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Best Of Personalized Gifts

Hi friends!

Christmas will be here before we know it! I am so excited for this year! Avery and Ryder are at such fun ages these next few days are going to be a blast.

This year I was looking into a bunch of different personalized gift options that would be PERFECT for any holliday and I want to share the best ones!

  1. Thirty One Crossbody: These bags are so neat! You can pick your style, color, flap, fabric for the flap and strap. The coolest part? You can personalize the flap! There are so many options too! In mine I can fit 2 diapers, wipes, my wallet, sunglasses, and a few other little things. It's a great bag and I love that I can switch it up.

2. Shutterfly Ornament: These are inexpensive but durable! They will definitely last for many years on your tree. Perfect as a gift or as something you get every year with your family's picture on it. 

3. Origami Owl Locket: If you have been around for a bit you know I love Origami Owl! I first fell in love with them in 2013 and still love all their stuff. One thing I love about giving people lockets is the fact I can always gift them new charms, or chains! There are so many charms available now for these lockets you can find something for everyone

4.  Mountain Feather Designs Jewelry: I felt so lucky when I stumbled upon this company! A fellow mama, Kayla owns the company and creates the pieces herself. There are tons of amazing options and one my favorites were the stacking rings.

So pretty and subtle but hold a huge meaning. I asked Kayla to share a bit about her shop:

"I'm a mama to 4 that created Mountain Feather Designs as a way to give back to Nationwide Childrens Hopsital where my third child,  Aiden, has spent most of his life. We wanted a way to bless families who are hospitalized with their children and we also make memorial pieces to honor the children who have passed away. Everything is made with so much love in my hand studio which also allows me to work from home while I care for Aiden! We are so grateful for the love and support of our family business that allows us to give back to our local hospital. "

If you go and see what she has you will fall in love with so many of her pieces!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found your new go to for a personalized gift! 

Merry Christmas!

In love, Rachel

Quality Time Before Baby Sister

Hello again!

Can you believe that Christmas is in 7 days! Oh my goodness, sorry to be that person but, TIME IS FLYING.

I am officially 22 weeks pregnant now which means we are more than halfway to meeting miss Sadie Jane. I am so so excited!

This month has been really hard for our family and I don't want to be vague but for right now I can't give details. When I can share I will, because God gets all the glory! I could tell that with everything going on Avery was definitely in need of some one on one time. Her love language is quality time for sure! You could get the kid everything in the world but all she really wants is just your undivided attention and to play together! She has the sweetest heart, and when she gets a little sour I can tell she needs a to go on a date with me or Blake and I.

So we went out in our Matilda Jane outfits and had a blast! So many people complimented Avery on her dress, she loves to wear it! Twirling in it makes everything more fun!

Our first stop was the ice cream shop! We both got chocolate and said "cheers" with our cones.

Next stop was this park right by the lake, it is a smaller park but had a ton of kiddos to play with. Something monumental happened here people! Avery finally mastered the "fireman's pole" (that is what its called right.... haha!) And she was SO EXCITED. It was really cool to be able to see her do something for the first time and be so happy she did it by practicing. 

We brought along her new favorite Annika doll, Matilda Jane carries doll clothes that match the girls line and it is so amazing! The quality of everything is unreal. 

The bump was out and peeking through this tank! Which works great for pregnancy, but is such a cute cut it is going to be awesome for postpartum! And my olive leggings feel like heaven and they have details on them that make them look like pants. So comfy! Also going to be perfect for after baby. 

The biggest thing I have learned about having a kiddo who thrives with regular quality time is that it doesn't have to be fancy. 

We have done everything from taking her to Disneyland to just taking her brother to grandmas so we could play dolls. 

And while these outings are fun depending on the season I might not be able to make them happen.  We regularly use Ryder's nap time to draw together or play outside. I know it is going to be a huge adjustment adding another sweet baby to our family but I am hopeful that we will still get our little opportunities to connect. 

We had such a special time and I am so thankful we got the chance to get out of the house together. I hope these little moments turn in to big memories for this little girl! Before I go I want to give a huge thank you to Matilda Jane for sending us our sweet outfits that were just perfect for our date! Please go read what they are all about here I promise you be just obsessed as I am after reading about their company!

Here are the links to all of the things we have on in our pictures (and more!)

Gift Guide For the Pregnant Mama

Hello friends! 

I am so excited to have this post up, finally!

I love gift guides, and I also love sharing my absolute favorite thing with you! Being pregnant during the holidays sure is fun and you can bet 10 gingerbread cookies I am loving every minute of it!
Haha!!! My stretchy pants can handle all the holiday dinners and I'm not mad about it.

This year I am keeping my guides short and sweet but full of amazing stuff. Here we go!
1. The Snoogle: I have decided that EVERY pregnant mama needs a snoogle, it's almost non-negotiable. It would be ideal if they handed you one upon getting a positive pregnancy test. I have mine from my last pregnancy and I just couldn't wait to get it out again. So so cozy! And it's not only amazing for sleep but you can put it in all different configurations for just sitting up in bed (hello heartburn!) or even nursing that new baby! So if your favorite lil' mama doesn't have a snoogle, get her one this year! 

2. Mama Bear Tee: I have been obsessed with Loved By Hannah And Eli since Avery was just a tiny baby! Gifting any of Sarah's Mama Bear items is the perfect way to add to the excitement of a new mom. There are a ton of different styles/color to choose from you can find something for anyone! BONUS! Use the code mamaloveslittle15 for 15% off your order!

3. Pregnancy Journal: You have heard me rave about Val Marie Paper Co. before! I just love their stuff so much. So much thought goes into their products and the sweetest mama is behind the brand with her whole heart in each item. When I saw this pregnancy journal I thought it would be the perfect gift for an expecting mama. Such a sweet time to remember!

4. Belli Skincare: When I was pregnant with Ryder I got a sample of Belli Skin Care's belly oil and I loved it! So much that when I found out I was pregnant again I was so excited to go get some. I got the chance to try a few of their products and they have all been awesome! The belly oil smells so so good, is not greasy at all and soaks right into your skin. This would be such a fun gift, you could even make a at home spa basket!

5. Hydro Flask: These are AMAZING. You know pregnant people need A TON of water. So much you just gotta drink it all day long. Having one of these has been a game changer. I drink more water if it comes out of a straw and it cold. My Hydro Flask does both! I have the huge 42oz bottle with a straw lid and drink at least 3 of those a day. They last forever and have great customer service! Totally recommend these over any other brand. 

6. Pink Blush Gift Card: Pink Blush is my favorite place for maternity clothes. I would be so excited to get a gift card for their store! It can be hard to buy clothes you only wear for a few months but all of my Pink Blush pieces have been transitioned into my postpartum wardrobe so there is no waste here! Their stuff is great quality, trendy and affordable. 

I hope you got some fun ideas from my short and sweet guide! I just love being pregnant during this time of year! SO many things to be thankful for! Merry Christmas!

In love,


Baby Food and Brunch!

Hi friends!

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a mommy party with Beech-Nut® Naturals! It was a so much fun to have my friends and their ADORABLE babies over! The little ones got to sample these Beech-Nut® Naturals purees while the older kiddos played.

I made the yummiest skillet breakfast too! I'll have to remember how I made it and post the recipe because it was so good and super easy!

A few things about Beech-Nut® and why I was so excited to host this party!

• Made with real fruits and vegetables, just like you would use at home
• 100% natural, nothing artificial
• Only ingredients a baby could pronounce
• Also available in organic

So good! With 2 very active kiddos and one on the way this is the best way I can feed the newest babe all the goodness of homemade without all the fuss.

I will say my samplers were also pretty impressed!

It was so nice to have friends over to play, just talk motherhood and drink all the coffee! The big kids were pretty happy to play with their friends too. Taking time to sit with friends is always a blessing, even if you feel like you are too busy, I encourage you to get out and just sit with fellow mamas who are in the trenches with you. I guarantee you will be filled up, encouraged and ready to tackle the rest of the week!

After all the fun I got to send home a goodie bag to each one of the mamas!

A baby food koozie! Oh my gosh, I was so excited when I saw these!

Thank you so much Beech-Nut® for helping me host my friends! And for a fun morning full of laughter and coffee!