In My Purse

This post was originally at SNAP! But I wanted to let you all know what it is I keep in my bag:

Vintage Purse

This is my totally awesome vintage purse. It was given to me by a dear friend, who left it on my porch one time filled with all sorts of great little goodies. She said she couldn’t think of anyone who would like it more.

Vintage Label

Just check out that label! And here’s the rest of the interior:

Purse Contents

Now, I’m not much of a purse person. This is really how I keep my bag at all times. Occasionally it gets filled up with receipts, but as soon as possible I clean it out. My friends have laughed at how I keep my purse organized. Since in March I’m expecting my first little baby, I’ve already decided I will be downsizing to a wallet that I throw into a diaper bag, so I don’t have to carry two bags.

Purse Contents

A little more detail about what I keep in there:

1. My lip products. I almost never wear lipstick. It’s either my chapstick, or if I’m feeling fancy, some lip gloss.

2. My medical kit. It consists of an inhaler and a little box filled with allergy medication and Tums. Only the essentials.

3. Candy and gum. Low blood sugar or bad breath? I’m covered.

4. My keys. I have to keep them on a long lanyard, or I will lose them. This has been proven many, many times.

5. My calendar and pen. Recently I’ve experimented with an online calendar app. I keep the paper one around just in case. If it’s not in here, I will not remember to do it.

6. My idea book. You never know when inspiration will strike.

7. My wallets. I keep two. One with cards and one with cash. The cash wallet generally only contains a couple of pennies rolling around in it.

8. Business cards. I collect them and keep them on hand.

I realized I forgot to photograph my phone in there. Usually I always have my phone in my purse. Gotta be sure I can be texting love notes to my husband.

And there you have it. My amazing vintage purse filled with completely boring essentials. Soon it will retire, and I will be toting around a giant diaper bag.


The Baby Shower! A Recap

Normally I suppose you wouldn’t hold a baby shower quite so early. (I’m at 26 weeks currently.) But my parents winter in Arizona, and we wanted to be sure and have the shower before they left. They’ll be coming back before the baby is born (hopefully!), but we wanted it earlier rather than later.

So, we held it a couple of Saturdays ago. I think it was quite the success. Or at least I’m hoping so. There is nothing I hate worse than a boring baby shower.

First, the food. It was amazing:

These Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints were a big hit. We didn’t have “real” gruyere, but this processed stuff worked pretty good anyways.

These were little wonton cups filled with a cream cheese and peach-jalapeno jam mix. The original recipe called for mango chutney, but we had this on hand, and it created a really yummy sweet and spicy contrast.

And I really loved this. A friend brought a salmon cheesecake. Who even knew such things existed? But I’m glad they’re in the world.

We had to have something to go with our little Olive’s name. We made Crostini with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese. Two of my favorite foods.

There were also some yummy Mini Quiches. They had asparagus in them, which was tasty.
Not pictured were Mushrooms stuffed with Goat Cheese, the obligatory vegetable tray, deviled eggs (always a hit!), and Grapefruit “Maragaritas.” We also had fruit salad with a dressing made of apple juice, cinnamon, and lemon. It was a nice and light, refreshing dish.
My friend had a super cool cake made. Check it out:

It’s a stack of books! Each was a different flavor of cake and filling. Plus, there were all sorts of great details from the books:

And, matching cupcakes:

We played a few games, including Baby Present Bingo and Baby Word Mix-Up. Kept things lively, even while opening presents.

Well, what do you think? What’s your favorite food to serve at a baby shower?

Gift Basket Idea- Foot Pampering

I love gift baskets. I love to get them. I love to give them. It just seems like a much more worthwhile gift. Or bigger. Or something like that. I’m not exactly sure why I love them. It’s just one of those things.

One of my favorite things to do is to dream up new ideas for gift baskets. They’re great for getting creative in gift-giving without going crazy on your budget.

Here’s a fun little basket to whip up:

Foot Pampering Gift Basket

It’s really simple, but great. Create a foot pampering basket. Include one of those foot scrubber dealies and some foot scrub, so the recipient can start getting all refreshed and have smooth toesies. They can finish off with a great smelling foot lotion. (I love foot lotion. It’s usually got mint in it, so it smells good and feels cool on your feet.) You can also put a little matching massager in the basket. Maybe they can get their significant other to give them a really nice foot massage, too.

One thing I really try to do is make everything match in my basket. It ties it all together and gives the gift basket some cohesion. Find a little basket and some filler at the dollar store, and you’re set.

It’s perfect for a last-minute gift, or for the person who’s hard to shop for.

Foot Pampering Gift Basket

Want another gift basket idea? Check out How to Make a Movie Night Gift Basket

I Made It! Monday

We were house sitting this weekend. Pretty uneventful, but I did get the chance to take some bubble baths. Heaven for this pregnant lady. Hope you had a good weekend.

Here’s a beautiful project from last week’s party:

Isn’t it a beautiful winter wreath by Made In a Day? Just love those little birds.

Now on to this week. A few guidelines:

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

A friend of mine always calls me a crazy hippie. For some reason he equates anything that is an attempt to not be wasteful and to be ecofriendly with not bathing.

I don’t get that.

I wouldn’t classify myself as a “crazy hippie.” (Though to be honest I’m not sure when’s the last time I shaved my legs.) I bathe. I wear polyester sometimes.

But I do try to be ecofriendly to the best of my ability and budget. To me, that means using whole foods and natural products that are free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, and other yucky stuff. It just makes sense to me to do that. Maybe my family’s impact on the environment isn’t huge, but every little bit has to help, right?

My main reason, though, for using all-natural cleaners, soaps, and detergents is my husband’s skin. Maybe he wouldn’t like you to know this, but his skin is super sensitive. Yes, he’s allergic to natural things like grass and salmon and pollen. These make him itchy and stuffed up. Chemical products, though, make it worse. I’ve noticed a huge difference when I switched us to ecofriendly, more natural products for our laundry, cleaning, and personal hygiene.

It’s not always easy, though. Sometimes it seems so much simpler to pick up whatever soap is available at our local store. The Honest Company makes finding and getting ecofriendly products much, much easier.

Their products are designed to be safe and sustainable. I love the bright colors and shapes on their packaging. (I’m a sucker for great packaging.) Check it out:

The Honest Company

Look at those beautiful teals, greens, and reds! Look at those flowers! Look at how those labels tell you their honest shamppo & body wash is “pure, plant-based hydrating cleanser.” That’s impressive. With Erik’s sensitive skin, I like free & clear, but the products with scents aren’t overpowering.

The Honest Company

There’s a wide variety of products, too. Items like diapers, wipes, sunscreen, dish soap, healing balm, and more. You can bundle your favorite products and save money. And everything is delivered right to your door. How’s that for convenience? I don’t have any excuses for just picking up something easy at the store but that isn’t suitable for the environment or my family. The Honest Company takes care of that for me.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Honest Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

What are your tips for helping your family to be more ecofriendly?