Front door thank you for UPS, FedEx, USPS
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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

baby, Family, Favorite Things, pregnant, Uncategorized

3D Ultrasound| Little Brother sees sister for the first time in 3D!

A couple weeks ago Mark, Tripp, my in-laws and myself went to have a 3D Ultrasound of baby Annabelle (name reveal video here). This was my first time ever experiencing a 3D ultrasound and I want to thank Hello Baby for hosting my family to this wonderful experience.

Family of 4
HelloBaby First Family Photo

My first pregnancy I didn’t think I “needed” a 3D ultrasound.  This pregnancy I wanted to do a few special things because so many things are different the second time around (like I totally forget to do weekly belly shots).  That’s where the 3D ultrasound came in.  After this experience though I would recommend anyone to do this during pregnancy.  You get SO much more time to see your little one then in the typical doctors office ultrasound. All in all we were there for almost an hour and the majority of the time we were getting to see baby!

Our Little Girl in 3D
Sweet Annabelle

 

I loved that if the baby wasn’t cooperating that they build in time for you to walk around and drink some juice.  If that still doesn’t work you can reschedule once for free!  Another thing I absolutely loved is how family friendly they were.  They engaged with the whole gamily and let Tripp get up close and personal!

 

Everyone was welcome and they were SO accommodating to my two year old.  They had a play basket, let him sit with me and even let him press buttons on the ultrasound machine (I mean that is every two year olds dream, right?!).

Future doctor?
Tripp Playing on the Ultrasound Machine

 

Some odds and ends if you are local to Fort Worth Area and want to visit Hello Baby.

Pricing:

  • Heartbeat Experience: $50
  • Gender Experience: $75
  • 3D/4D Bonding Experience: $130
  • 3D/4D Total Experience: $190

Add on’s:

  • CD with all images from Ultrasound $10
  • USB with all images from Ultrasound $15
  • Small Heartbeat Bear $25
  • Large Heartbeat Bear $35
Regular vs. 3D ultrasound
Sweet Annabelle

I absolutely loved visiting Hello Baby and they were so sweet during the whole experience. It is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life and would tell anyone it is a must do during pregnancy!

Did you have a 3D ultrasound during pregnancy?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

baby, Dates, Entertainment, Family, Favorite Things, Friends, love, Shameless Plugs

Fort Worth Favorites

It is been awhile since I touched on some of my Fort Worth Favorites [here are some of my previous posts HERE, HERE & HERE]! Hopefully you all can try these places out or already have and love them like I do.

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Food/Beverage

Yogi’s Deli: A Fort Worth favorite great food and great prices.  Our favorite is breakfast there because their bagels, French toast and coffee are stellar!

Fixture: Drinks are amazing and the food is top notch! Perfect date night! LOVE their patio!

Piatello Italian Kitchen: Their dinner is OUTSTANDING and a great atmosphere especially on the patio when there is live music!

Kent & Co: Great Wine at GREAT prices.

Melt Ice Cream: Their ice cream is OUTTA this world and the shop is ADORABLE!

Activities

The Happy Lark: A fun indoor play space for kids with a SUPER cute boutique up front!

Benbrook Library: They have so many great activities for children and adults! For completing the summer challenge with Tripp they gave him a free book! The staff is amazing too and I have met some great mom friends at book babies!

Shop

Adorable Boutique and Monogramming: Great selection of products and you can bring your own thing in and their monogramming is affordable with a fast turn around!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Beauty, Family, Favorite Things, Friends, Things I Love

Fashion on the 4th

How is it possible that July is almost here!?! I LOVE fireworks [not setting them off myself though #whimpforlife]! I am ready for the holiday “weekend” and to enjoy a few brews and watch Tripp hopefully enjoy some fireworks! These are some of my favorite items for the holiday and guess what… all from Amazon because #momlife. Another plus?! Every piece is UNDER $25!!!

Earrings:

 

Hat:

Shorts:

Shirt:

Sandals:

SO many of these must haves are versatile for the entire summer! And of course you could wear the blouse on any patriotic day! What are your 4th must haves?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things, Shameless Plugs, Things I Love, Uncategorized

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

HI YALL! This week I am partnering with some of my favorite local business for a #FortWorth Favorites giveaway!

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What is in the giveaway you ask?!

  1. A mobile spray tan gift certificate from Sun Angels DFW
  2. A Macrame Cuff Bracelet from Elysian Design
  3. One dozen assorted cupcakes from Swtdizert Bakery
  4. The Fort T-shirt from The Fort Clothing, ETC

To Participate:

Head over to my Instagram account @TheGabbingGinger and follow the directions on the giveaway post!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Empties, Favorite Things, Maternity/ Pregnancy, Shameless Plugs, Things I Love

Empties #3

Hi y’all! I am here again to go through some of my used products! Enjoy!

Babyganics Shampoo+Bodywash: I can’t find the squeeze version of this anymore.  Which makes me sad because we have the pump version and I hate that it falls in the tub and gets water in it. I love the smell of this and that it rinsed clean from baby.  I tried using it as bubble bath but it left a film in the bath tub.  LOL.  I would recommend this product.

Dial Body Wash: This body wash didn’t seem drying. For those who don’t like a strong scent this would be good for you.  I like strong scents in body wash so it wasn’t my favorite. This has a great price point and it foams up really well which I like. Overall, it is a quality product for a good price.

CVS Dry Shampoo: I bought this in a pinch and it was on sale.  It works alright.  I think sometimes it can leave my hair looking a bit dull.  Also, it doesn’t seem to be as long lasting as I would like.  I usually have to reapply it throughout the day.  I would splurge on a better quality unless you are in a bind!

Matrix Smoothing Serum: This is the OLD version but I have linked the new one.  This works great but honestly I like my Paul Mitchell better only because it seems less sticky when I put the product in my hand.  I think the Matrix version is just thicker.  It helps keep my frizzy hair in line though for sure! I would recommend this.

Mac Blush: This brand is my go to for blush. This one is on it’s last leg and it busted to bits the other day so it is getting retire.  I love this color and a little goes a long way.  I think this blends well with other make up brands and the color is pretty true! Recommend!

Motrin: We have used this for fevers (as mentioned above) and for teething.  Recommend having this on hand!*

Tylenol: We had our first fever not to long ago  (as mentioned above) and this was great to rotate with Motrin.  Seemed to give our little guy some relief. Recommend having this on hand! *

*Please consult your doctor before giving your child medication.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Beauty, Favorite Things, Things I Love

Perfume Perfection

When it comes to perfume I definitely have my “go-to’s”.  I do lean towards certain scents depending on the season. I usually stick with one or two signature scents throughout the season. These are what I think smell good on my skin and that over and over again I get compliments on!

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Burberry: The perfect warm winter scent. This scent makes me feel relaxed and cozy!

Burberry Brit:I have the older packaging]:  Love the floral crispy vanilla scent of this.  Perfect for on the go and everyday.  I almost ALWAYS receive compliments when I have this one on.

Marc Jacobs Lola: My favorite Spring and summer floral scent.  It makes me joyful and happy when I wear it.

Chanel: Chance: A: I LOVE this twist up travel size perfume.  SO great for moms on the go! B: The scent is SO yummy and gives me a little pep at the beginning of my day.

Chanel: Coco Mademoiselle: My favorite date night scent and is very enticing and warm.

Fendi: A fruity but deep blend.  This is a really good all year scent.  This is what I keep in my handy Travel Sprayer above.  LOVE this sprayer because it is SUPER easy to fill and great for on the go moms!

 

What is your favorite signature scent?

XOXO- Gabbing Ginger

Beauty, Favorite, Favorite Things, love, Things I Love

Current Crushes [UNDER $50]

The weather is changing and I have my eyes on a lots of new spring time items! I have found some of my favorite finds and all are a steal under $50!

Current Crushes

Tasseled Cold Shoulder Blouse

Trouser

Tasseled Cold Shoulder Blouse

Block Heels

Sneakers

Scalloped Flats

Floral Maxi Romper 

Pink Cold Shoulder Dress

What are your current crushes?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

Favorite Things, Maternity/ Pregnancy

Baby Sprinkle

Baby fever is REAL people! Especially when you get to sprinkle one of your good friends. I am so excited for her little bundle of joy.  The gender is a surprise this go around and the anticipation is KILLING me!

Anyways… over the weekend my girlfriend Taylor [check out her AMAZING interior design company Southern Reflections] and I hosted a baby sprinkle for Sarah.

The MAJOR gift that everyone contributed to was the glider [linked here] and it is AMAZING!!! It reclines and swivels and rocks…. the trifecta of gliders! We also got big brother a shirt and mama a monogrammed robe!

Now I need to admit I did about 5% of the work on this but I felt the need to brag on my super magnificent talented friend Taylor, who has such an eye for party planning and design!

I got the Mom-osa bar chalkboard sign idea on Pinterest and I think it turned out SUPER cute!

I also made the party favors.  I got little jars off amazon and found downloadable tags on Pinterest. On the back I printed a label that said “Thank you for SPRINKLING Baby *****. Sprinkle this epsom salt in your bath & enjoy!”

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Finally, we decided as an activity to make a mobil for the baby’s room.  This picture does not do it justice! It was fun to craft and chat as a group.

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What baby sprinkle ideas do you love?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger