Christmas in July

Aren’t you already thinking about Christmas?  In my opinion, it’s never too early to think about Christmas.  When Jenny from The Chronicles of We emailed me about a gift exchange she was hosting with Courtney at Sweet Turtle Soup. I knew it would be a great way to meet some other bloggers.  I was paired with Julie at Davis Family and Shelly from Windy City Baby. I loved getting to know a new Julie and discovering her blog and getting to know more about Shelly since I already followed her blog.

Elin was so excited when we received out package from Julie and her daughter Maddy. She kept saying, “present” over and over again.  Let me tell you, I could not open this box fast enough.  She was literally shaking with excitement and the box of goodies did not disappoint.  Elin loved ripping the tissue paper off of each individually wrapped gift.


The very first thing she unwrapped was her first box of markers. These are perfect for kiddos her age because they have a special tip on them that aids in better strokes for little ones and helps from crushing the ends.  These will be great for her to start using on her little art projects.  The next thing she unwrapped was a pretty new pair of navy and white polka dot sunglasses.  She loved them and wore them the whole rest of the day. I think the next item was her absolute favorite which was and adorable trio of pink, orange and yellow bracelets. They are the perfect size for her and she adores them!  They are so cute and the colors are just perfect for summer!  She then opened up some butterfly stickers which are so pretty and she was dying to crack into those but I diverted her attention so we could see the rest of the box.  She then opened up some pretty notepads which are great because I use notepads like that all the time. It was so funny because when she opened them up she immediately handed them to me like she knew that they were for me.  She then also opened up some soft-lips in the cube which we are both loving!!!  I am so glad Soft-lips jumped on board like EOS with the new shape. Elin and I both use it everyday!  Then she opened up some bubbles, a cool glow wand that I am excited for her to try out, and an Under the Sea coloring book.  I love the pages because the pictures are big and perfect for her color and it even has re-positionable stickers.


Julie and Maddy were too good to us and send us the most thoughtful gifts. We loved everything!



  1. I’m so glad you joined the gift exchange! I was thrilled you got paired with Julie – she’s one of my dear real live friends! I love how excited Elin is about those sunglasses – so cute!!

  2. Elin is so serious about those sunglasses!!! I love it!!!

  3. I’m so glad Elin (and you) liked everything! It was so fun to get to know you and to pick out fun gifts that I thought you would enjoy. The sunglasses were of course a must 🙂

  4. Those bracelets are perfection! And the sunnies! ha love that. That is one good box! I’m so glad you joined in.

  5. First, I love your blog- it is so beautiful. Second, your little one is just too cute! I love her excitement!

  6. Individually wrapped gifts was such a great idea! Elin is so cute opening her gifts and in her new sunnies! Great box! PS – love her yellow outfit!

  7. So much fun!! I don’t think Elin could be any cuter trying on her sunnies!! Love it 🙂

  8. What a fun box of goodies!
    Those markers sound like something that would be right up our alley! Going to have to go check those out.
    And the sunglasses? Too cute!!

  9. Those glasses are so Elin! I want to try out that new soft lips – funny how a new package can make something odd seem new again.

  10. This is adorable! I was so bummed when I discovered this exchange way too late 🙁 Elin got some awesome goodies!

  11. That moon picture is gorgeous!! And little Elin! Precious. Love her black & white swimsuit. Black & white were our wedding colors. lol!

  12. Those are seriously some of the cutest pictures of Elin. That black and white swimsuit is too cute! I love black and white, even for toddlers!