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Hot Santa Cider

This is our very first year really, truly playing Santa and we can't wait.
Our big boy is the embodiment of Christmas Spirit and it makes things like a Toys 'R' Us run at 8pm for the newest Sea Patroler completely and totally worth it. 

Knowing that we'll be staying up late to build a baby activity gym and Paw Patrol dream land, Justin and I have decided to start a few new Christmas Eve/Santa's Helper traditions of our own. I'm stealing one tradition from my parents: each year they rented (in the days of Blockbuster) a movie that they both wanted to see but had saved for that night. Once the movie was over, they knew we would be in a deep sleep and the Santa shenanigans could begin. This year, Justin and I will pick a movie on Netflix to watch while we build the baby's play jail - my vote is Love Actually for the one millionth time but I have a feeling we'll be watching Rogue One....again. 

While we wrap presents, pretend to understand the order of the Star Wars movies and eat Santa cookies, we'll need a beverage to quench our thirst. An adult beverage. 

I present to you the easiest, coziest, most festive holiday drink in all the land -perfect for single servings or to serve a crowd

Hot Santa Cider


Trader Joe's Spiced Cider (seasonal and only available in the Fall and Winter)
Spiced Rum 
Trader Joe's candied orange slices


In a small sauce pan, combine 16oz Spiced Cider with 4 oz of Spiced Rum 
Heat on low heat until warm
Serve with a candied orange slice dropped into the mug just before drinking 

The candied orange slices are gorgeous, a great conversation starter and add the perfect amount of sweetness for those who don't love the taste of rum. 

Yields two mugs

For a large crowd, mix in a pot on the stove or in a crock pot, simmer or low and allow guests to serve themselves - it makes the house smell amazing! 

Cheers, friends! 

An Intentional Holiday - Stovetop Potpourri Teacher Gifts

This post was written in partnership with Cuties

I'm in love with year three - my big boy is kind hearted, talks my ear off and is a sponge for all things. He is building friendships, learning to navigate group dynamics in his class and repeats every single thing that he hears. When I drop him off at school in the mornings, the very last thing I say to him is "be a kind friend!". Last week, after I shouted that to him as he shimmied out of the car, he waved and said "you too Mommy, remember to be a kind friend...to Georgia!".  

With all that Gray is learning, I really wanted this to be the year that we started talking about, thinking of and doing for others over the holiday season. Seeing as he's still so little, I really wanted to think of age appropriate things we could do together to show him that holidays really are about giving and not about receiving. I know many of you saw the Santa Sacks that I purchased to start our new Christmas Eve tradition and I can't wait to help him fill his sack with toys for other good little girls and boys.

Over the weekend, I told Gray that we would be working on something special for his teachers. I told him that he and I would get to spend time together making something that would show his teachers just how much he loves them and how lucky he is to learn all that they have to teach. He was so excited to do a special one on one activity with me and I soaked up every single second. While we got to work, we talked about some of his favorite things from this school year, what each of his teachers does to make him laugh and how they give the very best hugs.

He was so proud of his finished product and he absolutely cannot wait to give them to his teachers at their class party. 

Wanna see what we were up to? 

How cute are these stove top potpourri kits, packed with Cuties, cinnamon, cranberries and rosemary?? I am so in love with them and, oh man, do they make your house smell unreal - like the perfect mix of citrus and sweet!

Here's how we did it


4 Cuties 
1 bag of fresh cranberries
Sprigs of fresh rosemary
cinamon sticks
Plastic gift bags


1. Preheat oven to the lowest possible setting (mine was 170 degrees)
2. Pass a Cutie to your helper and have them peel one. They are super easy for little hands to peel and eat, plus the peel itself has all of the yummy flavoring. Keep the peels for yourself and make your own batch of stove top potpourri with it! 
3. Slice the clementines approximately 1/4" thick - too thick and they won't dry out, too thin and they'll get crunchy and break
4. Place the Cuties slices on a rack placed over a baking sheet 
"cook" in the oven for 2-3 hours, until the slices are dry

Once the Cuties are cooled, let your helper grab a handful of each of the ingredients and drop them in the bag (yes, the recipe really is this easy!): 

A handful of dried Cuties
A handful of cinnamon sticks
A handful of cranberries
A few sprigs of rosemary 

I chose the plastic bags that had a sticky strip to seal them up, then tied them with a ribbon and attached one of Gray's little gift cards. 

On the back of the gift tag I wrote the following instructions:

"Dump in pot filled with H2O
Enough to cover the potpourri and you're good to go.
Add a dash of vanilla if you wish
Simmer on the stove until it smells delish!" 

Gray will deliver his little hand made gifts during the class holiday party - and a few extras to our neighbors! I, of course, want our sweet teachers to treat themselves so we've contributed to the class gift, but I know my big boy will always remember how proud he felt when he gifted his very first hand made present.

P.S. Cuties are officially in season! To celebrate, Cuties is launching 100 Days of Sunshine, a time to brighten someone's day and share the sweetness of the season. I am honored to partner with a company that strives to remind us that "no matter how big our differences, we are no match for the power of love".  You can read more about the 100 Days of Sunshine project here

Gift Guide: For The Guys! (and a giveaway!)

Is it just me or are guys the hardest to buy for? Whether its my dad, brother or husband, I really have to think about a gift that they will actually like, use or wear. I honestly think I've rounded up some great ideas this year - all of these gifts are either on my list or something we own and love! Take a peek and be sure to make it to the end of this post for a huge giveaway!

1. Knife
The one thing Justin cared about when we were registering for our wedding was the whole knife situation - which set, which block, which specialty knives - I honestly had no idea he cared but he was into it. Fast forward five years and guess what was lost in our last move? Yep, one single box that contained our knife block and cereal bowls. We'll be slowly replacing our knives and I'm loving this one as our first replacement.

Justin is always talking about how there is no guy version of leggings - well buddy, meet the jogger pant. Soft, somewhat put together with a half zip and off we go to donuts in the morning. 

My guy isn't bearded but I know a lot of you are coming off of a no-shave November and your men could use some grooming. This beard comb feels super luxe (for a manly man, of course) and the beard oil is full of five star reviews. 

Ok, I found these the other day on Etsy and I am so disappointed they don't currently make a Clemson one! I think this is just such a unique gift for a college sports loving guy - and the aesthetic is really clean, which is hard to find in college memorabilia (trust me). This is an overhead shot of the Duke basketball area and most major college basketball programs are represented. 

I talked about this little baby on my Insta stories the other day but if you have a wine lover in your life, this is the gift for them. Justin was given this version from my parents a few years ago and he loves any excuse to use it. The science behind it is really cool and it allows you to pour a glass of wine without actually uncorking the bottle. Seriously, go check it out, we love ours. 

Work or play, I honestly love Justin in a blue check button down. I think I give him one every Christmas, sorry not sorry.

Perfect for chilling any liquor drink to the correct temp (not just whiskey!), these are perfect stocking stuffers (we own two sets!).

Ok, does anyone else get asked to hold random things for your husband in your purse? Like my purse doesn't weigh enough toting all of the things our offspring require...Anyway! I'm thinking this phone case may be the answer - it's leather, can be monogrammed and holds the important cards and ID's all in one spot. Bonus: it's under $25! 

I've had my eye on these gorgeous handcrafted, magnetic bottle openers for a while because I follow the makers on Instagram - they make each piece as a family and I think their woodworking is stunning. I honestly wouldn't mind displaying this bottle opener in my home but it's perfect for a man cave! 

Just a cute little stocking stuffer for $5, these vintage style hotel room key chains come in a ton of different collegiate colors (especially southern schools). 

Justin is constantly unraveling cords, chargers and headphone wires from his backpack when we are traveling and it drives me nuts when we're squished together in little airplane seats. Problem. Solved. 

Perfect for the bedside table, which in our house, never seems to look like anything but a catch all spot! 

Structured, neutral, comfortable and durable. These will be under the tree this year! 

Oh hey, in case you need a little extra help in the Santa department, I've got something just for you.... 

 Hi everyone! Today I'm teaming up with some amazing bloggers and #Girlbosses to bring you an amazing holiday giveaway! 

One lucky follower will be able to win a $1000 Target gift card and have some holiday cash to spend! If you'd like to enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below (PS: you get 10 bonus entries for completing all the tasks!). 

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Chicken and Waffle Casserole

Growing up, it was a Christmas tradition to eat sausage and egg casserole on Christmas morning. My mom would make it every Christmas Eve and leave it in the fridge overnight, ready to hit the oven in the AM. While sausage and egg casserole basically tastes like the holidays to me, I have a little confession: I don't really love it. Sorry, Mom! Hope you aren't reading this! 

Not only am I not a huge fan, I know my three year old and husband won't be super into a spicy sausage egg bake either. And this year, we'll be in our own little house, just the four of us, on Christmas morning so I wanted to find a casserole dish that I can prep the night before if I want or with little effort on Christmas morning. I couldn't find just what I was looking for, so I made one up!

Behold, Chicken and Waffle Casserole - perfect for Christmas morning, New Years Day, brunch or just because!

(And you can cheat your way through it in no time flat)


3 boxes of Trader Joe's frozen Belgian Waffles 
12 Chick Fil A chicken nuggets, chopped into large bites
(you can buy trays of frozen nuggets to have on hand or they keep in the refrigerator for a few days)
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
dash of Cayenne Powder (to taste)
salt and pepper
cooking spray

To Make

Bake the waffles on a sheet pan per the instructions on the box - do not over brown
While waffles are baking, chop chicken nuggets and set aside
In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup, cayenne and salt and pepper 

Spray the inside of a casserole dish or baking dish with cooking spray
Once the waffles are cooked, break them into small pieces and layer 1/3 at the bottom of the baking dish
layer in half of the chicken nuggets
add another layer of waffles, then nuggets and top with waffles! 

Pour the egg mix over the layers

You can let the casserole sit over night in the fridge, for 30 mins or so to soak up some of the egg or pop it right into a preheated 350 degree oven

Bake at 350, uncovered, until the egg mixture is cooked through
In my oven, it took 45 minutes for the center to become firm. 

Serve with maple syrup poured over for those who love it sweet or with a side of honey mustard for those who love to dip! 

This was a hit with my husband and three year old so I think we'll be making a tradition out it!

The Best Holiday Hostess Gifts Under $20 with Pier 1

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love

This post was sponsored by Pier 1. All gifting genius is my own.

It's party season! The invites are rolling in and you need gifts - and not just standard, boring gifts, but fun, unique and preferably not crazy pricey gifts for everyone from the preschool room mom to the hostess of your fave annual Christmas Cocktail Party. No time to stress over the details? Don't worry, I've partnered with Pier 1 Imports to source the best hostess gifts under $20 (and two are under $10). Stock up on a few and you'll be set for the entire season!

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love
Under $5

It sounds simple, but you just can't go wrong with a festive dish towel. Wrap it up with a bright ribbon and, if you're super Pinterest-y, a sprig of fresh rosemary, and you're set to mingle. If you want to up your gift giving game, take the dishtowel and wrap it around a bottle of wine, tie it with a bow and prepare to be the most popular guest at the get-together. I like to stock up on a few bottles of inexpensive red wine to have on hand for this very purpose (or for when my kids are climbing the curtains during winter break).

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love

Under $10

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love

How cute is this cherry red mini baking dish? It is truly a tiny version of the classic stoneware Dutch Oven and would be perfect for your friend, the domestic goddess. She'll use it to serve candied lemons in her cheese board, hold marshmallows for hot chocolate station or to warm a small brie. I myself would use it as decor but I totally have a friend in mind who will put this tiny beauty to good use (and will let me crash her party when she does!).

Under $15

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love
File this under "Best Invention Ever" and also, "the perfect gift for the hostess of my Mom's Group holiday play date". A stainless steel wine chiller that ensures you never have a warm glass of white wine and also promises to make you popular among friends who don't have the kind of time it requires to chill wine is probably the best kind of gift you can give.

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love

Under $20

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love

I love this marble coaster set for an office gift swap or as a gift for a co-worker because it truly looks (and feels) so much more pricey than it is. It also happens to have a masculine touch and would look just as gorgeous holding a pint glass as a wine glass.

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love

Another under $20 (well, almost!) gift idea is to pair two hammered copper bar utensils together - no need to wrap, just tie with a ribbon, add a sweet note on a gift tag and hand off to your host or hostess as you walk in the door. The hammered bronze will go with any bar set and would be a stand out on a bar cart. I particularly love the ice scoop because I rarely see them on bar set up, so I know they'll be one of a kind!

And, if you're in need of a white elephant gift or just a little something with a touch of sparkle, I've got that covered, too! Who wouldn't love a wine bottle decked out in a sequin and faux fur Santa suit??

The best hostess gifts for  $5, $10, $15 and $20 with Pier 1 #Pier1_partner #Pier1Love

And to make sure everyone is in the holiday spirit, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Pier 1.
Many thanks to Pier 1 for making this possible!

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Happy party going!

Preschooler Holiday Gift Guide

Yesterday was all about gifting my tiny babe so today we're talking preschool presents! My big boy is three and a half and into numbers, letters, building, counting, jumping and helping. On a totally unrelated note, I cannot believe I birthed him because I am absolutely not into numbers, building, counting, jumping or helping. Anyway! I put together a list of gifts that I think would really rock his world on Christmas Morning, including a few gifts that could be grouped together for a big theme - like creating an art station in his playroom or setting up a "Chef's Kitchen" so he can whip up a meal for me while I order up a pizza for him!

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Art Station 

1. Table Top Easel
Fair warning, there are a ton of Melissa and Doug items in this post because, in my experience, they are super well made, the price point is fair and they last forever. I have yet to be disappointed. We don't have a ton of room in our playroom, so a table top easel is ideal for us. I love the idea of setting up an art station for him to find on Christmas morning - plus, it's creative play and not another random toy. 

The Table Top Easel comes with a paper roll attached but this would be perfect as a backup or if you don't have room for the easel. We had a cheaper version of this earlier this year and Gray loved when I wrote his name in middle school style bubble letters and let him color them in. We burned through the smaller/cheaper version super fast so we'll be upgrading this Christmas.

3. Art Supplies
How cute would it be to stash buckets and bins with new scented crayons, colored pencils, stickers, erasers, chalk and washi tape all around the easel or paper roll for? Art supplies are always a hit at our house and I know this would really float his boat. 

Chef Station

4. Pots and Pans
Another themed gift could be a Chef Station complete with a play kitchen and all of the gear. I love this "stainless" pots and pans set because it looks just like the ones we have in our real kitchen.

5. Chef Gear
What's a chef without the chef ensemble? I'm digging those tiny oven mitts! 

This play kitchen is highly rated year after year and I can see why. The style is timeless, gender neutral and the set is well made. I know if we grabbed this for Gray it would hang on until Georgia was ready to play Chef, too. 
This could have been another theme gift with the Woodworking Bench below (and yes, I know the numbers are out of order, I blame the baby never sleeping at night for that) and I love the thought of a little work space in a play room. This drill set is by VTECH so the drill really spins and the toolbox itself is rigged for the nails to be hammered and screws to be screwed!

8. 3D Dino Alphabet Puzzle
I think this 3D Dino Alphabet puzzle is the coolest! I know Gray would need help with it but I really think it plays into his little STEM wheelhouse. Plus, how cute is it??

9. Woodworking Bench
Another Melissa and Doug standout, this tool bench comes with a functioning vise, tool rack, wooden tools, storage shelf and project ideas. 

10. Ok To Wake Clock
I'm not sure if this is a gift for him or for me, but the OK to Wake Clock is supposed to gently remind him when it is ok to pop out of bed and when he should stay put for a few more minutes. From the clock's mouth to God's ears. 

11. Magformers and 12. Magnetic Building Sets
The Magformer set is the more expensive/name brand version of magnetic building blocks but I'm not sure how much Gray will be into the idea so I may lean toward the cheaper "Magnetic Building Set" to test the waters. His dad will absolutely enjoy them, that I know for sure!

13. Photo Memory Game
Ok, how cute is this?? It reminds me of the alphabet book I made for Gray last year with all of his favorite things - this time I can make his first memory game with his fave things or people! 

14. Stack and Count Garage
Colors, cars and numbers, stacked together in order: basically my boy's dream toy. We'll be snagging this one. 

I've already professed my love for the Fire (especially compared to the iPad he used to play with) but I will say it again - we love this thing. I love that he has the ability to choose what he wants to play within my set parental controls and he loves that he can watch Monster Trucks Counting to his heart's content.

I am obsessed with the idea of Gray snuggled up with this fuzzy white polar bear sleeping bag on the floor of our playroom watching movies (yes, I know, he'll probably do that for three total minutes and then run laps around my house, but a mom can dream, can't she?!)

17. Alphabet Matching Puzzle
Another alphabet game, another Melissa and Doug toy, I really think this is a cute option at a great price point. 

18. Wooden Name Bench 
Perfect for teeth brushing, I love this classic name bench with animal options.

Happy shopping, friends! 

First Christmas Gift Guide

I'll admit that I have mixed feelings about what to do for a baby's first Christmas. With Gray, we didn't really get him much - he didn't need anything and, honestly, didn't have a clue what was going on (he was six months old). Things are a little different with our daughter Georgia's first Christmas because, while she'll care less about anything but eating wrapping paper, her brother is very aware that Santa is coming. With my big boy and his Christmas spirit in mind, I've been thinking about what Santa should bring Georgia. Currently, I'm bouncing around from things she needs, sentimental gifts and things she'll grow into. Just in case you're in the same boat, I'm rounding up a ton of ideas that cover all of the bases! Feel free to forward to the Grandparents in your life, too! 

This is my number one gift pick for Georgia this year. The activity center grows with them so that you can stretch the life out your investment and comes with all of the bells and whistles. Georgie prefers to be upright (thanks, acid reflux) so we'll be plopping her in this guy the second Santa delivers it.

I love the classic look of a wooden name puzzle, plus it's a sweet personalized detail to display in a nursery until baby is big enough to start chewing on the pieces.

A classic, but with a high price point, Sophie is an ideal Christmas gift. Our babes love to teeth on Sophie and she's a cult fave for a reason. 

I love a babe in a bracelet and a cuff style is so sweet on a chubby wrist. This hand stamped, gold plated bracelet can be engraved with baby's name, date of birth or initials. 

I think we must own one dozen LL Bean tote bags and every single one is monogrammed. Georgia absolutely needs her own, so it's on the top of her list. The tote is perfect for a weekend road trip to grandma's or to store all of her extra outfits for her morning at school (thanks again acid reflux). I'll grab her a small and the zip top is a must. 

Soft stacking rings shaped like farm animals that are perfect for tiny hands to grab and play with. I love the cute country feel to the fabric choices (like the red gingham feet of the cow!). 

A special, investment piece, I love the idea of a monogrammed or personalized toy chest. This chest comes in many different designs, colors and with personalization options and should be the gift that keeps on giving - I mean, what mom doesn't want a gorgeous place to stash all of these toys?? 

This sweet soother is meant to keep baby happy (and hopefully sleeping) while in the stroller, car or while traveling. Super soft and snuggly, it plays calming sounds to drown out the ruckus of having an older brother. 

The classic stacking toy in a wooden design, Melissa and Doug toys can stand the test of babyhood.

10. Walker
If you have an older first Christmas babe, a walking toy might be right up your alley. This zebra walker promises to grow with baby as a light up, musical activity center that grows into a push walker when baby is on the move.

11. Mocs
Baby's first shoe! Freshly Picked mocs are the hallmark of baby moccasins and a metallic pair for her and a cognac color for him would be perfect presents under the tree. 

Classic developmental toys that spin, twist and rattle -we have this set and love it. 

I am so intrigued by the Lulla Doll! My friend Ailee has one for her youngest and I rarely see a photo of her baby without her Lulla Doll. The Lulla is supposed to encourage longer periods of uninterrupted sleep and deeper sleep patterns by playing real life breathing and heart beat sounds for up to 8 hours. This mama of a six month old who has yet to sleep through the night will absolutely be snagging one ASAP. 

How sweet is this bedtime story book with your babe's name included? You can personalize with their full name and date of birth and the story is supposed to lull baby to sleep with it's rhythm.

I love this little wooden name train! Each magnetic train is personalized with baby's name plus an engine and caboose in rainbow colors - this would be so cute on baby's bookshelves until they are old enough to play with it. 

I think this little bracelet will be in Georgia's stocking, it's delicate and feminine and I just need to see it on her little hand. 

Perfect for a gift that can be used as decor in a nursery until baby is ready to play with it - you can choose from a ton of cute animals and have baby's sweet name engraved on the wooden rocker. I love the thought of this bunny tied with a big red bow under a Christmas Tree! 

A classic baby gift for sure! Personalize with baby's birth stats or the year of their first Christmas and you're all set. 

Happy shopping, mamas! 

What I'm Eyeing for Black Friday

Ok, friends, while you won't catch me waiting in line at midnight for a big screen TV (because, honestly, I am too damn tired for that kind of shopping), I will absolutely be checking in on a few items that I either love and want to stock up on or have had my eye on but couldn't justify the price tag. I'll be the first to admit that I like nice things but I also don't really love to pay full price, hence my love of Old Navy! I'm breaking my wish list up for everyone in my family and I've definitely covered items we need (hello, ComoTomo bottles), want, wear and would love to wrap up and put under the tree.

Let's start with yours truly, shall we?
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AG Jeans
My go to investment denim, I cannot recommend this pair and wash enough. The pair I have is sadly a bit small after baby number 2 so I'm snagging a new, fresh pair for my new, fresh thighs.

Matte Lip Paint
I picked up a sample size of the Tartiest Matte Lip Paint for my Sephora birthday gift and am in loooove. It's not drying and looks amazing on but it's a little pricey for a lip gloss that will live in the bottom of my diaper bag - fingers crossed for a good sale price!

update: shop here for 25% off with code PREVIEW

Lush Tunic
I mean, do I even have to say it? I have this tunic in white, wear it constantly (even when I was preggo) and need it in every color. I recommend it to all of my friends and no one has even been disappointed.

Update: down to $22!

Zella Leggings
I'm a recent convert to Zella leggings and I'll never look back. I bought my first pair of the high rise leggings during this year's Nordstrom sale and I'll be back for the moto pair that is already marked down 40%.

Update: on sale for $36!

Gold Pendant Necklace
If you love the gold pendant necklace that I wear pretty much every day but don't wait to wait for personalization (mine is monogrammed), this is a really gorgeous option.

Strapless and T Shirt Bra
I'll say it: I need new bras. I honestly think new bras should be a freebie given out at your six week post partum check up, but what do I know? I have a bra from ThirdLove (and did the online sizing, which worked perfectly) and am impressed with the quality so I'm going back for a strapless and t-shirt bra in my new size.

Shape Tape
I will never have enough Shape Tape. I'm fairly certain it's the only reason I look even remotely alive after six months straight of no sleep.

Tie Sleeve Sweater
This one is for my best friend, Megan, who loved this sweater so hard when she saw me wear it in Charlotte on our girl's weekend. I'm hopeful it will go on sale for Black Friday and if it does, she'll grab the cream and I'll double down on the grey.

Knot Tee
I own this tee in white and reach for it constantly - it's crazy flattering and layers super well so I'll snag another color it the price is right.

Update: on sale for $18!

And now for my babes, Georgia is up first because she is rapidly growing and oh, so hard to please.

Activity Center
So, I hear amazing things about this Activity Center but I think the price is a little shocking. It does grow with baby but this is a sale only item for me. Baby girl will love being upright and I'll love that she's off the floor and out from under her brother's feet.

These are our go to sleepers thanks to the zipper and the price - they are already marked down 50% so we'll see how low they go!

Enfamil/Nurtamigen Formula
Our baby is on Nutramigen, which retails for roughly $40 a can so when an email advertising an Enfamil black friday sale popped into my inbox, I made a move. Buy one case, get one half off works for us!

Baby Monitor
I just saw this monitor in action at Megan's house and we will be snagging this. The picture is so crazy clear and it can be converted into a security camera when baby outgrows it.

Convertible Car Seat
This is our go to convertible car seat and, while it'll be a few months before baby girls needs hers, I don't want to pay full price for one.

Update: a reader sent me this listing for the "blue base" color family for $141!

ComoTomo Bottles
She wouldn't be my daughter if she didn't love the ComoTomo bottles - I hope to do a full review of them soon but let's just say we only own two and we wash them over and over again, even in the middle of night, instead of using another brand. She's committed and so are we.

And for my sweet boy

There's a big boy room in the works and this navy bed was sent to me by a reader/friend....and you'll never believe where it's from! We have a queen mattress ready for him so this will be the start of his new nest.

We rock Natives all year long because he can put them on himself, they're comfy and they handle anything he throws at him. We've owned red, navy, neon green and Clemson orange and have no plans to quit.

Native Sneakers
And, so that we don't have to wear the regular Natives with socks underneath, I'll be snagging the sneaker pair and putting them under the tree.

Update: on sale for $26

My kiddo is long and lean and we have great luck with Old Navy jeans - this pair is already marked down 50% so I'll snag a few while I'm grabbing the baby's sleepers.

Gingham Sheets
Big boy room, part two! Navy and white gingham sheets for the win - classic and the perfect match for that navy bed.

20% off , free shipping use code UNWRAP

And a monogrammed striped seersucker quilt, because I can't help myself.

And last, but not least, my husband, who wants nothing but golf outings but needs new shoes

Noise Canceling Headphones
This is a little inside joke between us because he's always saying he needs headphones to hold Georgia during her witching hours and honestly, if you're going to rock headphones, they better be Beats.

The guy needs some sneakers to pair with jeans because, even though it's warm here most of the year, there really are months when flip flops just won't cut it

Driving Mocs
I noticied that his current pair of mocs were losing the little nubby things on the soles so I'd say it's time for an upgrade. He can wear these to work so they are for sure a win.

Oh! And our house!

Faux Fiddle Leaf/Faux Olive Tree
Everyone's doing the faux indoor tree and I'm feeling a little left out. I'm really digging the faux Olive Tree because it's something a little different but if the sale price doesn't cut it, the Fiddle is the winner.

Curtains are so dang pricey - but I have my eye on both of these sets for our house. If they don't go on major sale, I'll pass but I'm really, really hopeful I'll get lucky!

Lazy Susan
I'm trying to copy my friends Elise and Hope with this one - I've been searching for a wooden stand to put next to my kitchen sink to hold soaps, sponges etc and I love the look of this one!

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Surviving Holiday Travel With the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

This post is apart of a series sponsored by Amazon. All thoughts, opinions and fave apps are our own.

Let's face it, one of the least treasured parts of the holiday season is all of that travel time. Traffic, weather and remembering to pack all of things can wear on a girl, and that's before she manages to produce her own offspring. Add in a preschooler and a six month old known for her distaste of sleep and this mama is worn out just thinking about it.

At this stage of the game, we try to avoid long road trips as much as possible, but when we do brave the road ways, I make sure we have entire cans of formula, ear plugs and our Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet. Gray is literally obsessed with his and, quite honestly, I think it has everything to do with his ability to access apps, books and games of his choosing (and by "of his choosing" I totally mean from a selection that I've pre-approved via the Parent Dashboard, but don't tell him that, he thinks he's King Of The Castle around here).

A lack of WiFi is the bane of my existence (even when I'm not traveling with my kids) but life has recently become so much easier. Why? Because FreeTime Unlimited videos are now able to be downloaded and then watched sans WiFi connection. Now books, apps and videos will be at his disposal for the length of our journey, no matter how many hours of traffic we sit in. In case you're considering snagging an Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet for a holiday gift, you should know that each table comes complete with one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and the content is already pre-selected and divided by age category. 

If you (or Santa!) are gifting an Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, you'll want to have a few awesome books and apps loaded and ready to roll so your little can see all of that magic from the second the wrapping paper is torn off. Also, if you're hitting the road to travel to Grandma's, you'll want your content library full/busting at the seams to take the sting out of that post holiday travel day. Here are some of our current faves:

Our Favorite Books:

Curious George in the Snow
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses
Red: A Crayon's Story

Our Favorite Apps:

Disney Buddies ABC
Preschoolers ABC Playground 
Magic Letters
Kid's Paint

Our Favorite Videos:

Monster Truck Learning
Learn Colors and Play with Paint with Max the Glow Train, Jake the Fire Truck and Friends
Learning with Vehicles
Ethan the Dump Truck (Learn Letters with Ethan the Dump Truck)
Popular Nursery Rhymes with HooplaKidz
Learn Numbers with Lizzy the Dog

Because he is allowed to choose any content deemed appropriate by our parental controls via the Amazon FreeTime mode, I take a peek at what he's been up to via my Parent Dashboard daily. Here's a screen shot of my dashboard so you can see how easy it is to control and monitor their content exposure

You can see what they viewed and for how long - after looking over Gray's video choices, I'd say he's into monster trucks and numbers!

There is absolutely no access to the internet on his user profile but if I want to use my parent profile, I can surf the web, check emails or watch content through my Amazon Prime account, which is such a nice bonus, you know, for when he naps in the car.

A girl can dream can't she?

Safe travels, friends!