Love List

Monday, January 6, 2020

Took me almost a week, but I am finally posting my first blog entry of 2020! Can we just talk about how is it already 2020?! I remember graduating high school in 2004, and feeling like 2020 was eons away, and now suddenly here we are! I am so excited, though, because 2018 was for survival, 2019 was for growth and learning, and now for 2020 the Tibbetts fam is going to LIVE LIFE! We have a lot of fun stuff planned, and I can’t wait to take you all on the journey! 

And now, before I continue rambling on and on about how old I am ;), here is a list of things I’m loving rn!

1. These storage trays from Target. Jess Oakes shared these in her stories, and I knew I had to have them. Right now I am doing the two week Declutter Like A Mother challenge, so I have been all about all the organizational things!

2. Starbucks Cups from Lauren Mackenzie Decals. If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed these cups in my stories! They are absolutely adorable and completely customizable. During the holidays I used a hot cup that said “Cup of Cheer”, and I also have cold cups that say “Coffee & Grace” and “Fire Wife”. 

3. The Fawn Design wallet. I got this beauty in blush for Christmas and I am obsessed with it! I need all the colors! It’s the perfect size wallet, and I love that it has a wristlet attached when I don’t want to bring a whole purse or diaper bag somewhere.

4. This Target Sweatshirt. Get this and thank me later. It’s the most comfortable sweatshirt I have ever owned!

5. Ethos Leggings. My sister turned me on to these and I’m eternally grateful, because a good pair of leggings can change your life, amiright? Right now they have some colors on sale for $29, but keep an eye out because every now and then they have sales where every pair is only $25! Such an amazing deal.

6. Instant Pot. I know, I know, I’m one thousand years late to the Instant Pot party, but I finally got one for Christmas, and I am here to tell you that it 100% lives up to the hype. Last night, we made perfect parmesan chicken and red potatoes in 20 just can’t beat that! So, send me all the recipes please! :)

That’s all for now, friends! I hope you all are having a great January so far! 

Christmas 2019 Recap!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

I’m still having trouble believing that Christmas 2019 is already over! I feel like it was the fastest season we have ever had, and I truly was not ready for it to end! 

Brian ended up finding out about a week before that he was getting force-hired for Christmas Day, so we decided to hold most of our festivities on Christmas Eve! That morning, we went to Brian’s parents mountain home for brunch. It was so nice to have a quiet visit, and I made Rudolph pancakes for my girls and nieces!

After we opened some presents, we headed back to our house to have our own little Christmas with just us 4. We had an early dinner, then we piled all the presents for the girls and each other in front of the fireplace, and let them take their time opening and enjoying each gift. It was the coziest Christmas celebration I think we have ever had! We put milk, cookies, & carrots out for Santa and his reindeer, and then we tucked the girls in. 

After a few hours of eggnog, gift assembly, & watching Home Alone, my sisters and their husbands and my niece Kennedy all came to the house. We all went to bed fairly early because we knew it wouldn’t be long before little girls would be waking us up to see if Santa came!

Brian left for work super early that morning, and I couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to come down stairs to have my coffee and enjoy the quiet before the storm!

Baylee was the first one awake, so we got the little ones out of their cribs shortly after. Before long, paper was flying, and the girls had the time of their lives seeing what Santa brought! My dad also surprised them with a bike and a play house. 

We had our traditional cinnamon rolls and scrambled eggs for breakfast and let the girls play with their toys until nap time. We missed our best guy, but we definitely made the most of the day! My sisters had to go to in-law houses for dinner, so I had a quiet dinner at home with my girls. I thought I would be sad, but it was actually very relaxing. There’s no doubt that being a mom during the holidays is pretty stressful, so having a quiet evening with my girls was a perfect way to end our Christmas! 

Even though Christmas was a little different this year, it was still an amazing one, and I’m already sad that it’s over! But this morning we woke up to 5 or 6 inches of snow, so I’m going to make the falalalala last as long as I can! ;)

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas, friends!

Christmas Pictures 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Now that most of my Christmas cards have been sent out, I can finally share our Christmas photo shoot with all of you! We reunited with our photographer friends Randi & Chris from Genesis Imagery, and it was well worth the drive to San Diego! We hadn't had pictures done with them since my maternity shoot when I was pregnant with Natalie, so it was so great to finally do a shoot with them and have both my girls there! :)

I am so obsessed with the light & airy feel our pictures have this year! Even though it was a chilly evening, Randi and Chris managed to capture us and our girls with so much warmth. I will absolutely cherish this shoot forever!

They also snuck in some cousin shots!


I love my sweet little tribe so hard!

If you are local to San Diego, and would like to shoot with Genesis Imagery, please contact them here!

Madame Alexander Under the Tree

Friday, December 6, 2019

This year, Natalie got one of her presents early. She's a sweet Baby Cuddles doll from Madame Alexander, and Natty is enchanted by her! This was Natalie's first baby doll of her very own, and I have a feeling she will be a favorite for a very long time. She immediately went in to little-mommy-mode pretending that her baby had a "boo-boo" and kissing it.

Madame Alexander is a trusted high-quality doll company that has been around for 95 years. They make everything from collectible fancy dolls to soft, cuddly baby dolls, so there is truly a doll for everyone on their website. We are officially hooked on their sweet little painted features and adorable clothes. 

Since Natalie is still a little young to name her toys on her own, Baylee and I decided to name her new doll "Faith" which is Natalie's second middle name! Faith is the perfect doll for toddlers and preschoolers. She's soft in the middle, but has a realistic face and hands. (With the most precious painted on features, and eyes that open and close!) She's a 14 inch doll, so she's a great size for Natalie's little arms to cuddle.

If you're looking for the perfect doll to gift to a special child in your life this year, I could not recommend Madame Alexander more! You will be so happy with the quality, you might even want one for yourself! ;) 

 **Paid partnership with Madame Alexander. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Pay It Forward This Holiday Season!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Happy Giving Tuesday! Every year I make a list of ways to pay it forward during the holiday season, so in honor of this day, I thought I would share my list with you! Also, I would love to hear your ideas, so I can continue adding to the list.

1. Leave treats and/or water in your mailbox with a note thanking your mail carrier for all their hard work.
2. Pay for the person behind you in the Starbucks drive-thru.
3. Take blankets to a local animal shelter. 
4. Donate gently used clothes, books, and toys to a homeless shelter or goodwill.
5. Take a new unwrapped toy to a Toys For Tots donation spot. (Click here to find your local donation center) 
6. Bake holiday cookies and other treats, package them up, and deliver them to your neighbors. 
7. Participate in Operation Christmas Child by filling a shoe box with toys and toiletries. 
8. Pay a compliment to a random stranger.
9. Donate money to your favorite non-profit organization.
10. Leave a more generous tip than you normally would for your server at a restaurant.
11. Go out of your way to thank someone who is usually underappreciated (a grocery store clerk, custodian, garbage truck driver, etc.)
12. Donate food to a church food drive.
13. Hold the door open for someone, even if you are in a rush. 
14. Let someone go ahead of you in line at a store.
15. Take a "thank you" note and some treats to a local fire station or police station.
16. Leave a bag of quarters at a vending machine or laundromat with a note saying "This one is on me!"
17. Take a friend or relative out to lunch "just because".
18. Bring treats to a local hospital for the doctors and nurses.
19. Write a positive review for a small shop or business.
20. Leave a gas gift card at a gas pump. 

If you do anything on this list, please let me know, I would love to hear your stories! Also, like I said, comment with your favorite random acts of kindness, and I will add them as honorable mentions to this list. :)  

December Bucket List

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Happy December 1st, sweet friends! The month we have all  been waiting for is finally here, and just like every year, we have a ton of fun things planned! Here is our 2019 December Bucket List!


 December Bucket List 2019

 1.Send Christmas cards to all our dear friends and family
2. Visit Disneyland to watch the Christmas parade and fireworks.
3. Bake gingerbread cookies.
4. Decorate a gingerbread house.
5. Host our annual Christmas pajama party.
6. Watch a Christmas movie every day.
7. Attempt a visit to Santa.
8. Read all of our Christmas books.
9. Have a Christmas cookie baking day and make at least one new type of cookie.
10. Make Rudolph pancakes for Christmas Eve breakfast. 
11. "Pay it forward" at least once a week.
12. Watch Baylee in her winter recital for ballet and hip hop.
13. Visit the mountains a few times to play in the snow!
14. Have a date night with Brian complete with seeing a movie and then Christmas shopping and coffee.
15. Do some Christmas crafts with Baylee. 
16. Drink hot chocolate by the fireplace.
17. Get fresh garland to hang on the banisters.
18. Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
19. Put milk and cookies out for Santa.
20. Have a little New Year's Eve party for the girls. 

What are some things on your bucket list this year??

Christmas Gifts For Siblings

Monday, November 18, 2019

Every year, I love making some new gift guides here on the blog for you guys. This Christmas, since I not only have my two girls, but also my niece living with us, I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for gifts to give to siblings that they can share. It definitely keeps things more cost-friendly, and, at least in my experience, ripping in to a gift with your sibling can be so much fun! :)

1. Cassaro Wooden Rocker The girls just got this as an early gift, and they are obsessed with it. All three of them play with it at some point every day. It is big enough to fit two kids at a time, so there is a lot of fun to be had! 

2. Hooray Heroes Sibling Book We have the original Hooray Heroes sibling book, so when they released their Christmas book this year, I knew we just had to have it! It is so cute how you can personalize the characters to look like your kids, and pick which stories go in to the book! I know this will be a book we look forward to reading every Christmas! Use the code HOORAYXMAS15 for 15% off all of their books!

3. Kid Kraft Play Kitchen Baylee got this kitchen for her second birthday, and it has been played with pretty much every day over the last 3.5 years. Natalie and my niece Kennedy adore it just as much as Baylee does, and the three of them spend hours pretending to cook and play "restaurant". It's truly the cutest thing, and such a great investment!

4. Magnetic Tiles The girls actually don't have any of these yet, but they are getting some this year. Everyone I know raves about how much fun they are, and it's something they will definitely all get to play with together.

5. Melissa & Doug Easel Baylee got this easel for her third Christmas and it's still a hit! With two sides to use for coloring and painting, it's perfect for siblings to share so that they can work on their art at the same time.

6. Lego Duplo Blocks The little girls are still too small for regular Legos, so we have a ton of Lego Duplo blocks that they love to play with together. They're the perfect starter block for tiny hands, and a great tool for teaching about working together! 

Are you getting any gifts for your kids to share this year? 
Let me know in the comments! :)