Friday, December 05, 2014

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide | Toddler Edition: Part Two

And now today, I bring you part two of 
the Mini Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide | Toddler Edition!

Again, all items I am highlighting are under $12
and are handmade with love AND can be found on Etsy!

The first shop I want to share with you today is Pips Emporium.
Jen is the woman behind the shop and makes a wide varitey of items 
She use a local natural wood and non-toxic paints and varnishes.

One of my favorite items from Jen's shop
has to be her hand painted memory games.

With a variety to choose from, each set is cuter than the next!

Jen was so kind, and sent me a Farm Animal Memory Game.

"Your child will love to match these cute farm animals 
which include sheep, cows, roosters, pigs, and ducks. 
This set comes with a hand made drawstring bag for easy store and travel."

Each wooden game piece measures 2-1/4"W x 3-1/8"T
and is hand stamped and painted with acrylics and sealed with a non-toxic varnish.

Seriously, I can not say enough about how stinkin cute these

little matching cards are!

These are made to order-

and they are hand stamped / painted with such great detail! 

I absolutely love that these are so different from any matching game you
can buy at the stores, and the quality is amazing! 
As with the other gifts yesterday-
an added bonus / major selling point,
they are small enough to fit in your purse | diaper bag
and SO GREAT for entertainment on the go! 

And, now the last shop / item in my Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide,
I bring you Pretty Girl Designs.

"Glitter, Shimmer, Personalized Gifts- their ideas are endless 
and because they're small and nimble they can work with you 
to create the perfect invitations, announcements, cards or gifts!"

Pretty Girl Designs offers invitations, personalized stationarynote cards, prints
and THIS:

I can not even BEGIN to tell you just HOW MUCH I am in love 
with My Mom Snaps, a book (by: Kari McGarath & Darcy Jerome)
 that Darcy was sweet enough to send me.

"What does Mom do while her little ones explore the world around them? 
She snaps, of course."

"Mom stands by with her camera while kids enjoy everything 
from splashing in the pool and learning to ride a bike to baking a cake 
and snuggling up to sleep. 
Bright colors, cheerful illustrations and playful rhymes 
engage kids who’ve ever felt they’re being followed by the mom-arazzi." 

"What's more, in heartwarming verse, 
Mom Snaps reveals the endearing reason why Mom snaps so much: 
To preserve childhood's sweet memories for a lifetime."

Seriously, for all the crazy mom "photographers" out there...

I am beyond obsessed with taking photos of my little man.

Want proof?
I take a handful of pictures daily (how many, I wont say)
and have them organized by date on my laptop.

And just when I think I have enough photos-
I take a few more, just in case! 

This book is an absolute perfect way to justify all
the times Mom snaps,
and would make a great gift for your Mommy friends 
or your family photographer... if she's a mom of course!

OR because I love reading to my little man,
it now sits on his bookshelf.
So many people that you can give this sweet little book too!

And, if the text in this book was not sweet enough,
the illustrations are simply gorgeous! 

This is a book you can not get in the bookstore (unfortunately!)
and at just $9.95, you can even treat yourself this holiday season,
because this book is a must have
no matter who you get it for! 

Thank you all for stopping by, if you missed yesterday's Gift Guide Ideas
you can click HERE to see it!

I hope I was able to help you out this year, 
we all know how hard those toddlers can be to shop for! *wink*


Thursday, December 04, 2014

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide | Toddler Edition: Part One

I can not believe it's that time of year again.
I really am trying to stay ahead of the game this year,
and as always- trying is always the key word though.

I always see so many gift guides this time of year-
husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends,
but now that I'm a mom, 
my focus is always on my little man.

With his birthday being just a couple weeks before Christmas
I'm finding that I need to think outside the box more and more
(this will be his third Christmas, even tho he will only be turning 2!)

To say he is spoiled loved would be an understatement,
and I find that there are only so many gifts for his age range in the stores.
And after his birthday a handful of my ideas turn into
a fun day of returns errands.

So, I've taken my search to Etsy this year.
I decided to break this up into two posts-
because I want to take the time to highlight these four AMAZING Etsy shops.

I chose to do a Mini Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide,
because that is always where I struggle.
(My husband makes up for my lack of SS creativity!) 

All items I am highlighting are under $12
and are handmade with love AND can be found on Etsy!

So keep supporting those small business this year, 
and check out these first two Etsy shops! 

The first shop I want to share with you is Saras Daisy Love.
Oh my goodness does this shop have some adorable handmade items.

My absolute favorite are Sara's crayon rolls, 
but she also makes adorable coffee sleeves, bookmarks

But back to the crayon rolls...
You have three options: 
either a 8 count, jumbo, or a 16 count crayon roll. 
Added bonus:
All the patterns she uses are SO STINKIN CUTE!

Sara sent met the Bermuda Pigs Jumbo crayon roll, and it's perfect!

"This crayon roll holds 8 toddler or triangular crayons (crayons not included). 
All products are made of 100% cotton fabrics and they
easily roll up and close with a coordinating elastic band and button. 
No ribbons to tie for little fingers and no noisy Velcro in church!"

Each crayon roll is machine washable and measures 
approximately 10"x5" (un-rolled) and approximately 3"x5" (rolled)

Now, I have two things I must say about this product...
One- It's genius.
Two- The quality is AMAZING.

Sara was a sweetheart as well, 
and I know there is competition as many shops make Crayon Rolls on Etsy.
however, I'm highly recommending Saras Daisy Love,
I promise, you will not be disappointed!

And  if I didn't sell you already, the price, totally affordable.
(Small- $6 | Jumbo- $9 | 16 Count- $12)

As a mom to a (almost) two year old, 
I am never without some paper and crayons.
My son LOVES to color. 
And it keeps him busy... win WIN.

This product keeps each crayon neatly in place, 
and eliminates loose crayons falling to the bottom of your purse / diaper bag.

Plus, how cute does this look all rolled up and ready to go?!

Next, I want to share Hearts Desire
Hearts Desire is run by Karen and her husband,
and they hand make so many great items for your little ones.
just to name a few! 

Karen sent me a set of their Lacing Buttons
and at just $8 this is a perfect gift for any toddler.

"These are great little buttons for toddlers and small children to learn lacing. 
Emphasizes eye-hand coordination 
and can be used for teaching them colors as well."

"Each set comes with 6 brightly colored maple buttons that are 1.5" across, 
a shoelace, and a 100% cotton muslin bag for storing."
(Recommended age: 3+)

These buttons are the PERFECT size for little hands,
and with their cute little storage bag,
they are perfect for all the Mamas out there to toss in their purse.

Busy bags are very much IN right now, 
and why? 

Well that's obvious. 
They keep your little ones BUSY! :)

These buttons are so perfect for plane rides, restaurants, 
or for around the house when you need a minuet to yourself!

Yes. Even the most amazing Mamas need a break, 
even if it's for just a few short minutes! 

And not only are these lacing buttons perfect for lacing-
 you can also use the shoelace for learning to tie, 
knots, bows, you name it!

You still have time to get your orders in before the BIG rush 
of the last minuet Christmas shoppers.

I hope you loved these two items as much as I do-
and I hope they make their way into your little one's stocking
this holiday season! 

Tomorrow, I will be sharing two more items
that you won't want to miss out on. 

I promise! :)