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You guys know how much I love Minted’s holiday cards, and art. I have several pieces in our home and love to add to our collection from time to time. I have started (slowly) working on organizing and decorating our office, so it felt right to add a new print in there. Ryan has also need some stationary for work, so I knew exactly who to go to! It all got me thinking that they have really great graduation gifts – from stationary to gorgeous prints that would be perfect for a college dorm room or new home.
I can’t believe we are less than 2 weeks away from Christmas, and I really can’t believe how much more shopping I’ve got to do. Luckily, I have only easy people to buy for now. I got all the tough ones (meaning guys) out of the way first this year which was nice! Everyone has been asking me what I want for Christmas this year and I honestly do not NEED a thing, but I WANT all the things. So, I have put together a little wish list! I love reading what is on other people’s wish lists and I have put together a few of the things I’ve been eyeing. Most of these wants are pretty realistic and some are even downright practical! So, if you see my husband, tell him to read this one! 😉
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It’s the season for Holiday Gift Guides and I am having way too much fun searching online for the best gift ideas for everyone. This year, I have been looking for baby, toddlers, women, men and now more specifically, the new mom in your life. I just had a baby 4 weeks ago (how has it already ben 4 weeks?) and I have so many friends and cousins who just had babies or are currently pregnant, so I have new moms on the brain.
The second morning in a row that I have been able to enjoy some fall weather! I am loving this! My little Sophie girl started throwing up yesterday afternoon, so today we are on the mend and praying so hard that none of us catch whatever it is that she and my parents have. I’m diffusing all the oils and drinking all the coffee so I can keep up with all the laundry. I had to wash her sheets multiple times yesterday and am seriously considering buying another cheap one today so that we have more sets when these things happen. For now, here are some of my fall-inspired Friday favorites!
As a mother, germs are are like cumulonimbus clouds hanging over my children’s heads at all times. Especially during cold and flu season. I try to keep our house as clean as possible, but when we go grocery shopping, to the zoo or a friend’s house, there is only so much I can do about the pesky germs.
Both of my babies take/took pacifiers. We are currently in the process of breaking Hampton from his, but Sophie-Rae is following in her brother’s footsteps as far as paci dependence goes. It serves as her security blanket. I am extremely thankful for pacifiers, but there is nothing worse than when that paci hits the floor of a supermarket, or even worse – a gas station floor. Paci clips are a must for my kids. I definitely learned the hard way.
A couple of weeks ago at church, I sat down next to Lorri. I had just recently learned from a friend that she is the genius behind Pacidoodle®! If you haven’t heard of Pacidoodles® yet, you need to stop what you are doing and click on over. These personalized pacifiers are the cutest! You can choose from a variety of colors and styles. Hampton had some of them and now Sophie-Rae does, too! They are great quality because the name doesn’t rub off. Look at how Hampton’s has held up over nearly two years of dishwashing cycles and everyday wear and tear!
Lorri created the Paci Clip and Keep and was telling me that she had just finished the process of getting it U.S. patent protected! After she described it to me, I knew I had to try it for Sophie! The Paci Clip and Keep is not only a paci clip, it holds the pacifier or Pacidoodle® in the Keep which is made of antimicrobial technology that doesn’t allow bacteria to grow. It is the only paci clip out there with this kind of technology. Sophie is constantly spitting her paci out everywhere. After using the Paci Clip and Keep for the last week now, I can honestly say it is wonderful and I don’t know what I ever did without it! Not only is it adorable, it keeps her Pacidoodle® and other pacifiers perfectly clean. I admire that the product name comes from Psalm 139. It has a beautiful meaning and I love supporting Christian based businesses.
I got Hampton’s Pacidoodles® at my baby shower and it was one of my favorite gifts. I had not seen a personalized paci like this before and they have held up so well. The Paci Clip and Keep has given me such a peace of mind and it is incredibly easy to clip it to Sophie-Rae whenever we leave the house. She loves it, too! She grabs it and cuddles with her little Keep all the time. It is precious. My favorite part about this is that it not only fit Pacidoodles®, but also our other pacifiers. It is so convenient and I don’t ever have to worry about her Pacidoodles® falling on the floor. These would make an awesome baby gift as well. I remember how excited I was when I received Hampton’s!
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We are officially 14 days away from our cruise! We are actually leaving a couple of days earlier to visit my grandmother in Florida where I will be spending my birthday! I can’t tell you how excited I am to have this week long vacation. It is so needed.
I have been sort of dreading making the 7 hour drive to my grandmother’s house with our two babies. Mostly Hampton, because we can’t keep him still. I’m so scared he will be miserable that long in the car. After thinking about it, I decided to put together a travel activity bucket to keep him busy while we are on the road.
My friend and I ran to Walmart after our lunch date last week and grabbed some fun things I thought would keep Hamp busy in the car. In addition to a coloring book, stickers, and games, I also thought it would be fun to add one of our favorite family snacks – Twizzlers Twists. I also threw in some rainbow twists for fun!
Here is what to put in an activity bucket for your summer road trips:
Coloring Book – This will keep them busy for a while. All kids love to color!
Games – We love to play all sorts of games in the car. Including some little hand held games for your toddler will help keep him occupied.
Snacks – I threw in one of my favorite snacks that we can all enjoy as a family! Twizzlers Twists have been my road trip choice for years and I can’t wait to share that tradition with my son. Snacks are always a great thing to have on hand with children. They get hungry and it’s not fun when you aren’t prepared for that.
Books – My son loves to read, and for that I am thankful. Reading books can keep him occupied for a few minutes at a time and they can also be educational, so it’s a win/win!
Your bucket doesn’t have to be complicated. Just think of things that will keep your child occupied and try to get several different things so that when they get bored with one, they can easily move on to another. Having an activity bucket will also help limit their screen time, which is something badly needed this day in time! Don’t forget to sing songs and make pit stops so the kids can stretch their legs for a bit. That will also help break up the trip.
Twizzlers Twists remind me of my childhood summers. We used to eat them all the time. I remember always stopping on our road trips to grab some snacks and they would always be my go-to.
What would you include in your activity bucket? Twizzlers Twists remind me of my childhood, do they bring back memories for you, too?
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I’ve got some exciting news to share! I have a new niece coming in August! I’m so excited because SR will have another little play buddy! All of my friends and family had boys when H was born and now SR will have 2 girl cousins to hang out with! It will be so much fun!
This is a very exciting time for my family and of course, I had to get her something special and fun! I went to Walmart and bought this adorable Ariel bath tub because I HAD to buy all things girly. She has already received plenty of hand-me-down clothes from SR and others, so I wanted to get her a few essentials. What better theme to go with than Disney Baby princesses?
I have always loved Disney everything. Growing up I watched The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and read Nancy Drew books. That’s about it. So, when I saw that Walmart had Disney Baby products, that was it!
I fixed up a cute little gift using the tub as the basket. I filled it with baby essentials that I know she will use and love.
I had a fit over these cute sippy cups and bibs! I even found an adorable little Minnie Mouse grooming set! She will love it! My favorite item was definitely the tub! Bath time is always a fun and special time in our house. Both of my babies loved their baths. I hope my little niece will enjoy her new tub and bath time as much as her cousins.
And now, we just wait for her arrival!
What is your idea of the perfect baby gift? Were you a fan of Disney as a child? Or as an adult?
Gold Bar Necklace
Happy Place Shirt
Hustlin’ Mama Tee
Kate Spade Wallet
Kendra Scott Earrings
Tory Burch Sandals (a girl can dream)
Most of these are very affordable gifts, although I did add in a few splurges. What can I say? A girl can dream, can’t she? Also, be sure to check out my Mother’s Day Gift Basket for a New Mom!
What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day?
I don’t know about your man, but mine tends to be a little picky when it comes to fashion…and food. These gifts have been pre-approved by Ryan and will make any man a happy camper on Christmas morning.
If these gift ideas don’t suit your man, you can always give him bacon. Every man loves bacon.