Tuesday, April 29, 2014

20+ Graduation Gift Ideas

I can't believe in a month's time one of my nieces will be graduating high school! 
It brings back so many memories! 
Cue Vitamin C's Graduation Song:
C'mon, admit you totally remember that song! I do. I'll even admit it made me cry! 
With graduation, especially of family members it's tough to come up with ideas. So I decided to make the job easier for you! 
Here's a roundup of over 20 graduation gift ideas. 

#graduation #giftideas #graduationgifts #whatdoesthecoxsay

Guys, I gotta tell ya, it's pretty frustrating when the link only leads to a picture! But I still wanted to share the idea with you. If the idea is yours or you know where it is from, please send me a link so I can give credit where credit is due! 

If you're looking for more gift ideas, check out my "Gift Ideas" pinterest board!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Graduation Money Holder Gift Idea

Hi Friends! I wanted to share a post with you today, but I didn't want to just post to post so I started thinking and thinking about what I could share that would be awesome. Then it hit me! Graduation is coming up SOON and I have a super fun gift idea for you!

This is a post from last year and it was my VERY FIRST tutorial I ever did! Yep. Back when I had 13 followers and my blog was named "Cox's Creations". :) So I'm pretty sure more of you might see it this time!

The picture quality cracks me up!
Here is the tutorial, I hope you enjoy it.

This is my very first tutorial so bear with me if it's too wordy or too many pictures etc!

I decided to make a cute bank for my nephew who is graduating from high school. Am I the only person that thinks it is impossible to craft for a guy?!? I wanted to give him something simple, yet practical. And this was born! My graduation cap transforming bank!


One empty and thoroughly cleaned formula can (or something similar)

Black contact paper (if you want to make it into a chalkboard label bank like I did). If not, black paper would work fine.

Cash (in smaller bills to tape together)

Scotch tape

Exacto Knife (don't mess with the blade...it's sharp...trust me)

Black cardstock

Ribbon to match the graduates school colors


Hot glue gun

Button to match your ribbon

Step one: Remove your label from your can and clean it out.

Step two: Line up your cash with the center of the lid to figure out how big to cut your slot.

Step three: Make sure your cash fits through the slot easily!
Step four: Measure your lid. Mine was approximately 3 inches so I added two inches to make sure the hat over lapped the edges of the lid nicely.

Step five: Lay your lid in the middle of your cardstock square (I cut mine 5x5), press down on the lid and cardstock to make sure nothing slides and make a slit right down the middle.

Step six: Cut the top and the bottom but DO NOT CUT THE SIDES!
Step seven: since I wanted the cap to be easily removed without leaving a residue on the lid, I just folded the sides back (note the arrows) and used scotch tape to keep them in place. It worked great!

This is what the top should look like now.

Step eight: Cut a strip of contact paper that will fit around your can and apply it carefully. I had some leftover from a previous project that I will post tomorrow! If you go with the cardstock route just make sure that you add adhesive here and there as you work your way around so that it doesn't slip!

Your cute little cap bank! You could leave it as is if you'd like! OR...

You can add money! Who doesn't like money?! :) To get more bang for my buck I decided to just use one dollar bills.

Step nine: Tape your bills together on both sides.

Step ten: Roll them all up once you're done taping. But leave the top one unrolled a little.

Step eleven: Take your dollar and slide it through the opening in the top and let the rest of the roll sit in the formula can. Put the lid on the can.

Step twelve: make your tassel! I'm sure there's an easier way to do this but I just cut strips in my ribbon and took a lighter to it. If somebody knows the easier way. Please let me know!

Step thirteen: tape your tassel to the dollar that is sticking out the top of your jar and push the dollar back in so just your tassel is sticking out. Glue a matching button to your ribbon.

Step fourteen: Admire the cuteness that is your awesome gift! :)

And if you're like me and can't leave good enough alone...whip out your chalkboard markers and add a cute message to the graduate!

Do you have anybody special graduating this year? I have a niece that is, and I have a feeling this is just the gift for her!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Weightloss Wednesday Days 19-25

Occasionally at work, I am blessed to sit in on therapy with one of my girls and her therapist. This dude knows a ton and is SO insightful! I always walk away having learned a valuable lesson. The lesson I learned this week was:
Inspirational Quote from whatdoesthecoxsay.com #quote #sayyes
When he said it, it totally dawned on me that it is so true. Even if I'm anxious, even if I feel like just whispering the word, when I have said "Yes" it has opened the door to some amazing experiences. 
Just this last week, I said "Yes" (ok if I'm being honest it was more of a whisper) to something I have ALWAYS wanted to do every since I saw "Million Dollar Baby". 
But the opportunity never arose, and I'm not gonna lie, I didn't seek it out because of my weight. My weight ALWAYS would get in my way, but like I said in my last post...no more! I accepted an invitation to go to Muay Thai with one of my favorite people from back home (she is an incredible inspiration to me) and her friend who happens to be a pro boxer...NBD ;). 
It was at a place called:
The Pit Elevated Logo #review from whatdoesthecoxsay.com
Source: The Pit Elevated
Sounds pretty hard core right? It totally is. I was TERRIFIED to walk in there and have the other gym members look at me and see in their faces that they were thinking "what's the fattie doing here?!" I was terrified that I couldn't keep up, or that I'd toss my cookies.
But that didn't happen. These elite people were so kind to me. My friends friend helped me figure out some techniques and even asked me "have you ever done this before?" My ego may have swelled up for a fraction of a second. I felt comfortable asking questions, and even the instructor commented that we did great.
I made up my mind when I walked through those doors that this would be my mantra:
Source: Livestrong.com

I couldn't do all of the moves they did, but I committed to keep moving and keep trying no matter what. And afterwards it felt great!

Our 5 year anniversary is coming up and I wanted to give my husband an amazing gift. I've known for a while that he has wanted to learn one of the Martial Arts. So I decided what better gift to give him than fulfilling one of his dreams, and getting healthy together as a couple.
Gym Key Gift Idea from whatdoesthecoxsay.com #thepit
I have my first boxing class tonight and I'm so excited.
I still struggle with cheating and I'm trying to see how many days I can do without a cheat. I realize I am only cheating myself, but as a food addict, it is so difficult to go cold turkey. It is all about progression.
Anyways here's my weight loss:
It's technically 18.8 pounds, but who is counting? ;) I'm feeling so much better about myself and I have more energy AND I'm able to live my dream of learning how to Box and Kick Box (Muay Thai). Lots of winning here!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.