November 7, 2016

Orange You Glad Gift Basket #TheThankFulChallenge

Beautiful November is here and I am loving it! 
This is my favorite time of year and with Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to share something - or someone - I am very thankful for, along with a fun Orange You Glad themed gift basket and printable.
We have been stationed here in Ft Polk for almost five years now. This means I have had both my babies here. I heard all the horror stories about military hospitals but I was blessed with two relatively easy pregnancies and no complication deliveries. But wait- that was the easy part! The big challenge for me {besides becoming a mombie from the lack of sleep} was breastfeeding. Y'all know I am a breastfeeding advocate now but in the beginning it wasn't so easy.  Luckily, I was blessed again! Ms. Marilyn, who was the lactation consultant at my hospital during both my pregnancies and my girls' younger years, came to my rescue many times. She was kind and understanding. She was helpful and encouraging. She was always there to lend an ear or just say hi anytime I needed her. 
People like Ms Marilyn, who give so much and help so many, are one in a million. So today, for the #ThankfulChallenge, I wanted to thank Ms. Marilyn for supporting me though my breastfeeding adventures. Even when I wanted to throw in the towel, she always encouraged me to keep going. And I did. Ava for 20 months, and my always hungry Stella is going on 18 months strong!
Ms. Marilyn retired this year from the hospital but luckily she is still a lactation consultant and still there if anyone needs her. She recently started a Breastfeeding Support Group in Leesville and my big girl Stella {who loves breastfeeding more than I do!} and I are looking forward to attending the first meeting this week. As a thank you to Ms Marilyn for helping us and as a retirement gift, I made this fun orange themed basket filled with- you guessed it- orange goodies galore! Scroll down to see pictures and save the gift tag on your computer to print at home. 

Last year I featured Ms Marilyn and the wonderful L&D nurses at my hospital on the blog. 
Also check out the other bloggers in the #ThankfulChallenge with me and click through to their thankful posts for more good reads and eats! Scroll down to see!
I had a great time picking out orange gifts for this basket. The girls loved helping too.
You could stick with orange colored food items{think small single serve items like Tic Tacs, Cheetos, Cheez-Its, Goldfish, Crush soda} or go with Orange colored and flavored gifts like I did. I added a few food items like tea and cookies and a few girlie gifts like candles and soap. 

You could also include a homemade treat.

Here are two of my favorites:
I found most of these goodies at Marshall's but I did score the orange marmalade in the British section of our commissary and the orange Tazo Tea at Walmart.  
I bought the basket at the Dollar Tree, filled it with orange flavored treats, and added a card and a orange gift tag {printable below} and ribbon and viola! A thoughtful and unique gift that is a great way to say "Thank You"!

FREE Printable

Here are two versions of the Orange You Glad gift tags. 
Simply right click and 'save as' then you can print from home!

Be sure to check out these other posts in #TheThankfulChallenge.

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  1. What a great gift! I'm so glad that you found a great lactation consultant to help you over the hurdle. Breastfeeding can be so rewarding and peaceful. Bravo!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this nice post..

  4. Thank you! I love the labels that you made. I can't wait to create some bins with them:)


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