Heirloom Tiger Blanket by Roxy Marj

If you’re anything like me, you’ve watched the video clip of Declan learning to roar about 8 zillion times on Instagram. (If you haven’t, watch it here.) It might just be that I’m his mom and find it incredibly adorable and it breaks my heart because he’s so darn cute but then hearing him roar and giggle just puts all the tiny little pieces back together and I feel warm and fuzzy inside so I watch it again.

So now that we’ve established Declan is the cutest little roarer there ever was, I think he really needs one of these amazing tiger blankets by Roxy Marj. There’s also a lion and a bear. All animals that roar. Maybe he needs one of each? These things sell out so fast so I haven’t been able to get my paws on one (#seewhatididthere) yet but I can’t wait! Maybe it’ll be a Christmas gift for our little cub.

Heirloom Tiger Blanket by Roxy Marj

 

Which one is your favorite – the lion, tiger or bear?  Anything else ridicute that I need to know about right now? 

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The Only Toy a Baby Needs

Dear anyone buying gifts for a baby:
Skip the classic wooden toys, plush animals, developmental skill builders, animated machines, and all the other fancy toys…the only toy your baby wants is a tv remote.  Proof (notice discarded toy pile in back):

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Take out the batteries, wrap that sucker up and gift it to one of your girlfriends for her baby shower.  Her baby will love it. Trust me.  Oh, and just for giggles, remove the mute button. Those don’t work on babies.

You’re welcome.

 

P.S. Smart phones may also be used in place of television remotes. (Isn’t it a bit sad that our babes already understand how important these devices are in our lives? Eek.)

 

 

The Best Gift for New Parents

I realized this morning on my way to work that the one thing new parents need more than anything else is…coffee.  A lot of it. Instead of sending sweets or flowers after a sweet babe is born, be the hero (slash jerky know-it-all) that provides new parent friends with the gift of the gloriousness that is caffeine. This trio of Stumptown Coffee blends or this duo of coffee + chocolate (yum) are both packaged beautifully. For Orange County locals, a quick trip to Kéan Coffee is worth a visit to grab some for you and some for them.  If you’ve got the dough (or just empathy for lack of sleep), you can really take it up a notch by throwing together a nice little gift basket with a pair of travel mugs or go all out with a Keurig system to make life even easier for them.

I miss the process of brewing a pot of coffee in the morning, but my mom bought us a mini Keurig (retails for around $99 – be savvy and use those Bed, Bath & Beyond or Macy’s coupons!) for Christmas and it’s been so convenient and easy to just add a cup of water, pop in a k-cup and be on my way to work. By the way, wouldn’t it be such a thoughtful gift to send to a mama as she begins back at work?  I think so too.

stumptown coffee photo by james ransom

 

How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?

 

[image via James Ransom for Provisions by Food 52]