Being a mom is a lot of work and also a lot of fun! One of my favorite things to do is spend one-on-one time with each of my kids separately. I feel that I can get to know them each on a deeper level when I have this focused time with them. I have also noticed that my kids greatly appreciate this mommy and me time! Here are some ideas for five simple and inexpensive mommy dates with the little girl in your life! I'm also excited to feature some gorgeous fall shoes from Livie & Luca!
Our Mom Faves holiday gift list and GIVEAWAY features great gift ideas to keep moms healthy, happy, pampered, and moisturized!
It's always fun to find a game that is entertaining and educational. Puppy Up from Patch Products is a board game that helps kids learn how to count, add, subtract, and practice other basic math skills. It also teaches basic concepts of physics with the cute puppy scale. My 2 and 4 year old kids have a lot of fun playing this game, and mom and dad can join in too!
Almost all of us have electronic calendars in our hands these days, but let's be honest; who doesn't love getting a great pen out and writing lists, tasks, and schedules on paper?? Emily Ley's Simplified Planner combines the love and necessity for writing with an organized and efficient layout, making the Simplified Planner extremely appropriately named. There aren't extra pages of uselessness or sections that you feel like you need to fill in. Featured here is the Weekly Simplified Planner. It's a perfect size to be able to pack around if you'd like, while large enough to write in.
As a mom, we know you are working hard to give your family a memorable holiday season, so we are excited to share some treats with you! First, we have some brand favorites to share, Paperless Post and Picket Fence: Gift Shop Pittsburgh — and we've coordinated an amazing Mom Faves Holiday Giveaway prize collection sponsored by many fabulous brands! Just send your hubby over to check out all of our holiday gift ideas for moms.
One month ago we welcomed home our baby girl. As with just about any newborn, her days and nights were totally backwards. She slept all day and was ready to party all night! The first month with a newborn is exhausting enough even with a baby that sleeps well. One thing we found to help our baby sleep soundly through the night is the Zen Swaddle from Nested Bean. The Nested Bean's unique Zen Sleep System is amazing, especially for babies who want to be held all the time (like my baby girl!). It gives them the feeling of closeness and mimics your soothing touch with lightly weighted pads on the sides and chest of your baby. This is our favorite way to swaddle her right now and I am sure thankful for the better sleep we've all been getting recently too!
The WellieWishers dolls from American Girl are a super cute group of friends who love to play and explore their backyard garden, stomp in mud puddles with their Wellies boots, and put on dancing shows and go on adventures. The WellieWishers are perfect for girls who are younger than 8, the age that American Girls are designed for. WellieWishers are smaller dolls (14.5") and dressed in super cute outfits and accessories. They are easy for young girls to dress the dolls on their own. Emerson has dark-brown eyes and black hair in curly pigtails. I especially love her outfit, a striped top that ties and twirly pink tulle skirt decorated with purple stars. WellieWisher Emerson loves dancing and wearing her ballet slipper-inspired Wellie boots. She's the perfect pal for WellieWishers Ashlyn and Camille.
In my family, I'm most blessed when I see my kids enjoy something I did for them or with them. I love doing crafts with my girls and hanging out in the evenings with my husband, watching Netflix. I honestly don't feel like I need many gifts because I'm already so blessed by my babies' smiles and giggles and warmth of my home. I enjoy cooking and cleaning (when I feel especially motivated) and I love decorating in ways that are kid-friendly, easy, and pretty. My favorite colors are dusty aqua and lavender and I love dressing up my girls in cute little outfits. I have 3 healthy kids under the age of 5 (and I wouldn't mind having another) and I'm a stay at home, work from home mom who enjoys drinking lots of coffee — God has blessed our family much more than we deserve. What more could I wish for? So I when I say, "here's my Mommy Wish List for the holidays!", I just mean these mommy gift ideas are fun extras for stylish home decorating, luxurious products for making a mommy feel pampered, and fun toys that enhance a mom's hobbies of photography and coffee drinking. (yes, I'm my family's resident barista!) I'm sure you'll find something you love on my gift list for moms!
Darling Matilda Jane Clothing fashions for girls that were designed by HGTV's Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines are now officially available! You can find the 2016 Matilda Jane holiday lookbook here!
"Matilda Jane is a collaboration that's personal for me. My girls have been wearing MJ dresses, skirts, and accessories for years — and I never get tired of seeing them love what they wear. With this line, I hope to bring that same fun home to your and your girls."
- Joanna Gaines
We've put together our top picks for kids toys and holiday gift ideas! Many of these toys are educational and encourage kids to learn new skills, as well as play together and interact with friends. Kids will love these new Lego sets, magic 3-D art creation pens, throwable paintballs, paper plane and rubber band launchers, and darling new American Girl dolls and accessories!
Did you know today is National Mutt Day, celebrating dog adoption and the families that give dogs a new home? If your family has a furry family member, then you know how much dogs love to be cuddled and played with. The holidays are a wonderful time to adopt a puppy or older dog in need of a home. National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, and is celebrated on both Dec. 2nd and July 31st. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs.
Do you ever wonder what your little one is thinking? #ConfessionsOfaWeeOne combines hilarious photos with babies' proposed internal thoughts about life.
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