Darling Hostess Presents for Holiday Parties

Bringing a hostess present to your holiday parties can often become an afterthought but the gesture goes a long way. Here’s a collection of our 7 favorite gift ideas that will suit your host and your budget.

The Can’t-Go-Wrong Gift

Illume Soy Candles – Balsam & Cedar or Winter White scent come boxed and ready to give. $52.00

 

 

For the Hostess Who Loves Pretties

Loren Hope studs – Not everyone loves a dangle but everyone loves a stud. Loren Hope studs are statement pieces that can be worn every day. There are so many colors to choose from, too. $36.00

FOR THE Hostess Who Lives Real Life

Mom Life T-shirts – Usually we wouldn’t recommend buying clothes for someone unless they are your absolute bestie, but t-shirts are pretty simple. There isn’t a mom out there who would smile after getting one of these cute tees. *See another style below. $36.00

 

For the Hostess Who Cooks the Mostest

Rifle Paper Company Recipe Box – If your host likes to actually cook the food that she serves, then this is a great gift. Make it more thoughtful and personal by adding a couple of your favorite recipes to the tin before you gift it. $34.00

 

The Practical Gift That Doesn’t Look Practical

Clutch – We can never have too many of these little bags. Switching between bags is so easy and you look way more organized than you are. Bonus points on the gift if your host still requires a diaper bag. $18

 

The Best For Your Budget

Succulent Ring Dish – You don’t have to break the bank to bring a sweet, thoughtful gift. This darling dish is under $10 so you can say yes to all of your party invitations! $6

 

Our Favorite For Him

Guys can host killer parties, too. This mason jar wrap by Humble Goods is unique and sure to make your host feel appreciated. P.S. If you don’t love Austin as much as we do, there’s a beautiful desert scene, too. $25

 

 

All items can be found at Cameo Boutique in Mandeville, Louisiana. Not in Mandville? Us either, but we love to shop their Instagram. They ship!

Anyone else relating to this image? This tee might need to be for you. Happy Holidays!

 

Meet Lettering Designer Amanda Krovic

We are so excited to give you a larger introduction to Amanda Krovic. Her cards have made their way into our boxes a few times, and we love all things Amanda Krovic Designs! Read our interview with her about work and motherhood.

Tell us a little about your company. How did you get started lettering?

I’m the artist and calligrapher behind Amanda Krovic Design – a full-service lettering shop selling paper goods and providing lettering work for weddings, events, and logo design for small brands. I’ve always had a love for handwriting since I was young, but it wasn’t until I began planning my own wedding that I decided to try out my skill in calligraphy.  After taking a few local classes and hand lettering my own wedding envelopes and signage, something clicked inside of me and I developed a passion for the art. From there, a few friends hired me on for their weddings, and the business just blossomed from there very organically.

What are your favorite items to create?

There is something so special about good old fashioned snail mail, so I will always have a heart for designing hand lettered cards. But I also love to see where my art prints land, many of which I’ve seen framed on walls next to wedding and newborn photos, and that just makes my heart flutter!

Tell us a bit about your motherhood journey as a working creative. What are some of the highlights? What about the tough parts?

My motherhood journey as a working creative has always stemmed from balance. Aside from staying home full-time to care for my daughter, my creative work runs on a part-time schedule that ebbs and flows depending on the season (Spring and Fall are my busy seasons for weddings). While we attempt a routine most days, we all know that life with a baby or toddler can change at any second. Some days are harder than others, when a fussy baby and no nap comes into play, which leave me barely any time to respond to an email. The highlight is being able to be present at home during these early years in my daughter’s life. Being able to catch all of the milestones has been such a blessing. The tough side is knowing that each day can be vastly different and you can’t have a set schedule for work flow. My projects either get done during nap time or once Faire is in bed at night, but then that also cuts into time between my husband and I when he gets home from work. So it’s just learning to balance it all, which I know I’ll likely be figuring out said balance for the next two decades.

What was your favorite pregnancy self-care tip? Did you have any special things you did to feel most like yourself during that special time?

Having lived in New York City up until I was 38 weeks pregnant with my daughter, I never realized how much all of the daily walking (5-6 miles daily!) would benefit my pregnancy until postpartum. The walking, in combination with prenatal pilates, really helped keep the baby weight down and ultimately helped during labor and delivery.

 

I would certainly say some form of exercise is a great self-care tip. We are expecting baby #2 in early January and I’ve been enjoying barre classes this time around. The occasional pedicure and prenatal massage are also great ways to relax and pamper.

What are some of your must have baby items?

Realistically, this list could go on and on but I know how different every baby can be, and what works for one may not work for another. Here are the top items that became such lifesavers for us in those early days and I anxiously await to put them to use again in the New Year!

DockATot: This magical pillow works wonders in the snooze department. It’s a comfortable and safe option for your baby to nap and it helped us with transitioning our daughter from the bassinet to the crib. Worth every penny!

-Nursing Cover: We loved our Covered Goods nursing cover, which also doubles as a car seat cover.

Solly Baby Wrap: My favorite method of baby wearing in the newborn stage. Also, one of my favorite items to gift at baby showers!

Gathre Mats: Beautiful bonded leather mats that are entirely wipeable and basically a necessity for all the messes. We love the micro size for quick diaper changes on the go, the midi size for a highchair mat, and the maxi for picnics at the beach or the park.

-A Good Rocker: I can’t stress this one enough. You will spend a great deal of time nursing and bonding with your new baby, so it’s worth investing in a rocker you can comfortably sit in for long periods of time. We ultimately went with the Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker for both aesthetic and comfort factors, but also the weaving texture and color hides milk and spit ups.

How would you encourage other working mamas? What advice would you give to a new mama juggling motherhood and work starting out?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. I know I am extremely lucky to be in the position I am, being my own boss in a creative industry I love, with the ability to stay at home and raise my daughter. But it does have many rough days and the grass isn’t always greener (I promise, it’s more than just coffee shops and cute babies we see on Instagram!). I find it’s been helpful to stay as organized as possible to manage a healthy home and work-life balance. Keeping reminders and appointments both on my iPhone and a physical day planner have been key for this Type-A mama. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to say ‘NO.’ Learning to turn down opportunities more often has been the best thing for me in this new season, allowing me to slow down and soak up more precious moments with my tiny tribe.

Amanda Krovic

Lettering + Design
amandakrovic.com | @amandakrovic

All photo cred goes to Kaytee Lauren – www.kayteelauren.com.

My Pregnancy Uniform: Aurora

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We are so pleased to introduce you to Aurora for our latest My Beauty Uniform Installment. Aurora is a model, blogger, and first time mama who resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. We just love her swoony style and have loved watching her pregnancy journey via her Instagram.

Read on as she discusses pregnancy through a refreshingly honest lens and why she thinks her little one may come out a mini Leslie Knope!


What is your daily beauty routine? What products do you use?

My routine is actually pretty basic, I prefer to let my “natural pregnancy glow” shine. 😉 In the mornings I just wash my face with water, and I use a Neutrogena moisturizer. The only makeup I wear on a daily basis is Anastasia Dip Brow, mascara, and a little bit of bronzer to define my cheek bones, now that my face is filling out!

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Do you have any beauty rituals you adopted since becoming pregnant?

Since becoming pregnant, I definitely pay more attention to the skin on my body that’s not on my face! I know that you can’t really prevent stretch marks topically (my midwife says eating a balanced diet is the key to avoiding stretch marks!), but I still moisturize my tummy almost every day. I use whatever is closest to me when I’m getting ready, honestly, so on any given day it can be any of the following products! Bath and Body works satsuma body butter, my Neutrogena moisturizer, or I recently got a stretch mark preventative oil in the mail that I’ve been trying.

What has been your go-to style during pregnancy? Describe your favorite outfit you’re wearing these days?

Leggings and a sweater, almost every day! Haha. I somehow have managed to still fit into all of my pre-pregnancy leggings, so I’ve avoided buying any maternity leggings. Now that I’ve got less than two months left I’m thinking it may be time to invest in some that fit over my belly, though!

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Are there any particular food or drinks you love to keep you feel good and glowing?

I constantly crave breakfast foods! I swear, this baby is going to come out a Leslie Knope! One of my absolute favorites, and I make my husband make it for me almost every morning, is toad-in-a-hole (toast with a hole cut out and an egg over easy cooked inside) with bacon and a cup of coffee. I’m sure I’ll never want to eat it again after my pregnancy, because it’s been my breakfast of choice for the past 3 months at least.

What wisdom do you hope to pass down to your little one?

I just hope that I’m able to instill self-love in my son, and show him to be a kind and respectful man, like his father.

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What advice would you give to other pregnant moms about feeling like themselves and enjoying this time?

Pregnancy is really hard, and I hate it when people pretend that it’s not! It’s not all pregnancy glow and cute little fluttery kicks. There’s a lot of puking and charlie horses in your butt while you’re sleeping and feeling like you can’t breathe when you sit down. So my advice is to try to cherish the time you have with your significant other before baby gets here, and no matter how insecure you feel about your growing body, take lots of pictures! Not only will you regret not having those photos eventually, but your kids are going to love seeing them someday! You’ll never be pregnant with this child ever again, so no matter how hard it is, document it.


Thank you, Aurora! We’re so grateful you shared your experience with us.

Want to learn more about Aurora? You can visit her website right here.