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summer bucket list

summer bucket list

Can you feel in in the air? It's almost summer! For me, this time of year always brings me back to the carefree feeling of having endless days filled with possibilities. Growing up in Southern California, I was fortunate enough to live within driving distance to the beach, so my friends and I would get in one of my friends' cars and drive over to Huntington Beach or Newport Beach, excited about our new swimsuits and lazing the days away at the beach. As an adult, I love summer activities that bring me back to that carefree time. Since there is...

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mother's day brunch- ideas to make it special

One tradition that I really love to celebrate is an annual Mother's Day brunch for my friends. As most of my hairbrained ideas,  it started out with a few friends, and then grew exponentially. The more the merrier, right? Well how can you make your Mother's Day brunch a little extra special? Here are some ideas: 1. Figure out how you want your table to look- Choose complementary colors and stick with them for the runner, flowers, and anything else you put on there. FYI- a simple burlap runner goes with everything and you can get it from Michaels- so easy. 2. Individual...

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the magic of birthdays

I have always been a "birthday person". Some people I know try to avoid their birthdays, or want to keep them low-key, but not me! I admit, I once brought my own cake to work and forced my co-workers to celebrate with me. Yes, I'm THAT person....But really, I celebrate because I am thankful for health, grateful for my family and happy to celebrate another year on this crazy planet. Which is why I love gifting and bringing joy through my business, boom! I truly enjoy the art of celebrating events and milestones in peoples' lives- and birthdays are a great time to...

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monday maker spotlight: urb apothecary

monday maker spotlight: urb apothecary

Happy Monday, everyone! On Mondays, we will be featuring a maker whose products we feature in our gift boxes. Today, I'm featuring maker Leyna Allred of Urb Apothecary in Santa Cruz, California. I personally LOVE this line of products, which are all cruelty-free, sls- free, synthetic fragrance-free, and free of chemical additives and preservatives. Leyna grew up in rural Northern California and was perpetually digging in the mud, climbing trees, and imagining living off the land. With this penchant for natural living as kindling, an interest in the medicinal qualities of plants was ignited and bought every herbal book she could find, completely...

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valentine's day hand pies

Are you a Cake Person or  Pie Person?  You are either one or the other! I am 100% a pie person (cobbler too), but you know what's even better than pies? HAND PIES! What are hand pies? Individual pies that you can pick up and eat. They can be made savory or sweet but for this blog post I'm sticking to the sweet stuff. Hand pies are great for so many reasons...they are easy to make, they are neat and are perfect for presentation (they look so fancy!), you can be really creative with your filling....and the absolute best reason: you...

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