Girls Graduation Gift Idea

A couple of months ago I was given my very first church calling! I couldn’t have been more excited to be called to serve the Young Women of my ward as the secretary. I always had the best time when I was involved with the Young Women’s youth group as a young woman myself and can’t wait to share my ideas and work with the young ladies in my area.

My first real task as secretary was to be in charge of the graduation gift for the two young ladies graduating high school this month. The caveat, something fun but nothing too expensive. We’re on a budget after all… My solution, a Cooking Gift “Basket” since the girls will be on their own in their very own kitchens for the first time.

Young Womens Graduation Gift Idea

Items for a Cooking Gift “Basket”:

  • Small white colander for the “basket”
  • Kitchen Utensils to fill the basket, I used a whisk, a spatula, an ice cream scoop, tongs, and a grater.
  • A brightly colored kitchen towel
  • A coupon folder for a recipe card holder. I cut each girl’s name in bright colored vinyl with my Silhouette and put it on their folder. Then we filled the folders with recipes from the other Young Women leaders.
  • Then top it off with a bright ribbon!

Girls Graduation Gift Idea

Both baskets together cost around $20. So that’s two graduation gifts for about $10 each! Plus, I think they’re so bright and fun. I would have loved something like this when I was graduating. What do you think??

Linking this to these fun parties.


A Sweet Gift for a New Mommy and Baby

Hey there!! Long time no talk!!! Thank goodness for Fancy This Fridays or you wouldn’t have heard anything from me in weeks!! We’re finally past #weddingbonanza2013 and I’m starting to feel caught back up with everything!!!

So today I’m back on the bloggy-blog to share one of the sweetest gift ideas… Klara recently received her very first Christmas ornament from my friend, Jerri.

baby first christmas ornament

Jerri is also a blogger, she blogs at Simply Sweet Home, and she is the owner/creator behind the Etsy shop . When she offered to create an ornament for miss Klara I was absolutely delighted! I mean who wouldn’t want a keepsake ornament to commemorate their child’s first Christmas?!?! AWESOME Gift Idea Alert!!!

I was able to choose whether I wanted just her first name or also her middle name, the color of the ribbon and the cute little charm! Don’t you think the rocking horse is so fitting?!?! The other charms include a Christmas tree, baby bottle, baby feet, pacifier, high chair, or a ducky.


The ornament itself is made of two hand stamped aluminum disks that will not rust and thus hang beautifully on your holiday tree for many years!! I really, really believe this would make a beautiful gift for your new mommy friend, a baby shower gift, Christmas gift for your own new little one… As a new mommy myself I was touched by the simplicity but lasting quality of our ornament.


Plus it makes a darling photo prop!! 😉

You can get your own from Jerri’s shop at that link. She also creates hand stamped necklaces and key chains as well as other lovely handmade jewelry.

Your turn: My family has always had the tradition of a new Christmas ornament every year for each of the kids. I plan to carry on that tradition with Klara. Do you have any ornament or other special Christmas traditions?

Holiday Gift Ideas and The Life of Pi

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away we’re already in the full swing of this year’s holiday season!
The holidays are a very special time of year in my family. I have personally always loved seeing the decorations start to go up around town, to be able to decorate the inside of my own home and the holiday lights are a definite favorite!!!

Every single year the entire family gets together and exchanges gifts, enjoys a home cooked, extra special holiday meal and spends quality time together. And every single holiday season I promise myself that I won’t wait until the last minute to finish my holiday shopping…
Well, THIS year might finally be the one! I’ve been looking for a one stop shop to get the majority of my gifts, gifts that my loved ones will love and I’ve finally found it at World Market. Win-win, am I right!

I’ve even created an inspiration board of fun gifts that I know will be absolute crowd-pleasers at this year’s holiday celebrations!

World Market Gift Ideas

Light Natural Cowhide Rug | World Market / Faux Cowhide Toss Pillow / Owl Cookie Jars, Set of 2 | World Market / Hammered Copper Tea Kettle | World Market / Multicolor Stacking Mugs or Espresso Cups Sets of 6 | World Market / candles holders | World Market / 6 Bud Vases with Wire Caddy | World Market / Nico Nesting Tables, Set of 3

World Market has unique rustic items like the cowhide accessories, cute items like the cookie jars, bright colors for the bold ones in my life, and fun decorations for the world travelers, like the NY word sign! A gift for everyone on my h0liday shopping list all at one location! I’m excited to get my holiday shopping finished early and then have time for other fun holiday activities! Like going to the movies for example…

I am right in the middle of reading the book, The Life of Pi. The story is about a young Indian boy named Pi, of course, who through some tragic events ends up stranded in the ocean all alone except for a Bengal tiger!! Pi’s story will debut on the big screen starting November 21st (TOMORROW!) and I can’t wait to see it!

Now, how does the Life of Pi coincide with World Market you ask? Well, on Black Friday (November 23) the first 100 customers to shop, in store at World Market, will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi ornament and a FREE Life of Pi movie ticket. The first 100 customers to shop in-store on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25 will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi Tote Bag and a movie ticket.

Holiday shopping done AND a FREE movie plus other fun goodies!?!? I’m sold!!!

They’re also hosting a HUGE Life of Pi Sweepstakes! Enter here on their sweepstakes site or .

Oh! And just a little heads up… If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. You can also enter daily for more chances to win!!

And while you’re getting entered, stay up to date with all future World Market fun all across the web!!!
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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.