Gift guide for everyone on your list

Note: This post is sponsored by TinyPrints, but all opinions are my own. 

I love those people that are so easy to buy for, like my mom! Every year I get her a personalized calendar with pictures of all of her kids and this year, her first grand baby! I include all of our birthdays, anniversaries and school holidays. She loves it. I’m pretty sure she would actually be mad at me if I did not give her her calendar. Then I got to thinking, personalized gifts are fun for everyone! Why not make some for everyone on your list? I’m certain you could find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at tinyprints. Here are my ideas for brothers, sisters, teachers, grandparents, and best friends.

 

Gift guide for everyone on your list

 

1. For your sister that just bought her first home: A personalized pillow (I really like these pillows and there are so many fun options!)

Gift guide for everyone on your list

 

2. For your bestie that just got married or had a baby or became an aunt: Personalized iPhone caseGift guide for everyone on your list

 

3. For your kiddos preschool teacher because we all know she needs coffee: Personalized coffee mug (filled with coffee gift card)!

Gift guide for everyone on your list

 

4. For your sweet mother in law that lives in another state and doesn’t get to see her adorable grand baby as often as she would like so now she can snuggle him whenever she wants: Custom pillow with picture of dad and baby

 

Gift guide for everyone on your list

5: For yourself, because you sit at this desk everyday and it was ugly and these make you happy: Mounted prints

Gift guide for everyone on your list

6: For your brother that just landed his first real job and got an apartment without roommates and says he likes Hobby Lobby becuase that is where he gets decorations for his house: Personalized throw blanket

Personalized gifts

 

7. For Grandma or Bubbie or Grammy who can’t choose her grandma name, but knows she loves her grand baby more than anything: Personalized ornament

Gift guide for everyone on your list

 

Share the Joy 2014

Note: This post is sponsored by World Market, but all opinions are my own.

This is the 3rd year that I had the opportunity to team up with World Market and Share the Joy! (Here are the deets from the 1st year and the 2nd year!) This year I decided to do something a little different and hosted a benefit dinner for the Ronald McDonald House. Benefit dinner sounds so fancy, but we paired it with Andy’s birthday and asked people to forgo gifts for Andy (although World Market has some really unique gifts!) and bring something off of the Ronald McDonald House wish list to donate. It was fun and casual, but I would not go out birthday benefit dinner fancy! I cooked an Italian feast with World Market goodies and we celebrated 33 years of Andy! And our donation pile is not too shabby, check it out!

Share the Joy World Market

I whipped up some super simple decor. And by super simple, I mean I erased part of my chalkboard calendar (still need to do a tutorial about this bad boy!) and added a birthday message, hung up my trusty old scrap fabric garland I made years ago, and bought some pretty sunflowers from Trader Joes! We got and hung our new light fixture just in time for the party too, woot woot!

Share the Joy World Market

World Market has tons of fun food and beverages from all over the world! (Holiday baking here we come!) Oh and candy and wine and coffee (3 of my faves)! I made lasagna, salad, garlic bread and whipped up a few fun Italian appetizers to go along with our Italian themed dinner.

Share the Joy World Market

 

Appetizers included peanut butter pretzels, blue cheese stuffed olives, and bruschetta Artichoke with toasted bread. Oh and the fanciest appetizer of all… my Italian roll ups! Yep, I invented that name. It’s sliced salami with cream cheese and pepperchinis rolled up with a cute little bamboo knot picks. Andy loved them.

Share the Joy World Market

 

Oh and I had a realization… being the photographer at your own event is really tricky. I have not one picture of my amazing lasagnas that I slaved over. What the what?! I was really proud of those bad boys. And my kale salad was very fancy too. Just picture cheesy, meaty perfection, ha! Here’s a little more cuteness… these wine glass charms are stinkin’ cute and very helpful! Oh and Sola is my fave red wine at World Market, trust me, I’ve tried a few!

Share the Joy World Market

Since the weather is was nice in Texas the night of his birthday, we ate dinner outside on our patio. Here’s a picture of the cuteness before. I’ve gotten a lot of good use out of the black and white table runners from my baby shower! Remember the cinder block bench? And the free patio furniture we gave a major makeover?

Share the Joy World Market

We had a little party crasher join us mid party for a few minutes. Maxwell said hello, had a little snack and went back to bed!

Share the Joy World Market

 

We even got a quick family pic!

Share the Joy World Market

 

Here’s Andy, his brother, and Wilma!

Share the Joy World Market

 

And you know I don’t host without a party favor paired with a cheesy saying… here’s what Andy (yes, Andy came up with this cheesy goodness) thought up for our Italian theme! World Market has a huge selection of Haribo gummies… I love them all (minus the licorice ones)! The yellow yarn is supposed to mimic spaghetti noodles, get it?!

Share the Joy World Market

 

I’d call the birthday benefit dinner a major success! Sharing the Joy of 33 years of Andy while giving back to an amazing organizing… We might make this a birthday tradition! So, if you $500 to give to a charity of your choice, what charity would you choose? ENTER HERE daily for a chance to win a $500 World Market gift card for yourself PLUS $500 donation to a charity of your choice. How awesome is that?! The sweepstakes ends on Friday, November 21st! Oh and if you

Share the Joy World Market

Team Depot #DoingMore4Vets

Note: This is a sponsored post for The Home Depot Foundation. Every thought, opinion, and experience is 100% my own.

I was lucky enough to be able to attend two Celebration of Service events this year! Both wonderful experiences, both very different! The Houston event consisted of 500+ Team Depot volunteers fixing up a home for 328 veterans. The Austin event was smaller (but just as spirited!) with 40 Team Depot volunteers making the Jones’ new home in Austin, TX wheelchair friendly. I shop at The Home Depot on a very regular basis, we can stroller to one from our house! And before I attended these events, I had no idea that The Home Depot even had a foundation. I was blown away that The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than 380 million in local communities since it was founded in 2002! How awesome is that?!

Celebration of Service with Home Depot

If you’re new here, Celebration of Service is a 2 month event put on by The Home Depot Foundation, local non profits, and Team Depot volunteers with a mission of transforming 1,000 homes for veterans in 2 months from 9/11 until Veterans Day on 11/11. There are still a few weeks left in this years Celebration of Service, but here are a few the amazing projects going on all over the United States. Check out the Team Depot hubTeam Depot Facbeook page and/or Twitter steam for lots more story and picture updates! Here are a few of my faves:

Indianapolis, IN: This is one awesome kitchen makeover! Team Depot renovated a facility for homeless veterans.

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Davison, MI: Team Depot built him a wheel chair ramp and spruced up his yard!

Team Depot

 

Houston, TX: This is the first Team Depot event I attended. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mays, who lis the oldest vet living in the complex! And yes, he dresses this nice every single day! See lots more about the Houston transformation hereTeam Depot

 

Rochester, NY: I love the look on his wife’s face in this picture!

Team Depot

Austin, TX: This is one of the events I attended, and I heart Meg and Joey and Austin, so I’m declaring it my very favorite project!

Team Depot

Since the project at the Meg and Joey’s house in Austin took more than one day, I have to share a few more before and afters with y’all! We extended the patio to give Joey the most useable outdoor space possible. I’m obsessed with these benches! Aren’t the awesome?

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And here is the before and after of the giant new deck that is wheelchair friendly!

Team Depot

Team Depot

Just curious… did you have any idea about The Home Depot Foundation and all of the awesome projects they are doing in our local communities?!

The Home Depot Foundation partnered with bloggers such as me for their Celebration of Service program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to say in these posts. The Home Depot Foundation believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot Foundation’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. – See more at: http://www.notjustahousewife.net/2014/09/celebration-of-service.html#sthash.uOCVCS48.dpuf