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Gift Ideas! My Picks from The Lakeside Collection

I’ve been loving soaking up time with my kids instead of stressing about my to do list lately. I’m a list maker..but I’m not good at designating days for each thing to be done by. I kinda just write down the page or two of things I NEED to do..and WANT to do.. and then even though that takes away a little stress cause it’s out of my head, It also is overwhelming seeing it all on one big list! So I’ve taken my master list, and been putting “tasks” for each day of the week. If I get them done, I don’t think oh I need to do this and this…I KNOW…that I have it marked for the next day and to just relax and not stress. If I DON’T get it done… It doesn’t feel as overwhelming and I just mark it for tomorrow haha. Because some days you just have to have some wiggle room and be flexible. I’m learning to use my time better and smarter when it comes to Christmas prep.. especially  the Christmas shopping part!
I have had set times to put towards getting the last things on the list!

I’ve been doing most of our Christmas shopping online this year.
Time.. and snow.. but mainly, my children, have made this approach to gift
giving a must this year! I can do it from the comfort of my home while they nap or sleep at night. I scoped out some favorites from The Lakeside Collection!
Details on my picks below!

Endless Loop Striped Scarves
Infinity Scarves are so cute and an easy no brainer gift to give.
especially if stripes are involved. I know a handful of friends who
would appreciate a scarf/stripes combo. ;)

Matching Girl and Doll Nightgown Sets
MATCHING Pajamas for a little girl and her dolly!
Pretty sure my girls would shriek with joy if they saw this.
And I might not be able to get them dresses for the day.

The LEGO Ideas Book
We aren’t into the lego craze yet in our house..but I have friends who have kids who are!
This book looks fun and filled with creative ideas and inspiration!

52 pc. Gel Pens with Case
Gel pens. ok.. blast from the past when I saw this. I remember getting a present
like this one year. LOVED it. had to make the list. ;) Sophia is really into
drawing and spelling right now. Do you have any little artists in your life??

Kids Play Tents
I showed sophia 3 items..this was the one that got the
“AHH THAT IS SO COOL” reaction.
Enough said. girl cave.

Assorted Gourmet Pretzel Tub
Pretzels.. chocolate.. one of my favorite combos! Had to make the list!

6 pc. Dino Playset
Dinos! Great price for the group of them! I like the variety of dinosaurs.

Plush Turtle Ball Pitt
Ball pitt! babies love balls..and micah really loves putting them into containers.
It would be a great way to store them so they don’t get lost!

Jelly Belly Gift Box
I like having options.. especially when it comes to candy! haha.
Jelly Belly collection of different flavors would be fun as a gift!
There are some crazy flavors!

Twist Roller Ride On
I had never heard of these things until I went to visit my sister and her kids and her
boys were zooming all over the house on them. Sophia’s world was rocked. haha.
they are so fun and a good price!
Happy gifting!!
Off to soak up my sweeties.
We are going to make paper snowflakes tonight.
Sophia will love it.
Sienna will love it for the first 3 minutes.
and Micah will try to eat them.

The Busy Budgeting Mama

Our Favorite Things:10 Bloggers-10 Gift Guides-10 Giveaways!!

Welcome to Our Favorite Things: Blogger Gift Guide!Ten Bloggers, tons of gift
ideas & 10 incredible giveaways (each blogger is giving away their entire
basket of favorite things!!). Be sure and go check out each gift guide &
giveaway and get to know all of these fun bloggers!
the busy budgeting mama | jenny collier | the mom diggity | just a girl and her blog | house of rose
view from five two | blue eyed bride | dance parties in the rain | chasing big dreams | coconut robot
I was so excited when Kara-Kae reached out to me last month
about doing this fun collaboration!
I had no trouble at all rounding up a few of my favorite things.
the hard part was GIVING THEM AWAY. lol. I always seem to need another
notebook to fill up or an owl to decorate with… and take 5 candy bars do not
hang around my house in their packaging for very long. BUT…
I used my self control for you my lovelies and hope that you
enjoy these goodies just as much as me. Enter below..I can’t wait to
see who wins and to ship this package of goodies your way!
(US AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY. sorry world. I love you still!)
I can’t wait to go check out everyone else’s favorite things!
Here’s a round up of mine that are all budget friendly (of course)
and super cute when you group them together.

I figured it only made sense to do my favorite things shopping
MAINLY at Target. Since I pretty much live their and IKEA. :)
Once I put all of these items out on the table it just made me feel happy!
Which is a good thing when you are gifting!

I have a thing for owls. I love them.
The only owl thing I will not do…is owl salt and pepper shakers.
Just can’t do it. BUT.. an owl coin holder??? yes please!
(If you watched our basement makeover with IKEA video, you’ll see
my owl pencil holder. serious cuteness.)
I also am a list maker. I love notebooks. Especially this line at Target.
My all time favorite candle is Sugar Blossom. It is AMAZING.
It’s the only scent I want to buy right now.
I also knew that I had to include jewelry from one of my
favorite shops, Caroline G!
I have a giveaway going on RIGHT NOW with her.
So after you enter to win this one…go try and win that one.
Isn’t the rose necklace GORGEOUS!? It could be yoursssss…..

And because a favorites combo wouldn’t be complete without my FAVORITE Mascara.
Maybelline Full n’ Soft. I wear this every day. Usually the waterproof,
but I know some people don’t like to wear that daily so I got the regular, which I love too.)
It’s an eye lash miracle worker ladies! If you are putting together a makeup bag
of goodies for a friend.. INCLUDE IT! they will love you forever.
Don’t let the awesome price fool’s mascara gold.
Also, anything that smells like vanilla sugar is my favorite…
so the lotion was a must, especially in the winter!
I love paper straws.. We use them on more than just special occasions in our house.
You are very welcome for not eating this candy
IMMEDIATELY after buying it.
the check out lady even taunted me by putting it on the
checkout desk instead of in the bag. (cruel.)
I’m really into trying to send out more snail mail lately…
so I thought these cute thank you cards were the perfect addition.
We all have people to thank in our lives for big and little things…
November is the perfect time to show your thankfulness with a hand written note!…
while you eat your take 5. just don’t get chocolate smudges
on the card and no one will know.

Thanks for checking out my favorite things!
This year, for your gift giving, think about putting together a fun gift basket!
It was really fun pulling things that I thought would make all of you smile!
Good luck and be sure to hop around to check out all
the favorite things and enter all the fun giveaways!


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The Busy Budgeting Mama


I have reopened my Etsy Shop, Pretty Paperie Printables, and
made all of my printables Immediate Downloads so you don’t have
to wait on me and can get right to the fun crafting and gifting!
You know get ALL of the styles instead of having to select two.
You can print as many as you want and hand write the names on
them so you can use for multiple occasions. Once you purchase,
your printables will be available instantly through a link.
(once payment is made.) I hope that you are happy I opened my
shop back up..because it took me FOREVER getting the designs
ready for you to download!  haha.
I’ll be adding more of my printables as I can!

Use code FALLISFUN01 to get 40% off your order.
You MIGHT also get a fun little coupon in your e-mail after you order. wink wink.
Share the code and printable fun with your friends!
I’m excited to offer 6-12 different printables in each of the
treat bag tag listings! lots of fun patterns to choose and print from!
If you want to check out my Halloween Selection…CLICK HERE
My girls and I make these every year! I have some cute
DIY Halloween Banners and Prints as well… I blogged about them last year!

IF you want to check out my Christmas Selection…CLICK HERE!
Lots of fun DIY Printables to choose from!
I have a few thanksgiving ones too..but I kinda am in
love with my Christmas ones.
I have a really fun Reindeer Noses one that would be
fun as a Christmas Party favor!

The Busy Budgeting Mama

Hotel Gift Bag for our Weekend Company!

This past weekend we had some friends come to town!
I met Mandy (of House of Rose) at Blissdom this past year..
and we quickly became really good friends. We are similar in so many ways.. and I feel beyond blessed to have discovered our friendship through the blogging land!
I was so excited about their last minute decision to make the 10 hour drive to come see us…
More details on the weekend soon!

I wanted to share something that I
had so much fun doing for our company!
I have seen the idea of ‘Hotel Gift Bags for your wedding guests’ all over pinterest.
I don’t plan on getting married again anytime soon….so I jumped at the chance to leave our weekend company a little surprise goodie bag for when they checked into their hotel!
We have a tiny house. and although we offered them the basement…I think they appreciated having their space at a hotel. It was good for the kids to have a break from each other too I think. Lots of fun giggling shenanigans were going on all weekend. ;)
It was so fun being super sneaky and leaving it at the front desk for them!
Sienna tagged a long on our “mission.”

I made up a little tag the night before to look like a hotel privacy sign.
Just welcoming them and I even put one of their blog’s logos on the car.
(Dollars and Roses) I can’t help but brand things.
Then I loaded up a gift bag (from target) with everything a family
in a hotel room with 3 boy toddlers could possibly need! snacks. juice boxes.
fruit. super hero stickers. car stickers. and sticky lizzards.
Pretty sure the hotel management was THRILLED with the
sticky lizzard stuck to the ceiling…..
My husband also threw a beer in the bag as I ran
out the door to the hotel.. For Jeff. I heard it was appreciated ;) 
It was fun seeing the photo of the bag pop up on our instagram
feed while we waited for them to come from the hotel to our house!
I thought it was a good way to start off the weekend. ;)
Even if you don’t have photoshop to create a tag.. a hand written
tag on a bag full of goodies would mean so much to your visitors!
You could even leave it in the guest room of your house…
or for when they are about to leave.. to take for the drive home!

The Busy Budgeting Mama

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