Archive for April 15, 2012

Vlogging from a new angle

So excited to see Victoria’s vlog. Victoria can be found over at it’s great to “Be”

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House Warming Basket

Yesterday I shared with you what I put in my baby shower baskets (see that post here) and that the biggest tip is planning ahead.

What about the times that you cant plan ahead? What about baskets for other occasions?

My friend Nichole just moved into an apartment and she has stuff… but it is all somewhere else and she cant get it right now. So she is basically moving in with nothing.

When you know people who are getting married and don’t have things or someone is just starting out this type of basket is perfect.

The first thing to think about before planning any basket is to decide to set a spending limit. When it is a good friend or someone I care about and they need a house warming basket I usually set my limit at $100. If they are a friend who already has a lot of stuff or who apartment hops I adjust the limit accordingly.

So what can you buy for $100? Where do you get it? Let me show you what I got and I’ll tell you why too!

From Ross (with gift receipts)
- Basket you have to remember to factor in the cost of your basket!!!
- 3 qt sauce pan w/ lid (perfect size for mac and cheese and many other basics)
From Bed Bath and Beyond
- Suction sponge holder for the sink (keeps your sponge from sitting in water)
From Walmart
- 3 boxes of Mac and Cheese 
- House Warming Card
- 2 pot holders
- 2 glass coffee mugs
- Set of wooden spoons
- Set of plastic spoons, spatulas and spoon rest
- Colander
- Beach towel (she is very excited about her new apartment pool!)
I did include a few things I already had around the house
- 2 rolls of paper towels
- A new sponge
I was sad to see that most of my items were made in china. But I found this Gem in the rocks.
Made in the USA for the win!
The first thing to always do when you are giving a gift is to take the time to remove the prices! With gift baskets if some of the items are things I know will not be returned I will remove the tag all together. I removed the tag from the towel, pot holders and the spoons. I did take the wrapping off the pan but I included it in the bottom of the basket in case it needs to be returned.
When filling a basket you don’t want things to fall in or be out of site. You want the basket to look overflowing.
By putting the rolls of paper towels and 2 of the macs in the bottom it creates height and two levels. The towel gets folded in half and acts as a back drop to items on top and a cover to items on bottom.
This is what it looks like before filling it.
I wish there was a magic way to tell you how to fill it. But there isn’t. I had to place items, remove them, replace them about six or more times before I found a way I liked.
At first I tried to keep the pan lid on and that didn’t work. It is trial and error so don’t beat yourself up when everything doesn’t fall into place and you have a great basket the first try!
I usually try to place big items first. So I placed the pan and the colander first. The cups are in opposite corners. One front and one back. Pot holders are in the pan behind the Mac. The sponge is in it’s holder and that is suctioned to the lid so it wont move.
Then I fanned out all the utensils.
I used a clothes pin for 3 reasons instead of just taping the card or putting it in the basket.
1. it holds the towel to the lid so it wont fall down
2. holds the card
3. the gift receipts are behind the card, so it is holding them too!
This gift came in right on budget!
What are some other items you could use for house warming baskets? Think of mixing these up next time::
  • Laundry Basket
  • Towels
  • Pizza pans, pizza cutter, pizza dough mix
  • Cookie sheets, Cookie cutters, Spatula, Bagged cookie mix
  • Mixing bowls
  • Condiments:: Ranch, Italian Dressing, Mustard, Ketchup, Mayo
  • Plastic bowls with lids
  • Hangers
  • Ice trays
  • Corn on the cob holders
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Plate holders
  • A trash can, liners, different size ziploc bags
  • Cutting board
A lot of these things are the small things that people often forget about or dont think to ask for but buying them can add up a cost fast.
I remember when I moved into my first apartment my cutting board and the wooden spoons I got were my favorite gifts but man buying everything else was expensive!
I’d love to see a gift basket if you make one! Share it with me on Facebook at


Baby Shower Gift Baskets

This is the Easter gift basket I talk about in the vlog below.

In this basket there is::
- A recieving blanket (wrapped around the outside bottom of the basket)
- Around 15-20 size 2 diapers
- 2 bottles
- A bottle koozie
- 2 sets of baby socks
- A pacifier
- 2 sets of baby silverware (a set is a spork and spoon)
- 2 pinwheels (for the two big sisters)
- A onsie
- A bathtub corner toy organizer (in the very back)
- Custom wipe case (turquoise print)
Because of planning ahead everything on that list was purchased in advance either on sale or very a very good price. The pinwheels and the toy organizer were given with the older sisters in mind and Mom said they currently didnt have a toy organizer so it worked out.

Like I mentioned in my vlog I am going to share with you some more previous gift basket pictures.
When I am doing a baby shower gift basket if my inventory  is low I will go purchase things but I give myself a $20 limit. That might not seem like much but when I already have things on hand I am not counting those into the cost.

This is the personal wipe cover I was talking about in my vlog. It can be customized for a boy or a girl or be gender neutral. Wipes are used way past the baby stage and so this allows mom to carry wipes and still be fashionable. to see the video that is a great tutorial visit HERE. The top left corner shows the minimal supplies needed to make a great looking gift!
Here are some other baskets:
This basket is a small laundry basket from the Dollar Tree and it has 15-20 size 2 diapers around the bottom like I mentioned in the vlog.
there is also::
- A bottle and a bottle koozie
- A receiving blanket
- Baby Bath soap
- A “Dino Mite” onsie
- 2 pairs of pants
- 2 Pairs of baby socks
- 2 sets of baby silverware
- Bath toy corner organizer
- Custom wipe case (guitar and music print)
- Bottle brush
- A Pacifier
This basket was for a coworker. Her theme was a jungle theme and I tried to keep that in mind when making her gift. In the basket is::
- 10-15 size 2 diapers in the bottom
- A Pacifier with an elephant clip
- Medicine dropper
- Snot sucker ball
- Bottle
- Bottle brush
- Dino onsie
- 2 pairs of pants
- Bath salts and a coordinating lotion for mom
- Custom wipe case (leopard print)
Are you seeing a theme yet? You can tell I got a great deal on those onsies and that is why I bought two. The same is true with the koozies and the toy organizers.
Tomorrow I will show you what I found for Nichole’s basket.


It has been a while!

I was driving along yesterday and some of you might know what that means!

I vlogged for you!