Thursday, April 30, 2015

8 Great Gift Ideas for Graduates!

If you've got a grad in your life this year, you've probably already been thinking about gift options.  I'm on that path myself, so I've put together a little list of a few things I've given, received, or am contemplating now.

My first and favorite is a personal journal full of words of wisdom.  This is my favorite because it's the most meaningful, but it also is the most time-consuming.  I come from a family of writers.  My parents have written me many meaningful words in cards and letters throughout my life, and I save all of them.  

For my son's 18th birthday in January, my parents gave him a journal with pages of heart-felt, and hand-written sentiment that he can read again and again.  The words of wisdom written in my dad's own hand are even more special as he wrote them in his last days on earth, with an amazing perspective on life.

My mom also advised Grant to invite other people in his life to share their words of wisdom on the pages as well.  If you're looking for a meaningful gift for your grad, this is it!  A nice blank journal like this one doesn't cost a lot of money, but can end up being priceless.

Another nice, but practical gift that all graduates can use is a set of personalized note cards.  This design is classic and a great deal as well for 50 cards.  Click here to see the options!

And whether he's heading off to a new job or higher education, any guy that's graduating would appreciate this hand-crafted leather satchel bag!  From a well-rated Etsy seller who has many other styles to choose from, it's a great choice!  Click here for all the details!

And for the girls, who wouldn't love this adorable Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility Book Clutch?  Also from Etsy, it's a one-of-a-kind, so check it out now!

And another must-have for the girl grad is this cute and functional personalized mobile charger!  A great reminder for her to stay in touch!  Click here to order.  (Great gift idea for mom, too!)

And a fabulous classic is Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go!  This would go great with a box of tissues because it gets me every time.  Order yours here.

And for those leaving home after graduation, a great set of luggage is going to be a must-have.  My parents gave me luggage for my graduation and that's when I knew for sure they were serious about the college thing.  That turned out for the best and this gift will, too!  Check out this set here and all the great color options offered!

And the grand old stand-by that every graduate loves, of course, is cash.  But you can still get a little creative with your presentation with something like this money chain that I showed you last year.  Click here for the full tutorial.

I hope this gives you some ideas!  If you don't have a graduate this year, pin your favorites to save for later, and say a prayer for those of us who do!  Which of these is your favorite?

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Making an Entrance

I'm not sure if I've ever even mentioned it here, but I'm slightly crazy for curb appeal.  (Fellow fans, follow my Pinterest board here.) Good doors always get my attention, container flowers are fabulous, and a stone path can melt my heart.

In fact, one of the things I loved most about my front yard when we finished our house was the stone path.  BUT, my husband didn't share my affection for it because it wasn't exactly easy to maintain, as grass always wanted to overtake the stones.  Plus he claimed that it forced our guests to have to hopscotch to the door.  I call that "fun", but whatever!  

So, as sad as I was to see it go, I gave in, and we had it taken out last fall.

For a few days, I was pretty worried, and may have shed a tear or two.

The new path we chose is similar, but the stones are closer together with crushed rock in between, making it a smoother path, yet it still has character like the original.  And now that I've lived with our new path for a few months, I say-- with all my heart, I love it!  And my husband was right.  Yes, Honey, I stated it right here: you were right!

So, friends and family can now waltz, skip or jump to the door if they wish, but no hopscotch required.

I've also been working on container plants already.  And since there has been a recent revival of this container getting pinned a lot on Pinterest, I thought I'd share this new option as well.  Each of these plants is easy to maintain and will be full and flourishing in no time.  As for the urns, I have had them for a few years now, and they are no longer available, but there is a similar style and size available here if you are shopping for some!

A new quote for the entryway?  Chalk it up to my other obsession.  And the easiest ever DIY green wreaths can be found here.

And a true love for curb appeal shouldn't just be checked at the door.   I like to carry it on in with me when I step inside.  Another recent addition that I haven't told you about yet is my black and white chevron cowhide rug, which I found on clearance at my beloved Marshall's for a fraction of the retail price.

Yes, I'm loving it.  And so does Scout, who looks so cute on it, but also scares me to death when he hesitates there too long.

So, there's me working on making an entrance.  Hope you like it!  I always love to hear your thoughts and what you've been working on!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party Features for April!

Once again, it was a great turn-out for the Pretty Preppy Party this month!  I love seeing new faces around each month and getting to visit a few blogs that are new to me!  The other hostesses and I have chosen a few of our favorites to feature, and here are mine:

First, Melissa from A Prudent Life transformed some plain glass vases into custom pieces with just a few steps!  These will be perfect for all those cutting flowers that should be blooming very soon!  Visit her blog to see more.

And Rachel at Trailer Trash Treasure Trove transformed a plain mirror into a personalized piece for her entry for only $5!  Find out how she did it when you click over to her blog.

And Wendy at Designed to Dwell is transforming her son's room into a great space that's full of fun.  Click over to see more and get inspired!

So many great projects!  Be sure to visit the other hostesses to see who they have featured, and if you missed out on the party this month, be sure to stop back next month on the third Thursday! You have a great chance to have your project featured, as well!  Just be sure to link back to the Pretty Preppy Party when linking up!