Chunky Weaving Class!

Take a walk down memory lane with me. Imagine teenage Hilary, fresh homemade bleached bob, sitting on the floor making hemp necklace after hemp necklace… I since had retired my knotting skills. I figured those days were behind me.

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Minnetonka High School Yearbook 2004?

Not so fast!

After seeing a local Minneapolis radio hosts instagram pic of her weaving I fell in love! I immediately recognized the shop she took the class at. I only drive by it 4 times a day!  How convenient for me?! Bring back the 70’s, baby. Or the early 2000’s… Side note- my grandfather had/has some mad macrame skills. I wonder if he has a spare loom collecting dust?

I invited my 2 sisters to join me. (I’m hoping this may turn into a tradition of sorts) Not only did I love everything about the class, it was special time spent with my family.

Ok here are the deets!

Where: Gathered Goods Company    Located in beautiful (I’m probably super biased) Excelsior, Minnesota.

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The class was set for 3 hours. It’s designed to teach you the basics of making a woven wall hanging. At the end you’ll leave with a 6″ wall hanging and a loom and supplies if you choose.

100% authentic chunky wool roving to pick from. The instructor orders most of hers from Etsy. The looms are handmade in St. Paul, MN. The loom maker has continued in the family tradition where they originally sold them out of a van in the 70’s. Groovy.

The instructor, Katie, was super friendly, approachable and helpful. She’s basically a triple threat too. Artist, Social Worker and Mother! I’m not sure she ever sleeps. Check out some of her amazing work on her Etsy page.

There are a variety of tools, knots and materials you can use. Once you learn the basics the sky’s the limit!

Not only does Gathered Goods Company host a variety of classes, they are a shop that offers products from over 40 different Minnesota based artisans. If you’re not interested in a class, PLEASE stop in and see all the amazing goodies they do have. Perfect for gifts and something for everyone. I even left with kitty slippers for my daughter, a T shirt, a pallet sign and a handmade bow. #sendhelp or don’t…

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Here is their calendar of events. Offering weaving, watercolor, succulent bar, macrame and more! I think watercolor is calling my name next time.

I was lucky to meet, Nicole, one of the owners. Her and I both have a daughter and son the same age. We live in the same town also! It was meant to be!

I purchased the loom at the end of class. I have so much inspiration now! I’m not totally sure I needed to add another hobby to my life. I’ll just think of it as returning to my roots.

✌🏼, TBHM Hilary

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Toddler Easter Basket Ideas

Here are some of my favorite ideas for toddler Easter baskets that won’t give them a sugar high. Peace be with you all this Easter!

INDOOR TOYS

-Board books

-Puzzles

-Stuffed Animals

-Coloring books/ arts and craft supplies

APPAREL (etc)

-Rainboots or Sandals

-Sun hats

-Warm weather jammies

-Sunglasses

-Spring outfit

-Water Bottles

-Fun toothbrushes

OUTDOOR TOYS

-Bubbles

-Balls

-Sidewalk chalk

-Sand Toys

I highly recommend the dollar section at Target for some adorable Easter basket goodies. I plan to add a few more items to our baskets once the personalized ones I ordered arrive!

How cute are these?! Made by Sticky Momma Designs!

What fun surprises are you putting in your children’s baskets this year?

🐇🐣-TBHM Hilary

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Nickelodeon Universe

Cabin fever, freezing temps, rainy day, boredom, layover at MSP? Get the kids to Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe! MOA has so much to offer for family fun but this is a highlight that’s worth a trip.

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Nick Universe has 27 different rides to enjoy. 11 of which are considered “Junior” and 5 that are “family”. So no worries, there are plenty for the toddler variety to take delight in!

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Even Chief (12 months old) got to enjoy a ride on the “black stallion”

Purchase tickets online or in person at one of the kiosks. You can make a day out of it or buy as little as a “3 Point Pass” which will get you on 1 ride. I went with my sister, brother-in-law and both my kids. Between us we bought two 18-point passes which you can use amongst everyone. We went on about 8 different rides taking turns who rode with Peach.

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Peach and Uncle Troy on Azul, the blue train

Toddler meltdown but still have points left? The point passes don’t expire so save them for next time or pay it forward and hand them off to an eager kid. I still have a few points waiting for next time.

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Peach (2.5) and I on Blue’s Skidoo

Seriously guys, look how much fun Peach and Auntie Mimi are having on “Swipers Sweeper”!

Being it’s the Mall of America, there are tons of food options to choose from. We made the day extra special and dined at the Rainforest Cafe! If your kids love animals this is such a fun place to eat. There is something for everyone on the menu. I was impressed with the kids meals too! Or you can check out the new food court complete with our fave, Chick Fil A!

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Peach sipping on her beverage at Rainforest Cafe

DEALS ALERT! MOA hosts “Toddler Tuesdays” which offer Toddler Wristbands from Nickelodeon Universe. $12.99 for 5 hours of unlimited toddler rides. Tons of restaurants have kids eat free. Plus, many other attractions have discounts. For a full list of T.T. events click here.

Have you taken your kids to Nickelodeon Universe? Planning a trip to Minnesota soon? Let me know what you think!

🎠🎡-TBHM Hilary

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Montessori Gift Ideas

Here is a list of some of my favorite Montessori type toys/activities for infants and toddlers. However, many of these pieces have charm for years after that! Great for Holiday gift giving, birthdays and beyond. I could have an endless list but I’ll keep it to 10 for now. All conveniently available on Amazon. 👏🏼 Affordable options!

1. Wooden Peg & Hammer Toy (Big hit at the Poulsen house!) 

2. Wooden Bead Maze– I particularly like the suction cups on the bottom of this. I secure it out our wood floors! We also have a larger version but this is a nice starting place and doesn’t take up a lot of space. 


3. Bell Rattle– Great one to introduce from 0-12 Months and the adventure continues as my 2.5 year old still plays with it. Fun addition to our music box. 

4. Textured Multi Ball Set – A delight in each ball! Try keeping your children’s hands (and mouths!) off of them! Indoor, outdoor, bath time and more. Our furry friends are big fans too! *Also available at Target*

5. Wooden Push & Pull Toy– Very popular one at my house. I can’t promise your kids won’t fight over it! 

6. Pattern Blocks & Boards– A next level type puzzle for your older toddlers. These we work on when my baby is sleeping since there are small pieces. My daughter loves this even more since it’s a special time. 

7. Fold & Go Trampoline– Jump, jump, jump around! God knows toddlers need to shake their sillies out frequently. This my friends is a need. 

8. Wooden Building Blocks– I couldn’t picture my home without our beloved blocks. The open ended possibilities! We create something with them almost everyday. From a bridge to towers, or even just clicking them together to a musical beat. 

9. Animal Models– I know I say everything is my kids’ favorite but truly animals hold the top spot in my toddlers world. We have SO MANY animals but I particularly like the farm animals since we get to see them all in real life here in Minnesota. (Pro Tip- you want the animals as realistic as possible)

10. Baby Doll – Anatomically Correct– The way my daughter plays with her baby is heart melting. It’s an important part for language development and her dramatic play. Even better if you have another baby on the way or new addition to the family. (Plus, I was sold on this mushroom outfit!)

There are so many other fantastic Montessori type toys available to us. This is a good place to start or get inspired. 

Do your children have any of the items? What’s a favorite in your home? Let me know if any of these make it under your tree this year!

Happy Shopping!

🎁 💖- TBHM Hilary

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Favorite Baby Item of the Week- Play Gym 

It dawned on my this morning that our IKEA Leka Baby Gym needs to be featured here. This baby gym is an all time favorite around the house. As I was watching my 10 month old son jingle the hanging toys it hit me that this is so much more than just a frame to plop a newborn under. 

IKEA recommends this for ages 0-18 Months. However, I can vouch for the fact that it can entertain far beyond that. My 2.5 year old daughter utilizes the play gym as often as my baby! To her it’s a table, a restaurant, car keys, walker, boat, horse stable and more. I’m all about “open ended” activities if you haven’t caught on by now. 

Chief (10mo) exploring the play gym

I picked ours up at one of my favorite local consignment shops for half price. Shoutout to Children’s Orchard! I got lucky, not knowing how much use we would actually get from it. I almost put it away when Chief was starting to crawl. Now it’s something I keep out 24/7. I don’t even need to rotate this one! This birch wood beauty is available from IKEA now for $29.99. Worth every penny. 


It’s rare to find a baby item that really can last from birth through toddlerhood. It also doesn’t take up much room. Not an eye sore either! 👏🏼 


Do you have the Leka Baby Gym? Or a different play gym you’d recommend? Comment and share please! If you decide to get the IKEA play gym let me know what you think!

💚🚼-TBHM Hilary

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Cyber Monday Favorites!

I have to follow up on My favorite Black Friday deals with CYBER MONDAY! If you’re reading this you use the internet so check out the deals that caught my eye today! 

First up! OLD NAVY! 50% off EVERYTHING. That’s literally everything, peeps! Plus, get a free gift too! I saw cozy socks as one option. I’m always in the market for PJs for the kids. I need outfits for a family photo shoot in January so I’m looking for that too! Shop till ya drop here!

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Up next, TARGET! Can’t forget my favorite store, guys! 15% off everything! Use your Red card (I have the debit one) and get another 5% off. I’m testing out their new order drive-up pickup service today. I literally only ordered 1 package of Boogie Wipes. Browse here!


Zutano Booties are back at 25% off! Maybe it’s time to advance to gripper bottom booties for those babies on the move! Or grab a couple gifts (that’s my plan). Shop sale now!

Up to 80…that’s right 80% off at Gymboree! Tons of great children’s clothing at major discounts today.


GAP! 50% off and more! Definitely the right time to hit Gap if you dig their goods. I only get Gap stuff on a discount. Shoutout to their baby sleepers. Great quality that can withstand endless laundering. Get at it!


Young Living! 💓 Super deals on Ningxia Red. What’s that you ask? Only a super antioxidant juice drink full of heathy goodness. Vitality oils 15% off too! Questions on Young Living? Let me know. My team has a Facebook group where we’re having new prospects in to learn about everything we have to offer. Let me know if you want to check it out. Red Hot Deals here

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What Cyber Monday deals are you finding? Let me in on your favorite deals of the day!

Happy Shopping!

📱🖥💻- TBHM Hilary

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Black Friday Favorites!

When my kids popped up this morning I made a spontaneous decision of hitting my favorite store, Target. I knew they’d have something to satisfy my Black Friday hunger. We stumbled out the door, baby still in footie jams. Because, priorities! Duh! 

Chief (10months) & Peach (2.5) locked and loaded in the double cart at Target

I hit the Toddler Tops and Leggings hard. $3!!! Cheaper than most second hand stores, people! If you have a toddler you know they wear approximately 3-5 outfits a day. Hence my stocking up. Also- who has time for daily laundry? I’d rather let it pile up so I have to make a full day of it. *rolls eyes at self* 🤦🏼‍♀️ If you haven’t checked out Cat & Jack brand there you have to! Soooo cute!

Cat & Jack Toddler Haul.

I love the positive message the clothing line is promoting too. Lord knows we all need more of that! Bow clips found in clearance. Pro Tip- always browse the end caps for discounted items.

Other fave Target Black Friday Deal: Buy 2 Popsockets Get 1 Free. If your phone is as big as a piece of toast like mine I’d recommend one to avoid carpal tunnel and unintentional destruction.  These would make for some bomb stocking stuffers… or “treat yo self” items. 😜

Popsockets: Black Aluminum, Diamond and Powder Blue

Last but not least hit up the women’s $10 sweaters, BOGO jar candles & buy 1 get 1 50% off beauty gift sets! Target, I’ll love you forever. 😘 Targets BF ad available here!

My other note worthy Black Friday favorite deals:

Remember the Zutano Baby Booties I raved about? 25% off sitewide Black Friday deal today!


I’m also a HUGE Young Living Essential Oil lover! Of course, they’re coming at ya with some Black Friday deals. I have my eye on some of their new natural makeup line, Savvy Minerals. 15 % off! It’s one area of my life that could get a little more “crunchy” if you will. ☺️ Plus, 15% off Lavender, Tea Tree and Sacred Sandalwood esssntial oils. (That’s one I have yet to add to my collection- pic of my stash later) Check out the BF specials here! Use my member ID to make an order: 3348692

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In the market for a new car seat? Check out Albee Baby website. They almost always have the best deals ever! Talking over $100 off! Huge sales on Britax seats and accessories today. Plus, 50% off my number 1 recommended stroller by Baby Jogger! Worth a browse at least right here!


Did you find any great deals today? Hit the stores to avoid laundry like me? HMU and let me in on the scores! Happy holiday kick off! 

🛒🛍- TBHM Hilary

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