10 Easy Ways To Give This Holiday Season

Jess
December 6, 2017

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It’s fun to receive gifts during the holidays, but it’s also fun to give to others. Several years ago after the tragic loss of my brother, I started to volunteer more to help pass the time and heal my heart. His birthday was December 15, so the holidays were especially hard. Every year since I can’t celebrate with him, my son and I celebrate in our own way. There are lots of easy ways to give this holiday season and many of those can be inexpensive gifts. I’ve compiled a list of easy ways to give this holiday season with the help of my sponsor b+b® so that you can help make someone’s holiday season be a little merrier.

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How To Get Seamless Holiday Style Year After Year

Jess
November 27, 2017
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What’s your holiday style? I’m a traditionalist. I prefer colors like winter white, hunter green, bold red, and just a splash of gold as an accent. In recent years, trends such as animal prints, neons and pastel holiday decoration have gained popularity, but there’s nothing quite as lovely to me as classic holiday decorations. Today I’m sharing a few tips for how to get seamless holiday style year after year with the help of my local AtHome Storeholiday style

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Odds & Ends Of Holiday Giving and Entertaining

Jess
November 21, 2017

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Gift shopping can either be really easy or really difficult. There are always some friends and family that you have trouble shopping for. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a theme they like and running for it. For example, a dog lover may like something like this silver whippet pendant, or something for their pooch as well. However I still have a few people on my shopping list that I really struggle to find the perfect holiday gift. One of those people is my husband. I know lots of things about him but a lot of those ideas I once had have run dry. However, after looking at some reviews on websites like Wristcritic, I think I might actually know what to buy him this year. For the people you may want to spend less on, gift buying can be a little more difficult. That’s why I’ve created this post! Today I’m sharing a few ideas to help you find a great holiday gift for the pickiest people on your list; here’s a simple guide to the odds & ends of holiday giving and entertaining.
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Holiday Entertaining Tips & Printable Place Cards

Jess
November 16, 2017
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The holidays are especially exciting for our family this year. My daughter is going to be 4 months old in just over a week. It’s exciting to celebrate a holiday season of baby’s firsts, but it’s also chaotic. In this post I’m going to share how you can quickly get your dining room or kitchen table holiday ready in a matter of minutes with these easy holiday entertaining tips.

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How To Make The Holidays Safer For Your Pets

Jess
November 10, 2017

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I love the holidays and my pets generally love them too. My cats like to climb my Christmas tree, the dogs like to convince unsuspecting guests that they’re starving, and both enjoy sniffing out the gifts under the tree. I’m not too sure how the fish feel but they seem happy enough. I recently got them a high light plant PAR for some of the new plants in their tank. I thought because we’re getting a tree for Christmas the fish could get one too! Plus, it’s not often they get a treat so the new plants went down well. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be dangerous and stressful for some pets. I’m sharing a few tips today to make the holidays safer for your pets. In order to curb their stress levels, you may want to research more about the products offered by Glow CBD.

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Spiced Chocolate Truffle Muffin: Entertaining Guests

Jess
November 1, 2017
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When I was growing up, I spent nearly every Sunday either at my grandparents’ or great grandparents’ houses. I played with my cousins and we ate dinner together. Sadly, I feel like families don’t visit each other like they use to, or at least my family doesn’t. We seem to only visit during holidays, birthdays (if it’s a big one), weddings, and, unfortunately, funerals. When was the last time you had dinner or visited with your extended family? We spent some time with my husband’s family last week; his grandmother unexpectedly passed away. While everyone certainly grieved her passing, it was nice to catch up with many of them again. My husband got to spend time with his beloved great uncle and he got to meet our daughter for the first time. When everything was over and everyone went home, I just wanted to sit with my husband and relax. There are only a few things that I find more soothing than a nice cup of coffee and a bite of chocolate. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite coffee and chocolate pairings, Starbucks® Holiday Blend Coffee and Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles. This Spiced Chocolate Truffle Muffin recipe is lightly sweet with a burst of chocolate in the center. spiced chocolate truffle muffins Continue reading Spiced Chocolate Truffle Muffin: Entertaining Guests

New Mom Needs: #BabyBasicsBoxx

Jess
October 13, 2017

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The past 11 weeks of my daughter’s life have been a blur. She’s “growing like a weed” and I’m slowly getting a little more sleep. When I’m this tired I’m usually fueled by coffee; but since I’m exclusively nursing and no one likes a caffeinated baby, my drink of choice is water. We’re surviving on snuggles and the sweet sound of baby giggles. While my wee babe is sleeping, I thought I would share a few must have items from my Babblebox #BabyBasicsBoxx that you might enjoy. It was full of fun products like a Mumbrella (yes, a mom umbrella), Mustela baby lotion, the comfiest nursing bra ever from Playtex, Vichy mineral moisturizer (because self care is important), a Land’s End diaper bag, soft and sweet baby clothing from B’Gosh Baby, and some rash kicking butt paste from Boudreaux’s.

Playtex

If you’re a breastfeeding momma, you know one of the most important thing that you need besides a good water bottle is a supportive and comfortable nursing bra. This Playtex Nursing bra is not only my absolute favorite nursing bra ever, it’s also one of my favorite bras. I think I’ll wear this one long after she is weaned. One of my least favorite aspects of nursing my son was trying to find nursing bras and clothing. The other brands that I had were ill-fitting, especially when I had a change in milk supply, and just plain ugly. The lace detail is a beautiful finishing touch to a bra that covers two cup sizes and a full band size. It’s made of fabric to help keep you cool and comfortable. If you’re currently breastfeeding or planning to breastfed, you’ll definitely need to check out the Playtex Nursing Bra Collection. buy antabuse online https://buybloinfo.com/antabuse.html no prescription

Baby B’Gosh

Can we talk about baby clothes? I love all them. It’s hard not to like a baby’s outfit, especially when it’s from OshKosh B’Gosh. We’re an OshKosh household. My son wears a size 10 now and I’m going to be sad when he can no longer wear OshKosh B’Gosh. I love that Baby B’Gosh is a balance of cute and practical. The sweater that they sent is incredibly soft and oh so very sweet. I can pair it with lots of outfits to help transition her summer clothes to fall, and fall clothing into winter. It looks particularly precious with the mint colored floral dress also from Baby B’Gosh. You can always find great deal on Baby B’Gosh clothing but you can use this code (OKBG3352 or in store with code 036992) to save 20% off a $40+ purchase.

Mustela

While we’re chatting about great clothing for babies, it’s a perfect time to mention my favorite lotion. I’m picky about lotion that I apply to myself. I don’t like anything with a chemical smell or fragrance. Lotion should go on smoothly and hydrate, without feeling heavy or filmy. Mustela Hydra Bébé lotion is hypoallergenic and makes my daughter’s skin soft and smooth. Since she spends so much time in skin to skin contact with me while nursing, I use the same lotion on myself. It helps preserve cellular richness and primarily contains natural ingredients. We actually use several other Mustela products from their maternity and baby lines. You can use code BABBLEBOX17 for 20% off on their website. buy arava online https://buybloinfo.com/arava.html no prescription

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste Maximum Strength Jar

What do you use to treat the dreaded diaper rash? I’m going to share a true and slightly embarrassing story. I got really chaffed during the summer. I was hugely pregnant and waddling back and forth to my son’s baseball games. I didn’t know what to put on my chaffing and I figured diaper rash cream should work nicely. I put another cream on that a friend had given me as a shower gift; holy smokes that stuff stung. I couldn’t image putting something like that on my sweet babe’s skin. It went in the trash and the next time we were at the store I picked up a tube of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. It didn’t sting or burn like the other cream, and helped soothe my chaffing. I would never put anything on my baby’s skin that I wouldn’t put on my own. I was excited to learn that you could get Maximum Strength Boudreaux’s Butt Paste in this large jar. I find it easier to apply than the tube version and no need to worry about quickly running out (because who has time to run to the store with a new baby?). I’ve trusted Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with both of my little ones and I consider it an essential baby product.

Vichy

Now that we’ve talked about moisturizing baby’s skin, can we discuss moisturizing mommy? Usually I struggle with dry skin during fall and winter months, and this year seems to be worse than I remember. Until recently I’ve never touched my face and had it feel rough to the touch. Sadly, it has been bad enough that occasionally spots remind me of a fine grit sandpaper. I hate dry skin; it makes your complexion look bad and it’s hard to get foundation on evenly. I’ve noticed a tremendous improvement since I started using Vichy Mineral 89. My skin definitely doesn’t seem as ruddy and I don’t have those rough patches that I had previously. I like that my skin feels soft and hydrated. Vichy Mineral 89 contains thermalizing mineral water from French volcanoes and hyaluronic acid to help give you a healthy glow. It’s fragrance-free, oil-free and tested on sensitive skin. You can use code BABBLEBOX for 20% off and free shipping through 11/30/2017, that’s a great discount to try a new product. buy asacol online https://buybloinfo.com/asacol.html no prescription

Lands End

Did you know that Land’s End has a small line of diaper bags? I struggled finding a diaper bag. I don’t like loud prints and I wanted something more than just a big bag to shove things into. I love that this bag has outer pockets to store things. They’re easier to access and you don’t have to dig through your bag to find small items such as keys or moisturizer. It has a wide web strap that doesn’t dig into my shoulder and it’s lightweight. The black color makes it gender neutral and stylish. The strap is designed to strap onto your stroller, so you don’t have to carry it or reach under the stroller to get it. Thinking about small aspects like this can ensure that you get the best stroller
for you and your baby as it is important that you find one that you both feel comfortable with. You may also want to consider buying a stroller that has enough space to store essential items for when you’re out and about. If you don’t want to lug bulky baby gear around with you everywhere you go, you could look at finding a stroller rental near me.

Mumbrella

Speaking of things that attach to your stroller. Have you ever tried to push a stroller and carry an umbrella? I have and I always ended up wet and frustrated. My new Mumbrella attaches to my stroller, so I have both hands to control the stroller. The Mumbrella is water resistant and coated 50UV, so you’re protected from the sun and rain. It’s such a handy piece of mom equipment. You can use code BABBLEBOXX to get free shipping on your Mumbrella order. I should warn that the Mumbrella doesn’t fit every single stroller. For that reason, you may wish to check out this Universal Stroller Rain Cover & Weather Shield too!

What’s your favorite product in this #BabyBasicsBoxx? It’s impossible for me to choose. There were so many great products that serve different purposes. I hope you’ll check out a few that are new to you and take advantage of some of the discounts that they’re offering A Southern Mother readers.