There is something about the holiday season that is so magical...and at the same time stressful. Don't get me wrong, I love all of the decoration and gifts as much as the next person; yet, keeping up with the expectation of it all has become very overwhelming, especially while trying to balance marriage and motherhood with a full time day job. 

My heart is in a very different place now and I value things like time or experience so much more than material items. Because of this, we opted out of traditional gifts this year. Coincidentally, what started as a last minute, dual purpose photo opportunity for holiday cards while finding a Christmas tree has turned into the best gift ever.

Although this isn't our daughter's first Christmas holiday, it was a first of ours witnessing her fully experience the magic to the season. A special thanks to our photographer Nikki Santerre, who I connected with and have admired over the little Instagram space, for accommodating to a last minute mama's idea and preserving so perfectly this moment in time for us. I may be a bit biased but when you share the same name with your photographer, you know the images are going to be beautiful.


Photography: Nikki Santerre // Location: Mill Farm Williamsburg, VA // My Skirt: Jenny Yoo Louise Tulle Skirt from BHLDN // Lena's Dress: Zara // Lena's Coat: Rylee + Cru // Lena's Bow: Fourth + Pierce // Lena's Doll: Hazel Village


Our busy bee of a toddler is on the move everywhere throughout the house and leaving no room unturned. One room in particular, aptly dubbed the “catch-all” room, literally catches all...of her toys. This room is the most central area to our home and therefore also the most trafficked. I originally hesitated when considering the idea of a rug for it until I discovered area rugs from Lorena Canals that are designed to be magical, I mean machine-washable (yes, you read that right). For mamas to messy toddlers, this was like finding a real life magic carpet, or better yet the unicorn to all area rugs!

The flooring in our home is made up entirely of hardwood and tile, which is perfect for cleaning up after a toddler and yet not the most ideal surface for play. Thus, having a rug that was not only durable but incredibly soft made playtime more comfortable for everyone, including the mama that would be cleaning up after.

Every rug from Lorena Canals is not only eco-friendly but also individually handmade using 100% natural cotton and non-toxic dyes. So I feel more confident about providing a safe, soft surface for my little one to roll around on.

One of my favorite features about this rug, other than the obvious machine-washable design, is that it is kid-friendly but without sacrificing style. Available in several sizes and gorgeous styles, these rugs are perfect for any room in the house. This Bereber Beige design seamlessly coordinates with much of the neutral, minimalist decor in our home but I also love many other styles and have listed some of my favorites below.

Additionally, because this rug is lighter weight than many other traditional area rugs, it can easily be transferred throughout the house. Having it coordinate with any room in our home was an added bonus!

Lightweight, soft, and durable, this rug not only provides the perfect place for our little one to play but is the answer to this cleaning mama’s prayers. No longer do I worry about the snacks around the house or the inevitable crumbs that get dropped on the floor. Additionally, this brand offers coordinating cushions, throw blankets, and baskets...all machine-washable. Everything you need to create both a comfortable and clean space with little ones on the loose. Find out more about Lorena Canals here!

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This past weekend we traveled with a toddler in tow for a family wedding. Coincidentally, it was around this same time last year that we traveled with an infant for the first time. For our trip then, we all fared well enough sharing a room with a portable crib. It wasn’t until a family vacation this past summer however, that we realized Lena had outgrown the portable crib. Now with a toddler, we needed an alternative sleeping arrangement for our stay away from home. Enter the DockATot dock, a multi-functional lounger and co-sleeper.

From packing to unpacking, the DockATot was much easier to transport when compared to the portable crib. The dock, weighing just over five pounds without packaging, is much lighter than the nearly twenty pound portable crib we own. Not only is it lightweight but the On The Go Transport Bag (shown here in Midnight Teal) made traveling with the “tot” a breeze.

Our sleeping arrangement while traveling with a toddler this go around? One king sized bed and one grand sized DockATot. I was previously a little apprehensive about sharing a bed with the little one but the DockATot Grand Dock eased any concern I had by providing a comfortable sleeping space for us all. I slept more soundly knowing that our tot was nestled safely within the dock - thanks to the plush, cocoon-like design with built-in, air permeable sides.

In addition to co-sleeping, we found it helpful as a lounger Lena could play in while getting ready in the hotel room. In the morning, she would entertain herself with toys and books all the while snacking on Cheerios from the dock. Any product with a multi-purpose design is a win-win in my book.

Finally, as a mom I have become more conscious about not only the ingredients in the foods that we eat but also the materials in the everyday items we use. Because the DockATot dock is made of washable, hypoallergenic and non-toxic materials, I felt even more confident in not only using it while we traveled but also using it everyday while at home too! Lena has loved the dock so much that she regularly lounges in it while watching any one of her favorite movies. Plus, the added bonus for us will be having it to prepare for our next transition from the crib to the big kid bed.

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