Easter is just two weeks away and I’ve been thinking a lot about ways reflect on this special holiday. Easter is the most important annual celebration for my faith, yet I find it difficult to reign in my focus this time of year. Even for those who do not believe in God or Jesus, a whole month or more is dedicated to the Christmas season. But if Easter had not happened, Christmas would have no meaning. And while some celebrate the tradition of Lent, I regret that my priorities this time of year are often placed elsewhere – spring cleaning, enjoying the beautiful weather, shopping for swimsuits…
As Beckett grows, I want to help her understand the significance of Easter. For us, this year, that means talking about Jesus and how much He loves us. As she gets older, I love the tradition of using resurrection eggs to help tell the story of Easter and perhaps one year we’ll make a resurrection garden. Every year, we’ll attend Easter morning service at our church and host a family brunch in our home.
But I also enjoy the traditions that are less directly focused on Christ – the annual Easter eggs hunt, photos with live bunnies, decorating eggs and, of course, the Easter basket. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite Easter basket gift ideas for toddlers, but I would love to know some of your family Easter traditions. Whether it’s something you always put in your child’s basket or creative way you share the story of Christ’s resurrection, I’d love for you to share in the comments!
No. 01 Bunny Pajamas // No. 02 Schleich Farm Animals // No. 03 Briar Handmade Bonnet // No. 04 My First Pictures of Easter Book // No. 05 African Bolga Basket stuffed with Tim’s Organic Real Easter Basket Grass (also available at Whole Foods Market) // No. 06 Polka Dot Club Cuddling Rabbit // No. 07 Magnetic Letters // No. 08 Klean Kanteen Sports Bottle // No. 09 Wee Can Too Veggie Sidewalk Chalk // No. 10 Organic Jelly Beans (I also love Organic Sea Salt & Almonds Easter Bunny) // No. 11 Natural Rubber Duck
No. 1 Peek Kids Lulu Top // No. 2 Old Navy Tulip Top // No. 3 Tea Collection Wrap Tunic // No. 4 Gap Denim Dress // No. 5 Chloe Frill Dress // No. 6 J.Crew Baby Dress with Chevron Trim // No. 7 Egg Bubble // No. 8 Old Navy Romper // No. 9 Oshkosh B’gosh Floral Print Romper // No. 10 Little Crane Headbands Bow // No. 11 Gap Slip-on Sneakers // No. 12 Vierra Rose Bubble Shorts
It’s hard to believe that there was a season of my life when my closet was denim-free. Now, I live in jeans and am constantly on the hunt for that perfect chambray button-down. My love affair with this casual, lightweight fabric is now spilling over into Beckett’s wardrobe. I love dressing her in soft blue hues and somehow she can wear the same chambray top week after week and it still feels fresh.
This spring, I can’t get enough of chambray for my baby girl. Flutter sleeve tops, sleeveless rompers, and bubble shorts – they’re all cuter in chambray, in my opinion. Today, I’ve rounded up my favorite picks this spring. Pick up these items now, because they’re sure to sell out.
No. 1 Hazel Village Gracie Cat // No. 2 Besos for Baby by Jen Arena // No. 3 Hopscotch Kids Nail Polish // No. 4 Blabla Flower Rattles // No. 5 Crewcuts Ruffle One-Piece // No. 6 EverEarth Heart Shape Sorter // No. 7 Heart Sunglasses // No. 8 Children’s Archery Set // No. 9 I Haiku You by Betsy Snyder // No. 10 FAWN Harlem Heart Leggings // No. 11 A Little Love by Renee & Jeremy // No. 12 Rylee + Cru Moon Print
I know not everyone is a big fan of Valentine’s Day, but I’ve never been one to look down on any reason to celebrate, personally. Especially, when that reason focuses on honoring the ones you love. Dave and I usually make reservations at one of our favorite steakhouses and I’m even more excited this year, considering our time alone has become more sparse. But while I love to focus on my romantic love for Valentine’s Day, I have to admit I’m looking forward to celebrating the holiday from a child’s perspective now, too. I see afternoons of crafting classmate valentine’s and decorating heart-shaped sugar cookies in our future.
I don’t think gifts are a necessary part of Valentine’s Day. A personal note and maybe a thoughtful floral arrangement or some delicious chocolates are enough for me. But, I do like I idea of getting Beckett a small token. This year I picked her up this precious board book. I’ve been wanting to start reading to her in Spanish, so I fell in love with this bilingual read. I’m also sharing some of my other favorite Valentine’s gift ideas for babies and toddlers.
I’m curious, how do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you exchange gifts?
If your reading this post, hopefully that means that you’ve finished all your holiday errands. Or maybe not, considering I myself still have a couple of to-dos left to check off the list. Leaving a few things to the last minute is part of the fun, isn’t it? We’re living on the edge over here. Overall though, I am happy to say that this Christmas season has been a lot less stressful and hurried than year’s past. Seeing Christmas through a child’s eyes has given me such a wonderful perspective. And while Beckett is only (almost!) one, she’s helping remind me of what’s really important – love. The deep, un-ending, sacrificial love of God (which is the whole point, isn’t it?) and doing our very best to extend some small fraction of that love to others.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a New Year! I’m hoping to be fully present with my family and plan to step away from the computer and iPhone for the break. But, until I do, I wanted to leave you with one last Mommy & Me Style shoot for the year. Beckett and I are wearing our holiday sequins, which is a perfect look for New Year’s Eve!
On Mommy :: Sequin Crop: Nordstrom // Favorite Cardigan: Madewell // Midi Skirt: H&M (similar from Topshop and budget option) // Heels: Joie (old, but similar from Aldo) // Rings: Madewell and Jennifer Meyer // Lipstick: Yves Saint Laurent in 001 Le Rouge
On Baby :: Raglan Dress: Gap // Leopard Tights: Target // Gold Moccasins: Freshly Picked // Headband: Little Crane Headbands // Sequin Peter Pan Collar: DIY by Mom
// Photography by Sukilynn
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