How To Give the Best Ever Gifts

It seems like summer time is filled with so many occasions. There are graduations. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Congratulations in order and just because kind of deals.

And I have to say, I love giving gifts. It’s so cliche, but I love giving gifts way, way more than I love getting them. There is just something about making others happy that makes me super, super happy.

Anyways, there are tons of times where it’s so hard to figure out what to get someone for their special occasion. Of course, you want to get them something they’ll love and that they’ll use. And it can be difficult. But, I have tons of tricks of how to find the perfect present. I’m willing to share them…just look below:

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How to Give the Best Ever Gifts:

  1. Keep lists – when you’re looking for something for someone, you’ll probably never find it. That’s especially true with gift ideas. That’s why, whenever I see something that I think would be great for one particular person, I put it in an Excel document labeled “gift ideas”. Each important person in my life has their own sheet with gift ideas dedicated to them. Also, I have a “Misc” sheet for random people that don’t particularly yield their own sheet. I’ve only been using this document for a few months but it has been so useful and I highly recommend this small organizational tool.
  2. Make it a pair – more than anything, I hate giving people gift cards. I just feel like it’s so impersonal. But, sometimes they really are the best route because you know the recipient will most-definitely get use out of them. That being said, if you don’t really want to get someone a gift card but feel like it’s the best direction to go in – get the gift card and something small and cute. For instance, get them a gift card to their favorite store and a few small accessories from the same place that you think they’ll love. That way, it doesn’t feel so blah.
  3. Do a kit – It can be so fun to give a gift with a little theme. For instance, if you know someone has a hectic life, you might want to send them a “relaxation kit” for their big day. Include things like bubble bath, wine, chocolate, a good-smelling candle, and so on. This shows that you’re putting something together with a lot of thought that they will definitely be ready to use!
  4. Ask around – if you’re not exactly sure what to get someone, ask for help! Chances are they’ve mentioned to someone else something or other they’d love, and if you don’t ask you won’t know. It’s always good to ask for help in order to make your gift a big success.
  5. Make something – I always love baking homemade birthday cakes for the people I love. I always make their favorite and try my best to decorate it really cute. I think they really appreciate it and it’s such a nice gesture to show someone you took the time to do that for them. Sometimes that effort is more than enough to make their day!

What are your best gift giving secrets?! I’d love to hear them!

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Baking Bonanza: French Toast Bake

This post is so overdue. Like, I meant to put it up nearly a month ago! It’s so crazy how fast time has been flying.

Anyways, for Easter I tried a new recipe. It was one of those make the night before ones and bake in the morning breakfast dishes. This one was a cinnamon french toast bake.

I have to say it was super easy and came out decently well! The next time I make it, I will definitely bake it longer and alter the amount of ingredients slightly. But besides that, it was a good pick!

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I have a ton of those breakfast dishes that you make the night before pinned to my Baking board that I want to try. Have you tried any of them? Which are your favorites?

Paper, Please!: Recipe Recordings

I love recipe books and I also love, love, love baking! I am also starting to love cooking more and more as time goes on.

Therefore, I think it’s super important to keep track of your recipes in some kind of organized way. About a year ago I started keeping a recipe book. It’s really organized and I only add recipes in that I’d bake again, that way I know which the good ones are. Sometimes I try so many that it’s hard to keep track!

There are different ways you can keep track of your recipes, from boxes to binders to books. I love the idea when you’re older and have kids of taking pictures of them making your favorite recipes throughout the year and having a photo book cookbook made for them! But for now, these organization systems are great:

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Garden by the Sea White Recipe Box | Cherry Cupcake Binder | Maybooks Create Your Own | Rag, Bone, & Bindery | Raspberry Recipe Box | Paperchase Book 

Which do you like best? How do you currently organize your recipes, especially on Pinterest?! I’m looking for a way to tackle organizing my “baking” board, I’d love to hear your ideas!

As Seen on Pinterest: Pretty Pastels

With Easter so close of course I am all about the pastels! I love them as it is, but the season makes it even more of a time to celebrate them. That definitely does no exclude Pinterest.

My boards have been filled to the brim lately with all things pastel. From products to pictures to rooms, I am loving all these light colors that scream Easter, happiness, and spring!

Here are some of my best pastel Pinterest finds!:

Baked goods:

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Pretty pictures:

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Quotes:

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Products:

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Rooms:

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What’s the best pastel pin you’ve found?!

As Seen on Pinterest: Heart Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, this As Seen on Pinterest edition obviously centers all around the heart-obsessed, pink studded holiday.

There are so many great ideas for Valentine’s Day on Pinterest. I seriously don’t know what people did before Pinterest, especially when it came to Valentine’s Day!

V-day is such a great holiday to craft and bake for, and especially make cards for!

Here are some Pinterest gems for this holiday:

Crafts:

I love this canvas! Totally cute!:

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My dad would love these…he’s owl obsessed!:

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Baking:

Red velvet whoopee pies are absolutely de-lish!:

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This cake is so simple but so…perfect! Reeses heart shape on a cake? Sugar overload but I love it!:

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Obsessed with the Heart Day baby!:

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Baking Bonanza: Valentine’s Cookies

So I’m super excited for Valentine’s Day and it’s this week! I love how loving and fun everything about it is, and especially how everything is so…pink! (I mean, something that is totally pink can never be bad. Look at pigs…pink and perfect!).

Anyways, I have been really busy and not had a lot of time bake but got to do some early V-day baking last weekend when I was home.

I didn’t do anything crazy, just made some really yummy and cute M&M cookies with the Valentine colored chocolates. Last year, I made really adorable cookie pops that were shaped like hearts, but this year I knew I wouldn’t have time. Luckily, these M&M cookies were just as good. They might have even tasted better, actually, since they included chocolate!

I just used one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes and subbed the choco chips for M&Ms and voila! Delicious cookies that were perfect for the season.

Yummo!! What are your favorite V-day recipes?

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Best of Break

Break is officially over and I’m back at school ready for a great semester.

However, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on how great break was!

Here were my favorite things:

Christmas – duh! It was a great day with friends and family. I loved all the things surrounding Christmas as well, from baking to gift wrapping to gingerbread cookie decorating!

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Internship – what a great opportunity. I learned so much and met great people. The best part of all is that I learnt so much about myself as a worker and gained more insight on what I want to do after graduation.

Friends & Family – by far the best thing about being home was just enjoying time with my friends and family, being silly with my sister, and having all that awesome quality time with everyone. It is so special and irreplaceable to make those memories and spend that time.

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My dogs – this is a no brainer. They’re cute and cuddly and I miss them so much when I’m at school!

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Champagne – I feel like I drank so much champagne this break and it was so deviantly delicious.

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What were your favorite things over the holiday season?