Build the Perfect Gift this Holiday Season!

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot

Michelle Cannon Smith

Hello Friends!  Just like that, it’s about to be the most wonderful time of year again!  And this year, we’re bringing things back to basics.  It’s the simple things that matter most.  Time spent decorating the tree, the smell of baking cookies and simple acts of joy!  This season’s all about giving, and for parents, there’s nothing sweeter than seeing happiness on your child’s face.  So, that’s why this year, we’re beyond excited to partner with The Home Depot to create a truly special surprise!

Makita Christmas Present

For those of you that have followed along, you know that this past year has proven to be one that was filled with great sadness as well as much joy.  And one thing I’ve learned, is that a strange thing happens when you’re met with great loss.  Gratitude.  This year, I’m extremely grateful!  Grateful for my family.  Grateful for this life.  And grateful for you!  I hope this little space of ours continually inspires.  And I so look forward to sharing all the things we have planned for 2018.  But in the meantime, we’re pausing to enjoy the present!  And I hope this holiday season, you too do the same!

Michelle Cannon Smith for Home Depot
Ryobi Christmas Present

Because after all that’s what this season is all about.  Doing things you love with the people you love!  And for me, that’s why this holiday partnership with The Home Depot means so much!  It was an opportunity for Brian and I to once again, get back to the thing we love most!  Spending time together, tools in hand, putting a vision into place!  For us project time is always the best time!  We learn, we love, we grow!  And this project turned out to be one of our all time favorites, because it was for the holidays and because it was for our kids!  Hand made, with love!

Home Depot Holiday

Now, head over to The Home Depot Blog to see the truly special thing we created for P & K!  Hands down it was the best, (pre-holiday) Holiday surprise!  And truth be told, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, all 365 days of the year, trust me...you don’t want to miss this!

Love, Michelle

Michelle Cannon Smith

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this holiday campaign (the “Program”).  As part of the program I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.  My post complies with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) ethics code and applicable Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.


15 Favorite French Market Totes

French Market Backpack

To Market To Market!  After sharing my new bike with you (in case you missed it, that post is here), I also wanted to share my new obsession!  Again, I'm currently editing things in my life and only looking to bring things into it that have purpose rather than intention, this can be a practical item or one that brings joy to my life.  So, when I come across something that's both beautiful and functional...I know I have to share it with you here!  And that brings us to my new love, French Market totes...backpacks too!!  These days I'm typically running around with P & K, walking to the grocery store, biking to the park and with kids comes stuff!  P & K are finally at the age where I don't have to schlep around a huge diaper bag and an additional purse, but as any mom knows, with kids comes stuff and typically not enough hands to juggle it all.  Currently, my attire runs the gamut of casual dresses to athletic ware and in wanting to refine my style a bit for fall, while trying to appear to have it all together (mom life), I needed an easy, beautiful, versatile bag.   I love how French Market Totes are super simple and super versatile.  Their neutral color goes with pretty much everything and their larger size works both as a normal purse and also perfect for errands, like groceries and my favorite...flower runs!

Leather Handle Market Tote

I first purchased this tote (shown above) for our recent two week road trip.  It was just the thing I needed for long days in the car to exploring new destinations!  Plus it went perfectly with all my vacation clothes.  It's a bit of an invest at $80, but I'm happy to say that the quality was pleasing and the leather handles are a nice touch.  Now that I'm home, it's my go to purse and bag I take to pilates.  Multi uses and it looks great sitting out!

French Market Backpack

Now that we're back home, P & K have really enjoyed helping at the grocery store.  They no longer will let me throw them in the stroller or a shopping cart, and having two 'super helpful' toddlers running around the grocery store can really hinder the purpose of the trip.  I have been looking high and low for a backpack that would allow me to be hands free while holding P & K's hands through stores and sidewalks, but I always ran into the same thing.  Either they were super sporty, and not quite the look.  Or they screamed "MOM BACKPACK!".  Or they were super stylish, and either too small to hold all the stuff I typically need to carry, or made of leather or fabrics that weren't quite made for messy grocery hauls (P & K are notorious for putting sticky wrappers, or half empty drinks into my bag)!  Again, with kiddos, my life right now is about efficiency, even if that's at the cost of orderly.  So, after finding the tote above, I knew I'd love the backpack version!  I've had it for a couple weeks now and it seriously is the perfect thing for the store.  And I can't wait to take it out to our farmers markets this fall!  And I know I just gave a trillion reasons why these make my mom life happy, but these seriously, are so cute for anyone.  Pretty, practical, simple!  So, I've rounded up my 15 favorites, with varying price points below!  Enjoy!


Our 15 Favorite French Market Totes



There you have it!  My favorite fall purchase.  What's your favorite for fall?  Would love for you to comment at the very bottom of this post!

Lots of love your way today!  Michelle