Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sweet 16 Birthday Gift Basket Idea

Here in Michigan (and in most other states) the driving age in 16. So for those special girls (and maybe boys?) who are getting their license, here's a great birthday gift basket idea for them. Disclaimer: this basket is obviously aimed at girls but feel free to modify it for boys!
 This is more of an "emergency" car kit than a real emergency. I figured I'd leave that stuff up to the parents and this is cuter anyways ; )
 In the basket is gum, ponytails, a nail file, chapstick, tissues, hand sanitizer, air freshener, chocolate, a starbucks gift card, panty liners, and (not pictured) cheez its.

 I found a cute little bin at the dollar store and stuck an index card in the little display window.

 I poofed the bottom up with tissue paper and then wrapped the whole thing in clear wrap.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stereotypes and Detroit

Last week I invited a friend to go with me to a play in downtown Detroit. It was at an outdoor park in the late evening. They declined because of how dangerous they felt it would be. No offense to them but I was a bit offended. The show was actually amazing and we met some really cool people standing in line.
Anyways, growing up I heard about this paradise neighborhood that my parents grew up in in Detroit. If you'd like to hear a bit about this paradise, check out this article, Detroit Was the Best, from the New Yorker. Did I mention the author grew up on the same street as my mom just a few years (possibly 10) younger than my mom.
Here's the house she grew up in. See the leaves dangling in the foreground of the picture? My grandpa planted that tree!

Here's the community center all the kids went to.

Here's the elementary school both my mother and the author of the article attended.

And here's two other amazing houses I snapped some pictures of.

According to my mom's childhood tales, this one is haunted! I'm totally in love with it though

Too bad none of the houses were for sale or I'd probably try and internet stalk it and buy it.
Across the road, in a different neighborhood, my dad grew up in an equally interesting house.
It's great to see these communities still in tact so many years later! To everyone who thinks that Detroit is this horrible and dangerous place obviously has never been to the right parts of it before.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Easy and Budget Friendly Gift for High School Grads- Laundry Kit

As Facebook is filling up with Prom pictures and graduation pictures, chances are you're getting invited to way more graduation parties than you have time for... or money for. Because yes, it's customary to give a large monetary gift when you attend a grad party. But your gift of money will probably get lost in the sea of all the other money. Here's a new idea!
Get them something cute and small they'll actually use- plus it'll be memorable!

I went to Target and got mini bottles of Tide for $3 and then got various laundry bags (they didn't have enough of one :( ) for around $5.50. Then I got the little bags for the coins at Jo Ann's for $5 for 10 bags. I also got the ribbon and scrapbook paper there as well on previous occasions. I tied everything up and I plan on either putting them into gift bags or wrapping them in cellophane wrap.

Here's the link to the tags I made: College Checklist Gift Tags. FYI the check mark is hand drawn. I signed the bag of the tags with a little personal note as well.

I attached around $2 in quarters on the front there but obviously more could be attached. I didn't want to put a super large amount just in case some of the graduates were going to schools where they used Student cards inside of coins for the laundry machines!

 It was super easy to just whip up a bunch of these so I can grab them and go.