Ultimate Mermaid Gift Guide

Hello friends and Happy Friday! Did you know we are down to ten Fridays until Christmas?! And that’s including today! I don’t know about you, but I like to start my Christmas shopping list (aka: Amazon wish list) around this time so that I can be sure to snag up those deals and shop leisurely through the next two months. I’m not big on going into the stores for Black Friday anymore; I’d rather shop from my couch in my jammies. One of the biggest trends right now is mermaids. I consider myself a mermaid fan and we just recently redid my daughter’s bedroom, which was also inspired by mermaids. So I thought today I share all of my favorites. Here is the Ultimate Mermaid Gift Guide for those mermaid lovers in your life!

This post does include affiliate links which means if you purchase something using one of the links below we will earn a little bit of money, but it is at no added cost to you. 

Bojo Mermaid Mug

Mermaid Tail Blanket for kids, teens, and adults

Purple Mermaid Linen Pillow

Mermaid Hair Don’t Care Sweatshirt

Alex and Ani Mermaid Bracelet, comes in gold and silver

Wave Ring, in gold and silver

Mermaid Trucker Hat

Colorful Mermaid Scale Sneakers for women

Mermaid Makeup Brushes

Glittery Mermaid Phone Case for iPhone 7 plus

Mermaid Coloring Book

Two layer Mermaid Tail Necklace

Erin Condren Mermaid Planner Page Set

I’m Actually A Mermaid Disney Clutch

Shhh…Mermaid Sleeping Sign

And those are my top picks for all things mermaid! I know your mermaid loving kids and friends will love these fun gift ideas! Which is your favorite?

Join us next week Friday for more awesome gift guides to help you with your shopping this holiday season!


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Floral Themed Mother’s Day Gifts

It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series!
Can you believe it’s April already? This month we’re sharing a little bit of Mother’s Day inspiration and some ideas for spring. I am loving these floral themed Mother’s Day gifts!


Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Today you’re getting a little bit of both! I’ve rounded up some stunning ideas of floral-themed gifts for mom that she can appreciate all spring long! Florals don’t just have to be in arrangements. They can be on decorative items as well! Hopefully you will love these creative DIY ideas as much as I do!

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Hexagon Wall Florals from Style Me Pretty

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Floral Embroidered Dishtowels from Flax & Twine

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Floral Cross-Stitch Leather Cuff from The Scrap Shoppe

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Chalk Paint Mason Jar Vases from Dainty Dress Diaries

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
DIY Perfume Roll-On from Hotel Wilderness

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Mother’s Day Floral Printable from Holiday Printables

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
DIY Foral Embroidered Shoes from Canary Jane

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Floral Zipper Pouch from Lana Red Studio

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Reusable Grocery Bag from By Dylan M

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Embroidered Baseball Hat from Lindsey Crafter

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Photo Covered Notebooks from Personally Andrea

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Floral Bath Salts from Married to the Earth

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Dried Flower Pendant from Crafty Anne

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
DIY Disco Ball Vase from A Bubbly Life

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Spring Flower Wreath from Little Red Window


Aren’t these gorgeous ideas?


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Free Christmas Gift List Printables

Hello! It’s Bev here for our Must Have Craft Tips post – and we’re working on organization this month! One of the areas I really need to work on in December is gift tracking. I have the hardest time remembering what I’ve given from one year to the next!

If you’re in the same boat – I have some great tips this week for organizing and keeping track of gifts!

1 – Organize who you are buying for. It’s tough to shop and find the right thing if you don’t go in with a list of recipients. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fun of buying, and forget to get something for everyone on your list! Don’t forget to mark off when they are wrapped too!

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Christmas Gift List – Going Home to Roost

2 – Make it easy to take your list with you! Finding cute gift lists to fit in your planner is a great way to keep track of what you’ve bought so you don’t repeat gifts, or overbuy either! It’s also a great way to make sure you don’t lose the list! :)

Planner Printable – Minted Strawberry

3 – Don’t forget stocking stuffers! (something I always leave until the last minute!) If you’ve got a handy printable you can check items off as your out shopping and get it finished early.

Stocking Stuffer Printable – Organizing Home Life

4 – Stay on budget! Keeping track of what you’re buying lets you know when you’ve reached the budget for each person.

Holiday Gift Tracker Free Printable

Holiday Gift Tracker from Moritz Fine Designs

5 – Don’t lose those online orders. With all the online shopping we do, it’s sometimes tricky to keep track of what we’ve ordered, and from where! This handy printable gives you a place to keep track of what you’ve ordered and when it’s arriving!

Online order tracker from Pinch A Little Save-A-Lot

6 – Don’t forget about Handmade Gifts! These cute printables keep gift ideas handy and give you a spot for listing supplies you need too!

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Holiday Project Idea List – At Home with Kim Vallee

7 – Find just the right gift! If you’re not sure what to buy, this cute little Gift Wish list is a great way to get ideas! I love that it’s more than just a list of things they want, it’s a great way to get to know their likes and activities, so you can really get creative!

Free Christmas Wish List printable! In addition to things that the kids want, this wish list includes a list of favorites to think about for gift giving. My kids had a blast filling these out and I got lots of great ideas! To download the PDF go to http://rbstoutfamily.blogspot.com/2013/11/christmas-wish-list-and-kids-letter-to.html Enjoy!:

Wish List Printable – Stout Stop

8 – Don’t forget to say Thanks! This Christmas Gift Received List is a great way to keep track of who received what, and if you’ve sent out thank you notes! This is especially great if you have big families opening gifts all at once. It can be a little tough to remember who gave what!

Gifts Received List – Pinch A Little Save-A-Lot

I hope these lists help you organize your gift buying and budget! I know they’re going to be a big help to me!

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips, it’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here with you today!! We are having a blast bringing you these fun tips every week – and we are in full holiday prep mode around here so you’ll be getting tons of great holiday tips and tricks over the next few weeks!

I am nowhere near done with my shopping but I am absolutely committed to not leaving the wrapping until the last minute. I am all for cutting down on the craziness of the week before Christmas. I don’t have a huge budget though so I’m putting together ideas for money-saving wrapping. I thought I’d share them with you today!

Fabulous and Inexpensive Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

I’ve broken them down into some different categories – let’s take a look!

Brown Kraft Paper ideas – you can really dress up simple Kraft paper with some fun things! I buy my Kraft paper rolls at Walmart – they are super inexpensive.

Winter Scene Wrapping

DIY Winter Scene Painting Gift Toppers 1

Paper Straw Snowflake

Dress up gifts with ribbon and gold writing


Pom Poms!! – I strongly feel that pom poms make everything better – especially presents!

Fabulous Gift Wrapping Ideas #Christmas #GiftWrap #pompoms

Creative Gift Toppers – You don’t need plain ole bows to top off your gifts – get creative with idees like rosemary or dollar store ornaments!

Pretty Paper and Herb Wrapping Paper

Inexpensive Ornaments and Ribbons

DIY Ornament Clusters | Oh Happy Day!

Candy Wrappers – tasty and pretty all at once!

Streamline gift-giving by wrapping all your presents in the same pristine white paper brightened with bold color. It's elegant, economical, and easy to customize with tree cuttings, tags, and tempting candies.

Burlap and Pinecone Wrapping

Wrapping with Creative materials – you can have a lot of fun wrapping up gifts with different things!

Christmas Chalkboard Wrapping

Wrap Presents with Fabric (source)


Sheet Music Wrapping – these look pretty dressed up with a little greenery!

Simple and beautiful ways to dress up your Christmas gifts. Love these gift wrapping ideas!:

Grain Sack Gift Bags – these are so simple and pretty!


Check back next week for more tips!

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Easy and Personal Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello makers! I’m blogging at you from beautiful, sunny California and I couldn’t be more thankful. Our family recently sold our home, down sized, and we are now RV living while we buy land and build our next home. Needless to say, the past couple of months have been a whirlwind and I have BIG TIME slacked on making and shopping for gifts this year. Usually I’m finished back in October, but life got super busy this year. Do you know the feeling? Well, I’m here with a few Easy and Personal Holiday Gifts Ideas that won’t break your bank and won’t take up too much of your time to create.

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Staples Copy and Print makes it easy for consumers to do more for less this holiday season with personalized gifts at great prices. Plus, they offer a variety of designs in personalized holiday cards and photo gifts. Photos are my favorite and incorporating them into gifts is such a great way to personalize gifts.

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Items like ornaments, mouse pads, pillows, calendars, cell phone cases, coffee mugs, t-shirts… they can all be personalized with your favorite photos from throughout the year and sent to someone special!

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It only takes a few minutes with Staples Copy & Print services. You design, order, and pay for your gifts online right from the comfort of your own home or even at work on your lunch break! Staples ships most of the items right to you!

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Wouldn’t it be fun to surprise a friend or family member with an ornament that has photos on it of something fun they did that year? Or maybe a cell phone case! Just hop over to their Facebook or Instagram pages to grab a few of their photos from throughout the year! Save them to your computer and upload them to Staples Copy and Print website.

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The Staples Copy and Print site is very user-friendly and it took me all of 30 minutes to create 2 personalized gifts and my annual family Christmas cards. The two gifts arrived on my door step several days later and my Christmas cards were ready for me to pick up in less than 24 hours at my local Staples store! Talk about convenient. Busy mamas love convenience.

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I really love the way our Christmas cards and gifts turned out! Now all I need to do is get them addressed and sent out!

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Are you ready to create some easy and personal gifts? Click HERE for holiday cards, invitations, and calendars. Save 20% off all orders placed before December 26th with code HOLIDAY20. Click HERE for custom photo gifts. Save 20% off all orders placed before December 26th with code JOLLY20.

So tell me, what are you going to make first on the Staples Copy and Print site?! Tell us in the comments or tweet at us @mineforthemakin!

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Painted Pencil Name Sign

It’s time to show those teachers how much we appreciate them! Can you believe the end of the school year is already upon us? Some of you might be like “wait… but you’re a homeschooler!” Yes, but we also have Art, Music, Theater, Cooking Class, and Soccer. Lots of teachers and coaches to show our appreciation to! Today I am sharing a simple DIY project that your child can help with. This handmade Painted Pencil Name Sign is sure to make that special teacher smile! 

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I used an 18 inch fence slat and cut one end into a point with my saw. Then I sanded the piece of wood until it was smooth. 

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Next I set up a paint pallet for my daughter complete with her art apron and plenty of paint brushes. I let her paint the entire pencil, and I went back after to touch up spots and straighten a few lines. 

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Once the paint dried, I gave my daughter a black Sharpie and she wrote her Art Teacher’s name in the center(ish) of the sign. I love little kids’ handwriting and I think it gives this gift such a special touch. 

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After, we flipped the sign over and stamped it with my awesome Laura Kelly self-inking stamp from Expressionery. LOVE it and I use it on all my signs now. 

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Last, we pulled out our Me and My Peeps Laura Kelly notepad from Expressionery and my daughter wrote a thank you note to her teacher to attach to the pencil sign with baker’s twine. Isn’t it the cutest notepad?! I personalized it to match our family. Love. 

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Right now you can get 30% off sitewide at Expressionery using the coupon code TEACHERAPP at checkout (valid 4/25/15-5/25/15). 

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You can also enter to win a self-inking stamp and set of small notepads from Expressionery! How fun is that?! Good luck friends and let me know if you make a Painted Pencil Name Sign for your awesome teachers this year! 
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Shadow Box of Chocolates

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If I were to pick a treat, the perfect one would be a combination of salty and sweet. But I’m also not a girl who will turn down a dessert. My husband, on the other hand, does NOT have a sweet tooth. But, if he were to ever ever ever pick a sweet treat, it would be SNICKERS® hands down. So today I am going to share a gift idea I came up with for my husband… the man that works so hard for our family. Check out this silly Shadow Box of Chocolates! 

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How cute is that?! A little something to bring a smile to my guy’s face. And I just love the vinyl saying… makes me giggle!! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Shadow box
  • vinyl stencil (I made mine on my Silhouette Cameo)
  • transfer paper/tape
  • SNICKERS® Extreme, Peanut Butter Squares, and SNICKERS® Almond

 I stopped by Circle K to grab the SNICKERS® and my local craft store for the other supplies.

This project is a fairly simple one. First, you want to open up your shadow box and remove the back. 

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Use the velcro the came with your shadow box and cut it into 3 pieces. Apply the velcro to the backs of the  all 3 SNICKERS®.

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Arrange your SNICKERS® onto the back of the shadow box like so… 

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 Next, wipe the glass front of the shadow box to free it of dirt or dust.

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Using your Silhouette, cut the stencil out of vinyl. You can download my 4×6 stencil HERE. Weed your stencil and add the transfer paper/tape to it. Remove the back and apply the vinyl stencil onto the glass. Slowly and carefully remove the transfer paper. Put the shadow box back together…

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And you are ready to give this silly gift to someone you love…someone you want to bring a smile to!

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It’s safe to say that he liked it…

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And he didn’t waste anytime at all with those SNICKERS®, LOL! Love this guy. This would also make a great birthday gift or Father’s Day gift!

Head on over to your nearest Circle K and grab you some yummy SNICKERS® so you can make this gift idea too! 

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Enter the SNICKERS® “Who are you when you’re hungry?” contest by uploading a personal photo or video from your Computer, Facebook, Instagram or use the SNICKERS® Meme Generator to create something new! Voting begins at Noon on 5/11/15 and ends at 11:59:59AM ET on 7/15/15. See more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories on the SNICKERS® social hub.

Food-a-licious Friday: Brownies in a Jar

Hello there and Happy Friday! Are you ready for Christmas? I have a few more presents to wrap and I am done with gifts. I still have plenty of baking to do, so I am so glad Erin, our recipe contributor, is here to share a yummy holiday treat with us today! It also make the PERFECT gift to give during this holiday season. Check out this recipe for Brownies in a Jar. 

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Christmas is quickly approaching! I know I am far from ready. I have been making these Brownies in a Jar as Christmas gifts for the better part of 15 years. They are perfect for coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This way they can enjoy them after the holidays are over and the plethora of Christmas cookies have gone away. This brownie recipe is the best I have ever had. I have a weakness for brownies and make a couple batches this time of year. Mostly to make my house smell heavenly.


1 cup flour

 ½ tsp salt

12 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, divided

1 ½ cups granulated sugar, divided

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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1. Mix flour and salt. Spoon mixture into a 1 quart mason jar.

2. Add the following, tapping jar to settle ingredients: 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, ¾ cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, ¾ cup more granulated sugar, then 6 tablespoons more cocoa.

3. Top with chocolate chips. Close lid.

4. Tie baking instructions tag to jar.

If you are going to make these for yourself, you will need ½ cup melted butter, 3 eggs, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Put all of the ingredients that were to go into the jar into a bowl. Stir in the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Follow the baking instructions below.

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To bake (this is what needs to go on the tag) : Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 inch square pan. Whisk brownie mix in a bowl. Stir in ½ cup melted butter, 3 eggs, beaten, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Spread into pan. Bake until toothpick inserted in center has a few crumbs, about 35 minutes. Cool. Makes 12.

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I just love how the ingredients look layered in the mason jar. Be sure to include a tag with the baking instructions if you will be giving as a gift. I just LOVE handwritten recipe cards. You can use these cute, free Snowman recipe card print outs I found to attach to the jar too! This would make the perfect gift for teachers, coaches, co-workers, neighbors, grandparents, etc! 

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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Erin (Crafty Auntie)

Mommy Tell All Monday: At Home Pedicure Gift Basket

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Hello friends and welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday… an almost weekly series dedicated to all things motherhood! And today I’m sharing a fun gift that is perfect to give your momma friends. It’s an easy gift to put together and I guarantee they will love it. Check out how I put together this At Home Pedicure Gift Basket, featuring Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream.

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As busy mommas, it’s so difficult for us to get away for a relaxing pedicure. I remember the days when I’d get a pedicure every couple of weeks… so spoiled I was and I didn’t even know it! Now I’m lucky enough to get a fresh coat of polish on my toes before hurrying out the door to church. Setting aside 20-30 minutes to myself each week to give myself a pedi after the kids go to bed…that more manageable for me, and probably for my other mom friends too. So I decided to create a gift basket for a momma friend who deserves a little extra TLC. 

For this At Home Pedicure Gift Basket, I purchased all of my supplies at Target. I picked up the basket, cotton balls, nail polish,Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream for the gift. I even used the Cartwheel offer (11/2-11/22) and got 10% off of the Amopé Pedi Perfect! Love that app!

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First I emptied the cotton balls into the basket…

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Then I placed all of the pedi supplies in the basket, wedged into the cotton balls. I chose the new Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream products for this basket because when paired, they add moisture for even softer, healthier feet. 

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I added scraps of vintage fabric to the handles and created a cute tag to attach with a piece of twine.

You can print off the “I’m Pedi Thankful For You” tags HERE. There are 4 cute options. Please remember all printable freebies are for personal use only. 

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Now that my basket is all put together, it’s ready to bless one of my mommy friends. 

When you head to Target to pick up your own Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream products, be sure to do a few things…

-use the Cartwheel deal to get 10% off from 11/2-11/22

-get a $5 Target gift card when you purchase one Pedi Perfect from 11/9-11/22

-shop for these products on the foot care aisle, not the beauty care aisles.

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Can you think of one momma friend who you are {pedi} thankful for? Why not bless her with an At Home Pedicure Gift Basket?!  I know my feet could use a little extra TLC… let’s #RespectUrFeet with Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream. 

Thanks for stopping by today friends. I hope you have a great week! 


Father’s Day Mason Jar Gift Idea

Hi there friends!

I have a quick and fun Father’s Day Mason Jar Gift Idea that you and the kids can whip up in no time! Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, this is the perfect gift for the man of the house. 

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Mason jars make everything cuter, am I right? We just added a bow tie around the lid, hot glued on a few buttons, attached the cute tag, filled the jar with almonds and BAM! Father’s Day Mason Gift Jar Gift Idea.

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I made these cute printable tags to attach to the jars. I even made some for grandpa! You can download the tags HERE. Please remember all free printables are for Mine for the Making reading personal use. 

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I found the bow tie in Target’s dollar spot. It’s actually a kid’s bow tie but you could easily use a man’s bow tie so that you have two gifts in one!


Thanks for stopping by today! Let’s remember to celebrate those great fathers in our lives!