Merry CHRISTmas

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas is quickly approaching, and my list of things to do doesn’t come close to fitting on the calendar! This time last year I was done shopping, done wrapping, and done decorating (if you think that means that never finished decorating, you would be correct.) I was all set to go for the holidays weeks early…you know, just in case a certain little fella decided to make his appearance. Well, that same fella is all sorts of “I want to help” without any kind of wrapping skills.

We are keeping it pretty simple this year. I did manage to mail out some Christmas cards (only because it is one of my favorite traditions), we put up a few Christmas decorations, and filled Rowan’s bookshelf with all of his Christmas-y books. However, we haven’t made festive popcorn, sipped hot chocolate, or sat through a Christmas movie marathon! I may just have to continue to celebrate the holiday well into February!

Now, I am going to go try to wrap some gifts while listening to Christmas music and diffusing Christmas Spirit…and stuff as much holiday cheer into the next week as humanly possible! Tis the season!

I hope that you all have a merry Christmas, and remember...

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree, the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other." -Burton Hillis

Baby's First Christmas Gift Guide

Monday, December 14, 2015

I cannot believe that we are getting ready to celebrate our last "first" holiday with Rowan. Christmas came way too quickly this year, and let's not even talk about what is 2 days later. (sniff, sniff) I was certain that we would be celebrating baby's first Christmas last year, so this isn't the first year that I have had presents for under the tree. Last year was easy, a couple of outfits all wrapped up to get his picture taken next know, so he didn't look back on pictures and think that we didn't get him anything for his first holiday! This year, I really wanted to keep it simple. I picked out a couple of things that he can play with, a couple of books, and an outfit or two...oh, and PJs of course! I put together a little gift guide that includes some goodies that any kiddo would probably love & a couple that Row will be finding under the tree this year.

Oldnavy has some of the cutest pajamas for children. I love this moon set for little boys, but there are way too many for me to pick a favorite. 

Rowan loves bath time (aka: splash, splash), but we don't have a lot of bath toys. He usually prefers to play with an extra washcloth, but I think that these colorful bath appliques will draw his attention. Boon actually has a bunch of really cool bath toys! 

I tried to find things that Rowan would enjoy playing with for years to come. This campfire set from Land of Nod is perfect for littles, but I think that bigger kids would love it too! I mean, who wouldn't want to have a camp out in the middle of the living room!? 

Cold weather gear is an easy stocking stuffer. I am sure that mittens will come off as easy as hats, sunglasses, and socks for my little rascal, but they are a winter necessity. Aren't these Charlie Brown mittens cute!?

Books always make the list for everyone in my family! Rowan is a little bookworm, and we love adding to his collection of storybooks. Olive the Other Reindeer and Bear Stays Up for Christmas look so cute, and would make adorable Christmas gifts! 

I tried to stick to the something you want, some thing you need, something to wear, and something to read rule, when it came to buying gifts. However, I truly believe that the best present is presence! As long as we are together as a family, it is going to be a wonderful holiday! Hope you found this little guide helpful!