Thursday, December 19, 2013

Blogger Holiday Gift Swap!

December has been a ton fun, rightly so.  We brought home a new baby, had snow storm after snow storm, baked a ton of cookies, read Christmas books, waited for the mail every day to receive Christmas cards and fun packages, and even participated in a mommy blogger Secret Santa gift swap for our littles. 

Who doesn't love receiving mail??  Definitely not me... or Ashlynn!



Our Santa, Jessica and Harper from Little Baby Garvin, sent us the sweetest gift... tailored perfectly for us.  Our card came captioned "On Wednesdays We Wear (and READ) Pink!"


We received Jennifer Adams Baby Lit version of Alice in Wonderland colors book, which has been on our wishlist for ages, and a gorgeous hardback book, Flora and the Flamingo.  The illustrations are so pretty I'm tempted to use this children's book as coffee table book.  That way we both win.






Also, these photos weren't staged.  I let Ashlynn open the box and she immediately took her goods to her teepee and got her read on.  Precious child. 

We also received the cutest hair clips and the most adorable snowman straws that will definitely be seeing some smoothie action this weekend while we decorate gingerbread cookies and wait for Santa to come by on the fire truck!


We used Elfster.com to set up the swap, which was super easy to use.  We even were able to include notes about our littles favorite things, clothing sizes, and even add items to our wishlist to give our Santa's some ideas.  We capped the spending limit at $20 and tried to be as creative as we could to send gifts that would be well loved.



Thank you so much Jessica and Harper!  





We played Secret Santa for sweet Owen at Dear Owen!  Check out Emily's post to see what we came up with for his holiday gift.



And if you want to see the rest of the littles being adorable, follow along with the links below!

Natasha at Schue Love
Michelle at Ten June
Jessica at Little Baby Garvin
Veronika at Veronika's Blushing
Erin at Hello Erin
Colleen at Meet the Sullivans
Natasha at Hello Happiness

20 comments:

  1. I grew up on the Jersey shore. When I was 10, my parents moved our family to the RURAL north Georgia mountains. Think Deliverance. Same town. I remember as a child in NJ that Santa always came on Christmas Eve on the fire truck. It was such a fun memory. And you mentioning it has suddenly made me crazy emotional this morning! Arg. I know live in suburban Atlanta and I have a daughter who is almost 15 months. I wish our town did this! Your girls are adorable and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

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  2. Grew up at the Jersey Shore too!! This is probably one of my top 5 Christmas memories, I'm glad you loved it too! And I'm also thankful they do it here in PA so my daughters can carry on the memory

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  3. Seriously, the illustrations are gorg!

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  4. It's right up Lex's alley, and the straws are so fun. Can't wait to break them out, Ashlynn will love the "no-man"!

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  5. seriously! she's so creative :)

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  6. Giving and getting books is the best! I think they're a fun gift for the whole family! Ashlynn obviously adores books! I love that she brought them into her tent :)

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  7. I grew up in Brielle specifically. Gosh, it was such an amazing place to grow up. I wish I could go back! I miss the north, but I am sure my acquired southern accent would be slightly out of place. :)

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  8. Cute cute cute! Thanks again for organizing and including us! We had a blast shopping for our giftee and Mac loved his gift! I hope we can do it again next year!

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  9. Such cute gifts!! That Flora the Flamingo book looks adorable!

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  10. I grew up in Ocean City! And yes, such a better place than MTV portrays it!

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  11. Short and Sweet BlogDecember 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Those baby lit books are SO cute.

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  12. The Flamingo book is so pretty!!! Coffee table book for sure!

    Thanks so much for setting up this little shindig-and for including us! It was tons of fun!!!

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  13. Those books are absolutely adorable! I was thinking of getting the Alice in Wonderland for my daughter's first birthday!

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  14. i'll have to check those books out! not surprised jessica sent those straws...she's always got adorable ones in her mugs!

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  15. This is so cute!! And of course A is adorable!! How did you guys organize this swap? I would love to join next year...

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  16. So happy you girls loved the gifts!! I am obsessed with that Flamingo book & thought it would totally be your style! Sending you lots of love!! XO

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  17. Such a fun idea! I love it. And Ashlynn....that is so cute! She ripped open her package, saw it was books, and went straight to her teepee to read. So cute!

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  18. So cute!

    I also noticed, and wanted to give you a heads up that you have some League of Angels advertisements on your site. At the bottom of your right column under your sponsers/archives ect. I'm sure they are not authorized to be on this, oh so cute, baby blog. I know other bloggers (Young House Love) have also had trouble with them and had to block them. Just thought you should know, because the advertisement is...um...a bit inappropriate.

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  19. Thank you so much for letting me know, I'll get it removed!!

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  20. I love this idea and I really like this gifts and I really want to use all these new books, thanks for sharing your blog with us.
    Baby Gifts

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