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    The gift of "B's" for baby

    The gift of "B's" for baby

    Gift giving is among my most favorites things to do, and I always follow this simple rule when shopping for the littlest of littles: "The B's for babies".

    What in the world, right? Its simple!




    *bath toys 

    *bows and bonnets

    Any of these items on their own make a lovely gift, or combine a few "B's" for even more perfection!

     Here are a few of my personal favorites:

    When gifting blankets, I like to stay gender neutral, so that this gift can easily be used for another child in the family. I also love ones with simple patterns, because they make fantastic back drops for photos!

    Click here for amazing swaddle blankets

    Bodysuits are always a sweet gift, and really, who doesn't love a cute outfit for thier baby? This one could be worn by a boy OR girl! When gifting clothing, I like to size up a bit. Babies grow so quickly out of the newborn size, so I typically bypass that size. People seem to have an abundance of clothing, so even going up to a 12 month size is a nice little treat for later down the road!

    Baby Bear bodysuit

    I LOVE a good book for littles, and at this point I probably have enough to start my own library! Jenna always chooses the most beautiful books for Bumbelou, so you can't go wrong with any of her titles! A book would be darling paired with a cozy blanket, or even some bath toys. Bath + blankets + books =  the perfect bedtime tuck in!

    Bumbelou Books

    Bath time is always a hit at our house, so I love finding new toys to keep my littles entertained. Bath toys are a gift that keep on giving, because you never outgrow them! (Well...maybe eventually!) You could even pair a bath toy with your favorite bubble bath or body wash!

    Bumbelou bath toys

    Last, but certainkly not least, are bows and bonnets! My daughter has an abundance of both, and I guess you could say i'm slightly addicted to them! A girl can never have too many bows, and boys can totally rock bonnets, I promise!

    Rainbow hair bow set

    Pixie bonnet

    And there you have it! My simple rule of gifting the "B's" for babies. You really can't go wrong! I'd love to know that other "B" gifts you can think of!






    It's that time of year where the holidays have passed, and we settle in to the long, cold months of winter. When it's too cold for little ones to play outside, and you've exhausted your rotation of fort building and board games, I've got a super fun activity you can whip up in two minutes flat and wow your little ones! Faux snow!

    All you need is:

    1 cup baking soda

    1 cup shaving cream

    Fluff with a fork and add glitter!

    That's it!

    The texture is so smooth, and it smells good too! And it won't leave your hands cold like real snow! Yay! 

    Rummage your kitchen drawers for some "snow toys"...think measuring spoons, scoops, cups, cookie cutters. Be creative and see what you can find! Sometimes the best toys aren't really toys at all!

    Stay warm friends!



    Four thoughtful and practical gifts for a new mom

    Four thoughtful and practical gifts for a new mom

    It feels as though from the New Year through Spring time is baby season, am I right? Since I'm all done having babies myself, I am all for baby season! In fact, babies and thoughtful gift giving are probably two of my most favorite things on the entire planet. So of course i'm excited for today's topic...thoughtful gifts for a new mom!


    It wasn't until that I had my third baby that I received my first "mom present". I had always been showered with love and goodies for my new baby by my friends and family. And I appreciated it so much! But one of my friends and a fellow seasoned mom knew that I likely didn't need another onesie on my third go-round. So instead, she gave ME a gift, and I remember feeling to loved and seen, that I cried with appreciation (Or hormones. Probably both.)

    I've always kept that feeling with me, and when a friend has a new baby, I of course give them something for baby, but I also focus my love on putting something together just for mom. 

    Here are four thoughtful gift ideas that you can easily replicate:



    Becoming a mom for the first time is magical. We are excited and nervous and anxious. We pour ourselves into that new little life, which often times can leave us feeling depleted, whether we realize it or not. I remember being so nervous with my first, wanting to do everything for her myself but also worrying about every little thing. If a friend showed up on my doorstep with a little self care package for me, I probably would have cried, again. Bonus: invite yourself over to snuggle baby, and insist mom go run herself a hot bath and brew a cup of tea, and tell her to stay in there as long as she wants. A bath can't change the world, but it can cure a whole lot!

    {Tea + honey stick, drink cup, bath bomb, and a Thieves essential oil roller}

    TWO: FOR THE TIRED MAMA (aka: every Mom in existence!)

    Fact: New moms don't get a lot of sleep. That's just the way it is. And while we can't change that, we can encourage our friend to get the best rest that she can. In between middle of the night feedings, she can pull on some cozy socks, roll lavender oil on her wrists, and cover her eyes with a soft sleep mask. Let's help her maximize her sleep while she can get it!

    {Cozy socks, sleep mask, lavender essential oil roller, cute bedside bag}


    This is a thoughtful gift for any mom, whether she's just had her first or fourth baby. I love this book, as it reminds us that the simple things are the things that matter most of all. And an accompanying journal or notebook is always useful to jot down those fletting thoughts, to dos, and grocery lists that often get pushed to the back burner during the early days of having a new baby in the house.

    {The Magic of Motherhood book, journal/notebook, pen}


    This one might be my very favorite, probably because it resonates with me the most. Having 4 kids myself, I am definitely an on the go Mama! We all know that diaper bags are chock full of necessities for baby, but what about mom? We have our mishaps too! I loved keeping a bag of items for myself in the diaper bag, so that I always knew I had some basics, and didn't need to remember to pack them each time I left the house. And actually, after gathering these items for a photo, I zipped them all up right in this pouch and put them in my own backpack!

    {Snacks for mom (things that are hearty, filling, and offer good nutrients), hand sanitizer, hair ties, multipurpose salve (I like this one that can serve as chapstick, lotion, even diaper rash cream in a pinch!), Shout wipes (because spit up is bound to happen), and a perfume essential oil roller (for those mornings when you just didn't have time for a shower), cute makeup or travel pouch}

    There you have it! If you have other creative and thoughtful gifts that you like to give, please share your ideas! I am always inspired by new ones. Later this month I will share some of my favorite go-to baby gifts!

    Wishing you a happy baby season!




    We All Scream For Snow Ice Cream!

    We All Scream For Snow Ice Cream!

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for SNOW ice cream! 

    Have you ever heard of it? I grew up deprived of this delicacy, and only discovered it last winter! Do you remember when we had an obsurd number of snow days last year? In my quest to keep my kids entertained on yet another day home from school, our love for snow ice cream was born.

    It is the simplest recipe on the planet, and next to impossible to mess up! I recommend saving this recipe and be ready to impress your kids after the next snowfall! (Now...consume snow at your own risk. We prefer to use freshly fallen snow, and we always gather it from the backyard!)


    *1 cup milk (any kind)

    *1/3 cup granulated sugar

    *1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    *1 pinch salt

    *8 cups clean snow or shaved ice

    *optional but highly recommended: SPRINKLES!

    In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined. Add in the fresh snow and top with sprinkles.

    Serve and enjoy!



    2020: A Fresh Start

    2020: A Fresh Start

    2020. A new decade. A fresh start. A clean slate. 

    I love the space around a new year and the hope that it brings. My heart feels full and grateful from Christmas, spending time with the people we love the most. When we turn the page to a new year, i'm full of hopes and dreams and possibilities.

    I'm not one to really write down resolutions in a journal, or declare my word for the year. Rather, every day i'm striving to be the best version of myself and I am searching for inspiration every day. 

    I gather inspiration from many sources, including friends, books, magazines, and online platforms. But there is one book that is tried and true for me, and i'll be starting it for the third time in 2020. It's called Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. A friend shared it with me a few years ago when I was struggling to find my footing after the birth of my 4th child. It's so easy to lose ourselves in the things we love. And while that's not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes we might feel like we need more, something different, some encouragement or inspiration to pull us out in to the light again. 

    One thing I love about this book is that its quick and easy to read. So even if I miss a day or several in a row, I can easily go back and catch up. The passages always seem to be exactly what I need to read, when I need to hear it. I always walk away from reading it feeling encouraged and inspired. I highlight, underline, make notes in the margins, and its fun to stumble upon my own notes in the same space a year later.

    I have gifted this book to several friends, some who are going through hard times, and others who are looking for inspiration like me. Every time I spot a copy at Goodwill or a used book store, I buy it. I almost feel like it is my duty to share this book with the world. I hope that everyone can get the same take aways from it that I do.

    With 2020 just a day away, I have two extra copies of this book that I'd like to share with you! If you're interested in giving it a read, just pop over to our Friends of Bumbelou facebook page and leave me a comment, telling me something you are looking forward to in 2020!

    Happy New Year babes! Let this be your best year yet!