3.26.2020

spring baskets 2020

Hi friends!! I hope you are all staying healthy and safe at home. The girls were on Spring Break last week so this week was really the official start of a new routine for us. We are continually trying to find ways to see + focus on the good. I said it after my miscarriage in January and I'll say it again: God is good, all the time. I have never been more sure of that. We trust in Him day by day, especially in this uncharted season, knowing He will meet our every need. He has brought us so much overwhelming joy & peace.

The girls and I have been enjoying sleeping in (I definitely do not miss the early morning school hustle), having brunch in the mornings together (what a sweet gift it is to have my three girls around the table with me each morning to start the day), cooking + baking new recipes together, reading many books, doing lots of art, spending more quality time both inside + outside as a family and enjoying a really peaceful new pace. Thankful for iced mochas, sunshine and lots of grace on all fronts!! 

Sharing a few ideas for Spring Baskets if you are like me and still wanting to make this season fun for your little ones. Plus, online shopping is a pretty good distraction after an especially long day of being teacher / housekeeper / chef & referee ;) 
This year, I'm using these baskets and plan to use them throughout our home afterward for storage and organization. Also loving these white ones, which are very similar to the ones we have used in years past but a bit bigger (to fit all the things!). 

As you know, I'm all about practical so to start, each of our girls will be getting a pair of sandals in their baskets. They lived in these sandals last Summer so I picked up new pairs in purple for Poppy & Della. I loved these gold ones so much for Olivia, totally perfect for dressing up or down. Wish they came in my size!!

I ordered this Sunshine Gift Set and am splitting it between the girls; each one will get a bottle & bath bomb. I cannot wait to see their faces when they discover the bath bombs...every kid's dream, right?! You can shop with this link & get 10% off your purchase!! We also love their All Over Ointment for dry or irritated skin.

Olivia will be getting a desk for her 7th birthday in May so I focused on some fun new art supplies and desk items in her basket. I loved this floral monogram stationary set (on sale + extra 20% off & free shipping!) and then picked up a new set of mini highlighters for her and some cute popsicle erasers (no longer available but loving these macaron ones). She is also getting a few new chapter books. Find more of our favorite books for Readers 5-7 linked here

Each of the girls will be getting these matching nightgowns (40% off + extra 20% off right now!). They loooove nightgowns, especially as the weather gets warmer, and these pear ones are so soft + Springy.

Della is getting some new sunglasses and Poppy is getting a pretty bow and this rainbow necklace

Other fun things I'll be adding...bubbles, sidewalk chalk, swimsuits & hair clips. We love these & these. I also love putting in new play-doh, art supplies and beautiful books. Loving this brightly colored one for babies & toddlers.

The teachers at our girls' school put together packets of resources that we picked up today for Distance Learning, but they also included "art project kits." One of Poppy's projects will be planting seeds and then learning about the life cycle of a plant. She was so excited to see everything for it today so I am planning to add this newly released book in to her basket to go along with it. Also love the message behind it. This book is another one on my radar, not being released until mid-April but excited to add it to our collection. And if you're looking ahead for a sweet Summertime read, this one looks darling. 

I am also putting a few new learning workbooks in Poppy's basket, including this tracing one & this preschool math one. And then I always like to add in essential oil rollers because our girls think they're pretty much the coolest thing ever. Lots of you were asking where I get my labels & bottles when I shared the rainbow set I put in their Love Day Baskets. Linking the rainbow roller set here + the labels here. I print them myself through Avery but you can also buy them as a set already printed

If you're looking for some other ideas, I love adding in small puzzles and games. This Shape Maker Set was a gift from my parents' to the girls at Christmastime and Della (3) literally plays with it every single day. It's the perfect quiet time activity. It says it's for Ages 6+ but honestly I feel like 3-6 is the perfect range. The girls also have a few of these Travel Puzzles and love them. Our girls love magnets and these magnetic playsets by one of my forever favorite kids brands, Petit Collage, also look so fun.

We gave this Build-A-Garden Set to Della for her birthday in February and its another huge hit in our home. All 3 girls enjoy playing with it. 

Other pretty things I had to include: a bunny from one of our favorite boutiques, a wooden donut set (our girls would love these for their Market Cart!), the sweetest wooden activity cube for little ones, these spinning bath toys and this bath tea set. Also love this little wooden airplane. And last but not least, a toy that definitely wouldn't fit in a basket but that my girls are obsessed with. I found this B. bowling set over a year ago at Home Goods and could not find it online anywhere so I never shared about it but I *just* stumbled upon it and you guys, it is so much fun. We have hardwood floors in our home and the girls love going bowling in our entryway. The ball lights up, it all stores in one handy caddy and it is designed in a way that the pins even sound as if they're being knocked down in a real bowling alley. Perfect for indoor entertainment for the whole family!! 

Hope this gives you some fun new ideas and inspiration. I'd love to see your baskets!! If you share them in your stories on instagram, tag me @blessednestblog so I can see! Thanks as always for following along!! XO

1.17.2020

friday favorites

Happy New Year and Happy Friday!! I hope 2020 has been wonderful so far for each of you. I always love the fresh start of a new year. I generally set a few goals, pick a word of intention and try to pick up some new healthy habits that are simple and easy to integrate into my daily rhythms + routines.

Also, the sun finally made an appearance here yesterday after what felt like 3 weeks of gray. It was so good for our souls.


To kick off the weekend, I wanted to share a round up of some fun Friday Favorites!! It's been so long since I've done one of these posts and they are my favorite.

prettiest minimalist calendar | stumbled upon this yesterday and loved the simplicity of it. way prettier in person than it looks online in my opinion.

floral shower curtain | loving this for spring. hung it up this week in our master bathroom and it's so bright and cheerful. another one that i prefer in person versus online.

rhythms of renewal | one of my goals in 2020 is to read 20 books. I started with this one that was gifted to me by a dear friend and cannot put it down. do yourself a favor and go. read. it.

sweetest heart sweatshirt | perfect for valentine's day and neutral enough for all year round. it will be going in della's v-day basket this year. 

tangram puzzle set | my parents gave this to the girls for Christmas and it is hands down one of their favorite gifts. would also be great for the car or restaurants!

leopard swimsuit | putting this suit in poppy's v-day basket because she loves all things leopard-print. like mother like daughter.

pink polka dot leggings | another darling idea for a valentine's basket! i'm not normally a pink person but loving these.

the book so many of you suggested on my instastories | I have heard so many good things about this book and it's next on my list. 

prettiest pearls | this dainty necklace with a pearl for each of my girls is at the top of my birthday wishlist. 

magnolia wreath | our front door needed something fresh for the new year and I fell in love with this one. looks so pretty even with snow on the ground. 

a snow day craft | this is the sweetest paper doll kit where kids can color dozens of outfits with the colored pencils included. poppy spends hours coloring and then we cut them out and she plays with them on the dolls. 

the sweetst valentine's books | find all our girls' favorites here

and...last but not least, if you're looking for some new toys or birthday gifts...

together, dustin and I picked out 3 gifts for della's 3rd birthday in february and you guys, they are so much fun. I cannot wait to give them to her!!

della loves using dustin's tools and helping him with projects around the house so he picked out this design & drill flower power studio set. love that it holds everything inside (so I won't be stepping on screws in random places around the house) and will give her the opportunity to do her own projects.

we loved this flower garden building set which is so bright + springy. I can see all of our girls spending hours playing with this.

finally, I randomly came across this gorgeous wooden city block set and it practically leaped in my cart. it looks like it would be found at anthropologie for 4 times the price. I plan to put the set in a basket for her bedroom so she can build during quiet time or when she wakes up in the morning.

hope this gives you some fun new ideas!! have the best weekend!!

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