How to Be a Leslie Knope Gift Giver

This post is sponsored by Uncommon Goods. All thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own. Thank you to Uncommon Goods for partnering with me and thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog and my family.

When it comes to gift giving, I’m a regular Leslie Knope. I’m also a Leslie Knope in that what even is the point of waffles if there’s not an absurd ratio of whipped cream on top, but I digress (whipped cream will do that to me). Giving thoughtful and unique gifts is one of my favorite things. Next to making food for my family and friends, giving presents is my love language. While it may seem like a lot of extra work to dream up a spectacular gift for family and friends, my secret for thoughtful gift giving is Uncommon Goods. They have such a huge variety of fun and unique gifts that you don’t have to look to hard to find something truly original.

For my birthday, I found this incredible Hand Embroidered Michigan Pillow (all fifty states available). It fits in perfectly with my mish mash of decor and showcases my favorite state with flair. While I love my new pillow, I’m also totally heart eyes over this bow tie pasta necklace, this dreamy Earthenware bowl, and these Homesick candles. I love that they find artists and creators to feature and even share studio tours with some of their more popular ones.

Uncommon Goods makes thoughtful and personalized gift giving simple and fun with their wide array of unique items. While October is just arriving, it’s never too early to get started on your Christmas shopping and now that I’ve shared my secret with you, it will be a cinch to find and purchase gifts for the Ron Swanson in your life.

5 Best Baby Shower Gifts

This post is sponsored by Baby Cubby. Thank you to Baby Cubby for partnering with me. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog and my family.

Baby showers are my favorite. I love showering a new mother with love, (asked for) advice, and gifts. Gifts are my love language (second to food, of course) and when I have the opportunity to share some of my favorite baby gifts, I’m extra excited about it. Now that my littlest has finally outgrown all of her baby items, I’m feeling a little nostalgic (she’s our very last) and kissing the last baby toes I’ll ever have as a mama. But I wanted to share my best baby shower gifts based on our favorites as this season of my life is closing. Baby Cubby is a well curated shop for all your baby needs and they also happen to carry all of my most treasured and favorite baby/toddler items! This round up of gifts features my five favorites that you can find in their store online at

  1. Freshly Picked Crib Moccasins, Sky & Freshly Picked Moccasins, Green Camo
  2. Little Unicorn Single Cotton Swaddle, Yellow Rose & Little Unicorn Single Cotton Swaddle, Star Sailing
  3. Medela Contact Nipple Shields & Multi-pack Bamboobies Nursing Pads
  4. Little Sapling Toys Teether, Donut
  5. Little Unicorn Marindale Backpack Diaper Bag & Timi & Leslie Convertible Collection Rachel Satchel
  6. Lucy Darling All Aboard California: A Landscape Primer Book & Lucy Darling All Aboard National Parks: A Wildlife Primer Book

If you’re a mama-to-be, shopping for a baby shower, or a new mother, Baby Cubby carries products they’ve researched themselves to ensure you’re getting products you’ll love. They also believe that moms are superheroes, which is more than enough reason for me to feel good about shopping there, ha!

For more information on Baby Cubby, be sure to visit their website or check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

Fun Finds, Halloween Edition

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It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a fun finds post and with Halloween filling my head with thoughts of ghouls, Sanderson Sisters, and all things pumpkin, I couldn’t resist sharing some of the neat things I’ve seen lately.

How adorable is this little ghost hair clip?

It’s just a little Hocus Pocus, darling.

Port wine apples. Only wine lovers can appreciate this as deeply as deserved.

Who doesn’t love a good cheeseburger…pumpkin?

These little Halloween spoons are adorable. Who needs hot chocolate? I’d eat these straight off the spoon.

These obviously need to happen in my daughter’s life.

A darling little DIY project for Halloween.

My desert dwelling heart is all about this fun DIY cactus costume.

I hope this collection of Halloween finds starts off your weekend with a smile. Have a lovely little weekend, friends.

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These terrarium pumpkins are so cool I can’t even stand it! I’m definitely planning on creating one!

This temporary tattoo may be inspiration for my next real tattoo.

These DIY window clings are genius!

This boho boy nursery is absolutely dreamy.

I loved this easy DIY mural art.

These family Halloween costumes are darling.

Did you see my DIY trick or treat bag craft over at So Fawned this week?

Have a lovely weekend, friends.

Fun Finds Friday

I wish Evelyn would keep stuff on her head because this wolf cap would be a must have this winter.

Check out these creepy DIY mason jar spider lanterns.

This one pot garlic parmesan pasta is definitely going on my menu next week!

You all know how I feel about washi tape, so I’m definitely liking this fun washi DIY.

A fun Halloween ghost terrarium.

Frozen hot chocolate popsicles is how this desert dweller prefers it!

Did you happen to see my easy five minute bunting DIY?

Have a lovely weekend, friends.

Fun Finds Friday

I’m sort of in love with these DIY macrame pumpkins. I desperately wish I had a porch I could hang them from.

This doily bedspread is EVERYTHING.

I need this coffee mug in my life.

Cheesy bacon potatoes in my slow cooker? Oh, this is so happening.

Some fun (& free!) printable Halloween coloring pages.

I’m loving this DIY for Fall.

An easy & affordable Halloween garland DIY.

A gorgeous free printable October calendar.

Have a lovely weekend, friends.

Fun Finds Friday

These felt flower wreaths are everything.

Little life lessons.

Recipe love: caramel apple nachosgluten-free chicken soup recipe, & cheesecake with huckleberry sauce.

Loving my new blog design? I got my new template here.

Chelsea rocks my face off.

These watercolors are stunning.

Gah! The iPhone6 is here!!!

This DIY candy garland is adorable for birthday parties.

This pegboard storage idea is genius.

This homework station makes me wish I was in school again.

Make this DIY puzzle piece backpack holder now.

For more fun & inspiration, be sure to follow Our Holly Days via Pinterest where I pinned these recipes, DIYs, & tons of other rad stuff!

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