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5 Beach House Hostess Gifts

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Here are some ideas of what to bring as a hostess gift when you’re visiting a friend’s beach house.

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Headed to a friend’s beach house for the weekend? Don’t be a bad guest and show up empty handed.

Here are five hostess gift ideas that are sure to please all types of beach house owners.

5 Beach House Hostess Gifts

1. For The Mom… an infant beach bucket filled with goodies. Grab one of those bucket and pail duos you see at Target or the drugstore, then add a cute hooded towel and a Mustela “Bébé on the Go” travel set. It’s a perfect set that Mom can keep at the beach house instead of lugging toiletries from home, because it contains all the essentials: facial cleansing cloths, body lotion, and cleansing gel.

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2. For The Wino…a lovely set of beach wine glasses. Wine glasses at the beach?! It’s no longer impossible. The Beach Glass® has a special design that holds it upright in sand, snow, and grass. Also, it won’t break because it’s made of durable BPA-free acrylic! Perfect for a sunset picnic on the beach.

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3. For The One Who Likes Beachy Decor…a beach-themed decorative sign. Amazon and Etsy are full of beachy, cute, decorative signs. I like this one, but there are plenty of others– funny ones, cute ones, and one that will fit every personality.

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4. For The Person Who Needs to Relax…an ocean-scented candle. Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a lovely summery candle when you’re back in the real world.

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5. For The Beer-Lover…a six-pack caddy with bottle opener and cap-catcher. I found a similar one at Kohl’s around Father’s Day and it was only $19.99, but my husband loves it. Wait til this one goes on sale or definitely use your Kohl’s coupon to get this, because the retail price of $59.99 is too expensive.

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Other no-fail, last-minute gift ideas: a bottle of wine or a gift card to a local restaurant.

And if you’re the one who’s sad about summer ending then just treat yourself to one of these gifts…with back to school looming, you deserve it!

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Top 5 Reasons I Love Amazon Prime

Top 5 Reasons I Love Amazon Prime

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Amazon Prime…it’s a mom’s best friend.

Actually, it’s a lot of people’s best friend. Lazy people. Procrastinators. Savvy shoppers. People who don’t want to leave their home.

I have been a loyal Amazon Prime customer for the past four years. I LOVE IT.

Here are my Top 5 Reasons I Love Amazon Prime… Read More »

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How to Get More From Your Gift Cards

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There’s so much to love about gift cards during the holiday season…but did you know you can get even more out of your gift card with Cardpool?

How to Get More From Your Gift Cards

I had actually never heard of Cardpool when the brand reached out to me to try its online gift card site. I was intrigued…how could Cardpool be better than purchasing gift cards at the store or from a typical website?

Cardpool.com is not your average gift card retailer. Gift cards are sold at a discount– up to 35% off the value of the card!

But that’s not all. You can sell your own unused or partially used gift cards on the site and receive up to 92% of the gift card’s value! Read More »

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The Tradition of Food

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Celebrate holiday traditions with Hickory Farms and feel good about yourself! Hickory Farms is proud to support No Kid Hungry® and the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Much like children do, adults innately crave structure. Routine. Familiarity.

That is why traditions matter.

There is something inherently comforting about doing the same activity year after year. You create a shared memory with family and friends and that memory is reinforced each time you repeat it. Read More »

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Crafters & Co. Collection: Review & Giveaway

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Meet the newest member of the Hallmark family…the Crafters & Co. collection of luxurious teas, soaps, candles, and more! Keep reading to find out how you can win your own!

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With all of the lovely gifts Hallmark offers, it was only a matter of time before the company introduced a line of teas, candles, soaps, and accessories.

Introduced this year, the Crafters & Co. collection is available exclusively at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores and online at Hallmark.com. The products are made with the highest quality ingredients by companies who are passionate about how they do what they do. Read More »

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Holiday Traditions with Hickory Farms

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The holidays have a tendency to bring up all those warm and fuzzy feelings about families, traditions, and goodwill to men.

As a child, some of my favorite memories centered around the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Eating Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house. Picking the very best tree from my grandfather’s Christmas tree lot. Making butter cookies with my grandmother. 

And of course, shopping for every single one of my presents at the mall every Christmas Eve. (I guess you could say I was a bit of a procrastinator back then.)

I still remember how crowded the mall was but hey, I wasn’t driving yet, so I didn’t have to worry about parking! Read More »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: For The Kids

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Isn’t it so much fun to shop for kids now that you’re an adult? I actually do really love it, but maybe that’s because my kids are still at ages that are easy to shop for. 

Here are my top picks for holiday gifts for kids this season, separated into Babies & Toddlers AND Kids… Read More »

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Best Toys of 2015 (Parents Magazine)

Best Toys of 2015

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After testing out all of this year’s hottest toys, Parents magazine has just released its list of the Best Toys of 2015 and I have them here for you!

There are four categories: birth to 12 months, toddlers, preschoolers, and ages 5 & up. Most of the toys are available on Amazon. 

So if you’re looking to get a jump on your holiday shopping, here you go! Read More »

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Back to School with Hanna Andersson

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I know some people might dread the summer ending, but not me! I love everything about the fall…apple-scented candles, all the holidays coming up, and especially the fall clothing.

This year the fall will be especially exciting because my family is moving to Virginia. Fresh starts abound!

Last week I visited my local Hanna Andersson store in Marlton, NJ and picked up some new back to school clothes for the kids. They have to start their new preschool in style, right? (Keep reading for a 15% off coupon at the end of the post!) Read More »

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Spring Flings

Spring Flings

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Spring is finally here! 

Okay, so it’s technically been spring for awhile now, but I don’t count it unless the temps start averaging 60-70 degrees.

Here are some items I am loving for spring…  Read More »

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Newest Spot for Coupons, Promo Codes, & Sales

Groupon Coupons

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Things I’m not good at– fashion and finding good sale prices. 

For fashion tips, I read my friend Lindsey’s helpful style posts on Sisters to Sons, and I follow my very stylish friend Ellie’s Pinterest board.  

To find good sale prices, I usually just stumble upon a sale when I’m on a store’s website. 

But now I can start by checking Groupon first. That’s right, Groupon has coupons now– it’s not just a site where you can get a terrific deal on a Banana Bunker anymore! Read More »

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Help Choose My Bridesmaid Dress

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My sister is getting married in October and I am her maid of honor. Very exciting!

The other bridesmaids and I have the option of choosing any of these lovely black lace dresses from J. Crew Bridal…but I need your help!

Which dress should I choose? Vote in the poll at the end of the post! Read More »

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The Target Cashier Strikes Again

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I had almost made it out of the house without any children…and then my three-year-old decided at the last minute that she wanted to come with me.

To Target.

When I’m alone at Target, it’s my getaway. A mini-vacation, if you will. As invigorating as a day at the spa, until the cashier tells me my total. Read More »

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Hanna Andersson

Hanna Andersson grand opening

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Last night I had the honor of attending a special pre-Grand Opening of the new Hanna Andersson store at the Promenade in Marlton, NJ (between Athleta and Sur la Table).

To be honest, I haven’t shopped from their catalog in quite some time, but I am familiar with the brand. I even used to wear Hanna Andersson clothes as a child myself!

After visiting the store (and spending all of Santa’s toy money on clothes), however, I am now a huge fan. Read More »

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Getting Into the Holiday Spirit with Hallmark

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Everywhere you go now, there is Christmas stuff. Target (obviously), Rite-Aid, and even my Shop Rite is all decked out.

God forbid I have my kids with me when I’m out shopping, because they see the shiny Christmas stuff and they want it ALL. But how do you separate the good stuff from the crap that will end up breaking in two days?

You purchase quality items from manufacturers like Hallmark, which has an entire collection of Christmas decorations, novelties, ornaments, and more at its magical online city called Northpole. Read More »

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HP Stream 7 Tablet Giveaway

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No need to sit on Santa’s lap this year to get that new tablet you have been wanting!

Nope, you can either buy an HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet on Amazon or you can enter to win one here…or both!

This is an awesome little tablet that is sure to make anyone smile this holiday season.

Maybe you want to get one for a family member, a friend, or just yourself! Regardless, you can’t miss with a gift like this. This tablet comes with a free year of 365 Office Personal (a value of $69.99). Read More »

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Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers

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My usual stocking stuffer plan is getting a bunch of crap from the Target Dollar Section on Christmas Eve…lots of Hello, Kitty stuff and usually bubbles. (They always have bubbles there!)

In case you’d like to plan much cooler stockings for those in your family, here are some ideas: for her, for him, and for the kids. Read More »

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Holiday Gift Guide: Dads

Holiday Gift Guide Dads

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My husband is difficult to shop for. He doesn’t say what he wants and whenever I get him something that I think is good, he reacts in a less than thrilled manner.

Last year, for example, I redecorated his home office– new curtains, new framed pictures on the wall, new desk organizers, etc. That was met with crickets.

Here’s hoping that these gift ideas will suit him (and the fellas on your list) a little better!

(Oh, and even though the title says it’s gifts for dads, most items are suitable for any guys.) Read More »

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Holiday Books for Kids Under $10

Holiday Books for Kids

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Greetings! It’s time to start prepping for the holidays!

One of my favorite ways to get my kids (and myself) in the spirit of the holidays is to read Christmas books. I keep them in the attic for the rest of the year so they are new and exciting again each December, plus I usually add a couple to our collection each season.

If you’d like to add to your holiday book collection, here are a selection of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa books available on Amazon.

If you’re not a Prime member, you can always sign up for the 30-day free trial to access the early sales and amazing free two-day shipping benefits for the holiday season. 

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