Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Gifts for Babies + Toddlers

I've officially finished shopping for the girls' Christmas gifts and I'm so excited to wrap them all up for Christmas morning! :)  Since Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales are coming up so soon, I thought I'd share some gifting ideas.  These are things we have and love already, things that will be under the tree this year, and a few things I came across after I finished shopping and am putting on my future gift idea list!


First up, Lo's (FIRST!) Christmas.  I thought it was going to be super hard to think of gifts for Lo since she already has tons of stuff (clothes, toys, books, everything) that was Ellie's or will be things they'll share... but, once I got looking around, I kind of surprised myself.  A few new teethers were a no-brainer, a new stuffed animal to call her own, some car seat entertainment, bibs + a couple new onesies were all on Lo Lo's list this year!  I love the rubber blocks since they are easy for little hands to grip and can be chewed on too.  I got Ellie an "Ellie" book for her first Christmas, so I decided to keep the tradition going for Willow and found one with her name on it as well.  It's a bit out of her age range, but it's about a little girl who learns to speak up for herself and I have a feeling she will grow to love it, especially since she's living the little sister life. :) 



Ellie got that play kitchen and those appliances last Christmas and we use them every single day, I can't recommend them enough!  The appliances all really "work" and the coffee maker even runs water through it.  She also has that puzzle, which is perfect for learning ABC's and colors.  Ellie will be getting a couple new things for her kitchen area this year, including those donuts and this ice cream counter.  Santa will be bringing Ellie some smaller gifts too like that super cute Trolls book, new nail polish, a couple dress-up accessories and bath toys since some of ours are so, so old (and getting kind of gross).  Also, I am SO excited to give her Candy Land and am hoping she loves it as much as we did as kids!

Both girls are getting unicorn sleeping bags and towels - the sleeping bag is definitely going to be more up Ellie's alley right now, but I figured Lo would want one down the road too.  The towels are technically for babies, but several reviews said their three and four year olds used them too so I figured why not?! :)  Lastly, we decided to get the girls a Radio Flyer wagon as a joint gift.  We know that we'll get tons of use out of it come spring, summer and fall, and that we (as a family!) will all probably love having it around.

I most likely won't be back on until after Thanksgiving if I'm being realistic, so I hope you all have the best Thanksgiving & long weekend with the people you love the most! :)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cozy November Vibes

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays and I am totally not complaining! Christmas decorations are flooding my Instagram feed, making me even more excited to take a peek at all the decorations at Target and see our stockings hung on our new mantle!  While we wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, all bets are off when it comes to Christmas jammies. I was so excited to break out the girls’ matching pajamas this past weekend.  There is something so fun about having my girls be twinning at all times, but holiday jammies are my favorite thing to coordinate!! In case the jammies weren't cute enough, we paired them with our gorgeous new Sotthi hats. Emily, the shop owner over at Sotthi, is a third generation knitter who is very talented and so sweet. Our new hats are super cozy and I am a sucker for anything with a pom!  Ellie is the winter hat queen and was so excited for the three of us to all be wearing them together.  We will definitely be coordinating in them all winter long. :)
 

I like to grab a few small shop gifts each Christmas season, and think these would be so perfect for pretty much anyone on your gift list! We are giving away a Sotthi hat on our Instagram (@linleynoel), so be sure to head over and enter.  I know you will love them as much as we do! :) 

Hats provided c/o Sothhi.  As always, all thoughts, opinions and love for the products are entirely my own.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

Happy Halloween!!

I decided the girls would be mermaids back in July when I found Ellie’s mermaid skirt on sale.  I know, I’m crazy, but I’ve been eyeing the skirt for such a long time and couldn’t resist! :) Ellie tends to want whatever Lo has these days (I'm sure the opposite will be true before we know it), so I knew it was in my best interest to make them dress up as the same thing and I think it turned out pretty cute!
 

This was Ellie’s very first time really going out trick-or-treating and it was the BEST.  It was so, so cute to see her go up to each house and give it her best shot at “trick-or-treat”, and she was always sure to say “thank you”, too.  I wasn’t sure if she’d be shy, but she went right up to all the houses, even the spooky ones!  We took her up to Main Street in our town and Ells was so excited to fill up her pumpkin bag with candy.  My mom gave the girls their Halloween gifts in my and my sister’s old trick-or-treat bags so that they could use them too. :)  Lo slept most of the time we were out, but I know she will have fun next year!


Also, a couple more Halloween-y photo stragglers from our pumpkin carving and the girls dressed up as kitties, of course.


Halloween has never been my most favorite holiday, but seeing how happy Ellie was out there last night makes it pretty high on my list... and makes me even more excited for CHRISTMAS this year!! Hope your night was just as magical! :)
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