And Hattie Makes Three

The Perfect Fall Gift Basket

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According to the calendar it is officially fall. I can officially do a few things 1) decorate my house 2) update my wardrobe with fall colors and cozy sweaters and 3) switch from iced coffee beverages back to hot. It's about this time of year, where that switch is perfect when I can quickly brew a cup of out of my Keurig® and have a few moments of quiet on the patio enjoying the cool morning air. I especially love the new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods that are perfect for when I want that coffee house treat right at home.

One of my favorite things do to right when fall hits is treat my girlfriends to a celebratory Welcome Fall basket. After all, It's Fall Y'all! We spend all summer at the pool and hanging out with our kiddos that this is a nice treat for my friends to have as the kids head back to school and just a little token of thanks for being an awesome friend.

When I think about creating that perfect gift basket, I focus on the 5 S's - Sweet, Salty, Soft, Sip and Smell. The great things is that the sky is the limit with these options and I know that my friends also love curling up with their cup of coffee from their Keurig®.
For my It's Fall Y'all baskets, I included Candy Corn, Peanuts (because isn't that wonderful combo?), fuzzy socks, a fall candle and an assortment of Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods in Vanilla, Caramel and Mocha. Don't forget to include a coffee mug. I even sometimes like to include a warm and a cold cup option because some people don't ever switch from cold coffee! I love getting a few different boxes of the Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods and give each basket a variety of flavors. I personally like the caramel the best.

To make that extra personalized touch, use this printable for a cute tag for your basket. Just use a piece of cardstock and a cute bow! Don't forget those 5 S's when you are assembling - so important for a well rounded basket!

The new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods are so easy to use and just 2 steps. I'm so excited to tuck these it to the baskets this year.

Step 1 - Simply pour in the packet into a glass. Don't worry, it's all labeled for you.

Step 2 - Brew an 8oz cup of your Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods.

Stir and enjoy!

I know my girlfriends are going to love sipping on these after they drop the kids off at school and celebrate a little bit a quiet. I feel good about a product that is made from milk and with no artificial flavors.

You can find Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pods at your local grocery retailer.

I am so excited to give these baskets to my girlfriends this weekend with so many sweet treats. Tell me, what flavor Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® Pod would you like to try and where would you drink it?

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The Lantern Fest + Giveaway!

 The Lantern Fest is coming to St. Louis in November and this is sure to be an event not to miss. This year, The Lantern Fest will be November 5th at Brookdale Farms in Eureka, MO.

Doors open at 2pm and there will be all kinds of fun! There will be princesses, a stage show, inflatables, live music, s’mores, face painting and more until the lantern release that will take place shortly after sundown.

The Lantern Fest and And Hattie Makes Three have teamed up to offer you a 10% discount on your tickets! Enter code ANDHATTIEMAKESTHREE10.


You can enter to win a ticket prize pack for 2 Adults and 2 Kids! Follow the prompts below. Good Luck!

The Lantern Fest provided me tickets to attend as well as giveaway tickets.

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Beach Life is the Life For Me

It's been just 3 days since we last dipped out toes in the sugary sands of 30A. We had an amazing vacation and I'm already looking at dates to go back next year. For me, one of the priorities of this vacation was to go almost off the grid, enjoy the basics of quality family time.

We limited our use of social media, unplugged and enjoyed being a little family of three. For the first time ever, we went into a vacation with zero plans. I saw on the news a few weeks ago that when you go into a vacation with no plans, it actually feels longer. I'm all about testing those kinds of theories. So every morning we woke up with no agenda. We asked Miss H what she wanted to do, and most days it was a trip to the beach. Our little bungalow wasn't very far away from sand and we took full advantage.

One thing I do know about the Florida sun is that it's definitely a lot stronger than St. Louis. I was worried Miss H would burn and I was excited to partner with SwimZip  and their adorable suits. SwimZip is UPF 50+ sun clothing that I knew would keep Miss H safe from the sun. Her adorable ruffled rash guard suit was a perfect match to my momma match rash guard (similar).

If you know anything about me, 1) I'm a sucker for stripes and 2) matching with Miss H is a must 99% of the time. For me, I love matching because people know who my kiddo is. It doesn't help she is my mini me, but I love how people always comment that we match and ask if it was planned. I'll keep matching until she won't let me do it anymore. It's special and always gives me a challenge to find brands that offer the matches.

On our trips to the beach, Miss H was so excited to play in the waves. We're raising a fearless independent little lady. There are days where I absolutely love that, and then days where there is new grey hair popping up because of it. For her the beach was an exciting exploration space. We splashed with a school of fish, scooped up crabs with a net and even saw a few jelly fish.

The other thing I loved about my SwipZip rash guard was that I felt confident in it. The past few months I've not been able to workout because of 2 herniated discs and I don't feel like I'm looking my best. The day we headed out the beach, my sweet husband commented on how glowing I was and it made me feel so good. He loves his girls so much.

Miss H loved going out with daddy into the big waves and practiced her swimming. We're so glad she loves the water and explores all on her own!

The other thing she loved was building sand castles. She kept saying "Make Sand Dunes" - it must be on a show she watches. She was so excited to dig I the sand, roll around and then jump in the water to wash off.

SwimZip sizing runs slightly big, so you'll want to size down. Miss H in currently in a size 2/3 and her suit was a 2T. There is still quite a bit of wiggle room for her to wear into next year and all during the winter during swim lessons. How adorable are those ruffles?

She kept asking me to play with her. Twist my arm. We made sand castle after sand castle just to knock them down. The wonder an amazement from her was amazing. I hope she never loses that.

Thank you to SwimZip from protecting us from the sun and looking super adorable in the process! This was a vacation we'll never forget!

SwimZip provided us with swimwear in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this influence our opinion of the brand.

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