Father’s Day

Father’s Day is around the corner, so we decided to ask our friend (and gift expert) Dan from Gear Haiku what to get Dad this year.  Here are some of his awesome recommendations:

1. iPhone Commuter Series Wallet by Otterbox:  A protective case buddies up with a minimalist wallet

2. Steampunk-Inspired Coffee Mill:  Grinding your own beans has never been this cool

3. Weekender Watch by Timex:  Affordable Summer style, and can you have too many watches?

4. The Pitt Boss BBQ Toolbelt:  The perfect accessory for the Alfa Dog behind the grill

5. Man Crates:  A manly take on a gift basket. Dads dig Man Crates.

Still stumped? If you’re really stuck, just stay C.A.L.M.. Those soothing four letters are all you need to know to come up with a gift that “gets” dad. Click here to learn how to stay C.A.L.M. and find a great gift.


Thanks Dan!!!  Be sure to check out Gear Haiku for cool gear and other unique gift ideas.



I was lucky enough to receive some Thumbs Cookies last week, and I just HAD to write about them!

Thumbs was created by a friend of mine whose mom used to make these cookies for various occasions.   She realized just how special they were, not only because her mom would put her signature thumb print on them, but because they were made with love!  The tradition continues…

Thumbs come in a bunch of yummy (and unique) flavors, such as: original, double chocolate, apricot, rosemary pecan and chocolate hazelnut.  Not only do they taste delicious, but I love that they are packaged in a mason jar – which is great for gift giving!

Check out these delicious little morsels here: Thumbs Cookies

Summer Hostess

With Memorial Day around the corner, I thought I would post a few colorful hostess gifts – perfect to bring to a Summer party or BBQ.

Clockwise Top Left:

1. POP Lanterns: they come in (four different) yummy scents, such as lemon coconut! $25

2. Serving Paddles: melamine serving spoons that come in four different colorful patterns. $12

3. Hand Soap:  a go-to gift for me – pink grapefruit (or meyer lemon) from Williams-Sonoma. $29.95

4. I Heart Napkins: four handmade napkins professing love for your favorite state. $28

Happy Summer Everyone!


Emoji Pillows

Can’t get enough of those adorable emojis? Then give the gift of the emoji pillow!

They come in 15 different designs, and are $19.99 each.

Check them out here: Emoji Pillows by Throwboy Pillows


Graduation Bling

These inspirational bangles would make a great gift for a new graduate.

Each bangle has a different saying, such as: Dream Without Limits, Be True to Yourself, and Everything Happens for a Reason.

They come in sterling silver and 14k gold and are $45.

Check them out here: Inspirational Bangles

Stitch Fix

What do you get the girl that has everything? How about an online personal stylist?!

My husband gave me the gift of Stitch Fix about 8 months ago, and at first I was definitely skeptical.  After completing the online style survey (which is a lot of fun), my first “fix” arrived.  To be completely honest, the first few fixes were good – not great, and I kept one item from each.  Each fix comes with about 5 pieces (accessories too), and a write up from the stylist explaining how to wear them.  I noticed that they changed stylists week to week, and a friend of mine told me that once you find one that you like / gets you, you can request to work exclusively with them.

So, Ashley is now my stylist – and for the first time last month I kept EVERYTHING in my fix!  It is so fun and exciting to receive personally curated clothes sent directly to my doorstep!  As a Mama it is very hard to get out there and shop for clothing (glancing at clothes at Target counts, right?), but with Stitch Fix I am adding unique and trendy pieces to my wardrobe at an affordable price (and I feel completely pampered while doing it)!

This is not a sponsored post – I just wanted to share my experience with you, and pass along this unique gift idea!

If you decide to try it, let me know what you think.  Check it out here: STITCH FIX

Happy Shopping!


Massage Shirt

Let kids play, while giving (mom or) dad a back massage!

This cute shirt comes in a car version and a railroad version, and is $22.

Check it out here: Car Play Mat T Shirt

Mom Said So

Since it’s all about MOM this week….check out this cute necklace by Kate Spade that says “Mom Said So”

It is on an 18″ gold-plated chain, and is $58.

Check it out here: Mom Said So Necklace

Mama Frame

I love this frame because it is SO true!

Great Mother’s Day gift from Etsy for $18

Check it out here: Mama Frame

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is one week away, so I thought I would put together a few of my favorite ideas.  To be completely honest, I could have a list a mile long, but I had to narrow it down to just a few.  Clockwise:

1. Gift for Gram:  adorable charm for Grandma (she’s a mama too)! $25

2. Fabletics:  check out this amazing line by Kate Hudson – sign mom up to receive (affordable) workout gear once a month! Starting at $25

3. Jewelry Box:  corked monogrammed jewelry box from one of my favorite places, c. wonder! $78

4. Thumb Print: give mom her kiddo’s thumb print to wear around her neck (comes with a kit to capture the print) $180

5. Canvas Pop:  put any picture on a beautifully wrapped canvas – starting at $39.95

6. MakeUp Case: floral print case by Tory Burch – put a Sephora gift card in there to put a big smile on her face! $78