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Valentine’s Day at School

Minted has a great selection of custom classroom valentines cards & stickers. I remember being a little kid and my school had this brilliant idea of selling heart shaped lollipops. If you had a crush you could buy a lollipop that would be delivered to the student of your choice on Valentine’s Day. However, these adorable lollipops were not distributed to every kid. Let me tell you, it was heart breaking to be a third grader hoping you to get a heart lollipop and realizing – alas, you were not another third grader’s valentine. Wow, heartbreak starts so early. I mean, couldn’t we wait until middle school to learn the rejection lesson? I like it how these days everyone gets some love and kids take a treat or card for every classmate. Every third grader gets to feel special and no one is left out.

Heart Confectionery Boxes, Set of 6

These Heart Confectionery Boxes are a perfect way to present your gifts of goodies. Each elegant box features a beautiful heart cutout. Perfect for the Valentine’s Day baking, they include “to” and “from” gift tags and baking twine for a personal touch.

I Really Dig You Classroom Valentine’s Day Card

With unique designs printed on luxe paper, these Valentines are the perfect way for your kids to celebrate with their classmates! Classroom Valentines come with white envelopes.

You’re One Smart Cookie Classroom Valentine’s Day Card

Orange You Glad We’re Friends Classroom Valentine’s Day Card

You’re One Cool Cat Classroom Valentine’s Day Card

Bunny Heart Garden Classroom Valentine’s Day Card

Colorful Love Classroom Valentine’s Day Card

Gifts For The Gardening Enthusiast

PKS Castor Trowel

Handmade in Austria by PKS, this copper and beechwood trowel has a wide, shallow scoop, making it a practical, all-around tool for weeding, planting, and transplanting. Copper improves soil and plant health by increasing water retention and deterring slugs and snails. Compared to iron and steel, naturally rust-proof copper also reduces friction with the soil, making the curved blade slice into soil with a smooth, controlled action. Each trowel arrives in a custom, gift-ready box packed with natural aspen shavings.

Nontron Utility Knife

Famed for knife-making since the 1400’s, the village of Nontron is home to France’s oldest continuously-operating cutlery forge. Six artisans hand-craft Nontron’s one-of-a-kind knives using a 40-step process, carving handles from local, aged boxwood and burning traditional markings. Blades are forged from 440 stainless steel for excellent edge retention. This high-carbon material reaches Rockwell 58 hardness, making each knife an everlasting gift or practical heirloom.

PKS Nunki Weeder

This copper and beechwood weeder features a sharp, curved blade to loosen weeds and roots.

Shiitake Mushroom Log

Grow your own crops of delicious, edible mushrooms with this innovative, giftable log. Each hand-cut hardwood log is inoculated with spores that will sprout organic shiitake mushrooms—a fast-growing, flavorful variety that’s perfect for first-time growers. Start the growing process by soaking the log in water, and you’ll be able to grow multiple crops for up to 3 years.

Fern Terrarium Kit

Easily grow a garden under glass with this giftable kit, each terrain-exclusive set stocked with everything needed to cultivate a lush terrarium filled with ferns and moss.

Hanging Tillandsia Grow Kit

Hang a tiny garden anywhere with this giftable tillandsia grow kit. Each kit contains a live air plant and all the elements needed to create the perfect environment where it can grow and flourish.

Ilse Jacobsen Laced Rain Boot

Designed in Denmark and hand-crafted from sustainable, single-estate rubber, these lace-up boots from Ilse Jacobsen can withstand even the rainiest of days. Adjustable laces, a cozy lining, and cheerful colors make these boots a welcome wardrobe addition when the weather is gloomy.

Myrtle Topiary

Elegantly shaped, this myrtle topiary adds a splash of vivid green to interior spaces. Each one is cultivated for up to two years to develop a full, polished form before it arrives at your home in a weathered clay pot.

Anthropologie’s Gift Guide For The Teacher

Your kid’s teacher deserves better than an apple! Anthropologie’s gift guide has beautiful gifts that will show them how much you truly appreciate them & your children’s education.Handpainted Wanderlust Globe | Limited Edition Golden Monogram Mug | Handpainted Wood Paperweight | Pastel Pocket Pen | Reclaimed Wood Catchall | Set Course Magnifying Glass | Ombre Plisse Folder | Daily Reminder Sticky Notes | Mon Cahier 2015 Journal

Top 10 Gifts for Parents of Grown-Ass Kids 2014

1. KitchenAid Artisan Mixer in Aqua Sky

Choose from over 20 different colors of the KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer for the one that perfectly matches your kitchen design or personality. Easily make your favorite cakes and multiple batches of cookie dough with the 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl with comfortable handle. With 10 speeds, the stand mixer will quickly become your kitchen’s culinary center as you mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease. And for even more versatility, the power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers and more.

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Super Hero Baby Tees & Onesies

1. Wonder Girl Baby Onesie, 2. Batman & Robin Tee, 3. Mr.T Onesie. A few months after the birth of her boy Tristan, Kayo began hand-stitching felted flair to add a bit of variety to her baby’s boringly basic wardrobe. Before she knew it, the corner of her bedroom was bursting with applique onesies, tops, bottoms and t-shirts. Her graphic-designer husband half-jokingly, half-seriously suggested that she start selling them because they were so creative and unique (and so they could have their room back). Even though Kayo has no formal design education, she’s been sewing, sketching and knitting for as long as she can remember – her husband has to constantly remind her that she’s been training her whole life to do exactly what she’s doing now. Check out the rest of her collection at Brika.

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Balls of Steel: Drink Coolers With A Cause

Balls of Steel are premium whiskey drink coolers with a cause; 15% of sales are donated towards testicular cancer research & support communities. Balls of Steel are forged form the highest quality Stainless Steel and are the envy of ice everywhere. Place your Balls into a glass of your favorite spirits, roll them around, remove, and enjoy your drink at the perfect temperature. Balls of Steel preform to chill your whiskey or spirits faster than ice, without diluting that aged flavor we all love. Grab your pair of Balls of Steel right now, from their site –

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Get Your Photobooks At Shutterfly with 40% OFF

We received the latest Shutterfly newsletter and wanted to pass on the savings. Photobooks are amazing gifts for parents during the Holidays or the entire family. Last year we printed a family book. We gave each family member their own copy and it was a hit.

Sharing The Coupon Love

Get your sentimental gifts printed now! Shutterfly has 40% OFF Photobooks with the Promo Code: BOOK40 (expires November 14th).

If you are mailing out holiday cards or calendars right now is the perfect time to get them printed at Shutterfly with 40% OFF Promo Code: HOLIDAY (expires November 14th)

Gifts For Your Dad

Here are a few ideas to get you started on your Holiday shopping gifts for Dad: 1. The Remote Controlled Authentic WWII Battling Tanks, 2. BBQ Briefcase, 3. The Wire: The Complete Series DVD, 4. Phonekerchief, 5. Felt Firewood Holder, 6. On The Rocks Set, 7. The Man Can Grooming Kit
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Gifts For Your Mom

This Holiday season wow your Mom with one-of-a-kind gifts she did not see at the mall.  Here is a list of cool gifts for Mom 2012:  1. Lumen Oil Candle Shadow Projectors, 2. Paper Pots, 3. Four Seasons Towels Set of 4, 4. Family Glassware, 5. Micro-Green Kits, 6. Flavors of America Salt Collection, 7. Mother & Daughter Necklaces – Set of 2

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So You Say you’re Not Handy?

Look, I’m not here to judge you.  You say that you can’t fix your refrigerator’s built-in ice dispenser or you don’t know why your car is making that strange noise and I believe you.  Growing up in our age of factory molded plastics and digital electronics, we are a lot less likely to feel as though we can understand the inner-workings of the complex devices we encounter in our daily lives.

But some things never change:  Faucets still leak.  Picture frames still got to get hung.  Table legs still go wobbly…  When facing these tasks, a little handiness goes a long way.  Lucky for us there has never been a better time to develop handy skills.  With so many online tutorials, forums and YouTube video demos, PDF manuals, you have all the information you could ever need to tackle any do-it-yourself project.

All you really need now is a good set of basic hand tools, and you’ll be the handiest guy or gal on your block before you know it.  So here is a list of hand tools that I use most often and recommend to anyone interested in getting their hands dirty.

One last thing before we get into list:  If you have never purchased tools before, I would recommend you try to get the exact professional brands that I use (most items you can just click through to buy).  All tools are NOT created equal.  In fact, there are a lot of cheap tools out there that are really just a waste of money.    Cheap tools can make whatever job you are doing feel frustratingly difficult or even  impossible.  Even if you’re just an amateur, ALWAYS buy professional-grade tools.  You may be surprised to find that you have more ability than your cheap tools allowed you to realize! 1. McGuire-Nicholas Pouch, 2. Nylon Zipper Pouches, 3. Set of Ratcheting-Box-Wrenches, 4. Large Adjustable Crescent Wrench, 5. Klein Tools 5-in-1 Screwdriver, 6. DEWALT 18V Drill Continue reading →