Mom Talk: Meet Ruthy Taylor

Mom Talk: Meet Ruthy Taylor

-Tell us a little about your family and why it is special?

I think we’re an ordinary family just like any other.  We have 2 beautiful daughters and we want them to do great things.  We pray that we instill kindness in their character and that they lead a life in pursuit of Jesus.

-What do you do for work/volunteer outside of being a wife and mom?

I left a career in marketing and sales to become a mother…after 2 1/2 years of being a SAHM, I’m in the process of getting my real estate license and plan on joining my husband’s real estate brokerage.  I’m excited to go back to work part-time.

-Is there something your family does on a regular basis for quality time?

We’re still trying to figure out what “regular” looks like.  My husband is self-employed and our days look different daily.  We kind of thrive on spontaneity.  Quick road trips, overnight getaways, and long walks have always been wonderful memories for our family.

-How do you take time for yourself to recharge?

I’m still working on this concept…but if I can get away to a coffee shop by myself I always feel like I’ve been refueled.

-What is your go to, never fail, in a pinch recipe?

Slow cooker carnitas!

-What is the one product you can not live without?

Currently, its my Lily and Mama Ring Sling…I would not be able to accomplish anything without babywearing!

Free Printable Baby Shower Games

April Showers continue with three modern baby shower games. Did we mention each is a free printable? Enjoy!

Free Printable Baby Shower Games

For the brainiac: Play this fun baby word scramble game. Unscramble each set of letters to reveal a newborn-related word. Don’t forget to copy down the answers below! Download your free printable here.

Bassinet – sentisab
Pacifier – reficaip
Bottle – tobelt
Rattle – treatle
Onesie – eniseo
Diaper – preadi
Swaddle – waddles
Lullaby – bluyall
Car Seat – arc eats
Love – veol

Free Printable Baby Shower Games

For the social butterfly: What’s in your Phone? Guests rack up the points as they scour their phone for the things listed. The one with the most points wins! Download your free printable here.

5 points:
You have the baby’s due date marked in your calendar.
You have a pink or blue phone case.
You have a pregnancy or nursing app.
You have a text from the mom-to-be.
4 points:
You’ve already taken a picture of the baby shower.
One of your contacts is labeled ‘pediatrician’.
You have one or more apps for kids.
You have a text containing the word ‘baby’.
3 Points:
You have the baby shower marked in your calendar.
One of your contacts is labeled ‘doctor’.
Your background or lock screen is a picture of a baby.
Your music collection includes a song with ‘baby’ in the title.
2 Points:
You put your phone on silent for the shower.
You have a picture of a baby saved in your photos.
Your mom or dad are saved as favorite contacts.
You have a pink or blue background or lock screen.
1 Point:
For every contact that starts with the letter ‘B’.
One of your recent calls was to one of your parents.
You have an alarm set.
You made a call before 7:00 a.m.

Free Printable Baby Shower Games

For the speed demon: This Baby Name Race Game will have everyone laughing! Be the first to come up with 26 names for the baby-to-be. One for every letter of the alphabet. Download your free printable here.

We hope you enjoy these free printable baby shower games and wish you a wonderful celebration!

April Showers: Boy Baby Shower Themes

Today’s forecast: more baby shower ideas! We’re bringing you nine boy baby shower themes to inspire the perfect springtime celebration. Each is sure to please that lucky mom-to-be.

Essence of Spring Themes:

Boy Baby Shower Themes | One Small Child

{Left: Lullaby from Hostess with the Mostess | Top Right: Baby Bumblebee from Hostess with the Mostess | Bottom Right: Nesting from WillowDay}

Lullaby: What a great idea to use a crib as the serving table at this lullaby themed shower. How clever!

Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee; Sweet as Honey; What Will it Bee? …The possibilities are endless with theme centered around a bee.

Nesting: Mom-to-be will be delighted with this fitting shower theme!

Modern Spring Boy Themes:

Boy Baby Shower Themes | One Small Child

{Left: Precious Cargo from Hostess with the Mostess | Top Right: Little Man and Lemonade from First Home Love Life | Bottom Right: Vintage Circus from Kara’s Party Ideas}

Precious Cargo: Vintage airplanes and rich colors. So fun for a robust little bundle!

Little Man and Lemonade: We love the mustaches! Paired with lemonade, you have a cute shower theme for spring.

Vintage Circus: Fun and playful, just like a little tiger!

Classic Story Themes:

Boy Baby Shower Themes | One Small Child

{Left: Humpty Dumpty from Hostess with the Mostess | Top Right: Little Duckling from Bump Smitten | Bottom Right: Peter Rabbit from Kara’s Party Ideas}

Humpty Dumpty: The classic nursery rhyme makes an adorable baby shower theme. We love the brick wall on the colorful table-scape.

Little Duckling: Based on the classic book ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ by Robert McClosky.

Peter Rabbit: Serve fresh veggies to munch and the sweet bedtime tale comes to life!

April Showers: Girl Baby Shower Themes for Spring

We’re caught up in April showers this week-April Baby Showers! We’ve gathered nine girl baby shower themes, especially for Spring. These dreamy ideas are sure to delight mama-to-be and all her guests! Click the links below to see all the details of each party.

Refreshing Outdoor Baby Showers:

Springtime Girl Baby Shower Themes | One Small Child

{Top left: Spring Tea Party from Divine Party Concepts | Bottom left: Sprinkled with Love from Catch My Party | Right: Springtime in Paris from Kara’s Party Ideas}

Spring Tea Party: After being cooped-up all winter, everyone is anxious to get outside. Why not host an outdoor spring tea party? Isn’t this one adorable, with floral teacups and a burlap tablecloth?

Sprinkled with Love: This photo is actually from a Mary Poppins theme birthday party. But we liked the idea of sprinkling baby with love for an April baby shower. Aren’t these lace umbrellas to die for?

Springtime in Paris: Who doesn’t love Paris in the spring? Decorate with colorful bouquets on little wrought iron bistro sets. So fun!

Bright and Colorful Spring Themes:

Springtime Girl Baby Shower Themes | One Small Child

{Top Left: Little Miss Sunshine from Pottery Barn Kids | Bottom Left: Pinwheels and Pom-Poms from Hostess with the Mostess | Right: Tiffany & Co. from Catch My Party}

Little Miss Sunshine: Serve up some fresh lemonade and set out some daisies. Everyone knows that little bundle of joy will be her mother’s little sunshine!

Pinwheels and Pom-Poms: Are you over pink for baby girls? Try this bright green and yellow color option. It still has a springtime flair, but is a nice change from the traditional girly colors.

Tiffany & Co. Shower: Is the mom to be all about glitz and glamour? A ritzy Tiffany-themed shower is for her!

Essence of Spring Celebrations:

Springtime Girl Baby Shower Themes | One Small Child

{Top Left: Butterfly Meadow from Catch My Party | Bottom Left: Little Pink Birdie from Celebrations at Home | Right: Flower Garden from Catch My Party}

Butterfly Meadow: Delicate and captivating, just like the precious new baby girl. This butterfly-themed shower captures the essence of spring without going over the top.

Little Pink Birdie: This makes an adorable shabby-chic theme! Isn’t the table-scape enchanting?

Flower Garden: Huge paper flowers, tulle table skirt and a table-top picket fence. What’s not to love about this adorable flower garden baby shower theme?

Hosting a boy’s baby shower? Check out tomorrow’s post for some boys baby shower themes.

April Showers: Baby Shower Gift Ideas

We have a different kind of April shower on our minds today. This week is all about baby showers at One Small Child. Today we’re bringing you some great baby shower gift ideas. Find the perfect present today! Choose from our wide variety of gift sets. Here are a few of our best-selling baby shower gifts:

Baby Shower Gifts | One Small Child

{Aiden + Anais Gift Totes | Give her the gift of multi-function convenience in a thoughtful, personalized tote.}

New moms love our Aden + Anais Gift Totes! The swaddle blankets get softer with every wash, and are multi-use. Use as a nursing, stroller, or changing table cover, swaddling, and more. Swaddling is a cinch for new mommies with the easy swaddle baby wrap. The burpy bib doubles as a burp cloth and bib, making it a diaper bag necessity.

This is gifting made easy! We embroider the handmade gift tote for you. So simple! Mom-to-be will appreciate the thoughtfulness of a personalized gift, just for her. The 8-piece gift set is available for boys and girls. Each set includes 2 assorted cotton swaddle blankets, easy swaddle baby wrap, lovey, lotion, ointment and burpy bib and embroidered tote. Shop Aden + Anais Boy Gift Tote | Shop Aden + Anais Girl Gift Tote

Baby Shower Gifts | One Small Child

{Bamboo Layette Sets | Give the gift of heavenly comfort for baby with a precious layette set.}

Modern moms love bamboo baby clothes! They know it’s the best clothing material available for their little bundle of joy. They appreciate dressing baby with ease. Whether it’s in the stretchy gown or kimono-style top and bottom set. Her little one will enjoy perfect warmth and comfort. | Learn More About Bamboo

A layette set is a classic baby shower gift option. Everyone oohs and awes over newborn clothes, and these layette sets are no exception. Each set is complete with a matching hat and blanket. Choose a pastel pink for a sweet princess, baby boy blue or neutral white. Shop Boys Four-Piece Bamboo Layette Set | Shop Girls Four-Piece Bamboo Layette Set | Shop Boys Three-Piece Bamboo Layette Set | Shop Girls Three-Piece Bamboo Layette Set

Baby Shower Gifts | One Small Child

{Mum and Bub Products | A+A Dream Blankets | Everything she needs to care and cuddle her new addition.}

Create your own gift set with a few new-mom approved products. May we suggest the Mum + Bub care products and Aden + Anais Dream Swaddle Blankets?

We know she’ll love these Aden + Anais dream blankets. Why? Each is made from four layers of organic bamboo muslin. These blankets become even more silky-soft with each machine wash. Shop A + A Tranquility Dream Blanket | Shop A + A Moonlight Dream Blanket

Care for baby’s tender skin with Mum + Bub products by Aden + Anais. What’s so great about Mum + Bub? Formulated with a leading New York dermatologist, Ellen Gendler M.D. They’re derived of natural sources. Completely safe and gentle for both baby and mom. Ointment and wash are multi-use for versatility. Shop Mum + Bub Lotion | Shop Mum + Bub Ointment | Shop Mum + Bub Hair/Body Wash

Spring Mom Fashion | Katy’s Spring Momtrepreneur Looks

Katy's Spring Momtrepreneur Looks

Spring Look #1 – Navy and White

Skinny jeans are a mom’s best friend! White is a crisp, clean look for spring. Paired with a flowy blouse in navy blue. Accessorize with a white statement necklace and strappy sandals. Add a pop of color with a light blue handbag. Cute!

 

Spring Look #2 – Green and Orange

Layer a bright green sweater over a plain white tee and a gray-wash jean. A pop of orange complete the look with the fun necklace and comfortable flats.

Katy's Spring Momtrepreneur Looks

Spring Look #3 – Teal and Tan

Put your neutral staples to work! Tan jeans, a white button up and gray v-neck cardigan make the base of this easy look. Add a dark brown belt and buckled booties. Accessorize with virtually any color after this! We chose a printed scarf and bag in a great teal shade.

Katy's Spring Momtrepreneur Looks

Spring Look #4 – Yellow and Nude

Textured accessories become the neutral in this easy spring look. Lacy flats, a nude scarf and bag let the clothes do the talking. A flowy yellow maxi skirt is feminine and comfortable for mom. A lace belt at the waist of the navy cardigan accentuates your waistline.

Katy's Spring Momtrepreneur Looks

Spring Look #5 – Tan and Raspberry

What says spring more than a textured raspberry dress? Support this vibrant color with a tan trench coat and strappy (mom-friendly) wedges. A celery green handbag adds an fun pop of color.

Easy Spring Looks for Momtrepreneurs. Take your style from meetings to macaroni!

Spring Treat Recipes for Kids

We had to share! We found three fun spring treat recipes to try with your kids over the break:

Spring Treat Recipes

Dipped Frozen Fruit (Top): Frozen fruit is always a cool, refreshing treat! Jazz it up a bit by covering them in melted chocolate! The kids will love dipping and devouring this spring dessert! We found these Frozen Fruit Treats Dipped in Chocolate from Luux.com.

Butterfly Pretzels (Bottom Right): What little girl wouldn’t enjoy decorating these Butterfly Pretzels from Miss CandiQuik? All you’ll need is pretzels, m&m’s and chocolate. But why stop at butterflies? Let the kids create flowers, bugs and other fun spring things. Gather treat decorations of all shapes and colors and let their imaginations run wild!

Jello Frog Ponds (Bottom Left): Aren’t these frog ponds cute? Your little man will love devouring this Frog Pond Jello from See Vanessa Craft. She gives it a different spin by adding other creepy crawly gummies. Add a paper umbrella and some graham cracker ‘sand’ for a beachy jello cup. Add a school of sweedish fish. So fun!

 

Spring Break Staycation Ideas for Your Family

We’re celebrating Spring Break at One Small Child this week! Many families take advantage of this vacation time to travel together. But we’re opting to stay in town this year. Let’s talk about some fun spring break staycation ideas for your family:

Family Spring Break Staycation Ideas from One Small Child

-Plan a themed movie night. With a little planning on your part, put together an activity and dinner (with dessert) based on a movie theme. For Cinderella, have a room cleaning contest and then serve their favorite pumpkin treat. etc. You could even let the kids pick the movie ahead of time.

-Check out the local museum or art gallery. Many art galleries even offer kids classes or workshops. Check into registration early.

-Do a project as a family. Let the kids choose from a few family projects like: plant the garden, clean out the garage together, fix the broken playhouse door, paint a room, etc. Working together on a project that benefits everyone will bring your family closer together.

-Build couch forts. Remember doing this as a kid? This is a great rainy day activity that gets kids up and moving. Why not join them? When mom and dad get into these activities, the kids enjoy them so much more.

-Have a family video game party. This may not be most parent’s first choice, but the point is that you’re spending time together doing something that your kids enjoy. Set a time limit and give it your all for that long.

-Visit the local zoo or aquarium. To make it extra special, look up some fun facts to share about a few of the animals before hand.

-Go to the matinee together. Enjoy an afternoon at the theatre with your little ones! Indulge in some popcorn and laugh with them at all the one-liners.

-Have a family game night. Drag out those board games that you hardly use and play one together. Put some finger foods out and make it a real treat!

-Plan a family walk or hike with a picnic lunch. Go to a favorite park spot, or explore a new one. Bring along a blanket, some pb+j’s and trail mix. You’re all set for a fun afternoon enjoying nature together.

-Enjoy a day at the local pool. What’s Spring Break without a little water fun, right? Stay in town and support the local pool or water park.

-Try something new together. Whether it’s baking a cake or riding a horse, let the kids experience something they’ve never tried before.

-Visit a local historic site. I recently heard of a family who lived in France that had never visited the Eiffel Tower. Crazy, right? How many historical sites are within driving distance for your family? Why not pack a lunch and take a day trip to visit one or two of them?

-Take a tour of a local business or factory. Have your kids seen how the local dairy farmers make cheese and ice cream? Many facilities offer public tours. This is a great way to keep their little minds working.

-Check out the community events calendar. Don’t forget to take a look at the local events during your spring break!

-Have an indoor campout/slumber party. If the weather where you are is anything like here, you may be stuck inside more than you’d like. Make the most of it with a slumber party in the family room. Drag out your sleeping bags. Set out all their stuffed wild animals. Turn off all the lights and tell ghost stories by flashlights. They’ll love it!

-Put on an indoor scavenger hunt. Make a simple list of ten items for each child to search for and find hidden in the house. The first one to gather all ten items is the winner!

Share with us! What other spring break staycation ideas do you have?

Our New Spring/Summer Collection 2015 Part 3: Ivy Dress

Take a look at the final addition to our Spring/Summer Collection 2015-the new Ivy Dress.

All About the Ivy…

One Small Child Spring Collection 2015 | Ivy Dress

The Ivy Dress is available in Lilac, Coral or Pink.

Why she’ll adore her Ivy dress…

Light and twirly, but not overly poufy. Little girls love to twirl! Our new Ivy is just right for spinning. She’ll have a ball dancing and twirling in this princess dress. It’s not overly fussy, so she’s less likely to trip over gobbs of material.

Warm weather comfort. The Ivy Dress is made from three lightweight materials: embroidered organza, tulle and cotton. The organza bodice is scattered with colorful flowers and finished with a scalloped edge. The sheer tulle skirt ends mid-calf, making this a delightful tea-length dress. The bodice and skirt are fully lined with our soft, light cotton. This dress was designed to be comfortable during warm-weather months.

Inverted seam construction. No need for an undershirt for this dress. The seams of the Ivy Dress are sewn between the layers of material instead of on the inside of the dress where they would be against the skin. This means no more itchy seams!

Why you’ll love it…

Extended size range. Once again, we’ve extended our standard sizes for the Ivy Dress. You can dress all your little flowers in this charming dress.

Our modest tea-length skirt will be mid-calf. Little girls love to move and groove and sometimes it leads to an accidental ‘wardrobe malfunction’. The modest tea-length Ivy Dress lessens the chance that her cute princess underwear will be flashed to an unexpectant audience.

A charming, girly design. The Ivy Dress is full of feminine touches. Sheer, puffy capped sleeves. A ribbon belt sash that ties at the waist. A tea-length A-line skirt. This dress says ‘I’m all girl’.

Easy care. Machine washable just makes life simple for mommies.

Complete the look with one of our adorable headbands. We suggest our Twinkle Flower Headband.

Our New Spring/Summer Collection 2015 Part 2: Fiona Dress

Today, we get to introduce the second dress in our Spring/Summer Collection 2015! The new Fiona Dress is available for purchase now. Be the first to get this charming three-piece set, exclusively from One Small Child!

All About the Fiona…

One Small Child Spring Collection 2015 | Fiona Silk A-Line Dress

The Fiona Silk Dress is available in six color options.

Why your little one will love this adorable A-line…

Designed for the mobile baby. We know it’s frustrating for little ones to do all things baby in a long, poufy dress. Our Fiona dress features simple A-line styling. The non-restrictive design means she’ll be able to roll, scoot, crawl and teeter totter like normal, making her a very happy baby!

A comfy headband. We know your little angel isn’t a huge fan of headbands. That’s why we make our headbands as comfortable as possible. We use soft elastics that are never too tight. Our headbands are comfy enough that she won’t even notice it’s there.

Constructed of light-weight materials. The Fiona Dress is made from organza and silk. Silk is known to be ‘silky’ smooth-perfect for delicate baby skin. Both are soft, light-weight materials, so she won’t feel weighed down by the dress. She’ll love the breathable materials during the upcoming warm-weather months.

Why you’ll love it…

Made from high-end materials. The modern polka-dot organza is feminine and absolutely stunning. This soft, sheer overlay sits perfectly atop the richly colored silk. Despite its softness, this silk is structured and preserves the A-line shape well. She’ll love how comfortable these materials make this dress. You’ll love the way they work with the design.

A modern, girly design. You’ll love the modern simplicity of the Fiona dress. A perfectly tied statement bow is bold and beautiful on the front of the dress. Colored silk is muted with the sheer organza overlay. The colored silk peeks out beneath the cute polka-dots to finish the hem of the dress. A big, simple bow makes for a modern, girly headband.

Three-piece set. Isn’t it nice when it’s all together and it all matches? For your convenience, we’ve included a simple bow headband and matching ruffled diaper cover. Everything you need is included in this three-piece set, so you don’t have to shop around for matching accessories to complete her outfit.

Complete the look with our leather ballet moccasins.

Psst… stop by tomorrow to see the final addition to our Spring/Summer Collection 2015!

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