It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And our winter products have launched! Take a look at each of them!

Book. Blanket. Coffee. This almond-colored ceramic mug is perfect for the book lovers on your list! Cozy up with delicious coffee, your softest blanket and favorite book and enjoy! This is a 13oz mug.

Joyful. The final mug in the “Things You Are” Collection is inspired from the Bible verse Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. This mug is 15oz.

Warm and Cozy Candle Mug. This is a collaboration with Karla at Oceanview Candle Company. The Lavender Almondmilk Soy Candle is sure to make your home more relaxing, inviting, and comforting as it casts its warm glow. When you have finished using your candle, you now have a mug to keep and use! This is a 13oz mug.

The Weary World Rejoices. The idea for this mug came to me in July!! We were exhausted THEN. I just knew by the time the holidays rolled around, we’d be downright exhausted. May this mug be your reminder that we can rejoice! Because the Lord has come, and it’s Him we serve and place our hope in. This mug is 11oz.

Merry and Bright. This mug was as simple as my oldest saying “mom, you should make a merry and bright mug!” So I did! It is so happy and festive. The best way to enjoy all your favorite holiday beverages. Coming in at 11oz, it’s perfect for smaller hands as well.

Amelia Earhart Tote Bag. When you need something to toss your stuff in and go, look no further! This lightweight canvas bag is your companion as you’re running off on adventures and errands alike. May it be a reminder to look for the adventure in the seemingly mundane. 

Coffee + Books Sweatshirt. This cozy sweatshirt is your quiet time companion! Curl up with your favorite book and warm drink and you’re ready for relaxation. It is shipped to you straight from the manufacturer and can take a few weeks to arrive. Give it a wash and dry when it’s in your hands and it’ll be soft and ready to go!

God is our Refuge and Strength Magnet. May this magnet be your reminder that you get your strength and safety from God! Put it on your fridge to be reminded often of His love for you!

Almanac Coffee. While this isn’t new, it’s the perfect addition to your mug order! The coffee was locally roasted right here in Duluth, MN…and this Honduras Blend boasts of Milk Chocolate and Graham Cracker notes. It is delicious for daily drinking with a splash of cream.

I hope this winter collection is fun to get for yourself and your friends and family. Thank you for supporting my small business and choosing to shop from small shops this holiday season. I love serving you, fill out the form below if you have any questions, or just want to say HAY!

xo, andrea

Hot Chocolate + Chocolate Spoons Recipe!

It blows my mind, but some people don’t drink coffee!! Blows. My. Mind. Nonetheless! There are plenty of delicious non-coffee recipes out there. Today, I’m sharing this super fun go-to that’s inexpensive to make, easy to do with kids, and a fun single-serve gift for literally anyone on your list. Teachers. Mother-in-Law. Boss. Bus Driver. Scout Leader. Best Friend. Hostess Gift.

So grab your kids, these basic ingredients, your favorite mug. And here we go!

Chocolate Spoons!

You literally just heat chocolate.

Dip plastic spoons in it.

Give ’em some toppings.

And put them in the fridge to set.

When they’re all hard-like, wrap them individually in cellophane bags or plastic wrap. Boom! Done.

Chocolate Spoons.

What you need:
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, “meltables” from a craft store, or whatever chocolate your heart desires
20-24 plastic spoons
Toppings: sprinkles, mini marshmallows, mini m&ms, melted chocolate to drizzle, etc.

What you do:
1. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until it’s smooth.
2. Dip the spoon in the chocolate.
3. Set on waxed paper.
4. Sprinkle with toppings.
5. Put in the fridge until set.
6. Wrap individually in plastic wrap or cello bags. You can get “pretzel bags” from craft stores that are nice and narrow for these.

Homemade Hot Chocolate!

Alllllll righty roo, let’s do this again. Gifting project part 2.

Dump in the ingredients.

Whisk until combined and small lumps are gone.

Put it in a jar or measure out 1/2 cup mix into baggies.

Snip the top so it’s not so unnecessarily tall.

Homemade Hot Chocolate.

What you need:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups powdered milk

What you do:
In a large bowl, whisk the ingredients until no longer clumpy.
Keep it in a jar, or put into individual baggies.
To make: combine 1/2 cup hot cocoa mix with 6 oz very warm, but not burn-your-mouth-hot water. Mixing with a handheld milk frother is best!
To give: package them it in single-serving baggies, with heating /mixing instructions. DOWNLOAD THE FREE GIFT TAG/HEATING INSTRUCTIONS PRINTABLE HERE.

 This recipe is from Joanne Ozug of Fifteen Spatulas


Put a baggie of hot chocolate into the mug. Stick the spoon upright in the mug. To the best of your ability. ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ

Put the mug+goodies in a happy cellophane bag.

Tie with tulle, add drinking directions. (sadly I don’t have them printed off at the moment, because my printer is out of ink. Rookie mistake!)

Give the gift of a cozy evening!

Grab your bag tags here! An easy way to let your recipient know how to prepare their hot chocolate!

5 Reasons to Finish Christmas Shopping Before Thanksgiving (plus 3 prep steps)

Ok so at this very moment it’s October. And aside from “something you need” for my kids, I am completely done Christmas shopping. This isn’t just because I love Christmas shopping (even though I LOVE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING), it’s so I can enjoy the season while it’s here.

But first. You need to do some prep work so you don’t just buy and buy from now until December 24th. All 3 of these prep steps can be kept as a note on your phone.

Prep 1. Make a list (and check it twice). Include every. single. person. you’re buying for. Family members, friends, scout leaders, teachers (are you homeschooling this year? Look who just got herself another Christmas gift, Ms. Teacher๐Ÿ˜‰).

Prep 2. Put a monetary budget next to each one. How much do you plan to spend on your mom, the bus driver, and sister’s dog? Write it down.

Prep 3. Figure out the plan for your kids. We do: something you want, something you need, something you wear, something you read. Plus stockings. And St Nicholas Day on December 6th. Knowing these parameters keeps us in check. And stops us from all of a sudden having a pile of plastic things but no good books.

Like I said, I keep these prep steps on a list in my phone. Once I buy for someone or some thing (like my youngest’s “something you read”), I type: DONE (then in parentheses, the name of what I bought).

The above steps work great especially if you like to buy gifts throughout the year and save for Christmas.

Okay! You have your plan and your budget. Let’s go shopping and enjoy the time on our hands later!

5 reasons to finish Christmas Shopping before Thanksgiving.

  1. You’re not rushed. You have time to think out what dad or your best friend would like. You don’t feel down to the wire to get something because you’re running out of time
  2. You’ve got OPTIONS. Alot of small businesses are gearing up for the busy season, and alot of people are looking to support them. By purchasing from your favorite shops earlier, you beat that rush as well! Many small businesses do their holiday launches well before Thanksgiving, so you have time get snag those goodies! As far as big-box stores go, I find things get picked over quickly as the holidays get rolling. All my husband wanted last year was a neutral-colored Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt. Well, I put it off and sure enough, by mid-December, all the blacks and grays were sold out, along with his size in EVERYTHING. Guess who didn’t get a neutral-colored sweatshirt? My husband. Conversely, last week in Kohls, I found a nice blue-ish gray adidas sweatshirt, in his size, that I know he’ll love (the Vikings are breaking our hearts this year). Will that still be around in the peak of Christmas shopping? In my experience, usually not. Shop now=more options.
  3. No waiting outside, or extra time for that order to ship. Hello 2020. I’m not sure what the plan will be for crazy crowds in stores, but I’m sure a lot of it includes waiting outside until it’s our turn to enter. And during winter in Minnesota? No thanks. If you’re ordering from your favorite small shop online, they may bring in extra help for the holidays, or they may be a one-woman show! Purchasing before the peak rush times means your order will probably ship out sooner.
  4. Thanksgiving weekend wrap party. Yes! PARTY. With yourself! Get cozy in your jammies, turn on your favorite Christmas movie, grab your glass of wine or cup of coffee, pull out those gifts you’ve been squirreling away, and get wrapping! You’re not tired from braving crowds, or frazzled and wondering if you’ve got it all. You pull out the bin you’ve been hiding the gifts in and enjoy the start of Christmas season.
  5. Time to enjoy what matters most. THIS is why I shop early. This is what it comes down to. So I can slow down and enjoy the Christmas season. So I have time to bake cookies, and watch Christmas movies, and enjoy celebrating advent with my family. Without running out at night or on the weekends to buy “stuff.” The stuff is fun and great (remember, I LOVE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING and I sell great gifts), but it’s not the reason for the season. So if for no other reason, shop early so you can spend those precious sacred weeks slowing down with your family rather than in the hustle and bustle.

Sometimes you want alltheChristmasthings. Like Christmas hot cocoa mix to pair with that mug you’re gifting. I get it! The good news is, the day after Halloween, Christmas is in stores! I keep another list on my phone for my November 1st Target run (and bonus: 50% off Halloween candy for mom’s stash ๐Ÿ˜‰) so I can grab the goods before those aisles are packed.

I hope these tips help you make time for more rest this holiday season. Let me know what you love, what you implement, or your favorite Christmas cookies!

My winter mugs are coming November 5th!! These are the BEST gifts you can give, if I do say so myself! My email list gets the best launch-day discount, so be sure you’re on it. CLICK to join!

xo- andrea

October Apparel Drop

It’s here!! A Hope and Happy Sweatshirt!! Each month, for one week only, we do an apparel drop with a new apparel product. You can purchase that piece of clothing+any previous pieces during apparel drop week. Our brand-new piece of clothing is this sweatshirt.

andrea babinski hope and happy designs grateful sweatshirt thanksgiving christmas

It’s soft and comfy and perfect for running errands or curling up with your cup of coffee! You can dress it up or take it exercising. It’s perfectly forgiving for your Thanksgiving feast and pretty to give as gifts to friends and family. Basically, it’s everything you need for Holiday 2020.

You have until Sunday, October 18th to order your sweatshirt. If you miss it, don’t worry! The apparel drop happens once a month and you can grab it then. To be in the know+get 10% off your first order, make sure you’re on my email list!

Let me know if you have any questions! Here to serve you.

xo- andrea

Introducing and Welcome!

Hey guys! It’s me, Andrea!! I’m a mom of 3 boys living in beautiful northern Minnesota. I love reading, crocheting and going to bed early. I’m the owner of Hope and Happy Designs, and I bring hope-filled and happy products into your homes! My specialty is mugs, but once a month we have an apparel drop which is super fun too!

I believe the words you surround yourself with are the words you find yourself repeating. I think it’s SO important to have positive, Christ-centered words all around your home. Because when the kids are fighting, dinner hasn’t even been started yet and dishes are overflowing in the sink…I want you to remember that It Is Well rather than an excuse like “I can’t adult today.” And as you have your morning coffee (or that second afternoon cup), may you remain Cheerful, Hopeful, and Thankful.

This blog is here to give you MORE. More tips, more gifting ideas, more behind the scenes and fun stuff. While I love when you check out my shopping site, I just know you’ll love your time on the blog as well.

I’m so glad you’re here.