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End of Summer Pool Party!

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I'm currently sitting in a very quiet house. So weird! Miss Ellie is at preschool (and boy, oh boy was she happy about it!) and Addie is playing quietly with her toys. Not going to lie, I think she's happy to have some quiet play time without having to "share" her toys. (And by share, we obviously mean stolen. Ha!) I'm counting down the minutes until its time to pick Ellie up - can't wait to hear all about her day! 

Now, let's flash back to last week! Amidst our crazy week of packing and cleaning and getting ready to move out of our summer apartment, we decided to have an end of summer party. Because that's what you decide to do when you are trying to avoid packing for a day. Ha! ;) We invited over the cousins for a little pizza & pool party. It was a HIT! :) 

Hello Baby Gift Basket

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We've officially made it past the first year with Addie girl! While that makes me a little sad (I mean, I could snuggle a newborn all day, every day!) it's also quite exciting. Hello, sleeping more! (I'm totally jinxing myself ;) I've had quite a few friends deliver new babies recently, so we've been putting together a few Hello Baby baskets! I always like to give a few of our tried and true favorites to new parents. You know, the softest blankets and diapers, as well as something fun and extra - like bows or baby shoes. (Let's talk about baby shoes, I know they're impractical for newborns but they're just so. darn. cute.)

To make your hello baby basket:
1. Gather your baby + parenthood favorites
2. Arrange them in a cute bin or basket. (Doubles as a gift bag AND a place for diapers or baby stuff after!)
3. Add Hello Baby printable (download here!) and a bow, and voila! You've got yourself a pretty little package for baby!

Looking for a few basket ideas? Here's a few of our tried and true FAVORITES:

Some form of caffeine.
I think this one speaks for itself. ;)

Swaddle blanket for sleepy snuggles
We adore THIS one! Plus, the pattern just makes me SWOON 

Cute card for the parents
Like this one or this one :)

Journal or baby book for keeping track of milestones
I tend to forget everything that happened those first six weeks, so writing things down was the only way I remembered anything! 

One can never have enough diapers! Our FAVORITE diapers are Huggies Little Movers Plus, available only at Costco. We are huge fans of Huggies (it's the only brand we have used with Addie!) and minus the few times we ran out on vacation, we almost always buy them in the big boxes from Costco. I love that they are made for babies on the go, with up to 12 hour protection. 

Baby accessories
We love bows or these cute bibs or an outfit < rompers are a great summer choice! 

Late night nursing snacks or a Netflix subscription ;)
Gotta have something to keep you awake in the wee hours of the night! 

What are some of your tried and true baby favorites? I'd love to know!! 

P.S. If you're looking to stock up on our favorite diapers (for yourself or for a friend!), you can find Huggies Little Snugglers Plus (Sizes 1&2, and now Newborn!) and Little Movers Plus (Sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6) at You can also recieve a $6 discount and free shipping until 9/25! 

Happy Sunday!

"As we follow the example of the Savior, ours will be the opportunity to be a light in the lives of others." 
Thomas S. Monson