fyi: GoToGiftBaskets.com

Hey all, I’ve got another great FYI for you! It’s that time of the year when there’s a lot of reasons to celebrate, from birthdays, graduations, and holidays like Father’s Day and Fourth of July! And what better way to celebrate with an amazing gift basket from GoToGiftBaskets.com, filled with delicious treats and gourmet goodies! My favorite part of this website is that they’ve sorted the gift baskets by gender, making selecting the perfect gift that much easier! Father’s Day is around the corner so check out the gift baskets for men. Or if you need gift baskets for women, go here. Below are some gorgeous looking gift baskets — I’m loving the garden-themed one!

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fyi: eDiaperCakes.com

Hey folks! Long time, no post! Whoops, sorry about that! I’ve been busy in the new world of mommyhood! At the end of January, my hubby and I had our first child, a sweet little baby boy named Ethan! He’s 12 weeks now and I’m no longer walking around the house in PJs (though nothing wrong with that!) and slowly getting back into the groove of things! Yay! :)

Coincidentally, today’s FYI post is baby-related! I want to share with you a really neat website called eDiaperCakes.com! It is your one stop shop for all things diaper cakes! As a new mom, I can tell you the best gift is a practical gift, such as diapers! And as an event planner, I think diaper cakes are the perfect centerpieces for a baby shower!

What’s even better is that eDiaperCakes.com offers flat rate shipping of $5 to anywhere in the United States and cakes are assembled/shipped in two days or less. What an easy-peasy, super adorable gift for mom-to-be!

Below is a snapshot of the MANY handcrafted diaper cake designs offered. My favorite is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant! I just love all the colors on the cake! :)

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Musical Frog

Musical Frog

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diy+fyi: a snapshot of my olympics party

Hey hey! I know I’ve been a little MIA (boy, do I sound like a broken record!) but I’ve been busy crafting away preparing for my olympics party this past weekend! No joke, I’ve been planning this party for a couple months now…not serious spending-everyday-planning but doing it piece by piece, scouring pinterest for inspiration, and I was thrilled on how it turned out! :) [I’m sure my husband is jumping for joy in the background since now he’s free from my pleas for craft help or incessant need for moving house furniture around…haha!]

To me, the party begins at the front door so I thought I make a decorative yarn wreath, inspired by the many beautiful ones I’ve seen on pinterest, and mimic the London Underground logo. This simple project took a few hours and was super easy to make. Supplies needed: styrofoam wreath, red yarn, blue foam paper, and a silver marker.

The next photo shows two craft projects: the iconic Union Jack flag hanging as a centerpiece over the food table and Olympic medals. The flag was fairly simple although if you look at it with a critical eye, the “x” in the background isn’t quite aligned properly. Oh well, close enough! :) Supplied used: dark blue poster board, self-stick white felt, red felt, and craft glue.  And you can’t have an Olympics party without playing some games and we always play games at our house. I made the medals so that our friends could go home with a little souvenir. Supplies used: wooden circles, ribbon in red, white, and blue, hot glue gun, paint brush, and acrylic metallic paint in bronze, silver, and gold.

Onto my favorite decoration…the London skyline! This was a random idea that came to mind while I was at church (I promise I was paying attention during the service!) and I wasn’t sure how to do it but that’s the fun and beauty of creativity. I looked at images online and recreated the look with just three supplies: yarn, black paper, and tape. I’ve never been to London so its kinda cool to have it in my house!

Lastly, I believe every party must have food. So in the spirit of the Olympics, I asked my friends to make/bring a dish of their ethic background. It was quite the cultural feast! Nom nom nom! :)

Hubby and I had a really fun time at our Olympics party and I can tell our friends did too! So…shall I start planning for the 2014 Olympics?? ;)

fyi: red, white, and blue savings

Hubby and I went shopping a few days ago at our local outlets and I just have to share with you the great deals going on at one of my favorite stores, Banana Republic Factory Store! From now until July 8, save up to 70% on a number of items…check out the deals I scored!

A $79.99 dress for just $14.99! I love the versatility of this dress, the color, and the pockets!!

Take a look at my new accessory…a laser cut red tote…perfect for today’s patriotic holiday. This $69.99 purse was marked down to $20.99!

Happy Fourth of July!!