Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

When I was young I would always gift my dad a handmade gift from school or girl guides.  He still even has one of those gifts hanging in the garage (I think – will check next time I’m there and snap a pic).  Anywhooo – here are some gift ideas for Father’s Day.

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Smart Phone Charger | Beverage of Choice | Silicone wedding band | Ankle Socks | Waterbottle

Mother’s Day #GiftGuide 2017

Just got off the treadmill after listening to this episode of The Lively Show.  It’s about how motherhood/becoming a mom shouldn’t take away from your career development.

Jess actually talks about how important mothering is and that the shiny penny career focus is a societal pressure.  Instead we (as moms and society) should consider motherhood as chance to expand the universe (whoa) and focus on soul care.  I loved her thoughts on this and personally feel I am doing my best to live those words.

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Coffee Machine | Tote Bag | T-shirt | Journal | Candle | Sneakers | Flowers | Jewelry

Okay gals this momma is trying to give her husband some subtle hints here is my round up of awesome mothers day gifts.  LOL but in all honesty I might wanna treat myself to some of these goodies :)

Lastly, I wanted to share some momprenuers that totally inspire me.

Hitha from Hitha on the Go
Elise from EnjoyItBlog
Ascia from The Hybrids

I love reading small business / wanteprenuer-to-entreprenuer stories.  It might sound odd but I find these types of stories soo invigorating. The ladies mentioned above have started some awesome businesses (a Lifestyle Brand, Planner/Workbook and Fashion Empire respectively) and continue to be amazing moms to their kids.

Postpartum – Must Haves

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Pinterest and Instagram have DROOL worthy baby gear.  Honestly all the muslin blankets and cute bonnets would do me under.  But I stuck to my guns and didn’t go overboard.  Luckily we had pretty much EVERYTHING from Miss S’s time and didn’t have to buy much (other than diapers and wipes).

Here is my list of must haves for right after baby arrives!

Belly Bandit – I actually bought this when Miss S was nine months and it really helped.  I know they say you should wear it right after you deliver but I think it works at any time.

Medela Freestyle BreastPump – We ended up using our previously loved pump by replacing a few of the parts and cleaning/sanitizing other parts.  Great investment!

Aden and Anais muslin blankets – These are the most versatile muslin blankets.  They are soft and they have a bit of stretch!  I also like these ones too.

Aveeno Baby Wash and Lotion – The last time around it took us a LONG time for figure out what to use on newborn skin.  Our paediatrician recommended Aveeno and we stuck with it every since.  (We also use this and this for Miss S now that she’s older).

Disposable Nursing Pads: I wasn’t able to do the reusable ones just and these worked really well.

Grace Travel Lite Crib – Both Miss S and now Miss El slept in here while in our room.  The only issue is that baby can grow out of it real fast!  The great thing about it is that it has stages so it can be used as a playpen (as long as baby fits).

S’Well Water bottle – I have two #Guilty!  One on my bed side and one downstairs (that I throw in the diaper bag when I am heading out).  This bottle is soo good.  It keeps cold water cold for 12 hours and hot water hot for 4-6 hours.  That said, they are not cheap but totally worth it.

Sakura Bloom Ring Sling – This was actually the first “baby item” I bought when I was expecting with Miss S.  I really learned to love baby wearing and “wore” Miss S until she was 15 months old.  I specifically love this line of slings because it’s a bit more stylish than a carrier with 40 buckels and a padded body wrap :)

Holiday #GiftGuide for HIM

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Shoes | Dollar Shave Club | Belt | Mug | Hair Product | Bag

The last of my #GiftGuides and I am happy to report that I am just finishing up my shopping (and most of my gifts are wrapped!).  It feels good to be finished well in advance.  Heading out to meet my high school friends for annual Christmas gathering.

PS: if you need any other #giftguides, be sure to check this out!

Toddler #GiftGuide

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Piggy Bank | Balance Bike | Felt Food | Pretend Play Kitchen | Doll House | Wooden Camera | Chalkboard Laptop

Today Miss S spent the day with her maternal grandparents while the mister was out at his  LAST MBA group meeting (omg is that even real to say???).  I mentioned these ideas a few days ago, but sometimes it’s nice to let helpful and loving grand parents take over :)

I spent the day tidying the house, wrapping christmas gifts, pinnin’ meal ideas/”cozy vibes”, doing laundry, watching another SATC marathon (thanks SLICE) putting up more holiday decor (& photographing it… in the most ahhh-mazing day light!!).

Also, I thought I’d put together a cute toddler holiday #giftguide (while watching Home Alone 2!) because I know I needed a little gift inspo for Miss S this year.  Definite staples for most toys we buy her are creative, pretend play and motor skill building options (of course this doesn’t mean we don’t buy her a talking elmo or a girly purse) but I thought I’d share the most neutral options in these areas.  Enjoy!

PS: if you need any other #giftguides, be sure to check this out!

Holiday #GiftGuide For HER

This year I started my Christmas shopping a little earlier and hopefully I’ll finish before the first week to mid December (fingers crossed – including wrapping everything!).  As for our Christmas decor:  The hubz has promised he’ll put up some outdoor lights this year (after he finishes his classes this semester).  Our main tree is up along with some mantle decor, still have to put up the indoor lights, green garland on the banister, our small tree (same one we used at the condo) and this year I had Miss S decorate some foam balls to put on her mini tree in her room.  She is pretty happy to wake up and see her own christmas tree :)

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Lipstick | Compact | Nailpolish | Candle | Journal | Necklace | PJs | Luxe Snood | Waterbottle

Here’s to the beginning of shopping and gifting season!  And here are some gift ideas for the ladies in your life.