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Best Baby Shower Buys

April 26, 2016

I feel like I have to preface this- I am not and will not be pregnant anytime soon. Phew. Now that that’s over with on to the good stuff.

I am coming to that age where everyone around me is starting to have kids. My siblings and various relatives have kiddos galore as do some of my friends and acquaintances. The best part about this is that I LOVE kids but do not have to have a kid of my own to peruse cool kid stuff at buy-buy-baby. In fact, I get to do that thing where I’m all like “No, no…not for me” and go have a bourbon afterwards. Kids are such a gift though! – and I will get there but just not yet :]

So for those of you wondering what to get an expecting family or looking for great registry selections for yourself, here are some suggestions I have for tried and true gifts/items that will actually get use.

  1. Bottle drying rack

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Buy here, here, (note: you can use Bed Bath & Beyond coupons at buy-buy-baby)

Y’all. This is one of my go-to gifts. I love the feel of this faux-grass drying rack for bottles and other bottle bits. It’s so fun and happy. Who thought of this!??!?!? I must meet them.

2. Bottle Drying Rack Accessories

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Buy here.

twigs for drying

Buy here

I just..oh man. These are too good. These pieces are designed to fit in the grass mat for accessories. How cool are those flowers and twigs. Again. This design team is a genius.

I have actually seen many people use the grass and accessory bits and they like them a lot. Personally, I want one to dry my highball glasses. Your welcome.

3. Skip*Hop Diaper Bag

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Buy here, here

Granted, there are a lot of great diaper bags out there, but this one has the added benefit of looking more like a tote than a diaper carrier. Its sleek, it’s not overly bulky, and it’s wipeable. The new moms that have it love it.

4. All the soft bibs

Soft bibs are great for kids. I like to sew bibs for people with “minky” material on the back and a fun print on the front. If you need one contact me or I have a sweet family member who also makes bibs on etsy..she is stellar too so contact for details.

5. All the wipeable bibs

I personally like soft bibs, but there’s something to be said for wipeable bibs-especially when kids get to the yogurt eating phase.

6. A cozy and feeding friendly cardigan for the mom to be

Momma’s to-be need love too!!! Think about it. You love the kid you have but are exhausted and just want to be cozy put somehow kempt- so I’ve heard. A draped cardigan is the way to go! Here are some of my favorite picks.

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7. Plain white onesies in lots of sizes

You cannot go wrong with a pack of white onesies. They go with everything and are classic baby.

8. Diapers

Check with the parent first. Some may opt for cloth diapers and that is a-ok. If the parent is going the disposable route, I highly recommend buying various sizes of diapers. It’s something that will definitely get use.

9. Savings Bonds

Because who doesn’t like money for their kid down the road. You are looking toward the future- you bright star you.

10. Books

I have got to plug literacy as a go-to thing that you want to start in on early with your child. Reading, writing, critical thinking skills, and creativity are all so important.

Books are also great gifts!! You can pick a story that you like or that may carry a special message for the kiddo.

When picking books here is what you should know:

  • Infants see black, white, and red colors most clearly. Books in these schemes are common for young babies and toddlers for that reason.
  • Board books- meaning those heavy cardboard like books- are great because they are more durable. Also from a parent or nanny perspective there are typically less words which is wonderful…this after I just plugged literacy.
  • Don’t be afraid to pick slightly older 3-6 year old books. This is like a new gift for kids when they get to that age. Parents can read these books allowed when younger too!
  • Finally!!! You need to know about Indestructibles. These books are the bees knees. They are specially designed so kids can not break, rip, tear, etc. the book.

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There you have it. My top ten baby shower gift picks. Any other suggestions?

Adventure

Chicago from a Boat

April 24, 2016

A couple of weekends ago, we had the rehearsal dinner for my brother-in-law and his now wife!!! on a boat. The boat cruised along the lakefront and went up and down the Chicago River. While I’m not going to share all their photos from the night, I figured I’d leave you with some Chicago skyline images.

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I should mention it was insanely cold that weekend, hence why there aren’t more outdoor photographs.

Aesthetic Home

Dream House

April 24, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love thinking about the possibility of exiting this apartment at some point in my life. I miss yard space and having a little more distance between me and my neighbor. #howmuchcantheyhear #ohman

When I allow myself to dream, I always always come back to a southern style home. Here are the things, if I had my choice, that I would like in a dream home.

  1. A front porch

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I recently read an article in Country Living magazine about the art of porching. I love the idea of sitting out in the evening with a book or a drink and watching life happen. It’s kind of like a little oasis to observe the world from.

I do have an odd specification though. I do not ever want a wrap-around porch. They seem somehow like having a blind spot. I don’t like that.

2. A fireplace

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Okay. But could this room get any better. Look at that fireplace detail and the rustic touches. Then there’s the lucite table. So great.

I always had a fireplace in whatever house I lived in growing up. I think fireplaces allow for a place to gather and warmth. It’s a great and functional focal point as well.

3. A powder room

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I should mention I’m not partial to this specific wallpaper. I do want a powder room though because of wallpaper – in part. I want to be able to play with a pattern in a small space. I also just like that a guest has an easy access restroom available.

4. Good Natural Light

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Is there anything better than a room that just gets an abundance of natural light? I love rooms that have large and well placed doors or windows that draw the light in.

So there you have it. My top four wishes for a dream house? What are yours?

Amusement Authentic

From the Mouths of Babe

April 5, 2016

You all. I just can’t even.

I’ve been watching kiddos for a long time now and the things that come out are just too great. It’s probably one of those situationally funny things, but for the sake of sharing, I must tell you the recent funnies.

Me: Do you still like that Shakira song best?

Kid (3yrs): Yes.

Me: How are you feeling about our girl Taylor Swift?

Yes: (Deadpan) She’s amazing.

 

Kid: Ewwwwwww.

Picks up a waffle fry but like a butt fry.

Kid: Here. You eat it Miss Meaghan.

Waits expectantly.

Me: Shake your booty, shake your booty (while dancing the fry around)

Kid: Miss Meaghan..just eat the butt.

 

Kid: Peeeeyoouuuu

Takes her stuffed animal and places the arm over the nose area

Me: What’s your bunny smelling?

Kid: The food I’m not going to eat.

-Bahahahhaha, well played

 

Me: Look! It’s just like Miss Meaghan!

I point to a panda bear because you know, white skin, black hair, dark circles around my eyes from tiredness.

Kid: Hmmmm

Looks at the panda.

K: Nope

Me: What do you mean nope?

Kid: You don’t have hairy ears. You aren’t a panda.

-I love that she really was evaluating if I WAS in fact a panda bear.

 

Me: Tell me your stuffed animals names.

Kid: This one is Monty. This one is “I Love Lucy”. This one is ….”Maury”.

Me: Do you know the paternity of all three stuffed animals?

Kid: Blank expression.

-I just couldn’t not with Maury as a name.

I am continually blown away by how serious and yet sweetly funny the things kids say are. I wish I could take photos of all the scenarios in which these conversations occur.

What makes you chuckle?