This post probably contains affiliate links, to items I am in love with, and I am confident you will too! For any health advice I give on nutrition and wieghtloss, make sure you check with your doctor, as I am not a health professional. I am just a mama with lots of health and fitness knowledge and experience.
For some reason, I pursue gifts I can make during the holidays. A part of me just wants it to be full of meaning and time, and a part of me doesn’t want to spend much money. I am super frugal, so I tend to think of more creative, artistic options for gifts. That’s why I put together this list of gifts you can make, that don’t look like you made them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve attempted to make something beautiful, and it totally looked like a fifth grader made it. These are gifts that are achievable and meaningful for Christmas. This post contains affiliate links.
Ps, this one above is from Amazon for less than $20!
DIY Chunky Throw Blankets:
These are simple to make, and so beautiful! I researched around and found that The Happy Nester has a great post of information and answers questions, as well as points you to the videos she used to show her how to arm knit. I found this video by Simply Maggie, which shows you how to knit a blanket in 45 minutes. There’s another tutorial on Country Living that is super simple too. Or just grab the one from Amazon to save some time 🙂
DIY Splatter Planter by The Merry Thought
Mason Jar Lid Magnets:
What a great way to make use of photos for gifts! And the tutorial is super simple over at Unoriginal Mom.
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Etched Wood Cutting Boards:
These are actually super simple, but you do need an etching tool. The personal touch you can do for each gift is perfect. Find the tutorial over at Design Mom.
DIY Marble Tray:
This is too clever and simple! It’s basically tile and glue, but looks so elegant! Check out how she does it over at Almost Makes Perfect.
Hanging Copper Planter:
Style Me Pretty has this fabulous copper hanging planter, and I am so making these this year!!
Christmas is the perfect time to give someone a pillow the a joyful and loving quote. See Inspired By This for the tutorial on making these with sharpies or fabric markers and stencils.
DIY Tablet Cover by Sugar and Cloth:
How beautiful is this tablet or kindle cover? The complete tutorial is over at Sugar and Cloth, and I am totally obsessed because it looks so professional!
Hard Cover Memory Book with Artifact Uprising:
I saw these on another blog post, and I was immediately sold. My husband doesn’t read my blog, so he has no clue this is what I’ll be making him for Christmas. And maybe another one for his birthday coming up!
DIY Triangle Pouch by Almost Makes Perfect:
How darling are these? So perfect to make for friends because they are small, and you can fill them with little notes, jewelry and more to craft the prettiest little DIY Christmas gift on the planet!
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I have a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
Here is what one mama emailed me on the program:
“I absolutely love the program! Just got finished with workout 4 and I’m dying I can only do these 2x thru and my second round is pretty funny to see I’m sure! I will work up to 3x:-) By the way, your little boy angel in the videos is too precious and makes me smile! My boys have been doing these with me as well🏼!
Here is what another mama posted in the Facebook Group:
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ☺”
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a workout program to combine with a meal plan to help you lose the baby weight, not your milk!! !
I created this program to be affordable and realistic for new mams!