4 In Christmas/ Gift Guides

Enneagram gift guide

Enneagram Gift Guide
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The first of my holiday gift guides is up and this one is all about the Enneagram. If you aren’t familiar with the Enneagram, it’s basically a model that describes the 9 different personality types of humankind.  According to the Enneagram, each type views the world a little differently. Knowing which type you are can help you better identify your inner desires, what motivates you, your fears, strengths/weaknesses, etc. (If you’re not sure what type you are, you can take the free quiz here. ) I’m a Type 9 and it couldn’t be more accurate – I hate conflict and crave all the cozy things!

Traditionally in the past I’ve done Gift Guides for Her, Him and the Kids. Those are coming soon but I thought this might be a little fun. So grab a cup of coffee, take the quiz, learn a little more about yourself and scroll to see my gift ideas based on your personality type. (Click the links to shop)

Type 1 The Reformer –

Reformers are very rational. They have a strong sense of right and wrong, they love order, are always working towards self-improvement and they tend to be perfectionists. Gifts to help them meet their goals and keep things clean and organized are right up their alley.

Gift Ideas:

Roomba – So they can keep their homes looking immaculate.

roomba type one gift idea

Journal – This journal from Workspacery is geared towards Type Ones to help you stay organized and track your goals. Use code OURTINYNEST at checkout for free U.S. domestic shipping.

journal type 1 enneagram gift idea

Pantry Organization and Storage – their Type 1 hearts will love seeing their pantry all organized.

pantry organization type 1 enneagram gift

 

Type 2 The Helper-

Two’s gravitate towards meeting the needs of others.  They care so much for others that sometimes they forget their own needs. They love their people deeply and just want to be loved in return. Gift ideas for 2s would be something geared towards entertaining, helping them pamper themselves or towards a company that gives back.

Gift Ideas:

Gorgeous Cheese board – 2’s love to entertain and have everyone together and this cheese board is gorgeous.

cheeseboard type 2 gift ideas

Barefoot Dreams Bathrobe – so they can kick back and relax when they’re done caring for everyone.

Barefoot Dreams bathrobe

Herbivore Botanicals Self Love Kit – let them pamper themselves

herbivore self love body kit

 

Type 3 The Achiever –

If you know a Type 3, they are very ambitious, and crave success. They are driven to have the right job, right house, right car, etc which can sometimes be exhausting.

Gift Ideas:

coffee machine – Gift them a super cool coffee maker so that they can get their juices flowing.

ninja coffee bar

Apple watch – let them keep track of all those appointments.

Apple watch

Instant pot – chances are, if you’re a 3 or know a 3, they can be workaholics. The instant pot can help them get dinner ready in a flash on those late nights or when they’re busy crushing goals.

instant pot

 

Type 4 The Individualist –

Creative, authentic, sensitive and nostalgic are some of the words used to describe Type 4’s. Perfect gift ideas are something that allows them to express their creative side, something handmade or with a sentimental value.

Gift Ideas

Customized recipe pie plate – get grandma’s famous apple pie recipe in her own handwriting made into this pie plate. So so special. I have been wanting one of these for awhile.

customized recipe pie plate

Fingerprint jewelry – I love jewelry keepsakes with your loved one’s fingerprint and these rings are so cute!

custom fingerprint ring

AirPods – so they can listen to their favorite music or podcasts and be inspired.

apple airpods

 

Type 5 The Investigator –

Introverted with a love to learn and explore. Books, a class or anything that gives them the opportunity to learn something new would be a nice gift for a 5.

Gift Ideas

Kindle – so they can read all the things.

kindle

Cookbook – A cookbook that breaks everything down to a science.

the food lab cookbook

At home DNA kit – Investigator’s would love to learn more about themselves, their makeup and background with a kit like 23 and me.

23 and me

Type 6 – The Loyalist

Need to feel safe and secure. They tend to be anxious and suspicious. They also love to be in the closeness of good friends and family.

Gift Ideas

Ring doorbell – to help them feel safe when they are away from home.

Ring Doorebell

Weighted blanket – great for alleviating anxiety and helping to promote a restful sleep.

weighted blanket

 

Mindfulness journal – practicing mindfulness and gratitude can help 6’s focus on the present and be a good daily exercise.

mindfulness journal

Type 7 – The Enthusiast

Playful, fun-loving, and spontaneous. They tend to be a bit scattered. 7’s love anything fun or new experiences.

Gift Ideas

A good weekender bag – for their spontaneous trips.

sole society weekend bag

Band tee – 7’s love going to concerts and music. Gift them this graphic tee and take them to a concert.

rolling stones graphic tee

Planner/calendar – this planner is geared towards Enthusiasts so they can keep all of their trips and ideas in one place. Use code OURTINYNEST at checkout for free U.S. domestic shipping.

workspacery planner organizer

Any type of experience gift like going to an escape room, tickets to a concert or weekend away.

 

Type 8 – The Challenger

Natural leader, self confident, determined, committed. They can be somewhat confrontational when they are passionate about something.

Gift Ideas

Amazon gift card – Challenger’s know exactly what they want so would appreciate a gift card so they can get it themselves.

Amazon gift card

Perfect black pants by Spanx – Chances are if you’re an 8 you already ooze with confidence but these pants will make you feel even more fierce.

spanx perfect black pants

CBD night cream – a moisturizer that works at night to help bring out their softer side and help them de-stress at the end of the day.

cbd night cream

Type 9 – The Peacemaker

Easy-going and agreeable, 9’s dislike conflict. They crave peace and comfort. Anything home-related and cozy would be very appreciated by a 9.

Gift Ideas

Sherpa lined-cardigan – they can cozy up at home on the couch with this soft sherpa-lined cardigan.

eddie bauer sherpa cardigan

Diffuser – so they can be all zen and fill their homes with all the peaceful vibes.

supernova electric diffuser

Faux Fiddle Leaf tree – 9’s feel at peace with nature and this faux fiddle leaf tree would look cute in any corner in their home.

faux fiddle leaf tree

 

 

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Enneagram Gift Guide

 

Check out some of my other gift guide here

Gift Guide for Her

Gift Guide for Him

Gift Guide for the Kids

1 In DIY/ home decor

DIY engineer prints of your kids

dIY engineer prints of your kids
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If you’ve been on instagram or pinterest I’m sure you’ve seen those really big black and white photos you can do of your kids.  They are also called “engineer prints” and I have been wanting to do them for my two boys for awhile now. I typically don’t decorate with many pictures throughout our home but I thought these were a fun way to add some personality to a room.

Here are my tips for DIY engineer prints of your kids:

1.) Start with a plain background. I chose a blank white wall in my house and used that as my backdrop. This will make your subject (in this case your child) pop.

DIY engineer prints of your kids

2.) You’re gonna want to use a quality camera. Because these are engineered prints, if you were to use the camera on your phone, the picture is going to come out very pixelated. Using a camera will keep your image clear.

3.) Do some editing. I like to use the Lightroom App to brighten my photos. And then I made them black and white.

DIY engineer prints of your kids

diy engineer prints of your kids

 

4.) Get them printed. I had these printed at Staples for like $3.50 each. (They are 24×36 inches)

5.) Frame them. I chose these white frames from Amazon. But if you’re hanging them on a lighter wall I think a dark brown or black frame would look good.

dIY engineer prints of your kids

 

Now for my next project … convincing the hubs to whitewash this knotty pine to modernize it a bit. What do you think?

Check out some of my other projects here:

Whitewashed brick fireplace

Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover

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DIY engineer prints

 

0 In Birthday/ Events/ parties

Maxwell’s 3rd birthday on the farm

fall themed farm birthday

Somehow this little boy turned 3 years old last week. (I swear it feels like just last year we were planning his first birthday!) To celebrate him, we threw him a birthday party with all of his friends at a local apple orchard and farm. Scroll on down to see all the details from Maxwell’s 3rd birthday on the farm.

When I found out that my due date with Maxwell was Halloween, I was so excited and hoped that he would inherit my love of all fall things.  And it turns out, he did. For those of you who are local to the Capital District, Indian Ladder Farms in Voorheesville is our favorite place to be in the fall. Not only do they have great apples, but they also have an amazing biergarten for the adults! So it only seemed fitting to have Maxwell’s third birthday party there. (BTW this post isn’t sponsored by ILF we just love it there that much!) From feeding the farm animals to a hayride and painting pumpkins, the kids had a perfect fall festive morning.

 

farm birthday party invitations

I made these invitations on the Canva app

 

When we first got there, the kids all played in the sandbox while we waited for everyone to arrive. Then we were off to see all the animals. They provided us with little buckets of fresh fruits and veggies for each child to feed the animals.

Fall themed farm birthday party

Next we took a hayride around the farm and then went back to the party tent for some pumpkins, donuts and cider.

Fall themed farm birthday party painting pumpkins

I had gotten some little pumpkins for each kid to paint and take home. Trader Joe’s is a great spot for pumpkins (I found these little paint palettes, paint brushes and washable paint all on Amazon).

 

Fall themed farm birthday party painting pumpkins

And it wouldn’t be a fall themed birthday without a giant donut cake and some apple cider. (We skipped out on singing “Happy Birthday” to the Dude though because he doesn’t like all the attention).

apple cider donut cake

 

Fall themed farm birthday party

 

The timing was from 10-12, which I think is perfect for a toddler birthday party. The fresh air tired all the kids out and Dude napped real good afterwards 🙂

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated my favorite little pumpkin!

And for more party planning posts check out:

How to throw a “Wild One” themed birthday

How to throw the best 30th birthday party

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fall themed birthday on the party

0 In Motherhood/ postpartum

A letter to my second born

a letter to my second born

A letter to my second born…

Over the past 14 weeks, I’ve been trying to put all of my feelings into words.  For you are already so different than your big brother and have changed our lives in the most incredible way.

You are truly a miracle. One we weren’t expecting, but the happiest of surprises. For you are our redemption. I can vividly remember the morning I found out I was carrying you. I was shaking with joy and disbelief. After agonizing over tracking my cycle every month and numerous pregnancy tests and trying to get pregnant with our first, we were prepared for a struggle when it came time for baby #2. But you came in and blessed us with ease.

Long before you were here, I was full of worry. I worried about how our lives were going to change. We had just gotten comfortable in our routine as a family of 3. I worried, “how can I love you as much as I do your big brother?” But you have taught me that my heart is capable of multiplying.

And though this pregnancy may not have been as magical as my first, you have given me the birth experience that I felt I was missing out on the first time. You’ve taught me to be more confident and trust my body.

You are my calm in the chaos. The peace I need to balance the wild child ways of our first born. The “go with the flow” to balance your strong-minded and willful brother.  Most days I feel like all I do is yell, cook and clean and then look at the clock to see it’s only 9:30am. But as I hold you after your bath and get you ready for bed, you remind me these days are fleeting.

The other day I put away all of your newborn clothes and started folding all of your brother’s size 3 month hand me downs into your drawers. I couldn’t help but tear up. You have taught me to truly embrace every stage. You will be the last time I felt life inside me, my last “bump photo”, my last time home on maternity leave, my last first birthday, and last first Christmas. But yet, it feels right.

Thank you my second born, for you complete our family in every way.