Where was I this week?

It has been a minute! Today finds me feeling like it’s Monday, despite being nearly Wednesday at this point. How about you? Have you taken a moment to check in with yourself and recognize all of your accomplishments, instead of your shortcomings and un-finished (or un-started) tasks?

I hope you’ll join me in forgiving myself for not posting until now.

It’s easy for me, someone who loves a good commitment while struggling with the follow through, to get overwhelmed sometimes. For the most part I seem to see my projects and task to fruition; through much trial and error, honing an ability to set realistic but lofty goals has become my life’s work.

Nobody wants to settle for mediocre, but am I as fabulous as I think I am?

The short answer: YES! And so are YOU!

While it would be borderline reckless to suggest that simply dreaming up an idea and diving in headlong is all it takes to be successful, somehow it still parallels truth to some degree.

Without a dream to get you started, what do you have?

This week has found me busier than ever. I’ve taken on a few roles within a non-profit in my area, as well as some additional projects of personal interest. While it remains to be seen how ‘successful’ our new venture is, we hope to have an official website and menu up for Hightower Digital Media within the next couple of weeks.

Yep. We’re going for it! Ripping off the band-aid and getting squared up with all the right people to help us make it happen.

I believe strongly in the power of manifesting your desires. I’m not sure how it happened, but the last few months has been one of the most intuitive times of my life; by saying out loud the things that I want to bring into my life and eliminate all together, it seems that life is finding a way to make things happen.

Our Insta page launched a few short hours ago, so if you can read this, check out @hightowerdigitalmedia and be our friend in that space. We’d love to connect with you over there as we square up our logo design and begin building our digital empire. Be the first to see it all unfold!

Canyon has been officially enrolled in a new Montessori preschool and will be twice a week, starting tomorrow. Dakota will be flying solo without the comfort of having her big brother there. The teachers say that she’s more than ready, and they look forward to seeing her continue to grow and embrace her own schooling experience while bro spreads his wings and experience a more routine educational experience alongside a new set of peers.

Exciting things happening for everyone in the family this week!

Thanks for stopping by and we’ll catch up again soon!

B

Organize my Life – A Toddler Mom’s Self Improvement Journey

After the last video, I really took some time to reflect on not only where my YouTube channel is going, but to also take stock of the undone tasks that have been cluttering my mind; those “to-do’s” and “wish-I-could-do’s” that have been stagnant in the far recesses of my life, gathering dust and waiting for a moment of weakness. In that moment, some random appliance will spring out with a “Surprise, lady! Just when you thought you were in the clear, I’m going to break because you didn’t properly clean or maintain me as clearly indicated on the warranty card you threw out last week – ha!“.

I mean, the fact that my appliances scream at me in the first place is completely unreasonable. Maybe next time it will be a body part. The knee, instead (“shoulda stretched more, like I tried to tell you eighty thousand eleven times” my lateral collateral would scoff at me, as I wince and hobble around).

Don’t wait until a friend blows out a joint (in the painful way, not the medicinal way), before you get your own health under control.

Health also means MENTAL health. Your sanity. The thing that keeps you from going off the deep end.

Because, just when we think we aren’t doing enough and deserve a break – not a chance. There’s stuff to PREPARE for! To PREVENT! (So go clean those washing machine seals, and your toilet siphons – if you don’t know what that means, neither did I until I started watching ridiculous mommy cleaning channels like @bitsofbri (Brianna K on YouTube).

Bri also has awesome hack like toilet paper stamping – good for those who might have to display their inventory as part of their home decor due to space constraints. So basically go watch her channel, not mine!

It works! Instagram @brandi_n_hightower

So, how do we stay sane and try to manage it all?

Well, maybe we can’t. Maybe we embrace insanity!

Because when you’re hurting, the first thing you want to hear is SUCK IT UP.

Really, though. Maybe there’s a way to get more hours in the day without getting up earlier or staying up later. Because without sleep and water, you’re as good as worthless, IMHO.

PRODUCTIVITY. Aha! That’s where it’s at, for me. That or exercise.

For you, it might mean a day at the spa. Do you, and do it with conviction.

This week I’m rolling up my sleeves and digging into everything “icky”. The clutter. The negativity. All the things that don’t feel good.

Emotions. Yard-sale leftovers. The list goes on.

So bear with me as this channel takes yet another twist and turn. I think the resounding theme has continued to be:

Hang on for the ride, you never know what’s about to happen but at least we can be prepared. In theory.

MommaAMommaB

If you’ve been following our YouTube channel, maybe you’ve seen some of our product unboxing and tutorials. While these have been so fun to make, and we’ve actually come across some amazing items we use all the time (like the cheapie handheld vacuum below, not sponsored), we also come across items that are interesting or useful – for someone else.

An unexpected “WIN” – One of our favorite review items

Most things we have managed to give to friends and family, with great pleasure. And some items have been resold or donated. Nothing has been trashed…

…except the alarming quantity of packaging that Amazon provides. Much of it non-recyclable or from overseas, which when compounded by millions of shoppers each year, takes a huge toll on our environment.

As items began to stack up, I am constantly forced to deal with it in some way: sort it, find a home for it, donate it. Which feels lovely when you get a smile and thank-you from the recipient, but not so lovely knowing the ecological impact as I wait for another package to arrive – most likely containing something neat, no doubt. But not necessary.

I have decided from this point, the only collabs we will be doing is with companies we truly value – regardless of how cool or trendy the item might be. I simply can’t handle the amount of waste, and I want to be a more responsible steward of this planet. Yes, this might mean we have to save up for more thoughtful purchases and it might mean I have to severely cut back my Target Dollar Spot purchases.

Wait. Now THAT’S crazy.

Still, I am trying to focus on the following before buying:

How will our lives benefit (or not) from this purchase?

Is there a more satisfying alternative?

Do we need it?

What sort of cleanses and purges are you up to this month? This week? Today?

What can you declutter – in your home or mind?

Until then,

B

2020 BNCW Home Show in Wenatchee, WA | Town Toyota Events Center | VOTE for your FAVORITE!

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Thank you to our interviewees, Christy Gatewood of YellowGate Designs, LLC., and Sarah Loveridge of Simple Nest by Sarah Joe.

Thank you, dear reader, for stopping by our corner of the world. Visit Wenatchee.org for the most current local events calendar. We’ll see you around!

Mama B

Surviving a Day with Toddlers | Real SAHM | Mental Health Awareness

The day started off pretty promising: after regrettably having to skip yesterday’s workout I was a little nervous I was going to feel some backslide in progress (and scared my workout was going to hurt) but it wasn’t the case.

I have been trying to network a little bit more here in the valley and decided to head to Pybus marketplace to share some treats with The Littles.

That is: the one and two year olds.

After somewhat coaxing them to eat last nights dinner of a recent “hit” (a side of fresh blackberries plus tortillas with mozzarella, pepperoni and…ketchup), they’d both woken up starving like they’d not eaten in 46 days.

just why

If you see next weeks Vlog you’ll know that I’m not starving them; we have plenty of marinara sauce, yet they for some reason both think that it’s poison. So…ketchup.

After refusing the eggs I cooked and turning their nose up at the peanut butter toast, I gave in to cereal.

I’m not advocating for being a pushover parent but two days without my wife will do that to me. (I am so much looking forward to her return from overnight work travels this evening!)

Amos if you can read this: I love you!

But I digress as per usual.

For some reason I left the stroller at home thinking they were both old enough to walk 25 feet through the front doors and another 25 feet or so to the front counter and wait in line for about three minutes or so.

It was about as good idea as putting two unleashed rabbits on the floor.

Wild animals, I tell ya! This was before the chaos. More at MommaAMommaB on YouTube

Loud rabbits. Rabbits that wanted to touch the display case even though we talked about looking with our eyes at this EXACT CASE on the car ride and on the walk over to said display case.

As I try to corral them in the same general area, and yell loudly enough for the barista to get my order, also yelling BITE ME because my kid couldn’t make up his mind and that’s the first one I saw.

His increasingly-heavy-in-my-arms sibling was starting to arch her back and do tornado moves and scream. Boy, did she scream, demanding in her 17 month old way to also touch and possibly lick the cookie case.

Bite Me! Cookie

It was the first one that stood out to me, and I’ll admit it felt good to yell it. Only because I did it with a half smile on my face, and the barista smiled back. I think it made her day.

Instagram @cafecolumbiapybus

Or maybe I looked scary (I noticed smeared mascara when we fiiiiinally got back to the van – has it been there??!) and maybe she didn’t smile but grimace.

No, it was a smile. She was friendly. But gosh, I could hardly see anything through my embarrassment – parenting in public is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Menu @ #cafecolumbiapybus

Regardless, instead of me just sitting there like usual being too shy to reach out to people I actually had people offer to help – and struck up quite a few conversations with interesting folks which was the exact reason I went there: I had been hoping to bring my work from home mentality to the public realm, thinking just maybe my kids would sit and be distracted with beautiful cookies while I chatted and it would be chalked up as a business expense.

But, kids are unpredictable- especially young kids! Or maybe I am. I mean, they’re just doing what they do best. I was the foolish one thinking that pre-feeding, pre-watering, pre-entertaining, pre-napping them and bribing them majorly would buy me TEN MINUTES.

Nope!

But you know what? I embrace it. I didn’t have a choice in the moment.


Thank you from the bottom of my soul to whomever made these cookies

I marched those sugar-laden children to the minivan and ate my cold tuna melt in the park. Well, near the park. With the window rolled down. While the kids slept.

My lunch from the park as experienced from inside the mom van

Oh, how I wish to have sat on a sunny bench – but there was no way I was waking up one sleeping soul. And what would I do with them once they were awake? No sunbathing was happening today. Or was it?

Since unattended children in running vehicles is frowned upon, I engaged the parking brake and kept the seatbelt on, then craned my neck until I needed two Tylenol, aiming my gaze out my van window and into the sunshine – and enjoyed the moment. Really. Someday they will be grown and I will look back at this and miss it immensely. Of course I will probably glorify it. And oh the advice I’ll have!

we arrived home and it’s been a nightmare ever since…

…but now my Mom#2 is finally back (!!!) and I can post this and give you all a look at my day as a stay at home mama trying to network and meet new professionals in the valley. Tough and very rewarding!

Thankful for my coworking days at Wenatchee WorkSpace – a time I get to truly maximize my productivity so I can be both “on” as a parent and “on” as a community member. When you start using a coworking space like mine, and begin growing your business…well, it’s hard to go back to the home office! Hats off to those who can pull it off. Mamas everywhere being SuperHuman!

Rainbows at yesterday’s lunch meeting @ #wenatcheeworkspace

Wenatchee WorkSpace is also located half a block from the Apple Capitol Loop Trail – Perfect for days when you need to blow off some steam or get creative energy flowing.

It’s all about work life balance.

Until next time!

Mama B

You may have noticed a lot of my recent posts and YouTube videos have focused on mental health. Even my most positive and chipper friends have thrown an occasional “…gee, February sure is a long month!” For those of us who got through a tough December, February is dragging on and on.

Can it be spring yet?

Or are there changes we can make now to improve productivity?

I’m talking, clear the clutter or rearrange your if need be. Shake things up! Try something new! Modify your routine if it isn’t working for you.

Stay positive and good things will come.

Until next time,

Mama B

xxxx

no filter day – love yourselves

Tips for Staying Sane (Got Some?)

This week kicked my butt. I may have been a little too ambitious with my new workout routine, and then my wife left town for a work meeting and got snowed in – on top of it, the toddlers both decided to act a hot mess these last two days (poor Dakota is getting another two teeth and just wants to be held and loved on).

Don’t choose between picking up the mess or picking up your babies – get up earlier! 💪

While there’s nothing I wouldn’t give to make sure these kids are safe and happy and entertained and fed and rested and watered…I also would love the same opportunities to take care of myself. Parenting Anthem, am I right? I used to want a glass of wine, now there are days when I have to ask myself if I’ve had a glass of water all day. And I’m starting to feel like crap.

This week, the routines are changing! Life is calling us back to the drawing board, as it does.

As someone who lives and breathes by a daily schedule, changing up the routine that has worked so well for us for over two years gives me a little anxious pit in my stomach. It shouldn’t – but I like the comfort that comes complimentary with every pre-planned day and outfit.

Focus on the good – not the mess

Tuesdays are linen days. I know what to expect. If I miss linen day, I must prepare myself for a weeklong battle of trying to fit it in somewhere else. I like linen day.

Yes, I see the eye roll. Who likes linen day?

While my love of Tuesday has nothing to do with sheets and bedspreads (ugh, who enjoys putting heavy wet sheets into a dryer?) it has everything to do with routine. Tuesdays are usually one of our two preschool days. It means that while the laundry is washing I can watch Dr. Phil at full volume or spend some time catching up on personal care tasks (removing the crusty toenail polish, pulling items out of a cluttered cupboard or packing for a weekend trip without the kids pulling every item out or demanding to see every receipt and paperclip from the junk drawer…). Catching up on finances, making healthcare appointments or steam mopping.

Stay-at-Home Mama Life means wrangling two toddlers while my wife travels for work – sometimes gone days at a time. And we all know days with small children (like indoor baby pandas) are highly active and somewhat unpredictable. As we look forward to Amy’s busy season, I can expect her to travel weekly, and maybe even have a home away from home for extended periods of time.

The idea of it sounds exhausting, but we both know it’s for the greater good of our family. So – what can we do to help my sanity?

HYDRATE
FUEL
WORKOUT
CLEAN
ORGANIZE
PLAN

Amy’s recent travel was a bit unexpected and so I think I was feeling extra keyed-up from not getting my chores or meal prep work done (I exchanged that for a workout while the baby napped). Stuff starts to PILE.

Our days have been like finely oiled machines around here, but missing a meal prep and then getting burgers was not the best way to make up for an intense workout. Should I have not exercised and had a sensible meal instead?

WHY can’t I ever manage to do both? Exercise hasn’t been a set part of my days, so I’ve been trying to fit it in in any scheduling holes or gaps in my day. My “free time” so to speak. Which means it doesn’t happen, and instead gets pushed to the back burner to take care of smaller itemized tasks that I can check off my list.

No longer!

I’ll be working on a bit of organization and meal planning and pantry inventory in the next couple of days, and sharing any great recipes or tips I come across here on the blog (and the vlog at MommaAMommaB on YouTube).

For me, a clean workspace and home environment brings me peace – with a one and two year old, the house is often an eyesore and the garbage accumulates at an alarming rate. All things I need to just suck up and embrace as part of motherhood – or get out those gloves and get up an hour earlier!

Reorganization under way!

See today’s video for more – I truly have the best partner I could imagine. It’s important to take care of eachother, so if you see someone struggling try to offer to help – even just a couple hours of “me” time brought me back to reality. Step outside, get a breath of fresh air.

Or do what I did – fill your basket with organization and cleaning tools – plus a cute new workout bra.

You deserve to take care of you, even when you can convince yourself you’re not worth it.

Did I tally up every item in my cart and feel extreme guilt for spending over SIXTY dollars on organizing canisters? YEP. Did I buy them anyway. YEP. My wife had insisted and I needed to get over that block in my mind.

Clear canisters by Made By Design – Available at Target and Target.com

Does this scream privilege? YEP. But I bought the dang things and cleaned them and dried them and filled them with goods and for some reason this brought me a feeling of some type of control. Something other than just collapsing into bed and saying “today was too hard”.

Easier to see what’s on hand – SO clean looking!

Do you need to spend money to feel better? Goodness no. Feelings come and feelings go (Pete the Cat fans, WYA?).

Here I am raiding the dress-up bin, instead of doing my chores (this kid is on a nap strike!) NO REGRETS

If buying kitchen organization goods and an exercise bra is the worst damage I could do today, I guess I’ll forgive myself for the bank account hit. It’s not often we splurge on frivolous things – and is it totally frivolous if it brings some personal satisfaction? I may argue the case for my new haul! I hope this new kitchen system streamlines our meal prep and helps reduce food waste – I’ll keep you updated after we try it out for a bit!

TBH, I’ve never spent so much at once on organization tools: But I think today it was worth it. The kitchen organization project led to a full pantry itemization; now we actually know what we have on hand for meal planning.

Here’s to more organized days in 2020!

Love, Mama B

Visconti’s Fire and Ice at PYBUS Market | Explore Wenatchee, WA

I’ve been doing these awesome new workouts and I feel like a new woman! Okay, so it’s only day THREE but my body is thanking me. My body is also very confused, but I’m begging it to hang in there for a few more weeks.

Click for mad workout routines set to trending tracks

It’s been too long since I’ve had a morning workout routine, and I’ve been trying to make time in the a.m. all month to see if it transforms my physique – or at least my mood. So far I am appreciating the extra endorphins. And workout clothes, which in my opinion are the best part of Gym Life.

The second best part of a new workout routine is guilt-free eating. Or at least, a little less beating yourself up over a scoop or slice of something decadent. Our sugar-free chocolate gelato crepe tasted extra good today after a butt-kicking cleaning and workout routine.

Both Fire and it’s sister shop Ice are operated under Visconti’s (a favorite local Italian joint for Amy and I) and the shops sit side-by-side in Wenatchee’s scenic riverfront market, Pybus.

Late night date night | Just getting started
Filmed with permissions at Pybus market

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Love,

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Digital Closet: Grail or Fail? STYLEBOOK 2020| I Tried It for 30 Days – pt. 1

StyleBook touts itself as being an expert wardrobe organization and closet management tool created by a fashion industry insider, who got her start as an intern in the Vogue fashion closet and is an alum of Lucky magazine.

I tried using it for 30 days. You can see the full video soon at MommaAMommaB on YouTube.

Here are some highlights from the first two weeks:

Day 1 – This is the best idea ever. I’m a genius.

Day 4 – So, I guess I have to spend an entire Saturday taking photographs of every single item I own if I REALLY want to use this app as intended. No cheating. Goodie. (This is my first FAIL day. I wore sweats all day to take photos of everything I own, and didn’t backlog my outfit at the end of the night – because that’s cheating. And I’m committed, dammit).

Day 5 – Dang, perfect timing. I totally forgot about period week.

Day 13 – We had a lovely soul offer to babysit for us at the last minute – they were in route to our house just in case we answered the phone.

Amy and I were right in the middle of preparing tacos for family dinner – of course we said YES!

It was Day 13 when I finally hit my groove:

I threw some lipstick and blush in my purse, tidying the house as quickly as possible; serving up my kids’ plates and swooping up those small hot spots of clutter – INSTEAD OF FRANTICALLY FIGURING OUT WHAT TO WEAR!

The fact that I was already basically dressed enough for a casual date to our local market was such a win, I can’t even.

Petite Mama? Try Target’s Athletic clothes…from the kids section. These XL teal pants by all in motion fit LONGER than my usual women’s S/M version – Seven bucks saved! Top is simple and black with velvet collar and sleeve trim

Photo @ Pybus Market in Wenatchee WA

This may not seem like a big deal for most people, but with two toddlers at home and selling two homes and moving across state twice in three years, I have been living in “cleaning” and “work” and “mom” clothes. At many times, the good stuff was “packed” and “not quite unpacked”. Both of which mean in a box but I’m trying to make myself look organized not lazy.

Let’s get one thing straight – we all go through moments in life where we earn our badges, our rights to wear whatever the hell we want to. And I use the term “mom clothes” on purpose.

My intention is to break the norm of what we think about mom clothes. Do you conjure up thoughts of bathrobes and curlers? Accurate. Do you think of the new twin mom in a slinky black dress on a date sans kids, whom are with the nanny after a successful round or three of breastfeeding (don’t worry, she left fresh pressed quinoa juice just in case – and a recording of her voice in a teddy bear that can be warmed in the microwave to match mothers exact body temp. Which is the same as anyone else’s in case you’re wondering…)?

Both images are accurate, and moms are also everywhere in between.

But I digress – I’m starting to feel like a human that is capable of daily showers (if I so choose) and an occasional opportunity to plug in a hot tool or use enough makeup to require a fixing spray. Man, I feel like a woman!

As parents, especially moms, we can often feel like we are under the microscope, expected to stand up to the ideals of the Instagram “norm”. I embraced this time to stay at home and raise my babies, and I was incredibly fortunate to have been able to make that choice. But I’m not going to pretend it was a walk in the park!

By “embracing this time,” I low-key mean “went without harsh baby-damaging hair dyes or nail polishes, the fumes of which could leave my kid with crossed purple eyes and a limp on three sides and a lifetime curse of driving an old Chevy Malibu with a bad fuel pump. Or something.

Basically, sacrificing for the greater good. Drinking all the water, cutting back on pepsi with quad shots. I kid…sort of. I’m an “all-in” kind of gal, which is exactly why I stay away from casinos or anywhere with a mechanical bull and redbull. So to me, sacrificing meant living in pea-stained sweats, scrubbing pee-stained onesies and being okay with that.

And I still am! I loved every second. But now, I realize that my maternity clothes truly don’t fit any longer, which is a sad day. I loved what they symbolized, and that stage of my life. Also, I could eat a second slice without having to undo buttons and ALL dresses had snack holes [pockets]. Winning.

Me trying too hard to match (it looked good on the app!)
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Don’t worry, guys. There’s a version for you, too. My inner wanna-be feminist is wondering “why the dichotomy” – but I’ll admit it’s a nice looking alternative.

I wish there was an option to just buy ONE stylebook and update the layout and user preferences to your liking, but perhaps this is their roadblock to preventing adults from sharing at home. We happen to be a home with two adult women Head Of Households so ideally we’d share a closet. But in real life we don’t, and our styles are similar but different enough. So we didn’t choose to share the Stylebook for Women app across our devices, as Amy chose the Men’s version.

Also, in this day and age, nothing gets under the digital radar! I was contacted within two hours of this post with some helpful advice from Stylebook App itself:

via Instagram

I’ll admit I jumped the gun by not giving a full 30 day try before this post – I would have likely uncovered this feature in the near future. Maybe it was a shameless self plug 🔌 for a future Apple Scripting tutorial. The world may never know.

So, there you have it! Download the version if your preference, know there are options! And set a timer for notifications…

…in-app.

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MAMA STYLE – 2020

casual! – fashionable! – stylish!

I just spent a week in leggings and I felt fantastic. Do you know why? Because I finally curated my closet and nailed down some key outfits that still felt stylish – sans denim!

Adding accessories or fun tops and different patterns really leveled up my period game this month, let me tell you. As a new Mama, leggings were a gift straight from heaven. The postpartum period is ending but I’m now a leggings convert. Pry them off my cold dead body and all that.

Stay tuned for a future vlog featuring a whole month of what I wore, and how I pulled off my supremely organized closet.

And now, here are some inspirations to help you out in 2020 as you step outside your comfort zone. Maybe you’re a new parent with ‘no time’ for fashion, or someone who was comfortable in a favorite pair of faded jeans, like a warm hug and something familiar to count on.

Enter ATHLEISURE – We can be comfortable and stylish!

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Today you’ll be inspired to consider something new. Try on a hat in the store, in front of an actual mirror. Look back through old Pinterest boards or your IRL closet and get rid of what doesn’t feel good – add something bold and make it a challenge to yourself to consider borrowing an item from a friend or wearing a well-loved item in a new way (head wrap vs. scarf, anyone?).

Here are a few fun stylish looks – images are all Pin-able so you can revisit these ideas later if you remember to save to your own boards from here.

Happy Pinning!

Fashionable Pinterest Mamas

Suzanne from My Kind of Sweet presents so many ideas on her site that I could browse forever:

Denim Free Looks 👊🏻

Christine Andrew from HelloFashionBlog is mom fashion goals!

📸 Christine Andrews

For your more polished days: hellofashionblog.com

Don’t forget Athleisure! It’s here to stay in 2020:

Tanika Green styles this category perfectly over at her blog: thealwayzfashionablylate

Steve Madden Kinga Boot

Barry Exposed on Pinterest is one mom fashion blogger you can look forward to watching as trends change:

Barry styles a casual mood with leggings

On my Fashion Shopping List for 2020:

Long Cardigan

Leather Look

Cropped Jacket

Tailored Pants

Navy Blazer

Summer Sun Hat

What’s on your 2020 Fashion Shopping Lists?

50 Gifts Under $50 | Best of Amazon 2019 FIFTY IDEAS for the Holidays

Here’s a recap of all of the last 5 days of Amazon Gift Ideas.

Save to your Pinterest board to keep these ideas handy, or follow MommaAMommaB on Pinterest for more great ideas.

Pregnant / Expecting:

1. $25 White Noise Machine (This one is portable, with a battery option as well as a night light and projector, with a bonus music option – we own and love this one!)

2. $29.99 Portable Booster Seat – We did a ton of research, and though a lobster attachment works well, we were too nervous to scuff a table. This one has worked perfectly for our needs, and on sale now at Amazon

3. $28.99 Organic Drool Bib – This infinity scarf style is ultra modern with cool tones and quality fabric – for the hard-to-please baby in your life

4. $25 Baby Swaddles – I love grey and cream as the gender neutral colors, and swaddles saved our life with Baby #1 – we couldn’t have too many on hand

5. $18 Ultra Thin Velvet Baby Clothes Hangers – Space Saving plus it arrives in a pack of 50…yes please!

6. $4 Mustela Between-Wash Cleanser is a gentle non-oil-stripping formula that even the most natural-product-loving parent can appreciate

7. $32 JJ Cole Diaper and Wipe Caddy Organizer I snagged this baby shower gift as my own personal caddy for beside the bed during postpartum time. Perfect for diapers, snacks, sanitizer, chargers, and more!

8. $14.95 RePlay Cups – This seems like a steep price for three cups, but we believe in the product, which is also proudly made in the U.S.A. (and the colors just speak to me – so there’s that)

9. $12.99 Amber Teething Necklace – While we never used one ourselves, I have heard nothing but rave reviews from those who have tried it (raw amber is what you’re looking for – this necklace is!)

10. $13 Polka Dot Unisex Infant Hat because all babies need hats, period (some need the chance to refuse them at all costs!)

Younger Kids

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11. $39 Melissa and Doug Magic in a Snap (KIT) – Every magician needs a top quality top hat, and this one is top notch! The four-piece set includes a velvet pop-up and fold-flat hat with a secret pocket, a sturdy wand, a plush rabbit to make appear and disappear, and a silver coin to transform! easy-to follow illustrated instructions help budding magicians learn the secrets behind these impressive classic tricks that are sure to wow audiences of all ages!

12. $41 KidCo Bath Toy Organizer – Adjustable to fit most tubs with divider panels that fit where you want them. The KidCo Bath Storage Basket holds bath toys, soap, shampoo and more: slotted sides and bottom allow items to dry properly.

13. $9 Wipe Clean Workbook: My First Phonics – Toddlers love busy work, so give them something they can learn and play with!

14. $28 Learning Resource Puzzle Globe – “A fun, engaging way to encourage children as young as 3 to learn geography”

15. $14 Book and Toy Set – This one features Dragons Loves Tacos, a hit with both my kids. Any book and toy set is a great gift for a young child!

16. $34.99 Little Tikes Basketball Set – For the athlete in training!

17. $ Toysmith Mystical Spiral Glitter Wand – It’s on our holiday list and we can’t wait to unbox it!

18. $9.95 Book Of Why – by Nat Geo for children who love to ask “why”?

19. $14.99 Alex Monkey Balance Board – Helps kids improve their balance and coordination! Perfectly sized for little feet-yet able to accommodate larger ones-this 16.5″ x 9.5″ sturdy wooden wobbly board features an adorable monkey graphic. Designed for ages three and up, the board supports kids up to 200 pounds, making it suitable for the entire family to enjoy.

20. $8.48 Melissa and Doug Wooden Beginner Puzzle – Made of wood with easy to grasp knobs for small hands. My son’s very first puzzle (and an easy cleanup with three chunky and oversized pieces!)

Gifts for Pre-Teens

21. $15 Liquid Motion Bubble Timer – Looking for a stress relief toy? This colorful liquid bubble drop motion timer is an excellent visual stimulant which has a mesmerizing effect as you watch the bubbles travel down in slow motion. The oil droplets can even make the colorful wheels spin. Just flip this cool liquid motion toy over and start again until you are fully relaxed.

22. $24.99 Light Up Crystal Growing Kit for Kids – Ages 8+ but fun for anyone, really!

23. $17.95 Fidget Infinity Cube – Made from aluminum alloy, this one is a step above the cheaper plastic models. Both is a great gift for someone with limited storage space in 2019, as it looks classy on a desk or shelf.

24. $32 Kids Against Maturity Game – A Family Game Night favorite and Tillywig Toy Award Winner that will have everyone rolling! Agest 8+

25. – $12.99 Foldology Origami Puzzles “Easy to start and challenging to master. A fun, foldable brain teaser”

26. $23.99 Jasonwell Hand Operated Drone – High-Tech Hand Controlled Drone with no remote: UFO drones toys for kids use high-tech infrared motion sensors to detect obstacles and steer by hand.

27. ANY AMOUNT – Amazon Gift Cards make one of the best holiday gifts! With a worldwide market at your fingertips, share any amount instantly. This card comes with a kraft paper envelope and jingle bells for that added holiday touch.

28. $25 Ultimate Movie Night Care Package – RedBox movie rental code included for instant movie credit! Snacks and a movie, the perfect gift for someone who could use a little downtime and a treat.

29. $5 Dehydrated Water – Just add water! Make sure your loved one never goes thirsty!

30. $39 Dammit Doll Three Pack – Give this hilarious gift three times (each doll is stitched with the signature poem, so you can buy in bulk for savings). Everyone gets frustrated – this doll helps release tension in a comical way!

Teen and Young Adult

31. $35.99 Aisuo Night Light – 5 in 1 Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker – This light has so many bells and whistles that you just have to see for yourself

32. $21.99 Cinema Light Box Marquis –  154 letters/numbers and 90 emoji tiles, along with 15 colored light options. In addition to classic white, dim up/down the brightness, have fun with the “Flash”, “Strobe”, “Fade” and “Smooth” light play options, all controlled with an included remote

33. $34.95 Family Chess Set by Brain Blox – A quality wooden board with color coded pieces. This entire set includes Reference Cards, Chess Cube, Full-Color Instruction Book, Chess Board, & Chess Pieces!

34. $39.95 Hola! Ukelele for Beginners with Carrying Case – Many color options make this an easy gift idea for the music loving teen interested in exploring a new hobby, or consider other economical beginner instruments like a $24 harmonica or $18 bongo

35. $24.97 Magnetic Dart Board – Know someone who needs to spice up their family game room? This is your ticket! With an “Interstellar Gameplay” option on the reverse side, it is sure to please the entire family.

36. $23.95 College Box – A snack box delivered courtesy Amazon? YES PLEASE! No additional costs for Prime member through 2019. What teen doesn’t love a delicious snack? Especially those living away from home and missing all the usual creature comforts. The description says it ”  includes a mix of sweet, salty, savory, and healthy snacks. Best essential brands of chips, cookies, candies, bars, popcorn, crackers. Best variety on Amazon as it includes all of your favorite individually wrapped snacks and goodies. It’s the ultimate, classic, deluxe, best, biggest, value sampler snacks box – bulk, bundle, variety fun pack. Large for a great low price – what a good deal. Wholesale quantity amount of snacks and treats to enjoy!”

(I would want this, as an adult! See: Crave Box for $30 which includes “Best essential brands of nuts, fruit chews, bars, popcorn, veggie chips”.)

37. $13.99 Macrame Hanging Photo Display – In this day and age people (I mean teens – I mean, people) can’t be bothered to size, mat and hang photos. (I mean, some of us can. But I can’t, and I’m long since a teen.)

Anyway, this beautiful hanging display would make a classy addition to a dorm room or bedroom, to display those motivational cards and cat photos. I mean, pictures of families.

38. $44.99 Deluxe Bedside Organizer – Great for dorms, RVs and other small spaces. Great for those who could benefit from some extra organizational tools. Car organizers are another great option!

39. $9.99 Cat Goat Cheese Pizza – “This is the social card game that is going to change your game night forever… This addictive game is as unique as its name. It’s a power packed quick and simple party game. Race against each other to SLAP a match between a card and spoken word. But – watch out! – your mind will play tricks on you. This game was engineered for maximum fun. Enjoy!”

40. Stuffed Christmas Stocking (Amount Varies) – Fill it with essential items that teens don’t want to buy but always like to have on hand (especially for the college student): batteries, command hooks and poster strips, decorative washi or duct tape, etc.

A funny joke (depending on who you ask) is to “fill” the stocking with a simple lump of coal (and amazon gift card in any amount of your choosing if they haven’t been TOO naughty – ha!)

Family Friendly – All Ages

41. $39.95 USB 2.0 Digital Microscope – Useful and fun for students, collectors, testers, and anyone interested in exploring the microscopic world

42. $12.99 Turkish Towel – This one is made from 100% cotton and available in a TON of color options – I purchased this towel as family gifts in 2016 and I recently saw my in-laws take it to Hawaii (they said it’s their favorite airplane/travel blanket, in 2019!)

43. $18.99 Waterproof Beach Blanket) – This one includes:

– 1 Waterproof Ground Cover 60″ x 55”
– 4 loops and 4 plastic stakes to anchor blanket into the ground
– 4 corner pockets which you can fill with sand or stones for added weight
– 1 zipper pocket to conveniently store valuables
– 1 matching Carabiner so you can hang it on your backpack or bag
– 1 travel pouch to keep everything tidy

44. $20 Smartwool Socks – Invest in a quality pair of socks for yourself – or someone you love. Great stocking stuffer idea!

45. $8 2020-2014 Five Year Planner – Great for the person who loves a schedule!

46. $50 Amazon Gift Card – Available in amounts of your choosing: simply click the “Amount” option. (And next year, don’t wait til last minute to choose a gift – I kid, I go this route all of the time)

47. $28.93 Chocolate, Crunch and Nuts Gift Basket – Something for them to savor as they remember how much you care (any food or sweets basket will do!)

48. $12 Chutes and Ladders – A family game night favorite (board games are a special gift because it encourages quality time spent together)

49. $27 Burrito Blanket – Casofu makes this one, which is fleece – it’s also getting rave reviews on Amazon right now, and ALSO on sale. It’s ridiculous and amazing and I can’t wait to purchase it for someone! Would make an amazing white elephant gift and is also available in a waffle stylejust sayin’.

50. $29.95 State Destination Bamboo Cutting Board * – I don’t own this one (yet – hint, hint) but out of 312 reviews, nearly all are positive, giving Totally Bamboo company a glowing 5 stars on Amazon. *Other Amazon sellers offer customizable cutting boards, which could be a nice way to add an extra personal touch to a different design.

I hope this list was helpful to you!

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