Family, Favorite Things

18 Month Update

I realize now I never posted Tripp’s One Year update #momlife! Here we are at a year and a half and just when I think Tripp won’t blow my mind again he says a new word or has a new skill.

Tripp loves talking, dancing, and running everywhere! He is such a ham and loves making people laugh!

He loved halloween and was the life of the party! Check out him dancing in the lion costume below.

Discipline is hitting hard right now and I am doing my best to be consistent and understanding all at the same time. Time outs are a thing these days and Tripp is NOT a fan… as seen below.

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Tantrums aside, I’m loving this phase SO much! He is learning and growing by leaps and bounds.  One of my favorite things to hear him say it “Tank Ew” for thank you… Talk about melting my heart. He is SO social and loves waving and talking to EVERYONE.

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I could go on and on but I’ll stop while I am ahead! But I would love to hear your tips and tricks for discipline?

 
 XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

This blog post is also part of a #mom linkup! If you would like to add your mom blog to the link up page let me know!
 
Things I Love

Name Bubbles

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OK MOM HACK ALERT! I found these AMAZING Name Bubbles labels for all things kiddo! They a customizable labels that are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe.

These labels are holding up wonderfully and not peeling off at all! How handy for daycare, MDO, and school!? I know even just at play groups so many kids have the same cups and it can be confusing to keep track of whose is whose! These are seriously a lifesaver and for allergy mamas they have special labels for those too! AND GUESS WHAT?! Use promo code GABBING [must be in ALL caps] for 15% off! 

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Above is the design/colors/shapes I used.  They have SOOOO many options.  I would recommend ordering on a desktop or laptop so you can easily see what yours will look like.  Their website was so easy to use and had lots of fun options to personalize it for your kiddo! Seriously, I don’t know what was easier designing on the site or putting the labels on…  Just peel, stick and let sit. Easy as that! Bonus, was their staff is amazing and the product was even better than I imagined… A+! These labels would be a wonderful stocking stuffer for kids! Thanks to name bubbles for making #momlife a little bit easier!

PS my favorite cup for Tripp are these Contigo cups.  They DON’T leak! *Praise hands*

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Crafts, Favorite Things, Gabbing Girls

DIY girlfriend or neighbor gifts: Quick Cakes Recipe Cards by guest blogger Jennifer Wise

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I am so thrilled to be bringing you another wonderful Gabbing Girls Guest blogger! Jennifer is a magnificent crafter and wonderful blogger I met through my #momblogtribe.  I am so excited to share with you her wonderful DIY gift that is perfect for the holiday season! Without further ado….

How about a little DIY today?  If you are looking for a fun, unique gift, you have come to the right place!  Today’s gift idea is created part digitally, part hands-on, completely adorable, and comes out around $4 per set.

These are Quick Cakes Recipe Cards.

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There are 10 recipes included in each little set.  The recipes are for individual cakes made in less than 2 minutes in the microwave.  Perfect for well-deserving moms, college students, older folks living alone, or even to set up as a Quick Cakes BAR for a party or group!  I think the recipe cards make a really cute gift for just about anyone.

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These recipe card sets are actually made from a playing card deck!  That’s right.  Just a creative, darling use for a playing card deck.  As such, one deck makes 5 of these little sets, each one with 10 different recipes.

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And, yes, since they’re made from a deck of playing cards, they are playing card size.

In case you’re wondering, I’m Jennifer and I’m thrilled to be guest blogging today at Gabbing Ginger!  

I just made these Quick Cakes Recipe Card gifts last week, and I have to admit I fell in love just a little.  You are going to love them!  

As a special bonus just for Gabbing Ginger readers, the first part of this DIY tutorial will be a video!  I show you step-by-step how to digitally create the Quick Cakes playing card deck.  Then we’ll finish up with some step-by-step photos on how to put these little gifts together once you get the playing card decks back in the mail.  

Ready?  Here we go!

Okay, now that you have followed the steps in the video to get your playing cards, you can do a few things while you wait the 7-10 days for your order to arrive at your door.

  1. Decide who your 5 favorite friends are.  I’m kidding, but you will need to decide who gets the 5 cute sets of Quick Cakes recipe cards.  Of course, ordering more than just one deck of Quick Cakes recipe cards is a great solution if you like more than 5 people.
  2. Buy book rings at an office supply store or big box store.
  3. Buy ribbon.  I like the thin kind I used here, but it would be cute with wider ribbon, too.
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I wish I could see your face when you get the box in the mail and open your playing cards.  That’s the honest truth.  It’s the first big fun part of this DIY project.

After you get your deck of cards, you’ll kind of deal them out.  This is how you divide them up so that each set gets one of each recipe.  You’ll have 5 piles.

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Assembling them is ridiculously easy.  For each set of cards:

  1. Find the “helpful hints” card.  Punch a hole in the upper left of the side that says Quick Cakes.  This will become your front cover.                                       image5
  2. For the remainder of the cards, punch a hole in the upper left corner of the cards on the recipe side.
  3. Place a book ring through all the holes.
  4. Tie with a ribbon.
  5. Impress and delight your friends with this fun gift.  Give with a box of cake mix if you like!

I love that this is such a one-of-a-kind gift, not to mention being cheaper and more fun than a gift card.  It’s easy to make and exciting to give.  And who doesn’t want to be the best gift-giver ever?!

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Today’s guest blogger, Jennifer Wise, is a married mom of three who thrives on creativity.  She is fluent in American Sign Language, loves great Mexican food, and enjoys both teaching and learning.  Her favorite place is the beach, and her favorite thing to do is laugh.  If you gave her a million dollars, she would spend it on her addiction, traveling.  Jennifer blogs each week at www.lifetalesbooks.blogspot.com and is the #familyhistoryfriday contributor at www.livegrowgive.org.  

Friends, Things I Love

Ginger Love

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If you have read my Facts About Me post you know that I am a true red head! November 5th is National Love your Red Hair Day and because of that I’ve partnered with Meg over at Gingy Love and we are chatting about our experiences with being red headed.

Growing up I hated my hair.  I think it was mostly because it brought attention to me when I just wanted to “blend in”.  In high school I started highlighting my hair blonde and by college you could hardly tell I even had red hair.

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As I have grown older and gotten used to the skin I am in I have learned to embrace my hair for the unique quality it has.  I not longer color it and I am not embarrassed when people compliment it.  I actually enjoy when people say something nice about it! I have learned to love when people call me a ginger… I mean my blog is named after it even!

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As a women we are so self critical of our bodies and appearance and I love that I can finally start to feel confident in my skin and proudly say I LOVE my red hair.  Growing up it wasn’t easy but now I realize that so many people struggle with different parts of themselves everyday and that we should all try to LOVE how different we all really are.

Also, can I just say we need a RED HEAD emoji like yesterday?!?!

If you are red headed or love someone red headed give them a big ole hug today and say I love you AND your red hair!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger