Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Last week we shared a gift ideas for mom that will pamper her. Take a look at that here, there are a number of things on that list that I have my eye on. Today we are sharing gift ideas for the active mom and let’s be honest… every mom (even if you don’t exercise) is an active mom, so this gift guide pertains to everyone!

Belt Bag – hands free is key, and this adorable bag can get you that look while keeping your belongings close
Workout Set – obsessed with this print, I love a workout set that can be worn as athleisure too! shop the top and leggings
Sweater – the perfect lightweight sweater to wear over your athleisure during the chilly spring days, or pair it with denim shorts for a casual look!
Sneakers – love the color of the light pink logo on these Vejas
Hat – cute and keeps your face out of the sun for baseball games!
Joggers – have and love these! They are extremely comfortable and flattering.
Scrunchies – the color options in this set are so good, not to mention the fact that they won’t damage your hair!
Claw Clips – in my cart now! Again, the colors on these claw clips are perfection.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

We are just under 3 weeks away from Mother’s Day! With it quickly approaching, we wanted to give you some ideas for what to get your mom, grandmother, aunt, friend, any female in your life really. This gift guide is specifically for the mom that likes to be pampered, who likes to take care of herself, and enjoys a spa day… obviously at home, who has time to actually go to the spa?!

ice roller * eye mask * brush * facial steamer * eye cream * towel warmer * light therapy mask * self tanning drops * candle * pillowcase

Ice Roller – depuffs, shrink pores, and helps with migraines
Eye Mask – my favorite eye masks, leaves your undereyes smooth and makes you look awake!
Mason Pearson Brush – obsessed with this brush! If you want a gift that will make your mom feel spoiled, this is it.
Facial Steamer – this is on my list of wants for sure, talk about a luxury
Eye Cream – SiO Beauty makes great skin care products and this eye cream is no joke (use code KELLY15 for a discount at checkout!)
Towel Warmer – my boys love having warm towels after a shower or bath!
Light Therapy Mask – I want to try this SO badly! I’ve heard great things!
Self Tanning Drops – how I look alive through the sunless winter months in Chicago
Candle – my absolute favorite candle brand
Silk Pillowcase – good for your hair & skin, this is a win for me!

Gift Guide for your Neighbor

*Corkcicle – the perfect gift for those late night drinks with your neighbor bestie after the kids go to bed
*Initial Mug – the perfect gift for those early morning impromptu playdates outside
*Gloves – the perfect gift to add a little fun and a little class while keeping warm
*Avocado Oil – the perfect gift for those that always (me!) borrow missing ingredients from your neighbor
*Pom Pom Hat – the perfect gift for those cold outdoor playdates in the snow
*Champagne Ornament – the perfect gift to add a little fun to her Christmas tree
*Serving Platter – the perfect gift for the neighbor who loves hosting

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

After a week (more like a month) of buying gifts for yourself and others, today is a day to think about a cause that is near to your heart or those less fortunate. It’s Giving Tuesday – a worldwide celebration! It is a day where we emphasize generosity and come together to by doing random acts of kindness, giving your time, giving your money, or advocating to support others. We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a couple nonprofits that are near and dear to our hearts and to give you a couple idea that you could celebrate Giving Tuesday (either by yourself or with the whole family).

Operation Christmas Child
This is a project that the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse heads up every year. The purpose of OCC is the show God’s love for children in a tangible way, through the gift of a shoebox that is packed with toys, school supplies, and hygiene products. Samaritan’s Purse makes it so easy to donate, you can build a shoe box online here. Every year we do this activity with the boys. They are able to pick out the age and gender of the child they are shopping for and (with some guidance) they pick out what they think the child would like. Throughout the process, this is such a great time to teach them about how blessed we are.

The Well Resource Center
This nonprofit is specific to the Chicagoland area. The Well exists to serve First Responders and their families. They provided counseling services for first responders to talk and process through things that have happened on (or off) the job. In addition to counseling, The Well hosts a number of different social programs to connect with First Responders – two of these weekly programs are a Bike Night and getting together to play basketball. If you would like to give to The Well, you can here! But there are many different ways that you can walk alongside this nonprofit that don’t include the giving of money. You could provide food for a local police department, provide a meal for a first responders family, write a note of encouragement to a First Responder, and more. To connect with one of those ways of giving back to The Well, click here.

CAST Water Safety Foundation
This is another local nonprofit that is near and dear to our hearts. CAST’s mission is to prevent childhood drowning and to create safer swimmers sooner. If you’ve been around here since the beginning, you know that we have the boys participate in ISR for swimming lessons. Since we started ISR we have been continuously amazed with the self-rescue swim lessons that the boys receive. Not only have the boys learned self-rescue skills but we as parents have learned so much about water safety (be on the lookout for more ISR updates as they are starting their refresher course this week!). We have personally benefited from CAST because of the scholarships they provide for those interested in lessons. They provide scholarships for military, nurses, teachers, & first responders families, for those with special needs or a disability (parent or child), or for those in need for financial assistance. If you want to donate to CAST click here, if you want to learn more about ISR click here!

Small Business Saturday

We know today is black friday but we are not covering those sales today. There are so many other people who do such a great job with coverage and we know it can be overwhelming to sift through all the different sales. So we wanted to focus on something a bit different today. With tomorrow being Small Business Saturday, we wanted to take today to get you prepared to shop some of our favorite small businesses. Some of these places do have Black Friday sales happening so you should definitely check them out either today or tomorrow. All of these small businesses that we are highlighting here are ones that we have consistently bought from and are staples in our families and homes.

*Fontana Candle Company – we love this clean candle brand
*Ellington Paper Company – you all know our favorite place to get our gift tags, stationery, christmas cards, etc
*Grow Fragrance – a toxin free, plant based air + fabric freshener that smells so so good!
*Smaller Things – the boys love their “Chicago Jams” but they now have Texas, NYC, LA, and birthday themed pajamas!
*Stephen Joseph – Kylie’s favorite water bottles (see the boys favorite water bottles here – from etsy)
*Fig + Olive – the only soap I will use on the boys, they have such sensitive skin. I also use this soap and lotion too!
*Mixy – become an expert mixologist with this mason jar, all you need to do is add the alcohol of your choice and then wait!
*Just Ingredients – this facial scrub and serum combination is a dream on your face, what makes them even better is that all the ingredients are clean and super beneficial for you and your skin!

Christmas 2021 Gift Guide for the Teacher/Caregiver

Christmas 2021 Gift Guide for the Teacher/Caregiver

It’s time to show some love for all the teachers and caregivers out there! Being teacher ourselves, we always SO appreciate it when our students (and their families) think of us during this holiday season. It is never something that we expect but the gesture, no matter how big or small, doesn’t go unnoticed and we are extremely thankful.

Whether your children are school aged or in a daycare setting, it is nice to say thank you to those that are with our children majority of the day. So we wanted to give you some ideas that you could pair with a gift card. Although we have come up with some items that you could give, if you are a person that feels strongly about giving a wrapped gift, we definitely feel that giving the gift of a gift card is always best for teachers/caregivers. Every teacher has such different styles, preferences, and likes that we feel it is safest/best to go the route of a gift card. That being said, I totally understand the desire of wanting to give a thought through gift – so here are some ideas that will not break the bank that you could still add a gift card to!

*Personalized Stationery – a simple flat notecard with their full name give the teacher the ability to use it at school or outside of the classroom as well.
*Water Bottle – we’ve posted this before but wanted to share it here because it is that good! Teachers talk a lot and don’t have the time to fill water bottles throughout the day – this water bottle is perfect because it lasts all day long!
*Lip Gloss – this set is 50% off right now with the code CYBERSZN
*Corckcicle Tumbler – this is always a pretty safe choice for a gift for anyone
*Cookies – who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?!
*Starbucks Cup – this adorable cup can hold all the cold drinks, not just coffee!

What are gifts that you like giving to your teachers?

Stocking Stuffers for the Kids

Stocking Stuffers for the Kids

We are so excited to partner with Tubby Todd for a giveaway for the kids today! We love and use Tubby Todd products and cannot wait to share this gift with someone else. Head to our instagram to find out how to enter.

Growing up (even now!) we both loved our stocking presents. In our family, stockings are from Santa and are a great combination of fun but practical items. We’ve kept those stocking traditions going for our families as well and we know our little get so excited to see what Santa brings them! Filling stockings for kids is great because they love the little stuff and you don’t have to spend a TON for them to think it is the best! Below, check out some items we are filling our children’s stockings with.

*Number Robots – these transforming number robots would be perfect for encouraging math fluency while playing
*Water Bottles – functional, leak proof, keeps liquids cold, personalized AND cute…. we have and love these!
*Tubby Todd Bath & Body Products – clean products that help with tricky skin are a necessity for us, it’s a bonus that the packaging is adorable too πŸ˜‰
*Bath-time Tea Set – bath toys are always something we are in need of restocking!
*Mini Construction Trucks – boy moms, can you ever have too many trucks??? Not in our house at least!
*Toothbrush – our littles love electronic toothbrushes, anyone else’s?!
*Solid Paint Sticks – have a little artist but hate the cleanup process with paint? Try these painting sticks… they are AMAZING
*Bandaids – our children love bandaids and this brand couldn’t have cuter designs (monsters, unicorns, and so many more!)
*Find & Seek – a travel size game for the whole family! Perfect to bring in the car, out to eat, or anywhere that you may need to kill time
*Mini Lego Set – all legos. All the time. Am I right? This set would fit perfectly in a stocking

Christmas 2021 Gift Guide For Him

Christmas 2021 Gift Guide For Him

Today’s gift guide is all about the men in your life – husband, dad, brother, the list goes on! We don’t know about you, but we always seem to have the hardest time shopping for them. We love getting ideas and inspiration from others, so we hope this gift guide inspires and helps you narrow down your gift giving search.

*Cooler – this is what I got Rob this year. Perfect for camping – and has 2 temperature settings!
*Sneakers – a new pair of sneakers is always a good idea
*Hat – this is Rob’s favorite brand
*Joggers – functional but fashionable, these joggers are a win win!
*Yeti – Christmas is always a good time to stock up on new yetis, the perfect gift for almost anyone
*Messager – we have an love this neck and back messager, highly recommend!
*Personalized Desk Calendar – perfect for the man who works from home or who is going back to the office
*Boots – love the look of these.. and they are water resistant (necessary!)
*Sunglasses – a timeless pair of sunglasses is always appreciated
*Solo Stove – we’ve put this on gift guides before … because it is just that good!

Christmas 2021 Gift Guide for Her

Christmas 2021 Gift Guide for Her

Shopping for you mom, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, or any female?! We have put together a list of ideas that we hope will help you shop for any female in your life. To make it more convenient to search through we’ve split the list into two different groups, under $100 and over $100. These gifts range anywhere from $30 to $380 and touch on anything from self care to spoiling yourself! These are items that we have, would love to have, or are asking our husbands for ourselves this Christmas.

*Slippers – there’s a reason why these have over 4,500 five star ratings on Amazon!
*Headband – this headband would add the finishing touch to any outfit
*Mini Bag – I am obsessed with this! Someone please invite me to a holiday party so I have somewhere to wear this to
*Sweater – I can’t decide what I love more, the florals or the pompoms – but together?! This sweater is darling!
*Bath Bombs – a friend has said that these are truly incredible and we can’t wait to try them
*Facial Steamer – we have heard rave reviews about this! Sounds like the best way to end your day!

*Hair Drying Brush – on sale for $119 right now
*Greenpan – I love the pastel blue color of this set, even better that they are nontoxic! If blue is not your thing, they have a ton of other colors
*Ginger Jar – I would love to add this beautiful ginger jar to my home
*Pajamas – Cosabella items are so soft, I never want to take mine off!
*Candle Holders – these blue and white candle holders would be a beautiful addition to built in shelving, a sideboard, a centerpiece, there are so many options!
*Huggie Earrings – such a timeless piece of jewelry to add to your collection

What is on your Christmas list this year?