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!

World Market Must Have

Guys!! My local World Market is closing!!! I was killing time one afternoon while my son was at karate, and I over heard my local radio station that my Cost Plus World Market is closing. They’re going through their liquidation sale!! Once I heard that, I zoomed right over to the shopping center!!!!

For those who are unfamiliar with World Market, it’s basically the affordable shopping market to find unique and authentic global eclectic decor. From discovering handmade rugs, mid-century modern furniture, with styles from industrial, Moroccan, Indian, Vintage, plenty of patterns, and also selling items from furniture, lighting, rugs, curtains, tabletop, kitchen, to wines and snacks. One major item I’ve been eyeing for awhile is their Galvanized Cake Stand.


Cost Plus World Market

Galvanized Cake Stand ($9.99-$17.99)

Sizes: 10″, 12″, 8″

I was able to score the 8″ stand for $7, and the 10″ for $9, on clearance for 30%!!!!! Now, I obviously don’t need these stands for any occasion in particular, but I do see it used currently as my kitchen islands, storage area for fruits, and granola bars. Check out a few more inspiration I’ve been swooning over…


Above Pic: Shop Magolia Market

I love the idea of using it as a plant stand.

When guests are around I definitely use the stands to serve small treats and toppings/garnishes.

I may use my new galvanized cake stands to store a few small plates, and glass bottles.

What are your favorite uses for cake stands? What about galvanized items? The industrial/ rustic feel of these carries, brings out the country girl in me…Just like how the Pioneer Woman line. Comment below! What are your favorite cake stand styling techniques?

Holiday Clearance Finds

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! With family, friends, food, and gifts, the parties may be done for a couple days, until New Years Eve (tomorrow). Some of us may still be traveling, others may start taking down our holiday decor. The other group of us are probably holiday clearance shopping!!!!!!

Out of all of the holiday clearance shopping stores to check out, there are only a few I LOVE.

Cost Plus World Market

Michael’s Craft Stores



As slowly started putting my holiday decorations away, there were times I took a needed coffee break, and purposely to leave the house….And of course I’d swing by the Starbucks at my local Target. For you Target lovers there, holiday clearance shopping is the next best thing to Christmas itself! From items from 30%, knocked down to 50%, then 70%, and all the way to 90%. Oh my lanta….Christmas decorations, gift wrap, gift bags, lighting, and other do-dads from $8 to $0.50 clearance ya’ll!!

You can also check out their website so see any items you’ve been eyeing out all Christmas season. I, on the other hand love the hunt, and checking whatever Target I roam into, and checking out their inventory. Or, whatever is left.

Ornaments, ornaments, ornaments…..

Remember those $3 ornaments?? What was $3 per ornament (which I DID hold myself back earlier this month,) are now all $1.50-$0.92-$0.30 EACH!!! Yes girl. YES!!! A whopping $1.50 or less for the cutest ornaments from Target!!

My Clearance Finds of 2016: (as seen in the picture below)

  • Navy Blue House Ornament, Target ($1.50)
  • Letter “C” Glass Ornament, Target (Last Christmas 2015, $1.50)
  • Small & Large Gold Deer Candle Holder, Michael’s ($4.99-$3.50)

What cool finds have you found this Holiday?? What great deals are out there? Comment below!!

Can’t wait to continue clearance shopping all break! Be sure to follow me on IG to see what awesome budget deals I find this end of the year.

End Of Summer Clearance Finds

Summer is over, and  well, according to what the people say the first official day of autumn was September 22nd, which was 3 days ago. While I’ve pushed out all my autumn decor, and putting away my staple summer decorative pieces — retail stores have been marking down their summer inventory! Here are a few items that I’ve stumbled upon from UrbanOutfitters to Target!!

While shopping my at favorite retails, I always make it an effort to check out the stores backend of the store, or “end caps” of department aisle. UrbanOutfitters is one of my most favorite places to purchase marked down items. Whenever it’s the end of a season, retailers have to get rid of their previous inventory. UrbanOufitters apartment clearance items are a go-to for me!

While visiting Santana Row I had spotted a few ceramic mugs on the shelf. Stacked on top of one another, and mixed with a few political mugs. Mugs marked down to half the original price, is a definietly a home run. I had spotted 4 mugs that I was crushing over. A milk glass-esque mug, to 2 aqua and navy blue ceramic mugs. Originally $8, and cut down to $4.99, I knew I couldn’t pass them up.

See folks, I have a decorative mug problem. I collect mugs. And not just any mug. I like mix matching, simple mug coffee/tea cups. Usually mugs can cost you over $12.99 to $14.99. So seeing $4.99 for a cup is a steal!!! I ended up purchasing a “Natural High” mug, and a soft faint aqua colored mug. My personal kitchen style gravitates towards, soft, dainty, and eclectic. Really, I don’t have a name for it. If I like it, I buy it. I don’t like really giving a name to my style because it’s always changing. One minute I’ll love rustic pieces, another month I’ll be strictly all about vintage. What can I say? I can’t stick with one style.

I’ve come to terms that my house will never be at its finished complete perfect look. I’m always constantly buying more things every week. Yes. Literally, every week. From little small contributions to my home, my collection grows at a stable pace, with an evolving look, that turns to something new every time. Check out my newest page on my Home & Style page of my blog! From there you check out my interiors page, and see posts of my home!

Summer clearance mark downs are really fun. Something self-control is needed at hand. Example. If you find yourself at Target, and see all the fall/Halloween decor everywhere you look. It’s only September, and October hasn’t even hit. All the Halloween decor impulse shopping can honestly wait. Take your butt straight to the back end of the store and check out the Home & Garden clearance section. Marked down items from gardening tools, patio pieces, to fun summer picnic accessories. Check out these half dipped wooden coasters. Last seasons current trend of half painted pieces create a simple, modern fun touch to everyday pieces.

I scored the set of 4 coasters at $3.99 at Target. Each coaster had a wooden finish, with a half dipped painted touch from colors of white, aqua, coral, to sea-foam. A perfect pair to the set of 2 mugs I had previously purchased at UrbanOutfitters.

If you’re on budget with home decor, and need to spruce up the home, it’s all about adding small decorative pieces. At times, I lean on fresh florals to add life to my home, other times, I just need something new.


Check out the total of my new pieces:



Natural High Mug, $4.99

Aqua Mug, $4.99

Target Coasters, $3.99

TOTAL: $14

A small amount does accumulate over time, as small purchases like these are made, but to me it’s all worth it. These coasters, and mugs have been in use everyday within my household.  What are your current end of summer marked down finds? Comment below!!

Spontaneous Summer Sandal Shopping

Summer sandals! Summer sandals!!! Yes!!! These are my most favorite items to purchase for summer, besides ice cream, and ice coffee!! After a quick visit to Safeway, I took a quick glimpse to my left and saw a Payless shoe store. Without giving it no thought, I allowed myself to walk in. By golly wow!!! The summer sandals!!! Swoon. And may I add in s a l e?!?!

Payless is currently having a fabulous sale on their summer sandals. Prices between $12-$16 each!!!!!!

Top (Montego Bay Club, Women’s Andi 2-Band Flat Sling)

Bottom (American Eagle, Women’s Robyn Flat Slide)

Above are two summer sandals I purchased. The above picture is a 2-band flat sling that is incredibly comfortable! Easy to slip on, with elastic band fabric to secure a perfect hold during long summer walks at craft fairs, and farmers markets! Originally $26.99, I paid a whopping $12!! I may just go back to purchase the coral white pair as well!!

The next pair is something I’ve been eyeing all summer long! These bohemian style flat slides are so fun and relaxed. Perfect for summer, and to pair with some loose roughed up boyfriend jeans (my favorite go to pants other than yoga pants!) I absolutely love, love, love, love these!! Their comfortable, reasonable priced, super cute, provide great colors, and super uber stylish for summer! I initially wanted the black ones, but the brown ones seemed fitting for me, since many of my current sandals are black. These flat slides are definitely a summer must have! Perfect. Comfortable, and absolutely the go-to sandal for most casual days!

Payless Footbeds

Are you a Payless fan like me?! Go run to your local Payless and check out their summer sale! You’ll definitely find the cool-girl style sandal there!! Transitional sandals, trendy, comfortable, and on clearance!!!


Target Haul (Under $10)

As a stay at home there have been many mornings where I drop off my son to school and drive straight to Target. At times my spending is very controlled, were I just stick with whatever is on the grocery list. Other times, I head straight to the Women’s Clearance racks and dig for clothes I really don’t need. Today was one of those Target days, but on a budget. I was killing time before an appointment I had with my sons Orthodontist. So of course, Target was fitting.

With nothing on my grocery list, I was able to control my spending. I mean, I just went crazy bridesmaid shopping for hotel decor and all, so sticking to a nice moderate budget helped me stay in control of my spending. I walked around Target, avoiding the women’s clothing, handbags, jewelry, makeup and stationary. Those places are definite danger zones for a Target shopper who is wandering.

I found myself at the kids clearance racks. I came across this wonderful textured-rib baseball pullover sweater for my youngest son. It’s still cold here in the Bay Area early mornings, and evenings so having this sweater would be great for him. I love the stitching and color-blocking. Greens and blues are my favorite colors for my boys! Not only that, but the price of this sweater cannot be beat! $2.50!!

4T Sweater


While I continued to walk around Target, avoiding the danger zones, I stepped into the Kitchen/Utensil asile. With getting something for my son, I felt like I needed something small for my other son. I came across these $0.75 Circo kid flatware set. Looking into my shopping cart I stayed within my favorite color duos that I oh-so-love for my boys. Blue and green..

Circo FlatwareMy kids are definitely at the age of handing their own utensils. When I was kid, I was taught the “scoop and push,” using the the spoon on my right, and fort on my left. Its Filipino basic dining etiquetteI’ve also seen this dining custom in Thailand. So I’m assuming is probably dining  etiquette is some parts of South East Asia.

Currently my kids just eat mainly with a fork, spoon for soup or cereal, and chop-sticks for Japanese/Vietnamese dishes. I’m surprised with myself that I haven’t gotten around to teaching them my native dining etiquette. So stumbling amongst the Circo flatware set was a must. And for $0.75 a set! I went along and purchased small bowls and a cup for each boy too!

Target SetAfter I grabbed coincidental blue green inspired flatware and matching sweater, I headed towards checkout.

Here’s the total:

Flatware Set ($0.75 Each/ 2 Sets): $1.50

Cups ($0.75 Each/ 2 Sets): $1.50

Small Bowl ($0.75 Each/ 2 Sets): $1.50

Medium Bowl ($0.75 Each/ 2 Sets): $1.50

4T Textured-Rib Pullover Sweater: $2.50

(Minus 5% Target Redcard)



Not bad for some morning Target shopping.