Wee Baby Stella Boy Doll
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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

 

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

 

 

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How we chose our baby girls name!

Hello everyone!

If you didn’t know we announced our sweet baby girls name; Annabelle Jeanne.  Check out the video when we revealed the name!

Baby Annabelle Jeanne
Baby Annabelle Jeanne

I have gotten some questions on how we chose her name.  For starters for those of you that don’t know our son is named after his dad and grandad but his nickname is Tripp (because he is a third).  When we found out we were pregnant I actually went through my ancestry.com page and looked at all of the names in my family that were “A” names. I wanted to have at least one of the names be something from my family. Also, just an FYI I love names that can have nicknames!

Baby Annabelle Jeanne
Baby Annabelle Jeanne

The First Name

Through my research and once we knew we were having a girl I had found that my great grandmothers name was “Anabel” and immediately loved it! I mentioned the name to my husband and he loved it too.  However, we kind of felt like hey that was too easy… so we went through a ton of other names seeing if they fit…. but in the end we came back to the name Anabel.  We both however, wanted to spell it differently. After some talking we decided on Annabelle and I loved all the nickname possibilities!

The Middle Name

For a middle name we knew we would some how incorporate my mom’s name; she passed away about 6 years ago.  We went back and forth on using Jeanne or Marie but in the end thought it would be fun to use the name “Jeanne” pronounced “Jean” [FYI my mom pronounced her name “Jean-ie”].  Jean is actually my husbands mom’s middle name and was her mom’s middle name too.  So it worked out that it actually is a family name from both sides!

Mom and daughter
Mom and daughter

So there it is… how we chose the baby name.  I won’t lie it was really hard and it took us awhile before we finally had a name and we went back and forth for awhile.

PS Did you have a hard time with baby names?  Also, would y’all like to see a “top ten” names list video?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Gender Announcement
Gender Announcement
baby, Fashion, Favorite Things

Eloise and Lolo Diaper Bag Overview

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During my first pregnancy/ and into new motherhood I never really found a “perfect” diaper bag.  I think I am just one of those ladies that needs bags for different occasions (amiright?!).  I got a fawn dupe and reviewed when I had my first son.  That bag was great for on the go to hold diapers, wipes, snacks and a few of my things but I found that over time as he got older it was hard to fit everything he needed for Parent’s Day Out.

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I began looking for a little more accommodating bag for when have two kids (thank goodness T’s “needs” take up less space these days). I asked around an a lot of moms recommend the Eloise bag. Check out a quick video of all of the fun features of this bag!

 

I love how many color options this bag comes in and the price point is so great!

I am really excited to be able to store so many things for baby and still be able to fit a few diapers and snacks for Tripp. I have found have THESE zipper bags to keep things organized has really helped with one kiddo and I plan to do the same for two. Plus, it makes it easier when you only are traveling with one or need to switch bag types.

I am looking forward to trying out a few diapers bags for both one kiddo and two and letting you all know what I am loving!

 

What is your favorite diaper bag?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

 

Family, Favorite Things

First must haves for baby #2

* Please note this post may contain affiliate links and I received these products compliments of Dockatot, Binxy Baby, Ollie Swaddle and Lorena Canal. 

Before I was even pregnant there were a few items that I knew were on my “must have” list for baby #2.  Most of these products I heard about when Tripp was a baby and over these couple of years have just heard more and more moms rave about.  So I wanted to make sure I had them for baby #2!

 

DockAtot + Toy arch- Link will get you $10 off all DockAtot’s!  

I am so excited to try this out.  I have heard such rave reviews on how well babies will sleep in the dockatot.  I love how portable it is and with a toddler on the go I will need something that is easy to move around to keep the baby close while I keep up with Tripp. I also love the toy arch attachment so it can be a play area for baby! Can we also take a moment to SWOON over the Aristot line?! Pretty sure their bassinets are on the top of my wishlist now!  The DockATot feels so comfy but sturdy all at the same time. I love the different designs that you can choose from [I got the “Bananas for you” print] and I look forward to helping baby get some good quality sleep! Here are some of the wonderful features of this product.

 

– DockATot is a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger.
– Two sizes (Deluxe for 0-8 Months, Grand 9-36 months)
– Made in Europe, designed in Sweden.
– Tested for breathability
– OEKO-TEX certified
– All natural, 100% cotton
– Handmade in Europe
– Ideal micro-climate for babies and tots
– Grand is perfect for toddler bed transitions

 

Binxy Baby– Get 10% off with this link! 

Next on my list that I have seen several times during my grocery store visits is a Binxy Baby cart hammock! This gives you room in the grocery cart, a safe place for baby AND you don’t have to lug the carseat in.  I always felt so bad piling groceries in the cart around the carseat. The hammock looks nice and cozy for baby and I think won’t be as hot to ride around in the store.  Tripp always got so hot not having air blow on him in that infant carseat and this gives so much more ventilation. I also love how collapsable it is so it is super portable to carry in.  These are all perfect solutions for us! See below for some of my favorite features.

– Fits most standard grocery store carts
– Holds car seat and supports up to 50 pounds in weight
– Used for babies approx. 6-8 months until they sit up on their own
– Safety tested

Ollie Swaddle– Get 10% off with this link! 

We never found a swaddle that worked for my first little guy but I know how much it can help with sleep.  I love the look and feel of the ollie swaddle and I have heard amazing reviews from friends. Also, I LOVE the face you can access the diaper easily because at night you want as little distraction and buttons as possible… amiright?! I think that sleep is so important for mom and baby and this swaddle feels like heaven.  Take time to read the story on how the Ollie Swaddle came to life because of a social worker/foster parent because it will let you see the research and real life experiences that led to such a wonderful product. I chose the meadow color because I think it is calming and goes for both a boy and a girl! Here are some of my favorite features.

– Known as the the Smarter Swaddle™
– Made from custom moisture-wicking material to reduce the risk of overheating
– Custom fit to allow for fit to be individualized to meet the needs and size of each little one
– Easy access diaper changes accessible through opening at the bottom
– One-size promotes ease with transitional stages

 

Lorena Canal Rugs

OK They seriously have the CUTEST rugs that I have been eyeing for awhile.  We don’t know the gender but I have a cactus from my mom and I knew when I saw their cactus rug I needed it and our nursery theme was born!  I have put photos of some of my other favorites but it was hard to choose! Best of all you can easily throw these rugs into the wash… and with babies come messes so that is totally perfect for us.  I also love how the look of each rug can grow through different ages and can even be used in “adult” spaces! Here are some of my other favorite features.

– Rugs and cushions are all machine-washable and fit into a standard washer and dyer
– Home collection is for adult spaces and sophisticated kids rooms
– Loved by top celebs and picked by Vogue as top baby product for celebrity nurseries
– Made in India, designed in Spain
– All natural dyes, handmade, eco and contain no VOCs like most carpeting and rugs
– Proceeds support the Sakula project, and provide schooling for children in India.

I am so excited to try these new toys/tools out with the new baby! SO many handy items that I didn’t get to try with Tripp.  It is fun what new trends come out even just after two years!

 

What is on your must have baby list?

XOXO GabbingGinger

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Pregnancy Week 1-12

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Well hello everyone! If you didn’t hear the BIG news we are pregnant with baby #2! I am so excited to being blogging pregnancy #2.  Moving forward I am hoping to do updates about every 2 weeks! This will cover my first trimester though since we just announced!

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The early days: I tested about 100 times because I just couldn’t believe it! We actually had a chemical pregnancy about two months before this so I was SUPER nervous about every little thing once I saw that “positive”.  So I kept testing to watch the positive line get darker… anyone else crazy about taking tests?!?!??

Symptoms: I didn’t really feel pregnant but my chest was sore.  That was really my only symptom until week 6 and then the nausea hit.  This started much earlier this go around and when I finally thought I was making a turn for the better I was up all night every 30 minutes throwing up… which landed me in the ER.  Official diagnosis: hyperemesis gravidarum. Now I am taking diclegis and it is working AMAZING! I feel so much better and I have actually been able to keep weight on!

Week 10: Saying no to the genetic test.  This was so hard to say no to.  It seems like everyone these days is doing it to find out the gender.  BUT goodness because I am not high risk the test would be almost $400…. that buys a lot of diapers y’all.  I also like that “finding out” is a good midway point and something to look forward to.  BUT it was so hard to resist doing it! I talked with my doctor and we both came to this choice and I am happy with it!

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Overall: I have just felt more tired but having a toddler keeps you on your toes most of the day.  I don’t have much of a bump and no significant weight gain at this point.  I don’t know if it is because I have experienced the joy of pregnancy and motherhood but man I am way more nervous this second time then the first.  I just always compare everything to the first go around ha!

I am looking forward to a hopefully *blissful* second trimester… knock on wood!

I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all! I can wait for the fun, fashion and family to be taken to a whole new level!

What advice/tips/tricks can you mama’s share with me?  So much has changed since my first go around!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

Favorite Things, Things I Love

Duck Toy Review

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This year I decided not to really do gift guides since there are so many out there.  However, if you follow me on Instagram you know I have been throwing ideas out here and there.

Well I came across another cool gift that I wanted to share with you all. This is a plush duck [comes as a bunny too] that is also has a hot and cold therapy feature! The  pouch is even infused with the calming scent of natural chamomile and lavender amidst eco-friendly mineral micro beads. I also love the portable size.

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We have has quite the last few weeks with sickness in our house (our first ear infections happened) and this little duck has been one of Tripp’s favorite things to love on!

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This toy makes as a great soother and playmate and you can buy it here.

OH PS!!!! PLSHIE10 will give you 10% off!!

What do your littles have on their list for Santa?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Family, Favorite Things

18 Month Update

I realize now I never posted Tripp’s One Year update #momlife! Here we are at a year and a half and just when I think Tripp won’t blow my mind again he says a new word or has a new skill.

Tripp loves talking, dancing, and running everywhere! He is such a ham and loves making people laugh!

He loved halloween and was the life of the party! Check out him dancing in the lion costume below.

Discipline is hitting hard right now and I am doing my best to be consistent and understanding all at the same time. Time outs are a thing these days and Tripp is NOT a fan… as seen below.

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Tantrums aside, I’m loving this phase SO much! He is learning and growing by leaps and bounds.  One of my favorite things to hear him say it “Tank Ew” for thank you… Talk about melting my heart. He is SO social and loves waving and talking to EVERYONE.

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I could go on and on but I’ll stop while I am ahead! But I would love to hear your tips and tricks for discipline?

 
 XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

This blog post is also part of a #mom linkup! If you would like to add your mom blog to the link up page let me know!
 
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Empties 4.0

Here I am again to give my yay’s and nay’s on this months empty products. Let’s get started!

St. Ives Scrub + Mask

Probably one of my favorite products.  You can use it as a mask or a scrub.  It isn’t as harsh as an exfoliator as some of the other scrubs I have used.

Baby Magic Calming Baby Bath

This smells SO good.  It really is calming and helps calm Tripp down at bedtime.

L’Oreal Shampoo [and conditioner]

I used up the conditioner awhile ago [seriously who finishes their shampoo and conditioner at the same time?!] I wish I could because it drives my type-A self insane…. anyway, I love this line because it makes my hair so smooth and shiny. I have very long hair and it help keeps my hair looking healthy in between hair cuts.

Garnier Fructis Conditioner 

This isn’t my favorite conditioner but I do like it.  It doesn’t smooth out my hair as much as I would hope.  It smells great though and doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy.

Happy Baby Puffs

Tripp LOVES these snack puffs when we are on the go.  There isn’t a flavor that he hasn’t love either.  I love keeping these in the car just incase he gets hungry and we don’t have anywhere to stop.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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First Year Favorites

I thought since Tripp is a year old I would review some of my favorite products from his first year of life.  I hope this can help people find items they love. Some of these things you may have heard me talk about on here or Instagram so sorry for the repetitiveness but when I love something I love to praise it!

Baby Jogger City Select

LOVE LOVE LOVE.  It is super easy to fold, pushes very easy and has a fantastic over head shade!

Magic Merlin Sleep Suit

LIFE SAVER.  Tripp hated the swaddle but loved this.  And it was pretty easy to transition out of!

Nose Frida

This has saved us from the Texas allergies.  So much snot and this is SUPER easy to clean. Those bulbs are like the black hole of mystery grossness.

Activity Gym/ Play Mat

Loved this for tummy time!

Sit Me Up

This was great to use to help sit Tripp up and is super light and compact too!

Jumper

Tripp was obsessed with his jumper.  It was one of the first toys he absolutely loved and gave me a few free minutes too!

Sit to Stand

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Love that this toy converted from a smaller age to him using it now.  Still hadn’t gotten old!

Chicco Keyfit 30

This car seat is super easy to install and move around.  It was durable and safe.  He just outgrew it so we upgraded.

Graco 4Ever Extend2Fit

It was a little weird the first week seeing Tripp in such a big car seat but he loves it.  This thing can last until 120 LBS! Pretty easy to install too!

Busy Board

A fun toy that keeps Tripp occupied for a few minutes… which says a lot these days 🙂

Rock-N-Play

Another life saver that allowed Tripp to sleep.  LOVED the auto rock feature.

Ubbi

Seriously keeps the gross dirty diaper smell away.

Cabinet Safety locks

Our cabinets are inset and I didn’t;t want you to be able to tell we have locks on them so these magnet locks were the perfect solution.  Only weird thing is out door pulls are magnet to so we had to set the lock towards the middle of the cabinet.

What are/were you favorite baby products?

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger