Hold It!

One of my most popular pins on Pinterest is of a drink holder that keeps you drinks out of the sand.  

When I tried to find them again, it seems like they no longer make them.  But, I found these adorable replacements on Etsy!

For $13 keep your drink, keys, and phone out of the sand with these personalized drink holders.

Fun gift for the beach lover in your life! Happy Summer!

4th of July Sweets

With July 4th one week away, many of us are starting to prepare for BBQs and get-togethers. And, we all know it’s not a party without DESSERT, so check out this yummy list of Red, White and Blue treats put together by DIY Candy (an awesome DIY blog).   

Patriotic Pies, Exploding Star Cookies, Cake Pops, Ice Cream Sandwiches and more, all with a patriotic twist!   Check them out here: 15 Red, White and Blue Treats 

And, if you haven’t already, there’s still time to enter our Summer Travel Pack Giveaway! 

Giveaway!

We are all “on the go” in the Summer, so we’ve teamed up with two of our favorite brands Summer Infant and Born Free to bring you some fabulous products to help make life on the road a bit easier!

The first item in our giveaway, is the Summer Infant Travel Bed: perfect for on-the-go naps or diaper changes, this travel bed has breathable mesh sides and a front panel that folds down to make diaper changes a breeze!  And the coolest part is – it folds up and can be carried on your shoulder!

The next item in our travel pack is one that I got to test out (and LOVE)! It is the Summer Infant Soothe & Vibe:  finally, white noise on the GO!  For those of you that have used white noise to soothe your little one to sleep  – you no longer need to drain the battery on your phone, or lug a huge machine with you on vacation! The Soothe & Vibe can be clipped onto a car seat, stroller, or pack n’ play to provide vibration, white noise, and a lullaby to help get your little one to sleep!

 

Finally, we have the Born Free Bottle Insulator (keeps your bottle warmer for longer) and the Born Free Snack Bag (reusable, waterproof, and BPA free) perfect for holding snacks on the go!

To win all of these fabulous products, enter by using the rafflecopter form (below).  Good Luck, and happy travels this Summer! 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*The winning entry will be verified and the winner will receive an email in which they will have 48 hours to respond back to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Dog on the Go

 

Planning on taking your pup on a vacation this Summer? Check out these collapsible dog bowls by (one of my faves) Harry Barker!

Each set comes with two bowls and a cross-body carrying pouch.  The waterproof set is $26, and can be found here:

Harry Barker Fold Up Dog Bowls

 

Disney Countdown

As many of you know I am a (closet) Disney fanatic.  If it weren’t for my husband, I would probably have every Disney mug, frame, shirt, and souvenir out there!

We were just in Disney this past year, and already I am itching to go back!  We haven’t booked anything yet, but I wanted to share with you these cute handmade gifts to help countdown the days until your next Disney vacay!

Clockwise:

1. Mickey Countdown Wreath:  $60

2. Minnie Chalkboard Countdown: $16.95

3. Disney Cruise Personalized Print: $8

4. Disney Countdown Blocks: $18

Any of these would make a fantastic gift for the Disney fanatic in your life!

 

Growums

If you are looking to get kids interested in gardening, you have to check out Growums.  Created with children in mind, growums come in six different gardening kits: Taco Garden, Salad Garden, Pizza Garden, Ratatouille Garden, Herb Garden, and Stir-Fry Garden.

Each kit comes with everything you need to grow the veggies, plus an interactive experience online where you can register your garden and watch the characters come to life!

The kits start at $9.99, and you can check them out here: Growums: add a little character to your garden

Sloane Ranger

It is rare that I recommend an entire brand in a post, but I couldn’t pick just one item – so I had to share!

If you are looking for a nautical / preppy gift, then you must check out Sloane Ranger – an online boutique featuring the preppiest of preppy bags and accessories.  Prior to learning about this brand, I had never heard of the term “Sloane Ranger.”   Here is the definition of a Sloane Ranger, according to Wikipedia:

“The term Sloane Ranger refers to a stereotype in the United Kingdom of young, upper class or upper-middle-class people who share distinctive and common lifestyle traits.” 

The brand reflects the nautical and equestrian lifestyle (without the expensive prices).  Bags and accessories are moderately priced, and range from $18 – $106

Check out the entire line here: Sloane Ranger

 

Banana Chia Coconut Muffins

I had some overripe bananas last week, so I decided to make some muffins.  I had  previously used this recipe to make banana bread, but I tweaked it a bit for the muffins, and here is what I came up with (they were super moist and delicious by the way):

1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled
4 bananas, very ripe, mashed
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup walnuts (optional)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease or line muffin pan.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, beat sugar and eggs until light and fluffy, about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in coconut oil. Add mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla.  Fold in dry ingredients and add walnuts, chia, and chocolate chips (if using).

For Muffins: Pour batter into muffin pan and bake for 12-15 minutes (8-10 for mini muffins)

For Bread: Pour  batter into the lined and greased loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Adapted from: All Things Simple No Fail Banana Bread 

Champagne Chic

Looking for a gift to congratulate someone? Or need to send someone a pick-me-up?

Look no further then these Champagne Truffles by Chocolat Moderne of NYC!

Champagne + Chocolate all wrapped up into one delicious bite and dusted with gold – yum!

The 12 piece coral luxury gift box (pictured above) is $44

DIY Father’s Day

We are really getting down to the wire to get Dad a Father’s Day gift, but there is still time to make a creative and thoughtful gift.

I’ve searched the internet to find a few cute/fun ideas to help tell Dad you love him!  I would make any of these and include a gift card to one of  Dad’s favorite places.

1. Mustache Mug: give Dad a chuckle while he drinks his morning joe.

2. Baseball Bookends:  if Dad is a baseball fan, he’ll love putting these up on the shelf.

3. Zen Garden: help Dad relax with this awesome zen garden (on a budget).

4. Guinness BBQ Sauce: enough said- Yum!

5. iPad Cover: looks like an old school notebook – and costs $2.99 to make!

6. Skittles Vodka: give dad the adult version of this yummy candy.

Happy Crafting, and Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dad’s out there!