Thursday, May 1, 2014

Leslie Loves...{1.13}

Happy May Day!

I wish there was a way this lil bloggety blog could deliver everyone a May Basket! I love the idea of May Baskets...just a little something to brighten someone's day! Thinking about May Baskets got me to thinking about gifts in general, so I decided to share with you a few of my favorite Etsy shops for gifts! 

Oh, and just a quick sidenote: I reserve the right to give these gifts to my friends/family. Soooo...don't even think about using stealing these fabulous ideas for a gift for anyone I know! That's all. Thank you.    J J But I am serious. For real.  

And just to be clear up front {yes, we're back to that "transparency is my middle name" thing again}, I contacted the owners of each of these shops to request permission to post about their individual shops on my blog. That is how the discounts and special offers came about. This is not a solicited blog post! In fact, the shop owners knew nothing of this blog until I asked them if I could include their fabulous shops in a "Leslie Loves..." post. 

This has become my signature baby shower gift! It's a 3-in-1 Car Seat can be used as 1) a car seat canopy {duh!}; 2) nursing cover {the opening snaps around the mom's neck to stay in place}; or 3) a blanket. I knew this gift was a success when a couple of moms I'd given it to asked me where to get it so they could gift it themselves. 

Chelle Belle Bowtique, Etsy, Jayhawk Car Seat Canopy, Blue and Yellow Car Seat Canopy, Cherry Blossom Car Seat Canopy, Gray and Yellow Car Seat Canopy

Michelle {the owner of the shop} is absolutely AWESOME to work with! I've gotten this idea in my head that I want the canopies to somehow coordinate with the nursery theme or some other specific theme {see Baby Nais' Jayhawk canopy above}, and Michelle has always gone out of her way to help me find the perfect fabric.  Click here to see what she currently has in stock, and if you're looking for something specific or unique, simply request a custom order. Depending on the fabric you choose, the custom orders can be a bit more expensive than the prices currently listed in the Etsy shop. If you're in the market for a baby gift, you really need to check out Chelle Belle Bowtique.  Michelle has generously offered a discount for my readers...use coupon code "BLOG15" for a 15% discount!

Photo Frame Originals

Photo Frame Originals has been one of my go-to shops since I first learned of Etsy. These frames are perfect gifts for anything wedding related. It could be a unique gift for the bride and groom...or the bride and groom could use these frames as gifts for family and friends participating in their special day {either at the time of the wedding or for a later occasion after the wedding photos are available}. I love that these frames can be customized any way you want {photo size, number of photo openings, quote/lyrics, font, etc.}.

First Dance Lyric Picture Frame, Parents Thank You Frame, Etsy
Examples of completed frames...several frame options to choose from.

I've purchased several Photo Frame Originals with the lyrics of the couple's first dance. Donna {the shop owner} has been exceptional to work with, willingly making revisions to satisfy my grammar-obsessed personality. {By the way, punctuating song lyrics is nearly impossible...just in case you're wondering!} Below are examples of proofs she sends for you to review and approve before she prints the matting and frames it.

Examples of proofs to review and approve before the final product is printed & framed.

Click here and "like" the Photo Frames Original Facebook page to get a 10% discount code!

Lark Road Rhymes

Finding a gift for dedications, baptisms, first communions, confirmations, etc. was hard...until I found Lark Road Rhymes. These personalized religious poems are perfect!

Lark Road Rhymes, Religious Baby Gift

Lark Road Rhymes, Christian Baby Gift, Personalized Religious Poem

Stephanie {the shop owner} is good! The girl can come up with a Christian-themed poem to fit the letters of ANY name. Seriously...even names with "Q" or "X." It's such a personal gift, plus it's very fitting for any religious celebration in a child's life. If you mention you found Lark Road Rhymes through my blog, Stephanie will give you free shipping on your order.  

Oh! Just one more {random} thing...

Because Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, I've been thinking a lot about Mexican-themed snacks. {Wait...Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with my thoughts...I think of chips and salsa/guac ALL.THE.TIME!} With all that being said, I've got to tell you about...

Wholly Guacamole Minis

Wholly Moly! These little single-serve packs of guac are A-MAZ-ing! Sooooo good! The absolutely perfect snack-size. I've found the four-pack minis in the produce department with the dips and such. Love this little snack with baked tortilla chips! Try'll thank me for introducing you to these cute lil guacs!  


I'd love to know your favorite Etsy shop {or 100 calorie snack!}...and your thoughts/feedback on my "loves" are always appreciated!


  1. Love those frames, bookmarking the shop now! Also obsessed with the mini guac cups!

  2. Cute!!! I will be needing some of those mini guacs. I need some packaged self control.

  3. The guacamole mini's would be consumed entirely too fast in my house!!

  4. Well, I have had the pleasure of receiving two of these gifts from the wonderful and loving Mrs. Leslie! We love our Photo Frame Original with the lyrics of our first dance. It was one of our favorite wedding gifts. Sometimes bath towels, dishes and blenders are great but gifts like always take you back to that special day or as Leslie calls it "The.Best.Day". Thank you for this sweet gift!! She also gave us the 3-in-1 Car Seat Canopy. .Let me tell you ladies, this gift is fabulous and brilliant. It was perfect for when I took lil guy, Max (Leslie's Godson), on walks, out to eat, or even to the dr. office to protect him for those nasty germs...HA! This was always on his carrier. Def. on the top of my list of must haves for a baby. Thank you, Leslie for always being so thoughtful. We love you so much!!