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Mom’s Summer Bucket List

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Whether you’re a Mom who stays-at-home with kids all summer or a Mom who works full time, we hope every Mom will take some time for herself this summer to cross some things off the summer bucket list.  Here are 10 suggestions:

1.  Read a book or two Mom…. one in July and one in August… is that doable?

2.  Go on a picnic – they seem like a lot of work – preparing the food in advance, packaging the food, carting the food to an outdoor location – However, think of it this way… once you’re in the park or at the beach, there is at least another 2-3 hours of activities for kids to do that doesn’t require your constant attention (sure, watch them on the monkey bars and don’t let them drown in the lake but they’ll be amused for hours) and all you had to do was pack a sandwich and some crackers – I’d say that’s a pretty good return on your efforts.

3.  Have a sleep over – with or without your children.  If you have close friends who also have kids you could have a family sleep over in the living room (or tents in the back yard?).  OR, better yet, if you can get some time away from your dear children, maybe you and your girlfriends could have a girls-only-old-fashioned sleep over.  Remember when you were a teenager and you watched girly movies (Dirty Dancing, The Notebook, The Princess Bride, Titanic to name a few), you ate junk food and stayed up really late?  You and the girls played board games and truth or dare?  Fond memories, right?  Make it happen again!

4.  Visit a new town or city.  Chances are you haven’t explored all of the nearby towns so take a day-trip to a new place within a reasonable distance from where you live.  It’s amazing what you can find when you set your mind to have an adventure!

5.  Try a new recipe. Do you use Pinterest?  It is the best source for finding inspiration on new foods to make and try.  If not, you can google pinterestsummerjust about any recipe that might interest you.  Have you always wanted to learn to make amazing fudge?  With or without nuts?  Try 3 or 4 different recipes and see if you can find the perfect one!   Taking a trip to the store or market to get the necessary ingredients, preparing the recipe, and eating it, can be a new way to spend 3-6 hours.  If you did this once a week all summer, you’ll have tried many new recipes and expanded your horizons.

6.  Make a craft.  Painting, home-made jewellery, needle-point, etc.   Your local dollar store is FULL of inexpensive stuffs from which you can make some pretty interesting things.  You can keep children and adults busy for hours on $10 or less.

7.  Help someone; volunteer.  You don’t have to spend your entire summer donating your time, efforts, and talents (although some people do, and kudos to them!), but it does feel good to help out in your community.  Maybe you can cross off “Good Samaritan” from your bucket list this summer?

8.  Visit and appreciate nature.  Some people like to hike, ride their bike, jog or walk.  If you live in a city, you might choose to leave the city to find some country-side or wooded area to explore.  However, there are walking paths and trails within many major cities.  Is there one you haven’t explored yet?  There is a great big outdoor playground waiting for you (and your children); go visit it.

9.  Have a tea party.  Again, with our without children; it can be fun either way.  You just need to make or buy some scones or tea biscuits, make some “fancy” sandwiches (which don’t have to actually be that fancy to LOOK fancy – eg. spread cream cheese on white bread, add sliced cucumbers, remove the crusts, cut into triangles – not ‘fancy’ but looks high class!).  Make a pot of tea and you’re set!  A tea party can be themed (e.g. I’ve read about some Downtown Abbey inspired teas lately) or dress up (fancy hats), for an added flair.  Really, it’s about the experience and the fun!

Tea Time ideas from Pinterest!

Tea Time ideas from Pinterest!

10. Connect with an old friend. You probably have friends you haven’t connected with in a long time, too long.  Reach out to someone who you’ve lost touch with; chances are they’ll be happy to hear from you.  Get together for coffee and discuss what’s new in each others’ lives.  See if you can rekindle a once-strong friendship.

Those are our great ideas on ways to make this summer more interesting and keep busy doing some new and old things.  Tell us, what is on your summer bucket list?

 

From your Things Engraved Social Team,

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Blog Review: Christmas Gifts!

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We’re so excited to be featured in BC Mom‘s Holiday Gift Guide!  Read the detailed review of our gifts on BC Mom’s blog here or below:

Things Engraved, Personalized gifts for the Holidays! #giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide

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Raise your hand if you are the perfect gift giver. The one who shops 6 months in advance, always has the perfect, sentimental gift on hand, painstakingly created and shipped with ample time for the holidays. You spend December relaxing in front of the fire, sipping egg-nog and watching Christmas movies without a stress in the world during the holidays.

Anyone? Yeeea…. I’m not one of those either. I love giving personalized gifts but it is a challenge to find the PERFECT gift every year and find by the time I have decided what I want, it is too late to order it. I end up settling and this year I want something that won’t be forgotten about as soon as the holidays are over.

I’ve had amazing success ordering my Christmas gifts from Things Engraved and we are thrilled to include them in our Holiday Gift Guide! 

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Things Engraved has really thought of everything to help take the stress out of gift giving. With thousands of products to choose from and over 100 store locations in every province, as well as an ample online store, they are there to help you find the perfect gift. On their website, they offer you the choice of choosing the occasion you are shopping for, or (what I think to be) more importantly, the recipient you are shopping for! How helpful is that? Whether you are shopping for him, her, teacher, bride or groom to name a few, they have painstakingly organized their gifts to make you finding the perfect gift that  much easier.

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Things Engraved shipped Alivia & I a surprise box, we had no idea what was coming in this box, it was definitely a thrill! When it arrived, Alivia helped me carefully unwrap everything and was very excited to see her name on so many things! She was very excited to hold her Princess ornament with her name on it, to wear her beautiful customized bracelet and to know that when it was time to take off her bracelet, she had a special box (just for her!) to store it in. They really thought of everything for us and included a beautiful engraved keychain locket that I am so excited to fill with this year’s Holiday photos.

We were impressed by the weight of the Christmas ornaments, they are solidly made to last and include a matching ribbon tie, making them ready to hang on the tree the moment you open the box. Things Engraved also offers a variety of different fonts to personalize your gifts so you can have a bit of fun matching them to your recipients personality!

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In our box we received a girl’s ID bracelet with daisies, a princess trinket box and a silver locket keychain, these gifts are perfect for any time of year and the the ability to engrave a special message or name on them makes them a very cherished gift. We also received a purple tiara ornament, a sock monkey ornament and an owl ornament, engraved with both names and years they make the perfect gift to look back on each year as you trim the tree, adding a special ornament each year that commemorates any special events or celebrations makes for a one of a kind Christmas tradition.

November is the perfect month to grab your Christmas gifts at a discount as there is an assortment of Christmas ornaments and gifts on sale until November 24, 2014 during the ‘Tis the season to engrave’ promotion. Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll also receive 10% off your online order, with free shipping over $75, you can start crossing names off your list in your pajamas!

Excited to get a start on your shopping? Things Engraved has generously given us a $50 in-store gift card valid at any location in Canada to get started on your gift ideas.

Enter the contest on BC Mom’s blog here.

 

Bobble Head Review: “Turn Yourself Into a Real Bobblehead!”

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We are so excited about a review of our custom Bobbleheads by blogger, Jennifer from Mom vs The Boys.  Read her product review below, or on her blog here.

Turn yourself into a real Bobblehead! {Giveaway}

For awhile now I’ve been known as the girl with the big head. Who can blame them really, see me over there on the right? I love my cartoon bobblehead and the staff over at Things Engraved noticed it too. See, they are pretty fond of bobbleheads themselves and let me know that they could make that cartoon bobblehead picture come to life!

Okay, yeah, I did question whether or not I needed a bobblehead doll of myself, but the fun of it all was simply too hard to pass up!

When I jumped onto the Things Engraved website to get started, I found out that not only can you get a bobblehead of one person, but you can actually get a bobblehead of two people! And two is ALWAYS more fun than one! The bobblehead Bride and Groom as so so so adorable and I would have done these as a wedding cake topper in a heart beat!!

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Fun right? What a great keepsake!

The Bobbleheads are between 6″-7″ tall and the bodies are prefabricated. This meant that I couldn’t get a bobblehead exactly like the one I use for my blog, but that I would get to search through over 50 differnt bodies and choose the one best suited for me! There are so many to choose from, including professions like doctors, firefighters and dentists. Sports poses for golf, cheerleading, hockey and dancing. I could have dressed myself up in ballgowns, bikinis or the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress, but take a look at the perfect Bobblehead persona I found!

Say hello to my alter ego – Super Mommy!

 

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So once you decide on the body, you need to upload one or two good pictures of the face. I didn’t have a lot of pictures showing my face close up, so I decided to use one of my old headshots. Here’s the photo I sent in.

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From there, you can manually select skin tone, eye colour and hair colour. Within 10 days you will receive a digital proof via email. The first proof you receive will be an unpainted clay mold that is still soft and they can make amendments to if you require. You always have the option to accept as is, or leave them some notes on changes and they will amend. Next, you will receive the painted proof and again you can accept or amend for some changes. They want it to be right!

After accepting the final proof, the bobblehead will be ready for pick up at the store you purchased from within 10 days. The end-to-end production time is 4-6 weeks on average, but will vary depending on the changes you request during the proofing stage.

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Bobbleheads are a fun gift for that hard to shop for person in your life, kids, teens, sports enthusiasts, couples…everyone!

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