Since Blake was born, I find I keep reaching for a select few products over and over. We’ve been through endless amounts of sippy cups, snack bowls and bath toys, but our trusty Munchkin products just keep going! I was first introduced to Munchkin when Blake received their famous Miracle 360 cup as a gift. As a result, it’s still his (and our) favourite. Since then, I’ve picked up several other items that have proven to be just as great! Furthermore, I’m so excited to have teamed up with Munchkin Canada to share some of our most beloved Baby and Toddler Essentials! These products would make fabulous Christmas gifts for the expecting or new mama’s with little one’s!

“Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Babies’R’Us, Walmart and Amazon. It’s the little things!”

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baby and toddler essentials

Baby and Toddler Essentials with Munchkin Canada

Baby and Toddler Essentials

Feeding

It seems to me that once a baby is born, it can feel like all they do is eat! Even now as a toddler, I am constantly thinking ahead to snack time and meals. In the first stages of eating, a good set of bowls and spoons is essential. Love-a-Bowls come with lids that are great for saving leftovers or traveling, and will not spill! They can be heated in the microwave and can even go in the dish washer which is a huge plus.

When Blake is in his carseat, I only give him snacks in the Snack Catcher because the lid has flexible flaps that make it easy for him to get to his snacks, but prevent messes. He can carry it with him or drop it on the floor with zero spills!

Some our most recent feeding favourites include the Apple Plates, Paw Patrol Click Lock Cup and Grippy Utensils. The divided plates come in fun colours and keep messes to a minimum with the deep sides. These grippy utensils are great for little hands that are learning to feed themselves, and what 2 year old isn’t obsessed with Paw Patrol? Blake’s new favourite cup has a locking lid that clicks into place, and a push close straw to ensure no leaks or drips!

baby and toddler essentials

baby and toddler essentials

 

baby and toddler essentials

Bath Time

Munchkin has some of the best bath toys! It’s getting harder and harder to get Blake out of the bath these days. He’s just having too much fun playing with these awesome toys! From washable bath crayons to a bubble blower and a bath scoop to keep it all organized, there’s tons of fun to be had.

Blake’s personal favourites are the Falls which can be stuck to the wall of the tub. He scoops up the water and pours it in to see it fall through strainers and spinning wheels. I swear he could play with this one for hours. He also loves learning about animals right now, so of course he loves playing with the farm animal squirt toys (and making sure to get mom wet in the process!) He doesn’t know this yet, but he’ll be finding the Bath Fun Bubble Blower under the tree this year. What kid doesn’t love bubbles?!

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baby and toddler essentials

baby and toddler essentials

 

baby and toddler essentials

Travel

I tend to get a little bit of anxiety before long road trips with a toddler. When they’re going to be stuck in the car for a long time, you need ways to keep them occupied! The “Are We There Yet” travel tray allows your child to read, colour, and play with toys comfortably! With a cushioned bottom, mesh storage bag and snack cup, this tray has everything you need! It’s going to come in really handy for our upcoming Christmas road trip to the mountains. Blake even loves using it at home! Play-doh on the couch please, Mom? Sure!

For home and travel, the Light My Way nightlight is perfect for those night time potty breaks or comfort in unfamiliar places.

baby and toddler essentials

baby and toddler essentials

 

baby and toddler essentials

Potty Training

The Multi-Stage 3-in-1 Potty is the holy grail of potties! Made to grow with your child, this potty gets them through the first stages of potty training as a sit-down potty with integrated power of Arm & Hammer odour control. As your child grows, the seat comes off and attaches to your regular toilet seat, and they can use the base as a step stool! Again, the detachable seat will come in handy for traveling over the holidays as it’s small and portable!

baby and toddler essentials

baby and toddler essentials

GIVEAWAY!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of our favourite Baby and Toddler Essentials with Munchkin today! As a thank you for reading, be sure to check out my Instagram page for an amazing giveaway for your holiday travels!! I’ve teamed up with Munchkin to give one lucky reader a chance to win these great prizes!

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Today I’m back with a Christmas Gift Guide for Her! If you missed my kids guide the other day, you can find it right here.

I’ve found some really great items for this year’s gift guide for her. Whether that be a new Mom, a homebody, or a beauty lover, I’ve got something for you! So let’s jump right in to these fab products and companies!

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

Christmas gift guide for her

For the Mama

Tonttu Box

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I’m a big fan of subscription boxes. Tonttu Box is a monthly subscription box for expecting or new mamas. Delivered to your door, you’ll receive a box full of products to pamper Mom and and make life with a baby just a little bit easier! Tonttu Box works together with mostly small shops to curate boxes full of bath products for Mom and babe, seasonal items, educational games and toys, etc. Choose weather you would like to 1 month, 3 months or 12 months. What a great gift idea! Here are some examples of past boxes:

christmas gift guide for her

Peony and Pine

This brand new company has come out with some fantastic products perfect for the Mama! Peony and Pine was started by Anna and Brigitte who live in the PNW. Together, they offer beautiful items such as greeting cards, prints, and mugs that are hand-lettered by Anna herself. These inspirational prints make me instantly happy, and I think you’ll love them too! My favourite item in their shop is this beautiful gift collection that includes a mug, framed print, antler necklace, and greeting card. Peony and Pine shares a portion of their profit to a local charity involved with helping mothers with their physical and spiritual needs! <3

christmas gift guide for her

Jodie Podie

I actually featured this small shop in my Kids Christmas Gift Guide as well, but today I’m sharing something for the women and mama’s! Sometimes life can be a whirlwind which can lead to feeling burnt out or overwhelmed. Jodie Podie just started offering these amazing wrap bracelets in her shop where you can add calming or invigorating essential oils to a pad that goes inside. Whenever you need a moment to relax or maybe relieve an oncoming headache (like me) you can take some deep breaths while smelling the oils in your bracelet.

Christmas Gift guide for her

For the Fashionista

For the ladies that love dressing up, you can’t go wrong with a new watch or bag. I love watches, but most of mine are big and kind of heavy. I love that this Danielle Wellington one is small and classic looking. It’s a simple and timeless piece that will go with everything.

A new bag is always great and this classic black Matt and Nat bucket bag is versatile and unique. It can be worn cross body or on the shoulder and again, will go with everything in her wardrobe!

christmas gift guide for her

For the Beauty Lover

 

Miracle 10 Skincare

Skincare is where I always prefer to spend my money wisely. I want to make sure I’m taking the best care for my skin to prevent aging, dryness or dehydration. These gift collections from Miracle 10 are fabulous, and come in sets for every skin type and concern. Products I’ve tried previously left my skin feeling hydrated, balanced and bright! Spoil a friend, your mom, or sister with great skin for the holidays!

Gifts sets from top left:

Holiday Glow Trio: Have a glowing and bright Holiday Season with this Miracle 10 Gift Trio Set that includes full size Enzyme, Mask and Eye Treatment, boxed in a stylish gift box. A gift set that is perfect for any skin type and is the ultimate must-get/must-give present this holiday season.


Anti-Aging Powerhouse Gift Set: The anti-aging gift set includes powerhouse products such as AHA Gel I, Retinol Treatment 30 and Firm that make an undeniable difference in every anti-aging skincare routine. Packaged in a stylish gift box, they ‘wow’ everyone, looking for products that really work.



Deluxe Holiday Miracles Gift Set:
 This is a skincare gift set for any skin type. Gentle but effective, Cleanser I, Toner, AHA Cream and Light Serum complement each other to provide an anti-aging and brightening effect to your skin while hydrating and rejuvenating. It is wrapped in a stylish gift box with a box, ready to put under the tree.



Deluxe Clarifying Holiday Gift Set:
 Clarify and brighten the look of the skin with the help of this holiday gift set. Cleanser I, Solution I, AHA Gel I and Veil provide effective cleansing, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. The overall look of the breakouts and oiliness is significantly improved.

christmas gift guide for her

Have someone on your list that loves makeup or indulging in a hot bath? Here are a few items that they will love! We all know how important taking care of our skin is. In addition to skincare, a Clarisonic cleansing brush will help improve your skin even further. It works with your skincare to remove makeup, deep clean and exfoliate to keep skin looking it’s best.

My favourite eye shadows of all time are the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Now they’ve come out with the Naked Ultimate Basics that is full of the most popular colours that you’ll use every day. She’ll get tons of use out of this gift!

I don’t know a lot of women that don’t love relaxing in a bubble bath with a glass of wine. It’s one of my favourite ways to unwind! I always ask for this gift set from Lush for Christmas. Full of bath bombs and a bath oil, they make your bath water feel so luxurious. There are tons of other sets to choose from, as well!

christmas gift guide for her

For the Homebody

This is where I fit into the gift guide! There’s nothing I enjoy more than snuggling up indoors and hanging out with my family.

Little Blue Canoe

This has been one of my go-to companies for gifts over the past couple of years. I have written about Kelly from Little Blue Canoe several times, but I often feature her amazing kids items. But she also carries fabulous products  for adults, like apparel, entertaining essentials and home decor! This “Happiest under the Mistletoe” sweater is the coziest thing I’ve ever worn! And how perfect for the holiday season?

She also sells my absolute favourite line of candles; Coal and Canary. Handmade from soy and vegetable wax, they last up to 50 hours and come in the most delightful scents. The best part about them is they have a wooden wick which produces and soft crackling sound when lit. Check out LBC to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Christmas gift guide for her

The Homebody loves snuggling up. Every year, I ask for a new pair of slippers, because I literally wear mine every single day whenever I’m home until I wear them out! These UGG slippers caught my eye because I love my current ones, and these ones have a little sparkle! A blanket is always a good choice for the girl that loves getting cozy on the couch and watching Netflix. This Pendleton marino wool throw is beautiful and even comes with a leather carrier.

christmas gift guide for her

For the Everyday Girl

Put A Bow On It

This awesome company is another great lifestyle subscription box just for women! Canadian based, this box comes chalk full of unique products that you might not find on your own. From beauty products to organizing goodies, there’s tons of fun to discover each month! My latest box came with a notebook & pen, fun file folders, prints, and several other exciting products. No matter what kind of girl you’re buying for, Put a Bow On It will have something for her! Choose between a Premium or Deluxe box to fit every budget. It’s like Christmas each month when this box shows up at your door . :)

christmas gift guide for her

For the Decorator

Indigo isn’t just for books anymore! I could spend hours in this store just browsing through all the amazing and fun things. It’s actually become one of my favourite places to buy home decor. I love these 3 pieces that would make a great addition to the decorators winter decor.  My husband would probably call me a pillow hoarder, but I just can’t resist! Deer are also really popular in the decorating world right now, so I love these antlers and simple deer vase.

christmas gift guide for her

 

Happy shopping, everyone! Hope you come away from this blog post with some gift ideas for the women in your life!

 

 

*This post contains some affiliate links. Some items in this post were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own!

 

Can you even believe we’re less than 5 weeks away from Christmas?! I always think I’m going to start early and be prepared, but I’m already falling behind! I’m so excited to be sharing my Kids Christmas Gift Guide today because those little one’s are just so fun to shop for! Although I’ve done gift guides in the past, this year I decided to be a little bit different. I wanted to put more of a focus on some amazing small shops! You can find the most unique, fun and often handmade items that you can just tell were made with love.

This isn’t a typical gift guide full of plastic toys or electronics. Some of my son’s favourite things include small wooden cars and stuffed animals that don’t have buttons or make noise! For this year’s Kids Christmas Gift Guide I have selected several small shops (and a couple non small shops) to give you plenty of ideas for babies though to toddlerhood ages. I hope you enjoy browsing these selections and remember to show your local small businesses some love this holiday season!

Kids Christmas Gift Guide

Kids Christmas Gift Guide

WEAR

The Bees Knees

Kicking off my Kids Christmas Gift Guide with this fun new line of graphic tees, onesies, sweaters and toques that are local to me! The best friend duo started The Bees Knees and have created the cutest designs inspired by life’s simple pleasures: music, family and travel. Chloe and Jess have all of their designs printed locally in Alberta, and I’m positive your little munchkins will love rocking The Bees Knees! Blake loves his cozy “Adventure is Calling and I Must Go” sweater. Recently, they also launched a new line of toques (or beanies or knit hats) to keep your LO’s heads nice and toasty through the winter. The extra large pom-pom on top is too cute to handle!

The Bees Knees

Little Lady A Shop

For the sweet little ladies in your life, this Etsy shop out of PA, hand makes the most adorable headbands and bows. What little girl doesn’t love dressing up with pretty things in her hair?! Marielena says her designs are inspired by natural and bohemian styles and fit newborns all the way up to adults! Little Lady A‘s adorable new Winter collection is now available. Looking at these bows makes me wish I had a girl to put them on! My personal favourite is the black and white gingham bow. Perfect for the holiday season!

Little Lady A

Acorn & Leaf

This family run company from Calgary produces bandana bibs and kids scarves (that can double as a headband!) in the most adorable prints. Linda wanted to find a way to stay home with her two kids after maternity leave and take advantage of her creative side in the process! She has definitely done that with these fashionable yet functional pieces. With tons of designs to choose from, the possibilities are endless at Acorn & Leaf!

Blake loves sporting his new scarves! Did you know, they can even be snapped together to create different looks? How cool!  Acorn & Leaf also works with a local charity called Adele’s Over the Rainbow Baskets. When a Mom in Calgary gave birth to a baby girl with Down Syndrome, she was astonished to find there was no support. Items from Acorn & Leaf that are uniquely stitched, are sold at markets where the proceeds go to Adele’s Baskets. I love when small shops give back to their community in such a great way!

Acorn & Leaf

Silas & The Sloth

Lindsay runs another fabulous infant/kids clothing line out of Calgary, AB! Inspired by her Son Silas,  she decided to start her own business while on maternity leave to fulfill her creative side! Her graphic tees, sweaters, baseball tees and onesies come in fun designs like “I Donut Care” and “Henry the Yeti.” It’s almost time for us to order another donut tee since Blake just doesn’t want to slow down on the growing! Silas & the Sloth donates $1 from every single full price item to the Calgary Humane Society! Melts my animal lover heart <3

Silas & the Sloth

Finn & Emma

To be completely honest, we spend a lot of time in our pyjamas around here. Especially on Christmas Day! One of our new favourite PJ brands is Finn & Emma. (Click the link to receive 15% off your $50 order!) These pj’s are made of 100% organic cotton, come in unique designs and only eco-friendly inks and dyes are used! These adorable jammies are produced in fair trade settings and the quality is just amazing. I love this tribal stripe design and wish I had a set in my size. So soft and cozy! But they don’t just offer pyjamas, they also have play gyms, accessories and swaddle blankets.

Finn & Emma

 

PLAY

I Did Creations

This Dad and Daughter duo is near and dear to my heart! Family members of mine Heather and Rob near Red Deer, AB have teamed up to create these stunning kids tables. When Rob’s 2 oldest kids were toddlers, he made one of these tables out of scrap wood. It lasted all through their childhood and and still stands strong today! When Heather had her 2 girls, she had the same table made for her, so they knew other people would enjoy them as well! I Did Creations tables are great for play rooms and are handcrafted by a certified carpenter. They are available in 4 different stain colours to match any decor, have solid ash table tops and seats,  and are suitable for ages 1-6. They measure 20″ tall x 20″ wide x 36″ long. Blake loves sitting here to read, colour, do puzzles, etc.

I Did Creations

Grow & Company

Yet another small business out of YYC, two mama’s Crystal and Lindsey hand make beautiful growth charts and wooden sign decor. Their creations are fully customizable from the stain to paint colours. Add names, animals or birth info for a personal touch! Grow & Co. played a big part in Blake’s playroom makeover, and he has so much fun with their growth chart. We are able to measure him and keep track of milestones, and he is able to have fun with it by measuring different objects around the house. Of course I had to add the bear silhouette to it since he is after all, my baby bear. :)

Grow & Company

Jodie Podie

Based out of Ontario, Jodie Podie produces handcrafted and beautifully stitched pieces like blankets and ‘lovies.’ Blake has always adored having something soft by his face, and Jodie’s mini lovies give him something to cuddle and sleep with. Mini Dodo the Duckie is incredibly soft & huggable made with 2 layers of organic certified cotton. Attached is a leather heart patch to add soothing essential oils for a therapeutic aroma. The Lavender essential oil is especially great for those little one’s that may need some help sleeping. She even personalized it for him by adding his name. Your little one won’t be disappointed with her creations!

Jodie Podie

@rcandsmith

Christine lives in Calgary where she makes and hand paints beautiful signs, clocks, baby blocks and even repurposes old pieces of small furniture! The Baby blocks on her Instagram feed (@rcandsmith) caught my eye because I love wooden toys (plus, their Blake’s favourite too). They have both uppercase and lower case letters, AND shapes on them making them super unique! Playing and learning at the same time makes for one happy Mama. You can purchase items by sending her a Direct Message on Instagram!

Kids Christmas Gift Guide

 

Extras

I wanted to add a couple of extra items to my guide because these two things really stuck out to me! Imaginative and pretend play is so important in childhood, and I remember loving these as a kid. A classic rocking horse and play kitchen are things that constantly keep those little movers occupied and having fun! I love the toy brand Melissa & Doug for their wooden and eco friendly toys, and this kitchen caught me eye specifically because it’s a space saving edition! We all know the reality that is kids toys taking over the house! Simply push it back together when play time is over.

Kids Christmas Gift Guide

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Bookroo

A Kids Christmas Gift Guide just wouldn’t be complete without some reading material! This isn’t my first time speaking about Bookroo. (You can find my full review here) I’m so passionate about getting kids excited about reading, and this company makes it easy! Do you have a child that loves to read? Bookroo is a subscription box that sends wrapped books to your child every month. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! You can choose weather you would like board books or picture books based on your child’s age and how many months you would like to do. A tradition I started last year with Blake, is letting him open one gift on Christmas Eve. It will always contain a set of pyjamas, and a new book. This will make the perfect addition! You can use the code ASHLHUBB to get $10 off your first box!

Bookroo

Extras

Continuing with the Christmas Eve tradition, I couldn’t help but include this buffalo plaid robe (because I’m slightly obsessed) and one of our favourite movies turned book! Does anyone else associate a cozy robe or pj’s with reading? I can just picture us on Christmas Eve, Blake snuggled in his adorable robe, sipping hot chocolate and reading Home Alone.

Kids Christmas Gift Guide

 

I Hope you’ve enjoyed my Kids Christmas Gift Guide and have some new ideas! What will you be getting for your kids this Christmas?

 

*some products were given for review purposes and some affiliate links have been used in this post. As always, all opinions are my own! 

I can’t believe we’re into the second week of November already. But you know what that means! Christmas is right around the corner. My favourite time of year! And one of my favourite things to get for Blake before Christmas, is pyjamas! This year, I have rounded up a new batch of the cutest Christmas pyjamas you can find. Why is it that kids just look so darn cute in pj’s?!

It’s no secret that I love plaid, but in addition to that, I noticed a trend in deer heads, sweater patterns, tutus, and even personalized pyjamas.

Do you like buying Christmas pj’s for your little ones?

toddler christmas pyjamas

Toddler Christmas Pyjamas

  1. Reindeer w/ Sunglasses Sleep Set || 2. Sparkly Deer Flannel Set || 3. Merry & Bright Tutu Set || 4. Yeti Onesie || 5. Bunny w/ Mittens Set || 6. Grinch Set & Deer Nightgown || 7. Red & Black Plaid Set

 

 

Why does time seem to pass so quickly? One minute you have this tiny, sweet newborn, and the next he’s 2 years old! It’s probably no surprise that I always have my camera ready to snap a picture. And these toddler cards from Milestone help me capture those moments so we can treasure them forever!

Milestone Baby Cards

Milestone has a variety of different cards for babies, toddlers, activities and pregnancy. What a great way to document the amazing things your little one can do! These cards are sturdy so small hands can’t rip them and come in the sweetest designs. Blake just loves looking at them with all the different colours and objects.

For $24 you receive 30 cards to capture and remember your child’s early years. If we ever decide to give Blake a baby brother or sister, I will be getting a pack of the baby ones and keeping these toddler cards for them!

As a Mom, I want to remember every little thing that my child does. After all, you blink and they are not babies anymore. I will be so thankful to have photos like these to look back on and remember those tiny, precious moments.

Milestone Baby Cards

It seems to be getting harder and harder to get photos of Blake where he’s not moving. And of course he had to be wearing his fire hat for this one! He’s been really good at throwing a ball (pro baseball, maybe?) but has just recently started catching.

Milestone Baby Cards

Milestone Baby Cards

He’s getting good at picking out shapes and is starting to become a little chatter box! We also just started venturing out to run errands without a pull-up! Yay for no more diapers! Is it sad that part of me will actually miss it? He’s just growing up too quickly.

Milestone Baby Cards

How do you keep track of your child’s milestones?