A Few Things I'll Be Giving This Year


Welcome! I'm joining Melanie's Shopping Carnival over at Don't Try This at Home. We all know it's fun to receive, but it's even more fun to give. So, today I'm joining the masses in listing things I'm giving this holiday season.

I've fallen in love with almost everything at Modsack. So much so, that I included one in my Book Bag give-away in October. I also adore their iPod/cell phone sleeves. And, at $10, these are a great buy. And, don't forget to check out Mama's Dream Bag. The fabrics and patterns change frequently here, and custom orders are possible. And, many items are currently on sale. Bags + sale = must go see now!

I found this book while browsing one of my favorite French interiors stores here in suburban Atlanta. A Family Christmas by Caroline Kennedy is a collection of memories, poetry, prose and scripture from the likes of Mark Twain, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Truman Capote. This book is sure to be read and re-read each year.

Two years ago when we had a newborn in the house at Christmas, one of my favorite things to do was snuggle into a big comfy chair with our week-old son and listen to a Christmas CD. Noel, the new holiday CD by Josh Groban, is a winner all the way around. His voice is spectacular and the selection of songs is wonderful.

Gather 'round the table and make dinnertime a priority again... and add a helping of fun at the same time. The Box Girls Family Dinner Box of Questions is perfect for all ages. What a wonderful way to spend some quality time together!

I hope these ideas inspire some wonderful gift-giving for you and yours this year. Thanks for stopping buy.


Leah in Iowa :

Great ideas, Jill! Thanks for sharing.

Knit-Wit :

I have Groban's Noel CD and love it! I don't put up a single decoration before Thanksgiving, but I love listening to Christmas music once September rolls in.

Kari :

I love the Family Box of Dinner Questions -- what a great idea. I think I will have to pick up the Josh Groban CD...sounds like it's a good one.

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows :

That Family Dinner Box looks so neat!

Mike :

That book looks like a great read.



Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality :

Great gift ideas, Jill. I have no idea what I'll be buying this year. The Josh CD sounds like a winner.


Melissa in Mel's World :

Those are some really GREAT ideas!!! Thanks so much for sharing...I can't wait to go check out that bag!!! LOVE IT!


Merrie :

What a wonderful idea! We are always making wish lists. I love the idea of making a gift list!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. We had a great time in Tulsa. We have a daughter and son who live in Tulsa and a daughter and son who live in Broken Arrow.
I grew up in the Druid Hills/Emory area. My parents now live in Conyers... small world and so many connections.

Nadine :

Happy Birthday. Loved the tribute from your hubby.

Good idea the Family Dinner Box.

Melanie Rimmer :

Happy birthday, Jill. There's a special greeting for you at

Tracey Kirksey :

Happy Birthday Jill! Stop by my blog today for a special birthday wish!

Sandy :

All fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing those. I just picked up Josh Groban's CD the other day and LOVE it!
Hope you have a wonderful Birthday!!
Sandy :)

Annie :

Happy Birthday Jill!
Stop by my blog for a special birthday greeting!

KC :

coming to you by way of Annie's blog.
Wanting to wish you a Great and Happy Birthday.

Love your give aways.. the dinner question box is a wonderful idea.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality :

Hi, Jill & HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY, girlfriend! Stop by my blog too...a little birdie told us it's your birthday & you may get a lot of visitors today. Have a great one.


Steph :

I saw Caroline Kennedy on the Today show promoting the book, looks like something that would be great to set out on the coffee table during the holidays for perusing!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes :

Love your ideas!


Jen r. :

Happy Birthday!!!

Sandi McBride :

Hi Jill, just wanted to wish you a happy birthday and tell you "many many more"...I read your hubby's thoughts on Sandy's page at Dream, Create, Hope to Inspire...you got a keeper hon...sometimes we get lucky in life, sometimes we're just simply blessed...

Lynne :

Happy birthday Jill. Read your husband's lovely tribute - you've got yourself a really good one there! Have a great day.

Shannon @ Gabi's World :

Happy Birthday! Your hubby is the sweetest! Can he come over and give my hubby some lesson in being romantic?

Happy Working Mom :

Happy Birthday!!! Come visit my blog for a special treat!

Michelle-ozark crafter :

Lovely blog and I must say happy Birthday to you!

Heather K :

Happy Birthday Jill!! Just read your hubby's tribute over at Leigh Ann's blog. Wow!! what an amazing man you've got there! his tribute was very touching.

Dena :

Happy Birthday!!!!

Anonymous :

Hi Jill,
I got your name from Rhoda...what a lovely blog!!!

Happy Birthday....very nice hubby you have I think he might like ya..lol Hope you have a wonderful day.

Kathy :)

Knit-Wit :

Happy Birthday Jill!

Lori :

Happy Birthday Jill.
Came to your blog after reading Leigh Ann's post.

Momma Roar :

Happy Birthday Jill! Be sure and stop by my blog for a fun suprise!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose :

Stopping by, via Rhoda's blog, to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Rosemary :

Found you through Rhoda's blog.
First of all, Happy Birthday!!
You have a wonderful husband.
Love your gift list. Some great ideas.

PamperingBeki :

Great list.

Happy Birthday Jill!! (Sent by Rhoda.) :)

Susan :

Dear Jill,

First of all I love your list! It's a great one...I'm going to have to check out that CD and I LOVE the bags. What fun.

Second, though, I came over to tell you a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I'm so glad our blog paths crossed. I find your place here such a blessing.

Many hugs to you...and kudos to that sweet hubby of yours who so creatively celebrated your day!



Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special :

Jill, Wishing you a special 40th birthday....This is a great age in life...I need to buy the Noel CD by Josh....The bags look so cute and sporty!!! Thanks for sharing. Baba

Given Grace :

Happy Birthday Jill! Hope you had a great day!

Thanks for the ideas!

Cre8Tiva :

happy birthday...you have a wonderful hubby...my birthday was yesterday...i had to give myself a bash...where are you in atlanta...i lived in duluth for 20 years...my daughter is programs director for callanwolde...blessings, rebecca

~Ginger :

Happy Birthday to "any friend of Leigh Ann's is a friend of mine".

What an awesome guy you have. I don't even know you and I love you after reading that!

Enjoy your day to the fullest.

OKGardners :

You have a wonderful husband there... and I'm sure you know it.

Betty in Oklahoma

joan :

Happy Birthday Jill! Hope you had a wonderful day.

Bella :

Happy Birthday!!!!

Becky K. :

Happy Birthday, Jill. Your husband really speaks well of you over at Southern Hospitality!
I turned 40 in September and it was great!
Hope your day was special!
Glad I stumbled on your blog.
Becky K.

justabeachkat :

Happy Birthday!

Great list of idea, especially the CD...for me.


Marcia Francois :

Hi Jill

I saw your hubby's post on Annie's blog and came over to say Happy Birthday :)

Have a wonderful day :)

Organising queen
Marcia's take charge blog and
Beaded bookmarks by Marcia

julie :

OOh, I really like the family dinner box. Great idea.

Lori :

Your husband's tribute was beautiful! Happy 40th Birthday! You are so blessed! I can't wait to hear about your celebration of the big event.

Diane @ A Watered Garden :

Saw it was your birthday over at Leigh Ann's blog. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Your husband sounds like a keeper... what a sweet tribute. Enjoy your day!
Also...loved the dinner questions in a box... may have to check into that!

Sonya :

I love everything at Mod Sacks and all your gift ideas are wonderful. I especially love the Family Dinner Game.

Cheryl Wray :

Those are some great ideas!!!

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