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!


  • 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.


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.


Using Birch Branches in the Garden

Today, I am dreaming of spring.

Thought these pics of my dad's garden birch branches might inspire your green thumb :-). The plant stems are wired around the birch branches -

Think warm thoughts! <3 div="">

DIY Hook Hanger for Jewelry Organization

I wanted to make a jewelry organizer that would hang in my closet. Thought it might be smart to utilize both sides of the hanger. What do you think?


  • Wooden Hanger (bought mine at walmart, $9.88 for 10 hangers)
  • Size 7/8 Cup Hooks, pack of 40 (A few of mine broke, you may want to buy 2 packs)
  • Pliers
  • Pencil & Ruler
  • Duct Tape

Using your pencil and ruler, mark where you'd like to hang your hooks. I suggest spacing them at least 3/4 inches apart from one another.

Wrap the jaws of the pliers in several layers of duct tape, This will keep the pliers from scraping your cup hooks. Start screwing in each hook by hand. When the screw is stable, finish screwing in the hooks with the pliers.

Turn the hanger around. Mark where you'd like to add hooks. Make sure to stagger your hooks from the other side! I opted to space the hooks a little wider on the back side to keep long necklaces from tangling up.

Done! Guess I need to buy more necklaces :-/.