Gifts

Father’s Day Gift Ideas Ft. The Strap Smith

Father's Day Gift Ideas
Father’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re like me and had intentions of making something for daddy, but fell short due to work, and a busy schedule; you’ll definitely find some nice inspiration here. The last couple of Father’s Day’s I’ve created gift baskets, bbq themed, cooking themed, and random basketball baller gift combos. One action of kindness that will make your gift giving a lot easier is sticking to a theme of the gift, color trend, electronics, or just his interest. If you’re gift giving for your husband or own dad, keep in mind of what he’s into.
Above is a general idea of what I believe an active/ traveling type of guy would possibly appreciate. Out of all the items gathered, I believe you can’t go wrong with the apple watch.

Going Above And Beyond

Now, of course not everyone has $300-$400 dollars to easily spend. But here’s one thing I’d like to share –If you do have and extra $300-$500 willing to spend on Father’s Day is a fine and dandy idea. Purchase the most standard apple watch, if they already own an apple watch (EVEN BETTER!) Check out The Strap Smith. After being featured on one of my favorites YouTube vloggers vlogs, I couldn’t get this vendor off my mind!!! It’s purely genius to have a custom strap to an apple watch.
Apple Watch: $300-$1,700
The Strap Smith: $180-$200
(Louis Vuitton/Gucci Straps)
DISCLAIMER: I do not have $700 easily to spend to do this, but if I did, I would go this route. 
Here are my true feelings on the apple watch.
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Like every piece of new technology, I’d hold off and wait, until the next version.
Maybe next Father’s Day. But realistically, I may just order THIS.
Smiles

DIY Farmgirl Bouquet

The school year has finally came to an end!! (Insert dancing mom gif here) I’m happy enough to have been the class mom for my son’s second grade class, and attend just about every field trip, and to come in most Friday’s of the school year for a crafternoon. There are so many benefits of volunteering as a class mom. And as my birthday landed on the last Friday of the school year, it was one of the most precious gifts that I could ever have, by volunteering in that same day!! You seriously cannot buy experiences of sharing good times with children doing arts & crafts!

Parent Fact:

Whether the kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It’s a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a valuable cause.

By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you’ll be able to gain a firsthand understanding of your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space). It is also a great chance to make the life of your child’s teacher much easier by helping out on the trip but also tell them about resources like the GradeCam calculator to help with their marking! It really is a win-win situation.

Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school. Some parents may experience “volunteer burnout” by the time their kids enter high school or decide that the schools don’t need them as much then. Many parents who volunteered a lot of time during their kids’ elementary years return to full-time careers by the time their kids are teens, so there’s often a shortage in the secondary schools.

(Info From KidsHealth.org)

End Of School Year Teacher Gift

This can also be applied to a Class Mom, volunteer, Team Mom gift.

(Check my last post on the Berry Basket! It compliments the bouquet!!)

Teacher Gift 2With the school year done as well as little league, there are tons of important people to thank. From the classroom teacher, class mom volunteer, little league managers, and team moms. All these people put in the extra hard work for your children. They go above and beyond to make the year or season run smoothly. Here is a great DIY End Of School Year/End Of Season gift to those important ladies. Let’s get started with my DIY inspired FarmGirl bouquet.

As mentioned, my birthday was just last week and I received a beautiful FarmGirl bouquet from my brother. The idea of a carefully wrapped burlap bouquet of fresh blooms is quite brilliant. After unwrapping the beauty I was able to figure out how to create my own rendition and take the idea for a small simple bouquet for gift to others.

Farmgirl

(Checkout my blog post HERE recapping my 29th Birthday)

LoveFlowers

Here’s what you’ll need for the DIY Inspired FarmGirl Flower Bouquet.

Materials:

– Scissors

-Twine/ Ribbon/ Yarn

-Burlap

-Foam

– Gift Tag

-Flowers (I purchased my tall Larkspur bunch from Traders Joes for $3.99)

Directions:

1.) First cut your flowers at a decent size. weather you prefer tall or short, I like to pre-size them up against a standard size mason jar or small desk vase.

2.) Simply, cut and snip, and clean the stem with loose leaves or thorns.

3.) Take your foam and soak in water (and squeeze!) Make sure the foam isn’t soaking wet, but just enough not to dry up by delivery time. This will add moisture to the stems of the flowers to hydrate them, during travel time and delivery.

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4.) Take your foam and cut a large size triangle. Have the size of the foam compliment the size of the bottom half of the stems of the bouquet.

5.) Fold your foam triangle, making sure the bottom of the stems are completely covered.

6.) Using your twine, tighten the foam around the bottom part of your bouquet.

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7.) Once the foam piece is secured and tied, place your bouquet on top of the burlap.

This is when I seriously had to play around with my burlap. Note, I was using scraps of burlap I had. Just about the size of a table runner.

8.) I wrapped by bouquet and tightened it with more twine, leaving enough of the flower to poke over at the top.

Burlap WrappedAfter following the above steps your bouquet it almost finished, and should look like this. From here, we’ll style the burlap to there’s more florals showing through.

9.) Take the opening of the burlap and fold it back. If your burlap is stiff, try pining it back with a safety pin, or sewing needle pin.

Final

And viola! There is your DIY inspired FarmGirl Flower Bouquet! I only spend $3.99 for the flowers! Everything else, I had here at home, scraps of foam, burlap, and twine are staples I always have in my craft supplies! Check out my next post, on the berry basket gift that compliments this bouquet of flowers!

What I love most about this bouquet, is its easy to make, simple, and can be given at any occasion. Mother’s Day, visiting a friend and her newborn, and like I’ve mentioned, can be a perfect gift for teachers and team moms alike! Enjoy!!

Smiles

Birthday Love

Last Friday on my birthday, two of my girlfriends treated me out to a cute little British Tea room in San Francisco, called LoveJoy’s Tea Room. Located right along Church St. in Noe Valley, this is a perfect place for a girls day out! Their scones and sandwiches are delightful. Their cute little tea sandwiches and scones are neatly arranged and displayed on plated tiers, served with delicious butter and jam that add that perfect touch to your toasty fresh scone. Warm scones, tasty tea sandwiches and a bottomless pot of tea await you at LoveJoy’s.

LoveJoy

As we were hosted to our reserved spot, located right at the front bench window, the seats were decorated with a number of various vintage pillows and cushions;I noticed a bouquet of flowers sitting on our table. Instinctively, before enjoying the beautiful bouquet I searched for a card, or any tag. FarmGirlFlowers, of San Francisco is were it was delivered from, and ordered by my younger brother! As I’m tearing up enjoying the beautiful gift arrangement of wildflowers, peonies, pink/lavender calla lilies, roses, and cabbage life blooms – I could only send positive energy and vibes to people all around me. The energy was definitely real. I was completely touched by the beautiful burlap wrapped gift.

To my brother Justin, if you’re reading this. Thank you so much for the special delivery. It really put a huge smile on my face.

Tea Table

Below, we ordered 3 variations of the Queen’s Tea (Tea Service). It includes your choice of two sandwiches,served with cabbage salad in a caraway cream dressing, organic spring greens, a scone with preserves and devon cream, a crumpet with meyer lemon curd, fresh fruit, a petit four and tea tea biscuit.

 

Tier

Shared between the three of us, we were table to try 6 of their sandwiches, which were: the classic cucumber & cream cheese, chicken-apple-walnut salad, smoked turkey & dijon, cream cheese & green apple, salmon mousse (which I didn’t try- due to sea food allergies), and the Bay shrimp & mayonnaise chicken asparagus. All were absolutely delicious!!

TeaRoom

Our selection of teas were Earl Grey, China Rose Petal and  Passion Fruit. Each of us had out own tea pot served to us, as well as a cute tea cup placed on two saucers, a provided strainer, milk and cream.

TeaRoom2

As my friends and I enjoyed our afternoon tea, we discussed upcoming plans for the weekend. Since, I’ve been living and breathing fitness and working out – the girls agreed to join me for a Sunday morning hike. We ended our late afternoon enjoying the sweet treats on chocolate bon bons, and adoring the cute quaint decor of the tea room, we topped it with photos taken at every corner of the tea room, and outside too! Literally, the tea room is filled with tea pots, lace vintage doilies, porcelain figurines, and amazing soft prints and textures complimented with distressed mix matched furniture.

As simple as the my birthday was spent, I couldn’t have spent it any other way! Short, sweet, and surrounded by good vibes, a good atmosphere, a delightful food and tea. It doesn’t take much for me to smile, and its the littlest details that make me swoon.

LoveJoys

Thank you all who wished me a Happy Birthday! Turning 29 definitely as made me realize all you need is love and joy to keep on smiling. I look forward to the new year at a new age, and pushing into my 30s!!!!

Smiles

Simple Hydrangea Grapevine Wreath

Many of my friends and family have become huge fans of my custom wreaths. I’m so happy to see the reaction of my family members when they see their wreaths. Here’s another wreath I had made for Derrick’s mom, for Mother’s Day. Her style is more simple, and loves the lavender purple hues in her home. Although the shade of purple can be overpowering, this custom wreath shows how to use touches of the color through accent flowers.

Here’s what you’ll need for this wreath:

-Grapevine Wreath

-Zipties

-Scissors

-Faux Flowers

Check out my latest DIY  burlap wreath I made for my mom here.

Grapevine Wreath

 

The steps are just the same from my previous wreath tutorial, except eliminating the burlap/deco mesh step. Not everyones style can handle the full brave burlap puffs over their wreath, so terminating that option creates a much more simpler earthy grapevine wreath.

Secure your flowers with zipties, fastening them directly to the wreath. Arrange them in a free loose position, vs gathered tightly and bunched. This will create a nice organic look to the decorative wreath.

ZipTies

The classic silhouette of a natural grapevine wreath accessorized with flowers on one side adds a modern element to the wreath. Once all the floral pieces are secured and in place, add in your gift tag, or card you partnered the wreath with. Since it’s a decorative outdoor piece, I see no need to place it into a gift bag or adding a gift bow.

So, that’s it! Here’s a simple hydrangea grapevine wreath, for the simple home decorator. Along with this gift, I added in a door hook to the wreath, which adds in no stress to her!!  It’s basically a gift thats ready to be displayed! What are you favorite home decor go-to gifts? Comment!!

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Lipsticks That Work for Me!

I’ve been a sucker for Asian Beauty products. One, it’s affordable. Two, the quality suites my taste as I have simple make-up essentials that don’t need me to be in front of the mirror way to long. Especially lipsticks!! As a working mom, with two boys with crazy schedules, I like to run out the door looking polished, and clean and little done up.

Check out Kailijumei Beauty!!

Kailijumei Beauty provides these awesome simple beauty lipsticks that change to your temperature color!! Seriously! The best product, on the face of the planet!

Happy Shopping!

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