Knock six gifts off your list for less than $100!


I am going to assume you have been to Target and had a chance to check out the #TOMSforTarget line released last week. It’s pretty good friends! We went shopping just two days after the launch and our Target’s racks were mostly empty. That’s really exciting because each item you buy either feeds a child for a week, gets them a blanket or a new pair of shoes. Pretty easy to decide to give two awesome gifts in one swift gesture. If you haven’t been to Target, or haven’t had a chance to check out the line, let me show you want we snatched up for $100. Six gifts people!

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Knit Hat $12 – Candle in wood votive $15 – Glass hot/cold beverage bottle $15  

Super soft throw blanket $30 - TOMS logo shirt for kids $12 – Faux leather journal with pen $18

see full line here

OK, so I went $2 over, but still. To knock six presents off your list for less than $100 is a Christmas miracle around this house. Truth be told, we bought two things for ourselves. Joey really loved the journal and liked the idea of keeping all our DIY project notes in one spot, and that spot happens to be very well designed and nice looking. I called dibs on the super soft blanket because like most women collect shoes, I collect blankets (and chairs, and lighting).

Toms for Target gift guide

I thought the selection was good, and affordable enough to buddy up some items together. For example, the journal-er or sketcher in your life would probably love the faux leather notebook and the candle ’cause who doesn’t like to get creative to candle light? I am pretty sure that candle would pair well with one of the throw blankets as well for a very cozy gift. Both combo’s are under $50 which is especially good when you need to buy a ton of gifts for a ton of people.

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I was bummed the woman’s blanket sweaters were sold out and the white jean jacket looked pretty nice online and I would have loved to see them in person. We are going to find another target to see if we can check out more items in person there. I also want to snag more candles because they are really nice and now I want one.

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A few of you who follow along on our Instagram asked about this “together sweater”, and sadly it’s not for sale in the line, it was just a promotional item we are having a little too much fun with. Atlas likes to share with me, and it’s pretty darn cute.

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Sweater 2 600

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Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

 Compensation was provided by Target.  The opinions expressed herein are ours and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

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#TOMSforTarget (!!!)


You guys!!!! The holiday’s are heeeeeeere! To me, the holidays begin with my birthday (11/13) and go until January 1. It’s cozy, gift-y, giddy, beverage season. The coffee cups turn red, the pumpkin spice turns peppermint, and the indoor snugglefest activities begin. Being I am a Fall baby, it’s my season to love-on the hardest and it puts me in good spirits for months – as long as I don’t actually have to deal with the cold.

Part of the cozy feeling comes from giving. I have already found myself gifting nearly all my friends in one way or another with small tokens of gratitude or encouragement, and the universe has her ways because I have been feeling extra treated lately. Just yesterday a complete stranger ahead of me at a drive thru coffee place paid it forward and treated me to coffee (I did the same for the person behind me too!). Giving good doesn’t always equal a big price tag or elaborate display.

When Target asked me to participate in getting the #TOMSforTarget word out, I am thrilled to join forces and pull together my top picks for giving one-for-one style (meaning when you buy a #TOMSforTarget gift starting 11/16, for each item someone is getting a much needed blanket from Red Cross or meal from FEED or shoes from TOMS!). I think I hit up something for everyone, and the prices are SO GOOD. Such a thoughtful and classy way to give this year.

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No high price tags, but such cute stuff that helps so many people in need. It’s genius. I am excited to round up all my gifts for friends and fam with the whole line this year being we are super duper low on time this year, and I think it’s a really thoughtful way to give a little useful something to everyone on my list in one quick trip.

Did you get to see the line in person yet? What did you think? I know Atlas is getting a new pair of shoes, mama is getting that sweater, Joey is getting the striped tee, and the house is getting that super cute blanket. What did you pick up?

Toms For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we’re (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget

 Compensation was provided by Target.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

 

9 No-Fail Boy Gifts

nine no-fail boy gifts

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Gift-giving season is upon us. Ya know, the season where alllll the kiddies birthday’s seem to fall within days of each other? Here is a round up of our current faves for fuss-free and unique gift giving for the boys (and girls too of course!).

I am sure you have heard of #5! Freshly Picked seriously has THE BEST (alllll caps, and meaning it) little shoes for little feet. We snagged this pair for our little runner who’s obsessed with velcro and he doesn’t even notice these slip-on/slip-off’s are on. Which means they stay on. And are cute. And work with everything.

Freshly Picked + Rich Hippies

How cute do these shoes look with Rich Hippies Lumberjack Collection? Seriously.

Our #6 pick is a shameless plug for our kid’s clothing line, Rich Hippies. We are obsessed with the drawing Duane Hosein did for our Lumberjack collection and also obsessed with the organic soft cotton he’s screenprinted on.

For #8 we got to snag a beaver set at Porter Flea (lucky us!), and I can say with confidence this brand is amazing. Our larger set does not fit 16 month old Atlas (and he’s pretty huge), so we are ordering a smaller bear set for him. He loves seeing himself in the mirror with something new on like a hat, or mask. He loved to put it on and take it off. The soft felt is well stitched for many uses and the designs are soooo cute. These super hero masks are killing it right now and I think would make great for little boys on their birthday!

If you like #5, #6, and #8, you may want to hop on over to instagram, and follow @makingahouseahome for an awesome giveaway coming very soon. *wink wink*

 

Holiday shopping, yep!

You can thank or curse me later, but this is your new addiction. I am sorry! But it’s a really great way to organize your shopping. I made a folder or “board, kind of like pinterest) for the dream list of stuff to get Atlas, and I have done one for our home, and have just started a fashion one. In the middle of doing this, they did a little feature on our kid picks! Color me honored.

prowl making  a house a homeReason I think this is so perfect right now is, I have to start organizing holiday shopping. I am 1/2 way done! Yep, every year my goal is to have every last gift purchased and wrapped before Halloween. I hope I can do it this year! Last year was a bit hectic with a load of guests + being 8 months preggo, but this year it’s just the three of us – so some mailer gifts and simple stuff for the three of us will be perfect!

How do you organize your shopping? If you decide to Prowl, let’s stalk each others goods!

 

Instasale Sneak Peeks!

I know, I know. I am kinda phoning it in this week with the lack of DIY posts, but with good reason. Today is day six of being sick. I finally started to get my voice back yesterday after three days of zero voice. If you are our insta-friends, you know all about it. Speaking of….

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Yesssss! We are hosting our first #instasale ! I am so excited. I love the idea of flash sales and pop up shops! We have a bunch of rad finds, and we are going to hook you up!

How to Instashop!

For those who have never instashopped before, let me clue you in. On May 15th at 7pm EST on our instagram feed (@makingahouseahome) we will post an image, just like the ones you see below + a price + product info on our instagram feed only.

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The first person who leaves their paypal email address + shipping zip, is the new owner! Pretty fun, huh? Here is a sneak peek at some other goodies we will have!

brass face mug, brass face

Love these guys! Will be hard to see them go!

metal ice bucket, flower ice bucket

One more peek before you run off to have an amazing weekend.

brass crabThis brass crab has a secret hiding spot!

brass crab

Eeeep! I can barely contain myself! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (makingahouseahome) for all the details, and cute pics of Atlas of course!

 

What I Want For Mother’s Day

I think I am pretty easy when it comes to shopping. I have a few things I want every year, and Joey always seems to find a way to get the goods on special occasions + he is super amazing about surprises! This is my first Mother’s Day and I am so excited! I really don’t care about the gifts, but the hubs insisted, so I got to thinking what do I want for Mother’s Day!?

lulu frost, stackable number rings

I love these stackable number rings from Lulu Frost. I also love the idea of getting Atlas’ birthdate, and mixing the metals! He was born 1/23, so I was thinking the “1″ could be silver, and the “2″ and “3″ could be gold.

kimono fringe, hippie kimono, boho kimono

I could live in a kimono this Summer, can’t you? I am waiting for the one on the right to not be sold out anymore, but I could also happily live in the one on the left. Both from Shop Planet Blue.

swisstedshop

I will take all three please. Thank you. These remained and redesigned museum quality gems are from Swissted Shop and make me so happy in the nerdiest ways possible.

Another great baby find

How much would you spend on a crib? A mattress? I thought around $100 was the going price for a crib and another $100 for a good mattress. And like everything else we have given our baby, a lot of thought went into the whole sleep issue. I am scared. to. death. of SIDS and doing something which may lead to autism. We have a family member who quite possibly became autistic from having their crib next to lead paid. It’s a reality (1 in 80 kids, 1 in 55 boys!) that’s scary with an unknown source, and guess what a real one of those sources may be? The mattress. Yep. So, lets talk about this.

We bought the organic clothes, organic food to supplement, and now the organic mattress. We decided on a 90% organic 10% non-organic life for our baby, but we knew the mattress had to hands down be as pure as possible.

We checked out Intellibed, and found out their position on a baby mattress was aligned with ours. No off gassing (like our mattress had, which was weird), totally non-toxic, organic, and crazy unique. Seriously, this mattress feels insane and I am very jealous of Atlas. It is very heavy and very sturdy, and the baby loves it. Best of all, I trust him on it.

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Right now we are on a routine where he sleeps next to us, and most likely will for another four months, but during the day he naps in his room. We also put him in his crib and let him play while we work on projects or clean. The Intellibed Mini came with an organic zip cotton cover, which we let him hang out on. Needless to say, we love it and totally recommend it. I may even climb into his crib and test it out myself because the feeling is so unique and awesome. But here is the deal, it’s a $400 mattress. Well $399. Why would you buy a mattress that costs that much, when you can snag one for less than $100? Remember that talk I wanted to have with you? It involves very scary stuff.

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Most mattresses for cribs are toxic. America doesn’t really have any rules for this kind of stuff, so your baby can be breathing in pretty rancid stuff for long periods of time. If you want to get more info, there are some great facts on the Intellibed site. I am far from a scientist or doctor, but I suspect that’s not so healthy for babies. There is also this Columbia University did a study that will blow your mind. They actually found a chemical in the bellybuttons of babies found in mattresses that lead to children having developmental issues.  I figure this isn’t so much a luxury item, but more of a life quality item. Intellibed should be the standard.

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I figure it was worth sharing some scary info (even though I hate to think about this stuff, I am sure you do too), as I am always up for knowing what my options are and then making the best decision I know how. The crib wound up being about $400, but we got it as a gift, and the mattress another $400. So the $200 budget looks more like an $800 budget, but it’s worth the peace of mind knowing that your mini me is on a firm surface that’s totally safe. So we are officially adding this as can’t-live-without-item #7  (1-6 here) for us.

Convinced you can’t live without this mini mattress for your little one (or yourself for that matter)? We have a 10% off code for our readers good on ANY  Intellibed! Use MakingaHouseaHome at check out.

We were compensated for this post, but believe in this product 100% and have been truthful in expressing our thoughts. 

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