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!


Summer Gift Exchange

I was super excited when Emma from Harper and Will reached out to me about co-hosting a summer gift exchange. Neither one of us had done this before but we thought it sounded like the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of summer. I had such a great time collecting up some fun summer surprises for Taylor and her daughter Harper from A Princess Made Mommy. Check out what I got them here. I truly hope they enjoyed receiving their package.


Elin and I were so excited when our package arrived all the way from California from Erin and Lex from Hello Erin. I have been following Erin’s blog for quite some time and I love reading about what all they are up to. Erin and Lex completely spoiled us with some of the coolest gifts!!! To say there were squeals and confetti flying as we were unwrapping would be an understatement….and they weren’t all from Elin!

Elin was so excited to rip in the package that I couldn’t get her to look up for any photos.


The first thing Elin noticed was the ice princess wands. These things are so cool!  They are sparkly straws that that are in a special tray where you can make ice wands for your drink and additional star ice cubes! We are both so excited to try this out! Elin is loving stars right now so this is perfect! The next thing Elin grabbed was cool silicone molds for making push pops! How awesome is that? I am already dreaming of all the concoctions to make! As evidenced by the photo, Elin immediately starting ripping into the package!


Next Elin grabbed an adorable beaded necklace with sea creature beads. She loves it and definitely staked her claim on it by not allowing me to touch it.



I am obsessed with the insulated mason jar tumbler. I love my water to be ice cold, therefore I usually only use insulated cups at home and work and I am so excited by this one with the handle and and a thick straw which should be perfect for smoothies!!!

Also, check out the gorgeous hair ties!  Aren’t they the most gorgeous colors?!?!? They are so beautiful and I can’t wait to wear them.


Seriously, I can’t thank Erin and Lex enough for our lovely gifts! It was so thoughtful and exciting and will definitely brighten our summer! Also, a huge thank you to Emma for thinking of this brilliant idea and allowing me to co-host and to everyone who participated.