Wednesday, August 26, 2009

School Starts & so it Begins

Today is the start of a very busy two weeks. The kids start school on Sept. 9th. Between touring the new school that they will both be going to and getting the supplies that they need, we are trying to get it taken care of. Of course they didn't give the list to us until today. At least we have finished shopping for new clothes that actually fit them. My son has grown almost four inches since the start of summer. We laugh because he is now taller then my husband.
My daughter is very concerned about the two lockers that she will have to know the combination's for. Lets not forget the fact that P.E. is everyday and the kids have to take a shower as well. I can't remember feeling this way maybe I did. I think it is a good thing to feel a little excited as well as nerves. It keeps you in check. It makes you try a little harder to get it right. I walked my daughter through her daily routine, to put her at ease.
I have my own feelings about this special day. Both of my kids are in middle school and one more year older. It goes by so fast I can't grasp a hold of it some days. It was just yesterday that they were born. When I think back at the years I remember all of my kid's firsts. If I stop and think about it enough I want to take a moment and cry for the memories that we have shared together.
Know that that has past I wish that they have a great year and make a lot of their own memories to look back on. I know that I still have some from when I was younger. Yet I still wouldn't change a thing about it.
Hope everyone has started their school year out right. Make some of your own memories to last your whole life.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Two Reasons to Buy a Diaper Cake

So you have a baby shower coming up? Save some money and make it extra special and unique, by buying one gift that solves these problems.

Two words diaper cakes. Diaper cakes solve two issues we have when we are hosting a baby shower. When having a baby shower you want the decorations to look great and have a theme as well. You also want to make this special day great for the new parents. Most people want to save money when doing this. Diaper cakes can do both of these things and more.

When you are shopping for a diaper cake look for a theme that ties into your baby shower. Diaper cakes come with many different tiers. All of them will have at least one level of diapers, but you can build from there and get a second or even a third tier of diapers. Why not have an organic diaper cake, perfect for the organic parents. These cakes come with biodegradable chlorine free disposable diapers and some have a line of Erbaviva Organic bath and face products for mom and baby. How about a diaper cake topped of with a sailor, teddy bear, bunny or a cute pink tutu? The entire diaper cake is carefully made so each diaper is fully functional, usable and clean. Once the baby shower is over the parents can use the many items that came on the diaper cake. There are so many different diaper cakes out there you might have a hard time choosing the perfect baby shower centerpiece.

Once you have found the diaper cake you want, use it as a centerpiece at the baby shower this way you have purchased your gift to the parents and made a focal point when people come into the room at the shower. I guarantee people will stop and talk about it, because it is a unique and unusual gift/centerpiece. How many stores can you go into right now and pick up one of these very special items for your next baby shower?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer Almost Gone

This last month has been very busy. The kids are out of school, but we are already getting ready to start up again. I can not believe how fast the time goes. My family and I just got done celebrating Kiley's Birthday, she turned one this last month. I really struggled with what to get her. I am a big fan of educational stuff, but I did not want to be the grandma who does not get the fun stuff. I ended up solving this dilemma by giving her one of my baby baskets with a collection of books and a dressing doll to help with zippers buckles etc. The cool thing about it is Kiley loves to look at the books and have you read to her and the doll will help her learn how to dress herself. Of course I solved the problem of the day with this gift, but I know for future reference that I can use this doll for just about any gift for someone under 3 even for a new sibling. I know it may seem silly how much we fret over getting the perfect gift, but I am glad I pick this one for Kiley. She has not stopped carrying the doll around and I just got reading her a new book today. I hope everyone enjoys those first birthdays that are in your future. I know I did with all of my kids and now I get to start over with my grand daughter.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Big Brother or Big Sister Gifts to Make Them Feel Unique

When a new baby boy or girl comes home for the first time it is something very special for the whole family. They are so small and delicate. A miracle is how I would describe a new baby. In the excitement of having a baby and going through 9 months of carrying him or her, we have come to love and care for them without even seeing them. That is how a sibling should feel too.
This might not be the same for all of the new big brothers or new big sisters out there. They might feel left out or they might think that they are not as special as they once were. Make them feel like they are still part of the family. Make them feel like this is their new baby boy or girl too.
When you have a baby shower for the parents, make sure to include the soon to be new big brother or sister in the celebration. There are a lot of sibling gifts that are on the market right now, just for this purpose. Sibling gifts are something to make them feel like they are playing a special role, in the new baby’s life. Because sometimes a big brother or big sister can feel left out. At a baby shower everyone is lavishing the mom to be with gifts for the baby, and this can be hard on the new sibling. Giving them their own special gift will help them feel like they have a new identity or new role in the family. Now the baby has a new role and so does the big brother or sister. They can now feel that they are needed to help take care of the new bundle of joy.
This little gesture for the big sister and big brother can be something small, like a photo album for all of the pictures of the two siblings together. Maybe a new doll for them to play with and pretend that it is their very own baby. What about getting them a book that talks about sharing with others, or having a new baby around. These kinds of things can help the big brother or big sister learn what it will be like when the baby comes along. It can help teach them something new. Maybe it will teach them to be more caring and without knowing it supportive as well.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July

As I'm setting here preparing for the 4th of July celebration that we as a family have every year, I can't help but wonder about the way it use to be when I was younger. I remember when you could let off fireworks in your yard, you didn't have to go somewhere else to see them and enjoy. You didn't have to worry about what would happen because everyone took precautions and as neighbors we enjoyed things together. My own children didn't know what it was like to see fireworks because it wasn't until the last two years that we were able to have them in neighboring towns. The one thing that I enjoy about the 4th of July is the family gatherings, fireworks and the giving of thanks to the people who made this all possible for me and my family. If it wasn't for them and their fight and struggles I would not have what I have today. I get to enjoy my freedom and do things in life that I want because of them. This year is extra special, because it will be the first year that my grand daughter will be able to see and enjoy the fireworks with us. I know that she is a little to small to actually hold them, but she will be able to see them. Like I said before my own children didn't get this option. It is great being a grand parent for the first time. I have already been through the parenting stage with one and I still have a few more years left before my last two are old enough to be out on their own, but it is great to share these memories with a new generation. To see her face when she gets to experience things for the first time, it is a fabulous feeling. This feeling is something I get every time we get to do something new. We just took her for the day to the park and after wards we went for ice cream at our favorite local ice cream spot. All the kids had a great time watching Kiley eating ice cream for the first time. Alex and Heather my other two children couldn't stop laughing at her and the way she ate it. Any way I better get going, before I run out of time and don't get all of the food done. I hope everyone has enjoyed reading this and it brings back memories of your own.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Alternative Gift for the New Mom, a Baby Bunch Bouquet

When a baby is born a lot of people want to send the new mom a beautifully arranged bouquet of flowers. I'll admit I love to receive flowers on occasion myself, but once the flowers have died what do you have left? You have nothing, but an empty vase.
Instead of sending a regular bouquet of flowers for the new mother, try an alternative solution. Send the new mom a baby bunch bouquet instead. Save yourself some money and peace of mind knowing the flowers will last forever. If you are wondering what a baby bunch bouquet is, wait no more. A baby bunch bouquet is a nice selection of baby clothes made up to look like a colorful bouquet of flowers. A baby bunch bouquet comes prearranged with other artificial flowers. Most baby bunches can be bought in two sizes medium and large, but either size baby bunch will have a good selection of baby clothes for the new bundle of joy.
Once the baby bunch bouquet arrives baby can use the clothes, but mom can save the fabric and wooden rosebuds to create a lasting keepsake for years. Most gifts will be used and then put away for the next arrival. Not with a baby bunch every time mom looks at the baby bouquet, she will remember your thoughtful gift you gave her and her little miracle.
Do you have a baby shower coming up? Try using a baby bunch bouquet for the centerpiece and then the mom will get it after wards. The clothing buds are encircled with coordinating colors to compliment the clothes. Some of these baby bunch bouquets come with a reusable galvanized pail. Either style of baby bunches you choose will make an elegant centerpiece presentation at any baby shower. By using one of these bouquets at a baby shower you will save time and money. Think about it, you will be able to decorate and have a conversation starter then mom will have her first gift.
A baby bunch is a natural alternative to flowers as a gift for a new mom. Save your time and your money make it easy on yourself, and order a baby bunch bouquet for your next baby shower or gift for the new mother.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wedding Count Down

It is the final count down to the wedding of our son and soon to be daughter in law. I can't help but feel excited, scared and totally overwhelmed all at the same time. We have been working on this special day for a while now and it feels like it will never come and that I won't have enough time to get all of the last minute things done.
Just the other day I was helping my father with his wedding present for the kids, when it struck me that I ended up making a gift basket for them. I guess when you do baby baskets for a living it is hard to change your ways. The best things come in baskets, which is why I probably made one in the first place. Think about it, Easter baskets, fruit baskets and my favorite besides baby baskets, chocolate gift baskets. I mean who would not love to give or receive a beautifully arranged gift basket? Think about the last time that you came home and saw a box sitting on your front door steps and realized that it was a gift for you. I don't know about you, but I get excited to see that someone thought enough of me to send me something in the mail to surprise me.
I know that I make and sell baby gift baskets for a living, so most people will expect me to send them one of my gift baskets when a baby shower is coming up. This does not mean that they are not surprised when I send it to them instead of giving it to them on their special day I think it is nice to switch things up a little bit; it keeps things interesting and fun.
If any of you are having a wedding, baby shower, or a just because in the future, a little piece of advice. Take at least some of the stress out of your life, by getting a gift basket for the occasion.

Friday, May 1, 2009

How to Survive a Baby Shower

To survive a baby shower you need to first find the perfect gift. Make it easy on yourself and get one that is already put together for you. It will help you relax and enjoy yourself at the baby shower, knowing that you have found the perfect gift to put a smile on mom's face.
What may you ask is the perfect gift? A baby gift basket of course. Whether the gift basket is a Baby Einstein, organic or a personalized theme you are looking for, I'm sure you can find a baby gift basket to fit your needs. Each gift basket is unique with its own theme, to go with baby's decor at home.
Learning anyone? Baby's learn so fast, a Baby Einstein gift basket is just what every baby boy or girl needs. It's full of colorful toys to grab their attention and to stimulate their growing minds. Baby Einstein baskets have colorful interactive plush animals, which will help baby learn their colors and talk in different languages. Each Einstein baby gift basket comes with books and CD's, which are fun for you and great for baby to learn with as well. Each Einstein baby gift basket comes with a re-usable can, perfect for any nursery or to hold baby's toys. A Baby Einstein gift basket is sure to please any new mom-to-be. For the practical gift giver in you any Baby Einstein basket will fit the bill. Baby Einstein is really the ultimate in practicality. These gift baskets are all about learning, in a fun way.
If you are into a more organic approach to your gift giving then try an organic baby gift basket. There are more and more choices out there just for you. The items are safe for baby with no lead, chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or synthetics on the clothing. If you are thinking that with an organic product it will not be soft, all you have to do is feel it and know it still is. Yet even though you bought an organic gift basket the parents will still get items that are needed and still be keeping the baby safe as well.
Personalized baby gift baskets are becoming a new trend of gift giving for baby. It has a little more of a personalized touch to the gift basket, because you have taken the time to know about the parents and their new bundle of joy. Essential items still come in these baby gift baskets, but baby's personalized name is an added bonus to the gift basket.
Don't forget, to truly survive a baby shower all you will need is a smile, an appreciation for the new family and don't forget the perfect gift basket from you.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Does Anyone Have A Busy Life?

I don't know about you, but I always seem to run out of time. I try to make it easier on myself by making a list and marking things off a I go, but no one said anything about everyone else adding to that list. For example: since when is it my job to remember to take out the garbage and when I don't, it doesn't get picked up for the week. Someone needs to explain this unwritten rule to me. Of course the good thing is school is on the down hill slide, so some of the list will shrink. No more homework anyone?
I don't know about anyone else, but I enjoy summer with the family. We always seem to be in fast motion, but in a good way. Swimming, biking, walks with the family and I really like the family BBQ we have every weekend. I like the time we spend at the park as well, the kids and I take my granddaughter (their niece) to play on the slide and swing. It is a lot of fun going through this experience with them too. I myself did not learn how to totally appreciate my own parents until I had my own kids. So I think my two kids are learning a little early now that they are an Aunt and an Uncle.
When my life gets this busy, I always try to look back at what my dad always says, "work smart not hard" (just don't tell him I told you this I will never hear the end of it). This is part of the reason I use the Internet. I can sit down when I have time and find anything I can imagine and then some. I really like the idea of the Internet as I am getting ready for Easter. As my family grows this is a bigger and bigger event, it is a collaboration of five different families to come together for one dinner.
It's because of this theory of my dads that I can get more done in a shorter amount of time, which is really coming in handy right now. You will get at least one thing done on your ever growing to do list. In my book this makes for the perfect ending to a busy day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Simply Elegant Baby Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are made to be elegant and unique. People stand out when they bring a baby gift basket to a shower. That's because gift baskets are something different. Gift baskets show the new parent the extra thought that you put into arranging a gift with so many different items in the gift basket.
For example a Baby Einstein gift basket is the way to go, to help develop a baby's growing senses. These gift baskets come with books for you to read to your baby and they can even play with some of them in the bath tub, what a better way to start enjoying reading then to make it fun for them. The toys are very colorful to stimulate baby, which will make them want to play with the toys even more. The plush animals are useful to play with, but they teach something to baby as well, like their colors and talking to them in different languages.
If a Baby Einstein gift basket isn't what you are looking for, I'm sure you will find the perfect baby gift basket that is themed for a boy or a girl. Each gift basket comes together to make the perfect gift, because each baby gift basket comes with a wide selection of things to start them out right. Boy gift baskets and girl gift baskets are designed with them in mind. They are cute enough for mom and dad, but have everything a new little boy or girl needs. With the clothes in these gift baskets everyone is sure to oh and ah over how adorable they are. The toys are great too, because they will help baby be interactive and keep them focused on learning new skills.
For those of you who are very conscious of what you want to have on a baby's skin, then have you come to the right place. An organic baby gift basket is what you are looking for. Made with no lead, chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or synthetics it is the perfect addition to baby's new wardrobe. Plus you will still get other items for the new baby as well.
So if you are going to a baby shower or sending the new parents a special gift, do it with style. Send them a baby gift basket. What a better way to show that special someone you care about them then with a beautifully arranged gift basket.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Taking Time Each Day For You

Do you ever notice that sometimes people don't take the time to appreciate what they have? The other day someone helped remind me of the things I have.
I'm a busy mother of three, grandmother of one and a daughter in law on the way (in less than a month and a half). So having free time seems to be a thing of the past. Don't get me wrong I love every minute of it. I do know if they made juggling an Olympic sport, mothers and fathers across America would have gold metals.
I think you need to learn and I say learn, because if you are like me I do have a hard time with this part. You need to learn to take time for yourself, it will make you rejuvenated and ready to start a new day with your loved ones.
For me it's reading, and gardening. I get a thrill out of each project I undertake. Seeing what my gardens will look like once they are done.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gift Baskets Made Easy

Are you tired of giving the same old baby gift? Then try changing it up with something new! Make your gift unique make it different, by giving a gift basket instead. A gift basket already has everything in it that you need for the new arrival.

The nice thing about a baby gift basket is how different they are. Everyone else will come to the shower with a bag or the same old box. But when you bring a gift basket it is like a special preview of what's to come. Another nice thing about a gift basket is you did not have to go to seven different stores to put it together. We have already put your gift basket together for you and taken the guesswork out of what would look adorable too.

A baby gift basket offers a variety of items already wrapped and ready to go. Each gift basket comes with the items that the new mom is looking for when she is starting out with a new bundle of joy. It seems that you can not have enough of the basics in life, like clothes, toys, stuffed animals and fun learning items to name a few. Some gift baskets you can even get with functional items as well, like re-usable storage for the many items a baby needs.

In my opinion a baby gift basket is convenient, and unique. Of course if you get your gift basket at the right place it will be full of good quality items for the start of babyies first months. You can feel confident with your gift basket purchase after your gift basket arrives to you, and you see how wonderful it looks.

Peace of Mind With an Organic Baby Gift Basket

I know as a mother there are things that you are in need of besides sleep of course. You want to provide the best of everything for your new baby in your life. There is no better way to do this for mom then to give her peace of mind with an Organic Gift Basket.

Everyone is all for going green. Do your part by giving the new mom an organic baby gift basket. Mom will know that you put a little extra thought in your baby gift basket, because you provided a gift basket with no lead, chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, or synthetics on the clothing you gave her. If you are thinking that with an organic product it will not be soft, all you have to do is feel it and know it still is.

You can not go wrong with a these gift baskets. Your family and friends will value the extra thought you put into choosing a baby gift basket like this. Even though the gift basket is organic it is still very cute and the clothes are made from 100% certified organic cotton. The gift basket still comes with all of the essential items that she will need. But these gift baskets have something even more special, because it was made with the baby's tender skin in mind.

Baby needs a little extra care with their skin. With an organic gift basket they will get it. It is nice to know you are taking the time to invest in a baby gift basket that will provide this great start in a baby's life.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Anyone Can Give a Baby Gift Basket

Are you wondering who should give a baby gift basket? I say who shouldn't. Gift baskets are something original most people might do the same old gift-wrapping you would have something unique.

A perfect example of who should buy a gift basket, someone who has a special neighbor that is expecting. You want to give them the things that are most needed, but you might not know what they already have. Make it easy on yourself by getting them a gift basket that comes with essential items for their baby. Think of the nice surprise they will have when they come home to a colorful well-put together gift basket for the new baby.

Another time that is great for giving a baby gift basket is for the co-worker that you are working with. You know them well enough that you want to give them something they will treasure, but you might not know what that is. Have the guesswork taken care of for you, by getting her a gift basket already wrapped and ready to go.

If you have a loved one that lives out of town then you are a perfect candidate for a baby gift basket. Besides the fact that you need to pick out the gift you will still need to drive it down to the Post Office to mail it to them. Try this instead, go to your computer and pick out a gift basket. Have us mail the gift basket to your loved one for you with your enclosed gift card.

Last but not least if you are as busy as I am then a gift basket is right up your alley. Rather then hunt all over town for the right gift, make your life simpler by selecting something that was put together with a lot of thought, a gift basket. A baby gift basket will come with clothes, toys, stuffed animals and some even come with a little extra storage for mom to use. You can rest easy knowing you have picked out the perfect gift basket and made the experience much more enjoyable too.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Joy's of Being a Parent/Grandparent

Everyone loves to welcome a new baby into this world. Becoming a parent is one of the most memorable experiences in our lives. Seeing your babies beautiful face for the first time. Looking at their little feet and hands, it's hard to believe the miracle of birth. Waiting all those months to see what your baby will look like, hoping that she has your nose or he has their father's hands. Going through the ups and downs of having children. Believe me there are more ups, it just feels like there are more downs. I think it's because the downs are bigger deals, so enjoy the good times it will make the bad easier to take.
Since I have become a Grandparent I can honestly say Grandma's and Grandpa's are really special. They have had the opportunity to see their kids come into this world and now they get to experience a very different feeling when they see their grandchild for the first time. The next generation is like a new beginning for your family a fresh start to do somethings different. You raised your children to become responsible, caring adults and now you get to help mold a new life, but in a different way. You get to be the one for the fun, the rules have changed you are the Grandparent so enjoy the differences that you will have with this new role in your life.
When I think of all of the changes from when I had my first child, oh boy is it different. But I have tried to embrace the new things that are coming my way. When I think of the different "necessities" the new mom needs. It really lets me know how things have changed, so I tried to think of how I could make it easier for others and myself. I started putting together gift baskets and everybody else loved them, so here I am now selling Baby Gift Baskets to people just like you. I hope some of this story hits home with you out there. I know it has made me look at what I have and think about how much I take it for granted. But it also makes me realize just how much I enjoy putting together Gift Baskets each day.