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11 Children’s Gifts For Your Kiddos

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Today’s edition of our gift guides is all about the kids. Whether they’re infants or older, there’s a little something for everyone here. And if you missed yesterdays, you can always check it out in the Gift Guides category.

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I Am Your Wild tee – BeMoShe – $24

This gray shirt will quickly become a go-to favorite for your children ages 2-6. Screen printed by hand on comfy American Apparel tee’s, each shirt will vary slightly making them more special. And reminding your child that it’s ok to be a little wild is probably a good reminder in this day. Whether you’re encouraging your child to get outdoors and explore or reassuring them that you don’t expect them to sit still all day every day, this shirt will be pulled from the laundry basket as soon as it’s clean each and every laundry day.

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Blue and Gray Argyle Bowtie – Perfectly Crafted By T – $8

This shop has lots of cute designs that can be made into either a bowtie or a bow. I love how easy it would be to get all of your kids matching with this shop! I’m a sucker for argyle and blue and gray is one of my favorite combo’s so choosing this design was a no brainer for me.

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MASH Pad – Toluka Paper – $15.50

When I was in middle school we spent a lot of paper writing out MASH games. I can’t even image how many we would have gone through if we had a notepad ready to fill in! The designs from Toluka Paper are old-school and I love the bright colors and retro feel. (Although I don’t love so much that my time growing up now feels like a retro time period.) This 8×8″ notepad would be a great stocking stuffer for a pre-teen and would help you show them what we did before screens were everywhere.

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Shine Bright Like The Stars Hooded Tee – Ally B Designs – $25

For the trendy kiddo, this hooded tee would be the perfect gift. It would work for boys or girls without sacrificing style for either one. And I love that it has a hoodie that you can pull up over their sweet heads if you get outside without remembering how blustery the winter wind can be. And as a bonus, $2 of every purchase is donated to a children’s charity and for November and December that charity is Make A Wish!

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Jesus Loves Print – Tales of a Peanut – $12+

Not only do I like to surround my house with beautiful prints to remind me of Biblical truths but I like to include them in my children’s rooms as well. That’s why I love this print so much. It personalizes a very popular children’s story to remind them how personal Jesus’ love is for them. And it can be customized to match any decor which makes it pretty much perfect.

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Grunge Fairy Tale Shirts – Strawberry Mommycakes – $22.50

If your kids are a little old for the Shine Bright tee then these Grunge Fairy Tale Shirts might be the perfect fit. With designs that are a little rough around the edges, these shirts will make your child smile. And in sizes 2-12 and on super soft American Apparel shirts, these will be come their favorites in no time. PS Erin also has onesies in this line as well if your kiddo isn’t quite to the t-shirt stage.
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Flutter Plate – miniPeanuts – $25

My kids love these durable plates and we celebrate special occasions with one designed just for them. As they set the table each night they love hearing the story behind each plate. This Flutter design is one of my favorites due to its vibrant colors and gorgeous watercolor patterns. And since these plates are dishwasher, microwave, and even oven safe and are non-toxic they are the perfect plate to let kids eat off of.

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Preppy Paddle Out – Pink Peppermint Paper – $1.99

It might be early to be thinking of summer camps, but these postcards would make great stocking stuffers for your older kids. Especially if you’re gifting them with a trip to camp this summer for Christmas! The postcards limit the space your child will be required to write (which they’ll appreciate) and you’ll appreciate receiving mail while they’re away.

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Win or Lose I Love You – Lysa TerKeurst – $9.20

Lysa TerKeurst is a very popular writer in the women’s market but many might not know that she also writes fantastic children’s books. And her latest one, Win or Lose I Love You, will be perfect for my kids this Christmas. It’s message on how to handle winning and losing as well as reassurance that your love isn’t changed by the outcome will be a relief for kids to stick away in their minds for the future. Lisa’s books are beautifully illustrated and I love that they help bring about conversations with your kids in an organic way that doesn’t feel forced and that they can relate to.

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Robots Placemat – miniPeanuts – $17

Laminated placemats have become my saving grace for the kitchen table. It’s infinitely easier to scrape dried milk or pasta sauce off of a placemat in the sink than it is to scrape it from the grooves of the table. Not that I would know anything about that, of course. With a large size (12×18″), a thick lamination (10 mil), the ability to personalize the designs, AND the choice of two different designs for the front and back, you’ll be glad that you got these for your kids.

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The Snuggle Is Real – Lionheart Prints – $22

Many of you probably know Lionheart Prints for their irreverent prints and Yeaux Leaux collection, but Liz also has this adorable onesie that will encourage you to treasure those baby snuggles while you can. And with a screen printed onesie on a soft Rabbit Skins’ blue onesie this would be perfect for baby’s of any gender or a fun Christmas gift for the newly expectant Mama.

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There you have it. My favorite gifts for the kiddos in your life. I think that any of these items would make an excellent gift for kids of all ages. Think I missed something? See something you love? I’d love to know about! Let me know in the comments or join in the conversation on Instagram! And you can support all of these makers by buying in their shops or by sharing this post and their products on social media. Please use the buttons below to share on any (or all!) of your favorite social media channels!

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#TOAPGivesBack with Compassion

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house! This week on instagram I’m sharing sneak peeks of my new holiday collection that will debut on Friday. I want to start the sneak peeks off with something that is near and dear to my  heart.

I have blogged extensively about Compassion over the years on this blog. And while I’ve transitioned to writing more about business avenues, it still holds a special place in my heart. As I’m writing this there are 2,190 children that are unsponsored in their program. These children don’t have anyone to send them a Christmas card like the sponsored children do. So this month, I’m starting Tales of a Peanut Gives back. A program where I will choose a charity or organization that needs money or something tangible and will give a portion of the proceeds from my sales to that organization.

To kick this off, I have designed this print from Luke 2:10-11. It is one of my favorite verses because it specifically mentions that the gospel is for all people. It is especially poignant as I think of the children all over the world who might think that they are excluded from Christ’s love because of their circumstances. But this verse tells them that they are loved and Christ’s love is for them just as much as it is for anyone else.

How will it work?

For every $10 purchased from now through November 1 in my shop or my etsy shop, I will send one 5×7 Christmas card sharing this message to unsponsored children. In addition, I will include a 5×7 gold foil print of this verse in your order for free. I hope that you’ll join me in making the holiday season a little brighter for those children who don’t have a sponsor writing them letters and supporting them right now.

What if I want to order Christmas cards but am not ready to decide?

Later this week I will be adding gift certificates into both stores. If you want your order to be a part of this Compassion project but aren’t ready to decide on what items you would like, just purchase a gift certificate! This would also be a great gift for those on your list that might be harder to choose for. I’ll post on instagram when the gift certificates are available.

What if I don’t want to buy something but want to help?

I totally understand that my style is not everyone’s, but if you’d like to send a card to an unsponsored child yourself you can do so! Please mail cards to the following address:

Compassion International
ATTN: Christmas Cards for Unsponsored Children
Colorado Springs, CO

I personally spoke with a staff member at Compassion and verified this address. Cards must be received by November 2. Cards will not be individually translated so should only include Bible verses that the children can look up and translate in their Bible’s on their own. I assume that general messages such as “I Love You”, “Merry Christmas”, and your name are also acceptable. Each card does not need its own envelope (you can mail them in one package), but if you do put each card in an envelope leave the envelope unsealed.

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I  hope you’ll join me in loving on the Compassion children who don’t currently have sponsors. If you have any questions about this project or want to let me know about a charity or organization that might want to be a beneficiary of Tales of a Peanut Gives Back in the future, please contact me via the Contact button at the top of the page. For more information on Compassion, please visit their website.


#PeanutPerks – Sharing Our Love For You!

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Today I’m excited to announce #PeanutPerks! I love seeing all of your #talesofapeanut photos on social media and want to see even more! Just like some companies have loyalty rewards, we have Peanut Perks! Post a photo from now until instagram is gone, tag the photo and comment #talesofapeanut. If you are a private account, just direct message me your photo. If I decide to feature your image, I will get your address and send you a Tales of a Peanut goodie bag worth at least $20! I just want to say thank you to all of you who share your #talesofapeanut love!

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As a kickoff for #PeanutPerks, this week only if you spend $50 or more in the shop I’ll send you a free 8×10 of the Created print! There’s no code needed, so what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

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Reintroducing Inspire Notecard Sets!

I’ve had a number of requests to bring back my Inspire notecard sets so I’ve redesigned them to go along with my brand and am so excited to show them to you today.

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I chose some of my favorite verses and redesigned them with muted watercolor backgrounds and bold typography. The result is two sets of blank notecards that can be used for any occasion. Tales of a Peanut - Inspire Greeting Cards - Jewel Tones Tales of a Peanut - Inspire Greeting Cards - Pastel TonesThe notecard sets are sold in sets of 10 (two of each design) and you can purchase either the jewel tone set or the pastel tone set. A portion of all proceeds will go to support my cousin who works for Cru.

Head on over to the shop and let me know what you think about the new designs in the comments!


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#WriteYourLove Challenge – Day 2

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Day two of the #writeyourlove challenge is about your favorite writing pens. I don’t know about you but I have different pens that I like to use based on what I’m writing on. For my Handwritten Heritage letters that I’m working on this week I prefer to use a Le Pen pen. It’s smooth and thick ink flow make it perfect to write on the luxury paper with.
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But when I’m writing on other types of paper I prefer different pens. These are my three favorites: ek tools for sketching designs, Le Pen for writing letters, and PaperMate InkJoy for writing everyday lists and notes to teachers. (no affiliate links, just pens that I love!)

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There are others sharing their favorite pens as well over on Instagram today. Go follow the #writeyourlove hashtag to see other pens that people love to write with!

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I encourage everyone to join in with us on Instagram this week! You can participate any, some, or all days on instagram simply by tagging your picture with the #writeyourlove hashtag. But if you want to receive some daily encouragement in your inbox and be entered for a swag bag of Tales of a Peanut products after completing the challenge, you can sign up here. And you can join in any day during the week! You can post all of your pictures on one day, multiple days, or one picture a day — it’s up to you!

I want to follow along with your challenge and encourage you! So leave me a comment with your instagram handle and what you’ll be writing with! I’ll randomly select one of the comments to send a set of Le Pen pens so you can keep writing your love even after the challenge ends!

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Christmas in July Sale!

I’m starting my first Christmas in July sale in the shop today! I’ve gotten a number of products listed (including some brand new ones!) and am still adding more. No coupon code is needed and all items that are part of the sale will show a “SALE” graphic on their image. I’ve got to make room for more Handwritten Heritage sets, new designs, and some brand new products that will help you connect in amazing ways.

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Sale will go through Monday, July 6th. All orders will ship on July 7th – 8th. No customization is available on sale items. Sale is only good on products on and does not apply to items in the Etsy shop.