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Making Baby’s First Christmas Special

Bringing home a new baby as the holiday season is closing in certainly makes that time of year a bit more hectic, but it also makes it extra special. Whether your baby is your first child or you have other children, there are plenty of ways to make the holidays special for your new bundle of joy.

Make it Personal

Often, families who celebrate Christmas choose to make or buy personalized baby ornaments and stockings for their child’s first holiday; this is not only fun, but it establishes the infant’s place in the family a bit more firmly. If your baby is not the first child in the family, involve your older children in the creation of the personalized items to make it fun for the whole family.

Share Your Joy

Spreading the love and joy that you feel regarding your family’s recent arrival is a great way to make the holiday season a bit brighter for everyone involved. Using a family picture or one that just features the baby as the framework for your holiday cards is an excellent way to spread the joy of your new baby to friends and family members across the globe.

Take Casual Photos to Make the Season Bright

While formal holiday photos featuring the family, the children or just the baby are certainly nice, candid shots of your baby encountering the season will most helpful in making incredible memories. Whether baby’s face lights up at the sight of the Christmas tree, he or she crawls among the gifts surrounding it or the child simply crib dances to holiday tunes, these are the memories that should last a lifetime.

Visiting Santa is a Must

Although an infant has no idea who that odd man in the red suit actually is, visiting Santa is one holiday tradition that you will be glad that you endured. While the lines may be long and the photos overpriced, taking baby to see Santa is a good way to help even the youngest children connect with the holiday season.

Build Traditions to Create Memories

If you are dedicated to filling your family’s memory bank, take the time to create new traditions or reinstate those that you have let slide into disuse over the years. After all, the joy of a new baby is the perfect way to make the holiday season special once again.


Cookies in Gift Baskets

Share your appreciation and communicate your special sentiments for family, friends, and business associates or clients with cookie gift baskets. Unique baskets and bouquets available in different sizes to fit your budget make awesome gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, thank yous, wedding or baby showers, get well, graduations, sports fans, and any gifting occasion.

Just about everyone has a sweet tooth, so nothing would be more enjoyable than this type of remembrance. Decorated decadent butter creme cookies can show how much you care and send some “sugar” to someone special.

Blooms Cookie Bouquet

Flowers a person can eat are fun! An assortment of hand decorated cookie flowers is sure to bring a smile and warm thoughts of you. The high quality cookie recipe was developed by a renowned French Pastry Chef, and skilled icing artists provide the details on each individually wrapped over-sized cookie that is four-and-one-half inches in diameter.

Oreo Cookie Bouquet

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The best selling cookie in the world is available in a cookie bouquet! Do you agree that women usually twist apart the chocolate cookie before eating them while men are the biggest dunkers of the cookie into a glass of ice cold milk? Although National Oreo Day is on March 6th, celebrate every day!

Thank You Cookie Gift Box or Bouquet

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This works well as a personal fun and delicious “thank you” or as a business one. Three themed large white chocolate macadamia and oatmeal pecan gourmet cookies are beautifully hand decorated and individually wrapped.

Sports Theme Cookie Gift

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Any sports lover, whether one who actually plays in major league or little league teams or is just an “armchair quarterback” watching games on television or being a soccer mom, will love these sport team cookies including a variety of fist pumping sport balls.

Daddy Gifts For First Time Dads This Father’s Day

Not everyone has been a father for long. There are those who just entered “fatherhood” while others have been dads for a long time now. Just like motherhood, I’m sure that most dads will think that being a parent should come with a how-to guide so this post is about gift ideas to give those newbie dad-to-be or just became dads for the first time.


Baby carrier

Of course, new daddy will be so proud to tot his little one around while soaking the nice morning sunshine on his very own daddy baby carrier that is not pink nor comes in floral patterns.


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Diaper bag

Gone are the days when most diaper bags are meant for mommies. These days, there are wide selections of diaper bags even the most masculine first time dad won’t be ashamed to carry around.

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Daddy books

Being a father did not come with a manual. Get plenty of information from these great books!


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Announce to the world what a great experience it is to be a first time dad and let the world know how fabulous dad you will become.




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Novelty items

Little trinkets like these show how much the first time dad is appreciate for all his efforts, sacrifices and sleepless nights to give the mommies time to rest and relax.


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My Build-A-Bear Birthday Gift To Myself


I have been buying a Build-a-Bear for my daughter and mom but never to myself.  So, for a change, I decided to “gift” myself one of these precious little huggables for a change because I deserve one! Well of course, my daughter would not pass for the opportunity to get one for herself, albeit a tiny version of what I have bought.

Let me take you on a little tour on how my Build-a-Bear gift come into life.

It took me few minutes to decide on what to buy. They all looked gorgeous. Finally, the friendly staff directed me to a shelf above and pointed to this lovely bunny! I’m stoked and sold!



My bunny! Waiting to be filled…



Now, I’m left with more choices! Beating hearts, sounds, scented? How about the filling – fluffy, hard, or soft? Oh my!



Well, I decided to add a beating heart and chose huggable which is middle of being hard and not too soft. Huggable is the right thing!



After getting filled, I picked up a red foam heart, “whispered” my birthday wishes and gave it to the nice lady who stitched my huggable bunny.



After she was filled and all set for her clothing, she needed an “air wash” and a “blow-dry” in the Salon area of the shop so I gave her a good cleaning.



Now it’s time to pick her dress. Of course, I love Belle of Beauty and the Beast. Choosing the dress didn’t take long because I knew what is fitting for a “queen.”  I gave the staff her Belle outfit so she could wear it right away.


She is now dressed so it’s time to give her a name in the PC station near the cashier area.  After this, she is now to be called “Queen Hoppy!”  And the last stage is paying for her “majesty” and everything added to her, including my daughter’s tiny bunny which we called “Prince Hoppy.”



Okay, the damage in my “budget” was a bit shocking. Let’s just say I coughed out roughly $200 for everything. They are worth every penny anyway!



I’m sure that I will find myself in the Build-a-Bear Workshop soon to get some stuff for my little Royal Highness. :) Not only that, Easter is coming and they have new stuff to offer!



Affordable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Her Under $50

Who said that expressing one’s love must be costly? And who also said that you have to buy fancy gifts just to make that special someone in your life happy and to show how much you love her? Well, not in my opinion. Valentine’s Day need not be celebrated in flamboyant style just to express how much you love the person. You can certainly give her something you can afford and will not break the bank because it’s the thought that counts.

If you are pressed for time now since it’s just few hours to go before Valentine’s Day, you may consider these affordable gift ideas for your special love that are less than $50.


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How about giving her some nice pillow cases with love notes? These throw pillow cases are from Eugenie2 shop in Etsy for $25.


If your special love enjoys drinking a cup of hot chocolate or coffee in the morning, why not give her a mug that says how much you love her? This cute mug is from Pinkoliveinc shop in Etsy and sold for $16 only.


Does she like artworks? How about giving her a framed poster with love sentiment? This one is from Visualphilosophy in Etsy for $24.99 only.


These are great gift ideas for the special someone who loves tinkering in the kitchen.

Bowl and wooden spatula are from Burkedecor.com for $44.95 and for the lady who loves her wine, you can giver her these Victorian lady wine stoppers, also from Burkedecor.com for $22.00 each.




Is she the sweet tooth kind and loves to nibble on sugary stuff? Here are great gifts to give her.

Godiva Chocolates for $12 a box




From Gifts.com, $39.99 a basket filled with various chocolate goodies.

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And who can say no to these cookies with icing from Williams-Sonoma.com for only $12.99?

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Some quirky finds which can be awesome presents too.

For the sporty kind


For the beauty goddess from Sephora for $48 – Skin Bender vol. 1

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For the music lover from Gifts.com for $45.00 – Handmade Vegan Crocheted headphones

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All of the items above are just less than $50 and yet they are lovely and certainly don’t look cheap and tacky. Valentine’s Day is about expressing how you feel, showing your love and appreciation to your special lady love and it means, being able to express and show those feelings freely without denting your budget.

It’s the thought that counts!



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