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Gift Ideas for Moms | What I got for Christmas

I love seeing what other people got for Christmas and taking notes for what I might want for Mother’s Day, my birthday, or for Christmas myself. So I thought it would be fun to share what I got for Christmas with you!

The really cool thing that we did was create amazon wishlists for everyone in my household so I got a bunch of things that I really wanted but I was still able to be surprised on Christmas Day. If you’re into purchasing items on Amazon, I highly suggest starting a wishlist of your own and adding any items you see below that you like to your wishlist.

If you’d rather watch me talk about these items, be sure to watch my Youtube video below. But if you’d rather read about them, keep scrolling down.

Items I got for Christmas

Live Love Inspire Planner

Nespresso & Aeroccino

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  • If you don’t know a Nespresso machine is, it is a coffee maker that takes capsules, but it makes such a creamy and delicious cup of coffee because of the way that it brews it.
  • Every cup has a layer of creama on top without adding any milk or cream.
  • They also have a variety of capsules so the variety of drinks it can make are endless.
  • The Aeroccino is a milk frother. With these items together, you’ll never need Starbucks again.

What My Toddler Got For Christmas

My daughter is 2.5 years old, so we wanted to get her gifts that she can have fun with, but also learn from. In this post, I’ll share the items she got and why we love them for her.

I work from home full time right now due to the pandemic and am also taking care of my daughter full time at home due to lack of childcare because of the pandemic, so by the end of the day, I’m exhausted. If that sounds like you, you’re in for a treat because I was also sure to pick out a bunch of items that I can do with her while sitting on the couch. A win win for all.

The other great thing I did was create an Amazon wishlist (not sponsored) that I then shared with our family and friends and they were able to purchase the thing that resonated most with them that still fell into that learn and play category. And the other great thing is that this method didn’t take away from the surprise on Christmas day because we used the “don’t ruin my surprise” setting on the wishlist so items didn’t disappear from our view once they were purchased, but they did disappear from the list from the buyers view.

Now that you have all of that background info, let’s get into the actual items.

Gift Items My Toddler Received

JumpOff Jo Rocksteady Balance Stepping Stones

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Why I love them:

  • Plastic blocks that you line up however you’d like and hop from one stone to the next.
  • They help her practice balancing.
  • Can be played with inside or outside.
  • Can grow with her because as she gets older she can space them out farther and create more challenging obstacles courses.
  • I also love that they fit into each other so they can easily be stored, but also would be easy to transport if we wanted to take them to the park or a friends house for a play date when the world opens back up.

Riding The Santa Express

Despite everything happening in the world with the pandemic, we try hard to give our daughter a life worth living while still being safe. Luckily, at just two years old, she doesn’t really know what she’s missing. Anything we do, is new and exciting for her.

So we decided to take a trip on the Santa Express! The Wilmington and Western Railroad is a freight and heritage railroad in northern Delaware, operating over a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad branch line. These days, its mostly use to bring joy to children around the holidays.

They have two different events for the Christmas Holiday: The Santa Express and the Holiday Lights Express. Since we didn’t know if we would get to see Santa on any other occasion, we decided to go with the Santa Express where the Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board. Santa also gives all children on board a chocolate treat.

But I know that the Holiday Lights Express would have been just as much fun since you ride the train at night while it’s decked out in Christmas lights.

While the ticket price is not exactly cheap at $21 for adults and $19 for children over two, with such limited options, we were happy to find an activity that was low risk and close to home.

To see a full overview of our day, watch our YouTube video below.

Wash, Moisturize & Style | Toddler Curly Hair Routine

In this video, I share how I wash, moisturize and style my toddler’s curly natural hair. My daughter is 2 years old and doesn’t sit still, so I’m sharing how I get the job done and all my tips and tricks. Read more for product links.


✖️Don’t Forget to Hit the Bell✖️

Product Links:

Cantu Care for Kids Leave-In Conditioner, 10 oz:

Cantu Care for Kids Conditioning Detangler,

6 Fl Oz:

Shampoo Shower Bathing Protection Bath Cap Soft Adjustable Visor:

Cantu Grapeseed Styling Gel:


Easy and Affordable Save The Date Cards

Our wedding is officially a little less than 9 months away, so my fiance and I are now in the full swing of wedding planning. We’ve already booked our venue, selected our bridal party, and I’ve already found my dream dress. Since many of our wedding guest will be traveling from out of state, we decided it would be a good idea to send out our Save the Dates  a little earlier than the usual recommendation, six month before the wedding.

I can easily get stressed out with the details of wedding planning, so it’s very important to me that I do things in the easiest and most affordable way possible. Here’s what we did:

The Epitome of a Man: 26 Qualities in a Perfect Partner

Today, February 9, is my fiancé’s 26th birthday. When I met him in 2009, right before his 19th birthday, I had no idea he’d become the man that he is today. With each passing year, I’ve been able to witness first hand the growth in him and the growth in our relationship.

Today, my fiancé is the epitome of what I think a partner should be. His characteristics are why I love him and why I can’t wait to be his wife. In honor of his 26 birthday, I’ve written 26 reasons why I love him – 26 qualities of a perfect partner. (more…)

7 Valentines Day Activities Your Man Wont Hate

Valentines Day is only 7 days away! If you’re anything like me, you probably still haven’t figured out what to do to celebrate the holiday. This Valentines Day season, I’m partnering with K Darcel to bring you 7 Wonderful Ideas to Make This Valentines Day Unforgettably Special. Whether you’re single or taken, we’ve got you covered. If you’re single, K Darcel has several suggestions to keep you feeling pampered and loved this Valentine’s Day. Visit her site at for the scoop on Valentines Day ideas for singles. And if you’re in a relationship, but looking for something to do that both you and the man in your life can enjoy, keep reading.

7 Valentines Day Activities Your Man Won't Hate

I surveyed all the guys I knew and asked for their input on Valentines Day activities they actually enjoyed. Many had to take a moment to think about it as they’d never been asked this question before. Some felt Valentines Day was a waste of time and money, some were all for it and wanted to shower the women in their lives with affection, but nonetheless, they all provided insight on the top things they’d like to do for Valentines Day. Here are the 7 Valentines Day Activities Your Man Won’t Hate.


How to Budget the Simple and Easy Way

With the start of the new year, many people reflect on the previous year and begin to plan out how they can make the next year better. Getting in shape and saving money are always the top goals on the list, but many times, we set unrealistic expectations that have us failing before February. I too am one of those people who fails at my exercise goals, but I’ve always been pretty good with money.

I’m a natural planner, so budgeting my money came instinctively to me. No matter my income, I’ve always been able to support myself, while still enjoying life. For example, when I did two years of Public Allies, an AmeriCorp program after graduating from college, I did a great job managing my small income while still living a fulfilled life. It’s no secret that AmeriCorps members (in other words, paid volunteers) make about, if not less than, $15,000 a year. While in AmeriCorps, I managed to live on my own (with a roommate, but without the assistance of my parents), pay my bills on time, go on weekend trips with my friends to places like D.C., treat my (now) fiance to a Brooklyn Nets game as an anniversary gift, and buy all of my family awesome christmas gifts without going into debt. For me, it was a simple thing of making a plan and sticking to it. Most people know that’s all you need to do to budget, but it’s the actual making of a plan that stumps some people. Allow me to offer some of my tips. (more…)

Three Important Tips for the Moment You Get Engaged


It has officially been a year since I got engaged. On Christmas Eve 2014, the love of my life asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was one of the best days of my life.  I remember being so happy. Christmas time is a season where many people get engaged. Having been there only 365 days ago, I’d like to offer you 3 tips for the moment you get engaged. (more…)

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is only nine days away! If you’re anything like me, you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping or even figured out what you’d like to buy everyone. Lucky for us, Amazon is offering free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime accounts (30 day free trails available) to ensure all gifts make it to your door in time for Christmas. And lucky for you, I’ve got a quick last minute Christmas gift guide to help you pick the perfect gift! (more…)