Favorite Baby Gifts

 

 

When buying a baby shower gift, you’re likely choosing something off a registry that is full of essentials. I’d typically recommend to always stick with the registry, but occasionally it’s nice to surprise with something a little more special. Additionally, if the gift is given outside of the shower I think going off-registry is even more acceptable. Below are some of my go-to thoughtful gift ideas for baby (and mom!)


Baby Book
– I absolutely love the baby book I received from Sugar Paper. It has Henry’s initials embossed in gold on the cover and the inside is very beautifully designed. I love the contents of the pages, too! About half of it is for pregnancy and birth, and the second half takes you through highlights of months 1-12.

Monogrammed Bath Towel
– makes bath time extra special! Etsy is a great source for monogramming if you don’t have a local spot.

Blankets 
– This one is obvious, but receiving blankets are so important! We use them every day, so having some nice, cozy ones are a treat. I love the ones I have from Little Giraffe, Ralph Lauren and Kissy Kissy.

Tiffany Piggy Bank
– A sweet way to teach baby how to save their pennies (And it looks nice in their nursery!)

Onesies
 – A newborn can never have too many cozy onesies. My absolute favorite are Kissy Kissy because they are incredibly soft and have the sweetest designs.

Solly Baby Wrap 
These wraps make for a stylish way to keep baby close to you (and often way more convenient than a stroller).

Monogrammed Pillow 
– I love the idea of monogrammed anything, but a little pillow is especially a great, long-lasting gift. Again, Etsy is a great source for monogrammed gifts if you don’t have a local spot.

Lands End Canvas Tote
– These canvas totes are my favorite casual bag (again, monogrammed!) Get a smaller one for daily use, or the large for a suitcase. I used the XL for my hospital bag, and now for a weekend suitcase.

The World of Peter Rabbit 
– A classic! The full set (tales 1-23) which are housed in a box set make for an unexpected, yet special gift.

Pajamas/Robe for Mom
– if you’re especially close with the new mom, I love the idea of gifting cozy pajamas. She will be living in them for a few months after the baby is born! Currently, my favorite are Lake Pajamas.

 

wooden blocks
piggy bank
RL baby blanket
babygrow
Peter rabbit
baby book
jellycat whale
Hayden lasher tote
striped footie
blanket
cotton pajamas
teether
Canvas Tote

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Easy Banana Ice Cream

 

 

 

This easy Vitamix banana ice cream recipe is my go-to for a quick healthy sweet treat. I always have frozen bananas on hand which are much better than regular, as they will give you a frozen treat straight from the Vitamix without having to freeze. You can play around with additions, as well. I usually keep it simple:

About 2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup almond milk
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of sea salt
Teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste (this one is my favorite!)
Heaping spoonful of almond butter
Top with chocolate chips (I used these)

Other ingredients to try mixed-in: peanut butter, dates, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, honey, coconut milk, shredded coconut

Enjoy!

 

 

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Nursery

 

I had so much fun putting Henry’s nursery together. I wanted a look that wasn’t too babyish so that we could make some of the pieces last through his “big boy” room. We went Ralph Lauren nautical  – a look that will probably last with him for a while (hope ya like it, Henry!) My favorite piece is the antique pine bench. My mom bought it over 25 years ago – it got a lot of love in my childhood home and then “visited” our family friends house in Napa for the past 15 or so years. Now, it fits perfectly into Henry’s nursery and is serving as a little bookshelf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP THE LOOK

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jellycat whale
wool jute rug
flag
anchor dish
wallpaper
seagrass baskets
leather chair
grasscloth wallpaper
Hayden lasher tote
crib sheet
striped footie
RL flag pillow
teether
Canvas Tote

 

 

 

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Henry James

 

 

On Saturday, July 21 at 5:04 pm, my husband and I welcomed Henry James Pollet into our family.

We’re all happy, healthy and completely in love!

 

 

 

 

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Baby Shower

 

 

I had the absolute best weekend celebrating baby boy Pollet with family and friends. Four of my mom’s closest girlfriends threw the most amazing shower for me. I was completely overwhelmed by all of the love they poured into every single detail. Mama has a thing for blue and white – it was the perfect palette for this slightly nautical and very timeless Newport Beach celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOP THE LOOK

tray
folding chair
beverage dispenser
seagrass charger
cheese knives
tray
folding chair
beverage dispenser
seagrass charger
cheese knives

 

 

 

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Stationery for Baby

 

 

I’ve been having fun being my own paper client with this baby on the way. Here’s a peek at his stationery and baby shower invitation. Announcements to come!

 

 

 

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Lisbon

We spent our last weekend getaway while living in London exploring Lisbon, Portugal. The city is full of history, culture, amazing azulejos, and delicious food. It’s quite inexpensive compared to many other European cities, and we both agreed we had some of our favorite meals there. We spent two days wandering the city, stopping for bites and cold drinks along the way. On our last day, we drove out to Arrabida and spent the day on the beach, which I would highly recommend you do! The coast was breathtaking. Below are some recommendations on what to do, see, eat and drink!

S T A Y
Memmo Principe Real, LX Boutique Hotel, Palacio Belmonte

E A T
A Cevicheria, Restaurante Insolito, Mini Bar, Time Out Market, Sea Me, Taberna da Rua das Floreas

S W E E T S
Gelados Santini, Pasteis de Belém

D O
Walk, walk, walk! Check out the Alfama district, Bairro Alto, Alcântara and Belém. Head to Costa da Caparica or Portinho da Arrabida for a beach day.

Amsterdam

When we booked Amsterdam, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Actually, to be honest, I was a little skeptical. The second we arrived in the city that completely changed; I’ve actually never been so instantly in love with a place (there really is so much more than the red light district!) It is so well-kept, so charming, so clean and so beautiful. The people were extremely friendly and the city feels so quaint and laid-back. We ate our way through and enjoyed every second. Below are some recommendations on what to do, see, eat and drink!

 

S T A Y
The Hoxton, Pulitzer, The Dylan, Conservatorium

E A T
Ivy & Bros (lunch), Gartine (breakfast/lunch), De Kas (dinner), Singel 404 (sandwiches), Pluk Cafe, Buffet van Odette (breakfast), Lot Sixty One (coffee), Balthazar’s Kitchen (dinner), Winkel 43 (incredible apple tart), Foodhallen, Mossel & Gin, Van Stapele Koekmakerij (best chocolate cookie ever), Pllek (outdoor bar & restaurant if the weather is nice!), Confectionery Lanskroon (classic stroopwafel)

D O
Walk, walk, walk! Visit the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House. Go antique shopping, eat in the Foodhallen, Take a Canal tour (Those Damn Boat Guys)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Antibes

We spent the last few days of our time on the French Riviera in Antibes. Staying at Hotel du Cap Eden Roc was an absolute treat and, although a splurge, it is definitely recommended. You won’t want to leave the hotel, but the town of Antibes is darling and certainly worth wandering around. Definitely book a table at Michelangelo for dinner – it’s a classic!

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