Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Hello beautiful people! Buying gifts can be so darn stressful that is why I created this gift guide. I’m here to make gift buying this Valentine’s season a breeze! With the items chosen, I managed to find some picks even for the kiddos. 

All gifts are available on Amazon.com. Who doesn’t love Amazon, especially with fast delivery! All you have to do is click on the links provided in the description. Each photograph will also have a link that is directed to the product’s page on the website. Here are my gift picks for those special loved ones in your life.

As an Amazon Affiliate, links are included, but are at no cost to you. I’ll earn a small commission from purchases made from the products linked in this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products that I believe are beneficial to my readers.  

Beard Grooming Kit at $23.91

Beard Grooming Kit. Bearded man like mines, then why not get him a kit to help maintain his beard. Although, my mister claims he doesn’t need a beard kit, I beg a differ. On the low, he condition his beard and secretly uses my oil and the girls moisturizer.

Beer Greeting Card at $16.95

Six pack Beer Greeting Card. For all the beer lovers in your life, this Valentine’s season gift them with a 2 for 1 deal, a 6 pack and a greeting card all in one. It comes in a set of 4 and other options for different holidays and special occasions.

Fun and Romantic Game for Couples at $21.95

What better way to spend time with your sweetheart by asking fun and daring questions on date night. This 3 in 1 game is a conversation starter, romance starter, and daredevil starter. I dare you to buy this to spice up your love life. What could go wrong when everything is going so right!

Blessing to My Girlfriend at $9.99.

Blessing to My Girlfriend. This pillowcase cover is 18 x 18 inches. It has a sweet message written on it that any girl would love. You can view other options for family, friends and wife.

Note: Pillow is not included. Be sure to get a pillow to insert into this pillowcase.

Lego Cupid Dog at $28.99.

Lego Cupid Dog Building Kit $28.99 Calling all lego creators. If your kiddos are into legos, they will love building this little activity for this Valentine’s season.

Emergency Survival Kit at $39.99.

Survival kit If you fell in love with a nature boy or nature girl at heart, gift them with a nice kit packed with survival gear so that they’ll always be prepared.

What I Love About You at $7.12

What I love about you book is a great way to let your special love know what it is about them that attracts you. Just fill in the blanks!

Mug at $16.95

The Mug. I am actually considering purchasing this for my love since it also comes in a marble grey. This mug is so cute and funny, I had to share it. It say, “I’m yours. No refunds.” Perfect for engaged couples, newlyweds, and married couples.

Hurray! It’s Valentine’s Day! at $4.98.

Cat and the Hat Knows A lot About That: Hurray. It’s Valentine’s Day! The kiddos can join Cat and the Hat and his friends on this special day with this DVD.

Wall Sign at $45.99.

Valentines Day Decor Wall Sign . How cute is this wall sign? It can be a gift for him or for her! Your love can incorporate this sign into their Valentine’s day decor every year.

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar at $7.19

Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Your little reader will enjoy this book by Eric Carle. A long with his beautiful illustrations, your child will discover reason why “someone special makes the world a better place.”

Exploding gift box at $19.99.

Create a memory box that reflects you and your sweetheart most memorable moments. Whether it’s places you’ve traveled together or special events you both encountered together. With this exploding box, the two of you will always have something to remember.

Personalized Engraved Wallet Card Insert at $14.80.

Engraved wallet card insert. I personally ordered one for my mister for his birthday from an etsy shop, but this is completely similar. It was everything I wanted and quickly delivered in time. I loved that I got to personalized it with my own little message to him. He loved it so much! With your own personalized touch you can gift your sweetheart with a message from the heart that he or she can always keep with them no matter the distance.

Mug at $19.99.

Tumblers. If the two of you share a love for wine. These tumbler are perfect for keeping your wine chill and crisp. They also come in 7 different colors.

Our Bucket List Journal at $6.43.

Our Bucket List Journal. Why wait to grow old together and begin knocking stuff off your bucket list. Now, is the perfect time to start creating a bucket list for the two of you to begin exploring and living life.  

Valentine’s Day Care Package at $24.95

Valentine’s Day Care Package. Look at this delicious treat of candies and snacks. This Valentines gift set can be for him, her, or the kiddos.

Amazon $50 Gift Card

Gift card. When in doubt, get a gift card. You can’t go wrong with a gift card. It’s the easiest solution when ot comes to buying a gift.

I Love You Sonnet Book page Quote at $10.99.

I Love You Sonnet – Calling all book lovers! For the book lovers in your life, this Pablo Neruda art print quote can be an awesome addition to their home decor. It is 11×14 unframed.

Note: A frame is not included.

No Whey! Foods. – Vegan Chocolate Candy at $9.95.

No Whey! Foods Vegan Chocolate Heart Valentine’s Day Lollipops. These can easily be for the kiddos or that special someone in your life. It come as a set of 3 lollipops. Guess what? It’s whey free and allergy friendly. Made for those vegans in your life, it’s also dairy free, nut free, peanut free, soy free, gluten free. Mmm… yummy!

Dove Assorted Chocolates at $14.98.

Dove Assorted Chocolates. Gift a box of chocolates for that special lady or man in your life. With 24 pieces, there’s plenty for the both of you to share and indulge in these mouthwatering Dove chocolate!

I hope this Valentine’s Day gift guide has been hopefully to you. If you found other Valentine’s day gifts let me know in the comments below. I’m interested in what unique gift you plan to get that special someone in your life. Until next time!

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Copyright © 2020 Farmhouse Unique | All Rights Reserved

My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 5

My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 5

Good Morning and Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Take the time to love your community and help it blossom. I hope you all had a marvelous weekend! Well, beautiful people, we’ve reached the end of the Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts. Coming in at number 5 of our Valentines DIY craft it’s better known as, The Floral Heart Wreath. Yet, another simple, easy, and inexpensive craft. Shall we begin. . .

The Floral Heart Wreath

Materials & Tools:

  • Wreath
  • Metal heart
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush or sponge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gluesticks
  • Twine
  • Lace ribbon
  • Floral 

Note: Most materials you can obtain from The Dollar Tree. The ribbon and floral came from a wedding bouquet I caught! ( Fun fact: My fiance caught the garter.)

Step 1: Remove tag from the wreath. Prepare a mixture of paint and water to give the wreath a whitewash effect. Using a paintbrush, begin to paint the wreath. 

Step 2: Wrap the ribbon around the wreath. You can do as much or as little as you like, and then secure it with hot glue.

The caught bouquet is now a beautiful wreath!

Step 3: Select and arrange your florals in a pattern you find appealing to your taste. After you found the layout that speaks to you secure with more hot glue.

Step 4: Cut a string of twine and glue one end to the metal heart, and then the other end to the wreath.

Step 5: Using twine, cut, loop, and tie a knot to secure and hang your one of a kind wreath on the door.

Wow! This has been a fun filled last couple of days spent with you lovely people. I hope you enjoyed this little journey and been inspired to create your own unique Valentine’s day decor piece. Trust me, it is so rewarding knowing you did something yourself.

So what are you waiting for? Get crafting and let me see your beautiful crafts. You can leave a picture of your crafts in the comments below, by email me, or by tagging me on instagram. If you haven’t already be to check out craft #1, craft #2, craft #3, and craft #4. That’s all for now!

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Copyright © 2020 Farmhouse Unique | All Rights Reserved

My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 4

My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 4

Happy Sunday beautiful people! We are getting close to the end of our Valentine’s diy craft decor. Our next craft is , The Golden Arrow. This diy craft is one of my favorites simply because the color palette used. Now, presenting, “The Golden Arrow.”

The Golden Arrow

Materials & Tools:

  • Heart Valentine’s day sign from dollar tree
  • Heart Valentine’s day sign with an arrow from dollar tree.
  • Scrapper
  • Sandpaper or sanding block
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Gold spray paint 
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Twine
  • 1 Flower
  • Goo be gone
  • Scissors
  • Putty knife
Valentine’s sign removed. Saved for another project.

Step 1: Using the putty knife remove the sign, and then use scissors to remove the ribbon.

Step 2: Using sandpaper or a sanding block, sand the blotchy spot until it’s smooth, then wipe the sand dust away.

Step 3: Apply your paint using a paintbrush (I use white chalk paint.) It may require two coats of paint. 

Gold arrow.

Step 4: While allowing it to dry, I sprayed Goo be gone onto the arrow and let that sit for 5 minutes. Next, I scraped the glitter off the arrow cleaned it with soap.and water, let it dry, and then spray painted the arrow gold.

Tip: After lightly dipping your brush into the black paint, wipe excess off onto a paper towel before brushing onto the heart.

Step 5: Letting the arrow dry, I used a dab on black paint and dry brushed paint onto the heart to that get the weathered look.

Step 6: Take the arrow and hot glue it onto the edges of the heart. 

Step 7: Add a flower (this is totally optional,) and then add twine to hang it.

This is beyond my favorite and I am simply pleased with how this craft has turned out. Look love, you made it more than halfway through our Valentine’s crafting journey. One more day ahead, it’s bitter sweet! If you are just tuning in, have a look at craft #1, craft #2, and craft #3. Until tomorrow, my loves!

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Copyright © 2020 Farmhouse Unique | All Rights Reserved

My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 3

My Top 5 Valentine’s DIY Crafts: Part 3

Hello my fellow crafters! Here’s to a new day and a lovely craft to share. Today, I’m sharing my third craft. Hurray, we’re halfway there! Making each craft has been fun and frustrating at the same time, (my son barely lets me do anything, lol.) Today Valentines craft is called, “Jar of hearts,” just like the song by Christina Perri.

Jar of hearts

Materials & Tools:

  • Glass jar (I used 2 from Dollar Tree)
  • Twine (optional)
  • Glittery Vase Fillers (optional)
  • 1 construction paper or vinyl
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Gluesticks
  • Knob(s)

Step 1: Wipe your jar clean (soap and water, or rubbing alcohol will do.)

Step 2: Fold your paper in half. Use scissors to cut-out a heart shape. If you are doing more than one jar, cutout as many hearts as you need. Also, if you need to draw your heart out, go for it!)

Note: If using paper take tape to adhere to both the heart and the jar. This will be tricky when it comes time to paint your jar. I suggest using vinyl to avoid getting paint between the heart and the glass.
I mixed my white and dark pink to get my light pink color. It took 2 coats of paint.

Step 4: Once your heart is attached. Choose your paint color and begin to paint your jar.

Step 5: After allowing the jar to dry, remove the heart. Since I use paper, paint got in between the jar and the heart. It wasn’t too bad, I just scraped the excess paint off by using a toothpick.

Step 6: This next step is optional. Fill the jar with a filler. You can use rocks, sand, lights, or even add a candle. 

Finish jars of hearts, so I thought!

Step 7: With or without the lid while using hot glue, you can choose to wrap twine or a ribbon around the top, and then tie it into a bow. 

Now pose for the camera. . .click, click! You’re Jar of hearts is complete to add to your beautiful Valentine’s day decor. Be sure to send your pictures of your crafts via social media or email. I would to see them! What would you do differently? Let’s chat in the comments below!  

If you haven’t already have a peak at craft #1 and craft # 2. Until tomorrow my loves!

Processing…
Success! You're on the list.

Copyright © 2020 Farmhouse Unique | All Rights Reserved

How I Failed at Co-sleeping with my Kiddos!

How I Failed at Co-sleeping with my Kiddos!

Have you ever fallen asleep unaware, with your infant still in your arms? 

Most of us moms are guilty of doing so. As a new mom, you are exhausted and overwhelmed. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Though, doctors warn us of the risk of sleeping with your infant arms, as well as in bed with you. These risks include: SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), suffocation, strangulations, and other death related illnesses. 

For safe guidelines from the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) click here. They offer safe guidelines of how to co-sleep, and what to do if you feel yourself falling asleep with your baby.  

From the moment my first born came into this world it was the most breathtaking (both beautiful and exhausting). As every mother knows it takes time to adjust to your newborns’ wild and crazy schedule. It can be overwhelming for the first couple of weeks of your baby’s precious life. I will admit, I am one of those mothers who have drifted off to sleep while still holding my child unknowingly and knowingly. 

This is our current night and day.

Does that make me a bad mother? No, I’m human just like you. I make choices (don’t we all.) Yes, I’ve chosen to fall asleep with my kiddos still wrapped in my arms, just as well as I’ve chosen to have each of my kiddos, sleep with me. Just like I’ve chose to have them sleep on their bellies. 

Yes, I knew the risk. Yes, I’ve heard of mothers losing their child because of this. About 3,500 babies per year have died because of this action. I’d craved sleep and just wanted my kiddos to sleep too. Is that selfish of me? 

I remember when I fell asleep in the hospital the night of the day my first daughter was born with her still in my arms. A nurse walked into the room to do her usual routine check. She advised me not to fall asleep with my daughter in my arms because we wouldn’t want anything to happen. She may fall and so on. She suggested laying her down. “If you need a break, I can take her to the baby care unit,” she said.  As a new mom I didn’t want my baby to leave my side, so I kept her and followed the nurse’s advice the rest of my stay.

Mommy and me time!

After continuously putting my child in his/her bassinet just to have them wake up soon after was frustrating. Believe me, I tried swaddling and ended up with the same result. Before leaving the hospital, I had nurses demonstrate how to swaddle my baby. I even referred to the internet for further instructions, just to ensure I was doing it the correct way. No matter how tight I wrapped the blanket, my kids were not comfortable. 

As they wiggled and made little sounds letting me know that they were about to wake. With the lack of sleep, sometimes I could not resist drifting off to sleep with them in arm. When I  awoke, I would feel some regret, but still relieved that my babies were fine. 

As a new mom for the first, second, third or umpteen time you are tired and restless and just want to catch up on sleep. Babies need attentive care from changing diapers and feeding them to entertaining and comforting them. So yes, you guessed it. . . babies require a lot of your time. 

There have been plenty of times I’ve fallen asleep with my kids on my lying on my chest because of exhaustion or lack of sleep.

How do I stop falling asleep with my child on my chest? 

Well, I’d decided to lay my child on their bellies. At night I’ve noticed that my kiddos slept better and longer on their bellies. Aware of the risk and the fact, doctors recommend that infants should sleep on their backs. Atleast, until they’re able to roll over successfully on their own. 

My first born sleeping on her belly.

I always monitor my child as they slept. Any little sound or slight movement had me alert of my child safety. Since I’m a light sleeper (I get it from my momma,) I feel that’s why I was literally okay and believed that my child would be safe sleeping with me. Anytime, my kiddos moved, I’m up! Anytime, my mister moved and had his arm covering the kids, I moved his arm. Cover over head, moved it. Yes, it happened once I admit. It’s scary, but I made sure it would not happen again. Having our kiddos sleep with us (well me mostly. . . the mister decided to sleep on the couch at times,) was a relief. It’s what worked for our family. 

IMPORTANT

I am not a doctor. This is not advice for you to follow. I just wanted to share my experiences with what worked for me and my family. Just because it worked for me, doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. Every situation is different. As a precaution, it is safer for you and your child to co-sleep in the same room, but separate from your bed. So many have lost their child because of this. 

I am so thankful that nothing terribly bad ever happened. Always be safe and do what’s best for you and your child. Listen and talk to your child doctors if you have any issues getting your child to sleep. Has this been an issue for you? If so, how did you fix it? I would love to hear from you.

Be ready for the next best thing!

Stay connected with Farmhouse Unique and share with friends! 

You are appreciated!

The Kiddos Made a Christmas Countdown Calendar!

The Kiddos Made a Christmas Countdown Calendar!

Hi everyone. It has definitely been a busy week getting to share a few mini diy crafts and activities with you. If you recall from one of my previous post, The Kiddos Made a Stocking Ornament, I did promise to share their next workshop. This weekend, the girls made a Christmas Countdown Calendar. 

Unfortunately, I had over scheduled some outings and couldn’t take them to the workshop, but I was able to pick up their kits from Home Depot so we could tackle their project at home.

The kit includes:

  • 1 tree shape
  • 2 side pieces
  • 1 base 
  • 2 date blocks
  • 2 long nails
  • 4 short nails
  • 1 sticker sheet

Materials required:

  • Fine sandpaper (optional)
  • Wood glue (optional)
  • Hammer

To be honest I did not use sandpaper because it wasn’t necessary. I forgot about the would glue, but the project is holding together just fine. Before assembling I allowed my kiddos to paint.

After the pieces dry take the base, and place it on it’s side. Next, take one of the side pieces and align it with the side of the base, then hold while inserting one of the long nails. Allow your child to hammer in the nail with your assistance. Do the same for the other side piece.

Flip and lay the project down flat. Add glue if you desire and place the tree shape on top making sure that all sides are aligned. Again, with your assistance allow your child to hammer in the 4 short nails.

Lastly, apply the stickers and insert the date blocks. Just like that the girls have their beautiful Christmas Countdown Calendar! Thanks for enjoying this kids craft from Home Depot. I’ll be writing you soon so stay connected.

Christmas with No Tree!

Christmas with No Tree!

How do you have Christmas without a tree? 

As I mentioned before in Christmas Decor Home Tour , our faux snowed Christmas tree mysteriously got destroyed while in storage. It sucks because I really loved that tree and we only had it for 2 years. Now with the holiday season in full affect, trees can be expensive.  

So What Now?

The mister and I are contemplating on getting a real Christmas tree this year (sap and all), and then after the holiday season purchase another faux tree when they’re much cheaper.  

While that thoughtful solution is still simmering. I came up with another solution. A corner wall Christmas tree made with lights! Haha! It’s truly something new since I had no idea what to do with these extra lights. So, I thought of hanging the lights on the wall.

Materials needed:

  • Christmas Lights 
  • Command strips light hanging clips for outside

To get started, I eyed the layout of the Christmas tree as I placed the command strips on each side of the wall.

Just peel and stick!

Note: To make it easier, use painter’s tape to layout the christmas shape tree before adding the command strips .

After completing that process, I then hook the lights from left to right.

Corner wall Christmas Light Tree

It may or may not be temporary, but it works! It’s beautiful and the kiddos loved it!

To help bring Christmas in for the girls, I purchased two small trees from Target so they can decorate and call their own. Each tree cost $3. The Christmas bulbs cost about$3 from 5 below.and the string of garland with bells cost $1 from The Dollar Tree.

Thank you for taking this Christmas tree journey with us. Happy Holidays and safe shopping!