UPDATE: I just saw that the advent calendar sold out! They also have THIS ONE that is the same concept and festive!
I know I’ve already said this a half-dozen times on my blog but I’m just so excited for Christmas this year. My kids make it so magical and special! And I’m sure as some of you saw on my Instagram yesterday, both Molly and Riley are sick right now. Molly has had a fever on and off for five weeks and Riley has a really nasty cold that is making it difficult for him to breathe. So he got put on breathing treatments yesterday at the doctor and Molly had a bunch of blood tests done. I held her in my arms while she screamed for almost 3 hours straight. She also had a chest x-ray that looked hazy – but it could just be from a viral infection (aka a cold). In the end, the doctor suggested more testing and I put my foot down and said “No more today. She’s had enough.” It took everything in me not to break down and cry myself. But I knew I had to be strong for her. Luckily, when we got home from the doctor we surrounded our kiddos with love and we all giggled the night away! Kevin and I were not gonna let that sweet face in the photo below end her day without a big smile on her face.
Anyway, I wanted to give you guys a quick update on the kids but really the point of today’s post is to tell you about some of my favorite gift picks this holiday season! I wrote this last night once the kiddos were in bed. Focusing on my blog and Christmas helped raise my spirits after a very tough day. So let’s start with the adorable PJs Molly is wearing in these pictures.
Well first, let me say it is nearly impossible to be a blogger and not give your family all their gifts before Christmas actually comes. Ha! I buy all of these things thinking that I’m going to wrap them up and give them as gifts and then I start thinking about blog post ideas, and decide to do a blog post about them instead. So then I just have to get more gifts later! Ha! I don’t know, I guess I just feel like I was wanna share everything with you guys. Including all my gift ideas. You’re like my extended family!
So yes, these PJs were supposed to be wrapped and put under the tree for Molly to open Christmas Eve (so she could wear them to bed the night before Christmas day and walk down the stairs Christmas morning with them on), but I knew they were going to be so cute on her that I decided to put them on her to snap some pics! One main reason I got them for her, is that they are unisex. So Riley will be able to wear them in a couple years on Christmas too! I love getting pictures of him wearing things that she used to wear when she was little. And actually, who am I kidding, Riley is so huge that he’ll probably be able to wear them next Christmas when he’s only one and a half. Molly is two and a half.
And I got so excited seeing Molly in front of the tree in her Christmas PJs that I decided to introduce her to her Elf on a Shelf. I think it’s totally against the rules for her to be able to touch the elf. This is my first year doing Elf on a Shelf so I have no idea exactly what the rules are. But I let her play with her little elf for a little bit and told her the elf had to go back and talk to Santa and that she would come back on December 1st to visit again. At that point I’ll have read the book and all rules and I’ll know exactly what I’m supposed to do. This is my first year doing Elf on a Shelf! I’m so stinking excited to do it! Every year I see all of my friends post photos on Facebook and Instagram of them doing all these super cute scenes with their elf and I can’t wait to do those types of things with Molly! We asked her to name the elf and at first she named her “Danny” and then she change it to “Maui” (girl loves Moana right now!). So we’ll let you know what the elf’s final name will be by December 1st! Ha! Comment in the comments section below and give me ideas for set up’s for Elf on the Shelf! I’m a newbie at this and don’t even know where to start!
Oh and for those of you curious about my white sweater in these pics. I would get it here because it’s only $39 and I absolutely love it! It is so soft and comfy and it comes in a bunch of different colors! I’ll try to post a picture of me wearing it on Instagram stories today so you guys can see photos of me wearing it standing up. It’s just a really great sweater to have this winter season.
One gift idea that I think would be great for expecting parents is a baby book. Especially if the parents already have a child or children. I think when you are a first time parent, you think about a baby book well in advance and have everything planned out. But when you’re a second or third or fourth time parent, you don’t plan as well. You just have your hands full with your other kid(s) and you forget to do things. I for one forgot to get Riley a baby book. I’ve thought about it multiple times since he was born but something would always come up and I’d forget again. So when I saw this baby book on the Nordstrom website I bought it right away! I shop at Nordstrom all the time anyway, so it was easy for me to throw this in my car and I’m so glad I got it for him! When we had Molly, I think we had four different baby books! Ha! We only ended up keeping one of them and donated the others, but I remember some of the others feeling like they were so busy and took so much time to fill out! And let’s face it, when you’re a parent you don’t have that much time to work on baby books. What I love about this particular book that, is that it’s so easy and simple to fill out. But it’s also really cute and asks for the information you wanna remember years from now. There’s multiple versions of this book on Nordstrom’s website. They have a more girly version of the baby book too!
Anyway, this baby book is a gift that I ended up buying myself. Or really I guess you could say I bought it for Riley. Because at the end of the day this is for him when he grows up. I would’ve felt so guilty if I didn’t get him some sort a baby book, so I’m so glad we have this one!
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but all of the gifts I am suggesting in this blog post are from Nordstrom. I’m obsessed with Nordstrom. I shop at Nordstrom pretty much weekly at this point. And I was pretty stoked when I saw they had these monogrammed mugs. I think I’ve mentioned this to you guys before, but Kevin and I collect mugs. We’re not big collectors, but mugs are just something we started acquiring when we first got together and we’ve continued it ever since. We have a ton of monogrammed mugs with our initials on them, but when people would come visit us we realized that we wanted to have monogrammed mugs for them to use too! Not for everyone who comes to visit us, but for people who come more frequently like my mom and Kevin’s mom. So we decided as a gift for when family comes and stays with us during the holidays, we would have monogrammed mugs with their initials for them to enjoy their coffee out of in the morning. I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but a small gesture like this can mean a lot to a guest in your home. We also got them for our friends that stay with us frequently and they were so surprised when they woke up in the morning and we had coffee waiting for them in mugs with their initials on it. And the mugs are only $10 each, so it’s super affordable to do and leaves a huge impact on the person you give it to when they wake up in the morning to see their coffee out of their personal monogrammed mug. This “B” in the picture below is for my mom Beth btw. Shhhhhh…don’t tell her 😉
This last item – a wooden advent calendar – is a gift I really got our entire family. I got it for me because I think it’s gorgeous on our dining room table, but I also got it for Molly and Riley because it’s an advent calendar that they get to open up every single day! Well, really Molly opens it up for now, but Riley will get to take part next year! And it’s a gift for Kevin too because he’s going to enjoy seeing the kiddos open it up year after year. I love it because we get to choose what goes in the advent calendar. Yeah I could go buy one at the drugstore that has chocolate that the kids get to open up every morning. But we’re not huge fans of giving our kids candy. Obviously not Riley, he doesn’t really even eat food yet. But with Molly we try to limit sweets as much as possible. So what I love about this advent calendar is it has little wooden drawers that you open up every day and we can put whatever we want in them! We’re going to get little tiny toys that we can put in each drawer that she can open up each morning. And maybe a candy on a day once a week or something. Just to mix things up! Molly absolutely loves it! She’s not gonna be able to believe her luck on December 1st that a little goodie/toy shows up in the #1 drawer!
I hope you guys find these gift ideas helpful! And thank you all so much for your well wishes to the kiddos on social media! They’re already both doing much better this morning and I’m hopeful that we’re going to get some answers about what’s going on with Molly. Love you guys! And don’t forget to leave me ideas for what I can do with the elf on a shelf in the comments below!
Thank you Nordstrom for being my favorite place to shop and working with Ali Luvs to sponsor this post!