Keeping Track of Gifts

Is it your job to take care of all the gift giving? It’s always been my job, even when I was married, I was in charge of all birthday, anniversary and Christmas gifts. Just one more thing to keep track of while trying to raise your kids and clean your house! I’m a list maker, if you came to my house you would find lists, if you looked in my purse, you would find more lists, my day planner is basically a list notebook. Things I want to do, things I need to do, things I should have already done. … Continue reading

Planning a Baby Shower

I am in the midst of planning a baby shower for my younger sister (she’s only eighteen months younger); she is fifteen weeks further along than I am. The planning began before I was pregnant, but it was more of collecting ideas phase. As I entered my first trimester and with the onset of morning sickness, the planning halted. I tried having a few conversations with my sister about my ideas but it was just too stressful anticipating all the work it would be. Now that I am finally emerging from the cloud of morning sickness, I am ready to … Continue reading

Buy, Buy Baby?

Preparing for a new baby can be expensive. When I was preparing for the birth of my son, I was confused and overwhelmed by the seemingly endless array of baby products that are available. Friends and family wanted me to register for baby shower gifts, and so I did but I really had no idea whether we really needed all of the things that I was picking out. Fortunately, I did a good job of guessing (mostly) and chose things that ended up working well for us. After my son was born, I realized that we had chosen to forego … Continue reading

Baby Shower Alternatives

Are you wondering what to expect for your very first baby shower? Or maybe no one has offered to throw you one yet? I have never been a huge fan, but if you are pregnant, you will most likely be thrown a shower. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting gifts, but being the center of attention, when you already feel like a giant pregnant lady, can sometimes be intimidating. For me, when I was pregnant with my first, I was living out of state from any family, and did not know many people. Luckily, a girl from church threw … Continue reading

Furnish Your Baby’s Room For Less

Nursery furniture can get really pricey, especially when you are on a limited budget. I was able to furnish my son’s room thanks to gifts, Craig’s List, and hand-me-down pieces that I revived with a little paint. The end result was a room that was both functional and cute. Before you start your search, measure the room and figure out exactly what you have room for. Next, make a list of the pieces you think you’d want and determine which of those will fit in your room. Consider the placement of windows and electrical sockets, since these things might limit … Continue reading

How to Throw an Inexpensive Baby Shower

Times are tough, but having a baby is a big deal, so when it’s time for your best friend, sister, cousin, or colleague to deliver, you don’t want to short change her on a shower. Fortunately, there are ways to save on baby showers, despite society’s push to host elaborate bashes for the expectant mom. Forget about renting a hall, having a catered spread, and hiring a DJ. Rather, stick to the basics and keep those baby shower costs under control. Your frugality doesn’t have to mean hosting a cheap affair. You can still have a shower to remember without … Continue reading

Inspiration: Baby Shower Favors

Are you looking for ideas for Baby Shower favors? You’ve come to the right place! Party favors are a nice touch to every shower. They can be anything from a small gift to a food item. They can also be the perfect complement to a centerpiece for table decorations. They offer the guests something to take home to enjoy and remember the shower by. Often, favors will include a small note or inscription with the occasion and the date. Soy Candles To make these favors you will need to collect enough baby food jars to cover the whole guest list. … Continue reading

Pregnant Woman’s Holiday Gift Guide 2009

With Black Friday kicking off the Christmas shopping season this morning, I thought I would help you get your gift list started. Deciding what to give your loved ones can be hard sometimes, and when your loved one is pregnant, you might feel like you want to get her something extra special. If you happen to be the pregnant woman in question, print this list out and pass it onto your husbands and family members. The following is a collection of ideas for the perfect gift for a pregnant woman. If you have additional items on your wish list this … Continue reading

Christmas Presents for a Baby

My daughter’s first Christmas was a fairly easy one. There were no wild expectations, no knowledge of the snow, Santa, and carols that usually accompany the season. I did want to give her a few appropriate gifts, though. Of course, the grandparents were desperate to shower her with goodies, too. We put some limits on the gift-giving – after all, a baby won’t remember Christmas and needs very little. However, if you’re being asked by relatives for baby gift suggestions, here are some ideas: * The practical gift. If there’s something that you wanted for a baby shower and did … Continue reading

Baby Registry Problems

My wife and I have been having problems with our baby registry at a certain national retail chain of baby related goods that will remain unnamed. If you’ve been reading this blog you know that I am currently a doctoral student in the arts, particularly theatre, but what I haven’t said before is that I have an undergraduate business degree. I worked for a number of years as a lead teller at another national bank before the questionable ethical behavior (at least at those lower levels) made me too uncomfortable to continue cashing in in the business world and I … Continue reading