Valentine’s Day | minted.

Around this time of year I remember heading out to Ames (who knows what I am talking about?) and I would pick out Valentine’s Day cards to hand out to my friends and family. Back then you could just get those little cards with cartoon characters on them and if you were lucky you might also be able to find the mini boxes of conversation hearts. Nowadays you just have to pop on over to Pinterest to find a million different homemade ideas which are all fun and super cute but if you’re like me you just can’t be bothered. That’s when I turn to Minted.

As you all know already we just love Minted around here. We have used it for birth announcements, New Years cards, Christmas gifts, home decor items and notebooks. That all being said it’s no surprise that we would want to once again feature there Valentine’s cards. I am so excited that you can buy individual cards along with a selection of postcards, photo cards and classroom cards. There are even supplies for your Valentine’s Day party and of course a selection of gifts for your Valentine.

One of the items I decided to order were these super cute classroom cards with Edith and Alder on them. I know neither of my kids are in school but Edith has lots of little friends that I thought she would enjoy handing them out to and we are going to send them to friends and family. I had such a hard time picking out a design because there were just too many cute ones. There are ones with photos and others with just cute designs such as the Smore one and that says “I Wish I Had Smore Friends Like You” or the fox in a canoe that says “Canoe Be My Valentine?”. Like I said cute right?

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Of course I had to pick up some additional Valentine’s for my Valentine and fro some family and friends. Here are a few that I really love and will be sending to friends.

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Oh and this one is by far one of my favorites because I think we all know a coffee lover who would love and deserve this card.
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Okay to finish things off I had to get some cute stickers to put on the back of our envelopes. And after too many naptime hours spent perusing the Minted site I finally placed my order. OMG I want one of nearly everything.

What are you favorite Valentine Card sayings? Do you like something simple, classic or maybe just a little cheesy? I personally like a little bit of both depending who is receiving the card.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a promo code to purchase a portion of our holiday cards and gifts purchase fromminted. As always all opinions are our own. Screenshots shared with permission.

DIY Holiday | Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub

DIY Holiday | Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub

I love to give and receive homemade gifts. To me it says that the person has taken the time to create something special just for me with their two hands. It makes the gift a little more special and each time I use or look at a handmade gift I think of that special person. This year one of my special DIY gifts for a few special friends is a Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub. This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves coffee, loves body products or someone who just really needs a little TLC.
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I have used this scrub myself because luckily this recipe makes just a little extra and my skin feels super soft from the gentle exfoliation, moisturized from the coconut oil and I smell like a vanilla latte (yum). I encourage you to use a coffee that you really like for this recipe because the better the coffee the better your scrub will smell.

Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub

Makes 6-8oz jars (plus a little extra for you)

  • 3 cups good quality coffee, coarsely ground
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 12 oz coconut oil, solid
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl using your hands to evenly combine everything.
  2. Spoon into jars with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Label and decorate!

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Side note I used the remainder of a bag of Stumptown coffee that we didn’t drink because we didn’t love the roast. You do not need to go that high quality with your coffee just try to use something more mid-range ($7-10 bag), something you would probably want to drink. 

Christmas List Planning 2014

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This Christmas we are trying to stay pretty minimal and focus not on the gifts but on the time we spend together. We are hoping to host a Winter Solstice party and just focus on holiday experiences instead of spending money on lots of gifts. Last year we started the tradition of buying only six gifts per person plus a small stocking based on the categories below. In years passed we have allotted a little more money for the kids and adults but this year we just want to scale back. It’s not that we couldn’t spend more it’s that we don’t need to.

We are trying to declutter our home and lives and are attempting to become more minimalist. So we have actually decided not to exchange birthday (kids get one small gift + new experience), anniversary, Mother’s/Father’s Day gifts and instead do something special to celebrate.

This year in addition to following our five categories (you’ll notice we dropped from six to five) policy and reducing our budget we are also focusing on buying local. We try to as much as possible but when you have an Amazon Prime membership and Target just down the road it’s easy to turn to these stores for all of our shopping. I believe the holidays are a good reminder to give back and part of this is shopping locally and/or from companies that give back.

Budget for Family $250 max total (ideally we will be able to come in under budget).

Gift Categories:

  • Wear
  • Want
  • Read
  • Create
  • Gift to us from the kids/Gift to each child from one another
  • Plus Stocking.

This year 75% must be purchased at local shops, shops that give something back or homemade and this goes for gifts we are giving to family and friends too (separate budget).

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing our five category gift ideas for each of us along with some fun low cost DIY gifts. We will also be sharing our holiday/winter experiences on the blog as well. You can also find a few other gift guides on Running With Tongs and Life Brews.

Creating A Pregnancy Book

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to document my entire pregnancy with photos and weekly blog posts.  I started to take photos around week twelve and write weekly blog posts around week 14 and by week 30 I decided I really wanted to create a pregnancy photobook.

At first I was just going to create my own and get the pages printed up but then I saw that Shutterfly had a pregnancy photobook template and because Shutterfly is always having some sort of deal I knew that I could create it now, finish after our baby arrived and buy it when it was on sale.

Here is a peak of a few pages of my book:

Creating a pregnancy book is a great way to document your pregnancy and is a wonderful keepsake.  I can’t wait to show Edie the book when she is older and share what it was like being pregnant with her and how we prepared.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post all thoughts and opinions are my own. I purchased this book.

DIY Nursery Art: Bird & Owl Canvas Art

When we started planning our nursery it didn’t take us long to land on a theme that we both loved.  We wanted to keep the room gender neutral since we don’t know what we are having while at the same time creating a more modern yet still whimsical room for our baby to be.  We decided to go with a theme of owls and woodland creatures which quickly turned into more of an owls and birds theme- we call it our Put A Bird On It Nursery.

We slowly found decorations for the room that fit our theme however our walls where still bare and since we can’t paint (not allowed in our lease) we decided to create canvas art to decorate the walls.  After a few weeks of searching for inspiration I came across this idea on Pinterest. Birds. Owls. Canvas. DIY. Love at first site.

We made at least ten different ones, eight of which will end up on the walls of the nursery.  It was really a fun project and for all ten we paid less than $60 and made a whole arts and crafts night out of it.

To make your own Bird & Owl Canvas Art head over to Daffodil Design for instructions and templates.