Father’s Day is almost here! Every year my little one and I love to make my husband something homemade that he can cherish forever! (We also throw in a gift card with it so he can get something he wants ha!). Over the years, we have come up with some pretty cool stuff. This year we are making him a picture frame for my daughter’s dance picture to go in his locker at work paired with an Amazon gift card and dinner wherever he wants to go. (Don’t tell him ok!?). I was thinking some of you might be looking for some last minute great Father’s Day gift ideas so I wanted to share with you some of the awesome crafts that the Real Advice Gal team and I have made so far, and I hope one of these crafts is perfect for the dad in your life!Continue reading
Mother’s Day is fast approaching. In fact, my husband and daughter just left for a quick trip to the store without me. That usually means they are heading out in search of something FOR me. If you are like me, this coming Sunday is a day to celebrate motherhood. The day doesn’t have to involve expensive gifts or fancy meals. In fact, the most memorable Mother’s Day presents I ever received were the ones which were homemade and filled with sentiments from my husband and children.
I am perfectly content to quietly celebrate Mother’s Day in the comfort of our home (sans the housework, of course). Here’s a few of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas for under $10:Continue reading
Happy almost spring everyone! Here in Tennessee we have our first thunderstorm warning which can only mean one thing, spring is almost here! Springtime is probably my favorite time of the year. The flowers start to bloom, it’s warm without being super hot, and we get to step out into the sunshine (almost) all the time. Perfect!Continue reading
Are you looking for a gift for the high school graduate in your life? I know I always need ideas. I am a youth group leader at my church which means I am fortunate to be able to celebrate the success and hard work of many students as they complete their high school careers and move onto college. This year I decided to make a freshman year survival kit gift for one of my students.
Because I am lucky enough to have so many great young people in my life I also have to stick to a tight budget when giving them gifts. The perfect place to find all of the items I wanted to include in the kit and stick within my budget is the dollar store. It is amazing all the great things you can find for gift giving for all sorts of occasion but especially for the high school graduates on your list this year. So the kit starts with a large container to hold all of the items. I chose a laundry basket but you could also do a plastic storage tote or garbage can. Continuing with the laundry idea i picked up some small bottles of Tide laundry detergent. These cute little bottles are perfect because they take up very little space. I also grabbed a box of dryer sheets.
Next I hit the food aisle. I know college students these days have all sorts of meal plans and dining options but there will still be times when they need to make something quick in their dorm room or common area. I was so happy to find a great variety of microwaveable meals.
I found a small jar of jelly and some single serve peanut butter. Add bread and lunch is ready!
Don’t forget about breakfast. Again I went with the microwave being the preferred cooking method of college students everywhere and picked up some single serve oatmeal cups.
I also got some fun flavors of Hawaiian Punch …. and two mugs. I put the drink packets in one mug.
My budget for this gift was $50 so I took the extra cash left over after buying all the items into the other mug. All college students can use some cash!
Lastly, I grabbed a few school supplies; pens, pencils, and highlighters. I also got a microwaveable bowl for heating leftovers or cooking ramen noodles.
So then I put it all together.
1. Cut an extra long piece of cellophane (you can always trim it later). Pput it in the basket so it is covering the bottom and the sides.
2. Arrange microwaveable meals inside the basket around the edges putting a round one in the center.
3. Put the school supplies inside the microwaveable bowl, then put the lid on.
4. Put the bowl in the center and tuck all the rest of the items along the sides. I also added some Jolly Ranchers for a sweet treat!
5. I added a beach ball to the top that says Congrats Grad! You could add a balloon instead or maybe a sweatshirt with the logo of their new college on it.
6. Finally I pulled the cellophane up around the beach ball and secured it with tape. Then I tied a ribbon around the top. I think the final project turned out really nice.
What kind of graduation gifts do you like to give. You can never go wrong with money, I know but sometimes it is nice to make a something to make the day even more special! Young people everywhere deserve to be celebrated for this amazing milestone in their lives!
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own.
It wasn’t that long ago there was a young man. He was a kind young man and handsome too. He always did what his mother and father told him to do. He would spend his free time with them over his friends. He used his manners. He didn’t do drugs, drink, or cause any problems. He studied hard, and he put almost all of his energy into running.
He was fast. He was so fast he made it on a division 1 school’s travel team for cross country. He was one of seven, and he even ran with people who were in the Olympics. His life became filled with college, running, studying and a Nike shoe collection thanks to being on the cross country team. He didn’t have much in the way of money. He slept on a mattress on the floor in a room he shared with a smelly teenager.
He ate what was on his meal plan through the school for athletes. When he was on his own for food, he would grab a bag of salad and a can of something. He listened to talk radio and didn’t go out much. He didn’t have the extra money for fun.
His parents worked hard. They tried to help but the cost of tuition was so high for them, and he only got a partial scholarship, so ends weren’t being met. They had two other children to think of so how do you choose which one to help and which one you can’t? How do you pick a number you can give knowing that number isn’t going to be the full amount? They did their best, and they made sure he had food, a place to stay, a bike, and their complete emotional support.
That young man continued to get up early most times before the sun. He stayed up late studying. He gave it his all, but it wasn’t good enough. He realized that his dream career was out of his reach because of a test he didn’t score high enough. He became upset as his bills mounted, and his dream collapsed. He decided to run far away from college.
Where he ran to would surprise not only his parents but everyone he knew. He ran away because he wasn’t happy but he also didn’t want to put pressure on his parents to provide for him anymore. He let the weight of their sacrifices stifle his dream. He could have applied for a loan and continued, but he didn’t want to start out his adult life owing anyone. He wanted to be his own person, so he did. He joined the Navy.
The Navy taught and helped shape him into the man he wanted to be strong, independent, skilled, and patriotic. He became a Nuclear Engineer. Then everything changed, and he was no longer happy with his choice.
He met a girl. I know they change everything. Luckily, for him, it was for the better. She put things in perspective there are many things in life we will do together, many different roles we will try and fail at, there will be a significant crisis and even more significant accomplishments. There will be days of scarcity and days of abundance, but there is one thing that no one can take from you.
What is that one thing?
It is your education. Once she convinced him that education was the answer to almost all of one’s questions, he decided to return to college to finish his degree and serve in the military as an officer. That is just what he did.
That girl is still in love with that guy athey have been married for 17 years. They have three children together one diva and two sons. You aren’t going to believe this, but all three children like to run. The girl she only likes to run her mouth.
They have three children who will never have to choose between worrying about the cost of school, the impact their school’s cost will have on us, and their goal to achieve an education.
You see the best gift you never thought of isn’t wrapped with ribbon. It isn’t bought from a store. It is also one you can give.
That gift is peace of mind. We like knowing we have given our children the best gift in the world. We have given them four years each at a State School in Florida.
Yes, to give them that we had to say “No” to a couple of shiny objects each month but looking at our children and knowing that we have given them the key to the world makes the disappointment disappear into joy. We believe that education will enable our children to be the best versions of themselves.
These are the details for the best gift idea you never thought of:
4-Year Florida University Plan
o This Plan will start your child off at one of Florida’s 12 prestigious state universities and see them through their four-year journey.
o If your child decides to start at a college (typically less expensive), the unused funds from this Plan can be applied to a post-secondary degree, or you can get the remaining money back
o Like all of our plans, use isn’t restricted to Florida schools; the amount covered by your Prepaid Plan can be used at schools nationwide.Continue reading
I used to think I was too practical to be concerned with fashion. I never pictured myself as a girly girl. It felt like sacrifice, like I had to give up comfort and reason to be girly. It just seemed too complicated and overwhelming. I wanted the things I wore or carried with me to have a purpose beyond just to look good, if an accessory was just that then I was happy to leave it at home or to never own it at all.
People change. I am now a self professed girly-girly, fashionista, lover of all things that make me feel pretty. But some things have stayed the same. I still remain practical and love when functionality and fashion combine in the ultimate must have accessory or clothing item.
I am sure I am not alone in my love for functional fashion. I am sharing my favorite fashion finds for the functional fashionista. If you are looking for gifts for the women in your life, I am confident they will love one of the items listed below.
This is the holy grail of functional fashion. The infinity nursing scarf is not only a great looking scarf, it is a breastfeeding cover for nursing moms. It can be worn as a shawl or a head covering. You can even use it to swaddle baby or as a car seat canopy. Trust me any moms on your list will love unwrapping an Udder Wraps Infinity Nursing Scarf this holiday season.
Maybe you are asking what is a hair tie bracelet? It is ingenious that is what it is. I have long hair and often find myself grabbing a hair tie and wearing it on my wrist. Soon though the hair tie is annoying me because it is irritating my skin. So I take it off my wrist and toss it in my purse where it gets lost in the abyss. I also hate the way hair ties look on my arm. Hair tie bracelets are the perfect way to keep your hair tie handy and look your wrists looking good.
Can I tell you a secret? I think Fitbits are ugly. I also think they are uncomfortable. Maybe I am overly picky but I don’t like the way my rubber banded Fit Bit feels on my wrist. Fortunately, I found the perfect answer for fit conscious fashionistas. It is called an Amazefit and it tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep. The Amazefit Moonbeam Activity and Sleep Tracker is the perfect gift for the functional fashionista who is would rather not wear a less than attractive Fit Bit.
I have wanted a bag for my yoga mat for so long. It is just one of those things that I don;t want to spend money on for myself but would LOVE if someone would get me one as a gift. These Hugger Mugger Batik Yoga Mat bags are just adorable and would make my inner yogi so happy.
Traveling fashionistas need clothing that is both fashionable and functional. When visiting the Philippines recently, I had to figure out how to dress for multiple activities in one day. I needed to be able to go from fancy lunch at a chic restaurant to a 45 minute boat ride in an underwater cave back to a business casual dinner. I needed an outfit that was appropriate for dining in fancy restaraunts and for getting soaked on a boat. Impossible? Nope. Undercover Waterwear makes clothing that is resort wear that functions as a fashionable dress but can also get wet. It dries quickly and no one will know you are wearing swimwear.
Gift giving doesn’t have to be complicated but I know sometimes I get stumped by some of the people on my list. I hope my ideas for the perfect gifts for functional fashionistas help you get your shopping done and spread some holiday cheer under your Christmas tree this year.