2019 Holiday Gift Guide

*disclaimer- this Holiday Gift Guide contains some affilliate links, which may give me a few cents when you shop through them. They cost nothing extra to you and help me to keep sharing content you love!*

As the season of giving is underway, I’ve been scouring the web to find you some of the best gift ideas out there for my Holiday Gift Guide series. I’ve shared with you my Kid’s Gift Guide for this season, and now I’ve got something for the grown ups!

My goal with these Holiday Gift Guides is to share a little inspiration for every budget, with many of the items being things I know and love personally! I also want to make shopping a little less hectic this holiday season. To do that, I’ve added a link for each gift for easy shopping. Enjoy!

For the Foodie

Harry & David Christmas Gift Basket with Wine

St. Dalfour Classic Flavors Gift Set

Mason Jar Makerplace Hudson & Lee Mason Jar Coctail Shaker Gift set

Green Chef Meal Delivery with clean ingredients

Pyrex Simply Store 22pc glass food storage set

For the Homebody

Scott Living Chenille Rib Decorative Throw

Scott Living Flameless LED Wax Pillars set

Dearfoams Sweater Knit Clog Slippers

Certified International Artisan 4 pc Mug Set

Sensorpedic Scent Infused Memory Foam Pillow

For the Tech Lover

Google Home Mini smart speaker

Aluratex 8in Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor and 4GB Memory

Solo Pilot 15.6in Slim Laptop Briefcase

gofanco EdgeS 5 Port Charging Station

Chargeworx Power Bank Portable Charger

For the Jet Setter

U.S. Traveler Sparta Hardside Spinner Luggage

Travelon Multi-Purpose Travel Packimg Cube

iLive Bluetooth Wireless Active Noise Canceling Headphones

Violet Ray Floral Whipstitch Passport Holder and Liggage Tag Set

SensorPEDIC Conforming Memory Foam U-Neck Travel Pillow

Hopefully this Holiday Gift Guide makes your shopping a little easier!

Be sure to check out my Kid’s Gift Guide for gift ideas that encourage learning and creativity!

Gift Guide : Kids Gifts that Encourage Learning & Creativity !

*disclaimer- this post of Kids Gift Ideas contains some affilliate links, which may give me a few cents when you shop through them. They cost nothing extra to you and help me to keep sharing content you love!*

Happy Black Friday friends! Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s officially my favorite time if they year, Christmas time!

I’ve put together a gift guide full of Kids Gift ideas for kids of all ages! I hope this helps inspire you this holiday season, and I’ve provide easy to shop links for each one! Enjoy!

Babies & Toddlers

STEM Blocks Wooden Block Set

From Classic toys, this adorable Wooden Forest Baby Walker

This Leap Frog Puppy Pal Scout was also a hit when mine we’re younger! It’s a fun and interactive educational toy and oh-so cute!

Encourage baby’s curiosity and fine motor development with this Multi-Activity Cube wooden toy from Classic Toy!

Little Kids

Melissa & Doug Scoop + Top Wooden Ice Cream Play Set

We’ve got a couple of these Crayola Jumbo Art Creativity Kit tubs. I love that they are a starting point for their creativity to run wild! I also love that we can reuse the heavy duty containers indefinitely for storage!

Pair this Melissa & Doug Wooden Tabletop Paper Roll Dispenser with some crayons for hours of fun!

Magformers 30 pc Magformers Magnet Tiles set

Schylling 70 pc. Make It Wood Building Set

Big Kids

My son got this Learning Resources STEM Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set last year for Christmas and he absolutely loves it!

Hey! Play! Mirror Refracting Telescope

T.S. Shure Oragami & Other Fun Fold Ups Book

ALEX 124 pc. Travelers Sketch & Draw Easel Case

Newborn Twin Must Haves

This post has been a LONG time coming, as my sweet little bundles of beans are now nearing three and a half— how the hell did that happen so fast?!

I have been wanting to compile a list of things that “came in clutch” during the ever challenging newborn phase of twin motherhood, but ya’ll parenthood is crazy, and my to do list just keeps getting longer, and the things I want to do usually get pushed down the priority list. 😆

At any rate, here’s how this post came to fruition originally: I scoured all my fav websites and networks as soon as I found out my twins were coming, in hopes of finding a “survival guide” of sorts – sounds harsh but I know moms of multiples know exactly what I’m talking about 😆- and I could find NOTHING…literally NUH-THEEEN-GUH! Fast forward to now, and I’ve had a ton of new friends connect with me over on the gram, and quite a few either have new twins, or just found out you were pregnant with them! I figured what better time than now to throw this out there and hopefully it helps either new twin parents or those of you that know and love someone with twins find some things that were pivotal in my sanity during that time!

So without further adieu, here it is! My top 10 Newborn Twin Must Haves!

 

1. Okkatots Diaper Bag

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This diaper bag from Okkatots is hands down the BEST Diaper Bag for Moms of Multiples . There is so much room inside, insulated pouches for storing milk, and tons of space for double of everything. Check out my full review here.

 

2. Gripe Water

Okay, I know it sounds crazy, but this stuff REALLY works. All three of my babies were colicky, but it seemed like Harrison especially had a really hard time. We loved this all natural gripe water from Mommy’s Bliss so much, not only for the relief on our eardrums, but on my sweet babies tummies. It finally gave them some relief to sleep & recoup after some pretty intense crying spells. Honestly, my only regret with this stuff is not knowing about it with my first born! There are some wonderful recipes we tried for homemade gripe water, but when you are a sleep deprived twin parent, sometimes it’s better for everyone to just have the bottle ready for convenience’s sake.

 

3. Soundbox/ White Noise App

 

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This app is a sleepy mamas dream. For real. It’s 100% free and my kids have all loved it so much they STILL use it today (my oldest is 5, guys, and he still loves his “white noise”.) We downloaded the app to our old phone, and use a Bluetooth speaker to amplify the noise- my kids prefer the crashing wave/ocean sound. With light sleepers like mine, having that extra noise to focus on really helps them get some deep restful sleep. You can download the whitenoise app here , and thank me later 😉.

 

4. Nipple Cream

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Let’s just preface this one by saying that I whole heartedly believe the saying “fed is best!” Thank goodness there are options for mamas out there who choose not to / are unable to breastfeed their babies. As long as those little bellies are full, thats what really matters, and at the end of the day we all just want what is best for our kids! That being said- I chose to breastfeed all my babies. It’s a lot of hard work, and totally exhausting, but for my family it was so worth it. If you do choose to nurse your twins, make sure to have some nipple cream at the ready because you are going to need it! I used this Lanonin (“l-lanonlin? like sheeps wool?”) Nipple Cream from Lanisoh and it worked wonders for my sore / cracked nipples. TMI? I don’t care!! Just get some, lather up, and trust me!

 

5. Breast Pump 

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In jumping on with the breastfeeding topic in number 4 – girlfriend, for the love of all that is holy, get yourself a breast pump! For those nights when you want to get away and have a sitter, or if your friend or family member comes over so you can get a few hours of sleep during the day, a breast pump is going to be your best friend! I kept a stash of pumped breastmilk in my freezer at all times for occasions such as this and let me tell you it was a Godsend. It especially came in handy when I went back to work after having my oldest and wanted to continue breastfeeding him. I will admit- these are a bit on the pricy side, but believe me they are worth their weight in gold. I loved the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. There ARE manual/hand pumps available that are totally  affordable if you are unable to get the electric pump, and they work well…they just require a little extra effort. Also, be sure to check with your insurance provider aswell because some will provide breastpumps to new/nursing moms!

 

6. Lavender Essential Oil

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Sister, this one is for you. Growing humans is hard. Raising humans is hard. BEING HUMAN IS friggin’ HARD! Do yourself a favor and take some time for you. I know…the thought of taking time for yourself is anxiety inducing, and the guilt that comes from fantasizing about having some alone time creeps in, but believe me when I say that self care/self preservation is essential in this parenthood business. You can’t fill others cups if yours is empty, right? So- run yourself a nice hot bath, play some Sigur Ros on that iphone of yours, squeeze a few drops (I do 6-8) of this lavender essential oil from Art Naturals in your bath water, and take a deep breath. Lavender is known for its abilities to relax the mind and body, and sister friend you deserve it!

 

7. SleepSack from HALO

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Babies are wriggly little things, there’s no denying it! Your twins have been cooped up in mama’s belly with their little womb-mates for 9 months and now that they have the opportunity to squirm every which way, they do! And at all hours of the night! Babies love the comfort that comes from being tucked up tight in a swaddle and it definitely helps them sleep better, but come midnight, or that dreaded 3am feeding time, who can sit there and try to function enough to perfectly wrap up your little burrito baby? We all slept MUCH better when we discovered these velcro SleepSack Swaddlers by HALO. They provide the comfort and benefits of a traditional swaddle without all of the effort – velcro rocks!

 

8. Zipper Jammies

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The number one item I tell people when they ask what they should get someone for a baby shower may not be what many people consider a must have, but I’m telling you – IT IS. Okay, so by now you can see this whole “anything that helps you sleep better” trend popping up, and it’s because these first few months are soooo hard with twins. ZIPPER JAMMIES, you guys. I promise you, you will love them. Single babies dirty their diapers a lot. Right? Now times that by two? Now add in feedings every couple of hours. Now times that by two! Now subtract ALL the sleep. Now tell me, do you really want to sit there and snap those little onesie crotch buttons every time you have to change a diaper in the middle of the night? The answer is no…No, you don’t. Zippers. Trust me.

 

9. Boppy Lounger

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As much as I LOVED (and still love) holding my babies, it’s important to have a safe and soft spot to lay them down when you have to be doing something else with your hands. We LOVED the Boppy Loungers -be sure to follow the directions on how to use with your newborn- and I loved that they were perfect for positioning the kids for tummy time as they got bigger and held their heads up!

 

10. Mother’s Milk Tea

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Number 10. Here it is. I went back and forth with what I wanted to pick to fill the last spot on this list, but here it is. I chose the Organic Mother’s Milk Tea from Traditional Medicinals for two reasons. Reason number one being that sometimes in our nursing period, our body naturally wants to taper off our milk supply (totally normal by the way), and this super yummy tea with fenugreek and other helpful lactation ingredients work to naturally increase your milk supply. Pretty important when you have 2 little mouths to feed! The second reason is that it was my way intentionally of doing something for myself in a time where I struggled through some pretty severe PPD. It was a nice hot cup of goodness to help me be present and have a few minutes of self care time. Parenting though Post-Partum Depression is a hard and scary thing to do, and feelings of inadequacy creep in when your milk dwindles (which again is totally natural and normal). The little boost I got from taking that time to breathe along with the fact that it actually really DID increase my milk supply for my twins was amazing. I’d call it a win win for sure.

 

And there you have it. My No B.S. Top 10 Newborn Twin Must Haves (which is not sponsored by the way!)

I hope that this list is helpful for you as a new mama of 1,2 or many babies, or that it helps you find something for someone you love with a baby on the way!

As promised, here is my Shopable Amazon Influencer list, which has all of these items and many of my other favorite things for your shopping / wish list adding pleasure!

Let me know if this list is helpful to you, or what other items you would add to your baby registry must have list in the comments below!

*Please note that my Amazon site may contain affiliate links, which means a percentage of your purchase may be kicked back to me. Shopping through these links will not affect your purchase in any way, other than that a portion of it may go to helping support my little blog, which my family and I appreciate!

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Newborn Twin Must Haves

This post has been a LONG time coming, as my sweet little bundles of beans are now nearing three and a half— how the hell did that happen so fast?!

I have been wanting to compile a list of things that “came in clutch” during the ever challenging newborn phase of twin motherhood, but ya’ll parenthood is crazy, and my to do list just keeps getting longer, and the things I want to do usually get pushed down the priority list. 😆

At any rate, here’s how this post came to fruition originally: I scoured all my fav websites and networks as soon as I found out my twins were coming, in hopes of finding a “survival guide” of sorts – sounds harsh but I know moms of multiples know exactly what I’m talking about 😆- and I could find NOTHING…literally NUH-THEEEN-GUH! Fast forward to now, and I’ve had a ton of new friends connect with me over on the gram, and quite a few either have new twins, or just found out you were pregnant with them! I figured what better time than now to throw this out there and hopefully it helps either new twin parents or those of you that know and love someone with twins find some things that were pivotal in my sanity during that time!

So without further adieu, here it is!

My top 10 Newborn Twin Must Haves!

 

1. Okkatots Diaper Bag

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This diaper bag from Okkatots is hands down the BEST Diaper Bag for Moms of Multiples . There is so much room inside, insulated pouches for storing milk, and tons of space for double of everything. Check out my full review here.

 

2. Gripe Water

Okay, I know it sounds crazy, but this stuff REALLY works. All three of my babies were colicky, but it seemed like Harrison especially had a really hard time. We loved this all natural gripe water from Mommy’s Bliss so much, not only for the relief on our eardrums, but on my sweet babies tummies. It finally gave them some relief to sleep & recoup after some pretty intense crying spells. Honestly, my only regret with this stuff is not knowing about it with my first born! There are some wonderful recipes we tried for homemade gripe water, but when you are a sleep deprived twin parent, sometimes it’s better for everyone to just have the bottle ready for convenience’s sake.

 

3. Soundbox/ White Noise App

 

Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 10.50.58 PM.png

This app is a sleepy mamas dream. For real. It’s 100% free and my kids have all loved it so much they STILL use it today (my oldest is 5, guys, and he still loves his “white noise”.) We downloaded the app to our old phone, and use a Bluetooth speaker to amplify the noise- my kids prefer the crashing wave/ocean sound. With light sleepers like mine, having that extra noise to focus on really helps them get some deep restful sleep. You can download the whitenoise app here , and thank me later 😉.

 

4. Nipple Cream

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Let’s just preface this one by saying that I whole heartedly believe the saying “fed is best!” Thank goodness there are options for mamas out there who choose not to / are unable to breastfeed their babies. As long as those little bellies are full, thats what really matters, and at the end of the day we all just want what is best for our kids! That being said- I chose to breastfeed all my babies. It’s a lot of hard work, and totally exhausting, but for my family it was so worth it. If you do choose to nurse your twins, make sure to have some nipple cream at the ready because you are going to need it! I used this Lanonin (“l-lanonlin? like sheeps wool?”) Nipple Cream from Lanisoh and it worked wonders for my sore / cracked nipples. TMI? I don’t care!! Just get some, lather up, and trust me!

 

5. Breast Pump 

81UgfVP5yUL._SX425_.jpg

In jumping on with the breastfeeding topic in number 4 – girlfriend, for the love of all that is holy, get yourself a breast pump! For those nights when you want to get away and have a sitter, or if your friend or family member comes over so you can get a few hours of sleep during the day, a breast pump is going to be your best friend! I kept a stash of pumped breastmilk in my freezer at all times for occasions such as this and let me tell you it was a Godsend. It especially came in handy when I went back to work after having my oldest and wanted to continue breastfeeding him. I will admit- these are a bit on the pricy side, but believe me they are worth their weight in gold. I loved the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. There ARE manual/hand pumps available that are totally  affordable if you are unable to get the electric pump, and they work well…they just require a little extra effort. Also, be sure to check with your insurance provider aswell because some will provide breastpumps to new/nursing moms!

 

6. Lavender Essential Oil

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Sister, this one is for you. Growing humans is hard. Raising humans is hard. BEING HUMAN IS friggin’ HARD! Do yourself a favor and take some time for you. I know…the thought of taking time for yourself is anxiety inducing, and the guilt that comes from fantasizing about having some alone time creeps in, but believe me when I say that self care/self preservation is essential in this parenthood business. You can’t fill others cups if yours is empty, right? So- run yourself a nice hot bath, play some Sigur Ros on that iphone of yours, squeeze a few drops (I do 6-8) of this lavender essential oil from Art Naturals in your bath water, and take a deep breath. Lavender is known for its abilities to relax the mind and body, and sister friend you deserve it!

 

7. SleepSack from HALO

81IVI4Jhv8L._SX425_.jpg

Babies are wriggly little things, there’s no denying it! Your twins have been cooped up in mama’s belly with their little womb-mates for 9 months and now that they have the opportunity to squirm every which way, they do! And at all hours of the night! Babies love the comfort that comes from being tucked up tight in a swaddle and it definitely helps them sleep better, but come midnight, or that dreaded 3am feeding time, who can sit there and try to function enough to perfectly wrap up your little burrito baby? We all slept MUCH better when we discovered these velcro SleepSack Swaddlers by HALO. They provide the comfort and benefits of a traditional swaddle without all of the effort – velcro rocks!

 

8. Zipper Jammies

Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 8.37.24 PM.png

The number one item I tell people when they ask what they should get someone for a baby shower may not be what many people consider a must have, but I’m telling you – IT IS. Okay, so by now you can see this whole “anything that helps you sleep better” trend popping up, and it’s because these first few months are soooo hard with twins. ZIPPER JAMMIES, you guys. I promise you, you will love them. Single babies dirty their diapers a lot. Right? Now times that by two? Now add in feedings every couple of hours. Now times that by two! Now subtract ALL the sleep. Now tell me, do you really want to sit there and snap those little onesie crotch buttons every time you have to change a diaper in the middle of the night? The answer is no…No, you don’t. Zippers. Trust me.

 

9. Boppy Lounger

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As much as I LOVED (and still love) holding my babies, it’s important to have a safe and soft spot to lay them down when you have to be doing something else with your hands. We LOVED the Boppy Lounger -be sure to follow the directions on how to use with your newborn- and I loved that they were perfect for positioning the kids for tummy time as they got bigger and held their heads up!

 

10. Mother’s Milk Tea

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Number 10. Here it is. I went back and forth with what I wanted to pick to fill the last spot on this list, but here it is. I chose the Organic Mother’s Milk Tea from Traditional Medicinals for two reasons. Reason number one being that sometimes in our nursing period, our body naturally wants to taper off our milk supply (totally normal by the way), and this super yummy tea with fenugreek and other helpful lactation ingredients work to naturally increase your milk supply. Pretty important when you have 2 little mouths to feed! The second reason is that it was my way intentionally of doing something for myself in a time where I struggled through some pretty severe PPD. It was a nice hot cup of goodness to help me be present and have a few minutes of self care time. Parenting though Post-Partum Depression is a hard and scary thing to do, and feelings of inadequacy creep in when your milk dwindles (which again is totally natural and normal). The little boost I got from taking that time to breathe along with the fact that it actually really DID increase my milk supply for my twins was amazing. I’d call it a win win for sure.

 

And there you have it. My No B.S. Top 10 Newborn Twin Must Haves (which is not sponsored by the way!)

I hope that this list is helpful for you as a new mama of 1,2 or many babies, or that it helps you find something for someone you love with a baby on the way!

As promised, here is my Shopable Amazon Influencer list, which has all of these items and many of my other favorite things for your shopping / wish list adding pleasure!

Let me know if this list is helpful to you, or what other items you would add to your baby registry must have list in the comments below!

*Please note that my post may contain affiliate links, which means a percentage of your purchase may be kicked back to me. Shopping through these links will not affect your purchase in any way, other than that a portion of it (cents) may go to helping support my little blog, which my family and I appreciate!

 

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the season of giving, and I believe in shopping small when possible! I’ve rounded up TEN of my favorite goodies for everyone in the family in my first ever Holiday Gift Guide!!

I hope you will find some cute and unique gifts for the ones you love this season; hand made and hand curated with lots of love!Happy Shopping!

1. Bookroo monthly children’s book subscription boxes to get children excited about reading! Use code KIMIGIFT for 25% off Nov 24-27th!

2. The Blueberry Hillmodern & whimsical hats and caps! Use code BF25 for 25% off all week! Sale ends 11/27/17 at midnight.

3. Cuddle & Kindheirloom quality plush friends. Each doll purchase provides 10 meals for children in need! Plus receive two free prints when you purchase two dolls!

4. M is For Monster educational crafts monthly subscription box to make learning fun! Use code bf2017 for 15% off your purchase!

5. Muffin Bub Dolls hand stitched and felted toys for imaginative play! They will be having their final restock of the year this Friday 11/24/17 at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST, so lots of fun Holiday items!

 

1. Rosalynne Love handlettered hand screenprinted encouraging apparel and drink wares! Use code shopsmall2017 for 20% off Friday 11/24- Monday 11/27.

2.Jane’s Agenda disc bound, six ring, and spiral customized planners! They will be having a Black Friday sale that will run through the weekend, so don’t miss out!

3. Green Cove Collectiveapparel and housewares for the adventurous at heart!

4. Faithboxmonthly subscription box for believers that includes items from shops with a cause! They are offering 50% off of their Christmas Favorite Things Box now through Cyber Monday! They are also offering 50% off of your first month subscription with code BFHC50 on Black Friday!

5.Jessica Wertz handmade pottery & porcelain jewelry. Jessica will be offering 15% off for the holidays, and the code is listed her website.

 

 

Happy Holidays, friends! 💚

-Kimi