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I haven't been crafting much lately. That's because this has become my most-used room:


Because this has been keeping me good and sick:


Baby Boy due by June 2017! Mike and I are calling him Gandalf the Grey for now. Yes, that's a Lord of the Rings reference. 

Morning sickness has been, in a word, terrible. The Unisom + B6 combo has been a lifesaver! My sister told me she never had any morning sickness with any of her kids. Must be nice. ;-). Love you, sis.

I've been having fun collecting free goodies. Here's the Target Baby gift. All you need to do is make a registry and ask for the baby bag at the customer service counter. My favorite coupons are for 20% off maternity clothes and the BOGO Starbucks drink. Plus you'll receive a 15% registry completion discount 8 weeks before your due date:


And here's the Amazon box. You have to be a Prime member, go through a rigorous registry exercise and buy $10 of items from your registry. You'll be eligible for the box after your $10 worth of items have been ordered and shipped. I ordered a box of Amazon baby wipes to fulfill the buying requirement. Like Target, Amazon also has a registry completion discount on select items. 10% off for non-Prime members, 15% off for Prime members. The muslin wrap is being sold for $12.99 and the Oball for $4.99. The baby wipes are full size:


Hope my baby likes Avent bottles hahaha.

Mike and I have waited so long for little Gandalf. Can't wait to meet him and give him a real name :-).


Printable Valentine Round up!

LOVE LOVE LOVE these free printables from my bloggy friends! 
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Leftover Wedding Favor Valentine Gifts


Helping Hands is a non-profit in Shakopee. It collects donations from the community and puts on events every 2 or 3 months where people in need can freely take what they need, no questions asked.

We received a donation of wedding decorations and favors. They were perfect for making little Valentine gifts to hand out!

Most of these favors were originally purchased at the Dollar Tree and are still available (per the website).

We filled the bottom of six-inch glass hearts with fake petals. Then we filled the dress/tuxedo boxes with candy.


We glued flowers to the tuxes. Then filled the heart with the rest of the items - bubbles, small candles, candies etc. They're wrapped in clear plastic treat bags from Uline and tied up with curling ribbon.


We also filled tall clear vases with candy and wrapped those up, too!


Energy Boost Gift Basket for New Moms


This gift basket is for a friend who's going back to work after maternity leave! I thought she'd need some quick snacks for energy boosts :-)


Here's the list of items, back to front:

Items (All from Target)

  • KIND Fruit and Nut Bars, 4-pack (Placed on the bottom of the basket to add height)
  • Wire Basket ($3 - look in the Dollar Spot)
  • KIND Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds
  • Larabar Bites, Double Chocolate Brownie, 
  • Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears
  • Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix
  • Godiva Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Bar
  • Lindt Creme Brulee Bar
  • Nourish Monkey Love Chocolate Banana Bites
  • Coco Joy Coconut Water
  • Ghirardelli Mil Chocolate Caramel Bar
  • Aquafina Sparkling Water, Lemon Lime
  • Dasani Drops, Strawberry Kiwi

I also tucked in a few homemade baby washcloths. Cream-colored minky on one side, black and white plaid flannel on the other side. The plaid flannel is from Joann's - look for "flannel shirting".


For the ribbon, cut fleece with a pinking blade, 2 - inches wide and about 40 inches long. Wrap around the basket and knot in the front. Cut the ends at an angle.

I also added a few faux flowers. They might make the basket look too busy so use your own judgement.

Total cost for basket and snacks (not including fabric or flowers): About $45.

I didn't use any coupons so you may be able to bring the cost down a bit. The bins are a bargain at $3! Basket filler won't work very well since the wire's spaced so far apart, though. And try to remember to turn the KIND bar box so that the UPC isn't staring out the front! Like it is in mine haha.


DIY Waistband Elastic Headbands


This waistband elastic makes a nice, wide, comfortable headband. It's $5.99 @ Joann Fabrics. This gets you two yards which will make at least three adult size headbands. Remember to show your mobile coupon!


Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • 1 3/4 Wide Waistband Elastic
  • Coordinating Thread & Needle or Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Measuring Tape (optional)

Measure around your head. Subtract two inches from the measurement. Cut elastic.

OR, FOR A BETTER FIT:

Wrap the elastic around your head. Pull to your preferred amount of tension. Add 1/2 inch. Cut elastic.

Sew ends together (right sides together) with a 1/4" hem allowance.


Open up the hem and flatten. Pin in place. Sew the flaps down with a tight zigzag stitch.



Done!