gift ideas


diy mini photo album gift idea

I love sentimental gifts. The ones you know a lot of thought went into them. 

Sometimes it's a little difficult choosing what gifts to get my kids, plus my nieces and nephews- especially because they are all very fortunate so they pretty much have everything they need. 

This year I wanted to create a little special gift for my niece Liah. 

hahaha throw baacck little Melinda ....I think the bag is Chanel ;)

hahaha throw baacck little Melinda ....I think the bag is Chanel ;)

I can remember as a little girl always carrying around a little purse. Most of the time it was empty, when it wasn't it was full of random things like Barbie hair brushes, fake makeup, and whatever else I could find that was tiny enough to fit in there. 

So I found this little owl purse that I knew she would love, and thought about giving her that filled with some goodies. 

side note: I have to take advantage of all things girly! I have two sons, two nephews, and another niece who is the best kind of tomboy there is. So Liah is my chance to get all the girly thangs!

I knew I couldn't get her real makeup- she is only 3... my sister already wanted to kill me when I let her play with my tinted lipgloss buahahaha....

Bring in the super cute and fun Lip Smackers! Who doesn't love Lip Smackers? All the fun flavors and the pretty packaging, I remember getting them as a kid. So I knew she would love it! 


Then I grabbed some cute besties bracelets because her and Auntie are def besties! duh!

Now for the personal touch; I remembered having those little wallet picture albums. Please tell me you remember those? Back when wallet size photos served a purpose and we didn't have 8000 photos available at our fingertips. 

Thus the idea for this DIY was born! 

I know she would love to have some pics of her squad (her cousins) in her purse. 

I printed some small pictures off my Canon

This was such fun quick DIY, the best part is that you can always add more pages! It's the perfect gift for anyone on your list. 

Hopefully this beautiful angel of mine loves it :)  Look at that face!! Yes- I am obsessed! 


If you make one be sure to tag me on IG I would love to see it! 





P.S. to my sister who will probably see this before Christmas...don't tell her what I got her! Or else!!!


Purse & bracelets:  Primark

Lip Smackers *Disclaimer: I was gifted the Lip Smackers by the company, but all opinions are my own :) Thank you for your support. 

Leggings: Target



Surprise Soiree Box

I don't know about you, but I get pretty freaking excited when I receive a package in the mail. Especially if I don't recall ordering anything. 

Remember when you were a kid and you were dying to get mail? My father would always tell me, mail isn't that exciting when you're an adult, it's nothing but bills. 

Yeah, like most things, he wasn't lying. 

But packages?? YES! Bills do not come in boxes. 

So when I found out that one of my friends was finally pregnant again, I knew I wanted to send her a little soiree in a box. I waited until she found out the gender so I could personalize it. 

When she shared with me her breastfeeding goals, I immediately thought of my good friend Shelly from Kismet Love Collection

We teamed up to give her a little special delivery!

I purchased a few little goodies, created a little breastfeeding tip sheet, and a card. Oh! and a "pop me" balloon, duh... because what's a celebration without balloons and some confetti?

Shelly added her finishing touches with one of her fabulous nursing scarves and a sweet card. :)


A lovey for baby and a dope shade of lipstick for momma to go with her fab new scarf! 

Nancy will now have 2 boys, just like Shelly and I. #teamboymoms

She shared her gift on her Instagram and we are happy to say she loved it!

I'm so excited for her new journey, and wish her best of luck. Especially with her breastfeeding journey, we all know it isn't easy at first. 

You may not all know this, but prior to Happy Soiree, I had a breastfeeding blog. I posted all my tips from my journey breastfeeding Avery for about a year and a half. When I took down the breastfeeding blog I gave some of my favorite and most popular posts to Shelly. If you're interested you can find them here. There's even a great list of tips on how to get dad involved with helping you during your breastfeeding journey. 

While you're there you should pick up a nursing scarf. You won't be disappointed. I'm not nursing anymore and I still wear mine! 

Let me know what you think about this Soiree in a box, I'm thinking about creating some more. Different themes not just babies. Possibly run a giveaway? 



You can also find Shelly on Instagram at @kismetlovecollection and Facebook

Awesome Confetti is from: The Confetti Bar