My series of seasonal posts continues today with my list of Holiday Essentials. While I am pretty sure I have made it clear that I do believe this to be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” long gone are the days when I used to wait until the week of Christmas to give a thought to my short holiday to-do list. This year, as a mom, life is more hectic than ever (even though I am sure that I bring on 90% of these new “to-dos” myself. I just can’t help myself. All of this “festiveness” is just too much fun.) Nevertheless, these are my no-fail items which I have found are getting me through this 2012 holiday season.
1: Olivia Claus Book; I have been reading books to Waverly since she was born, but it hasn’t been until recently that she has become more interested. Unless it is one of those “meltdown-kind-of-nights,” (which totally happens) … I read to her before her bath as part of a bedtime routine. So obviously this month, I have kept them holiday-themed. We love Olivia.
2: Sequins for Mommy; Although WAY less time, energy, & thought goes into my wardrobe these days … some things never change. I always love sequins this time of year and can’t resist a couple of new festive additions to the wardrobe.
3: Onsies for Baby; So this is where my real fashion focus is these days. While Waverly Maye has more holiday ensembles than any little baby girl would need, what I have found most helpful is this basic set of onsies from Carter’s. They are perfect to pair with her more elaborate designs, fit perfectly, and are super comfy.
4: Baby Holiday CD; Another essential to get into a magical mood this season. Waverly LOVES music already and it is our “go-to” when getting her to sleep (the girl already is into the Ipod … I am in serious trouble). And of course, the Christmas theme is yet another one to add to the joy of the season.
5: Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Balsam Candle: We don’t get a real tree (I know … it’s horrible and not in the Christmas spirit AT all … but I can’t stand the mess. I am truly planning on taking one for the team and doing it next year for Waverly’s sake.) The next best thing to the Christmas tree smell is this candle. I love a good candle and this is definitely one.
6: Kraft Wrapping Paper: I have been using Kraft Wrapping Paper since my wedding, and love the look of it. It is cute, simple & classic … and just enough to make the gifts stand out. And with the touch of a metallic ribbon or polka dot bow – perfection.
And now for Waverly’s outfit #17 in her Chic Countdown to Fashion. Even though we don’t get a real tree at our house, we still go with my family to pick one out for theirs. Of course, Waverly got dressed in her red & green for the occasion.
Waverly is wearing an outfit from Mudpie, headband from Etsy, and hat from Zulily.
Lastly, I am sure I am like most moms who have been holding their kids extra close since Friday’s tragedy in CT. My heart breaks for those families who have experienced such a great loss and certainly won’t be celebrating Christmas this year. I won’t be posting tomorrow as I will be joining a group of bloggers who are doing the same. While I wish I could do more, I will be continuing to think of all of those affected.