Thursday Night Soup – Waste Less and Eat Well

Enjoy an easy dinner with Thursday Night Soup. It makes good use of whatever you have in the kitchen so that you waste less and eat well. I’ve been making soup from leftovers for a very long time. Ever since I read the book, A Feast of Soups twenty years ago. There are very few recipes that […]

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Freezer Cooking Basics: What You Need to Fill the Freezer

Want to skip the processed frozen foods and make your own? I got ya covered with the low-down on freezer cooking basics so you eat well and save money. This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I am paid a small advertising fee. Thanks for supporting […]

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UK Travel: Saving Money on Attractions

UK travel can be amazing. It can also come with an amazing price tag. Here’s how we saved on attractions during our recent trip to the United Kingdom. The other day I heard my nine-year old daughter sigh to her siblings, “I just love England.” Oh! how that gladdens my mama’s heart. The thing that […]

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Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe (Freezer-Friendly)

Chicken Pot Pie | Life as MomChicken Pot Pie is a sure-fire favorite at my house. Flaky, buttery crust surrounds chicken, vegetables, and a delectable homemade gravy for delicious comfort food. Years ago when I had my second baby I was surrounded by good cooks who spoiled me once the baby was born. This Chicken Pot Pie was the first homemade […]

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Fun Baby Gift Idea + Thirty-One Gifts Giveaway

I received samples from Thirty-One Gifts to facilitate this post.

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Finding a fun and unique gift for your friend or family member’s new baby can be challenging, especially if they don’t have a gift registry. Of course there are always the tried-and-true items like diapers, pacifiers, layette outfits, or bibs, but thinking outside the diaper box can really make your gift memorable.

Thirty-One Gifts has been a go-to brand for me for years, ever since my daughter’s arrival. The Large Utility Tote was my gateway drug bag, somehow growing from one to five. Whoops. I use it for everything for the kids – from lugging gear to swim practice to overnights at grandma and grandpas house. Many people have used Thirty-One as baby gear (just do a Pinterest search for “thirty-one baby” and you’ll see a plethora of ideas), but Thirty-One has never offered a baby-themed print – until now!

This September only, the Go-Go Giraffe print, Thirty-One’s first ever baby-themed print, is exclusively available on three products commonly used for infant care – the Super Swap-it Pocket, Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote, and Cool Clip Thermal. They also just released new baby-style personalization designs — baby blocks, a mother and baby elephant, and a mother and baby giraffe – that are available until January 30, 2018.

Fun Baby Gift Idea

Motherhood is HARD. It’s also hilarious and incredibly rewarding, which is why I try to ingest humor in gifts for new moms. This set with some fabulous personalization does just that.

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Poop. There’s just something about that word that makes every child giggle and every mom want to vomit. So this Cool Clip Thermal embroidered with #pooped (don’t search that) was apropos for this baby gift. This thermal bag is perfect for a quick Target run – it can hold a diaper, wipes, and won’t melt the diaper creme if left in the car. You can also re-purpose for snacks, medicine, make-up, baby food, or a first-aid kit.

As a working mom, I’m always bouncing between bags – from laptop bag to backpack to tote to diaper bag. The Super Swap-it Pocket is the answer to the frequent bag swap. I keep my wallet, “mom” kit (bandages, hand sanitizer, hair clips, wipes, and tissues), coupons, and cell phone in this “pocket” for an easy 3-minute time saver per day.

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The Swap-it Pocket fits effortlessly in the Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote (ZOUT). This bag has been used by customers for years as a diaper bag, and now it LOOKS like one! This super cute pattern with embroidery is “designed to make life easier for you.” It has seven exterior pockets that can hold smaller items like sunglasses or baby bottles.

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All together, these three pieces make for a great baby gift at just $85 total (note: personalization and icon-it embroidery is an added cost). You could even go in with a few friends and add some essentials inside the bag for the mom-to-be! Plus, this month only, the Super Swap-it Pocket and the Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote is on special! Customers may choose either product, both regularly sold for $35, for just $10 with any $35 purchase. When purchased together during the special, the tote and pocket will cost $45 and. The Cool Clip Thermal is priced at $15.

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Thirty-One Gifts Giveaway

Thirty-One Baby-Themed Giraffe Print Giveaway

Thirty-One has generously offered a SET of these three styles – the Super Swap-it Pocket, Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote, and Cool Clip Thermal (total value $85) – to one lucky reader. To enter to win, please use the entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the US, ages 18+ now through September 27, 2017 at 11:59PM EST.

 

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Creative Uses for School Supplies

School supplies aren’t just for school. Consider these ways to make the most of back to school sales and BTS clearance racks. Now is the season to pick up some great deals on school and office supplies. As you know, places like Walmart and Target have been hawking their wares for months. The back to school season […]

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Unique Diaper Cake DIY Baby Gift for Display Shower

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My friend threw the first-ever display baby shower that I had ever attended. I’m a huge stickler for the presentation of the gift (gift wrap, bows, Washi tape), so I’ll admit that the thought of bringing an unwrapped gift to her baby shower made me a little uneasy.

I just couldn’t do it. So I didn’t follow the rules, exactly. I was looking on Pinterest for diaper cake ideas, but I had other items to gift her like baby clothes, burp cloths, wipes and even diaper trash bags. So I came up with my own take on the diaper cake — with a TON of goodies beyond the diaper.

Unique Diaper Cake DIY

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What you’ll need:

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Gifts to Include:

How to Make the Diaper Cake

1. Tape the wine bottle (a postpartum treat intended for the mom-to-be once that baby makes his/her arrival) to the center of the 13″ charger plate. Make sure it’s secure.

Bottom Layer

2. Start rolling the size 2 diapers and secure each diaper with a rubber band. Place the rolled size 2 diapers in a circle pattern around the base of the wine bottle. Mix in some of the gifts like washcloths, bibs (rolled) and diaper trash bags until you fill out the entire plate (you’ll use most of the size 2 diapers for this layer). Set aside the sleeper gowns, burp cloths and one onesie — these will be the “icing” or “fondant.”

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3. Take three burp cloths and wrap them around the outside of the first layer (like “fondant”). Cut a long piece of tulle and tie around the burp cloths to secure. Add a bow if you’d like — I did.

Middle Layer

4. Roll and secure each newborn-sized diapers with a rubber band. These will be the diapers used for the top and middle “cake” layers. Place the second layer of diapers in a circular pattern similar to the bottom layer, but leave some room around the edges so it tiers like a cake. Tuck in a few more gifts.

5. Wrap one sleeper gown around the outside of the middle layer along with a folded onesie. Tie and secure this layer with another piece of tulle.

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Top Layer

6. Add the remaining diapers to the “cake” in a circular pattern. Place the other sleeper gown on the top. Wrap the arms of the gown around the edge of this layer. Tie a piece of tulle around this layer to secure.

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7. Top off the cake with a fluff of tulle and the booties. You can use the double-sided tape to secure the booties.

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Okay, so I’m not of the craft-mom caliber, but I was darn proud of this diaper cake, so much so that I had to share a how-to. So now if you’re ever invited to a “display” baby shower, you can still “wrap” your gift, but like a rebel.

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