Baby Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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-Holiday Gift Guide in Partnership with Baby Einstein-

I feel like it was just yesterday that Marloe was born! Its crazy to think that in just a few days my little baby girl will be two years old! Time surely does fly. I find myself more often savoring little moments we have together, because time passes by so quickly. I also have been reminiscing on photos and memories of Marloe as a tiny baby, the closer I get to bringing home our second bundle of joy!

I had a lot of help from people during my pregnancy with Marloe. So many people offered advice on what I would need for those first days, weeks, and months home with our new baby. A baby doesn't really need much those first couple months, except warm clothes/blankets, diapers, and MILK. They definitely require more when they start getting aware of their surroundings, and a little more curious and alert during the day. I felt like it truly happened overnight. One day I was folding laundry and had a hanger on my bed, when Marloe started reaching for it like crazy to play with. She was probably just 4 months old, and from then on she was ready to play! I had ZERO idea what to get her, and felt lost walking through the baby isles at the store. I didn't want to waste money on things she wouldn't use or like, but how was I supposed to know what she would like??? She couldn't talk or tell me! I looked online and texted some family members for recommendations! I bought a wide variety of things for her, and we went from there!!

Now that that is all behind me, and I see what worked for us, I decided to put together a little Holiday Gift guide for babies first year! If you're a parent looking for some gifts to get your little one, or a friend/family member trying to decide what to buy a little baby for the Holidays....then I got you covered with some of mine (and Marloes) favorite things! I saved or bought a lot of these for our next arrival coming in March, and recommend them to family and friends whenever they ask!

I feature lots of Baby Einstein products on my guide, because they are perfect for 0-6 and beyond! Marloe still really enjoys playing with her Baby Einstein Take ALong tunes, and likes to pretend its her cellphone lol! Also I love her Baby Einstein Musical Octoplush toy, because it has helped her learn her colors!!!

Monsters & Movies

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Halloween party movie nights are a staple for my little family around this time of year! We plan movie night parties with a couple of friends a few times in the month of October! It’s so fun getting together with a small group, and watching Halloween movie classics, or watching the latest in Halloween hits. We have treats, and sometimes even dress our kiddos up for it as well.

This year I bought the new Ghostbusters at my local Walmart to watch for our Halloween movie night with friends!! none of us had seen it yet, and we were all so excited to get together with yummy treats to watch the movie. I purchased the Ghostbusters Extended Edition on Blu-Ray, that comes with over 15 more minutes not seen in theaters, and the most hilarious 3 hours worth of extras. I also picked up some fun decorations for a spooky, yet modern, tablescape! And found everything I needed to make Halloween themed desserts, all at Walmart! So very convenient! Today I am sharing a simple way to create a fun, modern, Halloween themed tablescape!

For this tablescape, I went with a pretty, yet kid-friendly theme! Since we were watching the new Ghostbusters, I decided to incoprorate "ghosts" into some of my treats! Here is what you need to get the perfect Halloween Party tablescape for a movie night with friends:

1. A fun table-runner. I chose a table-runner that can easily transition from a party, to every day use! I picked this black and white one up, because not only is it super cute for year around use, but goes so well with a Halloween theme too! Find a table-runner at your local Walmart, they have so many to choose from!

2. Pick up some fresh flowers. I am in love with having fresh flowers in my home, and think it can make any party, look so much better! I picked up these white flowers for $4.97 from Walmart, and distributed them into different vases! Another fun idea would be to add food coloring to the water, to make it a little spookier and fun!

3. Go down the seasonal isle at Walmart to find different fun party favors and decorations! I found those two plastic buckets (filled with treats and goodie bags) for just 97 cents each! Kids love party favors, but lets face it, that candy was for the adults too! ;)

4. Make a dessert that POPS! I decided to make a Rice Krispie Pie, and added some fun candy ghosts on top! I got the ghosts from the Halloween section at Walmart! They were a great addition to the pie, and looked awesome on the table! Make a simple dessert into a fun themed surpirse, just by adding little details like ghosts, eyeballs, or making them pumpkin shaped!

5.Snacks Snacks snacks! You need to get snacks for your table that everyone will love, but that also go along with whatever themed you're trying to create! I found some trail mix at Walmart that was the perfect color for my Halloween movie night party! I found a chalkboard jar, wrote "BOO" on the front, and added the trail mix inside! Its so easy, and adds so much character to a party!

Try making your own fun tablescape at home using my tips!! I love that I can save so much money by going to Walmart, and that it is a One-stop-shop for all my party needs!

I recently signed up for Walmart Family mobile PLUS, my plan comes with Unlimited Talk, Text, Data; 10GB 4G LTE plus a free movie (rental, new release = $7 value) on VUDU every month, per line for $49.88. I seriously couldn’t believe we could download a free movie rental each month to my phone, and plan on taking advantage of the awesome offer!! We bought an HDMI cord to hook my phone easily up to our smart TV, and we stream the movie directly to our family room tv. I bought the LG K7 phone, its currently only $49.88, on Rollback from $89.88...which is an insane deal.

I love how Walmart Family Mobile is so affordable for a family on a budget, yet comes with so many extras that you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything. I left the store paying just $19.88 (from $25) for the Nano Starter Kit, and won’t even get billed until the following month. There are Walmart Family Mobile events in store, where they can explain how to activate a new line, and teach you all about how you can experience Ghostbusters in virtual reality! At events find a brochure with details on plan and VR experience + a plastic 3D hologram. Check out the Walmart Family mobile hub to see where an event is happening near you!

Sony also partnered with Walmart Family Mobile, to give VR (Virtual Reality Experience) to all customers who activate new lines on any rate plan from 10/1-10/31. You’ll receive a code providing a free download of the New Ghostbuster VR Experience.

Here is how that process works:

-You first Demo at Walmart Store, then purchases Walmart Family Mobile product and gets a unique code

-You visit GhostbustersVR.com

-Register and Redeem code

-Download app from Apple Store or Google Play to access content!

EASY AS CAN BE! :)

We had such a great movie night with some of our good friends, and laughed our little bums off while watching the new Ghostbusters! I plan to have many more fun parties, and love that I can save money by shopping at Walmart using my Walmart Family mobile. Head on over to your local Walmart and check out their awesome deals. Happy (almost) Halloween!

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Celebrating the CMA Awards in Style

This post has been compensated by Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are mine alone.

 

It's time to celebrate the "50th Annual CMA Awards"!! I absolutely love watching award shows of all kinds, and just recently started hosting fun little get together's with friends and family to watch them at my house. The "CMA Award's" will be no different! Today I teamed up with Cost Plus World Market to showcase how I plan on celebrating the "CMA Awards" this year!!!

A great idea to please all party guests, is to go with a easy, diverse, meat and cheese platter! You get a cutting board (like mine from Cost Plus World Market), and lay the meats and cheeses on it! It's easy finger food for while you watch the "CMA Awards"! And you can get as creative as you want! I got all my Entertaining Essentials from Cost Plus World Market!!

Growing up, I remember my mom blasting Shania Twain and other country music in the car on our way to school, and in the Summer on our way to the swimming pool. I had every song memorized, and would sing/shout in my loudest singing voice to the words! Those songs still hold a dear place in my heart, and I have loved Country music ever since!

For this party we plan on heading to our local Cost Plus World Market to get everything we need to host a perfect get together! Since the "CMA Awards" stand for "Country Music Awards" I want to host a country inspired party with Southern Food/Snacks! I bought the cutest white soup bowls at World Market, and am going to make homemade chili, and chicken noodle soup for my guests!

I bought a rustic wood platter, and wooden coasters to match it! I felt like they went right along with the cool rustic country themed party that I am going for! I also found the majoirty of the food items from Cost Plus World Market as well, I love that it is a one stop shop for everything I need!

To personalize my party to be more "CMA Awards" themed, I bought some cute chalkboard party picks decorations to put around the table, and into some of the food! I wrote "CMA" and "COUNTRY" on them, and placed them randomly! I love that you can personalize them for any party! :)

Since we don't drink at our house, instead of alcohol, we got tons of cute sparkling soda flavors from World Market! Not only are they delicious and make for a fun party drink, but they are super cute too! :) We plan on letting everyone have their own drink glass, but you can easily mix the flavors, or even make italian soda's with them as well! Yum!!!

I had so much fun planning out my "CMA Awards" party, and no joke, got 99% of the items (including the food) all at Cost Plus World Market! I love having one store that has everything I need in it, for the perfect party! Can't Wait for the "CMA Awards"!

Tune in tp The "CMA Awards" November 2nd 8/7c on ABC! And enter The "CMA Awards" Sweepstakes presented by Cost Plus World Market where you could win their Grand Prize Package that includes:

-A trip for 2 to “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” this year in Nashville on November 2nd, 2016

-Accommodations at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville

-$1,000 World Market Gift Card

-Plus, Three First Prize Winners

-$500 World Market Gift Card

Sweepstakes ends 10/21/16

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Better Beginnings

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It can be so overwhelming trying to figure out what to register for when you're expecting a baby. I thought I had it all figured out, and registered for a lot of things I "thought" I needed. After Marloe came I realized a lot of the things I registered for, I didn't even use...and I found myself sending Colten to the store for a lot of things we missed getting.

One of those items was a Diaper Genie! Colten and I raced to Target to get one about 1 week after Marloe was born. I seriously thought a "baby trash can" seemed so very unnecessary, and I was so wrong. It's a LIFESAVER, and keeps the nursery smelling clean, and looking clean. I am happy to have a Target close to us! It definitely is the one stop shop for all the baby items we need!

I spend a lot of time with Marloe in her nursery, and that first week (when you're changing 4-5 diapers a day) her room had a tiny trash can that was overflowing with stinky diapers. Yuck. Getting a Diaper Genie definitely helps for Better Beginnings with your new baby!

I teamed up with Target to showcase the Playtex Diaper Genie Complete and tell you why I love it! I am also sharing my short list of "Playtex Baby Registry Must-Haves" from Target!!

This new Diaper Genie has a step on pail for easy diaper disposal! It's Odor lock technology makes it so you won't smell even the worst of diapers. And it is easy to empty, and refill the bags! There is a reason this is the number 1 selling diaper disposal Pail! Also, there is an awesome cartwheel Offer (8/21 – 9/3) going on now for 10% off the Diaper Genie pail!

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