‘Tis the Season– Last Chance!

Today is the last day to participate in the ‘Tis the Season carnival by linking up a gift ideas post to one of the categories from this week. I will choose the winners of the giveaways tomorrow morning (my time– I’m seven hours ahead of EST) and email them!

Here are the categories you can post about and link up to:

1. Gift Ideas FOR HER

2. Gift Ideas FOR HIM

3. Gift Ideas FOR THE KIDS

4. Gift Ideas FOR THE BOOK LOVER

5. Gift Ideas FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT

So, link up any time today and good luck in the giveaways!
Don’t remember what the giveaways are?!

Lisa Leonard Aqua Stone Earrings

AllforAbby Frame-A-Name

Gift Ideas FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT


Today’s gift ideas are all about creativity– a gift that is a little different.

1. Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog: My parents give each of their kids a gift from the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog each Christmas. Basically it is a gift in honor of. They are gifts like milk for children, blankets for families, toy lambs that play Jesus Loves Me, a bicycle for a pastor around the world– you pick out whichever gift you’d like to give, and you can give it in honor of another person. They have really beautiful “in honor of” cards you can get to tell the person what you gave in their honor. It’s a super gift idea for anyone, especially people who have a heart for the world. Here’s an example of a gift:

Gift 21 – Feed a Hungry Baby for a Week

Suggested Gift: $9

2. A personalized T-shirt Quilt: I got a T-shirt quilt made this summer with T-shirts symbolizing my relationship with Hubby. A shirt from the college we went to, the college ministry we were apart of, a trip we took to NYC, a shirt I got on our honeymoon, the shirt I was wearing when Hubs proposed– it is such a special way to preserve memories! My friend, Courtney, has started a little business making quilts, and she did a fabulous job. I actually just got a tacked blanket, so there’s no quilt stuffing, but it’s a perfect couch snuggling blankie! Here’s a picture Courtney posted to her business blog after she finished my blanket. Isn’t it fabulous? I love it! Having a special blanket or quilt done like this would be a great gift idea! (I even thought about having a blankie done with snippets of all my favorites of the baby clothes the Bugs wore… wouldn’t that be sweet?)

3. Homemade goodies: This is always a hit. My mom has always been a Christmas baker, whipping up all sorts of deliciousness during the month of December and presenting pretty plates of the goodies to teachers, pastors, and friends during the holidays. I have continued the tradition since getting married. It’s special to get in the kitchen as a family (or by yourself) and make some delicious treats to gift! (It’s also quite a bit cheaper than buying gifts for everyone in your life.) Plus, you get to sample the goods yourself, so this is a win-win situation!

OK, there are some of my favorite gift ideas for something different– who’s next? Tell all your great ideas for gifts FOR THE SOMETHING DIFFERENT on your blog, then come back to Momfessions, and click below where it says “MckLinky”. Enter your name and the link to your gift idea post. Don’t forget, each time you link up a gift ideas post this week, you’re entered to win one of the awesome giveaways!

(Check here for carnival guidelines.)

Gift Ideas FOR THE BOOK LOVER

Books are a popular gift around our house. Hubs and I were both teachers in our previous lives in the states, so we love childrens’ books, and gift them to our kids. I grew up as a avid reader, devouring fiction, and though that passion has waned some, I still enjoy a good book in all my spare time– HA! And Hubby is a newbie reader, but adores theology books and spy novels. So I have lots of ideas today for gifts for any book lovers on your list!

Fiction:
* Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers: Oh. my. word. This is my all-time favorite book. I’ve read it every year since my junior year of college. Love it!
* Mark of the Lion Triology by Francine Rivers: A great story– these books would make a terrific gift to any book-loving woman who loves historical fiction.
* The Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum: These are Hubby recommended. He warns that they are nothing like the movies, so read them as such!

Non-fiction:
* Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg: My absolute favorite baby how-to book. This woman speaks to my kind of parenting– I’m somewhere in between Attachment Parenting and Babywise. I love this book because before I read it I didn’t know you could be in-between AP and BW. Great gift for new or expecting mothers!
* Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose: One of Hubby’s picks. I’ve never read it!

Childrens’ Lit:
* My Very Own Name personalized storybook: Both of my kids have one of these and they are such a perfect gift! How neat that a real book is all about animals bringing the letters to spell your own name?! Click here to see a virtual book tour on the website. So cool, and helpful when your child is learning to spell their name!
* The Jesus Storybook Bible: I cannot say enough good things about this childrens’ Bible. It is a “storybook” Bible, so it’s not word-for-word, but each story is told with a emphasis on the coming Messiah (Old Testament) and the sent Messiah (New Testament). The words are stunningly beautiful, and I want to cry when Ladybug curls up in her Daddy’s lap and asks him to read her the Bible.
* Olivia by Ian Falconer
* Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
* If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Other:
* ESV Study Bible: I gave this to Hubs last year and he loves it. It had just come out last Christmas, so it’s only about a year old. I’ve heard great things about it though, and I love the English Standard Version anyway.
* Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper: Great and totally convicting book!
* Daily Light: A sweet daily devotional that is purely Scripture. I got this book as a gift recently, and it’s perfect encouragement from the Word of God. Each day has a theme and all the Scripture listed relate to the theme. It’s a great gift!
* Don’t Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman: My favorite parenting resource. This is how Hubby and I seek to train our children in righteousness. Perfect for Christian parents with toddlers or preschoolers.
* Wise Words for Moms by Ginger Plowman: Companion and reference guide to Don’t Make Me Count to Three. Very handy and very helpful!

OK, there are some of my favorite gift ideas for book lovers– who’s next? Tell all your great ideas for gifts FOR THE BOOK LOVER on your blog, then come back to Momfessions, and click below where it says “MckLinky”. Enter your name and the link to your gift idea post. Don’t forget, each time you link up a gift ideas post this week, you’re entered to win one of the awesome giveaways!

(Check here for carnival guidelines.)

Gift Ideas FOR THE KIDS

I love shopping for my kids! It is a very rare occasion when I am out shopping and don’t see something for one of my kids! Here are some of my favorite ideas!

1. AllforAbby Frame-A-Name: I ADORE this woman’s stuff! I introduced you to Melissa while back during Fantastic Finds. It’s been a few months, and a lot has happened– Melissa and her husband brought their little girl, Abigail, home from China! How precious! Abby is having surgery this week, so please say a prayer for Melissa and Abby! I love, love, love my kids’ name frames! Aren’t they too cute? Decor for a kid’s room is a great gift idea– less plastic, junky toys for us, please!
*Melissa has agreed to do a giveaway during the ‘Tis the Season carnival! For each post you link up, you will be entered to win a Frame-A-Name or Frame-A-Family!

2. Melissa and Doug toys: Speaking of plastic, junky toys, I have to tell you how much I love Melissa and Doug’s stuff for kids! We got the kids the standard until blocks last Christmas, they are perfect for building and imagining all sorts of things! These blocks will grow with our children! We also have a lot of wooden Melissa and Doug puzzles, the kids are big fans!

3. Praise Baby DVDs: We got these DVDs as a gift right about the time Bumblebee was born. Ladybug loved them! Each DVD is 30 minutes of praier music with clips of babies, children, animals, numbers, and letters. Think Baby Einstein, but not as creepy! I could listen to praise music all day, so they don’t wear on me like the annoying voices on some of Ladybug’s other DVDs. Bumblebee has just started watching them and he’s enraptured with watching the other children! They are perfect to put in when I need some time to read my Bible and pray– and I don’t mind praise music in the background!

4. Doll Sling: This is what Ladybug has asked for this Christmas, and it thrills me to the core! I love that she watches me wear Bumblebee and wants to do the same with her babies! She asked for an Ergo specifically, but their doll carriers are $25! I found this one: on etsy from SnuggyBaby for $10! If she really seems into it, maybe we can get Ladybug an Ergo for her babies later.

OK, there are some of my favorite gift ideas for kids– who’s next? Tell all your great ideas for gifts FOR THE KIDS on your blog, then come back to Momfessions, and click below where it says “MckLinky”. Enter your name and the link to your gift idea post. Don’t forget, each time you link up a gift ideas post this week, you’re entered to win one of the awesome giveaways!

(Check here for carnival guidelines.)

Gift Ideas FOR HIM


If yesterday was the easiest day of this carnival, today is the hardest day. I pretty much feel slightly clueless when shopping for the men in my life. Hubs is a little easier than the others, but I still have to hem and haw and research and shop to find my gifts for him. (I won’t even begin to discuss the trouble I have with shopping for my father and father-in-law.) Not that little man is shaping up to be much better– all I can think of to buy him ever is blocks, trucks, and balls. Maybe I’m making gifts for men harder than it needs to be… I definitely look forward to reading YOUR ideas in this category!

1. iPod Touch: This idea doesn’t help much if you’re on a tight budget, but I will say my husband’s iPod Touch is probably the most used gift I’ve ever given him. I gave it to him for his birthday this year, but I invited my parents and sisters to chip in for his birthday if they wished. That took some of the sting off the price tag, and they didn’t have to come up with their own ideas for his gifts. My Hubby does email, facebook, and twitter on his iPod. He keeps all his contacts, and lists and calendars. He plays Pocket Tanks and Skee Ball. There are soooo many applications to do all sorts of random/helpful/weird things for you. It’s like the neatest gadget ever invented. I can say that with total confidence because my rockstar Hubs gave me one this summer *gush* I heart him! And your man would totally heart an iPod Touch.

2. Gerber Pocket Knife: Last year, Bumble Bee gave this knife to his daddy for Christmas. (Yes, I realize he was only a month and a half old– the kid knows he loves his daddy, what can I say?) Hubs has the knife on him every. single. day. He has found so many things to cut, slice, and open with this thing. I can’t really complain because at least once a week I bring something to Hubby to open or fix and this little knife is his tool of choice. A great choice for any man– it’s small and perfectly handy!

3. Socks and Underwear: My Hubby usually needs some new socks and underwear about Christmastime each year. If I wrap them up it seems like I got him more gifts. So to fill out the space underneath the tree, just pick up some of your husband’s favorite socks, underwear, and under shirts, and throw them puppies under the Christmas tree. Note: Make a point to go through his old socks, underwear and undershirts and throw away the holey and yellowing ones. Second note: Not recommended as a go-to gift for any other men in your life.

OK, there are some of my favorite gift ideas for men– who’s next? Tell all your great ideas for gifts FOR HIM on your blog, then come back to Momfessions, and click below where it says “Mr Linky”. Enter your name and the link to your gift idea post. Don’t forget, each time you link up a gift ideas post this week, you’re entered to win one of the awesome giveaways!

(Check here for carnival guidelines.)

Gift Ideas FOR HER


Today is probably the easiest day! Of course I can tell you MY favorite things! Piece of cake! Without further ado, here are some of my favs… things I think any woman would love to receive as a gift!

1. Lisa Leonard Jewelry: I can’t even describe how much I love this woman’s jewelry! I won a blog giveaway some time ago and got a custom necklace from Lisa Leonard with the words “Go with all your heart”. As we were moving overseas and I was sometimes (still am!) struggling with “wherever you are, be all there” (jim elliot), I love the reminder that this custom necklace is! I have gotten so many compliments on it. Love it! Lisa Leonard Jewelry is the perfect gift for any woman on your list!
* Lisa Leonard is giving away a pair of Aqua Stone earrings to one participant in this week’s ‘Tis the Season carnival! *

2. Ergo Baby Carrier: If I were to pick my all-time favorite baby product, I’m pretty sure it would be my Ergo Baby Carrier. I love this thing! I actually am getting another one for Christmas, so Hubby and I can each wear a kid around town– necessary when you don’t have a car and rely on walking and public transportation! You can totally tell a MOM designed the Ergo! It’s comfortable and completely practical, right down to the pocket for cell phone, money, or paci. The sleeping hood is ingenious, BumbleBee goes right to sleep in the Ergo when he’s in it, and I can pull up the hood and let him rest. Frankly, I wish I had invented the Ergo Baby Carrier myself! (The bonus is that my husband is OK wearing our kids in the Ergo. It’s “manly” enough that he doesn’t mind being seen out in it– in fact, he has really come to enjoy wearing our babies just like I have!) The perfect gift for a mommy!

3. Real Simple Magazine Subscription: I love Real Simple. It’s such a practical and beautiful magazine. I love how home-focused it is, from recipes (although some of them are sorta out there), to laundry tips, to decorating ideas… it’s a magazine I love to have in my bathroom for those moments I’m hiding from the kids needing some reprieve. The pictures are gorgeous, and really the whole magazine just has a comfy, homey feel to it. A subscription for your favorite woman would truly be a gift that gave all year!

OK, there are some of my favorite gift ideas for women– who’s next? Tell all your great ideas for gifts FOR HER on your blog, then come back to Momfessions, and click below where it says “Mr Linky”. Enter your name and the link to your gift idea post. Don’t forget, each time you link up a gift ideas post this week, you’re entered to win one of the awesome giveaways!

(Check here for carnival guidelines.)

‘Tis the Season Carnival!

‘Tis time for the ‘Tis the Season carnival!

I’ve been thinking, and listing my favorite gift ideas, and I hope you’ll share some of your favorite gift ideas too!

Each day there will be a different “theme” for the gifts:

Monday: For her
Tuesday: For him
Wednesday: For the kids
Thursday: For the book lover
Friday: For something different

So whichever day(s) you want to participate,
1. write your post about your gift ideas in that category– please use pictures and links to help us out!
2. Please include a link to Momfessions (or use the ‘Tis the Season button, so others can come enjoy the carnival too!)
3. Then come back here to Momfessions and link up your post (not a link to your blog, but to your specific post), and
4. enjoy reading the other ideas!

Each time you link up during the week, you’ll be entered to win one of the awesome giveaways! (Are you wondering what they are???)

So… are you ready to exchange your best gift ideas?

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‘Tis the Season (Almost!)

This time of the year is usually the start of the holiday chaos… planning, cooking, baking, gifting, shopping, wrapping, visiting, traveling, eating, gaining, laughing, singing…
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful time of the year, and I enjoy it tremendously, but sometimes I wish I had a little help!

No, I’m not complaining about Hubs! I love my Hubby dearly, and he truly does SO MUCH to help me around the house all year ’round. But when it comes to gifts for Christmas (and birthdays), I’m on my own. And since we’ve been married, I’ve inherited his family onto my list too!

Some years I just feel stuck– you know… I. just. don’t. have. any. good. gift. ideas.

To help myself (and you) out, I thought we could have a little bloggy fun! November 2-6, I will be hosting a carnival here at Momfessions to share our gift ideas. I’ll share some, you’ll share some, and we’ll all get on the shopping ball before December even hits!

(If you’re unsure what a blog carnival is, check Works for Me Wednesday for an example.)

So each day, we’ll have a “category” of gift… Monday will be FOR HER. Tuesday will be FOR HIM. Wednesday will be FOR THE KIDS. Thursday will be FOR THE BOOK LOVER. And Friday will be FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Each day you can write a post about the favorite gifts you’ve given or received in this category, and then link up here at Momfessions. As you visit the other links in the carnival you will find all sorts of helpful ideas for your own slew of family and friends to buy for.

The best part of all? I already have two awesome giveaways lined up! So for each gift idea post you link up, you’ll be entered to win! (I would love to offer more giveaways during the carnival, so if you have an idea, email me!)

Go ahead… get a button for your blog and get ready to share your best gift ideas!
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