ModCloth Gift Ideas – on a budget!

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‘Tis the season for gifting! And ModCloth wants to help you find the perfect presents for everyone on your list with their 2014 Holiday Gift Gift. Shop using their handy categories, or check out presents inspired by trendsetting bloggers, including A Beautiful Mess, Oh Joy!, Girl with Curves. Utterly unique and endlessly fab.

Check out these fun gift ideas – ALL UNDER $20!!

Scheme and Sugar Mug – $14.99

Like the clever fox that peeks out from this orange mug, youre planning an eventful day as you sip your coffee. This adorable critter rests upon a handled, ceramic silhouette, cradling a caffeinated pick-me-up to help you tackle your busy schedule!

Taken with Tomes Necklace – $12.99

If the novel in your hands isnt evidence enough, this bibliophile-inspired pendant is sure to prove your wordy adoration. Lending booklover new meaning, this charm is set in brassy-gold and reads Literature is my boyfriend in sienna script beneath a clear dome. Dangling from a ball chain, this piece proclaims your one true love – reading!
Seriously..I’m a big lover of sloths… Just look at that face!!

You Sleep Me Hanginb – $13.99

Make 2015 the rest year ever with this charming calendar! Created by Lucy Cooke – who has been called the Steven Spielberg of sloth filmmaking – this colorful calendar boasts fact-filled captions from the zoologist, filmmaker, and author. Each month welcomes another vivid photo of sloths sleeping, stretching, hanging from trees, and being generally adorable for a year of cuddly cuteness!

Pack Your Trunks Earrings – $9.99

Any gal on the go has her list of travel musts – comfy but stylish knits, a big, multi-pocketed bag, and these darling earrings, of course! Crafted in the shape of tiny elephants, these golden posts are a lovable accessory to flaunt in any location or during any occasion. Whether you’re wearing them on the plane along with a striped sweater and grey cargo skinnies or stepping out to dinner and drinks on the town in a jersey LBD, you’ll be so glad you packed these tiny pachyderms!
I own these and they are equally as stylish as they are useful!

Bubby’s Matryoshkas Measuring Cups – $14.99

This set of six dry measuring cups by Fred instantly reminded me of my loving grandmother, her fondness of baking delicious, decadent cookies, and her proud Slovakian ancestry, about which, if you’re interested, she will gladly elucidate you for hours on end. Luckily, I inherited her love for baking. In particular, I adore making cupcakes – super sugary ones, with smashed cookies in the batter, ample amounts of ridiculously creamy, smooth, cavity-inducing frosting, tasty coatings of colorful sprinkles, and – okay, sorry, I’ll stop there. In addition to being fully functional kitchen gadgets, the matryoshka doll facade of these nesting measuring cups makes them ideal for decorating my barren counter top. I cannot wait to add their traditional charm to my kitchen’s decor! -Annie, Fashion Writer

So.. What’s on your wish list this year?


Little Passports Announces Early Explorers Subscription for Preschoolers!

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Hooray! Earlier in the year we had the chance to try out the Little Passport service. You can read about it here. I loved the idea and execution but my (then) 3 year old was a little too young to take advantage all the service had to offer. In some exciting news, Little Passports has announced the release of new kits specifically made for preschoolers!! I can’t wait to try them!

Little Passports has a wonderful new program for preschoolers, called Early Explorers. Children ages 3 to 5 can experience the joy of learning about new cultures.

Each month, your child will be introduced to a new theme like animals, music, and landmarks. Early Explorers is designed with preschoolers in mind and provides fun and educational activities, souvenirs and stickers. During the first month, a Traveler’s Kit arrives in a fun orange suitcase. It holds everything a child needs to start learning about the world:

  • An activity book introducing new characters Max, Mia, and their dog Toby.
  • A wall-sized world map
  • Stickers and a wall decal
  • A luggage tag

After the first month, a monthly World Theme Kit arrives, which contains:

  • An activity booklet
  • Souvenirs
  • Flashlight Adventures
  • Stickers and wall decals

Early Explorers makes a unique holiday gift for children ages 3 to 5. Learn more about Early Explorers from Little Passports.

Easy Easter craft

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Easter is right around the corner but there’s still plenty of time to do this easy Easter hatching chick and egg craft!

I prepped the pieces, then E positioned, glued and assembled. I cut egg shapes out of paper and drew lines to cut across to created the cracked egg effect. I planned on having her cut these herself to practice scissor skills but she was too impatient because, hello, there was glue involved, and glue is the best part.

I also precut yellow circles from tissue paper, some small, some large, to create the chick’s body and head. Some small orange paper rectangles and a black marker made up the beak and eyes.20140418-112104.jpg



20140418-112148.jpgThis last one she did without any assistance at all. I’m so proud!

Kiwi Crate has lots more free DIY easter crafts on their pages, including these cute cupcake wrapper flowers and bunny ear chocolate bars!

DIY Valentine’s Crafts from Kiwi Crate

It’s not too late to get crafty for this Valentine’s Day!

This heart stamp made from a toilet paper tube is a huge hit at our house. I’m so thankful for the idea! Ever is obsessed with using TP tubes for crafts but I have to be honest, my grown up brain quickly runs out of ideas for them. Currently the most popular projects involve painting them or cutting them into a billion tiny pieces for me to pick up later.

Here are a few crafts from Kiwi Crate you could still enjoy before the big day!

DIY Paper Roll Heart Stamp

DIY Mosaic Heart DIY Dreamcatchers

Creativity… Delivered!
Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like Music, Color, Robots, and Safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together. see sample crates ››

Kiwi Crate

And for even more crafty inspiration, visit their DIY Ideas page to check out the latest and greatest on easy projects you can do right at home.

Perfect for snowy days and sunny days, Kiwi Crate is here to combat boredom!

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