Support Small Businesses this Holiday with These Unique Finds from Etsy

Photo by Mel Poole on Unsplash This post includes affiliate links to brands and products that I believe in and love. To read our full disclosure policy, please click here. Working at Etsy, I'm inspired everyday by our community of sellers and their creativity. Small businesses need our love now more than ever, so what better time to visit Etsy and support independent entrepreneurs?! Below are just some of my favorites from Etsy this year, which I hope inspire you to find your own perfect gifts this holiday season. For more Etsy picks, check out these gift guides, curated by the best in the business! Ready to Ship Gifts // Gifts Under $30 // Gifts for Her // Gifts for Him // Gifts for Kids // Gifts for Pets Tea Mug // ...

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Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Under $20

Blue Light Blocking Glasses // Porter Reusable Ceramic Mug This post includes affiliate links to brands and products that I believe in and love. To read our full disclosure policy, please click here. The jury is still out on if blue-light blocking glasses actually work, but after staring at a computer screen for 10+ hours a day, I figured it couldn't hurt to give them a try. Since returning to work in September and joining the new norm that is working from home full time, I'm definitely glued to my computer far more during the day than when I was in the office. I actually do wear reading glasses, but my yearly optometrist appointment would have been in April, soooooo that obviously didn't happen. I'm pretty sure my ...

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The Best Toys for 6-8 Month Old Babies under $10

This post includes affiliate links to brands and products that I believe in and love. To read our full disclosure policy, please click here. Whether you're looking for some new options for your child's toy rotation or an easy gift, these picks haven't failed us yet. These are some of Aveline's absolute favorites and at less than $10 each, you really can't go wrong! Clockwise from left: Fisher Price Rock-a-Stack: An oldie but goodie, there's a reason this toy has stood the test of time. It seems so simple, but along with providing hours of entertainment, these stackable rings will also help your babe develop fine motor skills. Aveline loves banging these together and rolling and chasing after them. For another spin on this classic, ...

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Aveline’s Very First Halloween

This post includes affiliate links to brands and products that I believe in and love. To read our full disclosure policy, please click here.Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore Ah, babe's very first Halloween! I don't know about other moms, but the pressure was real for me to figure out the perfect costume for Aveline. Tim and I had a few different ideas, many of which didn't include us (Halloween 2020 is a bit unusual in these Covid times), but after chatting it through, we knew we wanted to make it a family affair. To give you the full backstory here, Tim's nickname, bestowed on him by his father, is Tigger! We jokingly at first came up with the Winnie the Pooh idea, but after researching and finding that Eeyore costume ...

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6 Pieces That Will Easily Elevate Your Fall Home Decor

This post includes affiliate links to brands and products that I believe in and love. To read our full disclosure policy, please click here. This year has been a whirlwind to say the least. Covid hit NY right as we were welcoming our daughter into the world and with parental leave and our lease renewal coinciding, we decided to take the opportunity to leave the city and spend time closer to family. It's been weird being away from Brooklyn, but after renting a house, hard to imagine going back to a 900 square foot apartment. Regardless of where we end up once this is all over, we've been embracing home rentership, inclusive of adding our own little touches to make it really feel like home. Fall is one of my favorite seasons, so I'm ...

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Behind the Name: Aveline Grace

To preface this, naming a kid is hard ya’ll. Between associating names to people from the past, to potential horrible nicknames, to just plain disdain, it’s a miracle any of us have names! Like any rationally minded person, I’ve been collecting baby names since I was probably 20 years old. Anytime, I stumbled upon one I loved I would save it to a notepad list on my phone to ensure it wouldn’t be something I’d forget. Over the years I had collected well over 40+ names, going back every once and awhile and removing ones that had gotten too popular (RIP Harper and Liam :( ). I still had my favorites but when I got pregnant and Tim and I sat down to go through them, the list started to dwindle and quickly.  Luckily we did agree on ...

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