I love a lot of things about the holidays — the decorations, the music, the celebrations. Our family's Christmas is casual and relaxing, the perfect end to a busy year. I'm a laid back mama and most of our family traditions were inspired on a whim — something that seemed like a good idea and stuck. I have four teenagers now and these are four of our favorite holiday traditions!
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to tell your cutie pie just how much you love them! We have the cutest goodies to help you express just how big your love is to your little one... and, we're giving them away!
The holidays will mark the end to a most eventful year for our family. After 23 years in Minnesota, we relocated to Northern California for my husband's new job and made our way through lots of transition. New schools, scenery, grocery stores and highways to name a few!
The Motherhood Mantra Every Mom Needs to Hear: You're an Amazing Mom! Truly, You're Doing a Fabulous Job!
(Artwork by Marianne Richmond)
No matter if you use cloth diapers or disposable diapers, work full time or stay at home all day, cook for your children or take a family excursion to a different restaurant every day, you are an AMAZING mom! Don't ever let anyone else tell you otherwise. Don't let the Super Mom fool you, the June Cleaver look-alike intimidate you, or Perfect-Mom Syndrome get to you. As long as you love your kids the best way you know how, you are an all-star mom. How do we know?
(Artwork by Marianne Richmond)
A guide to picking out the perfect personalized book for a baby shower, a newborn baby's arrival, and more!
Shower season is upon us—April showers and baby showers, that is. Every mother and father is going to need that stroller, cradle, and all the other essentials they registered for…but, what about baby's first book? Baby's first library? This is something that must be stocked before his or her arrival—or at least started with the first few on the shelf!
If new parents start collecting early, by the time their child turns three or four, their library will already be blooming with children's classics, special hardcover keepsakes, and books their children will want to one day pass down to their own kids.
Plus, a newborn baby longs to hear their parent or parents' voice, and reading is the perfect way to enhance the bond between parent and child.
Light Bulb: If you're already planning on giving the new parents a particular baby bib, crib, or special bottle gift set, that's great! Why not compliment your (incredibly useful) gift with a personalized baby book that will outlive even the most practical gift you can think of and warm the heart of the new parents?! The parents will be thrilled to share such a special gift with their baby as he or she grows and grows. This is just as much a gift for the parents as it is for the baby.
Personalized Baby Gifts to Shower the New Family with Big Blessings:
• Get the parents shouting from the rooftops: "It's a boy!" or "It's a girl!" Shake your rattle for the new baby girl or new baby boy the world is being blessed with! In Marianne Richmond's personalized books It's a Boy! and It's a Girl!, you'll help the parents celebrate the pink or the blue and delight in the girly-ness or the boy-ness of it all. You'll personally wish the new parents all the beautiful things about introducing a little baby boy or girl into their hearts and out to the world. You can personalize these books to include the parent or parents' names to appear throughout the book along with the baby's name and his or her photo.
• A special place to record every remarkable baby moment! (Don't worry…there's lots of space in this one!) My First Year: A Baby Journal by iconic children's photographer Anne Geddes is the most adorable journal to document all of baby's most precious moments. The perfect place to record all of baby's first special milestones, My First Year provides plenty of space and pages to add photos and little notes about family and friends. It's pretty cute.
Light Bulb: If you don't know the baby's gender or name yet, try including the name of the parent or parents in the personalization field instead.
• The sweetest baby debut ever: bask in the wonder and celebration of her arrival. The personalized version of Nancy Tillman's On the Night You Were Born is extraordinary. Help new parents celebrate their little miracle with a gift that illustrates just how magical and wondrous the arrival of their baby really is.
The most treasured baby gifts come from the heart—parents will surely shower you with their gratitude over the course of their baby's first year and beyond when they receive a personalized book made special with your love and care.