Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Shopping Ideas!

I love shopping at our local store- The Green Nursery for all my favorite natural products! I've put together a list of my top 4 favorite Christmas gift ideas for the toddler, baby and expecting/new mom on your Christmas list. (There might even be one or two that a new dad would love as well! (This post will contain affiliate links!)

3 Year Old-

Here are my top 4 favorites for the toddler on your list!

Green Toys- Ferry Boat, Rocket Ship, Fire Truck or Tool Set:
My son loves these toys! We got him the Tugboat for Christmas two years ago and that thing is still used every single time he takes a bath. These are just a few of his favorites TGN carries.

He has several of these on his wishlist and is getting one of them for Christmas. He got the Fire Truck from his Grandmother for his birthday and absolutely loves it! These are great because they're made from 100%  recycled plastic milk jugs and are super durable.

Plan Toys Build-A-Robot-Besides being just plain cute, this little robot is an emotionally educational toy for your little one. Features inter-changeable heads with different faces conveying happy, angry, surprised, and sad.

Switchback Racetrack- My son loves playing with this every single time we go to TGN! Not only is it a fun toy but it helps build fine motor skills, imagination and creativity and also social skills.

Safe Sippy 2 - Straw and Sippy Cup in One- This would make a perfect gift for under the tree or even a great in the stocking. The Safe Sippy 2 is an innovative sippy and straw cup all in one. When your child gets too big for the 'sippy' mode, The Safe Sippy 2 can be instantly converted to a straw cup with the included straw and straw adapter. It's Stainless steel interior, and BPA Free plastic top and straw. 11 Ounces.

7 Month Old-

Here are my top 4 favorite gift ideas for the baby on your list!

Sophie the Giraffe Teething Ring- I absolutely love this teething ring. Giraffes are my favorite animal and this one is just adorable. My mom purchased one for my first son when he was a baby and now my (currently hard core teething) 7 month old is enjoying it! Sophie is made of all natural rubber and lightly vanilla scented.

HABA Magica Clutching Toy- This toy is great because is so brightly colored, it's sure to interest your baby. 

Make Believe Swaddle - 4 pack- These make a perfect gift for the baby on your list. They have so many great uses. Of course they're perfect for swaddling, tummy time on the floor and great for using as just a regular blanket.
They also make great stroller/car seat covers, nursing covers (if needed) or even a burp rag. My favorite is the Make Believe print because they're just the most adorable, ever!

Cloth Diapers (of course). My top two favorites are the GroVia Hybrid system and the Flip covers. They're perfect for a little one who's not really into toys yet and totally serve a great purpose.

The Green Nursery also has great gifts for the Mom on your list. Here are my top favorite gifts to give the Mom (and some could double for the Dad) on your list! Here are my top 4!

TGN has a great selection of baby carriers and you bet they would make a perfect gift for the mom (or dad) on your list. Whether they're new to babywearing or just want an upgrade to their existing carrier, TGN has some awesome carriers to pick from.
My favorite, 
Ergobaby Carrier - Night Sky. I love Ergo and this print is to die for!

LifeFactory Adult Bottle- These are great! They are BPA and phthalate-free and all materials are FDA approved. These glass bottles come with protective silicone sleeves to help with gripping to avoid breakage. They are dishwasher safe with no need to remove the silicone sleeve! If you know a new mama who's nursing, you know this will come in handy for all that water she'll need.

Mama-to-Be Tea Sampler- This is a great sample of Earth Mama's most popular tea blends. This would be perfect gift for the expecting mother on your list!

Chewbeads Jane Teething Necklace- These are not only functional for that teething baby who wants to grab everything to put in their mouth, but they are also stylish so mom can wear them to match any outfit! My personal favorite is the Emerald green!

So for all you last minute shoppers, check out The Green Nursery for some awesome gifts for those special people on your list!  Happy shopping and Merry Christmas!

I was in no way (nor do I plan to be) compensated for this post. I just really love TGN and all the awesome products they carry! ;-) Just a reminder that the links in this blog post are affiliate links.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY Baby Christmas Ornament- A Pinterest WIN!

Usually when I share things on my Facebook wall or pin it on Pinterest with the caption- "OMG, I'm definitely trying this!" I'll be honest, I rarely try it. That's usually how this stuff works right? You either pin a bunch of stuff you'll never actually make. Or maybe, just maybe you do make it but it belongs on a Pinterest fail meme! 
Well, I finally made something from Pinterest that didn't turn out completely awful. To be completely honest though, I'm not sure I could have messed this up, because it's pretty simple to make and takes very few steps. So, while scrolling through Facebook one evening while nursing my little guy, I found the cutest Christmas ornament. Someone had taken one of those hospital hats they give all newborns and their hospital bracelet from their baby and put them in a clear bulb. 
I saw this as a way to stop hoarding things in my memory box, but also creating a very adorable keepsake that also doubles as a festive decoration. (Though it doesn't necessarily have to be kept as a Christmas tree ornament. You could hang it anywhere year round if you want to.) These could also be great gifts for the grandparents if you have enough hats and bracelets. I'll give you the complete tutorial, supply list and some great optional ideas that I'm still considering myself. Enjoy!

Supply List: 

•One clear Christmas ornament bulb. You'll want to get a decent size since you're stuffing a hat and bracelet in it. I personally suggest plastic for a few reasons. 1- You'll be stuffing things into the ornament. If you get glass, you'll need to be very delicate as not to break it. 2- If you get plastic, it'll be very hard for your little one to break it. (My guy broke one of our glass ornaments tonight. Sigh.) Trust me, I'm glad I got the plastic ones with a rowdy around! I got mine at Walmart for only 96 cents!

•The blue and pink hat the hospital stuck on your sweet newborns head straight after birth (I'm not sure if they're all pink/blue striped, but from what I've seen on Pinterest and Google, they seem to be.) If you didn't get that blue and pink one, use whichever one they gave you. 

•The bracelet that says your baby's info on it.

•One of those hooks you use to hang ornaments.

Every bracelet is different so this is where the optional supply list will come in handy. Our bracelet says "Baby Boy Fender" (for both boys). So the ornaments currently do not have their names on them, but they do have the dates obviously. So we know which ornament belongs to which boy. 

Optional Supply List:

•Puffy Paint/Sharpie-
Whatever kind of writing utensil you want to use is fine. This will be for writing your child's name on the outside.
Note- You could also write it on paper of something else and put that inside the ornament as well. Whatever you prefer. 

•Blue or Pink ribbon-
I'm still trying to decide whether or not I want to add anything at all to mine. I saw some cute ones on Google that had a blue or pink ribbon on them. I think this is a cute idea. 

So first you need to take off the top part of the ornament. (My son is a pro at this even though I tell him not to touch the ornaments.)
 Now to stuff the hat inside, I just started with the bottom and stuffed it into the bulb. I saw some who folded theirs length wise to stuff it in, but whatever works for you. In order to get the hat arranged how I wanted it, I used a pencil to get to the bottom and move it around.
Then I took the bracelet cut off some of the excess part of the band and taped it so it formed a circle. I just kind of dropped it in and used the pencil to move it to the perfect placement. After that I just put the top part back on the bulb and I was done.
That was the easiest DIY I've found on Pinterest/Facebook yet. Especially since it turned out so great. I'm currently contemplating putting their names on their bulbs along with a blue ribbon on the top. I think they look wonderful just the way they are and I definitely don't want it to be too "busy" by putting too much on or in them. I saw one that had tons of stuff inside and that just seemed to be overboard for my taste. 

I'd love to see your photos if you make one! Please feel free to post on my Facebook page or use the following hashtag on Instagram or Twitter so I can see yours! #ToFDIY