time gets away from me. Why?

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Big Boy Birthday Party (First Birthday Party)

Big Boy Birthday Party (First Birthday Party)

I warned Nate going into this whole parenting thing that everything I mother turns out to be a little quirky

Exhibit A: Ike.

Exhibit B: Our baby's favorite "toy" is an old Bob's Big Boy Burger bank.  Out of all of the toys in his nursery, his favorite thing to look at/play with is Big Boy.  "Big Boy" was even one of his first set of words. He only said it in a whisper which made it even more hilarious.

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Boo! Halloween Mantel Decor

Boo! Halloween Mantel Decor

 

Boo! I'm backkkkk!  

Spooky, right?    

My buddy, Gretchen, suckered me back in with her Dec-O-Ween blog hop.  Some old and new blog buddies are sharing some awesome Halloween decor inspiration.  Halloween decor isn't usually my thing. I tend to favor Fall decor over skeletons and witches. I am, however, glad I had an extra push to bring a little spook into our home. I'm also glad for the extra motivation to jump back into blogging. I've missed blogging. I've missed creating. I've missed you all! (Just don't expect too much. Kind of like before.  Bad grammar. Randomness. Lots of dog photos.  The usual.)

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath Trio

How to Make a Christmas Wreath Trio

Our front door is having an identity crisis.  There are pumpkins on the steps and this darling wreath trio on the front door.

It's just so pretty that I can't take it down!  Our front steps will just have to celebrate fall-mas for the next two weeks.

I made this wreath trio for Saturday's DIY Workshop at the Home Depot.  It felt so good to do something creative!  I'll be sharing my tips and tricks at the Bettendorf store.  Come join me to kick off the holiday decorating season!

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Clark's Nursery: Part 1

Clark's Nursery: Part 1

Now that Clark is almost 2 months old (Where does time go? Seriously.), it's probably about time to share his nursery.  During my pregnancy I was all worried that we wouldn't finish in time.  Our baby would totally think we were failures because we didn't have a room ready for him. Turns out he could care less.  Babies are weird like that. 

I'm breaking the nursery posts into two parts.  There are lots of pictures and we spent a lot of time in here.  One post didn't seem to do it justice.  My gerbil attention span also does better these days if things are broken into segments.

Up first, the built-ins.  Nate worked his magic once again.

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Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Man. I was hoping to have our nursery posts up this week but my little nerd thinks he only needs 20 minute naps at a time.

His cuteness slays me. 

I always think about blogging first during my free time but then realize I'm now a mom and I need to do responsible things like shower and do laundry. I really didn't want the blog to turn into a mom blog but something happens when you plop a kid out of you.  Your brain is only capable of thinking baby stuff.  It's probably some evolutionary thing to help you keep your kid alive.  Necessary but annoying.  My creative side is starting to come back now that the newborn fog is starting to lift.  We're slowly starting to figure out a new routine that has glimpses of free time in it.  Hallelujah!

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The Home Depot Holiday DIY Workshop- Save the Date

The Home Depot Holiday DIY Workshop- Save the Date

Happy November!  Who's ready for the holidays?  Normally I'd be with those that say "NOT YET CRAZY BLOGGER!".  I like to eat my turkey in peace before thinking about Santa and his elves.  This year, however, I think I need to start my DIY holiday projects early.  The baby is extra helpful.  And by helpful, I mean it takes 5 times as long to complete projects with his help.

Our last DIY Workshop of the year at The Home Depot is coming up soon.  We're going to be making this awesome wreath trio.  This trio will be quite the statement piece in your holiday decorating!

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