We surely felt loved on the day of little man’s shower! I’ve been excited to share the images with y’all that Britney captured from the afternoon spent with my sweet family and girlfriends. From the paper products to the handmade details, there was a lot of thought put into the the shower, and I loved how it all turned out! Many of the items created for the shower are now hanging in the nursery…matching his bedding perfectly! What a beautiful afternoon. Thank you, friends! Remy is already so well loved…
When it came time to register I felt probably how most first time moms feel…quite overwhelmed. Who knew there was so much stuff out there for babies? It doesn’t take long before you envision your house overcome with gadgets and baby-gear a plenty. I didn’t want to find ourselves swimming through the chaos of baby gadgetry so I thought through our registry carefully. I decided on 3 places: Target and Babies R Us for the convenience of family and friends in town, and Amazon.com for those that prefer online ordering. Amazon also offers certain items we wanted but weren’t available at the other 2 stores. Here’s a rundown of the majority of items I decided upon…
This first group includes the basics: crib, stroller, car seat and baby carrier. We wanted a crib that was made with real wood and found the harper cribcompliments the furniture we had for the nursery perfectly. As for the stroller, I really wanted a bassinet option. The uppa baby vista was exactly what I was looking to find. Our little one currently sleeps in the bassinet by our bed and loves going on walks in it. The Priori car seat had amazing reviews, and I liked the simple color and design – not too bulky or overwhelming. And lastly, the Beco Gemini also had great reviews (I compared it closely with the Beco Butterfly and the Ergo). It is a necessity for us because anywhere we go, we are wearing little man. He sleeps soundly in it every time.
This second group includes smaller but equally necessary items that we use all the time:swaddle blankets (perfect weight for the summer, and we use them daily), boppy pillow(must have for feeding time), t.l. care organic cotton nursing pads (opposed to the disposable pads; this brand is my personal favorite), pacifier (a favorite comfort of little man’s), ameda breast pump(1/2 the price of Medela but received great reviews; works great), and peapod (perfect for travel, which happen later this month). This final group is all fun! When thinking of playtime I air on the idea of less is more. I don’t want a slew of cheap, plastic made-in-China toys taking over. I know we’ll have our fair share over the years but I also want well-made, thoughtful, and just plain cute options, too. I found different brands that met this criteria so I decided to register for a few of my favorites items from each: Skip Hop, 3 Sprouts, and Under the Nile. Be careful when searching…you might get sucked into the cuteness like I did ;)
What are your registry must haves or your favorite items? Feel free to comment on anything that might be a good idea to include! xoxo…..*holly.
Happy Friday! Going shopping this weekend? Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas I’ve seen while perusing this holiday season. The first set includes a handful of cute, well-made toys that’d suit any 3-5 year old. The second is the newest Coal Train Railroad CD: SWINGS! I have listened time and again to the first album they made, and it’s wonderful! Jazz music with lyrics kiddos will enjoy over and over….mom and dad love it, too!What’s better? To kick off your weekend shopping, we’re giving away one copy of SWINGS! All you have to do to enter is share this post on your facebook and then leave a comment below sharing with us who you’d gift your copy to if you win. It can be for your own kiddos, a preggo best friend, a niece or nephew…anybody you think would love the tunes! The winner will be announced Tuesday morning!
Handmade gifts and decorations are my favorite. It’s part about the gift and part about the time and thought that goes into it that shows how much you love someone. Any free time I have these days is spent sewing and crafting for a baby shower my friends and I are hosting at the end of this month. Before I had all the ideas in my mind of what I wanted to create I scoured pinterest pages and other blogs to find DIY crafts and projects. These are a few of the images that I was drawn to right away, and I love how their colors compliment one another. I’ll wait until after the shower to share photographs with you of all that we did to celebrate our future little monkey ‘nephew’. Until then, I thought these images served well as a mini-inspiration board for perhaps another project someone may be working on. Happy weekend! Will you spend it doing any crafts? Do share your ideas with us, if so! xoxo….*holly.
If you don’t already subscribe to Zulily go sign up today! They offer discounted rates on the best items for mama and baby throughout the week. Today they are featuring Children Inspire Design, and my best friend Britney just bought the precious Louisiana print for her little Levi that is due in January. They have several ideas to choose from for both boys and girls. Here are a few of my favorites: Head over to Zulily to find out which items are on sale today, and then be sure to check out Children Inspire Design because the site alone is inspiring, and you can peruse through all the pieces that Rebecca creates. You can give them as gifts, use them as baby shower decor, frame a few favorites…so many options! Hope you enjoy. Happy Monday……*holly.
all photographs courtesy of Children Inspire Design
I'm Holly: wife to Greg, mama to little R and our goldendoodle Greta. I'm a worker of my hands and eyes be it with my film & camera, ink & nib or in our garden. This is Take Flight where I share my exploration into mamahood. Join me if you will. xo...*holly.