Yearly Archives: 2012

Favorite Things

| Bliss

Looking for a few last minute Christmas gifts this weekend?

I forgot to mention that the Mom’s Night Out Party I threw had a “Favorite Things” Dirty Santa theme. It was a great idea because everyone brought something they loved and it was a nice way to share something that perhaps someone else hadn’t seen before.

So this is a list of a few of my favorite “mommy” gifts (no, there are no stretchy pants or mom-jeans). Most of these are under $20 so they’d make great stocking stuffers too!


Philosophy Pure Grace Rollerball – $18 

It smells like soap and for a Mommy who doesn’t always get to shower first thing in the morning – smelling clean is the next best thing. I like the rollerball because it’s compact and can be kept in a purse or diaper bag.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Wash – $10 (3 oz)

Another hit from Philosophy, it’s a clean smelling gentle face wash.

Total Effects Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer – $20

It’s a multi-tasker – just like every Mommy. Great for everyday wear because it combines moisturizer with a light tint and also a SPF.

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation – $34

A light foundation with fabulous coverage – doesn’t look cakey or feel heavy. Okay so this is one she’d probably want to buy for herself – so just get her a Sephora gift card (bonus: it comes with a double mirrored compact).

Urban Decay – Naked Palette $50 or Naked Basics $27

Great range of practical colors all in one palette – I like having everything in one place instead of a bunch of different little eyeshadows. Naked Basics was just released and features matte colors.

Wet N Wild – Megalast Polish – $1.99

This polish has a wider brush so it’s easy to apply evenly and it lasts FOREVER! Plus it’s a cheap drugstore brand so it’s easy to find and won’t break the bank. Love the color “I Need A Refresh Mint”

Suave Dry Shampoo – $3

Great for refreshing hair in a hurry – it’s a lifesaver on mornings when toddlers want to do everything on their own schedule.

EOS – Mint Lip Balm – $2.99

Refreshing, easy to find in a bag due to it’s unique shape and doubles as a “ball”…my toddler loves to throw it.

Personalized Items

Personalized Bracelet – Etsy $45

Personalized Necklace – Etsy $39

A nice way to display children’s initials.

Blank Canvas Mug – $10

This was what I got at the party! It’s a great thing for a working Mommy – since she can add photos of her little ones and change them out as they grow.

Art Me – $245 (12×12)

A nice way to display a child’s art in a single print.

$$ Saving DIY Option: Have a mat cut with multiple openings at any framing store and then simply insert the child’s artwork behind the openings.

A Few Other Personal Favorites

Leather Bracelets – Etsy $18

I love these bracelets – especially for the summer. This shop also has metallic ones that might be nice for the winter.

Etsy Shop – Petitor

I love a lot of her small pendant necklaces. She also has adorable packaging.

Puma – Sneakerina

Easy on, easy off, cute sneakers. Enough said.

JCrew & Michael Kors
My mother’s day and birthday presents. Rose gold, mint & lots of sparkles…just a few of my favorite things.

Happy Shopping!

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Boxes of Joy

| Decor, DIYs, Parties

I usually like taking treats to our neighbors at Christmas. So after my holiday party and Hot Cocoa Bar I was able to put together these cute boxes pretty easily.

I found these boxes at Micheal’s (they actually came with inserts for cupcakes – so I’ve stashed those away for another time). Good luck finding them now though, I went looking for some ribbon to finish up my wrapping and our local store looked like it had been cleaned out (they are the brand “Celebrate It”).

One of our neighbors has three children so filling a box full of cookies for them was no problem, however since our other neighbor is an older lady who lives alone I didn’t really want to load her up with a dozen cookies.

Instead I included a cup from the party with a bag of cocoa mix and another bag of toppings along with her cookies (since the cups came with lids it made it a great way to package it all together).

I really like these individual servings especially since there are usually a plethora of treats this time of year. It would make a great gift for an officemate since the cocoa could be made in an office microwave.

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Holiday Party Hot Cocoa Bar (Printables)

| Bliss, Decor, DIYs, Parties

I recently hosted a Mom’s Night Out Holiday party. Since it started at 7:00 I figured most people would have eaten dinner but wanted to have a little something for my guests to snack on.

What’s better for a holiday party than
hot cocoa & cookies?

Initially I thought I’d do basic powdered hot cocoa but while shopping at Homegoods I happened to run across some packages of hot-cocoa-on-a-stick. I hadn’t seen it before but thought it would make it a little easier for people than having to measure and scoop. I’m not sure where else these would be carried but TomKat Studio recently had a recipe if you’d like to make your own.

Since all the flavors looked the same I created some different colored flags to let people know what flavor they were getting.

When it came to cups, I realized normal paper cups wouldn’t do for hot cocoa but when I looked for disposable coffee cups in a small quantity, sadly all I could find were some generic Dixie cups.

This didn’t really seem to be too festive.

So I created a cup wrapper template and found some fun holiday paper (I used scrapbook paper but wrapping paper would be fun too). I also created a little label inspired one I’d seen on pinterest (which sadly the website for doesn’t exist anymore).

Hot milk was available in an insulated pump pot and I provided some fun toppings for people including marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, whipped cream, vanilla filled pirouettes and sprinkles (crushed peppermint and caramel would be good additions also).

I had a few treats to go along with the cocoa.

Gingerbread Cookies

Sugar Cookies

 Store-bought truffles & cheescake bites (which I just popped into some mini cupcake wrappers) and peanut butter blossum cookies.

I also made the water bottles a little more festive with some quick & easy bottle wraps.

Printables are now available in the SHOP!

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