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What can I do with my wedding dress?

Is your wedding dress in a box in the attic? Covered up in your closet? In a bag in storage? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy your dress again?

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it brings my thoughts to love and that amazing day when we professed that love and rejoiced in it with our friends and family. From beginning to end, it was a celebration of a new life together. Seriously, what is not to love about your wedding day? Doting husband…amazing guests…meaningful ceremony…great food…flowing drinks…your favorite music…and, of course, the dress!

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Reliving little wedding day moments is so much easier when you are holding something in your hands that reminds you of that special day. Did you know that that “something” could be your gorgeous gown? There are so many ways you can transform your dress so you can love it again.

Without further ado, here are some ideas for you…

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Bridal wristlets have always been popular wedding shower gifts from Mom to the bride-to-be. Created from Mom’s (or Grandmom’s) gown, this piece of history served as “Something Old and Something New” and connected generations in a special way. While this is still a fabulous idea, we have seen a growing trend of women creating wristlets for themselves from their own gowns.

Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to carry your wedding dress with you every time you have a date night or get fancy? Not only are these wristlets beautiful and meaningful, they are so versatile. They look fabulous with any color dress for the big nights out and they also bring that jeans and pumps outfit to the next level. It’s big enough for all your night out essentials, but you will have to leave the sippy cup at home.

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Since a wedding dress normally has quite a bit of fabric to work with, you can also share your piece of history with your family.

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If there is an upcoming wedding, a ring bearer pillow is an instant family heirloom that can be shared and passed down when the big days arrive.

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Boys can get in on the fun, too, with a handkerchief made from your dress.

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Throw pillows are another great way to love your wedding dress again. Each gown is so unique and all that loveliness showcases beautifully on a pillow.

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Wedding Dress Keepsake Pillow by Once Upon a Time Creation

Of all these custom keepsakes, ornaments may be my favorite. I have heard from so many clients that they keep their ornament out all year, hanging it in a special place to enjoy every day.

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Just think how long we all treasure our ornaments. Each year, when we decorate the tree, we reminisce about the story behind each piece. Whether your wedding dress ornaments are created from your gown or another family member’s gown, you will come away with a tangible piece of history connecting generations.

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Thanks so much for allowing me to share these ideas with you. Hopefully, you are inspired to get your wedding dress out of storage and love it again.  A creation from your wedding gown would make a great Valentine’s gift!

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Commemorative Pillows for a Family of Filmmakers

What is your family into? Sports? Music? Art? How about Filmmaking? You don’t hear that everyday, right?

Something’s Awry Productions is a locally-owned, family-run production company that has produced many short films, commercials, and stop motion shorts. To commemorate their two most recent short films, we created these fun pillows. The fronts of the pillows showcase fabric printed snapshots of scenes from both films, monogrammed film logos, and coordinating fabric. The backs proudly display the company logo and award laurels.

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If you are not familiar with film production, it is a complex process. For those of us not in the industry, we will never fully understand everything that goes into making a film and the emotional investment made for each production.

So much time and energy are expended way before the first actor sets foot on set. The organization and sheer will of the Producer seem to be the driving force behind any production. Finding (or writing) the script, acquiring funding, casting, securing equipment and locations, wardrobe, and the list goes on…

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From what I hear, the actual filming is usually fast and furious. Locations and actors have time constraints and obviously, the longer filming takes the higher the budget reaches. It’s raining…uh oh, change in schedule. Actor is delayed…uh oh, change in schedule.  I am not sure I could handle that kind of stress!

After the lights and cameras are put away, post-production kicks in. Honestly, I have no idea what that entails. All I know is that editing a film is very technical and time consuming.

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The unique family that founded Something’s Awry Productions does it all! Among the three brothers and mom, they each have unbelievable gifts and talents they bring to the table. They write, produce, direct, edit, promote, and do it all with creativity and professionalism.

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Something’s Awry Productions has won awards all over the country for their stop motion animation and short film productions. Two of their most recent films that are featured on the pillows are Alien Communications and Gumball. Both were filmed locally in Chester County, PA.

Along with their short films, they produce commercials that have been picked up by major companies such as Lego and Mattel. Their creative view of the world and attention to detail shines through in each one of their productions.

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So are you as impressed with this family as I am? Did I mention that two brothers are still high school?! You heard it here…someday they will be honored on the Oscar stage. From now until then, I will be one of their biggest fans!

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We are so grateful to Something’s Awry Productions for creating our video. We were looking for a way to share our philosophy and process with you and they really nailed it. If you are looking for a new way to share your business and connect with your customers, please contact Amy and she will help you get started. You will not be disappointed!

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A Growing Business Keepsake Memory Blanket

When we think of memory blankets, we normally think of a collage of t-shirts and outgrown clothes, but a memory blanket is so much more. It is a visual display of a person’s history, a timeline of interests, events, accomplishments, and special moments. Buddha Babe bibs

This blanket takes this concept to a new level. Did you ever think a business’s history and growth could be showcased through a memory blanket?

Tina and I met through an amazing group of women entrepreneurs called the Bizzy Mamas. She is the founder and driving force behind Buddha Babe. A little over a year ago, her company began as Buddha Bibs because Tina wanted a stylish way to keep her son dry through that drooly phase that all kids go through.  By utilizing trendy, fun fabrics, she combined style and function that people adore.

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Like any growing business, her bibs have matured and her offerings have expanded. Now you can find adorable beanies, blankets, teethers, and more through Buddha Babe. What began as a dining room table venture has transformed into a line of luxury baby goods for the stylish mama and babe.

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This blanket celebrates how far Tina’s business has come in such a short time and holds special meaning because all these bibs were worn and loved by her son.

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For most of us starting a business after we have a family, the two are closely connected. Maybe there was a product we needed that wasn’t on the market, or maybe we wanted to do something a little better, or different, or maybe we needed the opportunity to create our own schedule and be more present at home. Whatever the reason, the motivation and drive to create a successful business is coupled with the needs of home. This unique combination can produce amazing results and we see that happening at Buddha Babe.

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Have you started your own business? Why did you start? What keeps you going? Please share! Your story is inspiring and moms everywhere want to hear about it.

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For luxe style and comfort your little one will drool over visit Buddha Babe.  Tina has graciously given us a special coupon to share with you. Please use the code KARMA to receive 10% off your purchase.

If you would life to create a special keepsake from special clothing and textiles you have saved, please visit our website: https://www.onceuponatimecreation.com

 

 

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Honoring A Special Uncle with Army Uniform Keepsakes

Sometimes a memory is too painful to talk about. The heartache and grief are just too much to bear, so we do what we can to get through the day, the weeks, and the years. This family lost their son in Vietnam and the physical memories of him were tucked away until the next generation found them and wanted to share his story.

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They wanted to honor his life by sharing memories of him, both in word and deed. Through the creation of keepsakes from his uniforms and sharing them with siblings, nieces, and nephews, this family found a way to share a piece of their own history.

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Sometimes a physical memento is the catalyst to converstaion. Our senses of touch, sight, and smell all help us to spark memories, remember moments, and ask questions. A memento, whether a picture, artifact, or keepsake, can also help explain events and stories to the next generation.

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Sharing a family history is different than reading a book about the bigger picture. It’s about understanding who people are and how they got there. It’s about seeing physical and personality traits trend through generations. It’s about appreciating that who and where you are today was directly affected by the decisions and circumstances of those that came before you.

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Army Uniform Keepsakes

Sharing your own family history makes stories of the past real for the next generation. Reading about how many soldiers were lost in Vietnam in a book is vastly different than hearing your grandma talk about the day the letter arrived or feeling your uncle’s fear as he talks about the days he spent overseas. Our image of the world is shaped in many ways. Personal accounts of our own family are valuable pieces to the puzzle that we pass to the next generation.

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What are your thoughts? How do you share your family history? I would love to hear from you.

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If you have saved clothing from a lost loved one and would like to create custom keepsakes to share with your family, please visit our website Once Upon a Time Creation 

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The Beauty of Ornaments

There are no rules when it comes to tree trimming in our house. We do not have the decorator-variety tree where all the ornaments are coordinated and the latest garland trend is draped perfectly over the evergreen branches.

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Remembrance Ornaments created from a beloved apron.

Our tree is adorned with little feathered handprints, laminated snowflakes proudly framing a preschool picture, quilted treasures from my aunt, wooden creations from my grandfather, different Nativity scenes, the varied collection we have amassed from places we have been, the few glass balls we have left from our first tree (when we ran to CVS for decorations realizing we had none), JoePa figurines, and so much more.

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In loving memory of a hard working dad created from his paint-covered overalls.

The collection I am most proud of will not be hung on our tree forever. Every year we give each child an ornament that represents an activity, a favorite occasion, or something they love from that year. When we pull out all their ornaments, we see all the things they have done, learned about, and obsessed over.

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These are not fancy ornaments. Some have been purchased at the mall kiosk, some have been ordered online, some have been locally purchased, and some have been handcrafted. Everything is represented, from karate to video games to movies as well as princesses, dance, and instruments.  Seeing them together creates a little “this is your life” snapshot that will go with each of my kids when they have their own tree someday.

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Outgrown pjs turned into fun ornaments.

And then there is the collection that is not hung on the tree, but will go with them also. This group is displayed in our studio all year. These are the ornaments designed from clothes that they wore when they were little. For some of you, you may be experiencing this now and for some, you may remember, that there always seemed to be a favorite piece of clothing from each year. It may have been the camo pants with the big pockets for collecting rocks or the Spongebob pjs, or maybe the Cinderella dress or the comfy romper. Now that they are both teenagers, each ornament brings me back to when they were little, and how parenting then was easier and harder at the same time.

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A beautiful wedding dress becomes angel remembrance ornaments.

Decorating the Christmas tree has always been a big deal in my family. My grandmother hosted her annual tree trimming party to bring family and friends together to eat, drink, and adorn her enormous tree. She believed in the miracle of family and Christmas so this was her time to shine. After she passed away, we created angel ornaments for everyone in the family out of her red and white pjs. My hope is that when that ornament is hung on each tree we can all feel her smiling down on us.

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To me, ornaments are not just decoration. They are a family history to be enjoyed, displayed, and shared every year in that magical Christmas time we all love.

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Heirloom vintage linens can now be enjoyed on the tree.

Do you have an ornament or Christmas tree tradition? I would love to hear about it.

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If you would like us to help you create ornaments from special clothing you have saved, please visit our website (https://www.onceuponatimecreation.com) or contact me (610-202-7850 or jen@onceuponatimecreation.com).

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Remembrance ornaments for the family from favorite shirts.

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More Than Basketball Memory Blankets

As parents, we know that playing sports as kids is so much more than learning how to play the game. It’s learning to win (and lose) with grace, understanding that others are depending on you to do your part, and comprehending that hard work, hustle, and a good attitude are just as important as natural ability.

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Our kids will play on many teams, be a part of various groups, and participate in a host of activities. The magic happens when you find that amazing combination of fabulous kids, dedicated (and let’s face it, fun) parents, and incredible coaches.

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When you find that winning combination, you hold on as long as you can. These memory blankets are the culminating gift of that amazing experience for this group of families.

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These kids have been playing, traveling, and working together for five years, from 4th grade straight through 8th. When you’re a kid, that is a huge percentage of your life. A positive experience like that leaves an impression that lasts a lifetime and creates bonds that reach far beyond the court.

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The moms that coordinated these gifts for the coaches are truly grateful for their dedication, perseverance, and ongoing support they gave to the GV Fire Team and the boys who played.

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If you would like to learn more about the Great Valley Basketball League and the other amazing programs offered by the Great Valley Community Organization, please visit their website, http://www.gvco.org.

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Precious Petals Memory Blanket

Did you receive a gift when your baby was born with their name monogrammed on it? Maybe it was a burp cloth, a blanket, or bib?  You loved and held on to that precious gift because it was beautiful, functional, and made especially for YOUR baby. What do you do with it once your baby no longer needs it? Save it for a memory blanket!

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The Precious Petals Memory Blanket we are sharing today is for Delaney, a fun, full-of-life little girl who has her name monogrammed on many, many of her things. This is one of the perks when your Mom, Colleen, is the Founder and CEO of Baby Be Hip, specializing in unique, personalized baby gifts.

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As you know, my favorite part about creating your keepsake is hearing the stories behind the clothes you have saved. This blanket was no exception! When I was looking through the bag of goodies Colleen gave me to create Delaney’s blanket, there was one piece in the pile that I was sure was in the bag by mistake. There was a well-loved fleece baby blanket with the name “Julia” monogrammed on it. As none of Colleen’s kids are named Julia, I was a little stumped.

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I asked Colleen about it and she just laughed. Apparently, Delaney found that blanket one day while helping her Mom out at Baby Be Hip. She loved the satin edging on it so much, she asked if she could take it home. Since this particular blanket was not intended to be shipped, the Julia blanket went home with Delaney and became one of her favorites.

After looking through this pile of treasured keepsakes, I realized that our traditional blanket was just not going to work for this project. There were many sizes and textures, providing the perfect opportunity for a new design idea. Colleen was all for it and we are so happy with how it turned out.

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The light pink petals along the outer edge of the flower came from two fleece blankets with a satin edge. Since Delaney just loves the satin edge, we added the satin pieces to two of the corners of the new blanket. Each of the blanket petals is accented with a beautifully embroidered white petal that came from one of Delaney’s dresses.

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The dark pink petals with the white monogrammed “Delaney” are cut from the valance that was hanging in Delaney’s room. It had stripes of pink floral and solid green along the edges. The accent colors are peeking through the smaller petals near the center.

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The smallest petals closest to the center were created from several bibs and the back one of Delaney’s t-shirts.  They are a soft jersey knit and compliment the rest of the flower perfectly. You can probably guess where the center came from…Delaney’s 3rd birthday tee!

I loved working on this project for so many reasons. It was fun to envision a new, unique design that would complement Delaney’s favorite things. I love that Delaney will have one blanket that she can take everywhere and treasure for many years to come. Last, but not least, it was great to get to work with Colleen. We have known each other for a long time (think grade school), lost touch for a while, and have recently reconnected through our businesses.

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Colleen is one of those people that you can’t help but admire. She is the loving mom of four wonderful kids (one with special needs), runs a growing, thriving business, and helps the community around her. As Colleen shares her experiences with others, she has shown that life is about family, challenges are a blessing, and you can do anything you set your mind to.

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Remembrance keepsakes in honor of Grace and Grace

Do you have pieces of clothing or some other fabric you saved from your grandmother? Maybe it is her wedding gown, favorite dress, iconic apron, something she crocheted or quilted, handkerchiefs, or even a tablecloth?  Remembrance keepsakes created from these precious things helps connect generations in a special way. When there is something physical in front of you, it can reach into your memory to recreate a feeling or moment that may otherwise be lost.

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Just the word “grandmother” brings a warm feeling to our hearts. She is the one you could talk to without judgement, learn stories of a time so different from ours, and make you feel like the most important person in the world.

Are there little things that remind you of your grandmother? Mine always had a box of Chiclets (those little square pieces of gum), her charm bracelet jangled when she moved, and she made these “magic” desserts with pudding and jello in layers and we could never figure out how she did it.

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When we lost my grandmother, we created angel ornaments from her pjs and gave them to the family for Christmas. You can read more about that here. Since then, we have been helping others remember their grandmothers by transforming textiles they saved into remembrance keepsakes to share with their family.

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Sometimes we even have the rare opportunity to help a family honor two grandmothers. When both grandmothers are named Grace, you know that is something special.

Christy brought us a shirt, pair of pants, and charms, that belonged to her mother, and her grandmother’s handkerchiefs and wedding rings, and asked us to create remembrance keepsakes for her to share with her family. The goal was to have a gift for everyone, siblings and grandchildren.

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We began with the handkerchiefs and designed pillows for Christy’s siblings and cousins in remembrance of their grandmother. Christy and I went through the beautiful handkerchiefs together to coordinate the colors and styles so that each pillow would have a different one on either side.

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Then we decided to create ornaments for Christy’s mother’s grandchildren, many of whom did not have the opportunity to meet “Grandma Grace”. Hearts for the boys and angels for the girls. Each child was given a charm from the bracelet which was attached to their ornament. Our hope is that each time the ornament is hung on the tree, stories are told and memories are shared.

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Sharing stories of generations before us remains an important part of our family history. If we don’t talk about them, they get lost. Sharing the trials and triumphs of past generations with the next generation helps them gain perspective, give them deep roots, and the courage to sprout wings.

What are the little things you remember about your grandmother?

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The Best Baby Shower Gift

A new baby is the most special thing in the world. A new life is beginning and it is time to celebrate! You are looking for a great baby shower gift that is both meaningful and useful that will show how much you care. You want to give something fabulous, but what?

Here is a baby shower gift idea that covers all the bases…thoughtful, functional, and beautiful! Since presentation is half the fun, the “wrapping” for this baby gift is the best part.

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The great thing about this gift is that it can be scaled to meet your needs by not including everything or adding other gifts. This is all about what works for you!

You may think this is a bit backwards, but we are actually going to start with the box. It’s the best part! The “box” you wrap your gift in is your “something meaningful” and will become the keeper of memories. Select a pretty storage box with a lid (either heavy cardboard or fabric covered). You can normally find a cute one at Home Goods or use the link below to shop on Amazon.

So the parents-to-be know that this special box’s purpose is to hold precious memories, here is a poem for you to print out on card stock and glue onto the inside of the lid. For a clean, finished look, you can trim it with ribbon or cut the paper with patterned scissors. Not thrilled about gluing? It can also be hole punched and attached to the top of your gift with ribbon after wrapping.

An empty box, what could it be?
I thought it was a gift for me!
Although this box is not what is seems,
It’s empty now…but oh the dreams.

 Your child unborn will soon arrive
And begin her life with wonder and strive.
While striving to walk, heel to toe
The baby shoes they soon outgrow.

 Baby teeth so white and new
You must save them Mommy, for they are few.
A lock of hair, a teddy bear
These precious items you cannot spare.

 And while growing, left behind
Are cherished things you’ll want to find.
So here’s an empty box for you
To keep these things a whole life through.

When baby is grown up and gone,
Your memory box will carry on.
The box you saved at last complete.

All the memories, some sad, some sweet
Will stay close to a Mother’s heart
As your little one was, right from the start.

New Mommy will be so grateful to have a special place to save baby treasures.

Now let’s fill the box…

Loveys are always at the top of the list. The Lovey you give will probably be the one thing the new baby cannot leave the house without, helps them sleep, and provides years of comfort and unconditional love. My favorites are the ones that are a small, cozy blanket fabric attached to a cute little animal head and arms. There are so many choices…bears, dogs, bunnies, and you can find them everywhere or have them shipped to your door.

Whichever Lovey you choose, buy TWO! It is inevitable that one will be dropped, forgotten, or left on a plane (not saying I did that or anything). Since the companies discontinue and change the designs almost every season, it is next to impossible to buy an extra after six months. Please save new Mommy a bit of heartache and buy an extra from the beginning.

Books are next. Just a couple to get the collection rolling. Board books are great as they can be used right away, are colorful, fun, and easy to read. If you are not sure what to buy, the classics never go out of style…Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Love You Forever. Or choose an author with a nice set like Sarah Boynton, Eric Carle, or Dr. Seuss.

A stuffed animal or character ice pack is great to throw in. These are packs that can be refrozen, but they are hidden inside a cute little outer casing. An ice pack is something you don’t need until you need it and you would never think to buy one ahead of time. Putting a cute little bear on your head is a lot more comforting than a bag of peas. You can usually find these at your local pharmacy, Babies R Us, or shop online (the link is below). I also like to include a rattle, small toy, or tether.

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If you are looking to go above and beyond and support a local small business, you may like these natural teethers and these gorgeous handmade booties.

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Adding a personalized gift to the basket gives it an extra special touch. You can’t go wrong with a hooded towel monogrammed with the baby’s name or a custom keepsake created from baby clothes or t-shirts worn by the parents-to-be.

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Now it’s time to put it all together. To make the gift box look fantastic, crumple up some brown craft paper at the bottom and cover it with tissue that matches your box. This will boost everything up a bit so it sits well for display. You can wrap all the gifts, some, or none. It is up to you and any way you decide will look fantastic. Tying the whole thing together with a coordinating ribbon holds the lid onto the box and adds that finishing touch.

Enjoy your baby shower!

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Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Good Night Moon, Love You Forever

Board Book Box Sets: Sarah Boynton, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss

Character ice Packs and Small Rattles and Toys

 

A Memory Blanket Tradition Among Lifelong Friends

You may have met in elementary school, at the middle school lunch table, your dorm hall freshman year, or maybe even later.  You may have all met at once or built your family of friends over time. They are your biggest cheerleaders, your trusted advisors, the ones that have stuck by you year after year. They are your family of friends.

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At the beginning, it was all about the fun. They make you laugh, you can have a good time anywhere, and they just get you. Then something not-so-great happens and you realize you can depend on each other for stability, guidance, and reassurance.

As we grow and change, these are the friends who are supportive, honest, and truly have your best interest at heart. They are there for the little things like a cup of coffee, a day at the beach, or a night out.

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And they are there for the big things like graduations, wedding days, and bringing baby home from the hospital. They have supported you through life’s twists and turns… careers, houses, toddlers, teens, and so much more.

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One of life’s sweetest pleasures is when your kids become friends with your friend’s kids. Not because they go to school together, or play on the same team, just because they get along, have a good time together, and have an inherit sense of trust. They have grown up together in one way or another. Maybe they live in the same town or maybe they only see each other for an annual group getaway. Either way, there is a special bond.

You love your friends’ kids like your own. You cheer when they succeed and support them when they need a boost. You love them for who they are and want the very best for them in whichever path they choose.

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Before you know it, one of life’s biggest milestones, high school graduation, arrives for the first of this next generation. As with so many other events you have experienced together, you laugh, cry, and lend support, both in thoughts and actions.

One group of lifelong friends came to us to start a tradition to celebrate graduation and give the graduates something special to take to college and beyond. They wanted a gift that was from the heart. When the time comes, they give each graduate a memory blanket to commemorate how far they have come and remind them that they will always have each other.

As this next generation enjoys the little things, makes big decisions, and lives the life they are meant to live, your friends will be there to laugh, and cry, and love you just as they did when you were going through it yourselves.

Cheers to you and your family of friends!

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