2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Baby

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The holiday season is upon and I have put together some gift guides to help you with your shopping. This is the first guide and I am loving all the cuteness. I spent a lot of time researching various products that were for both boys and girls and practical for parents. I hope that it gives you some ideas for the little ones in your life.

1. Spa Robe (Fox, Bunnie, Racoon, Unicorn) 


3. Oli & Carol Toy (Bunny, Duck, Mushroom) 

4. Teether (Diamond, Cactus, Unicorn, Camera, Hashtag) $12 

5. Ubbi World Muslin Blanket Buddy (Dog & Cat (SOLD OUT), Cheetah & Zebra, Beaver & Fox) $30 


7. Little Tikes Rocking Horse (Pink, Blue) (Amazon) $41.19 + Free Shipping

8. Playskool Lullaby Glow Worm (Pink, Blue) (Amazon) $27.77 + Free Shipping
My kids are scared of the dark, so having a lovie that they can snuggle at night that works as a night light is key. 

9. VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Amazon) $19.99 + Free Shipping

10. Fisher Price Kick & Play Gym (Pink, Blue/Green) $40.72
We had one similar to this for our kids when they were babies. It makes a great playtime area for tummy time and allows baby to work on their motor skills. It also plays music and keeps them entertained. 

11. Fisher Price Infant to Toddler Rocker (Safari, Bunny) $39.99
We had one of these for Aurora and it was her favorite thing to sit in. She loved rocking in it and now uses it for her baby dolls or to rock in when she reads to herself. 

12. I See Me Personalized Christmas Books (My Very Own Christmas, My Christmas Sing Along, My Night Before Christmas, My Magical Snowman, My Very Merry Christmas, My 12 Days of Christmas, A Christmas Bear for Me)  $34.99
We love the personalized books from I See Me! Check out my review from last Easter here

13. My Pal Violet by LeapFrog (Amazon) $14.98 + Free Shipping
We own Scout & Violet and our kids love them! Highly recommend them for Christmas!

Ecocentric Mom: Mommy & Me October Box

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The theme for October was the Heathy Home Collection. It was filled with mostly items for your home and I loved it.

Here is what came in my October Mom & Baby Box:


Lilac Moon Company Laundry Suds in Citrus Scent 
Sample Size

Such a great laundry soap! I used this on our towels and my husband and I’s bed sheets. They came out super soft and smelling like citrus. I will be purchasing more laundry suds in the future. 

Simply Earth 100% Wool Dryer Balls 
$10.00

For a year now I have wanted wool dryer balls and was so exited to get these in my box this month. I have been using them all month long. I put a little orange essential oil on them and toss them in with a load in the dryer. Our clothes come out smelling amazing and super soft. If you haven’t used dryer balls, you should. They are game changers in the laundry room and no more tossing dryer sheets in the trash! 

Eek Halloween! by Sandra Boynton 
$6.99

My kids love books so it was nice to get a new book. We have read this book often and my toddler adores it. Sandra Boynton books are some of our favorites.


Coconut Karma Portable Coconut Oil 
$4.00

I have used this portable coconut oil in my hair as well as in my coffee. It’s simple to use but I have to hide it cause my kids thought it was applesauce and tried to eat it! 

Puracy Natural Washroom Spray in Lavender & Vanilla Scent 
$9.99

Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender and vanilla? I love this spray and it doesn’t give me headache like typical sprays with harsh chemicals.

Nature’s Baby Organics Conditioner & Detangler in Vanilla Tangerine Scent 

I have tried a lot of different conditioners and detangler sprays on my daughter’s hair but I officially am loving Nature’s Baby Organics! It smells like a orange creamsicle and leaves my daughter’s long hair soft, tangle free, and smelling delicious. 

I know I say this every month that I get my box from Ecocentric Mom’s, but y’all deserve to treat yourself! You now have the option of selecting two items in your box each month and they have expanded the membership options to include Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, Mom & Toddler (which was the option I chose), and just Mom. You can even skip months now and shipping is always free. The cost for a box from Ecocentric Mom’s is $27.99 and it is totally worth it. I have enjoyed all the items that I have received the past six months and my tot really liked the surprises in the box that came for her.


Why You Should Know About More Love Co. Hair Bows + Giveaway!

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As a mom I am always looking to find pretty accessories to put in my daughter’s hair. Aurora is incredibly girly and every morning asks me to brush her hair and put a pretty in it so she can go about her day. She has all sorts of different hair bows, clips, and headbands that I have found at all sorts of places, many of them from small shops on Etsy. 

My sister-in-law has a friend that is a young entrepreneur who recently started up her own small business. Her little shop on the web is called More Love Co. and is based out of Olympia, Washington. She was sweet enough to gift my daughter a few of her bows. They are lovely and have become some of Aurora’s favorite hair accessories.  She is smitten over the Frayed Pink Bow and often refers to it as “Poppy.” For all you mom’s out there, you must be aware of the infamous Trolls movie too. The girl is obsessed with it! 

What I love about More Love Co. is that they have one goal in mind and that goal is “to have something for the extra girly side of all of us."(quoted from the site).” They have everything from lace headbands, to cute cat ears, and simple bows. They are also very affordable and would make a cute gift for birthdays and the holiday season. Product ranges from $3 to $12 and would make a great stocking stuffer for the little girl in your life. 








White Sparkly Tulle Bow | Frayed Pink Bow | Burlap Polka Dot Bow | Recycled Jean Bow | Orange & Black Plaid Bow

Follow More Love Co. on Instagram | Help support a small business by shopping on their website this holiday season. 

Now, on to the Giveaway! 

Since its the holiday season and I am feeling the spirit of giving, I will be giving one of you a chance to win a set of bows from Love More Co. The Giveaway starts 11/14 and ends 11/28. Please follow all the rules of the giveaway and good luck! 


How I Decorate Our Home for Fall

Fall is officially upon us. I know that I have mentioned this before but it is my favorite season. I enjoy looking out my window and seeing the rain falling from the gray skies above and watching the maple trees change colors. Although I have kept our home decor to a minimum this season due to slowly redecorating our main living space I find that it is still quite cozy and warm.

Now I am not a home décor blogger but I do enjoy making our home feel inviting. Here are a few tips that I like use to decorate our home for the fall.


LOTS AND LOTS OF PILLOWS

I love making our home feel cozy by decorating our sofa and arm-chair with all sorts of pillows. I recently purchased checkered linen covers and keep it simple by keeping the color palette in the neutral shades of creams and gray. 

COZY THROWS

It gets chilly here in the Portland area at night. So I make it a habit to buy new blankets often. In the fall, thick knits are my favorite as well as blankets that are "soft like puppies" fur. I personally like to snuggle up with the kids (because they are mini little heaters) with a blanket while we watch football and drink hot apple cider. I added my Grandma's old wool blanket to my little bench and it's a nice pop of red and navy upon entering our home. I just recently added the blanket ladder next to the window. It’s made by a local guy in the Portland area and hung my favorite throws underneath a simple hay wreath.

CANDLES AND WAX WARMERS 

I love the aroma of pumpkin spice. To me it is the greatest smell ever. I purchase candles as well as wax melts to put in warmers so our home smells like a fresh homemade pumpkin pie just came out of the oven. I also love the soft glow of the candles burning at night. It gives our living area a cozy feel and it's nice and relaxing after a hard days work.

BRINGING NATURE INSIDE 

Pinecones that once scattered across my late Grandmother's lawn are now adorned in a pretty basket. Tree limbs from my husbands Grandparent's house on the lake are in a vase with acorn ornaments in shades or orange, green, and brown. In past seasons, our color palette was in dark shades of orange but this season I wanted it to be more subtle with a few pops of orange and red here and there. Faux leaves in my favorite owl vase and garlands mixed in with greenery add nice touches. I also used inexpensive willow branches to make wreaths with burlap ribbon to hang from doors in our entryway/hallway. 

Autumn throughout our space is minimal and this year I am enjoying the simplicity. For now, I am content with it. I still would like to find a DIY coffee table and a rug to add texture and more warmth to our living area. I also have plans to make a DIY cushion for our kitchen bench and possibly paint our table. Our home is a work in progress but eventually it will be done.