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Top Gift Ideas for Kids (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift Ideas for Kids - 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

I have sought out and compiled my list of top holiday gifts for kids this year.  You’ll recognize some while some may be new to you.  Scroll down and check out the full list – you might find that perfect gift!  

 

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Mini character and vehicle sets by Spin Master are a perfect place to start.  These are small and portable, and work with most of the bigger sets that have space for other vehicles.  These specific vehicles attach to any of the Ultimate Rescue vehicles. Their size and price makes them perfect candidates for stocking stuffers! 

 

 

Epic Christmas Gift Idea - Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle – every little girl and boy needs a castle to grow their imagination!  This medium sized (approx 12×12) castle is perfect!  

 

 

Flybar Pogo Ball Trick Board (ages 6 & up) – this epic gift idea is suitable for both boys and girls, and will provide hours of active fun.  Comes with an air pump, durable pogo ball, and board with grips.  

 

 

Zoom Tubes Car Trax – I have never seen anything like Zoom Tubes before and they are so much fun!  Connect the tube track and use the remote to launch and zoom your car through.  The best part is you can change the track and mix it up!  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  

 

 

Paw Patrol Themed Cozy Phones – I honestly want a pair of these for myself.  These adorable Cozy Phones are super comfy and have ultra-thin adjustable speakers inside.  These are available in several Paw Patrol characters as well as other fun animals.  Recommended for ages 3 & up with supervision.  

 

 

The Incredibles 2 Junior Super Family Gift Set – this is the perfect all-in-one starter set for the Incredibles 2 fans out there!  

 

 

Flybar Aero 2-Wheel Scooter – with a durable steel frame, adjustable handlebars, light up wheels, and holding up to 175lbs, this scooter will provide years of fun!  

 

3Doodler Start: Hexbug Creation Set – Kids can create their own unique Hexbugs with this set that encourages STEM learning.  Comes with 3 Hexbug micro robotic motors, 3Doodler pen and charger, 8 colors of plastic, 4 molds, and activity guide.  

 

 

Strictly Briks Design-Your-Own Ornament – every brick builder will love being able to create their own ornament!  Compatible with all major brands, you can make this ornament your own and update it year after year.  

 

 

Fingerlings – these adorable little creatures have over 40 animations and sound effects to keep your kids entertained.  They make a great stocking stuffer or even gift from one kid to another.  There are different ones to choose from including Unicorn and T-Rex versions, as well as accessories available.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Magic Weighted Blanket – made by the original weighted blanket company, this is a fantastic gift for the special needs child or adult in your life.  It also makes a fantastic comfort gift for any other child in your life as well.  Weighted blankets are known to calm those with anxiety or stress.  Pictured is the Star Wars Cotton Weighted blanket.  There are also blankets available in chenille, minky, waterproof fabric, and various patterns and colors.  

 

 

Uno – Uno is one of my favorite card games and a must for any kid!  

 

 

Polly Pocket Big Pocket World: Snow Globe – Polly Pockets are back and as adorable as ever!  This toy is compact enough for on-the-go play, but has so much fun packed into it.  There are several other Polly Pocket Big Pocket World sets available too!  

 

 

Guess Who Marvel Edition – in honor of the late Stan Lee, this Marvel edition of Guess Who is a perfect Christmas gift for the young Marvel fans in your life!  

 

 

LEGO Creative Box – I couldn’t leave LEGO off this list!  LEGO building (and play) is a big part of my own kids’ lives and is a great family activity.  A basic creative box is a perfect way to start or grow someone’s collection if you aren’t sure what exactly to get them.  

 

Top Gift Ideas for the Crafters & Artists (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift ideas for the crafters and artists - there's something for everyone!

 

Crafters and artists are some of the hardest to shop for because they may be picky about their supplies or already seem to have it all.  Here are a few fun gift ideas, including top brands and products for various levels.  

 

Tombow Advanced Lettering Set – this set is perfect for the hand lettering beginner or expert.  Pair it up with one of the suggested books below and you may be receiving cute hand lettered gifts from your recipient by next year! 

 

Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablets are a must for anyone interested in art or design. Each tablet can be registered with software that suits the artists style (Graphic Drawing, Photo Editing, and Comic/Manga.)  The pen has an impressive 4096 pressure levels, delivering precision and control.  There are a variety of sizes of tablets, starting at $79.  I have had a chance to try the smaller Bluetooth model and it has been such a fun experience.  My husband has a passion for art and has already put it to use multiple times.  

 

 

Super Simple Hand Lettering Set – pair this book with a set of brush markers to give your gift recipient hours of creative fun.  

Cricut Explore Air 2 – listed as one of the best cutters for beginners by Amazon, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is also one of the more affordable cutting machines.  This machine cuts over 100 materials, and even connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. 

 

 

Honey Can Do Rolling Cart – every crafter needs organization for all their supplies.  Perhaps this is just what your gift recipient needs!  

 

 

Everyday Macrame Kit – Macrame is such a beautiful way to decorate your home and not as often commonly practiced, making it a perfect “new hobby” for someone.  This book has 10 beautiful projects for your gift recipient to try out.  Be sure to include some macrame cord as well! 

 

Assorted Metallic Paper – what paper crafter can’t use more paper? And metallic!  This could make for some fun new projects!  

 

 

Canson 180 Degree Art Book – this sturdy sketch book contains high quality 65 pound paper, perfect for sketch artists and those using markers.  With strong stitch binding, you can lay this book open flat, making it ideal for artists.  

 

 

Even the crafter or artist that has it all probably doesn’t have these amazing Chameleon markers, and if they do, they will be excited for more!  These pens can make shading, blending, and color transitions look phenomenal with their unique blending chamber.  I have seen a few videos of these in use and the results are beautiful!  There are quite a few varieties of colors, so be sure to take a look around and see the choices.  

 

 

Prismacolor produces artist quality colored pencils that come in a variety of sizes of sets.  Whether you want to spend $15 or $100, there is a set available at almost any art store or online.  

 

 

Metallic markers are a must for any crafter.  These Pilot Gold & Silver Extra Fine Point Markers make a great stocking stuff or gift basket item.  BIC also makes a fun set of metallic markers, containing a variety of colors!  

 

 

I’ve always been intrigued by string art – there are so many projects you can create, whether you take a simple approach or a more detailed approach.  This DIY String Art book by Jesse Dresbach is a great place to start.  

 

 

Top Gift ideas for busy moms (2018 Holiday Gift Guide)

Gift guide for busy moms (we all have one in our life!)

 

Welcome to my list of gift ideas for busy moms!  We all have a busy mom in our life…whether it’s our own mother, a friend, sister, or even daughter.  And often it’s tough to figure out what to get that mom because they are always on-the-go or seem to have it all already.  But there’s always something out there that they could use!  

The items on this list are personally recommended by myself – many I have even personally tried.  Others, I have simply heard raving reviews from friends, family, or even other bloggers I chat with.  Regardless – these are some pretty awesome products and I hope you find just what you are looking for!  

 

Erin Condren Undated Planner – Impress her with this trendy 12 month planner, flexible for any schedule.  Includes stickers to helping her mark important dates, detailed pages for projects, and even inspirational quotes.  Erin Condren planners are known for their quality and ability to be everything you need in a planner.  There are several branded and unbranded planner accessories to help make this planner become even more useful! 

 

JJ Cole Caprice Diaper/HandBag – This bag is a diaper bag in disguise.  With pockets galore and all the typical diaper bag features, this bag can also function as a nice handbag as the babies grow out of diapers.  The mom in your life will love having such a versatile bag!  

 

 

 

Nomad 0.3m Rugged Universal Cable – as a mom myself, I can tell you it is becoming more of a need to keep a charging cable in my purse.  Whether your own phone needs a quick boost to take that call from the pediatrician, or your kids’ tablet needs a charge to keep you sane while grocery shopping, it is very useful to keep one on hand.  This short cable has it all.  Rugged (sturdy), short and convenient yet long enough for basic use, and usable by nearly any device…not to mention it supports fast charging.  This is definitely the cable the mom in your life needs! 

 

 

Apple Watch – You know this was going to make the list didn’t you?  What busy mom’s life wouldn’t be made easier with a smart watch?  There are 4 series available, each increasing with price, but also increasing with features and processor speed.  Not only will this device let the mom in your life read and respond to texts without digging out her phone, but it will also help her stay accountable for any fitness goals she has.  

 

 

Amazon Prime Subscription as a Gift – gift the gift of quick and free 2-day (and sometimes 1-day) shipping.  If she has an Alexa smart speaker device, she can save even more time shopping by simply making a voice request for any Prime-eligible item.  

 

 

Aura Cacia Essential Solutions Mist –  this spray-able mist contains essential oils intended to relax and calm the mind.  A little spritz on my pillow before I go to bed can make all the difference. Other scents are available as well, such as Relaxing Lavender and Invigorating Ginger and Mint.   

 

 

Keurig Coffee Brewer – does mom love to have a hot cup of coffee (or tea) in the morning?  If she doesn’t already have a k-cup brewer, that is just what she needs!  A Keurig can have her beverage of choice ready in less than the time it takes to check her Facebook newsfeed in the morning.  There are several varieties to choose from depending on size and brewing options – even different colors! 

 

 

CHI Original 1″ Flat Iron – every mom needs ease in her morning routine and this CHI hair straightener brings just that.  I have had mine since my husband gifted it to me before our wedding, 10 years ago.  I still receive great results after nearly daily use.  

 

Heated Coaster for Mugs – mom should get to enjoy that hot beverage before it cools off but more often than not, she probably doesn’t.  This mug warmer is the perfect solution.  If you are looking to splurge a little more on the same idea, check out the Ember temperature controlled mug!  

 

 

myCharge Wireless Power Bank – this item is all about convenience!  When mom’s phone is running low, she can simply pull this little device out and set her phone on top…voila, instant quick charging anywhere for Qi compatible devices like the newer iPhones and Android phones.  This power bank is small enough to fit in a purse without taking up much space and packs enough power to charge the typical phone up to 5 times before having to recharge the power bank itself.  Mom can recharge her phone anywhere without having to worry about cables.

 

 

Isotoner Women’s Smart Touch Cable Knit Gloves – I love a good pair of gloves and this pair is absolutely perfect.  Maybe my own kids will get them for me (hint hint!) because not only do they look cute and warm to keep mom warm on-the-go, but they are also touch screen compatible!  I also recommend making it a set and adding in these matching Isotoner cable knit slippers

 

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Earbuds – whether mom loves listening to music while working out, talking on the phone while driving, or just wants a moment of peace and quiet from everything else, these earbuds would make a great gift.  They are water resistant and the case holds another 8 hours of charge for recharging on-the-go.  

 

 

SipCaddy Portable Drink Holder – every busy mom needs a chance to unwind.  This cup holder is a fun gift to let mom know it’s ok to take a break and relax.  This “Mommy’s Sippy Cup” Wine Glass goes perfect with this holder! 

 

 

Oversized C.C. Beanie – for the mom on-the-go, this beanie is just what she needs to keep her head warm!  Comfy, spacious, and a popular brand, mom is sure to be excited when she unwraps her gift to discover it.

 

Sound+Sleep Sound Machine – mom deserves a good night of sleep for whatever she has to come the next day…work, school, appointments, you name it.  I have had this same sound machine for 3 years and it has helped my sleep immensely.  

 

Fossil Fiona Small Crossbody Bag – a crossbody bag can make life so much easier for the busy mom.  Sometimes she only needs space for the essentials.  At an affordable price for a designer brand, this bag is available in several colors.  You’re sure to find a perfect match for mom!  

 

Ja-Vie Flats – that special mom in your life will love Ja-Vie flats.  They are comfortable, flexible, water resistant, and lightweight.  There is no need to wear socks with them as they have their own built-in sock liner.  Plus they come in some pretty cute patterns!  

 

Stay tuned.. if I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to add it to this list!!! 

 

A Simple Guide To Re-Decorating Your Bedroom

 

Simple guide to re-decorating your bedroom

 

Thinking about revamping your bedroom?  The first thing you need to decide is what to do with your existing furniture.  Will you donate it, or mix and match it to fit your new color scheme?  Then you need to consider other things.  What color will you choose to paint the walls?  Do you need a rug?  Will there be enough room for a nightstand or dresser?  There are so many questions, but decorating your bedroom can be fun and exciting, especially with the right guide.

Consulting with interior designers might be a good start, but there are dozens of online sources to consider first.  There is no need for spreadsheets with floor plans or project management software to track your progress.  A simple to-do list will do the trick.  Here are a few tips to get you started! 

 

Create A Basic Plan

This plan does not have to be a fully thought out process.  Just create a short list of ideas to get you started.  For example, think about the type of furniture that you love and the different materials that excite you.  To get some ideas, visit Pinterest.  They have loads of ideas and pictures to get those creative juices flowing! 

 

A few checkpoints to follow for finishing touches include:

Wall Paint

A fresh coat of paint can create an environment that is warm and subtle.  By choosing the right colors, you can create a peaceful place to rest your head at night.  However, study what each color represents and how it affects the body.

 

Pillows

Pillows are a necessity.  The more the better! However, you want to make sure that the bed is comfortable and you can actually sleep in it.  Any where from one to six pillows can be enough, just try not to over-do it!  

 

A Place To Sit Down

It doesn’t have to be a large chair that fills up too much space, but a small ottoman chair or bench will add a nice touch.  Think about having a place to put on your shoes or sit down while talking to a friend on the phone.  

 

Color, Color, Color

If you decide to have a whitewashed setting, think about including a pop of color. Something bold and playful.  This can be one of the most fun things about redecorating your bedroom.  Continue reading below for more color tips, or check out Pinterest for ideas on how to add in pops of color.  

 

Purchase A High-Quality Mattress

On average, you can spend eight hours a day in this one spot.  Choose a mattress store that has a large selection of good mattresses to give you the support you need.  If you are hesitant about spending much on a mattress, keep in mind that a good mattress can last up to 15 years and make a difference in not only your physical health but your mental health as well.

 

A Nightstand That Compliments Your Style

Do you enjoy having a place to put your favorite magazine or book, or need somewhere to put your wireless charging stand to quickly access your phone? A nightstand can be the finishing touch you need.  It solves so many problems yet can be a great compliment to the rest of your room.  

 

Color Color Color

 

Choosing Colors for a Relaxed Atmosphere

How colors can change the mood

Colors have the potential to change your mood and behavior instantly.  For example, the color red has a bold and intense feel to it, while blue can give you a calm and relaxed feel.  

While decorating your bedroom, think about the principles of color psychology and include it into your designs.  

 

How Colors Effect The Way We Sleep

Sleep specialists recommend using colors that are toned down.  Shades that give off a softer feel will enhance your quality of sleep.  Still don’t know what colors to choose?  Below is a list of colors that can get you started:

 

Purple

The color purple can inspire creativity.  However, it comes with a downside.  The color can induce nightmares and generally reduce you to 5 hours of restful sleep.

 

Dark Gray Blue

This color is soothing and retains a calm collective vibe.  It can be a boring color, however.  Adding that pop of color we discussed earlier will do the trick.

 

Soft Green

Soft green can enhance the feeling of contentment and serenity.  The color is similar to a light pistachio hue and offers an elegant, yet grounded design.

 

 

To conclude….

Your bedroom doesn’t have to be just a place to lay your head and get dressed.  By creating an atmosphere that is quiet and relaxing, it can give you a place to unwind at the end of the day.  Think of it as a peaceful safe haven that you have created to get you through some of the bad days.  Choose your designs carefully and your colors with certainty.  It may take a little longer, but you will definitely be happier with the end result.  

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