December 29, 2017
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A Nashville Christmas!

Hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas! While I did miss my family a lot, it was actually pretty fun to just have the 3 of us here on Christmas morning. We facetimed with my family after opening presents and it actually really did help to feel like they were there for a bit. Even though Lola can’t really open presents yet (although she will play with the paper and ribbons for sure!) it was still cute to open things for her and show items to her.  We had our friends the Larsons over for Christmas Eve dinner and I made some dishes that my family traditionally makes on Christmas Eve. Friend shrimp and a potato casserole are the Blumer tradition and we added in a Gummerman family salad that they love to make on Todd’s side of the family. It was really sweet to have friends over that also have a new addition to their family this Christmas (little Nova!) so it was kind of amusing to have the two high chairs on either end of the table—times are changing for sure!            Mom: skirt/H&M (similar) Baby: shirt/Maple Clothing, leggings/Baby Gap (similar) I got her a faux leopard coat so we can do a matching outfit sometime and my Mom sent her a few presents along with this mellon baller that she loved playing with at their house. She literally held onto it all morning…crazy baby! I got those white furry boots at a resale shop this summer, but these would be cute when she grows of out this pair soon. Todd has been wanting one of those penguin race toys ever since he would play with one at his friend’s house when he was a kid so I told my Sister in Law Sarah to get him one (she was his secret santa this year) and he LOVED it. Lola isn’t sure why the toy isn’t for her, but he’s been sharing with her pretty nicely so far…  Overall we had a cozy morning here at home and Todd and I made an indulgent brunch (mostly Trader Joe items—ha!!) during Lola’s nap so that was fun to just sit and drink coffee and soak in the Christmas morning magic in the air. Hope your holiday has been great so far too!

xo. Laura

December 25, 2017
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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from the Gummermans! Hope you guys are with family and cozy under a tree this holiday. I definitely feel so lucky to have our best present ever with us this year as Lola Valentine makes everything a special occasion. I always said I wanted a baby Todd and that’s exactly what God gave us this year. Wishing you lots of love this Christmas season! Thanks for being a part of my online family, I love you all!

xo. Laura

December 18, 2017
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Merry + Bright

While it basically took a whole week rather than one night to get up all the Christmas decorations this year (#momlife) it was definitely all worth it to finally have all the holiday sparkle up and running. I would probably play Christmas music all year long if Todd would let me, but since I only get a month to get my fill in, it’s basically playing around the clock these days. It’s mostly oldies, heavy on the Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin but we’ve got a few other staples like Last Christmas on there too (my favorite Christmas song!).

And speaking of Christmas music, Lola’s been playing along with all the Christmas songs on her toy piano—it’s SO CUTE and you can tell she really loves to play it now that she can sit up by herself. What a big girl!! I filled a bowl with disco ball ornaments this year and our front room looks amazing in the morning when the light hits them all—definitely leaving that bowl out for the rest of the year!Love those DIY stockings I made this year and that car marquee is still my fave decoration overall! Cats LOVE tree skirts!
Lately I like to play the Charlie Brown christmas record while I work during the day (that record player is SO pretty), I’m pretty sure that’s what Lola is playing along to above! Todd’s stocking from when he was a kid…so sweet! I’m still using a lot of the decorations I’ve gathered or made over the years but this year I added a display of Christmas photos from past Christmases and I feel like it’s a really special corner of my front room with lots of memories attached. I love the one with me as a baby with my parents in front of the tree and our pic with Lola came out so cute this year too! Only took a million photos to get one right, but hey, at least we got one! Only one week to go, here comes Christmas!

xo. Laura

December 11, 2017
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New Mom Gift Guide!

I love that more and more people we know are making their way into Babyland with us this year! Whether they are on their first baby like we are or are adding another number to their brood it’s been so joyful to celebrate new bundles and their Mamas lately. I was thinking that I feel way more confident now when buying a “Mom gift” than I would have last year (I would have felt so lost!) so I thought it would be fun to do a roundup of some of my top prezzies and make a new mom gift guide in case someone else needs a few ideas too…

1. Cute pajamas! As a new Mom I spent a lot of time in my pajamas that first few moths. Your clothes don’t fit right and you just want to hang around the house and try to survive! A pair of cute PJs can help a Mama feel a little more put together and that pink tie-die pair is right up my alley (although this pair would be great for the warmer months too). A button-up top means it’s also nursing friendly which is a big plus.
2. Baby photo book! This site is amazing because they can take photos right from your Instagram and send you a baby book without you having to lift a finger! You can even choose an option where it automatically makes a book out of every 60 photos you post so you can chronicle your family life automatically! Giant time saver.
3. Sweet sleeper! I always loved getting the “fun” options of things as presents. I could just have a plain sleeper, but why get a plain one when this one has sprinkles on it?!
4. Mini backpack (for diaper bag)! While I have a larger diaper bag that we use when we are heading out on a longer trek, I actually just use a mini backpack a lot of the time for short trips. It holds just the essentials but if I throw my wallet and a lipstick in there too it just becomes my purse and I only have one small bag to carry—YES!
5. Monthly Mom box! This company delivers a monthly box with natural and non-toxic items specifically curated for your month of pregnancy or age of your baby! How cool is that?!
6. Double birthstone ring! I got a thin gold band with a tiny diamond when Lola was born but this double birthstone ring is a great way to celebrate the Mama/Baby connection. My ring would have two emeralds for my May birthday baby!
7. Monthly photo blanket! With everything else that Moms do it can be a bit much to make a phrase photo board to commemorate each month (that’s what I do) so an equally cute but way easier solution is to use one of these month blankets instead!
8. Instax camera! I’ve had an Instax mini camera for several years now and I bring it out for just about every party we have—it’s so much fun! The Mini 9 comes in several fun colors and it’s super easy to use. I partnered with Fujifilm to gift one to a new Mom this month I gave the lime green one to my preggo sister at her shower so they can have fun documenting their new baby due soon. It’s the perfect item to have as people stop over to visit the baby since you can snap a pic and send them home with a momento of the sweet meeting. You can even do black and white film and colored frames as well!
9. Book club subscription! My baby registry was at least 50% books so this would have been perfect for me! They’ll have new books every month to look forward to and they can build their collection as baby grows.
10. Matching sweatshirts! I. Love. Matching!! These sweatshirts are so cute for Mom and Baby and since the smallest size is a 2T in the Baby sweatshirt this is a great gift for a belated present that you didn’t get a chance to get closer to their birth. I have stuff that Lola won’t fit into for another year, but I still have it hung in her closet because I’m excited for when it will fit! This is also a great matching set too for the pizza-lovin’ parent
11. Lavender bath salt soak! Moms need as much relaxing as possible!! I think the only self-care thing I could manage for the first 2 months was a long epsom salt bath every couple of days and they were so refreshing for me. This one has lavender so it should be extra relaxing for sure…
12. Baby name necklace! This is actually the only thing I want for Christmas as a new Mom. Lola is always on my mind, all I talk about, and I love every little thing that reminds me of her so a name necklace sounds perfect!
13. Compression high-waist leggings! Um, postpartum belly? Yeah, these types of leggings were all I wanted to wear for several months. High-waisted with a tummy control panel? Yes please!!

So there you go! Whether you are a new Mom that could use a Christmas or birthday hint idea or you have a gal pal about to pop, hope one of these is perfect for you!

xo. Laura

November 29, 2017
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Here Comes The Christmas Tree!

Just wanted to share a few pics of setting up the tree with Lola! It’s certainly more of an ordeal than usual to get out all the Christmas decor with a 6 month old that’s just about ready for bed, but she did like it when we turned on the tree and she spent a few moments staring at the lights and touching the branches before heading off to sleep. It looks like we are going to have our first Christmas here in Nashville this year so I’m trying to think of a few fun things for us to do as a family and add a new Gummerman Christmas tradition into our repertoire. I’ve got a few ideas but I’ll keep thinking on that one for a bit… I love her little face in this one. A bit blurry, but precious none the less.I’ve also got to get our Christmas card outfits together so we can send out for those soon. Usually we do a dressy thing, but this might be a fun year to do a cute PJ pic…I can’t decide between something cute and classic for Lola or something a bit more ridiculous. I bought an adult onesie pajama last year and it was surprisingly comfortable so I’ll definitely have to dig that out soon! We would always get new pajamas for Christmas growing up and I still love to wear a special pair on Christmas morning. Well, the tree is up! Now to actually decorate it and the rest of the house—we’ll see how many nights that takes!

xo. Laura