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July 3, 2017

Memorable Baby Shower Gift

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I received a free book to review, but all opinions expressed here are mine.

She sits there in the corner crawled up in a ball. Her leg is dangling off the pink bean bag as melodic music fills the air. You recall holding her and rocking her. You remember watching each breath as it left her body. The rise of her chest, the excitement in yours, the fall of her chest and the apprehension in yours as you waited for it to rise again. You would continue to spend countless hours watching for that miracle of breath.

She asked you yesterday if you still loved her even after she broke that trinket. You watched as her eyes brimmed with tears. Her hands shook as she presented it splintered to you. The same fall and rise in her chest accelerated with anticipation of your move this time.

You take on a look and are reminded of the sweet smell of her skin the soft cushion of her cheek next to yours. The endless hours wondering how someone you had never met before could be everything to you. You rocked on reading that book, those words, hoping, praying that every last one would be engraved in her heart.

You often close your eyes still and wonder where the years have gone. How one day has moved into a week and that week rolled into a year.

You hear her voice echo in your head when you are sleeping. The way her legs used to uncurl when she yawned after sleep. The same sleep that evaded you rest comfortably on her.

You think about the hours you have spent researching, reading, inquiring to make sure she had everything she needed. You weren’t sure if you did it right. If you are doing it right but you know one thing, if trying was winning you are in first place.

You find your mind wandering as it often does to her care. You think to yourself what will be the difference between her success and her failure?

You hear her voice asking you to read that book one more time as she climbs on your lap. You hear her sweet voice as she repeats each word as if she is reading. She embraces the melody of the prose as graciously and naturally as the waves deliver water to the beach the same symphony is natural to her and you both. It is your song.

She is once again close to you as her weight pressed against your chest and you read to her once more. You remember the millions of times you have read this book to her. The endless hours in the rocking chair. You read again and again in your mind grateful she isn’t old enough to read the book herself because you still want to do something for her.

You begin to read. She follows. You read faster. She anticipates the next word as you struggle to breathe, your baby is growing up.

You hope she will follow your guidance. You use your time each night starting with this book to confirm your love to cement it in a place that is so deep and so firm that the earthquake of other children will not shake your love for her and her love for herself. You want her to know how much you love her. You want her to be swaddled with each word as she grows.

You have found this communication tool between two covers and flimsy paper. The paper possesses the power to convey what you want to say.

You will carry this book forever. You will one day not need it as the prose become your voice in her heart. You will leave the book in places when she needs to hear what you aren’t sure how to say. You will send this book with her to school on her first day or even a note with a passage. You will put it in her first care package for college.

You will buy her this book when the single best thing happens to her. When she finds the love that has no reason, no end, no limit. The most powerful, beautiful, empowering love of all when she gives birth to him or her.

You will give this gift because it means the most. It will be the tradition of your family.

The one gift that will transcend all time and place. It is this book. This very one that will get you through the beginning, middle, and all of the in-between of life together. It will be your special thing. The time that binds you the words that will escape your lips when you aren’t sure what to say and the mantra that she will draw on when she needs to hear them.

It will be your song. The one thing that only you share. The thing you will need as the world changes and you need something to stay the same something to stay between you.

This is your gift. The gift a mother gives, a friend gives to a mother it is more than a book it is the whisper we can’t forget to hear.

We are joined at the heart by Yonette Belinda is a memorable baby shower gift for parents to be.

We are Joined at the Heart by Yonette Belinda is available at Amazon!

For more baby shower ideas, check out my tips on How to Make a Baby Diaper Wreath and how to plan a baby shower on a budget.

How to Make a Baby Bath Time Gift Basket

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How to Make a Baby Bath Time Gift Basket

My nephew will be making his grand entrance into the world any day now and I realized as I am getting the messages that it may happen sooner than we think that I had not yet gotten a gift to welcome him to the family. Yikes! Oh well no worries because I have a cute and simple idea to put together a sweet little gift perfect for the baby boy who is about to add more joy to our world.


How to make a baby bath time gift basket

How to make a baby bath time gift basket


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February 26, 2014

Baby Shower Ideas and Decorations

Baby Shower Ideas and Decorations

Baby Shower Ideas and Decorations

Welcoming a new baby to the world is one of life’s sweetest celebrations! What isn’t so sweet is how much it can cost to welcome that baby, but I have some decorating suggestions to help you host a terrific baby shower that won’t break the bank. On my blog, Spaceships and Laser Beams, we specialize in parties for boys (and non-frilly girls!) so I have lots of Baby Shower Ideas and Decorations to help you plan yours.

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February 25, 2013

Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget

 Find out everything you need to know about Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget!

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Everybody loves Baby Showers but the cost can be staggering as anyone who has ever planned a baby shower knows. It isn’t that the guests expect a large bash but we are always so worried there will not be enough we go overboard.

Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget 101

  1. By invitations at the dollar store or take advantage of offers on sites such as VistaPrint, Shutterfly, and York Photo.
  2. Select a theme that allows you to add your own touches without buying “Branded” items.
  3. Purchase Table Cloths, plasticware, plates, napkins, and cups at the Dollar Store.
  4. Create your own centerpieces
  5. Purchase a sheet cake from your local Warehouse Club or make your own cupcakes.
  6. Make Homemade Hand Scrubs for game prizes.
  7. Plan your shower for mid-afternoon, guests will have already eaten lunch and you can go with lite foods.
  8. Do a Salad Style Buffet. Include: Tossed Salad, Pasta Salad, Tuna Macaroni Salad.
  9. You do not need tons of side dishes. The food line will go faster with just a few options.
  10. Buy bread or rolls from a discount bread store – no need to spend what fancy bakery wants.
  11. Let the parents-to-be know that the shower is your gift to them.
  12. Skip hors d’oeuvres and table snacks.
  13. Set up your sides before your main dishes. Guest will fill up their plates with the less expensive items and take less of the entree.

My Favorite Tip when Planning a Baby Shower

Take people up on their offer to help. You do not have to be a superwoman and do everything yourself. Remember when planning a baby shower that 5 people bringing dishes is 5 less dishes you have have to make or pay for.




Hi I’m Gwendolyn and I have been a stay at home mom since 2009. I have been with my husband, James, for 10 years and we are proud parents of Jayme (9) and Nicholas (14). We foster dogs and are also parents to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster, 1 fish, and a snake. My father-in-law lives with us so it is always non-stop at our house. I had the honor of becoming a step-parent when I got married and have a great relationship with my step-son. I always used coupons and shopped for bargains but was forced to step up my game when my husband was disabled in 2005. I get an incredible rush from saving money and finding great deals. My life is a constant journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all.

Topic: Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget

February 20, 2013

Water Bottle Craft: New Baby Edition!

Water Bottle Craft: New Baby Edition

Water Bottle Craft

Today, I am going to show you how to make this super cute Water Bottle Craft: New Baby Edition! This is the latest edition to our Water Bottle Craft Series. How perfect would this be to give to the new Mom (and Dad) in your life? All the cute little things a new parent needs for their bundle of joy!

Water Bottle Craft Instructions:

  1. Drink some water or another beverage in a plastic container
  2. Wash it out and remove the label
  3. Find items that will fit in your bottle based on your theme (In this theme, anything you think a new parent might need!)
  4. Place items in the bottle
  5. Close the bottle by screwing on the cap
  6. Then you will need to create a label
  7. Secure the label with duck tape
  8. Head to the post office
  9. Mail your gift (or deliver it in person!)

Water Bottle Craft Content:

water bottle craft

Thermometer, baby hats, nail clippers, bib, socks, and a medicine measuring spoon.

This Water Bottle Craft: New Baby Edition has little gifts that would be perfect to give to a new parent that has a million things on their mind and will need that extra bib!


What other idea’s do you have for a fun Water bottle Craft?

Check out all our water bottle crafts on our water bottle craft page. Don’t forget to pin this post for me, please! 🙂

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Water Bottle Craft: Baby Shower

Water Bottle Craft : Baby Shower Edition


I just held a baby shower for my sister and with 90 guests attending we were on a tight budget. We cut corners to save and we will featuring those ideas later on this month. The one thing I absolutely had to do was come up with a unique gift idea that was budget friendly. Most of the time bags, paper, ribbons, and paper add to the price but when I seen our other Water Bottle Craft Ideas, I came up with one of my own. I created a simple Baby shower water bottle craft that makes a unique gift for a new mom or mom-to-be.


Water Bottle Craft Instructions:

  1. Drink some water or another beverage in a plastic container
  2. Wash it out and remove the label
  3. Find items that will fit in your bottle based on your theme
  4. Place items in the bottle
  5. Close the bottle by screwing on the cap
  6. Then you will need to create a label
  7. Secure the label with duck tape
  8. Head to the post office
  9. Mail your gift

Water Bottle Craft Content:

 water bottle craft

I put in 1 onesie, 3 pairs of socks, and a pacifier. The ideas are endless because baby items are so tiny they make perfect gifts to use in Water Bottle Crafts for gift giving.

Another idea to add if you are going to mail it, would be a gift card wrapped in the socks, baby silverware, bibs, burp rags, t-shirts, and other tiny presents for the baby to be.

What are some other items that you can think of that would fit in a plastic bottle?

Check out all our water bottle crafts on our water bottle craft page. Don’t forget to pin this post for me, please! 🙂