Mom Love Gift Basket

With the theme of love and appreciation for the month of February and Valentine’s Day, I’ve been deeply touched by a certain someone who’s been helping me out the past month and a half. We’ve all heard the saying “It takes a village to raise our children,” and from where I am in life right now, and who I allow and attract around myself, the help and assistance from my neighbor is undoubtedly, one of the greatest appreciations I have right now.

Starting the new year, I had started a new full time job, leaving my two (yes two) part-time jobs. Landing this new job in a new industry was one of the greatest blessings, as I’ve been screaming out to the universe that I’m ready for something different and challenging. Once, I started my new job the first week January, new routines had to be set, as my husband had to travel for work, leaving us scrambling around figuring out school morning drop off’s.

Having loving neighbors within out cozy cul-de-sac, I was able to shoot out text to my neighbor asking if she could help out for a few days while my husband was out of town, and while I was at work. With no hesitation, she was totally fine with the task.

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

This past Valentine’s I just had to give my neighbor a token of my appreciation for the help he’s given me the past month. Other than, a typical gift card, I had decided to give a gift basket of little tangible items that she may find helpful. In this post, I’ll share an easy gift basket made from items all purchased from WalMart.

Walking into Walmart, I had one thing in mind – and that was having a basket, and adding a couple things, I myself found helpful for the mom on-the-go.

Here’s what I found:

Above, are the items I purchased all at Walmart. Links provided for a few of the items. But I eventually added a some protein bars. I thought it was nice to add a little more  treats for the mom on-the-go, and it also paired nicely with the mini water bottle. It also tied in well with the color scheme that I ended up going with.

Not Pictured:

Scent Charm & Scent Charm Plug In, (Spent: $5)
Now, obviously this doesn’t really say “mom on-the-go,” but I’m pretty sure a mother who lives with her husband and middle-school aged son, would definietly appreciate a fresh scent within the main living space of her home.

Note Books, (Spent: $2)
Ladies, we all can admit we do love “lists.” Jotting down grocery items, to little reminders to pick-up our kids at this certain time. Having a thin notebook or two lying around in your purse or in your car is always helpful.

Faded Glory Teal Women’s Baseball Cap, (Clearance Find $2)
Going to one place to another, mainly being in your car, for school drop offs, baseball practices, and spin class, having a easy going relaxed fit baseball cap helps defuse the sun away from her face, and also controls that messy “I had no time,” mom hair.

The Asobu Skinny 8oz. Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle “Skinny Mini Flask”, (Spent $7)
I’m a sucker for any insulated reusable water bottles. I’m a lover of S’well and Hydro Flask. Literally, I have more water reusable  water bottles than I do bras. I know. But it’s true. Stay hydrated while you are out of the house is key. This mini skinny 8oz water bottle is so tiny, it fits perfectly in your your purse. Hydrate. Or you know….Add water beverage as you please. I won’t judge. Live your best life!

Pioneer Woman “Clean & Dry” Dishwasher Magnet, $3

Now, this was my best find of the day while at Walmart! If you’ve been a ready for quite some time, I do love my some Pioneer Women. Her collection at Walmart is the perfect combo of farmhouse, and spring. Finding this Dishwasher magnet was a perfect addition to add to the gift basket. Something to add to your home, and definietly communicates what needs to be handled in the kitchen. I bought one for our kitchen, and my son loves it!!

Bringing it all together was second most fun part of this after going shopping for the items. I simply took some twine, and also some lightweight butcher paper (Also purchased at WalMart!) It’s all in the little details when presenting the gift basket.

I also added in a small succulent, and you guessed it, purchased at WalMart in the garden section for $2!  I styled the times with the tallest items in the back, bringing the smallest towards the front. Add in more personal items, such as a wooden letter charm with the gift receivers initial.

From one neighbor to another. She helps me when my husband is out of town, and knowing I leave to work early. She drops my boys off to school, and offers for drives back home. Love your neighbors.

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Do you have any helpful neighbors that you appreciate or maybe had neighbor that meant the world to you? Comment below, I’d love to read your stories!

At Home Date Nights

It’s February the month of love. This year, our time is quite limited due to our work, but also interest. We love staying home. Usually, around this time of year, I’d have some cute craft for you lined up for the blog, but my intentions with my blog is headed to a different direction with intention with highlighting family life, and daily lifestyle. As I’ve evolved into a working mom, my time isn’t as flexible doing crafts (although I do miss, the occasional colored craft paper, and handprint paint). However, my time now prioritized through making high quality memories with my family. Let’s start with how I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day with my husband this week.

Both my husband and myself are introverts. We love our home. We love staying home. And will choose over mostly anything to stay home. That’s why we invest in our home to make the most comfortable base for us as a family. Investing in comfortable couches, having just the right amount of throw pillows, and the coziest throw blankets ever. Everything down to what we eat off of. Our plates and dishes cultivate the right amount of love and high end experience to living. Eating from nice decorative dishes (Majority thrifted btw!) all create peace, harmony, love and intention. We love it. And that’s all that matters.

We love our home, we love staying home… All because we’ve created it for us.

This Valentine’s Dinner, will consist of staying home. Obviously, being on a work/school night, we’ll be avoiding the crowds, and Hallmark marketed day, staying in our humble abode, and preparing a nice warm meal candle light and wine added.

Usually, on weekends the husband and I enjoy a cheeseboard either in the late afternoons before dinner, or later the evening when the children are down, and we want to watching a Netflix comedy special or two..

Above is a spread we’ve been loving for quite some time. The cheese board includes:

  • Pears
  • Red Seedless Grapes
  • Dried Apricots
  • Almonds
  • Italian Dry Salami
  • Rosemary/Olive Oil Flavored Crackers
  • Cheese: Brie

When it comes to dinner, this is a typical dinner we usually do on weekdays. Chicken has been our go to meat in our household. Anything from chicken thighs (boneless & bone in), or chicken tenders. We refrain from going Chicken Breast, because in all honesty, it is way too d r y.

We prepare our chicken thigh (in this case, above shown picture is bone in chicken thigh.) And we’ll just season it up, and bake it on a baking tray for 45-50mins at 390. Then broil for 3mins at the end, for that extra crispy skin.

Salads are the perfect pair to every meal in our kitchen. There is no way, in an entire day we don’t go a day without eating vegetables. It’s all about how you flavor it up! It’s not always about the dressing. My husband loves sliced Golden Greek Peperoncinis sprinkled in our salads, It adds a little crunch, as well as a zing to every bite. In addition we chop of tomatoes, radish, flavor bomb red onions, and also add some crumbles of feta cheese.

Home made.

It’s been a really really long time since the last time I’ve purchased a salad dressing from the grocery store. Thanks to my sister-in-law who currently live’s in Paris, France, she’s taught us a few recipes on easy go to salad dressings with everyday ingredients you already have.


  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Basil
  • And a secret his secret ingredient. Which he doesn’t want me to share. LMAO.

Staying in at home isn’t just all about saving money. But also who the individuals are. My husband and I have no problem skipping out on the holiday and creating a special dinner on our own, at home. Being able to be in our own kitchen preparing a meal for ourselves creates a more intimate and delightful evening between us two.

Are you and your special someone just like me and my husband? Do you love staying in? Avoiding the crowds? And invest in your home? Comment below! I’d love to read your “stay-at-home” Valentine’S Day Date ideas!

Cheap Craft! Clothespin Memo Board

Finding ways to get organized in an aesthetically pleasing way is always a continuous theme in my household. With millions of things running through my mind, I did daily reminders, multiple alarms clocks, dozens of post-it notes, and so much more. Leaving out the door for many of us, we usually have so many thoughts running through our mind. How do we slow it down?

For one thing, I need reminders. Daily affirmations of positive motivation always coming in. As I step my way out of the door, I’m usually in the entry way/garage door entry of my home. I’ve decided to add (yet another) memo board right there, for my eye to catch a quick glimpse of before I leave. In this post, I’ll be sharing one of the EASIEST most affordable memo racks E V E R. Simple. Decorative, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, affordable.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wooden Rack – I purchased mine at my local Daiso Japan, for $1.50.
    For those, who don’t have a Japanese Dollar Store, check out the 99Cent Store/DollarTree, WalMart or just your local craft store!
  • Clothespin Hooks – Again, I purchased mine at Daiso Japan as well, for $1.50
  • Command Strips
    These damage free command strips are my most favorite item to have around the household! You can buy them anywhere from Target/WalMart. | CLICK HERE


  1. Take your wooden memo board, and apply the Command strip on each corner of your board.
  2. Apply pressure to desired surface. I chose the back of my garage door adjacent to my front door entry.
  3. Once stuck to the door, hand your clothespin hooks to memo board.

And VIOLA! That’s it friends! From here, the fun decorating begins…

Memo Board Decor Ideas:

Since the memo board is just a place to hang notes grocery lists, and other very light weight items, I’ve stuck with a color scheme of just green. Green is my favorite color, and by chance* happened to be everything I’ve grabbed to fill this memo board.

  • Personal Photos
    I’ve added photos to the board to make it personal for the family, not just another “mommy’s project,” around the house. The husband and kids appreciate it. Personalize your home, to all of those who live in the home. Not just you. There’s nothing better than seeing pictures of your loved ones before leaving the home. The photos I hung, where a sweet gift from friends given to me a few Christmas’s ago. Printed from my Instagram. You can check out other sites such as: Social Print Studio, Printiki, and Shutterfly to do the same!
  • Motivational Quotes
    I had purchased this flag ornament from Target 2 years ago, and had it on my front door knob for the longest time. I simply took it, and relocated it to the memo board.
  • Faux Greenery
    I’m a fan of faux succulents/Airplants. Yes. I’ve said it. Adding greens add more life to the home. Ideally, real and living…BUT this small little succulent wreath was a little project I did over the summer for some ready to go gifts. (Stay tuned for tutorial!)
  • Art
    Lately, I’ve been into bullet journalling, so my creative doodles, have been really on point lately. Below in the photo was a doodle I did of succulent terrariums on an envelope with my rent check. Yes. I doodle on my rent check envelope. My landlord loves it btw…. 

And how easy was that?! Creating this, was not only less than $5, but also took 5mins to do as well! Creating personalized memo boards create a visual dashboard in your home, dorm room, apartment, or even office.  With a few affordable items, you too can create something just as easy and simply delightful as well!

Be sure to stay tuned for my MINI DIY Succulent Wreath tutorial and a few tid bit ideas on bullet journalling soon!

Have a great weekend!