Welcome to our second annual 12 Days of Christmas Series. You can read all the posts in this series over on the 12 Days of Christmas 2017 Page.
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It’s that time of year when holiday activities are in overdrive. You are stressed out from all the holiday shopping and parties, and all the preparations that come with the activities. Whether it is getting the house cleaned for visitors or meals cooked, your stress level is rising, and kids can sense that which causes them to to be more irritable and uncooperative than normal. You need some “me time” to relax and rejuvenate. You can buy yourself something nice to help keep you sane and relaxed through it all, or even better, pass along the gift guide to your family so they know what to buy you!
Mama and Baby
So let’s start with gifts for the littles. If the little ones are happy and relaxed, then so is Mama!
The Whale diffuser creates a calm atmosphere by merging light projection, peaceful music, and a kid-friendly design. This diffuser offers a unique feature that when tipped over, will automatically turn off. The ultra-fine mist fills a room up to 270 sq. feet in size with up to 6-hour runtime. Add in a couple of drops of Lavender or Serenity essential oil (not included) and baby will sleep peacefully through the night.
The Drop Stopper with Mint Cow Teether
Ever looked down at the dirty floor and cringe? You know what’s coming…the dreaded dropping game. Does the 5-second rule apply here? The Drop Stopper saves you from picking their toy or sippy cup up off that dirty floor every 2 seconds. This is a sanity saver! It attaches to smooth, flat surfaces or to high chairs, strollers, shopping carts, and car seats. This Drop Stopper comes equipped with a mint cow teether toy that will NOT come off and you can add your child’s favorite toys to the rings by using the included reclosable ring.
Brown Monkey Portable Sound Machine
The Portable Baby Sound Machine is great for travel. There are 5 lullabies and sounds including: heartbeat, lullaby, ocean, rain, white noise. The soothing sounds mask background noises to create an ideal sleeping environment for your baby. Baby falls asleep easier, sleeps better, and wakes-up refreshed (and so does Mama!). There is a 15 and 30-minute optional sleep timer. The clip attaches to strollers and car seats.
This is genius! The reversible design combines a bib with an attached chewy teether. This prevents the problem of babies dropping teethers on dirty floors or losing them when you’re out and will keep those adorable holiday outfits clean and dry. Available in a variety of different colors and designs. The bibs are made from machine washable, super soft jersey cotton and have an absorbent middle layer to lock in moisture away from small chests. The textured triangle teether contains no phthalates or BPA, will never flake or peel and is 100% safe for babies to chew on. Secured with a double popper fastener, the Neckerchew can expand to grow with your baby.
Ergobaby 360 All Carry Positions, Ergonomic Baby Carrier, Pure Black, Azure Blue, and other colors available
Ergobaby is my baby carrier of choice and it is too bad I FINALLY found the best baby carrier on the 3rd baby!! It should be on every Mama’s gift list and is a LIFESAVER. It offers you and your baby comfort and flexibility while wearing your baby in any carry position.
The biggest factor for me was the comfort. The wide padded waistband puts the baby’s weight on your hips and prevents lower back pain. A lot of the carriers I tried rested only on the shoulders which causes shoulder pain. The carrier keeps baby ergonomically seated in all carrying positions (front-outward, front-inward, hip, and back carry). Always ensures your baby is seated in an ergonomic “M” shape position with knees even to or above hips, and spine in curved “C” position.
The versatile extendable back panel can be folded in providing head support for your young baby or unfolded extending the back panel giving your toddler the back support they need. There is a hood for sun protection and privacy. The adjustable hood keeps the baby’s (or toddler’s) head from bobbing around while they are sleeping, especially when they are a bit older and can ride on your back.
The fabric is durable and is machine washable. It could easily be used for multiple years and multiple babies. This is a great baby carrier with multiple children. I would often times have the older child on my back and push the baby in a stroller. I hated taking the double stroller out when I had to run errands. It was much quicker and not so bulky. And since it was a fairly small carrier, it could be stored in the basket under the double stroller which gave the older kiddos options. With 3 kids on a museum outing, even the oldest kid gets tired and wants to ride in the stroller. So, one child, you can put on your back and have 2 in the stroller.
It easily adjusts to fit multiple wearers from petite to larger body types (waistband adjusts 26-52″, shoulder straps adjust from 28 3/4″ to 46 3/4″), so Dad can carry too! The carrier is also adjustable to your growing baby from 7lbs* to 33lbs (*with an infant insert sold separately) Up to 33 pounds is easy on your back and offers you more flexibility when traveling and to extend the baby carrier’s use since most have a weight limit of 20lbs.
Just for Mama
OK, enough baby products. Although they do help mom keep her sanity, let’s move on to products just for the Mamas to relax and refresh.
AromaTouch® Diffused Kit with Diffuser
There is nothing better than a diffuser filled with delightful oils to promote a whole-body sense of relaxation and evokes feelings of tranquility and balance.
The AromaTouch Technique Kit comes with 5 mL bottles of doTERRA Balance, Lavender, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), OnGuard, Deep Blue, AromaTouch, Wild Orange, and Peppermint, a 3.8 oz. bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Petal Diffuser, and an instruction video if you chose to learn the AromaTouch Technique.
One of my favorite oils included in the kit is Balance. Use it before bed for a restful night’s sleep and while thinking positive thoughts to promote peaceful dreams. Begin your day by putting Balance on the bottom of your feet to lessen stress throughout the day. Add essential oils to Epsom salts for a comforting bath. You can apply Balance to your wrists or neck to help ease anxious feelings or diffuse in your car during road trips to create a calm environment (for you and the kids!).
The Aroma Touch Technique is about connecting with another person on an emotional level (so great for date night with your husband or to soothe a tense child). This kit also includes a 1-Year wholesale membership which allows you to purchase future oils at the lowest price, and access to Essential Oils 101 training so you can learn about the full range of essential oils and their benefits for you and your family.
So now that you are diffusing and relaxing, it’s time to add a little music to drone out the distractions with:
These headphones are for passive noise isolating, NOT active noise cancellation(ANC), it can’t cancel the noise completely but it won’t drain the battery and damage the sound. The closed-back design allows you immersive Hi-Fi sound. Ear cushioning offers comfort and the adjustable headband allow you to find the perfect fit without constraint and provide excellent durability. Hands-free call & built-in mic (which only works in the wireless mode). These Bluetooth headphones provide a quick and stable connection with your Bluetooth enabled devices like cell phones, tablets, pc, TVs within 33 feet, with a high-quality built-in microphone for hands-free calls. Foldable with a storage bag. So pop in your favorite relaxing music and “tune out.”
No Talking Just Coffee Socks
Grab your headphones or your favorite book, your favorite hot beverage, put your feet up, and get your message across quickly with these ladies’ ankle socks! Comfort toe seam and moisture management to help keep your feet warm and toasty. The designs are made with textile vinyl material never fade or peel off. Your socks come in a beautiful craft wrap with thank you note and can be gift wrapped.
Life Planner – Weekly Planner, Organizer & Gratitude Journal (Undated, Rose Gold) w/BONUS Planner Stickers
Ideal for mompreneurs who desire to turn dreams into reality! The reality of being a mom is that you need to be organized and have some systems in place. That is even more essential when you work from home! I love to plan and this beautiful rose gold planner is so pretty. The durable soft cover is made from animal-friendly vegan leather with artwork & affirmations. Comes with a FREE video that will teach you a simple 10-min morning routine to 10 fold your productivity, focus, happiness & passion! You will master setting goals & fix procrastination! Learn how to focus only on your top priorities and delegate the rest so you can achieve more and create more free time for yourself. The perfect productivity and time management planner includes: to-do lists, a weekly/monthly feel-good list will help you not to forget yourself and put yourself first. It has a foldable vision board to stay focused, morning & evening power questions, mind maps, reflection pages, habit trackers, back pocket, gratitude journal and so much more!
Starbucks Gift Card
And what mom can’t use a quick escape to the local Starbucks? Treat yourself and your Mama friends with these always welcome stocking stuffers!
Redeemable at most Starbucks locations and is a convenient way to pre-pay for your own regular purchases.
Instant Pot, 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer
I don’t know about you, but back during the newlywed phase of my marriage, I would cringe at the thought of my significant other gifting me an appliance. I thought how totally unromantic and thoughtless. But times are changed and after 3 kids and many years of marriage, I find that there is love through an instant pot! (TWEET THAT!)
As a Mom, do I want to spend all my time in the kitchen? The Instant Pot is all the rage and rightfully so. It saves you from having up to 7 kitchen appliances, so it is saving you valuable cabinet space and money. It prepares dishes up to 70% faster and features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button. Also, no more burnt dinners when you run off to tend to a crying baby. Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time. Does it get any better than that? (Well maybe if it did the dishes and put away the leftovers!) Accessories included are: stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet. So although not the most glamorous gift that will be under your tree, it is the gift of sanity all wrapped up in stainless steel! And the reality is, everyone needs to eat, so why not get it done faster?
Wishing you and your family a joyous, stressfree holiday season!
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About the Author: Karrie is a homeschooling mom of 3 beautiful kids, dedicated wife, and mompreneur with TWO thriving at home businesses: a doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Advocate and a Social Media Manager/Virtual Assistant business. You can find out more about Karrie at http://www.KarrieMarie.com. To learn more about essential oils, join her Facebook group at Oils are Essential with Karrie. You can also find FOLLOW Her on Pinterest to find boards on planners and printables, essential oil diffuser and rollerball blends, cleaning with essential oil recipes, all things virtual assistant related, blogging, social media boards and recipes to cook for dinner!