Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Happy Spring, everyone! I am so glad it's officially here. Seeing the trees and plants sprouting little buds and hearing birds chirping is just the best, most welcomed sights and sounds! With Spring brings Mother's Day. This is my *first* Mother's Day with the babies' outside of my belly. I am so excited they're here this year to celebrate with, because they made me a mama and it's just my biggest honor in life! I also know this day can bring a lot of emotions on all fronts. If this holiday is hard for you in any way, know that I am so sorry for your pain, and I truly am thinking of you.

If you're looking for a Mother's Day gift, I've rounded a couple fun items up for you to look through. From my favorite gardening snips, to the best face mask, softest pajamas and the thing I'm hoping for this Mother's Day-- the birth flower necklace! -- I hope you find something your mom, or a sister, friend or you will love.

herb garden console / gold arched frame / birth flower necklace / "grandma" necklace / floral silhouette / lemon bowl / garden gloves / garden snips / tote bag / floral pajamas / ginger jars / hydrangea tea towel / eye serum / face mask / smocked dress / flower studs /  

If you're close with someone who is experiencing infertility or miscarriage around Mother's Day, you might be looking for ways to love on her. As someone who has experienced it, they will appreciate you encouraging them and thinking of them, and not just ignoring their pain on this day. One place I always point people to look for gifts for these ladies is Dear Mushka. This page on their site has jewelry dedicated to being designed for women walking through infertility and miscarriage. I received the Expectant Necklace on our journey and it was so special. I still wear it and it just reminds me of God's faithfulness in our lives! I also think flowers and a little note would be just as thoughtful and impactful.


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Easter Basket Ideas for Babies

I've always loved holidays, but since having the boys, they really do feel more special and magical. I want to savor their babyhood AND I can't wait for them to actually get excited about holidays, gifts and special traditions, all at the same time! I went back and forth on doing Easter baskets for them this year, but I decided to just go for it, because how cute will they be sitting up next to their Easter baskets as babies?! I'm a big fan of celebrating the big and the little things, so if filling a basket for your baby who won't remember it this year is fun and celebratory to you, then go for it :)

I had so much fun rounding up some fun Easter basket ideas for babies for you! I've tucked away the idea from other mom-friends to fill the baskets with a couple things the babies will be needing around now or come summer. Things like swimsuits, sandals, and a couple new toys or books to pull out over the next few months. 

The Easter Basket

We got these and I had their names personalized on the ears...they are just too cute! Almost all of these options come in multiple colors / patterned liners and with the option to personalize. 

BASKETS from left to right |
plain wickerblue bunny / floral ears 
white felt bunny / white scallop
blue gingham ears / woven bunny / blue wicker /
pink bunny

The Goodies Inside

Here's my round up of some simple toys, cute swimmies, bath toys and books for Easter baskets this year!

SHOP| baby boy rash guard swimsuit / baby girl swimsuit / baby boy sandals / baby girl sandals / stacking boxes / bath toys / Easter is Coming book / Little Blue Truck Springtime book / stuffed animal duck / teethers / baby sunglasses / boat bath set / stuffed animal dog / floral bib (lots of colors/patterns) / mix & match cupcakes / sippy cup with straw / wooden shape sorter

The boys are getting those adorable swimsuits, sandals (I mean, can you even?!), stacking boxes, the books, and the bath toys. They already have stuffed bunnies that they haven't played with, so I might put those in there too :)


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Our Baby Registry & Tips for Twins

So, you're having a baby...or maybe TWO! Congratulations! If you recently found out about it being two babies, I know you might feel overwhelmed, scared, excited,'s okay to feel ALL the emotions! I sure did. Heck, when we found out about having twins, I was excited for one day and then it hit me and I literally couldn't talk about it for a month-- ha! I needed some time to process the news. I started warming up to the idea and then I got super excited. I still had some fears, but it was a nervous-excitement and I knew God would equip me to tackle all my short-comings and fears. Today I'm here to tell you, it's going to be okay.'s going to be more than okay.

It's going to be great!

That became my motto after finding out about having two little one time. Growing my belly. Ha! It brings back all the emotions of finding out, just thinking about it. Having twins is such a unique experience. Yes, it's challenging at times (it is, and it's okay to admit that!), but it's also the most special gift and I wouldn't trade it for anything! I never pictured being a twin mom, but I'm 7 months in and truly loving it. I can't picture my life any other way!

I get a lot of questions about what you need for twins-- do you need two of everything?! -- so I decided to make a list of the items we've used and loved and found the most helpful thus far. These items are all great to add to your registry. We also borrowed some items where I knew I wanted two of something. For example, we registered for one Snuggle Me and then borrowed the second one from a friend. (I was so glad to have two!) Of course, if you're not having twins, you can still get a lot out of this post! Just only buy one of everything ;)


Before I link to everything we registered for and loved, I wanted to share a note about clothing for twins. If you're like me, I was very concerned about how many of each size I needed for clothing. I also wanted to make sure I had enough pajamas / sleepers vs. "outfits". I decided early on that until they can tell me otherwise, they will be matching. It keeps it super simple to buy clothes this way-- two of everything! Sometimes I will buy one blue, one green if the outfit comes in two color ways, but usually they just exactly match. 

You will get a lot of clothes for your showers, even if you don't register for them (and especially if you know the genders!) So if you're picky about clothes, like me, then you may want to register for some so people see your style / maybe even purchase off the registry. Of course the below suggestions could change based on the season you're having your babies, but hopefully this gives you a good starting place. One thing I've found I've needed in all sizes has been a few plain white, short sleeve bodysuits. In the summer they could wear them alone and in the winter, they've been great to layer under two-piece sweat sets.

Here's what I think would be appropriate to have on hand when your twins are born so you feel prepared:

Preemie size: 6-8 sleepers total 

My boys were 6lbs and 6lbs 10oz when then were born and they still wore preemie clothes for probably 4 weeks. I didn't know this would be the case, so we had to go buy preemie clothes. I would suggest having some on hand, but not take the tags off some of the clothes until they're born so you can always return in case you have big babies. I don't think you need outfits in preemie size, unless your twins are very early and small, so you'd be taking them more places. When ours were this little, they were in cute sleepers, knotted gowns, and we mostly stayed home. 

Newborn Size: 10 sleepers total, 2-3 sets of outfits (6 total) you'd want them to wear if you go out, and 2-3 "play" outfits like leggings and bodysuits, also consider a few "one-off" pajamas in neutral colors in the case of blow outs where you don't want to change both babies into matching outfits. They will still be in sleepers the majority of the day at this age.

As a quick note, our twins were in newborn size for probably 2 months. They were in preemie for month 1, newborn for months 2-3, then started wearing 0-3 size clothing at 3 months. They're now 7.5 months and wearing 6-9 and 9 month clothing, depending on the brand. 

0-3 Months Size: 10 sleepers total, 3-4 outfits (more in this size since you're going more places), 3-4 play/cozy outfits with leggings and body suits.

*I would say that as the months go on, you'll want 8-10 sleepers and then a couple more real outfits at each size. That's what worked for us! The babies are 7 months now, wearing 6-9 month size clothes, and we have about 12 sleepers (5 matching sets, 2 non-matching neutrals), 6 outfits for church/outings, and 3 sweat suit like options for playing at home. You don't want to buy too far ahead in sizing because you don't know what size they'll be in what season.

What We Registered For:

Twin Specific:
Twin Z Pillow and one additional cover (we use this for every feeding, multiple times a day. It's our most-used product by far!)
Twin Bassinet (we kept our bassinet in our living room so we could put them down out there and they didn't always have to have them back in the nursery.)

Diaper Bag (love our diaper bag! It's plenty big for all the things you need for two)
Hospital Bag
I personally bought everything I'd need for breastfeeding, as I didn't want to register for it ;)

+ High Chair
+ Bottles (don't get too many, as you don't know what kind they will like, but I will say our babies took the first bottles we gave them and were fine with them!)
+ Bibs (1 pack is fine, but we now have 3 packs since we have a reflux baby;))
+ Silicone Bibs (2, just to have on hand for when solids start)
+ Burp Cloths (we have a baby with reflux, so we have since ordered more packs, but I'd make sure you have at least 2 packs. I also recommend not getting white, just to hide any stains)
+ Bottle Rack (eventually needed two)
+ Formula Pitcher (this is SO great if you might do formula, it mixes it for you and you can make it in bulk and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours)

+ Muslin Blankets (6-8, we really like the cloud island brand from Target. They're the softest ones I have!)
+ Swaddles (2, we swaddled with muslin blankets first, then moved to the Ollie around 8 weeks, then the Merlin Sleep Suit around 4.5 months, and are now in a regular sleep sack.)
+ Sleep Sack (2, but you could hold off on this in case you don't know what brand you want yet)
+ Pacifiers (2, don't get too many incase they don't like that brand, or get 2 of two different brands)
+ Crib Sheets (6, these are our favorite!)
+ Sound Machine for nursery
+ Travel Sound Machine (2, one for each car seat. Also nice to have 2 for if we go somewhere other than home for naps and they have to sleep in different rooms)
+ Crib Mattress

+ Diaper pail (did tons of research on this and thought this was the best one. A lot of twin parent's say they're not worth it cause you change the bags so often, but for us, it's TOTALLY worth it since our trash can is outside and I'm not going to walk out there every time we have a dirty diaper. We change our pail every other day.)
+ Refill bags
+ Changing pad cover (2)
+ Changing mat for on the go (love this, also use on our bed for nighttime changes to not wake the other baby up by changing in the nursery!)
+ Diaper caddy (got 2, thinking we'd use one in living room and one downstairs, but only use one)
+ Wipes dispenser

+ Bath Towels (4)
+ Nose Frida
+ Baby Bath
+ Bath Knee Pad
+ Baby shampoo 

+ Gliders (we did two of these and opted out of the swing. Honestly, could have done with just one glider)
+ Baby Monitor (two cameras for twins)
+ Solly Baby Wrap (just got one and it was enough)
+ Ergo Baby Carrier (just got one and it was enough)
+ Car Mirrors 
+ Car Seat -- personal choice, but we went with the Nuna Pipa RX as it's one of the lightest weight car seats. 
+ Snuggle Me
+ Stroller -- this is very personal choice, but we went with the Mockingbird Single-to-Double Stroller and have liked it a lot! Because we live in snow half the year, if I could go back, we may have splurged on the Uppa Baby Vista stroller for better turn radius and smoothness. Navigating strollers in the snow is tough for me ;) But the Mockingbird is a great stroller and it's a wonderful value.

Let me know if you have any questions! Happy to help answer anything for you.


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