April 2012

Month: April 2012

Favorite Baby Shower Gifts

Favorite Things: Baby Shower

Favorite Baby Shower Gifts

We have three baby girls due in the One Small Child family in the next few weeks, and it’s been fun to watch our little mamas get ready to meet their much-anticipated daughters. With impending arrivals, of course we’ve had a baby shower or two!

I decided this was a perfect opportunity to share some of my favorite baby items with each of these girls, here’s the low-down on what made my list:

-A size range of our Pima Cotton Camisole Bodysuits: I had these for my baby girl, and let me tell you, it was a sad day when they were all in the wash & we had to use a regular old onesie…an absolute baby essential item. (There’s also a great sleeveless bodysuit option available for boys.)

-A hand-made bag for holding diapering essentials: such a nice thing to pack in your diaper bag, car, every room in the house…you really can’t have too many of these to keep diapers and wipes together and on-hand for a quick diaper change. Also, these were quick and FUN to make.

Guess How Much I Love You is hands-down one of my favorite children’s books: I still read it to my 10, 8, and 6 year-olds!

-Soothie/Gumdrop pacifiers were  a must with my youngest.

Of course, there’s a lot more that could have gone into these bags: when it comes to baby gifting, the options are blissfully endless…what is your favorite baby shower gift to give or receive?

Basket weave crochet baby blanket

Handmade Keepsakes: Basketweave Crochet Blanket

My dear friend, Linda, crochets these amazing baby afghans, and it’s an absolute thrill to be able to offer them to you, handmade with love in every stitch. Soft and warm, yet light & airy ~ I can’t think of a better way to wrap your precious bundle of joy on his or her special day…and every day!

Easter

It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect: Easter 2012

Sometimes the days & weeks become so crazy, I find myself saying over and over again: It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. (Thank you, Nester)

As much as I can clearly see gorgeous holidays in my head and on my Pinterest boards, it just is not realistic to expect that I can nail down all those perfect details in the midst of a blessedly busy life. Reality is that relationships/people, daily necesseties, schedules, and obligations trump visions of sugarplums, impeccably styled photo-ops and dainty handmade decorations.

That said, I still try to pull off as many somewhat-scaled-down traditions as possible. So Easter this year went down like this:

Easter egg hunts – check (3 of them!)

Food & fun with lots of family- check

A beautiful, spiritual feast at church – check

Easter dresses for my girlies – fail (funny, from the girl who makes dresses for a living, no?)

Clean/organized/decorated holiday house – fail (good thing all our festivities took place elsewhere!)

Do you ever find yourself having to reconcile dreams of perfection with the reality of life?

{Oh, and for all of you living life by-the-seat-of-your-pants-with-your-hair-on-fire (like me) I have some great news: One Small Child is now shipping all orders within 24 hours. Woo-hoo!}