Colorado Mama Gift Guide

One day I popped onto Instagram Stories to ask you ladies if you though a gift guide for Colorado girls/Colorado mamas would be something you’d find useful, and the response was great! I got DM’s of a ton of you ladies saying please do a gift guide like this! It’s pretty simple for me to do, being that I am a Colorado mama myself, I really just am creating a gift guide of things I would love to receive as a gift. I was getting Giulian ready for a walk one day and it made me think of all the things you really need as a mother in Colorado. Now, this gift guide really isn’t only for moms, it truly is for any woman in Colorado (some items aren’t even Colorado specific) but as a mom I find these items are things I need, want or just items that bring me joy.

1. Pampering - Massage, Manicure, Pedicure

The first thing on my list as a perfect gift is any type of pampering. I truly believe this will make any woman happy, but especially mothers. Many moms rarely take time for themselves and enjoy things like a massage, manicure or pedicure. I am one of those moms, I haven’t had a massage since I was pregnant, despite the fact that while training for my half marathon I totally could have used one. I haven’t had a manicure since being in one of my best friend’s weddings, despite the fact that my nails look crazy half the time. And Lord only knows when I got my last pedicure… those toes are not pretty my friend. I’m sure I’m not the only mom out there who is focused on working, cleaning and taking care of their kiddos and these luxuries just aren’t a priority, but gosh as a gift, they’re perfect. It forces a mom to take a break and enjoy time for herself (which is super important). So if you’re unsure what to get a mama friend in your life, I’d say this is your very best bet.

2. Winter Clothes

When walking babies in 40 degree weather becomes part of your weekly routine, warm gear is a necessity. Giulian and I are typically the most bundled people in the neighborhood, but I don’t want to be cold and I really don’t want my baby to be cold. Here are a few items from Bella Magari that are the perfect for staying warm and cozy this winter. The ear warmers make for the perfect stocking-stuffer, the vest is reversible and low in stock, so snag one now, and the cardigan is the coziest thing on earth (I live in mine).

3. Cuddly Blanket + Cozy Socks

When it’s cold in Colorado, comfort and cozy things to snuggle up with is key. We recently stayed at the Dove Inn in golden and they had this over-sized knit blanket, it was AMAZING! I’ve linked similar ones below, they’re expensive but honestly it’s worth it. They’ll last you years and years and they’re so warm, comfortable and a great item for your living room.

I also wore these wine not slipper socks while I was there and not gonna lie I was as comfy as it gets. I got these ones at Francesca’s a year ago, but I’ve linked similar ones that look wonderful. I’ve also linked UGG slipper socks that I want under my tree this year, they’re too cute!

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4. Balsam Candle

Okay, maybe not every woman is obsessed with the scent balsam like I am, but to me it’s the perfect winter scent. I literally have mine burning as I am typing this. It makes our whole house smell like fresh cut balsam fur trees (Christmas trees people!), it’s my favorite smell this time of year.

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5. Mountain Necklace

This is the perfect gift for a Colorado girl! This necklace is a cutout of mountains, it’s dainty but makes a great statement about where you come from and what you love. You can grab one from my friends boutique, Shop Never Skip Brunch.

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6. Journal or Planner

Depending on the type of woman you’re gifting to, either a journal or a planner might be a great gift! I’m currently loving the Start Today Journal from the Hollis Company! You write our goals and gratitude every day and it really sets you up for a productive, positive day. If this doesn’t sound like a fit, maybe a blank journal or a planner would be a great fit.

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7. Winter Coat

Back to the topic of cold Colorado weather, a nice winter coat is a must, and if that winter coat happens to be super cute too that’s a total bonus! There are so many adorable coats out there, I’ve found a few of my favorites and have linked them below. Keep in mind, a nice winter coat is something most women will keep and wear for years, so to spend a bit more $ on it isn’t such a bad idea. Especially if it’s for a mama who is taking kiddos to the park or on walks on cold winter days. Keep that mama warm!

I hope this gift guide was helpful for you! Sometimes it can be so difficult to know what to get someone. I truly think you can find some great items for a special woman in your life from this post. Comment below if you’re a Colorado mama and I missed a mommy must have!!

 
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Christ Centered Christmas Wrap Ideas

Christmas is around the corner, gifts are bought and there's just one thing left to do... wrap! I don't know if this makes me crazy, but I personally love laying out all the gifts we bought for our loved ones and wrapping all of them. I hate to admit this, but last year was the very first time that I really thought about what I was wrapping my gifts with. Usually my wrapping paper, gift tags, and bags are decked out in snowflakes, ho-ho-ho, Santa Claus, and snowmen. Now don't get me wrong, I love ALL things Christmas (from Jesus to Santa and everything in between)! I think it's such a fun time of year and I personally don't find a ton of harm in enjoying it all and singing along to Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town.  But this year I thought it would be fun to show my true heart through my gifts. Christmas is Jesus's birthday... I hope that is not news to any of you. That is literally (as you hear people say) the reason for the season... So I thought it'd be fun to share some DIY Christmas wrap ideas with you all, to add a sweet little reminder to us all what this season is truly about. 

 

DIY Stamp Gift Bags

You can find a ton of different stamps at your local hobby store, Hobby Lobby had a lot of Christ centered stamps, from scriptures to actual pictures of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. I bought a stamp that said Joy to the World THE LORD has come.  You can purchase some simple brown bags any size and stamp them. You really can't mess this one up and there are so many ways you could add the stamps to the bags, I staggered them and covered the whole bag (see photos below). 

Add Ornaments

I love adding ornaments to the outside of a wrapped gift because it adds a little something special and takes the whole present to another level. Purchase some lovely Christian ornaments, pop them on a gift bag or a wrapped box and BAM! You're all set. That's such a simple way to add a sweet little reminder of what Christmas is all about. Then you're loved ones have a little something for their tree. 

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When In Doubt... Ribbon

You can find so many beautiful ribbons that are focused on Jesus. Hobby Lobby (this post is not sponsored btw, I just love them) had an amazing selection of ornaments and ribbons. I loved adding the fancy ribbon with the simple parcel paper. 

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Write Scripture

Adding you're favorite scripture to a gift tag or even the wrapping paper itself is a great way to add a personal touch to your wrapping. I have the WORST handwriting ever so I had to do a mock up of what would be cute on a gift tag- haha but for those of you who write better than a third grader, have at it! 

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I hope you all have a blessed Christmas this year. I pray it's filled with love, family, giving, laughter and tons of great memories. This year I am reminded that God is so good, as it's our baby boy's first Christmas and I couldn't feel more blessed to have such a happy, healthy little man. Praise Jesus!

Thank you for reading, comment below if you have other fun ideas on how else to bring the focus on Jesus during Christmas. 

 
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Christmas Party Inspiration

My absolute favorite aspect of Christmas time is the festivities. Spending extra time with friends and family over food and drinks, picking out cute outfits for all your holiday parties, wrapping your gifts for the ones you love, baking goodies, Christmas music...The list of fun things going on around the holidays goes on and on. My absolute favorite is the Christmas parties. There's something about gathering in the cozy comfort of a friend's home for a Christmas party that sets the tone for a wonderful night of laughs (and I mean the kind of laughing that leaves your cheeks sore) and tons of storytelling. It's always a good time when there's the Christmas ambiance in the house, yummy snacks and festive holiday drinks. 

This year I had the chance to hang out with some other Denver bloggers at a Christmas inspired networking event. I am always so grateful when I get the chance to make new friends in the blogging world. All of the Denver bloggers that I've met through the years have been wonderful, kind, and a ton of fun. I had met Hannah ( @littleleebook ) before, we first met at the blogger event I hosted last summer. It was so nice to see her again and get to catch up! That night was my first time meeting Bethan ( @sipswithstyle ) and Alex ( @FeelinHaute ). These amazing women are incredibly smart, outgoing, super fun to be around and of course have impecable style (see pictures below for holiday party outfit inspiration). 

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I hope these photos inspire you to plan your own Christmas get-together. Even if it's a small gathering, getting the people you love together and making new friends is the best part of the holiday season. If you get inspired to plan a Christmas event, make sure to tag me in your photos so I can see everyone's fun this Christmas!

Thank you Katie Hutt ( @Katieleighhutt ) for being the photographer on this fun night and for putting this networking event together!  Also, thank you to the brands who took part in the networking event. Here is their info below! 

Cheese & Provisions: @cheeseandprovisions • Pearl Street Lights: @pearlstreetlights • Revo Sunglasses: @revo • Whiskey Barrel Coffee: @Whiskeybarrelcoffee


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