Goodness, I really just cannot even... my baby girl is going to be turning FIVE this weekend. Where has the time gone? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was carrying her in my belly, and giving birth to her, holding her for the first time and snuggling her squishy little cheeks up close to me, breathing in her fresh newborn scent. Okay, now I'm crying.

She's grown into the sweetest, smartest, funniest, most beautiful (inside and outside) and most helpful little lady, always helping me out around the house, picking toys up, getting me water if I need a drink, and of course these days she's busy being the best big sister and loving on her baby brother. A role she is flourishing in. So with the upcoming arrival of her 5th birthday, birthday presents of course are a must. She's been asking for some specific items this year and I can't wait to give her a few of them for her birthday (the rest might have to wait until Christmas lol)! She loves books, and dolls (she's been begging for a bitty baby), anything art related, little toys (especially Maileg mice that fit perfectly into her dollhouse), and of course clothes and Wunderkin Co. hairbows (she's quite the little fashionista).

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I try to be conscious of what we bring into our home since we love to keep things somewhat minimal to avoid clutter and stress, and I know all of these items are things that will be loved and played with (or worn) again and again. She's been asking for a Dairy Queen ice cream cake for her birthday (which also makes life easier for me since I'm pretty busy taking care of a newborn and recovering from childbirth) and I'm sure some balloons and a few streamers and decorations will make their way into our home on her birthday to make things extra festive. After all, it's not every day you get to celebrate your most favorite little girl turning 5! I can't wait to see her face of her birthday when she opens her gifts!



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With a new baby here and as well as the holiday season here, there are lots of guests around, so of course I want to stay stocked up on all of the essentials to make them feel welcome and keep everything running smoothly. Keeping our most favorite toilet paper on hand for not only ourselves but our guests as well is a must and plays such a huge roll (pun intended haha) in keeping not only ourselves comfortable, but our guests as well. We've been using Scott brand toilet paper exclusively for several years now and the Scott® ComfortPlus™ Toilet Paper – 12 CT Big Roll, that we recently picked up at Family Dollar is our most favorite. It's so soft with it's thick and plush sheets designed to care for you all day every day for that trusted and comforting clean feel. Scott ComfortPlus toilet paper is better than all of the other toilet paper brands we've tried over the years and is preferred over Angel Soft because it's 5 in 1 soft, absorbent, thick, and best of all (especially with guests and children in our home) clog free, oh, and it's tested 3 times stronger for unbeatable comfort.

We used to purchase the Scott Extra Soft, but as soon as the new Scott Extra Soft was released I knew we had to try it, and we've been so impressed with the new and improved version we haven't purchased anything else since!

One thing I've done this year since we're having so many guests visiting for the holidays and also to meet our new baby, is create a guest welcoming gift basket! It's been such a lifesaver for me to be able to put all of the essentials and some fun extras into one basket that I can just refill for each new guest to make everyone feel welcome when they visit!

If you're entertaining lots of guests this holiday season or having lots of family and friends visit, a guest welcoming gift basket is the most perfect way to make them feel at home! Here are some fun ideas below of things that I've included in ours and that make perfect gift basket items!

Scott® ComfortPlus™ Toilet Paper – 12 CT Big Roll (perfect for stocking up and adding a few rolls into the basket with)



Holiday scented soap

Sparkling juice (perfect for everyone to enjoy)

Summer sausage



Chocolate (who wouldn't feel more at home with the gift of chocolate?)

Candy canes

Cot cocoa mix (I like to buy it in the pre-made packets and then pour them into a cute jar)

A holiday scented candle (as a gift for them to take home)

A Christmas ornament




Lip balm

Water bottles

Crayons and a coloring book (if they have children)

Chocolate covered pretzels

While the options for your guest welcoming gift basket are practically endless and can change for each guest depending on their individual needs and interests, this is my main go-to list for grabbing items from to make all our guests feel welcome for their entire stay. I also love to take the food items out of their packages such as cookies and chocolate covered pretzels and put them in a cute mason jar to make them feel more personable and thought out, even though they don't take much thought or time (which is great since I'm busy taking care of a newborn these days).

Make sure to head to your local Family Dollar store (you can find your nearest store by clicking here) to grab all of the essentials you'll need before guests start to arrive for the holidays and don't forget to grab alllllll the Scott ComfortPlus toilet paper to not only keep your bathroom stocked but to add to your welcome gift basket for all of your visitors, guests, family, and friends! Don't forget to use the Circular offer for Scott® ComfortPlus™ Toilet Paper 12 CT Big Roll at $4.00 at Family Dollar (Regular retail price is $5) from 12/4 - 12/10!

Are you having guests for the holidays? Will you be creating a gift basket filled with essentials (like Scott Comfort Plus toilet paper) and other goodies for them?



We welcomed Bodhi William into our family on December 1st at 3:51 pm, weighing 7 lbs 15.2 ounces, and 21 inches long.  We could not be more in love with him, our sweet baby boy. Our hearts are so full and he is beyond perfect.