Christmas Shopping over at UncommonGoods

It’ beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Who has their tree up all nicely decorated?? We do, we put our Christmas tree up on Nov.1 its our little families tradtion to put the tree up way before Thanksgiving. We love it that way. The holidays are my favorite time of the year. It’s a great to be around family eat some delicious  food and just make beautiful memories. With all that, of course come presents, I gotta say I love giving making someones day makes my heart happy. I recently came across  they are an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. They also offer many items that are handmade, if you know me well enough by now. You know that I love and buy handmade all the time I love to support small businesses and handmade. UncommonGoods sent me this custom mug set with my parents anniversary date and initials. My parents just recently celebrated 28 years of marriage, figured it’d be a great gift for them. Plus, its their daily routine to drink coffee and tea in the am and catch up on the plans for the day. 

Christmas Shopping over at UncommonGoods

The mugs are nicely made, they are handcrafted with attention to detail. They arrived quickly even though they were custom. Well packaged and I’m so excited for my parents to open up their gifts for Christmas. Thank You Gina for handcrafting an amazing gift for my parents. 

UncommonGoods is overall amazing. Their customer service, shipping, products and  a huge selection to choose from. If you’re looking for unique gifts to buy UncommonGoods is the site for you. I will be purchasing the unicorn mug soon for myself. I love that mug. 

At the very bottom of the listing you’ll see, an about the maker info. Which, I think is such an amazing feature. It’s nice to know who is creating something you’ll have in your home. So here is a little bit about the creator of my parents mugs. 

Gina DeSantis is a ceramics artist based out the Screw Factory Artists’ Studios in Lakewood, Ohio. She uses her studio as both a work space and a classroom.These one-of-a-kind cups are ideally suited to join you as you curl up with your morning coffee and the love of your life. How perfect is this? 
Christmas Shopping over at UncommonGoods


Have you ever shopped at UncommonGoods? If not, guess what?

‘Tis the Season to Giveaway !! 

UncommonGoods is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their site.

How amazing are they??? 

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Avoiding Summer Bugs

Summer time bugs can be very annoying. When we lived in Texas, we battled with mosquitos.Those pesky things were so huge and we would wake up with so many bites. Seriously, ridiculous! I learned a few tips from my fellow “crunchy friends” on how to avoid these bugs. Here they are: 

  • plant neem, citronella, marigold or garlic in your garden/ balcony/ patio to put mosquios off, they do not like the smell of these plants. 
  • Close doors and windows in your house early, use nets along the windows to prevent the mosquitoes from entering your house. (When opening the door to exit, have a fly swatter ready to kill any that have entered.) Make sure your kids apply mosquito repellent before they step out of the house. One of my favorite Natural Repellent is by “BalmBaby – Shue Bug!” 
  • Apply these essential oils; either on the skin, clothes, bed sheets { lavender oil, soya oil, citronella, lemon and eucalyptus, peppermint} All are known for their mosquito repellent. 
  • Mosquitos do not like the smell of peppermint, so you can crush up the leaves and rub it on your skin to ward them off.
  • Make sure there is no “sitting water” Mosquitos are attracted to humidity, water. So keep any sitting water away from your home. 

I hope that my tips help you with Summer Bugs. Be sure to check out facts on mosquitos, super interesting. 


Happy Summer. Enjoy. Stay away from Bugs 🙂 

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Loving our Beautiful Melody Designs Shirts

Beautiful Melody Designs Toddler Shirts

I mean seriously? I can’t even handle my kid’s cuteness. They are sporting his new “Wake up and Live” shirt by Beautiful Melody Designs. I discovered this shop on Instagram. Here is a little more on the mama behind BMD’s 

Hello. I’m Chantal, mother of two rambunctious littles, future wife and owner/operator of Beautiful Melody Designs where I block print awesome threads completely by hand. From drawing each design to carving/inking the stamp and printing each item the whole process is done using my mama hands in my tiny, in-home, Northern Idaho studio. I’ve got a 2.5 year old baby girl, Aria and a 10 month old boy Lyric who keep me on my toes all day long. As soon as nap time arrives each day, I hit the studio to work. I love creating these designs and the reward of seeing sweet babes everywhere rock my threads is greater than I ever could’ve imagined!

I’m seriously ‘IN LOVE’ with our new shirts they are stylish, comfy, affordable and handmade with love. Ashton is wearing is a v-neck shirt which makes him look like a mini-man. We paired our shirt with cargo pants and some Freshly Picked Moccs another favorite. 

Beautiful Melody Designs Toddler Shirts

We got ton of  stares and compliments at the store and the park. The meaning behind “Wake up and Live” for me, is so much more then just words. My dad was recently in a huge truck accident. The accident hit me hard, it made me realize that everyday is a new day, everyday is a blessing, everyday is gift that we sometimes take for granted. So, wake up and live and be Happy. I want my kids to know that life is not always easy, but with GOD on our side nothing is impossible so wake up and live. For he has promised us joy in the morning. These shirt’s are exactly, how I’ve been feeling these days and I just want to thank you Chantal for bringing it to light with these beautiful creations handmade with love by you. 

Beautiful Melody Designs Toddler Shirts

I love buying handmade, not only is the product done by someone’s hands and with love but done by someone that is trying to support their family. So please think about buying Handmade next time you want to buy you’re little ones some shirts {or anything else for that matter}. I highly recommend Beautiful Melody Designs. I plan on buying her “Three Little Birds” shirt in an Adult size coming soon. 

Beautiful Melody Designs Toddler Shirts

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