Five Unique Baby Shower Gifts You’re Overlooking ~ Big Brother/Sister Gift Ideas

Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was provided with the oh so darling Crayon Roll from Country Baby Etsy Shop  and the uber cute book is affiliate linked to Amazon–all great “don’t forget” tips, pictures and thoughts are , as always, my own!

Becoming a big brother or sister is hard work–especially if you’re not the “baby” of the family anymore! Having mom be preoccupied with a new little one can be hard on toddlers and preschoolers, and seeing them get all the toys and gifts doesn’t help matters!

Because of this I always try to include a Big Brother/Big Sister gift anytime I go to a baby shower! It definitely doesn’t have to cost a lot or be extravagant–just a little something to let the older child know they’re loved will be super appreciated by everyone! Here are my favorite Big Brother Big Sister Gift Ideas!

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Pretty As a Princess

Pretty As a Princess Hair Products for Little Girls

Pretty As a Princess ~ Hair Products for Little Girls

“Aren’t I just SO pretty??!!”

That’s a pretty common saying around here these days–from Amber of course, and usually after she’s put on her clothes and brushed her hair by herself. So much the “big girl” now she is in that fun stage where everything is innocent and fun while being big enough to carry on an entire (if sometimes hillarious) conversation!

 Her “big girl” status also means that her hair needs some “big girl” shampoo & conditioner that works great since she insists on brushing her own hair and still cringes and “ows” at tangles. (Which her plentiful but very fine and silky hair gets *lots* of) Finding a great shampoo & conditioner for her has always been a challenge due to her eczema. Baby products no longer make the cut and it’s super hard to find “big kid” products that aren’t full of nasty chemicals and artificial scents that make her break out.

When I heard about Eco Princess products I knew I wanted to try them out! The line offers an organic line of kids bath time products and play makeup for little girls–very cool! We were sent the Detangling Conditioner and Citrus Shampoo to try out on Princess Amber. I love when companies take a few extra steps to make you feel like you’re getting a gift in the mail and that’s exactly what I received with Eco Princess as you can see in the picture above!
 I have been so impressed with the quality of these products! The shampoo has a great, fresh scent that lathers nicely (see above, haha) and, most importantly, it cleans well and doesn’t break Amber out–yey! Since I can only bathe her a few times a week (again–due to her eczema) it’s really important for the shampoo we use to work very well and this definitely fits the bill.
The conditioner is excellent as well–it’s super thick, rich, and creamy (see the top picture) and does a great job of leaving Amber’s hair soft, shiny, and tangle free! I absolutely love these products and just shot my mom and MIL an email asking that they add the Bubble Bath and Makeup sets to their Christmas list for Amber!
Country Baby Handmade Flower Hair Clips

Of course once her hair is soft and shiny I have to take it up a notch by using one of those uber popular bows and clips in it! (Headbands have never worked for Amber, but we love us some flower clips!)

The clips that I have the most of and that I have been the most impressed with consistently as far as adorable factor, quality, and durability are those from Country Baby Handmade — her Etsy Shop is seriously wonderful and if you look through any of my personal Facebook photo albums you’re bound to find at least one picture of Amber wearing one of these silk bloom clips! (you might remember them from her 5 Year Old pictures) Our most recent love from this shop is the Shabby Rose Hair Clip set–oh my soul–SO cute!!!! I love that these are really easy to dress up or down and come in colors you might not usually find. Amber wore the pale green one with her Easter dress then when we changed her to dye eggs it continued to look adorable!

In case your new to her awesome shop she has a code out right now for new customers:  NEWTOSHOP gets 10 % off of your total purchase before shipping!

Country Baby Handmade Flower Hair Clips

What are your best and favorite products to make your little one Pretty as a Princess–leave me a comment and let’s chat about them!

Nicole Elliott

Barberry & Lace Etsy Shop Giveaway

 I’ve mentioned my love of Etsy Shops many times before–especially ones that sell beautiful jewelry! When I came across Barberry & Lace I fell in love with it! (and who wouldn’t with a name like that??!!) So I knew I just had to offer a giveaway from them for you all because I was sure you’d love the vintage and quirky jewelry and items they offer as much as I do! Here are a few of my favorite items that I’m adding to my birthday wish list!

Seriously–LOVE!!!!!

One Lucky Winner will receive a $20 Store Credit to Barberry & Lace Etsy Shop (with her items priced between $4-$35 this will go a long way!)

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Nicole Elliott

Country Baby Etsy Shop *Review & Giveaway*

When I got pregnant the first time I knew right away that I wanted a baby girl. I just love hair bows and tutus and pink and princess things–and I wanted a little one to share all those with! I adore my baby boy as well but let’s all be honest–boy stuff just isn’t as much fun!!! One of my favorite things about having a little girl is getting to accessorize her with adorable hair bows and hair styles! Amber’s never done very well with keeping headbands on but she does great with different kinds of clips which makes me happy! I’ve found that the very *best* kind of hair bows, corkers, and clips are the ones that are handmade. You already know about my love of all things Etsy (who doesn’t love Etsy??!!) And when I started browsing the Country Baby Etsy Shop after finding her on Twitter I instantly fell in love with…well..EVERYTHING!!!! One thing that I love is that she sells everything from these gorgeous hair accessories to blankets, hats, and even this stinking cute baby toy crinkle dinosaur. She was so sweet and sent us this set of hair clips and corkers. I absolutely love each and everyone on of them! The corkers we received were the Large Bright Ranunclulus Silk Bloom Set of 3 Brights
These would make the perfect stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts for any little girl in your life! Another thing that I really love about her shop is that everything is so reasonably priced. I love it when I can purchase from a small business owner *and* still get a good deal out of it! You can find all the other goodies to shop for on the Country Baby Etsy Shop Here –be sure to Follow Country Baby on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook as well!
One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the Country Baby Store–just in time for Christmas presents!



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My Belle Boutique

Have you ever been looking around at things and saw something that made you say, “I *have* to have that!!!!!” Well yeah…the entire My Belle Boutique Etsy shop makes me do that!!!! My birthday is rapidly approaching (July 12th) and here’s a little hint to those of you who know me in “real life” (or even if you just blog stalk me and want to send me some love!!)–want to know what to buy me??? One word– Earrings!!!!! I’m seriously in love with all the earrings she has! Plus at $5.75 a pair they’re cheaper than a pair you could buy at a mall chain store and so much more fab!
please excuse my “chubby” face–I’m 8 months preggers after all!
The reason I would ask for earrings is because I received one of her gorgeous hand stamped necklaces to review! As I’ve mentioned before, I adore hand stamped jewelry! My Belle Boutique has some of the cutest, most affordable pieces I’ve ever seen! I just love my initial necklace that I was sent and have worn it just about every day since it arrived! Since it is so neutral it goes perfectly with any outfit and is glam enough to wear to church but simple enough to accent my preggo jean shorts and maternity shirts as well!
She doesn’t just carry jewelry, however. You can find an adorable assortment of knit hats, flowers clips, and headbands as well. Absolutely perfect for those of you like myself who have a little girl!
I noticed this on her shop home page and wanted to share it–it’s a wonderful cause and I would love if some of you would get involved and help out!
“My friend & her 3-year old son were badly hurt in an apartment fire. They lost everything. They are both in critical condition in the trauma burn center. I have set up an auction on My Belle Boutique’s Facebook page to help them out. 100% of the sale totals {minus shipping} will go straight to my friend and her son. Highest bid takes the prize. {Please keep in mind $1 will be added for shipping.} To take part in the auction please click here

So I know you want everything from her shop now right?!
One Lucky Winner will receive a $15 Credit to My Belle Boutique!
Since everything she has is so reasonably priced you could make a haul!!!
***This Giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to Comment #71 WindyCindy who won via random.org***
This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older only