Christmas Inspired Baby Names

The holiday season is officially here and if you're due on or around Christmas, the folks at put together some names that might be perfect for your baby.  The site said they had a little tougher time coming up with the boys names versus the girls names.  Maybe one of these names will be the one for your little Christmas baby!

•Holly - Anglo Saxon for the ivy tree. Think Christmas carol The Holly and the Ivy

•Gloria - Latin for glory. Also the name of a famous Christmas carol.

•Natalie (Natalia) - Latin meaning Christmas day.

•Tasha - From Natasha/Natalie in Russian for Christmas day.

•Mary (Merry) - Bitter from Hebrew. Mother of Jesus.

•Noel - Means Christmas in French. The First Noel is a famous Christmas Carol.

•Joy - The emotion. Also a Christmas carol - Joy to the World

•Angel - The heavenly being who spread the news of the birth of Jesus.

•Carol - English for hymn or song.

•Ivy - Old English for the plant. Think Christmas carol The Holly and the Ivy

•Star - The famous star over Bethlehem to guide visitors to the manger.

•Winter - Named after the season.

•Emmanuel - God is with us from the Hebrew.

•Christopher - Hebrew for God has judged. Could be spelled with a K for the popular character Kris Kringle.

•Noel - French for Christmas.

•Christian - Latin for follower of Christ.

•Timothy - Revering God from Greek.

•Gabriel - The Angel who announced the birth of Christ.

•Joseph - From the Hebrew - he will add. Father of Jesus.

•Nicholas - Greek for victorious people. Popular character - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, also a Christmas carol.

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Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Hosting a big dinner next week?  Be sure to add a craft table and it will keep the kiddos busy while having fun too!  Here are some ideas I have found....

This fun craft from Crafts For All Seasons is not only fun for the children to make, but it gets them thinking about things they are thankful for. Besides the child adding their thankful thoughts, another nice tradition is to have a feather at each person's place setting, have them write what they are thankful for, and the feathers can then be added the turkey.


Better Homes and Gardens shows this fun one.  You take a white work glove and color in the feathers with markers.  Then add some felt for the wings and beak and a button eye. shows off this cutie! Add red, yellow and orange tissue paper to the pine cone for the feathers and felt for the face.  Don't forget those button eyes too! 

Spread a dollop of vanilla frosting on a round cracker. Place a chocolate kiss near the bottom of the cracker. Add candy corn pieces above the kiss for the turkey feathers. Spread a small amount of frosting on one side of another candy corn piece and "glue" to the top of the kiss for the beak. Let frosting dry, then attach a caramel square to the back with frosting to help the treats stand upright.

Busy Bee Kids Crafts showed off this fun one! Trace and cut out the child's hand on different colored construction paper.  Glue them to the back of the TP roll so it looks like feathers.  Add the button eyes  and cut out 2 slits for the triangle beak.  So cute!


Scary Baby Names Inspired By Halloween

If you need a little baby name inspiration you may want to think of some fun Fall inspired names, but if you want to keep the name close to a Halloween theme, then check these names out!  These names from are inspired by spooky, dark themed movies or the stories they come from. 

Clarice - from 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs

Rosemary - from 1961 horror film Rosemary's Baby

Blair - from 1999's The Blair Witch Project

Carrie - from 1974's Carrie

Regan - from 1973's classic horror film, The Exorcist

Samara - from 2002's evil-video-tape horror film The Ring

Sidney - from 90's Scream movies

Esther - from 2009 thriller Orphan

Emily - from 2005's The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

Violet - from Lemony Snicket's spooky, entertaining YA novellas, A Series of Unfortunate Events

Wednesday - from the TV show The Addams Family

Raven - bleak baby name, made famous by the inventor of spooky tales, Edgar Allen Poe

Ophelia - from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Jason - from the Friday the 13th films

Freddy - from Nightmare On Elm Street films

Norman -  from Hitchcock's 1960 classic, Psycho

Shaun - from a British film, Shaun of the Dead

Chucky - the doll from 1988's Child's Play

Hyde - from the classic 1886 novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Damien -  a central character from The Omen horror movie series

Edgar - Edgar Allan Poe was practically the original creepster

Todd - the demon barber Sweeney Todd, from the 1936 and 2007 films of the same name

Lestat - Anne Rice's character from Interview with the Vampire

Draco - Harry’s archrival at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series

Dante - Medieval poet Dante Alighieri takes readers on a terrifying trip to hell in his epic poem, The Divine Comedy

Michael - most famous serial killer in horror movie history, in nine of the 10 Halloween flicks.

Halloween Costumes For Siblings

It's almost Halloween!  If you are a parent, you are probably thinking costumes and how you will get the ones that make all your kids happy.  If you are trying to figure out what your children will be, put together some really cute costumes for siblings.  Check these cute sibling costume ideas out!

Milk & Cookies
Get the cookies costume HERE
Football Fans
Get the football player costume HERE and the football baby costume HERE
Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf
Get the Red Riding Hood costume HERE and the wolf costume HERE.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Get the caterpillar costume HERE and the butterfly costume HERE
Star Wars
Get the Yoda costume HERE, Jedi Knight costume HERE, and the Princess Leia costume HERE
Three Blind Mice
If you have triplets, this is so cute!!! 
Get the mouse costume HERE

Beautiful Diaper Cakes

These amazing diaper cakes are not just practical, but really beautiful too!  Did you get a diaper cake at your shower?  Did it look anything like these cakes? Wow!

Welcome Diaper Cake

Bassinet Diaper Cake


Princess Diaper Cake

7 Layer Cake with added blankets, rattles, etc

Noah's Ark Diaper Cake

Nautical Diaper Cake

Cars Diaper Cake

Farm Diaper Cake

Top Toys for Your 2015 Holiday List

If you are starting to count down the days until the holidays are here, then you might want to start thinking of your shopping list too.   These are some of the top toys this year and any kiddos in your life will love them!

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space
Recommended age: 6 months - 3 years   $49.99

Recommended age: 9 months - 3 years   $33.24
Recommended age: 4 years and up   $95.99
Recommended age: 36 months - 8 years   $80.00
Recommended age: 36 months - 6 years   $49.99
Recommended age: 5 - 15 years   $72.83
Recommended age: 4 years and up $75.00 
Recommended age: 8 - 15 years   $70.00
Recommended age: 8 years and up   $50.00

Recommended age: 8 years and up   $59.99

Autumn Inspired Baby Names

Fall starts this Wednesday and besides Halloween and Thanksgiving, Autumn has some really great aspects to it.  Cooler nights, jumping in leaves, hot apple cider, pumpkin pies and for you sports and football!

If you are expecting a baby during this special season, you may want to consider one of these names from this list from

Girls Names

Boy Names

Boy/Girl Names

Cool And Practical Baby Gear

These baby products are not just practical, but pretty cool too!  Check these items out! 
(Most descriptions and links are from

 This is a rhythmic shushing technique to help soothe your fussy and crying baby.  You can set the timing preference with either a 15 or a 30-minute option and it has built-in volume control so that it's louder than baby's cries, which is proven to help calm babies. $31.49
This sunshade has a stretchy material allows flexible window coverage up to 17" x 28". Even those little corners that shine sunlight on your baby can now be covered. It has SPF 5
protection, blocking 80% of sun's harmful rays.  The sunshade has easy to attach
super-grip suction cups that won't budge, in fact they are patented.  $9.99

A cool, hip, funky diaper bag that comes complete with changing pad, cell phone holder and key ring and a lot of compartments to hold all those baby essentials. It is form fitting to the body, comfortable and affordable.  $64.99
The Crane Drop Humidifier runs up to 24 hours and puts out up to 2.3 gallons of moisture to soothe cold, cough, and flu symptoms. A 360-degree nozzle lets you direct the cool mist, while a variable output control located on the front of the unit makes for easy operation. This humidifier is energy-efficient, using less power than a standard light bulb to run.  $40.92
Now you can pump, store, organize, warm, and feed using the same pouch. This feeding system eliminates the need to transfer precious milk from bottles to bags and back again. 
The starter kit gives you everything you need (Twist Pouches (x20), Keeper (x1),
Direct-Pump Adapters (x8), Squeeze Natural Feeding Bottle (x2),
Slow Flow Active Latch Nipple (x1), Medium flow Active Latch nipple (x1),
Fast flow Active Latch nipple (x1), and Nipple Brush (x2).  $39.99
 This brush is a 100% Food Grade silicone teething toothbrush for kids 3-12 months of age. It is specifically designed with “a-peel-ing” handles (ha ha!) that are easy for baby to hold, while preventing choking. Bendable soft silicone reduces risk of injury, providing a safe learning experience. It is BPA, Phthalate, Latex, and Toxin Free.  $7.19
The Baby Breeza measure and mixes water and powdered formula to the perfect temperature (about 98 degrees) and consistency.  The water and formula powder are stored in airtight compartments right in the machine, so it’s always ready for you when your baby gets hungry. The machine works with all bottle sizes and all formula brands and types. You can also choose the amount of formula you want to make: 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 ounces.  $136.10
Their dual mode infra-red thermometer is designed to be both an ear thermometer (recommended for age birth to 1) and a forehead thermometer (recommended for all ages). It is very easy to use, just press and scan! $34.99

This portable crib is very light and sets up in 15 seconds. Their breathable ClearView Mesh allows for full airflow and an unobstructed view of the child, even when the side is zipped up. The mesh sides go all the way down to the mattress to create a safe, breathable sleep environment. It has no flame retardants, PVC, phthalates, or lead.  It comes with a mattress and bag that has convertible backpack straps!  $204.00
In just two minutes, Milkscreen can measure the amount of alcohol in the breast milk, helping ensure that there are no negative impacts on baby.  These easy to read test strips will show a color change at 0.02% to help Mom stay within recommended feeding guidelines.  $25.99
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