Baby shower gifting

I feel like everyone I know is currently expecting or has a brand new baby. That excitement combined with my love of shopping and gift giving, has got the topic of baby gifts on my mind in a big way.

I have heard lots of theories on baby shower gift giving etiquette-  Like some people say give gifts for the mom, because the baby will be getting so much stuff, it is important not to leave her out. Some people recommend getting practical gifts for the baby, things everyone needs like plain white onesies & diapers. Some people want to throw practicality out of the window and just get super fun gifts for the baby. Basically there’s no one fits all answer for the perfect baby gift, but it’s still fun to try! I mean seriously, is there anything better then shopping for teensy tiny baby clothes?!

I remember when I was pregnant with Prairie, all I wanted was artisan made knit rompers and wooden play gyms. My mother-in-law, who is wonderfully practical, recommended I just ask everyone for diapers. But I was horrified by the boringness of that idea.

As a seasoned mom with almost 3 years under my belt, I can now appreciate her practicality. Everyone needs some type of diapering system, and it ain’t cheap. So my current baby shopping motto is to include a pack of diapers and/or wipes in with your gift. Then mom and baby get both something fun, and something practical that they are guaranteed to actually use and appreciate. As you guys may know, I have recently become an ambassador for Pampers Pure line – I am obsessed with how soft and absorbent the diapers are, and the thoughtfully selected materials chosen to make the line make me feel comfortable using them on baby’s super sensitive skin. I am excited to show off my experienced-mom know how, by gifting this line to all the new moms in my life!

Luckily for all of living rurally or who are just lazy shoppers- Pampers Pure is available to order online from Target. (You can pick them up in store too). And if you want to get the whole gift in one swoop, you can pick up plenty of other shower gifts from Target too.

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Here’s my personal go-to gift: a cute basket (reusable!) filled with little treats for baby and mom. I like to include the diapers & wipes, a cute stuffy, plus some organic muslin swaddles, burp clothes, and washcloths, along with a bottle of wine and a nice candle for mom! I also like to use a book for a card, it’s nice for the family and saves the waste of a card. Our family go to is “I am a Bunny” as we read it to Prairie every night for bed, so it’s super sentimental to us.

Oh and just for fun … Here’s my big-girl-baby rocking her Pampers Pure diaper while wearing the little jeans vest she inherited from her dad, and riding the vintage rocking horse I received as a shower gift:

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Summer Road-Trip Prep

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that my family recently bought a ’71 VW camper bus which we named Goldie. We have been working hard to get her road trip ready so we can beat the desert heat this August with a trip up to Northern California. I have so many fond memories of driving with my parents from my childhood home of Georgia each summer to visit our relatives in New England- I am excited to create some memories and traditions of our own!

When planning for our trip, first and foremost on our minds is safety. Even though we brought Goldie in to the shop for a tune up right after we bought her, we will bring her in again right before we leave make sure she is running well before we head off on our adventure. If you need to have your car checked or routine maintenance performed before your own summer road trip, check the Firestone Complete Auto Care coupon page for all of their current deals! Firestone Complete Auto Care backs all of their work with a Triple Promise that guarantees your experience will be Fixed Right, Priced Right, and Right on Time.

Driving an almost 50 year old vehicle means that we have to be extra conscientious, to keep break-downs at bay. We bring her into the shop for big stuff, but we like to get under the hood (so to speak, although in the buss the engine is in the trunk!) to familiarize ourselves with our vehicle and make sure things stay running smoothly. We do a series of routine checks each time we drive Goldie. Here is Andy checking her oil and fluid levels, with Prairie observing:

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Our Goldie bus maxes out at around 65 mph, and she’s much more comfortable cruising around 45mph. So needless to say, our road-trip will be all about the journey rather then the destination. We plan to take the scenic route up highway 1 to Northern California. Andy has curated the perfect road-trip playlist to conjure up nostalgic vintage California twangy vibes:

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Next on my list is planning our camp spots! Hoping for lots of trees, rivers, beaches, and mountains for Prairie to explore! I would love any and all recommendations!

IMG_7737** this post was sponsored by Firestone Complete Auto Care, as always all opinions are my own




How to: Spend More Time Outside with your Kiddo

As a culture I feel we are collectively developing an interest returning to a more conscious way of life. We have rediscovered the value of healthy living, and are striving to make cleaner, green choices for our families- from the food we consume and products we buy, to how we spend our time. Most of us believe that it is important to unplug from technology and spend time out in the fresh air communing with mother nature, and we want our children to spend time exploring the outdoors untethered by modern distractions. However, between the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is easy to slip into a comfortable routine at home and put these adventuresome ideals on hold. Despite how it may appear on social media, my family struggles with all these same issues, and sometimes we just stay home in pajamas all day. But for the most part, we are pretty good about getting outside most days, and I thought I would share a few tips of our tried an true tips on how to implement more outdoor time into your own family’s daily life. The more you do it- the more it’ll become part of your routine too.

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What to Do (Part 3 of Joshua Tree travel guide)

first of all you should go hiking, duh (bring water)

When in Joshua Tree, there’s nothing better than exploring the great outdoors and communing with mother nature, and the very best place to do just that is Joshua Tree National Park. There are two entrances to the park on this side: one is in 29 Palms, and the other is in Joshua Tree. Pick an entrance, and drive the route that connects to the other entrance. Stop along the way anywhere that catches your eye to boulder or hike – you can’t go wrong. If you have time, divert from your route a bit and visit the Cholla Cactus Garden, you’ll see acres and acres of teddy bear cacti and meet the friendliest little ground squirrels! If you have more time, escape the crowds and go for a longer hike, some favorites include 49 Palms Oasis, Lost Horse Mine, and Keys View.

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Where to Eat / Drink (Part 2 of Joshua Tree travel guide)

(Note- Many restaurants here vary their hours vary seasonally so always check before you go!)

Where to Eat

A trip to Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace in Yucca Valley is a must. Pappy’s is a relaxed place with an Old West vibe specializing in delicious southwest fare. It’s also a concert venue that books an amazing mix of national treasures like Wanda Jackson, indie godfathers like Mudhoney and the Melvins, and Internet-crushing up-and-comers.  It’s located in Pioneertown, a genuine Western movie set from Hollywood’s golden years that is always open to explore.

La Copine is the other must visor spot, you’ll have to travel off the beaten path to find this hip spot but trust me the food is so worth it!

It’s always laid back in the desert, but if you’re feeling supremely casual, pick up a smoothie & wrap from The Natural Sisters Cafe or a slice of New York-style pizza from Pie For the People and find somewhere beautiful to picnic!

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Pure Protection – my review of the new Pampers Pure Collection


As a conscious consumer, I love learning about new advances in eco-friendly options. I am concerned both about the materials my daughter may be exposed to through her sensitive skin, and for the general health of our planet. So I was honored and excited when Pampers reached out to me to be an Ambassador for their new Pure Collection– which means I am one of the first to get to try the new collection of diapers and wipes. The diapers feature plant-based fibers and other thoughtfully selected materials and the wipes  are made with 99% water and a touch of premium cotton. The diapers are made without chlorine bleaching, fragrance and parabens.

Everyone has always told me that Pampers offers  outstanding leak protection and fit, but I have actually never used them myself. So I am beyond thrilled that they came out with the Pampers Pure Collection– which is perfectly my speed. The Pure Protection diapers are made without chlorine bleaching,   are hypoallergenic and are free of fragrances and lotion. And the Aqua Pure wipes are 99% water! I wish they would have launched this collection a couple of years ago as Prairie is currently getting potty-trained, so we won’t need diapers for too much longer! But she still wears diapers for naps and nighttime, which as you know are some of the most challenging times in terms of leak protection- so trust me when I tell you we got to give them a good testing out for all of you guys who are following along!


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