Doggy Spa

This may look like a product you’d use in your bath, but it is actually for your pampered pooch.  Dog Fashion Spa has created a soap-infused sponge for dogs, and I think it is a GENIUS idea!

No more fumbling for the soap bottle while trying to coax your pup into staying still.  Simply wet the sponge and let the bathing begin! They come in bug repellant orange, bug repellant lavender, and jojoba and fennel.

The spongers are $28, get great reviews, and you can check them out here:  Dog Fashion Spa Sponge

Mickey Monthly

You know I’m ALL over any new Disney gift ideas, and this one does not disappoint!  If you have ever been to the Magic Kingdom, then you know that there are goodies scattered throughout the park (and just how delicious they are)…

Now, you can bring those goodies to your doorstep with Mickey Monthly, a subscription service that delivers an array of snacks and souvenirs to your door on a monthly basis.

The subscription starts at $39.99 / month, which provides two surprise snacks and two surprise souvenirs (you can designate boy or girl) – check it out here: Mickey Monthly: Keep the Magic Alive

Affordable Favors

We had our son’s birthday party a week ago, and yet again I was faced with the ever daunting task of providing a party favor (that isn’t complete junk)!

My son loves just about ANY favor he gets, but as a parent I always play the waiting game until I can throw out the junky favor without him knowing… Here are 6 favors (under $10) that hopefully won’t end up directly in the trash:

1.  Jumbo Coloring Book and Crayon Wheel:  my kids love to color, so I figured these jumbo coloring books would be a hit (they come in many themes and include two sheets of stickers) – I found them on Amazon.

I then attached these awesome Liqui-Mark Crayo-Craze Crayon Wheels to each book with a ribbon.  These are GREAT because they have 6 colors in one, they’re non-toxic, and they are only $5.95 for a 4-pack!

2.  Jumbo Bubble Wand:  I have a love / hate with bubbles… my kids love them, so they serve a purpose and they certainly are affordable!  Tie a name tag onto a jumbo bubble wand… I saw these at Walmart for .98 EACH (it doesn’t get much cheaper then that)!

3.  DIY Bracelet Kit:  give each child this adorable make-your-own-bracelet kit.  Each kit comes with beads and string..everything to make an adorable customized bracelet, and it’s only $3 per child!

4.  Animal Crackers with a personalized note – super cute for a zoo (or jungle themed) party!

5.  Personalized Paint Cans: adorable idea for a crafty party – customize and fill paint cans with arts, crafts, and goodies!  Check out the tutorial here: DIY Paint Cans

6.  Hula Hoops:  great favor for a luau-themed party!  Check out the tutorial here: Aloha Luau Party

Let me know YOUR adorable / affordable party favor ideas!!! :) Happy Partying!

Smart Cube

Let’s face it – we all have hundreds of photos on our phones and ipads that never get printed.  Enter the Smartphone Photo Cube Printer.

Simply connect your phone or ipad to the cube (it comes in an iphone and android compatible version), and viola ~ instant 4×6 or panorama pics!

The printer is $159.99, and you can find it here: SmartPhone Photo Cube Printer

Budsies

Turn your child into an adorable stuffed buddy with Budsies!

Simply send in a photo of your child to the Budsie team and they get hard to work creating a custom pattern and turning your child into an adorable stuffed buddy!

Or, send in a picture of their artwork:

Or, a picture of your pet:

Budsies start at $69, and you can check them out here: Budsies: we bring artwork to life

 

DIY Mama

Sometimes the best gifts aren’t the ones we buy, but the ones we MAKE.  Now a days, there are endless resources to search for DIY projects on the web – my favorite is still pinterest, so here are my top picks/links for Mother’s Day Crafts (that she will love):

Bottle Cap Flower Magnets

Mommy Survival Kit in a Jar

Thumb Print Charm Necklace

Photo Bookmark

Colorful Pour Pots

These are just a FEW of the adorable crafts that are out there – enjoy, and Happy Mother’s Day!!! :)

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and I’ve got everything you need to make mama happy!  My first rule for Mother’s Day is to treat Mom like the queen that she is, and my second rule is to NEVER, I repeat NEVER buy her an appliance of ANY KIND (even if she says she wants one).

Getting an appliance for Mother’s Day, is like getting a toothbrush on Halloween…

Here are some of my favorite gifts for Mother’s Day 2015:

1. Mug + Joe – give mom an inspirational mug and a gift certificate to her favorite coffee shop.

2. Club W – if mom is a wine lover, sign her up for a monthly vino club!

3. Spa at Home – the clarisonic mia is always on my must HAVE list – pamper mom at home!

4. Personal Stylist – give mom a new wardrobe – carefully curated and sent right to her door!

5. Handbag – you cannot go wrong with a new bag for mom, like the one that I want this year (hint,hint) :)

6. Bling – you also can’t go wrong with some new jewels – I love these handmade stacking bracelets.

Dreamland Fairy

Once upon a time, a fairy ran out of stories to tell in fairyland and relied on all of the little boys and girls to share their wishes, dreams, and stories to help her.  This is where your child (and the dreamland fairy kit) comes in.

Keep dreams, wishes, and stories alive with the Dreamland Fairy!  Paint your fairy’s adorable little house, read the beautifully illustrated book, and leave notes, pictures, and stories in the house for your fairy to take and bring back to fairyland!

This adorable kit is $24.99 and you can check it out here: Dreamland Fairy Kit

Walter & Rosie

If you’ve ever been to Disney, then you are familiar with the many smells you encounter as you are walking through the park.  Now, you can experience some of those yummy smells in the comfort of your own home!

Walter & Rosie create Disney-inspired candles with awesome smells such as: Pixie Dust, Main Street, Mickey Waffles, and more!

They are soy-based vegan candles that start at $12, and you can check them out here: Walter & Rosie Handmade Candles

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Let’s be honest, typically when something is labeled “Vegan,” most people are turned off. These cookies, however, are the exception!

I am not Vegan, but I am a cookie fan – especially when there is chocolate and peanut butter involved! :) My son asked me to make cookies this weekend, and I remembered I had made these delicious treats a few months ago!  Not only are they yummy, they are super easy to make!

Here is the recipe (originally from Chocolate Covered Kate – an awesome dessert blog with healthy recipes)!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, or almond or sunbutter
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tbsp flour (whole-wheat pastry, all-purpose white, spelt, Bob’s gf mix all work)
  • 1/4 cup sugar or evaporated cane juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional: tiny pinch salt (around 1/16 tsp) (Taste dough to decide – I like to add it.)
  • optional: chocolate chips

Instructions

Mix dry ingredients very well. Then add wet and form cookie balls. If you want soft cookies, fridge the dough for at least an hour. Then bake in a preheated oven (350F) for 8 minutes. They’ll look underdone when you take them out, but that’s ok. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from tray.

To keep these cookies soft, store leftover cookies in a plastic container. This recipe will make about 12-16 cookies, depending on how big you roll them. (For 16 cookies, they’ll have 65 calories per cookie.)

ENJOY!!!!