Favorite Things

Teacher Gifts

I asked over on Instagram what you wanted to see and Teacher thank you gifts won!

Yall know I love a good thank you & I with the end of the school year is coming up quickly I wanted to share some of my favorite teacher gift ideas. Some I have created others I have found on Pinterest

If yall dont know my Mother in Law was a teacher her entire career so I always run gift ideas by her.  Her advice to me is to give something I would want to receive and try to limit the candy unless it is soemthing super cute and thoughtful.  Also, she reminded me to remember most will write thank you notes so make sure it is valued at more than a stamp + the time and supplies it takes them to write the note.

Anyways… my personal favorite gifts to do are gift cards on cute print outs.  Canva makes making these so easy. I have attached a couple I have made before that you can keep on hand and all you have to do is stick a gift card on it! So easy and cute.  And when I polled several teacher friends they ALL said gift cards were one of their favorite gifts to recieve!

Here are some of the canva gift card print out’s I have done. For any of these make sure to do a test print on regular paper.  I usually print 2 per page for the gift card thank you’s and 6 per page for the round “note” cards.

Printable Download: Amazing Teacher

Teacher gift ideas!

 

Printable Download: Re’marker’able year

*FYI I just do one standard print page on this one!

Teacher gift ideas!

 

Printable Download: Holiday thank you

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Also, here is a print out I did for a cute popcorn basket I created.

Printable Download: Popping thank you!

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Here are some of my favorite Pinterest and blog post with other teacher gift ideas!

The Blessed Mess Blog

Thanks for Helping me Grow

Thanks a Latte

Teaching is your Jam

I hope you all loved and are inspired by these teacher gift ideas! What are your favorite gifts for teachers?!

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Pomegranate flavor at Jamba Juice
Favorite Things

Be Bliss-full

As a busy mom I am always on the hunt for healthy on the go snacks that can also be a little treat. Lucky for me, Jamba Juice has introduced the perfect flavor for a little “bliss-full” treat.

Positively Pomegranate

Pomegranate flavor at Jamba Juice

The Pomegranate Antioxidant Smoothie and Positively Pomegranate Bowl are perfect complements of “bliss” for the daily stresses of life. Jamba Juice is helping bring balance and wellness to the spring with these new products featuring Vitamin C, potassium and protein.

No matter where you are headed or what is on your to-do list you can find your center and find balance in your busy day with these yummy flavors! I love that packed full of flavor and nutrients but taste amazing too!

I absolutely loved the pomegranate antioxidant smoothie. It was so flavorful and hit that sweet spot that I needed for a little pick me up! The best part is is that I didn’t feel guilty since I know how packed full of nutrients it is. I don’t know about you but a guilt free treat is a win in my book! And PS if you can’t tell Tripp loved it too! He was trying to steal it from me the whole time!

Since International Day of Happiness falls this month I thought what a perfect time to bring a little Happiness to someone else and giveaway a treat that brings me such happiness!

Pomegranate flavor at Jamba Juice

Head over to my Instagram post here to check out all the Bliss-full Jamba Juice items you could win!

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things

Sample Brand Pitches

Hey Y’all! I am doing a series on Instagram where I help answer questions about blogging/ being an influencer. If you missed it I created a super handy calendar/planner that helps you plan content and payments. This time, I am covering Brand pitches….

The biggest question

It is one of the biggest questions I have been asked is how to pitch to brands. So, I made a super handy sample document that you can edit to work for each brand you reach out to!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ba5lNR1LuHP93FRKYSXeFzsVq7iP6_D7pnjMibNqB5M/edit?usp=sharing

My biggest advice is don’t be afraid to ask. Be aware of your worth, and also the worst thing is a brand can say no. I promise you most bloggers you know have been told no! The ones who you love and adore even! Just remember the right things will come and don’t forget to stay true to your brand!

To end, I really hope this helps and if you have questions please head over to my Instagram Highlights and ask away!

OR comment below what your biggest blogger/influencer questions are!?

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Area accent rug Lorena canals
Favorite Things

Rug Revamp

A few weeks ago I polled on my instastories [See video of rugs below] about the runners in my kitchen. You see we have a pretty large kitchen and the space between the island and the range is oddly large. We had two runners and every time I saw the space I just couldn’t kick the feeling that it needed on rug over two.

After measuring the space I realized we needed a rug that was just under 5’x7′ to fill the space. I also knew that with children, pets & oh yeah it is our cooking space… that it needed to be super durable and easy to clean.

Hit the jackpot with this rug

One of my favorite rugs in our whole house is in Annabelle’s nursery and I remembered that I was so excited that it was washable. Lorena Canals rugs are seriously a game changer for mom’s and families with pets! So I went and checked out their website and found this beautiful rug and GUESS WHAT?! It was the perfect size that I needed, so I knew it was meant to be!

Area rug

I was so excited to work with this company again and I LOVE how the rug looks in our kitchen. I know right now the trends tend to be neutrals but I love a little color and this blue pulls in the colors from our other rooms (we have an open concept kitchen, breakfast nook and living room.

Final Thoughts

What do you all think about how the bigger rug looks versus the two small runners?

Lorena Canals seriously has amazing pieces (not just rugs). Make sure you check out all of the amazing decor pieces you could add to your house! Thank you to them for working with me again! I can’t say enough about how great their products are!

Do you own any washable rugs?

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things

Influencer Calendar/ Planner

Y’all know I love a good calendar or planner! I asked a week or so ago over on my Instagram stories if a downloadable calendar for bloggers/influencers would be helpful and SO many of my wonderful instafamily said they needed one!

Influencer/Blogger Calendar & Planner

With that being said I tried to incorporate the things that planners tend to miss out on that influencers need! Basically, the campaign and payment tracking! This has helped me so much over the last few months to stay organized and on top of my campaigns with brands and my payments.

Please feel free to download this and share! Also, if you have any features you feel should be added or something that should be changed let me know! I call this my beta edition so I am happy to adjust it along the way to help others!

Influencer/Blogger Calendar & Planner

Here is my FREE 2019 Influencer Calendar!

What do you do to help stay organized?

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Grove Collaborative Cleaning
Favorite Things

New Year, Clean Home with Grove

A Clean HomeGrove Collaborative Cleaning

Please note this post may contain affiliate links!

After all the buzz and excitement of Christmas, January feels like the perfect time to  wipe the slate clean. I’m craving a calm, clutter-free home with lots of space to cook a healthy meal and unroll my yoga mat.

I know I’m not the only one feeling that way! Luckily for us, Grove Collaborative has a special offer to help start the New Year with a clean home. When you place your first order of $20 from Grove using my link HERE you’ll get:Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap

  1. A Free Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap
  2. A Free Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray
  3. A Free Grove Collaborative caddy
  4. Free Grove Collaborative walnut scrubber sponges

Plus Free shipping & free VIP trial

If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive a free set of walnut scrubber sponges.

I’m all for anything that helps me stay organized in the New Year, which is why I’m so excited about this cleaning caddy. It’s a chic and modern way to keep my most-used cleaning supplies at my fingertips.

The caddy is big enough to hold a few bottles of cleaner, gloves, and microfiber cloths — yet compact enough that I don’t feel like I’m lugging it around the house.  

By choosing versatile and effective products, you’ll have less to carry around and be able to clear some space under your sink. Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray, for example, works on countertops, backsplashes, faucets, doorknobs, painted walls, and even wood floors. I can literally clean my home top to bottom with just one product!

The Best Sponge

These Grove walnut scrubber sponges are also extremely versatile. The scouring side is made from crushed walnuts (yes, walnuts!) and is perfect for scrubbing pans or tile. The soft side is made from all-natural vegetable cellulose and is great for wiping down countertops and appliances. Since you get two, you can stash one in your cleaning caddy and one next to the sink.

Grove Collaborative Cleaning

Along with my walnut scrubber sponge, I always keep a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap and dish soap by my kitchen sink. After all the holiday baking, I’m tired of doing dishes and grateful that Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap makes the job that much easier.

(By the way: if you spend $39, you’ll get a beautiful stoneware tray for free! It’s perfect for holding your soaps and a sponge.)

Another thing that helps me maintain a clean home all year long is Grove Collaborative. Grove hand-selects the best green products and delivers them (carbon offset) right to my doorstep, on my schedule. I get helpful reminders when it’s time to reorder, so that’s one less thing I have to think about.

As a VIP, I also get free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. Once you’ve submitted your order, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial so you can check it out for yourself!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here HERE
  2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive your first box within a few days.
  3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Grove Collaborative Cleaning

What are your favorite cleaning hacks?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Family, Favorite Things

Holiday Cards made easy with Basic Invite

The holidays are upon us and that means it is time for Holiday Christmas Cards and updating business stationary.

Basic Invite makes designing your custom stationary and cards so easy.  I know I love personally writing and receiving notes and cards in the mail.  I wanted to add some that were specific to my blog because I work with so many wonderful people and love dropping random notes to them when I have the chance. It was so much fun going through all of the different color, font and design elements to find the perfect look for my cards.

While I was designing my business stationary I feel in love with all of their Holiday Cards! Basic Invite has streamlined the process and have some great functions that very few stationary sites have!  Here are some of the features that made me love using their website for my business thank you notes:

Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

I know I am very particular about colors because I want my brand to be consistent. The instant preview was easy to use and made designing super simple!

Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

I think this makes the perfectionist in me so happy! You can make sure everything looks and feels right in person!

Address Capturing Service – Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

THIS IS LIKE THE ULTIMATE MOM HACK.  How much easier are Holiday cards when you don’t have to deal with addresses?!?!

PS They have Over 500 Christmas card and holiday card designs! 

Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30

 

Make sure to also check out Basic Invite on their social media channels! A big Thank you to Basic Invite for gifting me the amazing stationary.

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Twitter

Do you like classic or creative holiday cards?

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Family, Fashion, Favorite Things

Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide

The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide

Please note this post may contain affiliate links. 
I know gift guides are super helpful for everyone and I know how helpful Amazon is for gifts so I thought why not combine the two?! Here is a gift guide that includes something anyone will love! Your one stop shop if you will! Also, make sure to ask friends/family if they have their own Amazon Wish List! I know most moms continually keep a list going!
As a busy new mom of two I need easy and convent! I hope this gift guide provides that and will help you fill up Santa’s sleigh with all of the perfect gifts!

Newborn

 

Baby

Toddler

*Bonus ideas for smaller children: Zoo and museum passes!
Young Children


Teen

College Student/ Young Adult

Mom

Dad 
Husband & Wife
 
Grandma   &   Grandpa

Bestie

Clean Freak

Cook

Baker

Techie

Book Lover

Fashionista

Outdoor Lover

Music Lover

Traveler

Gift for All

What is on your must have list?

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll
baby, Family, Favorite Things, pregnant

Wee Baby Stella Doll

Wee Baby Stella Doll For Big Brother

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

We are so excited for Tripp to become a big brother.  I have been researching ways to help kiddos with the transition of a new baby.  One thing that resonated with me was having a “baby” for the big sibling to “help” do things with when you need to tend to the baby.   Tripp is ALL about helping and having responsibilities these days so I thought a baby of his own would be perfect.

The perfect gift

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

He has been playing with the baby and practicing with him.  He has loved his baby and when baby came home he definitely had a better understanding of being gentle and how to help mom with baby.

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

What I love about the Manhattan Toy Company is that they recognize that we are profoundly influenced by the toys we play with.

That in every little pair of hands lies not a marketing opportunity, but a chance to positively affect the future.

That having a sense of humor means the difference between enduring life, and enjoying it. If it doesn’t contain a wink and smile, it isn’t worth making.

We remember every day that every invention on this earth was dreamed into existence.

We remember that the most powerful thing any of us play with in this life is our imagination.

Now you create your custom wee baby Stella doll.

I think as adults we forget how important it is to use our imaginations.  I have loved watch Tripp playing “pretend” with his baby.  It amazes me how much he knows to do without me teaching him.  Kids really do watch us more closely than we realize.

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll
Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

These dolls are adorable, durable and a great size.  They make great gifts and the fact they can be customized just takes it to the next level. It is seriously a great first baby doll – that can look just like your child! Check out how you can customize one for a special kiddo in your life today!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Favorite Things, shoes

Shoes to Fall For

Falling in Love with my SAS Shoes

I don’t know about you but this HOT summer + pregnancy has me hoping, paying and thinking all the fall vibes.  We have finally gotten a little taste here in Texas and it has been amazing!

I have been having major envy of everyone and their “fall hauls”! I don’t want to go on a shopping spree right now since I am 9+ months pregnant and won’t know my real “fall” size.  However, something that I realized I COULD shop for was shoes.

As a busy (and about to be busier) mom I am always looking for comfort but something that is cute too. I want functional quality that will last more than just one season. This is especially true with shoes… I want to make sure they are quality not only for style but for comfort too!

When I saw the Dylan boot from SAS Shoes I knew I HAD to have them.  This Texas girl fell in love with the bootie style cowboy boot! Bonus is that they are super comfortable even with a small heel and they are so versatile (they also come in black).

SAS Dylan Boot

The Dylan Book features soft Italian suede covering the outside of the bootie with smooth leather lining inside. A plush padded insole provides all-day comfort and a durable back zipper makes it easy to slip on (perfect for pregnancy when it is hard to bend over). A leawood stacked heel adds character to this trendy style. Make sure to treat with the SAS Water-Resistant spray and keep these kicks looking new from season to season. Handcrafted in Tuscany, Italy.

Fall Shoes/Booties

 

These boots can go with leggings, jeans and dresses too.  They are great of the transitional fall weather but will also be great during cold days!  I love the camel color because it can easily go with so many things.  Another plus is that they will really accentuate all my leopard print which I LOVE and is on MAJOR trend this fall!

 

What is your favorite fall trend?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger