Christmas Shopping Guide....FOR BABY BOY

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

...FOR BABY!!!

Since Harrison will be almost 10 months on Christmas day, we won't be getting him a ton this year simply for the fact that he won't remember any of it and he'll probably enjoy trying to eat the wrapping paper more than the actual present ha!  He'll get a few necessities, a few toys and books, and one big present--which is exactly what this list will consist of.  He also is ready to transfer over to a convertible carseat (😭), so while that's a purchase I'll probably make on Black Friday, the jury is out at to whether we use it when we get it or wait until after Christmas.

If there's anything that you've gifted your kids before that worked well that I don't have listed, please feel free to leave it in the comments!


  • New pajamas--I absolutely love all pjs from this brand!  I like to buy them a little big (in this case, a 12-18 month) because even when he grows, these stretch so well with him.  Also, I learned really quickly that zippers are a must now that he's mobile and antsy during diaper changes ha!
  • Dress shoes--One great thing about having a boy is that I don't have to buy a million pairs of shoes!  This past summer, Harrison had two pairs of sandals that went with every outfit he had...and he probably could have gotten away with just having one pair.  This winter, he's got one pair of all white saddle shoes and I've got a black and white pair on order.  This ecru color is perfect for spring and Easter.
  • Play clothes--I've been on the lookout for cute clothes that Harrison can wear to his school that would be totally fine if he gets spit up stains on them.  These are a few things I've found that I can buy quickly online--one, two, and three.
  • Feeding--I want to get Harrison this fork and spoon set so he can practice feeding himself.  I also really like these fresh food feeders.  I know these snackers are in our future, so I might as well go ahead and get them, too.



I've wanted to get Harrison this chair for the longest, so Santa will be leaving this at our house this year!

Friday Faves!

Friday, November 1, 2019


Our school district made today a virtual day for students, so I've got meetings all day while students get to ride off their sugar highs at home haha!  Last year they did this virtual day on Halloween and I think they learned this year to make it the day after Halloween.  Each school is doing something different and my school has students out job shadowing today, so I can't wait to hear all about it on Monday.

It's been a while since I blogged so lets get to my FAVORITES!

On Facebook for the month of November, I'm going to be posting something I'm thankful for every day.  I think I've tried doing this two other years and then I've always quit before the month is over, so my goal is to stick with it this year!
November is National Adoption Awareness Month.  I don't want Harrison growing up ever thinking he's different because he WAS adopted (remember, WAS not IS...past tense).  I want him growing up knowing how incredibly special he is because God chose him intentionally for our family.  We were matched with our first birth mother last year on November 2nd, and if she wouldn't have changed her mind last minute, we wouldn't have Harrison in our lives.  And I can't imagine life without him.  I am so thankful that God's plans are sovereign and so much better than mine.  If you've ever considered adoption, I'd love to chat with you.  Adoption is hard and costly, but also rewarding.....just like our adoption by God.

 Last Friday I celebrated my 32nd birthday and my BFF who now lives over 3 hours away mailed me a package--but not just me, she mailed Harrison something too!!!  She sent Harrison a Sir John longall (Sir John is one of my fave brands) and sent me a new cookbook!!  And those are our nicknames for each other--long college story behind those haha!

I took off on my birthday to spend the day with Dustin and Harrison and this big boy was in a GREAT mood!

Y'all, I can't believe this, but...

 ...Harrison is mobile!!!  He is army crawling everywhere and the occasionally will push himself up on all fours and rock back and forth.  He hasn't figured out how to crawl from all fours, but I expect it soon.

 Harrison's class at his school dressed up like superheroes, so he went as Spider-Man.  SO CUTE!!

And then yesterday after I woke him from a nap (he was not happy about that), he was a baby duck!  I've been dreaming of Pottery Barn Kids baby Halloween costumes for years, so I was thrilled to finally be able to buy one!

 I ran out of my Becca setting powder and went to my local Sephora where the saleslady told me it was now discontinued--WHAT?!  I had finally found a setting powder I loved, so I was not looking forward to finding another.  The saleslady suggested this Hourglass powder and I like it too (remember I used to use the Laura Mercier and it just didn't cut it for my skin).  It does a good job of keeping the oil at bay and blurring those pores.
I'm about to finish up with my current eye shadow palette--the Naked 2, so I'm going to be on the hunt for another to add to my Christmas wish list.  I love all of the colors of this Charlotte Tilbury palette, so I may ask for this.  I've heard so many great things about all Charlotte Tilbury products (just a little pricey!!), so I'm dying to try something.

My Birthday Wish List

Monday, October 21, 2019

My birthday is coming up at the end of this week 😊  I actually keep a shared google doc on my phone that Dustin has access to of things that I want.  Anytime I think of something I would really like to have, I add it to that document and Dustin checks it around holidays to help him shop.  It's worked out great for both of us because he's able to check that list without asking me what I want.  For example, this past Mother's Day he Harrison bought me the Jo Malone perfume I had listed on the doc--exact scent--and he never had to ask me any questions.

These are a couple of the things that I'd LOVE to have for my birthday in case anyone is wondering 😂  Or you might can add some of these things to your own Christmas list!

  • Wide leg pants--I used to dress up every day the first few years I started teaching and then I went through a super casual phase.  Now I'm ready to dress it back up during the week and would love these to pair with comfortable heels I could stand in all day to teach.  I like both green and navy.
  • New coat--I'm really in need of a new winter coat and while I typically only want camel colored coats, I want black in this coat.  And Dustin, if you're reading this, Nordstrom will price match so make sure JCrew has it on sale and then have Nordstrom price match :)
  • Pie dish--I use my two glass pie dishes for way more than pies, so I'd love to add another one to my collection.
  • Apple Watch--I've had my series 2 watch for a few years now and since I wear it every day, I really think it's time to upgrade.  I also think it would be neat to have cellular added so I don't have to constantly have my phone near me to have the ability to get texts or phone calls.
  • Kindle--I currently use my iPad (that's over 6 years old) to read from my Kindle app, but it's heavy and bulky if I tote it in my purse.  I think I'd like a Kindle since they are smaller and more compact.
  • Eye balm--I've seen another blogger talking about this and using it and this is a product I'd like to receive as a gift first lol!  She made it seem like a really versatile product because you can use it under your eyes before make up, as a highlighter, or be applied throughout the day over your make up to brighten up any spots on your face.
  • Nude Pumps--these are to go with my new pants at the top of the list :)  They say they are for 12 hour wear, so I hope they would be!
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