The Birthday Turned Christmas Wish List

Welcome to the December 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Greatest Gifts

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have suggested go-to gifts and gifting experiences for the holiday season for all your loved ones.

Back in October I started working on a fun little wish list to feature some of the things I’ve been loving lately – and then I forgot! Such is motherhood, right? The pregnancy brain turns into no sleep brain which turns into busy toddler brain and all that combined leaves me with a very poor memory.

Lucky for you, Christmas falls shortly after my birthday and so I’m turning my birthday wish list into a Christmas wish list – minus this, which is what I got for my birthday and is currently on clearance AND 30% off :)

Christmas Wish List



Bambooee /// After seeing these on Shark Tank I can’t get them out of my mind. Have you tried them?

Chico Bags /// Our county has a plastic bag ban so even though I’ve always tried to use reusable shopping bags I have to be even more vigilant now.

It All Starts With Food /// I love books, always have. Right now I’ve got a tight relationship with the library, but this one deserves a spot on my bookshelf I believe.

Geode Bookends /// Speaking of books, aren’t these divine?

Via Velo Bike Trailer /// In the spring, maybe sooner I want to take up biking with the kids. So far, this brand/model/style is my most favorite.

Inspirational Coffee Mugs /// I love waking up with coffee sips and sounds advice :)

Smart Wool Socks /// I wear boots all winter and Smart Wool are my favorite socks boot companions.

Michael Kors Watch /// The one I love is out of stock, but this is a close second AND ON SALE!

Archer + Hare Studs /// I wear my rough ruby ones all the time, peridot is next on my wish list!

Inner Beauty Cosmetic Bag /// Do I need a new cosmetic bag? No. Do I want this one? Yes, yes I do.

Other things worth mentioned, but not worth including a photo … an electric pencil sharpener (homeschooler’s dream) and a monthly maid to deep clean my kitchen and bathrooms. Talk about the greatest birthday Christmas combination gift ever!

OH! And I don’t know how I could forget (but I did, because, #mombrain) … the Mahogany Tree of Life Tablecloth! My friend, Abbie, is a beautiful seamstress who specializes in babywearing conversations and dye jobs over at EMA Design and I think this tablecloth may turn into a ring sling someday in the future! Isn’t it beautiful?!?

What’s on your mama wish list right now?


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be updated by afternoon December 9 with all the carnival links.)

  • I Want to Buy All of the ThingsThe Economama discusses whether there’s a way to buy all of the baby stuff she desperately wants for her daughter without spoiling her.
  • The “Collectors” and the “Concentrators”: How Children React to Lots of Presents — Laurie Hollman, Ph.D., at Parental Intelligence discusses two types of children who receive gifts: the “Collectors” who rip open the wrappings on their their presents and love to count them and the “Concentrators” who spend endless time on each gift ignoring the array of presents around them.
  • The Joy of Giving and Receiving — Ellen at Life With Lucien shares her three-year-old son’s new favorite toy for imaginative play.
  • Books: Best Present Ever! — Holly at Leaves of Lavender discusses some of the many reasons why books are the ideal gifts for little ones.
  • 10 DIY Gifts You Still Have Time To Make — A roundup of 10 DIY gifts that don’t take much time to make from Doña at Nurtured Mama.
  • Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaves – A Delicious Holiday Gift — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares one of her favorite recipes to make and give during the holidays. This Pumpkin Gingerbread Loaf is much anticipated by her friends and loved ones. Learn how to create this delicious gift from the heart!
  • Christmas gifts for dreamers — Tat at Mum in search shares her favourite books and resources that have helped her get inspired and move forward towards her dreams this year.
  • Natural parent’s baby shower registry — Since she had everything already for baby #3, Lauren at Hobo Mama is amusing herself by building a list of essentials and a few fun fripperies for a natural-parenting nursery.
  • Gifts of love — Charlie at PeelingClementines recalls her favourite Christmas gift of all time and thinks about how to add this magic to her little one’s first Christmas.
  • The Gift of Letting Go — Dionna at Code Name: Mama has discovered that when you’re a perfectionist, sometimes the best gift is simply releasing yourself from self-imposed expectations.
  • Montessori Inspired Gifts for Babies and Toddlers — Rachel at Bread and Roses shares gift ideas that were a hit with her son last year and what’s on her wishlist for this year.
  • Giftmas Ideas for KidsMomma Jorje offers an original gift idea that hasn’t been overdone and is good for the kids!
  • Favorite CDs for Babies and Toddlers {Gift Guide} — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s favorite CDs for babies and toddlers, some of which were favorites of her children and are now favorites of her granddaughter.
  • The Birthday Turned Christmas Wish ListThat Mama Gretchen forgot to share her birthday wish list this fall, but she’s still wishin’ and hopin’ a present or two will arrive for Christmas!
  • 8 Thoughtful Non-Toy Gifts for Baby — Is your family asking for hints for presents to give baby? Moorea, guest posting at Natural Parents Network, offers this list of ideas that won’t overwhelm your little one with toys.

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  1. says

    love that Michael Kors watch!

    • Gretchen says

      The sale price sold me! I really love it!

  2. says

    I love those Chico bags; I like keeping one clipped to my purse, so I always have a bag with me! And those bookends are gorgeous!

  3. says

    My husband has geode bookends … we love them! The Chico bags look awesome, too! :)

  4. says

    Lovely selection! Those geodes are gorgeous (and happen to be my birthstone). And the bags… I’m a sucker for a carabiners I do not know what it is, but I love them! And those would make such a neater “pile” in the back of our van that our current random selection of bags…

    • Gretchen says

      I can’t stop thinking about the geodes – so classic and earthy! Totally up our alley :)