Front door thank you for UPS, FedEx, USPS
Things I Love

Front Door Thank You

The holidays are CRAZY for delivery of packages.  Last year I was inspired by blogger Katey McFarlan and I started a tradition of leaving out friendly snacks to thank them for all of their hard work.  I mean come on I basically order all of Christmas off Amazon so needless to say we get a lot of packages.

Front door thank you for UPS, FedEx, USPS

They work hard and work in the elements so this is such an easy way to say thanks! I received several thank you notes from drivers in appreciation so of course I brought it back this year!

I thought I would have a free download of the graphic I use as a sign.  It is super fun and festive and way better than if I try to handwrite something and I know some of you will appreciate that.

Here is the download for the Door Step Thank you!

What do you do to show appreciation during the holidays?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Family, Fashion, Favorite Things

Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide

The Ultimate Amazon Gift Guide

Please note this post may contain affiliate links. 
I know gift guides are super helpful for everyone and I know how helpful Amazon is for gifts so I thought why not combine the two?! Here is a gift guide that includes something anyone will love! Your one stop shop if you will! Also, make sure to ask friends/family if they have their own Amazon Wish List! I know most moms continually keep a list going!
As a busy new mom of two I need easy and convent! I hope this gift guide provides that and will help you fill up Santa’s sleigh with all of the perfect gifts!

Newborn

 

Baby

Toddler

*Bonus ideas for smaller children: Zoo and museum passes!
Young Children


Teen

College Student/ Young Adult

Mom

Dad 
Husband & Wife
 
Grandma   &   Grandpa

Bestie

Clean Freak

Cook

Baker

Techie

Book Lover

Fashionista

Outdoor Lover

Music Lover

Traveler

Gift for All

What is on your must have list?

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

30 for 30: Football, Entertainment, FItness

Top 5 Newborn Products

Top 5 Newborn Products

Please note this post may contain affiliate links or gifted products.

Thanks for checking out the products I love.  Below are a few extra details on the products with links to where to buy! Hope you enjoy!

Haakaa: If you didn’t know the Haakaa Breast Pump is made of 100% silicone and sticks to any flat surface with its suction base. The increased capacity lets you express even more milk at once!

Hatch: If you didn’t know this is a sound machine, night light and a time to rise alert machine all in one!

Ollie Swaddle: If you didn’t know the Ollie Swaddle reduces waking suddenly due to the Moro reflex or spontaneous arousal and helps to maintain supine position.

Ollie Swaddle and DockATot
Swaddle & DockATot

Binxy Baby: If you didn’t know the Binary fits most standard grocery store carts (even a Costco cart at the narrow end)!  It can hold the car seat and support up to 50 pounds in weight.  Ideally used for babies approx. 6-8 months until they sit up on their own.  ***BONUS ITEM*** Lulabu Soothe Shirt:  If you didn’t know this is a “kangaroo” pouch that allows you to baby wear with out the hassle of a wrap or carrier.

Binxy Baby
Binxy Baby

DockATot: If you didn’t know the DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.  It comings in two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months).

All of these products are lifesavers in the newborn days.  Make sure to check out the video on my thoughts on each product and why I love it!

I am getting a lot of questions on the nursery and how the rug I talked about HERE is holding up. The nursery is almost complete (2nd kiddo problems).  The Lorena Canals rug is wonderful.

What are your must have newborn products?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

baby

Annabelle’s Birth Story

Baby Annabelle’s Birth Story

When I sat down to write this birth story I decided that talking through it might be a little easier. I have so much to say and convey and I feel like text just wouldn’t do the story justice.  Plus, during this pregnancy I did pregnancy updates via my YouTube Channel… so why not continue the journey that way?  Below you will find video and some bonus labor and delivery photos! I really loved getting to put my story into words and while it might not be minute by minute accurate I think since it is still fresh it was easier to remember how everything happened!

PS If you missed my birth story with my oldest baby Tripp check it out here.

Baby Annabelle's Birth Story

Checking to see if she is indeed a girl. Ha!

Baby Annabelle's Birth Story

I seriously just couldn’t believe how fast and calm everything was! Also, can we just take a second to give props to how great pregnancy hair is?  I will embrace this since in a few short months it will all fall out!

Baby Annabelle's Birth Story

If you wonder where baby A gets her double chin from… that would be me lol! And while this isn’t the most flattering picture of me I think it is my favorite because it shows how truly excited I was in that moment to meet baby A!

Baby Annabelle's Birth Story

I was so thrilled to have her to hold finally! Our family is so lucky for her to be apart of it.  Big brother is adjusting well and she already has daddy wrapped around her finger! She has been the sweetest baby and seriously was worth the wait!

Did you have a fast or a slow birth? I don’t know about you but I am addicted to watching and reading birth stories.  Every story is so unique and special and I love hearing how everyone’s unfolds.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll
baby, Family, Favorite Things, pregnant

Wee Baby Stella Doll

Wee Baby Stella Doll For Big Brother

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

We are so excited for Tripp to become a big brother.  I have been researching ways to help kiddos with the transition of a new baby.  One thing that resonated with me was having a “baby” for the big sibling to “help” do things with when you need to tend to the baby.   Tripp is ALL about helping and having responsibilities these days so I thought a baby of his own would be perfect.

The perfect gift

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

He has been playing with the baby and practicing with him.  He has loved his baby and when baby came home he definitely had a better understanding of being gentle and how to help mom with baby.

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

What I love about the Manhattan Toy Company is that they recognize that we are profoundly influenced by the toys we play with.

That in every little pair of hands lies not a marketing opportunity, but a chance to positively affect the future.

That having a sense of humor means the difference between enduring life, and enjoying it. If it doesn’t contain a wink and smile, it isn’t worth making.

We remember every day that every invention on this earth was dreamed into existence.

We remember that the most powerful thing any of us play with in this life is our imagination.

Now you create your custom wee baby Stella doll.

I think as adults we forget how important it is to use our imaginations.  I have loved watch Tripp playing “pretend” with his baby.  It amazes me how much he knows to do without me teaching him.  Kids really do watch us more closely than we realize.

Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll
Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll

These dolls are adorable, durable and a great size.  They make great gifts and the fact they can be customized just takes it to the next level. It is seriously a great first baby doll – that can look just like your child! Check out how you can customize one for a special kiddo in your life today!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Favorite Things, shoes

Shoes to Fall For

Falling in Love with my SAS Shoes

I don’t know about you but this HOT summer + pregnancy has me hoping, paying and thinking all the fall vibes.  We have finally gotten a little taste here in Texas and it has been amazing!

I have been having major envy of everyone and their “fall hauls”! I don’t want to go on a shopping spree right now since I am 9+ months pregnant and won’t know my real “fall” size.  However, something that I realized I COULD shop for was shoes.

As a busy (and about to be busier) mom I am always looking for comfort but something that is cute too. I want functional quality that will last more than just one season. This is especially true with shoes… I want to make sure they are quality not only for style but for comfort too!

When I saw the Dylan boot from SAS Shoes I knew I HAD to have them.  This Texas girl fell in love with the bootie style cowboy boot! Bonus is that they are super comfortable even with a small heel and they are so versatile (they also come in black).

SAS Dylan Boot

The Dylan Book features soft Italian suede covering the outside of the bootie with smooth leather lining inside. A plush padded insole provides all-day comfort and a durable back zipper makes it easy to slip on (perfect for pregnancy when it is hard to bend over). A leawood stacked heel adds character to this trendy style. Make sure to treat with the SAS Water-Resistant spray and keep these kicks looking new from season to season. Handcrafted in Tuscany, Italy.

Fall Shoes/Booties

 

These boots can go with leggings, jeans and dresses too.  They are great of the transitional fall weather but will also be great during cold days!  I love the camel color because it can easily go with so many things.  Another plus is that they will really accentuate all my leopard print which I LOVE and is on MAJOR trend this fall!

 

What is your favorite fall trend?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

CACTUS BABY SPRINKLE DESSERT
baby, Family, Favorite Things, Uncategorized

My perfect Baby Sprinkle

Cactus Baby Sprinkle

Baby showers and sprinkles are so much fun! I am lucky to have a friend who LOVES to party plan and has a business that helps plan events, design interiors and even does gift giving.  Needless to say when she plans something it becomes something perfect and wonderful.

Taylor has helped me put together home decor around my house and has helped me plan baby girls cactus nursery (reveal coming soon).  She knew how much I loved the nursery theme so she transitioned that into a theme for the baby sprinkle.

I will link everything possible below.  Taylor and one of her long time friends run Southern Reflections, LLC. 

You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. So if you are in the DFW area (or even further) they can help you with interior design, event planning and even gift giving!

I really do feel that every baby should be celebrated and it was so fun that my sprinkle was small and intimate compared to my baby shower with Tripp (which by the way Taylor planned too)! I loved getting to chat and of course opening all of the girly gifts was a plus too!

CACTUS BABY SPRINKLE DESSERT

CACTUS BABY SPRINKLE DESSERT

The Dessert

The shower theme was cactus and we enjoyed brunch and these super yummy cupcakes and cookies from GC Cakes. She did such an amazing job they not only looked fantastic but tasted amazing too!

 

 

 

Cactus Baby Shower Decor

Cactus Baby Shower Decor

The Decor

Seriously, pictures don’t do the balloon/floral centerpiece justice.  It was so beautiful and fun! The flowers are from Trader Joe’s and the Balloon Centerpiece is from Party Warehouse.

Everything was seriously so stunning and perfect for a cactus baby sprinkle! I loved the pinks, greens and creams.  It was perfect in every way!

 

Baby Sprinkle Thank you's

The Thank You’s

My hostesses all did such a fabulous job so I wanted to give them something useful, cute and of course pink! My friend Meg over at Gingy Love made the vinyl monograms for me, I purchased these cups and made this printable (you can download it for free here: Sprinkle Thank You.)! I just cut and glued to plain white gift bags and added a pop of pink tissue paper.

Cactus Baby Sprinkle Thank You

 

 

 

 

For the thank you gifts for attendees we did small succulent plants from Lowe’s and I printed the same graphic a bit smaller. I  I got small wood sticks and glued mini clothes pins and stuff them in! Super easy and affordable!

 

 

I seriously had the most perfect sprinkled loved getting to spend time with my friends and family! Baby girl is sure lucky to have so many wonderful women in her life! I want to thank everyone who was a part of it and especially my friend Taylor who made it truly magical!

Thanks to these beautiful hostesses!

Cactus baby sprinkle

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

Family, Favorite Things, football, fort worth

I ❤ MY TEAM NFL Football #Kickoff2018

A LITTLE SOMETHING SWEET TO CELEBRATE NFL KICKOFF

Please note this is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.  

Football season is here and we are so excited in our house for fall! Now if the Texas temps could just follow suite! I love that crisp football air and the enjoyment that comes from everyone gathering together and watching some football!

Dallas Cowboys Cake

Football Fans

If you don’t know my husband grew up in Fort Worth so he is a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan.  We love NFL Sundays!  In addition to spending time as a family and watching football we love hosting football watch parties at our house.  The time spent unwinding with friends and family is so fun and makes for memories that last a lifetime.

Mom Hack #ForTheWin

Dallas Cowboy Cake

 

One of my favorite #MomHacks in getting ready for a fun football watch party is heading to my local grocery store to pick up an easy and themed dessert option and it is affordable! When I saw these adorable officially licensed NFL cakes I just knew I needed to try one out! The reaction in this photo was about how excited I was when I saw our cake in the store! #pregnancycravings  I also loved how easy it was to pickup while I was out grocery shopping. I LOVE a one stop shop for dessert! Since I’m almost nine months pregnant and lugging a toddler around I definitely love easy solutions for when I am entertaining guests

 

As a toddler mom I am really enjoying teaching Tripp tricks in the kitchen and my little helper makes setting up for the party even more fun!   Tripp loves to help put snacks in bowls and REALLY likes helping cut up desserts or cake!

Cutting the Dallas cowboys cake

I would say that Tripp definitely approved with the how the cake look AND tasted! I can also agree that the buttercream frosting was incredibly yummy!

Dallas Cowboy football cake

 

So moms, friends and family: if you are looking to make a touchdown this football season head to your local bakery and find the officially licensed cakes for every game

 

We really enjoyed getting to try out these amazing officially licensed NFL cakes with our friends and family.  We are looking forward to having more at our Sunday watch parties!

XOXO, Gabbing Ginger

 

 

Decor, Family, Favorite Things

Laundry Room Revamp & Organization

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Laundry Room Revamp

I don’t know about y’all but our laundry room quickly becomes our “catch all” room. It was desperate for some organization.  The room is right when you come into the garage so it is a drop zone on top of a laundry zone 24/7.  One of my biggest “mom hacks” is just to always be thinking about how to keep things organized and flowing well. This helps make sure there is less stress in the home. I wanted to get things in better order so that when things are dropped there is still some organization and so that the “drop zone” doesn’t start overflowing into other rooms in our house.

I knew getting baskets to help organize all the laundry (dirty and clean) would help tremendously. We have a two story house so we have a bin that I throw things in that need to go up and at the end of the day or at nap time I run it upstairs when we are going up anyway.  I knew these baskets would help from the piles being put all over the place and would help keep the locker areas open for bags/personal belongings.

 

I love the baskets under the locker seat to use for shoes, diaper storage, cord storage and so on.  It helps keep the area clean but organized but still gives us a space to put miscellaneous items.  Keeping this are from becoming the “pile zone” is important to me.  I hate walking into a disaster but want it to serve its purpose for storage and function.  I found a lot of this decor at my local home goods and At home but I have linked similar items below!

Woven Blue Storage Bins

Similar Baskets with Linen Inserts

Seersucker Backpacks

Louis Vuitton

What are you favorite ways to organize your laundry room?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger