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(find a gift list for guys here, and for grown up girls here!)

present ideas for girls

I’ve been thinking hard about what to get Vivi for Christmas.   She doesn’t really get the whole “you ask for something that you really want and then you usually get it” thing, so her response when someone asks her what she would like for Christmas is usually “a doll.”  But the thing is, she doesn’t really play with dolls, and we got her a doll for her birthday and she has hardly touched it. The things that seem to keep her the most occupied are those that involve or inspire imaginary adventure, dressing up, or pretending, so here is a roundup of some fun things that I think would be a hit – hope it helps you out, too!

(1) Watercolor Set – she is always up for painting, and her self portraits are my favorite.

(2) Pretend Camera – she has one of these, and loves wearing it around the house, and out an about to “take pictures.”

(3) Feather Crown – there are never enough crowns.

(4) Sparkly crowns – because #3.

(5) Sparkly Slip on Shoes – She is always disappointed when she can’t wear her sparkly shoes to school, but she has to wear shoes that stay on her feet and that she can run around in.  These would fit the bill, while also appealing to her sparkly sensibilities.

(6) Ragamuffin pennant – I just love this.

(7) Pink record player – these are just the most fun!

(8) Purple Unicorn Tea Set – it’s pretty and won’t break, and it’s perfect for tea parties.

(9) Stationery Set – one of her latest obsessions is “playing messenger.”  She loves stuffing envelopes, writing secret messages, covering them with stickers, and hoarding them in a special box.   I think I’m going to make her a set for Christmas so she doesn’t keep taking mine!

(10) Gloves – These are essential to playing princess (thanks to Elsa!).  She doesn’t have a proper pair, and is disappointed every time she can’t find any.

(11) Super Awesome Tiger Cape – Need I say more? This is just plain amazing (as is all of Lovelane’s collection!).

(12) Snowjoggers – I just think these are plain awesome, and while I’m sure she would probably prefer pink, I adore this retro palette.  Reminds me of Rainbow Brite.

(13) Growth Chart – I love this design so much!  She would love seeing how much she has grown.  While I cry.

(14) Adventure Case – This would be perfection.  And all of it comes in a very special box.  And things that are in special boxes make it extra fun to her.  I think this would get a ton of mileage.

(15) Mixer Set – to bake like Mama.

(16) Pink Tutu – She loves playing ballerina.

(17) Glow in the Dark Star Wars tee – Vivi and Chip watch Star Wars together and she loves discussing the storyline with him.  Does it get much better than glow in the dark?

(18) Mushroom Pouf – The perfect perch for reading.

(19) Sparkly flats – She has been requesting shoes that “don’t have straps,” I think because they look more grown up to her.  She would probably never take these off.


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gift ideas for men

Those boys sure can be hard to buy for, right?  Here are a few winning ideas – please let me know if you have others to add!  Still contemplating what to get for Chip!

(1) crt 300 sneaker for the web developer who can wear what he wants to work;

(2) National Parks Checklist for the adventurer who likes to see what he has accomplished;

(3) Man Glasses which are actually a gift for you;

(4) Dopp Kit for the guy who travels and likes to be unfussy about his essentials;

(5) S’well Water bottle to remind him to drink enough water at work;

(6) Army Field Manuals for the guy who likes to be prepared for anything;

(7) Yoda Notebook for the guy who is all about action and precision;

(8) Crossbow for the guy who hasn’t grown up just yet;

(9) Vintage Clock for a bit of manly awesome in the boudoir;

(10) Slingshot for the same guy as in #8;

(11) Popcorn Popper for the family movie night popcorn maker (also works over a campfire!);

(12) Maple Syrup for the Saturday morning pancake maker;

(13) Army Green Forestbound bag for the dad who takes the kids on weekend adventures and doesn’t want to take a diaper bag;

(14) A collection of Salinger for the literary man;

(15) A Pinball Machine for the guy who has everything, including lots of disposable income;

(16) Marshall Speaker for the former rockstar who misses his guitars and amps;

(17) Bean Boots for the guy who works or hunts outdoors, or likes to look as though he does (and these will look really nice on him, too!);

(18) Tie A Knot board for the former boy scout (would be so fun for a dad and little boy – and would look great on the wall, too!);

(19) Growler for the discriminating coffee drinker

Check out last year’s guy gift guide here!  I’ll be adding lots more this week, so stay posted!

crib bedding ideas

Frequently, I get questions about crib bedding, so I thought it would be helpful to do a post with some tips about what bedding to choose.  I am a big fan of keeping it simple, with a neat, white crib skirt, and several different crib sheets so you can change up the look.  New Arrivals has a beautiful selection of crib sheets and crib skirts, so it’s a great resource for your registry!  I worked with them to select a few different crib sheets, so you can see how you can get a variety of different looks. (And, by the way, New Arrivals is offering 20% off with the code LAYBABY20!)

crib bedding inspiration

Above is the carnival crib sheet with the white pique skirt with gray trim.  I love this crib sheet!  The shades of orange remind me of my childhood (it goes perfectly with my old shopping cart above!), and it’s such a fun, happy neutral sheet.  It feels fresh and different, and I think it’s the cutest.

crib bedding inspiration

Next is the dreamweaver crib sheet.  This is a more feminine look, and the dreamy colors are so pretty.  It kind of dresses things up a bit, and it’s quite a different look from the carnival sheet.  I love the aqua!

baby bedding inspiration

This sheet looks girly without being too frilly.  It also pairs great with the white pique skirt with gray trim.

baby bedding inspiration

This is the sprout bumperless crib sheet.  It gives you the tailored feel of a bumper, without the extra fabric, if that causes you concern.  If you like the bumper look, I think this is a great option; I love being able to peek in on baby from the door, and the pared down bedding really highlights the lines of the crib.  This is a really sweet look.

crib bedding inspiration

(And by the way, the Jenny Lind is such a gorgeous crib.  It’s a fantastic look for the price, and I think it would work well for a boy or a girl.  I just adore this crib.)

baby bedding inspiration

Lastly, this is the piper sheet in gray.  This is more of a modern look, and is also a great neutral.  I love the way it pairs with that vintage plaid blanket.

baby bedding ideas

I also like the play on scale with the pattern society union rug.  So fun to see how you can get a range of different looks with a collection of crib sheets!  All these patterns are vastly different, but they still work really well in the same space.  With a little one, you will be changing the sheets frequently, and it’s fun to be able to freshen up the space in between washings!

baby bedding inspiration

(See more details about this room here.  Walls are Benjamin Moore Lido Green, and the print above the crib can be found here.)

Thanks so much to New Arrivals, Inc. for sponsoring this post.  I appreciate so much your support of Lay Baby Lay sponsors so that I can keep providing beautiful content and inspiration!


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Vivi is turning four in a week and a half (!) and I’m working on her party, and trying to figure out what to get for her.  There are so many cute little girly things out there right now . . . here is my wish list if I were turning four:

(1) Bow Headband; (2) Gunner & Lux Necklace; (3) Sleepy Kitties; (4) Ice Cream Set; (5) Merci Poster (email Sophie to purchase – thanks, Molly!); (6) Ava the Unicorn; (7) Pipsticks Sticker Subscription; (8) Furry Booties; (9) Bow Puffer Coat; (10) Sleepy Fox Print

Also, my friends at Babyli.st just launched a new app called little list where you can share a list of gifts that interest your little ones, and keep track of their ever changing clothing and shoe sizes – so great!  You can share it with grandparents and relatives, and since it keeps track of everything, there are no duplicated gifts!  It’s a great way to share what your child really needs (a new winter coat, shoes for school, a new bedtime book, etc.) so gifts are extra meaningful and helpful!  Check it out here!


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Beth"Where can I find that merci poster? Just love it! "

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lo-fi fun


(First of all, thanks so much to everyone who entered the Kiwi Crate giveaway!!  The winner is Denise, and I’ll be emailing you shortly!   Kiwi Crate is also offering $5 off a new subscription to Kiwi, Koala, Doodle, or Tinker crate, so if you were considering trying it out, here’s your chance!  Use code GG5OFF.)

children's records

Have you tried listening to records with your littles?  It’s one of my favorite things.  We have a record player I bought for Chip a few years back, and over time I have collected a few children’s albums from vintage shops and etsy.  The girls love them, and it’s so fun to watch them either cuddled up on the couch, completely enthralled with the story, or dancing around the room, acting out the parts and pretending to be a part of it.  It’s such a great option for non-screen, lo-fi entertainment, and it kind of feels like it takes you back in time.  If you haven’t tried it, go for it – you may be surprised at how much they love it, and the old records are just the sweetest!  You can also find lots of old Disney records of favorite movies – the girls adore RobinHood.  It’s fun for date nights, too; cozying up in front of the fireplace and listen to a favorite album is so romantical!

Sources: (1) Alice in Wonderland Album; (2) Pony Boy Record; (3) The Wizard of Oz; (4) Flower Record Player; (5) Navy Record Player; (6) Peach Record Player; (7) Gold Record Player; (8) Vinyl Record Player; (9) Turquoise Record Player; (10) Peter Pan Record; (11) Cinderella; (12) Peter and the Wolf


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